Rock music of West Bengal

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Rock music of West Bengal originated in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The first known Bengali rock band, and India's first rock band, was Moheener Ghoraguli.[1][2][3] In modern times, in this type of music distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, and drums are used, sometimes accompanied with pianos and keyboards. In early times the instruments used in modern times were also accompanied by saxophone, flute, violin and bass violin.


Origin (1960s-1970s)[edit]

Bengali rock in Kolkata originated when the first band Moheener Ghoraguli was formed and played in many concerts. The band was inspired by Bob Dylan and many other western artists. Their music was a mixture of a wide variety of influences, including the Baul and folk traditions of Bengali and rock.

Emergence (1990s)[edit]

Most of the Bengali rock bands in Kolkata were formed after the 1990s. The bands in this era started using many types of effects like distortion, wah wah, flanger, phaser, and delay in their music.

Krosswindz, a Bengali rock band based in Kolkata, India, was formed in 1990, and have played all over India and abroad, helping to urbanize and popularize the rock music of Bengal. Krosswindz have recorded ten albums, the highest number ever recorded by a Kolkatan rock band. The legendary Bengali rock band Abhilasha was also formed during this period. Their first album, a mixture of delightful rock and melody, was released by the original band members in 1997. Many bands like Bhoomi, Cactus, Parash Pathar, Chandrabindoo, Hip Pocket, Fossils, and Lakkhichhara were formed later in this era. Fossils and Cactus have also brought Bengali metal into this era. Both Fossils and Cactus are regarded as the best Bengali hard rock bands, and they have toured all over India and abroad. All their albums and singles have been successful.

In 1994, the opening of Someplace Else (a pub which also hosts live music) changed the rock scene in Kolkata. Now it hosts live music for approximately nine hours every night.

New millennium (2000s)[edit]

Many bands formed in the 2000s were influenced by guitar-heavy music. As metal became popular in the 2000s, many bands like Insomnia, Agnish, Alienz, Crossroads, and Underground Authority started playing heavy metal and alternative music.

Chronic Xorn was the first band from Kolkata to record a heavy metal album. Death Destruction Sermon is their latest album, released in 2010, it consists of six tracks, and the full-length version of the album is 25 minutes 45 seconds.[4]

As computer technology became more accessible and music software advanced in the 2000s, it became possible to create high quality music using little more than a single laptop computer. This resulted in a massive increase in the amount of home-produced electronic music available to the general public via the expanding internet. Many underground metal bands like Nitric Dreams and Crystal and the Witches from Kolkata also started recording and releasing singles on their blogs.

To encourage the Bengali rock scene, the Bangla Rock Magazine was started on July 3, 2013, covering exclusively Bengali rock.

2014 marked the emergence of new bands like Blood, Delete, Revolution, Cross Chords (First Experimental Band in Bengal), Dialect, Road Roller, Alo, Mysterious M, and Adhyay. After, 2015 Corridors and Shuktara came up with their new sound in the Bangla rock scene, "funk rock."

In 2017 Sanket released their album called Biplab.They are doing "grunge core" in kolkata or entire west bengal.Sanket's guitarist Tana have a big contribution to this band.Heavy distortion,fast melodic solos,off count riifs are the significance of Sanket..

Popular bands[edit]

Popular bands from Kolkata:

Year formed Band name Genre Language
1970 Moheener Ghoraguli Bengali rock Bengali
1990 Abhilasha Bengali rock Bengali
1990 Krosswindz Bengali rock, fusion Bengali, English
1991 Chandrabindoo Bengali rock Bengali
1992 Cactus Bengali rock, hard rock Bengali
1998 Fossils Bengali rock, hard rock, metal Bengali, English
1998 Kalpurush Bengali rock Bengali
1999 Bhoomi Bengali folk Bengali
1999 Lakkhichhara Bengali rock Bengali
2000 Charondol Alternative rock Bengali
2000 Eeshaan New Age Bengali rock, Bengali rap rock, hip hop, dance rock Bengali
2000 The Missing Link Bengali rock Bengali
2001 Prithibi Bengali rock Bengali
2001 Escape Velocity Classic Heavy Metal Rock Bengali, Hindi, English
2002 Deenga
2002 Insomnia Bengali rock, alternative English, Bengali
2002 Maadal [5] All women Bengali folk band (Sarmistha Chatterjee and others) Bengali
2004 Agnish Bengali rock, New Age rock, hard rock, rock n roll Bengali
2005 Rikterskale Bengali hard rock Bengali
2006 Alienz Bengali rock, progressive metal Bengali, English, Hindi
2006 Atmahatya Bilingual Metal, Bengali Metal, Death Metal, Groove Metal Bengali, English
2006 Kanvas Alternative rock, folk rock Bengali, Hindi
2006 Pinknoise Experimental rock, alternative rock English
2006 Prachir Alternative metal, hard rock Bengali
2006 Pseudonym Alternative rock, hard rock English
2007 Chronic Xorn Metal, metalcore English
2007 Five Little Indians Alternative rock English
2007 The Svitch Classic rock, rock n roll, blues, pop rock, country English [6]
2008 Calcutta Blues Bengali rock Bengali
2010 Underground Authority Alternative rock, rap rock, hard rock Hindi, English, Bengali
2010 Half Major Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Progressive Metal Bengali, Hindi, English
2010 The Grooverz Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Hard Rock, Groove Rock, Folk, Progressive Rock, Alternative Metal Bengali, Hindi, English
2011 Blood Bengali heavy metal Bengali
2011 Fakira Bengali folk rock Bengali
2012 Redemption Alternative and Progressive Rock Band, Kolkata Bengali, Hindi, English
2012 Delete Progressive rock/metal, hard rock Bengali, Hindi, English
2012 Prohor Bangla rock Bengali
2012 Smooth Distortion Bengali Heavy Metal & Alternative Bengali [7]
2013 Cross Theory - India Progressive Experimental, Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Metal, Blues, Fusion, Experimental Electronic Music Bengali, Hindi, English
2013 Reboot Alternative Bengali, Hindi, English
2014 Pata R Moruddyan Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Bengali Rock Bengali
2014 Alo Bengali folk rock, alternative rock Bengali, Hindi
2014 Jack Frost Indian rock Bengali, English
2015 Adhyay Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Bangla rock Bengali

2016 Shuktara Alternative Rock, Experimental Rock, Hard Rock, Groove Rock, Folk, Progressive Rock, Alternative Metal Bengali, Hindi
2016 Goshai Gang Bengali rock n roll Bengali
2017 Folk Band Proyas Bengali Folk Bengali

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A five man musical journey of countless Miles". The Times of India. Jun 22, 2003.
  2. ^ "When music feeds a city's soul". The Times of India. Dec 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Song of the stallion". The Times of India. 2011-07-30.
  4. ^ "Chronic Xorn - Death Destruction Sermon". iTunes. Jul 27, 2010.
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