Naga Orpheus Hunt sixth season

Members of the Mokokchung District Art and Culture Council and PR manager Moala Longchar, (second from left) during a press conference on Naga Orpheus Hunt sixth season held at Crescendo music store, Dimapur. (Morung Photo)
The sixth season of the most successful singing talent show of Nagaland, previously known as “Naga Idol” is slated to begin on September 8 with the onset of auditions. This year’s show hold many surprises and twists in the show format, with the most obvious being the change in name of the show to “Naga Orpheus Hunt”. This season is brought by The Mokokchung District Art and Culture Council (MDACC) in collaboration with The Music Task Force, government of Nagaland.
Meeting press fraternity at Crescendo music store, Dimapur, members of The Mokokchung District Art and Culture Council (MDACC) informed that this year, all of the show recording rounds will be held  at Go-Karting, Highway 29, Dimapur, with the exception of the grand finale which will be hosted during the M-Fest, Mokokchung on December 14. MDACC member Tangit Imsong explained that the decision to shift venue was taken after taking into account factors like infrastructure and accommodation facilities available in Dimapur.
The MDACC member also said that it was very necessary for the show to take on a new identity as the format was borrowed from the American Idol show and modified to suit the local audience.  “However the organizers are not a franchisee of Freemantle Media (owners of American Idol) making investors cautious about associating with the term Idol as there is a very small possibility that Freemantle Media may ask us to stop the show. Hence, there has been a need to replace the term ‘Idol’. Also we feel that we are now mature and stable enough to have a distinct and original identity of the show,” MDACC said.
Naga Orpheus Hunt was named after Orpheus, the legendary Greek musician from Greek mythology. MDACC hopes that by extracting a well known name from mythology, an element of magic, mystery and romance is associated with the singers thus adding to their aura. “It is not a copyrighted term we are unaware of any talent sow bearing the name Orpheus therefore we feel that time is right for a change of label,” MDACC said.
Leading the panel of judges for Dimapur auditions will be fashion designer Bambi Kevichusa, while entrepreneur and music artiste Tali Angh will be leading Kohima and Lipokmar Tzudir, music educator, for Mokokchung. These three judges will also be the main judges for the show.  MDACC is also offering a recording contract for the top six contestants. Also, there will be a special round during the top 12, where the contestants will perform with talented pianists of Nagaland.
According to MDACC the show has been running successfully without any major sponsor, with just the proceeds from the sale of voting cards. But with the advent of the sixth season, MDACC makes it known to business, institution and individual(s) that it is ready to tie up with interested sponsors.
The auditions for Dimapur, Mon and Peren will be held on September 8, and Kohima, Phek and Kiphire on September 13, while Mokokchung, Tuensang, Zunheboto and Longleng will be held on September 16. It was mentioned that Wokha may join Mokokchung or Kohima.