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The Genesis

How it all began.

It was July, the summer of 1997 when I looked back and thought of all the hardship and struggle that we went through as a band when I was playing in a band way back in 1989 and early 1990s. We have to hold on to our dear battered and glued acoustic guitar which was our prized possession then. Later, we managed to buy a locally made "Flying V" bass guitar and jammed every weekend. Availability of good strings, instruments and amplifiers was scarce and had to depend on discarded radios and tape recorders. There are just a handful of struggling bands in and around Tura during those years. All the bands are hoping and waiting for a chance to sing their song and show their talent but the chance never came.

If my memory serves me right, the 1st full fledged "Beat Contest" was organised in the year 1993 at Tura District Auditorium where local band "Union Jack" wowed the jam packed audience with their superb rendition of Guns N' Roses song "November Rain". If anyone who witnessed that Beat Contest, they can vouch that it was one of the best show ever put up during those years.

After that landmark Beat Contest, many years have passed without any event or Beat Contest which would have given much needed platform and recognition to these upcoming talented bands of Garo Hills. Sporadically, few rock concerts was organised which saw jam packed auditorium every time any music show or concert was organised in Tura. Notable bands from North East like Phoenix (Phynyx), Cannibals, Post Mark, NH39 etc came to Tura and that germinated the seed of rock bands in Garo Hills. Many rock bands began to emerge but there was no avenue and chance to display their talents. There are few bands who never even made it to the stage. Such was the condition of the bands and musicians in Garo Hills.

Come 1997, enough of waiting and I decided to call it a day and I planned to organised a small rock contest myself. This is how BattleRock was born. I, along with few of my crazy friends decided to organize an annual rock contest BattleRock so that new upcoming bands  can atleast show what they are made of and how capable and serious they are in the field of music. However, due to lack of sponsors and financial constraints BattleRock is organised every 2 years, not annually as originally planned. Yet....the difficulties still remain.

Come June 1998, the 1st ever BattleRock - All Garo Hills Open Rock Contest took place at Tura District Auditorium. Total of 33 bands responded and only 1 band walked away with the prize and a 12 string acoustic guitar.

And as they say...... Rest is History!

                                          - D. Marak

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Winners of BattleRock :

1998 BattleRock I -  Quite Heart

2003 BattelRock II - Hadez

2006 BattleRock III - Puzzled Out

2009 BattelRock IV - Phoenix

2011 BattleRock V - Quantum Leap

2013 BattleRock VI - Warlock

2015 BattleRock VII - Grace Within Trinity

BattleRock-VII 2015 - Rock for Peace !

Welcome to the official page of the 7th Edition of BattleRock contests in Garo Hills !

The Winner of BattleRock-VII 2015 : GRACE WITHIN TRINITY 

The BattleRock-VII 2015 winner "GRACE WITHIN TRINITY" receiving cash award and certificates from the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul M. Sangma at Dikki Bandi Stadium, Tura on 18th December 2015.

 

1st Runner Up of BattleRock-VII 2015 : STRANGE ORIGIN

The 1st Runner Up of the BattleRock-VII 2015 "STRANGE ORIGIN" receiving cash award and certificates from the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul M. Sangma at Dikki Bandi Stadium, Tura on 18th December 2015.

 

2nd Runner Up of BattleRock-VII 2015 : BLIND AGE

The 2nd Runner Up of the BattleRock-VII 2015 "BLIND AGE" receiving cash award and certificates from the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul M. Sangma at Dikki Bandi Stadium, Tura on 18th December 2015.

 

The Judges of BattleRock-VII 2015

The Hon'ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul M. Sangma felicitating the judges of the contest.

Judge 1 : Mr Tengchu D. Marak - Best Vocalist, Hornbill International Rock Contest 2014,

Judge 2 : Mr Jeetu N. Marak - Best Bass Guitarist, Hornbill International Rock Contest 2008,

Judge 3 : Mr Thyniberth Momin - Best Drummer, Hornbill International Rock Contest 2012.

 

 

The Individual Prize Winner of BattleRock-VII 2015

Best Vocalist - Larry Bachon M. Marak (Strance Origin)

Best Guitarist - Laster Sangma (Grace Within Trinity)

Best Bassist - Jordan R. Sangma (Blind Age)

Best Drummer - Achugra Chekchim Sangma (Grace Within Trinity)

Best Original Song - "My own fantasy" (Strance Origin)