SHILLONG, SEP 15: Meghalaya’s Gloucester Nongbet is one among 84 artists from the field of performing arts of India, who will receive the one-time Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Awards on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.
The award will be presented by the Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar.
The 84 artists are above the age of 75 years.
Gloucester Nongbet will receive the Sangeet Natak Akademi Amrit Award for his contribution to the folk music of Meghalaya.
Born on 8 July 1938 in Shillong of East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya, Gloucester Nongbet was initiated in the field of folk music of Meghalaya at an early age. He is a retired IRS officer of the Department of Customs, Government of Meghalaya.
Gloucester Nongbet is a passionate and accomplished folk singer, composer, and a musician with specialization in Duitara- a string musical instrument of the Khasi community. He is also specialized in Duitara-making and can play folk music instruments like the King – a traditional percussion instrument, Flute, Guitar and the electronic Piano with dexterity.
Gloucester Nongbet has written and composed more than a hundred folk songs on nature, patriotism and devotional themes.
He is an ‘A’ grade artist of All India Radio and Doordarshan. He has given innumerable performances within the State and other parts of the country. He has written many scripts for theatre and regional films and acted in the Khasi movie Sha Ba Sep Ka Sngi and a few others.