Nagaland's capital Kohima came alive as the four-day long "Kohima Street Carnival" kicked off on Wednesday with colours, music and food.
The carnival is being organised by the Kohima Smart City, in collaboration with the Task Force for Music and Arts, Kohima Municipal Council, other government agencies, local music and fitness institutes and citizen-based organisations to celebrate 75 years of India's Independence.
The festival is offering a platform for events like Zumba, Taekwondo, painting competitions, flower exhibition, street food festival, musical fairs (busking), blood donation camp, cyclothon, walkathon, open-street children carnival and street health clinic for senior citizens to check blood pressure and weight.
On the first day of the festival, people participated in a piano festival and a solo street dance competition at Old NST Parking.
Launching the event, advisor to urban development and municipal affairs, Dr N Nicky Kire said that the smart cities have been advised to undertake a 75-hour event to implement urban transformation with the objective of reimagining public spaces in their cities and impacting people.
Kire also said that Kohima has been performing well in many areas under the smart cities programme. He called upon every individual to come forward and participate in the changes taking place to set a good example to the rest of the cities.