Bilal Maqsood urges government to think about music industry
The sudden and unexpected downfall of music in the first two decades of the 21st century can be attributed to two factors: there was either a lack of talent and opportunity given to the musicians, or a dramatic shift in tastes pertaining to the music.
In the past, Pakistan has produced some of the greatest names in the music industry who have also received fame at international platforms. Music has always been an integral part of our mainstream culture, and to say that the country lacks talent is to mar the wondrous legacies of singers past.
Singer Bilal Maqsood has requested the Prime Minister Imran Khan to think to revive the music industry.
Taking to Instagram, he uploaded a video and said: “What is there for the musician in this country? What kind of value do we hold in the social culture fabric of the country? Do we even hold any value? Since the general perception is that we are doing something despicable. If the government agrees with this perception then let us know. If it doesn’t agree, which I am sure of since Imran Khan’s mindset I don’t think is like that.”
He added, “Make platforms that change the mindset of the public and musicians don’t have to work under fear. We have to face hostility everywhere, be it on social media or our concerts. If the same mindset keeps on prevailing, very soon music would be completely gone from the country.”
He concluded saying: “I was saddened to see that the form asked the artists to list the number of awards, concerts, and songs they have to their name, based on which they could request the government for Rs 25,000 – 50,0000. If the government thinks that it’s doing a great service then I am sorry this is just a shortcut.”