Mumbai Diary: Thursday Dossier
Mumbai - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
Shall we tell the governor?
Two staff members of Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao (right) are caught in a quiet exchange at a function at Bandra's MMRDA grounds that was also attended by state minister for rural development, women & child development, and guardian minister for Beed, Pankaja Munde (left), yesterday. Pic/Bipin Kokate
New shores beckon Shetty
A little more than a year ago, we had the joy of checking out Sudarshan Shetty's new work, which he had made as part of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, at Bandra-Kurla Complex. The work, in a style that we have come to appreciate Shetty for, was titled A Song A Story, and had a two-channel film anchored by wooden structures. Now, the large-scale sculptural work, which has been further built upon by Shetty, is set to open this Sunday at Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, along with another piece called The Empty Vessel. The latter work explores the idea of emptiness through domestic objects, says the artist who curated the recent edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.
United they stand
It seems that English Premier League clubs have truly woken up to the cash-rich fan base that India can provide. After Liverpool legends Sami Hyypia, Robbie Fowler, Luis Garcia and Vladimir Smicer visited the country late last year, making a stop in Mumbai as well, it's now the turn of Manchester United to follow suit. Club ambassador Denis Irwin and former striker Louis Saha will be in the city this Saturday for a fan event that involves a screening of United's game against Burnley at the Mahalaxmi race course. What's more, there are lots of freebies on offer, including a chance to win a VIP trip to Old Trafford, the club's home ground. So all in all, every fan who attends the event is likely to have (excuse the pun) a ball.
Kala ya hara wala festival?
The city's fleeting winter leading into February is when Mumbaikars and Bombaywallahs [there are two types, right?] have a gala time, thanks to the countless fairs and festivals that pack our cultural calendar. The crescendo — at least, as far as crowds go — is usually reached at an annual festival that is set in a sub-precinct in Fort. This year, the theme is an eco-friendly one, where the organisers have gone all the way to even give it a 'hara' tagline and all. Now, we're all good about spreading the eco-cool message across such mega dos but we find it rather surprising that the chief sponsor of this event is a powerful builder-politician who's been involved in some anti-environment activities, particularly connected with a historic landmark that falls in his constituency. A case of faux green, no?
Object of interest
In the field of home decor and interior design, Maison & Objet in Paris is one event you would want to be seen at, like every fashionista worth her Hermes lobbying for a pass for the top show at Paris Fashion Week. And Mumbai-based Esha Gupta, founder of design studio Design Pataki, has been invited by the organisers of the prestigious event to experience all that the design haven has to offer. Gupta, who will be heading there this Friday, is looking forward to meeting Danish industrial designer Cecilie Manz and many other design geniuses, in addition to getting a first look at the hottest product launches.
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