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02-26-2013, 10:09 PM #1
Record companies not willing to invest in Indipop: Lesle LewisOver the years, Indipop has faded away and record companies are unwilling to invest in the genre, composer Leslie Lewis points out.
Lewis, who formed the band Colonial Cousins with ghazal singer Hariharan, says "though there is nothing wrong in increasing popularity of Bollywood music", due to this "the record companies have stopped investing in Indipop music albums".
"They feel such albums won't work anymore, so what is the use of bringing them out anymore," Lewis told IANS.
The 1990s saw an upsurge in private albums by singers like Baba Sehgal, Anamika, Shaan and Jasbir Jassi, but later Bollywood songs elbowed out the genre. Nowadays, more and more item songs are ruling the music charts.
"Even television and radio have stopped promoting Indipop and that's why we have a dearth of such albums," said Lewis who was also part of the robust 1990s when he came out with his first album "Colonial Cousins" with partner Hariharan.
Released in 1996, the fusion album won a string of awards including the MTV Indian Viewers' Choice Award and Billboard Award for the Best Asian Music Group. One of its popular songs was "Sa Ni Dha Pa"....being a human...