December is one of our favorite months. Not only is it a great month for parties and holidaying, it's also a wonderful time for introspection and looking back over the memories, hardships, and victories of the past year. A month spent not only being grateful for all we've gotten over the year, but to plan and hope for the coming one as well.
QTube Cafe, an initiative by Quantum AMC, powered by NSPA, is one of Mumbai's most unique cafes. It’s a space for you to write, meet, meditate, and use as your own. But that's not all! It also allows you to explore the works of talented artists in the city, every day!
Whether in travel, books or magazines, or even in music, art has the ability to take you on a journey. Sometimes that journey is to a land far away. And sometimes, it leads to introspection, and the journey ends up being one of self discovery.
No matter where you go, whether you are in your hometown, or are travelling to another country, history is marked on our landscapes through old architecture, places of worship, old caves and caverns, and in the music and poems that have been passed down generations. Art, in all its many forms, plays an integral part both in marking the progress of a land and its people, as well as telling its tales, its joys and sorrows. So whether you look for them in cave paintings, or in the old stories your grandmother told you, or the songs your community sings at weddings, you'll see it everywhere. You just need to look.
Whether a pet at home, a stray dog that accompanies you to the bus stop every morning, or even the birds that start your day with their lovely singing, animals truly do make the world a better place. And those of us who interact lovingly with them will all attest, they make us better people by being in our lives.
Whether you're looking for happiness or inspiration, you often don't need to look further than within yourself. But we agree, sometimes it gets hard to keep that in mind. For those tough days, you have us to remind you to take a step back and smile.
September saw both Read A Book Day as well as World Literacy Day, and as such, we end the month with our last set of genre based listing of great authors. If your favorite genre got missed, write to us, and we'll put up a post just for you. Till then, happy reading!
Be happy, and a reason will come along.” It’s not always easy to be happy all the time, but guess what? That’s ok. Sometimes just pretending is enough to trick your mind to actually believing it. And once you’ve mastered the art of believing that you are happy, you actually become it. Happiness is not so much a goal to have, but rather a state of mind that you need to create for yourself. So go on then, get creating!
This week vow to create something of your own, and watch as you open up your world to a new set of possibilities! Trust us, there is no joy greater than watching something from deep inside of you take a physical form, whether on canvas, paper, or a recording.
The weather! No seriously, the weather! Isn’t it just the most beautiful thing at this time of year? Oh, wait. You don’t agree? It’s mucky, makes you sweaty, it’s horrible to travel in, especially to go to work, and the number of shoes you’ve ruined is heartbreaking?
Thanks to the hectic nature of our days, we hardly get time to treat ourselves to entertainment. At the most, we’ll probably find time to watch a serial or two on Netflix, or catch our favourite comedian’s stand up piece on YouTube. But, where or where is the time for art, right?
When you think of the word color, what comes to mind? Do you see a big random blotch of red? Or blue, or green? Are you limited to viewing the world in just the primary and secondary colors, or have you expanded your view to include shades and variations of those very colors?
India is a land known for its rich and diverse culture, and its dance forms are known internationally for their graceful movements and elegant body poses. The art of storytelling that is intertwined amongst these dances is something that adds to their allure.
No matter who you are, or where you are, you definitely have people in your life. Whether it’s family or friends, colleagues or classmates, people play an essential role in your day-to-day living. And with people, of course, come the celebrations.
Thich Nhat Hanh once said “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”Every day can’t possibly be a great one. We all face our troubles, our low points, and our failures. After all, without our lows, why would we celebrate our highs?
Another weekend is here, and since we had something special for creative folk last week, this weekend we’re bringing a list of Netflix programs for the music addicts out there. (Yes, yes, we haven’t forgotten you). So without further ado, let’s get listing.
Feel like starting the week off with a bit of musical creativity? We’ve got a cool Do-It-Yourself project that you can take on, and the best thing is that you don’t need to go shopping for supplies, nor does it take too much of time to make
If you love quirky illustrations, this is the account to follow. Not only does the artist create cute illustrations, she also animates them by using the stop-motion technique. These videos are quite brilliant and one often wonders how she manages to create them!
It’s pouring cats and dogs outside your window and all you wan’t to do is curl up indoors, sip something warm and enjoy a good movie/book or some good music. While you might have your own preferences when it comes to the first two, you could always use a few good suggestions when it comes to the latter.
