Kohima: In a major boost towards enhancing formal music education in Nagaland, ‘De Operattas’ music institute at Kohima was on Wednesday formally inaugurated by Adviser for Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) Theja Meru. The new music institute hopes to develop an ‘analytical, creative, perceptive understanding of music as a language.’
De Operettas is an Italian word that means a form of “Theatre of a light Opera”. The motto of the music institute is ‘Ensemble in Harmony’. He shared that the vision statement for the institute is ‘Everything for the Glory of God through Music and Arts.’
Musical courses offered in the institute include piano, guitar (classical and contemporary), voice (classical and contemporary), drums, basic theory, systematic grade theory, violin, dance and Zumba. At present, there are 13 teaching staffs teaching different musical instruments.
Sürhüveyi Tetseo, the Managing Director (MD) of De Operettas, hoped to share folk tunes of the state across the globe through the institute. He cited how the Chakhesang Nagas alone have 332 folk tunes, adding the need to promote such local melodies.
The MD, who began playing the guitar at the age of eleven, encouraged students to work hard. “If we focus on our dreams, God is there to make it happen,” he said.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Meru said that music institutions are the backbone of the music industry in the state. In this regard, he said that music institutes play a huge role in imparting formal music education, giving wings to musicians to write better music, produce ideas and expand their imaginations.
Stressing on the need to focus majorly on music education, he said that music institutes must be supported. Without literacy, one cannot move forward, he said. He further added that it is important to be “music literate”.
Taking the opportunity, Meru appealed to proprietors of music institutes to train students beyond music lessons and impart a holistic approach in the education system. Meru also appealed to them to spread music institute branches across various districts in the state and help promote formal music education.
Meru challenged the musicians of the day to develop their personalities and be more sensitive about the problems that surround the society, rather than focusing only on music.
For the budding musicians and full-time musicians, he encouraged them to become geniuses in their work through hard work. For the music teachers in the state, he suggested that they explore avenues outside the state.
Sharing the chief minister’s vision to make Nagaland a capital for music and arts, he assured that TaFMA is doing all that it can to fulfil the vision. Through the TaFMA’s music incubation programme, he said that more than 120 musicians across Nagaland are being trained to become music professionals.
He also added that four students are in the process of being selected to pursue a three-month course at music maestro AR Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory.
The music institute aims to promote the highest level of human aspiration, artistic integrity and humility through the composition, authentication and performance of music and arts. It aims to impart music knowledge to youngsters and help them to make music and promote their songwriting while developing community ties through music and arts.