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Catch British-born guitarist Tam de Villiersai??i?? France-based quartet at the Museum Theatre on Tuesday. Starting out with a jazz piece, they plan to lead the audience into a contrapuntal baroque fantasie, then veer off into abrasive progressive rock, skimming past rockabilly twangs and then plunge into a trance-inducing minimalist motif. Their unconventional and original sounds are sure to leave you wanting more. 7 pm onwards. Entry free. Details: eventjini.com
All about Dara
Author Seema Sonik Alimchandai??i??s next, after penning the biography of Rajnikanth, is a fascinating account of the life and times of the iconic Dara Singh. Titled Deedara aka Dara Singh!, it will be released tomorrow on his 88th birth anniversary and traces his life from his humble beginnings to his phenomenal success as a world renowned wrestler and subsequent foray into TV and films. Published by Westland Ltd. `499. Details: amazon.in
Ananya Birla, daughter of Indian industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, has released her debut single, Livinai??i?? The Life. An up-tempo pop and dance song co-written by American producer Jim Beanz and mixed by Dutch DJ Afrojack, it is distributed by the Universal Music Group. Available for free on digital platforms like Wynk Music, Saavn, etc. Details: universalmusic.com
The fifth edition of the IndiEarth XChange promises lots of talent, workshops, talks and more.
CATCH up with some eclectic experiments and collaborations in indie films and music, at the fifth edition of the IndiEarth XChange festival at The Park next week. City-based Sonya Mazumdar, one of the directors of the event promises a bigger line up of talent, besides workshops and talks this year. Did you know that the fourth edition of this festival concluded just a week before the devastating floods that rocked our city last year? Mazumdar tells us that this edition is dedicated to the residents of the city and the neighbouring states, for their relentless spirit and effort during the crisis. ai???Hence, we have more local artists this time,ai??? she says. For the uninitiated, IndiEarth is a platform that unites independent artistes from across the country and abroad, set-up by city-based label, EarthSync, and XChange is its flagship event. Besides film and music festivals, this two-day event will also see conferences and workshops.
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Mazumdar promises a long line-up of new and upcoming musicians, with names like Arun K Singh, Quleen Q Queen, Om Prakash Srivastava making up the list. There are others like Saurabh Shetye & Madhumadhabi Sarkar who composed the song Paani Ke Bulbulay for the independent film called Love Alive, while musicians like Sanjoy Paul, Sravana Bhargavi and Malavika will be performing songs like Saiya Re, from the two-month old album of the same name. Accompanying them will be other artistes performing music ranging from genres like classical, folk, electronica and more. Thereai??i??s good news for homegrown bands tooai??i??they have a chance to be mentored by Indian and Australian producers as part of a workshop conducted in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology and KM Conservatory.
Beyond the beats
Film buffs can look forward to domestic entries like Musical Space, Oh My Soul and YKT Mumbai, along with foreign films like Songman Project (Israel), Pregnant (Italy) and A Good Day To Die, Hoka Hey (Malaysia), among others. The longest movies yet are Mother, I Have Pretty Much Forgotten Your Face (Japan) and Placebo (India). At 96 minutes long, the latter is a docu-drama by Abhay Kumar that looks at how a filmmaker tries to uncover a controversy in a hospital. Meanwhile, the Japanese one is musician Michiro Endoai??i??s account of how the Fukushima earthquake affected his comeback tour with his funk band, The Stalin.
At The Park, November 26-27. Passes from Rs 1,000 onwards on instamojo.com. Details: indiearth.com
Order aldactone online Meesaya Murukku sees the Tamil hip-hopper explore acting, direction and more.
