Sunday, January 4, 2009

Nokia Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols

"Nokia Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols" is out once again announcing one more season of extraordinary battle between the best of Campus Rock Bands. An annual, most successful national series is in its 5th year. Campus Rock Idols provides, a unique opportunity for amateur rock bands at the college level to compete on a national platform. It has come a long way since its inception in 2004.This annual competition travels nationally to Metros as well as other cities across four zones of the country. This year Chennai and Indore have been added as new routes.

Ten cities will undergo rigorous regional rounds where aspiring campus rock bands will take part from various cities in India. Shillong, Calcutta, Delhi, Indore, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Manipal have been the most regular stopover of the Campus Rock Idols tour. Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Goa have also been a part of the Campus Rock Idols roadmap over the previous years. The competition has seen eager young talented contestants from both small as well as big towns in droves for the regional events and quite a few of them have made it big in the world of rock music.

A heartening feature of Campus Rock Idols over the years has been the number of original composition that the different bands play. It is true indicator of talent that exists at the campus level, it takes more than just craze and taste for rock music to come up with an original composition. Campus Rock Idols over the years has produced a number of extremely talented rock bands that have gone on to achieve national as well as international exposure.

CRI as usual is divided into 4 zones and the regional winners from each of these zones, which are Pune, Calcutta, Delhi, Hyderabad go on to compete against each other at National Finals in Hyderabad on 7th February 09. Apart from winning the coveted title "Campus Rock Idol" of the year. Winning bands in earlier series of CRI have had the unique distinction of performing alongside international rock icons such as the "Rasmus", "Bryan Adams" and more recently "Iron Maiden".

Campus Rock Idols is an event managed and conceptualized by DNA Networks.

MD DNA Networks Mr T Venkat Vardhan says, "Nokia Hero Honda Campus Rock Idols has struck the right chord for rock music lovers at the campus level and its one of the most anticipated events of the campus calendar. Some key highlights of Campus Rock Idols have been the huge number of entries from all corners of the country, bands singing in their local language, the various different styles, and attractive cash prizes. In fact Afflatus, an all girls band from Shillong were the runners up in the 2004 edition".

This year regional winners in each city get a gift hamper from "On Stage" equipment. On Stage is a musical instrument retails store which consists of brands like Fender, Yamaha, Ibanez, Remo, Dean Markley, Tama, Ernie Ball, Dunlop and many more. The national winner apart from winning cash prize and On Stage gets a chance to open for Rock n India, India's first and only international rock music festival.

Nokia and Hero Honda present Campus Rock Idols in association with Reliance, Force India and VH1.

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