In general, a monologue can be said to be a long speech by a speaker. If their name is taken in its literal sense, their monologue is something that Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Surat and Vadodara is been hearing for more than two years now. Giving recognition to 600 local artists in art forms like Storytelling, Music, Stand-up comedy, Poetry & Public Speaking, The Monologue is a team of 7 people that operates from GIFT city, Gandhinagar.
Shailesh Charel: One of the co-founders of The Monologue is also the name behind The Monologue’s name. While interviewing him it was connective to hear about his and his friend’s interest in school to become movie directors, more connecting was when he said,” I found out he was not serious as much as I was.” This directed him in a way to work for Point Black Events, a wedding planning company. “I did work in two three events and weddings, they made me FNB manager after that they promoted me to production head, for Point Black events.” It was this experience that helped him to organize events in college as well. Government Engineering College where this co-founder meets another co-founder Azka Pehlari.
About her interaction with Shailesh and about the initiation of The Monologue she says,” It was an event in one of our college’s festival and I wanted to organize it. It was an open mic kind of thing and despite of our begging people to come up and say, we had to postpone the event because no one turned up. Even after postponing it to the day, we were to start at 4 and end at 7, instead we started at 6:00 and with the mam saying,” I want it done by 6:30.” Shailesh who was also organizing this with me came up to me and said,” We would be doing this i.e. creating and managing events, for future as well!” That’s how the idea of The Monologue was initiated.
Before conversing with her it was K Venkat Bhargav who looks after marketing for The Monologue, who was telling me how Monologue differs from the other companies in the market. “This is the camp fire event, let’s say there is a poetry jam where there is only poetry, there is also musicians meet up where only musicians meet and they jam together, no audience. A poetry meet, where only poets meet and they collaborate, they do some activities. They learn something from a featured poet. We have curated different types of events that cater to different people. The Monologue always likes to keep it little balanced, giving importance to each one of the art forms.”
I was introduced to K Venkat Bhargav by Ravi Jadav. Ravi, who manages the on-site production for The Monologue. Apart from providing what artists demands, passionate about photography, Ravi also looks after the clicks taken by the photographer from the event. When asked to choose between audiences of the 5 cities that The Monologue currently serves art to Ravi says,” In terms of energy Vadodara tops the list. In Ahmedabad, it is still growing. The dance floor didn’t have much people when it was left open tonight because it was Ahmedabad, if it was any other, I am sure people would have been dancing till now.” Cent percent correct!
Parthvi Kher, thanks to your ping on what’s app asking,” If it isn’t wrong in your list of company’s policy, can you share the article with me before publishing?” that I am covering each one of you today in this blog. Yes I was naïve enough to think that a 10 minute telephonic interview with you would be enough for writing this out. About the kind of organization she prefers in life she says,” If it’s a Butterflow, it has to be a Butterflow, if there is something else I won’t write!” Ms Kher’s grandfather has a register-managed library which is gifted to every grandson in their family on his/hers 12th birthday. “I was approached by Azka and as I could manage college with The Monologue, I affirmed. But now, if I don’t have some work in The Monologue, it bores me up,” speaking about her future she says,” I will be joining The Monologue full time.”
Dhruv Parmar and I exchanged sound waves thorough each other’s cell phone because he was Bharuch when I met the other five. An active social media person and a batch-mate of Shailesh, when approached by Shailesh to manage the Instragram page of The Monologue, affirmed! About The Monologue featuring Piyush Mishra he says,” At first we were thinking of Rahat Indori and Kumar Biswas but Kumar Biswas was out of budget and Rahat Indori did not happen. At the same time, Piyush Mishra’s writings were so connective that using my social media handling experience, I thought connectivity is what’s the most appeals a crowd.” Concluding he explain about how for connecting to people,” we used all his writings for our marketing.” Speaking about the next art form on cards for The Monologue he says,” Dance! We are in talks of adding this to the list and are in talks with one group as well for the same,” to which I say best of luck buddy!
Preeti Arunkumar who looks after the video editing and posting on Youtube for the The Monologue says about what The Monologue is striving hard to make happen is, “Many people in today's world do jobs just for the sake of getting money. They forget about their passion, in what they were so damn good, and just live for a living. We want those passionate artists to come out and live their passion. And inspire others too!”
Apart from giving recognition to local artists, The Monologue also does artist management and customization of events. The Monologue has proven while giving its speech out to the audience,the immense amount of art present in their respective localities about which they were unknown to. We wish them to continue this good work of being a podium that presents society with its own artist and surprise them!