If you happen to be on platform one at Borivli station on Wednesday morning or evening, chances are you will stumble upon a live concert featuring Indian classical, folk or rock musicians. On Monday, Western Railway commuters were surprised by similar musical performances at Churchgate station.
The concerts have been organised by National Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA), a cultural forum launched this week by the city-based non-profit organisation HelpYourNGO.com.
With the aim of reviving Mumbai's culture of street music, NSPA plans to hold such gigs all through October and November at Churchgate, Bandra and Borivli stations. The performances will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, between 9 and 11 am and between 5.30 and 7.30 pm.
"In the 1970s and 80s, Mumbai used to a have a lot of folk street musicians who eventually moved to more steady jobs as the cost of living increased," said Ajit Dayal, businessman and founder of NSPA, who wanted to bring back music to the city's public spaces through a forum that would also support artistes.
The NSPA has auditioned, selected and signed contracts with nearly a dozen independent musicians so far, and pays them a fee per hour.
The artistes who are to perform at Borivli station on Wednesday include Carnatic classical percussionist K Dakshinamurthy, Hindustani classical tabla player KK Singh and vocalist Smit Dharia, Uttaranchali folk singer Suresh Kala and folk-rock guitarist Pratyul Joshi.
Imli Imchen, 23, a guitarist and singer who played progressive rock, jazz and the blues at Churchgate on Monday evening, drew a large crowd of commuters on the way back from work.