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Rio urges upcoming musicians to take advantage of govt policy
Correspondent Kohima, Jan 12 (NPN):
Published on 13 Jan. 2011 12:48 AM IST
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State chief minister on Neiphiu Rio Wednesday said Naga society may have shortcomings but opined that whatever good qualities and talents Nagas have, must be promoted to bring laurel not only to the society but to the state as a whole.
Rio was speaking at a felicitation programme for Divine Connection, a gospel Rock band who won the MTV Rock On (Kurkure Desi Beats in Mumbai recently) at The Heritage, Kohima.
“I am the happiest to see the result of our youth not only in the state but outside the State”, he said and recalled the state government’s declaration of the ‘Year of Youth Empowerment-2004-05’ which adopted music as an industry. He also expressed hope that laurel brought by the band would encourage the youth of the state, artist and musicians to grow from strength to strength.
Rio revealed that with the success of recently held Naga’s Nite in Kolkata, a similar Naga Nite was proposed to held in Delhi tentatively by February next with the governor assuring to find a chief guest most likely the prime minister, AICC president or the President in order to promote Naga youth and Naga music. Acknowledging the great achievement of the band, Rio contributed an amount of `2 lakh while Music Task Force gave `1 lakh.
Ebenezer Band, Kohima; OFF-winners of Hornbill National Rock Contest 2009 shared their views on the role played by MTF in promoting music industry in the State.
Divine Connection, DGP Band, Vileno Kapu and Kenei Chale also presented special songs.
Dr. Nicky Kire, MLA and Advisor Music Task Force delivered the welcome address, while Gugs Chishi, Project Director MTF chaired the programme.
Several upcoming entrepreneurs of the state in the field of music Sara Pongen, proprietor Jumpin’ Bean Café’ Dimapur, Theja Meru, Rattle and Hum Society, Kohima, Merang Jamir, Aries Musics & Sound Foundation, Dimapur, Ebenezer Band, Kohima and Off Band winners of Hornbill National Rock Contest 2009 spoke on the occasion.

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