Jotsoma: Ambassador of Latvia to India Artis  Bertulis on Saturday inaugurated ‘Musify’, a space for Naga musicians created by the Task Force Music and Arts (TaFMA) at the Regional Centre of Excellence for Music and Performing Arts (RCEMPA) at Jotsoma, about 7km from Kohima town.

TaFMA advisor Theja Meru said the musical room ‘Musify’ will open for professional musicians and bands where the space can be used to practice, jam sessions, and even be used for audio-visual recordings and talk shows.

Meru thanked Beat devices Kohima, an audio visual equipment supplier, for donating  equipment to be used in the musical space.

Meru also lauded Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s vision of creating the private-public partnership which is accelerating the growth of music and art in the state.

Ahead of launching Musify, Bertulis recalled how the Latvian musical adventure with Nagaland happened two years ago ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I come from a country which is 6,400KM away. As my country is known as a land that sings, where else can a land that sings be better represented than the land of festivals? So, we recognised that, we discovered the beautiful voices and talents, and we are here to support them,” Bertulis told journalists. 

A four-day choir conducting and voice training, a collaboration of the embassy of Latvia and Nagaland government, was conducted from November 8-11, and is culminating with a finale concert “Choral expression” on Saturday night.

The Latvian ambassador who is in Nagaland said the ‘choral expression’, is aimed to show the works of its three best choir conductors and musicians who taught the musicians from Nagaland.

The three experts in choir conducting and voice from Latvia include Egils Jakobsons, Inta Kamarute, and Gints Ceplenieks, who conducted the intensive workshop.

According to him, there are a lot of similarities between Latvia and Nagaland as both strongly involves in performing art and music, paintings. “I’m happy we could bring our expertise,” he said.

Bertulis informed that during a meeting with Nagaland CM on Friday, future plans on how to make music education sustainable was deliberated. He said that educating the educators is one step and suggested that Naga Folk tunes can be adopted. 

“We will see that your state could be represented in our song festivals. This brigde of love for music and bridge of songs be even more fortified and I hope to have a successful coordination in future,” he added.

The ceremony concluded with a performance by Vito and the band at Musify.

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