Going behind the scenes

Going behind the scenes

With the interactive arts scene expanding day by day in the City, there is an increasing trend of discourses and discussions post events. Artistes share that this trend, which helps broaden the horizon for the performing arts, is an educative forum for both the audience as well as the artistes.

When an event is followed by an interaction about the same, it helps one to enter the world of the artiste, says Jayachandran Palazhy from Attakkalari Centre for
Movement Arts.

“This opens up a space for feedback and gathers different perspectives from the audience. How one perceives a dance or a particular piece with sensorial movement might not be the way another does. Thus, this helps the artiste to think beyond,” he shares.

Jayachandran adds that in keeping with this idea, Attakkalari often showcases ‘work-in-progress’ pieces to an audience, so as to get inputs from them.

It’s a two-way learning process, opines Mayuri Upadhya, the artistic director of
Nritarutya. “It helps deepen the bond between the audience and the artiste. Also, when there is a discourse after a performance and the audience stays back, it is a proof that the audience is interested in knowing or discussing about the piece,” shares Mayuri.

There are others who opine that such discussions help popularise the artistes too. PR Dasgupta, the director of Bangalore International Centre (BIC), says, “Since we have a smaller venue for performing arts, BIC witnesses more musical events with discourses.

We have tried to open the forum to artistes who are not known faces among the audience.” He adds, “Since the City has a cosmopolitan culture, we try to give space to talent. Bangalore has a knowledge-seeking crowd, which has led to an increase in the number of such events too.”

Jatin Vidyarthi, an electronica artiste, who makes music with the help of a computer, has also taken part in such discussions.

“It’s a very educative experience for the artiste as well as the audience to know what goes behind the scenes. This trend also contributes to the experimental nature that the City has,” details Jatin, who feels that the whole arts scene has become more interactive.

He adds that when artistes come from abroad, such sessions are almost always held. “This helps the artistes to know what is happening here as well.”

Abhay Rustum Sopori, a classical musician, who performed in Bangalore earlier this year, says that this was the first time in the country that he took part in an interaction organised after a performance.

“This is a common trend abroad though. Having been a part of such an experience, I feel that since Bangalore has people from different places, they have a deep passion for arts and like to know in detail about the same. When you see a crowd that wants to know more about your performance and art, it is a complete and rewarding experience for the artiste,” he wraps up.

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