Mumbai Diary: Monday Dossier

The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce

Not just child's play
Art by children can be the most natural and inspiring form of creativity. Last weekend, Art4All hosted an exhibition at the Delhi Art Gallery (DAG) that showcased works of its students, aged four to 13. The exhibition is an annual feature where students and teachers select a theme.

The art works
The art works

The show opened with a reception and party for its students. The organisation offers young artists the opportunity to express their creativity with age- appropriate activities, and to explore art using drawing, painting, printmaking, modelling and collage.

A creationA creation

This year’s theme saw kids creating art around the theme, ‘My Life is in Your Hands,’ based on India’s endangered animals.

Who’s your robo model?

Pic/Sameer Markande
Pic/Sameer Markande

A viewer seems amused at a group of robots who made an appearance on the ramp as a part of a technology-meets-fashion tour held at a suburban five-star over the weekend.

The cult of Shammi Kapoor
Shammi Kapoor became a heartthrob of the 1960s, bringing in his Elvis Presley-inspired dance moves and romantic hero image. And this was in marked difference from the self-righteous lineage of the industry then, mentions the soon-to-be released biography of the actor, Shammi Kapoor: The Game Changer.

Jacket of the soon-to-be-released bio, Shammi Kapoor: The Game Changer
Jacket of the soon-to-be-released bio, Shammi Kapoor: The Game Changer

As film scholar Dr Punita Bhatt explains, “Shammi Kapoor represented the blending of unique elements rooted in time, place and his own talent. More important and less appreciated, is the fact that Shammi Kapoor’s contribution, like Dilip Kumar’s, has seeped into the mainstream of popular cinema in India, becoming a part of the larger tradition every actor is heir to.” Written by journalist and film critic, Rauf Ahmed, the biography explores the life and career of this game changer.

Remembering Jagjit Singh
Back in the late 1970s, cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar and his team would feel refreshed while listening to ghazal legend Jagjit Singh’s lilting tunes in the dressing room.

Mahesh Bhatt takes a photograph of Chitra Singh during the book launch on the life and music of Jagjit Singh Baat Niklegi Toh Phir in August last year. Pic/Shadab Khan
Mahesh Bhatt takes a photograph of Chitra Singh during the book launch on the life and music of Jagjit Singh Baat Niklegi Toh Phir in August last year. Pic/Shadab Khan

These and several other interesting anecdotes about the iconic singer will be revealed by celebrities in a biopic, Kaagaz Ki Kashti by Brahmanand Singh. To mark the 75th birth anniversary of the singer today, a sneak preview was held, where the iconic singer's wife Chitra, seemed overwhelmed.

The documentary will be released by April-end and will unravel the life and times of the maestro including his passion for horse racing, his humour and for being a Samaritan who discreetly doled out charity.

A classical applause
Now in its 24th year, the three-day Keli festival concluded yesterday after regaling audiences with classical music held at three venues.

Pic/Satej ShindePic/Satej Shinde

This time, the focus was on the music of living legend of the Carnatic classical music tradition, Dr M Balamuralikrishna. Seen in this frame, theatre and film stalwart, Girish Karnad applauds the classical music legend. 

Go gaga over ragas for 14 hours
At a time when stage performances are riddled with strict time deadlines, a 14-hour-long Indian Classical concert sounds like music to the ears.

Percussionist Taufiq Qureshi will be a part of the line-up
Percussionist Taufiq Qureshi will be a part of the line-up

Taking place on February 11 at a tea house in Bandra, the event will begin at 8 am, where artistes will croon a selection of ragas, based on the time of day. It will last for 14 hours. The line-up includes Rahul Sharma, sitarist Shahid Parvez, key-boardist Abhijeet Pohankar, vocalist Parveen Sultana and djembe player Taufiq Qureshi.

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