Before the Internet, independent music was “more or less” limited to certain groups because, in popular perception, music was widely seen as a companion to Bollywood films. But there has been a drastic change in the way we consume music over the past two decades. The internet has made the music industry more democratic not only in terms of reach, but also in terms of content. Many independent artists have chosen to remain independent from the majors to maintain creative control over their music.
As male voices continue to dominate the indie circuit, female artists have gradually created their own space with experimental and introspective music. They offer more stellar music that catches the attention of listeners across the country. Here is a list of seven female artists who are causing a sensation in the world of independent music.
1) Pragnya Wakhlu:
Wakhlu is a Delhi-based freelance musician who abandoned her corporate career after finding her true calling in music. She was introduced to classical Hindustani music at the age of six. Later, she learned the sitar, harmonium and guitar, also took up Western singing. His training in eastern and western music has made it possible to harmonize traditional and contemporary musical sensibilities with relative ease. She released her first album, Journey to the Sun (2012), which sold well on eMusic. His second, Kahwa Speaks, released by music-sharing platform Songdew in 20117, has received critical acclaim. Wakhlu’s latest creation, “Song of Hope,” is one of six songs from his new album Lessons in Love, which will be released in June.
2) Aditi Ramesh:
During her early years in Buffalo, New York, Aditi was trained in Carnatic music as well as Western classical piano. A law graduate from NALSAR University in Hyderabad, Aditi quit her job as a business lawyer to pursue her passion. With her musical inspirations as diverse as Etta James and MS Subbulakshmi, the music virtuoso is known to blend genres perfectly. Aditi can go from a classic jazz number to Carnatic Kritis with elan. The 31-year-old is a member of several bands, including Ladies Compartment and Voctronica, and has performed at several top concerts abroad and in India. his major releases include the EP albums Autocorrect (2017) and Leftovers (2019)
3) Anisha Uppal:
The Delhi-based singer, popular as Anisha AOD, is another artist causing a sensation in the independent circuit. The 28-year-old finds solace in playing the piano and writing poetry. Last year she had been busy with a handful of exits. As Broken explores the territories of dark pop that combines emotional tone, great arrangement and truly awesome production, Skin, with its soaring lyrics and folk melody, talks about embracing the ebb and flow of life’s movements. with grace,
4) Abhilasha Sinha:
The New York / Delhi-based musician has made a name for herself with her silky voice and refreshing compositions. Her moving debut, Mothers, captures the essence of mother’s protective love and how much they sacrifice. Last year, she also released a video for the song that featured over 400 vintage photos sent in by fans of their mothers. She has been a key part of the RIVER groups with Kamakshi Khanna and Tarana Marwah. She is currently with the group No Honey with Keshav Dhar and Suyash Gabriel. Her latest single, Honey Bee is a warm and melancholy song exploring the theme of love during confinement.
5) Banat Kaur Bagga
The 25-year-old has had a fondness for music since childhood. Bagga released her first single Moon in 2017, when she was a final year law student. Along with his lyrics and voice, the music was produced by Coshish lead guitarist, Shrikant Sreenivasan. The popularity of the song emboldened her determination to become a musician. Coming from a Punjabi background, she easily gives a shrewd touch to Hindi and Punjabi songs. Based in Mumbai, she was used to open mics and poetry slams before the pandemic struck. His cover of Chal Diye from Pakistani group Zeb & Haniya is an absolute watch. The singer-songwriter’s EP ranges from pop and rock to neoclassical and folk.
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6) Anouska Mashkey:
Sikkim-based singer-songwriter Anoushka Maskey made her debut EP during the Coronavirus lockdown. His debut EP ‘Things I Saw In A Dream’ features seven tracks and evokes the need to appreciate human sensitivity and the little things life has to offer. “I was initially locked in my apartment in Bengaluru and these tracks were literally my emotions translated into songs,” she told The Indian Express. Her music having received laurels from around the world, she released a second EP, CEASE in September with four new compositions.
7) Bawari Basanti:
Mahima Dayal Mathur, more popular as Bawari Basanti, released her first single, ‘Chale Kahin’ from her EP Underwater in June 2019. Through her music she tries to explore ideas of identity, doubt and dreams in a dystopian state. Known for her powerful and evocative voice, Bawari has the ability to transport audiences into an emotional state. His popular single Izhaar challenges the inhibitions regarding public display of affection in Indian society.