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Rhythm By The Bay is Back for its Fourth Edition!

Friday, March 6th, 2020

NSPA brings you Rhythm By The Bay – The Steps!

We’re back and this time we’re heading to the streets of Bandra, or rather, The Steps! Are you ready for a couple of hours of brilliant music and the brilliance that is a Mumbai evening? Remember when street performances were the norm back in the day? We’re hitting major throwback vibes, as our artists are ready to wow with their acts, ranging from a solo violinist to an actual throwback act with a bunch of gems from the 90s.

Free and open to one and all, join us for the fourth edition of Rhythm By The Bay -The Steps on 14th March 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the St. Stephen’s Steps, Bandra.

NSPA Presents – ‘Rhythm By The Bay – The Steps’, Bringing the Streets to the Stage!

Lineup:

6:30 pm – 7 pm : Swarna Murthy – Violin

7 pm – 7:30 pm : Richard Fernandes and Oscar Fernandes – Saxophone and Guitar Duo

7:30 pm – 8 pm : TBA

8 pm – 8:30 pm : NSPA Collective ft. Antara Bhattacharya, Love More, Pratham Joshi, Swapnil – 90′s Pop

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Rhythm By The Bay – BSE Rescheduled!

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Having to unfortunately be rescheduled, Rhythm By The Bay is back on track and our team is getting ready, full steam ahead! Catch our artists live on Saturday 1st June 2019 at the BSE International Convention Hall, Mumbai!

NSPA brings you Rhythm By The Bay – BSE!

Back with our third edition, this time we take you all on a journey of the great poet Sant Kabir! The Mumbai-based band Folkkalvokal brings an evening of music, commemorating the ideology, thoughts, and lifestyle of Kabir. They will be showcasing seventeen elements of Kabir’s life as a tribute to his great works and wisdom, entitling their presentation ‘Chadariya‘.

Join us for an evening of beauty and grace at the BSE International Convention Hall, Mumbai on 1st June 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Don’t forget to register at bit.ly/RBTB19 as seats are limited. (No charges, you just need to register)
NSPA Presents – ‘Rhythm By The Bay – BSE’, Bringing the Streets to the Stage!

Featuring Folkkalvokal:

Debanshu Shekhar – Narrator

Suresh Kala – Vocals

Deep Kadam – Guitar

Asit Sakpal – Backing vocals, Harmonium, Melodica

Swarna Murthy – Violin

Manoj Pandya – Percussion

Punit Acharya- Bass

Avinash Lamba – Dholak, Tabla

Kailash Jadhav – Drums

Look forward to seeing you for an enjoyable evening designed to let you soak in music in its purest form!

Rhythm By The Bay is Back!

Friday, April 26th, 2019

NSPA brings you Rhythm By The Bay – BSE!

Back with our third edition, this time we take you all on a journey of the great poet Sant Kabir! The Mumbai-based band Folkkalvokal brings an evening of music, commemorating the ideology, thoughts, and lifestyle of Kabir. They will be showcasing seventeen elements of Kabir’s life as a tribute to his great works and wisdom, entitling their presentation ‘Chadariya‘.

Join us for an evening of beauty and grace at the BSE International Convention Hall, Mumbai on 4th May 2019 from 7 pm to 9 pm.

 

Don’t forget to register at bit.ly/RBTB19 as seats are limited. (No charges, you just need to register)
NSPA Presents – ‘Rhythm By The Bay – BSE’, Bringing the Streets to the Stage!

Featuring Folkkalvokal:

Debanshu Shekhar – Narrator

Suresh Kala – Vocals

Deep Kadam – Guitar

Asit Sakpal – Backing vocals, Harmonium, Melodica

Swarna Murthy – Violin

Manoj Pandya – Percussion

Punit Acharya- Bass

Avinash Lamba – Dholak, Tabla

Kailash Jadhav – Drums

 

Look forward to seeing you for an enjoyable evening designed to let you soak in music in its purest form!

Top QTube Events for the Week (July 16-22)

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Another week has come and gone, and here we are still standing. Celebrate a little. If you had a tough week, celebrate that you got through it. If you had a good one, celebrate that. But whatever you do, don’t waste time and energy thinking about the things that went wrong. Instead, focus on all the good in your life. And don’t forget that you’re not in this alone, we’re all in this together.

