In Letter & Spirit

To Sunday Shillong,

This is in reference to the article, ‘The future is calling’, which was published on January 12. It was wonderful to read about the young role models in our state. These youth have overcome adversities to become what they are today. They are indeed an inspiration for all. At the same time, it is sad that they hardly get any support from the government and have to fight their own battles. There are many talented youth in the state, be it in sports, arts, academics or handicrafts. Sadly, there is no proper platform for any of them. Some private organisations come forward to provide necessary help but that is not enough. The government should have a sustainable system that can support young talents in their endeavour. This will also encourage others to think beyond the convention. The new government is all for startups and entrepreneurship. Besides that, there should be proper recognition of creativity that is completely lacking in our state. This is the reason why many young artists and musicians are struggling to showcase their talent. There is a need for helping these youngsters as they are the future of the state.

Thanking you
Gavin Kharshandy

To Sunday Shillong,

This is in reference to the article, ‘United they make music’, which was published in the January 5 edition. The musical tradition of the villages is unique. The villagers, some of whom are daily wage earners and farmers, are not trained musicians and yet they have the spirit to carry on the age-old legacy of their villages. It is amazing how they have learned playing the various instruments and the tunes. Many villages like Nohron have unique musical legacy. For instance, Kongthong and Wahkhen are among the villages which have the tradition of musical names. In these villages, every child has a tune given at birth that is used for calling them. This tradition is still practised in many villages. Besides, Wahkhen under Pynursla block in East Khasi Hills has rich tradition of Khasi music. The village is preserving and promoting Khasi music and instruments. These musical traditions should be preserved and promoted more so that the world outside can know about them. These should also be properly documented so that the future generations can know about them.

Thanking you
SW Swer

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