Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier

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

The rare and the precious
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) will shortly inaugurate an exhibition titled, Ek Tha Laurak Ek Thi Chanda, showcasing the folios of the manuscript of Chandayana under the title, Art Unseen Series I.

Rare, previously unseen manuscripts will be on display at the CSMVS. Pic/Shadab Khan
Rare, previously unseen manuscripts will be on display at the CSMVS. Pic/Shadab Khan

This is a new initiative by the museum to highlight its collection, which visitors didn’t have access to earlier. One can view an illustrated manuscript called the The Manuscript of Chandayana, which was illustrated in the 16th century, probably in the Delhi-Jaunpur area, in Sultanate style.

This style is a blend of Indian, Persian and Iranian. The Persian influence reflects in the colour tonalities, use of Persian arabesques, while the backgrounds covered with small strokes to depict vegetation and use of the Chinese ribbon-clouds, are some of the features borrowed from Turkish paintings.

A culinary masterclass awaits you
Colaba restaurant The Table will present Part Four of its Guest Chef series. This edition will see a five-course meal by big-ticket chef Kwame Onwuachi, Greg Vakiner and chef Alex Sanchez of The Table.

A meal will cost you a cool Rs 4,000. If Kwame manages to impress you with his skills, be a part of his masterclass on November 21, where he will be in conversation with Karishma Sakhrani (MasterChef India finalist) and Sanchez.

That’s the road ahead

Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Nandan Nilekani (centre) chats with Reuben Abraham (left) at the release of his book, Rebooting India, in Mumbai recently. Also in the frame is co-author Viral Shah.

Happy Birthday Johnny Walker!
Today is the 89th birth anniversary of legendary comedian-actor Johnny Walker, confirms his actor-director son, Nasirr Khan. In fact, Khan’s upcoming film is titled, ‘Sar Jo Tera Chakraaye’ inspired by his father’s popular song.

Johnny Walker
Johnny Walker

“Dad was a modest man; I don’t recollect him celebrating his birthdays. Fishing in Powai Lake and playing snooker every evening were his favourite pastimes. Although his screen-name is a whiskey brand, and he enacted drunken scenes with ease, off-screen, he was a teetotaller,” reveals Nasirr.

Even though Badruddin Kazi (Walker’s real name) acted in and lip-synced to evergreen songs in a string of Guru Dutt movies, it was his performance in the Anand, which was his favourite, Nasirr recalls.

Art on rural India at Paris show
Tasveer will be a part of Paris Photo, a premier international art fair in Paris, for the third consecutive time, this year. For this edition, they will exhibit a solo show of rare prints by artist Jyoti Bhatt, who is known for his modernist work in painting and print-making, and photographic documentation of rural Indian culture.

A woman from Madhubani, Bihar, making a wall painting at crafts village, New Delhi, 1977. Pic Courtesy/Jyoti Bhatt/Tasveer
A woman from Madhubani, Bihar, making a wall painting at crafts village, New Delhi, 1977. Pic Courtesy/Jyoti Bhatt/Tasveer

The collection will include his work spanning three decades, from 1966 to 1994, inspired by rural Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, West Bengal and Bihar along with experimental studio work. The art fair is scheduled from November 12 to 15.

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