Cleave wins Red Ribbon Superstar Idol
The Red Ribbon Superstar Idol contest is a mega music competition organized by the Manipur State Aids Control Society (MSACS) to spread awareness about HIV and AIDS through music. The competition, which targets youths between the age group of 15 to 29 years, has already attained huge popularity amongst the youngsters of the States. This time around, popular band from Imphal West, Cleave, outshone the other bands to win the Red Ribbon Superstar Manipur Idol 2009-10.
As part of the campaign, MACS had organized musical concerts at the district level since November last year. The finals saw all the winners and position holders in the district level competitions battle it out for the winners crown of Manipur Idol.
As many as 17 bands had participated in the event held at BOAT, Palace Compound. The winner of the contest, Cleave, won the prize money of Rs 50,000, while Exodus from Ukhrul district won the second prize of Rs 20,000. The best vocalist award went to Rubicons of Imphal West and Friends Band. Both of them walked away with Rs 15,000 each.
At a time when this dreaded disease has eaten into the very vitals of Northeastern society, it is imperative that more awareness is generated among the people, especially among the younger section who are more vulnerable to this epidemic. Music is a medium that can bind hearts as well as divide barriers. Given the vibrant music scenario of the region, music, if properly used, can be an excellent tool to reach out to the masses, especially the younger generation, and alert them on the danger.