How the Indian Dance Scene Works With Electronic Music

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How the Indian Dance Scene Works With Electronic Music – India has a vast and growing dance music scene, with a particular focus on electronic music.

The Indian Dance Scene

India is home to many different types of dance, from the classical Bharatanatyam to the more modern Bollywood. Indian dance is an essential part of the country’s culture, and it has been influenced by a variety of factors over the years. One of the most recent influences on Indian dance is electronic music.


The term “Bollywood” is often used to describe the Indian film industry, which is based in Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay). Bollywood films are musicals, and they typically feature lavish production values, extravagant costumes, and melodramatic storylines. Indian classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak are often featured in Bollywood films, and the dances are usually performed to playback singing. In recent years, Bollywood has begun to incorporate elements of Western pop music into its films, resulting in a new genre known as “Indi-pop.”

Bollywood’s influence can be seen in the Indian dance scene, which has been increasingly influenced by electronic music in recent years. DJs and producers have begun to incorporate Indian sounds and samples into their music, and many clubs now feature “Bollywood nights” where dancers perform to remixes of popular Bollywood songs.


Bhangra is a lively form of dance that originates from the Punjab region of India. It is often performed to the beat of Punjabi drums, and is known for its high energy and vibrant movements. Bhangra has become increasingly popular in recent years, and has even begun to cross over into the mainstream with many western artists incorporating it into their own music.

One of the most popular genres of electronic music in India is Bhangra Dance. Bhangra Dance music is a blend of Punjabi folk music and modern club beats. This type of music is very popular at weddings and other celebrations where people want to enjoy a lively atmosphere.


Garba is a folk dance originating from the state of Gujarat in India. The dance is performed around a centrally-located object, usually a lamp or other form of lighting, and is often accompanied by traditional Indian music. Garba is typically performed during the Hindu festival of Navratri, which celebrates the victory of good over evil.

Electronic Music

Electronic music has infiltrated the Indian dance scene in a big way. From clubs to weddings to parties, electronic music is now being played in a wide variety of settings. This section will explore how the Indian dance scene works with electronic music.


EDM, or electronic dance music, is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves and festivals. It is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix by segueing from one recording to another. EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert or festival setting in what is sometimes called a live PA. In Europe, EDM is more commonly called ‘dance music’, or simply ‘dance’.

The creation of EDM requires the use of electronic musical instruments and digital audio workstations (DAWs). EDM instrumentation typically includes synthesizers, drum machines, sequencers, and samplers. Additional tools such as drum kits, sound effects and looping capabilities are also often used. DAWs are used to arrange, mix and record multiple recordings into a single track or composition.

The first use of the term “EDM” was in the late 1980s by British DJ/producer Simon Reynolds in an article discussing the rise of rave culture. However, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that the term began to be used more widely in North America to refer to a specific genre of music.

There are many subgenres of EDM including but not limited to:

– Bass
– Chillout
– Dark
– Deep
– Drum & Bass
– Dub
– Electro
– Funky
– Glitch
– Hardcore
– Hardstyle

Indian Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has been growing in popularity in recent years with more and more producers and DJs emerging on the scene. The genre has really taken off in India’s major cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore where there is a thriving nightlife culture. Indian Electronic Dance Music can be broadly divided into two main categories: commercial EDM and underground EDM. Commercial EDM is generally characterized by its catchy melodies and hooks while underground EDM is known for its more experimental and avant-garde sound.


Trap is a subgenre of electronic dance music that originated in the early 2000s in the Southern United States. It is typified by a heavy use of repetitive percussion, especially trap drums, as well as often tight, syncopated rhythms. Trap music often contains elements of hip hop, crunk and bounce.


House is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat and a tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute. It was created by DJs and producers from Chicago’s underground club culture in the 1980s, as they experimented with new ways to extend the disco dancefloor model.

The defining feature of house music is the 127 bpm, four-on-the-floor beat, often referred to as the “four-to-the-floor” or “thumpin'”. This signature drum sound was popularized by Frankie Knuckles’ “Your Love” and Marshall Jefferson’s “Move Your Body”.

The house sound has been described as a seamless fusion of Jamaican dub, Chicago soul, Italian disco, and New York hip hop, with emphasis on electronic instrumentation and sampling.

The Indian Dance Scene and Electronic Music

India has a long and varied history with electronic music. The first rave party in India was held in Goa in the early 1990s, and since then the scene has grown exponentially. Today, India is home to some of the world’s best-known electronic music festivals, such as Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic. The Indian dance scene has also adopted electronic music, and there are now a number of Indian dance music festivals, such as India Dance music festival and the Bangalore leg of the Tomorrowland music festival.

Bollywood and EDM

Bollywood and EDM have a long and complicated history. In the early days of Bollywood, film music was largely influenced by Western pop and rock music. However, by the early 2000s, Bollywood had developed its own unique sound, incorporating elements of traditional Indian music with modern electronic production. This new sound attracted the attention of international DJs and producers, who began to experiment with incorporating Bollywood-inspired sounds into their own music.

Today, the relationship between Bollywood and EDM is stronger than ever. Indian producers are regularly releasing remixes of popular Bollywood songs, and international DJs are often incorporating Bollywood-inspired sounds into their live sets. The result is a unique and exciting fusion of two very different musical cultures.

Bhangra and Trap

Bhangra and trap might not be the first two genres of music that come to mind when you think of each other, but in recent years, the two have been intertwined in the Indian dance scene.

Bhangra is a traditional form of Indian dance that originated in the Punjab region of India. It is characterized by its upbeat, high-energy moves and catchy music. Trap, on the other hand, is a type of hip hop that originated in the South United States and is characterized by its heavy use of 808 drums and dark, often violent lyrics.

Despite their differences, bhangra and trap have found common ground in the Indian dance scene. Many dancers have begun to fusion the two styles together, creating unique routines that incorporate both bhangra and trap moves. The result is a high-octane blend of traditional and contemporary dance that is sure to get any party started.

Garba and House

Garba is a traditional Indian dance that is often performed at festivals and weddings. The dancers form a circle and move in a clockwise direction, while clapping their hands and singing devotional songs. Garba is usually performed by women, but men can also join in.

In recent years, Garba has become popular among young people in India, who often add electronic music to the traditional songs. This has led to the development of a new style of Garba known as Garba-house.

Garba-house is a fusion of traditional Garba with modern house music. The beats are faster and the rhythms more infectious, making it perfect for dancing. Many Garba-house tracks also feature Bollywood vocals, which give the music an even more exotic flavor.

If you want to experience the Indian dance scene for yourself, then head to one of the many clubs or festivals that are held throughout the country. You’ll be sure to have a great time dancing away to the vibrant sounds of Garba-house!

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