Gianni Denitto Trio will delight you with contemporary jazz
Saxophone artiste Gianni Denitto, and drummer Matteo Fraboni first met each other at a jazz camp in 2008 in the Italian city of Tuscany, and hit it off. They started doing gigs at clubs, toured in Netherlands, and even cut a quartet album. So when friend-cum-brother Denitto asked Fraboni to join him for an India tour, as part of the cultural exchange programme ‘Italy meets India’, the latter agreed readily. And Fraboni is loving the experience — from playing at music and literary fests in Udaipur, Jaipur, Delhi and Goa, to savouring the vibrant food.
Tonight, the duo performs in Bengaluru for the first time, while collaborating with local favourite KN Prakash on bass guitar. Matteo has worked with Prakash in the past, and knew he fit the bill for this contemporary jazz night, titled Gianni Dettino Trio.
“I trust Matteo’s recommendation (of Prakash),” says Denitto, who’s shared the stage with Indian artistes such as Nandlal Nayak, and Susmit Sen before, adding, “That’s the beauty of jazz. You can play together, and share your emotions even if you don’t know each other.” Matteo backs him up, saying, “Jazz is a beautiful medium to communicate with other musicians. And a trio setup like ours offers a lot of room to improvise.”
At the Bengaluru gig, expect a mix of their respective compositions, sounds inspired from the American jazz tradition, and a few songs they have picked up from different cultures, of course, with the jazz filter.
When asked about his thoughts on the current jazz scene, Matteo says, “Back in the day, jazz artistes from the US and Europe used to make music that was way ahead of their time. We need to make more futuristic music.”
April 1. Tickets (Rs 400) available at the venue. At Indiranagar. 9 pm. Details: 41739250
— Barkha Kumari
Five trails from around the world that trekking addicts must have on their bucket list
For Oliver Kaye, the business head of Gap, India, a trekking holiday is exhausting, but it also gives him the opportunity to meet new people and test his strengths. Having travelled to different parts of the globe—exploring history and nature—he’s succeeded in pushing his physical boundaries, too. He gives us the lowdown on his favourite treks.
— As told to Priyadarshini Nandy
Inca trail in Machu Picchu, Peru
Duration: Five days
Machu Picchu is breathtaking. We would trek during the night; in the morning the whole place would be covered in clouds. As the sun rose, the clouds would disappear, and the ruins would come alive. Fortunately, they limit the number of climbers, so it doesn’t get too crowded.
Best time to go: May-October
Need to know: There are quite a few licensed guided tours available for Machu Picchu, offering different kinds of trails. We did the one by Enigma (enigmaperu.com), which offers a five-day trail. It is also possible to make your own trail by using public transport and accommodation. Do your research thoroughly before you take off.
The trip: The five-day Inca trail to Machu Picchu usually covers Cusco-Llactapata- Llulluchapampa-Phuyupatamarca Phuyupatamarca-Machupicchu-Cusco.
Price: Rs 43,000 per person onwards (for the four-day Inca trail, including permits). Cost of permit: Rs 5,120 plus tax approximately (per person).
Annapurna trail, Nepal
Duration: 10 days
When I came to India in 2007, I was very keen to explore the mountains. That is when the Annapurna trail was recommended to me. Plus, Nepal had been on my list for a very long time. There wasn’t any camping there; we stayed at the small teahouses on the route, and the people were really sociable. The trail has incredible scenery. The length of the route can vary from 160-230 km, and rises to an altitude of 17,768 ft on the Thorung La Pass, which touches the edge of the Tibetan plateau. The circuit is one of the best long distance treks in the world.
Best time to go: October to early December, and February to April.
Need to know: You need to get trekking permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIMS Card (Tourism Information Management System), which are available with agents and via the official Nepal Tourism Board offices in Kathmandu and Pokhara. A hired guide should be able to arrange it for you. The website, longestwayhome.com, has detailed information.
The trip: Depending on how much you want to climb, it can take up to 21 days.
Price: The cost varies on the kind of trail you want to do. But it usually starts at about Rs 1,700 per person per day. The permits cost Rs 2,660 approximately.
