DigiE(vam) – A new direction

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Vasanth Subramaniam – Division Head of Brandrama and Manager of Digital Content at evam! In this blog he is talking about how the Digital Content works in evam :)


We at evam have rarely done anything because many players in the market are doing it or because there is a tremendous need for it in the market. Performing arts has been our foundation. We feel immense joy seeing a piece of art come to life and a live audience consume and react to it. Which is why, when the digital content boom happened 4 to 5 years back, we were consciously staying away from it, deciding to get into it when the timing was right, when we find the same joy.

About a year back, a few of our stand-up artists were close to wrapping up their first specials and their first cycle of content. All this content would rarely be seen again by audiences. We had video-graphed most of this content for documentation purposes and had built up a bank of content which needed to reach as many more audiences as possible.

This is when we started releasing small stand-up clips for promotional use. As we started releasing these, the response we got for them was tremendous. There were people from all over the world, who were loving all this digital content and were eager to share it with their friends. There is definitely a sense of pride in discovering a wonderful piece of art! Most importantly, for the artist, it is so precious to be able to reach newer and wider audiences.

The flip side is, the digital market is a constantly hungry market. Unless you have a steady stream of content flowing, audiences will move to more prolific creators. Thankfully, with a growing repertory of artists, we were ready.

Over the past 6 months, we have put out a Video eVery Vednesday. Putting out videos every week is no easy task. Elaborate systems and timelines had to be put in place to ensure we did not miss out on this promise. We have also just released our very first full 80 minute stand-up special, #PokeME by Karthik Kumar, on HeroTalkies, reaching a pure NRI audience. It has already gotten a great response so far with over 5000 audiences from around the world watching it in the past 5 days. It is all set to release shortly on YouTube as well. And this is only the first of over 8 other full specials we hope to release this year across platforms.

It is going to be a very interesting year for us, especially with our DigiE(evam) plans!

Vasanth Subramaniam

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My journey with Alice in Wonderland!

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Rajesh, our Happy Cow faculty from Chennai, has had a busy year. Handling back to back workshops, putting up productions with four different schools and amidst of this squeezing in time for his wedding shopping as well. Here’s what he had to say about Happy Cow’s recent Alice in Wonderland production.


It was April. We got a call from Mahindra. They asked us to conduct a “play creation workshop” for the kids of housekeeping and gardening staff of Mahindra research valley. For the past 2 years we had trained those kids so we didn’t find it difficult. We started the play with full excitement. And there was a twist here. They told us that play has to be showcased on the month of May. Yes we had only a month’s time to train those kids. You may feel it’s easy to complete a play in 30 days. But we had a huge challenge –  classes will be only on Sundays! So, essentially, 5 days is all we have!

When I was thinking what play should we choose for them, I got a call from my boss. He asked me “Why don’t we do Alice in Wonderland, Rajesh?” I couldn’t even talk after his question. Also it took me to a flashback. Yes “Alice in wonderland”. We trained a matriculation school kids to perform “Alice in Wonderland ” play. That was a 1 hour play. We trained them for 4 months, we couldn’t even complete 3 scenes in 2 months. It’s a different story how we successfully completed it. But what I thought is “How are we gonna manage with Tamizh medium kids when we found it challenging with English medium kids?” And now coming to the reality. Boss is on line. “Rajesh? You there? What do you say?” I said “Ok John, let’s do it”. And we decided to do it as a musical. We trimmed it into a 15 mins play. 2 classes went by only for play reading and character selection. At the end of second class, we gave them the scripts to mug up.

It was a shock when I entered the class next week with utmost excitement! Nobody was ready with even a single line of their dialog! I throw away all the scripts and I had to conduct an advice session for 1 hour and then started the class. But the kids did not seem too serious about my words. And the next class, John was about to check out the performance of the kids. I was so scared as everything was incomplete and the performance was not satisfactory. And John came. He asked me “Rajesh, is everything done?” I gave a mixed reaction. He said “Ok let’s start, ACTIONNNNN” … It was 15 mins of  magical movement once he uttered “action!” Those children delivered each and every dialog without a single mistake. I was surprised and started getting fresh hope for the production! We decided to practise all the days in last week.

Show Day:

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Kids were ready at 6 pm with makeup on. I was restless and roaming for no reason. Volunteers said “Guys it’s time to get onto the stage”. Post the MC’s speech, children started stepping on to the stage. There was pin drop silence, in spite of 2000 people in the audience. This is the second time I heard my own heart beat (First time was when I proposed to my girlfriend ;) ). Play starts off with live music.

