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    Address stress with Tai Chi or cool off with aqua Zumba. Plus, make time for street food like doner kebabs and chaat.

    From the streets
    Take your pick of street food counters this weekend at Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay. From chaat and bhel to hot dogs and doner kebabs, savour local staples from across the world. Also, enjoy live music and activities like balloon sculpting, among others. Rs 1,750 plus taxes. Details: 27443636

    Weather perfect
    Is the heat getting to you? Try the aqua Zumba classes at La Casita, starting June 2. The classes will be conducted by Zumba trainer Kash every Thursday, where you can learn the dance fitness regime in a shallow pool. At Hotel Atithi.  Rs 1,200. Details: 7639405194

    Chi time
    Find some peace of mind and stay fit with Tai Chi classes for adults, starting June 4 at RMT International School, OMR.
    Over eight classes you can learn the Chinese martial art form with instructor (and founder of Gurukulam Karate School)
    Tamil Selvam. Rs 6,000.
    Details: 9444335888

    Bollywood update
    Enjoy the weekend with the comedy-drama Dil Dhadakne Do. The movie directed by Zoya Akhtar follows a Punjabi family that goes on a cruise. It stars Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar. Sunday at Alliance Française, 6pm. Details: 0413 2334351

    Acoustic night

    While a summer lull has descended over Puducherry, Kasha ki Aasha’s Pondy Night Out acoustic series continues to jazz up the weekends. This Saturday, contemporary singer-songwriter Jeremy Roske will perform some of his original compositions, from 8 pm onwards. Dinner and beverages available. Entry Rs 100. Details: 0413 222 2963

    Friday frenzy
    Kick-start the weekend on a high note at Umami Kitchen’s Funky Fridays. A special playlist of fun tunes from around the world, including afrobeat and hip-hop, will amp up the mood. Check out the summer bar menu featuring fresh fruit cocktails concocted by bartender Rohit Agarwal. Free entry. Details: 9884375576

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    Apps that can help you skip that car dealership visit.

    JUST like the Navi, there are cars that you can explore via an official app. They replicate nearly everything you’d want to experience before your purchase—except maybe that ‘new car’ smell.

    Volkswagen Ameo
    Slotted for a June launch, this sub-4 metre sedan from Volkswagen can be toured at the touch of a button. Photo and video galleries detail the exteriors and interiors of the car, while a variant-wise breakdown of features helps potential buyers decide on the trim that’s perfect for them. Pre-bookings can be done through the app, too. Details: volkswagen.co.in

    Renault Kwid
    Renault started the trend of car-buying apps in India, with the launch of the mobile app for the Kwid. Apart from a 360-degree view of the car, it also lists reviews and comparisons with competing models. The app is a hit, considering that as of May, the Renault has received 1.25 lakh bookings and sold 50,000 units of the Kwid since its launch last September. Details: renault.co.in

    Tata Tiago
    Besides a view of the exterior and interior of the new Tata hatchback, aspiring owners can also get a quick ‘virtual’ test drive. The  app immerses the user in a simulated environment, where they can experience what it’s like to be inside a Tiago. The virtual experience also includes a quick cameo from Tata’s brand ambassador, footballer Lionel Messi. Details: tatamotors.com/
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    Uber’s autonomous driving technology could reduce road casualties.

    DRIVER-LESS car technology has been underway for years now, with carmakers like Audi, Ford, Mercedes, Lexus and BMW competing to roll out the first truly autonomously-driven vehicle in the world. However, a cab-hiring giant like Uber testing out its own version of this technology bears greater significance because it could mean the end of the hired cabbie. Uber is currently testing a self-driven Ford Fusion Hybrid in Pittsburg (USA), which is home to its Advanced Technologies Centre. This Uber is equipped with radars, high-resolution cameras and motion sensors to help the car navigate through busy roads without any intervention from a human driver. The sensors take in data from the immediate environment and map out an obstacle-free course for the car after detecting cyclists, pedestrians and other road users.
    No man’s land
    Uber elaborates that the development of autonomous driving is imperative to reducing casualties on the road, since 94 per cent of those accidents involve human error. Apart from increased safety, the taxi service company states that self-driven Ubers would offer other benefits like lowering of traffic congestion and reduced riding fares. As of now, the technology is still being tested for glitches, with a trained driver in the driver’s seat, ready to take charge of the car in the event of a situation beyond the car’s control. The ‘Steel City’ of Pittsburg has been chosen as the ideal environment for testing the self-driven Fusion, owing to the wide variety of terrains, traffic patterns and weather conditions it offers.

