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Scavenger releases Christmas Collection in festive season

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The much anticipated Northeast Christmas Collection, as conceived by Victor Vanlalhruia of Scavenger Management, was released in a scaled-down version earlier this month due to unforeseen technical issues. Although the Christmas Collection featured only artists and bands from Mizoram, it marked the emergence of two new forces in the Northeast – Scavenger Management label and Kings and Prophets – one of the biggest studios in the region.

Conversation with Victor Vanlalhruia – founder of Scavenger Management and Scavenger Records – the sole label of Mizoram.

Q. What were the initial plans for the Christmas album?

A: We had originally conceived it as a northeast collection which would feature bands from the entire Northeast. However, things didn’t work out as planned and as of now all the featured artists and bands are from Mizoram itself. The featured bands are artists are Blues Sheriff, Boomarang, Casey’s Secrets, Magdalene, Croatia, Rosy K Ransangpuii, etc.

Q. Tell me about Scavenger Records and what distribution and marketing strategy do you have in place?

 A: Scavenger Records is run by me, Booma of Boomarang and Ben from Tura. This is our first offering and we officially launched our website (www.scavengermanagement.com) on the day of the release of the album. We are presently looking for partners across the entire and are busy establishing linkages. The album is presently available in all the major towns and cities of the Northeast and we are trying to distribute it outside as well.

Q. Tell me more about Scavenger Management…

 A: Scavenger Management is a convergent model that assimilates and caters to the niche of all live music aficionados – artiste management, event planning, multi media-production and booking agency. Housed with a skilled and experienced team, Scavenger Management had built up a reputation as a vibrant and creative company, which not only knows how to deliver an unforgettable experience, but also how to give the clients the most at a minimum budget.

Q. Kings and Prophets – the studio where the album is recorded is said to be real top-end…..

 A. Well, I would rate it as one of the biggest studios in the region. The owner and engineer of Kings and Prophets are Toi and Intoate who have both been trained in the US. The infrastructure is also huge and I am sure a lot of good work will come out from here. The mixing was done in my studio i.e. Scavenger Records.

Q. What are the immediate future plans?

 A: As soon as we are done distributing the album, we will be working on a Northeast peace project compilation which will feature bands and artists from all the eight States of the Northeast.

FEATURED ARTISTS IN CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

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ROSY K. REMSANGPUII: Singer, songwriter and nationalist Rosy had won an award for the “Best Female Artist” unaccountably for four times. She had composed and wrote over 200 songs & along with her as being a prominent free lance writer and columnist for various newspapers and magazines including the souvenirs published by various Mizo Student Associations across the country; which had counted to over 30 articles and journals by her. The book entitled “Manners and Etiquette ” written by the lady “her” had even been released by the honorable Chief Minister of Mizoram and is approving a great response from the community and the like. She had traveled across the country performing at different places and even at counties like South Africa and Kenya.

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ANDREW LALTLANKIMA: Started his career as being the front man for the Gospel band named ” Dr.Luke” , he is now one of the most well known and talented male Gospel /Pop singer inside the state of Mizoram. He is currently recording his début album which is scheduled to be launched around March of 2013 , produced by our studio partner – Toia of Kings and Prophets Studio.

Magdalene

Magdalene

MAGDALENE: Magdalane is a Gospel / Christian Rock formed in 2005 and got their name ‘Magdalene’ from the Bible – ‘Mary Magdalene’,  LUKE chapter 8:1-3. Their Nu-Age sound won them the ’Best Band’ in their home town twice, by 2 of the leading Music Magazines – ‘Rimawi Khawvel’ on 2006 and by ‘Lelte Weeky Magazine’ on 2007. They have even been featured on the RAVE magazine. Mag has also participated in Great Indian Rock in both 2006 and 2007 and has won several competitions around India: 1st runners-up at IIT Roorkee 2006 Feb, Best Bassist, Best Original Composition in their song called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ (which was not on
the Album)… Best Band in IIT Roorkee on 2006 Oct, Best Vocalist, Best Guitarist, Best Original Composition for ‘Don’t Forsake me’… Best Band in IIT Kanpur on 2006 Oct, Best Vocalist, Best Guitarist, Best Original Composition, ‘Fallen’, which was also not on the Album.

