Chants and air guitars

Source: The Hindu

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Nagaland-based NGO Rattle & Hum Music Society, along with Nagaland University, Rolling Stone Magazine, India and Lambency Chrysalis Academy, organised a free concert, ‘The Handshake Concert’, to celebrate World Music Day at India Habitat Centre recently.

This was the third edition of The Handshake Concert featuring eminent musicians from across the country on one stage. The bands and artistes who performed at the concert included Grammy winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Grammy nominee Lama Tashi, and bands Soulmate, Medusa, Cultural Vibrants, Asin and Nise, OFF and The Tetseos.

The evening saw Theja Meru, president, Rattle & Hum Music Society, play the host along with Arpito Gope of Rolling Stone in India, while host Luke Kenny pumped up the enthusiasm. Over 350 enthusiastic music lovers attended the gathering.

The evening began with an opening performance by Cultural Vibrants, the all-girls band from Nagaland.

Following this was a performance by OFF of Nagaland. The other rocking performances of the evening were given by Medusa from Mumbai, Soulmate from Shillong, Tetseos and Asin & Nise.

The evening climaxed with performances by Lama Tashi and Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Ngawang Tashi Bapu, also known as Lama Tashi, is a former principal chant master of the Dalai Lama. Affectionately known as the ‘Singing Monk’, Tashi was one of the nominees for the Best Traditional World Music category at the 2006 Grammy Awards. Tashi has also performed with popular recording artistes such as Natalie Merchant, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Ben Harper and Sheryl Crow.

Rattle & Hum Music Society, Nagaland, was created and named in homage to the socially responsible and humanitarian achievements of the band U2.