Sunday, 23 December 2012

The task of time management

Sriranjani Santhanagopalan just finishes her main item and the tani avarthanam follows. A stage manager signals her that the curtains would be down rightaway. But the young singer wants to sing a thukkada. Following a stiff 'no', the concert ends there. Right at 3 p.m.

Being Sunday and a concert of a up and coming young artiste, the hall has occupants more than 75% of its capacity. The disappointed rasikas at the abrupt end of the concert go straight to the ticket counter and began asking questions. Some blames the management and some wants the managers to be more courteous to the artistes...

The person manning the ticket counter has no answers. The secretaries are not to be seen. A person at the office replies to the questions in one line, "The next concerts are ticketed. So we need to get these people out and re-enter with tickets."
"Do you need one full hour for this?" rasikas ask. But no answer.

The concert that starts at 1.30 p.m. is the last of the day's 'free' concert at the Mylapore Fine Arts Club. The evening concerts from 4 p.m. are ticketed. The close of a concert at 3 p.m. was too early for many that day.

"Yesterday, the other young singer went on till 3.30."

"But Sriranjani took more time with Begada alapana. She could have managed her time well to pack in a small piece as the last item."

"Sabha managers should know to put up the next show quickly."

Is time management a tough task both for artistes and the managers, wondered the rasikas.

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