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"Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories."
- Ray Bradbury
The Natural Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA Foundation) is a non-profit initiative dedicated to
bringing the culture of street performances to India, and supporting the livelihoods of independent artists
- and helping the common man
rediscover public spaces and "stuff their eyes with wonder"
The world of performing arts - music, dance, theatre - has always been about just two entities - the performer and the audience. By re-imagining spaces like railway stations, park and gardens, seaside promenades, street markets and bazaars, schools, libraries and cafes, the NSPA attempts to give the street performer and the community a platform to express themselves and celebrate one another. Treating the community to performances and to workshops (as part of our Art Literacy mission) will, we hope, result in an increased appreciation for the arts.
The organisation was founded in the
October of 2012 in Mumbai
, and we enjoyed our debut performance at Churchgate Station with folk street musicians, who received the astonishment and accolades of the commuters and pedestrians! We now perform at over a dozen public venues in Mumbai - including the Carter Road Amphi theatre,
Mumbai Metro stations
, and several parks and organic farmers' markets - for
more than 50 hours a week!
We pride in our insatiable thirst for discovery, and make it our business to discover new artists - may they be musicians, dancers, or theatre artists, among others - and get our audiences to discover new performances. We're also able to contribute to the livelihoods of our resident artists, and thus encourage their talents and future artistic pursuits.
You can stay updated about upcoming street performances from our
, and check out our live performance videos on our
. We're soon starting NSPA projects in Goa and Delhi as well, so stay tuned!
NSPA Performance Map
All Performance Venues
S. No Location Days Time Address Action 1 Farmers Market - Bhalla House Every Sunday 10am to 1 pm Bhalla House,Opp St Andrews Church, Hill Road Bandra, West View Events >> 2 Sai Baba Park Saturday & Sunday 5.00 pm - 8.00 pm Evershine Nagar, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064 View Events >> 3 Bhau Daji Lad Museum 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month 4.00pm to 6.00pm 91 A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijbai Bhonsle Udyan, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Marg, Byculla East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400027 View Events >> 4 Carter Road Tuesday & Friday 6pm to 9pm Promenade,Carter Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400050, Opposite Landmark Building & CafeCoffeeDay View Events >> 5 Ghatkopar Metro Station Sunday 9am to 11am & 5pm to 8pm Hirachand Desai Rd, Kapol wadi, Pant Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400086 View Events >> 6 Andheri Metro Station Friday 9am to 11am & 5pm to 8pm Andheri - Kurla Rd, Railway Colony, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053 View Events >> 7 Versova Metro Station Monday 9am to 11am & 5pm to 8pm Versova Rd, Model Town, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400061 View Events >> 8 Pushpa Narsee Park Saturday 5.30pm to 7.30pm 15, Vaikunthlal Mehta Rd, Nehru Nagar, Airport Area, Juhu Nehru Nagar, Airport Area, Juhu Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049 View Events >> 9 Infinity Mall, Malad Thursday 6.00pm to 8.00pm Link Rd, Mindspace, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064 View Events >> 10 Oberoi Mall, Goregaon Friday 4.30pm to 7.30pm Oberoi Garden City, Off Western Express Highway, Goregaon East ,Dindoshi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063 View Events >> 11 Marol Naka Metro Station Thurday 9am to 11am & 5pm to 8pm Marol Naka Road, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053 View Events >> 12 DN Nagar Metro Station Wednesday 9am to 11am & 5pm to 8pm JP Road, Sahayog Nagar, D N Nagar, Bhudargarh Colony, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400058 View Events >> 13 Saki Naka Metro Station Saturday 9am to 11am & 5pm to 8pm Andheri-Ghatkopar Rd, Bandi Bazaar, Nair Wadi, Sakinaka, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400072 View Events >> 14 Airport Road Metro Station Wednesday 9am to 11am & 5pm to 8pm Andheri - Kurla Rd, Vijay Nagar Colony West, Marol, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059 View Events >> 15 Wester Express Highway Metro Station Tuesday 9am to 11am & 5pm to 8pm Sir Mathuradas Vasanji Rd, Mota Nagar, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400053 View Events >> 16 Golds Gym 1st and 3rd Sunday of the Month 7pm to 8pm The Qube, Near International Airport, Lane of Wellington Park, Marol Naka, Andheri East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400059 View Events >> 17 FTN Retro Thursday 9.30pm to 10.30pm 6, Nisha Palace, Rajanpada, Opposite Goregaon Sports Club, Link Road,Malad West, Malad West, Mumbai View Events >> 18 Sneha Dharavi, Art Literacy Saturday 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm 90 Feet Road, R P Nagar, Dharavi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400017 View Events >> 19 Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedakar Municipal School, Art Literacy Thursday 2.30pm