Mumbai-based artistes on the challenges and advantages of presenting their standard festivals on-line
The lifetime of most music and dance lovers revolves across the cultural calendar. They hold shut observe of performances and festivals, and journey far and extensive to catch shows and reveals.
The pandemic has fully modified all that. There’s no journey and the annual dance and music occasions have all gone digital. “Regardless of the disaster, we have been eager to succeed in out to rasikas and never disappoint the numerous children whom we provide a platform in our annual collection,” says ‘Mridangam’ Shankaranarayanan. The one hundredth live performance of his academy featured Vivek Sadasivam’s vocal efficiency in a web based format.
Veteran Kathak dancer Uma Dogra, whose Samved Society of Performing Arts hosts Raindrops and the Pt. Durgalal Competition yearly in reminiscence of her guru, has additionally taken to the digital platform, inviting each younger and senior artistes to take part. “Digital or actual, I imagine we now have to encourage the follow of pay-and-watch. How else can we maintain artwork and assist artistes pursue their artistic work,” asks Uma.
“I do know the expertise won’t be anyplace near watching a reside efficiency in an auditorium, however I’ve ready myself mentally to just accept the brand new regular and transfer on,” she says.
Each Raindrops and the Pt. Durgalal Competition will characteristic artistes who had carried out in earlier editions. “I’ve requested them to ship a brand new or pre-recorded piece from a latest efficiency. Although we want not step out to place collectively occasions for the digital platform, it’s not simple in any respect. It requires good tech inputs to make performances look glossy.”
Odissi exponent Daksha Mashruwala and her disciples at Kaishiki Nrityabhasha offered the annual Guru Poornima programme on-line this yr. “These children are studying to rediscover house. I instructed them to carry out of their properties and hyperlink the items right into a cohesive entire,” says Daksha.
Says senior dancer-guru Lata Surendra, who is thought to curate performances that carry collectively artistes from numerous genres, “I’ve all the time tried to challenge the join between dance and life via distinctive themes in my annual festivals.”
‘Ode to Humanity’ was the primary mega digital pageant she curated in the course of the lockdown. “With over 80 dancers and diverse dance types from the world over, I sought to outline the human spirit and its means to transcend limitations,” says Lata, who offered the favored EKAM pageant too on the digital platform.
EKAM, that includes veteran and younger artistes, was a mix of dance, music and poetry.
Although senior Odissi dancer-guru Jhelum Paranjape has determined to postpone her annual Sanjukta Panigrahi pageant held each August, she alongside together with her disciples paid homage to the late exponent with an almost 12-hour efficiency.
“We’d like funding to organise such festivals. With only a few sponsors and plenty of artistes present process monetary disaster, I made a decision to reschedule the occasion,” says Jhelum. “The pandemic has compelled us to shift our focus to extra pressing points akin to elevating cash for indigent artistes and providing solace to these feeling lonely and disturbed by the lockdown.”
Properly-known harmonium artiste Sudhir Nayak is grateful to know-how for bridging the artiste-audience hole in the course of the lockdown. Together with just a few different lovers, Sudhir has been presenting occasions beneath the aegis of organisations akin to Kala Coast and Village Music Membership.
“The large variety of on-line occasions is taking away from the true objective of artwork throughout a world disaster. We have to provide one thing past the routine. Folks now have the time to know the intricacies of an artwork, so why not do one thing to that impact,” says Sudhir.
He feels providing a good honorarium to the performers is equally essential, however seems troublesome on this state of affairs. “Allow us to ponder on these points to result in needed adjustments,” he provides.
The Mumbai-based creator writes on music and dance