The original version of a contentious and controversial (pitchforks, torches and profound indignation trending on Twitter) commentary on Indian rock and roll.
If you’ve been following the papers lately, you probably already know that rock and roll is booming in India. Finally their turn in the pop culture spotlight, rock bands are wowing audiences across the nation with exciting new sounds, performing alongside such internationally renowned and critically respected acts as the Backstreet Boys. No longer content with simply playing out their careers on the dinky college-IIT circuit, they’re making their presence felt at events like ‘Red Romanov Rock In India’, which featured four international acts (including the headlining BSBs) and two honest-to-goodness national bands as support in Bengaluru and Delhi this February — all in the name of vodka. Yes, times are good to be an Indian rock band: dedicated music magazines like Rolling Stone’s India edition have nearly as many correspondents as they do marketers; newspapers like The Hindustan Times describe how rock is “becoming as important to a [Bollywood] soundtrack as the item number once was”; and movies like Rock On!! have finally broken Indian rock into the mainstream.