‘Bandstand’ providing Northeast bands with much-needed platform

Bands of Northeast India have finally got the platform they had been looking for. Hit 7, a new youth entertainment channel from the region, has launched its marquee program, Bandstand, earlier this month. The program, which features independent rock acts from all the eight States of North east India, is aired every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Bandstand, which will showcase 97 songs spread across 36 episodes, went on air this month and will continue till the middle of December this year. In the first season, the show is showcasing 10 bands from Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, and Sikkim. These 10 bands include North East Breeze (Assam), Rain Of Heart ( Assam), Incipit (Nagaland), Felix`s (Meghalaya), Shades Of Retribution (Assam), Warklung (Assam), Digital Suicide (Assam), X5 (Assam), Girish & The Chronicles (Sikkim) and Rectified Spirit (Assam).


LSD Media Co-founder Sumit Luthra said, “Bandstand aims to provide all the new as well as established bands from the 8 States of North East a dedicated television platform on which their musical talent can be showcased. While the channel as a whole is targeted at the entire youth section, Bandstand will showcase music that appeals to all ages and ranges from North East Folk Music to Western and Fusion of both.”

Speaking about the show concept and the days ahead, he said, “It has been an amazing experience to see the depth and breadth of talent in this region. It’s sad that so far there has been no dedicated platform where this talent can be displayed and the artists and musicians can reach a wider audience base. With Bandstand, we hope to provide just what’s been lacking so far. HIT 7 welcomes both new and established artists to showcase their works on various programs available on the channel.”

Digital Suicide

Bandstand was shot over a 15-day shooting schedule with a spectacular and first-of-its-kind set erected at Jyoti Chitraban, Guwahati. “The coming seasons of Bandstand will strive to be bigger in scale and showcase more bands from the North East,” Luthra informed.

North East breeze

HIT 7, the first youth entertainment channel for the North east was launched on 15th July 2011. This channel currently reaches 8 Million homes across the 8 North Eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Manipu,r Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh. This channel is being carried on INSAT-4A satellite and is being distributed by cable networks in all the above-mentioned states. HIT 7 is currently airing 5 Hours of original content per day consisting of youth based shows like “Juke Box”, “Walky Talky”, “Spotlight”, “ICONS”, “Timeless” and “P.O.Box-7”. In addition to the above, HIT 7 also features select collection of Local music from Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya. In the coming months, this local content collection is set to grow considerably.


About Aiyushman Dutta

Who am I? Yet to find the answer. For the time being, u can call me a writer, maybe a journalist and a music entrepreneur or an errand boy! Whatever suits your fancy!

Posted on November 3, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. is airtel dth telecast HIT 7 channel?

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