SHILLONG, Oct 31: Meghalaya Governor Ranjit Shekhar Mooshahary Wednesday said North East including Meghalaya is a â€œtreasure-houseâ€ in term of arts, culture, literature and music but the region still lacks proper exposure in the absence of proper platform.
â€œIn this context, government is trying to come up with such initiatives to ensure that such talents of the state gain momentum and advancement in the field of literary, music and other creative arts,â€ he said.
The Governor was giving his inaugural address at the first Shillong Creative Arts, Literature and Music Festival â€“ 2012 held here in the city on Wednesday.
Stating that rich potentialities of the region is something that is to be proud about, Mooshahary said that many young talents have come up to compete while pointing that Toshan Nongbet â€“ a youth from Shillong has already reached the finals in the Indiaâ€™s Got Talent â€“ 4. â€œI wish he comes out successful in this competition as after Shillong Chamber Choir (SCC) who had now got a global recognition after they won the last Indiaâ€™s Got Talent competition, Toshan is another talented artist that Meghalaya hoped to be proud of,â€ he added.
Pointing that an artist is one who can translate things in a creative way, the Governor said, â€œCreativity is what we want.â€
According to him, a true artist is a man of peace who has the three elements in him â€“ art of peace, art of integration and art of love.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma said, â€œSuch initiative is the testimony of a success of ideas of convergence of reaching out to people to develop â€˜partnershipâ€™.â€
He said, â€œGovernment desires to ensure that proper platform is being provided to all those young hidden talents making them productive for the well being of the state.â€
According to Dr Sangma, the festival provides ample opportunities for the talented youths of the state.
â€œWe are looking forward to have such festival being held annually and see that it makes its mark at the national as well as international level utilizing ideas in a productive way,â€ he said.
He further informed that substantial amount of funds have been given to the arts and culture department to conduct various programmes for development and promotion of young talents in the state.
According to the Chief Minister, the government is also contemplating to introduce summer and winter camps for students to ensure that their leisure times do not go wasted.
Organized by the East Khasi Hills District Arts and Culture Society, Government of Meghalaya in collaboration with the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, the Sahaki Society and other organising partners, the festival would feature active participation of eminent writers, poets, and photographers besides others.
Eminent authors like Chetan Bhagat and M.J. Akbar are amongst the speakers during the festival. Bhagat gave a motivational talk on Wednesday evening while Akbar will be doing the same on November 3, the concluding day of the festival.
The festival will delve into the creative and performing arts and explore and elucidate them in a way that is both accessible and entertaining, East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal said.
The four day event will include a Mega Book Fair organised by the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan under the State Education Mission, an Art Gallery organized by the RITI Academy, the â€œExpress Yourselfâ€ Stage, book launches and panel discussions, interactions and performances, motivational sessions and a host of other events organized by The Sahaki Society.