Music Festivals Are Creating a Platform for Independent Artists, Say Indian Musicians

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Music Festivals Are Creating a Platform for Independent Artists, Say Indian Musicians


India, March 8 -- The Indian music scene has always been a vibrant domain with the presence of independent music, including folk, pop, rock, Hindustani classical, carnatic, and film music, which include Bollywood and other film music. However, ir is only recently that the indie music scene has received significant recognition, thanks to music festivals being held throughout the year in the country now. From Udaipur World Music Festival and Jodhpur Riff to Mahindra Blues and Sunburn, music festivals are creating a stage for indie musicians. At one such recent music festival, we spoke to musicians about the future of independent music in India.

Shankar Ehsaan Loy: One of the most popular musical trio, known for their popular Bollywood music, feels that the dominance of film music on the Indian music scene is actual but independent musicians are getting their due, thanks to music festivals. "If you look at Indian music as a box or a suitcase and how much you can fill in it, Bollywood music is the biggest chunk in it, the remaining is shared by classical musicians and indie artists," says Loy Mendonsa. Adding to this point, Ehsaan Noorani says, "It's a struggle for a lot of indie artists to get attention. But I think music festivals are a great a platform. People get to hear new musicians and it's great. In India, it takes time for a change to come, so the process is slow but it is evolving."

Astitva: The Delhi-based band, which has been successfully creating music for 10 years now, feels that the command of Bollywood is a reality and that it wouldn't go away so easily. Happy in their space of work, and supporting endeavours of celebrating music through music festivals, Salman Khan Niazi, the lead singer of the band, says, "This is the best time to be an independent musician. You compose your music, share it on the net, and your audience is able to listen to it from any part of the world. And with more and more music festivals happening around the country, it's easy to connect with the fans, too. This increases our popularity. You are not dependent only on music labels and brands to promote your music now." Zaman Khan, his brother, and the guitarist of the band, says, "While 90% of the crowd is listening to Bollywood, 10% listens to indie music and that is a huge number. …

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