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There are three bands called Indian Ocean, including Arthur Russell recording under this moniker. Most popular among which is the contemporary fusion music band from Northern India. Some music critics describe the Indian Ocean music as “Indo-rock fusion with jazz-spiced rhythms that integrates sufism, shlokas, environmentalism, mythology and revolution”.

Beginnings - Indian Ocean

The band had its genesis in 1990 when Susmit Sen met Asheem Chakravarty and their somewhat focused jamming sessions resulted in a few concerts. Susmit was on the guitar and Asheem on tabla and drums with no vocalist. In 1990, with Shaleen Sharma on drums, they recorded their first demo. In 1991, Rahul Ram, a schoolmate of Susmit’s joined the band on bass. After a lot of persuasion, and on the strength of the demo tape, HMV agreed to record Indian Ocean’s first album in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta). It took another year for it to be. In the first five years of the band’s existence they played exactly four concerts. Shaleen, the drummer, left the band in March, 1994. In his place came Amit Kilam, just out of his teens and still doing college exams.

Vocals were then added, Susmit and Asheem left their jobs and had kids. Music became their only source of income - when not playing concerts, they odd-jobbed on music for television serials, advertisements and documentaries.


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  • soullessmate

    beautiful music

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sipoflife

    They should do more soundtracks. Black Friday OST was brilliant.

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • exotic248

    kandisa forever !!!

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sipoflife

    Live in Trivandrum yesterday. Killer. :)

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    School Bell/Treehouse

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • chuckkilla

    just great

    1 Jul 2012 Reply
  • readaryan

    RIP Asheem...truly missed

    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • pratyush_ACDC

    @avikjn - try buying albums for a change, maybe? [2]

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • heman159

    @avikjn - try buying albums for a change, maybe?

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
  • AnuraagKarnik

    Indian Ocean is a genre onto itself... [3]

    25 Dec 2011 Reply
  • pratyush_ACDC

    Indian Ocean is a genre onto itself... [2] Couldn't have agreed more. Epic WIN!

    2 Aug 2011 Reply
  • pcalvin

    Playing tonight at Hard Rock Delhi. I missed em in Bangalore last week. Bummed.

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • avikjn

    i dont understand how free download song from here ? i love indian ocean........but i want to download these all songs........can you please help me out of this problem ??

    16 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Touchmetallic

    Indian Ocean is a genre onto itself...

    10 Aug 2010 Reply
  • YehHaiLife

    Yeh Hai Life will host India's greatest rock band 'Indian Ocean' live in concert "Rock for Hope" at the MacMillan Theatre in Toronto, Canada on Sept 11, 2010. This is YHL's first annual event benefiting AidIndia's projects for farmers' families affected by the agrarian crisis in India. Buy tickets at today!

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ankitkg

    R.I.P asheem sir. the best indian band ever

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • prashantsaxena

    I love the band.... super awesome. RIP Asheem

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Rhodriguez

    Anyone else have some Arthur Russell tracks labeled as Indian Ocean?

    2 May 2010 Reply
  • preritjain

    kabhi suna nahi..but sounfds good

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • v1shal

    I got to seem them live in October. I really enjoyed it them but it's that much more special now.

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
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