Forum of e-Creative practitioners seeks new global cultural connections in NE
The 3rd flexhibition of the 2013 series which is hung at The Research & Innovation Ashram (The RIA), in Rukmini Nagar, Guwahati, displays a composited single visual artwork by young Diya Sarker, a multimedia artist based in Mumbai, where she lives with her two cats. Her flexhibition began on October 23 last and will continue for two weeks.
Flexhibition is a totally new and unique concept that was started in the RIA from this year. Flexhibition typically displays a single artist’s work as a single large flex-print facing a public road for about two weeks at a time.
Diya Sarker herself hails from an army family that has seen her live in different parts of India, and travel extensively around the country, through her childhood and adolescence. Her work spans illustration, design, photography, and video, usually using her cats, friends, and localities as subjects. She last presented her independent art work at The 8th annual Carnival of e-Creativity (2013), in Uttarakhand, and, otherwise consults as an Art Director at a major advertising agency in Mumbai.
The unique concept for bringing arts into direct contact with the general public has been variously received by the people of Guwahati thus far, with many people in the immediate neighbourhood of The RIA still completely mystified by it all, says RIA Managing Trustee Shankar Barua. He adds, “Though people are mostly surprised, At the same time, there have been positive responses from many citizens, including some sections of the local visual arts community, which means, one may therefore hope to soon see the works of local artists appearing as future flexhibitions. Traditional visual media will also soon make an appearance, with a flexhibition of charcoal-drawings by a Delhi artist expected to go up soon.”
The RIA is a part of the Academy of Electronic Arts (AeA) of which Barua is the Managing Trustee. The Academy of Electronic Arts is a learning, sharing, mentoring, networking, benchmarking and empowering institution that evolves continuously to inclusively address *all* e-Creative Practices & Practitioners, whether already existing or as yet inconceivable, whether professional or not, and whether formally recognized as Art forms and Artists or not so, on a public-benefit basis into the future.
Barua says, “Our various works coalesce and deploy years of independent cutting-edge practice, networking and development of a variety of e-Creative practices, e-Creative entities, and also allied fields of human endeavour globally, in the bodies of our Advisory Council, our Board of Trustees, our pirmary associates, and also the innumerable other e-Creative Practitioners and associated individuals and organizations whom we continually engage with on individual projects, and also on ongoing relationship bases, all over the world.”
Earlier in the year, the AeA had sought to open up a parallel track of cultural diplomacy between North East India and South Korea, by programming a small but very significant delegation from that country through an exploratory 10-day working-visit to Guwahati (capital of Assam), and Shillong (capital of Meghalaya). The event was programmed through the RIA.
The delegation was led by Ms. Nathalie Boseul Shin, who is counted amongst the top arts & culture curators of her country today. Mr. Hojun Song, whose latest well-known ‘artwork’ eventually added up to his recently becoming the first person to send a Personal Satellite into orbit, represented the contemporary cutting-edge of South Korean media arts. Mr. Boseong Lee, assistant-curator with Total Museum of Contemporary Arts, Seoul, contributed additional inputs and also rounded off the delegation as rapporteur.
The AeA itself was represented by Shankar Barua (Managing Trustee), and Shazeb Shaikh (Executive Trustee).
Working to a tight schedule, the delegation spent time meeting individuals, institutions, and government, in both Guwahati and Shillong, looking to discover, and to hopefully also open up, new avenues for a deeper cultural engagement between South Korea and North East India, into the future.
Barua says, “The visit will hopefully be just the first of many international cultural connections that the The AeA ill bring to the NE, into the future, from the wonderful global network we have built up over the years, out of our bases in Delhi and Uttarakhand. And, as such, it will hopefully also mark just the beginning of our now being based in the NE too, with our new Research & Innovation Ashram in Guwahati.”
Three maestros of the Indian music world launched the first album of Assamese Durga stutis in Mumbai recently. The chief guest Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota launched the devotional album, Invocation of Ma, by Assamese mother-daughter violinist duo Minoti Khaund and Sunita Khaund Bhuyan at the Spandan Foundation Durga Puja celebrations in Powai.
The guests of honour were Grammy award winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and the singer with the golden voice Hariharan, all of them resplendent on stage with the Assamese silk seleng sadors. The highlight of the evening was a performance by the mother-daughter duo and singer Sanjeeta Khaund and veteran tabla player Pradeep Ghosh.
