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Meet Diana Sanasam, An Self-Taught Sketch Artist From Imphal, Manipur

“Before I knew ABCD…XYZ, I was drawing apples and everything I could draw”, says Diana Sanasam. Hailing from Imphal, she spent her childhood trying to sketch the images she saw in children’s books and has never lost touch with it since then! Working as an assistant manager, she comes home to work on a few sketches to relieve her stress and that is how she keeps improving and gaining more love for sketching. We had a talk with Diana as she tells us what inspired her and how she honed her skill of sketching. Hi Diana. Please introduce yourself. Hello, I am Diana Sanasam from Imphal, Manipur. I am the eldest and only daughter of three siblings. I love travelling and sports. And sometimes I SKETCH. I did my engineering in Electrical and Electronics from Chennai and completed my post-graduation from Anna University, Chennai. Introduce us to your work. What got you started? I am self-taught and I mostly sketch portraits using graphite medium. But I am eager to explore other mediums and digital art …

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DJ Lil’ Bomb Talks To Us About What Got Him Started As a DJ

Liden Longchari, famously known as DJ Lil’ Bomb, is an EDM DJ and Producer from Kohima, and was awarded as the Best Producer Nagaland Music Awards 2018. He has been performing in and around the northeast since 2015 in places such as the Hornbill Festival, NAJ Cosfest, WAF Music Festical MKG, AH1 Music Festival. Amidst his busy schedule, he took out time for a quick chat with R&L. We talk about how he got into music and what inspires him. Read below for all the scoops. Hi Liden. Please tell us something about yourself. Hello! My name is Liden Longchari, people call me Little Bomb. I am from Kohima but I’m currently staying in Dimapur, as a DJ/Producer under Infinity Inc. Label. I’ve been bouncing around doing gigs/shows and also producing music. Introduce us to your work. What got you started? I’m an EDM DJ and I also produce electronic music. I’ve always been  into electronic music. Back in 2014, when I came to know about a music festival known as Tomorrowland, the show/festival itself made a huge …

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Atila Aier, Founder of Interior Healing in Dimapur, Nagaland Talks About How She Hopes To Bring Healing Through Her Works

“I was fascinated by how a beautiful space can evoke pleasant feelings within us and paves the way to healing our inner soul. And realising that was the start of my journey of wanting to be an interior designer.” Meet Atila Aier, an interior designer and the founder of Interior Healing, who believes a positive home and space is the foundation of a positive life. Ever since she was a child, Atila has loved home decor and creating spaces that comfort as well as inspire people. Her passion for interior designing opened up new avenues for her. We had a chat with her about her venture, Interior Healing. Scroll down for the full interview.  Hi Atila. Please introduce yourself. Hello, my name is Atila Aier, I am currently living and working in Dimapur, Nagaland. I have attained B.E in electronics and telecommunication engineering from Pune University. I was very privileged to have an opportunity to pursue my passion and love for interior designing by studying the same from INIFD Kolkata and obtained an additional diploma …

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#Recipe | Khuvie Chutney Made With Tomato & Meat

Whenever you’re in a hurry but need to prepare a meal, simply make this spicy and tasteful Khuvie chutney. This simple recipe is a lifesaver for most people who don’t have enough time to cook extravagant dishes. The ‘Khuvie Chutney’ is a well known chutney and is mostly enjoyed with simple dishes like dal, or boiled curries. Read below to learn how to make the it. Ingredients you’ll need : 1 or more King Chilli (depending on your spice intake) 1 tree tomato 4-5 stalks of spring onions (khuvie) Shredded dried meat Salt to taste Directions to make : You can either roast the tree tomato or keep it raw. If you choose to roast it, roast the tree tomato over the stove, or the fireplace. Do not let it burn or over roast it. Keep it slightly raw, so that you get its flavour. Shred the dried meat into pieces and keep it in a bowl. Cut the spring onions into slightly smaller pieces. Crush the King Chilli with the added salt, until it …

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Keduoneinuo Solo, a Budding Writer From Kohima, Nagaland Talks About Her Passion For Writing

“Because I have seen so much regression, there is nothing I want more than progress. And I learnt that progress starts with the self.” Meet Keduoneinuo, a budding writer and the author of My Dream Girl. She credits her love for writing to reading. She started reading early on and was influenced by the writings of the likes of Mark Twain and Anne Frank. Her book is about transitioning into a powerful and beautiful woman, who she calls her dream girl. We had a little chat with Keduoneinuo today to see what she had to say on her working style and her latest book “My Dream Girl”.  Hello Keduoneinuo. Please introduce yourself. My name is Keduoneinuo Solo. I am 26 years old and I am currently pursuing my Master of Education (M.Ed.) at Nagaland University. I grew up in the heart of Kohima Village. Introduce us to your work. What initially sparked your interest in this field? I don’t exactly recall the first time I started writing poetry, or when I first started writing at …

