Mumbai Diary: Friday Dossier
The city - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
The Valentine brass band in performance at the venue. Pic/Satej Shinde
East Indian joyride
On Thursday night, St Andrew's College auditorium came alive to the first-ever East Indian awards and cultural nite to felicitate prominent members of Mumbai's oldest community as well as to showcase their traditional music, dance and rich legacy.
Organised by the Mobai Gaothan Panchayat, the event witnessed a special East Indian celebration song, performances by artistes Cedric and Jane Tixera, and Valentine brass band as well a lively song-and dance routine by The Shining Stars.
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the awards that were conferred upon distinguished East Indians across professions. These included Neal Murray, Father Magi Murzello, Charmaine D'Souza, the Rommel Group and Dr Maria Baretto. A community blockbuster, this.
All play, no work
One of the reasons why lesser privileged children often fail to match up to their privileged peers in adulthood is that apart from education, they are also not blessed with an upbringing that focuses on arts and culture.
But theatre group Junoon has now started an initiative called Arts at Play, which involves organising plays for children under the care of NGOs. This is the first time that most of these children will see such performances, and the memories are bound to shape their thought in positive ways.
Sanjna Kapoor (in pic), co-founder, Junoon, says, "The transformational nature of theatre has the magical power to transport you to other worlds, mirror your life and beliefs, show you other ways of being, and allow you to imagine possibilities. Every child must grow up with the richness of theatre experiences. This should be the norm." We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Like I was saying
Some things are meant for the Mrs' ears only, we realise, as Sachin Tendulkar chats with Anjali at the launch of a child healthcare book at MIG Club on Thursday.
It's a rap
The street hip-hop scene of Mumbai is buzzing and how. And a catchy new rap song to hit the Internet is School Sei Seekha Hai by ABY featuring Noor Hasan, a 17-year-old rapper from Dharavi. Rapper Aby Thampi first met Hasan at a gig in the city two years ago.
And late last year, when Thampi thought of creating a school anthem about the nostalgic fun and street cred that backbenchers learn, it was Hasan who he thought would be perfect to collaborate with. The fun video was shot at Michael High School in Kurla, which five-year-old BMX rider Ali, who also features in the video, attends.
"We shot the video in five hours and the kids didn't need any direction as they were being their natural naughty self. The principal was co-operative and allowed us to shoot the song without any questions," Thampi tells us.
The annual fest of the Human Resource Management and Labour Relations programme of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences will be held over the weekend, and the theme this year is life-altering decisions made by personalities from all walks of life.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, for instance, will talk about how he gave himself the permission to fail. Says the ever-so-forthright Ratna Pathak Shah about her talk, "I'd like to tell the story of how an ordinary person makes her place in the sun."
Moo-sic and colour in Delhi
It's nearing that time of the year again when India truly lives up to its reputation of being a land filled with colour. Holi is around the corner, and that means that the folks who organise Holi Moo - an experiential fest inspired by the festival of colours - are busy putting their event together in the capital ahead of March 2. It started off as a small music festival that a few musicians had organised at a farm 12 years ago.
But over the years, it's grown enough in scale to now involve four stages that showcase different types of music, like pop and hip-hop. There are also other quirky performers such as stilt walkers and roving minstrels, apart from free-flowing cocktails and herbal concoctions meant for the health-conscious.
The event is usually a big draw with foreigners as well, because let's face it, had we been from a different country ourselves, we would have definitely gone bonkers having fun on a day when over 1.2 billion people let their hair down, throwing colours at each other and getting high on as potent a drink as bhang.