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    Four EDM acts take centrestage in Delhi and Hyderabad, as Sunburn celebrates a decade.

    EDM fans in Bengaluru were in for a major disappointment earlier this week when Sunburn’s Twitter page announced that the Go Hardwell performance, scheduled for today, was to be cancelled owing to the Cauvery issue. The action now shifts to the capital tomorrow, as Delhi prepares to welcome Robert van de Corput, aka Hardwell. Incidentally, the record-breaking Dutch DJ’s opening act will commence Sunburn’s 10th anniversary celebrations, and he will be accompanied by fellow Dutch producer, Kill The Buzz. Later next week, Belgian duo DVLM will rock Hyderabad and Mumbai, along with the unidentified producer, Marshmello. We talk to Hardwell and DVLM to find out more. Read on.

    Hardwell
    Twenty eight-year-old Hardwell  says he cannot wait to see his Delhi fans again. He last visited the city in 2014, for his I Am Hardwell tour. “India is one of the emerging powerhouses of dance music right now, and they’ve been some of my biggest supporters,” he admits. A former World No 1 DJ (declared by DJ Mag), he has had a busy year so far, with several new tracks out, like Run Wild, Calavera and Wake Up Call. “I always try to strike a balance between instrumental club-style songs and ‘pop-y’ music,” he says, adding that both genres feature in the 20-odd tracks he is currently working on. Meanwhile, his hands are full, with gigs in Brazil, Bolivia and China later this year.

    DVLM
    Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (DVLM), the current World No 1 DJs (DJ Mag), are on top of the charts with their latest track, Melody, the official anthem of the Belgian national football team at the UEFA Euro 2016. Stating that their relationship with Sunburn goes back a long way, Dimitri says EDM festivals offer a larger-than-life spectacle. “The experience that the fans get from not just the DJ, but the entire set up and stage, is amazing,” says Mike, who often incorporates hip hop and 80s sounds in his work. He is headed to gigs at River Sound Festival and Amsterdam Arena, this year.
    October 1, from 4 pm, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Tickets from Rs 2,500 on in.bookmyshow.com Details: sunburn.in

    Sound check
    A stickler for CDJ (a digital music player), Hardwell equips himself with a Sennheiser HD 25-1 IIs headphone during gigs. “I want to interact with the crowd and feed off their energy and get them to respond to mine,” he smiles. DVLM, on the other hand, picks equipment like Beats By Dre Mixr (headphones), Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus Mixer (digital mixer), and CDJ-2000 Nexus Decks (CD player).

    — Karan Pillai

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      Trio Nyna Vales mixes pop and Carnatic tunes for its tour and album.

      THE trio Nyna Vales brings their mix of French pop and Carnatic music to the city, with their newly-launched album,  Rencontres Indiennes. Comprising  Nathalie Carudel (singer, keyboards), Yann Savel (composer, guitarist) and Guillaume Ozanne (drummer), the trio’s tour will have Chennai as the second leg (after Madurai), where they will officially launch their album. “As we fell in love with South India and its classical music, it was natural for us to mix our music with Carnatic,” says Savel, adding that their introduction to classical Indian music was with renowned singer Bombay Jayashri’s songs. “We brought a lot of CDs of hers and it was the beginning of our project,” he recalls. For the album, the band has collaborated with Carnatic musician Akkarai Subhalakshmi, flautist Bhaskaran Krishnamurthi and sarod and sitar player Kishore Kumar. “We’ve recorded two popular Indian songs by a girls’ choir that we have orchestrated to present them in a new light,” says the 44-year-old. Tomorrow, they will perform with Subhalakshmi and also distribute copies of their new album. “We’ve got 500 copies in our suitcases!” Savel exclaims. In the album, which has both old and new compositions, he picks out a new one, Chat ou souris (cat or mouse), as one of his favourites. “(The song) opens this album with the typical Carnatic violin and the sarod,” he says. The band also promises to throw in a surprise at the Chennai concert, but want to remain mum on the details.
      Tomorrow at the Edouard Michelin Auditorium, 7 pm. Details: eventjini.com

      —Simar Bhasin

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        Our guide to contemporary movement courses in Bengaluru.

