SHILLONG, Jan 31: A concoction of five bands, â€˜Abberantâ€™ bagged the coveted Meghalaya Icon III title on Tuesday after performing live at the Laban Sports Complex, Shillong.
The Concert was organized by Meghalaya Aids Control Society (MACS).
Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Rowell Lyngdoh was present at the function as the Chief Guest among the midst of red ribbon sporting youth.
The Grand Finale was judged by Soul mateâ€™s singer / songwriter / blues Guitarist Rudy Wallang, Soul mateâ€™s Vocalist and Guitarist Tipriti Kharbangar and Drummer Sam Shullai. A total of 10 bands performed in the finals after auditions across the state in Tura, Jowai and Shillong. As many as 21 bands auditioned in Shillong.
Abberant was awarded a cash prize of Rs 1 Lakh, a contract with MACS to be their ambassadors in campaigns for a period of 1 year, a Keyboard and a Guitar.
â€˜Symphony Illusionsâ€™ were the 1st runners up winning a cash prize of Rs 30,000 and a guitar and â€˜Acts of Violenceâ€™ was awarded the 2nd runners up with a cash prize of Rs 20,000 and a guitar.
Individual winners were also given to musicians in different segments along with a cash prize of Rs 10000 each:Â Quantum leap won a special prize for their originality in music; Best Aids Song was awarded to Echo Dirt; and the surprise package of the day – 13 year old keyboard player, Sam from Symphony Illusions, was awarded the best Keyboard Player.
Jowai based Echo turfâ€™s drummer won the best Drummer award, Best Guitarist was awarded to Identical Prosection Image, Best Vocalist and Bassist were awarded to Abberantâ€™s Rynkat and Wankadploy respectively.
The third edition of Meghalaya Icon saw an array of metal bands performing; as many as 6 metal bands were among the 10 bands performing in the finals of the competition. Shillongâ€™s love for metal music only grows as Aberrant, the winners of Meghalaya Icon III are a metal band.
It can be mentioned here that Eleventh Hour,Â the band which came up from the basements of Mawlai to winning the Meghalaya Icon II last year is also a metal band.
Creating interaction among the audience about HIV/AIDS awareness through questions and answers about the deadly virus of HIV/AIDS and distribution of free t-shirts was also seen at the function.