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Playing with mud
Help your kids get their hand dirty, creatively. Art Houz is organising a two-day terracotta workshop for children above 10, where they will be taught how to work with clay, use techniques like coil pot (stacking coils of clay) and slab method (etching) to create small Ganeshas and other figurines. The workshop will be led by trained sculptors. On April 27-28, from 10 am to 1 pm. `3,000. Details: 8220530777

Stitch in time
Saturdays in May, Kellys
Learn the art of quilling, coffee painting, towelling embroidery and other arts and crafts at the workshop by DeeGee’s Adwaita, at Uma Complex, Kellys. Participants will also learn to make their own paper bags to their creations home. `1,500 per person. Details: 9841154471

Art & drama
April 27 – June 4, Ashvita Nirvana
Ashvita Nirvana is organising six workshops for summer. On April 27, sign up for a drama workshop by Theatre Nisha, where participants will take part in voice and prep exercises, spatial relationships, acting improvisation and more (`5,500). There’s also a painting and crafts workshop for children on the same day by Megha Kapadia (`3,000). Details: 09791088189

Beyond the book
April 27 – May 15, British Council
Britsh Council is conducting a 30-hour summer school course. It includes activities that develop language skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening), vocabulary and pronunciation. The workshop also targets  confidence building and encouraging team work. For ages eight to 15. Priced at `9,000. Details: 18001024353

Of clay and kilns
For a more detailed approach to pottery, register for the Summer Workshops at Pothole, at The Farm on OMR. For anyone above 12, the six-day workshop will include three days of making—learn hand-building techniques to create figurines and ceramic beads, and how to use the potter’s wheel. The last three days will concentrate on loading the kiln and firing the pieces. May 4-9, from 10 am to 12.30 pm. `3,500. Details: 9884144693

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Playing with mud
Help your kids get their hand dirty, creatively. Art Houz is organising a two-day terracotta workshop for children above 10, where they will be taught how to work with clay, use techniques like coil pot (stacking coils of clay) and slab method (etching) to create small Ganeshas and other figurines. The workshop will be led by trained sculptors. On April 27-28, from 10 am to 1 pm. `3,000. Details: 8220530777

Stitch in time
Saturdays in May, Kellys
Learn the art of quilling, coffee painting, towelling embroidery and other arts and crafts at the workshop by DeeGee’s Adwaita, at Uma Complex, Kellys. Participants will also learn to make their own paper bags to their creations home. `1,500 per person. Details: 9841154471

Art & drama
April 27 – June 4, Ashvita Nirvana
Ashvita Nirvana is organising six workshops for summer. On April 27, sign up for a drama workshop by Theatre Nisha, where participants will take part in voice and prep exercises, spatial relationships, acting improvisation and more (`5,500). There’s also a painting and crafts workshop for children on the same day by Megha Kapadia (`3,000). Details: 09791088189

Beyond the book
April 27 – May 15, British Council
Britsh Council is conducting a 30-hour summer school course. It includes activities that develop language skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening), vocabulary and pronunciation. The workshop also targets  confidence building and encouraging team work. For ages eight to 15. Priced at `9,000. Details: 18001024353

Of clay and kilns
For a more detailed approach to pottery, register for the Summer Workshops at Pothole, at The Farm on OMR. For anyone above 12, the six-day workshop will include three days of making—learn hand-building techniques to create figurines and ceramic beads, and how to use the potter’s wheel. The last three days will concentrate on loading the kiln and firing the pieces. May 4-9, from 10 am to 12.30 pm. `3,500. Details: 9884144693

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Help your kids get their hand dirty, creatively. Art Houz is organising a two-day terracotta workshop for children above 10, where they will be taught how to work with clay, use techniques like coil pot (stacking coils of clay) and slab method (etching) to create small Ganeshas and other figurines. The workshop will be led by trained sculptors. On April 27-28, from 10 am to 1 pm. `3,000. Details: 8220530777

 

