AS India hoists the tricolour for the 70th time since 1947, three stand up comedians in Hyderabad have decided to kick up some dust over a night of comedy on the eve of Independence. The show titled FreeDumb by Funny Side Up in association with the GP Birla Centre features three comedians from the city – Saikiran, Rajasekhar Mamidanna and Rohit Swain.
Here is what you can expect from these three musketeers at their upcoming show.
He began his journey on the stage after winning an open mic contest in 2014. Renowned comedian Praveen Kumar is his inspiration, this funny man will speak about his observations on the city. “I will be talking about all the things Hyderabadis hate – from traffic, pollution to public sanitation – and also some anecdotes from my personal life too,” says Saikiran.
Awarded as NDTV Rising Star, Rohit began was always associated with being on the stage since his college days. After being slammed several times in front of a huge 874 people in an event, Rohit almost left comedy. “But life had different plans hence I gave another shot at comedy. Never been booed since then. It‘s fantastic to bomb, keeps you at your feet,” says Rohit. Speaking about his performance at the event, he says, “I will be talking about how my mom is lovely and weird at the same time, the time my dad caught me watching a movie, struggles of a stammering kid and yeah about Salman Khan.
Called as ‘Comedy ka anna,’ Raja, as he is commonly referred as, is not new to Hyderabadis. Taking inspiration from Jim Carrey and Nitin Gupta aka Rivaldo, Raja does stand up comedy as he loves a happy environment. He feels he is blessed that his work and passion match.
Speaking about his upcoming performance, the comedian who began his journey in 2012, says, “I will be talking about the illusion of freedom in present times. And a few jokes about pre independence era.”
the digital boom has taken over life beyond imagination. With the selfie mania, snapchats and the already hyper-active social media platforms, people are now constantly glued to their mobiles. Before I understood what a ‘live chat’ was, I was flabbergasted to see a notification which said my friend and co-RJ ‘Shekhar is live now.’ Yeah right, he is not dead. We hosted a show a few minutes ago.
The urgency to click a picture and share it with the world has taken over so much that even a minister recently said that states should declare ‘selfie danger zones’ in tourist spots where people are prone to fall off from cliffs or drown in water. On the face of it, this sounds funny, but it is surprisingly, and disturbingly, true.
I was passing by a bus stop recently and observed the bystanders. Never before did I see people so self-engrossed. The age-old gossip zones have turned almost meditatively quiet with people stuck to mobiles – swiping and typing. I suddenly recalled when I had no phone at home and would get calls on my neighbour’s landline. I would feel guilty and ask my neighbour hesitantly if it was okay to make just one ‘emergency’ call.
Now my driver picks up his phone and hollers to his wife at the other end in typical Hyderabadi ‘Running mein hoon.’ My cook Deepa stares at her mobile and blushes while making rotis. I recently heard of a domestic help asking for a SIM card as part of her salary package.
That Hyderabad has become savvy with this too is evident in the latest gifts we see in shops – selfie sticks, mobiles and mobile accessories. A few of my friends have named their mobiles ‘life companion’ and ‘best friend’. Even driving away mosquitoes is easier now with an app on the mobile. It apparently creates a buzz that annoys the winged enemies and they fly away. I hope we learn to live amidst such ‘live’ notifications.
— The writer is a popular TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly, a hardcore Hyderabadi)
IF it rains, it pours. Ragas that is, for the music lovers. Hindustani classical music is a celebration of life and in keeping with the tradition of enjoying the great Indian monsoon with different monsoon ragas of Indian music is the Barkha Ritu (monsoon) festival which turns 15 this year. It is the only national thematic music festival on the monsoon ragas with presence in seven major cities of India – Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Chennai. One of the unique aspects of Hindustani classical music is that it has specific ragas and music for different times in a day and different seasons of the
Three accomplished artists Ustad Shahid Parvez, Devaki Pandit and Shounak Abhisheki will come together under one roof after a long time and pay rich tributes to maestro Bharat Ratna Pt late Bhimsen Joshi. Here is what you can expect from these artistes at the 15 episodes of this national music festival.
