North-east part of India has always been known for its nature, beauty and music. In the last decade, the region has seen tremendous growth in the indie music scene. While most of the festivals and events are dominated by male bands, females of the region aren't waiting for a better time. Although female music groups are not new among northeasterners, the region has seen rapid growth of all female bands who are well equipped to play from folk to jazz, rock 'n' roll to metal. Below are ten such female bands who have been defying the stereotypical thought process and building faith in women empowerment with their music and team spirit.
1. Tetseo Sisters (Nagaland)
|Tetseo Sisters from Nagaland|
2. Afflatus (Meghalaya)
|Afflatus from Meghalaya|
3. The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh)
|The Vinyl Records (Arunachal Pradesh) | photo: Facebook|
4. Apples (Mizoram)
5. Minute of Decay (Manipur)
|Minutes of Decay (Manipur)|
Minute of Decay's preparatory is laced with a fine example of foresight and discipline from their parents. Their own love affair with music, they ensured, would survive into the next generation through their children, even if it means an all-girls situation.
6. The Chosen (Mizoram)
|The Chosen (Mizoram)|
Essentially a Pop, Pop-rock, Indie band, the band, started jamming out in the first half of 2009 and got together as a Gospel band (All-Girl band) by the end of that year. The band comprises of members Moitei (Vocals), Fiona (Vocals), Seni (Guitars), Xoey (Bass), Malsomi (keyboards), Afeli (Drums) and Parema (songwriter/manager). They are the first all girl Gospel band from the state of Mizoram. Now ain't that something?!
7. Genesis of Pink (Sikkim)
|Genesis of Pink (Sikkim)|
The band released two music videos “Who are you” and “Ka Bata” in 2016. Their songs are often based on society and individuals and they also do not stray away from writing songs on delicate issues such as rape and violence and spread it through the universal language of music.
8. Blue Corn (Mizoram)
|Blue Corn (Mizoram)|
9. Hurricane Girls (Assam)
|Hurricane Girls (Assam)|
The band’s musical journey began in 2011 performing at a cultural function organised by a coaching institute at Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati. The band uses some traditional Assamese musical instruments like dhol, nagara, dotara with keyboard, guitar, drums and modern percussion instruments to create a musical illusion. Band members as on 2016 - Mamani, Mumpy, Maina kaberi, Jenny, Luku and Pragya
10. Vivance - Naga Girls (Nagaland)
|Vivance - Naga Girls (Nagaland)|
Formed on November 25, 2013, the band’s style of playing is considered to have a blend of pop rock, and Indie, so they call themselves an experimental Pop/Indie rock band, the joy and to uplift and empower women in the state. In 2014, the band has released their Debut EP Dream Out Loud. Although the band is still quite young, their foot-tapping music has helped them gather quite the fanbase.
Edited by - Jim Ankan Deka