Ten years back, a Coimbatore-based lad rolled out Viswaroobam Aarambam, a Tamil hip-hop mix tape, touted to be the first of its kind. Now Adhi, better known as Hiphop Tamizha (also the name of his musical duo with R Jeeva), is set to make his acting and directorial debut in Meesaya Murukku, even as he continues making music, and pursuing a doctorate in brand management. ai???More than acting, I have always had an eye for direction which, in a way, lets me connect with the audience,ai??? says the 26-year-old performer, who will share screen space with Vivekh and debutant Aathmika in the film. The movie will see him play a frustrated engineering student who dreams of making it big in the music industry. An engineering graduate, he shares how his father initially disapproved of his musical aspirations. ai???English pesinalum Tamilanda is not to disregard other languages but to embrace ours,ai??? says the composer, whose recent short film-and-music-video Takkaru Takkaru saw him locking horns with animal rights organisation, PETA. ai???I still stand my ground that Jallikattu, a part of our roots, is a breeding science and not a sport,ai??? he says. Next up, he will be seen composing music for five films, slated to release this year, including Imaikkaa Nodigal, Kaththi Sandai and his Telugu debut Dhruva, starring Ram Charan. The singer-turned-actor is also excited about his upcoming film Kavan (2017), where he explores six different genres (rock, Carnatic, dubstep, opera, EDM and native folk music) in an adaptation of Tamil poet Bharathiyarai??i??s Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai.
Murukku Meesai is expected to release in December.
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Streets, camera, action
November 20, Parryai??i??s Corner
Go camera happy and explore the bustling streets of Parrys with the Street Photography workshop. Mentored by city-based Srivatsan Sankaran, an engineer and passionate photographer, the photowalk organised by Mumbai-based DCP Expediton LLP will see particiapnts get on-field experience by capturing the vibrant and candid moments of everyday life. Participants will also be given advice on the various know-hows of photography like setting, angles and exposure during the workshop. Report at the Flower Bazaar Police Booth at 6 am. Rs 500. Details: 61818464
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Take home a four legged and furry companion from theAi?? Chennai Adoption Drive organised, this Sunday.The event will feature rescued Indian mongrel dogs, puppies, cats and kittens who need a safe and secure forever-home. Adoptions will be free. However, a valid ID and address proof needs to be given to take any pets home. At Chettinad Srihari Vikasam, Details: 8939311148
November 20, Elliots Beach
City-based arts and crafts firm, Upcycle Artz will host a freecycling event where you can exchange books, magazines and music/movie CDs for something that catches your fancy in the stash. The firm also invites you to take something you like, regardless of your donation. Write to them to get your things collected from your place. 6.30 am onwards. At Besant Nagar. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you enjoy listening to swaras and alankars, the city-based music training centre, Brhaddhvni, has just the event for you. Catch a night of Hindustani music featuring the likes of US-based Arijit Mahalanabis on vocals, Mohan Shyam Sharma (pakhawaj) from Delhi and Bengaluru-based Sagar Bharathraj and Vyasmurti Katti (on harmonium and tabla respectively). 6 pm onwards. At Mylapore. Entry free. Details: 9962400054
November 20, Hotel Savera
Bring out the explorer in your kid for a good cause at the car rally organised by iSpark and Madras Sports Club Authority. In aid of the Acid Survivors Foundation India, the rally engages kids from 4-15 years of age with puzzles and treasure hunts while parents will drive them from Hotel Savera to iSpark Holistic Studio. 10 am to 11.30 am. At Mylapore. Rs 1500 (inclusive of lunch and
snack-box). Details: 43570807
Bake your cake
November 21-23, Food Consulate
This festive season learn to bake your very own exotic cakes as Fondbites holds a three-day baking master class. From basics such as vanilla cakes and chocolate cakes to specials like tiramisu and cheesecake, the masterclass will have a total of 12 cakes. Classes will be conducted by city-based cake decorator and founder of Fond Bites Subhashini Ramsingh who will teach students the art behind baking, filling and frosting. Ingredients and equipment will be provided at the venue.
