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"I am extremely happy to know about the NSPA project. The objective of NSPA is indeed unique in its format and would for sure establish a direct connect between the listener and the performer and that too at an affordable cost for both the artiste and the listener. It will, in my humble opinion, create a listener with no preconceived notion about the genre of music heard by him/her which as a consequence would create more listeners of art than the artistes. It will also help the artiste to not only showcase his talent but also to create his/her own identity with the common man.
Being an ardent lover of Indian Classical Music, I sincerely feel that the young classical musicians should take the optimum benefit of NSPA to reach themselves and their music to the masses in a most listener friendly manner. It is high time they come out of the self-built ivory castle of unwanted ritualistic discipline around them and dissolve the divine sweetness of their music in to the hearts of music lovers akin to sugar dissolved in milk.
My best wishes to the NSPA project."
Shri Shashi Vyas,
MuthulakshmiMami, a senior Carnatic Classical guru and vocalist in Mumbai city, imparts lessons of life through her music. A doyen in the field, Mami has travelled around the world and has been an avid audience to street performances and busking through her travels.
Ask her about the idea of NSPA and Mami animatedly asks if it is possible to re-create a once forgotten era of public performances in today's bustling Mumbai city? She strongly advocates the need for the city to re-acquaint itself with art and for artists to open themselves up to diverse audiences. However, she points out that the pre requisite for such a movement is the city and its government to orient itself to making public spaces accessible to art. She stresses the need for city spaces to become more hygienic and artist friendly so as to maintain the dignity of the artists as well as the rasikas.
The youth, she believes can successfully participate and appreciate an endeavour such as the NSPA platform. However, is it enough for an artist to perform for a live audience, bask in its glory and satisfy his soul? What if the art could be envisioned as a tool for something greater, for something bigger than the artist and even the art itself?
She reminisces how the poet-composer SubramanyaBhartiyar from Tamil Nadu, made music and poetry his medium of activism. How his powerful words and call to the citizens to rise up for change, rise for freedom and independence inspired the national movement. The Bhakti saints of Maharashtra Tukaram, Namdev and the saint Kabir impressed upon people the need for communal harmony through their compositions.
The genre does not matter, she says. A rock concert, an Abhang, a Bhajan, or a Carnatic composition can all be equally presented to bring about social change. If we are able to do our bit for the country as musicians, then our artistic pursuits would have found their place in society. In the end, Mami says that just as Mahatma Gandhi posed Ahimsa as a solution to empower the nation, the need of the day today is for Music and Art to do the same.