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Gayatri Asokan: Interest in classical music has become less due to Bollywood

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, singer Gayatri Asokan keeps herself busy by doing household chores and giving singing lessons via Skype.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: April 3, 2020 6:03:18 pm
Gayatri Asokan singer Gayatri Asokan interacted with her fans through a Facebook Live from The Indian Express page. (Photo: Gayatri Asokan/Instagram)

Classical singer Gayatri Asokan interacted with fans during a Facebook Live session on Thursday. She shared her daily routine during the nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think the world was moving too fast. It is good to stay with yourself and get into a meditative state. Think about what the real purpose of your life is. We can accept the situation as a way of going inwards. And use this time to do something productive and be with each other digitally,” Gayatri said.

“There is absolutely no necessity to panic. In Mumbai, the grocery stores, medical shops and vegetable markets are still open. I am amazed how people in Mumbai have kept their discipline. Especially, where I live,” she added. “Everyone is keeping their distance even at the grocery store.”

The singer remarked that she is also giving singing lessons through Skype while sitting at home as several of her shows in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and even in China got cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Gayatri Asokan also enthralled fans with several songs. Ranging from ghazal to film songs, she sang in Malayalam, Hindi and Urdu, depending on the requests.

Responding to a question, the singer also rued that the fine art of classical music is fast losing its ground to Bollywood music.

“Our country over the past 10-15 years has become populist in attitude, which is a little unfortunate. There was a time when Doordarshan was promoting a lot of classical music. Pandit Ravishankar, Bhimsen Joshi, MS Subbulakshmi, they were all national icons. Our interest in classical art has become little less because Bollywood has taken over. It is a little sad that we have a lot of talented classical musicians. I believe that the true identity of Indian music is classical music. Every music has its importance. I am not saying Bollywood is bad. It is also fantastic. But, for an analogy, I would say, if a mother has three kids, she can’t show her favouritism just to one kid. Every genre – ghazal, classical, film music – is important. Especially, at this time, classical music will give you spiritual peace,” she said.

Gayatri Asokan also requested the audience to follow young classical musicians and promote them as much as possible on social media.

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