Mumbai Diary page: Friday frolics

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

What scrap!
Call it the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan effect. Or, actually do not attribute a political motive to that, more science-y than politic-y.

Manish Agrawal’s handcrafted art helicopter  has been created from scrap
Manish Agrawal’s handcrafted art helicopter  has been created from scrap

On February 28 which is National Science Day in India, there is a special exhibition to encourage recycling of waste. To spread awareness about art that can be created from scrap, Inorbit Mall, Malad will showcase the works of artist Manish Agrawal.

Art made from newspapers, straws, bottles and other scrap material will be on show at the exhibition over the weekend. Some of the exhibits include a helicopter, sofa, chandeliers and a rocking horse. All these can also be used in daily life.

Agrawal is a Mumbai-based architect and interior designer. The life-sized helicopter has been made with old newspapers and thread without the use of glue. It has a seat which can accommodate a child below 5 years.

Venue: Inorbit Mall, Malad, From: 11 am to 9 pm over the weekend. Do more than just shopping at this mall, do some jaw-dropping.

Hitting a purple patch
This movie has the moves. Purple Skies, a documentary film about lesbians, bisexuals and transmen, directed by Mumbai’s Sridhar Rangayan, is to be screened at the Bangalore Queer Film Festival this weekend. It is a homecoming for Rangayan’s work.

Skies travels business class to Bangalore
Skies travels business class to Bangalore

He says, “Screening of the film at BQFF is very special for me”, said the director who was born and brought up in Bangalore, “This is home coming for a film that has been traveling across the world.” The film, which had its world premiere in May at the 5th Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival (MIQFF), has already screened at film festivals around the world.

The film will now screen on February 28 as part of the 7th Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF) that is scheduled to be held from today to March 1. “There are several persons from Bangalore who feature in the film and I’m excited to be presenting the film along with them,” said Rangayan. Mumbai is Mumbai and Bangalore is Bangalore and in LGBT the twain doth meet.

Sparring partners
Much like domestic spats come out at parties and gatherings, the growing rift between the Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is coming out in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), when it comes to decisions on proposals.

Aaditya Thackeray (l) with dad Uddhav
Aaditya Thackeray (l) with dad Uddhav

The BJP is visibly miffed with the Sena following continuous targeting by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s son Aaditya on the Land Acquisition Bill. By way of revenge, apparently, the BJP is refusing to support the Sena’s opinion in the BMC. On Wednesday, at the Improvements Committee meeting, the market redevelopment proposal was tabled, according to which the BMC would appoint a contractor for redevelopment of markets.

The Sena is against the proposal and wants the redevelopment to be done by the BMC itself. But the BJP, taking a contrary stand, supported the proposal and in fact with the help of opposition parties Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the proposal was approved. Irreconcilable differences, it seems...

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