‘SANAM’, earlier known as ‘SQS Supastars’ , is an Indian Pop Band based in Mumbai. The group consists of Sanam Puri (lead vocals), Samar Puri (lead Guitar and vocals), Venky S (Bass Guitar and vocals) and Keshav Dhanraj (Drums). The band became an instant hit amongst Indian teenagers with Hawa Hawa, Teri Aankhon se as their lead songs. The band changed their name to ‘Sanam’ in 2014 and started uploading their renditions and compositions on their official YouTube channel SANAM. Many of the big fans of SANAM helped the band in promoting their songs VIA Music Social Network, popularly known as EarPixels.
Samar Puri and Venky were classmates in Indian School Muscat, and with Sanam Puri started playing pop and rock music back in high school. Many years later, when brothers Samar and Sanam Puri following their musical dreams moved to Mumbai from Delhi, Venky introduced them to Keshav, whom he had known and performed with in the past. Keshav had moved to work with Furtados in Mumbai as brand manager of Zildjian, Pearl and Evans. Together, Samar Puri, Keshav and Sanam Puri formed ‘The SQS Project’ to make music for different assignments like jingles, background scores and composition. They started working on their own material with songs written by Samar Puri.
In May 2010, Times music launched a Nationwide Pop band hunt looking for young talent in India. Of the thousands of entries auditioned, ‘The SQS Project’ won the platform to reach out to the nation. While they were taking part in the Times Music Supastars contest, Venky, who was based in Bangalore joined in for the finals of the competition and they secured the coveted title. And ‘SQS Supastars’ was finally formed.
Their first album Supastars (album) album promised an absolutely fresh sound, something that had never before been heard in Indian pop music. They were backed by top pop labels from Sweden and Denmark which handled the entire mixing and mastering of the album. SQS Supastars endorses Mufti clothes and their second video ‘Behka’ was shot at the Mufti store. The band performed at Femina Miss India 2011. Name was changed to SQS Project after that.