Business of Music in India

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Can there ever be a musician “star” in India?

We know of many international music icons. But are there any in India?

There is enough musical talent today in our country to match the level of international musicians. We have composers churning out big hits, good melodies, etc. But sadly the layman does not bother to acknowledge the musician.

All of us hum tunes of newly released songs. But we don’t even remember who has scored the music or written the lyrics for our favourite film. Nor do we bother to find out. But we surely remember who the hero was, even after years.

There are many music launch pictures in the newspapers every month – taken at the event held for the same. But in most cases, the press also fails to even mention names of the music directors, (forget putting pictures)… and that too in a “music launch”!

When will a musician be truly recognised in our country?

Will there be a “music star” in India, ever? Your thoughts please…

5 Responses to “ Can there ever be a musician “star” in India? ”

  1. Prashant Says:

    I dont understand this post. Why do you think the musician is not acknowledged ? If no one knew Naushad or Shanker Jaikishen or OP Nayyar to current contempararies like SEL, Salim Sulaiman etc, then you may be right. But that is not true – these are household names. So your assertion rings hollow.

    In fact, I would go ahead and say that sometimes the musician is too much at the fore. Himesh Reshammiya for example owes his fame to music. And this is a musician who cant even hold a guitar properly, lay alone play it.

    We sometimes dont bother finding out the musician because they all sound the same. But as soon as we hear something different, our ears perk up. I still remember finding out about Jatin Lalit when I first heard Pehla Nasha. Just like I bothered finding out Sandeep Chowta when I heard Satya’s background score or Amit Trivedi when I heard Aamir’s songs. I distinctly remember how enthralled I was the first time I heard Roja and found out about this musician from South India who was tipped to be bigger than Ilaya Raja.

    So maybe the challenge is to be more creative and different in order to be noticed ?


  2. Aditya Says:

    Thanks for showing how a true fan behaves and remembers. Great.

    However, we find that when asked, people usually say “Salman Khan’s latest song… is so good” or “Shahid looks superb in Dhan Te Na”.

    When quizzed on who has done the music or sung it? “Who cares, the song is good.” comes the reply.

    Not denying that many names above (and more) are household names. But when quizzed, the actor’s name comes out first.


  3. Prashant Says:

    I dont think thats any different to other walks of life. There is always going to be a front end and a back end. Front end people are the ones shown in limelight. When you decide to provide Background music, you are accepting that you are in the background. So not sure why you would complain about it ? And why just musicians .. do you know the guy who did cinematography in the movies or the assistant director or the story writer ? Its the same thing … even though they are creative, they are not getting to share the limelight.


  4. Ankit Goel Says:

    Interesting and true to quite an extent.

    Girls go less crazy for so many Bands here than other countries including many developed ones.

    But that also transcends from a lot of factors in India – especially that of Bollywood dominance.

    In US, the movies do not have active Actors on front of a Playback Song unlike India. The songs have Musicians in the Videos and they play them Live in a LOT of Concerts as well.

    In India, OP Nayyar never performed Live. Salim Sulaiman has rarely performed Live till date. Shankar Ehsaan Loy perform a LOT but their Live Revenue is driven as well as sustainable for organizer because of their Bollywood Success.

    Furthermore, All their songs have been fronted not even by their Singers like Mukesh, Shafqat or Sonu but by Dilip Kumar, Shahrukh Khan or Shreyas Talpade.

    Getting the Drift, err? :-)
    Indian Music Industry is Different and will always be different than other parts of the World. Bollywood will always produce Films with Script-active Songs.


  5. Amy Says:

    I dont understand this post. Why do you think the musician is not acknowledged ? If no one knew Naushad or Shanker Jaikishen or OP Nayyar to current contempararies like SEL, Salim Sulaiman etc, then you may be right. But that is not true – these are household names. So your assertion rings hollow.

    In fact, I would go ahead and say that sometimes the musician is too much at the fore. Himesh Reshammiya for example owes his fame to music. And this is a musician who cant even hold a guitar properly, lay alone play it.

    We sometimes dont bother finding out the musician because they all sound the same. But as soon as we hear something different, our ears perk up. I still remember finding out about Jatin Lalit when I first heard Pehla Nasha. Just like I bothered finding out Sandeep Chowta when I heard Satya’s background score or Amit Trivedi when I heard Aamir’s songs. I distinctly remember how enthralled I was the first time I heard Roja and found out about this musician from South India who was tipped to be bigger than Ilaya Raja.

    So maybe the challenge is to be more creative and different in order to be noticed ?