    Details: uber.com
    —Team MotorScribes

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    From tracking fuel consumption to organising rides, two-wheeler apps are redefining the on-road experience.

    There isn’t much that hasn’t been touched by smartphone technology. Motorcycle makers have found innovative ways to help riders connect with their two-wheelers, through a tonne of clever Android and iOS applications. We look at a few major motorcycles with an app to their name.

    Mahindra Mojo
    The bike’s marketing rides on the ‘brotherhood’ connect between motorcyclists. So does its associated app. Users can use it as a platform to share details of planned rides with other Mojo owners. Besides this, the app also updates owners about official rides by Mahindra. There is also a forum where owners can discuss problems and tips regarding their motorcycles. Available on Google Play and the App Store. Details: mahindramojo.com

    Honda Navi
    Honda has made owning its newest motorbike an easy affair. The Honda Navi app gives you a 360 degree view of the bike, takes you through the various customisation options available and, after you’ve had a comprehensive look, you can book the bike, too. All the procedures for booking are claimed to be carried out online, but some reviews mention users had to physically drop by the dealership to complete the deal. Hope Honda fixes these niggles. Available on Google Play. Details: honda2wheelersindia.com

    TVS
    This app is a high-tech combination of a portable vehicle manual, a service planner, a fuel manager and a GPS-enabled dealer locator. It helps owners access all vehicle details—specifications of the engine, electricals, chassis, tyres, brakes and dimensions. It also keeps track of service intervals, helps you book service sessions online and keeps you updated on the warranty clauses. Added benefits include tips for riding, improving fuel economy and updates from the TVS Motor Company. Available on Google Play. Details: tvsmotor.com/mobile-app

    Ducati Multistrada Link
    The Multistrada 1200 S, a sport tourer from Ducati, is aimed at bikers who like to do more than just get from point A to B. The 160 hp is pointless if you’re not pushing the bike to its limit on a racetrack and leaning it hard at the corners. Ducati’s Multilink app allows owners to keep track of their performance with parameters like top speeds, lean angles and fuel efficiency during each journey—like a complete riding diary. The app draws the information from the motorcycle via Bluetooth. Further, riders can share their performance with friends—complete with maps, photos and descriptions. Available on Google Play and the App Store. Details: ducati.com/bikes/multistrada

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      The Angry Birds Movie
      Director: Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly
      Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
      The animated movie revolves around the origin story of how the birds—flightless Red (Sudeikis), speedy Chuck (Gad) and the volatile Bomb (McBride)—came into conflict with the green piggies who invade their island as peaceful explorers.
      Did you know: Unlike the game’s characters, the birds in the movie have arm-like wings.

      Veerappan
      Director: Ram Gopal Varma
      Cast: Sandeep Bharadwaj, Sachiin J Joshi, Usha Jadhav, Lisa Ray Based on the once most-wanted bandit,  Veerappan (Bharadwaj), it shows  the journey of the sandalwood smuggler who dominated the Sathyamangalam forests and killed almost 184 people.
      Did you know: Ram Gopal Varma also made the same film in Kannada, with different artistes except Sandeep Bharadwaj.

      Instinct
      Director: Jon Turteltaub
      Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Cuba Gooding Jr, Donald Sutherland
      This psychological thriller is based on the life of anthropologist, Ethan Powell (Hopkins), who is kept in an African mental asylum because he killed two poachers. His only hope is psychiatrist Theo Caulder (Gooding) who tries to find out the truth. At the American Library at the US Consulate General, on May 28, from 1:30 pm
      Did you know: The movies is loosely based on the book Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn.