Ustad Shahid Parvez
A leading exponent of the Etawah Gharana, Ustad Shahid Parvez is the sixth generation member associated with music in his family. He is known for keeping the traditions of the gharana alive and also his grace while he plays the Sitar. Trained by his father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan, he has worked hard to emphasise on the unique capabilities of a Sitar. He says he always feels that he is performing for the first time and that helps him strive to do better. “I will be singing ragas like Malhar,” says the 58-year-old musician.
Devaki Pandit and Shounak Abhisheki
Men and women have different scales of voice but challenging that norm are Devaki and Shounak who would be performing together. “We both are blessed with different scales when it comes to vocals. However, with riyaaz, we manage to match our scales and sing together – not like a duet where the male and the female have separate portions, but singing the entire raga together in harmony for 30 minutes,” says Devaki. Both of them have been trained by Shounak’s father and a famous vocalist, Jitendra Abhisheki. “She is like a sister to me and as a senior, she would be guiding me throughout the concert,” says Shounak. Besides this, both of them will also have separate solo performances during the festival. “We would be having jugalbandhi and also our solo performances where both of us would be performing on ragas like Malhar, Miyan ki Malhar, Soor Malhar,” adds Shounak.
Barkha Ritu will be conducted in association with L&T Financial Services at the Ravindra Bharathi auditorium, Saifabad today from 7 pm onwards.
It’s not often that you see old cuisines finding space on your platter. But chef Aamer Jamal at K&K, ITC Kakatiya is doing precisely that. At the food promotion named Gulzar-E-Gazak, (blooming flowers of the season in English), the highlights are lesser-known true-blue Deccani delights like Habibia Chaamp, Abu Galambo Kebab and Mallika-E-Dariya. These delights promise the taste of an era gone by which is best relished during monsoons for that nostalgic feel.
After months of research and tasting, Chef Jamal has come up with the line-up of these dishes. For example Habibia Chaamp is named after the food connoisseur Habib-Ur-Rahman and is prepared with hot Guntur chillies, malt vinegar and onions. In Murgh Burra, he has used only mace and Karan Phool that gives the pieces a succulent melt-in-mouth velvet feel.
While many of the dishes in the menu are based on chicken and lamb, the chef has also introduced sea-food like shrimps and crabs. The crab kebab is named royally Abu Galambo which sounds like the name of some central Asian military commander. Laughs chef Jamal, “Crab is called by this name in Iran. Hence, the name.”
We also liked Zaituni Machhi. As the name suggests, it’s fish done with olive paste. Mackerel of six or seven inches is marinated in olive paste, olive oil and salt for 20 minutes and then wrapped in grapevine leaves.
After that it’s given steam dum which completes the dish. It’s served with a dash of lemon juice. Prices start from `875.
This promotion will last till August 14. Details: 23400132
This new restaurant at Madhapur delivers what it promises and lives up to its name
When the new meets the old, it is bound to turn out into a wholesome package. The Capital Kitchen is a new restaurant that boasts of a chef with more than 35 years of experience. No wonder the platter was an instant hit with a variety of pan Asian dishes with cuisines from Thailand, Burma, China, Japan and Korea. The newly opened restaurant Capital Kitchen at Madhapur has a lot to offer in terms of taste starting from Crispy Veg Sushi, Oriental Tongdak, Panko and star of the menu Fried Ice-cream. The place is calm for a nice sit-up lunch or dinner with friends and family.
Started by professional food caterer Manasi, the restaurant is located at a standalone building with plush interiors – in silver-grey faux leather chairs, dark glass-top tables and flooring that matches the upholstery. As you enter, to your left are dim lights and a rectangular wall design of four large copper feathers. On the other side of the aisle is a glass walled conference room used for luncheon business meetings. Soft piped music plays while you dine.
The place delivers what it promises. The Crispy Veg Sushi that they serve is delicious with all that amalgam of carrot, capsicum, cabbage rolled with sushi rice. They also serve Saki Maki, a Japanese dish of salmon and seaweed, quite a favourite of foodies.
