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Performers

Poet & Spoken Word Artist
Writer & Spoken Word Artist
Poet & Storyteller
Singer & Songwriter
Group

Date & Time

Sat, 30 Mar 2024 6:00 pm Sun, 31 Mar 2024 9:00 pm

Location

Freedom Park
Seshadri Rd, Gandhi Nagar
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560009 India

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Venue: Freedom Park

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai has been a coveted space for both audiences and performers for long. Three years ago, the 55-year-old NCPA, South Asia’s first multi-venue and multi-genre cultural centre, decided to step out of its hallowed precinct after the Covid-19 pandemic-driven lockdown was lifted and people were eager to step out. The first edition of NCPA@thePark was inaugurated in March 2022, as an initiative in association with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to exhibit live performances and promote performing arts in the country across prime outdoor locations, free of cost. Attached are the images of the recently-held Mumbai performances for your reference.

Following the success of the earlier seasons that recorded heavy footfalls, the NCPA, situated in Nariman Point, Mumbai is delighted to take its celebrated line-up of live performances to Bangalore. Set against the backdrop of the city’s iconic location – Freedom Park, it aims to deliver a unique and engaging experience featuring an array of live performances ranging from dance, international music, western classical music and spoken word.

The evening of 30th March begins with a performance by the country’s first and only professional orchestra—the Symphony Orchestra of India. You’ll hear works by Mozart, Johann Strauss and more, as well as some popular tunes you’re sure to recognise. Spoken word and music by UnErase Poetry will follow. Simar Singh, Priyanshi Bansal and Vanika Sangtani, accompanied by musician Abhin Joshi, will present stories about love, hope and life.

31st March features Ratikant Mohapatra’s Srjan performing ‘Deesha – Navigating the journey of forging new horizons’, a neo-classical Odissi performance. Ending the weekend is a set by Darren Das & The Sixth Sense, who will have you grooving to the best of pop, retro, rock n roll and classic rock. 

Saturday | March 30 | 6 pm
Symphony Orchestra of India – An evening of light classical music
Western Classical Music

Saturday | March 30 | 7:15 pm
UnErase Poetry – With Simar Singh, Priyanshi Bansal, Vanika Sangtani & Abhin Joshi
Spoken Word

Sunday | March 31 | 6 pm
Deesha – Navigating the journey of forging new horizons – By Ratikant Mohapatra’s Srjan
Odissi Performance

Sunday | March 31 | 7:30 pm
Darren Das & The Sixth Sense – A vibrant mix of pop, retro, rock n roll & classic rock
International Music

With a view to promote use of public transport and convenient access, the organisers will run free shuttle buses on March 30 and 31 evenings from the Vidhana Soudha Metro station to Freedom Park and back.

This is a BIC Elsewhere event in collaboration with BLR Hubba.

While the majority of our events find a home at our premises in Domlur, BIC Elsewhere represents our commitment to bringing conversations, arts, and culture directly to diverse audiences. Through this initiative, we collaborate with various venues, extending the reach of our events beyond our own space. These partnerships not only breathe life into our gatherings but also play a crucial role in cultivating an environment for the flourishing of arts and culture in the city.

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Performers

Symphony Orchestra of India

Orchestra

Based at the NCPA, the Symphony Orchestra of India is India’s only full-time professional orchestra. In the 18 years since its founding, the SOI has performed with several of today’s leading conductors and soloists, including Maestro Zubin Mehta and Ustad Zakir Hussain just last year. The SOI conducted by its music director Marat Bisengaliev will perform an evening of light classical music.

Simar Singh

Poet & Spoken Word Artist

Founder of UnErase Poetry and spoken word artist based in Mumbai. Simar’s poems touch themes of social issues, mental health and love in today’s world.

Priyanshi Bansal

Writer & Spoken Word Artist

Spoken word artist & writer, she has written for some Bollywood stars like Vidhya Balan, Dia Mirza, Shweta Tripathi and more. Her heartfelt words on love and life resonate deeply, touching millions on the internet.

Vanika Sangtani

Poet & Storyteller

A poet and storyteller who works for her dream everyday. “Tu karlegi yarr” being her self-motivation mantra and her dedication towards art can be felt through her writing. Someone who is full of stories and experiences to share and spread joy, Vanika brings the chaar chaand to wherever she goes.

Abhin Joshi

Singer & Songwriter

Abhin is a singer songwriter who has graced poetry channels like Unerase Poetry, Spill Poetry, Kommune, and Tape A Tale with his musical compositions. Notably, he performed at NCPA’s prestigious Jamshed Bhabha Theatre on World Theatre Day, showcasing his multifaceted artistry.

Deesha

Group

Deesha, as a group, seeks the modern in the ancient. In a world consumed by fast-paced technological developments, they carefully unearth precious pearls of wisdom from within the fathomless depths of antiquity. Keeping his vision intact, they proceed to create new trends without tampering with the rich vocabulary they have been endowed with.

In tandem with contemporary minds, Deesha is transitioning from conventional tradition, accepting change as the only constant. Since orthodoxy without logic leads to stagnation, they look to the generations to come as they break free from the shackles of conformity, while staying true to their time-honoured and boundless parampara. Keeping the antiquity of legacy unscarred, they give it a new dimension through a bouquet of neo-classical innovations in Odissi dance, that not only highlight this novel perspective but also respect the integrity of their treasured inheritance.

Darren Das & the Sixth Sense

Band

One of the most sought-after live dance bands in the country, they play it all, from the best of pop, retro, rock n roll and classic rock, to the current hits. From ABBA to Boney M, Elvis to Bryan Adams, Whitney to Freddie, right up to Sheeran and Swift, this band is set to keep you rocking on your toes right through their set on stage!

The band comprises Darren Das and Valencia Quinney on Vocals, Wilburn D’Costa on Lead Guitar, Aldridge Dsouza on Bass, Dan Fernandes on Keys and Sylvester Chaves on Drums.