Mizoram Youth Commission on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Musiconnect Asia and Centre for Creative Excellence to provide exposure for Mizo singers and musicians.

“The memorandum of understanding aims to promote music as a profession for young talents in Mizoram,” an official statement said.

The agreement was signed between MYC chairman and MLA Dr Vanlaltanpuia, Musiconect Asia acting president Kaushik Dutta and Bollywood producer Shubho Shekhar and his wife Sucheta on behalf of the Centre for Creative Excellence in Aizawl.

Musiconnect Asia is a forum to promote music professionals and music of Asian countries while the Centre for Creative Excellence (CCE), set up in 2013 by Shubho Shekhar and his wife Sucheta, aims to educate, groom and give a platform to young artists hailing from rural northeast for expressing themselves freely on the global stage.

While Shubo is a national award-winning Bollywood producer, his wife Sucheta, who hailed from Assam, is a vocal instructor.

The couple frequently travel to the Northeast to hunt talents, the statement said.

“With over 51 countries and several world-class festivals under its umbrella, Musiconnect Asia will provide platforms for local musicians and singers from Mizoram,” MYC chairman Dr Vanlaltanpuia said.

The agreement with the Centre for Creative Excellence is also hoped to provide the chance for Mizo singers and musicians to enter the Bollywood industry, he said.

“There is no dearth of talents in the Northeast, be it sports, acting, academics or music. If provided the right platform, youngsters from Northeast India can excel in every field at the national and even international level,” Dr Vanlaltanpuia said.

The MYC is currently hosting a TV reality show titled MYC Perhkhuang, a state-wide singing competition.

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