While Nagaland Government is carving a niche to make music an industry in the state. Tuning up forward, in a progressive fortune — Nagaland music scene has already caught the attention of British Council too.
Tasneem Vahanvaty, Head of Business Development for the Arts, British Council India (BCI), who was part of a three-member team from the BCI visiting Nagaland earlier this month, spoke of her wish to promote the music scene in Nagaland.
According to Morung Express, it noted that Vahanvaty has been actively following the ‘Nagaland music scene’ for a while now and got really interested to find out its potential and explore its entrepreneurial talent.
During a stopover in the state’s only commercial hub Dimapur on May 23, 2013. She visited the popular live music cafe Jumpin Bean accompanied by Gugs Chishi, Director of the Music Task Force (MTF), a department of the state government that promotes the music and talent resources.
She hurled her appreciations that “Nagaland is possibly the only state in the country where the state government supports music and that too contemporary”. She also added that artistes from the UK will be invited for this year’s Hornbill Festival.
Nagaland government had made an announcement few months ago, to make the annual Hornbill Rock Music Contest go international this year onward with battle of the bands winning prize raised to INR 10 lacs from INR 5 lacs, which has been the trophy cheque since 2008.
Adding practicality to the said tied-up relationship, British Council had invited the MTF officials to attend the Celtic Connections music festival in Glasgow, Scotland during January-February earlier this year.
To boast the newly venture, Nagaland’s Music Task Force has also recently announced a monthly package of Rs. 30,000 to each promoter of the selected four local music promoters in Kohima, Dimapur and Mokokchung.