ANNIVERSARIES:

! Amit Khanna 1-Mar ! Justin Bieber 1-Mar ! K.P.Sivanandam 1-Mar ! Kesha 1-Mar ! Mike D'Abo (Manfred Mann) 1-Mar ! Nik Kershaw 1-Mar ! Roger Daltrey (The Who) (1944) 1-Mar ! Anandji (Kalyandji) 2-Mar ! Chris Martin (Coldplay) (1977) 2-Mar ! Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) (1955) 2-Mar ! Harry Belafonte (1927) 2-Mar ! Jay Osmond (The Osmonds) (1955) 2-Mar ! Jerry Fisher (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (1943) 2-Mar ! Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) (1962) 2-Mar ! Mark Evans (AC/DC) (1956) 2-Mar ! Rajeshwari Sachdev 2-Mar ! Sagarika Soni 2-Mar ! Ghulam Mustafa Khan 3-Mar ! Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook) (1944) 3-Mar ! Jennifer Warnes (1947) 3-Mar ! John Bigham (Fishbone) (1969) 3-Mar ! Pandit Puttaraj Gawai 3-Mar ! Robyn Hitchcock (1953) 3-Mar ! Ronan Keating (Boyzone) (1977) 3-Mar ! Shankar Mahadevan 3-Mar ! Tone-Loc (1966) 3-Mar ! Boon Gould (Level 42) (1955) 4-Mar ! Emilio Estefan (Miami Sound Machine) (1953) 4-Mar ! Fergal Lawlor (The Cranberries) (1971) 4-Mar ! Gautam Pyarelal 4-Mar ! Jason Newsted (Metallica) (1963) 4-Mar ! Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) (1966) 4-Mar ! Shakin' Stevens (1948) 4-Mar ! Alan Clark (Dire Straits) (1952) 5-Mar ! Aleque Padamsee 5-Mar ! Bubba Sparxxx (1977) 5-Mar ! Craig Reid & Charlie Reid (Proclaimers) (1962) 5-Mar ! Eddy Grant (1948) 5-Mar ! Gangubai Hangal 5-Mar ! John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (1970) 5-Mar ! David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) (1946) 6-Mar ! Hugh Grundy (The Zombies) (1945) 6-Mar ! Kiki Dee (1947) 6-Mar ! Mary Wilson (The Supremes) (1944) 6-Mar ! Chris White (The Zombies) (1943) 7-Mar ! Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) (1946) 7-Mar ! Peter Wolf (1946) 7-Mar ! Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) (1967) 7-Mar ! T.V.Sankaranarayanan 7-Mar ! Taylor Dayne (1965) 7-Mar ! Gary Numan (1958) 8-Mar ! Kameelah Williams (702) (1978) 8-Mar ! Mel Galley (Whitesnake) (1948) 8-Mar ! Michael Allsup (Three Dog Knight) (1947) 8-Mar ! Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees) (1945) 8-Mar ! Peter Gill (Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (1964) 8-Mar ! Shawn Mullins (1968) 8-Mar ! Bow Wow (1987) 9-Mar ! Chingy (1980) 9-Mar ! Jeffrey Osborne (1948) 9-Mar ! Mark Linday (Paul Revere & Raiders) (1942) 9-Mar ! Martin Fry (ABC) (1958) 9-Mar ! Mickey Gilley (1936) 9-Mar ! Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) (1968) 9-Mar ! Zakir Hussain 9-Mar ! Anwar Ali 10-Mar ! Carrie Underwood (1983) 10-Mar ! Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean) (1940) 10-Mar ! Douglas Ardito (Puddle Of Mudd) (1970) 10-Mar ! Dylan Keefe (Marcy Playground) (1970) 10-Mar ! Edie Brickell (1966) 10-Mar ! Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) (1963) 10-Mar ! Neneh Cherry (1964) 10-Mar ! Robin Thicke (1977) 10-Mar ! Timbaland (1972) 10-Mar ! Tom Scholz (Boston) (1947) 10-Mar ! Bobby McFerrin (1950) 11-Mar ! Bruce Watson (Big Country) (1961) 11-Mar ! Cheryl Lynn (1957) 11-Mar ! George Kooymans (Golden Earring) (1948) 11-Mar ! Joel and Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) (1979) 11-Mar ! Kalyanji Singh 11-Mar ! Lisa Loeb (1968) 11-Mar ! Mike Percy (Dead Or Alive) (1961) 11-Mar ! Nina Hagen (1955) 11-Mar ! Ramesh Narayan 11-Mar ! Falguni Pathak 12-Mar ! Graham Coxon (Blur) (1969) 12-Mar ! Jagannathbuwa Purohit 12-Mar ! James Taylor (1948) 12-Mar ! Liza Minnelli (1946) 12-Mar ! Marlon Jackson (Jackson 5) (1957) 12-Mar ! Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) (1957) 12-Mar ! Adam Clayton (U2) (1960) 13-Mar ! Anaida 13-Mar ! Common (1978) 13-Mar ! Neil Sedaka (1939) 13-Mar ! Colby O'Donis (1989) 14-Mar ! Jim Pons (The Turtles) (1943) 14-Mar ! Kristian Bush (Sugarland) (1970) 14-Mar ! Michael Bland (Soul Asylum) (1969) 14-Mar ! Paloma J. 14-Mar ! Quincy Jones (1933) 14-Mar ! Sameer Sen 14-Mar ! Taylor Hanson (Hanson) (1983) 14-Mar ! Walter Parazaider (Chicago) (1945) 14-Mar ! Brett Michaels (Poison) (1963) 15-Mar ! Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) (1955) 15-Mar ! DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) (1977) 15-Mar ! Howard Scott (War) (1946) 15-Mar ! Ila Arun 15-Mar ! Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) (1972) 15-Mar ! Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) (1968) 15-Mar ! Mike Love (The Beach Boys) (1941) 15-Mar ! Pushpa Pagdhare 15-Mar ! Rockwell (1964) 15-Mar ! Ry Cooder (1947) 15-Mar ! Sly Stone (Sly & The Family Stone) (1944) 15-Mar ! Steve McCoy (Dead Or Alive) (1962) 15-Mar ! Terence Trent D'arby (1962) 15-Mar ! V.V.S.Murari 15-Mar ! will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) (1975) 15-Mar ! Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) (1959) 16-Mar ! Lalit (Jatin) 16-Mar ! Nancy Wilson (Heart) (1954) 16-Mar ! Pamela Jain 16-Mar ! Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) (1940) 16-Mar ! Stewart Kerr (Texas) (1963) 16-Mar ! V.V.Subramaniam 16-Mar ! Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) (1967) 17-Mar ! Harold Brown (War) (1946) 17-Mar ! John Sebastian (1944) 17-Mar ! Melissa Auf der Maur (Hole) (1972) 17-Mar ! Mike Kindup (Level 42) (1959) 17-Mar ! Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) (1951) 17-Mar ! Alisha Chinai 18-Mar ! Charley Pride (1938) 18-Mar ! Chitra Singh 18-Mar ! Devin Lima (LFO) (1977) 18-Mar ! Irene Cara (1959) 18-Mar ! Jeff LeBar (Cinderella) (1963) 18-Mar ! Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) (1966) 18-Mar ! John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) (1950) 18-Mar ! Queen Latifah (1970) 18-Mar ! Stuart Zender (Jamiroquai) (1974) 18-Mar ! Suresh Thomas 18-Mar ! Vanessa Williams (1963) 18-Mar ! D.K.Pattammal 19-Mar ! Derek Longmuir (Bay City Rollers) (1955) 19-Mar ! Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) (1946) 19-Mar ! Ruth Pointer (Pointer Sisters) (1946) 19-Mar ! Alka Yagnik 20-Mar ! Jimmy Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds) (1951) 20-Mar! ! Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) (1961) 20-Mar ! Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) (1968) 21-Mar ! Bobbil1 Keshavayya 21-Mar ! Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) (1951) 21-Mar ! Eddie Money (1949) 21-Mar ! Jonas Berggren (Ace Of Base) (1967) 21-Mar ! MC Maxim (Prodigy) (1967) 21-Mar ! Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) (1950) 21-Mar ! Rosemary Stone (Sly & The Family Stone) (1945) 21-Mar ! Russell Thompkins, Jr. (1951) 21-Mar ! Sean Dickson (Soup Dragons) (1967) 21-Mar ! Ustad Bismillah Khan 21-Mar ! George Benson (1943) 22-Mar ! Patrick Olive (Hot Chocolate) (1947) 22-Mar ! Stephanie Mills (1957) 22-Mar ! Chaka Khan (1953) 23-Mar ! Damon Albarn (Blur) (1968) 23-Mar ! Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet) (1966) 23-Mar ! Ric Ocasek (1949) 23-Mar ! Sarang Dev 23-Mar ! Dilijit Kaur 24-Mar ! Dilip Sen 24-Mar ! Muthuswamy Dikshitar 24-Mar ! Nena (1960) 24-Mar ! P.A. Pasemaster Mase (De La Soul) (1970) 24-Mar ! Sharon Corr (The Corrs) (1970) 24-Mar ! Aretha Franklin (1942) 25-Mar ! Elton John (1947) 25-Mar ! Melanie Blatt (All Saints) (1975) 25-Mar ! Nick Lowe (1949) 25-Mar ! Ryan Lewis (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) (1988) 25-Mar ! Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet) (1960) 25-Mar ! Diana Ross (1944) 26-Mar ! Fred Sheehan (Boston) (1946) 26-Mar ! James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) (1968) 26-Mar ! Jay Sean (1981) 26-Mar ! Juvenile (1975) 26-Mar ! Kenny Chesney (1968) 26-Mar ! Richard Tandy (ELO) (1948) 26-Mar ! Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) (1948) 26-Mar ! Andrew Farris (INXS) (1959) 27-Mar ! Ashok Jain(Venus) 27-Mar ! Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler) (1970) 27-Mar ! Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai) (1964) 27-Mar ! Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) (1975) 27-Mar ! Johnny April (Staind) (1965) 27-Mar ! Lovv Khussh 27-Mar ! Mariah Carey (1970) 27-Mar ! Tony Banks (Genesis) (1950) 27-Mar ! James Atkins (EMF) (1967) 28-Mar ! John Evans (Jethro Tull) (1948) 28-Mar ! Lady Gaga (1986) 28-Mar ! Reba McEntire (1955) 28-Mar ! Bobby Kimball (Toto) (1947) 29-Mar ! Chad Allan (Guess Who) (1943) 29-Mar ! John Popper (Blues Traveler) (1967) 29-Mar ! Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction) (1959) 29-Mar ! Rajesh Sharma 29-Mar ! Vangelis (1943) 29-Mar ! Celine Dion (1968) 30-Mar ! Dave Ball (Procol Harum) (1950) 30-Mar ! Eric Clapton (1945) 30-Mar ! Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) (1941) 30-Mar ! MC Hammer (1963) 30-Mar ! Norah Jones (1979) 30-Mar ! Tracy Chapman (1964) 30-Mar ! Al Goodman (Ray, Goodman & Brown) (1947) 31-Mar ! Angus Young (AC/DC) (1955) 31-Mar ! Dinesh Raheja 31-Mar ! Herb Alpert (1935) 31-Mar ! Pat McGlynn (Bay City Rollers) (1958) 31-Mar ! Robert Holmes ('til tuesday) (1959) 31-Mar ! Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) (1953) 31-Mar ! Shirley Jones (1934) 31-Mar ! Sidharth Kannan 31-Mar