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Wojanbeni Yanthan, a Talented DIY Creator from Patkai, Nagaland, Shares Her Story

“We all have enormous potential in us, which can be unlocked when we allow ourselves to see the limitless in our limitations, the opportunities in our difficulties, the awesomeness in our uniqueness, and the possibilities in our impossibilities based on the simple truth that you and I are wonderfully made.” Wojanbeni, the creator of Homemish Crafts and Designs, believes in the art of DIY, and has a strong passion and affinity for creating things using her own hands. She talks to us about what made her pick this art up and how she is teaching other people the same. Scroll down for the full interview. Hello Wojanbeni. Please tell us something about yourself? Hi! I’m Dr. Wojanbeni S. Yanthan, an Assistant Professor by profession, a mother of two, and an avid DIY (Do it yourself) enthusiast. Born in the hills of Wokha and raised in Kohima, Dimapur, Jorhat, Bangalore, Kathmandu (Nepal) and now settled in the foothills of Patkai (Nagaland).I  have been blessed with one enriching upbringing. Growing up in different places and experiencing diverse …

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Meet Medophreno Shunyu, a Talented Sketch Artist From Kohima, Nagaland

Medophreno, from Kohima, is a self-taught sketch artist. Starting as early as when she was in 2nd grade, she’s honed her skills through rigorous and passionate practice. Her forte is sketching portraits but she enjoys experiment with different genres such as calligraphy as well. Talking about her work, she says, “through my art, I hope people see that we human beings are God’s masterpiece and we are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Art has been a for of inspiration since her childhood, and she hopes her art can inturn, inspire people. Medophreno had a talk with us about her artworks. Read the full interview below. Hello Medophreno. Can you tell us a litle bit about yourself? My name is Medophreno Shunyii. I am 26 years old from Kohima, Nagaland. If I were to describe myself then it’ll be in just two simple words – an ambivert and an optimist. And I’m also a big foodie. I’m trying to make a career in the teaching field. Until then, I’m doing a lot of things I like, art being …

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Gugu Kuotsu, Owner of Gutouch Restaurant In Kohima, Gives You A Touch of Authentic Naga Dishes

The Gutouch Cafe is a cute eaterie in Kohima Town with an aesthetic setting, adding to the ambiance of the eestaurant. The place is famous for its Galho and has been the talk of the town for awhile. We decided to have a little chat with the founder of the restaurant, Gugu Kuotsu to get more insight on her restaurant. Hello Gugu. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am Gugu Kuotsu from Kohima. I am the founder of the Gutouch restaurant. I also have a jewelry  brand named Gutouch, which features both traditional and fusion made jewelries. When was the cafe launched? The cafe was launched just last year in the month of September 2018. What is the story behind the brand name? Well, the name of the Cafe was suggested by my friends like Mengu Suokhrie, Onent Nenty and Athe Rhi, since I already have a brand name Gutouch, a jewellery brand. My love for food and the very idea of letting people get a taste of our Naga food ultimately …

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Moments & Events Captured At Hornbill Festival 2019!

To add to this festive time of the year, Nagaland hosts its famous Hornbill Festival to celebrate music, art, food, and culture. Started 8 years ago, every year the festival brings with it a different experience for attendees. The vibrance, the enthusias and the energy only increase with every new edition of the festival, and 2019 was no exception!  The ambience and the enthralling feeling of being at the festival is unmatched. Today, we bring to you some of our favourite moments and sights from the festival. Brew your tea, sit back and take a look at these beautiful shots that sum up Hornbill ’19. The festival wraps up tomorrow, make sure you drop by!  You can find different varieties of handicrafts to choose from. Morungs from different tribes of Nagaland. In case you’ve missed the fun, don’t worry. There’s still a day left, so hurry up and get to Kisama before you get a case of FOMO!

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Catching up with Uday Benegal of Indus Creed During The Band’s Visit to Nagaland for the Hornbill Festival 2019

“The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mixtape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they can add up to the story of a life.”~ Rob Sheffield We all have unique relationships with our music – as creators, and as listeners. For folks in Nagaland, music is a huge part of growing up, with almost every activity that has shaped the individual involving some form of music – from singing in the choir to waking up to country music playing across the hall, to jamming to rock music to bonding with family over a bonfire and a guitar, music runs in the life and blood of the Nagas. That being said, music performances are a huge part of the most prominent festival in Nagaland – the Hornbill Festival, which happens every year from Dec 1 to 10, with a host of music …