"The internet has evolved so much today, people have it on their phones and tabs, so it has really given a platform to independent music, but it is mostly the college level festivals that keep independent music alive," Dixit told reporters in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.

"There are so many music festivals being organised now that young musicians get a big platform," added the artist, known for songs like "Ambar", "Hey Bhagwan", "No man will ever love you, like I do".

The singer feels that a channel like Pepsi MTV Indies, which will cater entirely to the Indie music genre, will act as a huge platform for budding artists.

"This channel will be like the first train for budding artists. For me, it's like the last train. When I made my first album, music channels decided to pull out on non-film music, and focussed on Bollywood songs," the 39-year-old said.

"The new channel is being launched just after my second album came out. So I strongly feel it will provide a platform not only for newcomers, but also for artists like me," Dixit added.

The scientist-turned-singer has composed music for several Kannada films and a couple of Hindi films as well. He is now working on a Yash Raj Films' project "Bewakoofiyan", which stars Sonam Kapoor, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rishi Kapoor.

"It's my first mainstream movie. While composing for a movie one needs to keep in mind different parameters - like the actor, actress, what the director wants, how is the story, so it is a challenge! But it gives an option to explore and try out different things," Dixit said.

(Agencies)

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