“There’s nothing better than live music. It’s raw energy and raw energy feeds the soul”
– Dhani Jones
Music is something that has the power to do things that words can’t. It’s impossible to find a person who is not a music lover and it is something that can never die. Music is something magical as it is one of those things that tell us that the human race is greater than we realize. The music industry has existed for many years and is only blooming with time. India has a rich history of music and there is no doubt that the country has produced some of the most legendary musicians. These musicians from different states, cultures, genres and backgrounds make us whole and we can’t imagine our lives without their music.
While the music industry is boundless, it has also gifted us with Live music. Nothing is better than your favorite artist performing your treasured songs in a beautiful setting with people all around jamming to the beat of the music. In India, the art of Live music is only spreading its wings since we Indians, love a good dance, and it’s impossible to cut off music from our hearts. Live music is one of the greatest forms of entertainment and booking a good band like one of these gems for any occasion has become a must-
Who doesn’t know Arijit Singer, who is one of the most famous singers in India. Also known as the king of playback singing, Arijit Singh has a hige fan base all around the world especially in countries India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. He’s also the recipient of a National Award and six Filmfare Awards and one of the most followed Asian soloist on Spotify. His rich texture and depth in voice is what made him an overnight sensation after the release of his songs “Tum Hi Ho” and “Chahu Mai Ya Na”. He perfoms live with his orchestra which is a sight one must experience atleast once.
Sonu Nigam is a well known singer and music director of Hindi Cinema who has blessed the music industry with chart topping hits and some of the most classic songs like, “Mere Haath Mein”, “Do Pal”, “Suraj Hua Maddham” and many more. Also known as the “Modern Rafi”, Niham has also been conferred with the Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of arts. Sonu Nigam performs at his shows and concerts worldwide and with his voice he make the audience glued to their seats for the several hour long performances.
The Local Train is a Chandigarh-based Indian rock band that has been based in New Delhi since 2015. Raman Negi, Paras Thakur, lead electric, Ramit Mehra, Ramit Mehra, and Sahil Sarin make up the band’s roster. The band’s rich music is the reason for its immense success. The band has performed in many countries and continues to charm the audience with their breathtaking performance.
Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy is an Indian musical trio comprising Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. Aften referred to as the Amar Akbar Anthony of the music industry, the trio have composed some of the biggest hits and have won numerous awards including National Film Award, Filmfare Awards, and IIFA Awards. The trio has been working together since more than 25 years and that is very well seen in their amazing chemistry on the stage. Their performance are nothing less than perfection with each of the member complimenting the unique style of the other.
Salim and Sulaiman are one of India’s most respected musicians. Having scored more than 100 films including Kurbaan, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, Band Baaja Baaraat, Fashion, Aaja Nachle, Heroine, etc., they bring a unique style of cinematic, folk, electronica, and Sufi influence to their music. They have enthralled audiences across the world with their live concerts including performing at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2010, and have been part of several TV reality shows as celebrity judges including the very popular Indian Idol. The duo’s live performances are a sight one must experience.
Usha Uthup is a prominent Indian singer who has given her voice to some of the biggest Bollywood hits like “Darling”, “Koi Yahan Aha Nache Nache”, “Hari Om Hari” and many more. Usha Udhup has been a part of the music industry for more than 4 decades now and her bold voice is still one of the most unique voices in the Bollywood music sphere and her live performances are nothing less than a party for the audience.
Kailasa is a band founded by Kailash Kher. Along with guitars, drums, and keyboards, the band incorporates classical Indian instruments into their songs to infuse folk and a Sufi hue. The band has performed in more than 100 cities worldwide and is loved by the audiences for their distinctive style of performance which is a blend of medieval Indian music, Sufi, and Western music. The band has been performing at many music festivals and colleges for almost two decades now.
Formed in 2007, by the famous singer Papon, Papon, and The East India Company is an electric folk-fusion band from New Delhi. The band has performed at major festivals like Oktoberfest in Bangalore, NH7 Weekender, SAARC Music Festival in New Delhi, Eastwind Festival, MAD Fest Ooty, Windsong, Goa, Storm Fest, and has performed overseas with Sutasi in Singapore and the Dubai World Music festival. Papon, both as a solo artist and with his band, is fast scaling ranks within the Indian music community for many years and the band is a much appreciated live act throughout the gig circuit in the country.
Anuv Jain is a singer and songwriter who became popular after releasing his first track on his YouTube channel in 2016 titled, “Baarishein”. The track has since gained about 35 million views. He has sung many famous songs like “Riha”, “Gul”, “Mishri” and many more. Known for touring and performing his superhit songs in different Indian cities, he has an exceptional voice that can add warmth to melancholy.
