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Shri Shashi Vyas, Director, Pancham-Nishad"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,
Director, Pancham-Nishad


MuthulakshmiMami, A senior Carnatic Classical guru and vocalist in Mumbai cityMuthulakshmiMami, 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.

Smt. MuthulakshmiVedanarayan,
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Street Speak

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

Really Gr8 job it should be national.
- Ashok Bhandari

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fabulous. Appreciate it !!
- Aamir B

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSPA u rock !!
- Ishaan S

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 calming. Feels good at the railway station
- Anisha Modi

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

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

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

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

MORE POWER TO YOU!
- Shaun Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 nice. Wonderful concept.
- Padmavathi Thyagaraju

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