Duration: Nine days
I trained for four months, as it involved a lot of hard climbing. I climbed up to 15,000 ft of about 19,000 ft. There’s proper camping involved, too. You wake up at 5 am and trek until 4 pm. The routes are beautiful, and worth the pain. This was also a fund-raising activity for me. The sense of achievement is incomparable.
Best time to go: Anytime except April and May, and November and December.
Need to know: The trip to Kilimanjaro begins at the base camp of Arusha, which you have to reach via bus from Nairobi. Remember that you will need a visa on arrival for Tanzania, which you can get at Namanga.
Price: The eight-day trek from Arusha and back can cost you about Rs 1,30,000. Indianhikes.in organises trekking trips to Kilimanjaro.
Tiger Leaping Gorge, China
Duration: Seven days
The Tiger Leaping Gorge, near Lijiang in Yunnan, is among the deepest gorges in the world and one of the most beautiful treks in China. Even though I trekked here more than a decade ago, I still remember it. It wasn’t as difficult as the other ones, but the sense of peace and sheer beauty make it a must-visit.
Best time to go: October, November, May
Need to know: You need a ticket to enter the trail (`700). The trail begins at the town of Qiaotou from where you can also purchase your ticket. You can reach Qiaotou from either Lijiang or Shangrila by bus. Go to wikitravel.org/en/Tiger_Leaping_Gorge for information on what to expect.
Price: While there are no packaged tours as such, you should ideally base yourself at a guesthouse at Quiatou. They start at Rs 350 per day per person approximately.
Everest base camp, Nepal
Duration: 14 days
A trip to the Himalayan base camp is my dream trek. And one has to train seriously for it. It is here that you truly understand the meaning of teamwork; you help one another to get through the distance. After all, it’s about climbing 18,492 feet!
Best time to go: March to mid May; September to mid November
Need to know: You need a permit to enter the Himalayan base camp, which costs about Rs 665 (if you are using an organised company) and Rs 1,329 (for individuals). Mount Everest is located inside the Sagarmatha National Park and trekkers need to get the required national park entry permit. More details on everestbasecamptrek.org
Price: A trip that includes permits, flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, accommodation, and meals starts at Rs 93,000. This doesn’t include travel insurance, visa fees, or trekking equipment.
A round-up of fun yet productive activities for your children this holiday season
If a family vacation hasn’t fallen into place this season, don’t fret. There are plenty of interesting things to keep your child happy. Sign up your kids for summer camps, ranging from dance, music, theatre, writing, adventure, to even engineering, and let them pick up a new skill or two this season.
- Barkha Kumari
Sign up for noted Carnatic classical singer, Rohini Raghunandan’s class, aptly called Tune-in. She will introduce children to genres of theatre and classical music with voice exercises, and visualisation techniques. April 25 (Atta Galatta), and April 28 (Kavade Attic). 10 am-5 pm. Tickets (Rs 1,750) on bookmyshow.com.