Plain walls can be quite boring to look at. Eager to decorate them with interesting wall art? Here are a couple of ideas for wall art pieces you can create yourself. Get ready to spice up your interiors and sharpen those designing skills!
You’re probably already aware of this unique café that has popped up on S.V. Road – a café that offers you the delights of a coffee shop and the creativity of a thriving culture zone. But, for those who aren’t exactly lovers of either coffee or culture, what are they to do here?
While most of us like to think that we’re too busy to have spare time, in reality, this belief is neither accurate nor honest. We do enjoy a significant amount of free time every day, but most of us choose to squander it on WhatsApp or staring at our Facebook feeds.
It’s important to have a hobby, especially in our fast-paced, social-media obsessed worlds so that our mind gets a chance to create instead of passively absorbing all that it’s bombarded with. Not only does a hobby stimulate creativity, it also improves mood and confidence.
Who can forget Avril Lavigne’s pretty in pink and black punk style that appealed to countless rebellious teenagers. If one wasn’t gushing about her style, one was certainly gushing about her songs, especially if a breakup was on the cards.
It’s not hard to become a ‘photographer’ in today’s world. DSLRs have become affordable, and consequently, ubiquitous. If you can’t afford one, there are phones you can invest in. Armed with high-performance cameras, mobile phones are helping photography enthusiasts capture DSLR-grade images quickly, easily and frequently.
Fountains are these mesmerizing, watery wonders that can make your worst days seem better. If you’re having a terrible day, trace your way to a nearby fountain and plonk down next to it. The soothing sound of gushing water and the occasional spray of cool mist will automatically alleviate your mood.
Another week has gone by and it was such a wonderful one! Wonderful because, firstly, we released a new podcast this Women’s Day. It’s an original song, written and composed by NSPA artist Suresh Kala. The video was well received and we received many pats on our back for the video
We're back with a bang, and this week too, our newsletter is full of fresh updates to get you acquainted with all that's happening in the art world. First things first, Leonardo DiCaprio finally got his Oscar! Yay! Also, Chris Rock delivered one of the most memorable opening monologues in Oscar history
Your weekly arts newsletter is here to bring you up to speed with all the coolest happenings in the art world, and to tell you all about the cool stuff happening right here, at the NSPA. First things first, our Kala Ghoda videos are out and ready to be viewed. We’ll be sharing them with you here,
We hope the week has been kind to you, for it surely was to us. This Monday, we performed on stage at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and the whole team and our artists were ecstatic! We put up a medley of folk songs from various folk genres, like Goan folk, Uttarakhandi folk, Rajasthani, Punjabi and Marathi folk!
Another important announcement - Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and as always, the NSPA has a surprise in store for you. The team and our artists have been working really hard to create a wonderful short film with a Valentine’s Day theme.
We hope the last week has been kind to you. We’ve had a wonderful week especially because the long-awaited Coldplay video finally released. Have you seen it yet? If you haven’t, well you must! There’s been so much talk about the portrayal of India in the video. While some aren’t too happy
We hope you’ve had a good week, at least we did, what with all the wonderful parades and celebrations to marvel at on Republic Day! We also put up NSPA performances in Pushpa Narsee Park and Dadar, and our artists were filled with pride as they belted out one patriotic
The last two weeks have been quite difficult for music lovers, for it brought the news of the demise of two phenomenal musicians, the first being David Bowie and the next, Glen Frey. If you’re wondering who Glen Frey is, he was the Founder and guitarist of the hit 70’s rock band
Today is a day of much significance for us, for we celebrate – ‘Vijayadashami’ or the festival of Dussehra. As we busy ourselves in revelry, let’s also set some time aside to consciously ponder over the significance of this festival.
Art is always believed to have a higher, nobler purpose and artists are respected because it is through their work that this purpose is conveyed. Powerful songs have stopped wars, a risque fashion has opened mindsets, evocative photographs
Another week has rolled by and it's been quite an awesome one for us! To begin with, we had a splendid guest performance by Eric Morrissey, a Fairfield University grad who's in India to talk to students about college life in the US and rip away the
It has been quite a week for us all. First, we were hit with the sad news of the demise of one of the most respected and loved president's of all time. Then, the controversial hanging of a criminal happened and that, while it left many applauding the judiciary system
We are back with our weekly dose of NSPA news. This week has been an eventful one, especially because of our performances at the airport. Yes, we were invited to put up two days of performances at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
It's time for us to share with y'all the latest goings-on in the NSPA. We've had a steady stream of activities take place and this has kept our artists and team members relatively busy. From performing at Mumbai Metro stations, to malls to conducting art literacy sessions
At the NSPA, all's well. Our artists, with their trademark T-shirts and sunny smiles have been putting up regular performances at all our venues. From malls, to metro stations to city parks, the NSPA is spreading love and art everywhere!
