ANNIVERSARIES:

Bette Midler 1-Dec ! Brad Delson (Linkin Park) 1-Dec ! Udit Narayan 1-Dec ! Bombay S.Jayashri 2-Dec ! Britney Spears 2-Dec ! Charlie Puth 2-Dec ! Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters) 2-Dec ! Nelly Furtado 2-Dec ! Rick Savage (Def Leppard) 2-Dec ! Ozzy Osbourne 3-Dec ! Jay-Z 4-Dec ! Nagai Muralidharan 4-Dec ! Subash Goel 4-Dec ! Kadri Gopalnath 5-Dec ! Little Richard 5-Dec ! Sabbas Joseph 5-Dec ! Manoj 6-Dec ! Peter Buck (R.E.M.) 6-Dec ! Roshan Ara Begum 6-Dec ! Sujata Trivedi 6-Dec ! Ulf Ekberg (Ace Of Base) 6-Dec ! Vishwanath Rao Ringe 6-Dec ! Aaron Carter 7-Dec ! Nicole Appleton (All Saints) 7-Dec ! Bobby Elliot (The Hollies) 8-Dec ! Marty Friedman (Megadeth) 8-Dec ! Nicki Minaj 8-Dec ! Paul Rutherford 8-Dec ! Phil Collen (Def Leppard) 8-Dec ! Sinéad O'Connor 8-Dec ! Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran) 8-Dec ! Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers) 9-Dec ! Nick Seymour (Crowded House) 9-Dec ! Tre Cool (Green Day) 9-Dec ! Meg White (The White Stripes) 10-Dec ! M.Chandrasekharan 11-Dec ! Mahakavi Subrmanya Bharathi 11-Dec ! Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) 11-Dec ! Anutosh Degharia 12-Dec ! Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) 12-Dec ! Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) 12-Dec ! Paul Rodgers (Bad Company) 12-Dec ! Sheila E. 12-Dec ! Sriram Gangadharan 12-Dec ! Taylor Swift 13-Dec ! Tom DeLonge 13-Dec ! Muskan K. 14-Dec ! Babul Supriyo 15-Dec ! Rasoolan Bai 15-Dec ! Usha Mangeshkar 15-Dec ! Benny Andersson (ABBA) 16-Dec ! Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) 16-Dec ! Edwin Paul 16-Dec ! Flo Rida 16-Dec ! Michael McCary (Boyz II Men) 16-Dec ! Mike Mills (R.E.M.) 17-Dec ! Christina Aguilera 18-Dec ! DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) 18-Dec ! DMX 18-Dec ! Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) 18-Dec ! Sia 18-Dec ! V.Thyagarajan 18-Dec ! Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project) 20-Dec ! Meghan Trainor 20-Dec ! Peter Criss (Kiss) 20-Dec ! Amin Sayani 21-Dec ! Anand (Milind) 21-Dec ! Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurthi 21-Dec ! Neyvelli Venkatesh 22-Dec ! Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) 23-Dec ! M.Subramaniam 23-Dec ! Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) 23-Dec ! Annie Lennox 24-Dec ! Dido 24-Dec ! Noel Hogan (The Cranberries) 24-Dec ! Ricky Martin 24-Dec ! Naushad 25-Dec ! andit Ram Narayan 25-Dec ! K. G. Ginde 26-Dec ! Lars Ulrich (Metallica) 26-Dec ! David Knopfler (Dire Straits) 27-Dec ! Malabika Kanan 27-Dec ! Pudukottai Dakshinamurthi Pillai 27-Dec ! Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman 27-Dec ! John Legend 28-Dec ! Deenanath Mangeshkar 29-Dec ! Ellie Goulding 30-Dec ! Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) 30-Dec ! Sonali Bajpai 30-Dec ! Tyrese 30-Dec ! A.Kanyakumari 31-Dec ! Andy Summers (The Police) 31-Dec ! Burton Cummings 31-Dec ! George Thorogood 31-Dec ! Joe McIntyre 31-Dec ! Mallikarjun Mansur 31-Dec ! Nandu Vichare 31-Dec ! Patti Smith 31-Dec ! Scott Ian (Anthrax) 31-Dec ! Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) 31-Dec ! Grandmaster Flash (1958) 1-Jan ! T.Chowdiah 1-Jan ! Rajashekhar Mansur 1-Jan ! Shrikrishna Narayan Ratanjankar1-Jan !Bharati Vaishampayan 1-Jan !Jyotyi Venkatesh 2-Jan !N.Kiranavali 2-Jan !Shalmali Kholgade 2-Jan !Akhtar Sadmani 2-Jan !Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk) (1975) 3-Jan !John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) (1946) 3-Jan !Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) (1945) 3-Jan !Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) (1960) 4-Jan !Pandit Neeraj 4-Jan !A. R. Rehaman 5-Jan !Gurdas Mann 5-Jan !Marilyn Manson (1969) 5-Jan !Chris Stein (Blondie) (1950) 5-Jan ! George Brown (Kool & The Gang) (1949) 5-Jan ! Kamleshwar 6-Jan ! Meena Paleja 6-Jan ! Suman Ghosh 6-Jan ! Mark O'Toole (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (1964) 6-Jan ! Jazzie B (Soul II Soul) (1963) 6-Jan ! Kathie Sledge (Sister Sledge) (1959) 6-Jan ! Kenny Loggins (1948) 7-Jan ! Sean Paul (1975)8-Jan ! R. Kelly (1968) 8-Jan ! Terry Sylvester (Hollies) (1947) 8-Jan ! Robby Krieger (The Doors) (1946) 8-Jan ! Shirley Bassey (1937) 8-Jan ! A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys) (1978)9-Jan ! Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band) (1967) 9-Jan ! Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) (1944)9-Jan ! Joan Baez (1941) 9-Jan ! Maharajapuram Ramachandran9-Jan ! Mahendra Kapoor9-Jan ! Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande 9-Jan ! K.J. Yesudas10-Jan ! Chris Smith (Kris Kross) (1979) 10-Jan ! Aerle Taree (Arrested Development) (1973) 10-Jan ! Joey Santiago (The Pixies) (1965) 10-Jan ! Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) (1964) 10-Jan ! Pat Benatar (1953) 10-Jan ! Donald Fagen (1948) 10-Jan ! Aynsley Dunbar (Jefferson Starship) (1946) 10-Jan ! Rod Stewart (1945) 10-Jan ! Nadeem 11-Jan ! Asha Khadilkar 11-Jan ! Mary J. Blige (1971) 11-Jan ! Tom Dumont (No Doubt) (1968) 11-Jan ! Vicki Peterson (The Bangles) (1958) 11-Jan ! Naomi Judd (1946) 11-Jan ! Shiv Kumar 12-Jan ! Mahesh Kale 12-Jan ! Melanie Chisholm (Spice Girls) (1974)12-Jan ! Per Gessle (Roxette) (1959) 12-Jan ! Javed Siddiqi 13-Jan ! Zach de la Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) (1970) 13-Jan ! Trevor Rabin (Yes) (1954) 13-Jan ! Ulhas Kashalkar 14-Jan ! Kaifi Azami 14-Jan ! Omi Sonik 14-Jan ! Ustad Alla Rakha Khan 14-Jan ! Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) (1982)14-Jan ! Pitbull (1981)14-Jan ! Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) (1969) 14-Jan ! LL Cool J (1968) 14-Jan ! Geoff Tate (Queensryche) (1959) 14-Jan ! Babla Mehta 15-Jan ! Jatin Rajguru 16-Jan ! O.P. Nayyar 16-Jan ! Maxine Jones (En Vogue) (1966) 16-Jan ! Sade (1959) 16-Jan ! Javed Akhtar 17-Jan ! Maya Govind 17-Jan ! Ramesh Taurani 17-Jan ! Sreekant Narayan 17-Jan ! Calvin Harris (1984)17-Jan ! Kid Rock (1971)17-Jan ! Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) (1957) 17-Jan ! 1Paul Young (1956) 17-Jan ! Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) (1948) 17-Jan ! Jonathan Davis (Korn) (1971)18-Jan ! Sawai Gandharva 19-Jan ! Jayanthi Kumaresh 19-Jan ! Dewey Bunnell (America) (1952) 19-Jan ! Dolly Parton (1946) 19-Jan ! Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) (1979)20-Jan ! Ian Hill (Judas Priest) (1958) 20-Jan ! Paul Stanley (Kiss) (1952) 20-Jan ! Sanjay Subrahmanyan 21-Jan ! Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) (1976)21-Jan !Billy Ocean (1950) 21-Jan ! Placido Domingo (1941) 21-Jan ! Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses) (1965) 22-Jan ! Steve Perry (Journey) (1949) 22-Jan ! Earl Falconer (UB40) (1959) 23-Jan ! Kuldip Sood 24-Jan ! Onkar Nath Thakur 24-Jan ! Rekha Vishal 24-Jan ! Neil Diamond (1941) 24-Jan ! Kavita Krishnamurti 25-Jan ! Alicia Keys (1981) 25-Jan ! Richard Finch (KC & The Sunshine Band) (1954)25-Jan ! Falguni Seth 26-Jan ! Andrew Ridgeley (Wham!) (1963) 26-Jan ! Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) (1955) 26-Jan ! Chetanya Padukone 27-Jan ! Preety (Preety – Pinky) 27-Jan ! Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) (1945) 27-Jan ! Pandit Jasraj 28-Jan ! Suman Kalyanpur 28-Jan ! Pandit Jasraj 28-Jan ! Ajay Pohankar 28-Jan ! Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) (1980) 28-Jan ! Sarah McLachlan (1968) 28-Jan ! Jonny Lang (1981)29-Jan ! Eddie Jackson (Queensr˙che) (1961) 29-Jan ! Gajananrao Joshi 30-Jan ! Phil Collins (1951) 30-Jan ! Justin Timberlake ('N Sync) (1981) 31-Jan ! John Lydon (Sex Pistols/P.I.L.) (1956) 31-Jan ! ! Big Boi (Outkast) 1-Feb ! Don Everly (Everly Brothers) 1-Feb ! Lisa Marie Presley 1-Feb ! Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & Heartbreakers) 1-Feb ! Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook) 1-Feb ! Anwar 1-Feb ! Alan McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire) 2-Feb ! Graham Nash 2-Feb ! Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) 2-Feb ! Ross Valory (Santana) 2-Feb ! Shakira 2-Feb ! Tony Butler (Big Country) 2-Feb ! Asif Merchant 2-Feb ! Ganayogi Panchakshara Gawai 2-Feb ! Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar 2-Feb ! S.Somasundaram (Madurai Somu) 2-Feb ! Sean Kingston 3-Feb ! Mani Krishnaswami 3-Feb ! Alice Cooper 4-Feb ! Natalie Imbruglia 4-Feb ! K.K.Ravi 4-Feb ! Pandit Bhimsen Joshi 4-Feb ! Bobby Brown 5-Feb ! Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) 5-Feb ! Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses) 5-Feb ! J.R. Cobb (Atlanta Rhythm Section) 5-Feb ! Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) 6-Feb ! Fabian 6-Feb ! Rick Astley 6-Feb ! David Bryan (Bon Jovi) 7-Feb ! Garth Brooks 7-Feb ! Steve Bronski (Bronski Beat) 7-Feb ! Dave "Phoenix" Ferrel (Linkin Park) 8-Feb ! Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk)8-Feb ! Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) 8-Feb ! Biddu 8-Feb ! Jagjit Singh 8-Feb ! Shobha Gurtu 8-Feb ! Sophiya 8-Feb ! Carole King 9-Feb ! Roberta Flack 10-Feb ! S.Rajam 10-Feb ! Sanjay Tandon 10-Feb ! Brandy 11-Feb ! Kelly Rowland (Destiny's Child) 11-Feb ! Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) 11-Feb ! Sheryl Crow 11-Feb ! Louis Bank 11-Feb ! Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) 12-Feb ! Chitravina N.Ravikiran 12-Feb ! Rama Ravi 12-Feb ! Ed Gagliardi 13-Feb ! Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory) 13-Feb ! Les Warner (The Cult) 13-Feb ! Peter Gabriel 13-Feb ! Peter Tork (The Monkees) 13-Feb ! Robbie Williams 13-Feb ! Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20) 14-Feb ! Roger Fisher (Heart) 14-Feb ! Vijay Koparkar 14-Feb ! Ali Campbell (UB40) 15-Feb ! Brandon Boyd (Incubus) 15-Feb ! David Brown (Santana) 15-Feb ! John Helliwell (Supertramp) 15-Feb ! Mikey Craig (Culture Club) 15-Feb ! Ronnie Vannucci, Jr. (The Killers) 15-Feb ! Harish Bhimani 15-Feb ! Ramanathapuram C.S.Murugabhoopathy 15-Feb ! Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) 16-Feb ! Ice-T 16-Feb ! James Ingram 16-Feb ! The Weeknd 16-Feb ! Ed Sheeran 17-Feb ! Sonali Raod 17-Feb ! Dennis DeYoung (STYX) 18-Feb ! Derek Pellicci (Little River Band) 18-Feb ! Dr. Dre 18-Feb ! Yoko Ono 18-Feb ! Khayyam 18-Feb ! Seal 19-Feb ! Smokey Robinson 19-Feb ! Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) 19-Feb ! Meena Jobalia 19-Feb ! Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys) 20-Feb ! Ian Brown (Stone Roses) 20-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 20-Feb ! Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears) 20-Feb ! Rihanna 20-Feb ! Anu Kapoor 20-Feb ! Charlotte Church 21-Feb ! James Blunt 22-Feb ! Jon Brant (Cheap Trick) 22-Feb ! Michael Wilton (Queensryche) 22-Feb ! Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) 23-Feb ! Howard Jones 23-Feb ! Johnny Winter 23-Feb ! Lasse Johansson (The Cardigans) 23-Feb ! Shobha Joshi 23-Feb ! Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) 24-Feb ! Paul Jones (Manfred Mann) 24-Feb ! Nakash Aziz 24-Feb ! Naksh Lyalpuri 24-Feb ! P.S.Narayanaswamy 24-Feb ! John Jon (Bronski Beat) 26-Feb ! Jonathan Cain (Journey) 26-Feb ! Michael Bolton 26-Feb ! Paul Cotton (Poco) 26-Feb ! B.V.Lakshmanan 26-Feb ! B.V.Raman 26-Feb ! Chilli (TLC) 27-Feb ! Neil Schon (Journey) 27-Feb ! Paul Humphreys (O.M.D.) 27-Feb ! Kunika 27-Feb ! Sameer 27-Feb ! Cindy Wilson (The B-52's) 28-Feb ! Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) 28-Feb ! Pat Monahan (Train) 28-Feb ! Padma Talwalkar 28-Feb ! Ravindra Jain 28-Feb ! U.Shrinivas 28-Feb ! Versha Usgaonkar 28-Feb ! Cyrus Broacha 29-Feb ! Rukmini Devi 29-Feb

