Mumbai Diary: Saturday dossier

Shine on, Bappida
Disco King Bappi Lahiri has taken in his stride the playful jeering at his fetish for gold in Dilwale. Bappida, who was flagging off a Disco carnival at an Andheri barbecue, reacted, “Besides chains and amulets, I also wear gold bracelets on my wrists.

GOLD COOL: Bappi Lahiri at a Disco promotion on Friday. PIC/ SAYYED SAMEER ABEDI
GOLD COOL: Bappi Lahiri at a Disco promotion on Friday. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Most of them are all-faith religious symbols. It has been my ‘global identity’ for four decades. These days, iconic Western singers sport gold chains and dark glasses, since I do not have a copyright on that,” he chuckled. He was in the news recently for his album, Slumstars, which had talented Dharavi kids perform. It will be submitted for the Grammies, “Why should they be degraded as slumdogs?” he countered.

A doggie a day...
Get ready for woofs and purrs for 365 days of 2016. The Welfare of Stray Dogs Heart Of Giving Calendar - 2016 is out, and is now available at various outlets across the city.

It can also be couriered outside Mumbai. Priced at R150 (wall and desk size), its sales will see proceeds go to WSD’s sterilisation, immunization and health care programmes. For outside Mumbai orders, e-mail wsdindia@gmail.com or call 64222838.

Art of the matter
Nancy Adajania addressed the audiences at Curriculum Conclave, a symposium at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya to discuss the optimal curriculum for a school of arts, and the efforts across art institutions and platforms.

Art

The speakers included Kaiwan Mehta, Manisha Patel, Mustansir Dalvi, and Rashmi Poddar at a session convened by Ranjit Hoskote. Pic/Atul Kamble

Poetry with a bit of soda pop
SodaBottleOpenerWala witnessed a different gathering on Friday evening. Author Vikram Chandra was invited by old friend, AD Singh, to pay homage to all the great poetry that has been written in Bombay’s Irani cafés, during an intimate talk titled, ‘The Poetry of Amazement’. He drew from his personal experiences spent at Irani chai joints over the years, where the great poets of the time, Arun Kolatkar, Namdeo Dhasal, Dilip Chitre and Eunice D’Souza, would also spend their time.

what’s in a poem? AD Singh and Vikram Chandra. PIC/PRADEEP DHIVARwhat’s in a poem? AD Singh and Vikram Chandra. PIC/PRADEEP DHIVAR

Meatloaf and khaja at a click
If home-style gourmet food is your weakness, we have some good news. Home chef Ananya Banerjee launched her website (www.ananyabanerjee.com) yesterday.

JUST LIKE HOME: Ananya Banerjee promises gourmet home-styled food
JUST LIKE HOME: Ananya Banerjee promises gourmet home-styled food

Apart from special Christmas goodies that you can pre order, the website also features her signature Bengali delicacies Dhonepatar Chutney, Aam Kashundi, Prawns Kashundi, Aamshotter Chutney and Khaja. The products are all organic, and contain no added preservatives, she promises. The website currently delivers between South Mumbai and Bandra.

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