Dimapur, June 7
Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Resources and Sports, NRE & Music Task Force (MTF), Khriehu Liezietsu, while asserting that music has always been an integral part of the Naga people, said Naga musicians are no less than others in the field of music.
Gracing as the chief guest at the award ceremony of Lt. Dr. Rev. Neiliezhu Usou’s Memorial Award for Music on June 7, Khriehu acknowledged the contributions of Lt. Rev. Neiliezhu Usou towards the Naga society and said that it was befitting that such an award is being named after a man who has contributed so much to music and musicians.
“I feel that awards like this will not only recognise academic achievements but also go a long way in pushing and motivating the younger generation to take music more seriously and uplift the music standard in Nagaland,” he added. He further expressed appreciation to the family of the Lt. Rev. Neiliezhu Usou for instituting the music award in its present name and form.
Stating that music has been an important aspect of the State government’s policy, the Parliamentary Secretary said MTF has been a facilitator for development of music infrastructure and music resources in the State. Mentioning about the now functional Regional Centre of Excellence for Music and Performing Arts in Jotsoma, upgradation of Hornbill Music Festival to an international event and the various new schemes and programmes introduced for local musicians, Khriehu informed that Nagaland is the first state in the country to have introduce Music as an industry.
“The idea is to encourage musicians by generating employment, promote music and making it a career option and not just a hobby,” he maintained.
The young legislator congratulated the recipient Miss Kezekevinuo Usou and also lauded Rev. Dr. Neiliezhu Usou Memorial Society for their tireless hard work and commitment towards the uplift of music and peace in Naga society.
The award recipient, Kezekevinuo Lydia Usou from Christian Higher Secondary School Dimapur, who secured 100 marks in music in the HSLC 2014, has thanked the organisers for acknowledging her success and said that receiving the Award has brought her one step closer to pursue music in future. The Award which carries a cash prize of Rs 15000 and a citation was presented to her by the chief guest.
In the programme, a touching tribute to the Lt. Rev Neiliezhu Usou was shared by Neiketsuu Chadi, neice of Lt. Rev. Neiliezhu Usou.
Other highlights of the programme included special numbers by Nerhema Baptist Youth Choir, students of MHBHSS, Ameu Usou and the choir, Usou’s instrumental praise and a special rendition by Keduokhrietuo Usou added more colours to the impressive ceremony. The programme held at Rev. Dr. Neiliezhu Memorial Hall Kohima was lead by Vesato Theluo with Neikhrieo Usou as the pianist of the day. Pastor of City Church Kohima, Kedo Peseyie, has invoked God’s blessings, while Azha Usou proposed the vote of thanks.