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        Raam Reddy explains why his Kannada film, Thithi, from last year’s festival circuit, is trending now.

        RAAM Reddy is flying high with the success of his debut film, Thithi, which won the National Award for best Kannada film this year. It is now awaiting its national release on June 3. While it premiered last August at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland, the film’s journey truly began with its screening at the 2014 NFDC Film Bazaar in Goa, where it was adopted by Sunmin Park, the international film producer, and exhibited in film festivals across the world. Thithi has already impressed the likes of Francis Ford Coppola and Anurag Kashyap, while its Karnataka release earlier this month raked in Rs 5 crore at the box office. “I feel that today’s distributors are willing to expose good regional cinema to a wider audience in the domestic circuit. Recent examples being Lucia (Kannada) and Sairat (Marathi),” Reddy says.
        Thithi is a playful film with a cast of amateur actors, set in rural Karnataka, in the village of Mandya. It revolves around Century Gowda, a cranky 101-year-old man who dies in the very first scene, and the events that lead to the thithi, the 11th day ceremony.
        Talking about how the film came about, Reddy reveals, “Having tried many forms of art, I felt that ideas are best expressed through films. After film school, I travelled with Eregowda, a writer and a childhood friend, to his native village looking for a story that we could tell. We explored the landscape, talked to people and decided to do something cinematic while keeping the plot as close as possible to reality.”

        —Rahul Dev

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          Coming out with its first edition, Confluence 2016 will exhibit over 325 photographs.

          THE 159-year-old Photographic Society of India (PSM) is all set to put up over 450 entries at their first edition of the Confluence 2016, a photography exhibition. Curated in a span of two-and-a-half-months, the photographs have been categorised under landscape, portrait, wildlife, macro and street, informs the president of PSM, city-based Thomas T Abraham. A screening committee comprising veteran photographers like Sanjay Sridhar (former president of PSM), picked the best entries, adds Abraham. “The photographs were clicked by members of PSM, a majority of who are city-based and avid globetrotters,” explains the 64-year-old photographer and tells us to look out for pictures taken in countries like Scotland, Thailand and the US.
          Speaking of photography as a popular hobby today, Abraham states how it helps that cameras have become cleverer and cheaper with basic models being available from Rs 13,000 onwards.
          PSM was established by Dr Alexander Hunter, a military surgeon (and the driving force behind the Government College of Fine Arts), Walter Elliot (a Scottish civil servant) and a band of photographers in 1857. With 470 members on roll today, PSM conducts meetings on the fourth Saturday of every month in Anna University campus to display and discuss the works of its members as well as for guest lectures.
          PSM also organises photo-walks to places like Broken Bridge and photography tours to Hampi and Munnar, among other activities. Starting 2014, the society has also been conducting Shoot Madras, a photo contest for students as well as the public, as part of Madras Week celebrations in the month of August.
          At Lalit Kala Akademi. May 31- June 5. 11 am onwards. Free entry. Details: 24353079

          — Lalitha Ranjani

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            Prior to his headlining set at the Don’t Let Daddy Know festival, Steve Angello talks about his life and new album.

