20 Exciting Indie Bands From Down South Killing It In Regional Dialects!
Posted on 22 January, 2016 by Team Wishberry
- Genre: Carnatic Rock Language: Malayalam Formed by cousins Govind and Siddharth Menon, Thaikkudam Bridge (from Kochi) got its name after a bridge located near the apartment where the band used to practise. The band shot to fame after performing their original composition on a music reality show, and now, 3 years later the band has a massive fan following and also has one of their singles featured on the 10 Best Indian Singles in 2015 list by Rolling Stone India.
- Genre: Contemporary Folk Language: Kannada/Hindi Former scientist and Bharatanatyam dancer Raghu Dixit decided to form a band in 2006 (Bangalore). The band released its debut album in 2008 which went on to become the highest selling non-film music album of that year. Following the release the band took off on their first international tour. Now, the band is the country's most popular live act.
- Genre: Alt Rock Language: Malayalam Named after a popular dish of Kerala Cuisine – Avial (Trivandrum) shot to fame for pioneering alternative Malyali Rock. The band achieved mainstream success immediately after releasing their first album.
- Genre: Carnatic Rock Language: Kannada Jamming after college continued even after graduation and led to the formation of this Bangalore-based band which received its big break on a TV reality show judged by A.R. Rahman.
- Genre: Pop Language: Tamil Highly influenced by International pop icons like Michael Jackson and Backstreet Boys, Josh Vivian began his musical journey at a young age of 16 after recording his first gospel album. He now has formed a band (in Chennai) and is out with 3 pop singles so far.
- Genre: Folk/Electronic/Experimental Language: Malayalam Inspired by jazz, hip-hop, electronic and Carnatic music – the band takes pride in innovating the way they sound in every number. They are recognised throughout South India for their original compositions in a few mainstream films.
- Thakara’s music is strongly rooted in Indian traditions and culture. The lead singer’s unique voice captured the media's attention.This band hailing from Ernakulam has been active for four years now.
Genre: Classical/Pop/Rock Language: Malayalam In early 2014, playback singer Ajay Sathyan decided to form a band and within four months they performed on a television show. The line-up of the band members extends from Ladakh to Kanyakumari.
Here are some more bands who are experimenting with various western genres in regional languages:
- Genre: Rock Language: Tamil
- Genre: Rock Language: Malayalam