News Morung Express
Kohima | September 27
Considered in 2003, the Governor’s Award to date has conferred a total of 85 outstanding individuals in the field of Arts, Music and Literature. The procedure is controlled by the Department of Art and Culture involving the entire district administration and various socio-cultural organizations to search and select deserving personalities from all districts.
The 19th Governor’s Award in Arts, Music and Literature 2021 and 2022 at Dr Imkongliba Ao Hall, Raj Bhavan on September 27. The winners are Wapang Ozukum for Arts (2021), Sunep Lemtur for Music (2021), Zangzang Zeliang for Music (2021), Bethel Tsuzu for Music (2022) and Tali Angh for Music (2022).
This year’s winners received a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh, a citation and a shawl.
Each for excellence in their profession and talent through hard work, dedication, passion and perseverance, the 2021 and 2022 awardees are known and admired for their work:
Wapang Ozukum – Art (Fine Arts)
What stands out in Wapang arts is his unique stone carving which he started in 2005. Ozukum uses locally available resources to capture and preserve Naga cultural motifs, symbolism and famous personalities. He chooses Monuments design as a passion that he bases on post-structuralism and minimalism. The fundamental principle behind his works is to connect with viewers and encourage their interest in art. He also held a solo exhibition at the Kala Academy Art Gallery in Mumbai and also gave live demonstrations of his art at various events across the state and the country.
Sunep Lemtur – Music (Performing Arts and Entertainment/Entertainment)
Well known for his raw performances on stage and screen, Sunep is a renowned singer, songwriter, producer, director, composer and entrepreneur. He performed over 200 shows and in 2019 he captured millions of YouTube viewers with the song Nagamese, Minut loves Pinky. It won Original Score at the 2009 National Hornbill Music Festival; Best Songwriter Award, 2009 hosted by NSACS, Government of Nagaland; Best Nagaland Band Award at National Hornbill Music Festival 2011, Best Video Director of the year 2016, Best Video Award 2016 among others.
Zangzang Zeliang – Music (video producer)
A renowned video producer from Peren District, Zangzang started his music career in 2008. He organized and launched “Voice of Nagaland” in 2014 with a vision to promote young talents. Under the umbrella of ‘Voice of Nagaland’, he mobilized the artists as a choir to represent Nagaland in India’s Got Talent Season 7, 2016. He is also a finalist in Voice Hunt, 2010 and successfully recorded his 1st album Hindi in 2011. His current project to promote unity and peace in the state is a one-off music video under the umbrella of Voice of Nagaland with the nomenclature “As one” which features 27 artists.
Bethel Tsuzu – Music (education and piano)
Accomplished pianist and musician, Bethel Tsuzu, started playing the piano at the age of 7 and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Church Music in Singapore, majoring in Paino. In addition to several accolades in her profession, she established the Mountain Music Academy (MMA). She performed in her school’s 20-member choir with the Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with renowned New Zealand Christian songwriter and lyricist Brent Chambers and alongside legendary violinist Dr L Subramanian and Kavitha Krishnamurthy. As a songwriter, Bethel wrote and composed the theme song for the Asian Baptist Women Convention and the All India Baptist Women’s Convention.
Tali Angh – Music (Pop/Contemporary Christian Music)
Another outstanding musician, Tali Angh released a debut album called “Take it Slow” in November 2014. As part of the “Love Life Liberty” tour, which is an initiative of Tali Angh Music, he visited schools and colleges within and outside Nagaland. Angh served as a Naga Idol judging panelist for five consecutive seasons. He composed the official song for the traditional Miss Nagaland Tour, 2014 and was one of the judges for the same. He has been associated with a Delhi-based NGO, LiveJam, a youth-focused organization and is the founder of Prism, a school for creation and launched the Love Sound Movement in 2020, the aim of which is to make a clear call to love and unity through music.