Curtains came down on the three-day Tura Winter Youth Festival organized with a rock concert later Wednesday night.
The festival organized by West Garo Hills District Administration at Dikki-Bandi Stadium, Dakopgre witnessed performances of various local bands in the rock concert on the concluding night.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma who attended the festival on Tuesday night joined the stage with the singers and musicians of the Centre of Excellence in Classical & Western Music who performed their original classical, Hindi, Western and Sufi-Garo fusion compositions as well as covers.
Speaking to the audience before his performance with the team, the Chief Minister said that the State Government was spending a lot of money in having these winter festivals across the State so that our youth can get a platform to showcase their talents and also utilize their time in productive activities.
“Everyone should participate and take full advantage out of these festivals. Parents must bring their children to witness the wonderful events that take place in these festivals and also encourage them to participate in various events,” he said.
He also highlighted the importance of music in one’s health and wellbeing.
“It is sad that there are officers and people who fall sick due to unhealthy lifestyle and spend a lot of money on their treatment. It is very important for us to unwind and recharge ourselves with good music because music can do wonders to your soul and to your health,” he said.
The Chief Minister also said that despite his heavy schedule he felt recharged by music and by people with positive energy. He urged upon the officers of the district to emulate their Deputy Commissioner Ram Singh who maintain a healthy lifestyle by taking up cycling, trekking and long walks regularly.
Various events and activities were spread out during the three-day festival which included mobile photography contest, karaoke; film Screening, futsal, dance competition, traditional musical instrument competition among others.
An exhibition was also put by various departments, SHGs and NGOs during the festival.