Jharkhand’s Metal Band Ready for Rebirth this Christmas Eve | Ranchi News


RANCHI: After a nearly two-year lull, forced by the Covid pandemic, Jharkhand’s metal group – Highway 69 – known for its energetic presence since 2012, is eagerly awaiting a rapid revival this Christmas Eve.
Formed in 2012, Highway 69 has won numerous group titles across the country, recording its place with its aggressive style and fast tempos. Besides the many venues in Jharkhand, the group has performed in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Burla and Sambalpur, Odisha, Kharagpur and Kolkata in West Bengal, Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu, Goa, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Guwahati. The group finished finalist. at the Hornbill Festival in Dimapur, Nagaland, in 2017 and 2018.
“The ban on live concerts and all large gatherings since March 2020 to curb the spread of the corona virus had forced us into a lifetime of uncertainty. Our future was not clear and although we continued our practice individually within the confines of our rooms and homes, we had no idea when as a group we would be able to play again. live, ”Tarang Kerketta, singer and founder of Highway 69, told TOI.
“Our compositions ‘Beyond Imagination’, ‘Don’t Be The Prisoners Of The Past’, ‘Hope and Origin’ are still featured on YouTube, Amazon Music and other platforms,” ​​he said.
“However, this Christmas Eve, and with states rapidly opening across the country, we are planning a comeback with a live music session on December 22 at our family space at Kadru in Ranchi. It will be mostly a private matter, although we have invited seasoned musicians and other bands to play. This will be our first public comeback since March 2020, ”said Kerketta.
“I also plan to relaunch the Thunderstrock Festival in the near future, a heavy metal music festival, held in Ranchi locally, which is a charity competition to support and encourage local live bands. The proceeds of the competition have always been used to fund poor students to pursue higher education, ”he added.


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