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List of Famous Indian Bands

Now a days Indian music is highly inspired by western culture and their style of music. It is no longer just folk music, but a fusion of many genres. Indian bands are slowly gaining popularity in national as well as international music industry. Here is a list of such famous bands that have brought two completely different musical cultures and created their unique style of music. Make sure you add them in your must-listen list of artists. Feel free to add your favourites.

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean are an Indian rock band formed in New Delhi in 1990, who are considered to be the pioneers of the fusion rock genre in India. Some music critics describe the band's music as "Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms that integrates shlokas, sufism, environmentalism, mythology and revolution. Wiki


Euphoria, is an Indian rock band from the city of Delhi, India. The Band is also considered the soul of the pop music wave which hit India in the mid nineties. The band released their fifth studio album 'Item' in 2011 on Universal Music India.Wiki

Avial Band

Avial is an Indian alternative rock band formed in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India in 2003, which is known for their lyrics in Malayalam. Avial had their first breakthrough with the single "Nada Nada" in 2003. They are known for pioneering the style of combining Malayalam lyrics and rock music, which they call "Alternative Malayali rock". Their eponymous album Avial, released by Phat Phish Records in 2008, got them six out of seven Jack Daniels Rock Awards and Footprints Young Achiever's Award in that year. The band was praised for achieving mainstream success despite singing in their native language rather than in English.Wiki


Parikrama is a rock and roll band from Delhi, India. They have several live performances and original numbers to their name. In its 2014 listing of "25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the last 25 Years", "Rolling Stone India" featured But It Rained (Single, 1996) by the band. WIki


Pentagram is a four piece Indian rock/electronica band started in 1993 in Mumbai, India. Regarded as one of the pioneers of original Indian independent music, the band has received major recognition. Wiki

Bhayanak Maut

Bhayanak Maut is an Indian metal band from Mumbai. The band's name was inspired by a Ramsay Brothers’ Hindi horror movie of the same name, which it translates to "Horrific Death". Wiki


Motherjane is an Indian rock band from Kochi, India, formed in 1996. The band consists of John Thomas (drums and percussion), Clyde Rozario (bass guitar)and Vivek Thomas (vocals). They have released a total of two studio albums, and three singles. Since their formation, genres like progressive rock and Carnatic music have influenced their music. enter link description here


Swarathma is a Bangalore (India) based Indian Folk/fusion band. They released their debut album on Virgin Records on 5 January 2009, supporting it with a nationwide tour.[1] They were featured on the Soundpad compilation of indie-Indian music that released in May 2009, in support of which they toured the UK along with three other Indian bands.

Five Little Indians

Five Little Indians (also known as FLI) was an alternative rock band based in Kolkata. Five Little Indians merged melodic rock and a heavier sound with singer-songwriter sensibilities. The band used Hindustani classical vocals and often mixed ragas with a rock sound.Wiki

The Down Troddence

The Down Troddence, popularly known as TDT is a six piece Thrash metal Band, originally from Kannur district in Kerala, India. The band released its debut album titled How Are You? We Are Fine, Thank You on 1 January 2014 to rave reviews. It was produced by Keshav Dhar (Skyharbor) at Illusion Audio, New Delhi.