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. His music crosses all barriers and boundaries. He is probably the only musician in history to operate multi-instruments such as synthesizer, piano, guitar, and harmonica.

He was 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 have emerged from a cultural fusion of the West and the East: Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Baul, and Rabindra Sangeet. Here's Suman.

2 Nachiketa
3 Anjan Dutta

Urban philosophies... love, loss, simplicity, innocence, memories, protests, and theatrical realism - that's what his rock 'n' roll and folk rock are all about. His ballads range from Paul Simon and The Beatles to Bob Dylan and Suman. With neon lights, whiskey, cigarettes, rain, guitars, saxophones, and ballads about simple urban lives, he brings urban culture alive with his piercing lyrics. From freewheeling fun to philosophy, he is also an actor and writer-director.

4 Anupam Roy

The new era in Bengali rock... A singer-songwriter whose simple philosophy and poetic lyrics have provided several anthems for Bengali youth and the older generations alike in just a few years. His music style is rock, delivering moving hits to the parallel cinema of Bengal and his albums. He blends elements from Oasis and Pink Floyd with Suman and Chandrobindu, alongside his own ideas about life, striving, loss, and love. His inventive vocabulary of poetic yet urban themes makes him a Renaissance artist.

5 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, stemming from great poetic thought and intellectualism. He simplifies philosophy in his songs, which are impossible to stop listening to. He is an addiction, his voice has a soul, and so do his wonderfully written words. A perfect rock star.

6 Lionnel Mascarenhas

I loved the first song from the album. I think it was called Release Me. My other favorite track is Kashmir Again. It's the best song written on Kashmir.

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

His voice is very soothing. I heard his album Wonderland. I don't remember the name of the first song, but I used to listen to it almost every day for a whole week.

7 Lou Majaw
8 Bhupen Hazarika Bhupen Hazarika was an Indian playback singer, lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam, widely known as Sudhakantha.

Born in Sadia, Assam, Bhupen Hazarika began his 70-year musical career at the age of 12, working on the second Assamese film, Indramalati (1939). He soon started writing and composing his own songs at 15, marking the beginning of a genius's journey. With an amazingly rich, golden baritone voice, he went on to compose, write, and sing thousands of songs in Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, and English, both for films and solo albums. He captured each moment of modern Assamese history and truly became a cultural ambassador.

9 Palash Sen

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

10 Babbu Mann
The Contenders
11 Kailash Kher

A divine Sufi voice - a beauty that transports you to another world. It's ecstasy. His lyrics are about love, loss, and simple philosophies presented with even greater simplicity. His voice would literally "nirvana"-ize you with its "trained and sharp crudeness and purity," if that's what my lingual abilities can describe it as.

12 Sir Maine Bhi Ek Song Likha H
13 Zubeen Garg Zubeen Garg is an Indian singer, music director, composer, songwriter and actor. His contributions are mostly attributed in Assamese, Bengali and Bollywood. He has sung many songs in other languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bodo, Karbi, Nepali, Bishnupriya Manipuri,... read more
14 Anindya Bose
15 Lucky Ali
16 Anindya Chatterjee
17 Ami Mishra
18 Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore FRAS, also written Ravīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
19 Salil Chowdhury
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