Guwahati: KC Lights, a school choir made up of students of Kiddies Corner Secondary School from Shillong, bagged a gold and a silver medal at the 8th Bali International Choir Festival held from July 23 to 27 this year.
The choir comprising of 21 members within the age group of 11 to 17 years won gold in the traditional category. They performed on the Khasi folk songs Ka Jingiathuh khana and Sier Lapalang, and a Naga folk song, Mejemsanger Naro.
The choir also won a silver medal in the teenager category where they performed on songs such as Orinoco Flow, Imagine and True Colours.
Speaking with EastMojo, school headmaster and choir director Brian Wallang said that the competition was a tough one so with many wonderful choirs from 15 participating nations. “Participating in this festival was an amazing experience. It was a wonderful learning experience too. Meeting with international acclaimed judges and being guided by them is something I will always treasure,” he said.
There were more than 5,000 participants at the competition and KC Lights representing India directly entered the ‘Champion’ category without going through the first round as the choir had earlier represented India at the Grand Prix International Choir Festival in Thailand where the group bagged two gold medals.
Besides participating in the competition, the choir also sang for a charity concert at a church in Bali.
“The event at the church was so special as we were able to use our voices for a good cause and we are extremely grateful to God for being able to venture on this journey, and I do hope that many other choirs of our state and region also get opportunities like this in the near future. Our young people have been blessed with such amazing talents and I just pray that these talents don’t just get wasted. We just need the support from our leaders,” Wallang added.
Formed in 2013, KC light Choir is aimed at using their voice as instruments of peace and change and bring smile in people’s life.
In 2018, the choir bagged gold at the 11th International Choir Competition Grand Prix, Thailand and was awarded Silver Diploma X at Asia Pacific Choir Games that was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2017.