Kanika Kapoor started her career with the release of her 2012 music video “Jugni Ji” which became a commercial success. She went on to earn widespread recognition and success for singing some of Bollywood’s top charted songs like, “Baby Doll”, “Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan”, “Lovely” and many more. She has performed hundreds of live shows globally and has many accolades under her name. Her first single “Jugni Ji” earned the Brit Asia TV Music Award for Best Single. Her Bollywood debut song “Baby Doll” was another sensation and won the Mirchi Music Award for the “Number One Song of the Year”. She has also performed at the Dubai Expo and in 2015, she also sang the welcome song titled “Hello Namstey” for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he attended a gathering at Wembley Stadium, London. She has immense experience in performing live shows across the globe and her style of singing can get any party started.
Lucky Ali emerged as a significant figure of Indipop during the 1990s. He still performs live and has a huge fanbase. Noted for his unique musical approach as well as his untrained voice, his voice appeals to not just Indians but to anyone across the world, and his voice has the power to sweep anyone off the floor. He has won many awards and his live shows are a magnificent visual experience.
If you haven’t experienced a Javed Ali concert, you’re missing out on magic in your life. His voice has a mesmarizing quality that cannot be found easily. He is a renowned and respected artist in the Indian music sphere who has given various hits like “Kajra Re”, “Jashn-E-Bahara”, “Aa Jao Meri Tamanna and many more. Javed Ali performs live with his band all around the world, he also regularly performs at A.R Rahman’s concerts and he has also performed at the Headquarters of the United Nations to celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day.
Sunidhi Chauhan is another prominent singer who has managed to carve her name in gold in the Indian music scene. Sunidhi Chauhan is a brilliant singer with a wide range and her music contains elements of pop, hip hop, and R&B. Her live rendition of songs has been praised by the audiences for her power and energy. At her live concerts and shows, she brings in the full package from flitting between fast and slow songs to playing with the tempos and notes of the songs she makes it look all unique and effortless.
Mohit Chauhan is a gem of a singer who has given the Hindi cinema some smashing hits. He was a member of the band Silk Route and began singing Bollywood film songs in 2002. His unique voice has a serene quality to it that cannot be seen in any other singer. It’s impossible to listen to his music and not become a fan. His live concerts and shows are extremely refreshing and soothing and one must experience his magnificent performance at least.
Amit Trivedi is a prominent Bollywood playback singer, music director, and lyricist who has worked as a music composer and singer in movies like Dev.D, English Vinglish, Queen, Dear Zindagi, and many more. He is a renowned singer in the music scene and has shared the stage with some of the biggest stars in the world including Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, The Local Train, etc. He regularly performs live in music festivals, college events, corporate events, etc. One of the most in-demand musicians in India, Amit Trivedi continues to break new ground in blending genres and bringing in fresh music which is loved by people all around the world.
Agnee is a rock band from Pune. The band is extremely popular among the youth and has also composed music for Marvel’s superhero film, The Avengers (2012). The band is working with Radio Mirchi on their ‘Create with Agnee’ project. They perform their music live worldwide making people groove to the beats of their music.
Shreya Ghoshal is one of the sweetest singers in Bollywood and an inspiration to many. She is one of the most well-established singers of Bollywood and has won many awards for her rich and soothing voice. Her live performances hit the emotional chords in just the right places and her mellifluous singing and honey-dipped voice texture cannot be found easily. She performs in musical concerts around the world and has performed the theme song of the 2010 Commonwealth Games at its closing ceremony, she also performed in Australia and New Zealand and gave performances at the Brisbane Convention Center, Dallas Brooks Center, the Sydney Opera House, and Vodafone Events Centre. One can easily become an instant fan of her music.
Indian Ocean band is another legendary band of India formed in 1990. The band is widely recognized as the pioneer of the fusion rock genre in India. The band has worked in several Bollywood films like Masaan, Peepli Live, and Black Friday, and their music was widely applauded by the people. Now they perform Live shows and concerts, they were also a part of the world’s first Music Personalisation Initiative named DRP as one of the five Featured Artists. Two of their songs were also featured on Rolling Stone India’s 2014 listing of “25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the last 25 Years”.
Formed in 1991, Parikrama is a band from Delhi, considered to be one of Asia’s biggest rock groups. They toured internationally with Iron Maiden in 2007, playing at the Download Festival in England. The band has released many singles in its three-decade-long career and is well known for its high-energy live performances. In its 2014 listing of “25 Greatest Indian Rock Songs of the last 30+ Years”, Rolling Stone India featured their song “But It Rained”. Their live performances are a feast of entertainment where one cannot stop dancing even if they want to.
