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Hmar Boys Win Campus Rock Idols 2007
- to open Iron Maiden Concert in Bangalore -


New Delhi 13 February 2007: It doesn’t get any better than this. Creating history among the Zohnathlak community, FTN Band which boasts two Hmar-Mizo boys in its line-up, David Khawbung on lead guitar and Zuala Hrangchal on bass guitar, have won the Campus Rock Idols 2007, India’s largest inter-college rock music competition, the finals of which were held on 11 February 2007 in Pyramid Lawns, Koregaon Park, Pune. Apart from being crowned the best amateur rock band at the campus level in India, FTN will be the opening act at the much-awaited Iron Maiden concert in Bangalore. This is the third consecutive year that this annual competition, which offers the ultimate experience for bands to perform on a professional, technical and evolved production standards, has taken place. Previous winners of the competition, who have gone on to make names for themselves in the Indian rock scene are Prestorika and The Superfuzz, both from Delhi. While Prestorika performed with The Rasmus on their India tour, The Superfuzz also performed with Bryan Adams in 2006.

The Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols Tour 2006-07 in association with Nokia, WorldSpace, VH1 and Reliance kicked off in Shillong on 13 January 2007 followed by Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Manipal, Indore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Pune. After winning the Delhi leg of the competition, FTN went on to win the North Zone competition.

The grand finale in Pune on 11 February 2007 was an event to remember for the young members of FTN. David Khawbung, whose father H.K.Kawllienthang is a senior government official in the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi, and Zuala Hrangchal, whose father Tlansuok Hrangchal is a senior Police officer in Mizoram and currently Superintendent of Police in Aizawl, created history and a precedent which will be difficult, if not impossible, for the rock-crazy young people of northeast India to match.

FTN will be arriving Delhi tonight from Pune. Well-wishers and fans from the Hmar community in Delhi are expected to give them a rousing welcome. Their next stop will be the Iron Maiden Concert in Bangalore. Beyond that, who knows, the world beckons………


This new is provided by John H.Ruolngul. He can be reached at jhruolngul(AT)yahoo.com. This release was webcasted on February 14th, 2007


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