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More than 200 artists, 6 countries – GIMF2 pitches Northeast on global music circuit

Prince of percussion Bickram Ghosh performing live in GIMF2

Prince of percussion Bickram Ghosh performing live in GIMF2

Bickram Ghosh, Padma Bhushan Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Mac Haque mesmerises

Scavenger Project, UDX takes GIMF to all new high

Bickram Ghosh, Ramen Baruah and Mac Haque receives EBMS Excellence in Music award

Three days of fun, frolic and non-stop music marked the second edition of the Guwahati International Music Festival. One of

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padmabhushan buddhadeb dasgupta

the only such festivals in the eastern part of the country, more than 200 artists from as many as 6 countries took part in the mega event. The festival was organized by Eastern Beats Music Society with the support of Assam Tourism, NTPC, NEEPCO, ITC Sangeet Research Academy, The Telegraph and Aucto Creation. The event was supported by Indi Eath, international television giant Vh1, Dy 365, Bengal Watch, Red Fm, The Big M, Asom Tube, Hotel Gateway Grandeur, Hotel Landmark, Hotel Nandan, Assam Times, Life’s Purple, Cozy Tours and Travels, Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters and Miranda’s Creations.

symphony of 100 sitarss

symphony of 100 sitarss

From Jazz to Blues, Classical to Rock – Guwahatians were spoilt for choice as some of the biggest names in the music industry descended in the Northeast. For the visiting artistes too, it was an excellent opportunity to network with the virtuoso musicians of the far-flung region of the country.

Bickram Ghosh, Snehasish Mazumdar and Sound of Mandolin (SOM) from New York, virtuoso drummer Greg Ellis from USA, legendary anti-establishment Bangladeshi rockstar-philopsopher Mac Haque, Sufi prodigy Manmohan Thapaliya from Nepal, Rishiii Chowdhury from UK, Harris Khan from Holland were the visiting artists who actually networked with the folk musicians of the region, thereby initiating a wonderful round of cross-cultural exchange.

aiyushman dutta presenting a momento to harris khan of afghanistan

aiyushman dutta presenting a momento to harris khan of afghanistan

Sea of crowd that had gathered in the festival

Sea of crowd that had gathered in the festival

Veteran violinist Minoti Khaund and ATDC Director Anurag Singh with Bhaskar Boruah and aiyushman Dutta lighting the inaugural lamp

Veteran violinist Minoti Khaund and ATDC Director Anurag Singh with Bhaskar Boruah and aiyushman Dutta lighting the inaugural lamp

Manmohan, who is a visiting faculty member of the Indian Council for Cultural Research in Kathmandu, said, “When I came to Guwahati, I never expected the kind of networking that was in store for us. I have had a great time knowing and interacting with all the fantastic guitarists here. I am coming here again to experiment further with Sufi music and Northeastern folk.”

The festival kicked off on the evening of November 23 with a fascinating symphony of 100 Sitars which was conducted by eminent Sitarist Hem Hazarika. The 100-member troupe, which was dressed in traditional white Assamese attire – men in Kurtas and women in mekhela chador – performed a 15-minute recital based on a pahari tune. Needless to say, the visual array and sweet melody kept everyone glued to their chairs and provided an excellent example of what was lined up for them for the next three days.

Snehasish Mazumdar and Sound of Mandolin from New York

Snehasish Mazumdar and Sound of Mandolin from New York

Mac Haque from Bangladesh

Mac Haque from Bangladesh

Padmabhushan awardee Pt Buddhadeb Dasgupta, despite his ill health, also arrived in the city for the inaugural performance. Despite doubts about his performance capability on account of his growing age, the octogenarian, who has taken the Sarod to the entire world, kept the audience spellbound with his hour-long recital. He was accompanied by virtuoso Tablist Gopal Mishra and Mallar Rakshit.

Pt Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s performance was sponsored by ITC Sangeet Research Academy – the sole institute working for the development of classical music in the country. SRA, which has produced some of the finest musicians of the country, also took auditions for their institute from talented musicians from the region. The instituted also sponsored the performance of Pt Anniruddh Bhattacharya, who is presently blazing across the national circuit, in a bid to revive the dormant classical music scenario of the Northeast.

The highlight of the entire festival, however, was undoubtedly the performance of master percussionist Bickram Ghosh and his popular troupe Rhythmscape. For more than an hour, he kept the packed 3000-capacity Shilpgram amphitheatre on their toes as they clapped in unison to his beats. He was accompanied on the drums by Greg Ellis from the US.

Bickram Ghosh receiving the Eastern Beats Excellence in Music award from EBMS advisor Shantanu Thakur

Bickram Ghosh receiving the Eastern Beats Excellence in Music award from EBMS advisor Shantanu Thakur

Mac Haque and Aiyushman Dutta releasing an album by child artist Miranda

Mac Haque and Aiyushman Dutta releasing an album by child artist Miranda

Bickram Ghosh’s performance was preceded by the spell-binding performance of Snehasish Mazumdar and his troupe SOM. Mazumdar, who hails from Kolkata, has developed a double-necked mandolin and adapted the typical western instrument to the Hindustani style. His troupe SOM was selected as the winner in the Battle of Boroughs and performs regularly in the US.