At Velachery, Rs 15,000. Details: 9500082331
Mix it up
November 23, Madbeans Cafe
Your old can be someoneai??i??s new, this Wednesday at another freecyclingAi?? eventai??i??ai???Swap Your Clothesai??i?? hosted by city-based organic designer brand, Rossbelle. You can drop offAi?? pre-loved menai??i??s, womenai??i??s and kidsai??i?? apparel (clean and wearable) at the venue, and pick up something from there for free.Ai?? 3 pm onwards. Entry free. At Santhome. Details: 24953050
November 27, Amethyst
Time to revamp your wardrobe as The Red Polka Show is back with their second edition. Organised by the online fashion portal, Red Polka, the exhibition will have both recognised labels as well as homegrown brands. With quirky, artisanal, handcrafted and affordable designs, Rini Seal, Ssoul, Mai??i??Zuri Sana, Diya Mehta are some of the designers who will be showcasing their collection. Expect a mix of clothing, accessories and home decor. Rs 500 onwards. At Royapettah, Details: 45991630
Ira Dubey play Alia Bhattai??i??s best friend in Dear Zindagi. Hereai??i??s why she relates to the role
The 32-year-old actress, Ira Dubey, who played Sonam Kapoorai??i??s best friend in the 2010 film, Aisha, is set to play Alia Bhattai??i??s bestie in Dear Zindagi, starring Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. But this time, she will be a more sorted, mature working woman rather than a spoilt socialite. ai???English Vinglish was one of the most sincere and heartwarming films I have seen, which is why I immediately said yes to Gauri Shinde when she approached me. I felt that working with her and a pair like Shah Rukh and Alia will be exciting, so you can expect a very fresh, feel-good story,ai??? says the Delhi-born actress.
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Talking about the movie and her role, Dubey tells us that it is about finding yourself, about coming to terms with who we really are, be it through a romantic relationship, friendship or family. ai???The film is based in Mumbai, in a film industry. I play Fatima, who is a costume designer, and Alia is a cinematographer,ai??? says the M Cream actress. Dubey adds that she relates with the character a lot mostly because it is based in the film industry and Fatima is a strong working woman who, although married to a software engineer,Ai?? knows how to manage her professional and personal life. ai???I love the fact that she is a working woman, I love the fact that she is very happily married and a big advocate of marriage and love. I like the fact that she is a stable and grounded woman and she is passionate about what she does,ai??? shares Dubey.
Dubey, who started her career as a theatre artiste, tells us that she has two productions,Ai?? 9 Parts Desire, a solo play about the plight of Iraqi women and A Dollai??i??s House, based on the 1973 movie of the same name, where she plays the lead character, Nora Helmer. She has been travelling across India for the two plays and shares that the former is coming to Bengaluru on November 20 and she hopes that Chennai is next. ai???Playing Nora Helmer is one of the most challenging roles of my career. I am also doing an independent film with Nikhil Allug (of The Maya Tape fame) called Shikara which is a social thriller,ai??? signs off Dubey.
Dear Zindagi releases on November 25.
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With a newly-launched spa, nature walks and an incomparable cocoa experience, The Tamara Coorg indulges all your senses.
The hills are alive… with the sound of crickets and the smell of eucalyptus and rain-drenched earth. Any residual bad humour from an early morning flight and six hours in an SUV, battling Bengaluruai??i??s traffic and small-town dusty roads, are whisked away in the cool, bracing winds of the ai???blue mountainsai??i??. The winding roads of the Nilgiris, in Karnatakaai??i??s Western Ghats, are taking me to a quick weekend getaway in the heart of Coorg. The picturesque The Tamara Coorgai??i??nestled amidst 142 acres of a functional, organically-certified cardamom and coffee plantation, and 28 acres of virgin forestai??i??is an idyllic retreat where I discover, soon after I arrive, luxury melds seamlessly with the rustic and natural.
A hot towel and a cup of ginger-jaggery tea greet me, but I donai??i??t linger over it as my hostess, Shruti Shibulal, the promoter and director of the resort, tells me there is a lot to explore. And keeping my abbreviated trip (just a day) in mind, I decide to pack in as much as I can. Like a magnificent lunch at The Falls restaurant (it gets its name from the waterfall running underneath it, which you can see through plexiglass flooring), where the chef treats me to local favourites like pandi curry and kodambuttu. I walk off the heavy meal with a tour of the estate, listening to the resortai??i??s naturalist, KD Bopanna, a local Kodava and a fount of knowledge about the areaai??i??s flora and fauna. From learning how to differentiate between the ripe red berries of the arabica and robusta coffees to unearthing red snails and pill millipedes, it is ideal for guests like me who are not adventurous enough to go on the uphill treks that promise great views and aching calves.