Anuradha Palakurthi carved her name on the winner's trophy at "Mirchi Music Awards 2020"

"Anuradha Palakurthi's song Jaan Meri" carved its name on the winner's trophy at "Mirchi Music Awards 2020" under the category of "Indies Song of the Year" 
Celebration saw the presence of Bappi Lahiri, Shaan, Sameer anjaan, Ankita Maity, Swastik, Reema Lahiri, Asif Shaikh etc.
Anuradha Palakurthi, who has performed many live music concerts with Bollywood singers such as Kumar Sanu and Bappi Lahiri across the US, released two songs "Ishq Ne" and "Jaan Meri" last year. Lovely romantic melodies which soar because of their meticulous arrangements.
Jaan Meri which released globally last year won "Indies Song of the Year" in Mirchi Music Awards 2020. Infact "Ishq Ne" also made an expected entry through the nominations. "I am so happy and delighted that 'Jaan Meri' is such a big hit. The song left impact for its simple but captivating melody. It made it through the winners trophy at Mirchi Music Awards 2020. Looking back in time just a year back we launched this song and couldn’t even think of it creating ripples. I am over the moon" said Anuradha Palakruthi
From sixteen to sixties everyone loved Jaan Meri "Soulful number which will give you goosebumps. Our mission is to bring quality music to our fans. It is a beautiful song with beautiful moments. Jaan Meri will help you explore the enchanting world of thoughts and emotions"
Anuradha Palakurthi is called as the “Nightingale of New England” by her fans in her home city of Boston, USA. She is widely regarded for her versatility across genres. She has also recorded playback for South Indian films. In Boston, Anuradha serves as the Chairperson of MIT’s Heritage Arts of South Asia (MITHAS) and co-hosts a weekly Radio Music India show on WLYN 1360 that educates and entertains listeners on the Carnatic & Hindustani classical roots of Indian Film music. 

Anuradha Palakurthi is on to new highs. Her next project includes USA tour with Shaan

 

"Eternal Hits" of 'Jatin- Lalit' - Live in concert

This is the first time in more than a decade, 14 years to be precise that legendary composers Jatin- Lalit came together for the concert of their songs. For the first time ever the show featured all the great hits of Jatin- Lalit sung by the original singers of the songs.
Concept & Produced by Meena Pandit of I AM Entertainment, calls it one of the biggest set up one can ever think of in terms of singers coming together.
Music director Lalit Pandit needs no introduction. To call him just musician or composer would do his impact and legacy no justice.
Throughout his illustrious career, Lalit Pandit has composed music with his brother Jatin for some of the biggest names in the Bollywood and with some of the best singers and musicians.

They have composed the highest-selling Bollywood soundtrack of the year on three occasions in that decade – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai  (1998), and Mohabbatein  (2000).

Lalit Pandit revolutionized Indian Music when he was fairly young. His flair in music was greatly the reason that he marked his debut when he was in college.

His first compositions  “Bin Tere Sanam” from Yaara Dildara (1991) and “Pehla Nasha” from Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992) continue to have a cult following even more than two decades after the release of the movies.

Yaara Dildara was his debut Bollywood soundtrack with Jatin .Lalit Pandit went solo in 2007 and his initial claim-to-fame was the start of his celebrated career.  

 

Munni Badnaam Hui" from the film Dabangg got him many awards including filmfare  and he changed the face of single song perception in Hindi films and brought a revolution ,the iconic song is a landmark in the music scene .

"I am honored & overwhelmed. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work over the years. I have faced several challenges on my way here, but each one of them have only strengthened me & made me what I am today. The immense support & love I got from the audience & fraternity was my driving forceOn my way here, but each one of them have only strengthened me & made me what I am today. The immense support & love I got from the audience & fraternity was my driving force" says Lalit Pandit.
Meena Pandit of I AM Entertainment says "This is our first project under I AM Entertainment. As a brand we have always associated with music which is why we wanted our first project to be grand & musical. We are honored that we could have stalwarts from Music Fraternity on a single platform to credit Jatin ji & Lalit ji for their glorious career. A lot of hard work has gone into the project and hopefully it will leave an unforgettable impression on everyone"

 

Samarpan

MadhuvanSwarmauli In association with  Savarkar Seva Kendra Parle had organised a concert  Samarpan dedicated to vichitra Veena Mastro Pt. Ramesh prem. 

The program begin with Vichitra Veena Recitel by Smt.Padmja Viswaroop, (Padmaja is the first lady Vichitra veena player to present dhrupad on this instrument. She presented Raga Yaman with Aalap , Jod , Jhala followed by a composition in chautal . It was well appreciated by the audience.Shri Sukhad Mude provided nice Pakhavaj accompaniment.

  Smt.Padmja Viswaroop,  & Pt.Dinker Panshiker was presented with Madhuvan Ratna Award.This award is given to artists for their  devotion & hard work towards Indian classical Music.Well known musicologist Shri Deepak Raja presented the awards.

