• India: Two female singers threatened by radicals and clerics

    As many as 46 clerics and Islamic organisations in the north-eastern state of Assam issued a fatwa banning teen female singer Nahid Afrin from singing at a musical show on 25 March. The fatwa comes just days after reports revealed that another female singer, Suhana Syed, has been receiving threats from radical Islamists for singing […]
  • Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

    Freemuse Annual Statistics on Censorship and Attacks on Artistic Freedom in 2015 Artistic freedom is under extreme pressure in far too many countries. The Freemuse annual report summarises censorship and threats on artistic freedom in 2015 in over 70 countries. In total, Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of […]
  • India: Singer prosecuted for song critical of state government

    Arrested for singing a song critical of the government of the South Indian state Tamil Nadu, folk singer and activist Kovan has now been released on bail. His arrest is part of a larger crackdown on activism and freedom of expression, reports Lakshimi Sarah At the end of October 2015, the 52-year-old singer S. Kovan […]
  • India: Punjab government bans ‘vulgar’ music in state-run buses

    On 2 November 2015, the state government in Punjab imposed a ban on playing ‘vulgar’ music in state-run buses with immediate effect, reported DNA India. “Random surprise checks would be conducted by a specially constituted committee to check the use of provocative music in buses,” an official spokesperson told the media. “Frequent use of vulgar […]
  • India: Pakistani singer’s concerts cancelled after protests

    Two concerts by the veteran Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali scheduled in the Indian state of Maharashtra were cancelled by the organizers after a regional Hindu right-wing party took exception to the events. The Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist party that is part of the coalition government in Maharashtra State, asked the organisers to cancel the […]
  • India: Religious group issues fatwa against composer A. R. Rahman

    A Muslim group in India has issued a fatwa against the Indian musician and composer A. R. Rahman and the Iranian film director Majid Majidi. A Sunni-Muslim group in Mumbai called the Raza Academy has issued the fatwa in protest against Majidi’s film ‘Muhammad: Messenger of God’ – Iran’s most expensive ever movie with a […]
  • India: Film makers threatened to remove song from film

    The makers of the film ‘Guddu Rangeela’ have reportedly been threatened by religious groups that if they don’t remove the song ‘Mata Ka Email’ from their film, they risk facing “dire consequences”, including disruptions at the theatres. In Ludhiana, there has been demonstrations demanding a ban to be put on the film, and posters of the film […]
  • India: Censorship board bleeps out ‘Bombay’ from music video

    Mihir Joshi, an Indian musician recording his first album in 2014, needed a word to rhyme with ‘today’ in one of his songs and found one that he thought fit perfectly. But India’s Central Board of Film Certification disagreed. The censorship board replaced it with a beep when the music video debuted on tv. The […]
  • India: Singer calls for a censor board in the music industry

    “Like movies, censorship of music is a must and should be implemented immediately in our industry. This is the only way to preserve the sanctity of our music,” the renowned Indian singer Sukhwinder Singh told Times of India. He is displeased with the “visible vulgarity in present-day songs”. Sukhwinder Singh is a leading playback singer […]
  • India: Tamil poets explains how music is permitted in Islam

    “Islam is not against music,” said Tamil poet Abdul Rahman on 14 February 2014, and that statement was quickly quoted and republished on dozens of Indian news-sites and blogs. Abdul Rahman is the director of the Islamic Literary Organisation, Islamiya Ilakkiya Kazhagam – a pioneer literary organisation in the Indian state Tamil Nadu. “Islam is not […]
  • India: Rap song about corruption asked to be removed from film

    ‘Eggjactly’, a rap song about corruption composed, written and sung by Jaaved Jaaferi, is banned form televison by the censor board – and might also be banned altogether from the film ‘Jackpot’.  See on www.hindustantimes.com You can listen to the song on youtube.com Jaaved Jaaferi gives an introduction on live tv to his song, ‘Eggjactly’
  • USA: MTV series documents power of music and art to ignite change

    Launched on 18 November 2013, the weekly series ‘Rebel Music’ on MTV’s collage-channel in the United States, mtvU, documents youth uprising and the power of music and art to ignite change in conflict areas around the world. “Revolution has a sound. Meet a new generation of fearless youth igniting change around the world.” Each of […]
  • India: Artists protest against state-sponsored censorship

