Kerala band Thaikkudam Bridge, to perform tonight in the city
Known for their wild acts on stage, the ‘multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-genre’ Kerala-based band Thaikkudam Bridge says its diversity – a fusion of Kerala folk, western, classical and commercial music – is its unique selling point. They are performing in the city today, the second time since their inception in 2013.
Thaikkudam Bridge was formed by cousins Siddharth Menon (vocals) and Govind Menon (violin). The band rose to fame through their performances in Music Mojo, a musical show telecast in Kappa TV. Emphasising how the show helped the band, Mithun says, “If it was not for this television show, Govind and Siddharth would not have made calls for the original line up.”
The band has seven vocalists – Siddharth Menon, Vipin Lal CK, Nila Madhav Mohapatra, Krishnav Bongan, Peethambaran Menon, Christine Jose Vadasseril and Anish Krishnan. The band also has Govind Menon (violin), Ashok Nelson (rhythm guitars), Vian Fernandes (bass guitars), Anish TN (drums) and Ruthin Thej (keyboards). They are accompanied by three sound engineers Rajan KS, Amith Bal and Hemanth K. Mithun says that the band is excited to play in India’s oldest cultural hub and is expecting an enthusiastic crowd for their second gig in the City of Nizams.
The band is currently on a break from composing new tracks due to the promotions of their latest album Navarasam. “By promotion, we mean playing music live and shooting videos and other stuff that our wacky heads in the team come up with,” adds Mithun. The band recently concluded a video shoot with renowned Bollywood director Bejoy Nambiar who shot Wazir and Shaitan.
The Hyderabad fans can expect numbers such as Fish Rock, Navarasam and Urumbu. “We will release the video of the Navarasam track in January. This big budget production is certainly one of our milestones,” adds Mithun.
The band will also be releasing an untitled Extended Play consisting three or four original tracks
Thaikkudam Bridge will perform at Hard Rock Cafe today at 8 pm. Tickets available at Rs 2,000 per head. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
The colder climes rarely make a visit to the city and when they do, we must greet them with warmth
For a city built and created on tradition and culturally inclined to hold the Nizams as the final fashion symbol, our weather rarely allows us much by winter wear such as those Pashmina shawls, silk scarves, woollen sweaters, jackets and coats. God forbid, if you still retain that long leather coat, or the overcoat from your last trip to the USA or Europe in winter; we admit, are all rendered useless by our weather at large.
Therefore, nothing calls for a greater toast than some welcome cold. Even a bit of a semblance to fog and a little chilly soft breeze that allows us to open those sections in our wardrobe which we did not, indeed could not, have visited in a long time. And with a fanatic fervour too.
Everywhere one went out in the last few weeks in the city, they are there – the winter clothes – lovely bright colours, wools and silk, leather and all. We are flaunting longer boots, thicker stoles and shawls; and the ascots and bandannas are appearing more often. The parties have grown more colourful, the selfies look more dashing.
Head therefore folks to those outskirts on long drives, or those green resorts, never mind the mosquito bites, or the odd insect or reptile, and make the most of it. Enjoy the cold, and your winter clothes; bring them on and let the feeling last. It is not going to last long, and of that we be sure.
TAILPIECE: Everybody loves eating richer food as it gets colder, and Hyderabad sure gets it grub greasier as the Mercury dips low. Let us defy the health warnings and all with disdain. It is winter folks, time for some butter and all, never mind the cardiologists.
(Sriram Karri is author of the bestselling novel, Autobiography
of a Mad Nation. He writes for international media such as The New York Times and BBC besides organising debates at Hyd Park)
Known as the‚ ‘married guy,’ stand-up comic Amit Tandon promises hearty laughs this Sunday
With more than 700 shows across three continents, Amit is one of the more prominent observational comics in India. Known as the ‘married guy’in the stand-up comedy
fraternity, he realised he had to make the best of it and took to comedy “after two kids and one marriage.”
The Delhi-based comedian says that he will be speaking about his observations in daily life at his upcoming show in the city. “I will speak about my surroundings, two kids, my wife and parents. My act will also have my takes on my life as a middle-class man who is trying to lead his life in India.”