to 3.30pm Opp Bld no100, BDD Chawl, SS Amritwar Marg, Worli, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013 View Events >> 20 G K Municipal School, Art Literacy Thursday 3.30pm to 4.30pm Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013 View Events >> 21 Ram Krishna Param Hans Municipal School, Art Literacy Friday 2.00pm to 3.00pm Opp Kherwadi Police station, Shri Hari Mandir Marg, Government Colony, Bandra East, Mumbai -400051 View Events >> 22 Touching Lives, Art Literacy C-3, Carolyn Bunglow, Babudev Ranade Rd, Mandapeshwar, Dahisar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400068 View Events >> 23 Kranti NGO, Art Literacy Monday 7.00 pm to 8.00pm 28/219 Anand nagar CHS, behind OLA Vakola Banquent, Santacruz East 400055 View Events >> 24 Bandstand Promenade Wed and Sat 05.30 to 08.30pm Front of Yellow Cabin, BJ Road, Mount Mary, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, Opp Camp Juice Center View Events >> 25 QTube Cafe Everday 4pm - 8pm Shop No 3, Moray House, SV Road, Bandra West Mumbai 400050 View Events >> 26 Farmers Market - D'Monte Park Sundays 10am - 2pm 42, St Andrew's Road, D'Monte Park Rd, Bandra West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050 View Events >>
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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 Nice !! Very very refreshing and brings back the place of joy within us. - Joseph Anthony Very good job. Public gets exposure to good music. Also you guys play very well. - Harsha Shah Thanks to u and ur authentic orchestra.. just experience it at churhcgate stn - Prasanna Ghaisas 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 Very nice. Sound system should be allowed. - Sanjay Naranje Very impressed by what you guys put up... Do let me know if something else interesting comes up... :) - Abraham Mathews 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 listened to some great bhajans at borivali station PF no. 1 - @Sandeepmz Awesome job!! Best of luck for your initiative - Kunal Vishe NSPA u rock !! - Ishaan S Really Gr8 job it should be national. - Ashok Bhandari borivali station performance was too good... Keep up the good work - Hrishikesh Poduval Congratulations!! Great start NSPA!!! - Ritika Afb A great effort and congratulations to all those who worked to make it happen. - Sidharth Bhatia 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 Very calming. Feels good at the railway station - Anisha Modi Amazing initiative.. all my blessings with u'll .. Prosper - Selina Very nice! This is a good attempt ! - Vivek Jodi Accidently bumped into Nitesh's performance this morning at borivali stn. Great going. Keep it up. - Amit More Dear NSPA,
Had an opportunity to listen to you guys in ACTREC lawn today. Great team and a wonderful evening.
Cheers! - Vaishali Aggarwal MORE POWER TO YOU! - Shaun Williams This is such a good activity and very helpful concept for society. Keep it up. - Ranvirsingh Gohil 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 It is a fantastic job. More popularity needs to be collected through increasing frequency or FB and all - Shrushti Gohel Its a great message forwarded to people through the six strings. Great !! - Jignesh Patel Good job, not seen this in Mumbai before. Keep it up. Very happy. - Prameela Monteiro 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 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 It's peace away from chaos, should have put it out on the railway speakers. Amazing !!! - Raj Solanki Peace, love one to anothe... Music brings peace to all. Thank you very much. - Bernadette Rodrigues An initiative that our city needed ! Learned many varieties of genres through this. - Karthik Chandramouli Very nice. Wonderful concept. - Padmavathi Thyagaraju Its too good. The artists are also just awesome. Completely refreshing. - Saurabh Dasgupta 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 An opportunity to listen to good music.. Thanks - Mayuri Mistry Refreshing to see Pratyul Joshi perform at Churchgate station yesterday evening. Kudos to NSPA for such a bold endeavour! - Jaisinh Gaikwad Saw a beautiful folk set by Ellie and Zack at Churchgate stn. :) - @Bombay_Rat on twitter I loved d performance of pratyul joshi and rahul bakshi at borivali station on 25th april. - Chintan Joshi Awesome job. The singing is superb and guitar was played superb as well - Zaied Ahmed It's something new. Want you to come to Vasai. - Harsh Shah Wow, what a fabulous initiative. Let's come out on the streets and support them - Suruchi Aulakh This is a best way to educate people or generate awareness for citizens. - Sufiyan Qureshi 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 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 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 I from small district Gondia. I listen Niraj Arya on 17th. very rocking. I invite you to my city - Vivek Raut Wish you people all the best and thank you for bringing music to common mumbaikar's life - Avinash Singh Can be more interactive. Otherwise very innovative !!! - Linto Joseph Its a brilliant initiative! :) Will share and spread the word : :) - Abhishek Thakore My first ever seen live street performance with great message. - Sanjay Singh Excellent system. Real good work at no profit. - P.S. Mahajan Fabulous. Appreciate it !! - Aamir B
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