Thursday 27 January 2011

Governor’s award for excellence in art, literature

State governor Nikhil Kumar on the occasion of Republic Day felicitated five personalities of the state for their distinctive excellence in the fields of art, music and literature. The five recipients of the Governor’s Award are Velasuzo Shijoh, Yanger Toshi Pongen, Senti Toy, Margaret Shishak and Easterine Kire.

Lauding the recipients, Nikhil Kumar said they had each promoted their roots and culture through their own proficiency. He also acknowledged the selection committee headed by chief secretary Lalthara for selecting the right people. While pointing out that India was on the move to becoming an economic super power, the governor asserted that Nagaland would not be left behind in the process but will keep pace with others and move forward with excellence. Chief minister Neiphiu Rio said Nagas have been recognized worldwide in the field of art, music and literature, and urged the recipients to be role models for the younger generation.

He said “Let this governor’s medals, award be a message for talent to grow’.

The governor gave away mementoes along with shawls and cash award of `25000 each and certificates to Yangertoshi Pongen (Art), Velasuzo Shijoh (Art), Margaret Shishak (Music), Senti Toy (Music), Easterine Kire (Literature). The governor also felicitated Divine Connection on winning MTV Kurkure Desi Beats Rock On. A cash award of `10,000 was presented to them.

Earlier, commissioner and secretary, Tourism, Art and Culture gave a brief introduction on the governor’s award. The programme was attended by MLAs, officials from state government, army and other organizations.

Governor’s award for excellence in art, literature - Nagaland Post