Recently on Instagram, Bilal Maqsood, one of the Strings duo highlighted the lack of state support musicians receive and urged the government to support musicians.
While discussing his views in a video clip, over lack of support towards musicians in the country, he gave a caption as, “Important I feel should be addressed.”
He said, “Great, it should happen, but please tell us, what is there for a musician in this country? What is our importance in the social and cultural fabric of this country? Are we even valuable or not?”
Bilal Maqsood also questioned people’s support and said that people’s general perception towards singers is not good rather they perceive musicians as doing something unworthy or shameful.
He went on to say, “If the government agrees to this then let us know, but if not, which I’m sure they don’t because Khan sahab’s mindset is not like that having harbored friendships with mega music stars all around the world then please create platforms which help change this mindset and musicians don’t have to operate here in fear.”
The pop rockstar also said musicians often seem to be the part of trolling, musicians are often subject to hostility on social media. “If this continues, music will soon vanish from the industry and may even make a few people happy.”
The “yeh hai meri kahani” singer seemed highly disappointed with the way artists had been treated during the COVID-19 pandemic. “For anyone who wanted aid, they were required to list how many awards they received, how many concerts they arranged, how many videos they had, only to request the government for Rs. 25,000 – 50,000.
In the end, he said that artists would have a proper environment to create their content so that musicians don’t need to struggle or ask for aid in the first place. He concluded that the despicable perception towards singers should be changed and called it a necessary thing.