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Prashant Kulkarni.
Prashant Kulkarni.

This app is made by a musician

artCLICK is a new app that lets you connect with the music scene in your city

Pune is home to scores of professional musicians, many of them committed to studying, teaching, performing and propagating Hindustani classical music and dance. It is also an emerging technology hub, and therefore, not surprisingly, several projects that create a bridge between technology and classical music have also emerged from Pune.

artCLICK, an app for smartphones created by Pune-based tabla player Prashant Kulkarni, is now available for Android devices and caters to both artistes and art lovers. Developing it independently, without any external funding, Kulkarni has succeeded in creating an app, with the help of techie friends, that could well be a winner in many ways. I do not have the technological qualifications or skill to rate an app, but its utility seems quite obvious and indisputable.

Imagine a time in your crowded schedule when you suddenly feel the irrepressible urge to listen to a concert of Hindustani classical music, or perhaps catch an art exhibition, or the night show of a theatrical production that has received rave reviews. Chances are you might not find too many options if you scan the newspapers, simply because advertising is way too expensive and out of reach for many organizations and individuals that have served the cause of traditional arts for decades. But with artCLICK, you can search for events and performances by date, venue, art type and city in the Events section on the menu, using a variety of filters. Information about events is provided by member artistes, institutions and services that have subscribed to artCLICK. While the app can be downloaded for free from Google Play, a nominal one-time fee of 3,000 is payable for members who want to be featured in its Member List. The categories currently on offer for members include Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Literature, Allied Arts and Services (for example, Set Design, Costume Jewellery, etc), Event Management, Classes and Organizations and Art/Music shops. Push notifications can provide alerts about new members and events. In-app calling and emailing, as well as information sharing, is available. Each member can upload and update bio information, contact details, photographs and videos via YouTube links. Event information, though, can only be added by the admin team; members cannot add or update event details through their dashboards.

Run by a nano team comprising Kulkarni and his Bharatanatyam dancer spouse Suvarna, artCLICK is a heroic effort to harness and customize technology for art lovers and artistes. Currently, the app has attracted 150 members, mostly from Pune, with the odd exception from Indore, Kolkata and Mumbai. The Kulkarni couple makes personal calls to artistes to explain the benefits of such an app, for many of them feel challenged by technology. If the app receives the support of artistes, art lovers and investors, it may be successful in realizing its potential.

Shubha Mudgal tweets at @smudgal and posts on Instagram as shubhamudgal.

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