The competition will be held on December 7 to 9 at The Heritage (Old DC Bungalow) in Kohima. The total prize money is Rs 2.9 lakh - solo first prize (Rs.70,000), solo second prize (Rs.50,000), group first prize (Rs.1,00,000) and group second prize (Rs.70,000), said a statement.

Nagaland Fitness and Dance Academy (NAFDA), in collaboration with the state government will host the dance competition at the gala, which is the most celebrated event in the northeast region.

Those wishing to compete can register online and send their video CD or upload their video for audition. A panel of experts will select the participants.

There will be two elimination rounds before the grand finale and separate categories for solo and group dances. Outstation competitors will be provided accommodation.

The annual Hornbill Festival is organized by the state tourism and art and culture departments. Held at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, about 12 km from Kohima, the fest showcases a blend of cultural displays under one roof. The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture and traditions of the state.

(Agencies)

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