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Christ University kicks off the festive season with the Magnificat

That nip in the air (a little more pronounced this year, to be honest), means itai??i??s time to let those Christmas carols take over your playlist. But if you need a little nudge to get into the festive spirit, we suggest you make a beeline for the Christ University campus this weekend.

The university is set to host their annual event, Magnificat ai??i?? A Song of Hope. Currently in its 11th year, the musical showcase which was started by musician Sunil Chandy, plays host to noted choirs and vocal groups from around the city and the country.

ai???Hope is the message of this season, and thatai??i??s the message we want to give to the audience as well,ai??? says Jason Kishander, conductor of the Christ University choir.

At over 100 members, the choir is one of the biggest in the city, but Kishander seems to be handling it all with ease.

ai???This year, the numbers we will be doing revolve around the prophecy about the birth of Jesus,ai??? shares the musician, before giving us a peek into what to expect.

ai???Weai??i??re doing a piece called Worthy Is The Lamb by composer George Frideric Handel. We will also be doing a contemporary rearrangement of the classic, Midnight Clear, which will be an eight-part a capella. The song is delicate and designed to recreate the atmosphere of the night Jesus was born. Lyrically, all the songs are intense,ai??? he reveals.

Apart from the Christ University choir, other participating groups are from Jyoti Nivas College, St Josephai??i??s College of Commerce, St Josephai??i??s College of Arts and Science, Bethany High, and St Andrewai??i??s Church, apart from childrenai??i??s choirs, Shine and Harmony.

Today, 5.30 pm at Christ University, Kengeri. Saturday and Sunday, 5 pm at Christ University, Dairy Circle.

Details: facebook.com/the-christ-university-choir

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    Dear Zindagi

    Director: Gauri Shinde

    Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Alia Bhat

    Director Gauri Shinde always brings unspoken but obvious real life situations to the screen.

    Through Dear Zindagi, she explores the taboo topic of mental health and illnesses. Kaira (Alia) is an ambitious and upcoming cinematographer. But the young girl has her own share of issues that see her sink into depression. Dr Jug (SRK) is the therapist who helps bring her back to normal again. Itai??i??s a beautifully made film and is definitely worth a watch.

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Director: David Yates

    Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, Colin Farrell

    Harry Potter fans were 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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    Cast: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

    This science-fiction film, based on a short story by Ted Chiang, follows a linguist and a theoretical physicist as they make contact with an alien fleet hovering over our planet. Adams has given a stellar performance and the intelligent plot is designed to make the viewer think hard.

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    Electric bass

    Grammy-nominated DJ AndrAi?? Allen Anjos takes the stage this weekend.

    He played his solo project, RAC, at the prestigious Coachella music festival in April this year. Accompanying him is Kunaal Gurbaxani aka DJ Gurbax, one of the biggest names in the Indian bass music scene.

    Rs 500. Tomorrow, 9 pm. At the Humming Tree, Indira Nagar. Details: 9886618386

    Chaos contagion

    English writer and performer Daniel Bye brings his solo show, Going Viral, to Bengaluru in association with the British Council.

    The play, about the spread of a contagious disease, is a mix of storytelling techniques and performance lectures.

    Sunday, 3.30 pm. At Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar. Tickets (Rs 300) on bookmyshow.com

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    BFlat hosts an evening of contemporary jazz fusion. Taking the stage is acclaimed guitarist and composer Amit Heri along with Ranjit Barot on the drums, Mohini Dey on bass and Ravi Kulur on the flute.

    Tonight, 9 pm. At Indira Nagar. Tickets (Rs 400) on bookmyshow.com


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    BLT offers a modern take on the fantastical Ai??MayabazaarAi??

    A true blue Tamil and Telugu film aficionado would have certainly watched the 1957 epic, Mayabazar.

    A fantasy movie that brought to the silver screen SFX that were unthinkable in those times.

    Recreating the magic, but this time for the stage, is Bangalore Little Theatreai??i??s Sridhar Ramanathan.

    ai???There were 11 versions of Mayabazar, but the 1957 film was the most popular. I remember watching it as a child during the 1970s and enjoying every minute of it,ai??? recollects Ramanathan.

    Itai??i??s a tale of how Ghatotkacha (the son of Bhima and Hidimbi from the Mahabharatha) and his band of funny rakshasas (devils), who help Abhimanyu (the son of Arjunaai??i??one of the Pandavas) and Sasirekha (Abhimanyuai??i??s first cousin) get married.

    Mayabazar is an illusionary market set up by Ghatotkacha.

    ai???When I bought a VCD and played it for my children, it just didnai??i??t work. It was too slow and wasnai??i??t fun enough,ai??? explains Ramanathan.

