Friday, December 2, 2022

Christ the king church wins Catholic Choral Fiesta

Christ the King Church (CKC) Kohima village emerged as the winner of the 1st Nagaland Catholic Choral Fiesta (NCCF) held at the capital cultural hall in Kohima on Saturday.
The musical event was organized by Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN), apex lay organization of the Catholics, under the theme “Una Fides Una Voce” meaning “One Faith One Voice”.
St. Francis De Sales (SFS) Parish Kohima town secured the first runner-up position followed by Mary Help of Christians Cathedral Kohima as the second runner-up. The winner received a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh while the first and second runners-up received Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 70, 0000 respectively.
St. Ignitius Parish Razeba, Phek district and St. Paul Parish Phesama, Kohima received consolation prizes of Rs 50,000 each for making it to the final round.
Advisor to the chief minister of Nagaland, Abu Metha, graced the musical event as the special guest while Advisor to the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) Theja Meru was the guest of honor.
Addressing the gathering, Metha pointed out that the event was a time of fellowship and an opportunity to celebrate young talents of Nagaland.
He lauded the Catholic Association of Nagaland (CAN) for the “wonderful project” and said that the Catholic community had made significant contributions across the world. .
Highlighting that the Catholic community was a global community with vast network, he said that government and non-governmental organizations should work with the Catholic community for the benefit of the children and upcoming generations. On the occasion he announce that the winner of the competition would get the opportunity to perform at the Hornbill festival and would be trained by experts from TaFMA.
Advisor to the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) Theja Meru, in his speech as the guest of honour, said that there was a conducive environment for music and arts in the state and that platform like this grooms the youth. He encouraged upcoming musicians to dream big and be proud of what they do and assured that TaFMA will continue to support the catholic community.
The top five choirs were selected from among 9 choirs that performed at the musical event out of 28 teams that auditioned for the fiesta from across the state.
Earlier, delivering the president’s address, Johnny Ruangmei said that the Catholic Church was the second largest church in the state and that talents of the youth are unexplored.
He said that the fiesta is the first of its kind that brought catholic youth from all across Nagaland.
The event began with the Shepherd’s blessings by Reverend Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima.Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement performed ‘Baba Yetu’ while other special numbers were performed by Rev Fr Gabriel Gaikhan, Nounengu Augustine Whuorie, Ketoulhoutuo Dominic Zuyie and MenguseüSuokhrie. Vote of thanks was proposed by Elias T Lotha while final blessing was pronounced by Kohima Diocese, vicar general Fr Neisalhou Carlos.

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