I hope the govern­ment takes care of our in­dus­try, too, says Javed Akhtar

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Kavita Awaasthi kavita.awaasthi@htlive.com n

While mu­sic has helped many to deal with the lock­down, the mu­sic fra­ter­nity, too, has been im­pacted due to the Covid-19 out­break. But they have The In­dian Per­form­ing Right So­ci­ety Ltd (IPRS) help­ing those who are in dire need.

Writer-lyri­cist and chair­man of the IPRS, Javed Akhtar shares, “IPRS was es­tab­lished to help the mu­sic fra­ter­nity. Our mem­ber­ship is of around 5,000, in­clud­ing com­posers, lyri­cists, mu­si­cians and post the first lock­down, we gave ₹7,500 each to 3,500 peo­ple, and af­ter it was ex­tended, we gave more.”

IPRS has six writer­com­posers and six mu­sic com­pa­nies con­tribut­ing to the fund. There are some non­mem­ber mu­si­cians, who are also be­ing helped by the board in their own in­di­vid­ual ca­pac­ity, shares Akhtar.

He points out that “en­ter­tain­ment is the first thing” that is dropped from the list of pri­or­i­ties dur­ing crisis, but Akhtar hopes that the govern­ment steps in to help the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. “If we don’t start shoot­ing, there won’t be record­ings and peo­ple won’t be paid. The way the govern­ment has an­nounced relief pack­ages for other in­dus­tries, I hope they do so for the us as well as we are a huge rev­enue source,” he says.

The vet­eran writer ad­mits that while he is “com­fort­able” the pan­demic has made him re­alise how vul­ner­a­ble we are. He says, “We are all help­less in this crisis. Life will go on but there should be sen­si­tiv­ity to­wards the en­vi­ron­ment.”

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Javed Akhtar

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