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Living Room Gigs: Music, Poetry, Stories Get A Snug Corner

Music, storytelling, poetry, dance and pop-ups get a snug corner—the living room

Living Room Gigs: Music, Poetry, Stories Get A Snug Corner
Living Room Gigs: Music, Poetry, Stories Get A Snug Corner
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2019-02-15T15:04:49+05:30

In the beginning, there was the family parlour—where a thousand stories unfolded, family legends were birthed, regional myths cemented, gossip abounded aro­und ample proportions of aunts and uncles. Further on, the artist’s atelier and the literary salon were specialised extensions—sites of untrammeled debate and intellectual ferment. If late 20th century living rooms had curdled into sterilised areas of polite talk and genteel entertainment, another spell of warm spring is here—a much-needed thaw.

As you approach the living room of Swagata Majumder Bhattacharya in her Bangalore home, you hear the sound of singing: Itti si hansi/ Itti si khushi…. (A bit of laughter/ a bit of gaity…). You’ve just bumped into a ‘living room gig’—which combines the authenticity of a performance with the flower vase cosiness of a drawing room, and it’s catching on with singers, bands and their fans. Referring to the song, now in its dying refrain, Swagata says, “This is a fav­ourite song of mine for a gig. It transports you to a different world.”

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