Another interesting item is Panko, Japanese bread crumb served with wasabi and gari, sweet young ginger marinated in vinegar. The best part is that they sushi for beginners. They serve Evi Tempuramaki which is deep fried sushi with shrimp stuffed inside. They also have Volcano Sushi with the stuffing of shrimps, crabs, salmon and spicy mayonnaise. The best part is that they are coming up with their sushi bar. Their Indian platter is equally good with Daal Bukhara, Tandoori Paneer and Gilafi Seekh Kebab. We tried BBQ Malai Chicken, it was as creamy as its name. The pieces were succulent and melted in the mouth. In the continental section they have a variety of pastas and risotto such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Fettucini Alfredo and Risotto with Asparagus Puree, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Shaved Parmesan.
Price and portion
The servings are decent in quantity and are not overpriced. We tried Fried Ice-cream with chocolate sauce. Chef Francis had fried the hardly-frozen ice-cream covered in a thin batter. The result is a creamy overflow of the dessert when you prick your spoon. The crunchy exterior and coldness of ice-cream makes for a wonderful combination. They serve one large scoop of the ice-cream with sliced kiwis. Prices of the dishes start from`195 for salads like Red Riding Hood and Elliniki Salata.
The place is spic and span. The washrooms are separate both for men and women and are maintained nicely. You have plenty of lights inside and handwash that doesn’t leave your hands dry.
Time: 12 noon-11.30 pm. Price for two: `1,600 Details: 33194275
The high end made-to-wear and ready-to-wear suit brand Tailorman sets foot in Hyderabad
Loved tennis champ Rohan Boppanna’s formal outfit recently? Thought cricketing star Anil Kumble looked dapper in his blazer at that big event last week? If you said yes to both, then you will love Tailorman‘s exclusive made-to-wear custom wear outfits. Both the celebs love the brand.
Founded by Vidya Nataraj and Gautam Golchha, the high end custom menswear brand has opened its first store at Jubilee Hills. Touted to be the brand‘s biggest offline store in India, the 3,500 sq ft showroom houses signature Tailorman suits, shirts, jackets, pants, waistcoats, bundys, sherwanis and accessories such as pocket squares, ties and cummerbunds.
Vidya, also co-founder and investor at leading online jewellery store Bluestone.com, says “God is in the details. That’s what Tailorman is all about -different styles of detailing on its suits and garments”. Gautam, the Founder and Managing Director of Silver Crest Clothing and recognised as South Asia’s largest manufacturers of suits and pants, adds his value too to it.
The brand’s home visit service is popular in other cities. “It will begin in Hyderabad in a couple of months,” Vidya adds.
The store offers a wide range of suits made with blends, silk and wool and it’s the Halle Super Black suit that caught our attention. Made with Merino wool, the suit is designed with three-ply chest piece, two piece collar, German interlining and wrapped shank buttons. Price: `51,090
The offline store has formal, casual, party wear and designer shirts. One can choose between cotton and linen fabric shirts. We hear the windowpane pattern is trending now. We ask Vidya and she points towards the Pin-Point white shirt among the top rankers. Price: `4,795
Standing out among other pants was the Super Black trouser. Made with Merino wool, the trouser has slant pockets and is without pleats. It also has standard waistband along with double hip pocket. Price: `14,595
The velvet bundy has classic plus self fabric collar teamed with matte lion crest buttons. The pockets are straight and double welt. The lining is made with Pecan Hill fabric. It also has in built square pocket with normal placket and square bottom hem. Price: `16, 595
The store also has pocket squares made with polyester, viscose and blends. It also houses blends and silk ties along with bow ties.
Road no. 36, Jubilee Hills, next to Chutneys.
It was ‘keep-sake’ picture time with none other than super glam Deepika Padukone
Style was the keyword this week. The city caught a glimpse of Mastani girl and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. She was here to launch a new collection of Tissot at Forum Sujana Mall. A few of our socialites got lucky enough to pose for a picture with her. The star looked the epitome of chic in an off-shoulder designer outfit befitting the brand she was endorsing.
Day two of the week was about Tailorman launch at Jubilee Hills. It was an evening in which stylish outfits were aplenty and our socialites made sure they picked up the best ones from the sophisticated display at the store. Chaitanya, in her super classy in a beige ensemble, was spotted at the event. She wasn’t the only stunner as she was in the stylish company of Sushila, Ananya, Shilpa, Manjula and Dr. Kamala Anagani. The ladies bonded over cocktails and jokes.
