It’s called independent music, but sponsors are beginning to have too much of a say in how gigs are organised and which bands perform. So say some old-timers — fans who have been around since the good old days of Razz Rhino in Juhu.
Control-ALT-Delete, now in its third edition, seeks to change all that, at least for one day, offering a sponsor-free platform for alternative and punk bands, where the funds come from the fans.
There is no entry fee, just an invitation to indie music supporters to pay what they want on wishberry.in — or pay anything between 50 paise and Rs. 5,000 as their chosen entry fee at the venue.
Spearheaded by band manager Himanshu Vaswani, the initiative was born a year and a half ago, with the first two editions held in January and April last year.
This year, Vaswani has been joined by fellow band manager Rishu Singh and Arjun Ravi and Nikhil Udupa of Only Much Louder, who have pooled resources to ‘reboot’ and scale up the concept. Ten bands will play at this year’s edition, to be held at rehearsal hall-turned-gig venue Sitara Studios.
The lineup includes Blakc, Split, Spud in the Box, Blek, The Lightyears Explode, The Riot Peddlers and Microphon3 and new bands The Fringe Pop, Unohu and Your Chin. “After the show, we will make all transactions public so that everyone knows how their money was spent,” says Udupa. “We want this to be a sustainable enterprise.”
What: Control-ALT-Delete Edition III
When: Sunday (September 30), 3.30 pm onwards
Where: Sitara Studios, Garage Lane, opposite Tilak Bhavan, Elphinstone Road
Cost: Attendees can pay what they want at the venue (anything from 50 paise to Rs. 5,000). Donations are also welcome on wishberry.in
- Suprateek Chatterjee
Pain, in ink on paper
On a small TV screen at the Clark House art gallery, a two-minute video plays on a loop.
It shows 25-year-old artist Amol Patil carefully wrapping a shirt, shoes and an old transmitter around himself with cling film, then slowly and mournfully cutting the objects out and letting them fall to the floor.
Nearby are ink drawings of the same three objects.
“Those were items I had planned to take to the UK in mid-September, when I was awarded a full art scholarship to perform at a young artists’ festival in Nottingham,” says Patil, a Parel chawl resident and son of a deceased BMC civil engineer and folk theatre artist. “It would have been my first time in an aircraft and my first international trip.”
Instead, Patil was denied a visa because his bank balance was too low and he was seen as a potential illegal immigrant. Sorely disappointed, he decided to express his sorrow through his art.
An exhibition of a collection of these works, titled Visas Revisited, is now underway at Clark House.
On display at the same space are works by two artists from Myanmar — Aung Mint and Chang Aye — abstract drawings and landscapes inspired by Buddhist teachings.
This is the first in a six-month series of exhibitions at Clark House, of works by artists from Myanmar.
“The series is aimed at acquainting people with the culture of this neighbouring country, which most people in India have no clue about,” says Zasha Colah, a co-founder of and curator at the Clark House Initiative.
What: Burma: Inner Voices, an exhibition of paintings by two artists from Myanmar; and Visas Revisited, an exhibition of works by city artist Amol Patil
When: September 24 to October 1, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Clark House, 8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road), opposite Sahakari Bhandar and Regal Cinema, near Woodside Inn
Entry Is Free
— Riddhi Doshi
A musical statement
At a morning concert tomorrow, Hindustani vocalist Suresh Bapat will bring to life the distinctive approach to music that he imbibed from his late guru, the ethnomusicologist Ashok Ranade.
A competent performer, the 50-year-old Bapat will present a piece in Raga Komal Rishabh Asavari that he learnt from Ranade, another in Deskar Mand composed by the sitarist Shankar Abhyankar and then conclude with two racy Natya Sangeet compositions.
“Dr Ranade had a balanced approach to all gharanas — he himself had trained in three different ones,” explained Thane-based Bapat, who was a permanent voice in theme-based programmes conceptualised and led by the musicologist.
“A bandish or a composition is a musical statement made by the composer. Ranade felt that the singer should realise this when he or she is giving voice to that statement, and should not break up lines or words in order to arrive at the sam (the beginning of the rhythmic cycle). He also believed that there should be some consistency and artistic logic to whatever that is being sung or presented.”
Before his tutelage under Ranade, Bapat trained with the well-known singer Prabhakar Karekar. During this phase, Bapat developed an admirable flexibility in his voice.
At tomorrow’s recital, sponsored by Kalabharati and Sangeet Shikshaka Sangha, Bapat will be accompanied by Samay Cholkar on the tabla and Makarand Kundle on the harmonium. He will follow a sitar recital by Shashikala Abhyankar.
What: A Hindustani vocal recital by Suresh Bapat
When: Sunday (September 30) at around 11 am, following a sitar recital that starts at 10 am
Where: Karnataka Sangha, Matunga Road (West)
Call: 2437-7022 / 9645
Entry Is Free
— Amarendra Dhaneshwar
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When: September 24 to October 15, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Tao Art Gallery, 165, The View, Dr A B Road, Worli.
Call: 2491-8585 / 8686
Entry Is Free
Coffee coach Saahil Jatana will conduct a two-hour workshop on the history of coffee, types of coffee beans and various methods of brewing. The session will end with a demonstration of four types of coffee preparations — espresso, latte, mocha and cappuccino — followed by a tasting.
When: Sunday (September 30), 5 pm
Where: The Art Loft, Valentino Rest, 1st Floor, Above Patel Store, Near Mehboob Studio, Bandra (West)
Cost: Rs. 1,200
Performance By Prateesha Suresh, a Mumbai-based dancer. Suresh will stage a performance of Sattriya, a little-known classical dance form from Assam, at a show organised by the city-based Pratishrathi Foundation and Bhavan’s Cultural Centre.
When: Saturday (September 29), 6.30 pm
Where: SPJIMR Auditorium, Bhavan’s College, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (West)
Entry Is Free