Singer and songwriter Bilal Maqsood has urged the government to develop the infrastructure for the music industry.
One-half of the popular band ‘Strings’ Bilal Maqsood has referred to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent statement for the revival of the film industry.
In a recent video, he said, “What is there for the musician in this country? What kind of value to we hold in the social culture fabric of the country? Do we even hold any value? Since the general perception is that we are doing something despicable. If the government agrees with this perception then let us know. If it doesn’t agree, which I am sure of since Imran Khan’s mindset I don’t think is like that.”
He added, “Make platforms that change the mindset of the public and musicians don’t have to work under fear. We have to face hostility everywhere, be it on social media or our concerts. If the same mindset keeps on prevailing, very soon music would be completely gone from the country.”
Furthermore, he also expressed disappointment over how the government dealt with artists when coronavirus was on its peak. “I was saddened to see that the form asked the artists to list the number of awards, concerts, and songs they have to their name, based on which they could request the government for Rs 25,000 – 50,0000. If the government thinks that it’s doing a great service then I am sorry this is just a shortcut.”