“Alice in the wonderland,                                                                                                                 Alice is coolest indeed,                                                                                                                       We’ll tell you the story of little girl called                                                                                 Alice in theeeeeeee wonderlaaaaannnnddddddddddd…”

The third scene was nearing completion. I couldn’t see any reaction from audience. One of my friend who is a volunteer looked at me and said “It’s not happening”. At the beginning of 4th scene, I lost all hope. But I realised I was wrong. There was a dialog in 4th scene “Everyone’s mad here” followed by a long pause and the punchline – “Except Mahindra people”. By then I could hear a very loud laughter from the audience and I realised I had not been breathing for a long time. With a great sigh of relief, the scene had ended really well. From there on, it was claps and whistle for every action and dialog. I joined the audience too and started shouting for their performance instead of giving them a queues. We got a standing ovation before the play even ended! One kid looked at me and silently said “Anna, we’re not done”. And I smiled at him and said “No, you have done it.”

I just stepped out the auditorium with great relief and started my bullet with joy and happiness and unconsciously I started singing

“Alice in the wonderland,                                                                                                                 Alice is coolest indeed,                                                                                                                       We’ll tell you the story of little girl called                                                                                 Alice in theeeeeeee wonderlaaaaannnnddddddddddd…….”

Rajesh

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I dont give a Flux… 3rd Standup Special!

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I named this article so – coz its why im writing this Note – im in preparation for my 3rd Standup Comedy Special, what Comics define as their next ‘hour’ of material, in my case an hour is always 90 mins… while also having watched my first Netflix Specials (never watched anything digital so far in comedy due to nett nett net unsaviness!) – basically first time watching a Firangi Comic doing an hour for a Standup Comedy lapping up audience!
Watching these specials taught me…. ‘nothing’ – i only ended up being jealous and irritated about everything… about the nature of the premises, about edginess and what the heck edginess is, about the open ended-ness of so many jokes, and the ofcourse the damn quality of capture and ambience and audiences’ tolerances…
But it made me aware of how bloody good ‘my’ fraternity of Comics are, here in India… each time i watch a Peer of mine put an hour out, i learn… i learn from their audacity, their choice of material, their pain, their rewards and their truth to the moment they are addressing. All the Indian Specials i have watched, mostly Live, have all been good – whether they were in jampacked big halls, or small obscure pubs…
Most of these Specials were the Comics’ first, some were the second, and few were the third… i have been able to see the transition though and that has been magnificent – it feels like Darwin seeing Evolution within his own lifetime… a fish out of water, developing fins, climbing a tree and then flying even somewhat…
No one can put an ‘Hour’ out that they feel is crap or quick… every hour is a struggle and every next hour is an even further struggle – the first hour teaches you technique, the second seems to teach you about you, and the third is like a violent denial of all that you have been so far, like a Teenager hating being a child anymore and struggling with Adolescence…
Ill only say this – if it feels like a Struggle, then you are doing it right… the greater the struggle the greater the resistance, and the greater will be the output… it wont be the greatest – itll be close to ‘your’ greatest, thus far!
I hope to grow up with this Art – if audiences allow it, then the growth will be inevitable and sustained, and if they dont, itll be inevitable only… but eitherway growth is what one answers – internal and external!
And there is no easy or difficult or tough or dark or edgy a joke – all jokes are jokes, and some jokes are funny… Only comedy racists would classify jokes… whats low hanging for you is high hanging for someone else, whats dark for you is stupid for another, whats edgy for you is plain for another, whats CK for you is SA for another…
(i liberally referenced SA here coz he is my twin in the pursuit of self flagellation, and referenced only him coz its the closest to referencing myself, and doing that would have appeared pompous and self defeating!)
Im onto the pursuit of “Blood Chutney” – its highly personal and each premise is an experience, not a premise, and therefore what i put out seems awkward, emotional and strange! I have with me some Technique, some Experience and plenty open-ness to feedback to make it funny… but to handle the ‘personal’ i have only misplaced courage and the belief in the inevitability of ‘inevitability’!
And anyone who thinks this is easy is doing it wrong – and anyone who thinks that another is having it easy, is a dense ignorant ‘delusional butthole’.
ps – this is also a reaction to a firang article that ranted against seemingly pretentious ‘Open Mic-ers’ and the only words i liked in that was ‘delusional assholes’ and therefore i did a ‘call back’ for referencing it… and since i even explained it here, i killed all subtlety! La Chaim!
Karthik Kumar
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Orthodoxically Yogi – UK Tour!!

