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Street Performances
Mumbai’s streets are as vibrant, chaotic and busy as the people that reside here. Teeming with vehicles, pedestrians, hawkers and shops, these potholed pathways bustle with activity, tirelessly, unendingly. The NSPA adds one more component to this lively mix – Street Performances. Performing on the streets, or busking, has been around for generations as the streets make for excellent performance arenas. Not only do they offer lots of exposure to artists, they also help bring art to the public. The NSPA strives to infuse Mumbai’s streets with enriching and spirited performances by encouraging independent artists to perform at public venues like promenades, parks, railway stations, malls, etc. Eager to be a part of this program? Well, all you need to do is stop by and give us a listen! Our artists perform frequently at Carter Road, Pushpa Narsee Park, Sai Baba Park and in Metro Stations. So, if you happen to be in the area, gather round our artists and enjoy their soothing, melodious performances.

Stage Performances
Nothing like performing in front of a large, appreciative and euphoric audience, right? The NSPA helps propel independent artists into the limelight by setting up performances at popular cultural festivals, concerts and award ceremonies. In the past, NSPA artists have performed at Indikaleido, AmeriCares India Foundation’s ‘Spirit of Humanity Awards,’ Kala Ghoda Arts Festival as well as in several cafes that dot the city. This helps our artists gain the exposure they require as well as expose people to talented and harmonious live performances. Our artists light up the stage with their captivating compositions and well-rehearsed acts. If you happen to attend an event our artists are performing at, hang around to witness firsthand their scintillating, flawless performances.
Are there any events you would like our artists to perform at? Send In your details to hear from us.

Artists Training and Development
Talent can run through one’s veins, but for it to result in greatness, it needs to be nurtured and honed. After all, it’s the hands of an experienced potter that transform lumps of clay into beautiful pots. We at the NSPA understand this and hence, do our best to sharpen and refine the talents of our gifted artists. After gauging their abilities, we pinpoint areas that need to be worked upon and then rope in professional instructors to train and guide them. By availing of this training, our artists are slowly, but surely, transformed into serious, seasoned professionals who strive to deliver the best, and only the best, every time.
We are always on the lookout for professionals who are willing to share their knowledge with upcoming artists. If you feel generous enough to help out artists in need, do share with us your details so that we can contact you when your expertise is required.
Don’t forget the old adage, “Knowledge shared is knowledge gained!”

Community Art
NSPA’s Community Art Programme is a collaborative Art enterprise with the objective of enhancing community-based engagement, expression and representation. Such engagement is centered in the neighbourhood common/public spaces which facilitate a site of unrestricted, open interaction and dissemination of renewed social norms. The programme was piloted in the summer of 2014 in a neighbourhood in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai taking the form of a collaborative Community Arts Camp. The camp held over a fortnight was curated to be an entirely indigenous project roping in residents, enterprises and local associations of the community to organise, conduct, contribute and participate in the Camp. Events were designed to cater to all age groups and facilitate wholesome interaction across social divisions. The consequent familiarities engendered in the neighbourhood then pave the way for deeper Art engagements.

Modern cities today increasingly witness limited social interaction and mobility of individuals beyond their primary vicinities of inhabitation and workspace, owing to limited leisure time and stratification of spaces along socio-economic lines. Consequently, most local Arts and Cultural expression occur within the limited social spaces of these segregations. NSPA seeks to engender such Art-based engagement programmes within urban neighbourhoods that will foster a Culture of Commons triggering an inclusivist discourse in the community. Centering such engagement at the neighbourhood common spaces will facilitate a site of open interaction and dissemination of renewed social norms. Community Art refers to Art of, by and for the Community enhancing community-based collaboration, expression and representation. Thus, we hope to work towards the building of an eclectic social fabric based on the celebration of diversity, the commons, artistic traditions- both local and migrant, oral histories, Arts-based learning and interactions.

Art Literacy

NSPA hope to contribute towards a larger Art consciousness in society, fostering a greater societal ownership and educated appreciation of our Arts heritage and diversity and the larger Artist community. In line with this idea is NSPA’s Art Literacy Mission. The program currently consists of three primary interventions with its scope limited to children up to the age of 16 years across public and private schools and city neighbourhoods. The basic methodology comprises the use of interactive and experiential techniques to impart Art education complementary with the prevalent school curriculum. The interventions range from distribution of simple, portable and economical instruments sourced from local artisans to students already undergoing some sort of musical training, interactive performances by independent Artists to more in-depth workshops where Artists initiate their audiences to the context and contours of their Art form and practice. Each artist through his/her experience of teaching young children engages them in a conversation through which diverse Art forms are taught, performed and an appreciation of Art gradually created and nurtured.
We do Art Literacy in the following schools:
1> G K Municipal School
2> SNEHA Dharavi
3> Sundatta High School
4> S G Barve School
Today's Performances
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Bandra Band Stand
5:30-6:30 pm Meryl & Tarang
6:30-7:30 pm Harjit & shailendra & Shashi Kant & Sumant
Marol Naka Metro Station
6:00-7:00 pm Love & Prince & Roshan
7:00-8:00 pm chanchal & Pratham
8:00-9:00 pm Ganpath Iyer

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Street Speak

In this busy life schedule I could take time off to listen to the performer. Hope this will bring forth also the poorer folks, that they would be given opportunities
- Anonymous

borivali station performance was too good...  Keep up the good work 
- Hrishikesh Poduval

Thanks to u and ur authentic orchestra.. just experience it at churhcgate stn
- Prasanna Ghaisas

