Rocknaama’s Shaheen Salmani holds online fundraiser for daily wagers
Lead vocalist Shaheen Salmani of the Delhi-based Sufi rock band Rocknaama has been actively talking about lockdown woes and raising awareness around issues pertaining to the marginalised amid the pandemic. She recently held an online gig with Delhi Youth Welfare Association, a not-forprofit organisation, to raise funds and awareness about the daily wagers and migrant labourers. “You see videos of migrant workers walking for hundreds of kilometres without food or water. There is no conveyance; even if there are provisions, they are being duped and charged more,” she says.
Drawing further attention to the plight, she adds, “The policies are not showing results on the ground. Jinke paas khaane ke paise nahi hain voh aapko fare kahaan se denge? Daal-roti-chawal koi exotic demand nahin hai.” Her video received over 10,000 views and has raised ₹35,000 so far. Despite the intention and hard work, artistes are bound to get hate mail. “There will always be hatemongers and trolls, but if I can help even 10 people, my work is done. Every voice counts,” she says, encouraging people to do their bit.
With industries adapting to the ‘new normal’, indie musicians like her are also finding ways to cope. “I shot a video in my backyard and recorded the song at home. Fans would understand even if the production quality is not up to the mark. Content would matter over technology,” she says.
Shaheen Salmani at an earlier gig