Best Indian Singer-Songwriters

India has for the past few decades seen a rise in the singer- songwriter cult with an evolution in the western genres of folk rock, alternative rock, rock n roll, soft rock and so on... Here is a list of the best singer- songwriters India has produced...

The Top Ten

1 Kabir Suman

One of the original talents India has ever produced. His songs dealt with religion, love, isolation, politics, protest and so on. The apealing of his music crosses all the barriers and boundaries. He is probably the only musician in history who operated multi-instruments such as synthesizer, piano, guitar, harmonica.

He was perhaps one of the pioneering singer- songwriters inspired by realism and urban topics. His piercingly poetic lyrics are still inspiring generations of songwriters and poets. He is said to be born out of a cultural fusion of the West and the East... Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Baul, Rabindra Sangeet... Here's Suman

He himself is a history. No artist in history of Indian music can match the variation of standard he has. His music has successfully transcended the barriers to have a universal appeal. "I Want You","Pagol","Petkati Chandiyal","Dosh Foot By Dosh Foot" are some of the timeless numbers created by him.

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2 Anjan Dutta

Urban philosophies... Love, loss, simplicity, innocence, memories, protests, theatrical realism... That's what his rock n' roll and folk rock is all about. Some of the greatest ballads ranging from types of Paul Simon and Beatles to Bob Dylan and Suman. With neon lights, whiskey, cigarettes, rains, guitars, saxophones and some ballads about simple urban lives... He has brought alive the urban culture with his piercing lyrics... Freewheeling fun to philosophy. He is also an actor, and writer- director.

3 Nachiketa
4 Rupam Islam

A synonym of rock for Bengal. He has a voice that electrifies every cell of your body. His lyrics are about love, loss, society and self discovery... And they are simply products of great poetic thought and intellectualism. Philosophies simplified. That's what they are. And his music! You can't stop listening. He is an addiction. His voice has a soul, and so do his wonderfully written words. A perfect rock star.

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6 Anupam Roy

The new era in Bengali rock... A singer- songwriter whose simplicity of philosophy and poetic feel in lyrics has given several anthems for the Bengali youth and old alike in a few years. His music type is rock and has given some tremendously moving and hit music to the parallel cinema of Bengal and his own albums. A bit of Oasis, and Pink Floyd and a bit of Suman and Chandrobindu. And his own concepts of life, striving, loss and love... And an inventive vocabulary of poetic yet urban things makes him a Renaissance.

7 Palash Sen

Bandmaster of Euphoria (the biggest Indian band) and a singer- songwriter who brought about a revolution in Indian rock n' roll with his simple lyrics and creative music.

8 Lionnel Mascarenhas

Apparently, Lionnel Mascarenhas is the only Indian singer to have played in the Hard Rock Cafe, New York Times Square.

Very underrated.

He used to sing for a grunge band and then turned alternative pop.

His voice is very soothing. heard his album wonderland, I don't remember the name of the song, it was the first song from the album. I used to listen to that song almost everyday whole week

Kashmir again is one of the best song ever written by any Indian songwriter, lyrics are to the point

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9 Bhupen Hazarika
10 Kailash Kher

A divine Sufi voice... A beauty that transports you to another world. It's an ecstasy. His lyrics are on love, loss and simple philosophies presented with even more simplicity. His voice is something that would literally "Nirvana"nize you with its "trained and sharp crudeness and purity" if that's what my lingual abilities can describe it as.

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The Contenders

11 Babbu Mann

Best writer always write for truth

Babbu maan is best lyrics in india

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12 Anindya Bose
13 Lucky Ali
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