The performance stage for musicians (for that matter most artists) is a destination – a revered destination arrived at after crisscrossing all kinds of paths and roads. The stage gives an intense focus of spotlight to the artistic power and talent of the performer. A live performance is yet another journey as there are no safety exits like retakes or restarts as in recorded music. For musicians, it is the result of their riyaz with sound that has to permeate through to the audience. Through their music in melodic, harmonic and rhythmic cycles, much has to be depicted – moods, emotions, nature.

Whatever the structural form the artist endeavours to give them, live performance spaces are deeply organic in nature – the audiences’ preference for genres, the architectural features of the venue, the promoter/sponsor’s bias – the canvas is wide and changing for the performance space… read more