India is renowned for its classical and folk music, Varanasi...
5 Indie Rock Bands From India
By MTS Discover | 21st May, 2015
India is renowned for its classical and folk music, Varanasi is famous for its music Garana. Indian rock is a genre of popular music that incorporates elements of Indian classical music and mainstream rock. India itself continued to produce bands in various styles of rock music, from soft rock and roll and rock pop, to hard rock and metal. The current Indian rock scene has a larger following than ever and may soon become recognized in the international. India has produced many rock bands, some of whom have made it into mainstream Indian music. Here are the 5 Best rock bands in India
Advaita is a Fusion band from Delhi, formed in September 2004. ‘A’- non, ‘dvaita’ – dual, means experiencing all as ‘One’. It is the expression of eight distinct musical sensibilities that dissolve into each other to bring forth a truly unique and ingenious sound. Indian Classical Traditions are given new dimension, as they are reinvented within a contemporary soundscape in harmony with Rock and Electronica. Their music is deeply inspired by the quest to discover rhythms and textures that resonate around us and within us. Their brand of contemporary ‘organic’ fusion has been lauded as one of the most original and ground- breaking sounds to ever come out of the Indian underground music scene. They have successfully carved out a niche` for their New Age Music in the Global context, while staying true to their characteristically Indian roots. The “Advaita Experience” is defined by the pursuit of that incredible moment during performance when the musician becomes the music and forgets his own identity, resulting in thoroughly electrifying stage performances.
2. Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean is a pioneering fusion rock act of the country. The band’s current line up sees them perform as a five-piece with Amit Kilam (percussion, drums), Rahul Ram (bass, vocals), Nikhil Rao (guitars), Tuheen Chakravorty (tabla) and Himanshu Joshi (vocals). Indian Ocean is one of the most successful Indian indie acts and has played gigs around the country and the world. The band has released five albums and has contributed music to several Bollywood films as well. Their latest album 16/330 Khajoor Road was released in 2010.
Soulmate, originating from Shillong, went on to become India’s first ever Blues Rock band. The band’s primary composition is Rudy Wallong who is the songwriter, guitarist and vocalist and Tipriti Kharbangar who is also the vocalist and guitarist. The duo seem to be more than a force as Tipriti is considered to be the best singer ever from Shillong while Rudy goes down undisputedly as the best blues guitarist in India. They played their first concert in 2003 and ever since has gone on to perform many concerts across India, Europe and the United States. Soulmate represented India in the 23rd International Blues Challenge organized by the Blues Foundation of America, thus becoming the first blues band ever to perform the task and in return gaining widespread recognition all across India. The band has released just the two albums, Shillong and Moving on, as they look to present themselves more in concerts worldwide.
Parikrama is a rock band that was formed on June 17, 1991 in Delhi. The word Parikrama is latin for ‘Orbital Revolutions’. The band currently consists of Nitin Malik (lead vocalist), Sonam Sherpa (lead guitars), Saurabh Choudary (guitar), Subir Malik (Organist), Gaurav Balani (bass guitar) and Srijan Mahajan (drums). The band’s first concert performance was at Father Agnel school in 1991. Since then, they have notched up more than 3000 shows. Parikrama also has under its belt, the first AIS awareness concert in 1992, which was called Ban”ne”d AIDS. Quite bizarrely, the band hasn’t released a single album till date. Instead, they believe in giving their music out for free. Most of the band’s recordings are done at live concerts unlike the usual studio recording. Quite an unorthodox band really! Parikrama have composed some famous songs that were a huge sensation amongst their fans, some of which are: Am I Dreaming, Tears of the Wizard, In the Middle, I believe etc. The band continues to be loved amongst the India rock zones, and as its name suggest, their orbital revolutions. carry on!
Euphoria, the famous Indian rock band, was formed in 1988 by Dr. Palash Sen and his friends in Delhi. Their basic motive is to perform hindi songs with a pure rock fusion twist. Euphoria is India’s earliest rock band and is considered the soul of Indian pop and rock. ‘Dhoom Pichuk Dhoom’ was their first ever single track. Euphoria released their first album DHOOM in 1999. Since then, they have gone on to establish for the rock world 8 original albums! The band consists of lead vocalist-Palash Sen , bass
player- Debajyoti Bhaduri, dholak and percussionist-Rakesh Bhardwaj, table and percussionist- Prashant Trivedi, drummer- Ashwani Verma, back-up vocalist- Vaishali Barua, back-up vocalist-Krutika Murlidharan, keyboard player-Vinayak Gupta, guitarist- Amborish Saikia, backup vocalist- Kamakshi Khanna- Back up and Kinshuk Sen- Back up Vocals. The group toured 10 major cities of USA to promote their 5th album ITEM in 2011. ITEM was the highest sold Indian album that year. It’s the euphoric manner in fusing rock music with hindi folklore that has earned Euphoria s many fans. It’s a band on the rise since a decade, and it has lived up to that fairytale fact.