In his chief guest's speech on the sixth day of the festival at the Naga heritage village Kisama, Rajasekhar said its mission is to revive, protect, sustain and protect the richness of the Naga heritage.
The colourful display of traditional dances, indigenous sports and folk songs of various tribes are a rich medium to promote the culture of Nagaland in other parts of the country.
The festival has also become a unique platform to showcase the cultural diversity for the people of the seven sister states of the North East, he said and congratulated the people of Nagaland for making "the Hornbill Festival one of the most important and talked about festivals in the world".
Thursday's programme saw performances by cultural troupes by 17 Naga tribes.
The 10-day festival which began on December 1 has so far seen 97,551 visitors including 1705 foreigners, organisers said.
December 2, which was a Sunday saw the highest turn out of 43,079 visitors so far, they added.
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