16 April 2012
Last updated at 00:03
Live rock music has been thriving in India for the past decade now. Here top band Parikrama plays at the three-day-long Eastwind Music Festival, where 60 bands perform. Photographer Shiv Ahuja has been documenting the indie music scene for the past four years.
Vishal Dadlani of Pentagram playing at Delhi’s Hard Rock Cafe. Dadlani is also a successful Bollywood music composer. Pentagram began as a small band which won college competitions and has since grown to become of India’s biggest acts.
College festivals have helped bolster the live music scene in India by hosting festivals attended by hundreds of students. Here a crowd of girls race towards the stage before the beginning of a rock festival at Delhi’s all-female Gargi College.
Vocalist Ameeth Thomas of Junkyard Groove falls on the stage mid-song at Gargi College. Music magazines, including an Indian edition of Rolling Stone, have helped boost the rock music scene.
Deepak Nair of Punkh performs at The Big Horn Festival. Music festivals are now held across the country throughout the year.
One of India’s leading folk bands, The Raghu Dixit Project, performs at Tumkur, a small town near Bangalore in southern India. More than 30,000 people attend the festival every year.
The crowd at a concert by The Raghu Dixit Project near Bijapura in Karnataka. The band has played at venues ranging from Glastonbury in the UK, pubs and concert venues in Indian cities, to festivals like this with hundreds of thousands of people attending.
Subir Malik of Parikrama plays at The Big Horn Festival. The festival is a series of pub gigs in Delhi held over three months, featuring 72 bands from all over India.
Tipriti Kharbangar, lead singer of Soulmate, India’s top blues band, performs at a pub in Gurgaon outside Delhi. Hailing from north-eastern Meghalaya, Tipriti and her band have travelled all over India and to blues festivals abroad.
Bands backstage at the Clonefest, a music festival hosted by the Delhi-based band Them Clones. The first edition of Clonefest featured performances by acts including Thermal and A Quarter, Indigo Children and Tapan Raj.
Abhishek Bhatia of The Circus sings at an engineering college in Gurgaon.
Suhail Yusuf Khan before going on stage with the Tarun Balani Collective at a bar in Bangalore. The Collective has just recorded its first album. Suhail is one of the youngest sarangi players in India and is working on using his classical instrument in contemporary music.
A crowd enjoys a rock concert on a beach in Kerala, home to a number of bands.