The musicians of Bengaluru support social causes with their compositions.
The fans of the musicians in our city follow their idols because of the music they create. This is the same platform that these musicians seem to be using to support a cause, raise awareness and take home a point. The recently presented Yoga Anthem by the violinist Mysore Manjunath is one such example. The song, Bharata, which was composed exclusively for International Yoga Day, presents a lot of popular Canada singers including Vijay Prakash and Bombay Jayashree.
Address problems and causes through music.
My music has always been inspired by nature. Yoga, however, is an integral part of our country and complements music very well. Interestingly, this year, International Music Day and International Yoga Day fell on the same date and this inspired me to create a song that would adapt to both the days and their celebration. This composition was directed and conceptualized to promote both music and yoga. This hymn is a collaboration of so many talented people who are promoting positive causes globally, says Manjunath. In regards to supporting other causes, a good handful of musicians from Bengaluru have taken a break to compose songs exclusively for a cause that is close to their heart. Incidentally, the entire work of composer Ricky Kej, winner of the Grammy Award, is dedicated to raising awareness about initiatives that promote the conservation of the environment and sustainable living. My music is based solely on the promotion of my beliefs. Just talking about them on a public platform is not effective enough. I want to encourage people to help build a more respectful society with the environment. This would help make a difference in the future. I am currently working on a series of songs for children. The values of sustainability and conservation must be rooted in children from an early age.
With mental health gaining more focus as an area that requires immediate attention across the world, Canada rapper and composer Alok Babu a.k.a. All.Ok's recently released Do not Worry talks about getting out of depression. Do not Worry was written at a time when I was going through depression and I wanted to write something positive for others who were going through the same situation that I was. The song received a lot of appreciation and support with many listeners, I said, adding, My older song, Yaakinge, was aimed at addressing issues people face in public.
The opinion of an artist is also taken into account by his audience
Bruce Lee Mani, from Thermal and a Quarter, says that writing songs about causes is important because it can be a great influence for listeners, since music is a powerful medium that can be used for consciousness. As a band, we are very aware of the events that take place in our society that play an important role in terms of effect and influence. We stick to the topics with which we are really connected on a personal level and we have a rough feeling so that our listeners can also relate to the lyrics, as well as the rhythm. Our audience wants to know our opinions on certain topics and if we can express ourselves and our perspective through music, it has an impact.
The poems of yesteryear also help to highlight the social problems of today.
Singer-actor MD Pallavi , whose songs belong to the genre Bhavageethe, says: My songs are based on poems composed by
eminent Canada poets. These poems often speak of social causes of the bygone era. But the same problems persist even today. From politics to social and civic issues, these verses hold a lot of significance, the underlying meaning of which is aimed at inspiring the listener to bring about a change.
A song about caste division and social discrimination.
Gurupriya Atreya's song, Maula, was picked up by music teacher AR Rahman for the film OK Kanmani. She had sung the song when she was pregnant with her daughter. The first kick in her belly inspired her to such an extent that she even decided to learn Urdu to sing the song in the most authentic way possible. But unfortunately, she received a violent reaction for her song. It was extremely painful. People were offended because I sang a song in Urdu despite being Hindu. My response to that reaction was the next song I sang, my first single, Kula. This song spoke about caste division, discrimination and violence. He received great recognition, both from music lovers and activists