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In Pictures: 10 Amazing Photos from the Hornbill Festival 2016

The 10-day Hornbill Festival, often known as the festival of all festivals, has started in Kisama (Nagaland).

The festival is the collaborative celebration of all of Nagaland's rich cultural heritage, ethnicity, diversity and grandeur, where all the Naga tribes can be found at one common venue. It's a tribute to the great "Hornbill," which is the most revered bird for the Nagas. The bird is identified with the social and cultural life of Naga people and that association often reflects in their tribal folklore, dances and songs.

For tourists it is a unique platform which showcases the cultural diversity of not just Nagas, but also of the six other sister states of the northeast.

As the festival kicked off, a Sikkimese cultural troupe performed the Yak Chham dance, depicting the lifestyle of the people who live in the mountains. There were dancing troupes which performed Bardoishikla dance of Bodo community(Assam), Nunu-Pipi of Adi community (Arunachal Pradesh), Lai-haraoba dance (Manipur), Harvest dance of Khasi community (Meghalaya), Cheraw dance (Mizoram), Khupililie dance (Nagaland), and Mamita dance (Tripura) forms.

 
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