The icing on the cake during the launch ceremony was a rendition of two special Bengali songs by Anup Jalota ending with his super hit Bhajan “Aisi Laagi Lagan” that brought the house down with everyone singing together. Mamoni Kalita, an Assamese musician in Mumbai, said, “It was truly an iconic moment for Assamese artists when three such great maestros attended an event on the same stage for an album release and violin performance. It showed the respect and regard that the maestros had for Ma Durga and their appreciation for Minoti and Sunita’s music.”
The album “Invocation of Ma” was produced keeping in mind the theme of “Ma Shakti” which the goddess Durga signifies and is composed in Raag Durga. The album was produced for the Durga Puja celebrations of Spandan foundation in Powai whose theme this year is girl child and women empowerment.
Talking about the album, Sunita says, “The music performed during Durga Puja before the Goddess Ma Durga is basically to invoke the strength and the energy of Ma Shakti for good over evil. The album has two original stutis in Assamese and Bengali written and composed by Minoti and sung by me and Sanjeeta Khaund. This is followed by a rendition of Raag Durga in Hindustani classical style by me and my mother on the violin.”
Minoti and Sunita shall carry the same performance to Sri Lanka and Singapore for their performances on the theme of Ma shakti to support women’s empowerment.
(Photo courtesy: Visma K Thapa, Additional Information: Saidul Khan)
The much awaited 36th hundred drums Wangala festival 2013 will kick start on November 7th this year. The annual colourful Wangala dance festival of the Garos will be held at Asananggre, 18 kms from Tura in Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills.
Preparation for the festival is going on in full-swing. Members of the organizing committee informed that the three day festival will see participation of 60 tour operators both national and international. Tourists from UK, Ireland, China, Thailand and Korea have registered to participate in the mega cultural event.
Editor Achik Songbad Dr Alva B Sangma is handling the publicity and promotion for the event as its Convenor. Dr. Sangma said, “Tour operators from various countries have been sponsored by Meghalaya Tourism to participate in the three day festival,” adding “The operators will promote Wangala festival internationally”.
“This is for the first time that the tourism department of Meghalaya has taken the initiative to invite such huge contingents of tour operators. We are making all possible effort to woo the operators to brand Wangala globally”, said Dr. Sangma.
The festival is being organised by 100 Drums Wangala Festival Committee. The special attraction for this years’ event will be SBI Master Chef competition, wherein participants will be cooking on the spot indigenous Garo cuisines.
The Wangala is the most significant post harvest festival of the Garos. It is a “Thanksgiving” ceremony to Misi Saljong, also known as Pattigipa Ra’rongipa (The Great Giver) for having blessed the human beings with rich harvest of the season.
It also gives an opportunity for the hardworking Garo people a moment to take a break from their routine work and spend time in merriment. The dance festival popularly called as the ‘100 drums festival’ is organised to showcase the rich and vibrant culture of the Garos’. This also gives the message to protect, preserve and to learn the dying culture.
Though most of the participating teams in this event are Christians, a few teams represent the Songsarek (the non Christian). The celebration starts with Rugala ceremony – a ritual performed by the Nokma (village chief). As legend goes the Nokma offers the first hand special rice beer along with cooked rice and vegetables to Misi Saljong.
However, the actual celebration takes places with Chachat so·a ceremony, the burning of incense at the central pillar of the Nokma’s house, performed by the Nokma. This is followed with the dance.
All these rituals are well portrayed in the festival.
Prof A.J. Sebastian, Head of the Department of English, Nagaland University earlier this month released the second edition of Monsoon Mourning, the second poetry collection of veteran Naga journalist and poet Monalisa Chankija. The release function which was held at NEZCC hall in Dimapur was widely attended by a diverse spectrum of people comprising well known litterateurs, writers and journalists.
Monalisa Chankija had written two volumes of poetry, ‘Weapons of Words of Pages of Pain’, and ‘Monsoon Mourning’ in 1993 and 2007 respectively. While both were highly popular, the second edition of Monsoon Mourning had to be brought out this year based on popular demand as the earlier stocks had run out. The new edition has been published by the Heritage Publishing House, one of the premier publishing houses of the region.
Monalisa Chankija is a noted journalist, poet and writer who is also the editor of Nagaland Page. She is slated to receive the 2013 Governor’s Award for her pioneering work in Nagaland early next year.
