Indian pop music, often known as Indian-Pop, Hindi Pop or Indipop, is based on an amalgamation of Indian folk and classical music, and modern beats from different parts of the world. Indian Popular music began initially with root-grass efforts made by... [more]
Indian pop music, often known as Indian-Pop, Hindi Pop or Indipop, is based on an amalgamation of Indian folk and classical music, and modern beats from different parts of the world. Indian Popular music began initially with root-grass efforts made by Alisha Chinoy.
Much of Indian Pop music comes from the Indian Film Industry, and until the 1990s, few singers like Usha Uthup, Sharon Prabhakar, and Peenaz Masani outside it were popular. Since then, pop singers in the latter group have included Baba Sehgal, Alisha Chinai, Shantanu Mukherjee aka Shaan, Sagarika, Colonial Cousins (Hariharan, Leslie Lewis), Lucky Ali, and Sonu Nigam, and music composers like Jawahar Wattal, who made top selling albums with, Daler Mehndi, Shubha Mudgal, Baba Sehgal, Swetha Shetty and Hans Raj Hans.
Besides those listed above, popular Indi-Pop singers include Daler Mehndi, Raghav Sachar Rageshwari, Devika Chawla, Bombay Vikings, Asha Bhosle, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bombay Rockers, Anu Malik, Jazzy B, Malkit Singh, Hans Raj Hans, Raghav, Jay Sean, Juggy D, Rishi Rich, Sheila Chandra, Bally Sagoo, Punjabi MC, Bhangra Knights, Mehnaz, and Sanober.
Recently, Indian pop has taken an interesting turn with the "remixing" of songs from past Indian movie songs, new beats being added to them.
Indian-Pop has has made its way in American pop music with singers like Rishi Rich (working with Britney Spears), Jay-Z (working with Panjabi MC), Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Truth Hurts. (A suit for copyright infringement of a Lata Mangeshkar song has been filed against Truth Hurts' song, "Addictive"). Indian-Pop entered American movies with the movie, Moulin Rouge!. Its main number, "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend (Hindi)", featured Alka Yagnik's song "Chamma Chamma" from the Indian movie, "China-Gate".
Popular rock musicians of Indian descent in the US include Kim Thayil of Soundgarden and Tony Kanal of No Doubt. Grammy-winning jazz singer, Norah Jones, is the daughter of sitarist Pandit Ravi Shankar of international fame, (US-born Sue Jones being her mother).
Indi-Pop has has made its way in the UK pop through songs and remixes by the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Erasure, Bananarama, and Samantha Fox. Pop singers of Indian descent in the UK include Talvin Singh and Freddie Mercury of British band Queen, (who was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and started his first band in an Indian boarding school in Panchgani). Indo-British band, Cornershop, also fuses Indian and Western music.
In Canada, Indo-Canadian musicians include Dave 'Brownsound' Baksh (a former Sum 41 guitarist now forming his own band, Brown Brigade); percussionist Safwan Javed (of the pop-rock trio, Wide Mouth Mason); bassist, vocalist, and producer Chin Injeti (formerly of the trio, Bass is Base); Ian D'Sa (of Billy Talent); and Ashwin Sood (drummer ( husband of Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan)).
In the Scandinavian pop music scene, musicians of Indian descent include Yusaf Parvez of the Norwegian black metal bands, Dimmu Borgir/DHG/Ved Buens Ende/Code. Newest entrant is PUNKH an indo-german hiphop act that has stormed the indian scene with the song "Punjabi na aawe" The lead singer Deepak Nair is also the front man of the indo-german rock band GURU [show less]