Monthly Archives: January 2017
Label Karigar Weaves comes to the city with a pop-up of tussar and Maheswari saris
Gurgaon-based Karigar Weaves presents a distinctive range of tussar-silk and Maheshwari saris and fabric sets at the Hatworks Boulevard this weekend. The renowned textile outfit was started by Ritu and Jai Gupta in 1993 to preserve the rich weaving and textile printing traditions of India. “Our aim was always to harness the vast heritage of crafts in our handloom sector,” says the design lead of the brand Ritu Gupta. “Over the last two decades we have grown from a small outfit to supporting over 200 weavers, dyers and printers all over the country,” she smiles.
In the twenty-odd years since its inception Karigar Weaves has been patronised by several leading ladies in the diplomatic and arts’ circles including Sheila Dixit, Maneka Gandhi and Gursharan Kaur (Manmohan Singh’s wife) and artiste Vyjayanthimala Bali.
Gupta works with artisans from all over the country, “We have weavers in Chapa and Maheshwar (Madhya Pradesh), Benares and Kolkata, and printers in Jaipur.”
The textile aficionado explains what makes their weaves unique, “You will find that our tussars are beautiful and soft; unlike other tussar saris available. The reason for this is that we bleach our saris first and then dye and print them.” One only needs to look at a Karigar Weaves creation to appreciate the outstanding quality of the fabrics and originality of their prints. “We employ a combination of traditional floral and modern geometric motifs. We also use a little bit of embroidery on a few of our creations to add a little more grandeur; and of course our signature ombre colours.”
The exhibition will also showcase fabrics and stoles.
January 6-7. At Cunningham Road. Details: 9810990506
UK brand, Cath Kidston sets up shop in India
With loyal customers such as the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) and pop idol Taylor Swift, British brand Cath Kidston needs no introduction. Famous the world over for their quintessentially English floral patterns the brand opened their first store at the popular Ambience Mall in Gurgaon in October last year. The international brand joins fashion retailers Coach, Longchamp and Massimo Dutti who launched in India earlier last year.
What started as an eponymous boutique in West London in 1993 by interior designer Cath Kidston is now a £250 million legacy with stores across the world. Partnering with company Planet Retail Holdings in India – whose other brands include Accessorize and Wacoal – CEO Sandeep Goenka is enthusiastic about the
response, “We noticed a growing number of online orders from India, which mirrors the country’s growing economy, so we think that India could potentially become a very successful market for us,” he says.
Sandeep sheds light on the British designer’s legacy and explains, “Originally inspired by taking traditional prints and using it in a fresh, surprising and modern way, Cath began to design her own unique printed textiles and used them to create simple practical everyday products.
One of the first ‘Cath Kidston’ products was a printed ironing board cover. Practical, quirky and with a distinctive floral print, it has come to epitomise the Cath Kidston look and remains an iconic item in the collection to this day.”
Sandeep gives us an insight into the design process. “Christine Hafsten (in London) is currently the design director for the brand and heads the 14-member design team. The designers find inspiration everywhere; from research trips and holidays, to books and the nature. They are always looking for subjects that capture iconic British traditions and scenery. ”
Expect cheeky white cats on a pastel blue background, peonies, pansies and magnolias adorning the latest Spring-Summer ’17 collection. They also have a collaboration with Disney which features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Winnie-the-Pooh prints on kid’s clothing, bags, lunch boxes and water bottles.
The products available in India are the same collections available in stores across the world. Bestsellers include the retail star’s handbags, luggage and homeware comprising tea sets, coffee mugs and lunch boxes. We recommend the brand’s colourful PVC and cotton totes, as well as children’s school bags and luggage (also in the distinctive brightly-coloured PVC and inner cotton lining) which are virtually indestructible and easy to clean – another facet of Cath Kidston that makes the brand popular.We like the joyous prints (including terrier dogs and vibrant garden birds) on a gamut of useful household accessories like aprons, umbrellas, phone covers, spectacle cases, key chains and more. It is the brand’s unique combination of quality, accessible prices and vintage British prints that “…entice customers the world over. The brands’ ‘Britishness’, sense of humour and fun really engage our customers.” affirms the India business head.
“The original inspiration for the brand remains the same 23 years on; creating distinctive, vintage-inspired prints and applying them to modern products,” he adds. At present there are no plans to launch an Indian online boutique since their British site delivers across the globe.
— Shibi Kumaramangalam
Kickstart the year on a bright note with hues of yellow ranging from mustard to lemon
From Gigi Hadid to Beyonce, everyone seems to be embracing varying shades of the cheerful colour, which is touted to be one of the biggest trends in 2017. Here’s our pick of skirts, dresses and accessories that will help you get the look.
