Mumbai Diary: Thursday theme

Aug 06, 2015, 08:30 IST | Dhara Vora, Suprita Mitter, Gitanjali Chadrasekharan

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

Fashion faux pas
A young designer’s recent social media post, echoes the thought that must have run through the minds of many fashion folk: “I’m confused !! India Bridal Week and India Couture Week are two separate events ???

Why?? If we have so much extra money... sponsor designers that need it na (includes me too) wats the point when all we show case is bridal wear !!!!!!!! That too the same old stuff !!! It’s just DUMB!” (sic)

Really into animation
Like all kids her age, eight-year-old Mansi Tiwari also watches television for hours, much to the exasperation of her parents. However, they are unlikely to complain about it. At least for a while. After all, Tiwari, along with 14-year-old Aakash Pandey from Jabalpur, has become perhaps the first kids to have an animated avatar of theirs to appear in a regular series.

(Left) Mansi Tiwari and Aakash Pandey at a photo shoot at a city animation studio
(Left) Mansi Tiwari and Aakash Pandey at a photo shoot at a city animation studio

This summer the kids’ channel Nickelodeon ran a contest with its popular show Motu Patlu, asking its young viewers to answer questions based on each show. Sonali Bhattacharya, head of marketing for the channel says Tiwari and Pandey won a lucky draw.

“They were at the animation studio today, where they had a shoot. Soon, their animated avatars will be created and woven into an episode,” Bhattacharya added. As far as who found out about the contest? Tiwari’s father says it was his daughter.

“She must have seen it on TV and then would ensure that I was around so she’d have Internet access to send the answers to the channel,” he laughs. And when can you see the kid from Kalyan on TV? The channel says you should wait at least for a month.

(Left to right) Satish Aalekar, Arundhati Ghosh (executive director, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore), Sanjna Kapoor and Sameera Iyengar (course director for SMART & co-founder, Junoon, Mumbai).

Pic/Tushar Satam
Pic/Tushar Satam

The frame was a memento signed by all SMART facilitators and given to Aalekar, chief guest for the graduation ceremony for 17 graduates, which was held at Gallery MMB, Max Mueller Bhavan on Tuesday evening.

LOL Online
Withall the controversy that AIB recently created, and also the growing popularity of stand up acts, everyone seems to want to be an online comic star!

(From left) Mentors, Kanan Gill, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Rohan Joshi and Gursimran Khamba
(From left) Mentors, Kanan Gill, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Rohan Joshi and Gursimran Khamba

OMLs The Comedy Hunt that claimed to be India’s first web hunt to find the next comedy stars on YouTube in India has boiled down to India’s top 40 creators, who will now compete for the final winning slot.

The hunt saw participation from all over India, with 1578 entries from over 60 cities across the country. The entries were not limited to just metros like Mumbai, Delhi but also from smaller cities like Bhilai, Kanpur, Silvassa, Hoshiarpur, Haridwar and many more small cities.

The final 40 will now go through seven weeks where mentors will challenge these participants at the end which the top five contestants will be flown to Mumbai for the grand finale, where they will get a chance to share the stage with their mentors like AIB, Kanan and Biswa, SnG and East India Company.

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