And on that note, how about you come over for some of this week’s events at the Cafe? We’ve got music, teacher conferences, crochet workshops, stand up comedy, poetry readings, basically, we’ve got something for everybody! Let’s see what’s on the roster this week:

 

Teach for India

This is a get together for Teachers teaching in Low income Govt. school classrooms. Teach for India is an NGO working in BMC schools in Mumbai.

Date: July 13, 2018

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Indraneel

Rehearsal for an upcoming piece.

Date: July 18, 2018

Time: 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Thelunaticpoetry

There will be 20 curated slots. Each performr will get 5 minutes to perform. Each and every performance will be recorded and will be releasing on our social media handles.

Date: July 18, 2018

Time: 5:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Entry: Rs. 50/- for audience, Rs. 100/- for performers

 

Dori – A thread Art

Come and learn Crochet, the ethnic thread and needlework technique that will help you design fancy jewelry pieces for yourself and some amazing customised gifts for your friends and family.

Date: July 21, 2018

Time: 11:30 am to 2 pm

Entry: Rs. 300/-

 

Dr. Preeti Chawla

An interactive seminar on Law of attraction. What is the law and how can we apply it in our daily lives? What is mind, thought frequency, energy and vibrations? Where do we go wrong in application of the law?

Date: July 21, 2018

Time: 3 pm to 6:30 pm

Entry: Rs. 700/-

 

The Funny Room

See comedy in its rarest and most raw form with some nervous performers and some rising stars of comedy. Come, be a part of someone’s first time on stage along with some of the experienced comics making sure you have a great time. Also, carry a valid photo id proof for the entry.

Date: July 21, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: Rs. 150/-

 

Mumbai Harmonics

Stalwarts of Mumbai Harmonics will perform nostalgic songs of yesteryears – Timeless classics of Hindi songs, Wetsern Music and Hindustani Classical on Harmonica

Date: July 22, 2018

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Entry: FREE

 

PoShaK

PoShaK invites Poets, Shayars, Kavis and all lovers of poetry to its 8th edition of Poetry Open Mic. We have 4 curated slots of Hindi, Urdu, Marathi and English poets. There are 20 open mic slots (To register, express your interest to read/recite/ perform on the Facebook event page). Language, topic and format are no bars as long as the work is original.

Date: July 13, 2018

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Entry: FREE

 

We certainly hope you’re coming around, and letting us play host and ply you with some of our awesome (and free) coffee!

QTube Café hosts Its First Indian Classical Concert

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

QTube Café has hosted several events these past five months. From open mics to poetry workshops to even something as unexpected as a whistling workshop, we’ve never let the chance to host an interesting event pass us by. However, we’ve never received a request to host a purely classical performance here. A couple of weeks ago, Deepa Devaraj wrote to us and her mail expressed a desire to conduct an Indian classical concert at the café. We accepted her request and soon, a date was decided upon.

On the day of the concert, everyone, including the performers were apprehensive about the event. As Mrs Devaraj revealed at the start of the concert, this was the first time she and her colleagues, Milind Joshi (table player) and Atul Fadke (harmonium player) were performing in such an informal space. Her previous concerts have been held in auditoriums or in friends’ living rooms and so, performing in a café was something they were doing for the very first time. But, as she rightly pointed out, a true performer is one who can immerse herself in her art, no matter where she is, and that’s what Mrs. Devaraj was eager to do. She started off by performing a slow-paced, mellow raga – Raag Puriya Dhanashree, which was perfect for evening listening. Then, she shifted to the more lively and also more difficult Raag Kedar. She left the audience spellbound with her talent and her silvery voice and flawless performance drew repeated rounds of applause. She wound up the concert with a melodious Kabeer bhajan which delighted both young and old listeners. We are immensely grateful to her for gracing our café with such a splendid concert!

Here are a few pictures from the evening.

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If you know of talented classical music performers who are looking out for a venue to perform at, do ask them to mail us a proposal at qtubecafe@nspa.in . We do believe that classical music and musicians deserve more exposure and that performing in unconventional spaces will help spread information about these traditional forms of music to a new audience!

The Week that Was at QTube Cafe

Friday, October 7th, 2016

After our opening on the 2nd of October, almost a week has passed by now and our first week at the Tube has been nothing short of exciting. Not a day goes by without something interesting happening. Whether it’s the wonderful line-up of performances, random strangers trickling in to inquire about the café or our artists meeting up to jam, there’s something fun happening all the time here!

