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The National Streets for Performing Arts is an initiative to take Art to the People by reclaiming public spaces for street performances.
NSPA seeks to champion public spaces as an alternative platform for performance, encouraging greater interaction between artists and the community, creating spaces of cultural interaction and energising the very city and its people. NSPA aims to support the livelihoods of less privileged and independent performers across diverse genres.
NSPA begins its collaboration with the Western Railways, Mumbai Division to stage performances at three stations across the Mumbai rail network namely Churchgate, Bandra and Borivali.
NSPA has been initiated under the aegis of HelpYourNGO.com India Private Limited.
NSPA has evolved out of the vision of our founder Ajit Dayal, best known as the founder of Equitymaster, Personal FN and Quantum Mutual Fund.
Recalling his childhood days of watching street performers in Mumbai city and noting how street performers continue to brighten the lives of residents of cities like London and Paris, Ajit wished to "rekindle an atmosphere of street performances in urban India (starting with Mumbai) that aims to bring some joy to the lives of millions as they go about their daily commute".
Art for All
Public spaces are accessible, inclusive and secular platforms in the urban landscape. They provide the Arts a direct interface with people facilitating an open and stimulating interaction, creating a space of fulfilment and abandon, allowing one to stand still in time watching an art unfold from its cocoon. It not only takes Art directly to the people, exposing them to different art forms, it also expands the horizons of the artists' visibility and appreciation. The need of the hour is to reclaim these public spaces for Art, for artists and for audiences, where each interprets the space as they desire.
Weaving Performing Arts into the daily life of a city rejuvenates it, adding to its overall vibrancy and energy. A weary commuter and lone artist greet each other at this crossroad, turning the street space into an eclectic and pulsating arena of synergy.
All for Artists
The laborious process of creating and presenting one's Art requires constant reception and reaction from the community the artist functions in. While a wide majority of artists are likely to pursue their Art alongside a more viable source of income through a 'stable job', a wide variety of independent musicians consciously remain outside the domain of mainstream music production and popular access. NSPA, as a non-profit initiative, seeks to support the livelihoods of less privileged and independent musicians on behalf of the community. Performers with NSPA will receive a fixed remuneration for their performances and a public platform that breaks down barriers between artists and the community.
In a globalised world, a long gestation period of training for artists coupled with paucity of time amongst audiences has pushed indigenous art forms onto the fringes and some even out of existence. NSPA hopes to seek out, support and promote artists pursuing dying, traditional and folk Arts and connecting them with new and eager audiences. The revivalist tone of NSPA hopes to see artists embracing their art and audiences embracing the artists. The dialogue ensuing from this initiative will ensure that a public place becomes a melting pot for the artist and his audience. These performances will see the sole of the commuter taps to the soul and rhythm of the artists.
National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA)
c/o HelpYourNGO.com India Private Limited
16, Jolly Maker Chambers-II,
225 Nariman Point,
Mumbai- 400 021
+91-22-22041252 / 53
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