        Our city may not have options when it comes to courses in contemporary movement art, but our neighbour does. Pick up nuances of classical forms or perfect your contemporary dance steps with these upcoming courses in Bengaluru, which offer a more wholesome approach to the performance art. From Latin to Kathak, these are designed for those who plan to go professional.

        Attakkalari – CentreFor Movement Arts
        Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media is one of the most sought after. Originally meant to be just a year long, it is now a two-year course. And while classes have just started, they are still open to accepting applicants who are serious about making dance their career. Now in its 11th year, the contemporary dance course will also have sessions in ballet, bharatnatyam, kalaripayattu and folk, besides stage technology. A number of accomplished international and Indian instructors are at the helm.
        Rs 1.25 lakh per year. At Wilson Garden. Details: 080 22123684

        Nivesaa
        Started by Sahibaa Singh and Aastha Gulati, Nivesaa’s is fast becoming the go-to studio for dance lessons and fitness sessions. Their Amorres Pre-Professional Dance Teacher Training Course kicks off in November and we suggest you sign up if you’re looking to switch careers and become an instructor yourself. The five-month course will have teachers from across Bengaluru conducting classes ranging from contemporary and the ‘Flying Low’ technique to ballet, belly dance and urban choreography.
        Rs 38,000. At Indiranagar.
        Details: 09611995709

        Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography
        After 22 years, the Natya Institute has decided to revamp its Diploma in Choreography. Originally conceptualised by renowned dancer Maya Rao, it is modified to suit the needs of the modern dance world by her daughter, acclaimed kathak and contemporary artiste, Madhu Nataraj. Starting from November, the 18-month course will cover kathak, Indian martial arts, Indian contemporary dance, karanas, dance therapy, choreography and mime, along with theory subjects such as the world history of movement and Indian aesthetics, apart from elements of production such as stage design and lighting.
        Rs 1,35,000. At Malleswaram. Details: 080 23348645

        — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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          Swede deal
          Don’t miss the screening of director Felix Herngren’s Oscar-nominated movie, The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, at the Swedish Film Festival on Monday. Based on the novel by Jonas Jonasson (by the same name), the comic caper revolves around the adventures of 100-year-old Allan Karlsson who embarks on an unexpected journey. At the Russian Centre of Science & Culture. Details: 28212652

          Pottery barn
          A therapeutic experience for little ones, Maven – The Art Academy is conducting a one-day pottery workshop. For children above seven years, the materials for the 90-minute session will be provided by the academy, for a cost of Rs 300. At Kodambakkam. Details: 24830787

          Molière’s best
          Join the students of Women’s Christian College as they revisit one of French playwright Molière’s most famous theatrical comedies, Tartuffe. The story follows the efforts of Orgon, a rich and religious man, who turns his  life upside down trying to placate a false godman. Today, at WWC Auditorium. Tickets from Rs 250 onwards. Details: 9128275926

          Curtain call
          Revisit folklore this weekend with Sastra University’s Mirror’s Mind, a play being directed under Crea Shakti’s college initiative. Inspired by the Mohanlal-starrer, Guru, it is about a trial in the court of King Andhamitra where neither side have proof. At Chettinad Harishree Vidyalayam. Rs 200. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

          Make the move
          Not up to date on your dandiya skills? Zorba in Anna Nagar is organising a workshop. The hourly sessions will be held from October 3 to 7. Rs 1,500.Details: 98406992233

          Sound reflection
          Get ready for a musical weekend at the mall with duo John Naveen and Nithin Solomon  taking the stage today, performing jazz, pop,  rock ‘n’ roll, reggae and country. Tomorrow, the October fusion festival will kick-off, with the likes of Blessing Bled Chimanga Trio from Zimbabwe. At Phoenix MarketCity. Details:  66513007

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            Bolster your festive wardrobe with creative blouse solutions from Shabri Roberson and Amethyst .

