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Jobless, artistes take up menial work

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Archit Watts
Tribune News Service
Muktsar, June 16

Amid the pandemic, a number of artistes, including musicians and singers, have been forced to take up menial jobs to eke out a living.

Sukhdeep Singh, a singer who used to perform in 'jagrans', is now transplanting paddy to make ends meet. A resident of Tappakhera village in Malout subdivision here, 30-year-old Sukhdeep used to earn Rs 15,000-20,000 a month before the Covid outbreak.

"I have to look after my elderly mother. Now that the government has banned religious gatherings and cultural events, I have no option but to do labour. Earlier, I used to perform at over 10 programmes in a month. But since the Covid outbreak, I haven't been called for a single event," said Sukhdeep, who is also doing BEd.

"There is no job available in market except labour work. I am not the lone artiste who has been forced to take up this work. A number of other musicians are doing the same. We appeal to the government to help us in these difficult times," said Sukhdeep. Harjinder Singh, a drum beater, said, "I am unable to meet the expenses of my family due to the situation arising out of the pandemic. I have now taken to selling vegetables as there is no demand for musicians."

Vinod Khurana, a renowned music teacher from Malout, said, "We met the local SDM, apprised him of our condition and handed over a memorandum of our demands, addressed to the Chief Minister, to him. Artistes are badly affected due to Covid."



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