First Longsa music carnival gets underway
LONGSA — The first Longsa music carnival, organised by Longsa Music Club, got underway in Longsa village, some 25 kilometres off Mokokchung town on Thursday.
The two-day music carnival would feature music competitions on traditional as well as contemporary music and the anchor bands are Huntingboots and Mingletones.
On January 5, many artistes such as Spectrum, Stereo Groove, Ark Covenant and Decorum Disaster would take centre stage. The carnival also witnessed an open-stage jamming session.
The inaugural programme was attended by Rongsennungba, director of Fisheries and Aquatics Resources, as the inaugural patron. Speaking at the programme, he stated that organising a carnival is not an easy task. He, however, lauded the tireless efforts put in by the Longsa Music Club and the village council for making the event a success.
He expressed hope that the people of Longsa would benefit as well as promote young musicians through the initiative. He added that such an initiative would not only boost socio-economic development and generate revenue but also promote tourism in the village.
He further suggested affiliating with the Art and Culture department and Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) to provide a platform for young musicians and promote a tourism network.
Meanwhile, I Temsu Jamir, convener of the event, informed that Longsa music carnival was initiated with a broader vision and plans to make it into a yearly event of Longsa village.
He informed that the Longsa Music Club was formed to encourage musicians. He also stated that through the carnival the club wanted to encourage the people to come and witness the vibrancy and culture of Longsa besides promoting the village as a tourist destination to the outside world.
He further highlighted that the carnival would be a fusion of traditional and modern music with more focus towards traditional music.
Talichuba, chairman of Longsa village council, underscored that music has no boundaries and music brings change because it touches the heart and soul of the people. He further appealed to the artistes to make good music and make the carnival a springboard for reviving music and culture.
The first day of the carnival would feature competitions on chanting for both men and women, Ao song for juniors and Ao composed song for seniors.
The retired chief secretary of Nagaland, Alemtemshi Jamir, would be the patron of the evening concert.
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