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Thai princess tours Khonoma

Kohima, Feb. 26: The Nagaland government organised a cultural programme in honour of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand at Regional Centre of Excellence for Music and Performing Arts at Jotsoma last evening.

On arrival of the princess, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, minister for tourism, art and culture and election, E.E. Pangteang, and MLA and adviser of Music Task Force, Khriehu Lezietsu, escorted her to the auditorium.

Later, Lezietsu felicitated the princess with an Angami Tati and Angami traditional attire.

Before the start of the programme, Pangteang delivered the welcome address. He said the visit of the princess and the delegation would strengthen the bond between the two countries and will attract more tourists.

Mentioning about the Handshake Concert held in Thailand in 2012 and organised by the Rattle and Hum Music of Nagaland, Pangteang said the Thais and the Nagas share a lot of similarities in physical appearance, food and culture.

The princess and her entourage were greeted with a 45-minute music performance which included Sekrenyi blessings and greetings, Zeliang dance and modern fusion music. Nise Meruno and Zowe Madrigal enthralled the audience with a medley of English, Hindi and Thai songs making the programme all the more entertaining.

Other performers included bands such as Tetseo sisters, Nagagenous and Naga Orpheus 2013. The programme ended after a beautiful presentation by the Nagaland Chamber Choir in traditional attire.

The princess who is on her maiden tour to Nagaland, visited Khonoma today.

On reaching the British bungalow, she was officially received by dignitaries from Nagaland, including minister for social welfare, Kiyanilie Peseyie, parliamentary secretary for justice and law and land revenue, Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, chief secretary Banuo Z. Jamir and village elders. Women, students and children in traditional attire lined up to welcome the princess.

Along the way to Khonoma Fort, she was briefed on the history of the famous battle of Khonoma at the Damant Memorial.

On reaching the Khonoma Fort at Semoma, she was shown various indigenous activities by villagers, including pounding of grain to make flour, weaving and sharing food from a big plate.

The princess also interacted with village leaders at Thevoma Khel Dahu. She was offered local food items like rice beer and puffed rice.

An informal programme was held at Khonoma community hall where the princess unveiled the monolith erected in honour of her visit. Village youths composed and sang a song for the princess. It was followed by exchange of gifts and mementoes between the princess and the villagers.