A Beginners Guide To Indie Music In India

Posted at April 19th, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in Entertainment, Indie, Music

Indie Music is a term referring to unsigned artists or those signed to independent labels and technically it doesn’t refer to a specific genre of music. In India the term has been loosely associated with underground artists who have varying degrees of Indian influences in their music, but it can also refer to any such artist (unsigned or independently signed) of any genre. The Indie scene in India has some dedicated followers who know the music and artists very well, and the following is growing. With festivals like NH7 Weekender promoting indie music, people have started exploring such underground artists as well. If you’re new to the scene and want to give your ear some different tunes to listen to, here are some old and new, top artists and bands you can start listening to.


Indian Ocean

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Indian Ocean is a legend that needs no introduction. The kings of Indian Rock music, they started with their first gig at IIT Roorkee and now they’re a nationwide sensation and have dabbled in composing music for Bollywood films like Peepli Live and Black Friday.


The Raghu Dixit Project

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The Raghu Dixit Project is a folky, upbeat band full of instrumentals and energetic vocals by the charismatic frontman Raghu. They have a lot of South Indian influences in their music and sometimes include a bit of English too.


Prateek Kuhad

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Prateek Kuhad is probably the biggest sensation as an underground singer-songwriter in the indie music scene. His music is soulful, simple, and underlined with lyrics to make your heart melt. He sings in English and Hindi both, with his acoustic guitar by his side.


Dualist Inquiry

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Sahej Bakshi, popularly known as Dualist Inquiry is India’s Indie Electronic Frontman. He plays a few instruments, composes killer electronic tunes, takes inspiration from a variety of sources, and gives a live show that is definitely worth attending.


Hari & Sukhmani

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Hari & Sukhmani are a folk- electronic duo with the vocals that are sure to be legendary. They take a lot of inspiration from Punjabi folk music and legends like Hariprasad Chaurasia, and their music is the perfect mix of traditional and contemporary.

Shivani Goel

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