If you’re a band in India, chances are you have come across all kinds of band competitions – from the ones that offer you just a stage for “exposure” to the countless college competitions where the prize money often doesn’t show up.
But picture this: Dhun – A Beat for Skill organized by the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), in collaboration with Delhi-based governance organization Citizens Alliance. To simplify – the government of India has tied up with organizations to host a band competition, with prizes up to Rs 2 lakhs in cash, and the chance to have their song become the anthem of NSDC’s flagship project, Hunar Hai toh Kadar Hai – one that promotes the importance of skill and vocational training.
With the band competition already receiving a total of 211 online submission, 10 bands have been shortlisted for the finale on September 12 at Richardson & Cruddas in Mumbai. The list includes upcoming bands such as Kolkata symphonic rock band MOH2, Nashik Hindi rockers Dhwani, Delhi world fusion band Swarantar and many more.
Another complementary competition to choose a popular choice song with a prize of Rs 10,000 is also on over at Dhun’s Facebook page. The main competition, however, is being judged by the likes of singers Kavita Seth, Mithoon Sharma, producer Clinton Cerejo, composer-singer Lesle Lewis and rock veterans Parikrama’s keyboardist Subir Malik.
In addition to performances by 10 new and upcoming bands, Dhun is being headlined by Parikrama, so you know it’s going to be one loud, anthemic night. Head over to Richardson & Cruddas on September 12 and check out the best new anthems in India, courtesy of Dhun.
More details about Dhun – A Beat for Skill are available on their official website.
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