In the wake of Coronavirus as many concerts and musical tours got postponed or cancelled, artistes globally took to streaming live performance videos on social media from their living rooms. Music stars in India also came forward to do their bit to curb the spread of COVID-19.
On March 22 as India observed social or janta curfew, many music stars held digital concerts for their fans, urging them to stay at home. Sonu Nigam, who is currently stranded in Dubai with his family went live on Sunday at 8pm and sang some of his hit numbers.
Apart from him, other artistes such as Ankit Tiwari, Akhil Sachdeva, Amaal Malik, Tulsi Kumar, Dhvani Bhanushali and Palash Sen came together on March 22 to perform in a digital concert called Safe and Sound. The performances started at 2pm and went on till 10 pm. Each of the artistes had different time slots and went live with the hashtag #JanathaCurfewOnline Festival from their Instagram and Facebook handles. Other artistes who were a part of the concert that brought together 31 artistes are Richa Sharma, Jasbir Jassi, Jasleen Royal, Sukriti and Prakriti Kakkar, Ankur Tewari and Nikhita Gandhi.
Pianist Anil Srinivasan to curated another online festival which saw 151 artistes from 18 countries perform within the confines of their homes. Performances by lesser known artistes included rendition of popular numbers, devotional songs, instrumental recitals and more. The videos are available on Srinvasan’s Facebook page till the lockdown lifts[instagram]https://www.instagram.com/p/B-CyEfnDMsI/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading[/instagram]
This is a trend that gathered steam internationally with artistes like was initiated by artistes such as John Legend, Bono, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Pink, John Mayer, Keith Urban. Legend’s performance was in support of the World Health Organization’s online concert series “Together at Home,” created in efforts to fight the coronavirus and urge people to stay at home. Rolling Stone magazine, launched an IGTV performance series “In My Room” on March 18 at 3 p.m. The first episode featured Brian Wilson singing from his California home and the second episode had Angelique Kidjo singing from her home in Paris.
Other artistes who have been live streaming for their fans include former One Direction singer Niall Horan, Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Rob Thomas, JoJo, Christine and the Queens, Yungblud, David Foster and Katharine McPhee.