Nagaland Dance Battle champion Kivikye Chophy from Dimapur (2nd from left) and finalist Putulemla from Tuli (2nd from right) with the other semi-finalists. (Musika Events @ musikaevents / Facebook)

Our correspondent
Kohima | 29 october

The “Nagaland Dance Battle” award ceremony took place today at the Japfu Hotel, Kohima.

Champion Kivikye Chophy from Dimapur and finalist Putulemla from Tuli received Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 20,000 respectively.

“Nagaland Dance Battle” is an online dance competition organized by Musik-A in collaboration with the Kripa Foundation and sponsored by the Nagaland Social Welfare Department.

With the theme “Take to the skies on dancing, not drugs,” the event started on September 5th and culminated on October 18th.

Speaking at the award ceremony, K. Atoli Sema, Director of Social Welfare, said that Nasha Mukt Bharat or Addition Free India is a campaign launched on August 15, 2020. An awareness program was believed to have been organized in institutions across Nagaland. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the social protection service organized itself only in virtual mode.

Nagaland Dance Battle is one such program aimed at raising awareness about the negative impact of drug addiction in society.

She urged the winners, including all contestants, to continue to spread the message through various means and platforms.

“I believe that together we will win our battle against the threat of drug addiction,” she said and urged everyone to continue to be the ambassador and the agent of change.

In addition, the director urged all stakeholders “to join us in our efforts to make ‘Addition Free Nagaland’ or Addition Free India.”

Presiding over the function, Alobo Naga, director of Musik-A informed that a workshop with Jong, a famous judge for the Nagaland Dance Battle (a dancer and backup choreographer of famous Kpop groups like BTS, GOT7, etc.). will take place next week with the top 20 applicants

A vote of thanks was proposed by Bendang Imsong, coordinator of the Kripa Foundation.

Nagaland Dance Battle Trip

This is a solo dance competition where dancers of all ages, gender and dance forms have come together online for the first time to compete for the title from their respective venues during this event. COVID-19 pandemic.

Only bona fide citizens of Nagaland were eligible for this year’s competition. The online battle consisted of 5 rounds: online selection, round of 16, quarterfinals, semi-final and final.

In total, the organizer received over 300 entries from Mumbai, Delhi, Patna, Bangalore, Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal and all over India, but unfortunately it only took participants from Nagaland for this year and shortlisted only 237 participants for the competition.

There were participants from all over Nagaland like Noklak, Tuli, Mon, Naginimora, Phek, Pfutsero, Kohima, Dimapur, Wokha, Zunheboto, Mokokchung, Alichen, Tuensang etc. There were also many participants from rural Nagaland.

There were also many non-Naga participants residing in Nagaland and also Nagas residing and studying outside Nagaland.

The participants were between 6 and 30 years old.

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By the time the competition started, it had over 7 lakhs of views in one week and rose to 10 lakhs the following week. He reached over 1 lakh of Instagram accounts during the competition.

Promotion and awareness

All 237 dancers shared a sign with the message “Take to the skies on dancing, not on drugs” and was uploaded to their social media platforms.

He shared addiction awareness creations throughout the competition.
The final choreography of the dance battle was on the theme “SAY NO TO DRUGS”.

Judges

Jong, a dancer and choreographer replacing famous KPOP groups like BTS, GOT7, etc. from South Korea was the celebrity judge. He was accompanied by Virieno Zakiesato, choreographer and creative movement artist and Kokliba, dance teacher at the Petros dance studio, former student of the Rajeev Goswami Company of Dance of Nagaland for the jury.

Winners
Champion: Kivikye Chophy
2: Putulemla
Semi-finalists: Tenjong Chungdok and Johny Kithan

Caption winners
* Best choreography: Tenjong
* Most promising dancer: Lasola Kips, Gwanilo Seb & Asen
* The youngest dancers: Diya Das, Jentiren and Alona Assumi
* Spectator’s Choice Award: Johny Kithan