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Corona lehenga ma: Songs, videos in Covid-19 take sexist and racist tones | India News


NEW DELHI: Coronavirus scare may have greatly affected many companies, but for the music industry in Bhojpuri it is generating more songs and videos. Dozens of melodies, from suggestive to devotional, in Covid-19 can now be found online, with a few thousand points of view.

The songs feature established singers and fans who sing sexist and often racist melodies. Many are full of wrong information; One song says that ice cream and cold drink can increase the risk of coronavirus. Another urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “do something with the virus since injections and medications are not effective.” A third implores the gods to save the Indians from the outbreak while they distribute “home remedies” like drinking boiled water with garlic.

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Om Kumar, in whose Gorakhpur studio recorded one of those songs, told TOI: “Every time something important happens, I try to get a song out. The idea behind this was to provide expert advice to people so they know how to stay safe. ”

While many of these songs are audio only, with still images of poorly dressed women and coronavirus pathogens stuck on the screen, some have random shots of people in China wearing masks. The poster of a song states:
Ut Maut se bachna hai a zarur sune (If you want to live, you must listen to this). ”

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The “buzz” around Covid-19 has inspired some newbies to take the plunge. Govind Barbar, based in Deoria, has gone from singing deshbhakti songs to the most current theme of the coronavirus. Recently he disbursed 4,000 rupees for Kamlesh Bedardi to write “Corona lehenga ma” in a study. “Everyone talks about coronavirus, that’s why I wrote a song,” he told TOI. Barbar insisted that the song, which seems to warn women that they are likely to get the infection if they wear scarce clothes, promotes “sanskar.”

At least three other songs have references to the coronavirus “invading” lehengas (skirts) and choli (blouses), including one by Guddu Rangila that has 3 lakh views. Two of them are built around Holi, with a song that regrets that bhabhi, a figure often sexualized in Indian pop culture, cannot play colors with her husband or devar (brother-in-law) this year since her lehenga is infected with coronavirus . .

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Another song “Hello Kaun, Coronavirus” by Khusboo Uttam and Praveen Uttam has almost 1 lakh of visits. Between coughing and sneezing, a man who recently returned from China begs his girlfriend to meet him. Then he asks: “What gift did you get me from China? Coronavirus? Then he wonders if” he ate snakes and bats while he was there. “The man placates her saying that the virus, like all things made in China,” won’t last. a lot”.


Some Internet users are not impressed. Many comments in the videos have urged singers to stop making fun of a public health emergency.

Nirala Bidesia, based in Bihar, who has written a lot about Bhojpuri music, said the industry has had a long history of singing in contemporary themes. “Now everyone uses Auto-Tune to keep the tracks ready. Every time something happens, they simply enter the letter. But in the race to be the first to sing on a subject it means they often overlook if they are sensitive, ”he said.

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It’s not just Bhojpuri tags. A search with “coronavirus” as a keyword in Spotify yields raps, remixes and even instrumental versions with dramatic rhythms. While many make temporary references to Covid-19, the lyrics of other songs like “Coronavirus patient zero” and “Outbreak” eliminate tips like “don’t go anywhere, go wash your hands.”

Last month, a Dutch radio station had to make an apology after playing a song that blamed the Chinese people. Another of Dominican singer Dembow, Yofrangel 911, shows him singing about the symptoms of the coronavirus, a sore hand and knee, not associated with Covid-19. A parody of Australian-British singer and songwriter Natalie Imbruglia “Torn” became a viral hit with Hong Kong singer Kathy Mak, stating that her goal was to “lift the spirits in difficult times.”

Times of India