June 21 is World Music Day (Fete De La Musique), a day the world celebrates the magical gift of music. The Fête de la Musique was founded by Jack Lang, the then French Minister of Culture in Paris in 1982. In the beginning the festival was a humble burst of musical idealism. Within three decades it became a global success and attracts players and listeners all over the world today. It has become a worldwide phenomenon with over 32 countries worldwide having their own celebrations in their own way, regardless of the season. In Dimapur, Nagaland, it’s a free concert that happens every year now – promoting local musicians, encouraging amateur musicians to perform their music in the famous spot like, “Super Market” and one in “The Garden”. It’s a fabulous day to celebrate the spirit of music in all its forms. Fans all over Northeast know exactly where to go and hear some of the best and brightest artists in the local music scene. The World Music Day is definitely on their list and will be a celebration of music in its different forms and manifestations. A wide range of genre, musicians and type of shows are presented during the evening, to promote the diversity of music.
There really is truth to the saying, “Music soothes the soul, so much so that it is now recognized as a form of therapy”. It helps man to sympathetically manifest unspoken desire and humanity in him. Ever watched a concert? Do you sometimes feel amazed by the capability of Music? It breaks boundaries to unite people from different backgrounds and cultural heritage. There are all kinds of people at a concert, but when you watch that particular band/artiste, you become one. Music does not restrict the audience in the way that movies or graphic art does. The listeners can create whatever image they want to. It is an art that appeals to the conscious mind, but the best music also appeals to the subconscious. We dedicate this issue to music, as well as some of the notable musicians from the Northeast who were gone too soon.