The status of Independent Music Makers in this country has always been negligent and will stay the same as long as we have this decadent style of playback music from the mid 60’s, copied from Hollywood in Bollywood. Everything that Bollywood does is a wash, rinse & repeat of Hollywood. The French don’t call their cinema Frenchwood or the Chinese don’t call it Chinawood, but interestingly we have a Kollywood, Tollywood & also a Mollywood.
All musicians have musical heroes, who they idolize as they grow up. You practice, rehearse & enact their music to learn their different styles – Eventually imbibing their teachings & developing your own versions of it. So, when a Bruno Mars is influenced by a Michael Jackson, who in turn was influenced by the Bee Gees, one can clearly see a musical lineage being developed as the decades go by. Likewise in India, any top contender in any singing reality shows, would sound like a Sonu Nigam, who sounds like a Mohammed Rafi, (at least in the initial days!).
When talking about the west, artists write their own songs and get them produced by the best, to have a content identity of their own & retain it for life. They are largely the name and the face of that song. Whereas here a singer is known by the film or the hero who he/she done playback for and would invariably have a lack of complete ownership of their songs, because of the bolly-edge to it.
60 years of mass conditioning by this omni-present devil called Bollywood has made sure that the entire country has only heard music, which is tied to a script or the narrative of a film – Hence conditioning that if your song is not part of Bollywood, then it is not good enough! There was a golden period in our country during the 90’s where Independent artists like Alisha Chinai, Shaan, Euphoria, Silk Route, A Band Of Boys to name a few, became the cream of Indi-POP belting out songs, which were an integral part of their own self expression. During that era, they made their own mark with only meritorious rotations of their songs on TV or Radio Channels, who lapped up these as they did not have any content to go with.
Saajan Verma “Sanjay” is a Founder of FilmySansaar.com. He has worked for many producers and directors in Indian Film Industry. He is a good Hindi writer and his interest towards film industry has leaded to startFilmySansaar.com. Sanjay is a cool guy from small town landed at Mumbai and working in various fields in Bollywood. He has good knowledge in all the sections on film making, graphic designing and media production.
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