Namsai- Dy CM Chowna Mein Meet With Cultural Troops

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Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Monday visited and interacted with the cultural troops of Tai Khampti Heritage & Literature Society (TKHLS) at Kongmukham (Golden Pagoda) at Noy Chenam (Tengapani). The members of TKHLS will showcase their popular Kaa-Kong-Toh-Kai (Cockfight dance) and Kaa Kingnara Kingnari (Peacock and peahen dance) forms at the forthcoming North East Festival 2016 at Mumbai.The popular dances of Kaa Kingnara Kingnari and Kaa-Kong-Toh-Kai are prominent dance forms among the Tai Khamptis in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Kaa Kingnara Kingnari dance is a Buddhist belief in nature which depicts the slow and gracious dance of mythical half human and half peacock that existed in Himalayas. The Kaa-Kong-Toh-Kai is another popular dance performed by two or four people who wear a headgear shaped like the heads of cock, accompanied by the beats of Drum (Kongpat), cymbals (paiseng) and a set of gongs (Mong seing). This dance usually shows a fight between two cocks inspired by the ancient tradition of entertaining the king with a cockfight. While giving the team words of advice, Mein said that unlike many forms of traditional Arunachali dance, the Tai Khampti dance is a dance drama, expressively and elegantly reflect the rich culture of the Khampti Buddhist here. He suggested flaunting their rich culture, giving the audience a glimpse of the life that exists in Northeast in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.

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He said that this creative stage in Mumbai should be used to draw attention to our current prevailing needs. It will be also a good platform for the team to promote the state as one of the upcoming tourist destination especially Namsai district as a religious destination, he added.
The cultural troops will be led by Chow Kalingna Mannoi and Chow Suwinwai Longkan and will leave for Mumbai for the festival very soon.

 

 

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