Dementia wins Assam’s first national rock contest


2nd Karbi Anglong Beats Contest 2010 a big draw

Assam’s recently got its first national contest. And what a contest it was. Ten top bands from all over country, battling it out for the winners tropy and the cash award of Rs 50,000; that too in a remote village of Assam and with the virulent hills of Karbi Anglong in the backdrop – can anything be more interesting than that? The 2nd Karbi Anglong Beats 2010 was truly a winner on all fronts.

The 2nd edition of this increasingly popular beats contest was held at Serhong Kup in Rongtheang this year. Like last year, it was clubbed with the Rongtheang fest which is into its eight year this time, informed Eastern Beats Music Society treasurer Mizi Kro. The theme of this year’s contest was ‘Youth for Peace and Development’.

At the end of a gruelling competition, Dementia from Nagaland was declared the winners and they walked away with cash prize of Rupees Fifty thousand. Cleave from Manipur finished a close second.
The other bands in the competition were Dream Diabolic (Gangtok), Dissected Soul (West Bengal), Circles End (West Bengal), Maestro (Assam), Horjwlai (Tripura), Melodrama (Nagaland), Ball of Fire and Filharmonix (Assam).

Moa and Arenla Subong of popular experimental rock band Abiogenesis, veteran guitarist Utpal Barsaikia, harmonica player BB Hagjer and drummer Sarat Teron were the judges of the competition, which saw the bands playing at Serhong Kup in front of a crowd of around 6 to 8,000 people – possibly one of the biggest crowd turnouts for a rock contest in the State in recent times.

Part of the 8th Rongtheang fest 2010, the 2nd Karbi Anglong Beats 2010 was organized with the support of Mc Dowells No. 1 soda, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India; Numaligarh Refinery Limited, State Bank of India, The Northeast Today, Rolling Stone, Sound Box, and others.

Thousands of people had entered Serhong Kup – the venue for the Rock concert – and lapped up all the music that was in store for them, proving that Diphu and its adjoining areas has the best crowd of rock lovers. As Purab, vocalist of Filharmonix, said, “I have never played in front of such a fantastic crowd. We played an entire set of originals and yet their participation was mindblowing. The audience response makes up for our sadness at having lost the contest!”

Eastern Beats Music Society consulting secretary Amlandeep Das said, “The 2nd Karbi Anglong National Beats contest was dedicated entirely for development of youth in Karbi Anglong. The fact that all the political parties, administration and separatist outfits supported us in this endeavour should be a case in point. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the people of Rongtheang and Karbi Anglong for all their support.”

The Rongtheang fest is a mega ethnic carnival that witnesses the participation of more than 12 different tribes and communities. Held over a three-day period in Rongtheang village, this festival acts as a perfect platform for building the spirit of brotherhood and bonhomie. At a time when gaps in the social fabric of Assam are becoming more and more evident with each passing day, Rongtheang fest can be the perfect village festival for villages and towns in other parts of the State to emulate. Some of the major tribes and communities in Rongtheang are the Karbis, Dimasas, Rongmei Nagas, Biates, Hmars, Mizos, Vaipheis, Bodos, caste Hindu Assamese, amogst others.

Various competitions like blind-hit competition, stilt walking competition, couple show, salad making competition, fashion competitions, etc, besides traditional cultural competitions were held across all three days. While the final inter-cultural dance display of all the different tribes and communities of the village provided a spectacular sight, the other big draws for visitors in the festival were the extremely well-choreographed fashion show on the final day and the food complex which had a lot of traditional food items up for sale.

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