The popularity of rock music in India has been surfacing since the 1960s and 70s. The evidence of the strong influence of rock music has been felt in the composition of various artists.
The rock bands of the 60s and 70s used to perform in small hotels, college campuses, and gymkhanas. But rock music and rock bands in India have come a long way since then.
Rocks bands have emerged not only from metropolitan cities but also from small towns of this country presenting multi-ethnic cultures.
Agnee: One of the few Indian bands to sign a deal with a major international record label, Agnee (from agni – Sanskrit for fire) brings together the individual styles of its three members – classic rock, pop, folk-rock, funk, jazz, and Carnatic and Hindustani music.
Euphoria Based in Delhi, Euphoria was formed by a medical student and some friends in1988, originally as an English band. Ten years later, they released the Hindi album ‘Dhoom’and became pioneers of Hindi rock.
Krosswindz Krosswindz came together in 1990 in Kolkatta, West Bengal, as a folk rock band, known for their fusion of Bangla, Assamese and other folk songs.
Motherjane: Motherjane gives us the heroic story of a band growing and thriving on talent and passion. This Kochi band first came together in 1996, while competing at college festivals and jamming at a local restaurant, The Ancient Mariner.
Mrigya: Mrigya is a world fusion band that began to play together in 1999.
Indus Creed: Internationally acclaimed Indus Creed is a Mumbai-based rock group that came together in 1984 – the early days of Indian rock. Originally entitled ‘Rock Machine’, their early music was heavily indebted to the western music scene.
Parikrama: Parikrama came together in 1991and incorporates Indian percussion instruments like the tabla and mridangam, alongside melodic instruments like the flute and sitar.
Punkh: Punkh was formed by Dean (Deepak Nair) in 2003 in Frankfurt. They were originally called Guru but changed to Punkh after their founder’s return to India.
Indian Ocean (Delhi): Indian Ocean is a contemporary rock band from the capital city of India, Delhi.
Avial (Kerala): The Avial band’s music is a fusion of native folk music and alternative Rock from Kerala. The band is named after the popular South Indian dish Avial.
LBG (Little Babooshka’s Grind) (Chennai): The LBG is one of the pioneers of performing original music in Chennai. The album ‘Bad Children’ is the LBG’s first full-length studio music video and was the big hit.
Tripwire (Mumbai): Tripwire band form the city of dreams mumbai,is the first punk band in India.
Fossils (Kolkata): Fossils–A Bangla Rock band formed in Kolkata, West Bengal in 1998. Fossils is one of the best and most popular band that performs in the Bengali language.
Thermal and a quarter (TAAQ) (Bangalore): Thermal and a Quarter is a rock band based in Bangalore,they describe its music as ‘Bangalore Rock’.
Soulmate (Shillong): The band created history by being the first and only blues band ever to represent India. Soulmate band is from Shillong Meghalaya, inspired by the roots and groove sounds of the Blues and the Blues-rocks.
Microtone (Hyderabad): This band has carved its own unique niche in the Indian rock scene, fusing rock with funk to give an uplifting style of rock.
Silver (Pune): Silver, an experimental band created three years ago with the very intention of creating original music, from Pune.
Nicotine (Indore): Nicotine is a Metal Rock band from Indore, that came into existence in a few years back. Nicotine band is well known for its original music and is probably the most known band from the central part of the country.
Heart of India: are Overdrive and Unforbidden Souls.