India, July 14 -- Neha Bhasin has been at the receiving end of social media flak surrounding her body and for donning bold outfits. She believes that the problem lies with the perception of people who believe in deifying singers. "The image of a singer in people's head is that of a Devi. Hence, they connect singing with something which is very pious. It might be true to some extent but then, I wonder, why put music on a pedestal? Nobody deserves to be gagged like that," says Bhasin.

She believes that this perception is the reason "people aren't comfortable with a singer being opinionated and wearing clothes a certain way". She explains, "This association is strange. When I had started out, I only had Alisha Chinai as a reference point. I'm...