India’s Forgotten Rock Bands That Made 90s A Golden Era Of Music

The 1990s can very well be called the golden era of Indian Pop Music. Here are 5 bands that made waves on the Indian rock scene.

The 1990s were one of the glorious time in Indian music. Indie rock bands made headways to our music circle, were amplified by platforms like Great India Rock Festival, MTV, made rock concerts an Indian thing and gave some illustrious memories. From Alisha Chinai’s ‘Made In India’ to Indian Ocean’s ‘Bandeh’ we have heard it all. Be it singles or by bands, the music created in those time was a rage. Sadly though, with time trends changed, band members dissipated but left us with melodious memories that we can revisit.

Here some of the Indian bands that still has a special place in our hearts.

Bombay Vikings

Bombay Vikings was launched in the year 1994 by Neeraj Shridhar, along with his co-musicians Mats Nordenborg, and Oscar Soderberg. The band mainly performed English songs with Neeraj adding an Indian influence. ‘Wo chali wo chali’, ‘Hawa mein udhta jaye’ and ‘Kya soorat hai’ were some of its most famous numbers.

A Band of Boys

The 90s band of cuties – A Band Of Boys hit the right cord among youngsters for their peppy songs and whacky videos.  ‘Yeh Bhi Who Bhi’, their first album released in 2002 and became an instant hit. ‘Meri neend’, ‘nain katari ankhiya’ are some of the songs Band of Boys is remembered with.


Euphoria founded by a doctor turned singer Palash Sen is one of those rare bands which has stood the test of time and is active even today. Bollywood actresses like Vidya Blan, Rimi Sen were part of their music videos. Check out albums like Dhoom, Phir Dhoom, and ‘Meiri’ to hear more.

Indian Ocean

Are Ruk Ja Re Bande fame the Indian Ocean is more famous and longed for outside India than here at home. Founded by Susmit Sen, Rahul Ram, Asheem Chakravarty,  and Amit Kilam, the band has witnessed the exit and entry of many members, but it hasn’t lost its charm. Bhor, Bandeh and many more gems from the Indian Ocean were known as the pioneer of the fusion rock genre in India.

VIVA Girls

VIVA was India’s all-girls band and a huge hit amongst teenagers. Formed in 2002, the band gave us some quirky songs in their initial year – Hum Naye Geet Sunaye and Kisse Poochein Kaun Bataye. The five original members were Seema Ramchandani, Pratichee Mohapatra, Neha Bhasin, Mahua Kamat and Anushka Manchanda.

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