(Last Updated on : 14/07/2014)
Indian music channels are quite popular with the viewers. Irrespective of region, language and age people follow the music channels that are aired on Indian television. While some of the Indian music channels solely play Hindi film songs, there are several music channels that play an assortment of songs round the clock. Whether it is Indipop, film music or classical songs; the latest albums are promoted through Indian music channels. Besides songs there are several programmes on music that are aired through these Indian TV channels. There are certain TV channels that play requested songs. All the viewers need to do is call up certain numbers shown on their TV screens and place their requests. In case one is interested in English songs there are Indian music channels that telecast such songs. So whether it is Kishore Kumar
or Shubha Mudgal
the viewers can tune into their favourite play lists on Indian music channels.
The Indian version of MTV, MTV India
, focuses on music, reality and youth centred programmes. The year 1996 marks the launch of this channel and it is credited as one of the oldest music television networks of Asia. It occupies a distinct place in the Indian television with high viewer-ship count. It features music encompassing all genres of music which has enlisted it amongst the most successful and popular music channel of the country. Some of the popular shows broadcasted in MTV India include Coke Studio, MTV Unplugged, Splitsvilla, MTV Roadies, MTV Reality Stars and others.
is another popular music channel of India which features an amalgam of different musical genres including Bollywood
, Indipop and international music. Several other musical channels are broadcasted such as video request shows, chart rundowns, concerts, artist profiles and star interviews. It is in fact a global channel which also covers regions like Middle East, Asian region and Western Hemisphere.
Zing, previously known as Zee Muzic
and Music Asia, is an Indian music channel owned by Zee Entertainment Enterprises. The channel was launched in the year 1997. In addition to music shows, it also features programmes including animation, humour, spoofs and celebrity lifestyle. It presents an exquisite musical extravaganza for the viewers. The channel mostly caters the youth of urban India.
is another Indian music channel which broadcasts music encompassing all genres but particularly in Hindi. It was launched in the year 2003. The channel features programmes like Pop Music, Private Albums, Clippings, Trailors, Hindi Film Songs and many more. Popular music and skilled anchors have made Sur Sangeet one of the most popular Hindi music channels of India. It entertains viewers of all age groups by broadcasting different programmes.
The Indian music channel Mastiii broadcasts a variety of old as well as new Hindi songs. It was launched by TV Vision Private Limited, a subsidiary of Sri Adhikari Brothers Television Network Limited (SABTNL). Just after one month of its launch the channel made it to the top five Hindi music channels of India as per the viewership count.
Music India is a popular Indian music channel which serves its viewers with a 24 hour broadcast of Bollywood music. Launched in 2006, the channel focuses entirely on providing an overview of the Hindi film industry and its music. It features music of all genres ranging from Pop music, Bhangra, Remixes, Rocks music to many more. Film news and reviews can also be viewed in this channel.
Amongst the popular music channels of India, Sony MIX is a prominent one which is owned by Sony Entertainment Television
. It was launched on 1st September 2011. The channel is mainly based on the Hindi film music.
Other Indian Music Channels
In addition to these, other Indian music channels include ETC, Soundtrack Channel, MH 1
, Channel UFX, Gemini Music, Imagine Showbiz, Kiran TV, M Tunes HD, Maa Music, Raj Musix Telugu, Sangeet Bangla, SS Music, Sun Music, Tara Muzik, Tarang Music, U2 Kannada Music TV Channel and VH1 India.
Some of the Indian music channels host their own music award ceremonies. Besides these live concerts of several musical or dance programmes are also telecasted on the Indian music channels. With passing time more and more Indian music channels are coming up so that they can entertain the audiences. Besides the latest numbers these channels also play the oldies. The mellifluous voices of Lata Mangeshkar
, Geeta Dutt
, Suman Kalyanpur, Aarati Mukherjee and others are quite common on such channels. Most of the Indian music channels play popular songs but there are others that promote the folk dances and songs. These channels often promote fresh talents as well.