Kohima, October 29: Kivikye Chophy from Dimapur district has emerged winner of the first online Nagaland Dance (solo) Battle organized by Musik-A events in collaboration with Kripa Foundation on the theme “Get high on dance, not on drugs” sponsored by the Department of Social Welfare, Nagaland.
Putulemla from Tuli in Mokokchung district bagged the second position while Tenjong Chungdok and Johny Kithan received the award for semi-finalists.
The competition started on September 5 with a total of 237 participants from all over the State while after the 5 rounds – Online Selection, Round of 16, quarter and semi final, the final event was held on October 18 with final choreography on the theme “SAY NO TO DRUGS”, said Director of Musik-A Alobo Naga.
More than 300 entries from Mumbai, Delhi, Patna, Bangalore, Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal & across India, but unfortunately the organizers had to take only the participants from Nagaland for this year and shortlisted 237 participants for the competition, he said.
The youngest dancers awards went to Diya Das and Jentiren both 6 years of age and Alona Assumi aged 9.
The jury comprised of Jong, a backup dancer & choreographer of famous KPOP groups like BTS, GOT7 etc. from South Korea was the celebrity judge, with Virieno Zakiesato, Choreographer & Creative Movement Artist and Kokliba, Dance instructor at Petros dance studio, alumni of Rajeev Goswami Company of Dance from Nagaland for the jury.
The winners of sub titles are: Best Choreography – Tenjong, Most Promising Dancer – Lasola Kips, Gwanilo Seb and Asen while Viewer’s Choice award went to Johny Kithan.
Director of Social Welfare, K Atoli Sema graced the occasion and gave away the awards to the winners at the award ceremony held at Hotel Japfu here today.
In her address, she said that Nasha Mukht Bharat or Addiction Free India is a campaign launched on August 15, 2020 while awareness programmes were supposed to have been organized in institutions across the State.
However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, DSW has been organizing various programs only through virtual mode, she said, since the ministry is likely to extend the lockdown, the DSW will carry out the campaign extensively as and when the situation improves, she said.
Nagaland Dance Battle is one such program aimed at creating awareness on the negative impact of substance abuse in our society, she said.
Coordinator of Kripa Foundation, Bendang Imsong delivered the closing remark. (Page News Service)