Monalisa collection of poetry will become part of the NEZCC’s collection of art and culture works from the region for its silver jubilee celebration. “This collection of poems talks of the courage of women, of survival in an insurgency-prone area. They reflect longings, unfulfilled promises and hope for the future,” said Som Kamei, Director of the NEZCC.
Presenting a reflective and explanatory review of the collection titled ‘Monsoon Mourning’, Professor A.J. Sebastian, said, “The poems are a window to some of the contemporary social concerns prevalent in the Naga society which call for concerted effort from all quarters. She has been very articulate in expressing her anguish which will certainly have their due share of influence on society ushering in societal transformation in the midst of social woes.”
Monalisa Changkija’s poems have been introduced in courses run by the Nagaland University, the North East Hills University as well as by the Nagaland Board of School Education. To facilitate the increasing number of Naga and non-Naga students, particularly young women studying Changkija’s poems academically and in-depth, lengthy reprints and analyses have been included in the second reprint of Monsoon Mourning.
Sony releases India’s first for-the-road album featuring eminent singers and musicians
Music giant Sony recently released multi-talent Mumbai-based Assamese singer and composer Ajay Singha’s music album and video, In Rahon Mein. The album features seven vocal numbers sung by famous singers like Meyang Chang, Sriram Iyer, Ash King, Raman Mahadevan, amongst others. Touted as India’s first on-the-road album, In Rahon Mein, within a short period of time has earned acclaim from critics and veterans in the industry.
Based on the recurrent theme of journeys, In Rahon Mein primarily has an acoustic sound. Each song has a different emotional journey, a marked difference from the usual romantic or dance numbers that we get to hear. The USP of the album is the intricate orchestration of each number with multiple instruments and each coming out with its unique sound and blending with the vocals.
Besides Ajay Singha, who is popularly known as Miko in the music circles, In Rahon Mein also features many other well known Assamese artistes like Kalyan Barua on melodica, Ambar Das on drums, Akashdeep Gogoi on bass guitar, Sunita Bhuyan on violins and Krishna on guitars.
A combination of different musical genres, the album has been designed in such a way so as to provide the perfect ambience while driving or in a relaxed environment. Apart from semi-classical, pahadi folk to rock fusion, In Rahon Mein also explores with genres like country, Sufi, pop rock and funk and jazz fusion.
The launch of the album was a high profile one as a number of well known musicians and singers came out in huge numbers to attend the event. Eminent singer Kailash Kher gave a fitting tribute to the album and the singer by terming him “a rare combination of multi faceted talent and human sensibilities”.
The album listening season also saw the screening of the video of In Rahon Mein. The video features popular TV personality Ruslan Mumtaz. The evening also saw performances by Chang, Ajay Singha, Sriram Iyer, Raman Mahadevan, Mohit Pathak and Trisca Fernandez.
Born and brought up in Guwahati, Miko moved to Bombay 12 years back to pursue his passion for music. “Though I have been primarily working in the TV and advertising world, In Rahon Mein is a labour of love and realization of a dream which was born after my last work with Papon, Ik Sapney Mein, a year back,” he says. Ik Sapno Mein, which was composed for Star Plus telefilms Teri Meri Love Stories, had also been widely welcomed and appreciated by listeners and connoisseurs alike.
“A collaboration of different musical genres with some of the most soulful voices of the industry, I hope that In Rahon Mein is able to take the listener through a journey of memories,” he added.
Before In Rahon mein, Miko has a huge body of work, which he has composed over the last 12 years for top notch channels and performers, to his credit. An accomplished piano player, he has a formal background of learning western classical music with grades from the Royal School of Music, London. Also the first Assamese artist to feature in and have his own VEVO channel, Miko has earlier composed music for some highly popular shows of Colours Television, Star Plus, Sony TV, and the like.
Urmila Mahanta needs your votes to script history in SIIMA awards
There seems to be no stopping this young Assamese actress. Mumbai-based Assamese actress Urmila Mahanta who has been in the news for the past couple of years is back in the limelight. Making the entire State of Assam and Northeast India proud, Urmila has shown her mettle by being nominated for the South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) for her stellar performance in the Tamil crime thriller Vazhakku Enn: 18/9.
