Agartala, Feb 21, 2021, ENEWSTIME Desk
Hornbill Festival in Tripura ends on Sunday without usual fanfare and enthusiasm. After last year’s mega draw, this year the celebration spirit appeared to be dampened compared to last year.
The 12-day long Hornbill Festival at Hatai Kator (Barmura) came to an end on Sunday. The valedictory programme was held at the Barmura Eco-park. Chief Whip of Tripura Assembly Kalyani Roy, Forest Minister Mebar Kumar Jamatia, PCCF Dr DK Sharma and other dignitaries were present in the programme. The Forest Department Office of Khowai District organized the programme.
Compared to the previous year, the 2nd edition of the Festival this year was much less gorgeous and had failed to generate any noticeable enthusiasm among the indigenous people, local sources alleged. Participation of local communities was negligible.
The First-ever Hornbill Festival was held in 2020 amidst much hope and fanfare. Even as the primary objective of holding the Hornbill Festival is to boost eco-tourism in the State – another crucial target is to aware Hatai Kator inhabitants to preserve and conserve the forest resources including wild animals and birds.
Hornbill is a large and colourful wild bird which prominently featured in the folklore of indigenous people of almost all the North Eastern States.
Addressing the valedictory programme, Mebar Kumar Jamatia said, preservation of nature and wild animals is required to maintain the ecological equilibrium. “Preservation of nature is necessary for our survival. If we fail to protect the forest resources and nature, everything would be affected”, Jamatia commented. Other speakers also pointed out the need for the conservation of nature.
Talking about the purpose of the Festival, sources said, “The Hornbill Festival aims at boosting eco-tourism centring the Barmura Eco-park. While this will enhance livelihood scope of local indigenous people, the Festival also focuses on conservation of nature”.
Despite all the efforts, the spirit of the Festival was absent this year, sources added.
Forest Department Office of Khowai District formed a festival Committee which campaigned in five Joint Forest Movement areas adjoining Barmura. As per the plan, Forest Department personnel targeted to reach the people of these areas. However, according to local sources, only a handful of people was present in the valedictory programme today.