Kohima: The art scene is witnessing growth in Nagaland and as the 2-day World Art Day celebrations came to an end on Wednesday, the adviser to the government’s Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA), Theja Meru encouraged local artists to take pride in being an artist.

Speaking at the valedictory ceremony of the World Art Day at the Old NST in Kohima, Meru said that despite the hurdles that the visual artists in Nagaland face, each artist should love and be passionate about their work, as art gives colour and value to life.

There is no doubt that the demand for innovative content has intensified following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Nagaland is no exception. Meru informed that artists were doing good in the last few years.

In this regard, he said that more than Rs 3 lakh worth of art was sold during the lockdown. Meru also advised the artists to continue sharing joy and happiness through their art.

As he lauded the artists, including students who participated in the two-day art fest, he assured TaFMA would continue to support the sector and ensure that artists go places.

The two-day event witnessed an art competition, an exhibition, demonstrations, etc. In the competition for children, Tsentsüthung, a class 10 student at Mezhür Higher Secondary School was adjudged as the winner while Kegwayhun Khing of Class 2 from Grace Higher Secondary School, and Katimenla, a class 6 student of Bethel higher secondary school, secured the second and third position respectively.

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