Urmila has been nominated in two categories in the prestigious SIIMA awards – as Best Debutant Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The awards will be given in Dubai in the third week of September. Urmila is the first Assamese girl to be nominated for the SIIMA award, that too in two categories. She has also been nominated for the Best Actress Debut awards in Vijay TV awards.
A Post Graduate in Acting from Film & Television Institute of India, Urmila had earlier received critical praise for her sensitive portrayal in the highly acclaimed teen crime thriller Vazhakku Enn: 18/9. Directed by Balaji Shaktivel, the film had gone on to pick up National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, National Film Award for Best Make-up Artist. The SIIMA awards 2013 saw her name being nominated in two categories.
Talking about her nomination to the SIIMA awards, Urmila says, “It is really a humbling experience to know that people in South India have accepted the films I have worked in and also my acting capabilities. This goes to prove that language is no barrier for acting and I am really thankful to God and my directors, producers and co-workers for putting all their support on me.”
Assamese people in Mumbai as well as back home are upbeat about Urmila’s achievement. In the words of National School of Drama pass-out Assamese actor Jyoti Narayan Nath, “What Urmila has done is no mean achievement. Balaji Shaktivel is known to be a sticker for perfectionism and the fact that she got selected for the film and portrayed the role of Tamil lady so well is itself praiseworthy. Urmila has done Assam and Northeast India proud and people across the region should come out to vote for her.”
Parineeta Chakraborty, a Mumbai-based Assamese actress who has worked in many Hindi serials, films and Assamese feature films, said, “Urmila has done Assam and Northeast proud. People of Northeast should vote for Urmila and ensure that she wins this prestigious award.”
Voting lines are open in the SIIMA website. People in Assam and Northeast can visit www.siima.in/2013 and vote for Urmila. Please vote for Urmila and help her script history as the first actress from Northeast to win the prestigious South India International Film awards.
Urmila Mahanta was born to Giridhar Mahanta and Ramala Mahanta in Sonapur, Assam. She has three siblings, Jutika Mahanta, Munmi Mahanta and Munindra Mahanta. Urmila did her entire schooling in Sonapur and later graduated from Dimoria College in Khetri, Kamrup. Urmila spent her major part of life in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and then went on to enrol at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
Urmila had been acting in plays since her childhood and bagged many awards. Afterwards, she was featured in several television serials such as Murder and Tejimola for Doordarshan (NE), which were followed by appearances in various critically acclaimed short films including Aaliya, that won the Special Critic Award at the 2012 Mumbai International Film Festival, Their Story and Cheng Kurthy. Urmila was also seen in Assamese singer Tarali Sarma’s album Henguliya.
While attending the International Film Festival of India at Goa, she was spotted and selected among few others following a lengthy process lasting two years including multiple auditions conducted by director Balaji Sakthivel for his drama-thriller Vazhakku Enn 18/9. Urmila has received notable praise for portraying the character of a slum dweller, Jyothi, who works as a housemaid. The Times of India critic M. Suganth wrote: “It is Urmila Mahanta’s understated performance as Jothi that is the film’s pivot”. Similarly, a reviewer from IndiaGlitz.com noted that Urmila was “impressive as a short poetry on screen”, further adding that she “bubbles with energy and emotes at ease”, while another critic quoted: “Urmila is a treat to watch. She delivers what Balaji Sakthivel wants from her. She is cool and passes the test with ease and elan”. The film itself received widespread acclaim, with reviewers calling it “excellent”, a “must-watch”, and even “the film of the year”.
The story of Mayong’s legendary magic will now travel to the United States.
“Mayong: Myth/Reality”, a documentary directed by Utpal Borpujari and produced by Jayanta Goswami under the banner of Darpan Cine Production, has been selected for screening at the Silent River Film Festival to be held in California (USA) in October.
The documentary, which makes a first-time effort to capture the story of Mayong in film, is among the 79 films chosen from all over the world for screening at the festival that will happen at Irvine in California from October 17 to 20.
The film, which has earlier been screened at the 6th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala, 5th CineASA Guwahati International Film Festival and the Indie8 Film Festival in Shillong, has already been archived by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Britain and Ireland, as reported earlier. It will also be screened at the Gandhinagar International Film Festival soon.
The other films from India that will be screened at the Silent River Film Festival are Vikramaditya Motwane’s Hindi feature film “Lootera”, Sourav Sarangi’s documentary “Char – The No Man’s Island”, and short films “Lapet” by Anshul Sinha and “Afterglow” by Kaushal Oza.
