Pentagram

Pentagram is a four piece Indian rock/electronica band started in 1994 in Mumbai, India. Regarded as one of the pioneers of original Indian independent music, the band has received much recognition and has played in venues around the world including the Glastonbury festival in the UK in 2005. Pentagram is fronted by Vishal Dadlani (one half of the film music producing duo Vishal-Shekhar) with Randolph Correia (also of Shaa'ir + Func) on guitars, Papal Mane on bass and Shiraz Bhattacharya (also of Shkabang) on drums. Pentagram received their initial recognition and fame by winning three major rock competitions at the Kanpur, Delhi and Bombay IIT's. Of these, Livewire (annual band competition at IIT Bombay) landed them a record deal. This record deal with Plus Music led to the release of their debut album We Are Not Listening in 1996 and it was listed by Rhythm House as the fastest selling rock album. In view of the album's positive reception, th band released two videos ('The Ignorant 1' and 'Yoo') which were frequently played by all the music channels. Pentagram were MTV India's 'Artist of the Month' award in 1997 and also won the Channel V awards for Best Live Band and Best Indian Band in 1997 & 1998. They were featured on Channel V's Big Gig show, a showcase of an hour long live performance. During the Kargil war, Pentagram recorded and released India's first exclusive-to-internet song, 'The Price of Bullets', which featured famous poet Javed Akhtar and popular Indian classical artist Shankar Mahadevan. The video, directed by Farhan Akhtar, was blacked out by channels across the board for being 'too politically loaded'. It was then added as a bonus track on their second album "Up".

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