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Features |  21 Jun 2017 15:14 |  By RnMTeam

Indian singers move beyond Bollywood on World Music Day

MUMBAI: When Radioandmusic contacted some well-known Bollywood names to understand their outlook on Indian music and Bollywood in particular, we were left amazed. Most musicians spoke highly of Indian music but, very little of Bollywood. The current trend of remakes seemed like a big ‘no’ for them. Many even rooted for independent music. Well, it looks like Indian music is going through change and it's evident. Check out the various insights from some of India's best popular musicians.

Shalmali Kholgade: Indian music today, although dominated by film music, still has room for independent music by way of platforms like YouTube, Facebook, etc. As such the plethora of music coming out of India has diversified substantially.

I wish for the audience to look beyond film music to independent music that's sonically new and provides a platform for new artists to display their talent. I wish for singers in India to look beyond playback singing as a career in music.

Shilpa Rao: It's an honour to be a part of a legacy that's so progressive and emotionally powered. My advice to every young aspiring musician is that they must learn Indian music. We are known for film music termed Bollywood but in terms of true Indian music which is Hindustani classical or karnatic music or folk music we are far behind. This has  put us on the global map in the true sense. There isn't one thing and there isn't one specific time to change.

Arjun Kanungo: Music makes me! My life without music would have been quite empty. I believe music works in different ways for each person while for me it only brings happiness. This year on World Music Day I promise to make more music and keep my fans entertained.

Akasa Singh: Music is ingrained in me, it’s almost like I was born to do this. Thankfully I was not forced into it,  I naturally grew up to love it and I am where I am today because of my guru --my father. He is my inspiration and I really hope I do make him proud. This year on World Music Day, like almost all years I am planning to visit kids or an old age home where I could share the happiness that music brings to me.

Anushka Manchanda: There are few things that have an effect as powerful on us as music does. The ability to affect our emotions, to inspire us, to represent the times that we live in, to tell our stories, to create worlds where we can escape into, to change energies. Music can cause real change. On World Music Day, I hope that artistes recognise this beautiful gift and actually create art that makes this world a better place for us all.

Sukriti Kakar: Indian music is a deep personal experience as well as a collective wonderment. Our strength lies in creating music straight from the soul; giving wings to our innermost feelings and emotions. There's an honesty and non-replicable quality about our music across all genres - classical, folk, fusion, Bollywood, dance, pop or RnB- that makes us stand out in the global arena.

But, in an attempt to cater to the masses, music directors today are following populist trends. It began with the advent of item songs a few years ago. Of late, we are witnessing the trend of recreating old classic tracks in new avatars. This surely takes away from these songs' original brilliance. Also, I really wish that the Indian audience would be more receptive to non-filmy music of original nature. There has been a gradual change in this trend which is very encouraging and I hope that it continues.

Jaz Dhami: India is definitely becoming a bigger player in both making music and consuming music. We have legendary artists like AR Rahman who have crossed over and worked with top Hollywood film makers. Recently I saw my friend Badshah is doing a collaboration with Major Lazer, we’ve seen the likes of Jay Z, Coldplay and Justin Bieber coming to perform in India. This has all helped in bridging the gap and hopefully encouraging the mainstream western music scene to look to India as an important part of its musical make up.

Over the years Indian music has inspired many generations, but I feel the current culture of remakes is drowning the music scene. Indian music has made some great anthems over the years, but not as many in recent years. It feels like audiences are now more consumed with the views on a song, rather than the content of the song, which is worrying, as some real gems of work have just gone under the radar.

Jubin Nautiyal: Indian music i.e Hindustani music used to be classical music but classical music has really gone down for some time. But when you talk about Indian music purely, I feel it is growing and really growing fast. There is a huge market open for a lot of new artistes and there are people being motivated and interested in working on music, the internet has completely changed the game.

Indian music globally is very big and on the occasion of World Music Day, I would like to congratulate all the musicians who gave an impetus  to Indian music and the language.