Jenpuiru Kamei

Jenpuiru Kamei is a high school teacher in Imphal. She has published a book, ‘Gaan Ngai: A Festival of the Zeliangrong Nagas of North East India’ as part of a project funded by North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur, under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Gaan Ngai is the biggest festival of the Zeliagrong people who live in different parts of Manipur, Nagaland and Assam. The festival marks the parting of the dead from the living. It is also celebrated as a thanksgiving to God for a good harvest. The image gallery takes us through the different rituals, dances and processions of the festival.