Europe beckons rock bands of Northeast India


Rock bands of the Northeast, especially Guwahati, couldn’t have had it better. A chance of a lifetime awaits them today if they can perform and impress a panel of judges selected from Guwahati and Shillong.

The Honorary Consul General of Montenegro in collaboration with KMP SKALE, the organizers of the Suncane Skale International Music Competition and festival in Montenegro, is organizing the first ever India rounds of the Suncane Skale Festival in New Delhi. As a gesture of goodwill with India, KMP SKALE has assured the wining artist from India the chance to participate in the International Music Competition and Festival to be held in Montenegro on 7, 8 and 9 July in Herceg Novi this year.

You might be wondering as to what possible attraction a music festival in far away Europe could possibly have for bands in Northeast India. Well, interest it definitely holds for a challenge is now open to the Indian artists.

Informing about the event, Janice Darbari, the Consul General of Montenegro-India, says, “Will the Indian musicians, artists and singers be able to compose an excellent song to win the competition in the International Music Festival in Montenegro and become the ‘song of the Summer’ of the entire Adriatic coast, the Balkans and Europe? For if they can, they will get the chance to perform live in Europe!”

NEZCC programme in-charge Oliver Rai, a musician himself, tells me, “This competition gives an opportunity to Indian music artists not only to enter the world of Balkan music and make a breakthrough in Europe but also holds an opportunity to win the New Stars Evening, which is held on the second day of the festival.” More than 1000 songs are performed every year by artists from all over Europe in this international music festival in Montenegro.

The good news for Indian bands is that a special audition has been organized for the bands of the region today. The bands selected here will be sent to Delhi where they will perform live, and the winner would then be sent to participate in the Suncane Skale International Music Competition and Festival in Montenegro.

This is a chance the rock outfits and independent musicians and composers of the Northeast should not miss. For the chance to enter Europe awaits them. The audition will be held today at Shilpgram from 3 pm in the afternoon and a expert panel of judges will select the best of the lot. Around 25 bands from different parts of the Northeast, including States like Nagaland, Sikkim, etc, have already confirmed their participation till now. Who knows the next Europe sensation may very well be from our own Northeast!

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Posted on April 29, 2010, in Day-to-Day. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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