Itagar, March 21: The fourth edition of the Red Rock Fest 2015 with theme ‘Understand AIDS, End Discrimition’ reached Itagar after its whirlwind tour to various districts of the state.
Amidst sound of drums, guitars, vocals, and cheering crowds, the file of the fest concluded here today at Dree Ground, declaring Harmonic Psyche as the winner of the file with cash prize of Rs 50,000. Minister Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Rajesh Tacho and H&FW secretary Indra Mallo attended the event as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Besides the guest, top officials of Directorate of Health Services, haralgun and APSACS also attended the event.
The three bands that made to the fils were Lutic Fringe, a Progressive Black Metal band from Guwahati, Harmonic Psych, a Groove Metal band from Itagar, and The Terrace Project, an Altertive Metal band from Nirjuli.
Lutic Fringe and Terrace Project were adjudged as first and second runners-up in the competition and were awarded a cash prize of Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.
Apart from the competitors, Yesterdrive and Royal also performed in the event. The judges for the competition were Yesterdrive guitarist Haggai Rongmei, Royal Flush bassist Samuel Pertin, sub divisiol Food and Civil Supply officer bam And, and Aruchal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) DO (BS) bam Budh. The event was organized by the tiol AIDS Control Organization (CO) all over Northeastern region as part of its Multi Media Campaign. The aim and objective of the MMC is to sensitize youths between the age group of 15 to 29 year on HIV/AIDS through music that attracts them most.
Earlier on March 3 last, the campaign and the rock fest was simultaneously launched at Pasighat which later moved on to Lohit, Khonsa, Bomdila, and Itagar. A total of 10 bands from the touring places of the campaign were selected for the semi fil, out of which today’s three competing bands made it to the file. Speaking at the event, APSACS project director Riken Ri urged all to be informed about the dreaded disease and to hate HIV/AIDS, not the person having it, while the APSACS deputy director (BSD) Annong Borang urged all to contact 1097 for information on the disease, and ICTC and ART for it treatment in initial stage.