            FOR those looking beyond the traditional jacket styles to edgy ramp worthy sari blouses – Amethyst’s new initiative provides the perfect solution. Collaborating with stylist Shabri Roberson (for the second time after the Peachoo Party in July), the boutique-cafe’s in-house bespoke blouse solutions, The Blouse Room, is being launched at their Wild and Festive Pop Up this weekend. “As someone who has always yo-yoed my way through the weight scale, styling to body shape and a departure from monotonous generic styles interest me and that’s what The Blouse Room is about,” says Kiran Rao, owner of Amethyst. At the pop up also find Ratika Haksar’s handcrafted contemporary jhumkas from her latest Symmetrika collection and Chaitanya Rao’s festive line for women plus a curated kids collection, with pieces from Roberson and brands like Nomad and Small Shop.

            The right fit
            Roberson, alumna of London College of Fashion, is showcasing thirteen silhouettes, ranging from the simple jacket and waistcoat to the off-shoulder, box and keyhole, styled on and modelled by women of different body types. Featuring three categories, Staples is neutral-hued pieces that can be mixed and matched, while the Embellished boasts hand embroidery and the Crossover features crop tops and cowl necks among others. Using tissue, brocade, silk, linen and cotton materials in earthy and bright hues, the blouses complement the sari collection (from Raw Mango, Payal Khandwala, Anavila and Rajesh Pratap) brought down for the pop up. Talking about the popularity of the anti-fit design, Roberson adds, “Women find the style very liberating considering it looks good and goes easy on the body in the weather here.”

            The rule book
            “One of the most fundamental aspects of styling is to dress to your body type. Blouses aren’t made according to the body wearing it today,” says 39-year-old Roberson. As she explains the nuances of picking the right look, she refers to some unwritten rules. “Strive for some versatility. It’s always nice to innovate with the sari and switch it around rather than sticking to convention,” she adds. Keeping comfort as key, she rues that there’s nothing worse than a woman who is self conscious in what she’s wearing. So style cue cards will be made available with tips on how to match their body structure and features to an appropriate make. “We’re being scientific in our approach to blouse making, something that Chennai’s tailoring industry seems to have lost,” she concludes. Customisation on appointment.
            Bespoke blouses from Rs 2,000 onwards. Festive collection from Rs 1,299 onwards. Details: 45991630

            Designer pick
            Shirt styles, collars are a favourite. Scallops are making a comeback in couture across garments and there’s the cold shoulder trend that I really love. I personally like the one-shoulder and cowl neck silhouettes. The latter is the most technical to design and looks great if done well.

            —Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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              Gems from Bangkok inspire Minnie Menon Jewelry’s new collection.

              Minnie Menon has a flair for making statements. Be it with a clever marketing strategy or the preview of her new jewellery collection, Bangkok With Love. Scheduled for October 5, at The Park, the invite-only event has Karun Raman choreographing a fashion show and Menon’s daughter Anu emceeing it. It will also mark her brand Minnie Menon Jewelry’s third anniversary. Menon begins by telling us how she was inspired by her recent visit to the 58th Bangkok Gem and Jewellery Exhibition, as a guest of the Department of International Trade Promotion of Thailand. “The magnificent scale of the event made me rethink my brand positioning,” says the self taught designer, who has been missing from her customary Page 3 dos lately as she has been working round the clock for the new line.
              Promising a mix of global trends and her signature dramatic aesthetics, the collection has luminescent Australian opals and purple Russian charolites – the hue is the cornerstone of her new line says the jewellery aficionado. “I hand-picked the stones from Bangkok and have included lighter pieces this time – especially earrings,” informs Menon. Putting together this exhibition of about 150 pieces, all set in sterling silver, Menon shares that she has centralised the manufacturing to Jaipur, with a team that also works for designers who supply to Selfridges and Harrods. Expect wrist cuffs, neck pieces, cocktail rings and earrings, besides cuff links for men.

