It is not often to have the chance to watch extraordinary performances especially when it is for free. It's easy to get in or watch anything without paying. It's either :
A : you have a friend that can let you in and give you free tickets or
B : you become a volunteer.
For me..it was both! My friend gave me the opportunity to be THE volunteer! say whhaatt??? Thanks Cat and Chris! YIPEEEEE! Ok before I move on any further, check out this video by Festival TV about Manganiyar Seduction. Pure epic!
I was awed! Speechless! I never seen a performance quite like it. The stage setup alone gave me goosebumps! All the way from Rajasthan, India, the Manganiyar Seduction comprised of 43 musicians with various musical instrumentation and what's unique about their performances was that they each sat in cubicles which were arranged into 4 horizontal rows on top of another. They sang, played Indian classical instrument and the lights will lit at the respective cubicle accordingly every single time when it comes to their turn to perform.
I had lots of fun volunteering for this. My job was to usher patrons to their seats - make sure no one is recording - greet patrons at the door - be very diplomatic to the late comers. The best thing of course to witness this incredible art on stage! When the show was over, I grabbed the usher girls and dude to the backstage to..what else, SNAP PHOTOS!
|With the Awesome Usherettes..Oh and the guy in the middle is Joe Sidek, the man a.k.a the director for Georgetown Festival 2012! He's super FUNKYRIFFIC!|
|With the musicians! Very friendly and down-to earth I tell ya.|
|The man behind the genius art - Mr Roysten Abel! (OMG!)|
It was mind blowing! Volunteering was an eye opening experience for me. Not only do I get to meet so many people all over the world, I was introduced to their world, their experience, their hardships and journey to be where they are today. I really admire their enthusiasm..these Manganiyar peeps. To bring all 43 musicians and travel around the globe - performing - is a challenging task but these guys definitely had overcome the formidable. That's just FUNKYRIFFIC!**nawal**
*Credits: Video courtesy of stvdiochannel