Amit Kilam (drums, percussions and vocals)
Amit's drumming is a balance between the conventional and non-conventional. Largely self-taught, he believes in layering rhythm rather than a heavy drum layer, since he believes in simplicity, not technical wizardry, thus becoming the backbone of the solid sound that the band has. He incorporates Indian rhythms into his drumming in a unique fashion, moving in cycles of 8, 10, 12 14, 16, rather than simple 4/4 or 3/4 styles. Not a "psychotic drummer", he goes easy on the skins, yet his playing is very dynamic. He was introduced to music at the age of 4 by his parents, learning the guitar (Hawaiian - Indian classical). He plays several instruments and sings also. He loves listening to various kinds of music - Hindi filmi, rock, pop - his favourites are A. R. Rahman, Trilok Gurtu and Deep Purple.
Rahul Ram (bass guitar and vocals)
Ram's bass playing moves smoothly - from melodic enmeshing with vocal and guitar lines to the more standard laying of foundations over which the band soars. His stage presence is an essential part of Indian Ocean's live concerts. His vocals have a power and edge that emphasises the folk roots of the band. Rahul also does most of the talking at live shows. His experiences as an activist/supporter with the Narmada Bachao Andolan (1990-1995) and during his four years studying in the US have exposed him to a variety of musical styles from all over India and the world, and have strongly influenced his musical expression. Rahul got an M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur and has PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University in New York (1986-90). He's also a member of comedy group, Aisi Taisi Democracy.
Ram and Chakravarty have also sung "Yaara Maula" in Anurag Kashyap's Gulaal, a Hindi movie based on politics.
Tuheen's fantastic sense of percussion manifested itself when he was just a toddler. Tabla, the instrument he was trained in, remains his first love, but he's very much at home on the cajon, dholak, kanjira - you name it! Unlike the rest of us, Tuheen has performed with an enormous range of musicians over the last twenty odd years, and experienced a bewildering variety of situations. Tuheen's powerful voice can increasingly be heard in our chorus parts.
Tuheen loves to sleep, and to eat, and to tell really bad jokes. He spends more time on Facebook than the rest of the band combined. He's pretty good on the keyboards, and is learning to play the violin as well. We are encouraging him NOT to grow his hair!
Himanshu has been singing with Indian Ocean since October 2009 and it has been an exhilarating experience. But it all happened by accident.
After the untimely demise of Indian Ocean's founder band member, the extremely talented Asheem Chakravorty, Himanshu was asked to jam with the band by Susmit Sen. The initial experiment worked and Himanshu has been with the band ever since.
Himanshu now balances two careers - music and making films.
Nikhil Rao(lead guitar)
From a college boy who travelled 40 km each side to watch the band play live, just a day before his exam, to a full-time band member his journey has been full of unexpected turns. Nikhil, an engineer by qualification, had not thought of music as a career option. He met the band in Singapore while he was studying. In 2013, he was offered to be a part of the same after Susmit Sen's departure.
Nikhil Rao replaced Susmit Sen as lead guitarist in 2013.