There is no alternative to social distancing: Chandana Majumdar

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:57, May 19,2020


Chandana Majumdar

Renowned folk singer Chandana Majumdar said there is no alternative to social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as people have been taking to the street in large numbers over the past couple of days.

‘I have been staying at home for the last two months. The longer the crisis will last, the more impact it will have on people’s livelihoods. A large number of people have been taking to the street over the past couple of days, which is increasing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. To prevent the situation getting worse, there is no alternative to maintaining social distancing and following WHO and government guidelines,’ said Chandana Majumdar.

When asked about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the music industry, she replied, ‘The pandemic has badly battered the already struggling local music industry. Singers and instrumentalists have been hit hard as all types of music shows were cancelled since the general holiday began to curve the spread of the virus.’

‘If the situation continues, singers will find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. Some organisations have come forward to help the destitute singers but more needs to be done,’ she added.

When asked about music’s role in raising awareness in crises, she pointed out, ‘Music plays an important role in raising mass awareness. If a song contains powerful lyrics, it can change mind-sets and unite the masses.’

Chandana Majumdar has been staying at home and not going out unless it’s an emergency. She recently performed at a programme marking Tagore’s birth anniversary on Channel-i.

‘I recently performed at a programme marking the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore on Channel-i on request of Rezwana Choudhury Bannya apa. A large number of singers attended the recording of the show. Apart from that, I have not participated in any other programmes,’ she mentioned.

When asked how she is spending her time at home, she replied, ‘I have been taking care of my parents-in-law who live with us. Besides, I have been doing chores and practicing music at home. I have also participated in a few online events on social media from home.’

‘People across the globe are living amid uncertainty.  We don’t know how long this crisis will continue. Until things get better, we need to maintain social distancing and follow government and WHO directives. I hope the crisis will end soon and life will return to normal,’ she ended.

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