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The NSPA Story

In the beginning, Art was everywhere- on the streets, on stage, part of people’s homes and lives. Street performers across diverse genres lit up many a by-lane and junction in Mumbai’s bustling street life. However, over the decades, these dynamic performers gradually disappeared off the street corners. One may relive this joy, if at all, selectively on trips abroad to major cities of the world that continue to nurture such artists and thriving cultures of street art.

NSPA is an attempt at rekindling this vanishing culture across the frenzied roads of India. Born out of the initiative of our founder Ajit Dayal, NSPA was first conceived when Ajit found no buyers for his idea of taking Art to the Streets. Two young music aficionados joined hands temporarily with Ajit and first pitched the idea to the Western Railways, Mumbai. Contrary to popular perception, the Railways were most enthusiastic and suggested a pilot run to test the idea.

Pilot and Launch

NSPA Artist JishnuAccordingly, NSPA made a guest appearance at Churchgate Station, Mumbai on a cheery weekday evening on June 27, 2012 between 5 and 6 pm hosting two brief musical performances. Jishnu ‘Short-round’ Guha, a passionate busker (street performer) since his student days in England, opened with Alternative Folk-Rock followed by Suresh Kala presenting rustic Uttaranchali Folk melodies. They were greeted by friendly and enthusiastic audiences who lingered on post-performance to interact with the artists and organizers.

NSPA Artist Bras a ChaarThis reassuring response encouraged both the railways and the team to go back to the drawing board and embark this time on a comprehensive performance plan to drive the initiative ahead. In came a passionate new team who retreated into a cubby hole emerging two months later to unveil NSPA on the buzzing streets of Mumbai in October 2012. Twelve enterprising artists across musical genres took a leap of faith with us propelling NSPA’s journey to soaring heights since the very debut.

NSPA was inundated by the press and commuters in their generous appreciation. We began with three stations on the Western Rail Network - Churchgate, Bandra and Borivali - performing three days of music across a week. Within a month of our launch, NSPA artists began receiving invitations to perform on prestigious stages across the city including Indikaliedo Festival, BMW Guggenheim Lab, TedX Masala and Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, 2013 to name a few.

With the arrival of spring, NSPA blossomed on the Central Rail Network introducing performances at CST, Dadar and Vashi stations as well as Horniman Circle Gardens at Fort, Mumbai. Nine months down the line, NSPA is twenty-two artists strong performing 23 hours of music a week, Monday-Saturday across 5 locations in the city. As the monsoons beckon, NSPA is challenged to renegotiate its performances with the public spaces of the city and continue its flight into a new phase of our performance calendar.
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Street Speak

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Really Gr8 job it should be national.
- Ashok Bhandari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabulous. Appreciate it !!
- Aamir B

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

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

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

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

MORE POWER TO YOU!
- Shaun Williams

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

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

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 calming. Feels good at the railway station
- Anisha Modi

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

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

Very nice. Wonderful concept.
- Padmavathi Thyagaraju

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSPA u rock !!
- Ishaan S

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

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

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

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

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