The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management in Gwalior will be hosting their cultural festival Aurora 2013 from Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3. The festival will feature a host of general college festival activities, and a performance by Bollywood playback singer Kunal Ganjawala (pictured) (that’s the only performance they’ve announced as of now). The festival will also feature a battle of the bands event called Corna 2013 and they are now accepting registrations for the event through NH7.in. Last year’s festival saw performances by Shibani Kashyap, Pune band Ashwamedh and Pakistani rock act Raeth.
The band competition will take place on March 1 and 2, with eliminations taking place until the afternoon of March 2 at the indoor auditorium of the college complex, and culminating into the finale on the same evening at the Open Air Theatre. The event will feature three rounds, starting off with the initial registration process from January 29 to February 10 (register here), with a list of the short-listed bands being announced on February 13. This list will go on to the preliminaries being held at the college. Bands participating in the preliminaries will have to pay a registration fee of Rs 1,500 in order to cover their accommodation and food costs at the festival, with bands that have more than five members paying a fee of Rs 200 per extra member. The winners of the band competition will take home “a whopping cash prize money of Rs.50,000/- with other added incentives such as studio recordings, gig reviews in leading rock magazines and discount vouchers of music accessories.”
Bands can register on this page by supplying us with some general information (band name, genre, number of band members, biography and contact details) along with links to performances, and a band image. The contest’s rules can be read over here. The shortlisted bands, playing at the preliminaries, will be announced on February 13.
Keep watching this space for more from ABV-IIITM-Gwalior and Corna 2013.