Stating that ‘there is no miracle in music but only a lot of hard work’, Advisor to the Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA), Theja Meru on Tuesday lauded the winners of the Virtual Mozart Competition during the prize giving ceremony at Regional Centre for Excellence in Music and Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma.
He recalled that the Virtual Mozart birthed during the lockdown, and said that it is “something we want to continue in the future, at the regional level and hopefully a national one soon.” Placing on record that the winner’s prize was sponsored by Casio, he expressed gratitude for the support they have given for music in Nagaland.
To the winners, he exuded hope that their winning will be an inspiration for many more young talents to win prizes and bring laurels to Nagaland.
“I want to see some of you winning bigger championships. It is high time that our young boys and girls shine in Asia, Europe, all across the world and that is not exaggeration but we have the talent. TaFMA is proud of you, keep up the good work,” he said.
Echoing the Chief Minister’s dream to make Nagaland a centre of music, he said that it definitely includes ‘performing well’ but most importantly, to be able to earn a livelihood and make a career out of it. From April till October this year, he highlighted, TaFMA organised more than 20 events online.
In his short address, former President of Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI), Chris Kire said that it was very encouraging to see TaFMA taking this initiative, giving platform to young talents, and driving the youth to a positive direction. Terming it as a ‘big achievement’ in the state, he commended TaFMA for taking the extra mile especially in the field of music to showcase talents to the world.
“TaFMA has been able to place the talent we have in the national as well as international roadmap. I congratulate all the winners, and wish them all the best”, he added.
During the event, Denoto John, who won the competition was awarded with a Casio CDP-S digital piano (sponsored by Casio, the corporate partner of TaFMA) while Ayide Koza, Ati Mero and Avikuo Solo were given gift hampers sponsored by Mountain Music Academy, Dimapur for winning the three consolation prizes.
The judges for the contest were Bethel Tzuzu, Zingrin Shishak and Visahu Peseyie.
Earlier, Hovithal Sothu, Project Director, TaFMA chaired the event.