These Five City Bands & Acts Are Putting Hyderabad On The Music Map

Shreya posted on 21 April

Local musicians are creating waves beyond the city borders, and here’s a list of few you should look out for. No matter what your taste in music is, you can find some tunes from these incredible groups that you will enjoy, and perhaps even cherish.

Sharam Masala

An exceptional collaboration between artists No Hero {Akhil Kodamanchili}, Xcpt {Aishan Vali}, and A La Moksh {Sameer Ul Haque} led to Sharam Masala, an EP — that has also been featured in Rolling Stone India. The tracks on this EP include the simply profound Sights.Sounds.City and perfectly imperfect Wabi Sabi {which you can purchase}. Their work is an amalgamation of hip-hop, progressive rock and electronica, and an impressive one at that. The aim was to create intelligent music out of simple and genuine words rather than the complicated philosophical stuff and we think they’ve nailed it!

Leela Fireworks

This five piece rock band now consists of Harshit Madan{drums}, Aditya Bhargava {Bass}, Niteesh Kondiparthi {Vocals and Guitars}, Kaustubh Kende {Guitars} and Rahul Das {Guitars}. Leela Fireworks delivered their first gig in 2016, and there has been no looking back ever since. Being the only band in the city to own a VIP Rockstar Privilege Pass, they are known for their power-packed live performances. Although all the band members have day jobs, their aim is to serve more fireworks this year, so look out for them.

Follow them on Facebook here.

The Ragamuffins

Although The Ragamuffins began in 2015 as a 4 piece semi-acoustic band, it was in the following year that Pranati Khanna {lead vocals} brought about game-changing improvisations. Today, the indie-rock group consists of Alex Varghese {drums and backing vocals}, Jonathan Edward {lead guitar, backing vocals}, Ricky Raymond {lead guitar}, Sanju Moses {base guitar} and Pranathi Khanna. If you haven’t already, listen to their debut EP — Tell Me {and buy it too!} The tracks encourage people to speak up about issues that matter to them. Their lyrics make striking statements on important topics like war and greed. Every single piece is extremely relevant to the society today, so this is a band you don’t wanna miss lending your ears to. Also, check out their music video {Best Damn Memory} or catch them live while they tour this May in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad.

Check out for more updates on their Facebook page, here.

The Songsmiths

The Songsmiths, represents the trio — Saikat Basu {bass and vocals}, Avinash Ekka {guitars}, and Karthik Kalyan {drums}. Each member of this band takes a particular interest in different genres, ranging from Jazz,RnB, Electronica to Folk Music. What happens when these differences come together in the form of one of their original songs is a brilliant ‘easy listening’ experience for the listeners {If you’re a rookie, or a musician yourself, you will surely enjoy their stuff}. Check out this song about the cityscape in wee hours of the night or this one from when they were featured on Kappa TV. We’re definitely looking forward to more of their original compositions and gearing up for some crazy live-performances this year.

To keep up with them, follow them on Facebook here.

The Playmores

Formed in 2015, The Playmores comprises Rinky {lead vocals & guitar}, Chaitanya {keyboards}, Sai {drums}, and Ananth {bass guitar}. Each band member comes from a drastically different musical background and together they create a sound that sets them apart from the rest. They take songs from all genres of music ranging from classic rock and grunge, to contemporary pop and transform them, making versions of their own. With an intent to take familiar songs and add their own creativity to it, they give electric live performances that will blow your mind. Have you checked out their amazing cover of  Sayonee yet? Catch them live at popular hangout spots in the city, and stay tuned for Rinky’s original project {with contributions from all other band members} that will be released next month.

Follow them on Facebook here.

Didn’t include your favourite band? Tell us in comments!