KOHIMA: The ‘Handshake Concert’ was held in Bangkok, Thailand this year on June 21 to commemorate World Music Day. An initiative of the Rattle and Hum Music Society, Nagaland, the event was supported by the Nagaland government, ministry of trade and commerce and the government of Thailand.
The Convention Centre at Centara Grand in Bangkok hosted the inter-cultural event that saw artists from both the countries showcase their talent on the same stage. The venue was packed with enthusiastic music lovers, old and young alike. Artists like the Zowe Madrigal, Tetseo Sisters, OFF, Avancer, Kenei Chale and dance troupes from the Sumi and Zeliang communities performed in Thailand. A strong Naga contingent of about 35, including artists, officials and professionals from various fields also performed on the eventful day. The Naga musicians did an excellent job in including different genres of music in the show with Traditional, Modern Rock, Broadway and Soul music.
The Naga entourage was led by Azo Nienu, minister of health & family welfare and Dr Nicky Kire, advisor of the Music Task Force along with Abu Metha, press secretary to Nagaland chief minister. The other officials included Theja Meru and Khriehu Liezietsu, chief patron of the Rattle and Hum Music Society and members of XL, Nagaland and other government officials.