The college band of Parvatibai Chowgule College, Margao – TNT – has been selected for the finals of the Red Bull Spotlight, a nation-wide programme to identify and support talent across various fields. Competitions were held in nine cities across the country, namely, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Goa and Pune – with one band emerging victorious in each city.
Judges for the competition are music journalists Amit Gurbaxani and Anurag Tagat; head of programming for OML/NH7 Weekender, Debayan Deb; artist manager at Mixtape, Anu Anna George and founder-partner of subculture think-tank 4/4 Entertainment and the non-profit Control ALT Delete, Nikhil Udupa.
The winning band will get the opportunity to record a full-length album at a professional studio, along with a number of other benefits, including a press kit – complete with a photo shoot and album art for their newly recorded album.
Other finalists are heavy metal band Illucia from Bengaluru; singer-songwriter Surya Ganjoo from Pune; Hindi progressive/alternative rock band, Last Minute from Mumbai; hard/alternative rock band, Drone from Kolkata; rock band Sword from Hyderabad; Deathcore band Jammers Graveyard from Guwahati; progressive/alternative rock band Khalnayak from Delhi; and hip-hop/soul band Amogh & The Homies from Chennai.