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If you want to know what your message is, just sing it- Kenny Rogers By now everyone is well aware of the demise of this ingenious country singer, actor, and author and of course who could forget Kenny Rogers’ Roasters (his brand of chicken restaurants in the 1990s) I still remember the first time I came to Guwahati, to visit my grandpa to discover those old hips of him swaying side by side to a musical number. Back then, having a CD player means you are entitled to show it off. So I turned to my uncle and he laughed saying, “No one can stop my dad once Islands in the Stream plays.” Now frankly, if anyone calls me “musically dumb” I wouldn’t mind for I am. But I was a curious kid and I desperately wanted to know what made my usually rigid grandpa sway so much. Also, being…

In the already tumultuous world, the day did come where a simple sneeze is not received with a “bless you” but rather a terrified or angry sneer by the ones around you. With the outbreak of the pandemic Covid-19, the cry for physical distancing is just growing louder. Many people are still confused as to what does this seemingly technical term actually mean. Many are  searching for the meaning of the words. “What does Physial Distancing mean?” The species Homo sapiens is said to be a social animal. We depend on others for material, social and emotional support. Hence, the word physical distancing might sound almost impossible to comprehend. However, it is a bitter necessity now. It is already too late to keep the corona virus from freely spreading but all is not lost as social distancing can slow it down. Like a parasite corona virus too needs a host…

It might sound like a cliche if to say that nature is at risk. We all know that. Starting from global warming, melting of polar ice caps, rising sea level, depleting groundwater tables to forest fires, the list goes on. But what are we doing? To address many of the issues related to nature and environment, Nature Orbit Foundation, an NGO for creating awareness and protecting nature had organised a two-day event in Kaziranga. The event held on March 7 and 8 brought together mentors  like Partha Hazarika & Chao Hemajit Deodhai Phukan both environmentalists of NEF, Tom Boyd, Research Scholar, Manchester University, Julin Boruah, the Rhino Man of Assam and the Forest Man of India Jadav Payeng. The event successfully managed to bring together like-minded people and the event became the best platform for exchange of ideas related to nature, wellness and environment besides many other topics which were…

“Void for me means  endless. It has a very different meaning for me,” said Gaurav Mankoti aka Gaurav Void, the 26-year-old rapper from Uttarakhand, as he sat down for an interview with VibesMojo during his recent trip to  Assam to perform at the Assam Don Bosco University. Born and brought up in the picturesque hills of Uttarakhand, Gaurav was infatuated with dance and hip hop during his college days. He then started his training in the hip hop, urban dance and contemporary dance from Germany and New York and got his official debut in the Indian television series “India’s Got Talent.” Subsequently, in the year of 2015, he was also one of the top 12 in another dance reality show “Dance Plus.” Later in 2019, he was seen as a contestant on MTV’s rap show “MTV Hustle,” which was his new avatar in the world of music.  Void is known for…

You must have heard the saying, all good things must come to an end. Though the high spirited annual Spring Fest of St. Joseph College, Jakhama came to an end on March 14, the two-day festival left the students of this college of Nagaland with some unforgettable memories. The theme of this year’s festival was ‘My culture, My heritage.’ The two-day festivities (March 13- 14) witnessed a perfect blend of culture, tradition, music, fun and well obviously food.  The first day of the festival was kick-started by an invocation by the Vice Principal of SJC (A) Fr. Dr. George Keduolhou Angami, followed by a welcome song by Blended Hillocks and the welcome address by Principal of SJC (A) Dr. Fr. Sebastian Ousepparampil.  The day’s event then began with the guest appearance of the piano maestro Nise Meruno. His soulful voice ricocheted through the college, engulfing the premises with hope and…

YouTube is a melting point of a deluge of content creators. Each with their unique flair in the kind of content they want to create and showcase. 28-year-old Vishal Langthasa is one such creator who’s hilarious videos makes one wonder, hey didn’t this happen to me once? He is so relatable. With over 1 lakh subscribers for his channel “Chugli TV” this relatable You Tuber who lives in maximum city Mumbai, hails from a small town of Haflong in Assam. Why Chugli TV? Its because just like the literal meaning of chugli which stands for talking behind someone’s back, his channel is also an alternate space where people talk. Moreover, the word chugli is simple, funny and will often be easily retained by the human mind. He is popular for creating fictitious characters in his channel — from Aunt Nijula to Ghonokanto. Aunt Nijula who, after a painful divorce in…

Love tattoos and live music? How about this —  getting inked for free? Thought we are kidding? Just pay a visit to  “The Neon Tattoo Festival” and let your body be the canvas for the national and international tattoo artists who are attending the Fest till February 23. A first of its kind, the tattoo convention is going on at NEZCC, Shilpagram Guwahati. The three-day Fest began on February 21. The very first day of the convention saw the participation of various tattoo enthusiasts and artists from different corners of the globe. https://youtu.be/nAXRbYdZumE Tattoo artists from Russia, Sri Lanka, UK, Nepal, and across India are attending the Fest.  The atmosphere is electrifying and buzzing with the sound of the needles. The air is filled with the aroma of inks.  Presence of celebrity tattoo artists of the likes of Vikas Malani, Lokesh Verma, Chirag Jhala, Eric Jason D’Souza has taken  the…

To all rock genre fans out there Guwahati based award-winning activist music act Rain in Sahara has just dropped their highly anticipated second single You Think Our Future Is a Joke on February 21, 2020. The song aims to inspire each one of us to wake up and act against the biggest crisis of our lifetime — the climate emergency. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cjX4OeDSaU With spine-tingling lyrics by Rain Jong, continuous banger rap beats by Lain Heringman (which if you listen carefully would ignite the soul of anyone who cares for the nature) and the dark and gloomy vibe of the entire song, one has to take a step back and think deep about the disastrous path that the planet is on. So what can we do? Do we just keep raising questions and sit tight or take take things upon ourselves and act? The video is already up on their YouTube channel…

A moment of immense pride for the state of Assam as Sarodee Borah bagged the nomination for the prestigious “Mirchi Music Awards 2020” in the “Upcoming Female Vocalist” of the year category. This is also the first national recognition of its kind for a girl from Assam. She has been nominated for her song ‘Sapne Jo Bhi’ from the movie Jindegi Tumse  Borah’s musical journey started way back in 2009 in Mumbai as a playback singer. She trained in professional singing at the SaReGaMaPaDhaNiSa Academy by Gajendra Singh under the tutelage of stalwarts like Pt. Maniraj, Ismail Darbar, Abhijit Bhattacharya, Sucheta Bhattacharjee. However, her major break in the ever-evolving and versatile music industry came in the form of a call to perform at the MTV Coke Studio with music directors Ehsaan and Loy (of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy fame). Speaking on her achievement, an elated Sarodee said, “I feel very satisfied for…

In this day and age of hypocrisy, political turmoil, environmental malfunctions (due to crimes perpetuated by us humans) and constant strife, it often becomes difficult to find a safe space to just laugh. But stand-up comedian Abhineet Mishra draws  inspiration from everything that is bleak and dark, gives it a twist and makes everyone laugh. Mishra is bringing his unique flair of humor to Guwahati. His nationally acclaimed tour #NutsandBolts would be in the city this Sunday, February 23 at G-Adda and his performance starts at 7 pm. With over 45k subscribers on YouTube, he has been a regular on the Stand Up Comedy scene for the last couple of years. He was the winner of the first Kill or Die event at Canvas Laugh Club a few months after he started. Ever since, he has been performing in several cities and on some of the biggest stages in the…