As part of coming annual tourism promotion festival, Hornbill National Rock contest 2008 would be held from December 1 at Local Ground in Kohima.
The week-long event, being organized jointly by government-run Music Task Force and Department of Youth Resources and Sports, coincides the annual Hornbill festival held at Naga Heritage Complex, Kisama near Kohima.
Project director of Music Task Force, Gug Chishi said the organizers this time has hiked the prize money for the best band to Rs 5 lakh. The rock contest is being sponsored by Airtel and managed by Kohima-based XL.
Besides the bands, individual performers will also be awarded with cash prizes in various categories. Eight bands from outside Nagaland have confirmed participation. Renowned music group Parikama will perform as guest band during the festival.
The week-long Hornbill festival is tourism promotional event where all facets of Naga life and culture are showcased at Heritage Complex during the first week of December every year.
Adding new features every year to make the event more attractive for the visitors, the festival now gains acclaim as a "window to Nagaland". This year Korea-India festival at Civil Secretariat Plaza will be an added attraction, organizers said.
Audition for Hornbill Rock Contest for bands of Nagaland will take place on November 19 at State Academy Hall in Kohima.