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Praveen Kumar is a Bangalore based stand up comedian, whose first love is Biryani and then comes everything else.

I was pleasantly surprised when Rabhinder (the Go-To-Man in evam) called me in Jan and mentioned about the UK tour. The best thing about evam is the master (KK) explores and goes on a tour for the first time and creates a market for the rest of us to follow. KK had finished his UK tour in Nov 2016 and Alex and I went there in April.  As far as we knew, everything was “taken care of” by Rabhinder and we (Alex and I) didn’t even go into the finer details. We just knew we are going to do 4 shows and there will be someone to pick us up from the airport.  Thats all. We trusted Rabhinder so much.

Alex and I reached London on the 17th April afternoon after a non-stop 11 hours flight and was welcomed by 2 ever smiling and very warm couple – Suresh and Sandhya from Bluefeather Studios and we started talking like we were childhood friends. The instant positive vibes we got from them made us feel really warm in that chilling weather. (BTW I was the only one who was wearing shorts and I didn’t realize why everyone gave an awkward look until I stepped  out in the open) We immediately made a LIVE video there announcing the arrival of both of us in that foreign land. Suresh and Sandhya took us for lunch and explained to us the detailed plan for the entire 7 days of our stay there but I was more focused on the Caribbean food – Jerk Chicken fried with buttermilk. What a combo. I know right.  Then they dropped us to the Hotel room in Wembley and said what places to see the next 2 days as the first show in Birmingham was on 20th April.

Alex and I relaxed for a while and started walking just to explore the place. It was 8:45 pm and we had sun light. It was really weird for me. I mean I was hungry for dinner but it wasn’t dark. So my stomach was confused and asked my heart to take a decision on its behalf. So my heart is on diet I think so it decided not to have dinner that night. But when we took a walk, we realized that almost all the shops were closed before 9 pm and only few restaurants were open. So we decided to explore again in the morning. Both of us slept really early for UK time but late for Indian time.

Next day morning when I got up, I got a shock of my life, near the foot of my bed, I could just see legs, yes just legs, I wore my glasses, got down the bed and saw Alex upside down and was doing Yoga. After my heart beat became little normal, Alex explained me the benefits of Yoga and I decided to start doing Yoga once I reached India. (Now don’t ask me if I started) Also the benefit of sharing the room with Alex is his beautiful singing. Both our tastes are exactly the same when it comes to Tamil music. So either his laptop will sing or he will sing (better). We got ready and went out for breakfast. Someone told us that Saravana Bhavan was nearby. We were so excited to go there and saw it was closed. Next to it was some Ganga Bhavan and again it was closed. That road had all the Bhavans except Rashtrapathi Bhavan but everything was closed. So we went to an Indian sweet shop and had Poha for breakfast. And we went to Central London in tube and started walking. We walked, walked and walked… My pedometer showed that I walked for 21000 steps that day. We proudly called ourselves The Walkman after that. We walked through the major parts of Central London and shopped, took selfies, saw all tourist places- in short had super fun.

We explored Wembley area and a mall the next day and in the evening Suresh came to pick us up to take us to their house which was about an hour drive from where we stayed. Sandhya had prepared an amazing chicken curry without even tasting. We spoke, spoke and spoke and became very comfortable with each other and Suresh dropped us back to the hotel in the night. Again he had to come the next day morning. They took us to this BBC Asia office for a radio interview in the morning and it was a great experience. Alex sang a Bharatiyar song in BBC radio. A landmark. And we proceeded to Birmingham which was a 2 hour drive from London. Since we got late from the interview, we went directly to the venue which is the Venkateswara Perumal Temple which is supposedly the biggest Hindu temple in Europe. It was a beautiful campus and the show was in the community hall. The set up was good. The audience was good. Special thanks to them for turning up on a weekday. Great show and super response. We couldn’t have asked for a better start for the OY tour.

