State governor Nikhil Kumar on Tuesday felicitated five recipients for the Governor’s Award for distinction in the field of art, music and literature. The Republic Day’s ‘At Home’ ceremony held at Raj Bhavan was attended by chief minister Neiphiu Rio, legislators and senior government officials.
Addressing the gathering, governor said Nagaland was capable of producing people with high degree of skills and the fact should dispel any negative notion about Nagaland. He asserted that the award showed the government’s consciousness for the need to encourage people in the field of art, music and literature and added that system of the award would encourage talents and skills of the state.
Greeting the gathering on the occasion of Republic Day, the governor expressed hope that the day would bring forth a new era of peace, with the collective work of the state and central government and other civil bodies. He further expressed optimism that 2010 would signal for Nagaland a remarkable break from the past and move towards peace and progression.
Chief minister Neiphiu Rio said that it was appropriate for the state to give recognition to deserving people in the field of art, music and literature to encourage the talented to pursue further.
He said that though Nagaland was called an insurgent state its better side of character lied in art, music and literature. Congratulating the recipients of the award, the chief minister encouraged them to nurture young talents and pass on their skills to the younger generation. He said that their talents serve as positive role models in building the society and fostering national unity. Rio further encouraged them to show the unique culture of the Nagas to the world.
The recipients for 7th edition of Governor’s Award included H. Akup Buchem Phom and Lanu Pongen for distinction in the field of art; Nini Lungalang and Meguo-o Mechulho for distinction in the field of music and Dr. Temsula Ao for distinction in the field of literature. The awardees were presented with certificate, memento, shawl and cash award.
During the programme, the governor also released a book ‘The Legendary Naga Village A Reader (Khezhakeno)’ written by Dr. (Mrs) Lucy Zehol and co-authored by her husband Kevin Zehol. Earlier, commissioner and secretary, Art and Culture, K.K. Sema, gave a brief outline of the Governor’s Award.
Started in the year 2003, the Governor’s Award gives recognition to outstanding personalities for distinction in art, music and literature. The awardees are selected by district and state level committees with the final approval from the governor.