Sunday 26 May 2019

Delhi inauguration of fine idea of Nava Pallava needs more clarity - Taalam: column by Leela Venkataraman

Nava Pallava, the brainchild of Ashok Jain of Spic Macay deserves all encouragement, for it aims at providing performance opportunities to young artists, who apart from being outside the charmed performance circuit, are also exploited by so called impresarios providing platforms for a fee. With this money the organizer not only pays for the venue but also earns a percentage of profit for oneself. Senior artists like Sharmila Biswas in Kolkata, Aruna Mohanty and Ratikant Mohapatra in Bhubaneswar, Parwati Dutta in Aurangabad and some others have taken up the Nava Pallava cause in earnest with highly encouraging results. 

New Delhi's Sangeet Shyamala stepping in to help with an inaugural event mounted at its premises is all to the good. With trustee Chetna Jalan not in station, her sister, Vasundhara Tiwari, Principal of the institution, conducted the event. But the evening, as conceived had a few confused areas. 

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1 comment:

  1. Leela Ji. As a practitioner of Kathak, I have worked with Mr. ashok jain previously through Spic Macay.

    I pose this question. If aim of Nava Pallava is to discourage pay and perform model, then how is this any different?

    The correct way forward would be to encourage corporations, NGO's and increase government support to support such platforms.

    In my understanding this is just another example of the same, where an artist themselves is paying for other artists to perform.

    I am a supporter of presenting new platforms for younger talent as they need encouragement, but is this the way?

    Looking forward to your positive response.

    With Much Appreciation,

    Astha Dixit