Dunkirk-The Movie

The soldier on the beach tells the captain: 'The tide is turning'. Captain: 'How can you tell?'Soldier: ' Cos the dead bodies are floating back'
This dialogue sums up the chilling mood of the movie - 'Dunkirk'- A WW2 movie in May 1940 when about 400,000 British and French soldiers were stranded at the Dunkirk sea and were evacuated despite firing from the German planes. This movie becomes more relevant in recent times when mankind seems to have forgotten the world wars in the last century and several countries have started war-mongering games.
The actors really don't matter here. The characters do. There is a young British soldier who teams up with 2 more and tries to smartly maneuver and jump the queue for rescue. There is a fighter pilot flying the spitfires who along with his battalion is on a mission to bring down the enemy planes. A sailor, who along with his son and another friend, joins the civilian armada to rescue the stranded soldiers. And the naval admiral who is supervising the operations based on orders sent by Winston Churchill.
Christopher Nolan's (Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar, Memento) first non-fantasy movie is his best so far. Along with Hans Zimmer who supports him well with music, he weaves a tale of sorrow, heroism, hope, glory, friendship, fatherhood, survival- all within a span of 2 hours. Camerawork from Hoyte takes you up close to the soldiers and the civilians to give you a personal account on how everything unfolded on that fateful day. 
For once, there is no romance behind the scenes; in fact there is not a single woman character!!! It is the hard core and blunt story telling that makes a mark and leaves you questioning life and war. You don't even need a VR to get immersed in the story.
Watch it in Imax and get transported back in time to one of the most controversial wars in history that affected the whole world. #dunkirk #WW2 #indieyogi

Lapachhapi (Hide-n-seek)