In this week, we had the owners of a start-up called ‘Vagabond’ come in to use the café as a brainstorming space.  These young entrepreneurs, cool as cucumbers in their shorts and Tee get-up, met up here to chat about plans for their business. We also had a group of parents enquire about workshops that could be held here for kids. A couple of journalists and bloggers too paid us a visit to enquire about the goings-on here and we were delighted to talk to them about the café! Apart from this, we had a regular line-up of melodious performances by NSPA artists. Every evening, between 4 – 8 pm, the café would come alive with the sound of instruments and voices, weaving musical notes that calmed the senses. Here are some pictures from the last week.

Gladson Peter is one of the NSPA’s most colourful performers. He always comes armed with more than one instrument. Here, you can see him play the guitar, harmonica and Ghungroos simultaneously. The blinking goggles are for added effect!

Gladson Peter performing at QTube

After their respective performances, a couple of our artists decided to jam together. From Sufi tunes to popular folk numbers, they played and practiced to their hearts content.

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This wonderful violin-bongo performance was absolutely soothing and a pleasure to listen to.

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And here’s a pic from our opening. Two NSPA artists put up a Marathi folk performance at the cafe.

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The Big NSPA Auditions – Talent, Music, Happiness!

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The NSPA recently had a second, much bigger round of auditions on the 16th of April at Pushpa Narsee Park, Juhu. There were 26 applicants in all, some individual performers and some groups. The atmosphere in the park was wonderful, rife with talent and filled with the sound of instruments and lyrical voices. It felt nice to see artists tuning their instruments and practicing their performance pieces prior to the auditions. Some chose to sit with their bandmates while some wandered around alone, exploring the place and calming themselves. There seemed however, to be just one thing on everyone’s mind – the impending NSPA auditions!

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Once the auditions commenced, we observed a common trend. Most artists were a little hesitant during their first performance, perhaps because of nervousness, but as soon as they moved into their second performance, one could sense the tension melt away and the artists then gave us a clearer picture of their abilities and passion. It was also easy to spot the more seasoned professionals among this sea of talent. They were the ones with the most confidence and showmanship, like the stage was home to them, and performing in front of crowds, a piece of cake.

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The auditions offered up an interesting mix of performers, there were mouth organ enthusiasts, percussionists, folk singers, Sufi musicians, indie pop addicts and even a visually challenged flutist, a rapper and a performer who sang songs in 3 different South Indian languages! Then there were those creative composers who like to pen their own lyrics and create their own tunes. What a vibrant, talent-rich medley of languages, genres and instruments! In those four hours, it felt like we had travelled across the whole of India and had sampled the musical tastes of almost every culture!

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Another heart-warming observation was the camaraderie we witnessed among the artists. Although many of them were strangers to each other, played different genres of music, belonged to different age groups and even nationalities, it was interesting to see them cheer for and support each other. Irrespective of the genre, if you delivered a good performance, you could be sure to receive a hearty round of applause and encouraging pats on the back. It was like for those four hours, differences went unnoticed as hearts and minds were bound together by a common passion, music!

Unforgettable moments from the auditions:

A 16-year-old amazes us with his rock-n-roll performance

There wasn’t a dearth of talent at the auditions, however, there was one artist who won our hearts. We’re talking about a lively, 16-year-old, Rock-n-roll fan, who performed a fabulous rendition of Elvis Presley’s ‘Jail house rock.’ His strong, powerful vocals captivated us completely and his bubbling, sunny personality brought a smile to our face. Unfortunately, we couldn’t select him since he was underage, but we’re sure his performance won’t be forgotten anytime soon!

Watch the video now!

Jail House Rock

Harmonica players perform an impromptu piece

Another such moment came towards the end of the auditions, when two harmonica players jammed together for us! Although the performance was a spontaneous one, completely unplanned and unrehearsed, they complemented each other’s notes and tunes so well that it felt like they had been playing together for ages!

Check out their fab performance here:

Mario Theme on Harmonica

On the whole, the auditions were amazing, and we did find some really talented performers. The results will be out soon, so keep checking our Facebook page!

Fun Things to do this Week!

