The band’s fame and following has not been limited to India’s shores – as their much-stamped passports attest, they are India’s leading global band. Since 2001, Indian Ocean has gracing stages across the US, Canada, UK, Europe, Australia and South East Asia. They’ve performed and collaborated with the celebrated violinist Pandit L. Subramaniam, legendary American folk singer Pete Seeger, virtuoso Japanese trumpeter Terumasa Hino and more.
India’s biggest underground success, Indian Ocean is a pioneering band in the Indian fusion and rock scene. Their sound can be described as “Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms that integrates shlokas, sufism, environmentalism, mythology and revolution.”Formed in the early 90s, Indian Ocean has spearheaded the Indian rock scene and is one of India’s few politically conscious bands. A cult band in its own right, the group has amalgamated Indian folk music with Western rock. Culling their lyrics from a variety of languages, including Hindi, Kashmiri, Bengali, Sanskrit and even Aramaic, their music ranges from rocking political anthems to meditative spiritual ballads.
Setting the precedent from their first self-titled album (which was the highest selling album by an Indian band at the the time), Indian Ocean has earned rave reviews from the critics and audiences alike. Their third album Kandisa, released in 2000, is considered one of the most important, best-loved albums of contemporary Indian music, while their latest album Tandanu featuring collaborations with metal, Bollywood, and Indian classical artists, has been hailed as “an album that awakens a new consciousness” by Rolling Stone India.