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NEZCC a vibrant institution: Governor

Governor K Sankaranarayanan (centre) with NEZCC director Hekali Zhimomi (left) and Tripura minister of Information Anil Sarkar at the NEZCC annual board meeting.
Published on 22 Oct. 2008 1:01 AM IST
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Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan Tuesday said the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) was a vibrant and active institution and with the help and support of all eight-member states, the Centre was contributing to the development and promotion of the rich cultural diversity and tradition of the North Eastern states. The Governor, who is also the chairman of NEZCC, in his address at the annual executive board meeting and governing body meeting of NEZCC held at the conference hall of Police Complex, Chumukedima, said the journey of NEZCC in the last twenty one years since its inauguration by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on October 6, 1987, had been truly challenging. Sankaranarayanan said the Centre had taken up the onerous task of preservation, development and documentation of arts, crafts and literature with special emphasis on folklore, folk tradition and vanishing arts of the North East Region. Lamenting that the people of the region had lost their own identity, which spoke volumes of their inner strength and love for their own tradition, handed down from generation to generation, he said the time had come to encourage the exposure of the rich culture of the people of the North East. The Governor said NEZCC was receiving regular grants for various schemes under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, including the National Cultural Exchange Programme, Guru Sishya Parampara, Young Talent Award, Theater Rejuvenation & Documentation. He also said NEZCC was operating on a corpus fund of Rs.21.90 crores and that the interest earnings from the corpus fund was enabling the Centre to meet its establishment costs as well as other programme expenditures. The NEZCC chairman requested the state governments of Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya to contribute the remaining balance of Rs. 50 lakhs and Rs. 60 lakhs respectively. He further informed that the Bhaskar Ghose Committee set up by Government of India had taken note of the importance of zonal cultural centers and in the near future, more and more programmes of the Ministry of Culture, were expected to be decentralized and delegated to these zonal centres. Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism, Tripura, Anil Sarkar in his address said efforts were on to maintain harmony and integrity through culture in Tripura, a state with a spectrum of linguistic groups. Parliamentary secretary for Tourism, Art & Culture, Nagaland, Yitachu in his speech said that the North States had been cut off from the mainland India for so many decades. “However, with the coming together of the North Eastern states much brighter future lies ahead of us to exhibit our rich cultural heritage to the people of the mainland and even to the outside world,” he said. Altogether thirty officials and dignitaries from the eight North Eastern States attended the meeting. Later in the evening a cultural programme was organized by the host NEZCC staff.

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