Rock­naama’s Sha­heen Sal­mani holds on­line fundraiser for daily wa­gers

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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.

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ SHAHEENSAL MANIOFFICI­AL

Sha­heen Sal­mani at an ear­lier gig

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