Mumbai Diary: Tuesday Tales

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

Music, get your fix
It is not samapt but Samparpan. Yes, we know that the classical music season is petering away, especially open air concerts now that the mercury has gone up a few notches, but there’s still some to come in the city.

That’s just our jackets. The Samparpan group artistes are ready to rock it
That’s just our jackets. The Samparpan group artistes are ready to rock it

There is a classical concert featuring the versatile, been there forever playback singer Suresh Wadkar and the Samparpan group with young musicians Ninad Mulaokar (Flute) Manas Kumar (Violin), Ojas Adhiya (Tabla), Gautam Sharma (Percussion) Vishal Dhumal (Keyboard) and I D Rao (Saxophone).

To be held on Friday, March 20 at the Nehru Centre, Worli. The band says its intention is to show musical solidarity with traditionally rich Indian classical music. They also say it falls under the category of ‘fusion’. Ah, fusion is just so fashionable these days.

Venue: Nehru Centre, Worli, Mumbai
Day and Date: Friday, March 20
Time: 7.30 pm
Concert Tickets available at: www.bookmyshow.com, Rhythm House (Tel: 43222727), The Nehru Centre Worli (Tel: 24964680) Tickets: Rs 1,000, 750, 500 and 300

Focus, SoBo’s southern tip
It was a weekend of brainstormin' and talking for a clutch of Colaba residents who were at the Radio Club (near Taj) to talk about how they were going to take forward their opposition to an updated list of hawking zones prepared by the BMC for the ‘A’ ward.

A meeting in progress at the Radio Club
A meeting in progress at the Radio Club

Of particular concern was the stretch from Radio Club to the mandir on Causeway which has been declared as a hawking zone. Opinions flew back ‘n’ forth given the number of residents. There were talks about whether to proceed legally or seek meetings with the civic authorities.

Overall though the message was: Be rational, do not be sentimental, for instance, one cannot use “overcrowding” as a reason to not have hawking, do not say that I do not want hawkers near me, anywhere else is okay, advised one speaker and another said “we do not want any rabble rousing and George Fernandes like statements.”

They want to make a “reasoned representation” to the commissioner. It now remains to be seen if they hawk the talk, or talk the hawk. Or… let's just wait for new turns to the Causeway controversy.

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