Saturday, 3 December 2016

Rasikas critical of Music Academy's box-office process

A number of Carnatic music rasikas are shooting angry missives at The Music Academy. They are all critical of its system for the sale of season tickets.

Many people who wanted to be there at 9 a.m. on a day when the monsoon was setting in the city, to be in the queue did not know that people create a queue from 4.30 a.m. to make sure they are lucky.

Then there were people who brought only copies of ID card/s (instead of originals) and the Academy staff questioned them closely, some critics said.

This was also an occasion for the critics to wonder if the snobbishness of many Academy members and well-wishers left many seats vacant at top-billed concerts because those people just didn't turn up and hence, hardcore rasikas lost out.

"The Academy must ask its members to confirm beforehand their attendance and offer the tickets for empty seats to genuine rasikas," suggested one person.

Many dread the system that requires rasikas to buy daily tickets to evening concerts only that morning.'Why can't the Academy offer to sell tickets for the concerts we want to attend all in one go? Why make us go up and down?' - is a common question.

All these barbs and volleys are aimed at the Academy in the hope that it will put out a better, smarter box office system.

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