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Fitness takes centrestage courtesy a yoga and pilates workshop. Elsewhere, a kizomba session and jewellery exhibition await your attention
Reiterating that health and fitness is deeply reflected in our general well-being is the Body Change Weight Less Workshop, organised by Pondy-based SDFX Dance Studio. This 10-week programme will be overseen by Jeanette Mauritz, a certified yoga and pilates trainer. Open to girls and women aged 15 and above. Every Tuesday and Friday, 9 am to 10.30 am. Details: 0413 4201823
Ever tried your hand in making lac jewellery? At DakshinaChitra you have a chance to work with lac jewellery (studded with glass pieces and stones) . The cultural and heritage venue will conduct a workshop on lac jewellery making. To be supervised by their in-house expert, Zeenat, it is open for adults only. November 26-27. 10.30 am to 5.30 pm. Register for Rs 2,000 per head.
Next month, Kalinka Art Gallery will host a two-month long exhibition. It features the works of Pondy-based Ezhilarasan E, who will display his collection called Himalaya and other ays. The oil on canvas paintings will be showcased from December 1 to January 22. 6 pm to 8 pm.
Details: 0413 2336976
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Ask anyone who loves to zentangle and they will tell you how addictive the art form is. If you are one of them you will be interested in the upcoming Zentangle on Canvas workshop by Maven Art Academy. It is open to adults only, where participants can come up with interesting patterns using either pen or pencil. November 28-30. 11 am to 1 pm. AtRs 800. Details: 24830787
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Learn about the finer movements of kizomba, the dance form that originated in Angola, under the tutelage of Swedish expert, Kristofer Mencak. He will organise a bootcamp next week, along with Salsa Madras. Mencak is a two-time Scandinavian champion of kizomba, so rest assured your training is in good hands. December 4. Entry free.
As the third edition of the Auroville International Potterai??i??s Market is set to be held in next January, the township is abuzz with activity and anticipation Actoplus met price
The art of ceramics has come of age in Auroville, Pondicherry. Over the last few years, this community of specialist artisans has grown rapidly, with a number of new initiatives supporting local artisans. ai???The scene is very promising and optimistic,ai??? says artist Priya Sundaravalli, a longtime Auroville resident who mentors several training initiatives. ai???Many potters have discovered the balance between production ware and creative self-expression,ai??? she observes. While solo and group shows are on the rise, the Auroville Art Service also organises events featuring regional artists. ai???These shows do not discriminate against clay work,ai??? relates Priya. ai???Ceramic artists get to show with other visual artists, which is the way it should be.ai???
Art and soul
Several workshops now focus on advanced processes of raku
firing, and the Japanese technique of Haiyu slipware, notes Priya. Moreover, many Auroville schools now have ceramics as part of their curriculum. White Peacock Studio, run by the Russian artist Saraswati Renata Sidorenko, is a prominent centre that hosts classes for children and adults. ai???This is a non-commercial club, a family affair,ai??? says Saraswati, who trains youngsters, while her mother, Anna Morozova, facilitates workshops for grown-ups. ai???Itai??i??s a place for non-professionals to explore the purest form of creativity, paying no heed to the commercial side of the art world,ai??? avers Saraswati.
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The ceramic revolution in Auroville began in the early-ai??i??70s, led by the patrons Deborah Smith and Ray Meeker, who founded Golden Bridge Pottery (GBP) in Pondicherry, informs the architect-turned-ceramist Adil Writer. ai???The sub-culture of ceramics has now spread into the hinterland,ai??? says Adil. Some of these studios are larger than those in Auroville, and are flooding the market with stoneware of varying quality,
As the GBP has slowed down activities, few others are left to carry the torch forward, says Adil, who runs the studio Mandala Pottery. ai???We are known for functional ware, murals and installations,ai??? he says. They also create ai???Studio ceramicsai???, represented at exhibitions in the country and overseas.