In the last three years, he has toured with three solo shows across India and has
co-produced three other shows. He was also responsible for bringing Fight Comic, a popular comedy face-off show from Singapore to India.
His journey began in late-2010 and has become one of the most highly followed comedians in India with just over a million to be exact. Amit Tandon will be performing at the Hard Rock Cafe on December 18 from 8.30 pm onwards. Entry: Rs 1,000 per
person. Details: in.bookmyshow.com — NN
Catch classical pianist Timothy Birendra Marthand at the Taj Falaknuma Palace this weekend
It is no surprise that Timothy B Marthand decided to be a pianist. In fact, the
41-year-old started his musical journey at the age of seven, deeply influenced by his father’s fascination with the piano. The musician has since performed around the globe, making him one of the most sought-after pianists in the music fraternity.
Going back to his learning days, he says he initially hated his piano classes. “My parents knew I would not listen to them, which is why they arranged for a teacher to come home. I even managed to convince my brother that the teacher had in fact come to meet him. So he first took the classes that I had skipped at the time,” he says with a laugh. However, he adds that once he heard his dad playing the piano, it opened a whole new world for him. “Believe me, I am still learning,” he offers.
Comparing the learning facilities he had during his early days, he says, “I would say people now have better opportunities, infrastructure and teachers. I had an ear for music, but could not pursue it. Now, those interested can find many teachers. There are also a lot of tracks on the internet which were unavailable then,” he shares.
A proud owner of two Steinway & Sons pianos, Marthand says he will be playing the Fourth Ballade by Frédéric Chopin, Mozart’s Sonata and a piece by Scarlatti. Though a staunch follower of Johann Sebastian Bach, the Classical era composer from Germany, he mentioned that he will not be playing Bach this time. “This show is just a gateway for many other shows to come, and probably early next year is when I have a show dedicated to only Bach, where I would be playing the 75-minute long Goldberg Variation by the German legend,” he adds.
Catch the maestro live at Taj Falaknuma
Palace on December 17 from 7 pm onwards.
Here’s a round-up of what you can savour from the Christmas brunch selections this year
Christmas brunches are all the rage and we have some top picks. Michele Prevedello, the executive chef of Tre-Forni Restaurant and Bar, Park Hyatt Hyderabad, has designed a special Yuletide Brunch with “Duck Ravioli, Porcini Mushroom Risotto, a selection of homemade pasta and around eight kinds of
decadent desserts.” Time: December 25, from 12 pm to
4 pm, Price: Rs 3,250 ++ per person, Details: 9177948067
Junior sous-chef, Vishal Baliga, at Deccan Pavilion, ITC Kakatiya and his team says they will offer, “Whole Turkey Roast, Asado Pork Chops and barbeque as well.” Timing:12.30 to 2.30 pm, December 25, Price: Buffet starts at Rs 2,200 Details, :40081823
Meanwhile, the X-mas brunch at Amara, Trident, will have a festive spread with Mulled Wine being one of the biggest draws. Timing:12.30 pm onwards,
Price: Rs 2,999 ++, Details:66232323
— Team indulge
DOMINO’S Pizza India has launched two new products – Quattro Formaggi Burst Pizza and the Choco Pizza. This time, even the ‘Highway on My Plate’ foodies Rocky & Mayur are a part of the promotion. Quattro Formaggi builds on the Cheese Burst pizza with four cheese flavours – gouda and cheddar in liquid form for the molten cheese experience, mozzarella for stretch and ricotta for the fresh sign-off to the palate. Customers can have the pizzas with any of the existing topping combinations with an addition of `99 to the price of any medium hand-tossed pizza. For those with a sweet-tooth, Choco Pizza, the brand’s first Dessert Pizza, combines Choco-brownie, Choco Cookie, Cheesecake and Coconut Nougatine. Price Rs 199. Details 9177499044
From delicious dimsums to succulent satays, Wok’s Hot Pan-Asian Food Festival at Novotel is a celebration of Asian flavours
Our experience at the food festival at Wok’s Hot in Novotel Hyderabad Convention Centre can be expressed with the Chinese proverb that is on the wall of the Square, their all-day diner – “To the ruler, the people are heaven. To the people, food is heaven.” Offering a vast range of delicacies from South East Asia, Ashish Chowdhary, marketing and service manager at Novotel, tells us, “We have a different menu every day and our aim is to celebrate Pan-Asian flavours. We serve authentic cuisines instead of localising them.” We note that there are two open-air live counters, as well as an indoor buffet section.
