With 46,263 unemployed people in Nagaland, 7950 graduates, 1239 post-graduates and 312 professional graduates, the directorate of Art and Culture, in collaboration with NEZCC and Nagaland Arts Society, came up with a source to generate service through self-employment in the form of an art workshop. ‘Outlook 2009’ a four day painting and sculpture workshop started with around twenty artists from various parts of the state at the State Museum premises, Tuesday.
Officially declaring the workshop open, Kevekha Kevin Zehol, deputy secretary to the Governor, stated that self employment would do away a lot of unemployment problem in the state.
Pointing out that the state generated only 6% revenue while getting an income of 94% in the form of grants from the Indian Government, Zehol called upon the need to promote enterprising people to be at par with others while also increase the state’s economy. He urged the artists to be consistent and work hard.
The chief guest further said that Nagas were inborn artists and art was as old as their history. To keep the legacy alive, he urged them to promote their own art saying “if we don’t promote ourselves, no one will do it for us.”
Exhibition officer from NEZCC, Phesao also spoke during the occasion. Lepden Jamir, senior painter and sculptor, was the resource person for the workshop. Director of Art and Culture, Kevineino Meru also attended the programme.