A crop of Kolkata bands, which have over the past few years been at the programming heart of live music showcases across India, are getting their own “home-grown festival" stage this Sunday.

When the day-long Big Sunday festival, organized by Jamsteady, kicks off on two outdoor stages at Prantik Retreat—an hour’s drive from Kolkata on National Highway 6—it’ll come as a topping for the evolving original music scene of the city. Barring the spacious psychedelic sounds of Sky Rabbit of Mumbai and the straight-up rock of Yesterdrive from Delhi/Arunachal Pradesh, the rest of the 17-odd bands scheduled are Kolkata-bred.

There’ll be the experimental percussive pop duo Parekh + Singh (Nischay Parekh and Jivraj Singh); the groovy and danceable Ganesh Talkies; Neel and The Lightbulbs; blues peddlers Big Family; electro-rock bands Pinknoise and Zoo; and rock-rap outfit Underground Authority. While the recently formed Ritornellos, led by Ananda Sen of the now disbanded and much loved punk-rock band Supersonics, will be the unknown element, Fiddler’s Green is expected to lend an earthy bluegrass turn to the day. Fossils will represent Bangla rock.

Curated and helmed by Nishit Arora of Jamsteady—a live music property that has over the last couple of years put the mojo back on original ticketed concerts in Kolkata—Big Sunday also comes with the hands-on backing of Miti Adhikari, a retired sound engineer of the BBC who previously sat at the mixing board for big-ticket acts such as The White Stripes, Nirvana, Radiohead, Neil Young, Oasis and the Pixies in London. Now settled in Kolkata, he is mixing for local bands; he will be handling the sound here as well.

Big Sunday will be held on 13 December, 11am onwards, at Prantik Retreat. For tickets and details, visit www.jamsteady.in