The grand finale of Red Ribbon Manipur Idol pulled down the curtain of World AIDS Day observation here Sunday evening.
Music band ‘Innocent Eyes’, was named the winner of Red Ribbon Manipur Idol, 2019 from among the seven bands that competed, while at the same time spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS through their music.
“The music competition is an attempt at reaching out to the youths especially in the age group of 15-29 years in order to tackle HIV/AIDS effectively,” said joint director, care, support and treatment, Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MACS), Dr Lucy Duidang.
She pointed out that as per report of Centre for Disease Control, new infections of HIV/AIDS are predominantly occurring in the age group of 15-29 years.
She further said that music being a language both the young and old understands, we want to tell the people especially the young people to say no to drugs but instead get high on music and enjoy music without drugs, enjoy life without drugs and not to indulge in unsafe sex.
The bands presented two songs each; one original song for the competition based on HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, unsafe sex and another cover song.
Seven bands namely Not Funny, 69 Barrel, GMP The Band, Innocent Eyes, Soul Chemistry, Virgo Diamond and Dark Territory competed for the Red Ribbon Manipur Idol.
Innocent Eyes, Virgo Diamond and GMP The Band respectively won the first, second and third prizes, which is cash prize of Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. Not Funny from Ukhrul won the prize for best original song and lyrics, which is Rs 10,000 for their number ‘Ribbon Child’.
Guest artists and bands including Guru Rewben Mashangva, Phynyx, Vignettes among others also enchanted the crowd in the musical evening.
As informed by the organiser, the winner band, namely Innocent Eyes will represent Manipur in Northeast Multimedia Campaign for awareness about HIV/AIDS, which will be held on December 18 in Imphal.
The Northeast Multimedia Campaign is basically the joint forces of the NE coming together against HIV/AIDS through music, Lucy added.