Nagaland, home to diverse indigenous tribes, with festivals and markets celebrating the different tribes’ culture the magnificence of its beauty and passion of its people, on #Gonortheast that was aired on December 31st at 10 PM on Discovery Channel.
Varun, the host begins his Nagaland journey by attending the annual Tuluni festival of the Sumi Naga, one of the 16 major tribes of the state. The harvest festival is celebrated as a mark of Thanksgiving and to invoke blessings. Further, he also participates in rituals like the Aphilokuwo – a war dance that involves combative-style steps with gestures communicating aggression and valor. One dance follows the other.
Varun is also seen jamming with Alobo Naga, who leads the four-member pop-rock group Alobo Naga & The Band.
It may be mentioned that Alobo Naga is the recipient of Governor’s Award 2015 for Distinction in Music as well as Indihut Artiste of the year 2014/2015
Alobo Naga is an Artist, composer and a songwriter and one of the most refined & popular & well-known Artistes from North East India. He started expressing his passion for music at the tender of 5 and by the age of 12 years he began performing his original composition. Besides being a performing artiste he is a composer/producer & write music for films, serials etc. With over 500 performances across the world over a span of 5 years, he is one of the most demanding artistes from North East of India. 148 performances just in 2015 is one of the highest by any artiste in India in a year.
Alobo Naga holds a Licentiate in Music performance certificate in Contemporary Vocals (LRSL), from Rock School, London, the first from India to pass the exam. He is the brand Ambassador for the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan for Nagaland appointed by the Governor of Nagaland in 2015. He is also the Nagaland State Icon for the SVEEP Campaign in the state awarded by the Election Commission of India. He did SVEEP Campaign concert all over the 11 district of Nagaland, spreading awareness through music in the recent Lok Sabha election 2014.
Besides being a Solo Artiste, he is also the front man of the band,”Alobo Naga & The Band (ANTB), an Indian rock outfit from Dimapur, Nagaland. The band rose to fame in 2011 with their video single ‘Painted Dreams’ which was an instant hit; it was premiered in August 2011 at VH1. The popularity of the video also helped the band to earn themselves MTV Europe Music Awards 2012 nominations for Best worldwide Best Act and winning the “Best Indian Act” award.
Besides being an artiste, he is a philanthropist who does many charitable works through his music. Some of his few contributions are: Sponsoring 17 orphans to school for academic year of 2015 from Bright morning star children Home, Kohima. Raised money for Manipur Earthquake victims 2016, Nepal Earthquake victims, Raised fund & operated 10 children with clef palate at Mon district, Poor patient fund, Mokokchung Hospital, Children with cancer, Kohima Naga Hospital, churches, Raised funds for the education of children at the refugee camp affected by Rengma-Karbi conflict and many more.
Image: Alobo Naga Facebook Page