On Friday, around 4,700 Konyak Naga women from Nagaland came together and danced in their colourful traditional attire at Aoleang Monyu festival, in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the "Largest Traditional Konyak Dance."
In their attempt to register their name in the record books, these women danced to the beats of traditional instruments and sang a ceremonial song for five minutes and one second, the organisers informed.
The programme was organised at Mon district of Nagaland, during the Aoleang Monyu festival of the Konyak tribe, held between April 1 and 3 every year to welcome the spring. The main object of the Aoleang is celebrating the presence of Wangwan, the divine spirit of blessing. They take the name of Wangwan to praise and to invoke its presence while singing, dancing, eating and drinking. The event was organised by the Konyak Union in coordination with other organisations of the tribe. "With an aim to preserve the cultural heritage of the people and also to promote tourism, this festival is organised every year," the statement issued by the organisation said.
Konyak is one of the 16 Naga tribes and people of this community live mainly in the Mon district of Nagaland. They are easily distinguishable from other Naga tribes by their pierced ears. They are also adept in making 'Janglaü' (machetes) and wood sculptures.
The official declaration given by the organisers said that on the Guinness authorities is expected to declare the result of the record within five days. However, the official adjudicators of the Guinness World Records could not come to judge the attempt but their representatives from North East Zone Cultural Centre under the Ministry of Culture were present. The representatives would send the evidence of the programme to the Guinness authorities and they will make the final announcement.
(with PTI inputs)