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Artistes need to be respected during concerts

Perhaps one of the best things about this season is that the city plays host to a number of classical Indian music concerts, both outdoors and indoors, with the country’s top artistes playing for aficionados and those wet-behind- the-ears about classical music, alike. This weekend too, there’s a two-day festival at the Karnataka Sangha. There are of course, many more musical weekends continuing right till January.

The cultural calendar is full of days to be marked out, especially for music lovers, as performances see the biggest names in the field and other, maybe, lesser known names display their skill.

With the audience comprising of a spectrum of people, one naturally sees different behaviour from this mix.

There are those who seem lost and feel one with the music, others who watch politely, applauding at the correct time and still others who may be a bit more effusive in their appreciation. Above all, one has to keep in mind that artistes need to be respected.

Do not enter the auditorium late, some venues actually disallow it but even if you have to attend an event at a venue that does allow it, do not make that an excuse for late entry.

Using your cell phone shows gross disrespect. Even sending messages, clicking madly and shining your cell phone screen light while doing so is bad manners.

Sadly, one sees show sponsors using their mobiles at times, as if sponsoring a show gives you a licence to disturb artistes and the audiences.

Then, there are people who walk in the aisle, exchange seats, stand up in the middle of the performance to walk out or, talk to somebody.

Some artistes are known to throw a fit at such behaviour. Others, simply stop performing and yet others, actually order the offender out of the auditorium. These though are limited to a few big names, those that one knows can ‘afford’ to be temperamental.

Other artistes are more passive or accepting by nature and some, let’s be candid, may not be big enough to have that kind of choice.

Whatever the case, the audience must realise that behaviour like this is an affront to the performer and shows no consideration for the audience. Cut it out and really put the ‘class’ into classical music.  

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