Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier
The city — sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
Lucy Rose is coming
British singer-songwriter Lucy Rose, known for her folksie-meets-Indie tunes will be showcasing her vocals in Mumbai on March 2. This will be the debut visit for the former Bombay Bicycle Club singer, who made fans across the world for her melancholic, wispy tracks like Shiver, Our Eyes and Middle of the Bed. Let’s hear it for Lucy.
Now, sounds of Stree Shakti
International Women’s Day always throws up interesting collaborations, particularly on the music front. This time around, we hear that all-woman band Stree Shakti will come together to offer the audience the best of Hindustani and Carnatic music talent from across the country on March 8. Besides a vocalist and melody instrumentalist, the group also includes accomplished female percussionists. Percussion is a domain that is traditionally regarded as a male dominated field. Founded in 1996, Stree Shakti is led by well-known tabla player, Anuradha Pal (in pic). The group has performed at most prestigious venues and festivals including WOMAD festival. The band includes the multi-instrumentalist Anuradha Pal (she plays tabla, djembe, udu, bongo, darbuka and other world percussions), Latha Ramachar (kanjira), Sharwari Nagwekar (Hindustani vocal), Deepika Sreenivasan (mrigangam) and Kalyani Shankar (violin). More power to woman power.
Talk of the town
(Top) Ganesh Talkies perform at the Radio City Freedom Awards 2015; (above) Rap/Hip-Hop group, Mumbai’s Finest who won three awards seen with Luke Kenny. The awards held last evening celebrates Indie music and talent in the country. PICs/Sameer Markande
In the spotlight
How often do you get the chance to feel like a movie star? Visitors at Byculla’s Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum can now come close. They can get themselves clicked at the Silver Magic Photo Studio. Visitors get to sit in a chair, which is a part of their exhibition on studio photography that showcases vintage photographs of the golden age of Hindi cinema, from the 1950s and ’60s. These portraits were created by legendary photograpehr JH Thakker.
The museum has also invited people to mail photos (email@example.com) or tag @BDLMuseum on their social media pages to get featured. The exhibition is on view till February 29. Don’t miss your date with the flashbulbs.
Remembering Uncle Pai
It’s been five years since one of India’s most loved storytellers passed away. Anant Pai, popularly known as Uncle Pai by eight and 80-year-olds, left a huge void but his body of work and contribution to Indian literature is salute-worthy. Our friends at the Amar Chitra Katha Studio were kind to share this illustration from their archive that summarises his contribution.
Daddy's not cool about me
When former India pace bowler-turned-domestic cricket commentator Vivek Razdan welcomed Rohan Gavaskar to the commentary box with some complimentary words during Day One of the Ranji Trophy final between Mumbai and Saurashtra yesterday, Rohan was quick to add Razdan to his fan list. "The number of my fans have increased to five now, after adding you," Rohan said. How come only five, Razdan asked, to which Rohan replied, "My mother, my wife, my two daughters and now, you." Razdan immediately reminded Rohan that he had missed including his legendary father, Sunil. Rohan had a ready riposte to that: "Dad toh mere fan following list mein kabhi thhe hi nahi (dad was never in my fan list)."
Rohan Gavaskar and Sunil Gavaskar were co-commentators for the first time during a Maharashtra-Mumbai quarterfinal of the Ranji Trophy at the Wankhede in January 2014. PIC/SURESH KK