Malakandam, Kerala – Music in Kerala, it is a booming industry.
Kerala is the second-largest producer of CDs in the world after Brazil.
But as many as 90 per cent of the state’s musicians earn their livelihood through their music.
The state’s music producers are not alone.
In the southern coastal city of Malakoram, music has been a major business for the past 20 years, as its residents have been lured by the lure of the cheap price of imported CDs.
But it is now becoming a reality for musicians to earn their living from their music, with the music industry now under threat.
This has led to the cancellation of concerts, concerts being cancelled and even concerts being stopped altogether.
The authorities in Kerala are considering banning all CDs, and in the future, it may even become compulsory for the producers to purchase music directly from the distributors of the CDs.
The issue is one that is not confined to the state.
According to the Kannada-language daily Alayna, the Kerala State Music Board has already started discussions on whether it will ban all CDs.
It has also written to all music publishers to put a stop to the importation of CDs and to stop the sale of CDs, which are sold in kiosks at bars and restaurants.
“We have already written to the music companies to stop them from importing CDs and the sale has already been stopped.
We are considering a ban on all CDs,” said Alayina, who was in Malakadam to speak to the newspaper.
The Kerala government has been in talks with the artists to help them recover their losses, but some artists have refused to cooperate.
A resident of Malayalam singer-songwriter Gyanesh Kumar, who lives in the coastal city, told Alayine that he had decided not to attend the concerts due to the concerns of the health and safety of his family members.
“I am not in the mood to listen to CDs.
I am not going to buy them from them.
I do not want to be a victim of this racket, which has become a problem,” he said.
Kumar’s mother, who has lived in the city for more than 20 years and who has been living in a house in Malayam since 2001, said that the situation has reached the point where her son had to resort to other means of income, such as hawking CDs.
“We are now faced with a situation where we can’t buy the CDs in our shops.
Even if we buy them at a kiosk, we cannot even sell them in the shops because we cannot get the money to pay for the CDs,” she said.
Alayina said that she had to sell CDs to survive.
“If I sell them, they will take it from me.
I have to buy a bigger store in Malekandam so that I can continue to sell the CDs there,” she added.
In the past, the artists were forced to sell their CDs on a weekly basis and sell them for a small profit to cover the costs of buying them.
Now, the prices of CDs are rising rapidly, and the artists are forced to turn to the online marketplace to sell them.
“We are also faced with the possibility of going bankrupt.
If we go bankrupt, the government is going to lose out.
We have to sell our CDs on the street, but if we sell them online, we will be forced to close our shop, too,” she explained.
Some of the artists in Malas district also said that they had decided to sell all their CDs in Malanagar, which is located in the south-western district of Palakkad, because the music is not worth the money anymore.
“I have decided to give all my CDs to Malakuradai (a private cooperative).
If they are not worth money, why would I give them to anyone?” said Kunal Agrawal, who is a singer in the local band.
“But they are selling CDs for Rs 500 in Malavidhi and they are getting Rs 1,500 for each album.
I will not give them any money,” he added.
Agrawal’s manager, Suresh Srivastava, said he had to make an offer to sell his CDs on eBay.
“This is a scam.
They are not selling them because they have to pay a certain amount of money for them.
If you want to buy CDs, you need to go to Mala-Kannadai and buy them online from there,” he explained.”
It is not the fault of the music producers that they are being cheated.
We just have to take a stand and demand that they should not be allowed to sell,” Srivam said.