Music magic in Dimapur


If Northeast India is the rock capital of the country, one of the brightest gems of this capital would be the State of Nagaland where a vibrant and thriving music culture exists.
T In a State that has borne the brunt of separatism demands and resulting violence, the music movement, however, has been surprisingly fast-paced. With a number of music cafes springing up in the city and with every social gathering being seemingly incomplete without some “good ol’ music”, melody truly defines life in Nagaland, and can maybe now just be used to gauge the extent of peace and stability in the State.

Among the new breed of musicians who have come up in the recent past, I would make special mention of Alobo Naga and the Band – undoubtedly one of the most talented group of young musicians in the music circuit of the Northeast. The band is led by powerful vocalist Alobo Naga, who had earlier been shortlisted for the Suncance International Music festival in Montenegro from the Northeast. The other members are Theja Khate, a classical singer who sometimes handles the percussions, Akum Jams on the lead guitar and Fung Walling on the bass guitar. Another major attraction of this outfit is the presence of DJ Sumika Yepthomi, who plays alongside the band – a rarity in the rock scene of the region.

Moving out of the cafe that night, my feelings were best summed up in the words of a local writer who commented, “If music is taken as the yardstick to gauge a society’s transformation, judging by the Acoustica night – with the easy atmosphere inside the small yet classy café, young people sitting with mugs of coffee and possibly more potent concoctions perhaps, borrowed music, original music alike – all these make me feel that perhaps the music scene of Dimapur has just ridden up a notch or two, just like the hemlines of the skirts of the town’s ladies have!”

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Posted on October 8, 2010, in Concerts/ Reviews, Day-to-Day, Musicians/ Bands and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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