The Band Phenomenon: West vs East

Let’s talk about ‘bands’. In the Music world, the concept of bands has been around for a very long time, and exist in almost every genre of Music that you can think about. However, when it comes to the world of Bollywood Music, the concept of bands is still pretty much non exsistent to the mainstream Bollywood Music eye.

When it comes to Western Music, especially in the popular (pop) Music culture, creating a band of say 4-5 guys or girls has proven to become a popular trend over the years, and there have also been many a successful solo artists who have emerged through this, who previously were part of a band. Popular boy bands include Backstreet Boys, Take That, Boyzone, NSync and Westlife to name but a few. I still find it very strange that we are yet to see this kind of concept take shape in Bollywood Music. There are only 3 Pop bands which come to my mind and 2 of them are no longer together (Asma and Band of Boys) however I do believe the band Euphoria are making a come back of sorts. The only band that I know which is still going strong is SANAM.

The band SANAM are truly a unique creation and if you have become a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I feature a lot of their songs here, as they very much deserve to be mentioned. Their YouTube channel has recently crossed the 1 million subscriber mark. Starting of with covers of popular evergreen Bollywood songs, the band then began creating their own material. All four band members (Sanam and Samar Puri, Keshav Dhanraj and Venky S) are musicians in their own right, and so bring a melodious touch to their songs. I do believe that they are the most popular band in Bollywood Music, but if you are aware of any others, please do share them in the comments below. Do also share with me your favourite Western bands!

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