The five-day Nongkrem Dance Festival celebrated in the fall ended today.
The Ka Pomblang Nongkrem dance, popularly known as the Nongkrem dance, was one of the highlights of the festival. Similar to all other festivals in Meghalaya, Nongkrem dance is performed to appease Goddess Ka Blei Synshar for rich harvest and prosperity of the people.
For two years due to the pandemic, the festival could not be celebrated in its usual form. However, this year, with the situation being somewhat normal, hundreds of spectators and dancers gathered at the Royal Residence.
Prime Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K. Sangma along with other ministers also attended the festival.
Saluting the citizens of the state on this occasion, Sangma said that our tradition and culture is what makes the people of the state unique.
“Therefore, protecting and promoting our culture and our various festivals is something we should all strive to do. As a government, we support all the different festivals,” Sangma said.
The CM also handed over a check of Rs 2 crore to the Chief for the infrastructure of Shad Nongkrem so that it can improve in the long run.
The Syiem (Tribal Chief) of Hima Khyrim, Dr. Balajied Sing Syiem also expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister for the sanctioned amount. “The CM had come last year and found that the dance arena needed to be developed. It was on his initiative that a decision was taken to develop and preserve this area,” said Dr Syiem.