Five awarded for Art, Music, Literature

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Kohima, Aug 16 (UNI) Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan has awarded five people for their distinction in the field of Art, Music and Literature as part of the 'At Home' programme on Independence Day here.

Addressing the award-giving ceremony here yesterday, which was a part of the 'At Home' celebrations on the 62nd Independence Day, the Governor said the Nagas had many talents, but lamented that lack of exposure prevented them from exploring their talents.

He appreciated the distinct culture, customs and traditions of the Nagas, which is a unique feature in the cultural canvas of the nation.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said for a long time, the Naga people were engulfed in the gun culture, forgetting the brighter side of their lives.

''The time has come for the younger generation to change over to the better side of life like music, arts and literature, where a good number of youths are excelling, even in the national and international arena,'' he said.

Mr Rio said the routine programme 'At Home' on the Independence Day and Republic Day in Raj Bhavan was changed into a function of recognition for artisans, painters, musicians and writers in 2003 and since then the state government is awarding the hidden talent from the nooks and corners of the state.

He urged the youth to take advantages of the schemes and plans of the state government like Music Task Force, Chief Minister's Corpus Fund and the ongoing 'Year of Capacity Building'.

He said the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government would continue to support the people, especially the younger generation to prepare themselves to compete in the international fields.

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