              From Rs 6,000 onwards, at Mehta Jewellery, C P Ramaswamy Road, October 7 to 9. Details: 24662665

              — Sabrina Rajan

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                Aneeth Arora’s latest line has florals and chic silhouettes.

                With its latest collection of casual wear,  Aneeth Arora’s Pero joins the luxe loungewear bandwagon. All exuding a laidback yet elegant style, her new collection, Lazy Pero which is all set to debut in the city at the Good Earth store, is all about the anti-fit, non-figure hugging silhouettes. “Going with a one-size fits all approach, the line has comfortable garments meant for daily wear that don’t miss out on style,” says the New Delhi-based designer. Ranging from trousers and jackets to baby doll dresses, pajamas and others,  Lazy Pero uses handwoven cotton and cotton silk blends with checks (from West Bengal), brocade (from Banaras), ikkat (from south) and chanderi (from Madhya Pradesh) prints. Expect to see the brand’s signature contrast kanni selvedge which appears at the hems of the garments.
                Available in blues, whites and pastels, the line is reminiscent of Pero’s older collections and is a revival of sorts of the brand’s former styles in contemporary silhouettes and design. The straight simple lines and checks mixed with the occasional bright florals make for a spring-chic line. “It’s a versatile lookbook. You get Indian and western ensembles depending on how you plan and mix up your outfit. The ultimate onus is on the consumer,” adds the 32-year old designer, who believes in simple clothing with a keen attention to detail. The collection is looking to travel to Bengaluru soon after. Arora is currently working on her Spring-Summer 2017 line, which she plans to unveil through a virtual show on social media.
                Rs 3,000 onwards.
                Details: 43087878

                —Lavanya Lakshminarayanan

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                  The Indian Luxury Expo is back, with Porsche, Bentley and Rolls Royce in tow.

                  Tapping into the demand for big brands and their assurance of exclusivity and quality, The Indian Luxury Expo is back with its second edition. Bringing down 70 brands—with some like Bentley, Porsche and Rolls Royce participating for the first time—the two-day event, set to take place at the ITC Grand Chola next weekend, has our attention. Karan Bhangay, the 29-year-old founder of The Indian Luxury Expo, tells us, “We as a company have also evolved. Last year, we had around 60-62 brands and this year we will cross 70. We also hope to get more footfalls, hitting 4,000 visitors (up from last time’s 3,300). The idea is to offer a complete package to families—from a great shopping experience to a nice weekend getaway.”

                  Expert speak
                  Bhangay shares that the brands were selected after a careful screening by a city-based advisory board, comprising Tina Malhotra, owner of designer boutique Evoluzione, Vimmi Deepak, entrepreneur and socialite, and Ranvir Shah, businessman and theatre personality. “It’s a fantastic showcase of the finest Chennai has seen. Brands like Rolls Royce, BMW, Mini Cooper, Geetanjali and EF-IF (jewellery) make sense here,” says Deepak, adding that in the future she would love to  see brands like Chanel, Dior and Christian Louboutin coming down.  Also expect to see bridal couture by Fatiz Emporio and Neerus, along with regulars like Osman Abdul Razak (of Gabbana Life) and LXRY.
                  The collaboration
                  Bhangay, who has been holding expos across the country since 2012, in collaboration with Wedding Vows magazine, says he will be launching it in Coimbatore and Kochi next. “When Karan and I met, we realised that our vision and ideology were in sync. The luxury segment is a niche but growing market, and the wedding industry is a huge part of this. So we decided to collaborate,” says Dakshna Moorthy Naidu, founder of Wedding Vows.

