Top 11 Iconic Music Bands in India7 min read
“Music is the strongest form of magic”, quoted by the renowned American Singer, Marilyn Manson. The quote strongly describes the scenario of Indian music as the band that is mentioned below has changed the defination of music at large.
TM brings to you 11 Indian bands that literally has created a mark in the ocean of music.
- Indus Creed:
Indus Creed certainly is the most loved and idolised band that have sowed the seed of contemporary rock music in India and breeding a special place in the hearts of music lovers.
Their acheivements include Best Band at the Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards in 2012 and Vh1 India’s Hall of Fame award in 2014. Throughout the year the band tours overseas as well as across the country.
Band Comrades: Uday Benegal (Vocals, guitars, programming), Mahesh Tinaikar (Guitars, vocals), Zubin Balaporia (Keyboards, vocalese, vocals), Krishna Jhaveri (Bass, vocals) and Jai Row Kavi (Drums, vocals)
Tune in: Fireflies
This globally recognised Indian rock n’ roll band is known for its unique fusion styles. The band basically fuses Indian classical instruments like mridangam, tabla, and flute with modern instruments like guitar, keyboard and drums.
With a glorious 26 years and counting, the band now have played over 3000 gigs worldwide. Their works are influenced and inspired by Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and The Doors.
Band comrades: Nitin Malik (Lead vocals), Sonam Sherpa (Lead guitars), Saurabh Choudhary (Guitar), Subir Malik (Organist, synthesizers), Gaurav Balani (Bass guitar), Srijan Mahajan (Drums), Imran Khan (Violins), Nitin Sidhu/Rajesh Nair (Sound Engineer) and Shambu Nath Bhattacharya (Tabla, percussion)
Tune in: But it rained
- Papon and the East India Company:
Angaraag Mahanta who goes with the stage name Papon is the founding member of an electronic folk-fusion band, Papon and The East India Company in 2007. This versatile artist has set a benchmark in the Indian music industry within a short period of time.
Hailing from Northeast Assam, the band blends Assamese folk music with that of modern music. Papon is also the only artist to have been a part of all three seasons of Coke Studio MTV.
The band performs live overseas and almost at all the major Indian music festivals, like in the SAARC Bands Festival, the Eastwind Festival, the Kovalam Literary Festival, the October Fest in Bangalore, NH7 Weekender, Sulafest, MAD Fest Ooty, Windsong Goa, STORM fest, etc.
Band comrades: Papon (Lead Vocalist), Brin Desai and Hameem Kader (Live electronics), Jinti (Lead guitar), Kirti (Percussion), Dipu (Bass) and Tanmay (Drums)
Tune in: Pak Pak (Bihu Naam) and Banao Banao
This fantastic four boy band in the present scenario is the most loved among the girls. Sanam, which is an Indian pop-rock band is the fastest growing band digitally and highest watches Youtube music channel.
The band, however, is ranked among India’s Top 10 independent YouTube channels. They have established themselves as a trendsetter with releasing singles instead of a full album.
Sanam band debuted in Bollywood with songs like ‘Dhet Teri Ki’ from the movie Gori Tere Pyaar Mein and ‘Ishq Bulaava’ from Hasee Toh Phasee. They even composed the original track for the Hollywood movie The Amazing Spiderman 2.
Band comrades: Sanam Puri (Lead vocals), Samar Puri (Lead guitar), Venky S (Bass guitar) and Keshav Dhanraj (Drums).
Tune in: Gulabi ankhen
- Pentagram (Indian band):
This Electro Rock band was formed in 1994 by Shiraz, Clyde, and Vishal. Initially, they performed live at festivals and nightclubs. They struck the right chord once they won three big competitions, and this had paved their way to success in the industry of music.
Their first music album, ‘We’re Not Listening!’ created history after its release as more than 23,000 copies in less than a month was sold. Pentagram is the first Indian band to play at Glastonbury Music Fest in the UK. They were voted MTV’s ‘Artist Of The Month’, and also won the Channel V Award for ‘Best Live Band’.
