SHILLONG, March 02: The All Meghalaya Dancers Association (AMDA) has sought inclusion of dance and singing in the curriculum of schools in the state and has demanded that the State Government extends support to it.
AMDA has also demanded the introduction of special financial assistance for promotion of talented dancers and singers from across the state during a protest staged at the parking lot near the Additional Secretariat on Thursday.
AMDA opines that it is high time that the state government considers supporting young and talented dancers and singers rather than spending huge amounts of money only on festivals.
The protest was to express concern over the failure of the state government to come up with policy to support such talents in the state, according to AMDA president Kitbok Thabah.
He said that recently a group of 24 singers from the Diethy Miracle Choice Choir who were selected to compete in a reality show titled the Rising Star, had to be cancelled just because of financial constraints.
“In view of this, we demand the government to introduce a system for extending financial help to dancers and singers from the state because entertainment is also a way of generating a lot of employment opportunities,” he said.
He said the association is also demanding that dancing/singing as a subject should be introduced right from primary to secondary level of schooling while urging the education minister to invite them for talks on the matter.
Urging the Chief Minister for his intervention, Thabah said the association also appealed to all the 60 legislators to also take up the matter for discussion in the upcoming Assembly’s budget session.
Meanwhile, the AMDA also demanded the state government to recognize it as an “autonomous body” to extend the necessary support to dancing/singing community.