Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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

Standing ovation
Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, shares a laugh with Dr Rafael Reif, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at the launch of Connected Learning Initiative-X(CLIx) at a SoBo five-star.

Pic/Atul Kamble
Pic/Atul Kamble

Also on the dais was S Ramadorai, Chairperson, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

India loves its art
Art giant Christie’s released figures of their sales for 2015 recently. Total sales stood at a whopping £4.8 billion/$7.4 billion. We were piqued to check how India fared.

Bose Krishnamachari at an art preview of Vijaya Kalyani’s show at the Museum Art Gallery in Kala Ghoda. File pic
Bose Krishnamachari at an art preview of Vijaya Kalyani’s show at the Museum Art Gallery in Kala Ghoda. File pic

According to the data shared, the business recorded a growth in India. Following the first Christie’s auction in Mumbai in 2013, with 2015 sales of £10 million, it rose to 32%, ($15.3 million, up by 23%).

Jazz beats with Matteo Fraboni
If Jazz is your thing, and drumming is what drives your music mojo, imagine attending a masterclass that will blend the two? True School of Music has organised a session with talented Italian Jazz drummer Matteo Fraboni today.

Matteo Fraboni
Matteo Fraboni

He will discuss modern improvisation through his original compositions. and be supported on the piano and on guitars in his quest to create musical conversations. Fraboni is well-versed with the sounds and rhythm that originate from Senegal to Cuba and India, and is best equipped to take you on a trip around the world, in a beat!

At the scene of crime

Pic/Sameer Markande
Pic/Sameer Markande

Chetan Bhagat and author Ira Trivedi at the launch of her book, Gumraah: Short Teen Crime Stories at a suburban bookstore yesterday.

Meet India’s Cosplay champ
Bengaluru’s Nabil Khan, who ‘cosplayed’ as Dr Otto Octavius at the Bangalore Comic Con 2015 bagged the title at the Indian Championships of Cosplay. The competition was announced to encourage local cosplayers to go professional and provide them a global platform.

The contest received around 20,000 votes and engaged thousands of fans as it offered the chance to represent India at the Annual Crown Championships of Cosplay at Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo. With his win, Khan will receive an invitation to attend the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo to be held from March 18-20.

Salute from underwater
Taking the flag hoisting experience on Republic Day to another level were the folks at Infiniti live-aboard.


Pic/Sameer Markande

The luxury yacht that offers scuba diving and related activities, had organised an underwater flag hoisting ceremony on January 26, off the coast of the Andaman Island in the Bay of Bengal. Let’s aim for a hoisting in space in 2017?

Dancing with the star

Pic/Satej Shinde
Pic/Satej Shinde

Arjun Kapoor dances with a participant of a reality show during a press meet in Juhu.

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