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    Last week’s buzz continued this week, with everyone making holiday plans for the summer. Almost on cue, Saturday saw an evening hosted by Bally’s Entertainment, the next edition in a series of events to promote their venue in Colombo. Exotic dancers provided the entertainment for the evening, while guests enjoyed the ‘Vegas-ish’ feel that had been created. And if that wasn’t enough, there were loads of goodies for the taking, enticing players to make a quick trip to Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, another set of the party crowd was at Confluence resorts on ECR for Sunburn on Air, featuring headlining act W&W. Fusing styles and mixing influences, the duo have a diversity that appeals to multiple audiences, as was evident by the multitudes that had gathered.
    On Sunday, the who’s who of Chennai headed to The Park for the Luxe Royale Night, a special fund raiser by Vivek Karunakaran, in association with the Madras Midtown Round Table 42. The purpose of the evening, I suppose, was to leave us with something to think about, as art, dining and fashion were entwined with live music and dance. As part of the concept, there was no specific stage, with the entire hotel being used to showcase different presentations. Hip-hop at the lobby? Contemporary dance at The Leather Bar? Or an art auction at 601? A fair bit of scurrying about ensued, trying to keep up with all the action, especially for those who didn’t get prime seats, and I was more than a little surprised when a dancer suddenly came to life right next to me. Karunakaran’s Spring Summer collection was followed by the Celebrity Walk of Pride, where everyone from actors to sports persons happily showed off their VK ensembles. Just as we were craning our necks to see what was next, an aerial acrobat proceeded to perform, suspended from above, followed by a flamenco-inspired dance piece. The finale was Karunakaran’s Regimental Colle-ction for both men and women, with structured jackets, billowy skirts, intricate detailing and drapes.
    To wind things up, I also got to add a little bit of bling to my week, courtesy Forever Mark Diamonds, in association with Arpranje Jewellers Bangalore, who hosted an exclusive preview of their latest collection. Guest of honour Nandita Das added to the frenzy that generally accompanies all things sparkly, putting her special stamp on the proceedings.

    — paloma@newindianexpress.com

    Paloma Rao

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      Get commercial
      City-based DJs, Rudy and Prashanth, will be treating the crowd to commercial EDM hits at Dublin tonight. Being ladies night, the evening will see free shooters being dished out to the women. Entry for couples at Rs 2,000 (cover of Rs 1,500). From 8 pm to 1 am. Details: 24994101

      Hip-hop haven
      There’s nothing like a dose of hip-hop to kick start the weekend on a Friday night. DJs Dominic and Mukund will be playing just that at Q Bar, Hilton, tonight, with unlimited vodka on offer for the ladies. While Dominic has been in the industry for over 10 years, Mukund is the resident DJ of the bar with over five years of experience. Entry at Rs 1,000 per couple and free for ladies. Details: 22255555

      Going old school
      Head to 10 Downing Street on Monday and step back in time while listening to classic hits. DJ Gavin, who will be playing covers of select old-school songs from the ’70s and ’80s, promises to introduce a sense of nostalgia at the bar. Also, order from their food menu and get discounts according to you age (valid for ages 30 to 60 only).
      Details: 43546565

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        Kingfisher is the beer that made the Mallyas rich. Eagle is the handy Thermos flask you carry to hospitals. Dove is the soap that claims it isn’t a soap. Penguin is the publisher of books you never cared to read. Crane is that paaku thool (betel nut) with that irritating jingle. A top-of-mind-awareness test of bird names is likely to throw up such learned responses from the smartest of city dwellers. That’s how much we know about the winged creatures.
        For a generation obsessed with Angry Birds and avian flu, it’s quite ironical that we can’t tell a crane from a stork, or a falcon from a kite. To cure ourselves of our collective ignorance, let’s go on a wild goose chase to up our bird IQ a few notches.
        What’s common to the cuckoo, the owl, the kookaburra and the cock? If you blinked like a dying tubelight, let’s put you out of your agony by pointing out that these birds are named after the distinctive sounds they make. Owl, for instance, is derived from the Sanskrit ‘ulluka’, which in turn flows from the ululating call it makes. I’d add the Indian crow and the New Zealand kiwi to the list.
        Appearances and plumage also play a role in the nomenclature. The flame-like orangish red colour of the feathers give the flamingo (from Spanish ‘flamengo’) its flamboyant label. Eagle comes from the Latin ‘gquila’ and it means ‘water-coloured’ or dark-hued bird. Along the same lines, penguin draws its roots from ‘pen gwyn’ which implies ‘white head’ in Welsh.
        Sometimes misnomers have resulted in ludicrous choices. America’s favourite thanksgiving bird, the turkey, is actually not from Turkey. It’s a native species often confused with the guinea fowl, which was introduced to Europe from the Mediterranean country. The resulting confusion gave rise to turkey, which incidentally is referred to in Turkey as ‘Hindi’ because it’s thought to have been imported from India. The albatross has a similar tale. In the early days, it was mixed up with the pelican and was, hence, christened from the Spanish word ‘alcatruz’ (meaning water carrier).
        Other common birds have rather pedestrian origins. The German word for ‘singer’ gave rise to swan. Rooster was whipped up when ‘cock’ was found to be unparliamentary. Pigeon is literally ‘young chirping bird’. And many think ‘dove’ is related to the past tense of ‘dive’ in reference to its flight. Hope that left you happy as a lark.

