Manipur hosts punk music festival

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Senapati (Manipur), Mar 30 (ANI): In an effort to promote the talent of youths, Manipur staged the 'Screamo Punk Festival 2009' here last week.

The music festival featured bands from Nagaland, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai.

The one-day event was jointly hosted by Hill Sound, Senapati, Moli Ariina Mao and M. Lee Music Gallery and sponsored by the Youth and Hope Foundation, Manipur.

The Organisers said the festival was aimed at reviving culture in the insurgency-hit state.

"I am doing music promotion for local youths. The music scene in Manipur is in poor condition because of militant problems. That is why I wish to hold a music festival every year for the youths in Senapati. The 'Screamo Punk Festival' is also going to extend to Imphal, Shillong and other parts of the northeast," said Moli R. Mao, convenor of the organizing committee.

Rappers from Delhi and Kolkata also performed at the festival.

"I really support music festivals. This type of curricular activities or rock show and music will bring development in society," said Romeo, a spectator.

The event is planned to be held annually, featuring local bands in the entire northeast. By L. C. K. Singh (ANI)

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