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About 10 years back, Mandala Pottery ai???adoptedai??? a small terracotta facility outside Auroville, informs Adil. ai???This small local unit has now grown larger than my studio,ai??? he says. ai???We have some of our designs made here under our strict supervision. It is advantageous to both studios.ai??? The studio hosts wood or gas-firing sessions almost every week, supplying works to shops, boutiques, spas, and corporate groups across the country.
ai???We also have export orders,ai??? adds Adil, ai???but we focus on shops that respect and understand the
positives of a handmade pot.ai???
A few years back, Adil and the ceramic artist Rakhee Kane hosted Ruthanne Tudball from Norfolk, UK, for a workshop on soda-firing. ai???Soda firing is a very specific way of firing pottery, lending a vibrant orange peel look,ai??? he says. A booth at the upcoming Potters Market will showcase such work.
ai???Historically, ceramic meant terracotta, which is low-fired,ai??? explains Nausheen Bari, another artist at Mandala Potter. At GBP, students learn how to fire clay with wood, and the traditional Korean and Japanese methods of anagama firing. ai???There is a solid base here,ai??? she adds. ai???Students are making a profession out of this, and it has had a cascading effect on local potters.ai???
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Lately, many ceramic artists are taking to works of larger sizes, observes Bari. ai???Porcelain is also being taken up seriously for sculptural work,ai??? she notes. ai???However, tableware is very much in demand, as India is waking up to the prospects of handcrafted, personalised lifestyle products.ai???
Until recently, ceramics were barely recognised as an art form, reflects Bari. ai???But now, itai??i??s getting better
visibility,ai??? she says.
The Auroville International Pottersai??i?? Market, initiated by Ange Peters of the Forest Pottery Studio, has a fair share of village studios hobnobbing with potters from all over the country, and overseas. The outcome is positive on more fronts than one. Other members at Mandala claim that the status of ai???the humble potter has risenAi?? greatlyai???,Ai?? says Adil. ai???A barometer of this is that people working in Auroville now have better chances in the marriage market,ai??? he adds, in a lighter vein.
The Auroville International Pottersai??i?? Market will be held from January 26-28, 2017. Details: 0413 2623101; auroville.org
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Pics: Adil Writer, Mandala Pottery, Marco Saroldi, Nausheen Bari, Priya Sundaravalli, Saraswati Renata Sidorenko, White Peacock Studio, Vimal Bhojraj
Friday, November 25
Top Five (Comedy), WB, 6.59 pm
Cast: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union
Andre Allen (Rock), the star of a hit comedy franchise, Hammy The Bear, is gearing up for his marriage with reality TV-star Erica Long. Also looking to do more serious movies, starting with Uprize, Allen is interviewed by Chelsea Brown (Dawson), a New York Times reporter. Things change for the star when they meet with a car accident. As he begins to develop feelings for Brown, she throws a shocker when she admits that she never found Allen funny. Will his comic timing be the deal breaker for their relationship? Rockai??i??s character is named after his brother, Andre, and his grandfather, Allen.
Boyhood (Drama), Netflix
Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane
Mason Jr (Coltrane) and his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) have had a tough childhood. Their parents are divorced, and they live with their mother, Olivia (Arquette), who is trying to move on. The movie chronicles Masonai??i??s life from the age of six to 18ai??i??through his experiences filled with family problems and romance, marijuana and an aspiration for photography in later years. It is a coming of age story that sees Mason attempting to straighten out his life. The movie covers a period spanning 11 years, or 4,000 days, and was shot in 45 days.
Saturday, November 26
The Godfather Part 3 (Crime/Drama), HBO, 11.27 pm
Cast:Ai?? Al Pacino, Andy Garcia, Sofia Coppola
The Sicilian mafiaAi?? boss Don Michael Corleone (Pacino) may be old at 60, but his empire is stronger than ever. Having made ruthless decisions including getting his
own brother, Fredo, murdered, in the past ai??i??now Corleone, also known as the Godfather, is ready to legitimise his businesses. But the murder of Pope John Paul 1 and the Papal banking scandal threaten to sabotage his good intentions. Add to that when his nephew Vincent Mancini (Garcia) starts a feud with gangster Joey Zasa, Corleone realises thet he cannot leave the mafia world yet. Robert Duvall, one of the mainstays in the first two films, refused an offer in the third, due to vast differences between his salary and Pacinoai??i??s.
