Performing art struggles to get back on feet

Published on November 9, 2021 by

Performing art theatres and restaurants that host open mics, slam poetry, and other such events are still struggling financially despite being allowed to run full-fledged.

Mansi Shah, the owner of Lahe Lahe, Bengaluru, said, “Earlier we use to have at least 40 events a month now we have hardly 10-15 events a month. Gradually we had to disintegrate our team. So, it is a team of 2 people from 8-10 people.”

While some of these places are witnessing audiences and performers, owners fear that they might have to shut down if they can’t overcome the financial loss. Perry Menzies, the owner of Urban Solace, said, “I think we have to close down. We’re already paying heavy rent, and it will not be possible to start everything from ground zero.”

Experts say that performing art was the most hit during the lockdown. Prishika Agrawal, an event planner, said, “While thinking of a better future we can think of the revival of artistic places where people were not going.”

Not only organizers but also the artist who used to perform at such events has also faced a major setback. Twinkle Ann, a singer, said, “It has been hit hard financially. Earlier I used to get 6-7 shows a month. Now I get only 1-2 or even less.”

Anushree Shah, who regularly watches/attends these events,  said, “I get entire week’s energy after attending these events as zoom meetings, and online work is giving stress. This gives mental peace.”

Twinkle also added that the financial crisis and reduced number of events have also affected the mental health of artists and organizers.

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