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Shibani Kashyap: There is no Hindi music industry left now; it is only dependent on Bollywood

Singer Shibani Kashyap talks about the difficulties independent musicians face and why they are so dependent on Bollywood for music.

bollywood Updated: Feb 06, 2018 18:19 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Shibani Kashyap,Richa Chadha,Wanna Be Free
Singer Shibani Kashyap recently released her song Wanna Be Free.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Singer Shibani Kashyap is unhappy with the excessive dependence of Hindi music industry on Bollywood and hence, she rues about independent music not getting enough attention. “I would declare that there is no music industry; it is only dependent on Bollywood and that is sad. That is not the case in the West.They aren’t dependent on Hollywood for the success for their music,” says Shibani, who recently released her single, Wanna Be Free.

Shibani feels that independent musicians who began earlier have remained in the music scene. She says,“The ones who have stuck it out are the ones who started long time back, such as Euphoria or The Indian Ocean. But you don’t hear of any other new crop coming up and staying.”

The singer also strongly feels that musicians are not aware of their rights. “There is lack of awareness among musicians. There is hardly anyone who knows the business. That is not the case in the West,” she says.

Shibani, whose single starring Richa Chadha released last week, is also of the opinion that music often gets lost at the mercy of Bollywood films. “To do this song, it has taken us months. It’s not easy to plan and get the right kind of vibe needed to put the song out. And we had to do this right after Padmaavat’s release and Pad Man had already promoted their music. So, we had to sneak into the little available space,” adds Shibani.

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First Published: Feb 06, 2018 18:19 IST