The concluding part was vocal recital by Jaipur Gharana Mastero none other then   Pt.Dinker Panshiker  .This was a power pccked presentation by pandit ji. He presented Rag 

Anandi Kalyan, Dagori, Sampurna Malkaus, Adambari Kedar Etc. Excellent Tabla & Harmonium accompaniment was provided by Abhay Datar & Siddesh Bicholker.

Roopkumar Rathod launches his first book "Wild Voyage" on Wildlife

Legendary Music director and Singer, Roopkumar Rathod launched his first coffee table book “Wild Voyage” by Himanshu Seth Photosafaris on 7th December, 2019 at Nine fish art gallery in Mumbai. The book comprises of wildlife photographs by many non-photographer artists like Veteran actress Waheeda Rehman, musician Archana Mariwala and others. The book’s foreword is written by megastar Amitabh Bachchan. "I thank Rathodji for sharing his experiences with us through his superb photography. He has my blessing for continued joy and success with his love for photography," the testimonial read.

 In a conversation with Mr. Roopkumar, he revealed that his inspiration to click wildlife pictures came from his trips to the jungle in his younger days. “Coming back home and describing the scenario wasn’t enough as there had to be a solid proof. Slowly, I realized how important a professional camera was to capture images which would then serve as a memory for years to come”, he said. His wife, Sonali Rathod played huge role in getting his book published.

From Shooting in Africa’s Serengeti, Maasai Mara, Ngorongoro Crater to the Sand dunes of Namib Desert along with India’s Tadoba National Park, Pench National Park, Jim Corbett and Madhavgarh, Kumar’s camera has seen it all. Talking about the difficulties that he faced in his journey, he recalled an incident when they had to stay in a tent made of cloth in the center of the jungle. At night, after dinner, the team decided to sleep when they heard around 10-12 lions and lioness’ come near their tent and scratch it. In a situation like this with no modes of communication, no security and the risk of the lions tearing off the tent made them turn to know one but God.

Kumar hopes to launch more such books in the future as he believes this will help to have their pictures secure and as it is a wonderful medium to reach out to the people. He strongly believes that the nature needs to be preserved and he has done nothing but captured the magic of the nature that has always existed.

The organizer, Himanshu Seth was all smiles with the amazing response and looked forward to hosting more such events. Apart from hosting his own photography exhibitions, this was the first time he has held an exhibition for his team. On being asked if he had more musicians in his team, he revealed that his wife, Aditi Seth too is a musician and singer. Talking about Archana Mariwala, he said that though she isn’t a professional photographer, she has done an amazing job!               

 -Anam Khalid Mirajkar

 

 

Cadence of the Week

Cadence is a type of musical full-stop, and that’s exactly what my weekend was like. As I walked into Anuradha Pal’s Cultural Academy in Juhu, Mumbai on the chirpy sunday morning of October 13, I was greeted by a warm yellow glow and the low drone of the tanpura. The walls were white, covered with abstract paintings by Ila Pal, Pandita Anuradha Pal’s mother. Wooden carved furniture placed across the room sported a number of different motifs, featuring remarkable figures, most commonly horses. A number of books including Beyond the Canvas by Ila Pal and music CDs were also on display.

The room seated about 15-20 people, all facing the artist duo of the Sitar Tabla Workshop - the first professional female tabla player Anuradha Pal and star sitar player Mita Nag.

The session started with discussing a little about the history of the sitar by Mita Nag. She threw light on the work of 13th Century Sufi poet-mystic-musician Amir Khusro. She also introduced the audience to the Bishnupur Gharana, the school of music she hails from. The Bishnupur Gharana follows the dhrupad style of Hindustani music. Talking about the evolution of the music systems with societal and technological changes, she said, “It’s becoming difficult to recognise a gharana because of globalisation. Everybody wants to take the best of everyone, maybe someday we will all be a global gharana.”

The audience consisted of tabla and sitar students, music appreciators as well as curious wanderers trying to make sense of the art world. While talking about the importance of music appreciation, Mita said, “When we say melody, it is a combination of notes aesthetically pleasing and the presence of this aesthetic is what is common in every culture. Aesthetic perception is very subjective. Every culture has its own aesthetically pleasing sound systems.”

