Led by Palash Sen, Euphoria is one of the most popular bands in India. The 11-piece outfit completed 18 years this year and dedicated their recent Mumbai gig at an event called Awestrung to the Indian Army.
Palash says, “It’s the armed forces that stand on the border and take a bullet to protect us. So, all of us should express our solidarity towards them.”
When it comes to political issues, the vocalist takes a firm stand. He says, “If we’re at war with another country, I think it’s important that the entire country supports the armed forces. It’s got nothing to do with whether art and politics should be mixed or not.”
He also points out his dissatisfaction with the music industry in India. “People are bothered about a lot of things on social media, but why is no one bothered about the fact that this country actually has no music anymore? There’s only film music,” says Palash.
The musician, who starred in Filhaal (2002), has never actively been a part of Bollywood, be it for music or acting. He says, “I am not in the film industry as I think we are mutually disagreeable. I enjoy live concerts more because that is reality. Inside the studio, anybody can be tuned, can be made to sound like a singer, but when you’re on stage, that is the real test.”
Sen believes that music is just a part of a bigger entertainment industry in India. He says, “The problem is that this country does not have a music industry. I have had a meeting with members of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. I asked them why we don’t have a music industry. There is an industry for everything such as coal, textile, etc. So, why don’t we have a music industry?”
The musician says that once artistes enter Bollywood, they don’t express their own thoughts anymore. He says, “You are expressing somebody else’s thoughts, which are being catered to a situation, a scene, an actor and a story. I personally think there cannot be any honesty in that expression, unless you are making a film around music. A composer or a poet should not be told what to make. Creative people should have a platform to express themselves independently.”
Sen even urges people to raise their voices against the monotonous music that is being made nowadays. “People should ask why they should listen to minor key songs that sound similar. Why should every song be an item number objectifying a woman? These songs are influencing someone or the other.”
He says, “You are making similar music because the guy who is controlling it only understands that kind of music, and those who don’t have an option are listening to only that,” adding, “Everybody will have to start making noise because this is the music industry’s worst phase in our country. Every song sounds the same today. Even the lyrics, tune and sometimes the singer is the same.”