Mumbai Diary: Wednesday Dossier
The city - sliced, diced and served with a dash of sauce
I like what i see
An artwork seems to have impressed Ratna Pathak Shah as her husband, Naseeruddin Shah, and artists Selva Rasool and Achyut Palav show them around their latest calligraphy exhibition at a Worli gallery yesterday. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Janta takes over
The usually languid turf of Horniman Circle Garden has seen an interesting development since the weekend, in the wake of a series of art "stations" in the garden. Some of the city's leading artists, architects, filmmakers and collectives, 75 in all, have anonymously contributed to the space in an exhibition titled 2020. The title should indicate something to us, about the near future, post the election year 2019. The quiet subversiveness of the exhibition is something that can be seen in the black floating lotuses, called One Thousand Flowers, in the central pond of the garden. The pond hosts a major sculpture by B Vithal, titled Liberty, which turns 30 on February 13. The poetic beginning to this public art series gives way to more works, with a series of performances, two of which are lined up today. Goes to show that thinking and feeling about the future of the nation doesn't always have to be with loud speeches.
Dead serious about F&B
How do you remember Kamal Sidhu? As a VJ who burst onto the scene in the '90s with her trademark curly locks and Indo-Canadian accent? As an actor in the TV series A Mouthful of Sky or movies like Aar Ya Paar? Or, as the co-host of Dangerous, probably one of the raciest shows screened on Indian television? Well, whichever avatar it is, it seems that Sidhu has now shed the trappings of the glamour world to help her husband, restaurateur Nico Goghavala, in his latest hospitality venture situated in SoBo. We were there for an interview and saw her overseeing the eatery, ready with a smile so charming that it lit up the place.
A scene from Goa's carnival
There are sacrifices, and then, there is Lent. This diarist got a reminder of the impending season of fasting and abstinence in the most amusing way. It was an alert on social media by Goa's tourism board inviting people for the carnival that wraps up on February 13, a day before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. During the carnival, festivities take over the sunshine state as revelry, merriment and fictional King Momo hold court. But during Lent, from avoiding make-up to switching off from social media, choices for people's Lenten abstinences have changed with the times. We'll be keeping a watch on the new trends in abstinence.
Floating an idea
If there's one thing that you could vouch for in life, that's change. Be it our display pictures on social media, our wardrobe or even our living space. The Floating Canvas Company, India's first art-on-subscription service, will ensure your walls don't carry the same tired painting for long. Their wide range of artists and art include Sajid Wajid Sheikh and his geometric take on the Mahatma (in pic) and minimalist Pravin Yarramilli's views from a train window. Subscriptions begin at as low as Rs 90 for a month and can change based on what you'd like to have. So art-lovers, what are you waiting for?
Remembering the velvet voice
On the occasion of Jagjit Singh's 77th birth anniversary tomorrow, filmmaker Brahmanand Singh, who made the biopic Kaagaz Ki Kashti on the legendary ghazal singer, will launch a coffee table book. Titled Lightness Of Being, the book is about Singh's life, music, success, failure, and the pain and personal tragedies he faced, told through rare photographs and unheard of anecdotes. "While Jagjit ji was a man of depth and gravitas, he never took himself seriously," says Brahmanand about the title of the book. The launch will be followed by a tribute concert, divided into three segments: Remembering, Recreating and Reinterpreting. "There are many talented singers inspired by Jagjit ji, who want to create a niche for themselves. The idea is to give them a platform to do so," informs Brahmanand, who also plans to set off on a seven-city tribute tour this year, which is likely to start in May. Another collector's item at the launch is a DVD, featuring rare footage of Singh's concert in Paris.