Neerja (Biographical/Thriller), Movies OK, 7.55 pm
Cast: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi
Based on a true story, Neerja Bhanot (Kapoor) is a successful flight attendant and former model whose mother, Rama (Azmi) always expresses concern about her job. After attending a house party, Kapoor heads back to the airport for her duty on Pan Am Flight 73. Little does she know that the passengers on the plane for the day also includes militants from a terrorist organisation who are planning to a hijack. The moment they spring up into action, Neerja is brave in face of the adversity and alerts the pilots and even manage to ground the plane in Karachi. But the passengers are still at the mercy of the hijackers. The actual incident happened when Kapoor was just one year old.
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Jungle Book, Star Movies, 9 pm
Cast: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley Idris Elba
Featuring voice-overs by an ensemble cast, Jungle Book tells the story of Mowgli, the orphan boy raised by animals in the jungle. Based on Rudyard Kiplingai??i??s original work of the same name and Walt Disneyai??i??s animated film, it shows how Mowgli learns to live in the jungle, under the watchful eye of panther Bagheera (Kingsley) and Baloo (Murray). His biggest threat yet is Shere Khan (Elba), who is on the lookout for the boy to kill him. Can Mowgli survive? The movie is the first instance where Kaa, the snake, has been portrayed as a female, voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Shaandaar (Romance/Comedy), UTV Movies, 11.30 pm
Cast: Shahid Kapur, Alia Bhatt
Alia (Bhatt), an insomniac, is the adopted daughter of Bipin Arora (Pankaj Kapur). Though the Arora clan is not very kind to Alia, Bipin and his daughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor), adore the girl. Soon, Ishaai??i??s marriage is fixed with Robin Fundwani (Vikas Arora), in a bid to improve their financial condition. On the way to the wedding, Aroraai??i??s car is rammed by a motorcycle driven by Jagjinder Joginder aka JJ (Kapur), who is the event manager for Ishaai??i??s wedding. During the wedding, JJ and Alia are drawn to each other, especially when it is discovered that JJ is an insomniac too. While they find their common ground, Fundwani manages to break Ishaai??i??s heart. Tabu was initially reported to be paired opposite Kapur.
Action director Kenny Bates on going from working with the Transformers to Chitti the Robot
Kenneth Bates is one of those behind-the-scenes guys. In fact, if youai??i??re not the kind to watch a filmai??i??s credits roll, chances are youai??i??ve probably never heard of him. And yet, without him, some of the most insane action sequences in Bad Boys, Transformers, Pearl Harbour, The Rock or The Italian Job may have never happened. The man behind Hollywoodai??i??s biggest stunts since 1989, is now getting Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar to trade robot-crunching blows, as action director of Shankarai??i??s 2.0. In a chat about meeting the superstar and on shooting Transformers, the otherwise reticent Bates takes us through what itai??i??s like to be him.
Whatai??i??s it like to work in India? Did you have to change things to get in your zone?
Working on an Indian film is a challenge, though I admit, Iai??i??m very pleased to bring big blockbuster moments to the Indian screen. Iai??i??m looking forward to delivering big action in 2.0. Shankar has a clear idea about what he wants. My job is to augment his work, so we can turn out the best on screen.
Had you already heard of Shankar or watched his films before the offer for 2.0 came along?
Since I was a co-producer and action director on Transformers 1, 2 and 3 (it was natural that), I saw Robot (Endhiran). Thatai??i??s part of what made me interested in this film.
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He is respected, and he brings an aura to the set. Heai??i??s a gentleman and an incredible actor. I could have chosen half a dozen other films, but I didnai??i??t. I chose this one. After my first meeting with Shankar in LA (which lasted nine hours), I was intrigued by his passion for the movie.
How much of the action in 2.0 is live and how much of it is VFX-layered? Are there any never-before-seen action sequences we can expect?