    Therefore, instead of adapting the screenplay as is to the stage, Ramanathan, who was keen on recreating this fun story, worked on a script that places the original characters (Ghatotkacha and others) in contemporary situations.

    ai???Itai??i??s not a childrenai??i??s play. Itai??i??s a play for the child in you. Itai??i??s a funny take on the film. SFX in the original meant you saw arrows flying, but in the play, people hold arrows and run across the stage,ai??? he says.

    Even the hit Vivaha Bhojanambu (wedding feast) song from the film, which is popular for the ai???aha-ha-haai??i?? rhetoric, has been modified.

    ai???The songai??i??s lyrics are completely localised to the Bengaluru context. So there are mentions of idli, vada and dosa in our version, which is a rap,ai??? says the director.

    A 90-minute play with 20 different characters is enacted by a rolling cast of 34, all of whom are working professionals with an interest in theatre.

    ai???Every time you watch the play, there is a difference. Every actor has a different approach, giving the character a new perspective,ai??? says Ramanathan.

    Itai??i??s a story that has been etched in the pages of Indian cinema and justifiably, BLT believes their version of Mayabazar is a tribute to the timeless classic.

    Tomorrow at Purandara Bhavan, Indira Nagar. 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm. Tickets (Rs 200) on Ai??bookmyshow.com

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    On the podium

    After four days of walking, talking, pitching, selling, breathing movies, NFDCai??i??s Film Bazaar festival saw a clutch of winners announced
    in Goa.

    Over 1,300 delegates from all over the world attended the Film Bazaar and more than 200 films were screened.

    Out of these, winners this year were Kanwal Sethiai??i??s feature film Once Again, Kabir Mehtaai??i??s experimental docu-fiction Buddhagram, Ridham Janveai??i??s Pahadi language film The Gold-Laden Sheep and the Sacred Mountain and Sanal Kumar Sasidharanai??i??s much talked about Malayalam film Sexy Durga. Look out for these films at a cinema near you in the next year or two!

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    The Film Bazaar event in Goa last week provided a focused showcase for Virtual Reality (VR) films and technology.

    One of the biggest proponents of this new entertainment tech in India is composer A R Rahman, who came to Goa to share his enthusiasm for VR.

    When asked how he came to sample it, he recounted an incident in Los Angeles where someone said, ai???AR have you tried VR?ai??? and thatai??i??s how his love for this medium began.

    ai???What I like most about VR is that it is immersive, and the emotional connection,ai??? said Rahman, adding, ai???What I like is not the technology, but how close it is to reality. You may not be able to go to the North Pole, but you can experience what it must be like.ai???

    Rahman was speaking on a panel titled Crafting the Live-in-VR experience: Meeting of Technology and Art. He felt dance, music and other art forms are best suited to the VR experience.

    ai???I especially like nature films and stills,ai??? said the Oscar winner.

    However, he did caution its use by gamers and children. Rahmanai??i??s Vande Mataram ai???Live-in-VR Experienceai??i?? screened at Film Bazaar, was shot on 4K Stereoscopic, chronicling Rahmanai??i??s tribute concert to M S Subbulakshmi performed at the United Nations in New York, USA, in August this year.

    Accolades galore

    As we enter awards season in India, Manoj Bajpayee has already bagged the coveted Best Actor narrowly award at the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

    Held in Brisbane, Australia, these are the regionai??i??s biggest awards with actors from all Asia-Pacific countries in competition.

    Bajpayee won the award for his performance as Professor Siras in Hansal Mehtaai??i??s Aligarh. Itai??i??s been quite a year for Bajpayee and thereai??i??s still much more to come. Not only did he deliver one of the finest performances of his career in Aligarh, but he also excelled in short films and signed up a couple of interesting offbeat movies.Among them is Rukh. Directed by Atnu Mukherjee, this is a drama about a father-son relationship, as tragedy strikes the life of 18-year-old Dhruv.

    The film also stars Adarsh Gourav, Smita Tambe and Kumud Mishra. Bajpayee is also putting his might behind Devashish Makhijaai??i??s Bhonsale, a film about a about a cop aching to get his job back even in the face of retirement, failing health and socio-political issues that threaten to disrupt life in the chawl where he lives.

    Bajpayee had previously featured in Makhijaai??i??s short film, Taandav, which was about a cop. The short was like a study for the proposed feature.

    Besides this, Bajpayee will also be seen in the international film Love Sonia, in which he says he essays ai???one the deadliest characters I have played so farai???. Sounds intriguing!

    Sairat goes South

    There has been more than a murmur about a Bollywood remake of the hit Marathi film Sairat, but producers of Nagraj Manjuleai??i??s second Marathi feature film say the deal is not yet done.

    However, the teenage love story is set for remakes in multiple Indian languages including Punjabi and four South Indian languages.

