Bollywood’s “One Direction” – Sanam – will play live in Cape Town at GrandWest in August 2019. This popular Indian pop rock band is internationally recognised for their renditions of old classic Bollywood songs, and also perform original music.
Sanam formed in 2010 and is currently based in Mumbai, India. Often referred to as India`s One Direction because of their quick rise to fame, they won Artists of the Month on MTV Beats in February last year for their new release “Sanam Mennu”. They have also been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.
The band describe their sound as contemporary pop-rock, with their distinct blend of Omani roots and Indian musicians setting them apart from the rest of the Indian Indie music scene.
The band consists of Sanam Puri (lead vocalist/composer), Samar Puri (lyricist/lead guitar/composer), Venky S or Venkat Subramaniyam (bass guitar) and Keshav Dhanraj (drums/lead music arranger).
The rise of Sanam
The band rose to fame after composing renditions of classic Bollywood hit songs that they had grown up listening to and uploading them to YouTube and they have since recorded and performed songs in Hindi, English, Spanish and Gurarati, including “Main Hoon” which was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, The Amazing Spiderman 2 and which received rave reviews across its multi-language theatre release in India.
They are now YouTube India’s most followed independent music channel and India’s most successful digital artists. Their music video for “Gulabi Aankhen” has a staggering 111 million views alone.
The band describes their sound as refreshingly different – a mix of contemporary pop-rock with their distinct blend of Omani and Indian musicians. The band has released five albums to date and other original singles, many of which have enjoyed number 1 spots on IndiPop charts and trending playlists.
Where and when: Grand Arena, GrandWest on 28 August 2019
Also: 24 August 2019 – Johannesburg | 31 August 2019 – Durban