This week, the city was bursting with art shows and exhibitions. The week started with The Mentor, The Hero art exhibition at the ITC Kakatiya. The painting exhibition by artist Hari was inaugurated by NTR Trustee Nara Lokesh. We spotted Tollywood actress Lakshmi Manchu and politician Aamer Javed. Muse art gallery showcased artwork made by students of Banaras Hindu University. Hosted by Geet Gupta, who looked elegant in a foot print, long green dress, the exhibition had model-actor Sreedhar Rao and actress Sana as guests of the evening. All in all, an artsy week with a dash of glamour.
(The writer is a yoga exponent and co- founder of Touch a Life Foundation who loves connecting with people)
Poet’s world Aug 12 | Banjara Hills
Get ready for a marvellous evening of book reading on legendary poets like Maha Laqa Bai Chanda and Siraj Aurangabadi in the book written by author and teacher Scott Kugle. The title of the book is ‘When Sun Meets Moon’. Time: 7.30 pm. Entry free. Details: lamakaan.com
Finding me Aug 13 | Banjara Hills
An exhibition of paintings by artist Sumanto Chowdhury is going on at the lobby of Park Hyatt. Titled ‘You Will Find Me’ the exhibition showcases works done in mixed media. The show will be on till August 31. Time: 11 am-7 pm. Details: 65541836
On stage Aug 14 | Jubilee Hills
A 60-hour theatre workshop is being held by Dramanon. It teaches script writing, direction, set design, lighting design, sound design and final production. Participants will receive a certificate at the end. The workshop will be conducted by founder of Dramanon, Ramakrishna Shenoy. Charges: `5,500. Details: bookmyshow.com
Free spirits Aug 15 | Banjara Hills
The Independence Day Exhibition is here. Handcrafted and customised products by artisans will be put on display to promote craftsmanship. It will be held at Aparna Sarovar. Time: 9 am-8 pm. Details: 23352068
Look East Aug 17 | Hi-Tec City
The Oriental Blossom Restaurant, Radisson Hyderabad has expanded and is serving pan Asian cuisines that includes dishes from South East Asian nations along with its popular Chinese traditional cuisine. Time: 7.30 pm-11.30 pm. It’s a la carte. Details: 67696769
For the storytellers Aug 18 | Khairatabad
If story-telling is your thing and you have been planning to perfect the art attend the related event being held at Secunderabad Club Sailing Annexe. The event is aptly named ‘Aapki kahani. Aaphi ki zubaani’ as you tell your own and listen to those of others. Time: 7.30 pm. Details: 7680993179
Aug 16 | Secunderabad
Want to smell the fresh vegetables directly from the harvested fields? Head to Our Sacred Space for the farmers’ market. They name it Adivaram Angadi where you can find fresh veggies to combs made from neem wood. Time: 10 am-1 pm. Entry free. Details: 9030013344
Sunburn comes to Pondicherry with Sartek, Zaeden, Sleepwalker and Prashanth Amir .
PONDIcherry is ready for one of the biggest EDM festivals in the country, Sunburn Reload, with DJs, Sartek & Zaeden, from Delhi, DJ Sleepwalker from the French town and DJ Prashant Amir from Chennai. Talking trends, Prashanth Amir, who started his career 11 years ago, he says, “Tropical House is the new EDM, and is gaining popularity across the world. How do I know this? I don’t go to nightclubs to party, but to observe and listen to what the DJ is playing.”
Currently tied up with Global Sounds, Amir will be headlining the event at Ashok Beach Resort tomorrow. “During my gigs, I break down my EDM beats and push it to bring out R&B, a trick which my listeners like to hear,” he signs off.
Rs 800 onwards. Details: 9941622066
Having collaborated with acclaimed theatre personalities like Ariane Mnouchkine and Jean Jacques Lemetre from Théâtre du Soleil, now Pondicherry-based theatre laboratory, Indianostrum, is all set to host an intensive three-day workshop with European director Clara Bauer. The workshop, Removing Traces, will focus on acting techniques besides production elements.Bauer brings with her a rich body of experience, having worked with the likes of Théâtre du Soleil and English director Peter Brook (known for his adaptation of the Mahabharata) among others. “We are trying to better our art and its perception with these associations,” says Koumarane Valavane, founder of Indianostrum.
Rs 1,500 on August 19-21 at Indianostrum Theatre. Details: 9578302087
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