Be it Laila O Laila or Laila Main Laila, there sure is something about Laila! While ‘the lost generation’ and ‘the millennials’continue to debate on the Lailas, one cannot disagree that when it comes to music, every family argues. Why? It is simple, because every household has representatives from “aaj-kal ke bache” and “hamaare zamaane mein”!
Anil Kumar Rana, a software engineer says, "When we used to go for concerts, the musicians performed live. Today, we pay to hear noise coming out of a laptop. At least earlier times had melody with meaning." The noise he refers to is music belonging to the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) genre in particular. Often known as “Young India’s poison of choice” by the GenX, EDM came into India only in 2007, the same year when Sunburn; Asia’s largest music festival, was born in Goa. “We are not a bunch of numb-nuts! We are just different. Just accept it!’’, states Arpita Das, a teenager, while voicing her opinions on the difference of musical taste between her and her 23-year-old brother.
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The way Young India looks at music today is vastly different from what music used to mean for the previous generation. And why not? The ease with which the millennials can access music from all over the world was unimaginable for the parents. Gone are the days when one had to wait for days together just to obtain a copy of the latest release. Now, everything is just a touch away! From cassettes to cloud music, the physical to virtual transformation of music has brought about a larger market for the music industry therefore, affecting taste.Picture Courtesy: Buddymantra
Naveen Chauhan, a 36-year-old businessman says, “I love the old classics; 80s, 90s Bollywood. My seven-year-old daughter prefers popular culture. I may find it annoying, but she likes it! It does not mean that my taste is better than hers, I don't like it just because I don't relate to it!” Even though, Chauhan finds his daughter’s taste in music “annoying”, he has still managed to keep an open mind about it. It is all about the feel after all; while for some music heals, for others, it entertains!
The 21st century is a time where even something as subjective and vast as music has been deconstructed into an objective timeline. Ms. Anulika Kar, a college student says, "Just the very fact that our taste in music varies from our parents' does not make either's taste poor or the music shallow. All it is, is a difference of opinion. I respect theirs, they respect mine." Laila will always be Laila, no matter whether it is in Aman’s ‘Qurbani’ or Leone’s ‘Raees’! Is it not this that makes music truly 'phenomena'l?
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