The vegetarians can opt for the Vietnamese Vegetable Roll served with a sweet and sour sauce which will delight your taste buds and fulfill a part of your daily dose of nutrients as well. However, the highlight of the buffet is undoubtedly the dim sums which come with a whole range of fillings such as prawns, chicken, fish, assorted vegetables and corn water-chestnut. What further enhances the taste are the sauces available to complement them. You can choose from mustard, tomato, spring onion and ginger, parsley with garlic and hot chilli among others. Meanwhile, the dim sums and tomato sauce, in particular, goes perfectly well when paired with a glass of red wine. A variety of spices and herbs such as mint, galangal (a flavouring agent) and lemon grass are used by the chefs, lend the dishes a strong aromatic component. For the meat lovers, the caramelised tenderloin satay, would be the winner. The sauce is rich, sweet and the meat is succulent. This dish would certainly make you want to come back for more. However, if your palate favours something spicy, try
the fried fish from the Teppanyaki counter. The salmon, in particular, is an absolute treat – perfectly cooked with a hint of lemon.
Till December 18, from 6.30 pm onwards. Price: Rs 2,100; Details: 66824422
— Suhas Yellapantula
Diksha Khanna’s new collection is about being strong and unafraid
MUMBAI-based designer Diksha Khanna is attempting to make more than one statement with her latest collection, Burnt. Her
Fall/ Winter 2016 collection that’s about to arrive at two multi-designer stores in Hyderabad – Angasutra and Talasha – is inspired by acid attack victims who are now role models for others. With this line, Khanna not only raises the stakes in eco-friendly fabric-based fashion, but also makes a social comment on women empowerment.
In September this year, 19-year-old Reshma Quereshi made the strongest and one of the most relevant of all fashion statements at the New York Fashion Week. This spunky survivor, who recovered from a brutal acid attack in 2014, looked stunning as she walked the prestigious runway in an Archana Kochhar outfit and stole the show. “Stories of women like Quereshi, who are brave and accept themselves beautifully, has inspired me. I have read about these victims and followed their stories. My collection is for those unafraid women who embrace themselves,” says the designer, who was mentored by ace designer Wendell Rodricks.
Close to nature
The designer, who took part in the Mysore Fashion Week in September, started working on her Fall/Winter collection six months ago. “I ensured that the fabrics used are organic , with pre-washed linens like Chanderi cotton and khadi,” says the 34-year-old, adding that she aimed to use breathable fabrics. The collection is comprised of flowy dresses with draped silhouettes. “The colour palette that we decided to go with is ivory and ecru,” says Khanna, adding that there are stylishly cut A-line pants and shirts to go with it as well. Interestingly, the edges of the dresses have been hand-burnt for a distinctive finish. The collection is scheduled to arrive in the city at the end of this month. In the stores
Apart from Burnt, Khanna’s Autumn/Winter collection also finds inspiration in the snow-capped mountains – creating the line called Deep Breathe. These are inspired by the icwwy peaks, so blue is the primary colour that rules the palette. Much like Burnt, this collection also uses soft pre-washed linen and is crafted around clean cuts.
Price: Rs 9,000 onwards.Details:
From dance soirées to an art fiesta, the week gone by was jam-packed with a melange of interesting activities. Also, it was raining celebrities in the City of Nizams. Mother-daughter duo, Rajeswari and Vyshnavie Sainath staged a captivating dance performance titled ‘Ganga: A River With A Soul,’ at Ravindra Bharathi. This rhythmic narration of the myths along with a commentary about its current polluted state was merged along with two traditional dance forms: Bharatanatyam and Odissi. The show, which also included a tribute to the Himalayas, had everyone in the audience watching with rapt attention.
Meanwhile, the city’s arty crowd was spotted at a show organised by curator Sayyad Shaiek to promote emerging artists. This all-women do called ‘Creative Artmosphere’ at Rainbow Art Gallery saw 12 local, national and international artists participate in it.
