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5 Famous Desi Rock Bands in India

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 20 January 2012, 12:54 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Bangalore: Incorporating Indian music elements and mainstream rock, Indian rock music has got its name in India’s popular music genre. Competing with India’s other popular northern and southern classical music; Indian Rock music has produced a number of rock bands and artists. Among the creative industries, music has a key role in both cultural and economic terms. Historically, 1980s had witnessed the rise of Indian Rock bands. Rock bands of India had come up with a paradigm of cultural shift in terms of economic values. Rock Machine, Easy Meat, Holocaust, Morgue, Dorian Platonic, Grassroots Revival, Phoenix and Dark Crusader are some of the earlier Indian Rock bands. 1990s witnessed the influence of Britpop, punk, thrash in the Indian Rock music styles. The Indian sub-genre of fusion also comes with a blend of rock music with ancient Indian music and it is known as the odd Indian style of rock.

Today, there are a number of Indian rock bands in India which gives an ample opportunity for composers, performers, publishers, record companies and many other players in the creative industry.


1. Parikrama:

The Delhi-based Rock and Roll band was formed in the 1990s. Parikarama includes Nitin Malik (vocals), Sonam Sherpa (Guitar), Saurabh Chaudhary (Guitars), Chintan Kalra (Bass), Subir Malik (Keyboards), and Srijan Mahajan (Drums) in the group. The experimentation of sound with every possible music instruments has brought out a soul-manifesting outburst of sound in their performance. The band got fame for its astounding lyrics and the fusion of traditional and western-instruments in the music. Many of its songs such as ‘But it rained’ and ‘One’ address strong social issues.


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Reader's comments(3)
1: How can this list be missing Indian Ocean, Swarathma, Bhayanak Maut, Decibel etc. ?
Posted by:Amit Jindal - 22 Jan, 2012
2: This list is incomplete, Indian Ocean is biggest ever indian rock band..unique and duffrent from all with true ancient, medival and modern indian flavour.
Posted by:Bharat@U.K/London - 21 Jan, 2012
You forgot Soulburn, RubberBand, and many others.
Anoop Replied to: Bharat@U.K/London - 21 Jan, 2012