Babbu Maan is known as one of the best vocalists of Punjabi music industry. He has given us some evergreen melodies like Mitrann Di Chhatri, Jogiya, Samundar, to name a few, apart from his long list of hit songs. Aside from his work as a vocalist, he is likewise an actor, producer, and a lyricist. He has been entertaining audiences for nearly two decades now but the top-notch songster feels that the concept of live shows has died long ago. In a recent interview given to Hindustan Times the singer-actor quoted;
There’s a big problem with respect to live shows in this country. Now, everything is on TV. There are so many music channels, which play music for 24 hours, all day long. They also showcase concerts on their channels. There are hardly any live concerts that happen now. Take Delhi for example, apart from six or seven big concerts, there is nothing in the city.He further also added this is the main reasons singers are looking forward to another alternatives for a living. He said artist’s livelihood depends on live shows, but they don’t happen anymore. In today’s time, 90 percent of the artists are forced to perform at weddings or birthday functions,"It’s dead… the concept of live shows is dead in the country,” states Maan. Maan's latest release which was trending at number 3 a few days back on the video-sharing website YouTube was with new age gym goals with his latest release ‘Zumba’. Music of this melody including the lyrics has been composed by Maan himself, along with lending his voice to the hit melody. The 43-year-old has blamed politicians and bureaucrats for jeopardizing the concept of live shows in the country. He further added;
Even if live shows happen, the concept of paid shows is completely over now. When a show happens, you get calls from MLAs or MPs asking for passes. Then the SSP (Senior Superintendent of Police) will call and ask for more passes, and [more] people will keep calling for passes. So, if an organizer is selling, say 2,000 passes for one show, 1,500 passes will be given for free. And if you don’t agree with them, that they will not let you perform, and there will be so much interference from the government, that you will not be able to perform.In the end, he quoted saying that sometimes even the fans want to see shows for free. He believes their love is genuine, but they don’t want to buy tickets. For him, it’s a sad reality.
news courtesy: hindustantimes
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