Turning one June 17 | blueFrog
Celebrating its first anniversary
in Bengaluru, blueFROG presents a
concert by Dhruv Ghanekar and Beer Puppets featuring Mana Dhanraj. While Ghanekar is a Mumbai-based guitarist known for his blend of jazz and Indian music, the latter is a bunch of talented musicians whose sound is the coming together of neo-soul, funk and jazz. At Church Street. 9 pm. Tickets (`500)
Now showing June 17 | PVR Cinemas
Starring Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Alia Bhatt, Udta Punjab
has grabbed headlines across the country for its controversial content. Directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film deals with the rampant drug problems in Punjab.
Going the distance June 18 | Ranga Shankara
Directed by Prakash Belawadi, the play, Investigation
– SBC, begins with a routine, long distance exit interview.
But what Raju Cariappa, the employee, reveals about
an incident involving two of his colleagues slowly
snowballs into a full-blown investigation into sexual harassment at the workplace. What ensues is hilarious
but not without twists and turns that result in an
ironic conclusion. At JP Nagar. Tickets
(`200) on bookmyshow.com
Creative pursuits June 19 | Om Made Cafe
Kitsch Mandi this time around will
showcase a line-up of 15 emerging artists.
The event is in collaboration with Junta, an artist network that supports emerging Indian artists, conducts artist-led workshops, art shows, talks, and commissioned art projects. Look out for affordable artworks that include illustrations, graphic art, photographs, canvas paintings, sketches, watercolour paintings and more.
At Koramangala. Details: 65305666
Words and pages June 19 | The Humming Tree
The Under 25 Lit’ Fest 2016 will see young and emerging names from
the literary field come together for a celebration of the written word. Young writers, poets, literature enthusiasts, readers and acclaimed authors are expected to attend. The event will have talks, workshops, activities, book launches, slam poetry, pop-up libraries and more. At 12th Main, Indiranagar. Tickets (`500 upwards) on insider.in
Double whammy June 21 | Multiple venues
With both the International Day of Yoga and World Music Day coinciding, venues across the city are packed with yoga sessions, live gigs, workshops and a lot more. From Fete De La Musique at Alliance Francaise featuring over 150 artistes to Akshar Power Yoga conducting a full day yoga event, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Turn to Page 5 and 16 (music) and Page 10 (yoga) for details.
Europe through film June 20 | Multiple venues
The EU Film Festival kicks off today
at Alliance Francaise. With a whopping 23 European films expected to be screened across 12 days, our picks include the British work, Coriolanus (July 2, 5 pm at British Council and 7.15 pm at Suchitra Film Society) and The Illusionist, an award- winning French film (June 20, 5 pm, AF; June 22, 5 pm Suchitra Film Society). Details: facebook.com/EUinIndia
Midnight feast June 22 | Cafe 77 East
Satisfy those hunger pangs with the
special Iftar spread at Taj Bangalore. The
menu includes dishes such as gosht roganjosh, Irani “patti” vegetable samosa, lamb haleem with accompaniments and subzi chaman korma, apart from an array desserts including dates and dry fruit baklava, Suleman Usman
phirnee, rose lassi and more. `1,650++.
At Devanahalli. Details: 66003300
Paris calling June 23 | Alliance Francaise
Catch the screening of Eden, a film that
revolves around a teenager named Paul.
Set in the early 90s in Paris, Paul forms an underground DJ collective along with his friends, which leads them down the path of sex, drugs and alcohol. When life presents them with
paths that could alter their future forever, they must choose wisely. At Vasanthnagar.
