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Scheme launched to safeguard folk art forms
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR:
Published on 10 Dec. 2008 2:02 AM IST
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In a bid to provide patronage to the dying and marginalized folk art forms of the state, North Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Dimapur under union ministry of culture Tuesday launched Guru-Shishya Parampara (teacher-pupil tradition) scheme here at Kuda village under the banner of Yimchgungrü Union Dimapur for conservation and promotion of art forms. Speaking at the launching session of Guru-Shishya Parampara scheme NEZCC, Dimapur director, V. Hekali Zhimomi urged the community members to pass on their rich culture and tradition to younger generation. "There has been a gap in passing on the cultural art forms to younger generation," she said and expressed hope that initiatives taken by various organisations would carry forward such art forms to future generation. NEZCC director, who has returned from recently concluded Octave-2008 NE festival held at Patna, said art forms of Nagas was in great demand outside and pointed out that by exposing one's own culture they could not only promote their culture but also gain returns out of it. Articulating on the value of rich culture and its scope, she said people outside the state had started marketing their art forms by displaying it in various platforms. Zhimomi expressed hoped that launching of scheme would be the starting point for promotion of cultural identity and for which she urged the members not to do for certain scheme and programmes but to truly promote and strengthen their identity. The scheme was launched by the ministry to groom new talents. Under the programme, each guru is extended financial support for one or two years to run the training programme with four disciples. While the guru gets honorarium of Rs. 2000 per month, one accompanist of the guru gets Rs.900 and the students (Shishyas) receive Rs.500 each. The objective is to help the talents in taking up their art as a profession.

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