I have to be careful with this question, since Iai??i??ve had to sign endless legal forms! What I can tell you is, we are making the biggest movie in the history of Indian films.
Was it exciting working with local crews?
I have enjoyed sharing my knowledge with the local crews. There are plenty of talented film techs in India. There is nothing that they canai??i??t do as long as they are given the opportunity.
Youai??i??ve created your own high-speed camera vehicles to capture action sequences. After your custom Bates Decelerator won the Oscar, are there any new concepts up your sleeve?
My team and I want to put the action in the face of the audience, and we do whatever it takes to achieve that. It might mean that I have to slide down a cable with a camera in my hands or drive into tumbling cars. We will add some new high-speed camera vehicles to our fleet in the next six months.
One director who has impressed you with their knowledge of action direction?
I have worked with Michael Bay for over 24 years. Ever since Bad Boys, weai??i??ve worked together to deliver huge Hollywood Films. Jerry Bruckheimer gave us the opportunity, and that raised the bar for action films to an all-new level. Jerry once said to me, ai???I donai??i??t want good, I want great.ai??? I have never forgotten those words.
Has the rise of VFX and an increasing reliance on graphic recreation taken away the raw appeal of manual stunt design?
When doing a film like Transformers, there are plenty of visual effects (in motion).Ai?? We work together to accomplish action sequences with live action (in the) foreground and background to create layers to work with in post-production. It is actually very complicated, and requires hundreds of hours of preparation prior to shooting. After that, it takes tens of thousands of hours of post-production work. You have to design the action and make it look good, all the time making sure not to get in the way of the elements that are being put in during post-production.
People think action direction is all about car chases. How much of a science is it, really?
I donai??i??t normally respond to this question, but now I must. Every director or studio comes to me looking for the undoable. In order to have the action in your face, the camera has to be (right up) there. It is a science, and it is experience that allows us to do what we do best. A lot of work goes into every sequence before it ever gets shot. Shooting is the fun part, but it also means 12-16 hours of work a day.
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Bulleya singer, Amit Mishra, is set to make his mark in the Indian music industry
When he lent his voice for Ranbir Kapoorai??i??s Sufi rock number, Bulleya, in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, he had the entire countryai??i??s attention. When the song garnered over 80 million views on YouTube, 27-year-old Amit Mishra knew he had arrived. Mishra shares, ai???When this song released, I didnai??i??t expect this much appreciation from people, but everyone loves it now. People want to hear the song live. But the best thing for me was that I was delivering the song for the living legend himself, Mr Pritam Chakraborty (composer).ai??? We catch up with the Lucknow-born, as he tours the country .
Though the singer is trained in classical music and is also known for his songs like Manma Emotion (Dilwale) and Sau Tarah Ke (Dishoom), he says getting into films has always been his dream. Though Mishra concedes that a break as a playback singer is not nearly as difficult as fulfilling the responsibilities that come with the expectations. ai???The competition is cut-throat. But everyone gets a chance. They (the industry) just want one thing ai??i??that the singer is disciplined and know their responsibility. It is serious business for us. Studio work has always been my priority,ai??? says the Mumbai-based singer.
Mishra also feels that music industry in India is filled with a pool of talented singers and adds, ai???Reality shows do give opportunities to talents, but one has to be prepared for the work that follows. There is travelling, concerts, and studio recordings,ai??? says the singer, who loves light Indian music with a preference for thumri, Indian folk and dadra. He is also a fan of legends like Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi.
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The Rang De Basanti actor on his role in Dear Zindagi and his upcoming projects
He charmed us with his endearing simplicity in Rang De Basanti and his cooking skills in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana. The 39-year-old actor, Kunal Kapoor, is now all set to woo us with his role in Dear Zindagi, sharing screen space with Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan. ai???Itai??i??s not the sort of film that you get a chance to be part of every day. Itai??i??s so personal and intimate. And thatai??i??s because Gauri (Shinde) has such a deep affection for the characters she has written, and a real understanding about them and the relationships they share. I think everyone will find something that they can relate with,ai??? says the Mumbai-based actor.