Text: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo
Aptly called Sunshine, this pair of juttis from the label, Fizzy Goblet manages to be understated and dressy all at the same time. The yellow silk fabric forms the perfect backdrop for the Champagne-toned zardosi work and golden ghungroos dotted across the top of the shoes. `2,500. At Shahpur Jat, New Delhi. Details: 011 49071202
Opt for the free-spirited look with this top from Chloe. Made from silk-crepon fabric, the high neck gives it a classy touch while the ruffles add a fun vibe. Team with
fitted black trousers for the office or blue denims for a casual lunch date. `2,27,406 (approximately) on matchesfashion.com
From indie label, Kinche comes this vintage jacket crafted in the traditional, Gujarati kediya style. Featuring Kantha embroidery, the bright yellow jacket is handmade by local artisans in Orissa and West Bengal. The tie-up detailing at the front, complete with tassels, adds to its appeal. `10,500.
Crafted from Mangrovia and Ayers Livrea leather, this clutch from Bottega Veneta is a fine way to take on the trend. Lined with soft leather in a matching yellow shade, the knotted clasp detail lends the accessory a funky edge. `1,27,810 approximately. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road.
If there’s another trend that’s catching up it’s the cascading ruffles, and this number from designer Prabal Gurung has got that in spades. The tiered marigold gown is cheerful and bold thanks to sheer panels and a sexy neckline. Wear with statement teardrop earrings, we say. `3,15,096 (approximately) on
Play it bold
This bright skirt from Proenza Schouler makes for the ideal brunch outfit when paired with a plain, tucked-in top in a contrasting shade. The wrap around skirt is crafted from silk crepe and features a playful asymmetrical hemline. However, it’s the button detailing that sets it apart. `86,872 approximately on netaporter.com
B Flat presents a musical weekend with Ananth Menon Trio and Mi and Soul. The band will play covers by musical legends like Mountain, Allman Brothers, Robin Trowers, while Mi and Soul will entertain with old school pop, funk and blues. `400 upwards. Tomorrow. At Indira Nagar, 9 pm. Details: 25278361
The 25th edition of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival promises an exciting line-up of musical performances. Renowned violinist L Subramaniam
inaugurates the festival with his performance. Entry Free. January 10. At Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram, 7 pm. Details: 23445810
The National Gallery of Modern Art hosts the screening of the internationally acclaimed film — The Poetics of Fragility. Filmmakers Nicolás Grandi and Lata Mani present their philosophical video contemplation followed by a conversation between Lata and documentary filmmaker Deepa Dhanraj. Entry Free.Today. At Palace Road, 6 pm. Details: 22342338
A rock ensemble with bilingual loyalties
While vernacular bands may not be a novelty anymore, with bands such as Avial singing in Malayalam, Swarathma and artiste Raghu Dixit incorporating Kannada into their tunes, a Hindi rock band from Bengaluru is still something unique.
Indi Graffiti is just that with a hint of metal. After being on a break for over a year they re-united in 2016 and are playing again as they take the stage at B Flat this weekend.
“We like to call our music graffiti rock,” explains Bharat Rajagopalan the lead vocalist, adding, “That means our music is free flowing and not restricted to any genre or form.” Their influences range from Carnatic music, in which Bharat was trained, to death metal and psychedelic, which the other members bring to the band. The lyrics, though, are in Hindi. “We are very influenced by regional bands. We present Hindi music which is not Bollywood,” reveals Bharat.
Their songs Dekh Zara, Barsaat and Safar — talk about life and its journeys. They have a new track, which they will play at the gig, titled Haseen Zindagi. Whilst the lyrics may sound soulful, the music is decidedly progressive and rock.
With Bharat on vocals, Akshat Kiran Kavidayal on bass, Akhilesh Kumar on guitars and Glenn Joseph on drums, the four-piece outfit promises a distinctive sound. The opening set is by Ady Manral, a Mussourie-based folk fusion musician.
Tonight. At B Flat,
Indira Nagar, 9 pm. Tickets (`400) on bookmyshow.com
— Anagha M
Atul Kumar’s experimental piece Khwaab Sa debuts in the city
That renowned artiste Atul Kumar entered the field of theatre by accident is an incredible fact. Especially given his string of successful productions, namely, Trivial Disasters (starring Kalki Koechlin), Piya Behrupiya and Noises Off amongst a host of others. This weekend, Atul and his Mumbai-based troupe, The Company Theatre, bring to the city their reinterpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream titled Khwaab Sa. Shakespeare is a playwright he seems to keep returning to and Atul explains that the legend’s work isn’t necessarily challenging to work with or understand. “The more you stop being afraid, the more accessible it becomes,” says the director.
