Renowned ghazal singer Talat Aziz today said that music has now taken a backseat in films. "Music in films has actually taken a back seat now. There is no music," Aziz who was here to perform a concert for the ongoing 'Vasantholsavam' programme organised by the Kerala Tourism Department told reporters. "Music in films is totally different. It is more techno-engineered and I do not think we will fit in there," he replied to a query whether he liked playback singing.
"I am not criticising it. Why are we so dependent on films to explore our art and culture," he asked. Everyone in the society has a role to play in preserving art and culture. "We all - media, artists and recording industry - share a collective responsibility to preserve it (arts)," Aziz said. Aziz said he had earlier performed concerts at Kozhikode and in one such programme over 45,000 people had thronged to listen to ghazal. Emphasising the need for setting up of more performing art centres in the country, he said in Orange County in Southern California in US, two years back they had opened a performing art centre at a cost of $200 billion, funded by individuals and corporates.
Replying to a query, he said: "I am not teaching ghazal. I do not have a school, but if anybody comes I give them the tips. I do not formally teach, but I am always there to help the youngsters". "I am not acting. I do not have time. I have to travel a lot for my concert," Aziz, who has also acted in some films, replied to a query from a scribe.