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Thai princess graces Sekrenyi festival in Nagaland

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Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the entourage attended the biggest festival of Angami Naga community called Sekrenyi festival at the Heritage village, Kisama in Kohima yesterday.

According to Nagaland Post, thousands of Nagas packed the venue beyond capacity to welcome her Royal Highness. She is currently on a two-day visit to Nagaland and her first time in the state. She waved with a glowing smile to the crowd at the venue wrapped in traditional Angami attire.

Nagaland state chief minister Neiphiu Rio in his Sekrenyi greetings cited familiarities between the people of Thai and Nagas in terms of food habit, physical features and culture. He also added that the visit will further append the positive development towards the “Look East Policy” of the Union Government to bring economic development through trade with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries via North Eastern states.

After the festival, the Princess left for World War II Museum in Kisama and Nagaland State Museum. The Princess was accompanied by Ambassador of Thailand to India Chalit Manityakul including hosts of other dignitaries from Thailand. The official also informed that the visit of Princess Sirindhorn to Nagaland would be widely televised in Thailand, to open the new doors for more Thai tourists to visit Nagaland.

In 2012, Nagaland government sent artists/bands from the state to participate in the Handshake Concert held in Bangkok, Thailand on June 21 to commemorate World Music Day, in association with Thai government.

During the celebration of Hornbill Festival last year, the lead actress Pumwaree Yodkamol and director Jassiam-Krith Boonprapruet from the action packed Thai movie Ong-Bak visited the state and had expressed their interest in filming in Nagaland with the plot based on Naga folklore and lifestyle involving the martial art actor Tony Jaa of the Ong Bak fame in the lead role.

PHOTO: Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn with Neiphiu Rio, draped in Angami traditional attire waves to the crowd gathered to celebrate Sekrenyi’ festival, Tuesday. (Nagaland Post Image)

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