Kolkata: Singer Kumar Sanu has said if the people are listening to ‘bad songs’ more these days, the fault partially lies on the media.
“If the media keeps playing a bad track 500 times a day for financial reason, obviously the common listener will only end up listening to such kind of music,” Sanu said at news agency.
“The media has the role to help in shaping up the taste of the audience. This can’t be attributed to the change in audience profile. The audience will always be receptive to good music if they are provided that,” Sanu said.
“If melody is going out of our songs, if meaning of lyrics are getting trivialised, if golden voice is missing from our music and bad content creeps in, all of us should fight it together to stem the rot,” Sanu said after the launch of his new puja album ‘Jhiri Jhiri Bristi.’
To a question if proliferation of online sites and decline of audio cassettes has resulted in the dip in standard of good music, Sanu said, “evolving new medium cannot be linked with the dearth of good music. The cause of good quality music can instead be served only if media put good contents in the net.”
“If LPs were replaced by cassettes and then audio cds and now digital media… that is inevitable. No point in lamenting,” he said.
The Bengali audio cd ‘Jhiri Jhiri Bristi’, which contains eight songs, has lyrical effects targeted at all age groups, said Sanu. To a question Sanu said, he was facing financial problem to open his music school in West Bengal. “While such a school of mine in Delhi has 75 children, I am not yet able to start my school in Kolkata as I am not able to raise funds. My fan club members are not moneyed businessmen,” he said.
Sanu, who met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday, said “I have no political ambition. I am a singer and I have friends in all political parties.” The singer is opening a restaurant in the city soon and it will be themed on his music career.