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Rock fest to promote music talent

Kohima, Nov. 21: Music and dance have always been a part and parcel of people’s life in Nagaland.

In a bid to promote music and showcase the musical talent in the state, the music task force set up by the Nagaland government will organise a Hornbill International Rock Contest during the Hornbill festival from December 1 to 10.

“Music and dance are rooted into the social framework of the Naga community. This environment has nurtured a talent pool of prolific musicians and artistes especially the youth, who have shifted the paradigm from ‘music as hobby’ to ‘music as profession,” according to the task force website.

Several rock bands from the country and abroad have already confirmed their participation. “We are happy that so many bands are taking part in the contest,” said Xavier Rutsa, a member of the organising committee.

He said 27 bands have confirmed their participation, which include three foreign bands, 19 from other states and five from Nagaland. Rutsa said the mega event would motivate young Naga musicians to perform on a larger stage. This year, the winner will receive Rs 12 lakh in prize money and a trophy, said to be the biggest prize money for a rock music contest in the country.

Over the years, several prominent Naga bands like Divine Connection, Abiogensis, Alobo Naga and the Bands have performed across the country, in international concerts and even won awards.

International bands like Firehouse, Petra, Mr Big, White Lion, Stryper, Lost Angels and many more have performed in the state in the past couple of years.

A Hornbill International Music Festival will also be held along with the rock festival at the Naga Solidarity Park near Kohima, where prominent international bands like Semper Soul from the US and Biuret from Korea will participate. There will also be a choir singing competition during the festival.