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The next day we drove back to London because the show was in London. Profound. Beautiful theater in the Central London – Greenwood Theater. Close to 200 people. 2 great organisers. 2 lucky performers. All these combined together to make this the most memorable show in the tour. This show also featured a local comic “Kutty Hari” as an opening act. To celebrate the success, we went to an Indian restaurant for biriyani. Surprise. The next 2 days were really hectic. Early morning flight from London to Edinburgh (pronounced as Edinbra). Alex is still wondering what the hell is GH doing in the spelling. I told him “Have patience.. Only if you are patient, you ll know about GH”. Sweet fellow. He laughed at all my stupid jokes. Edinburgh is such a beautiful city and we walked in Royal Mile and had fish and chips. Alex was too eager to find out about the KILT (Skirt like thing the local Scottish people wore) and we bought one in the shop nearby. He actually rehearsed the dance as well with the help of Youtube. So he opened the Edinburg show by wearing the kilt and dancing like the locals. The audience were amused. The venue was again a beautiful one inside a church. Again, a beautiful show with great audience. We got really comfortable with the UK audience and I guess the vice versa was also true.

Again next day early morning flight to Manchester from Edinburgh. The show was in the pub for the first time in the tour. Beautiful venue. Nice audience and again a great show. That was the last show of our tour. We ended the show with mixed feelings. The highlight of our Manchester show was our TRAM journey (my first time) in the city after the show. During the entire tour, I met lot of my friends, my cousins and other family members and it was a great feeling. We returned to London the next day in bullet train. And I had to catch the flight to Bangalore the same evening. Suresh and Sandhya dropped me to the airport, was with me till I went inside for security check. I waved Bye to them with a heavy heart. After all they were just event organizers. No they are my friends. Very good friends. Almost cried to say Bye to them. Hopefully will meet them soon either in India or UK.

Lots of people to thank. First of all KK – for trusting both Alex and me to do a good job in a foreign country. Next Rabhinder- for doing all back end job without any fuss and with full commitment. Next Alex- for being a great company for the entire 7 days and for all the life advice and wonderful songs and most importantly being himself. Last but not the least – Suresh and Sandhya. On my God.  This guy Suresh is the most hardworking person I have ever seen. He did photography, drove us around a lot, scanned the tickets of the audience, cleaned the venue after the shows, bought us whatever we wanted, made us feel very comfortable. And Sandhya was the most enthusiastic event organizer I have seen. Her PR skills are too good, went on stage and introduced everybody, gave us inputs for jokes, she was helpful throughout in all possible ways including packing my suitcase. All this when she is carrying twins. Hats off to both of you. See you guys soon.

Praveen Kumar

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My Journey with evam!!

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Hari has been with Team evam, Bangalore for the past two years, working with the Theatre Festival and evam Standup Tamasha team.


 “Oh! You’re almost done with your engineering degree. What next?” is, according to me, as scary and absurd as my older friends being asked when they were getting married. I’m 23. I haven’t tried or even heard of half the things I can do that are out there. I find it overwhelming to think of just one thing I’d want to do for the rest of my life without trying each one of them.

It was one of those days while worrying over that question that I decided to step out of my comfort zone and make a call. I just happened to see an advertisement for the Theatre Festival on the newspaper and decided to ask them if I could be a part of the team. Enter evam. I never expected that offering to volunteer at a Theatre Festival would give me a huge dose of new perspectives. It has always been fun volunteering for evam, they always make sure we aren’t overworked and most importantly, make sure we’re doing it with a smile on our faces. For me, what started as volunteering has now led to being trusted with more responsibilities for our shows, and has now come full circle with having to make sure our volunteers for the shows are have a blast working with us!

Cut to 2 years later, after being head of hospitality and managing Stand-up comedy shows for Evam Standup Tamasha in Bangalore, that still hasn’t changed. Apart from having a ball watching kickass comics from all over the country, work often involves meeting people with such diverse ways of thinking. Add to that the bonus experiences like these – going to the office of the Bangalore Commissioner of Police to get permission for shows where you were treated exactly in this flow: 1. Really Nice 2. Really Angry 3. Really Confused 4. Back to being Really Nice, and all this in a span of five minutes. And then, imagine being at a show when a *small technical glitch occurs* and you’re standing around two people, one of whom reacts with“Ah cool! This means I can do so stuff a different way!” and another who reacts like it’s the end of the world and the four horsemen are at the door of our venue.

Now what all of this has done for me, apart from thinking that college placements were not the only route to making career choices, is giving me first hand views of people doing all the things that they do for a living. Almost every time I’m at work, I’ve had the chance to speak to at least two sets of people who do the same jobs like writing, advertising, marketing, lighting design, sound engineers, *add some more obscure professions to the list that I can’t remember*, and what all these conversations have always had in common is that each of them looked at their job differently, making this a learning opportunity for me. Seeing all these people do all these fantastically fun things reassures me of my idea that I don’t have to do just one thing for a living, in a world with so many career choices.