Originally commissioned by KHAM Theatre, Taipei, the production makes its debut in India with the Bengaluru show. In keeping with his repertoire of experimental theatre, this play too seeks to push the envelope. The narrative weaves in elements of song and dance, for a truly immersive experience. “We have live Carnatic and Western music, and contemporary dance choreographed and performed by noted dancer, Diya Naidu, while the dialogues are in Hindi gibberish,” reveals Atul, adding that the play, which deals with fairies, lovers and a band of substandard actors, is fun and lighthearted. Apart from Naidu, it also stars Sahiba Singh, Kumar Priyabrata Panigrahi, Shikhar Martolia, Prashant More, Ronita Mookerji and others.
Talking about the challenges he faced with Khwaab Sa, Atul shares that making the choreographed pieces, vocal performances and scenes featuring the spoken word come together seamlessly was not as easy task. “But I think we’ve managed to pull it off,” he says, without revealing much more, and adds that the show touches upon themes such as love, fantasy, loneliness and sex. The lighting, done by Pritham Kumar is said to add to the dream-like vibe that the director is going for. “The lighting gives the scenes texture and rhythm, which is very important to this play,” states Atul.
Following its outing in Bengaluru, the show will travel to Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. As for Atul, he has already started working on a project titled 7 Jewish Children which traces the history of the movement of Jews, right from the Holocaust to the controversy surrounding the Gaza strip.
January 14 and15.
At ADA Ranga Mandira, JC Road. Tickets (`300 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo
Taj West End
One of India’s youngest DJs, DJ Zaeden played at the Taj West End for NYE. Party peeps trooped to the happening venue early enough, beating the traffic. The lawn was packed and the crowd swelled up closer to the stroke of midnight.
A classy set hit the dance floor at the ITC Gardenia’s ballroom on New Year’s Eve. DJ KT mixed some tunes and set the mood for the countdown. Party peeps danced hard, enjoyed premium beverages and a lavish Continental spread.
The popular hotel witnessed one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties by the poolside. DJ Rohit Barker and DJ Mallika played some electric tunes while the crowd grooved to the music till the wee hours of the morning.
January 6 | MLR Convention Centre
Catch the Trichur Brothers live in
concert at the event Aradhana, A Spiritual Journey. Brothers Srikrishna Mohan and Ramkumar Mohan are Carnatic vocalists. They have been performing their music live for over 20 years and promise a soulful
evening. At JP Nagar, 7 pm. Tickets (`300)
Humans of Bengaluru
January 9 | Gallery Sumukha
Urban Ecstasy is a photography
exhibition by documentary photographer
B S Shivaraju aka Cop Shiva. The series
captures citizens of the city as they
transform the mundane into the magical. Entry free. At Wilson Garden, 10 am.
January 11 | The Humming Tree
Join metal bands Chaos, Orchid and Shepherd as they take the stage at Unscene/Metal Edition One. Chaos is a Trivandrum-based thrash metal band whereas Orchid and Shepherd are city-based outfits. `300. At Indiranagar,
8 pm. Details: 9945532828
At the theatres
January 6 | PVR Cinemas
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt come together in the
science fiction adventure film Passengers. The movie is about two people who wake up from an induced hibernation on board a spaceship which is heading towards a new planet.
January 7 | Blue Frog
Sine Language is an evening
featuring musicians Kampai, Raka and Gurbax. Kampai is the solo project of Rumit Virmani who plays electronic music, with heavy bass. Raka is an electronic music producer and DJ, whereas Kunaal Gurbaxani aka Gurbax is a heavy bass DJ/producer. `500. At Church Street, 8 pm.
January 10 | Ranga Shankara
Prakash Belawadi presents Michael Frayn’s historical drama Copenhagen. The play is about the historic meeting between physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen in 1941, and their discussions about the atom bomb. At JP Nagar, 7.30 pm. Tickets (`200) on
January 8 | Christ University Auditorium
Superstar Rishi Kapoor is
in town for Rishi Kapoor, The
Eternal Lover Boy — a musical
extravaganza celebrating his songs.
He will also share some anecdotes
about his life in the film industry and beyond. Turn to Page 23
January 12 | Hard Rock Cafe
The band Classic Wild pays
tribute to British rock band Queen. Classic Wild is a collaboration of
musicians from different bands and eras with the aim of keeping classic rock alive in the city. At St Marks Road, 8.30 pm. Tickets (`750 upwards) on bookmyshow.com
January 8 | Vapour Pub and Brewery
Comedian Karthik Kumar presents the Second
Decoction, his second stand-up special at the Evam Stand-Up
Tamasha. The set will talk about the middle classes and
their hopes and dreams. At Indiranagar, 1 pm. Tickets
(`500) on bookmyshow.com
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