Curtains come down on Hornbill Festival

Curtains come down on Hornbill Festival
AR Rahman with Neiphiu Rio, Y. Patton and H. Khehovi. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/10/2019 12:09:01 PM IST

 AR Rahman, Rio sign deal to promote Naga musicians

It was finally curtains on the 20th Hornbill Festival 2019 even as music maestro AR Rahman witnessed its closing ceremony as a special guest at the Heritage Village, Kisama on Tuesday. 

However, the icing on the cake was that, prior to the curtains coming down on the 10-day cultural extravaganza, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Rahman, who is the founder director of KM Music Conservatory under AR Rahman Foundation, and chief minister Neiphiu Rio to shape future Naga music leaders.

The memorandum committed to continuing “empowering young people by developing art and music programmes through knowledge exchange partnership between The Task Force for Music & Arts of the Nagaland government and KM Music Conservatory founded by Dr AR Rahman”.

In his brief address, Rahman said he had always wanted to visit Nagaland for the past many years after having seen the State on Doordarshan. Now, being in the State, he said was in complete awe and was touched by the warmth, love and reception accorded to him. He said he was delighted visiting children’s home on Monday, adding that he found the children “extremely musical, loving and charming”.

Rahman informed the audience that KM Music Conservatory would collaborate with The Task Force for Music & Arts to make young Nagas into amazing musicians. 

Unity dance by 17 cultural troupes marked the closing ceremony, after which an extravagant performance produced and directed by The Task Force for Music & Arts enthralled the jam-packed crowd.

Speaking on the occasion, tourism adviser Khehovi Yepthomi acknowledged all the people involved in making the 20th edition of the Hornbill Festival a grand success, while also thanking tourists for visiting the State and for being a part of the festival.

Deputy chief minister Y Patton and a host of legislators, besides senior government officials, tourists from far and near and others joined the grand closing ceremony.

The programme ended with the famous song composed by AR Rahman-- ‘Jai Ho’, sang by a group of children.

Meanwhile, organisers have announced Angami Morung as the best morung in maintenance, cleanliness and hospitality, followed by Ao Morung and Chakhesang as the second and third best morungs respectively.

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