Taking a break from birding and photography, we attended the annual Hornbill Festival in Nagaland this December. We were absolutely blown away by the event -- the performances, the arrangements, the stalls, and the overall attitude of every tribe (and tribal) that participated.
The event offers a fabulous insight into tribal life and is beautifully put together over just a few days. This should be on the 'must attend' list for every Indian!
More details of the festival (extracted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagaland
The (14) tribes of Nagaland are Angami Naga, Ao, Chakhesang, Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Lotha, Phom, Pochury, Rengma, Sangtam, Sumi, Yimchungrü, and Zeliang, of which the Konyaks, Angamis, Aos, Lothas, and Sumis are the largest Naga tribes. Tribe and clan traditions and loyalties play an important part in the life of Naga.
To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December.
Organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments, Hornbill Festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof. This festival takes place between the 1st and the 7th of December every year at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival with gusto and fervour. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture of Nagaland and display its extravaganza and traditions.Here are some of the sights of the festival. I have processed just a fraction of the images I made using three cameras (Leica M8/M9 and Canon EOS-1D Mark IV). The images here are from the Leicas using 35mm and 75mm 'cron lenses.