Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman to promote Naga musicians

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10-day Hornbill Festival culminates at Kisama village

HT Bureau

DIMAPUR, Dec 10: As the curtain fell on 10-day Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, about 15km from Kohima, on Tuesday evening, the Oscar-winning and celebrated musician AR Rahman announced signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA), Nagaland, and KM Music Conservatory (KMMC) Chennai to promote Naga musicians.

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio and Rahman signed the MoU to make KMMC the knowledge partner for TaFMA.

Gracing the occasion, Rahman said, “Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and I have agreed to tie up KMMC and TaFMA to make the Nagas amazing musicians.”

He said KMMC houses commercial recording studios and The Sunshine Orchestra for underprivileged children. With the inking of this agreement, the Nagaland chapter of The Sunshine Orchestra was officially launched.

The international music maestro expressed his appreciation to the musical talents he discovered during his visit to Kohima Orphanage and Destitute Home in Kohima on Monday.

Unity dance comprising all the Naga cultural troupes was presented to mark the end of the celebration of the festival of culture, tradition and music.

KM Music Conservatory is a full-fledged state-of-the-art facility established in 2008 by A.R. Rahman Foundation that offers a range of part-time and full-time courses in Hindustani and Western classical music and music technology.

Under his patronage, the Conservatory offers programmes for all ages and abilities. The renowned faculty of the institute are drawn from around the world, with specialisation in musical performance, musical theory and analysis, music history and music technology.

Visitors from across the country and the world, including the locals, witnessed the last day vibrant cultural performances presented by various Naga cultural troupes. Nagaland deputy chief minister Y. Patton and adviser to veterinary and animal husbandry R. Khing were the hosts of the final celebration of the programme.

The final cultural extravaganza presented under the aegis of Nagaland art a culture department was graced by Bedica Kant, wife of CEO, NITI AYOG, as special guest.

The 10th day of ‘Cultural Connect’, the cultural extravaganza of Hornbill Festival, presented a glimpse of rich culture songs and dances of the tribes of Nagaland.

A total of 17 cultural troupes from different tribes of Nagaland braved the chilly Kisama weather to perform give a glimpse of the unique culture and practices of the Nagas. Adviser to irrigation and flood control Namri Nchang was the chief host of the final session of Cultural Connect.

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