Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City

‘MUSICIANS ARE NOT TREATED AS FAIRLY AS THEY SHOULD BE’

RAKUL PREET SINGH TARA SUTARIA MOUNI ROY

- Sugandha Rawal sugandha.rawal@hindustant­imes.com Titas Chowdhury titas.chowdhury@hindustant­imes.com

For independen­t artistes in the music world, a lot has changed, feels singer Arjun Kanungo, but he adds that fairness and full transparen­cy is still missing. “I want to see more equity for artistes. From a business perspectiv­e, we’re not treated as fairly as we should be,” he rues, while talking about the change he wants to bring in the industry.

“I don’t think royalties are fair yet. It’ll become fair soon with things becoming more transparen­t. But I’d like things to become fully transparen­t,” asserts Kanungo, known for songs such as Aaya Na Tu, Baaki Baatein Peene Baad and Waada Hai.

However, that doesn’t discredit all the positive tunes that the industry is noting down, and implementi­ng. “Over the years, the music scene has changed in a big way with indie artistes bringing more music, and coming into the mainstream. We see non-film music competing with Bollywood on an equal footing,” he says, adding, how it creates “more opportunit­ies to release music and not be dependent on films”.

It was during the pandemic when indie music wrote a new, and suc

The human body can fight any infection if we take care of it. Every time I came back home from a crowded place before the lockdown, I gargled and took steam. I’ve been doing breathing exercises like anulom vilom, kapalbhati and bhastrika. We must find 15 minutes daily to stay internally healthy.

The pandemic is overwhelmi­ng for all of us. What really destresses me and makes me feel better is a mix of ballet bar training and some yoga exercises I learnt as a child. Basic breathing exercises and simple asanas really help. Yoga helps you focus on your breath and think about happy things in life. I love suryanamas­kar and meditation. cessful sound for itself. But will the popularity sustain once Bollywood music gains normalcy? “The pandemic has opened up the market to non-film songs with a wider audience. I don’t think they’ll go because now they’re interested in an artiste’s life, profession, and want to see them grow. I don’t see that diminishin­g at all,” shares Kanungo, 30, who made his acting debut with Salman Khan’s

I have been practising yoga and pranayam for years now, and they have helped me even more during this lockdown. Doctors recommend breathing exercises for healthy lungs during the pandemic. Pranayam can help people achieve that. It strengthen­s your lungs and helps you concentrat­e on positivity, while shutting out negativity.

YRadhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai this year. Instead, it’ll only grow from hereon, he hopes. “We love Bollywood, but I don’t see that trend lasting forever when it comes to music. There’s globalisat­ion of every industry. Music is taking on the trend of the world and they’ll co-exist,” adds the singer, who has planned various fan engagement­s to celebrate World Music Day.

“Music plays such an important role for our mental health right now. The value of music has never been higher, and artistes are entertaini­ng from home,” explains Kanungo, slowly planning to step out for work. “Hopefully, we’ll start shooting for a single in the first week of July, in and around Mumbai mostly. We haven’t decided since it depends on what’s available at that moment,” he ends.

Music plays such an important role for our mental health right now. The value of music has never been higher

ARJUN KANUNGO,

Singer

oga has become an integral part of many Bollywood stars’ fitness regime. Their profession requires them to be fit and quite often, the secret to their fitness is yoga. The ancient discipline also helps achieve spiritual goals. And with the ongoing pandemic, it has become a stressbust­er for many. On Internatio­nal Day of Yoga, we speak to yoga enthusiast­s from tinsel town who tell us about turning to the discipline to curb anxiety and lockdown blues.

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