Meeting point June 17, Sir Mutha Concert Hall
Shekhar Suman and Deepti Naval come together to perform Ek Mulaqaat, an Urdu play directed by Saif Hyder Hasan. The play premiered in Mumbai in 2014, and is making its debut in the city today. It depicts a fictional meeting between real-life poets and lovers, Sahir Ludhianvi and Amrita Pritam. 7.15 pm. `2,500. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
Runway debut June 17, GRT Grand
The Madras Couture Fashion Week conducted by Naturals features designers like Poornima Bhagyaraj, Deepika Pillai, Fernand Ratier, Revathy Mohan, Bandana Narula and others. Lend your support. June 16-18. 7 pm onwards. Details: 9841420066
At the movies June 17, SPI Cinema
In what’s a major victory for cinematic freedom of expression, Udta Punjab is finally releasing with just one cut and an ‘A’ certificate. The Abhishek Chaubey movie, that revolves around drug abuse in Punjab looks promising. Shahid Kapur, menacing as a drug-addicted rockstar, reunites with Kareena Kapoor after Jab We Met. Also starring Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanj. Watch out for music by Amit Trivedi. Details: 42244224
Passport to Bali June 18, Air Asia
As part of its second anniversary celebrations, AirAsia is offering fares starting from `899 on flights across its 10 domestic and 120 international destinations. There are also newly launched destinations (Auckland, Mauritus, etc) and a direct flight from Delhi to Kuala Lumpur at just `4,990. Catch a flight to Bali at `8,059 and attend the ongoing Bali Arts Festival (till July 12). Details: airasia.com
Dad’s day out June 19, Taj Coromandel
Dad’s have it good at restaurants across the city this Father’s Day. At Taj Coromandel’s Anise, you can pamper him with specials like seaweed enhanced prawn tempura, rosemary chicken with garlic jus, parmesan crusted butternut squash, Oscar’s lamb cordon bleu, and more. Delight him with regional favourites like Hyderabad mutton biryani, kadai murgh tikka and others. For lunch at `1,985 and `3,021 (with champagne) per head. Details: 66002827
Beans alert June 20, Crowne Plaza Chennai
Artisanal chocolates from Mysore’s Earth Loaf meet Irish whiskey brand, Jameson Whiskey at Crowne Plaza Chennai. The pairing will be hosted by Jamie Rath (brand ambassador of Jameson Whiskey), Earth Loaf’s founder David Belo and Chef Prakash, at On The Rocks. Menu available till June 26. More on P 7
Breathe and glide June 21, Surfing Covelong Point
On International Yoga Day, why not blend asanas with surfing lessons? Head to Surfing Covelong Point for some basic yoga, followed by guided meditation. Continue the morning with a South Indian breakfast and head to Covelong Point to surf. Register for `1,250 per head (including surfing). Details: 9176586046
Face off June 22, France
It’s the midfield battle we have been waiting for. Croatia’s Luka Modric faces Spanish wizard Andres Iniesta next week when the teams meet in a crucial face-off. Both players were key to their sides’ respective victories in the opening games. Spain is stronger and looks set to enter the round of 16 as group toppers. But can Croatia spring a surprise? 12.30 am on Sony Six. Details: uefa.com
French escape June 23, Bengaluru
The next time you head to Bangalore, indulge in some luxe pampering at L‘Occitaine’s Spa la Vie on Whitefield Main Road. Jointly launched by Warren Tricomi, part of Sanghvi Brands, that has partnered with the likes of Ramona Braganza (personal trainer) and legendary boxer, Evander Holyfield. Details: sanghvibrands.com
For fashionistas June 17 | Banjara Hills
Chennai-based Kanjivaram brand Kanakvalli will exhibit a curated line of selected silks from the weavers of Kancheepuram in the city. It is curated by Ahalya S. You can choose from a vast range of designs and styles. Time: 10 am-7 pm. Details: 66662323
Art documented June 18 | Banjara Hills
Now it’s not just paintings that Kalakriti is hosting. This prestigious art gallery is also hosting a book launch on art entitled Vis-a-Vis by Geetika Arora. As part of the anthology will be renowned art critics like KG Subramaniam, Naina Dalal, Kedar Namdas and others. Entry is free. Time: 6.30 pm. Details: 66564466
Father’s love June 19 | Gachibowli
As part of Father’s Day celebrations, Chime at Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel promises you a bucketful of happiness in a glass. Choose from local and premium labels and a large selection of single-malt whiskeys, Indian wines, vodka, rum, gin and beer. Time: 4.30 pm-8.30 pm. Price:Rs 1,700++ taxes. Details: 49251111
Set sail June 20 | Hussain Sagar
If you want to sail on waters right in the middle of the city that also to the setting sun Yacht Club of Hyderabad is organising learning sessions every week with seasoned sailors to make you ready for kayaking. Time: 5 pm. Fee: Rs 650. Details: 64640518
Rain on canvas June 21 | Baghlingampally
A celebration of monsoon on canvas is on at Ailamma Art Gallery. It is a group exhibition by various artists. They have used various media to depict their art work. Entry is free. Time: 11 am-6.30 pm. Details: 665644122
Learning time June 22 | Banjara Hills
Now you can send your children to learn music at western music workshop at Goethe Zentrum. The centre has got acclaimed teachers. Fee: Rs 800. On till June 25. Time: 9 am-5 pm. Details: 49141234
Dance with me June 23 | Jubilee Hills
Belly dancer and instructor Meher Malik will be conducting a series of dance workshops for the aspirants at Grycs Fitness Hub, MBK Towers. She is also the founder of Banjara School of Dance. Charges: On request. Time: 9 am- 6 pm. Details: banjaraschool.com/workshop
Li’l chefs June 23 | Gachibowli
Hyatt Hyderabad has introduced a unique culinary workshop for kids. As part of this, the little ones can learn to cook simple food items the fun way. Charges for registeration: `700. Time: 10.30 am. Details: 48481234
Written and directed by Mohan Krishna Indraganti, the Telugu romantic thriller has ‘Natural Star’ Nani, Surabhi and Nivedha Thomas in the lead roles. Produced by Sivalanka Krishna Prasad under the banner of Sridevi Movies, Srinivas Avasarala, Anand, Tanikella Bharani, Pragathi and Rohini have also play crucial roles in the film. It is the second time that Nani has paired with debut director Mohan Krishna Indraganti.
