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‘Nagas second to none in music’
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUNE 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Jun. 2011 12:04 AM IST
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Acknowledging the talent and appreciation that the people of Nagaland illustrate towards music, parliamentary secretary for Social Welfare and Women Development Chotisüh Sazo on Saturday said Nagas were second to none in this particular field.
Sazo was speaking as the chief guest at the 3rd giving away ceremony of late Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Usou Memorial Award for Music at the School of Music hall, Minister’s Hill Kohima. The award for excellence for the year 2011 was conferred to Zekope-u of G. Rio School Kohima. In his speech, the chief guest, while asserting that Nagaland comprises of various tribes with their own cultural and traditional heritage, expressed confidence that the common feature of the people – their enthusiasm towards music- would be a uniting factor through their differences.
Recalling that late Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü was not only a lover of music but also a singer and musician himself, Sazo said the memorial award carried the legacy which the late reverend had left behind.
While congratulating the award winner, Sazo urged upon young upcoming musicians to explore their potential and excel in their profession.
The chief guest also apprised the gathering that music has become a prospective industry in the present age and that there was a lot of scope for musicians of the state. He said the state government has, under the leadership of chief minister Neiphiu Rio, begun to give due attention to the field of music and further highlighted the role of Music Task Force Nagaland.
Late Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Usou’s Award of Excellence is an annual recognition given to the HSLC subject topper in Music under Nagaland Board of School Education.
The recipient also delivered a short speech at the programme and thanked the organizers for the award.
Meanwhile, a special tribute was read out by Azha Usou while Aleü Usou proposed the vote of thanks. Highlights of the programme included songs presented by students of Ministers’ Hill Baptist Higher Secondary School Kohima, G. Rio School Kohima and the Usou’s family.

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