Musician Palash Sen., who is also the frontman of band Euphoria, doesn’t mind calling a spade just that. In his recent video in which he introduces his upcoming single, Sen is seen taking a strong stand in favour of the non-film genre of music. He mentions how this genre has been killed for the sake of film music and that there is no distinct separation of the music industry from the film industry. “That is the crux of the whole problem. At one point there was a flourishing music Industry. Now music is just an extension of the film industry. The film world is separate, what and how they do is not my concern. My point is the country neither has a non-film music genre nor a music industry. There has to be a music industry that makes music for its sake. You can make it into a music industry that does business, but it should be the business of music and not the business of films,” he says.
Watch: Palash Sen in Maeri song by Euphoria
He adds that there should be other genres that people can listen to and a musician needs to be recognised for his talent. “When we make a song for a film, we are actually pedalling our talent to make somebody else look good. Whether it’s a Salman Khan or a Deepika Padukone. The musician is actually trying to make an actor look good. The power has to be in the musician. Everybody who was in the non-film genre, slowly they have been brought into the film fold whether it was Mohit Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Shaan or KK. They all started their careers as non-film guys. The whole industry was killed and very few people have been left to hold on to the genre of non-film music. And Euphoria is one of them. I appeal to people that if they start raising their voice, and ask for a change, there will be a change.”
Speaking about crass lyrics in songs, Palash says, “We are living in a country where these guys are banning the film Udta Punjab but the kind of music and songs that are made, there is no censorship on that, why? Most of the Punjabi songs that are being made, there is always reference to a girl in a derogatory way or there is mention of some kind of violence and daru. Usko kyun nahi ban karte? I have a lot of faith in the government and Mr Narendra Modi. Somebody will have to start looking at the arts in this country very seriously. Government bhi kuch karti hain usme film waale ghoom rahe hote hai, ad mein bhi film waale ghoom rahe hote hai. People of the country will need to demand other things to come forward and not just the money muscles bullying everybody else and pushing everybody else into oblivion. And being at the forefront. Log bolte hai yeh gaana bekaar hai, yeh nahi sunenge but at least speak up and say acha gaana chahiye.”
In a veiled reference, Palash refers to singer Arijit Singh’s apology to Salman Khan for allegedly taking out his song from his upcoming movie stating that big singers have to apologise to actors. “What everybody got to hear about Arijit is just the tip of the iceberg. Joh musician hota hai, he is actually the yes man. Koi maane ga nahi because everybody wants to continue with their profession, sabko apni rozi roti kamaani hai. Hats off to people who are making music in the film Industry. Pritam, Arijit, Mohit, all these guys would love to make their own music and not be bonded labour to somebody else. Every song is being sung by six to seven different singers and nobody gets paid. Musicians are treated as pawns. Arijit said, ‘my song was not chosen’, every film, every song ke saath yehi hota hai. Then somebody is sitting and taking a choice yaar mujhe yeh awaz achi lag rahi hai, you are only thinking about your film. Everybody says ki tum toh apne shows se kamaoge. Yeh toh hai nahi ki sab log Arijit Singh bante hai ya Euphoria bante hai. I am speaking on behalf of everybody jiske saath yeh anyaaye ho raha hai.”