Music is a tool to educate society: Manpreet Dhami

IANS| Updated: Nov 17, 2013, 17:42 PM IST

New Delhi: Writer-composer Manpreet Dhami, who shot to fame with his song dedicated to the Delhi gangrape victim, feels music is a tool to educate society.

"In today`s times, I believe music can educate people. It helps an individual to connect with self. It generates sensitivity and sensibility thus bringing a change in the society as a whole," Dhami said.

Dhami`s satirical take on Delhi gangrape `Mera Tharki India` had gone viral on social media and received more than 300,000 hits on YouTube.

The 26-year-old singer believes that commercialisation of music tampers its purity and quality. He said music lovers will long remember soulful renditions of Rabbi Shergill and not rapper `Yo Yo` Honey Singh`s loud songs.

"In the long run, people will not remember Honey Singh but Rabbi Shergill. Commercialisation screws the mind of an artist because he stops creating music that he likes and makes music which he thinks people like. It is very hard to stick to the style of music you believe in and Rabbi has done that in this era of commercialisation," said Dhami.

"Honey Singh is a superstar no doubt but in the long run people will remember Rabbi because of the purity in his music," added the Lucknow-born composer.

Dhami, who has released five single tracks on YouTube, writes on real life incidents and his first song `Ye hain neta` was influenced by the Anna Hazare movement.