Kangkan Thakuria visited this year’s Hornbill Festival in Nagaland, and shared these mesmerising photographs, capturing the beautiful and colourful life of its people. We hope you enjoy these exemplary shots as much as we did!
Above: A Naga warrior of the Yimchunger tribe poses for a picture at the Hornbill Festival. The Yimchunger’s traditional attire comprises colourful headgears made from cane, and decorated with horn-shaped structures and bird feathers.
Above: A Naga tribesman holding his mug made from Mithun-Horn at the Hornbill Festival. The Nagas drink their local rice beer mostly in these traditional mugs.
Above: The colourful headgears of the Zeliang tribe, as seen at the Hornbill Festival.
Above: A mother with her three kids, at Khonoma, pose for a family picture. The people of Khonoma are hospitable and welcoming. Khonoma is the first green village in India.
Above: An old man sitting idly outside his abode on the streets of Khonoma.
Above: A regular day at Khonoma. The old man skillfully makes a bamboo craft as his friend sits besides him and entertains him with gossips.
Above: A young woman weaving a NAGA scarf. To watch the process of weaving was mesmerising.
Above: Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Khonoma remains hidden from the mainstream. Its people have done a wonderful job in preserving the natural beauty of this paradise.
Above: The sunset was cold, yet magical. It looked as if an orange blanket was slowly draping the mountains that surrounds the beautiful village of Khonoma.