DIMAPUR, Dec 7 - Reverse Tragedy from Mizoram won this year�s Hornbill International Rock Contest 2015. The Mizo band received a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh and will also be offered a free band exam by Trinity College of London, the resource partner of this year�s Rock Contest.
The first runners-up prize was bagged by October from Delhi while Grey Shack from Chennai was declared the second runners-up and received cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh respectively. Run Pussy Run from Pune received �band with best song lyrics� prize while the band of Meghalaya fame was declared the best potential band. Tune Up Channel from Nagaland bagged the best band award for the local band.
Altogether 24 bands competed in the Rock Contest held on Sunday. Crystal and the Witches (Sikkim), Rune Legacy (Nagaland), Ron and Me (Kolkata) and Avancer (Nagaland) were the other finalists. Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang along with sponsors and judges gave away the prizes.
Meanwhile, Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-in-charge-in-chief, Eastern Command, graced the cultural extravaganza of the Hornbill Festival at Kisama Heritage Village today.
Gen Bakshi lauded the diversity and vibrancy of the rich Naga culture. He said he came to the Hornbill Festival to spread the message of peace. Parliamentary Secretary for Art & Culture E Eshak Konyak in said the army can play an important role in the society and save the people.