ENTERTAINMENT: Suncane silver for Angel’s – Congratulations guys, now lets ‘Rock the World’ !!!
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Gangtok, July 19: Girish ‘N’ The Chronicles has won the silver trophy at the Suncane Skale music fest.
The Gangtok-based five-member band, the first Indian rock group to participate in the music festival held every summer at Herceg Novi in Montenegro, returned to New Delhi on Friday after rocking Europe.
The band had been selected for the Suncane fest during a nationwide talent hunt organised by the consulate of Montenegro in Guwahati a couple of months back. Only original compositions had been allowed to compete for entry to “best summer song” event, which was held on July 9, the final day of the three-day fest.
Competing against more than 50 bands from across Europe, The Chronicles had belted out its self-composed Angel’s Angel, which bagged them the second position and a silver trophy, said manager Shyam Pradhan.
The band’s performance struck a chord with the audience and the organisers requested the band to do an encore, which also brought down the curtains for the fest.
Montenegro foreign affairs minister Milan Rocen, who was in the audience for the finale met the Sikkim band members backstage and congratulated them, said Pradhan.
“The band members are currently in New Delhi, getting over the fatigue of the three-day contest and jetlag. They are scheduled to be back in Sikkim this week,” said Pradhan.
Ever since Girish Pradhan formed the band in October 18, 2009, it has become a popular name in the regional rock circuit.
The band — with Girish as vocalist and guitarist, Noel Karthak on bass guitar, Suraj Karki, the lead guitarist, Nagen Mangarati on drums and Yogesh Pradhan on keyboards — had been keeping a hectic schedule even before its selection to Suncane Skale fest.
It had performed live on Doordarshan in May, and in concerts in Guwahati, Jorhat, Guwahati, Patna and Calcutta before.
“Once the band members come back by Saturday, we will sit down and then plan our future performances,” said Pradhan.
The letter from the Montenegro consulate general’s office inviting the band to the fest had said the Suncane Skale music fest has over 200 hours of live broadcast on radio and television and is watched in over 50 countries in Europe and the world.
Throughout the years, over hundred music hits have been broadcast and more than thousand songs have been performed by singers of 30 countries in the fest, the letter to the band had said.