Sumanth Ashwin is slowly making his mark in Tollywood with critically acclaimed mvoies like Lovers, Kerintha and Columbus. He has now teamed up with J Vamsi Krishna for Right Right. The film is a remake of Malayalam blockbuster Ordinary. Actor Prabhakar who made an endeared himself to the audiences as Kalakeya in Baahubali is seen playing an entertaining role in this film. The movie was shot in Vizianagaram and Araku valley.
Heartful of love
Guppedantha Prema is an Indian youthful romantic drama film written and directed by Vinod Lingala and produced by Eye Wink Productions. The film introduces Sai Ronak, Aditi Singh and Aishwarya in the lead roles. Navneeth Sundar has composed the tunes for the film. The movie stars a bunch of newcomers both in the cast and crew and is being positioned as a single screen movie.
From water harvesting warriors to underground cable operators, everyone’s taking holes seriously
This week endorsed our ability to stand out and be noticed. So shall we say we are outstanding? We reacted to all highs and lows like it was our own business – be it the horror in USA or the political heat in the neighbouring state. Not sure if we will have time anymore as schools and colleges have reopened.
All our energy is now spent on trying to dodge peak time traffic, get to school or college without splashing water on hapless pedestrians, crossing the seven puddles from the parking to the gate and so on. It’s not that it rained heavily. Rather the fact that the city has been dug throughout.
Many dig this city, and mind you literally. The truth is that in the name of municipal work on one side and natural erosion the city is now uneven on many roads and even our minister recently got a bit serious. Added to this our folks are so self-sufficient that they have started digging holes in their localities on their own. I have seen many areas where local small bosses have proudly started flaunting away the “works” (basically random holes to drain away sewerage water) they have done on their own because municipal authorities do not respond in time.
A friend of mine was joking that they should be called Dig-Vijays. Sarcasm apart, the new corporators are at their wit‘s end on deciding whether they should focus on new holes or patch up the existing ones. What a confusion and chaos with various sources of making holes?
Now we also have NGOs and eco-warriors talking of rain water harvesting pits and planned potholes in compounds. I feel we will soon become the ‘holy’ city. Poor pun, but then you get the drift, right?
Jokes apart, this is getting serious now. If our minister had to spend his valuable time visiting various holes and get annoyed at the lack of co-ordination, we better wake up. We also need to understand that we own our city, but not so literally. You may dig Hyderabad, but that doesn’t give you the right to do it literally.
— The writer is a popular TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly, a hardcore Hyderabadi)
Four standup comedians to descend on the city to crack jokes on Fathers
If Mother’s Day can make the Hyderabadass Comedy Club crack jokes on moms, can Father’s Day be far behind? The club is roping in dads of all sizes, shapes and forms for its June 18 event at Hotel Marriott. Two from the city, one each from New Delhi and Bengaluru will perform live and dads will be at the receiving end. Price per ticket ` 399 Details: facebook.com/hyderabadasscomedy
Shadab, third-time dad who is now busy changing diapers to his one-week-old daughter, will give us an insight into the troubles, travails and trauma of being a dad, in general and a new dad in particular. “Russell Peters and Raj Shekhar inspire me,” says the stand-up comedian who is also the head of sales at Avinash construction company.