At the NSPA, things are going smoothly. Unlike the monsoons, there hasn't been a break in our performances. In fact, thanks to the increase in the number of Metro stations we perform at, and the addition of a couple of other venues
This weekend is going to be an awesome one, for the NSPA has a surprise in store for you! Presenting 'Misal Pav - Music. Dance. Theater.' a cultural fest that will delight all you performing arts
At NSPA, it's been a fun week. The entire team and all our artists have busied themselves in preparing for a show that will prove to be a treat for those who love music, dance and drama.
Tushar Maithani, an NSPA artist, came up with the wonderful idea of documenting the thoughts of the children he teaches in a 'Teach for India' school. Their insights, fears and aspirations lead to the creation of the moving video, 'Gudiya Rani,' which was created in collaboration with the NSPA
Another wonderful, musical week has gone by and we must say, it's been a great week! Of course, the sweltering summer heat is bothering us as much as it is bothering every Mumbaikar, but the happy happenings at NSPA have helped put a spring
Another humid, sweaty week has gone by and we continue to march on into the sweltering months of summer. Taking you through the interesting happenings last week, first there was the eye opening 'Save the Internet' video. A brilliant attempt
The previous weekend was a wonderful one as most of us got a good three-day break from work. While many chose to indulge in a short, relaxing getaway, there were also those who chose to stay back in the city and enjoy all that this bustling
Last week was a good one, peppered with many successes and without further ado, here's shifting the spotlight on our first major one - the Goa launch. Yes, on the 28th of March, NSPA launched its street performance initiative in Goa. After months of planning
We have a special newsletter for you this week, NSPA had quite an amazing gig last Sunday featuring only our Artists at the Carter Road Amphitheater as part of Marico Evenings. A Huge crowd pulsating with energy and out of this world music
Everybody's begun putting up their Christmas trees and fairy lights - and we at the National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) can't wait for the festivities to begin either, for the sound of Christmas carols..
We, at the National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) - an organisation attempting to bring a re-imagined culture of busking to India - realized that we've never quite explained what "busking" really entails. The word "busker" - a figure popularly known as a street performer...
Poet Derek Walcott's words - from the last lines of Love After Love - ask readers to sit back and "feast on their lives". There really is so much to feast on, isn't there?!..
We at the National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) often lament at how few spaces in Mumbai are created to encourage talented amateur performers like the ones we give a platform to.
These winter months really know how to stir things up - even in a city like Mumbai, which is seldom left un-charged and un-galvanized! We're going to be bombarded by theatre and music festivals, bazaars, flea markets, dance ..
We've been running around Mumbai tending to our street performances, and the festive mood has gripped us too - on our way back from our Tuesday and Friday evening Carter Road..
Vibrant. Orange. Earthy. Vivacious. Burnt yellow. Fiery red. Golden. Enchanting. If we were elsewhere in the world, this collection of words could all point to the sunset-kissed season of autumn.
Sometimes, it takes a fresh pair of eyes to help us discover the vitality in our seemingly humdrum lives, a blank slate to absorb everything we take for granted.
For some of us, this time of year brings forth many farewells, and we bid adieu to those going away to gain further
We at the NSPA have a bone to pick with the Irish lad, having been taken on a riotous journey by many so called "amateurs"
A silent, interested gentleman enjoying our newly recruited Rajasthani and Punjabi folk artists turned to us and said, "Yeh toh sabse khatarnak stage hai!"
There is this delightful moment in the 1960 classic Mughal-e-Azam, after the iconic number "Teri Mehfil Mein Kismat Azmakar"
"The hills are alive with the sound of music!" These are the words that Julie Andrews joyously trilled in the beloved 1965 musical
It's been a difficult past few weeks; train fares are up, the monsoon muck is in, traffic is bad, tempers are high and the average
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