As we proceeded to the tabla part of the workshop, Anuradha Pal discussed how important it is for tabla players to listen to other instruments and be able to transpose the same message in their own language. “As a musician, I am continuously converting, transposing what they are saying into my own language. I have played a zillion concerts where I had no idea what the musician is going to play on the stage.”

The two hours of learning, listening and playing all resulted in making the workshop a euphoric experience for the artists, the students and listeners alike.

When asked about her approach to music on receiving all the acclaim she has gotten, Anuradha Pal said, “I look at myself as having just started music. This is something you can’t completely learn in a lifetime. Music is an eternal journey of the soul.”

“The audience always applauds, but that applause never excites me. I am very grateful that they have come to listen to my music and I’m sharing the joy of my music that I’m bringing out from my soul with them, so it bonds us a unique harmony but that makes me promise every time that I should try to perfect myself even more and that “more” is what keeps us going. It doesn’t have any limit,” shared Mita Nag.

-Shivani Rao

 

Neon East Fest with Mura Masa and many more.

Artist management and events company, third culture Had Organised Neon East Fest, a 2-day festival which took place on October 12 and 13 at Reliance JIO Gardens. Third Culture Entertainment in partnership with JIOSaavn, Budweiser, Jameson & Social.

Phase 1 of the lineup was Grammy-winning producer Mura Masa, soul-powerhouse vocalist Fatima, Australian duo KLLO, Hawaii-based producer Mr. Carmack, Thai neo-soul singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit and New York-based producer Photay among its international artists. Meanwhile, homegrown acts on the bill include DJ MoCity, and JBABE the solo project of The F16s frontman Josh Fernandez who made his festival debut.

Split between the two stages of JIOSaavn Main Stage and Jameson Electronic Stage, Neon East Fest featured both live performances and DJ sets alongside art installations and an Oktoberfest-inspired Budweiser Beer Garden.

22-year-old Mura Masa, performed he is a Grammy Award-winning producer, and electronic wizard on the wish list of festivals around the world. Modern soul singer, Fatima, who travelled  with her full live band; Australian duo KLLO who fuse elements of R&B, UK Garage and 2-step to make their own unique sound; prolific Hawaii-based producer Mr Carmack; New York-based producer Photay whose feel-good melodies are accompanied by emotional weight and impressive production chops; Thai born, New Zealand raised singer/songwriter, and also Asia’s newest neo-soul sweetheart, Phum Viphurit. Also included on the bill are Indian acts like Delhi-based DJ and Boxout.fm co-founder, DJ MoCity and The F16’s frontman new solo project, JBABE Lifafa is the solo project of Peter Cat Recording Co frontman Suryakant Sawhney.These are some  of the line up for the festival they gave a  gratifying performance to the audience.

Namo Fusion Album Launch

Namo Fusion launched their maiden album Namo, recently , at The Stables, Peninsula Redpine, a happening hangout in Andheri East. The album, as stated on its cover, is a unique blend of Indan Clasical Music merged with Ethnic World Music arrangements, and is the brainchild of violinist Dr Narayan Raman and guitarist Sarosh Izedyar.

After the formal introductions the band, ably supported by George Joseph on keyboards, Ramesh K. on drums, Vaibhav Jadhav on bass and I.D. Rao on saxophone and clarinet, performed four tracks from the album including, NamoFreedomHappy Kalimba and Relay Express.

The band launched into their performance with the strains of Dr Raman’s violin, slowly picking up the rhythm and tempo as they got going. Though a tad laidback, the love and passion the musicians felt for their music was very much evident and it shone through in every note. Their soulful performance was greeted with cheers and applause from an appreciative audience, nodding their heads and tapping their feet in time with music.

Among the enthusiastic guests were Bollywood celebrity Shaan, singer 2Blu, besides well known music critics/writers Narendra Kusnur, Parag Kamai and Verus Fereira.All in all it was a memorable evening of fusion music with a generous dash of funk and techno, while retaining the essence of classical Indian music.

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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.