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Our Top Picks Of Drummers In India

Our Top Picks Of Drummers In India

As we have seen in the previous posts, we have talked a lot about various drummers from around the world, be it jazz or metal. Many of you must be wondering, 'What about India's own drummers?' Well, we have the answer right here. Below is the list of the most versatile, yet down to earth, drummers of India who you would love to headbang to.

Jai Row Kavi

Jai recently won the 'Best Drummer' award at the Rolling Stone Jack Daniels Rock Awards for his work on Indus Creed's Album 'Evolve'. He has gone on to play with some of India's biggest musicians and bands like Indus Creed, Pentagram, Shaair ‘n’ Func & Bhayanak Maut. As a versatile drummer, he has played across various genres.

Kurt Peters

He started playing drums at the age of 14. He has performed in Los Angeles with Bombay Black, opening for acts like the Offspring and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Kurt has played with artists like Colonial Cousins & toured with Adnan Sami, Kailash Kher, Shaan & Sagarika. He has also performed with other international bands and musicians like Deep Forest and Dana Gillispie.

Ranjit Barot

He is described by guitar legend John McLaughlin as "one of the leading edges in drumming". Recently, he has been featured as the drummer in John's Grammy nominated album ‘Floating Point’. At the age of 17, he became India's leading artists on the instrument. His first big performance was at Jazz Yatra ’80, with the Jazz Yatra Sextet.

Trilok Gurtu

A world-­class percussionist famous for his insane live setups comprising of tablas, bongos, buckets of water, plates, etc. and innovative playing. Having played with countless renowned international musicians & widely regarded as a living legend. Born into a highly musical family in Bombay, India, he began to play from the age of six.

Gino Banks

Gino has been fooling around with the drums since he was 8 and took it up seriously at the age of 15. One of India’s leading drummers today, he is versatile and has toured the world as a part of the Jazz-­fusion band Sangam. He has played along with legendary musicians.

Roberto Narain

At the tender age of 13, he began his career as a percussionist and has performed in various styles ranging from rock, jazz rock, funk, fusion and metal, to contemporary jazz and world music across India as well as on the world circuit. He has been enthralling crowds for more than 20 years. He has been a part of numerous bands.

Shiraz Bhattacharya

He plays drums for the band Pentagram and has performed at the Glastonbury Music Festival, Sundance Music Festival and The Perth music festival. He has also directed numerous TV commercials and music videos and also freelances as a Cinematographer.

Dilip Ramachandran

A drummer who has been pounding the skins for the past 30 years. He has played for one of India's biggest bands, Parikrama and has his very own electro-rock project, Fuzz Culture. He runs his own post- production suite involved in ads, music videos, etc.