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NSPA Now at 4 New Metro Stations!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

 

The Mumbai Metro has always be a fun place to perform at. Perpetually populated and bustling with hurrying commuters, one feel the pulse of the city that never sleeps here. Performing among this whirlwind of movement and energy is always rewarding. Sometimes it’s a pat on the back that makes our day, sometimes it’s the singing along that brings a smile to our face. Here, we get to interact with people, entertain them and tell them a bit about ourselves too. Truly, performing at Mumbai Metro stations is a one of a kind experience, something we enjoy immensely and look forward to eagerly.

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Till today, our artists have been performing at Ghatkopar, Andheri, Marol Naka and Saki Naka Stations. However, from tomorrow onwards, in additions to these four stations our artists will also perform at four new stations – D. N Nagar, Airport Road, Versova and W.E.H stations, from 9-11 am and 5-8 pm. Yes guys, we’ve been granted permission to perform at four more Metro Stations and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity. This takes us a step closer towards achieving our dream of taking art to the streets and making Mumbai an artist-friendly and art-conscious city. Eager to know which days our artists will perform on? Here’s the schedule-

Versova – Mondays

W.E.H. – Tuesdays

D.N Nagar & Airport Road – Wednesdays

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We would like to extend a big ‘Thank You’ to the Mumbai Metro for being so supportive of our initiative. As for y’all, we hope this helps make your commute a little more enjoyable. If you ever happen to be stressed out because of a bad day at work, stop a while next to one of our artists and let melodious music wash the day’s stress away!

 

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.