KITANU – A MYSTIC INDIE BAND
Kitanu is a five-piece band featuring the mysticism of the Indian folk instrument “Sarod” blended into elements of Funk, Jazz, Rock N Roll, Bossa Nova, etc.
When the band members first decided to make music – they didn’t have any genre or deadline to commit to.
The band just went with a style that merged individual, widely varying styles of all five members making each song sound unique. Throw in the folksy, trippy sound of a Sarod to influences of other members that stemmed from Jazz, Funk, Rock & Roll, Blues, Metal and Bossa Nova the idea was to just make good music and have fun.
Featuring Rohan Prasanna on Sarod, Siddhant Sarkar on vocals, Omkar Raghupatruni on guitar, Guru Ganapathi on drums, and Arman Handa on Bass Guitar – Kitanu!
Here is the band “Kitanu” in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) When did your band’s journey begin?
2017, but it took us a lot of time to release our debut EP because of multiple changes in line-ups and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also because we did everything ourselves it took us time to get everything right.
2) Tell us more about the experience of including a mystic Indian folk instrument “Sarod” in your band.
The Sarod gave us something very unique and made our sound stand out and it also gave us a lot to experiment with in terms of sound and music and how we perceive western or Indian classical instruments.
It was definitely a learning experience and a lot of fun too.
3) Which has been your first track?
4) Who has been your inspiration?
We are not inspired by any particular band as everyone in the band has widely varying different individual inspirations and it all comes together in our jams.
5) Where do you see the band in the next 5 years?
Making better music and touring around and releasing new music.
6)How would you describe your music?
We wouldn’t. We’d let the listeners describe it.
7) Which has been your most memorable song or project?
Faith-making and recording this was a journey. It took a lot from us. We started with recording Faith and we didn’t know anything and didn’t know what to do – everything was horrid.
Gradually, with multiple takes and lots of learning, we managed to do it, and then recording the other tracks was a breeze.
8)What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
To try to keep improving and not be stagnant and to persevere.
To make music that moves you from within and not what someone else wants to hear.
9)Share some of your achievements with the magazine.
We got featured in Rolling Stone India, LiveWire (The Wire), and Wildcity.
Our single “Faith” was selected as track of the week on HT SmartCast and Outlook.
Also, Parikrama shared our music on their page – which for us was massive.
10)How was life in quarantine?
Life in quarantine was a great teacher. It involved a lot of practicing, some positive habits, mostly working on ourselves individually and trying to get better at all aspects of life – using quarantine to works on things that we usually don’t have time for.
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