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At NH7 Weekender Shillong set, Imphal Talkies’ opening song was a folk song ‘seihou’ followed by Qutub Minar which is a song against the draconian act AFSPA. Akhu blindfolded himself on stage and dedicated the song to all the children of Kashmir who were recently blinded by pellets fired by Indian Paramilitary Forces. This is all they could do and that’s how they showed solidarity from a militarised land to another militarised/oppressed land.

A singer-songwriter from Manipur, he leads the folk-rock band, Imphal Talkies and The Howlers, who have been called the voice of the north-east by Rolling Stone. Akhu’s music is charged with social and political import, speaking out against the insurgency, army rule and human rights violations.

The band has cut two albums so far, Tiddim Road (2009) and When The Home Is Burning (2014) and have released singles from time to time. The band conceived The Imphal Music Project in January 2013, an attempt to make musical collaboration possible between artists from Indian subcontinent. The band was chosen as one of the 33 bands from 33 countries for the music album compilation entitled “Album of the Revolution” released in UK by Un-convention and In Place of War. The band’s single “Eche (A tribute to Irom Sharmila)” was used by Amnesty International India as part of their campaign to release Irom Sharmila.

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