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Sangeet Natak Akademy opens centre in Shilong

With an aim at integrating the diverse culture of the ethnic communities of the Northeast, Sangeet Natak Akademy has opened its first ever regional centre in the country in Shillong.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2008 13:12 IST

With an aim at integrating the diverse culture of the ethnic communities of the Northeast, Sangeet Natak Akademy has opened its first ever regional centre in the country in Shillong.

"Northeast has good talent in music and the region is a special area of concern for the Akademy. The diverse culture and art forms of the region should be integrated in a meaningful way," Akademy's chairman Ram Nivas Mirdha said at the inauguration of the centre here last night.

He said the Shillong centre would sponsor programmes, inspect activities of cultural institutions, implement central schemes and conduct related surveys.

The Center would also make an endeavour to document the vanishing art forms of the region and prepare an archive of various indigenous cultures and heritage.

Mirdha said promoting of the diverse culture would go a long way in integrating the region.

Arunachal Pradesh representative in the Akademy YD Thongshi said, "NE has rich culture inherited from the forefathers. But it is yet to be exposed to the rest of the world. The centre should provide a platform to promote the regions art and culture."

Eminent singer Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and other noted personalities of the region were present at the inauguration.