Kohima, Aug 29 : The Government of Nagaland has decided to discontinue the famous and internationally acclaimed the Hornbill International Rock Contest one of the major attractions of the Hornbill Music Festival held annually as part of the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, which will be replaced as “The Great Hornbill Rock,” from this
Addressing a press conference here by the Adviser for the Task Force for Music and Arts (TaFMA) Theja Meru said in 2004 the Hornbill National Rock Contest was the highest prize money rock contest in the country and the event went international in 2013, that having lived its period for 15 years. He said the Hornbill International Rock Contest will be discontinued and instead the festival will have “The Great Hornbill Rock,” which will have few days dedicated to the winners of the Ticket to Hornbill.
Meru said the decision has been taken to make the Hornbill Music Festival into a full-fledged Music Festival. Besides this, there will be an array of daily music acts. He said that keeping in line with the vision of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for an all inclusive policy and giving maximum platform and opportunity to local musicians, TaFMA will conduct a statewide band audition under the aegis of Ticket to Hornbill
on September 27. The winner from each district will get an entry to perform at the Hornbill Music Festival, he said, adding as part of promoting the Music Festival and attracting the best of the best bands, Ticket to Hornbill will also be conducted for bands in few selected cities of the country.
In this, TaFMA is closing partnership deals with Gibson Guitar India, Rolling Stone India and Hard Rock Cafe for Hornbill Music Festival, he said. Also announcing that the main venue for the Hornbill Music Festival will be Dimapur, he said Kohima will have concerts in multi venues such as hotels, cafes, halls for which a brochure containing all details of venue, timing and artist will be released soon.
Meru further informed that TaFMA will be conducting the Nagaland Choir Olympics audition at the district levels on September 27, while the finale will be held in the State capital on October 23 at Regional Centre for Music, Entertainment and Performing Arts. Further auditions will take place after finale and efforts will be made to participate in the 11th World Choir Games to be held in Belgium next year, Meru informed. (UNI)