Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

We need to develop live streaming space: Akasa

- Sugandha Rawal Text: Rishabh Suri

Much like other industries, the music sector, too, was hit hard by the second wave of the pandemic. The already struggling live music scene and a weak virtual streaming space have also added to the woes of the artistes, says singer Akasa.

“Last year was very bad for people who earn through live shows. And just when some shows started happening, woh bhi band ho gaye,” Akasa laments, adding that there’s no way out as India doesn’t have a live music market.

“Virtual streaming is neither possible nor feasible... it’s not the same thing [as live concerts]. Even financiall­y, it has been bad for us because work has just stopped,” she adds.

Akasa notes that the ongoing health crisis in India has wiped away any hope of plugging music cords back to live stages. “Maybe there’s a way to develop the live streaming space. We need to look at it immediatel­y,” she says.

As uncertaint­y looms large, the Shola hitmaker mentions, “You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. It’s difficult to say how we can deal with it. All one can do is just sit at home and try to create some music.”


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