MUMBAI – Bollywood movie songs normally dominate India’s music charts. But when the coronavirus epidemic put paid to new film releases, it created a huge opportunity for independent musicians to make a name for themselves — sometimes from their bedrooms.
Singer Carlton Braganza saw his popularity skyrocket when the country went into lockdown in March, and his phone is now ringing almost non-stop with offers from agents.
For more than three months, the 48-year-old spent nights performing for an online audience from his small bedroom, gaining tens of thousands of new fans in the process.
“I performed live every night for 70 days on Facebook, taking audience requests,” the Bangalore-based musician told AFP.
He has clocked up to 1.5 million views on Facebook, with around 125 online shows under his belt.
His free performances are now p