Tuesday 3 December 2019

Do we really need over 1000 concerts?

The rain is coming down steadily. The campus of Narada Gana Sabha in Alwarpet isn't flooded but has a sheet of water. In the lit Woodlands restaurant, dance guru V. P. Dhananjayan is enjoying a cup of hot coffee before stepping into the hall for the launch of the fest of Kartik Fine Arts.

"Too many festivals . . . too many concerts," he tells me, indicating to the over 1000 concerts that have been formally made public this December.

Dhananjayan keeps shaking his head as he finishes the coffee. "More and more organizers are coming and having the same artistes all the same time. How does this help?"

This senior Bharatanatyam dancer-guru's observation is not new. But it illustrates what is known as Season Madness.

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