Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Dossier

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

Smiles with the superstar
He’s currently setting the IPL on fire with his blistering knocks in every game. Now we hear that Virat Kohli’s Foundation has tied up with an NGO that supports lesser privileged children and youth.

The first event in this direction would be a big-ticket gala dinner to be held in Mumbai where the who’s who of film, fashion and business will show their support for this cause. And yes, savour creations by celebrity chef Vikas Khanna.

Power play

Business baron Kumar Mangalam Birla (right) and wife Neerja (blue top) were spotted chatting with Purva Naresh (left, kneeling) after the staging of her play Ladies Sangeet at St Andrews’ Auditorium last weekend.

From Goa to California
Konkani film Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Let’s dance to the Rhythm), about Goan singers, Chris Perry and Lorna Cordeiro first made headlines after it bagged a nomination in the Background Music Score Category at the Academy Awards, and made it to the final rounds.

The film has now been declared the best musical film, winning the Golden Reel at the Tiburon International Film Festival in California. It was also the opening film at the 16th New York Indian Film Festival last week. Directed by ad filmmaker, Bardroy Barretto, the film's music has been composed by Ronnie Monsorate.

A scene from Nachom-ia KumpasarA scene from Nachom-ia Kumpasar

The movie that took almost 10 years to make, also recently won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the Best Background Score and has been screened at over 22 international film festivals across the world. The team also won two National Awards and a special mention for the lead actor apart from the Lebara audience choice award at the London Indian Film Festival and the Best Film at Brasov in Rumania.

In Milan, at the Filmmakers Awards in Italy, it had won awards for Best Direction, Best Sound Design and Best Background score, all in the foreign language film category. Now that’s what we call a real crossover film!

One Filter Coffee, for London
On May 20, a six-year-old indie Mumbai-based Filter Coffee, an indie music band will perform at the prestigious Alchemy festival, held at Southbank Centre in London. Selected last year after a showcase at an indie music trade event, IndiEarth XChange last year, Shriram Sampath and Swarupa Ananth, will present an hour-long Ethnotronic (ethnic and electronic) instrumental set featuring Folk music from different parts of the country, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, South India and the Northeast.

Shriram Sampath and Swarupa Ananth of Filter Coffee
Shriram Sampath and Swarupa Ananth of Filter Coffee

“I will play the flute. Swarupa will play the tabla and other percussion instruments. The performance will be supported by visuals projected on a big screen. These are films, showcasing different parts of the country, shot by friends we’ve connected with online,” says Sampath. Interestingly, the duo will perform on the same day as tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, also a part of the fest. “He happens to be my guru, so it’s an even bigger deal,” beams Ananth.

Big and we’re loving it!
It turned out to be a fairly engaging chat at a Bandra bookstore. The weekend saw the release of I am big.

So What!? by Shuchi Singh Kalra (right) followed by a session on plus-sized heroines in fiction and films that saw Delnaz Irani (who we love for her spirit but think could do with a healthier lifestyle) speak openly about the real picture. The session was moderated by Suyash Karangutkar (left).

An outstanding idea
Over the years, Holy Family Church in Chakala has come to become famous for its innovations — From wishing the best to Mumbai Metro commuters via a banner at the church entrance when the new mode of transport began in June 2014 to a new statue of Jesus in the complex.

The Jesus statue at Holy Family Parish, Andheri (E)
The Jesus statue at Holy Family Parish, Andheri (E)

The statue of Jesus is below a mango tree that is iconic to the parish and has been drawing many parishioners who love to click selfies. The statue was inaugurated and blessed on Friday evening. Ryan D’Souza, 16, a student from Tolani College who clicked selfies with the statue yesterday, said, “Sitting beside this statue makes me feel at peace.

It is a nice concept. I posted it on Facebook and I got many likes. I have stopped standing out for mass; I now go in and actively participate.” Twenty two-year-old fellow parishioner, law student Giselle Fernandes has spotted even older people posing beside the statue.

“Often, we sit on that bench when before mass or practice, and now we have Jesus for company. The statue is life-like; I feel as if he is near me, like the board near him that reads — ‘With you always, Jesus’.” This diarist thinks it’s a novel way to deter ‘outstanding’ Catholics, a term given to parishioners across city churches who prefer to stand outside the doors of the church while mass is on. Perhaps seeing Jesus sitting there will inspire them to step in and listen to the service; after all, he is watching.

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