Any sore muscles I have from the walk, I decide to pamper at the resortai??i??s newest addition, The Elevation. Housed in a 100-year-old plantation bungalow, the spa is the heart of this serene retreat. With five treatment rooms (three for Ayurvedic therapies and two for western ministrations), a Jacuzzi, a temperature-controlled pool (ideal for the cold weather) and an upcoming yoga deck, it encourages guests to embark on a wellness journey and rediscover their anthar mauna or inner silence. Spa manager Prashanth Belavadi suggests I try something from their range of signature Ayurveda-based treatments, like the Aranya Shaili Anubhava (a body scrub made from fragrant local wild rice, `6,250) and the Signature Coffee Therapy (`4,375/ 60 min). I choose the Kalpa Anubhava Coconut Indulgence (`6,250), an indulgent, two-hour session where the masseuse begins with a scrub made from freshly-grated coconut, sugar and honey, followed by a relaxing massage with cold-pressed coconut oil (to re-activate the circulation and flow of energy), and ending it with calming stream of warmed oil poured on to your forehead.
Though Iai??i??m tempted to soak in the pool, I am curious about the yoga deck, where Iai??i??m told sessions will begin with the lighting of 250 oil lamps, and yogis who practice ashtanga yoga will lead classes that will combine asanas and chanting. ai???We will engage different parts of the property to create a treatment plan for guests,ai??? says Belavadi, explaining that their curative packages (of three, five, 14 and 21 days) will include a detailed wellness consultation, specially-crafted menus, Ayurvedic treatments and yoga.
Rooms from Rs 17,000.
Among the trees
As the sun sets, I hail a buggy (the best way to get around the sprawling property) to my private cottage, one among 56 spread across the property. Built on stilts, the Balinese-style wooden villas with traditional Kerala shingle roofing, blend into the surroundings and give incomparable views of the tree-clad hills and valleys. While the 660 sq ft cottage, with contemporary furnishing, is beautiful (with a big, white bed enticing me to catch some zzzs), the sun deck holds my attention for a whileai??i??a great place to sit counting stars, munching on coffee-bean encased chocolates.
Before I bid goodbye to the resort the following morning, I squeeze in a ai???Blossom to Brewai??i?? experience at The Verandah, the resortai??i??s gift shop, cafe and mini coffee museum. Bopanna gives me a demonstration on how the coffee berries are dried, graded, roasted, ground and then brewed into the most delicious coffee Iai??i??ve ever tasted. Needless to say, I pick up a couple of packets of coffee to take home, for I know every sip of the rich dark brew will bring me back to the sylvan environs.
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Mid-century pieces with a contemporary flavour at Baro.
When Siddharth Sirohi and Srila Chatterjee got bored of their lives in the film industry (they ran production house, Highlight), they decided to dabble in their shared passion for interiors and design. This resulted in the new Mumbai-based furniture store, Baro. Translating to ai???12ai??i?? from Bengali, it is a one-stop shop for home products with an old-world aesthetic blended with modern form and functionality.
The collection ranges from furniture to storage solutions (mostly based on mid-century or art deco) and home linen. ai???They are meant for people who appreciate good workmanship and like to work off basics to create their own language,ai??? says Chatterjee. This is exemplified in the classic Oxford wooden cupboardai??i??slim and tall with glass fronts and star-shaped detailing. Or the Suzani armchair, which is made with a combination of leather and old suzani textile from Uzbekistan. Each piece has a personal touch. Like The Tree of Life-themed blinds, which are sourced from Russell Street in Kolkata, where Chatterjee grew up.
Inspiration strikes from anywhere for these twoai??i??travel, movies, books and the arts and crafts of India and other countries. ai???Eighty five per cent of our furniture is made by us, and all the original design is Siddharthai??i??s. The rest are old pieces that we find, restore and re-imagine. There are also a few that are sourced from my travels,ai??? concludes Chatterjee.
Rs 5,000 upwards.