Another hidden gem is slowly picking up traction while all the big movies are being talked about. Trust the Marathi film industry to come out with a horror movie set in a rural background- 'Lapachhapi' (Hide-n-seek). Moreover, this movie brings to light a social issue still prevalent in rural India- female foeticide. The director Vishal Furia smartly interweaves the social issues through the character of a pregnant woman (Pooja Sawant as Neha). Neha and her husband Tushar (Vikram Gaikwad) have to leave their town, when she is 8 months pregnant, and move to an isolated sugarcane farmer's house in the midst of a farm. Their caretaker Tulsibai (Usha Naik) and her husband are very kind to them, but they are disturbed by strange incidents happening to them that pose a threat to their unborn child. The mystery unravels itself in a progressive manner bringing to the fore incidents of the past.
Usha Naik's acting is spotless. Pooja is good but is too active for a 8 months pregnant lady. The music is haunting and so is the repeated game of 'Lapachhapi' played intermittently. Cinematography is excellent and full marks for creating such a big effect on a small budget!
While most horror movies in India thrive on giving you cheap thrills with special effects, this one relies on the story and the treatment to keep you on the tenterhooks! Definitely a must watch. #indieyogi #lapachhapi

I luv Mom

While the buzz was about 'Mom', I thought it was a highly overrated movie. The plot was a predictable revenge saga, Sridevi was good in phases in her botoxed avtar while Nawaz is getting predictable with his cranky understated acting- however good it might be. Sajal Ali was the find of the movie with her brilliant portrayal of a rape victim.
 

The Zookeeper's Wife

"You look in to their eyes and you know exactly what is in their hearts"- exactly sums up the core of the movie, though these words are said by Antonina Zabinski (Jessica Chastain) about the animals. She is the Zookeeper Jan's (Johan Heldenberg) wife and is extremely fond of and an expert with animals. The opening sequence of animals running around her and when she brings back an ailing elephant calf to life leaves you weak in your knees especially if you are an animal lover.

However it is 1939 and this scene is shortlived as the Nazis soon invade Poland leaving the zoo at the mercy of the newly appointed zoologist Lutz (Daniel Bruhl). Contrary to Hitler's reputation of being a vegetarian and an animal lover, most of the regular animals are killed while a few of them are taken away by the zoologist to a safe location.

Thus begins the real life story where the Zabinski's save more than 300 Polish Jews by hiding them in their basement meant for breeding pigs. The lead actors, especially Jessica, are excellent in their restrained yet powerful portrayal of the characters. She balances the fine line between her devotion to the hiding Jewish while subtly thwarting the romantic overtures made by Lutz.

The narrative is striking, more as a real life story than as a movie. Some of the ghetto scenes are predictable and so is the ending. If you have been to the Auschwitz ghetto that is still preserved in Poland, it will make you wonder about the cruelty of human race.

But a good watch this weekend for its cute animals and Jessica... Noor not even being a very distant alternative!

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Best Jazz Venue in India

Those of you who have been around from the 1960's through the 1990's will remember the vibrant live music scene in almost every starred hotel in India. Those were the days when you walked into a nightclub like 'Rendezvous' at The Taj Mahal hotel and 'Supper Club' at the Oberoi Sheraton in Mumbai to see curtains going up on a band that was the prime focus of these outlets. Every seat in these restaurants allowed an unobstructed view of the band that performed every night on resident contracts. Today all this has disappeared thanks to some ridiculously high entertainment taxes on live music. Today, non off these hotels have complete bands playing save for a few that feature small duos or solo singers. The Lodhi in New Delhi, recently listed among the world's best hotels, decided to step in and rewind to the good old days. They got Goa's premier jazz quartet 'Jazz Junction' to move to Delhi on a resident contract and the decision has paid off in terms of footfalls generated by the band. Jazz Junction featuring singer Daniella Rodrigues, pianist Tony Dias,
bassist Colin D'Cruz and drummer Angelo Colasco began playing at The Lodhi in June 2018. Four months into the contract the band generated a sizeable following, with quite a few high profile guests choosing to celebrate their special occasion at the Elan bar where the band performs. Against all odds the rewind option proved to be a huge success and hopefully other properties around the country takes the cue to trigger a whole new revival  of live music.