According to a report by Hindustan Times, the Excise Department, on Sunday, stated that the decision comes after many residents in the areas around the clubs began complaining about the noise. Multiple noise complaints were reported in localities like Khan Market, Defence Colony, and Rajouri Garden.
This decision attracted a mixed reaction from Delhiites. While some are on the negative side of it, saying that it will kill the Delhi nightlife, others are relieved that the "noise" won't bother them anymore.
However, the excise commissioner Amjad Tak clarified the statement and told IANS, "The Excise Department has not banned recorded music in restobars. No action will be taken against them."
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia confirmed to PTI on Tuesday that there is no ban on recorded music in these establishments. Sisodia pulled up the excise officers for "creating confusion" by issuing the May 16 order which stated that "only live singing and playing of instruments" are allowed in restro-bars.
Following Sisodia's directions, the excise department issued a fresh circular on Tuesday, stating, "On the issue of playing of recorded music in the restaurants music, no new direction has been issued by the excise department.
Nevertheless, if you are one of those who prefer live music over recorded, here's a list of some of the popular artists you are bound to bump into in New Delhi's popular pubs.
RUN! It's the Kid
For all those who love Indie Folk, this is the act you have to experience. RUN! It's the kid comprises Shantanu Pandit, Dhruv Bhola, Bhairav Gupta and Danik Ghosh. Their songs are based on the ironic lives of people from the 21st century. The music is sure to put you in the right zone with their amazing tunes.
Acoustic music lovers, this is the duo you need to check out. With guitarist Mukul Jiwnani and Shenjit Basu on vocals, Emenes is known for energetic and amazing electronic funk music performances. Apart from playing their original compositions, the duo also does amazing covers of all old and new songs. Check out their latest composition on sound cloud.
Shadow and Light
This band will give you the feels. It is a combination of western and Indian folk music that will put you in a relaxed state of mind. The tunes and the vocals sound absolutely pleasant to the ears.
This trio act will put you in the grove with covers of all your favorite songs. The band comprises Kamakshi Khanna, Tarana Marwah, and Abhilasha Sinha. The three ladies match their voices to create mesmerizing harmonies.
You can check them out on Soundcloud.
The Yellow Bucket
This band eases it down to the basics with their acoustic melodies and compositions. The tunes are simple and easy, listening to them would put you in their flowing easy-breezy summer chill zone.
There are many more musicians out there that will soon appear quite often in pubs and clubs across Delhi.