                  Don’t miss
                  “Last year, a few of my favourites were BMW i8 and Aston Martin. And in the wedding segment, Shubh Cards and Lotus Wedding Planners did beautiful set ups that were luxurious,” shares Naidu. Apart from the shopping, the expo will also host live performances by bands. “We are trying to bring in young talent. People who visit us will also stand a chance to win diamonds worth Rs 1 lakh from EF-IF,” she concludes.

                  Rs 5,000 onwards. At the ITC Grand Chola, October 7-8. Details: 22200000

                  —Saloni Sinha

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                    Rujuta Diwekar talks about Indian Superfoods and busting myths.

                    When everyone was calorie counting, a petite woman had stepped up and asked us not to lose our minds. Rujuta Diwekar started a mini revolution asking us to eat what our mothers cooked every day. Of course, a size-zero Kareena Kapoor swearing by the Mumbai-based nutritionist’s dietary recommendations didn’t hurt either. Then, last year, when conversations around superfoods had reached a peak, she asked us to ignore imported quinoa and kale, and look to our kitchens. “The food we eat at home is ‘super’, but unfortunately we need to be reassured of its goodness. The food and weight loss industry is good at convincing us that we need to eat exotic superfoods. But this goes against the basic principle of eating local, seasonal and fresh,” shares Diwekar, who will be in town on Monday, to discuss her book, Indian Superfoods, at an event organised by Juggernaut Books and FICCI-FLO. “In Chennai, I will be talking about incorporating local delicacies—from ghee and coconut to jackfruit—and how these will not just nourish us, but also be invaluable for the local economy. And yes, science now approves of them, too,” she says, adding that we can expect a part two, with other forgotten and ignored superfoods.
                    October 3, 5 pm, at Museum Theatre. Details: 9941014414

                    —Surya Praphulla Kumar

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                      With an Aromatherapy Bar and mood lighting, Amrtam spa opens at Crowne Plaza .

                      They say colours can affect your mood. At Amrtam, the newly-launched spa at Crowne Plaza Chennai Adyar Park, the design and décor ensure that you leave in a good mood. A neutral palette of whites and bronzes is punctuated every few feet with hues designed to lift your spirits—red for warmth, orange for energy, blue to soothe and so forth. In fact, I realise later that even the shower fixtures come with bands of lights, to enhance your state of mind. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

                      Trust your senses
                      Since I’m early, I take a quick tour of Amrtam—begun in collaboration with Escenza Wellness, a Pune-based premium spa operations company—checking out a central water body created in the shape of an agarbathi holder (incidentally, the spa also smells delightfully of incense), and taking a quick peek at their well-equipped salon. When I notice the mandalas on the floor, spa manager Shivani Mamgain shares that they have been created to focus energies, just like the patterned domes positioned above all the treatment tables. Since the spa has been designed to engage all five senses, it’s not surprising that aromatherapy plays a big role in the treatments provided. Their signature is an Aromatherapy Bar, where guests can choose essential oils from boxes labelled detox, rejuvenating, relaxing and energising, and make their own blends to addresses their specific needs. But since they are still adding the finishing touches (it will be ready in the next few days), I opt for a luxurious candle massage preceded by a moisturising and energising sandalwood, jasmine and orange scrub.

                      Juice it
                      I choose the Swedish massage (though a deep tissue is on the menu, too, and for those who’d like a more traditional approach, a separate Ayurveda room is available with a specially-crafted jackfruit wood table). The masseuse is proficient, working out all the knots and making sure the candle ‘wax’—soy butter that melts, but never feels too hot on the skin—liberally coats the skin. A steam (if you choose it) and the aforementioned ‘shower with lights’ end a very relaxing 90 minutes. Mamgain adds that soon they will be opening a spa bar, where they will offer cold-pressed juices, healthy snacks and even a products like detangling combs, moisturisers and essential oils.
                      Massages from Rs 3,000.
                      Details: 24994101

                      —Surya Praphulla Kumar

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