For Western music, Nathaniel School Of Music will hold a music appreciation workshop. It will involve theoretical lessons, and practice of instruments such as guitar, piano, and drums. Rs 20,000 upwards. April 16 onwards. At Langford Town. Details: 98454 65411
Enroll to the Performance & Camera workshop by Tsohil Bhatia, a performance artiste and image maker from Srishti Institute of Art and Design. He will teach you about the power of a camera, and how a photo can tell a story. Rs 2,250. April 23 onwards. Details:
WeMoveTheatre has chalked out an experiential theatre camp for kids in the age group of 6-16. They will be introduced to voice modulation, body language, emotions, storytelling, acting and more. At the end of the two-week workshop, children will get to showcase all they’ve learnt in a small play. April 4-15. At Jus’ Trufs, Jakkur Road. 11 am-1 pm. Tickets (Rs 2,500) on in.explara.com
Shake it up
Lshva Studio is offering full-day bootcamps in Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance, yoga and aerial acts to acquaint children with a variety of body movements, and performance techniques. Rs 5,000 upwards For kids aged four, or above. May 2-May 15. At Koramangala. Details: 9845407574
Those with a love for Odissi dance can learn the basics of body conditioning, expressions and gestures in the ‘Just dance’ session, to be facilitated by Pavithra Reddy of Nrityagram. For 8-13-year-olds. April 26 (At Kavade Attic), and April 27 (At Atta Galatta). 10 am-5 pm. Tickets
(Rs 1,750) on bookmyshow.com
Stem Champ, an international Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education improvement body, has tied up with NASA among other organisations, for interesting workshops. If your kid is still fascinated with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the ‘Engineering a superhero’ workshop will suit him just fine. Here, students will get to discuss various worlds that superheroes live in, and concepts of matter and energy that drive these beings. In the ‘Secrets of Survival’ camp, they will discover historical warfare and tactics used in the 15th century. ‘Creative Engineering’ is about fashion engineering. Game-savvy kids can join the ‘Video game technology’ session. It will cover the aspects of smart urban planning, diplomacy and military management. April 20 onwards. At multiple venues. Register (Rs 4,440) on the frogo app.
For something adventurous, look up Nature Admire’s schedule. The travel company is holding two camps for kids in the age group of 8-16 years. The five-day Kudremukh package includes camping at Bhagavathi, trekking at Kurinjalaguda and Kudremukh peaks, safari by jeep, and visits to historical sites. You will also be taught birding, tree identification, and nature photography. Games such as jumping over spider nets, tyre walls, rope ladders, or slackline, and archery have also been chalked out. Movies on Mt Everest, and wildlife will also be screened. Alternatively, you can sign up for the Sharavathy camp. It includes kayaking, rafting, jummering, target shooting, and visits to waterfalls, and dam reservoirs. April 12 onwards. Register (Rs 6,999 upwards). Details: 880566066
ArtReach has got something for young authors. You can learn the ropes of the publishing world at the ‘Magazine Majaa’ camp. Vidya Mani, and Shyam Madhavan Sarada, who work in the field of children’s books publishing, will take you through the process of bringing out a magazine — from writing the text, making illustrations to compiling pages. ‘Pop-up Story Book’ is another session to look forward to. Here, children will be taught to use paper as 2D and 3D materials, by folding, twisting, and layering, to tell stories. Sadhvi Jawa from Srishti Institute of Art & Design will facilitate the workshop. Rs 1,750. For 8-13-year-olds. April 22 onwards. At Atta Galatta, and Kavade Attic.
10 am-5 pm. Details: sandboxcollective.org
VidyaNext is building a network of ‘tech-equipped’ tutors in your neighbourhood
Among the multitude of things, and people you can find in your neighbourhood, thanks to online networking platforms, it’s now the turn of tutors. Benga-luru-based VidyaNext is building a network of home tutors in the city, who are equipped with a technology tool.
Ravi Kittu, VP (marketing) at VidyaNext, founded by Will Poole, and Pradeep Singh, says, “Tutors are like doctors. A doctor needs right tools to diagnose problems, provide specific treatment, and monitor progress of a patient. Similarly, tutors need the right tools to teach students, and deliver results.”
The technology used in this case is an Android tablet, loaded with course content mapped to a student’s school curriculum. It has features that help them to understand, practice, and memorise the concepts better, such as automatic scheduling of highly visual flashcards, and quizzes. Students are also awarded points, and rewards for their right learning behaviour. It is devised for CBSE, ICSE and SSLC students, with a focus on maths, physics, chemistry, and biology.
A class at home will involve 70 percent pen and paperwork, and the rest will be taught via the tablets. Tutors use reporting and collaboration tools to provide personalised attention. Parents are also part of The VidyaNext Tuition System. They use an app to track the progress of their child — from his attendance, chapters covered and practice done to test results. Look up the Vidyanext website to select from its list of 500-plus home tutors. For downloading the VidyaNext app on tablets, students have to visit the nearest of the 35 VidyaNext centres in the city, and pay `1,500 for the first subject.
— Barkha Kumari