Recipients of the Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou Memorial Award for Music with Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu at Minister’s Hill Baptist Church, Kohima on September 8.
Morung Express News
Kohima | September 8
The 10th Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou’s Memorial Award for Music was held on September 8 at Minister’s Hill Baptist Church, Kohima.
The recipients for this year’s awards were Mengubeinuo Solo from Northfield, Lhuvi Khate from Holy Cross Hr. Sec. School and Thuisemla Shanglai, Patkai Hr. Sec. School, Chumukedima. All the recipients scored the highest marks i.e. 95% in the subject of Music during the HSLC 2018. The recipients received Rs.15,000 each along with a citation. The award was sponsored by the Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou Memorial Society.
Paying tribute to the Late Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou, Vesato Thelüo mentioned the Üsou was a person who was ‘outspoken but true to his word; stern but kind; determined and will powered who never hesitated to speak the truth and stand for the truth.’ Thelüo also added that Rev. Dr. Üsou was a well known musician who have intensely researched on Naga music and published a book called ‘Naga identity’. The first music school in Nagaland was also established by Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou in 1969.
Delivering the acceptance speech, Mengubeinuo Solo, a recipient of this year’s award thanked the organisers for the award and further acknowledged the legacy of Late Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü who has inspired many in Nagaland. Through this award, Solo viewed that more students will be inspired and motivated to progress in the field of music in Nagaland.
Resource Person Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu, Chairman, NKVIB, Government of Nagaland in his speech stressed on the importance of preserving and sustaining one’s tradition and culture via music. Citing examples on neighbouring states promoting local traditional music, Dr. Keditsu said, “We must encourage our own local music. Our language, our music is unique and it is our identity. We need to safeguard this identity”.
Regretting that Naga society gives more preference to western music, Dr. Keditsu express the hope that in future Nagas will be encouraged to pursue local traditional music and songs. The need to develop music as a profession and a major source of livelihood was also stressed.