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Rio envisions Nagaland as entertainment hub

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio addressing a high level meeting of Government officials and Korean officials in his residential office on Wednesday. (DIPR)
Published on 26 Sep. 2008 12:26 AM IST
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Chief minister Neiphiu Rio has said Nagaland, known as a land of festivals, can become a center for entertainment and expressed desire to industrialize entertainment industry in the State. Addressing a high-level meeting with government officials and Korean officials including Rev. Moon and Director Kim in his official residence Wednesday, the chief minister said, “We want to change the mindset of gun culture to work culture through entertainment.” According to an official bulletin, Rio exuded confidence that Nagas have entertainment potential and felt the coming of the Koreans to Nagaland should take root. Describing South Korea as one of the fastest developing countries in the world, he also said Nagas should import Korean knowledge. “By the end of this year something will be visible and by next year we will see the results,” the chief minister said. Director Kim, an expert musical director in Korea, highlighted on entertainment industry through power point presentation. Dwelling on the current status of entertainment, Kim said through entertainment “we can be ready for better future life as it acts as a bridge between different groups.” Stating that Korean Government used entertainment industry to change the economic scenario of the country, Director Kim said he would like to use the Korean data base as a tool to apply to Naga society and make successful project based on entertainment. Kim said the structure of NAK, an entertainment company proposed to be opened in co-relation with Nagaland, would invoke planning, production and post-production stages. The director said Naga legend and folklores like the “Naganimora” could be projected through animation so that Nagaland also reaches out to the world. The company also plans to train Naga youths and introduce them to world audience. Among others, the meeting was attended by parliamentary secretary, Information & Public Relations, R. Tohanba; parliamentary secretary, Geology & Mining and Border Affairs, Y. Patton; chairman NHHDC, Dr. Nicky Kire, chief secretary, additional chief secretaries and commissioner & secretaries of various departments. The meeting proposed to form a state level core committee consisting of additional chief secretary Alemtemshi as the convenor, commissioner & secretary Art & Culture Khekiye as member secretary and IPR, Music Task Force, NEZCC and Youth Resources as members.

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