All-girl bands: Talent beyond just pretty faces
New Delhi: All-girl bands are not just about pretty faces, say India's growing tribe of female musicians, who are carving a niche for themselves while battling prejudices and regressive social norms.
From forming bands, to handling all kind of musical equipments, they are proving that music is not just a man's passion. "Initially, we were not taken seriously because we were all girl members," Cheyyrian Bark, lead vocalist of The Vinyl Records Northeast, told IANS. Music bands are usually made up of male members, she said. "It was only after a couple of performances that we got noticed. It was so because we were as serious about playing our music as any other rock band across the country.
"Initially, there were a few sceptics and critics who judged our performances, since they couldn't believe that we could play all the instruments, normally played by male rock bands," Bark added. All-girl bands mostly emerge in colleges and universities, but their big dreams have to bite the dust when they clash with the age old ideologies of the society.
The case in point is Kashmir-based girl-band Pragaash, which was banned from performing.
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