Entertainment in Nagaland
Entertainment means radio, theater, sports, games, dance, delicious food and loads of good music. Nagaland the colourful state of Northeast is always ready to welcome tourists by providing them with entertainment facilities. Tourists coming to Nagaland will be delighted by the entertainment facilities the state provides to them. Being a state which is just undergoing a development process, its entertainment resources are much different from the urban metropolitan life. The people here are more involved in gatherings, bonfires, get-togethers, music and dance.
Movie Halls and Theaters in Nagaland
Theaters or dramas are performed in association with dance and music. The themes of theaters in Nagaland vary from love to heroism to narrating old stories. Lotha language is used in theaters in Nagaland. Cinema Halls are in very less number in Nagaland. HTR Cineplex in Dimapur is one of the few cinema halls in Nagaland.
Radio in Nagaland:
Another important source of entertainment for the people is radio. On the radio could be heard songs, news, plays and interviews. Among the radio stations located in Nagaland are All India Radio Kohima, All India Radio Mokokchung, All India Radio Mon and All India Radio Tuensang.
Nagaland Dance & Music
Dance and music are essential parts of Nagaland’s entertainment. Most of the dances are performed in groups. The most artistic dance of the state is the “Zeliang” dance. Music is also accompanied with the dance. The most popular songs of the tribes are Heliamleu or dancing songs, Hereileu or war songs, Neuleu or legendry songs Hekialeu or songs about self.
Music Scenario in Nagaland
Secular music is very much popular in Nagaland which includes rock and pop genre of music. People here are very much into the western form of music. Such is the popularity here that a band from here ‘Alobo naga’ is famed at an international level as well. Many emerging bands from this state has gained popularity at a national as well as international level. Some of the popular bands of Nagaland are:
Alobo Naga and the Band
A five member band from Nagaland which brought laurels to the country by
being nominated for the MTV Europe music awards in the year 2012 for their hit number “Painted Dreams”. The band performs in different countries in music festivals including the ones in India.
Another folk fusion band from Nagaland which has been getting a lot of popularity due to its different form of music genre.
Four sisters from Nagaland have gained fame by forming a band and
composing wonderful music with the local Naga essence intact. They have
performed in various music festivals. They also received awards in the
4th Nagaland Music awards.
Other famed bands who emerged from Nagaland are Paper sky, Technicolors and Stereo type.
Hornbill Rock Festival
Organized by the government of Nagaland, the Hornbill Rock fest is an international rock band competition. Bands from India and outside come here to participate in this one of a kind music festival which is held in Hornbill every year in the month of December. The festival encourages new bands to come forward and show their talents through this wonderful platform. It is a much awaited festival for music lovers.
Shopping in Nagaland
Shopping is a favorite activity of the people. It is also a major source of relaxation and entertainment. Nagaland is abuzz with shopping areas. In the markets in Nagaland could be found exquisite textile, bamboo and cane products. Tourists can also pick up the finest Naga shawls, traditional jewellery from the Nagaland markets.
In Dimapur one can shop in the various markets that have emerged in the recent years. New market, Hong kong market, Circular and NL road are the main commercial areas in Dimapur. Markets in Dimapur are known for imported goods brought from Thailand, China and Burma. Tourists can shop in Vishal Mega mart located in Dimapur.
In Kohima is located the government handicraft outlet and the shops at the supermarket which sell shawl, jackets, and other artefacts. Central market at Kohima is an important shopping area. Some of the shopping areas
in Nagaland are:Vitho zao
Mokokchung, NagalandMao Market
Parks & Sanctuaries in Nagaland
Entertainment is associated with sight seeing and enjoying the beauty of nature and Nagaland is blessed with this aspect. Tourists can plan a visit to Intanki Wildlife Sanctuary, Pulie Badge Wildlife Sanctuary, Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary and Tragopan sanctuary known for their flora and fauna. They provide wonderful sight to the tourists.
Sports Activities in Nagaland
Playing and watching sports also give enjoyment. Nagaland youths play traditional games. Playing and enjoying sports is a major form of entertainment for the people here. Hence they have different types of sports and games which keeps them busy and keeps them healthy as well. Wrestling is the most important sport of Nagaland. Tourists can also enjoy cock fighting in Nagaland.