DIPHU, Feb 21 - The six-day-long 45th Karbi Youth Festival (KYF) organised by Karbi Cultural Society (KCS) came to an end on Tuesday night. In the marathon race for men and women, around 107 boys and girls from 26 KCS Zones took part. In the men�s group, Harata Kro of Dillai bagged the first prize followed by Jostarson Timung of Amri and Prafulla Teron of Sophei stood second and third respectively.
In the women�s category, while Sunita Ronghangpi of Donkamukam snatched the first prize, Lily Phangchopi and Larlyn Timungpi of Diphu � Manja Zone bagged the second and third place respectively.
One among the many traditional sports event was the �meh kelap� (ignite fire from a dry bamboo by rasping) was conducted at Longbichidu open stage. In the game, one half of the dried split bamboo is used. The competitors have to heat the bamboo hole by heaving nonstop without any interruption to ignite the fire. The quickest igniter is the winner.
Other competitions included traditional dance Nimsokerungand kacharhe, speaking Karbi language without using words from other languages.
The competitions were held at different venues. International flower designer Nasima Bagum Lahkar�s unique flower fashion show was one of the major attractions of the festival. Lahkar sported her multi-coloured dazzling flower-patterned dress showcasing her inimitable perception on floral fashion.
The team also performed a spoof titled �A tale of forest� to spread the message of wildlife and forest conservation.