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Kohima, August 29, 2019:

Advisor of Task Force for Music & Arts, TaFMA, Theja Meru said it has decided to discontinue the Hornbill Rock Contest from this year in order to make the Hornbill Music festival into a full-fledged music festival.

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Briefing Media persons today in Kohima, Meru said the decision was taken keeping in line with Nagaland Chief Minister’s vision for an all inclusive policy and giving maximum platform and opportunity to the local musicians.

He said TaFMA will conduct a statewide band audition under the aegis of ‘Ticket to Hornbill’ on 27th September.

Meru said winners from each district will get entry to perform at the Hornbill Music Festival. He also informed that the festival will have the Great Hornbill Rock where all the winners of the ticket to Hornbill along with other invited bands will perform.

The Advisor further informed that TaFMA will also be conducting the first Nagaland Choir Olympics audition on 27th September across the districts and finale will take place at RCEMPA Jotsoma on 23rd October.

Meru further said, auditions will take place after finale to choose a choir consisting of 16-20 singers from all the district and efforts will be made to participate at the 11th World Choir Games to be held in Belgium scheduled for next year.

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