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Singing about their dreams, desires

R. Madhavan Nair
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Carnival is making waves with music as diverse as rap, classical, and folk.

“Through this band we wish to sing about our dreams, our desires and our world. We say it sometimes through folk, sometimes through rock and at other times by rap,” says Kelvin Simon, a Carnival singer.

The Carnival band has nine singers – Sreekanth, Kelvin Simon (Lazar), Sarath Sasi, Nithin, Swarna Vinayan (Sona), Praveen Kambram (Prave), Sreenanda, Sajith, and Nibin.

“Anand Madhusoodanan is our mentor ad guiding spirit,” says Kelvin. Anand has scored music for the Malayalam films ‘Molly Aunty Rocks’ and ‘Weeping Boy’.

The team members came together from distant places in the State – some from Kozhikode, some others from Kochi and Irinjalakuda. Some were teachers, a couple of them were students. But all shared a passionate ambition – to make music that comes from the heart and goes into the heart.

Pravin reminisced about Carnival’s early days, how it began. “Actually we use to go to Anand chettan to sing for his ad, albums, etc. Later he decided to make a band named Carnival. He wanted Carnival to be a vocal band.”

Now Canrival is busy staging its popular shows across the State and encouraged with the feedback from audience received oncarnivalvoice@gmail.comis raring to launch more projects.

Recently, the band was invited to sing the title song for ‘Weeping Boy’. The background score of the movie done by Anand Madhusoodanan was enriched with vocal by the Carnival team.

Says Praveen: “The song starts with the lyric ‘ee lokam muzhuvan….’ This song has two versions. One version we sang with Sayanora and the other by ourselves. The version with Sayonara is on the youtube.”

Another memorable moment for Carnival was rendering the theme song for the world’s first Malayalam internet radio ‘Radio Dum Dum’The Carnival team is also proud to have been a pioneer in attempting the concept of sound story. The sound story tried out by Carnival was written and programmed by Anand Madhusoodanan.

In sound story concept, a story is told without visuals through songs. It is a musical through and through. The name of sound story that Carnival produced in Tamil is ‘Kaathirukkiren’. The story became a hit and is being shot as a film in both Tamil and Malayalam.

Music is not mere pastime or a commercial venture for the Carnival team. “Our future [programmes] would focus on social issues and traditional music. We hold weekend meetings to discuss what is the latest in the world of music,” says Kelvin.

R. Madhavan Nair

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