Kohima: The Acoustic Club, Wokha, in collaboration with the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA), will host ‘Doyang Rhythms: Music by the Lake’ on April 23 and 24 at the tourist resort area near the Doyang river.

During a visit to Doyang, Nagaland’s longest and biggest river, on Saturday, Theja Meru, adviser of TaFMA, said that keeping in line with the chief minister’s vision, TaFMA is making all plans to scale up its activities.  

“Doyang is the crown jewel of Nagaland. And ‘Doyang Rhythms: Music by the Lake’ is a small beginning to tell the world of this treasure that Nagaland has,” he said. 

Doyang is the state’s longest and biggest river flowing from Japfu, Nagaland’s second-highest peak, and flows northward through Kohima, Zunheboto and Wokha districts.

Meru said that TaFMA would focus on music events that will have an economic impact, besides providing various platforms for the growth of the state’s musicians. In this regard, he exuded confidence that music festivals and musicians contribute substantially to the local economy.

Citing the world-famous electronic dance music festival Tommorowland in Belgium, and the popular South Korean boy band BTS, which hugely contributed to the growth of its local economy, Meru expressed optimism for the state.

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He said that TaFMA sees a high potential for economic activity and opportunities for Naga Musicians and all other businesses that go with such musical festivals.

“TaFMA is happy to support the event with the hope that it will blossom into a big festival in the years to come, and like other music festivals, contribute substantially to the local economy and growth of arts and industry,” he added.

Nzanbemo Patton, President of Acoustic Club, shared it would be a dream for Wokha musicians to hold such an event. Acknowledging TaFMA for its support and encouragement, he hoped that Wokha would become a music hub, providing career opportunities for the younger generation.

He informed that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is only expecting a maximum of 150-200 audiences.

Mhademo Enni, the district partner and coordinator of TaFMA, praised TaFMA for reaching the grassroots level by empowering musicians with instruments and capacity building opportunities.

He informed that proper facilities would be available at the camping sites for the Doyang festival and security would be deployed with the help of the district administration, SDRF, and the police. Tents for rent, food stalls, washrooms and other essentials would also be available.

While thermal screening will be carried out, it appealed to all those who plan to attend the music event to wear masks and carry hand sanitisers.

Hovithal Sothu, Project Director for TaFMA, shared his excitement for the ‘lakeside music for Nagaland’ event. He extended his gratitude to all stakeholders who joined hands with TaFMA to initiate the event.

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