CM launches Meghalaya Grassroots Music Project season 2

'1600 artists performed more than 3000 occasions in first season'

Shillong, Oct 4: The Meghalaya Grassroots Music Project (MGMP) Season 2 was  launched on Wednesday by Chief Minister Conrad  Sangma at Khyndailad supported by Tourism Department and The Meghalayan Age.

Addressing the gathering, Conrad said,”Today, we embark on a journey to celebrate the soul of Meghalaya through music. Our state is a treasure trove of talent, and the Meghalaya Grassroots Music Project Season 2 is our way of showcasing our vibrant culture and nurturing our local musicians”.


Congratulating all the officials for successfully conducting the first session of MGMP,  Conrad highlighted Meghalaya’s unique contribution in supporting independent music and musicians and said having programmes like MGMP is the first of its kind in the country.

The  chief minister added,“Through this Meghalaya Grassroot Music Project, in the first season itself, over 1600 artists have performed more than 3000 occasions. Of all the revenue that is generated through tourism activities in the state, we were able to share some part of it to the artists leading to promotion of music industry and thereby, benefiting our local people. This season, we are going to make this project even bigger and have performances not merely confined to music but also folklore, drama, acts, stand-up comedy, and others.”

Tourism Minister Paul Lyngdoh said, “I am delighted to address the gathering of young, talented artists here today. The inaugural year of the Meghalaya Grassroots Music Project was a resounding success, and as we embark on its second season, we are confident that this initiative will push Meghalaya towards remarkable achievements. Our capital, Shillong, is poised to become the nation’s music capital and will soon echo with the vibrant tunes of our local talent. This project has undeniably served as an invaluable platform for budding artists in Meghalaya. In the upcoming season, our commitment extends to reaching every corner of the state, including every district headquarters, ensuring that our music resonates throughout the hills. Shillong, too, is on the cusp of blossoming into a vibrant hub for musicians, street performers, and bands. With these developments, the music scene in Meghalaya is poised to thrive and lead our state to become the top destination for tourism in India.”

The atmosphere at Khyndailad was musical, with enthusiasts of all ages swaying to the rhythm of three bands – Sur Ki Nongkyndong, Colours, and Na u Bnai.

The project, officially launched by Conrad on April 26, 2022, not only offers musical acts but also showcases Meghalaya’s rich cultural heritage. It’s a harmonious fusion of music and tourism, inviting both tourists and locals to explore the vibrant tapestry of the state.

Minister of Health and Family Welfare  Ampareen Lyngdoh, MLA of North Garo Hills Rupert Momin, MDC of Rambrai Jyngram Constituency Bajop Pyngrope, MLA of South West Garo Hills Ian Botham K. Sangma and others also graced the occasion.

Vijay Kumar, Commissioner and Secretary, Department of Tourism delivered the introductory address at the programme and the closing remarks were given by Cyril  Diengdoh, Director of Tourism.

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