How to Rock a School: Divine Connection and Alobo Naga & The Band

Hindi to the Nagas cooks up disturbing images of Mr. Bean’s oratory skills, at best. Nagas inherited the traditional handicap of the Nagaland Police and have faithfully managed to stumble through their Hindi without any serious injuries till date.
The Winds of Change are blowing though. Nagaland’s biggest music export to India, Divine Connection, has finally killed the scene to demonstrate how one can hop with the limp if you can’t walk. That’s exactly what these beloved noise mongers led by the rock rogue Obed Kath did at a recent charity concert performed at Holy Cross Higher Secondary School auditorium, December 10 in Dimapur.
On the bill was another upcoming band, Alobo Naga & The Band. Rived by a song that suddenly found itself on VH1’s top 10, the overnight sensations came, saw and left about hundreds of petite pre-teenage girls salivating all over anyone within a hand’s reach. The ones that ran out of droll looked sufficiently ready to faint after running out of the life-giving juice. All you needed was a gentle “Hi” and they’d topple over, hit hard by the two-letter word. Judging by the health condition of the girls, Alobo Naga’s skinny denims definitely worked.  
Organized by non-governmental organization, Peace Channel, the “concert for peace” was staged in commemoration of International Day of Human Rights and based on the theme ‘Stop Violence against Children and Youth.’
After a heady mix of the Nagas’ rich cultural tradition of long introductions, speeches and thanksgiving even in entertainment events, the concert finally woke to find itself packed with hundreds of youths hungry for music. When Alobo Naga & The Band took the stage at around 5:40, feminine screams and Oh-My-Gods threatened to bring down the auditorium’s roof.

Alobo Naga & The Band: Painted Denims
As charismatic as ever, Alobo Naga – former Shaggy-lover, former-parachute pants addict, former Patkai Christian College-girl swooner – took the stage and straightaway went hunting for female hearts. Suddenly, the lead vocalists were the girls. Not so much of the music could be heard though. The band took on a number of unidentified numbers but poor sound somewhat dampened the band’s performance.
Four months ago, Alobo Naga & The Band was in the Stone Age, before a music video called “Painted Dreams” rescued them from eternal insignificance and anonymity. While it is still unclear whether the song was rated by TPR/MRS/sales or a record tout pushed the band’s music video into VH1’s Top-10, the song regardless found itself up there on the good book.
Struggling through bad sound, an auditorium not built for music and shriller feminine crescendos, the band played about five  songs. Apparently not having built with acoustics in mind, the auditorium curved the music in, converging echoes to make it hard for one to distinguish the music. Still, the band trudged on, sufficiently supported by screamers of the female species in the crowd – and that’s when the more masculine population began demanding Divine Connection. After a passionate – but not one of their best – performance, Alobo Naga & The Band finished the set with the one song responsible for their current attraction – ‘Painted Dreams,’ much to the joy of the crowd who contributed heartily in the “Hey Yay Yay Yay.” Yay.   

Divine Connection: Plugging in
Then the country’s biggest rock sensation currently, Divine Connection, emerged to meet the loudest roar ever heard from a school. Divine Connection exploded on the stage and that’s when the auditorium truly began to shake in its iron pants.
Not really, actually. The screaming audience had to wait a bit longer as the band sound-checked. Peace Channel Band rescued the fans by performing a lovely contemporary dance routine, danced to ‘Fix you’ the US Billboard #42 hit single from British band Coldplay.
Alright, contemporary dance completed and sound-check done. After the sound-check, the country’s biggest rock sensation currently, Divine Connection, emerged to the explosion of the loudest roar ever heard from a school. Straightway diving into ‘El Roi’, from the band’s debut album ‘El Roi’ (2008), Divine Connection exploded hard and that’s when the auditorium truly began to shake in its iron pants.
The response from the packed young audience itself said that the fans had chosen their band for the night. There was no stopping the juggernaut – the preteen girls fell in love all over again. They showed their deep love from their feminine throats while the guys kept busy in what appeared to be a mosh-pit of sorts one sees only in a Children of Bodom or Textures concert. Of course, men would men – they built pyramids too while the non-builders happily did their finger contortions for the band.
Into the second song, Divine Connection finally killed the NAP handicap – they drove into a rock version of the Bollywood classic ‘Aa dekhen zara’ and other classics that the band played during their journey to winning the MTV Kurkure Desi Rock beat in 2010. Then Divine Connection declared to the world the reason why they are currently India’s biggest rock band – they launched into a gloriously uplifting metal version of the Hindi hit ‘Zara Se’ from the film Jannat, and written by Indian pop singer KK. Every fan was the vocalist on this one.