And to the multitude of kids in college who’re confused – either about what you want to do, or if college is just boring for you – just go put yourself out there, go start off as a volunteer if you see someone doing something you think is cool, or just ask people if you could do an internship

Hari

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The Summer – Then and Now!

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Priyanka N Ram, is a Project Executive at evam’s Children’s education division, Happy Cow.

 

 

 


When in school, it was either chess class or swimming that I had to choose for summer camp. One month of that and one month of staying in a cousin’s place and our vacation was done. Growing up as an introvert, I looked forward to summer vacation, because two months of not reciting a poem in front of my classmates and not being called in front of the class to solve a math problem enticed me. Yes summer chess camp also required me to do that. Face a randomly selected opponent at the end of the camp in a competition, but that was a one day thing and I was glad to be done with it, pack my bags and leave the city away from the hustle and bustle of Chennai!

Then came college life and the resolution of breaking out from the introvert shell. Did I succeed? It was so hard at first, as I had no clue how to break out. Then started going out to book club meetings, where it needed everyone to speak out at some point and books being my only solace from time immemorial, it was easy talking about them forgetting that I was an introvert. This in turn gradually enabled me to speak to anyone about anything.

Why am I telling all this?

If the book club thing hadn’t happened to me, I wouldn’t have been able to crack anything in my most important KRA in my career – the Cold Calls to schools pitching Happy Cow. True, a few schools don’t even go beyond the basic hello, thanks to the general “way too frequent” sales and bank calls they get. But when a Cold Call crosses half a minute without them hanging up, and I get a slight whiff that they might be interested in what I am going to tell, I enter, set the goal, hit it and get the first step in. Something that I have noticed in the calls that I have made. If there is a slight hesitation from my side, the person on the other side loses interest instantly and I have no choice but to let go of the call. I was able to eliminate this hesitation, by re-visualising the book club meetings and how it is quite easy to talk about something that I love.

Being an introvert or keeping to yourself also doesn’t work when you are working with kids. When I first went with John (The Dean of Happy Cow) to Canopo International last year to see how a Happy Cow workshop happens, I lost my tongue seeing a bunch of 2-3 year olds all greet John with a big burst of energy and an even bigger shout. I have seen kids who were silent at the start of the workshop, but get all pumped up and energetic midway. I have come across kids who hang on to each and every word of John and try out all the new concepts John puts out there at class without any hesitation. I can’t help but think, if I hadn’t spent my vacation staring at a 64 squared black and white board and indulged in a workshop that’s more interactive like the ones Happy Cow does, I would have broken through my shyness way earlier, rather than putting it away till college.

I believe that if one is able to manage the kids he or she is working with without getting on the bad side, they can sail through anything or anybody or any situation with flying colours. Answering a kid’s doubts and queries from the endless question bank that they have in their tiny heads, is a better way to zone into patience and perseverance that any job needs. Trust me when I am talking about a kid’s doubts, they are not easy to answer. And you can’t even escape by giving a random reply. They are more difficult to crack than an aptitude test in an interview.

This year at Happy Cow, I plan to shadow how many ever workshops I can for two reasons.

  • Reason no.1: To get into being a trainer eventually.
  • Reason no 2: To make up for the workshops that I should have attended when I was a kid.

Are you a parent looking for a summer workshop for your kid as well? Here’s a few workshops that Happy Cow is conducting across Chennai and Bengaluru.

-Priyanka N Ram

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‘Abroad la paadraa’ – The Abracadabra of Performing Arts!!

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Alex is a standup comedian and an actor. Besides this, he has strong interests in Tamil, Music and Yoga.


Something significant happened to my two year old standup comedy career this February. I went abroad, to Singapore to perform. And now, something more significant is happening by end of April. I am heading to UK to perform. Why is UK more significant? Because it is UK. And UK is so further away from home. There is some feeling that  I have now arrived in my new career. I am expanding to next level and so on. While I am excited about these abroad trips, I am also wondering what has changed? How is my career reaching a new point with these trips? In Singapore, there were no Singaporeans in the audience. In UK, we are not expecting any English folks to check out my show. Only our folks (Tamil/Indian diaspora) are only coming to the shows. Since it will be difficult for all of them to travel here to watch our shows, we are going there. That’s all, no? Why are we feeling extra happy about these abroad trips? Where is that proud thingy coming from?

