SHILLONG, Jan 21: In a first of its kind conclave in Shillong, North East Writers and Artists Conclave was held in the city to harness the creative talent and artistic energy of the people on Friday.
Young minds comprising of college and university students on a common platform with established writers, poets, artists and academicians of Shillong were put together where the theme was “Open Platform: A Conglomeration of creative minds.”
Giving an insight into objectives of the conclave, Coordinator, NEWAC, Shillong Chapter, Eric Nongkynrih mentioned that though Shillong is a powerhouse of talent, there was no market for budding writers. By organizing such conclaves, he revealed that the forum was hoping and working towards organizing “Shillong Art & Literature festival” in the near future.
He stated that the conclave was to help young and budding artists come out from their drawing tables to the stage and show their work, while the established artists would help them grow in the right direction by providing essential advice.
Former Minister RG Lyngdoh, also participating in the conclave and a blues musician himself, suggested that Meghalaya needs a publishing house to publish the work of all the talented writers; while another participant opined that a blog was required to be created for such writers and spread awareness, as this option was relatively economical.
Founder-Director of Holiday Abode for Writers and Artists (HAWA), Dimapur, Susan Waten added that for the budding artists to get a start, self initiative is good enough.
Eric himself revealed that the idea for the Conclave in Shillong came up over a cup of coffee.
The NEWAC kick started in Guwahati on Dec 22, 2011 and then travelled to Dimapur on Dec 30. The initiative is a mobile forum travelling through North East India and is presently self funded.
It aims at providing a platform for creative expressions whereby artists in the fields of literature, music, dance, theatre, film, photography, painting and such other forms of aesthetic and research based academic endeavors may mutually enrich and motivate each other toward universal creative realizations.