Music in air!
All India Radio glittered at the second ABU Radio Song Festival in Colombo, Sri Lanka organised by Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union on 23 May. AIR’s folk singer Mangka Mayanglambam mesmerised the captive audience with her performance.
The festival aims to showcase and recognise the diverse, undiscovered musical talents of nations within Asia and the Pacific regions. ABU had invited entries featuring amateur unsigned talents in this regard from its member organisations.
All India Radio’s entry Tamla Loibi Napom (Stylised Folk), Lang: Manipuri (Enchanting Valley) featuring Mayanglambam was the one selected for finals among others from Australia, Brunei, India, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Mayanglambam was accompanied at the stage by percussionist Konthoujam Ratan Singh, flute player Laishram Prithibiraj Singh, pena player Mayanglambam Mangangsana Meitei, Ngangom Michael Singh, guitarist Loitongbam Sunil Singh.
The show was co-hosted by Sri Lankan media group Capital Maharaja, the owners of Stein Studios, Colombo.
The Union’s Senior Executive Radio Programming, Vijay Sadhu, said ‘It is an exquisite offering of songs of various genres coupled with a brilliant production’.
Mayanglambam was later felicitated by M Kanan Kumar Singh, Station Director, AIR, Imphal.