“It’s tough being a dad. The mother gets the credit for everything. No one wants to talk about the dad’s contributions,” cribs Alick Bailey. His session will focus on gender rights and equality. Three years into the scene, Bailey says stand-up comedy is at a ‘semi-infant stage’ in India. said that he is also going to talk about equality. Bailey is gearing up to crack jokes when he is not busy conducting management workshops for
The Delhi-based comedian who is the winner of ‘Comedy Central India’s Best Comic Hunt’ says he has been experimenting with his career options has been performing on the stage for the last six years. The 45-year-old would be performing for the first time in the city of Nizams. “I am looking forward to my Hyderabad debut at The show is at the Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund road. I hope you guys like me,” he says.
This stay-at-home Bangalore dad tells us that he is going to speak about his take on marriage and his experience as a parent. “Trying to put my baby to sleep was an eye-opener. Those few awkward moments when I thought she dozed off and would put her on the bed and she would wail at the top of her voice and I would rinse and repeat made me think of a few jokes on dads.” He said that it’s been a year since he started doing stand-up comedy and that his life experiences have helped him in doing his gigs.]
WHEN it comes to describing emotions through words, nothing works better than poetry. When melody meets emotion and beautiful lyrics, it turns into a ghazal. When it is rendered by a singing genious like Pankaj Udhas, it is a perfect match for any mehfil. The city is going to hear him sing later this month.
Like many other ghazal enthusiasts, this singer has always loved listening to Begum Akhtar and Mehdi Hasan. Known for bringing back the glory to ghazals at a time when the genre was losing its foothold over the masses, Udhas still spins magic when he sings it. Born on May 17, 1951 in Gujarat, this musical legend has left no stone unturned in his melodious journey.
Udhas had never had it easy. He recorded his first song in 1972 for a movie titled Kamna which never saw the light of the day. Despite learning Urdu the singer could not make it into the industry for the first four years. It was in 1980 when Pankaj launched his first ghazal album titled ‘Aahat’ that he could make a break through into the industry.
With ghazals happening smoothly, Udhas set foot into Bollywood with Laxmikant Pyarelal’s ‘Chitthi Aayee Hai’ for Mahesh Bhatt’s Naam in 1986. “People still love that song and I still get requests from audience for performing on Chitthi Aayee Hai,” Pankaj smiles.
The 65-year-old singer believes that ghazal still has a big fan base in India and across the globe. “I keep travelling for performances around the world and there have been venues where I have performed in front of 10,000 people which itself is a evidence that ghazals are here to stay,” he says.
A hardcore fan of The Beatles, Udhas feels that the West has a bit too much of influence on Bollywood music. “Ghazals are melodious and meaningful which is why people still enjoy mehfils. Unfortunately, Bollywood music does not have good lyrics or music and people are on a look out for some melody,” he says. Breaking the suspense about his new albums, he revealed saying, “I have just finished working on a new album and I plan to release it by the end of July.”
Speaking about his concert in Hyderabad, the singer says, “I usually sing new numbers and a few other tracks of my choice. This time, I will sing what the audience wants me to.” Udhas has always enjoyed performing in the city of Nizams. “Hyderabadis treat ghazals as their own and have personal interest in this genre. They always understand what I am singing and I enjoy singing for them,” he adds.
Udhas will be in the city for a performance on June 25 as a part of the Hyderabad Art Festival. He would be performing at the PBEL city grounds from 8 pm onwards. Entry free.
The Bengali Food Festival at Raddison Blu Plaza, Banjara Hills starts today and promises a sumptuous spread. At the media dinner preview the gastronomical delights were curated by Chandra Shekhar Pandey. The dinner started with Bengali phucka. The tamarind water was tangy enough with the right amount of chilies. The filling, too, was near to perfect. Other starters were Kebab Kathi Roll, Beguni, Singhara and fish egg chops. Singhara had the tasty potato and mixture with fried peanuts and green chillies. While rest were fine Kebab Kathi roll’s paratha could have been made softer.
The main course began with Mutton Kosha, Luchi, Ghee Bhaat, Fish Fry, Fish Kalia, Shukto and Sorshe Dhairosh. Mutton Kosha was nicely done and tasted well with Ghee Bhaat especially when the fried dry fruits crunched between the teeth. Fish Fry was good enough but we really missed kasundi sauce. Sorshe Dhairosh had the pungence of mustard paste which is uniquely Bengali. Said chef Pandey, “I have lived in Calcutta for years so I know much about Bengali food and its flavour.”
