Uday Benegal is one of India’s most influential musicians. As the frontman, founder and creative force of India’s frontrunning rock band Indus Creed, Uday has been instrumental in setting the stage for India’s indie scene. In addition to his work as a live performer, the veteran producer, session musician and writer has produced numerous advertising jingles, sung for Bollywood, played guest-host on the Fox Life series Soundtrek II, mentored new talent for Ray-Ban Never Hide Sounds and written for a number of publications in India and the US.
A band that not only legitimised indigenous rock music in India but continues to renew and revive the scene, Indus Creed have released four highly successful albums. Their latest, EVOLVE, was mixed by the Grammy-nominated engineer Tim Palmer and released worldwide by Universal Music. The iconic group have won a slew of awards, including an MTV Viewer’s Choice Award in 1993, Best Band at the Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards in 2012, Best Rock Artist at the Radio City Freedom Awards in 2013, and Vh1 India’s first ever Hall of Fame award in 2014. They recently released the heavy-hitting single “Thief” and are currently working on new material.
When he’s between big festivals and large stages, Uday hits small clubs and left-field events with his quirky acoustic-pop trio alongside multi-instrumentalists Sankarshan “Shanks” Kini and Ashwin “Fufu” Andrews. Whirling Kalapas features soaring voices, acoustic guitars, a violin, mandolin, an occasional drum kit, shakers, bells, shells and any object they feel would fit their sound. Think Iron & Wine meets Manu Chao with an RK Laxman twist.
A veteran not just of the stage but also of the recording studio, Uday has composed, produced and sung numerous advertising jingles. He has also sung a Bollywood song for a big-banner movie—“Life Is Crazy” by ace music directors Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for the Karan Johar-produced “Wake Up Sid!”, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma.
In addition to his music work, Uday has written for a number of publications, including The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Mid-Day, GQ India, Tehelka and The Asian Age. He currently writes regularly about food and travel for MW and on music for ForbesLife. Scroll down to see some examples of his work.
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