GUWAHATI, Nov 29: In a rare moment of hope for the dormant independent music scenario of Assam and the Northeast, the Rockarolla Music Awards 2017 was held recently in Guwahati. The award ceremony, organized by Rockarolla at Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts in Guwahati, felicitated some of the best bands of the region.
Voting for the competition had taken place almost a month before the awards. In the final award ceremony, Lucid Recess won the title of Best Rock Band while Metal Band Plague Throat won the title of ‘Best Metal Band’. This was revealed by rock promoter and owner of Rockarolla Franchisee David Koch. The title sponsor of the awards was Chizwu communications
Lucid Recess, which has emerged as one of the top bands of the country, walked away with a total of four awards, including Best Band, Best Guitarist, Best Single and Best Album (Alive And Aware).
In a rare occasion, the award ceremony also chose to award the people working behind the scenes. While Lunse Mallick, Anup Kumar Neog & Sanjay Jasrasiya were awarded with the title of ‘Unsung Heroes’, Cafe Hendrix was chosen as the Best Live Venue.
Late Dhruva Sarma, pioneering rock star of Northeast India and frontman of ‘Friends’ was posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Following is a line-up of the winners in the awards.
Best Keyboardist – Writam Changkakati (The Family Tree)
Best Bassist – Jonah Hnamte (Third Sovereign)
Best Drummer – Malice (Plague Throat)
Best Guitarist – Siddharth Barooa (Lucid Recess)
Best Rock Vocalist – Farhad Hussain (Colossal Corp)
Best Metal Vocalist – Vedant Kaushik (Third Sovereign)
Rising Star – Lateral
Best Single – Dead Deep End (Lucid Recess)
Best Live Venue – Cafe Hendrix
Unsung Heroes – Lunse Millick, Anup Kumar Neog & Sanjay Jasrasiya
Lifetime Achievement – Lt. Dhruva Sarma
Best Rock Band – Lucid Recess
Best Metal Band – Plague Throat
Best Album – Alive And Aware (Lucid Recess).