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Hima Khyrim urges content creators to seek Hima permission before sharing Shad Nongkrem documentaries


Shillong: Ka Pomblang Nongkrem, also known as Shad Nongkrem, stands as the most significant and vibrant festival for the Khasi community in Meghalaya. This colorful event spans five days and is annually held in November at Smit, the capital of the Khyrim Syiemship.

The festival serves as a time of gratitude towards the mighty Goddess Ka Blei Synshar, commemorating a bountiful harvest and the prosperity of the people.

The Hima Khyrim, responsible for the festival’s organization, is sparing no effort to ensure the grand success of the Pomblang or Nongkrem dance festival 2023, scheduled for November 1 and 2.

However, in anticipation of the festivities, the Hima Khyrim has issued a stern warning to private YouTube Channels and Social Media Influencers that they must seek permission from the Dorbar before uploading any video documentation of the festival.

This precaution comes in response to past incidents where inaccurate information about the festival led to misunderstandings among those unfamiliar with its significance.

Mintri Valentine Sohtun, the Myntri of Hima Khyrim, emphasized the unique preservation of traditional practices over countless generations. He urged private YouTube channels and Social Media influencers to obtain Dorbar permission before sharing any Festival Documentaries to ensure accurate representation, both within and outside the state.

This measure, according to Mintri Sohtun, is not meant to single out anyone, however he said that all are welcome to attend the festival and capture videos of this culturally rich event. However, those creating documentaries are encouraged to consult the Dorbar, either with the Syiem Khynnah or the Syiem Rangbah of the Hima Khyrim. This safeguard is simply to prevent any misinterpretation of the festival’s true essence.

Mintri Sohtun also pointed out instances where several YouTube channels and Social Media pages have inaccurately reported on the festival, underscoring the Hima’s concerns.


The Pomblang Syiem or the Shad Nongkrem this year will be held at the customary venue at the Madan Ïng Sad, Smit. The Festival will feature a religious ceremony and Shad Shynrang at Lum Pomblang Iewduh on November 1. And, on November 2, the closing ceremony will include with the ritual prayers and offerings, performances by hundreds of dancers both Males and Females from various Himas.

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