Rahul Ram

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Rahul Ram
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Rahul Ram performing in cafe May day near Jana Natya Manch, New Delhi
Background information
Occupation(s) Singer, Composer
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1991 – present
Associated acts Indian Ocean

Rahul Ram is an Indian bass guitarist, social activist and music composer. He plays bass guitar in the band Indian Ocean[1][2] which he joined in 1991.[3][4] He had been playing bass guitar since junior school in the seventies.[citation needed]

Rahul is the son of noted botanist late Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram[5], and nephew of the late H. Y. Sharada Prasad (who was best known as the media adviser to Indira Gandhi).

Early life[edit]

Rahul Ram

Rahul got an M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur after getting the bachelor's degree in Chemistry at St. Stephen's College, Delhi. Prior to that, he completed his schooling at St. Xavier's School, Delhi. Following a Ph.D. (1986–90) in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University, which he attended on an Andrew White scholarship, he became an activist with the Narmada Bachao Andolan (1990–95). Later, Rahul Ram went to America to learn to play the Alto saxophone, which he intends to bring to the band's music.

Inside his group, he is known as Logic Baba because of his rationality.[6] He has composed music, done playback singing in Bollywood.[7] Rahul, along with Indian Ocean member Asheem, has sung 'Yaara Maula' in an Anurag Kashayap's Gulaal, a Hindi movie based on student politics. Rahul also created tribute videos for independent artists for ThankYouForMusic an event by Songdew.[8]

Rahul Ram's band Indian Ocean has also given music for the following films - SWARAJ—The Little Republic (2002), Black Friday (2004).Hulla (2008),Live in Concert (DVD) (2008),Beware Dogs(2008),Bhoomi (2009), Yeh Mera India (2009), Gulaal (film) (2009), Mumbai Cutting (2009), Leaving Home – The Life and Music of Indian Ocean (2010), Peepli Live (2010), Satyagraha (2013), and Katiyabaaz (Powerless, 2014) documentary film.

In 2015, Indian Ocean composed the music for critically acclaimed Masaan (2015), in which he collaborated with writer Varun Grover and Swanand Kirkire for two songs and an original composition Bhor. Later the same year Rahul toured with Being Indian original series Aisi Taisi Democracy, the coming together of three prolific talents. Stand-up comedian and social-satirist Sanjay Rajoura, stand-up comedian, writer and lyricist Varun Grover joined him.


  1. ^ Bennett, Dawe, Andy, Kevin (2001). Guitar Cultures Authors. Berg. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-85973-434-6. 
  2. ^ Susan Allen Nan, Zachariah Cherian Mampilly, Ekmeleddin (FRW) Ihsanoglu. Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory. ABC-CLIO, 2011. p. 873. ISBN 978-0-313-37576-7. 
  3. ^ Interview of Rahul Ram Archived 11 July 2011 at Wikiwix
  4. ^ Megha Mahindru (1 February 2013). "Indian Ocean's Rahul Ram Is On A Roll". Rolling Stone India. Retrieved 2014-08-30. 
  5. ^ Chandrabhaal Tripathi (22 June 2018). "Doyen of Indian botanists no more". The Tribune India. Retrieved 2018-06-22. 
  6. ^ Rahul Ram's page on the Indian Ocean website
  7. ^ Rahul Ram on IMDb
  8. ^ Songdew - ThankYouForMusic

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