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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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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!

OMG Buskers! 5 Things you should do when you Spot them

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

This is for all those who are unfamiliar with the term and find themselves quite taken aback when they see a group of artists, props and instruments in hand, happily performing at street corners or railway stations. It can be quite bewildering, especially if it’s early in the morning, and you’re in a hurry to get to work. You see them there, singing and juggling away to glory and you wonder, “Who are these people and don’t they have jobs to go to?” More importantly, you’re unsure about what you’re supposed to do. Should you stop by, or will that look very uncool to sophisticated eyes in the vicinity? Also, will they badger you for money if you do stop by?

Here are the answers. First of all, the practice is called busking, where a group of artists voluntarily decide to perform on the streets. Some do it for money, but many do it simply because they’re proud of their talent and wish to share it with people. And no, not all artists who perform on the streets are jobless or homeless. Also, if you love music, you should stop by, because these artists are great performers are will surely wow you with their talent.

Now that you’ve begun to believe that buskers are a harmless bunch of really gifted artists, and are probably even entertaining the idea of stopping by the next time you see them, here are some fun things you can do to gain the most out of these impromptu performances:

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1. Make some noise!

It might be a public place, but there’s no rule against enjoying a wonderful live performance. So, sing along, clap, snap, tap and just have a good time!

2. Make a request:

Ask this merry bunch of artists to play your favourite song or recite a poem you love. Most buskers will happily oblige. In fact, they find it quite flattering.

3. Bust a move!

You don’t have to have Michael Jackson’s moves, or be able to pull off a perfect handstand, but you can still shake a leg! Don’t worry about what people will think, if you’re having a good time, just go with the flow.

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4. Take some photographs, or a video:

Not only will it serve as a happy memory, but by sharing these photographs or videos, you also help popularize an aspiring artist. Give their talent a boost by talking about your experience on social media platforms.

5. Like their Facebook page/Video channel:

Buskers don’t ask much of you, especially since you don’t have to pay a high price to watch them perform. But, if they make a humble request, like asking you to like their page or subscribe to their YouTube channel, please do. Trust me, it’ll be much appreciated.

Alright, now that you know what to do when you see these artistic beings in their element, go ahead and enjoy their performances!

NSPA goes to Goa!

Friday, March 27th, 2015

NSPA has always striven to grow, to diversify and accomplish more. So, from having just a handful of artists and venues in our kitty, we now support over 50 artists and perform at more than 20 places in the city. With each passing day, the team strives to double its efforts, so that the joy of art can be spread to one and all. We must say, our efforts have been quite successful!

It’s time NSPA enjoyed another success. A really big one this time.

After months of planning and organizing, the NSPA has succeeded in launching its ‘Bringing Art to the People’ initiative in Goa! Yes guys, the NSPA will now be organizing street performances in Goa. We’ve roped in local artists to perform at some popular public spaces in Panjim city like the Kadamba Bus Stand, Panaji Municipal Market and at the Garden Square Junction. A big thank you is rightfully due to the CCP (Corporation of the City of Panaji,) especially Mr. Sanjit Rodrigues, the Commissioner, for granting us the required permissions and welcoming us to Goa. For now, performances will be held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. So, if you happen to be in Goa on any of these days, do visit our venues to listen to our artists perform.

Excited for us? Then help us spread the word about our launch. If you have friends or relatives in Goa, tell them about NSPA. Also, if you know of any budding artists in Goa who are eager to showcase their talent, ask them to drop us a mail so that we can get in touch with them. We are hoping to make our Goa launch as successful as our initiative in Mumbai. Fingers crossed!

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