Music of West Bengal

Music of West Bengal
Music of India

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West Bengal is a state of India. It is part of the region of Bengal (along with Bangladesh), which has a rich tradition of Bengali music and the city of Darjeeling, which has a large number of Nepali people, is a center for Nepali rock too.


Baul sangeet

The bauls are a mystic group of singers and musicals, immensely popular in the countryside. They perform using a khamak, ektara and dotara.

Rabindra Sangeet

Main article Rabindra Sangeet

Hindustani classical music

Main article Hindustani classical music

Shyama Sangeet

Main article Shyama Sangeet

Nazrul Geeti

Main article Nazrul Geeti


Atulprasadi, meaning 'songs of Atulprasad' in Bengali are the works of Atulprasad Sen, a Bengali composer, lyricist and singer.His songs centred around three broad subjects- patriotism, devotion and love. The sufferings he experienced in his life found their ways into his lyrics; and this has made his songs full of pathos.He is credited with introducing the Thumri style in Bengali music.



There is a new genre in Bangla music called ‘Jibonmukhi Gaan’. Jibonmukhi gaan means ‘songs about life’. Suman Chattapaddhay first started this type of music by writing songs about everyday life and ordinary people. Eventually Nachiketa Chakraborty, Anjan Dutta, Shilajit Majumdar and many others have followed Suman’s footsteps.

Band Music and Bangla Rock

Mohiner Ghoraguli is widely credited with being the first Bangla Band and also India's first. Later, as Western influences became more widespread, the Bangla band became popular with young people during the 1980s and 1990s, both in India and Bangladesh, and has since become entrenched in modern Bengali culture. Bangla bands use a wide variety of styles such as rock, pop, hard rock, heavy metal, grunge, folk, and fusion. Their music is influenced both by popular American music as well as traditional Bengali folk music such as shyama sangeet and baul. Like popular music in other countries, Bangla bands are very popular among Bengali young people.

Popular Rock Bands

Year Formed Band Name Genre Language
1970 Moheener Ghoraguli Bangla Rock Bengali
1990 Krosswindz Bangla Rock, Classic rock, Fusion Bengali, English, Hindi
1991 Chandrabindoo Bangla Rock Bengali
1993 Cactus Bangla Rock, Hard Rock Bengali
1996 Hip Pocket Rock, Hard Rock English
1998 Fossils Bangla Rock, Hard Rock, Metal Bengali, English, Hindi
1999 Bhoomi Bangla Rock Bengali
1999 Skinny Alley Rock, Alternative Rock English
1999 Lakkhichhara Bangla Rock Bengali
2001 Cassini's Division Rock, Alternative Rock English
2002 Insomania Bangla Rock, Nu Metal Bengali
2005 Prithibi Bangla Rock Bengali
2006 Pinknoise Experimental Rock, Alternative Rock English
2006 Pseudonym Alternative Rock, Hard Rock English
2007 Five Little Indians Alternative Rock English
2007 Chronic Xorn Heavy metal, metalcore English
2010 Underground Authority Alternative Rock, Rap Rock, Hard Rock Hindi, English, Bengali

Rock at Someplace Else (Kolkata)

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Someplace Else throbs with performances by the Kolkata’s best live bands everyday, promising different kinds of music. Established artists share the space with aspiring performers. Raw passion here translates into exciting notes and drinks. An ever-evolving night spot has been in fashion for over 15 successful years. The pub situated inside the Park Hotel, and regarded as a heritage spot of the city. The bluesy-psyche atmosphere with the great music is what makes the place so special. Famous bands like Skinny Alley, Hip Pocket (a regular band), Lou Majaw, Prestorika, Parikrama, Indian Ocean, Soulmate, Cassini's Division, Underground Authority, The Supersonics etc. and many International musical acts have performed in this pub.[1] International artists like Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, QED (band), Dub FX and many more have performed in this pub. The pub hosts 3285 hours of live music every year which is the highest anywhere in India (approximately nine hours of live music everyday).

Daily Bands

Day Bands
Monday Open Mind (Open Mic Session) and Guest Band
Tuesday Krosswindz
Wednesday Hip Pocket and Pseudonym
Thursday Span
Friday Hip Pocket and Insomnia
Saturday Guest Band and Saturday Night Blues
Sunday Orient Express and Crystal Grass


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