Known for bringing down the best of international acts to their campus, IIT-B’s annual college festival, Mood Indigo, will host rock band Karnivool this year. The Australian band will perform on December 18 at the institute’s Powai campus.
"This year, we wanted to get a progressive rock outfit because the youth connects with this innovative genre, and Karnivool was high up on our list. Very few bands in the world can be compared with them in terms of talent," says Ritanshu Kashyap, core group member of Pronite.
Mood-I will be held from December 18 to 21. Last year, the festival featured the Swedish metal act Katatonia. In 2009, British rock-outfit Porcupine Tree performed at the cultural extravanganza. Every year, over 75,000 students attend the festival from 550 colleges across the nation.
However, Kashyap reveals that getting an international act was no mean task: "The whole process is difficult and involves a lot of negotiation, which can go on for a few months. June onwards, when we were appointed as core-team members, we started contacting American and European acts. Finally, Karnivool worked out for us." Formed in 1997, the Perth-based band has released two albums earlier, Themata (2005) and Sound Awake (2009).
Though the organising team refuses to divulge the budget for the Pronite, they promise that the concert will be "an unmatched visual experience". Says Kaustub Pandey, another core group member, "Given the huge fan following that this international band has here, and the fact that they have never performed in India before, we’re expecting huge crowds from all over."
Three finalists from Mood-I’s band competition Livewire, which scouts musical talent from across the nation, will get a chance to open for Karnivool. "The bands will be judged on their respective performances in the opening act and the winners will be announced soon after," informs Kashyap.