out & about
Fashionistas of the city were seen attending the
BMW India Bridal Fashion Week over the weekend. Leading
couture bridal designers including Sulakshana Monga, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Ashima Leena, and Rina Dhaka displayed their opulent collections for the ongoing bridal season. The inspiration behind their designs ranged from South India, asymmetrical
patterns, to tales of love and passion.
A Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held at this
Residency Road hotel. Resident guests, and the social set of
the city were spotted clicking pictures with Santa Claus. A life-size gingerbread house was also unveiled at the venue, along
with a line-up of festive gift hampers.
Taj West End
To mark his first visit to India, Ben Bryant, chief
winemaker at Jacob’s Creek, a special dinner was hosted by the brand. The event brought together wine aficionados of the city as everyone sat together enjoying a hearty meal, and trying out
some of the different wines by the brand.
Feel the blues
International music sensation Dana Gillespie is back in the country she loves
Gillespie’s admission, if there’s one blues musician who’s performed all over India over and over again, for 35 years, it’s her. She used to perform with Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonca before they became Shankar Ehsaan and Loy, and has even done the English translation of Jagjit Singh’s ghazals. On the personal front, she is a devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and visits his Puttaparthi ashram every year, and has recorded 12 bhajan CDs in Sanskrit.
The multi-award winning British singer and multi-faceted personality, with a career also spanning radio, theatre, film and sports, is quite famous for her repertoire of risqué songs, and she will bring some of that to blueFROG on Sunday.
The secret of Gillespie’s long career is her age, besides her energy, believes the 66-year-old. “Normally, blues is performed better by people who are older. When you are a teenager, words are superficial. At that age, you don’t have the human understanding of so many things in life. As you get older, you have been through heaven and hell, and it all becomes part of your emotions. Plus, blues is slightly naughty. When I was singing at 17, songs would have sounded pornographic. At my age now, I can do it with a sense of humour,” explains the artist, who recorded her first album at the age of 15. Her music evolved from teen pop, folk, rock to ultimately blues. She has also collaborated with greats such as Bob Dylan and David Bowie.
Gillespie also has a blues festival to her credit, which she organises every January at Mustique in the Caribbean. But this time she’ll have to give it a miss. That’s because she has a knee replacement surgery coming up next month. “I’ll be in the hospital during Christmas. If the doctor is not drunk, and doesn’t cut off the wrong leg, I should be okay. I’ll be back in the music scene by March next year,” Gillespie concludes with a hearty laugh.
At Church Street. 9 pm. Tickets (`500) on
— Barkha Kumari
where’s the party?
blueFROG will have four electronic
music artists in the house on Friday. Ankytrixx specialises in deep, house and electronic music. Technomads are the high-energy duo, Rishi Sippy and Aashish Gupta, from Bengaluru. They will be supported by Bullzeye and Srinu. On November 27. Entry (`1,000). At Church Street. 9.30 pm
onwards. Details: 69999549
Tap and dance
Watch Audio Unites, of brother
duo Ashwin Baburao aka Inferno and Ashrith Baburao, weave creamy melodies with chunky bass lines. Dramatised with rich sounds and organic layers, each of their tracks is a perfect blend of intricacy and experimentation. November 27.
Entry free. At Church Street Social.
10 pm onwards. Details: 7899012855
Music & cocktails
Walk in to My Fortune hotel for an evening
of soothing music, delectable spread of food and cocktails. Singer Zoremi Tlau promises to enthrall the guests with smooth-funky tunes across the genres of retro, jazz and pop. Every Friday-Saturday (7.30 pm-10.30 pm) and Sunday (Noon till 4 pm). At Richmond Road. Details: 25001700