         

        Anantha Narayan

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          Radio stations still scream formats like it’s a war cry. ‘Format’ is a word that limits this beautiful medium from what it can actually deliver. It’s an age-old technique that levels the land for the programming crew and creates channels of irrigation for the sales.
          If you are to experience this on a regular basis, it will make you feel like you are sowing paddy in a distant village with only a few farmers by your side. Everything from imaging and show type to selling and marketing revolve around this word. Some stations even have the same kind of toilet in their rest-rooms across the country, just so they stick to the format. Within the next five years, a lot will change for radio because of the countless technical innovations that keep cropping up on the World Wide Web.
          Media will be ‘app-tised’ and, on radio, no one will care much about long-drawn-out interviews, audio releases, outdoor activation, game shows and the like. For radio, it will come down to music and moments. The plan will be to keep it real and on a social platform. The digi-revolution is great for consumers as it helps them access their choice of entertainment anywhere and at any time.
          Imagine a radio station on an app—giving you just music sans the frogs croaking. Now that will be a radio unit that you can call a friend. The painfully-long and boring ads will not be heard, but only seen as a ticker. That will be a blessing, especially with the classless varieties of ads that get produced today. The user experience will be of utmost priority and once that’s achieved, you would rarely tune back to a terrestrial radio station.
          Contrary to the notion that formats cause disruption, which creates ‘listenership’, I think it causes a bigger disconnect with the listeners. You have AIR scrambling with their radio commentary during the World Cup and, at the same time, when you switch to a private station they are in Candyland. One of the million reasons why formats are forgettable.
          — talkingradio@gmail.com
          The writer’s views expressed here are entirely in his personal capacity.

           

          Niladri

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            Our pick of digital apps that offer cashless payments

            Digital wallets not only let you make hassle-free transactions both on and offline, but they are branching into other areas of wealth management, too. Looking beyond favourites like Paytm and Google Wallet, we bring you the latest apps to solve your cash or card woes.
            MOWA
            Short for Mobile Wallet app, it enables faster smartphone payments as it simply needs to be linked with a debit/credit card to connect to a bank account. You can even transfer money to contacts in your list, if they do not have the app. The best thing? You won’t need to enter bank details.
            Free on Android. Details: mowa.in
            Citrus Cube
            Once you feed in dates for recurring bills, the RBI-approved app will remind you about the dues until you pay. From mobile bills to digital TV subscriptions, this one even reminds you to pay the domestic help, school fees and gym subscriptions. You can store credit or debit card details for smooth payments without saving the CCV number.
            On Android. Details: play.google.com
            YPAYCASH
            YPAYCASH mobile wallet lets you recharge your DTH televison connections like Airtel, Reliance and DISH, apart from utility bills like gas, electricity, water and others. You can also book bus tickets on travelyaari.com, transfer money to bank accounts and go e-shopping.
            Available on play.google.com
            Oxigen Wallet
            With this app, you can recharge all major mobile connections, pay your phone and electricity bills, shop, buy tickets and more. Features like sending money to social media contacts, gifting air time, scheduling payments and asking family and friends for a top up on your talk time, make it more convenient.
            Available on play.google.com
            Team Indulge

