Kohima: Several groups of artistes are coming together to raise funds for the people of Kiphire district in Nagaland, which has been cut off from the rest of the state and the country since July-end due to incessant rains.
Kiphire, bordering Myanmar, had been cut off since July 26-27 after heavy rainfall damaged about 300 metres of an arterial road in adjoining Phek district. As such, residents have been facing a several shortage of essential commodities, among other things.
On August 29 and 30, Indihut, an online music platform from Nagaland, organised a street show in Kohima where people from all walks of life participated. Unlike other shows, the event was organised in such a way that any musician could pick up a guitar, sing and help raise funds for the affected residents of Kiphire.
“It was overwhelming to see kids who were headed home after school to just step in, sing, dance and beatbox for a good cause. Even government officials and other music fans, both old and young, told us they were proud to be a part of it and to happily contribute. So, even though it was hurriedly done, it was worth it. With zero investment, we generated Rs 28,880,” says Yanpvuo Kikon, creator of Indihut.
Meanwhile, in Mokokchung, the Mokokchung District Musicians Association (MDMA) is organising a charity concert, ‘Mokokchung for Kiphire’, in aid of the affected people on September 8. “Your small contributions will make a huge impact. Be there on the 8th of September at Mokokchung Town Hall to sing along with some of the best musicians of Mokokchung,” announces a post by MDMA on Facebook.
In Dimapur too, artistes are coming together on September 15 for a ‘charity concert for Kiphire’ being organised by an NGO, Dimapur Humanity Foundation.
On September 16, various establishments such as churches, media houses and business organisations are organising an open mic and concert at The Heritage, Kohima. Details below: