Singer Mali on the importance of entrepreneurship in music, and her gig this Saturday
Chennaia��s Maalavika Manoj aka Mali is a singer, songwriter and composer. She would also like to be referred to as a a�?music entrepreneura�? some day. Every musician, according to her, is an entrepreneur by default. She has held this view since her college days (shea��s studied business administration) and had an opportunity to voice the same as a TEDxYouth@Chennai speaker at the age of 19.
Ahead of her band Mali and The Big Scenea��s gig at BFlat Bar on Saturday, she tells us about the co-relationship between music and entrepreneurship a�� that love for your music is great, but means to take it further should be understood equally well. a�?As a musician, you have to constantly innovate to keep your audience engaged (to stay in the game). And, if you happen to be the frontperson of your band, you need to do a lot more than just singing. You have to be good at managing people and deadlines. You know, a lot of artistes are not easy to deal with it, some are emotional, a few others have ego issues. So you need to be a music artiste, a manager and a marketer, all in one. Thata��s how entrepreneurs also keep their business going, right?a�? begins Mali.
Shea��s 22, but she is clearly not new to the business of music. At the age of 17, she first led and managed a band, Bass-in-Bridge. It got dissolved later. After singing solo for a while, collaborating with other artistes and recording for music directors of the likes of AR Rahman, she put together her current band in February this year. This line-upa��s music is pop, with influences of rock and country.
Just two days after her performance in the city, Mali will move to Mumbai a�� to understand the music industry better and further her career. a�?I needed to get out of my comfort zone in Chennai. This will be my last performance a a Chennai-based artiste,a�? laughs Mali.
Bengaluru International Arts Festival 2015 has an interesting line-up of activities a�� from musical concert Raga by a Lotus lake, featuring Dr Suma Sudhindra, Bharatanatyam performance by Navia Natarajan, dance drama by Venkatesha Natya Mandir to a Hatha flow yoga session with Namrata Sudhindra. Troupes from India and abroad will also put up folk dance performances. At multiple venues. Entry free. On October 2-4. Details: biaf.co.in
Five male dancers will stage solo performances at Alliance Francaise auditorium on Sunday as part of the event Dance DISCourse a�� Purush a�� II. The artistes include Tushar Bhatt (Kathak), Sinam Basu (Manipuri), Gokulsree Dass (Odissi), Kalamandalam Suresh (Ottan Thullal) and Sujay Shanbhag (Bharatanatyam). Entry free. At Vasantnagar. 6 pm. On October 4. Details: 40808181
Spruce up your fall wardrobe with these Victorian era-inspired pieces
Made from patent leather, with their signature Vara bow around the toe, this one from Salvatore Ferragamo spells understated glamour. The heel may not be sky high, but is no underperformer when it comes to style or makea��the insole and lining are also made from premium Italian leather. Rs.37,378 approximately. At UB City, Bengaluru. Details: 080A�30041854
With Alexander McQueen, you know you are getting something exceptional. The brand does not disappoint with this delicate blouse, crafted from Chantilly lace. The exquisite ruffled placket and cuffs add to the daintiness of the piece. Wear it with a calf length pencil skirt and stilettos. Rs.1,81,200 approximately. At Kitsch, New Delhi. Details: 011 46098212
Featuring the labela��s signature intrecciato detail, this pair of gloves from Bottega Veneta is both practical and striking. Ita��s appeal lies in its simplicity and the lovely royal blue shade makes it quite glamorous. Rs.42,000 approximately. At UB City, Bengaluru. Details:A�080 41738932
Keep it classy with Jimmy Chooa��s Amelia pumps. Versatile in design, the pointy-toe shoes are elegant with a comfortable kitten heel, adding just a hint of vintage to your everyday outfits. The nude shade makes this pair timeless, so wear it to work or even dress up your skinny jeans with them. Rs.33,500, approximately. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road.
Details: 080 41738404
Guccia��s striking crimson dress from the Fall 2015 collection reflects a certain romanticism that is sure to brighten up a gloomy day. Made from silk georgette, the soft, tiered ruffles fall freely, adding drama to the garment. We suggest you team it with dangling statement earrings in a contrasting shade.Rs.3,81,980 approximately. Details: netaporter.com
This silver marcasite set will seal the deal if youa��re looking to add a touch of Victorian to your outfit. The hanging earrings throw in some drama thanks to the deep-red garnets, and the pattern follows through on to the necklace for symmetry. Rs.2,900 for the earrings and Rs.14,000 for the neck piece. At Amrapali, Kasturba Road. Details: 22221622
From Aidan Mattoxa��s latest line comes this short-sleeved sequinned dress that strikes the perfect balance between subtle and bold. Made with polyester mesh and embellished with deco-inspired sequins and beads, it highlights why the brand is a Hollywood favourite. Rs.28,123 approximately.A�Details: neimanmarcus.com
A new way to pay is becoming popular in the city. And, it doesna��t involve cash
The bill has arrived, but wherea��s the wallet? Worse still, youa��ve got one but not enough cash. Technology is at your service, again, to help you go cashless at restaurants, shopping malls, exhibitions and even during auto rides. Get these wallet-free bill payment apps in your pockets.
Binge: It currently focuses on the F&B industry. So, while you are enjoying dinner with your family or friends, the bill generated can be seen live on the app. Just tap on the app when you check-out to settle the bill. You can leave a tip as well over the app. You can load the app with your multiple visa/master debit/credit cards securely. To ensure more privacy, the app generates a unique Binge ID; no need of your mobile number. Available on Android and iOS. Details: letsbinge.com Momoe: Ita��s not uncommon for us to argue with auto drivers for change, which is rightfully ours. Momoe (or, Mobile Money) started off as a bill settlement app at restaurants and extended to retail stores later. Now, it even lets you pay for auto rides. Just enter the mobile number of the driver, follow it up with the fare and you are good to go. Momoe has currently tied up with more than 1,000 auto drivers in Bengaluru. What more, you can even split your bill with friends over the app, and forget the uneasy calculations.
On Android and iOS. Details: momoe.inA�UltraCash: You can reap more benefits with apps like this. If you are an UltraCash user, you can earn loyalty rewards, cash-backs, and referral credit, and get exclusive offers at UltraCash-friendly shops, eateries or even in cabs. Currently, only ICICI bank account holders can use its services. On iOS. Details: ultracash.in
There are less than 22,000 lions in this world and yet, they evoke more awe than Vladimir Putin or Barack Obama. I learnt why when I discovered that the wild cats sleep up to 20 hours a day. And sometimes when they have a big meal, the resting might stretch to 24 slumberous hours. How royal is that.
Another fact: it seems the liona��s roar is audible from a distance of 8 km. With such a booming voice, ita��s understandable why nearly 13 countries have opted for this majestic being as their National Animal. Surprisingly though, there are only 523 lions in India. Despite this, the Panthera leo persica has had a disproportionate influence on our culture.
For centuries, Rajputs proclaimed their manliness with the a�?Singha�� surnamea��which, as you know, is derived from the Sanskrit word for lion. From 1699, many generations of adorable sardarjis have made it their last name. So we would have had no Khushwant Singh, Sushant Singh Rajput, Shatrughan Sinha or Ashok Singhal, if not for the lord of the jungle. Even Bollywood action flick Singham flows from the Tamil word for a�?liona��.
The entire Sinhalese race trace their lineage to Prince Vijaya, whoa��s supposed to have landed on the island with a lion flag in his hand. Likewise, Singapore or Simhapura (Lion City) owes its origins to the sighting of a sea
monster (half fish-half lion) by the King of Malays, when he dropped anchor there.
The Turkic-Arabs were also in total thrall of the beast. The names Abbas, Asad, Babar, Haider and Osama are all one-word odes to the lion. The Europeans were as fascinated. The Leonardo in Leonardo da Vinci means a�?strong as a liona��. The French Napoleon was inspired by Italian Saint Napoleone, which in turn, literally means a�?Lion of Naplesa��. By the way, Sunny Leone has a�?Liona�� written all over. Now you know why shea��s a man eater.
Leander, Ariel, Xerxes and Lionel are some other names that remind you of the mane. Marketing mavens who know a thing or two about milking powerful symbols have often appropriated the lion by making it their logo.
Movie studio MGM, Swedish car Saab, advertising award
show Cannes Lions, the soccer extravaganza Premier League, French automobile giant Peugeot and our local Lion Dates Syrup have all rode on the liona��s back and have raked in the big bucks. Still wondering if ita��s worth entering the den?
As apps become the new healthcare partners for medical practitioners across the globe, herea��s a look at whata��s hot in the country
While I was in medical school,a�? begins city-based doctor, Deepu Sebin, a�?we studied using clinical cases. We were actually paying medical journals to share cases, which are mostly print-only. So we built an online platform where we could continue referring to past and current cases.a�? A year ago Dr Sebin stopped practising, so as to devote his entire time to Daily Rounds, the app his team developed.
An academic network of doctors for sharing clinical cases, Dr Sebin shares that Microsoft Venture-accelerated Daily Rounds is Indiaa��s largest network of doctors with 1,86,000 members. a�?You could
call it a�?Quora for doctorsa��,a�? says Dr Sebin, adding, a�?We have in-depth discussions on Daily Rounds, so it works best for specialists. Almost 480 doctors joining us every day.a�? When swine flu broke out in the county, Dr Sebin shares that theirs was the first group to send out an India-specific notification.
An app similar to homegrown-Daily Rounds entered India early this year. Co-founded Dr Joshua Landy who studied at Stanford a�� Figure 1 connects healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries. One of the first users of Figure 1, Dr Harshvardhan Chaukulkar first used the app a few years ago.
a�?People are using this photo-based app all over the world; this is where ideas converge and it’s very fascinating to see how a particular problem is approached by doctors in other countries. You can get feedback and opinions from verified physicians within a few hours,a�? elaborates the Pune-based doctor, adding that the app has recently-added a new feature a�� paging. a�?That lets doctors know if therea��s a priority case,a�? he says. A single-port appendectomy (as opposed to the conventional three-port method) and rare cases of bone tumours are some of the conditions hea��s shared via the app. a�?My graphic images are the most shared. I shared a photo of Fournier gangrene (it effects the male genitalia) and people were interested because this is not commonly seen in the US or the UK,a�? he says. Since these apps comply with privacy laws, patient-privacy doesna��t raise a red flag.
Besides doctors, Dr Chaukulkar recommends Figure 1 to medical students. a�?Ita��s a good learning tool because of the constant addition of cases, but ita��s not like the a�?Instagram for the medical professiona��,a�? he explains. Dr Sebin also uses epocrates, a medical reference app that specialises in drugs. Adds Dr Chaukulkar, a�?Therea��s also DocNexus, but thata��s more of a forum for doctors, and isna��t as structured and organised like Figure 1. Another app, Medscape, is more of an updated encyclopedia; it doesna��t allow you to interact with anyone.a�? In the near future, he hopes that these apps also facilitate video-conferencing a�?to help if someone needs a specialista��s views during a surgerya�?.
Come, listen, perform
Tune in to some upcoming music bands in the city at The Humming Tree every Tuesday. As part of the ongoing Jamathon series, city-based bands such as Outlaw, Cover Story, and TBD will perform next week. And, if you think you have got music in you, you can perform impromptu
at the venue. Entry free. At Indiranagar.
8 pm. Details: 9886618386
Music & drinks
Every Sunday, head to No Limmits Lounge & Club for a fun evening of Karaoke with your bunch of friends. DJ Sash will also keep up your spirits with his repertoire of music. We recommend you walk in early at the venue. You can buy one drink and enjoy another drink for free till 8 pm. Entry free. At Ashok Nagar. 6-8 pm. Details: 49333000
Beat the heat thata��s taken over the city in last few days with this pool party at Chancery Pavillion on Saturday. Sport your favourite pair of flip flops, bikinis or surfs, get your buddies to the pool and splash the night away. At Richmond Road. 8 pm. Details: 9686541818
The Chronic Blues Circus a�� Bengalurua��s first blues band, and one of the longest standing music outfits in this league in India since 1991 a�� launched its second album recently after a gap of 14 years. And, the band vows not to be a�?lazya�? any more, says its founder-frontman Peter Isaac with a chuckle.
Starting this Sunday at blueFROG, Isaac and his band of 6-7 members have been booked almost every week till the end of the year to promote their new album, Kali Yuga Blues II. And, as the calendar turns to 2016, we shall see them releasing yet another collection. Ten songs are ready to be punched into a CD, declares Isaac.
As if almost reading our mind a�?Whata��s the hurry?a�?, Isaac tells us, a�?Well I am in my 60s. Anything can happen to people of my age. Thata��s why me and my band are pushing ourselves. And, honestly, we do have a lot of material ready. On that, I have got a studio in my farm in Hoskote now. So we relax over tea, and make music.a�?
Coming back to what took this album so long to come along, Isaac explains, a�?Who buys CDs these days? Everybody consumes music online. We werena��t sure if a CD album was a profitable idea. Later we thought, without being cynical about it, leta��s do it for ourselves, if not anyone else. So, we started the work on it two years ago.a�?
And, Isaac is glad he chose music over market dynamics. He has managed to sell quite a number of CDs since its launch in August. Thanks to the new musicians in the city, blues is here to stay, he says.
a�?Far more youngsters are interested in playing blues than they did 20 years ago. Now we have Ministry of Blues, Blues Before Sunrise, By 2 Blues… By 2015-end, there will be two more blues band to watch out for, Ia��m sure. Bengaluru now has more number of blues band than anywhere else in the country. We are the rock as well as the blues band capital of India,a�? he signs off. Well, take it from the man who got blues to the city.
The five-star luxury hotel, Shangri-La,
opened its door to Bengalureans last week. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and RV Deshpande were the chief guests at the grand do, hosted by its general manager Jens Corder. Guests were seen admiring the property and savouring the delectable Indian, Japanese and Italian buffets.
The Taj West End
Olaf Van Cleef, scion of the illustrious Van Cleef
family behind the French luxury brand Van Cleef & Arpels, was in the city earlier this week to showcase 20 of his bejewelled paintings. He is also the counsellor on high range jewellery at Cartier. The afternoon gathering, hosted by Gita Maini, was attended by the high-society. Guests were seen chatting with Van Cleef, clicking selfies with him and enjoying the lunch spread.
Bengaluru added two world-renowned home dA�cor brands in its portfolio recently a�� Leolux from the Netherlands and Bonaldo from Italy. While
the former is famous for its iconic sofas, the latter scores in dining furniture. Sebastiaan Sanders, CEO of Leolux and Alberto Bonaldo, MD of Bonaldo, were seen at the launch, which was hosted at this Mission Road Cross address. People were seen dropping by the store to check out the new collection.
October 2 | PVR Cinemas
Directed by Prabhu Deva, Singh is A�Bliing is a Bollywood action comedy A�starring Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, A�Lara Dutta and Kay Kay Menon. Kumar, A�in this flick, is seen as Raftaar Singh, an A�enthusiastic Punjabi boy who shies away A�from responsibilities. Expect tons of colour, song and dance from this one.
October 3 | Tangerine
On till October 10, Madrascapes is an A�exhibition of paintings that pays a tribute to A�the old, historic and heritage buildings of the city A�formerly known as Madras. The artist, Anand, who goes by his first name, is influenced by Tamil Nadua��s Kumbakonam a�� a town steeped in traditions.
At Koramangala. Entry free. Opens at noon.
October 5 | Godrej Naturea��s Basket
In this workshop with chef Ajay Chopra, learn to make English favourites like classic summer pudding, herby toad in the hole, fish and chips with mushy peas, classic bread and butter pudding, shepherda��s pie and more. At Koramangala.
Brand boot camp
October 7 | Kynkyny Art
Come and hear Helen Issar, founder of Penny Lane Social (a social media practice) talk you through the basics of brand positioning, different social media platforms, social advertising and creating engaging content to reach your target audience. The talk is designed for brand managers and entrepreneurs. On Infantry Road. 6 pm. Tickets (Rs.1,500) on bookmyshow.com
October 2-4 | Cartier Marathalli
German photographer and post-production artiste Hartmut NA�renberg is hosting an intensive three-day workshop which will give participants an overview of different photo-production possibilities. Among other things, you will learn how to plan a shoot, work with a team, and about outdoor and studio shoots. At Marathahalli. 9 am onwards. TicketsA�Rs.25,750 on explara.com
Thinkers & doers
October 4 | MLR Convention Centre
The theme for TEDxBangalore 2015 is All or Nothing. Register to be a part of the second edition of #TEDxBangalore which will see talks on a wide variety of programmes a�� from space entrepreneurship and funk rock to wildlife photography. At Whitefield. 9 am. Tickets (Rs.2,000) on explara.com
October 6 | Amrapali Jewels
Known for handcrafted silver jewellery, Amrapali has recently launched a collection inspired by tribal motifs. Called Tribal Bliss, this line has
oxidised silver earrings in dual tones and floral patterns, bead necklaces, dome-shaped rings, and bracelets to flaunt your style. Rs.2,000 upwards. On Kasturba Gandhi Road. Details: 22221622
October 8 | Supernova Arena and
Los Angeles-based electronic music producer and DJ Skrillex will make his way to the city on Thursday, as part of Vh1 Supersonic Arcade musical extravaganza. The six-time Grammy Awards winner is on his maiden tour to India. He is best known for his style of hardcore techno music. Open for people aged 14 and above. Gates at the venue will open at 5 pm. On Nitte Meenakshi College Road. Tickets (Rs.2,280 upwards) on