Musicians and artists from North Eastern states step up to raise funds for Kerala Floods
On 24th August, Heritage, a hotel in Nagaland’s Kohima saw a crowd of at least 1,000 people for a concert organized to raise funds for Kerala. ‘Nagaland 4 Kerala’ — an initiative by the Rattle and Hum Music Society of Nagaland, in collaboration, with the Nagaland Government — a free-for-all concert where the state’s popular musicians like the Tetseo Sisters, Lords of Rock, Colored Keys, Ethnic Future and Rattle & Hum Band performed.
Photo Source : Nagaland 4 Kerala Event Page
“This is an effort to complement the efforts the Nagaland government is making for Kerala,” - Neingulie Nakhro, executive member, Rattle and Hum Music Society of Nagaland.
While the concert was free, there were donation boxes, kiosks and booths where people could contribute. On August 18, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, announced a relief of Rs 1 crore for flood hit Kerala.
“Our main aim is to raise funds so we are making the process as simple as possible. We will also have facilities for people who want to transfer through QR codes at the booths,” says Nakhro.
Meghalaya, too, is hosting a “friendship jam” to raise money for Kerala. An artiste collective called MOX – Movement of Expression —had orgainsed the event in Shillong’s Mellow Mood Café on August 25 . The evening featured Shillong-based artistes such as Banrap Lyngdoh, Shank Jay and MOKSH, Kingdom Culture etc.
“The nice part is that all the musicians as well as anyone who is even remotely involved in this concert — the venue, the sound and light people etc — have not charged a single rupee,” adds Nakhro. The group has done extensive social media promotions to spread the word.
Meanwhile in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district, a group of students from the Newman School Neotan performed a “flash mob” of sorts in the middle of a market on the morning of August 22, to raise funds. Reportedly many came forward to donate money at the spot itself. The students are planning similar “performances” in other parts of the state too.
Till now, Manipur has donated a sum of Rs 2 crores, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have announced Rs 3 crore, Tripura and Nagaland governments have donated Rs 1 crore as financial relief for Kerala.