Indian pop

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Indian pop music (Hindi: हिन्दुस्तानी पॉप संगीत), often known as Indian-Pop, Hindi Pop, Indipop or Indi-pop, refers to pop music in India. Pop music really started in the South Asian region with the playback singer Ahmed Rushdi's song ‘Ko Ko Korina’ in 1966[1][2][3] and has since then been adopted in Bangladesh, India and lately Nepal as a pioneering influence in their respective pop cultures. Following Rushdi's success, Christian bands specialising in jazz started performing at various night clubs and hotel lobbies in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Dhaka and Lahore. They would usually sing either famous American jazz hits or cover Rushdi's songs.[4] The term refers to non-soundtrack music in contrast to filmi music i.e soundtrack music, the latter of which almost completely dominates Indian music.


The term Indipop was first used by the British-Indian fusion band Monsoon in their 1981 EP release on Steve Coe's Indipop Records.[5][6] Pop music began gaining popularity across the Indian subcontinent with Pakistani singers Nazia Hassan and Zohaib, forming a sibling duo whose records, produced by the Indian Biddu, sold as many as 60 million copies.[7]


The private television launch in India in 1992 gave major boost to Indi-pop music. The musicians got a platform to release their music videos. The launch of MTV India and Channel V in late 1990s gave huge push to India-pop music. It was this time when the music reached its greatest heights. The popular trend of remix albums also started in this period albeit it was short-lived.


In late 2000s, Indi-pop music faced increasing competition from filmi music. Major pop singer stopped releasing albums and started singing for movies. The last notable Indi-pop album was Himesh Reshammiya's Aap Ka Suroor released in 2006. Indi pop music severely declined by end of 2000s, being almost completely overtaken by filmi music.

Since 2010s, non soundtrack music in India is mostly dominated by classical and folk music.


Indi Pop singers include KK, Remo Fernandes, Usha Uthup, Asha Bhosle, Sharon Prabhakar, Peenaz Masani, Alisha Chinai, Shaan, Sunali Rathod, Palash Sen, Sagarika, Colonial Cousins (Hariharan & Lesle Lewis), Lucky Ali, Sonu Nigam, Daler Mehndi, Shubha Mudgal, Gurdas Maan, Baba Sehgal, Shweta Shetty Hans Raj Hans,[8] Mohit Chauhan, Papon, Zubeen Garg, Anaida, Raghav Sachar, Rageshwari, Devika Chawla, Bombay Vikings, Sunidhi Chauhan, Falguni Pathak, Anushka Manchanda, Bombay Rockers, Anu Malik, Jazzy B, Malkit Singh, Raghav, Jay Sean, Juggy D, Rishi Rich, Sheila Chandra, Bally Sagoo, Punjabi MC, Mehnaz Hoosein, Dr Zeus and Himesh Reshammiya.

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  1. ^ "Socio-political History of Modern Pop Music in Pakistan". Chowk. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 
  2. ^ PTI (18 November 2015). "Death Anniversary of Ahmed Rushdi". Duniya News. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  3. ^ "The Express Tribune, Remembering Ahmed Rushdi". Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Logan, Stephen (2008). Asian communication handbook 2008. AMIC. p. 389. ISBN 978-981-4136-10-5. 
  5. ^ Ladyslipper Music - Monsoon Featuring Sheila Chandra
  6. ^ Sheila Chandra - Discography
  7. ^ PTI (18 November 2005). "NRI TV presenter gets Nazia Hassan Award". Times of India. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  8. ^ Music man with a golden touch The Hindu, December 9, 2002."..Daler Mehndi's "Dardi Rab Rab" and "Ho Jayegi Balle Balle", Shubha Mudgal's "Ali More Angana", Shweta Shetty's "Deewane To Deewane Hain", Hans Raj Hans' "Jhangar", Bhupi Chawla's "Jogiya Khalli Balli", Ila Arun's "Haule Haule", Malkit Singh's "Paaro", Ali Haider's "Mahi O Mahi" and Sujat Khan's "Lajo Lajo".

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