    While the Punjabi remake, which is being directed by Pankaj Batra, begins shooting in December, the Kannada remake is already underway and features Sairat actress Rinku Rajguru reprising her role as the upper caste teenager who falls in love with a lower caste boy.

    Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam versions are also on the cards. But the Bollywood version is the one thatai??i??s likely to be the most high profile.

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      Cafe Mojo comes to the city with the promise of authentic fare and classic drinks

      Nitrogen-induced degustation menus have been the talk of the town for sometime now.

      From creative presentations to unusual food pairings, everyone, from restaurateurs to guests, have been on a roll.

      ai???We are breaking this trend and going back to the good old days of ai???classic pub with good grubai??i??,ai??? says Samarth Kholkar, CEO, Cafe Mojo ai??i?? the iconic pub from Panjim, Goa.

      After successful stints in Mumbai and Mangalore, Cafe Mojo opens its doors in Bengaluru. True to Kholkarai??i??s claims, the setting and ambiance give us an impression of a traditional pub. The artwork on the facade and interiors apes Mario Mirandaai??i??s style.

      Authentic showcase

      The drinks include experimental and classic cocktails, while the food menu is a mix of continental and authentic Goan fare.

      Aiming to stick to Goan food, we started with the Susegado, a vodka-based cocktail infused with mint and orange. The mild concoction is highly recommended for a laid-back lunch. Just sip, relax, eat and sip again.

      Starters included a serving of Calamari Rechado and Prawns Cafreal. The fiery, tangy rechado had us downing endless amounts of water. Traditionally cooked with chicken, the cafreal was teamed with the prawns on request and was a great combination. The coarse ground green chilli and coconut masala complemented the soft meaty prawns that were marinated well. While we were reeling from the assault of spices, the sweet and sour Sweet Basil Martini (mix of vanilla vodka, orange juice and fresh basil) helped assuage the heat.

      We also tried the Goan-style Chilli Pork. The meat wasnai??i??t too tender, neither was it tough to chew. The Goan Sausage Pizza was next in line. The smoky notes from the Goan sausage may not be for everyone, but the dish is highly recommended.

      The Goan Fish Curry (made with Basa) and the Basa Rawa Fry were the highlights of the meal. The ground coconut gravy, flavoured with traditional spices, makes a sinfully rich combination. The coating on the rawa fry was crisp, just the way we like it, and worked well with the filet of fish.

      We concluded our elaborate Goan meal with the much-loved Bebinca. This one too is sourced from a Goan household, like their spices,
      they claim. This layered, soft and fluffy dessert is paired with vanilla ice cream.

      Overall, Cafe Mojo is a friendly neighbourhood pub that scores high on food and drinks.

      Rs 1,200++ for two. At St Markai??i??s Road. Details: 41440073

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      One of Gabbar Singhai??i??s favourite expletives was ai???suar ke baccheai??i?? (progeny of swine).

      Logically speaking, it should have never gained traction as a filthy cuss word as the pig, supposedly, is a very clean animal.

      They say, even a new-born piglet will leave its nest and go to a makeshift toilet nearby within hours of birth, unlike us humans who created an entire diaper industry with our propensity to wet our pants at unannounced hours.

      Sadly, despite a wealth of information available to the contrary, the pig is a much-slandered beast.

      In the ai??i??60s and ai??i??70s, feminists labelled men who regarded women as an inferior species as ai???male chauvinistic pigsai??i??.

      The P in MCP was not an allusion to the hoofed mammal with a flat snout. It was in fact a derogatory British slang for ai???policemen or authoritarian menai??i??.

      ai???Lazy pigai??i?? is another myth that deserves to be busted.

      Pigs are caged or kept in a pen with other pigs. They have no option but to lie around in the little space theyai??i??re provided. If they had the privileges of a solo pet, theyai??i??ll be as adorable and active as dogs because pigs are supposed to have an IQ of a three-year-old and they can run a mile in just about seven minutes!

      Wallowing in the mud is often cited as one more reason for the negative perception of the swine. But the poor thing has no say in the matter, as it doesnai??i??t have sweat glands.

      To control its temperature, the pig has to spend a lot of time in murky waters.

      So dirty, stupid, fat and ugly, they are not.

      In fact, the billion-odd pigs on the planet have up to 185 uses ranging from the production of insulin to giving the shampoo its pearl-like appearance.

      Apart from serving as bacon, pork, or ham, the pig has also come in handy in over 60,000 human heart transplants worldwide.

      Although the piggy bank is the most adorable advertisement for the sus scrofa domesticus, the animal has no connection whatsoever with the savings habit.

      Thereai??i??s a nice story behind its deployment. And it concerns an orange-coloured clay called ai???pyggai??i??.

      During the Middle Ages, metal was very expensive. So money was stored in clay pots made from ai???pyggai??i??.