Very nice. Sound system should be allowed.
- Sanjay Naranje

I reached Vashi station tired and worn out from the days work, to see a crowd formed around a man, went to investigate, and I saw a man performing a song which sounded like Sufi music to me. His voice echoed through the granite corridors of the station and the merry strums of his guitar filled the air with melancholy. I stood there hearing his song about finding God in ones own belief, reminded me of Kabir ke Dohe which i had read when i was a kid.
- Satish Kumar

NSPA u rock !!
- Ishaan S

It's something new. Want you to come to Vasai.
- Harsh Shah

Bandra station se jo gaana suna. Uske kuch achchi baatein aur ek achchi samajh mili hai. Jisise mujhe fayda ho, saare kaam achche tarah se karta hun aur sabhi ko achcha se achcha kaam kar pata hun !!
- Santosh

A great effort and congratulations to all those who worked to make it happen.
- Sidharth Bhatia

Very calming. Feels good at the railway station
- Anisha Modi

Its a great message forwarded to people through the six strings. Great !!
- Jignesh Patel

Awesome job. The singing is superb and guitar was played superb as well
- Zaied Ahmed

Congratulations!! Great start NSPA!!!
- Ritika Afb

Saw a beautiful folk set by Ellie and Zack at Churchgate stn. :)
- @Bombay_Rat on twitter

Accidently bumped into Nitesh's performance this morning at borivali stn. Great going. Keep it up.
- Amit More

Can be more interactive. Otherwise very innovative !!!
- Linto Joseph

Very impressed by what you guys put up... Do let me know if something else interesting comes up... :)
- Abraham Mathews

Refreshing to see Pratyul Joshi perform at Churchgate station yesterday evening. Kudos to NSPA for such a bold endeavour!
- Jaisinh Gaikwad

I loved d performance of pratyul joshi and rahul bakshi at borivali station on 25th april.
- Chintan Joshi

Great performance by pratyul joshi and rahul bakshi at borivali station today simply kept me grooving loved it guys hats off to u all. Pratyul your banzara song is beautiful kept me humming.
- Jignesh Gor

Peace, love one to anothe... Music brings peace to all. Thank you very much.
- Bernadette Rodrigues

This is such a good activity and very helpful concept for society. Keep it up.
- Ranvirsingh Gohil

Nice !! Very very refreshing and brings back the place of joy within us.
- Joseph Anthony

listened to some great bhajans at borivali station PF no. 1
- @Sandeepmz

Wish you people all the best and thank you for bringing music to common mumbaikar's life
- Avinash Singh

The purpose of art is not only to amuse the people but to enlighten the hearts of the people, to seek good and to transfrom the ordinary life for someting extraordinary and to help people to live in a better society.
- (Kirtankar) Deepak Jawane

Awesome job!! Best of luck for your initiative
- Kunal Vishe

This is a best way to educate people or generate awareness for citizens.
- Sufiyan Qureshi

Wow, what a fabulous initiative. Let's come out on the streets and support them
- Suruchi Aulakh

Good job, not seen this in Mumbai before. Keep it up. Very happy.
- Prameela Monteiro

It is a fantastic job. More popularity needs to be collected through increasing frequency or FB and all
- Shrushti Gohel

Just read about this! brilliant work you doing out there :)
just made me smile. Thank You!
hope to catch the next one at churchgate

- Anuja Sanghavi

Very nice! This is a good attempt !
- Vivek Jodi

An initiative that our city needed ! Learned many varieties of genres through this.
- Karthik Chandramouli

Really Gr8 job it should be national.
- Ashok Bhandari

- Shaun Williams

Its too good. The artists are also just awesome. Completely refreshing.
- Saurabh Dasgupta

Excellent system. Real good work at no profit.
- P.S. Mahajan

I just wanted to let you know, what you are doing with live music at the railway stations is absolutely amazing. Several years ago I saw the new York symphony orchestra play in the new York subway and it changed me forever.Thank you for bringing back a little soul to Mumbai.
- Kanu Gupta

Truly excellent initiative....... The performances are enthralling and force you to stop in your daily rush and take a breath of music ... Keep up the good work
- Amit Si

I from small district Gondia. I listen Niraj Arya on 17th. very rocking. I invite you to my city
- Vivek Raut

Its a brilliant initiative! :) Will share and spread the word : :)
- Abhishek Thakore

Liked the new concept of taking the music to mass n encouraging the artist. I am out of Bombay but would love to see the next event. All the best
- Vimal Rachna

My first ever seen live street performance with great message.
- Sanjay Singh

An opportunity to listen to good music.. Thanks
- Mayuri Mistry

Fabulous. Appreciate it !!
- Aamir B

Amazing initiative.. all my blessings with u'll .. Prosper
- Selina

Pratyul Joshi, All the best. You have a promising career ahead. As for the initiative, thumbs up. Suggestion: You can conduct street plays on general awareness. Am sure people will watch just like this!
- Radhika Shetty

Very nice. Wonderful concept.
- Padmavathi Thyagaraju

It's peace away from chaos, should have put it out on the railway speakers. Amazing !!!
- Raj Solanki

It was a wonderful experience for me watching Rahul Pais sing and play music. Thanks for a wonderful effort by NSPA in putting up performances. I have never seen something like this at churchgate station.
- Venus John

Dear NSPA, Had an opportunity to listen to you guys in ACTREC lawn today. Great team and a wonderful evening. Cheers!
- Vaishali Aggarwal

Very good job. Public gets exposure to good music. Also you guys play very well.
- Harsha Shah

Love it !! Great finding some fresh music in the city. Maybe have it in a more open spot in the station so even more people can enjoy it 
- Sonaly Patel


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