“The universal language of music created a memorable sonic experience with folk, Indian classical, rap and even popular tunes from Bollywood’s 80s and 90s, at Art is Life: SoundFrames. The recent three-day festival was organised virtually by the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bengaluru, and had a spectacular lineup of concerts, talks and workshops by 65 artistes globally.
In its second edition, it saw vocalist Vidya Shah tracing the evolution of Thumri via the digital format. “The pandemic has made the online space a reality to live with. In some ways it has changed the mindset of the audiences. It has also, by default opened up the possibilities of reaching out to audiences across the world… I feel to enjoy an online concert or experience, the theme is important,” says Shah, whose session saw a contemporary context to Kabir’s poetry.”