Sunday, May 31, 2009

Indian Pop Music

Pop music in india has ushered in big fashion. The entire Indian landscape seems smitten by pop euphoria. Over one billion Indian population has got a strong liking over the last 1-2 decades. Hindi pop music is on constant path of evolution. Pop music can be found in all the regions of India even in local languages. Talking about arrival of indi-pop, it was first witnessed in earl 1980s when Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan had whole india on its feet with ‘Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi mein aaye’. The music composer was Biddu who later gave us Alisha Chinai also known as indi-pop queen.

Indian was always inclined towards classical music but song by Nazia Hassan completely changed the Indian music spectrum. That song gave way to several pop-ish style songs in upcoming movies. Films like Disco Dancer, Dance Dance etc were gladly embraced by Indian youths. Since then every movie contains at least one pop song. 90s further accentuated the pop trend. Many new singers emerged on Indian pop scene including Baba Sehgal, Alisha Chinai, Colonial Cousins, Mehnaaz, Shweta Shetty, Lucky Ali, Sharon prabhakar etc.

Other singers and groups emerged later on. The likes of Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan, Bombay Vikings, Indian Ocean, Strings, Juggy D, Sanober etc kept giving us one hit after another. Other Indians with foreign roots also incorporated Indian pop music with other forms of music. Names like Rishi Rich and Jay Z gave new voice to Indi-pop on world stage by collaborating with foreign singers. With the increasing popularity of Indi-pop, Indian pop industry seems to be on a high.