Music is a great healer, they say. Some musicians in the remote northeastern region of India are now trying to take that aphorism a step forward by participating in and organising concerts in aid of the flood-affected victims in Kerala.
Kerala is limping back to normalcy after what’s been considered as the worst flooding in the state in a century. The ‘calamity of a severe nature’, as the Union government is calling the floods, has claimed over 370 lives so far and rendered millions homeless.
Musicians in Nagaland are hosting a concert called ‘Nagaland 4 Kerala’ at The Heritage, Kohima, on August 24 . The initiative, being organised by the Rattle and Hum Music Society of Nagaland, has been supported by the government of Nagaland.
Muno Shiu, one of the artistes performing at the concert, says, "An act of kindness is what I believe is required to bring a change in someone’s life. " The event will also play host to Tetseo Sisters, Colored Keys, Ethnic Future, Rattle and Hum Band and Lords of Rock.
As per the organisers of the concert, contributions can be made at the venue itself. Donations can also be transferred to bank accounts specified by them. More details can be found on their Facebook page.
In Shillong, Meghalaya, popularly known as the ‘rock capital’ of India, independent artistes’ collective Movement Of Expression, also abbreviated as MOX, is hosting a ‘Friendship Jam’ in aid of the Kerala flood victims. The show is going to be held at the Mellow Mood Café in Laitumkhrah on August 25 .
Several young, adult and teenage hip-hop artistes and groups are taking part in this initiative. All the MOX artistes -- MOKSH, Banrap Lyngdoh, Shank Jay and Nep Zone -- along with gospel hip hop-rap group Kingdom Culture, hip hop trio The Breed Harmony and disc jockey Raphaile are performing at the event.
Rapper-songwriter Shank Jay, who is equally passionate about being a doctor, is overwhelmed by the fact that his final performance in the city is going to be for a cause, before he moves out to pursue his MBBS degree.
Visitors to the concert can pay an entry fee of anything above Rs 20 to witness some young artistes perform on Saturday. As per the organisers, all the money that will be generated on the day of the event will be transferred directly to the chief minister’s fund in Kerala.