    A protest march demanded that the Bombay High court immediately release of members of the cultural troupe Kabir Kala Manch. Published on YouTube.com on 8 May 2013. On 2 May 2013, artists, writers, journalists, filmmakers, students, cultural activists and actors from theatre groups marched in protest from Sriram Centre to Maharashtra Sadan in Mumbai demanding […]
  • India: Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Band in Kashmir decides to dissolve after threats Pragaash Photo: Courtesy of News Bharati The band Pragaash from Kashmir has decided to dissolve after only one concert. The reason is a fatwa issued by an imam, as well as harassment and rape threats on social media. The members of Pragaash made a […]
  • India: Petitioner seeks ban on song that allegedly incites to violence

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Petitioner seeks ban on song that allegedly incites to violence The Indian super-hit song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ should be banned for its violent lyrics that “incite aggression”, stated a public interest litigation petition filed before the Kerala High Court. The song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ is one of the most popular […]
  • India: Authorities close tv channel for broadcasting vulgar music videos

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:Authorities close tv channel for broadcasting vulgar music videos The Indian Information and Broadcasting Ministry has closed SS Music, a multi-lingual music channel, for seven days for showing nudity. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has prohibited the transmission or re-transmission of SS Music on any platform throughout India with effect from midnight on […]
  • India: Political party promises to ban Western music

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Political party promises to ban Western music The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in the Indian state Haryana has promised the voters that if they were to replace the congress government, the party would ban Western music. “Western music and vulgarity in the name of culture will be banned,” declared a party […]
  • India: Live music banned, concert cancelled

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:Live music banned, concert cancelled The organisers of a concert on 1 August 2008 in Bangalore got a surprise notice from the police. They were told that no restaurant in the city could host live music anymore. Recorded music would be fine, but not live, one of Bangalore’s popular nightspots was informed by […]
  • India: Complete ban on music in West Bengal village

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:Complete ban on music in West Bengal village In the past nine months, no music has been played in the West Bengal village Kanupur. A religious leader in Murshidabad has banned listening to music at home, and playing music in public is also forbidden, reports Calcutta Telegraph and the Indian tv channel Times […]
  • India: Government bans “raunchy” music videos

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:Indian government bans “raunchy” music videos In April 2006 the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India banned “raunchy music videos”. However, in May 2006 The Times of India reports that the ban has not been implemented Popular Indian tv channels such as Channel V, B4U, Balle Balle, MTV, iTV […]
  • India: American singer censored on tv

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:American singer censored on tv Paris Hilton’s music video ‘Stars Are Blind’ has been banned because of “sexual connotations”. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has issued an “A” (Adult) certification for the music video which is part of Hilton’s debut album, ‘Paris’. It was released in Mumbai on 22 August 2006. […]
  • India: Album recalled and destroyed because it offends Christians

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India:Heavy Metal album recalled and destroyed because it offends Christians India has seen a “Cartoon Crisis” of its own, only this time around Jesus is the prophet in focus. EMI Warner Music has pulled the new album by the American Heavy Metal band Slayer from music stores across India because of protests from […]
  • India: Bhangra dance banned in Jamshedpur

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## India: Bhangra dance banned in Jamshedpur Sikh religious leaders in the city of Jamshedpur has banned women from the community from dancing the vigorous Punjabi bhangra on the streets during celebrations “There will be a complete ban on women’s participation in bhangra. Those found guilty of violating the directive will have pay 2,100 rupees.” This […]
  • Governments against dance music

    ARTICLE ##PagePublishedLong## Governments against dance music With legislation and brutal police raids, governments worldwide attempt to stop young people from making open air dance parties. Official motivations for the crack-down are drugs and noise disturbances; but the organisers experience it as an attack on dance-music culture and governmental abuse of the rights of music fans […]
  • Clerics condemn Kashmir pop song

    NEWS ##PagePublishedLong## Clerics condemn Kashmir pop songReligious leaders in Indian administered Kashmir have sought a ban on a pop song by two Pakistani singers. A line in the song, Kachi Pencil (Fragile Pencil), says God has written the fate of man with a fragile pencil. The song has become popular with people across the disputed […]
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