Guwahati: In Meghalaya, no celebration would be complete without music and the land comes alive with great songs accompanied by the sound of traditional instruments. The guitars may be found in many households, and tourists and pedestrians can enjoy the music of street performers in the state.
The Meghalaya government has launched a grassroots music project in a bid to recognise and promote musical talents as well as provide support to artistes for events outside the state.
The main motive of this project was to provide a platform for emerging independent singers, songwriters, composers, and also bands to develop their skills and perform for crowds of all kinds.
According to sources, through the project, the Government of Meghalaya seeks to connect with and support more than 500 artists and musicians.
The street musical event will kick start at Khyndailad, Laitumkhrah, Mawkdok, and Sohra, sources added.
This ambitious effort also intends to provide young performers with the chance to find avenues even outside of Meghalaya, from busking in the streets, cafes, and restaurants to live concerts.
Additionally, the government has established special touring funds for artists. Along with giving these artists a means of support, this platform gives visitors to the state an idea of what to expect from the local music scene.
This platform besides providing sustenance to these artists also provides tourists visiting the state a glimpse of what can be expected from the musical scene.
Earlier, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said that “Music, being an area with huge potential, has been neglected for a very long time and hoped that through this programme, they would be able to create platforms for the musicians and also employment opportunities besides providing tourists with a unique and musical experience.”
“We conceptualised this programme to encourage and provide a platform to our musicians and link it up with tourism,” Sangma added.
“Over the course of the following year, there will be a live music event every weekend, with government funding covering all costs”, official added.
Meanwhile, Sangma often seen strumming guitars and enthralling audiences with their rock numbers.