      The Europeans referred to them as ai???pygg potsai??i??. With time, when English craftsmen got instructions from their masters for replication of the pygg pot, they took it literally and crafted the first piggy bank. Now that youai??i??ve hogged on a whole lot of porcine stuff, how about adopting one as a pet?

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      Behram Siganporia, the lead singer of Bengaluruai??i??s Best Kept Secret, is tired of his chocolate boy image.

      ai???In our new music video, we are a little ruffled and dirty. Itai??i??s not the look our fans are used to,ai??? he says, adding, ai???I think this video is like a transformation for the whole band.ai???

      Best kept Secret started out as One Nite Stand fours years ago. It was an impromptu decision to play at a friendai??i??s wedding that brought the four musicians together. The band now consists of Siganporia, Jonathan Anand Wesley, Hemanth Diwakaran, and EK Abhilash.

      Their new single, Canai??i??t Let You Go, is best described as electropop with a dark streak. The lyrics were penned by their songwriter, George Sebastian. The song has been produced by Ashish Manchanda, who has been involved with projects like Coke Studio, MTV Unplugged and The Dewarists.

      The video stars the popular actress Parvatii Nair and follows Siganporia as he tries to escape his past. ai???The video is a little steamy and it even features an onscreen kiss ai??i?? a first for both Parvatii and me,ai??? reveals Siganporia.

      The vibe of the video is fresh and current. The aim is to reach out to an international audience. ai???We are the first Indian English band to do something of this scale. Itai??i??s nerve-wracking, but also a lot of fun,ai??? says Siganporia.

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      This hotel certainly can, as they hosted their tree lighting event last week. Guests partook in the festivities in the lobby, complete with a huge gingerbread house and Christmas carols.

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      Yoga guru Bharat Thakur hosted his first art show, The Space Between. Actresses Raveena Tandon, Priyanka Upendra, Kriti Kharbanda and more graced the occasion of the unveiling.

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      The venue hosted a party to celebrate their upcoming concert, Backdoors. City-based Dhruv Visvanath and The Shubham Roy Collective took the stage, while guests enjoyed festive cocktails and picnic-style food.

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        Cheap generic advair This food festival shines the light on the Syrian Christian cuisine

        Taking diners beyond the usual suspects, such as mutton stew, appams and fish moilee, is restaurant Ente Keralam, with their Syrian Christian food festival.

        Known to give equal importance to all kinds of meat, be it beef, duck, pork, chicken or seafood, the cuisine is said to reflect the heritage of the community, whose origins can be traced back to St Thomas.

        Helmed by the culinary expert Aleyamma Paily from Kuravilangad, Kottayam, the menu offers detailed descriptions of each dish, with notes on the culture and traditions of the community.

        Settling in after an unnecessarily long drive, in the unusual winter heat no less, we took respite in a tall glass of coconut water with a dash of lemon juice, sweetened with honey.

        Before you tuck into the decadent spread, we suggest you make a stop at the ai???petti kadaiai??i?? ai??i?? complete with sweets and snacks, reminiscent of little tea stalls in villages and small towns. It took over two weeks and hours of research (including travel to villages in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka) to put together, weai??i??re told.

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        Not for the fainthearted, the Kakka irachi fry is a fiery dish made with clam meat. SautAi??ed with onions and aromatic spices, it is sure to have you reaching for a napkin. However, it proved to be a hit.

        Kanava peralan or squid rings cooked with a tangy onion and tomato masala is a lot less pungent and allows the flavour of the squid to shine through.

        The Kaada fry or deep-fried quail is easily one of the most impressive dishes. Cooked to perfection, the crisp marinated skin combined with the soft, succulent meat is definitely moreish.

        Aatirachi kurumulagittu olarthiyathu or mutton fry, pairs the red meat with a freshly ground black pepper and coconut masala.

        Ask for their soft kallappams (appams cooked on a flat griddle) to soak up all the peppery goodness.

        For mains, donai??i??t miss the Erachi puttu (steamed rice cakes with beef) and Erachi chertha kappa puzhukku (mashed tapioca cooked with beef).While the former is usually eaten with ripe banana or Bengal gram curry, the latter is paired with tangy fish curry. The versions presented at the festival are not as well-known, but pack a punch nonetheless.

        The dessert section, though limited, does not disappoint.

        Apart from the quintessential payasam, the menu includes lesser-known creations such as Neyyil vaattiya eatha pazhavum thengayum (slices of banana fried in ghee before being tossed with coconut slivers and sugar) served with vanilla ice cream and Vattayappam (a steamed spongy cake made with rice flour, coconut and sugar and flavoured with cardamom).

        Till December 11. Rs 1,200 for two. At Ulsoor. Details: 49652813

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