The Best Indian Folk Bands/Artists

Indian folk music artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good indian folk music bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top indian folk  bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Indian folk groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all Indian folk bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest Indian folk music bands of all time, since the most famous Indian folk music artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best Indian folk music.

You can click on the Indian folk band names to see more information about that particular notable Indian folk group. If they're near the top of the best Indian folk artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top Indian folk bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the Indian folk band names themselves.

Artists include everything from Karsh Kale to Malika Pukhraj. Your favorite artists on this list deserve to be at the top. This is what they're doing. Thumbs up artists you like -- Zubeen Garg and Kamal Heer for example.

All important, significant and iconic names in Indian folk music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new Indian folk bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of Indian music, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into Indian folk music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good Indian folk music bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent Indian folk bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best Indian folk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Indian folk musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular Indian music bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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    23 VOTES
    Karsh Kale (pronounced Kursh Kah-lay, कर्ष काळे in Marathi; born 1 November 1974) is an American musician, record producer, songwriter, film composer and DJ. He is considered one of the pioneering figures in defining the Asian Underground genre by mixing disparate genres of music such as Indian classical and folk with electronica, rock, pop and ambient music. In addition to production, remixing, and DJ work, Kale is known for his tabla drumming and film composition.
    • Genres (Music): Hip hop music, Rock music, Indian classical music, Indian folk music, Electronic dance music
    • Albums: Liberation, Breathing Under Water, Realize, Broken English, Redesign: Realize Remixed
    • Nationality: India, United States of America
  • 2
    8 VOTES
    Tahira Syed [sic] (Urdu: طاہرہ سيد‎) (born 1958, Lahore) is a Pakistani ghazal and folk singer. Her repertoire of Urdu, Punjabi, Dogri and Pahari folk songs have made her a popular singer.
    • Genres (Music): Ghazal, Indian folk music
    • Nationality: Pakistan
  • Malika Pukhraj (Urdu: ملكہ پکھراج‎) (1912–2004) was a highly popular Ghazal and folk singer of Pakistan. She was generally known as "Malika", meaning "The Queen", publicly. She was extremely popular for her rendition of Hafeez Jalandhri's nazm song, Abhi tau main jawan hoon ("I am still young"), which is enjoyed by millions not only in Pakistan, but also in India. Others among her popular numbers were Lo phir basant aaii, Quli Qutub's Piya baaj piyala piya jaey na, and Faiz Ahmed Faiz's Mere qatil mere dildar mere paas raho.
    • Genres (Music): Ghazal, Indian folk music
    • Nationality: Pakistan
  • Srinivas Mangipudi
    Photo: user uploaded image
    • Genres (Music): Indian folk music, Reggae