An interesting (and depressing, for an oldtime Bangalorean) piece from the Fast Company Blog on the need for entertainment and cultural outlets for the city. A sobering subtext, for me, is the role, or lack thereof, of the moral police in the modern context. We are not having this discussion in the public sphere in India yet, and it is an important one.

As the current issue’s cover story makes clear, creative and productive cities need to offer creative cultural outlets and options for the people who live and work in the area in order to succeed. So it’s slightly interesting to see that Bangalore, one of the emergent outsourcing epicenters in India, has banned dancing in night clubs. (Subscription required to access the Wall Street Journal online.)

The last line of the piece is the kicker, for me (emphasis added).

After all, regardless of where your business is based, if I can’t dance, I don’t want to be a part of your workplace revolution.

Udhay Shankar N

Udhay is a veteran of the technology and entrepreneurship scene, having helped found his first entrepreneurial venture straight out of college in 1991. Since then, he has been invoved in various pioneering ventures,
including (among other things) India's first web site company (in 1995), and India's first startup to get silicon valley venture capital funding (in 1999). He has helped build Yahoo!'s first social media network (before facebook existed) and was recently helping Intel build new products for the Indian consumer. In addition, he set up and ran the startup accelerator at the VC fund, Axilor Ventures, and spends a lot of time helping startups of various kinds further refine their product and strategy.

He is also the force behind the well-known discussion group silklist, since 1997, which makes it one of the longer-lived email lists on the net. Discussions on silklist have ended up inspiring articles, books, Ph.D theses, and sociological studies. Recently, he helped found the 'unconference' styled event, The Goa Project, which aims to bring interesting people of all types together to learn and collaborate..

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