New Delhi, November 4, 2023 – The 2nd edition of the Autumn Festival, a prelude to the renowned Hornbill Festival concluded with great fervour at Nagaland House today. The festival was organized by Nagaland Tourism in partnership with the Chief Resident Commissioner, Nagaland House, reinforced by the invaluable support of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, and the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri Neiphiu Rio. Over the course of two vibrant days, Nagaland’s rich cultural tapestry unfolded, showcasing the finest in food, textiles, handicrafts, art, and music.
This event played host to a diverse array of Nagaland’s most esteemed artists and enterprises, including popular local enterprises such as Runway India, Made in Nagaland, Woven Threads, Fusion Nagaland, Ikali’s Studio, and Kintem, among others. The guests were treated to various cultural extravaganzas, including traditional dances, folk songs, wrestling matches, musical performances, and a fashion show by the talented local designer Vilhousa Movi. The presence of Chef Aketoli Zhimomi, recently recognized as one of India’s Top 30 chefs, elevated the gastronomic experience and added a culinary masterpiece to the occasion
The event was graced by the presence of the Chief Guest, Ms. Manisha Saxena IAS, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, who commended the North Eastern states for their significant contributions. She said, “The Northeastern states comprise 8% of India’s total area, 4% of its population, and nearly 4% of its GDP but in terms of experience, the region offers a 100% experience of fun, sustainability, and beauty.” Ms. Saxena also announced the upcoming International Travel Mart to be held in Shillong, Meghalaya from November 21 to 23, underscoring the government’s commitment to promoting the unique cultural wealth of the North East.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Saxena acknowledged the Hornbill Festival’s well-deserved reputation as a brand and expressed her hope that through the Autumn Festival, the people of Delhi could catch a glimpse of Nagaland’s extraordinary culinary, handloom, and handicraft offerings, thereby inspiring their participation in the grand Hornbill Festival 2023 at Kisama, Nagaland.
Shri Temjen Imna Along, the Honourable Minister of Tourism and Higher Education, Government of Nagaland, who was present at the occasion expressed, “Standing amidst the lively aura of the Autumn Festival, I am reminded of the deep cultural roots that bind our communities. This vibrant prelude to the Hornbill Festival is a testament to our shared heritage and the spirit of unity that defines Nagaland. As we revel in these festivities, let it serve as a joyful prelude to the grand celebration awaiting us at the Hornbill Festival.”
This two-day extravaganza from November 3rd to 4th has once again showcased Nagaland’s rich cultural heritage and its potential as a vibrant destination for art, craft, and culinary enthusiasts. The sponsors of the Autumn festival were Antodya Skills Foundation, Navya Care Foundation, and International Centre for Advanced Studies and Research (ICASR) whose generosity and invaluable partnership played an instrumental role in ensuring the success and prosperity of this event.