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2nd Nagaland Piano Teachers’ Association meet held at MAK

2nd Nagaland Piano Teachers’ Association meet held at MAK
TAFMA advisor, Theja Meru and director Hovithal Sothu along with NPTA members during the meet. (NP)
Correspondent Dimapur, Nov 4 | Publish Date: 11/4/2020 1:09:21 PM IST

 The second Nagaland Piano Teachers’ Association (NPTA) members meet was held at Music Academy Kohima (MAK).

Speaking as the honoured guest at the event, TAFMA advisor, Theja Meru, called on the gathered pianists and teachers to make Nagaland the piano capital of the country.

Meru said this was an achievable feat if all the pianists came together and worked in unison. He cited some important  steps in order to help achieve this milestone. The first thing, he said, was the need to have a vision basing on which the pianists can move forward.

He challenged the teachers to awaken the youth and help them dream which would draw out the best in them. Hardwork, he said, was the third and an essential requirement in the race to realise this feat.

Meru also announced that TAFMA recently collaborated with Royal Mumbai Opera House. He invited NPTA to organise piano events which can be held at the Opera House. 

During the event Meru handed out certificates to students and members of NPTA.

A brief talk about piano was conducted by Khyochano (NPTA President), Nise Meruno (NPTA Honorary Member) and Sahu Peseyie (Board Member) as speakers with Rokopheno Chase as the moderator.

Taking part in the Q&A session, TAFMA advisor Theja Meru asked Nise about his experiences of being a Yamaha artiste.

Nise replied that when a person is true to themselves and the people around them then good things were bound to happen.

He said he had been true to his classical roots and that that was one of the reasons he landed the contract.

He said, “I did not get the contract because I am the best pianist but I believe I’m a people person. I am able to connect with people without much effort, which, I feel, is a very important quality one needs in order to move forward as a musician alongside being presentable and knowing how to deal with others.”

He stressed on the importance of giving space to an artiste to grow.

Questions posed by members of the audience were replied in turns by the three speakers.

Piano pieces in various styles and from different periods including Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century were presented by Ruth Sasu & Kekhrulu Nakro, Ayide Koza, Thejasanuo Kesiezie and Imsongdi Imsong respectively.

The performers each gave brief insights into the styles and composers of the pieces they performed. 

Earlier welcome address was delivered by Khyochano TCK. She said NPTA was formed primarily to support and help piano educators and create a closely knitted community among the teachers which would in turn enhance the teaching methods and also aid in better understanding the needs of their students.

She reminded the gathering that Piano was the first instrument to be studied in a systematic format from as early as the time of the early missionaries which had been passed on to the present times. Seno Whiso, founder of Bellada Music, Jotsoma, shared her journey as a pianist.

She said her first students were her siblings and then from there she gradually proceeded to becoming a full-time teacher. She described her amazement at how a wide range of people wanted to learn Piano including small kids to even retired govt officials, which, she added, was a huge testament to how people loved the instrument.

The meet was attended by piano teachers and students from different parts of the state. Members of “The Creative Indian”, a filmmakers crew also attended.

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