Bombay Vikings is an immensely popular band formed in 1994 in Sweden by Neeraj Shridhar, Oscar Söderberg, and Mats Nordenborg. The band’s remixes of old Bollywood hits such as “Kya Soorat Hai”, “Woh Chali” and “Chod Do Anchal” become instant sensations. The group is popular both in the Indian subcontinent, as well as overseas due to its unusual combination of classic Bollywood style and European experimentation. One of the first bands to sing in Hinglish, a mix of Hindi and English, the band has touched milestones and their live performances are nothing less than a celebration of music.
Formed in 1988 in Delhi, Euphoria is one of the most famous bands in India. The band which was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Indian Recording Arts Academy at the Palm Expo in Mumbai has released 7 studio albums and is one of the highest-selling bands ever. The band became a household name after the release of their debut album “Dhoom” which was a massive hit. They initially used to play English but later found their calling in the sound of fusion rock music arrangements with Hindi lyrics and melodies and became one of the most loved bands in the country.
Based in Bangalore, Agam is a Carnatic progressive rock band that was formed in 2003. Their music draws inspiration from traditional Carnatic music and progressive rock acts such as Dream Theatre. Often featured on the Malayalam music channel Kappa TV, the band has also collaborated with Shreya Ghoshal on the single “Live again” to raise awareness on breast cancer. The band now performs live all around India and their performances are loved by the audiences.
Delhi Indie Project is an experimental indie rock band best known for its versatility and unique sound.The band consists of a group of professionals who have played in more than 500 shows including major festivals like South Asian Band Fest, Escape Festival, Dubai Festival, etc. The band which is also known for playing cover songs in their own unique style with a lot of instrumental jams along with Originals is a treat for true music enthusiasts and their beats are definitely for the people who love to groove.
Vishal–Shekhar is an Indian music duo consisting of Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani. They have worked extensively in the Hindi cinema giving many super hits to the music industry. They have worked in many languages English, Marathi, and Telugu with many famous singers like Akon, The Vamps, Imogen Heap, and Diplo. They have performed in many countries in music festivals and colleges and their live concerts and shows are a treat for the music enthusiasts
Akriti Kakar is a professional singer, who has been a part of the music industry since 2004. Her songs “Saturday Saturday” from the film Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and “Iski Uski” from 2 States became popular party anthems. Apart from having many Hindi hits, she has also sung many songs in other regional languages. She has performed hundreds of LIVE shows and has won many awards like Mirchi Music Awards, GIMA Awards, and Zee Cine Gaurav Award Bangla for her fabulous voice. She has a knack of mesmerizing the audience with her breathtaking voice.
Shaan is one of the most talented and loved singers of India who has some of the biggest chart-topping hits to his name. A part of the music industry for more than two decades, some of his most famous songs are, “It’s The Time To Disco”, “Kuch Toh Hua Hai”, “Subha Ho Gayi Mamu”, “Chaand Sifarish” and many more. He is also one of the few Indian singers who has collaborated with international artists. He performed live for the first time in London and Birmingham in 2012 alongside Atif Aslam, Malaika Arora Khan, and Bipasha Basu and since then has never looked back. His infectious energy, high-octane performance, and melodious voice make for unmissable concerts.
Sachin Jigar is an Indian music duo consisting of Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya. They have composed and sung many hit Hindi and Gujarati songs including the songs in films, Badlapur, ABCD 1 & 2, Shor in the City, OMG and many more. The dynamic duo is renowned in the Indian music industry and they are also known for mesmerizing the crowd with their live singing and performance all around the world.
The Indian pop sensation Neha Kakkar is one of the best Indian female singers whose hard work and talent has paved the way to her massive success. She has given some of the biggest hits to the Indian music scene and continues to mesmerise people with her breathtaking and effortless vocals. She has a way of making the crowd groove with her chirpi, distinctive and unique voice and her shows and concerts are nothing less than a party.
Monali Thakur is a popular Indian singer and the winner of the National Film Award and the Filmfare Award. Her songs “Moh Moh Ke Dhaage” and “Sawaar Loon” are some of the biggest hits of Bollywood. Her soulful and melodious voice has the power of making any event into a music heaven for the audience.
Udit Narayan is a filmi pop semi-classical bhajan folk singer, who has sung some of the most evergreen songs of Bollywood. He has been awarded numerous awards for his amazing voice including four National Awards and five Filmfare Awards with 20 nominations among many others. He has also sung with legends like Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi at the beginning of his career. Narayan has performed in many stage shows in India and abroad and is known for the sweetness and melodiousness in his voice. His voice has a heart-touching richness to it and he can sing any song with a big smile on his face which is loved by the audience.
These are some of the top names in the live music scene of India. Their performance is nothing less than a magical experience for the fans. By listening to them, we can be sure that music is for the soul and live music is more than just music!
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