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Not their cup of tea

Treena Mukherjee, Nov 26, 2012, DHNS :

Least Interested

No takers: Classical music programmes held in the City attract very few youngsters.

The festive season has ushered in a slew of cultural programmes in the City and a host of artistes from various parts of the country are performing at various shows. However, there is a marked absence of the youngsters from this scene.

Many say that they don’t have the time to make it to these shows and hence, are not interested.

“There is hardly any time to attend the cultural shows. We are barely able to spend any time with our family. Most of these shows begin at around 6 pm or so and by the time we leave office, it is too late for us to go to the venue. Half the show is over — it is pointless,” explains Srinivas, a young executive.

Some others say that they are more interested in pop and rock shows and would rather spend money on their favourite artistes than go for classical music or dance recitals.

“I attended the rock shows that took place in the City recently. I am not an Indian classical music lover and really get bored. Maybe when I am older, I will develop a liking for classical recitals. Right now, my inclination is solely towards rock and metal,” says Vikram, a musician.

The festive season has seen some brilliant artistes from across the country like Pandit Jasraj, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Ayaan and Amaan Ali Khan; kathak artiste Rajendra Gangani, thumri artiste Girija Devi and many others perform in the City.

The coming days will see other performances by artistes like T M Krishna, H K Venkatram, Arjun Kumar and Giridhar Udupa in the City.

Some youngsters say that the prices of the tickets are so high that they are unable to afford it.

“There are some concerts that interest me. But the prices of the tickets cause a big hole in the pocket. The organisers should consider the fact that students like us cannot pay a huge amount for the shows.

There are some shows which do have students discounts, but those don’t help at all. It discourages us from being a part of the show,” says Nithya, a student.

Many students say that they might go for a play but going to a classical concert does not sound appealing. “My parents often go for these performances but I am more inclined towards theatre as I am part of a theatre group.

Classical concerts are not my cup of tea. I will not discourage anyone from attending them — I think it is a matter of interest and those who are interested surely find the time to attend them,” says Karthik, also a student.


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