Don't Miss today
Catch Dario Fo's play in Hindi At: 7.30 PM; Veda Factory, Art Studio, Versova; Entry: Rs 200; Call: 8080447000
Splurge for a good cause
Shop from popular brands at the Good Karma sale. All proceeds will go towards Manorama Pathshala, which provides free education to underprivileged children from the slums of Versova.
When: February 29, 11 AM to 5 PM
Where: Doolally, Andheri
Watch artist shorts
Attend a screening of three short films about artists La Tour, Rubens and Le Lorrain. The films will analyse their paintings titled Le tricheir á l'as de Carreau, Les portraits d'Hélène, and Port de Mer au Soleil Couchant.
When: February 27, 6 PM
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla
Learn the technique and art of preparing the perfect French macaroons. Participants will be taught how to make crunchy shells and four delicious fillings.
When: February 24, 2 PM
Where: Palate Culinary Academy, Bandra
Listen to live music
Book a seat at Perfect Amalgamation, orchestrated by pianist Atul Raninga. Different artistes will come together to perform on the sitar, oud, rabab, flute, sarangi and violin, among other Indian and Western instruments.
When: February 27, 7.30 PM
Where: Royal Opera House Theatre, Girgaum;
Price: Rs 500 onwards;
Meet a person with a skill you can use
Pradnya Hattiangadi, 33 Canine trainer
Conducts dog-assisted therapy sessions for children and the elderly
A heartfelt wish to help her dog Rory with her anxiety turned Pradnya Hattiangadi's life around. Having discovered that the corporate life was not to her taste, she completed certification courses in dog training and animal-assisted therapy under the mentorship of renowned canine behaviourist Shirin Merchant. Today, she trains companion dogs to obey commands and establish long-lasting bonds with their human parents using reward-based techniques. She even corrects behavioural issues in dogs and teaches owners to understand and communicate with their pooches. Taking the older of her two dogs, Kiss, along, she visits special schools and old age homes, helping people overcome their fears and anxieties through their interactions with the dog.
Recommended by: Priya Singh, freelance educator, says, "My dog used to be extremely hyperactive. Pradnya's training made her calm and well-behaved. The difference is remarkable."
Does your kid know Romero?
Art director Rishita Chandra's Know Your Art initiative uses DIY art kits to educate children about famous artists and novel art techniques. "We felt the need to create products that light up a child's curious mind. Creating their own artworks inspired by master artists enables the development of visual and motor skills," she thinks. A kit contains about five outlined works that you can complete by colouring in the outlines using crayons or paint, included stickers and cutouts. It also includes a note on the history of the artist and evolution of his/her specific technique, and a short quiz to help children remember the information. The latest addition is the Romero Britto kit inspired by the American pop artist (R575). Chandra got in touch with him and discussed the idea. "He loved the idea of an Indian audience [getting acquainted with his work]," says Chandra, who has a one-year copyright to reproduce the artist's work for a limited edition kit.
Delhi, in verse
It's difficult not to be partial to Akhil Katyal. His verse is razor sharp, moving, affecting and most importantly, current. At a time, when millennial poets like Rupi Kaur are celebrated for their stirring verse on "love and other drugs", Katyal represents the baton that will light up the country's politically-charged youth today. In his first collection, How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross, Katyal reflected on the continuous conflict post Partition, especially in Kashmir. In his new book, Like Blood On The Bitten Tongue: Delhi Books (Context, Westland), illustrated by Vishwajyoti Ghosh, the themes negotiate the gullies of the old city, as he writes in the patois of the capital (Hindi-Urdu-English) on everything from queer love to JNU, borders and the traffic. Savour this one: Gurgaon is now 'Gurugram'. The Idea is BJP's. They say it's for Guru Dronacharya. Eklavya be like 'B****, please! There are many moments where you will smile at Katyal's brilliance, and how even his laconic verse can do what an entire novella can't.
Self love and Miley Cyrus nudes
The Rainbow Guide to Life is a one-of-a-kind LGBTQIA+ chat show produced by Vice Asia. It wants to address issues that are relevant to queer millennials, thereby creating a safe, representative space in the virtual world. Angelique Jacquet, a 23-year old piano teacher, and Priyanka Paul, a 21-year old artist, are hosts. They are young, gay, funny, and vocal about issues which matter to them. They are also good friends, which means their camaraderie comes through. "It's a lot of fun hosting the show because I get to do it with such a dear friend. When I found out who my co-host was, I screamed for a good three minutes," says Paul. The first 10-minute episode saw her and Jacquet talk self-love on Valentine's day, peppered with colourful visuals and fun segments. It also featured guest Dan Rebello, a 27-year old, non-binary teacher.
Retro Bollywood is alive, thriving
Tanvi Rastogi and Flo Vidyand were following each other's lifestyle blogs since 2009. When they started talking, they realised that among the many things they had in common, Hindi movies featured high up. Rastogi, who lives in Maryland and Vidyand in Ohio, decided in 2017 to launch The Moviewala Podcast. "We knew we wanted to split the content across seasons, so that other commitments wouldn't push us into abandoning this project midway. We tend to pick a genre that we are in the mood to discuss, and then zero in on the films. We have deliberately chosen movies only till 2000, since later, the Internet exploded," says Rastogi about the podcast that's 70 episodes old.
Currently, the two are busy with an Amitabh special, and the latest podcast was on Sholay.
On Spotify and Saavn
Learn as you unlearn
Whether it is the contentious Data Protection Bill or the climate crisis, @weunlearn has informative, research-based snippets explaining complex subjects. The digital advocacy wing of the company, which helps low-income adolescents lead gender equitable lives, shares information in an easy-to-digest format. Their bio reads "smashing patriarchy through research". Most posts end with an experiment, whose results are congruent with those of the research paper being discussed. "The main theme is patriarchy. Under that, we see if there are any reports or statistics that should be shared. We mention the source in case people wish to cross-check. Patriarchy intersects with caste, class, and economic background. Hence, we also focus on these subjects," says Meghna Chaudhury, CEO and founder. The page is run by Chaudhury and Riya Roy, head of creative communication.
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