North East Zone Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Government of India successfully organised two Folk Fusion Music Festivals at Asufu Ground (EGL Factory), Mao, Nagaland on March 26 and the other at Tangkul Nagalong Ground, Ukhrul, Manipur on March 28, 2013 with performances in both the venues by 3 renowned Naga names in the field of music from Nagaland and Manipur namely Rewben Mashangva, the popular Naga Folk and blues singer accompanied by Ringo and his son Saka from Imphal, the talented singer Wabang Longkumer who is the reigning ‘Naga Orpheus Hunt 2012’ (Naga Idol) from Mokokchung, and one of the nation’s best folk fusion band Abiogenesis from Dimapur. The festivals also saw festival opening performances by respective local artistes and comperes in both the venues.
Abiogenesis in Ukhrul
The local MLA L. Dekho was the Guest of Honor at Asufu Ground, Mao whose speech kicked off the festival at 6.30 pm to an enthusiastic crowd of around 4000 who refused to disperse even when the last song was played at 9 pm.
Shri. M. Ravi Rao, Addl. DIG, Assam Rifles, 10 Sector was the Guest of Honor at Tangkul Nagalong ground at Ukhrul. The festival was attended by around 2500 crowd which started at 5.30 pm and winded off at 8.30 pm.
These two Folk Fusion Music Festivals was organised to highlight ‘NEZCC Silver Jubilee Yatra’.