Rahul Ram

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Rahul Ram
Rahul Ram performing in café May day near Jana Natya Manch, New Delhi
Rahul Ram performing in café May day near Jana Natya Manch, New Delhi
Background information
GenresPolitical satire
InstrumentsBass Guitar
Years active1991–present
Associated actsIndian Ocean Aisi Taisi Democracy

Rahul Ram is an Indian bass guitarist, social activist and music composer. He plays bass guitar for musical band Indian Ocean,[1][2] which he joined in 1991.[3][4] He is also one of the three members of 'Aisi Taisi Democracy,' along with Varun Grover (writer) and Sanjay Rajoura.[5]


Rahul Ram

Rahul was born into a south Indian family, the son of noted botanist late Professor H.Y. Mohan Ram.[6] He is a nephew of the late H. Y. Sharada Prasad, who was best known as the media adviser to Indira Gandhi.

Considering that he finally became a guitar player with a rock band, Rahul has some unexpected educational qualifications, earned at some of the top-ranking educational institutions in India and the USA. After schooling at St. Xavier's School, Delhi, he took a bachelor's degree in Chemistry at St. Stephen's College, Delhi and followed this up with an MSc in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur. Next, he took a PhD (1986–90) in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University, which he attended on an Andrew White scholarship. His PhD research on environmental toxicology is what moved him to become an activist with the Narmada Bachao Andolan (1990–95). His stint with that activist group consumed five years of his life immediately after he took his PhD from Cornell.

Concurrently with his Narmada activism, Rahul had joined the Indian Ocean band in 1991, soon after returning to India with his PhD. Later, he 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.[7] He has composed music and done playback singing in Bollywood.[8] Rahul, along with Indian Ocean member Asheem Chakrabarty, sung the song 'Yaara Maula' in an Anurag Kashyap film Gulaal, a Hindi movie based on student politics. Rahul also created tribute videos for independent artists for ThankYouForMusic an event by Songdew.[9]


Rahul Ram's band Indian Ocean has also given music for the following films:

  1. SWARAJ—The Little Republic (2002)
  2. Black Friday (2004)
  3. Hulla (2008)
  4. Live in Concert (DVD) (2008)
  5. Beware Dogs(2008)
  6. Bhoomi (2009)
  7. Yeh Mera India (2009)
  8. Gulaal (2009)
  9. Mumbai Cutting (2009)
  10. Leaving Home – The Life and Music of Indian Ocean (2010)
  11. Peepli Live (2010)
  12. Satyagraha (2013)
  13. Katiyabaaz (Powerless, 2014), a documentary film
  14. Masaan (2015)
  15. Gulabo Sitabo (2020)

In 2015, Indian Ocean composed the music for critically acclaimed Masaan (2015), in which Rahul Ram collaborated with writer Varun Grover and Swanand Kirkire for two songs and an original composition Bhor. 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 (writer) joined him.[10]

Rahul also acted in A. R. Rahman's multi-lingual musical film 99 Songs.[11]


  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 (30 November 2011). Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory. ABC-CLIO, 2011. p. 873. ISBN 978-0-313-37576-7.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Interview of Rahul Ram Archived 24 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Megha Mahindru (1 February 2013). "Indian Ocean's Rahul Ram Is on a Roll". Rolling Stone India. Retrieved 30 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Bose, Meghnad (22 April 2019). "'If Not Modi, Then Who?' Comedians of Aisi Taisi Democracy Answer". TheQuint. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  6. ^ Chandrabhaal Tripathi (22 June 2018). "Doyen of Indian botanists no more". The Tribune India. Retrieved 22 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Rahul Ram's page on the Indian Ocean website
  8. ^ Rahul Ram at IMDb
  9. ^ Songdew – ThankYouForMusic
  10. ^ "Aisi Taisi Democracy comes to Kolkata with The Aazaadi Tour 2019". www.indulgexpress.com. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  11. ^ "Here's why AR Rahman prefers to be 'politically illiterate'". DNA India. 22 February 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.

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