I feel that, in our culture, more than what you do and how well you do, we care about ‘where you do’! It may be the colonial residue still haunting us. Our PM is going all over the world telling every foreign country to come to India and make it (whatever that ‘it’ is)! Modi is calling all, “Just come!”. But, the rest of the country is still thinking that unless you have gone somewhere outside the country, you have not made it in life. Most privileged folks who go to best colleges, living in best places in the country are all going abroad only to make “it” further. The country is yelling “Just go!”. Richer or whiter the country you go to, the better obviously.

I lived in the US for eight years. (Ahem! Yes. I too made it in life, once, for about eight years). During my US days, I discovered my passion for Tamil, Indian music and Yoga and I was pursuing and performing very actively. I used to get accolades for everything, especially from folks here in India: “Living in America, you are performing Tamil plays. That is amazing! Sitting in San Jose, you are learning Indian classical music, Wow!”.  My classmates living here doing the same things didn’t get that much encouragement. When you are abroad, you get appreciated for just talking in your mother tongue: “America la irukkeenga. Arumai yaa Tamil la pesureenga? Epdeenga?”. So, this is what I mean. For us, it is not what you do, where you do only matters!

My parents live in Devakottai. When they are asked this question “What are your sons doing?”, the way they answer is interesting. The question is “What are your sons doing?”. My dad’s answer:”My elder son lives in Singapore”. The reaction “Oh Apdiya? (Is it?). Very good sir”. No one asks back what my brother does in Singapore. Because, if you are abroad, you have made it! That is it. They move onto the next question, the next person, that is me. “What is your second son doing?”. My story of being a software engineer abroad, then living in Bangalore, and then in Chennai and then quitting job to standup is a harder story to tell. But my Dad handles it with ease: “My second son lived in America earlier. Then in Bangalore….(after a pause). Now in Chennai”.  He will play the America and Bangalore a little higher and louder than Chennai. As people hear that I live in Chennai, only they ask further questions : “what really happened?” “Why did the American company send him back?” “Can’t he go back?”.

You can see this even in our generation. For the question ‘What you do?’, the tone of the reply from local software engineer is different from the NRI doing the same. The local dude answers: “I am a software engineer” . NRI’s reply  “I live in UK”. No?

During my US days, I have interacted with Indian performing artistes travelling abroad.  I realized how much they cherish performing abroad. You ask about someone who is pursuing performing arts full time “How is she doing?”. One type of reply: “Performing arts is hard you know. She is performing locally here and there”. Another kind, the abroad kind. “Oh, Very good. This year abroad la paadraa (she is singing abroad). Things are good”. Apparently the local opportunities pick up better after an abroad trip! Singing abroad seems to have a magic spell on an artiste’s career. I have heard artistes spending their own money, travel abroad and perform, to beef up the profile!

You can read in the profile of many performing artistes (soon in mine), performed in Singapore, UK, US, Australia etc. Profile will say things like  ‘..has performed in Royal Philharmonic Albert Hall, London’.  That place is just a venue, isn’t? Why does it deserve a mention? Performing there would not make someone a symphony artiste. Not that symphony is any higher or lower than our art forms. But how can the venue make you proud? Performing standup comedy in Madras Music Academy would not make someone a classical musician!  (By the way, performing standup comedy in pubs, would not make me  a drunkard).

On the other hand, however, I am also thinking that, may be, may be, the place matters. May be, where you do, does matter! You can practice yoga at home, but going to a good studio does help (ping me for my yoga teaching schedule :). Seriously. When BKS Iyengar took Yoga to the west, he would have first started with teaching to the Indians only. But soon he got the attention of others. Yoga is now worldwide phenomenon thanks to BKS and a few other gurus. Sitar maestro Pandit Ravishankar went to the west, first to perform Indian music to Indians. Soon he found himself jamming with Beatles and Indian music found special place in the west forever. May be going abroad is worth celebrating as it kick-starts new beginnings. In my Singapore show, I was surprised to see a few second generation Indian kids who said they connected with their roots in a newer way through the show. A bunch of English colleagues from ex-employer are coming to my London show. These new beginnings perhaps will make way for something good and something big. So may be, may be, performing abroad deserves an extra-little celebration! Therefore, wish me good luck for my upcoming abroad trip :). Pass on this URL to your friends in UK OYtourUK.eventbrite.co.uk.  If you have read this far, leave a comment..to celebrate this :)

Alexander

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