Genre:-Bismil is a Multi Genre Hindi Music Rock Band, Based in New Delhi, India .
Playing Since :-4 years
Influences :-Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab, Rahat Fateh Ali, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh, Atif Aslam, Shreya Ghoshal, funktuation.
Favourite Venue:-FLYP at MTV (Delhi) , AIRLIVE (Hyderabad)
Name of Artist/Band? (Include all band members names and instruments played.)
Asif Khan( Lead Vocalist)- The lead vocalist of Bismil. With 16 years of experience in the music industry, his inspiration comes from his family. He began vocal training at 6, first learning Hindustani classical, then semi-classical.
Irfan Khan (Keyboardist) – The keyboardist and backup vocalist of Bismil. He has a very rich musical background as a student of the Global Music Institute. Currently, he’s expending his repertoire to Blues and Jazz Music.
Bhavya Mongia(Guitarist)- The lead guitarist of Bismil. A self-taught guitarist, he picked up the guitar for the first time at age 10. An avid fan of Joe Satriani and Joe Vai, Bhavya is passionately following his dream of becoming a great musician.
Salman Khan (Percussionist)- The lead percussionist for Bismil. He has been playing Tabla for the last 14 years and belongs to Farakkabad Gharana. He’s a talented musician that has experience not only with the Table, but with the Dhol, Dholak, and Djembe too.
Sumit Singh (Bassist)- The bass guitarist for Bismil. His association with the bass led him to experience what it feels like to find one’s passion in life. He participated in many of the events at the college level like Youth Nexus 2015, Battle of Bands, Bits Pilani and came through with flying colors. He is a fan of funk and blues and also love jazz and Indian Classical.
Vasu Singhal (Drummer)- The drummer for Bismil. He loves to play multi-genre be it Rock, Pop, Jazz, RnB and to experiment with multiple genres to create a unique flavor.
What does your band name mean and where did it come from?
Origin of the word Bismil is Persian. “Bismil” is an Urdu word and is derived from bi-smi-llgh which means “wounded/sacrificed/A LOVER.”
Well, it was quite sudden. I (Asif Khan) was sitting with my family one evening having tea and suddenly the song “ Gulabi Aankhein ” came on the television. My mom pointed out the line of the song that goes “Zara sa haske jo dekha tune, main tera Bismil ho gaya” and suggested that we keep ‘Bismil’ as our band name.
Describe your sound for someone who’s never heard you?
Our sound is pretty different. We do a blend of Sufi and Bollywood music which works for us and our audience loves it!
How do we start our show? We start with soft Sufi tracks and we then move from the soothing numbers to commercial ones! We pump up the tempo & make sure everybody dances!
How do you get the crowd pumped?
We get the crowd pumped through our energy and interaction. Our most favorite part is HEADBANGING! We love to do it along with our audience!
Tell us anything else that you would like people to know about you?
Asif Khan has just founded the band but you people made Bismil famous through your love and support. The actual rockstar is our Audience.
Bismil the band! Bismil Band presents a heady mix of Sufi, Bollywood & Retro numbers with a twist! Adding a little rock to their style they have managed to always have the audience on its toes.
Bismil was put together by Asif Khan 2014 and is completed by 5 more musicians that came together fueled by a mutual interest in the same kind of music. Founded a little over three years ago, on the day of love, 14th of February 2014. Coincidentally, Their band name ‘Bismil’ means lover! Reiterating, the band is all about love! Love for music, love for sterling live performances to serve a delightful mix no music lover can stay away from.
Bismil has been creating waves over the years delivering some of the most splendid and successful shows headlining at various college festivals, music & food festivals, private shows, and corporate events. The members of the band draw inspiration from great musicians.
Bhavya Mongia who is the lead guitarist has been practicing his art from the age of 13 and is influenced by the likes of John Mayer. The bassist Sumit Singh currently learning from Sonic Shorey has previously played with various bands and has been part of Bismil for over 2 years now. He derives inspiration from John Petrucci! Irfan Khan, who plays the keyboard for the band started his journey from the YMCA and went on to get his grades from the Trinity College of London! He learned the keys from the Global Music Institute and has also laid his hands upon the art of sound engineering. Vasu Singal, the latest member of the band is majorly influenced by Jojo Mayer and has a knack for jazz & pop music. Salman Khan has been learning Indian Percussion Instruments from Ghulam Sarwar for over 10 years now! He has worked independently with various artists and looks up to the renowned Zakir Hussain. He adds magic to the beautiful numbers performed by the band. Asif Khan, the founding member, and lead vocalist started singing at the age of five and has learned from various Gurus and Gharanas. He has an onstage singing experience of over 10 years and is still learning Indian classical music to improve day by day. He holds a music honors degree from the Hindu College, Delhi University amongst others. His onstage presence and energy have a charm that hardly anyone can resist!
All six members share the same passion and drive to pursue music and become one of India’s most prolific bands.