Jotsoma: The Nagaland Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday evening conducted a national anthem competition in commemoration of the 161st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, at the Regional Centre of Excellence for Music and Arts, Jotsoma, under Kohima district. 

This year marks the 161st birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, a great Bengali poet, writer, novelist, philosopher and painter. 

The competition witnessed participation of 10 educational institutions from Kohima district, including Sazolie College, Sazolie College of Teachers Education, Kohima College, Nagaland Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti, Don Bosco College,  Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Yakukie, College of Arts and Technology Phezha, State College of Teachers Education, Hindi Rashtrabhasha Prachar Samiti Kezieke, and Kohima Science College. 

State College of Teachers Education emerged as the winners of the competition and walked away with a cash reward of Rs 50,000 along with citation. College of Arts and Technology Phezha secured the second position followed by Kohima College, Kohima, in the third position, winning Rs 35,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively. 

During the competition, O Akum Tzudir, Officer on special duty to Temjen Imna Along, minister of Higher Education and tribal affairs, remembered the immense contribution, efforts, achievements, and sacrifices made by Tagore in nation building.

As the 161st birth anniversary is commemorated, he challenged the youth to be responsible citizens who can contribute to the great nation in every possible way. 

The judges for the competition were Ajin Longchari, Khyochano TCK, and Neisatuo TheluoTheluo. The competition began with a prayer by Fr Sunny KSKS from Don Bosco College, Kohima.

While state BJP vice president Peter Rutsa delivered the welcome note, state BJP chief spokesperson Kuputo Shohe delivered the vote of thanks. Prominent musicians Imcha Imchen and Virie made special appearances at the event. 

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