 

Jeffery Williams and Rishav Bhuyan

Jeffery Williams and Rishav Bhuyan

JUPITER ISLAND

JUPITER ISLAND

MAMA AND SWADHYAYA

GOURAV MAMA SAIKIA AND SWADHYAYA

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Manjir Chowdhury and Rishii Chowdhury from UK

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Ralph Kampuis (Germany) jugalbandi with Pragyan Barua and Earth Link

RJ PAHI TALKS gives bajate raho award as EBMS MEMBERS LOOK ON1

RJ PAHI TALKS gives bajate raho award as EBMS MEMBERS LOOK ON

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Scavenger Project from Mizoram

SUBHANKAR GIVING AN AWARD

EBMS secretary Subhankar Hazarika gives away an award to a band

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UDX from Kazakhstan

Needless to say, GIMF gave the people of the Northeast an excellent opportunity to watch some of the most interesting musical trends of the world. As Dr. Nandan Phukan, who came to watch the event, said, “I never knew that such interesting work was being done with the Mandolin. The other performers too have been a pleasant delight to watch. I would rate this festival as one of the best in the entire country.”

A national rock competition was also held during the festival and the finals of which were held on the third day. From the 17 bands which went to the last three rounds, heavy metal Tickstock were declared the winners. The judges for the competition were Mumbai-based Guwahatian drummer Ambar Das, bassist Larry from Shillong and vibraphone player Ralph Kamphuis from Germany.

The highlight of the final day however was the performance of the guest bands – UDX from Nagaland and Scavenger Project f

Pt Anniruddha Bhattacharya

Pt Anniruddha Bhattacharya

rom Mizoram. UDX had recently performed in Kazakhstan while Scavenger Project has one of the largest fan followings in the entire country. Such was the craze of the audience that they even overthrew the barricades and made a rush to the stage for 5-odd minutes before the organizers could finally push them back.

All in all, GIMF was a major success and is sure to translate as one of the biggest festivals in the country in the years to come.

 

EBMS consulting secretary Peter Alex Todd trying to control the crowd which broke the barricades

EBMS consulting secretary Peter Alex Todd trying to control the crowd which broke the barricades

View of crowd

View of crowd

 

Greg Ellis (US) jugalbandi with Bickram Ghosh

Greg Ellis (US) jugalbandi with Bickram Ghosh

 

Bhaskar Borua presenting the Eastern beats Excellence in Music award to Ramen Barua

Bhaskar Borua presenting the Eastern beats Excellence in Music award to Ramen Barua

 

 

Rock competitions held during the daytime

Rock competitions held during the daytime

Harris Khan of Afghanistan

Harris Khan of Afghanistan

 

 

‘Custom-made guitars have huge demand in NE’

Nituo Tsuzu

Nituo Tsuzu

The only retail outlet of Furtados in Northeast India is located in Dimapur. Being the sole franchisee, this outlet attracts lots of musicians, not only from Dimapur but from other towns and cities of the region as well. The store’s proprietor Nituo Tsuzu, who is an accomplished pianist herself, talks about the demand in the region.

1.      What kind of music instruments are selling fastest these days?

 Answer: We normally sell a lot of western instruments but these days the guitars are really selling well.

2.      What the demand more for?

 Answer: There is no demand for anything in particular as such. But we are getting a lot of requests for custom-made guitars. People in the Northeast seem to have become choosy about the colour and make of their guitars. Whenever we get such requests, we normally order it from outside.

There is also a renewed demand for guitar maintenance kits (we sell the ones by planet waves) and accessories like drum pedals, skins, etc.

3.      What about other hardware?

 Answer: There is not much demand for other hardware. We do of course sell, at   times, speakers, stereo systems, pick ups and head machines

4.      What kind of hardware do you recommend for small / home set up studios?

 Answer: For any one setting up a small set-up, I would suggest he or she first buys a good recording interface. It doesn’t cost much and is perfect for beginners. We normally suggest the M Audio Fasttrack. Then he or she can go for Yamaha stereo monitors and a good condenser mic. We normally recommend the AKG C100 mic, which is very basic but at the same time, very convenient for amateurs.

5.      Personally, which is the next gadget u aspire to buy?

 Answer: I wish that one day I am able to have my own acoustic piano – one custom-made by Stienway and Sons