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Kapoor, who will be seen romancing Bhatt in the film, says that the actress is a unique and natural performer, and more mature than her age. Talking about his character in the film, Kapoor shares, ai???I play a character called Raghuvender, who is an ad film producer. He is successful, charming, funny, and like a lot of us, finds himself in an ai???itai??i??s complicatedai??i?? sort of relationship.ai??? The actor, who has two more films coming up, Veeram, a trilingual (Malayalam, Hindi and English) adaptation of Macbeth, directed by Jayaraj, and Tigmanshu Dhuliaai??i??s Raagdesh, also shares a light moment from the sets of Dear Zindagi. ai???I remember, one day, we were shooting in Singapore. The weather there is unpredictable and it randomly started raining. We started playing antaakshari and only with songs that had the word baarish or rain in it,ai??? he says, with a laugh.
The Aaja Nachle actor says that to become ai???physically intimidatingai??? for his anti-hero character in Veeram was a big challenge for him. ai???I have always been a pretty lean chap. So, it was pretty much a full day dedicated to getting fit and working on martial arts. Once you get into filming, it is a whole new challenge, because then youai??i??ve got to push yourself to get to the gym, sometimes after 18 hours of shoots,ai??? shares Kapoor. An aspiring writer, the actor is also currently working on four scripts. Talking about his next film with Dhulia, Kapoor says, ai???Raagdesh has a powerful script. Possibly the most powerful script Iai??i??ve read since RDB (Rang De Basanti). We have all heard about the Indian National Army, but this script made me see how significant their contribution was.ai???
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Director: Rajesh M
Cast: GV Prakash, Anandi, Nikki Galrani
Like the directorai??i??s earlier films, this too has a wafer-thin plot, strung together by a series of episodes that includes situational, verbal and slapstick comedy.
It tracks the misdaventures of a youngster who, before his wedding, takes a road trip to Pondicherry with his buddy. While the first half regales us with some fun moments, the tempo slackens in the latter half. Prakash plays the brash youngster with flair, while Balaji with his perfect timing provides key support.
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Director: Abhinay Deo
Cast: Sonakshi Sinha,
John Abraham, Tahir Raj Bhasin
The movie revolves around the mission that former ACP Yashvardhan (Abraham) and RAW agent KK (Sinha) take up to find the mastermind behind the assassination of three RAW undercover agents. Sonakshi Sinha as a RAW agent is quite unconvincing and despite Abrahamsai??i??s shirtless action sequences and the scenic beauty of Budapest, the story fails to hold your attention.
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Director: David Yates
Cast: Eddie Redmayne,
Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell
Harry Potter fans are in for a treat with this spin-off to the original series. We follow Newt Scamander, a rescuer of magical creatures, in 1920s New York.
The movie has great special effects and a good mix of comedy and fantasy. Definitely a must-watch!
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Bengaluru-based stand-up comic Praveen Kumar brings his new solo show to the city Best price for protonix
Weai??i??ve all seen comedians who are desperate for laughs, who force-fit swear words into their jokes when they start bombing on stage. But stand-up artiste, Praveen Kumar, says he has never resorted to the ai???F-wordai??i?? or other expletives in any of his 1,300 national/international shows.
ai???I have nothing against dirty jokes or those who tell them. I was born and raised in Kanchipuram, and have imbibed orthodox family values. I still do a lot of naughty bits, but I never cross that line, because I imagine my mum attends all my shows,ai??? shares the BITS-Pilani graduate, who quit his job as a marketing professional to become a full-time comic in 2014.
As part of his new hilarious one-hour special, titled Orthodoxically Me, he jokes about the culture shock of moving to a metropolitan city, arranged marriages, decoding emojis, pub culture, Snapchat, teenage fashion and trying to inculcate orthodox family values in his daughter.
ai???My new show has a message for small town folk from across the country: if I can make it, you can too,ai??? says the 35-year-old, whoai??i??s tour includes Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.
On December 10, at Alliance Francaise. From 7 pm. Rs 300. Details: bookmyshow.com
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