The dessert platter had Langcha, Mishti Doi, Chhena Jalebi and Kancha Gulla. The sweets were large in portion and sweetness was rightly balanced. Kancha Gulla was in a rectangular shape and tasted soft; many mistook it for kalaqand. However we wished the curd was a bit sweeter to add to its smooth thick texture. Price for one person: `1,250++ taxes. The festival will be on till June 26. Time: dinner. Details: 67331133 — Saima Afreen
ITC Kakatiya’s Deccan Pavilion is lining up interesting soft bread sandwiches and stacks
Tired of those elaborate dinners and sumptuous lunches? Well, ITC Kakatiya begins its ‘Stacks & Wraps’ along with a whole new variety of ice cold beers from today. It’s an offering that covers the fusion of Chinese, Continental, American and Indian variants of stacks and wraps prepared with a blend of exotic and home-grown vegetables and other ingredients. The fest will be on till June 26.
You can choose from a range starting from Steamed Bao with Crispy Asian Chicken, Pulled Lamb Burger, Shikampur Roomali Roll, Refried Bean and Jalapeno Burrito, Steamed Bao with Shitake and Tofu. We liked Shikampur roll that also had dahi pudina chutney atop the meat and wrapped in roti. Says junior sous chef Vishal Baliga, “We are experimenting with a whole range of breads. For the Pulled Lamb Burger, I prepared the bun with rye flour and sunflower seeds. You see it’s a healthy option as well.” Price: Rs 600++ taxes for the veg, `700++ taxes for the non-veg. Time: lunch and dinner. Details: 23400132
Mighty Small restaurant, backed by names like Sachin and Virat, offers a quirky mix of fusion and DIY foods
Good things come in small packages, especially when it’s part of a big name. Smaaash, the gaming and bowling lounge, Hi-tec City, now has come up with its casual dining restaurant based on carnival theme. The food here is not only varied, but has an interesting fusion, too. The platter consists of typical Hyderabadi, Lebanese, Arabic items with interesting mixes like Andhra Style Fish with Masala Chips, Murgh Do Pyaza Chicken Tartlets, Pulled Chicken Masala Malai Buns and more. The platter looks even more appealing when you come back from a gaming session at Smaaash
The restaurant is just near the entrance. However, the blaring music from the gaming section fades as you move inside. Bright carnival lights arranged in patterns of huge stars welcome you. The tables are smooth and white above which hang carnival canopies fitted with lights. Their candy stripes add brightness to the place. The themed canopy lamps dangling near the chairs add their magic too. The floor sports a rugged look, perhaps to lend it a festive and casual look where families with children come running to grab a bite. The ceiling has the industrial look with pipes, wires and joints kept naked. At the extreme end of the restaurant is the dessert corner.
Well, since this is a restaurant whose stake holders are sportsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Cristiano Ronaldo, the sections have been named accordingly. That’s how you come across section names like ‘Quick Runs’, ‘Step Right up’ and ‘Serving up Aces’. Even the beverage section has names like Tendulkar, Kohli and Ronaldo Signature Cocktails. And what do you expect in such area of spins and throws? Cocktails like Feroze Shah Kotla, Wankhede, Old Trafford and Eden Gardens. They also let your customise your own drink and they have aptly named it ‘Design your own game’.
The tray is served on your table and you prepare your own starter. For example we enjoyed ‘DIY Lettuce Wrap’. Crispy fresh lettuce leaves with a variety of fills and sauces like chicken crumble, crushed peanuts, sweet chilli sauce and fried garlic. Wrap it like a betel leaf and enjoy that tasty bite. Similarly you can prepare the topping of your own bruschetta with olives, tomatoes, basil and masala keema. Some food items look interesting. We tried Bunny Chow. It is a log of bread that is scooped out and the hollow is filled with a curry. The top is capped with the slice of that very bread. The corporate F&B Manager Angad Chachra explains, “This dish originated in South Africa from the miners taken from British colonies. To save time and wrath of their owners the workers invented this bread cum curry. The weird name seems to be of people from two different countries.” They also have varieties of smoothies, lemonades and iced teas. They also serve Irani Iced Chai Latte and Rose Ice Tea. Price: Starts from Rs 250. Details: 44739999