Band Comrades: Vishal Dadlani (Vocals), Randolph Correia (Guitars), Papal Mane (Bass) and Shiraz Bhattacharya (Drums)
Tune in: Voice
- Raghu Dixit Project:
Showcasing the true colours of Indian tradition and culture, this band is well appreciated for its energy and uniqueness in its music.
Their style indeed is not confined to only its music but also to its dressing style. Their colourful lungis (a type of Sarong and a traditional garment worn around the waist in India) is an add-on.
Mostly known for taking ancient Kannada poetry with a touch of contemporary, global sound, the band is one of a kind.
Raghu Dixit Project also featured in BBC’s contemporary English music television show, ‘Later with Jools Holland’ and also in Glastonbury Music Fest.
BandComradess: Raghu Dixit (Vocals), Gaurav Vaz (Bass guitar), Joe Jacob (Drums), Narayan Sharma (Violin) and Sanjay Kumar (Guitar)
Tune in: Jag Changa
This Indo-fusion band got its name from its founder’s own name, Kailash and from Mount Kailash’s too. Padmashree Kailash Kher is an Indian pop-rock and Bollywood playback singer who has raised the standards of Sufi and Indian Folk music.
The band amalgamates old Indian music with Sufi and western music. They use all sorts of traditional instruments along with modern instruments in their performances.
They have performed in more than 100 cities worldwide.
Band Comrades: Kailash Kher (Lead Vocals), Paresh Kamath (Lead guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals), Naresh Kamath (Bass guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals), Kurt Peters (Drums), Sanket Athale (Indian & Western Percussions, Backing Vocals), Jose Neil Gomes (Saxophone, Violin, Acoustic Guitar, Flute), Sameer Chiplunkar (Keyboard), Jovian Soans (Audio Engineer) and Tapas Roy (Mandolin, Dulcimer)
Tune in: Babam Bam and Teri Deewani
Assembled by Palash Sen, the indie-rock band, Euphoria was formed in 1988. They were the one who leads the wave of pop culture in Indian music.
They released their first album, ‘Dhoom’ after 10 years of their beginning. It was commercially hit blowing the music industry by creating a new phase of Hindi Rock.
Euphoria with the song ‘Halla Bol’, returned with their first single in 15 years. The song targets public figure in India, which turned out to be a turmoil in social media.
Band Comrads: Palash Sen (Vocals), Debajyoti Bhaduri (Bass), Ashwani Verma (Drums), Prashant Trivedi and Rakesh Bhardwaj (Percussion), Amborish Saikia (Guitar), Vinayak Gupta (Keyboard) and Vaishali Barua, Krutika Muralidharan, Kamakshi Khanna and Kinshuk Sen (Backing Vocals)
Tune in: Maaeri, Kabhi Aana tu and Dhoom Pichak Dhoom
Hailed as Indian rock band, Agnee serves people with delightful music that one could not stay away from. Their first album ‘Agnee’ gathered a large number of rock lovers across the country.
Their compositions are mostly influenced by Pop, Rock, Funk and Carnatic music. Apart from singles, they have composed theme songs for The Avengers (Indian release) and for popular TV shows like MTV Splitsvilla and The Roadies.
Band Comrades: K Mohan (Vocals), Koco (Guitars), Among Jamir (Bass) and Hrishikesh Datar (Drums)
Tune in: Aahatein and Kabira
- The Local Train:
From brilliant vocals to extraordinary live performances, The Local Train is a big hit with the youths. They topped the list of Sennheiser in 2015.
Labelled as the new face of Hindi rock music, their song ‘Aaoge Tum Kabhi’ was featured in the movie Angry Indian Goddesses.
Band Comrades: Ramit Mehra (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals), Raman Negi (Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar), Sahil Sarin – Drums, Percussion) and Paras Thakur (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Tune in: Choo Lo
Nalayk’s music is very well received within the local gig circuit and is spreading its wings fast. The band was formed 2 years back and has made quite a scene in the musical arena.
They are well known for their outstanding stage performances and for their music which softly mocks the flaws of modern society.
Band Comrades: Sahil Samuel (Founder/Composer/songwriter), Garry Singh Arora (Drums/Backing Vocals), Akshat Kakar (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals) and Aashish Kalanta (Bass Guitar)
Tune in: Bawra