Early in the pandemic, ICMSV responded to the upheaval and distressed it was causing to artists by curating Sahabhāva - a virtual festival supporting numerous local musicians, scholars, and dancers by bringing people together to celebrate art. It was one of the first paid virtual initiatives around the world during the pandemic for Indian classical music and dance.
Perhaps the Indian Classical Music Society of Vancouver (ICMSV; initiated by a 22-year-old University of British Columbia student Akhil Jobanputra) is an example of what is possible when dedicated grassroots work over several years in the offline traditional live concert space, audience building, and a wide patron network (comprising individuals, local businesses and stakeholders) come together with a shared vision.
A big thank you to Devina Dutt, a Mumbai-based art curator and writer and co-founder of First Edition Arts, for noticing our work and featuring us in her article. Click here to read it.
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