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              Brunch alert
              The new Sunday brunch at Clubhouse, the 24-hour bistro of Taj Club House, features a buffet accompanied by mocktails and wines. Expect live stations for barbecues, South Indian staples like appam with stew and kurma, street food like chaat and Oriental cuisine. The kids section has a chocolate fountain and home-made candies too. From Rs 1,433 per head onwards. Details: 30925995

              Drink up
              Tranquebar at ITC Grand Chola is offering different variants of the Shrub, the classic ’90s cocktail made with ripe fruit juice that is stewed with sugar and a dash of vinegar. Take your pick from flavours that include peach, raspberry and passion fruit, among others. At Rs 950 plus tax per cocktail. From 5 pm to 11.45 pm, till April 30. Details: 30853787

              Gujju moment
              Fans of North Indian food must head to Cream Centre for its Gujarati and Rajasthani food festival. Make your own thali by choosing from the chef’s creations like dhokla and kanji vada, ghatte ke saag and more. End your meal with drinks like chandan kesar sherbat and desserts like shrikhand. Thali at Rs 450 plus tax. Details: 30853850

              Taste station
              Shifting from its usual take-away model, Kolapasi’s third outlet, in Mogappair, allows customers to have a quick meal on the spot. You can even taste samples before placing your order. Serving comfort food, the menu has combos that include sambar rice, chicken biryani, paruppu podi rice, white rice and fish curry. Meal for two from approximately Rs 400 onwards. Details: 9710927797

              Summer sizzle
              Haven Sampoorna is offering a chef’s special every day. While fans of sizzlers will love the signature devilled vegetable sizzler, other specials include spinach and cheese manicotti, crostini rosti and eggplant involtini, among others. We particularly like their cheesy pizza sandwich. Meal for two at approximately Rs 700. Open from 12 pm to 10.30 pm. Details: 9092382382

              The chef within
              City-based recreational culinary studio, Foodology is conducting a summer camp for children above four years. Participants will cook dishes from Mexican and Mediterranean cuisines, such as  tomato salsa, sweet corn and bell pepper fritters, Caesar salad and falafel. They will also learn to bake items like spanakopita and apple pie. From May 4-8, 9.30 am to 1 pm. Registration at Rs 5,000 per head.
              Details: 9003054885

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                What to expect as FashionTV’s popular nightclub gears up to introduce the concept of ‘table selling’ to Chennai

                It’s been more than a couple of months since news of a certain upmarket nightclub brand launching in the city started doing the rounds. And with their launch party under a week away, Malcolm A, MD of Cloud 9 Entertainment, reveals that he’s the one bringing FashionTV’s popular lounge bar to the city. “FashionTV has moved to several verticals — cafes, hotels, residences — and we will be representing the brand in Chennai,” says Malcolm adding that the brand is looking at introducing cafes in India next, as he pulls out blueprints of F Club & Lounge, that is expected to open to the public with an international DJ brought down for the event.  The blueprints
                Spread across two floors, F Club & Lounge has taken over the space that was formerly Flames at Le Royal Meridien. Completely redesigned and currently spanning 6,500 sq ft in all, Malcolm tells us that the hotel was chosen to meet FashionTV’s requirement of having a separate entrance for the club. Located on the ground floor, the lounge is capable of seating 60 and has two bar counters — one at the indoor zone and another at the outdoor smoking zone. The club, located in the basement, is where all the action will unfold, with a bar counter that’s nearly 40-feet long, an elevated DJ console that will allow everyone a view of the artiste du jour and 2,000 diamond-like LEDs dotting the roof.
                Feeling exclusive?
                While Malcolm doesn’t reveal whether the club will serve the Ciroc Celebration Cocktails that have a following in Bengaluru, or the prawn puchkas and peanut butter chicken wings that their patrons in Mumbai have come to love, he does promise that Chennai will have its own signatures. “We will be offering only finger food, but it is all specific to the city,” he says, adding that their USP will be their VIP and Diamond zones. The VIP zone is where they will promote the concept of ‘selling tables’. Meant for groups of five to six, these tables will come with alcohol and food, but be prepared to shell out anywhere between Rs 20,000 and Rs 40,000 to book one for the night.
                Details: 28282000, ftv-chennai.com

                 Ryan Peppin

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