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Curtain falls on Nagaland Music Safari

Diatribe winner of Nagaland Music Safrai with state chief minister N. Rio, cabinet ministers, government officials and XL members. (inset) Topeni K. Assumi winner of the solo event, on Thursday, Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent, KOHIMA, October 30:
Published on 31 Oct. 2008 1:22 AM IST
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Topeni, Diatribe emerge as winners Topeni K Assumi (Zunheboto district) and Diatribe band (Kohima district) emerged as winners in the solo and band events respectively in the Nagaland Music Safari. Winner of solo artist category, Tobeni K Assumi was awarded Rs 15000/- as cash prize, while the second runner up Wapong Ozukum (Mokokchung) and third runner up Meribeni Patton (Dimapur) received cash award of Rs.10000/- and Rs.7000/- respectively. Meanwhile, Vesato (Phek) and Narsen (Kohima) were awarded Rs. 2, 500 each as consolation prize. In the band category, winning band Diatribe (Kohima) was awarded Rs.30, 000, while the second runner up Dementia (Dimapur) and third runner up Aisle (Wokha) received Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 15,000 respectively. In the individual category, the ‘best lead’ went to Yanger Longkumer (Diatribe), ‘best drums’ to Launtemjen (Dementia), ‘best vocalist’ to Akihito (Dementia), and the ‘best bassist’ to Abijah (Diatribe). All of which were awarded Rs.5000/- each along with a citation to all the winners of various categories. The show was hosted by Theja Meru, renowned musician of the state, and the judges for the final countdown were band members of XTC and Divine Connection. State chief minister Neiphiu Rio handed away the prizes and certificates to the various winners. Talking to this correspondent, Gugs Chishi, project director, MTF said winners of Nagaland Music Safari will perform during the evening programme of state inauguration Day (December 1), on the first day of Hornbill Festival, and the Hornbill National Rock Contest 2008, where the two winning bands will find their berth. A total of 11 bands representing the 11 districts and 22 solo artists took part in the grand finale held on Thursday at State academy hall, Kohima. The show was organized by Music Task Force (MTF), Directorate of Youth Resources & Sports, Nagaland, with Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) as event partner. The show at Kohima was managed by renowned event management group XL. To boost up the young achievers, Aries Music and Sound Foundation, Dimapur have volunteered to sponsor in making the music video album. Earlier Dr. Nicky Kire, MLA and chairman KVIC formally launched the competition and also gave away special gifts – one keyboard and two active acoustic guitars to three blind persons who came all the way from Mokokchung to attend the show. The Music Task Force also handed over a cash of Rs.10000/- each to the blind from Mokokchung and NMA HIV/AIDS community care centre. Special numbers were also presented by Senti, NMA HIV/AIDS Community care centre and the three blind persons. In his address Dr. Nicky Kire said DAN government was going all out to promote music in the state, adding there are tremendous talents amongst the Naga youth in the field of music. Minister for medical Azo Nienu, power minister Doshehe, planning minister TR Zeliang, commissioner HK Khulu, commissioner and secretary Youth Resources and Sports, KT Sukhalu, Commissioner and secretary to CM L. Kire, press secretary to chief minister Abu Metha also attended the grand finale.

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