Hovithal Sothu, project director MTF, (third from left) with the event managers and other artistes during the announcement of the 1st Music Industry Stakeholders’ Conclave in Kohima, Nagaland Credit: EastMojo image

Kohima: Nagaland is all set to host the 1st Music Industry Stakeholders’ Conclave featuring workshops, concert and a music equipment donation drive as part of its World Music Day celebrations on June 21.

The conclave is being organised by Music Task Force (MTF), under the state department of youth resources and sports, with the theme ‘Music & Arts to greater heights’.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Hovithal Sothu, project director, MTF, said that the conclave was earlier scheduled for March 11 but was called off due to the announcement of model code of conduct for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in the state.

“There is a need for a ‘grand day’ to celebrate music and a platform for stakeholders to air out their sorrows, problems, dreams and suggestions on how the Naga music industry can progress,” Sothu said. However he regretted to inform that due to resource constraints, such events were not initiated in other districts this year.

Altogether, 60 artistes and 17 bands, including Nise Meruno, Tetseo Sisters and Methaneilie Jütakhrie, will perform during the final phase of the conclave at the Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma, around 8 km from the capital.

Earlier, during the day, workshops and consultations on music education, choir, artist management and production will also be organised as part of the event.

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An ‘equipment donation drive’ will be also be carried out, where any musical equipment and items collected will later be handed to less privileged music learners.

The MTF also plans to tour four eastern Nagaland districts — Mon, Tuensang, Longleng and Kiphire — to conduct workshops on sound management, music training and vocal training.

The event will be held at the Heritage, Kohima at 4.30 pm and is set to feature nine prominent bands and three solo artistes.

The conclave will coincide with Nagaland’s 4th World Music Day (WMD), a separate musical evening being organised under the umbrella of Symphony Academy of Music and Musicians’ Guild, in Kohima on that day.

Music Academy Kohima director Khyochano TCK briefed on the history of WMD dating back to 1982 in France and said that “inclusiveness of all Nagas”, with performances ranging from amateur artists, practising and academic musicians to prominent artists from across the state, is what makes the musical event different.

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