Hornbill National Rock 2010 promises to be a big draw

Digital Suicide and Sunday Mourning from Assam among 20 shortlisted bands

The mother of all rock contests is back. The Hornbill National Rock competition is just round the corner, scheduled to be held in the first week of December next. As twenty top bands from across the country get ready to battle it out for the winner’s title, all I can say is that this year’s contest is turning out to be much bigger and better!

For the uninitiated, the Hornbill National Rock contest is part of the famed Hornbill festival of Nagaland, which is possibly the longest music festival of the country. The Honrbill festival is one of the most loved dance and music festivals of the country and thousands of people throng to Kisama – the games village – every year to take part in this mega cultural extravaganza.

Talking about the objective of the festival, an organizer of the festival pointed out, “Such an extravaganza is in keeping with the essence of the many Naga festivals; marked by feasts, dances, games and music, all in full measure. Nagas do not do things in small instalments. These celebrations invariably coincide with agricultural lean periods such as after-harvest, and therefore the feeling of gaiety and generosity, even to a fault. Circumstances have changed; some have moved on while a few still embraces the old ways. Nevertheless, in either case the joie de vivre of the Nagas lives on. The annual Hornbill Festival, and therefore the Hornbill National Rock, is set in this background. In time, we hope to go international.”

The Honrbill national rock contest is held on the final day of the Hornbill festival and is the most popular event among the youth. The contest carries a reward of Rs 5,00,000 (Rupees Five Lakh only) for the winners, which is possibly the highest prize money in a rock contest in our country. The first runners’-up and second runners-up get prize rewards of Rs. 3,00,000 and Rs 2,00,000 respectively.

The contest is divided into two segments: the first part involves submission of compositions by rock outfits of the country. The second segment sees the selected bands battling it out for three days of competition at the venue. Meanwhile, separate auditions are held for bands of Nagaland.

The list of bands selected for the Hornbill National Rock Contest 2010 includes 3rd Sovereign (Delhi), Da Primitive Future (Darjeeling). Digital Suicide (Guwahati), Incarnadine (Bengaluru), Insanity Quotient (Pune), Not Yet Decided (Kolkata), Phobia (New Delhi), Rosemary (Mumbai), Sixes and Seven (Mizoram), Street Stores (Shillong), Slain (Bengaluru), Sunday Mourning (Guwahati), The Fringe Pop (Pilani), The P.A.G.E (Kolkata), Tripwire (Mumbai), Underground Authority (Kolkata).

Meanwhile, the separate Nagaland State auditions for the Hornbill national Rock Contest 2010 was held at the Heritage Bungalow near Raj Bhavan in Kohima. A total of 20 spirited bands armed with talent galore fought it out in the battle of the bands to take the top four slots. The judges for the event were Tangit Imsong, MDACC’s Director of music (Mokokchung District Art and Culture Council), Vesato Theluo; (M.Mus) Major Voice Phillippine, presently music lecturer in Patkai christain college and Abemo Enyie, a seasoned senior musician of the State. The audition was formally launched by Youth Resources and sports (YRS) Secretary Bendang Longchari, while Music Task Force (MTF) Project Director Gugs Chishi gave the welcome address.

The four selected bands from the state are Dementia, Melodrama, Incipid and Sunep Assemble Band. The final segment for this year’s Hornbill National Rock Contest kicks off in Kohima from December 4 next. And as the contest heats up, I wish all the bands the very best!


Posted on November 20, 2010, in Concerts/ Reviews, Day-to-Day, Musicians/ Bands and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. hope to be there watching.. Those featuring band in it.

  2. Good Read buddy!

  3. hi its interesting to go through the lines but some of my suggestion is PHETO MUSIC ASSOCIATION DIMAPUR NAGALAND which is officially registered event society and the organiser of most popular shows like KIDS FOR FAME AND NAGA TALENTS PROMO formarly known as Nagas Got Talent and recording Studio has been kept under the dark knowing is a big mistakes on the part of the writer should be thorough in your write up in the future without bias please.kashito kiba MD PHETO MUSIC ASSOCIATION DIMAPUR NAGAALND.

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