            From no-headphones DJing to challenging online trolls and nonchalantly sharing his controversial views on the current state of mainstream electronic dance music (EDM), Steve Josefsson Fragogiannis has always stood apart from the crowd. The co-creator of Swedish House Mafia (SHM)—who has released quality tunes like Woz Not Woz and Tell Me Why, and runs his own popular 13-year-old record label, SIZE records—may be at the top of his game, but he’s also worried about the future of EDM. “My concern is the lack of originality in artistes today. There are a lot of people coming out with mould music,” he shares, stating that, unlike music from the 40s-70s which still sounds fresh, no one will remember these songs 10 years down the line.
            Thank you for the music
            And this is what the Scandinavian house music artiste is trying to tackle, after parting ways (in 2013) with fellow Swedes, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso. With them, he’d formed SHM, one of EDM’s most successful European exports —credited with six multi-platinum hits, including Don’t You Worry Child, and making over $36 million in their final two years as a trio. “We were just these three guys who came together and thought it would be fun to throw parties and enjoy ourselves,” explains the 33-year-old, elaborating, “From playing at Madison Square Garden to headlining at a festival with a band like Coldplay, we did it all. However, we all thought it had become a humongous monster, and we felt tired and overwhelmed.”
            Drowning the noise
            While Axwell and Ingrosso still perform as a duo, Angello went solo. He spent the next two years shuttling between Stockholm and Los Angeles with his wife, model/Swedish TV personality Isabel Adrian, and their two daughters, Monday-Lily and Winter-Rose, and, in the studio, creating the chart-topping solo album, Wild Youth. He claims the 13-track release (which features several crossover collaborators, including Dougy Mandagi, frontman of Australian indie band The Temper Trap) is a departure from his mainstream EDM oeuvre and is autobiographical in nature. Wild Youth consists of tunes that reflect his teenage years because after his father, a gangster from Athens, was shot dead, he was drawn to seamy pursuits like vandalism and car theft, right up until he discovered music. “My album is an amalgamation of all that. I wanted to produce a record that I could reflect upon and feel proud of,” concludes Angello, who will be heading to Mutiny Festival in the UK in a few days, before playing at Denmark’s Tinderbox Festival
            in June.

            Don’t Let Daddy Know Festival is today at SVP Stadium, Mumbai.
            Tickets from Rs 1,000 onwards Details: in.bookmyshow.com

            —Anoop Menon

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              Campus shots

              His passion for films brought IT professional, Vijay Kumar, back from the US. A participant in the short film TV reality show, Naalaya Iyakunar, Kumar is now debuting on the big screen with Uriyadi (releasing today). “It is an intense action thriller,” says the writer-director-actor, adding that the three-track script interlinks campus life, politics and anti-social elements. “I haven’t taken the audience for granted and there will be no preaching,” he adds.

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              The release of Idhu Namma Aalu had been stalled innumerable times in the past. But it seems the film is finally set to hit theatres. “Yes, its release is confirmed for today,” assures director Pandiraj. “It’s 50 per cent romance and 50 per cent comedy. Lovers will relate to it and for non-lovers, it will be an experience they wished they had,” he adds. While Nayanthara co-stars with Simbu, his brother, Kuralarasan, is debuting as a music director.

              Balancing act Vidhi-Madhi-Ultaa-Movie-Stills-2
              The shoot of Vidhi-Madhi Ulta has wrapped up. Rameez Raja, one of the protagonists of Darling-2, is the producer and plays the lead, too. “It’s a time-travel thriller, with comic elements woven in,” he says. Raja says that there is just one song remaining to be shot and they are planning an August release. Ask him which he found tougher, acting or production, and pat comes the reply, “As an actor it is difficult, but as a producer it is harder still!”

              Malini Mannath

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                Colour me blue
                Stave off the onset of Monday blues with a fun concert on Sunday evening. The Electric Blues are taking the stage at Phoenix MarketCity. Comprising popular Naacho re singer, Ujjayinee Roy, and German fusion guitarist, Edward DeGenaro, the five-member band is known for its versatility. Expect jazz, rock, pop and more. From 6.30 pm. Details: 30083007

                Art for your walls
                Helping connect art with its audience is the 17th edition of the Annual Affordable Art Show by Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery. The exhibition, which will feature works by over 70 artists, including Nadees Prabou and Sarla Chandra, promises to have something for every budget. Expect watercolours, acrylics on canvas and mixed media. Starting today (till July 30), at the gallery. From Rs 7,500. Details: 24982515

                Dream crafters
                Krithika Subrahmanian, the founder of the NaMaargam Dance Company, is presenting Swappnam, a Bharatnatyam dance production that explores dreams and Shiva. A proponent of Tanjavur Pandallur Bani, the performance will delve into male-female synergy and our conception of creation. On June 3, at Narada Gana Sabha, from 7 pm. Details: 24993201

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