Kohima: Abu Metha, advisor to the chief minister of Nagaland, on Friday announced that a new centre of excellence for music and arts will be inaugurated in Kohima this year.

Metha made the announcement during the inaugural ceremony of the Masterclass of Microphone technology, sound and wireless system organised by the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) on Friday at the Regional Centre of Excellence for Music and Arts (RCEMPA) at Jotsoma under Kohima district. 

The new centre of excellence, an initiative of the state government under TaFMA, will be equipped with incubation centres, research centres for folk music, archive centre, and so on, he informed. 

While addressing the gathering, Metha lauded the initiatives undertaken by TaFMA to engage with the music and art fraternity. He said that the state government has made a pragmatic approach when the then Music Task Force (MTF) was rebranded as TaFMA. 

He lauded TaFMA for judiciously utilizing funds allocated to it to promote musicians and artists in the state. Claiming that TaFMA is one of the best governmental institutions in the country, he praised it for maintaining transparency, further lauding their digital presence and urging other institutions to follow suit. 

In this regard, he added that technology and e-governance is a way to show transparency and that it is a measure towards good governance. 

Meanwhile, Theja Meru, advisor TaFMA, announced that five Naga artists have been appointed ambassadors for Shure, an American audio products corporation. The artists will be ambassadors for the brand for a year. 

The artists include singer and songwriters Alobo Naga and Abdon Mech, folk singers Tetseo Sisters, drummer David Sunar, and guitarist Imnainla Jamir. 

During the programme, Metha congratulated the five influencers, encouraging them to become fantastic ambassadors for Nagaland and for the fraternity. He hoped that these ambassadors will make the world realise that the NorthEast region brings so much colour and variety to India’s culture and heritage.

While Shure is a brand that assures quality, he advised the youth to understand the magnitude of the brand and understand how an American company is sharing the dreams of the youth in India. 

Further, he advised the youth to make responsible use of the internet and the various social media platforms. 

With trainers from Shure and Sun Infonet, he encouraged the participants for the 2-day workshop to learn as much as possible and build network. 

Meru also hoped that the participants, through the masterclass initiated by TaFMA will excel in the field. For the 2-day masterclass, 80 participants from Nagaland, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Meghalaya have registered.

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