Bollywood myth

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jun 2018 12:06:08


Singer Shilpa Rao, who has sung a single Saanwariya for Drishyam Play -- an initiative to curate and promote fresh music from different parts of the country -- feels the layman associates Bollywood songs with Indian music. She says that’s a myth that needs to be broken.

“As a country that has a major entertainment industry, one of the biggest in the world, our major Bollywood influence comes from every part of India. So when people say Indian music, I always feel it is our Carnatic music, classical music and our folk music. But on a very layman level, Indian music is associated with Bollywood, which is the myth which we need to break,” Shilpa told IANS.

“Our film music is always inspired by all kinds of folk music - be it Rajasthani, Bihu, Bengali or South Indian... Our Indian films have always represented different forms of folk music from all over India,” added the singer, who has sung numbers like Khuda jaane, Anjaana anjaani and Malang in Bollywood.

“I always believe music and cinema is a direct reflection of society which is being shaped and is changing from time to time. And our way of talking, conversing and interacting with people is what our art, cinema and music depict. The point is we should try and enrich our lives with music that already exists in India.”

Shilpa believes Indian music is “really strong” and there should be a collective effort to pass it on to the next generation so that it remains alive. “I hope our youth connects with it, owns it and feels proud of it,” she said.