Guwahati: After a process of scrutiny and public polling, Zaren Ngullie from Nagaland was voted as the winner of the first-ever EastMojo Euphony. Tyra Fuehrer Suting of Meghalaya and Pricilla Naulak of Manipur were adjudged the first and second runners-up, respectively, of the online singing contest covering the entire Northeastern region.
The contest was announced on December 15 last year, following which entries from all the eight states of the region came flowing in. After a long process of online voting that continued till January 5 this year, Ngullie came out on top.
Being the only musician in his family, Ngullie’s first exposure to music took place when he was in the 6th standard, when churches were his only arena. However, during his journey so far, he has faced his fair share of challenges. At times when he was low, music was the medicine that kept him going.
Ngullie has recently finished his Grade 5 in vocals under Rock School of London and will complete his course within this year. Unlike many others, who find inspiration in Hollywood or Bollywood, the young singer found his in musicians such as Alobo Naga and other local artistes from Nagaland.
Ngullie’s journey towards music went to the next level when he ended as one of the finalists of The Next Star of Nagaland and has been growing under the guidance of Thunglamo Ngullie. Currently, Ngullie is working on a single that will be released in a month or two.
Another musician who missed the top spot in a close battle was Tyra Fuehrer Suting. A dentist by profession, Suting’s strong passion for music gave him the required push to keep him going. For him, music has been an escape to peace and recreation ever since he was in the 8th standard. It was during this time that he started performing in school choirs which later went on to grow stronger.
A self-taught singer and guitarist, Suting has been vastly inspired by his father who is also a singer. However, it was only last year when he started taking lessons from his friends and took to guitar to compose original songs. The dentist-cum-musician was planning to come up with his own album before struggles such as finances came knocking at his door. However, despite the challenges, he wishes to see himself perform at larger platforms while pursuing his career as a doctor at the same time.
The spot of 2nd runner-up was clinched by Pricilla Naulak, who is more of an artist rather than just being a singer. Also passionate about painting, Naulak’s started singing during her pursuit of happiness and the soon the hobby took her to perform on stages. Like Ngullie, Naulak’s first exposure to live performances was through churches and eventually went on to perform in other venues including school festivals. Naulak’s friends have a major role to play when it comes to unveiling her talent to a larger audience who would help her with the post-production of the songs, shoot videos and upload them in various social media platforms.
The overwhelming response for the contest stood as a mammoth task for the judges to choose just five contestants from the large number of entries received online. While some of the entries were from aspiring singers, there were many backed by several years of training and professional experience.
During the process of short-listing, the judges had to broaden the limit from five finalists to six, where Jagrity Bora and Riya Chowdhury from Assam and Khrieketouzo Khezhie from Nagaland made it to the top six, along with Suting, Ngullie and Naulak.
There were several others who missed it in a close battle but deserved a special mention. They are Kanishka Dhar, Tanvir Dey Sarkar and Yaman Kalyan from Assam. The response has provided a massive boost to EastMojo Euphony. It will continue to provide bigger platforms to such aspiring singers and musicians in the days to come.