Apart from being enthusiastic about music, singer Ananya Birla additionally feels very deeply about numerous societal points. And with conversations surrounding psychological health diseases in India taking centre stage now, she feels that though the psychological health care system in our nation has come a good distance, there is much more work but to be executed. “We have one of the highest rates of depression and suicide in the world, especially among young people. Because of the stigma that is engrained in our society about mental illness, people are terrified to reach out for help. Even if they overcome that, treatment is often too expensive, or just too difficult to get. There are less than two psychiatrists per 100,000 people in the country and they are seeing hundreds of patients every single day. One in five people are currently struggling with their mental health in India – a number that is only going to increase amidst the pandemic which has seen unprecedented joblessness and isolation. We need to drastically improve the mental health system in this country and make sure more money is being set aside for care,” says Birla.
The singer says that though we want our social media profiles to inform a cheerful story all of the time, it is not actually potential to be ecstatic at all times. Hence, exhibiting one’s “sadness should not be perceived as a sign of weakness”, she believes. “While I’m still trying to come to terms with this this myself, I know that it’s part of life. We all need to remember that it is okay to not be okay sometimes. There is no shame and it doesn’t reflect on your value as a person,” says the 26-year-old singer.
Amid the lockdown, Birla has managed to full her new tune Let There Be Love, which she recorded in her house studio. “I got to learn a lot about the production side of things because all of that was done remotely. So yeah there definitely were some challenges, but I learnt a lot, so it was worth it,” she says including, “It is a really important song for me. This is my first release of the year. All my songs are about connecting with people, which has been so hard over the past few months. I want to use this song to remind people that beautiful things can blossom out of dark moments, and that whatever we are going through, we need to make sure that we make love and people a priority,” indicators off Birla.