Angami Students’ Union (ASU) has expressed displeasure over the state government where the department would be spending more than rupees 48 lakhs on sponsoring dance workshop for Naga youth in Mumbai.
Reacting to a press release on ‘dance workshop for Naga youth’ which was published in this local daily on August 23, ASU in a press statement issued by its general secretary Neingusalie Khruomo and assembly secretary Thepfulie Theünuo said such workshop of foreign culture was not really needed at the juncture when Naga indigenous culture and tradition had been beleaguered by the western culture.
Union alleged that beneficiaries of CM corpus fund and other grants and subsidies found it difficult in setting business of their own with just a meager amount of money extended to the beneficiaries.
Union also said that monetary allocation meant for the welfare of the common people must not be diverted for the whims of some politicians who were trying to “imitate, copycat” the cultural trends of other developed nations when Naga youths were being “clouded and shrouded” by employment crisis.
Spending such huge amount of money for sponsoring 12 persons for three months course could be utilized to promote ones own ethnic culture and for other employment avenues than spending a huge amount to sponsor a dozen dancers which was “not at all the need of the hour”, ASU added.
It may be stated that as part of the year of the entrepreneur, the government of Nagaland in association with Director Apoorva Lakhia of Idiot Box Production would be conducting a two-day workshop for selection of indigenous Naga youths to train under Rajiv Goswami Bolloywood Academy of UK fame and various guest choreographers for a period of 3 months in Mumbai in different form like Salsa, Jazzy b, B-Boying etc. Selected candidates will be borne 90% of tuition fees and accommodation fees by government and 10% of the fees amounting to Rs.44800/- per student will be borne by the students. The workshop starts August 26.