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NSPA Bags another Venue – CPRA Greens Garden!

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The NSPA is always on the lookout for new venues to perform at and we welcome with open arms any opportunity that comes our way. One such opportunity presented itself a few days back in the form of an invitation to conduct a pilot performance at CPRA Greens Gardens, Cuffe Parade. If the performance went well, we were to be given permission to conduct regular performances here.

Yesterday, we made our way towards this peaceful, picturesque space to give residents and visitors a taste of what our performances are like. Mayur and Harsh, our resident Sufi artists put up a fabulous Sufi performance to entertain onlookers. We even got a few song requests and our artists were happy oblige. We also had members from the audience, all ardent lovers of Sufi music, make their way towards the mike and sing a couple of songs themselves. Finally, our artists were presented with bouquets to thank them for their fabulous performance. On the whole, it was a soulful, soothing evening, enriched with Sufi music and pleasant company!

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Oh, and yes, we did succeed in getting permission to hold regular performances in this garden. NSPA artists will perform inside CPRA Greens Garden, Cuffe Parade every Sunday, from 6-7 pm! So excitement and happiness!

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NSPA Performances to Watch Out For!

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Come rain or storm, NSPA artists diligently put up performances at various places in the city. The best part about these performances is that they’re free. Yes, you don’t have to shell out even a penny to listen to our artists. All we ask of you is to give us a some of your time and attention. Here is a list of locations our artists will be performing at over the next few days. Head over to these venues to enjoy some wonderful live music performances and street plays too!

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Oberoi, Goregaon: The performance-art loving folks at Oberoi have created ‘Theater Thursdays’ and ‘Musical Fridays’ to make your weekdays fun days! Watch NSPA artists perform thought-provoking, witty street plays every Thursday, from 4-6 pm. Plus, to celebrate ‘Musical Fridays,’ NSPA artists will be putting up melodious performances from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Head over to enjoy two days of fab, fab performances!

Mumbai Metro Stations: NSPA artists have become regular performers at Metro stations. The Mumbai Metro believes in making commuting comfortable and enjoyable and have always encouraged busking inside stations. On your way to or from work, you can always stop a while and immerse your senses in some melodious music. All you need to do is spot our artists (dressed in our trademark yellow tees) and stand next to them for a bit. This Saturday and Sunday, performances will be held at Marol Naka and Ghatkopar stations respectively, from 9-11 am and from 5-8 pm.

Infinity, Malad: Infinity is a new venue the NSPA has bagged and NSPA artists will now perform here every Thursday from 6-8 pm. We have artists performing a range of genres, so whether you like Sufi or folk music or tend to be partial towards western pop and blues, you’re sure to find an artist performing ‘your kinda music.’

Well, hope our initiative of taking art to the streets helps you have an enjoyable week and weekend!

Anniversary Celebrations: Busking at the Metro!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

This Saturday, Sunday and Monday were exciting days for us, because just like countless other Mumbaikars, we rely heavily on the Mumbai Metro for a comfortable and quick commuting experience. On the 8th of June, the Mumbai Metro completed a year of efficient functioning and to mark this day, they organized three days of celebrations. From holding exciting exhibitions, to organizing fun train rides, food stalls and live performances, the Metro really did make a lavish effort to transform their stations into bustling hubs of activity and entertainment! We were lucky to have been invited to participate in the merrymaking. To infuse enjoyment into this celebratory milieu, NSPA artists delivered live music and drama performances at almost every Metro station. What’s more, we even surprised commuters by organizing a few performances inside Metro trains!

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On bumping into our artists at first, most commuters were taken aback, and tracing their reactions, from surprise to smiles was quite enjoyable. Although we must admit, it wasn’t always a bed of roses for our budding buskers, sometimes they were greeted with not-so-flattering comments and sometimes, the worst reaction of all – pure disinterest, yet, we must stay our artists did hold their stations well. Dutifully and delightedly, they belted out one fabulous performance after the next and more often than not, they did succeed in arousing the interests of the busiest of commuters. Slowly and shakily the curious commuter inched closer to where music could be heard playing from. On spying a person performing for no apparent reason, some chose to wait back and enquire about the proceedings, some merely busied themselves in enjoying all that was unfolding and some, well, turned on heel and scurried off. Either way, we must we had a really great time performing at the Metro! Lilting melodies cut through the frenzied din to contribute an aura of much happiness and revelry.

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Busking inside the metro!

Busking inside the Metro was a memorable experience for our artists. Somehow, we enjoyed a much better response here. (We have a sneaking suspicion that this is because trapped inside a snake-like, moving structure, most people had no option but to set aside their suspicions and enjoy what was going on!) Inside the Metro, our artists were greeted with wolf-whistles and much cheering. Most commuters seemed to enjoy having the monotony of their journeys broken by some melodious live music. On reaching their destinations, a quick ‘thumbs up sign’ was pointed in our direction or a soft “good job” whispered. All these compliments, no matter how small, encourage us and motivate us to continue doing what we do.

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On the whole, it was an extremely enjoyable 3-days and we’re sure that the Metro commuters too had a very pleasant experience. Once again, we extend a big ‘thank you’ to the Mumbai Metro for always being supportive of our efforts and a special, but equally big thank you to Quantum Asset Management Company for believing in us and supporting us, always.