Kohima: In a bid to display the beautiful amalgamation of Naga art and music with American melody, the Nagaland capital is all set to host the 1st Kohima Arts and Jazz Festival on April 30.

An initiative of the Nagaland government, the festival will be organised by the Music Task Force (MTF) and hosted by Nagaland College of Music and Fine Arts (NCMFA) at RCEMPA Hall, Jotsoma.

A brainchild of Dr Hovithal Sothu, project director, MTF, the festival will coincide with the International Jazz Day on April 30.

Addressing a press conference, Sothu said that the event will be organised with the aim “to promote young local talents” by providing them a platform to learn and perform.

Sothu said that similar events will be organised through the year to celebrate specific genre days (such as hip-hop, rap, rock, etc). The World Music Day, Sothu said, will also be observed in June.

The jazz festival will host several live music performances, art and photo exhibits, ethnic goods stalls, and bouncy castle for entertainment.

NCMFA assistant professor and jazz expert Hyunjun Chris Choi exhorted that the “educational” hour at the festival will be the jamming session where he will personally teach music to interested persons.

Choi further expressed how the festival was a “perfect plan” to celebrate American folk music that has “indigenous rhythms” and at the same time promoting “local talents” along with “Naga folk music”.

The festival will be a day-long-affair with continuous music, fine art, crafts and food besides being a children-friendly event. Prominent Naga artistes such as Tetseo Sisters, Mengu Suokhrie and Virie, will also perform at the festival.

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