Meghalaya govt to introduce music and art in school curriculum
The Meghalaya government is all set to introduce music and art in the school curriculum with an aim to make learning easier for school children in the state, an education department official today said.

Meghalaya is one among the three states in the country - Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir - selected for a collaborative project of the British Council India and NCERT in the country, the official said.

Thirty five teachers and 25 children drawn from different schools of the state are undergoing a training in the state capital who would further impart training to others for the integrated learning, Federick Kharkongor, education department secretary said.

He said the basic aim of the programme is to impart balanced education to the children where various art forms including performing arts like music would be integrated for better learning.

The project is undertaken under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) in line with the National Curriculum Framework 2005 whose long term goal is to promote performing arts like music, dance, theatre and visual arts in schools, he said.

Benedict Hynniewta, a visiting fellow from the Centre of Creative Arts, North Eastern Hill University and Bollywood singer and former Silk Route frontman Mohit Chauhan have their performances on November 26 along with the master trainers at the Raj Bhavan, the official said.

The programme is also part of World Voice, an initiative of the British Council Arts Education programme which was launched in the UK earlier this year to promote cultural understanding through sharing of folk music and targets to cover two countries, India and Senegal.