Noted playback singer, Suresh Wadkar charged television channels of exploiting the winners and the runners-up of their musical reality shows by trapping them in bonds of up to three years, and drawing out maximum benefit from them.
He also observed that the judges of one of such reality show had placed today’s leading playback singer, Arijit Singh on sixth position. “Today, Arijit is the most sought after playback singer in the film industry and has left top winners of that reality show miles behind,” he quipped.
Interacting with the pressmen in the city, during the inauguration of Sanjeevan Music Academy, a music school launched by the noted Goan singer, Praveen Gaonkar, on Wednesday, the singer of popular Hindi songs like, “Seene Mein Jalan” and “Aye Zindagi, Gale Laga Le” said that the television channels squeeze all the creativity out of the winners of their musical reality shows and later dispose them ruthlessly. “By that time, the winners of the next edition of the reality show appear on the scene, to be exploited in the same way,” he charged.
Speaking further, the celebrated playback singer said that the new singers should produce memorable songs, for the audiences. “Unfortunately, the new singers fail in taking up extreme efforts for the same,” he lamented, adding that the new singers catch up the bad habit of sleeping very late at night, which results in their inability to get up early for riyaaz, the customary practice of music.
“The singers of my generation ensured that even though they slept late at night, they would be ready at 6 a.m with their taanpura,” Wadkar maintained, pointing out that the students of music also need to have a capable Guru, who would not only force them to conduct their riyaaz regularly, but also sit with them during the early hours. “Therefore, due to lack of practice and absence of any efforts on their part, the new singers drop out of the public psyche, just like the dry leaves do from the branches of the tree.
“I myself have been a judge for such television musical reality shows, and telling the participants that irrespective of the result and their standing in the show, they should find a good music teacher and learn music from him for at least 6 to 7 years, with no distraction, and then think about trying their luck in the film industry,” the noted playback singer said, mentioning that unfortunately the television channels don’t allow them to learn music after the reality show is over. “Today, you will find hundreds of such winners and runners up of the various television musical reality shows wandering around aimlessly,” he noted.
Citing the difference between learning music then and now, Wadkar said that learning music in earlier days was like traditional preparation of tea, which included boiling of water, adding sugar to it followed by tea leaves and finally milk. “Now-a-days, music is studied just as we prepare instant tea,” he retorted, pointing out that the difference between the two is very clear, and entire exercise of learning the music should proceed in the traditional way.