Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier

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

It's back after 43 years
If part of the business of museums is to dig up the past, then the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) is aware that it must start within.

(Left) Dr Sabyasachi Mukherjee; (right) Neil MacGregor
(Left) Dr Sabyasachi Mukherjee; (right) Neil MacGregor 

After a gap of 43 years, CSMVS is reviving its old practice of publishing an annual Bulletin of the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India”, which went out of print in 1973. Now, in its new avatar, the bulletin will be named, with all political correctness in mind, the CSMVS Research Journal. “Research is a critical disciplinary enquiry and one of the key objectives of the museum,” says the museum’s director Dr Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

The volume, which has been brought about with help from scholars such as Dr Saryu Doshi, Dr AP Jamkhedkar, Dr Usha Bhatia and Dr Devangana Desai, follows in the tradition set by the museum’s former director Moti Chandra. Neil MacGregor, former director of the British Museum will be launching the prestigious journal today at the museum.

A canvas for sound art

Pic/Atul Kamble

Tabla exponents Ustad Vasi Ahmed Khan, Faraaz Khan and Wajib Khan engage in a jugalbandi of a different kind with artist Pissurwo, who indulged in a live art at the closing ceremony of the Appreciable Art Fair, Worli last evening.

Sounds like Ska
Ska music fans have something to cheer about. Skavengers are ready with their second record since their 2009 debut. Their new album XX (pronounced double cross) will aunch with a four-city India tour as well as an eight-week UK tour that includes gigs at the Secret Garden Party, Boomtown and Bestival.

Their sound is a mix of Reggae, Punk, Hip-Hop, Afro beat as well Ska, Reggae, Dub and Jazz. Speaking of XX, Stefan Kaye, founding member, says, “We began recording the second album in early 2013 as we’d written a lot of new material since our first album.

The band had progressed as a collective of writers and more influences had been creeping into the songs including as Afro-Cuban (Cumbanchero, Afro Fantasy), disco (Belly Ska), Afro Beat (Double X), Punk (Jewel Thief), as well as Ska, Reggae, Dub and Jazz styles that could be found on the debut album.”

Anarkali, Version 2.0

Actor Soha Ali Khan seems mighty pleased with her Mughal-esque avatar, such that she took to social media to share this vintage look. We like.

2020 Tokyo: Let’s back Bhakti!
When music maestro AR Rahman tells us to support a sportsperson, we take note. Recently, he tweeted about champion long distance swimmer Bhakti Sharma who is aiming to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Sharma hopes to participate in the Long Distance category that is now an Olympic event. The Rajasthan girl is coached by her mother, and has been setting records across global waters. Sample one of these: In January 2015, swimming 2.28 kilometres in 41.14 minutes in one degree temperature at Antarctic Ocean, creating the record of longest distance ever swam in Antarctica, and becoming the youngest swimmer to do so too.

To realise her Olympic dream, she needs Rs 2.3 lakh, and has taken to crowdfunding platform, Fuel A Dream. Thrilled at the Rahman tweet, the swimmer said, “AR Rahman has been an idol for me, and his music has been the one thing I have always turned to for inspiration and motivation.

To find him tweeting for me and this Olympic dream that I have for India, is an unbelievable high; this has spurred and energised me!” With everyone in Olympic mode, now might be a good time to check out the crowdfunding platform to see why even the great Rahman wants us to support this swimming champ.

They had a ball!
The 1st India Open Latin and Ballroom DanceSport Championship 2016, hosted by Shan & Ragz Indian DanceSport Council wrapped up last Sunday at NCPA with many stellar routines and winners.

As many as 235 category entries signed up to perform Cha, Jive, Rumba, Samba, Waltz, Quickstep, Salsa and Bachata. The championship was open to participants who were not only passionate about competitive dancing but also those who also enjoy social dancing

Bhajji in Dharamsala
He might not be touring Zimbabwe but he is doing his bit for the game. Dharamasala that offers India’s first residential facility for women players, had a surprise visitor recently.

India’s ‘Turbanator’ Harbhajan Singh dropped in with BCCI President Anruag Thakur to interact with these enthusiastic cricketers, and added much cheer.

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