The week traversed from art to Adnan Sami. The famous singer was present at the Wellness Conclave held by the Young FICCI Ladies Organisation, hosted in association with SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneur Council and Sleepwell Foundation at Park Hyatt. The Lift Kara De singer spoke about his weight loss journey and wellness. The session weaved in a touch of pop as he entertained the audience with some of his hit numbers like Kabhi Toh Nazar Milao, and Bhar Do Jholi from the Salman Khan-starrer, Bajrangi Bhaijaan.
(The writer is a yoga exponent and
co- founder of Touch a Life Foundation. She loves connecting with people)
December 16 | Hard Rock Cafe
This band was literally named after the place where it was formed – Thaikkudam Bridge. The Kochi-based outfit, who rose to fame in no time since their inception in 2013, will be in the city for a performance. Basking in the success of their brand new album, Navarasam, Thaikkudam Bridge is arguably one of the best bands in Indian music currently. Catch them live at Banjara Hills from 8.30 pm onwards. Tickets: `2,000 per person.
Read on page 12 for more details.
December 17 | Forum Sujana Mall
Rabbi Shergill, who shot to fame with his first album self-titled Rabbi in 2005, will be in the city for a performance. The singer of the chart-topping Bullah Ki Jaana, is known for his rebellious tracks. His music is generally described as rock, Punjabi, bani style and also semi-Sufi. He has been named ‘Punjabi music’s true urban balladeer.’ Catch him live from 6.30 pm onwards. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
Row your boat
December 19 | Kotipalli reservoir
Enjoy kayaking on the placid river amidst the serene Anantagiri Hills. The programme was initiated by the Progressive Telangana Foundation to empower rural youth with opportunities of employment and exposure to urban life. The staff is hand-picked and trained with a range of skills such as swimming, first aid, fishing and cooking which gives the visitors an unforgettable experience. Book your slots for `250 onwards. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
December 21 | Goethe Zentrum
This exhibition displays pictures by Shankar and Manasi, a father and daughter duo, who present their travel diaries in a collection of 67 photographs. Shankar captures life at a macro scale whereas Manasi’s images are more object and detail-oriented. 11 am onwards. Ends today. Entry: Free. Details: 23350040
LOL times four
December 16 | The Coffee Cup
Join Funny Side Up for a night of stand-up comedy. The venue will have four comedians and a special act by Venkat Ramanan, the youngest comedian in India. Chennai-based IT guy and comedian Vivek Muralidharan will host the show. The headline act will feature Rohit Swain, who won the NDTV Rising Star of Comedy award.
Catch them live from 7.45 pm
onwards at Sainikpuri.
December 18 | Taramati Baradari
Described as a ‘unique pilgrimage,’ Ruhaniyat is the oldest and the largest music festival of its kind, brought to life by talented carriers of the tradition from remote parts of the country. Listen to songs by Atlai Nohon Shumarov, Sufiana Kalam by Abdul Rashid Hafiz, Kabirpanthi songs by Prahlad Singh Tipanya and Qawwali Ghulam Waris by Ghulam Sabir and Group. Tickets: `500 Details: in.bookmyshow.com
December 20 |
JRC Convention Centre
Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Tollywood actor Akkineni Nagarjuna will grace the launch event of director Ram Gopal Varma’s next film titled Vangaveeti. The movie is based on the life of politician Vangaveeti Mohana Ranga and his brother Vangaveeti Radha Krishna (Sr). The film focuses on their altercation with communist dominated Vijaywada of the 1960s in Andhra Pradesh. The event begins at
4 pm. Details: 967210465
December 22 |
Hard Rock Cafe
This genre of music dates back to the mid-1960s, where African-American musicians created beats you couldn‘t help but groove to. Paradise Circus, a group of musicians from Hyderabad, will be recreating funk magic in a show that promises to get everyone on the dance floor. So get out those heels and head over to Banjara Hills from 8.30 pm onwards. Entry: `1,500 Details: in.bookmyshow.com
December 22 | Hitex Exhibition Center
The largest kids expo in India is back with its eighth run. The fair will host an exclusive line-up of fashion, accessories, games, education and food brands for the young ones. While entertainment will remain the focus of the four-day festival, other aspects that will be covered are health, insurance, nutrition, sports and science. Tickets from
`30 onwards. Details: in.bookmyshow.com
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