India occupies a strategic position on the world globe, between the countries of Europe from the west and the countries and other eastern countries from the east and from the south, it is covered by the Indian Ocean.
Rock music being western music took over 4 decades to capture the whole of India when MTV started motivating the people of the India.
Rock music touched India for the first time when the band ‘The Beatles’ visited India and tried to collaborate with the Indian artist Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain. However, it was the era of the late 80’s when the Rock bands started gaining importance. With the upcoming of the MTV in the India, the Indians were exposed to various Rock forms like the grunge. Some of the well-known India bands were the ‘Indian Ocean’ and ‘The Parikrama’. The exposure of the major port cities of India, like the Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai and Delhi being the Heart of the country (not a port city) and the capital, proved to be an important place of exchange of cultures between the Eastern and Western Cultures. Hence, these main cities helped rock music to spread over the whole nation.
The Rock bands that were not even able to catch upon 500 people to the concerts now started becoming famous and thousands of people started coming to the concerts.
The upcoming of the Rock form of music of rock-paved way for other forms of music to reach India.
50's To The 70's
This was the period when the British left the India, and thereafter India, started progressing rapidly. During this time, India developed a new genre of Rock that was the ‘Indian Rock’ Indian Rock is a genre of popular music that combined the mainstream rock with the Indian cultural music. However, this time was the era of awareness in which the people started to know about the Rock Music and the AIR (All India Radio) played a major role in creating this awareness.
80's To The Present Day
This was the period when India really started loving Rock. Rock bands were forced upon to harden their styles and be more professional. In the 90’s Indian bands were influenced by different genre of rocks like the Britpop and hence the combination of all formed a new India Form of Rock.
The present day bands of the India are much technologically advanced and are able to sell their records quite easily. MTV’s reality programmes, which search for Rock bands, have also influenced India’s love for Rock.
Even, the Bollywood (Indian movies Industry) has also started taking interest in Rock Music and that can be proved by the release of the movie ‘Rock On’, directed by ‘Abhishek Kapoor’, and produced by ‘Farhan Akhtar’ and ‘Ritesh Sidhwani’.