Incidentally, the DVD of “Mayong: Myth / Reality” will soon be released nationally by Junglee Home Video, the DVD label of Times Music.
For more information, please contact Utpal Borpujari 9811631034 or Jayanta Goswami 9435013267.
Abiogenesis latest album Legacy of the Mountains has been nominated in the Best
Rock Album in the non-film category of the prestigious Global Indian Music Awards along with Indus Greed, Thermal & A Quarter, Spud In The Box and Parvaaz. Nominees of GIMA Music Awards are shortlisted by the jury and the winners are determined by Academy Members voting. Legacy Of The Mountains was released worldwide by Mondotunes, USA and sold online in over 750 collaborating labels and stores.
It has been just three short years since the Global Indian Music Academy (GiMA) Awards made its debut. Today it is the most definitive platform that honours talent in Indian music. A GiMA nomination itself is a validation of musical quality and only the most outstanding, across multiple genres, have received a nomination, and the finest take home the coveted GiMA.
Now in its 4th edition, GiMA will continue to applaud the best in Indian music; those who have created music with the power to touch millions of lives.
To win a GiMA is, indeed, the ultimate of accolades. GIMA Awards is an initiative of Wizcraft, one of Indias leading Communication and Entertainment Company.
Scavenger Management announces Rock Idol 2013
The Scavenger Rock Idol is back. And it is much bigger than its previous editions. For the first time in the history of Northeast India, a live rock music competition for independent artists is taking place on local television in the second edition of this rock competition in far-flung Mizoram. Well, I guess it will indeed be nice to see your favourite bands competing amongst themselves right from the comfort of your house sitting in front of your television sets!
MPC Scavenger Rock Idol 2013, as the event is christened, is the property of Scavenger Management and the brainchild of two highly proactive musicians – Victor Vanlalhruia and Booma Hansing. Dubbed as the first “national rock competition” of Mizoram, the entire music fraternity of the State has been supporting and participating to make it a mega success.
Like other States of the Northeast, the people of Mizoram too swear by music. The State is home to bands like Boomarang and Scavenger Project and musicians like Mami Varte, Liadingpuii, Pensy B, and the like who are increasingly carving a niche for themselves in the international circuit. But although highly vibrant, the music market here is yet to develop at the same pace as those of the other States, primarily because of the lack of government support. Event management companies are a non-entity and Victor runs the only group that manages artists or bands. Scavenger Rock Idol 2012, therefore, was truly a landmark event, which Victor hopes, would force the government to take musicians of the region a bit more seriously.
Being there in Mizoram to be part of the festival last year, I was indeed pleased with the tenacity displayed by these musicians to hold the Scavenger Rock Idol competition. As many as 21 bands from different parts of the country came out to participate in the competition last year, which offered a prize bouquet of Rs 1,00,000 in cash for the winners. Held over three days, the bands battled it out amongst themselves to remain in the race. At the end of it all, Stacy’s Penitence were adjudged the winners while Prophets and Prophecy came a close second and third. Guwahati-based Digital Suicide finished in the fourth position.
With the passage of a year, Scavenger Management is all set now for the second edition of the festival. And this year, the entire event will be a live rock competition that will be aired on local cable channel LBS. Victor says, “MPC Scavenger Rock Idol III, will be held in Aizawl during 2nd – 17th August. It will be a TV LIVE SHOW during 7:30- 9:30pm every night except Sunday. In this event, the winner will get 1.2 Lakh cash price and Rs.50000/- for the runners-up band. This event will be telecast live on our Biggest TV Cable operator LPS Vision which has more than 8 lakh Subscribers.”
Housed with a skilled and experience team, Scavenger Management is a convergent model that assimilates and caters to the niche of all live music aficionados – artiste management, event planning, multi media-production and booking agency. Victor said, “Scavenger Management had established a reputation as a vibrant and creative company which not only knew how to create an unforgettable experience, but how to get the most from their clients budgets to offer a whole new range of services related to live music production.”
