Virtual is the new normal thing


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 preserve shut observe of performances and festivals, and journey far and extensive to catch displays and reveals.

The pandemic has utterly modified all that. There’s no journey and the annual dance and music occasions have all gone digital. “Regardless of the disaster, we had been eager to achieve out to rasikas and never disappoint the various children whom we provide a platform in our annual sequence,” says ‘Mridangam’ Shankaranarayanan. The 100th live performance of his academy featured Vivek Sadasivam’s vocal efficiency in a web-based format.

Sustaining artwork

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 consider we now have to encourage the follow of pay-and-watch. How else can we maintain artwork and assist artistes pursue their inventive work,” asks Uma.

Uma Dogra

Uma Dogra

“I do know the expertise is not going to be anyplace near watching a reside efficiency in an auditorium, however I’ve ready myself mentally to simply accept the brand new regular and transfer on,” she says.

Each Raindrops and the Pt. Durgalal Competition will function artistes who had carried out in earlier editions. “I’ve requested them to ship a brand new or pre-recorded piece from a current efficiency. Although we’d like not step out to place collectively occasions for the digital platform, it’s not straightforward in any respect. It requires excellent 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 12 months. “These children are studying to rediscover house. I instructed them to carry out of their properties and hyperlink the items right into a cohesive complete,” says Daksha.

Says senior dancer-guru Lata Surendra, who is understood to curate performances that deliver collectively artistes from various genres, “I’ve at all times tried to challenge the join between dance and life by means of distinctive themes in my annual festivals.”

Virtual is the new normal

Shifting focus

‘Ode to Humanity’ was the primary mega digital competition she curated throughout the lockdown. “With over 80 dancers and diversified dance kinds from internationally, I sought to outline the human spirit and its skill to transcend limitations,” says Lata, who offered the favored EKAM competition 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 competition held each August, she alongside along with her disciples paid homage to the late exponent with a virtually 12-hour efficiency.

Jhelum Paranjape

Jhelum Paranjape

“We want 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 comparable to elevating cash for indigent artistes and providing solace to these feeling lonely and disturbed by the lockdown.”

Tech assist

Nicely-known harmonium artiste Sudhir Nayak is grateful to know-how for bridging the artiste-audience hole throughout the lockdown. Together with a couple of different lovers, Sudhir has been presenting occasions beneath the aegis of organisations comparable to Kala Coast and Village Music Membership.

“The massive variety of on-line occasions is taking away from the true function of artwork throughout a worldwide disaster. We have to supply one thing past the routine. Individuals now have the time to grasp 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 essential modifications,” he provides.

The Mumbai-based creator writes on music and dance