Monday, April 6th, 2015

It’s that time of the week when we list down all the fun activities and events you can be a part of during the week so that you don’t find yourself desperately awaiting the weekend. Here are some inspiring and enjoyable activities that are sure to interest art, music and drama lovers. Pick up an event/events that excite you and pay a visit to the venue after work to spice up your weekday, workday routine.

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Image courtesy: ztopics

Art Lovers:

Well peeps, there’s a lot in store for you this week. If you’re feeling philanthropic, The Indian Cancer Society gives you a chance to help out those in need. Pick up a couple of artworks from the ‘Art for A Cause,’ art exhibition, an exhibition that aims raise funds to help out deserving cancer patients and do your bit for society. More than 50 renowned artists will have their works on display, so you’re sure to find something worth buying.

Venue: Art and Soul Gallery (Worli) 11 am onwards, Monday – Thursday

Check out the works of celebrated British painter and printmaker, Howard Hodgkin, at Jehangir Nicholson Gallery from Monday to Sunday, 11 am onwards. Hodgkin is known for his semi-abstract paintings that make use of bold strokes of colour to convey emotional states, private judgements and specific meanings. Look out for his two major works “Rain” and “Come into the Garden, Maud” at the exhibition.

Music Lovers:

As usual, NSPA artists put on fabulous performances at various locations to help make your week more enjoyable and musical. On Tuesday, head towards Carter Road, from 6-9 pm to enjoy pop fusion and alternative rock music. On Thursday, stay tuned for Sufi and Marathi folk performances at Marol Naka Metro Station and Saibaba Park, 6-8 pm. Fridays offer a host of performances at several popular locations like Oberoi Mall, Goregaon, Metro Mall, Kalyan, Carter Road, Andheri Metro Station and Pushpa Narsee Park, Juhu. For more details about the line-ups, check out our events page: NSPA Events

Stand-up Comedy Lovers:

Canvas Laugh Club gives budding comedians a chance to enjoy the spotlight with their ‘Open Mic’ event. You can now tell those funny one-liners and semi-hilarious jokes to persons other than your best friend and dog. Be there today at 8.30 pm to enjoy some good and some not-so-good debut performances!

Canvas Laugh Club also presents the Best in Stand-up Comedy with Karan Talwar, Milhail Almeda and Karunesh Talwar delivering their most humorous performances this Wednesday, 8.30 pm. Attend this show to have a gala time as these seasoned performers are sure to leave you in splits!

PS: The Lil Flea Anniversary happens this week and to celebrate it, the organizers have put up a 3-day gala event that will delight shopaholics, foodies and music lovers!Head towards the BKC grounds from 4-11 pm this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enjoy an absorbing, unforgettable experience! For more details, visit their Facebook page: The Lil Flea Anniversary Edition

That’s all for now folks, hope you have a swell week!

Marico Evenings | Free Music Gig | 22nd March

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Picture this:

A slowly setting sun infuses a gorgeous golden-orange tint in the sky. It’s a peaceful evening and the trees sway gently to the rhythm of the winds. There’s an open air stage in front of you, beautifully illuminated by lights, growing brighter and brighter as darkness takes over. From the stage emanates music, moving, entrancing music that sucks you in, mind and soul, and transports you to another time, when Sufi saints walked the earth, or to a another place, where festive folk music lures vibrantly-dressed dancers into swaying to its echoing rhythms. Wouldn’t you love to experience something like this?

Well actually, you can, at Marico Evenings! NSPA brings to you Marico Evenings, a talent-filled evening designed to delight music and drama lovers. Scheduled to be held at the Carter Road Amphitheater on 22nd March, this event offers an amazing lineup of gifted artists who deliver some flawless, inspiring performances. From Sufi rock performances, to upbeat folk songs, to witty plays with eye-opening messages to harmonious instrumental pieces, this event offers an eclectic mix of performances that are sure to captivate even the most scrupulous connoisseurs of creativity.

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Still not motivated to attend the event? Here’s another reason why you should. All the artists performing at the event are independent artists, who have chosen to work their way up the ladder by self-tutoring themselves or by using the training they’ve received in the most innovative ways possible. So, you’re sure to be treated to some brilliant compositions and renditions. Revel in this creativity and have an eventful, wonderful Sunday!

And yes, don’t forget to bring family and friends along!

Check out the poster for details regarding artists and performance timings.

Marico Evening

Marico Evening