Besides promoting music, Scavenger Management has always tried to be innovative in their practices. For instance, last year they introduced a new concept which was definitely a first in the region. The organizers had tied up with LPS, one of the biggest cable networks in the State, and also online radio station www.radioflambit.com, banking on the association of which they introduced the concept of online voting. The entire show was streamed live by these two channels and listeners of nine countries were able to vote for the participating bands. The online votes acted as the fourth judge in the competition. While I wouldn’t dwell on the effectiveness of the concept in a region where there is a very limited audience for such a radio, it is really nice to see organizers here experimenting with new innovative methods. And this year, they are going online as a live reality rock completion. Can it get better than this?
The second edition of the annual ‘The Art of Rock’ concert will be held at Shilpgram on August 24 this year. An annual rock and Blues concert, the concert, which is held to celebrate the spirit of love, peace and unity through music, will feature pioneering Blues rock band from Shillong, Soulmate, and classic rock band Eclipse as the headlining acts.
The second edition of ‘The Art of Rock’ is being organized by Froggstomp – a modern day youth activity promotion organization whose basic agenda is to promote rock concerts, motor sports events and X games. Froggstomp is founded and managed by Mr. Avinash Borooah, (Masters in Mass Communications) formerly with an Advertising Co. in Bangalore and currently a Director of a TEA Company and Mr. Parijat Purkayastha (B.Com) CEO of A Broadband Internet Service Provider & a System Integration Training and Consultancy Organization. Parijat has been at the forefront of organizing rock concerts in the city of Guwahati.
One of the major highlights of this year’s ‘The Art of Rock’ is the launch and distribution of 1,500 copies of a compilation CD of Rock, Blues and Metal songs made and contributed by different bands from North East India. An unique feature in a rock concert, the cd itself will be used to gain entry into the event. As Parijat says, “Entry Passes will not be sold but will form a part of the compilation CD which will be available from the 15th of July 2013. The CDs are not meant for retail sale, but will be given to people as a token of gratitude for their contribution towards the event. The Gift Pack will contain a CD called ‘Art of Rock Episode 2’ and two entry coupons. The CD + Coupon combo will be available from the 19th of July 2013. The CD + Coupon combo will not be available at venue on the day of the event.”
Two top Northeastern rock and Blues band will be headlining the concert. While Soulmate is arguably one of the top Blues rock band in the world now, Eclipse is another classic rock band from the city which will be performing after a long gap.
The concert will be held on August 24 from 5 pm to 10 pm.
HEADLINING BAND: Soulmate
Inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues, Blues-Rock, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Funk and R&B, SOULMATE was formed in Shillong, in October 2002. Since then have played numerous gigs all over India and abroad. In 2011 they played in the US selling out two shows at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC during the Maximum India Festival, did a successful 4 city tour of Norway, shared the bill with John Mayall & Gary Clarke Jr. at the Jakarta Blues Festival Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker Jr, Robert Randolph Jr, Matt Schofield, Johnny Lang, Shemika Copeland, Walter Trout, Jimmy Thackery at the Mahindra Blues Fest 2011-13. The highlight of 2012 was when Carlos Santana walked on stage and jammed with Soulmate at the F1 Rocks Concert, held in Delhi and where the band were opening for Santana. In the past Soulmate have toured the USA playing in Memphis Tn., Brown University- Rhode Island & Colorado and were twice semi finalists at the 23rd & 26th International Blues Challenge. They have performed in France (Disneyland, Paris), Germany (Baltic Blues Festival 2012), Sweden (Gothenburg and Monsteras Roots and Blues Festival 2012), Singapore (Mosaic Music Festival), Dubai (Du World Music Festival), Indonesia (Jakarta Blues Festival 2010/2011) Bhutan and Kathmandu (Jazzmandu-2004 / 2005 / 2008).
HEADLINING BAND: Eclipse
Eclipse started as a 4 member band with Kundal Goswami on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Mihir Phukan on the Lead Guitar, Rahul Kaushik on Bass Guitar and Twinkle Das on the Drums. The band was later joined by Rajun Goswami on keyboards. After a few changes which saw Mihir leaving the band to be replaced by Sumit Baruah, veteran drummer Ambar Das too joined the band. Their first album, A Mouthful of Moonlight, was released in July 2008. The album reflects the evolution of the band over the years since its foundation. The album was received very well by the rock music fraternity of the region. Eclipse now plays, which they like to call feel good music’, a genre influenced by Blues and Classic Rock. With touches of blues on the guitar, groovy drums, a pounding bass guitar and the glimpses of the 80′s Glam on Keys, Eclipse is a beautiful fusion of all these.