5 Indian YouTube Artists With Great Bollywood Covers And Mashups
Arjun is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who, before stepping into the glamorous world of entertainment reporting, assisted acclaimed filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron and Christopher Nolan.
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Let’s face it – a good cover of a great song is always hard to find. Thanks to YouTube, anyone can now just wake up one morning, croak his/her heart out to a camera, put it online and become a singer. But it requires real talent to stand out in a crowd and that’s what these five Indian origin YouTube artists are all about – pure, unadulterated talent.
These Indian singers have put their own unique spin to some of the most popular tracks, resulting in millions of views and worldwide popularity.
Here are some of the YouTube artists/ bands who are rocking the web with their Bollywood covers and mashups:
Sanam is a hugely popular name in the Indian online music scene mainly due to the band’s amazing renditions of old Hindi songs.
The band was started by YouTube artist Sanam (also the lead vocalist) and his brother Samar Puri. Some of their really amazing videos include Sanam’s own version of “Ishq Bulaava” and the band’s take on “Lag Jaa Gale” and “Gulabi Aanken,” among others.
Honestly, I only got to know of Vidya when someone sent me the link to her cover of Major Lazer’s “Lean On – Jind Mahi” a few months back. But the talented YouTube artist has got over 30 million views and her channel features some really good Bollywood + Western pop mashups.
A student of Carnatic classical music, Vidya performs regularly as a vocalist for the Shankar Tucker Band which is next on our list…
Clarinetist and composer Shankar Tucker’s musical style blends classical, Indian folk music traditions, jazz, pop music and electronic. Recipe for disaster you think? Well, you’re in for a pleasant surprise (Is there any such thing as tooo many toppings on a pizza?).
Shankar himself plays a wide range of instruments in his recordings: piano, bass, kanjira, tabla, and other percussion instruments. Look out for Shankar’s mashup of “O Re Piya” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”
It can’t get more real, more raw than this – a young, talented girl from Dehradun picks up the guitar, records a cover of “Haal-E-Dil” from Murder 2, uploads it on YouTube and it goes viral!
The video, which has clocked over 2.5 million views, made Shraddha a YouTube star. Check out her awesome covers of beloved Bollywood numbers like “Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki,” “London Thumakda” and the recently uploaded “Phir Se Ud Chala.”
“Chura Liya” (the original by RD Burman) is one of my all-time favourite Hindi songs. It’s just amazing, right? And there must be thousands of covers of this song floating the web but of all the ones I’ve heard, Jonita’s version really stands out.
A Canadian of Indian origin, Jonita is a versatile singer and performer and has training in Western Classical music. Apart from being a famous YouTuber, she’s now also a Bollywood playback singer with hit numbers from Chennai Express and Highway under her belt.