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Check out the latest array of customisable leather jackets from Bareskinai??i??s Autumn Winter collection. Crafted with premium leather, the models are available in bomber, biker and slim fit variants. Available in blacks, greys, browns and tans. Rs 7,999 onwards. Details: voganow.com
Your search for the perfect nude foundation ends here. Premium skincare label, The Body Shop, has launched its latest, enriched with the goodness of English rose water and aloe vera. Available in 16 different shades, this semi-matte finish foundation offers up to 24-hours of moisturisation. Rs 1,895. Details: thebodyshop.in
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Wild Rose, the Autumn-Winter collection from US-based designer Tina Tandon, is for the adventurous. With Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne as her muses, Tandonai??i??s collection features vegetable dyed leather jackets and pleated detailing contrasted with textured floral embroidery.
Rs 13,000 onwards. Details: poshpari.com
Choose from a wide range of handmade accessories, apparels and skin care products at Vasthraai??i??s first pop up.
Ardent believers of all things handmade and natural, Gita Ganesh (46) and Gyana Raghavan (33) had our attention at their last pop up at By Hand, From The Heart this year, with their colourful cotton chappals. Taking their city-based brand, Vasthra to a whole new level, the duo is moving from participating in exhibitions and pop ups to curating their own event. Focussing on designers and brands, the exhibition called This, That and Everything, will feature only handmade products. ai???Me and my partner, Gyana, had the idea of bringing together designers and brands who make their own products and have great ideas but need a platform to showcase it. So we decided to have this exhibition,ai??? begins the city-based designer Ganesh.
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Vasthra will be launching their latest collection at the exhibition. ai???We have experimented with backstrap in footwear, something that we had not done before,ai??? shares Ganesh. Also expect brands like city-based Bottled Bliss who will be showcasing products like organic face packs and anti-tan packs made with ingredients like green tea, basil, hibiscus and other kitchen ingredients. Other products by city-based brands include handmade soaps from Pristine Natural Products, vegan accessories for men from Monk Story and handcrafted jewellery from Kayel. Around 20 brands will be showcasing their products at the event.
First time charm
Coming to the city for the first time is Hyderabad-based brand Pipal Tree,Ai?? showcasing hand woven cotton and silk saris. Talking about being a part of this event, 29-year-old Siri Yarlagadda who runs the brand along with her mother, Bhavani Yarlagadda (51), says, ai???We are showcasing a few exclusive, one-of-a-kind saris for the first time in Chennai. The collection in general are a mix of some great weaves, unique hand embroidered, hand dyed and hand painted saris in a wide range of colours from some classy off-whites to some elegant pastels and also lots of bright shades,ai??? shares an excited Siri. Other first-timers include Coimbatore-based brand Urbaniti, who are bringing their handcrafted jewellery made of metal with silver and gold plating and precious and semi precious stones. Raghavan also tells us that she hopes to organise the exhibition every two months.
Rs 200 onwards. On November 25-26. At The Folly, Amethyst. Details: 45991633
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Hyderabad-based Thickshake Factory is set to open its first outlet in the city. Clomid order
Promising to redefine our perception of a milkshake, Hyderabad-based Thickshake Factory is launching its first outlet in the city, on November 19. Ashwin Mocherla and his brother Yeshwanth Nag, who started the brand in 2011, wish to create an independent identity for milkshakes and ai???thickshakesai??i?? through their range of delectable products that could very well be a dessert or a meal-replacement option. The 25-seater restaurant, situated on Khader Nawaz Khan Road, will serve over 35 flavours of shakes with a variety of 70 toppings.
Prepared with ice creams made at their factory in Hyderabad, we are informed that just the right amount of whisking with crushes and milk gives it that extra thick and creamy texture. Their bestsellers are the Belgian chocolate and the Straw Banana (combination of strawberry ice cream, banana and strawberry crush). According to Mocherla, an MBA graduate, ai???The main aim to start Thickshake Factory was to break the perception that milkshakes are just milk, sugar and essence.ai??? You can also customise your drink by choosing flavours and toppings like wafers, chocolates, syrups, sprinkles and candies. Thickshake factory will also be launching its version of monster shakesai??i??Insane Shakesai??i??(think large mason jars with overflowing toppings of nutella and whipped cream) and bubble teas in the coming months.
Rs 129 onwards.
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