ANNIVERSARIES:

D'Arcy Wretsky-Brown (Smashing Pumpkins) 1-May ! Ray Parker, Jr. 1-May ! Rita Coolidge 1-May ! Manna Dey1-May ! Lou Gramm (Foreigner) 2-May ! Christopher Cross 3-May ! Engelbert Humperdink 3-May ! Faizal Fizvi 3-May ! K.Arun Prakash 3-May ! Ranganayaki Rajagopalan 3-May ! Lance Bass ('N Sync) 4-May ! Mike Dirnt (Green Day) 4-May ! Randy Travis 4-May ! Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) 4-May ! K.V.Prasad 4-May ! Sikkil R.Bhaskaran 4-May ! St Tyagaraja 4-May ! Adele 5-May ! Chris Brown 5-May ! Craig David 5-May ! Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen) 5-May ! Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) 5-May ! Srimathi Brahmanandam 5-May ! Mark Bryan (Hootie & The Blowfish) 6-May ! Bob Seger 6-May ! Eagle-Eye Cherry 7-May ! Phil Campbell (Motorhead) 7-May ! Anne Dudley (Art Of Noise) 7-May ! Rajendra Ojha 7-May ! Enrique Iglesias 8-May ! Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) 8-May ! Dave Rowntree (Blur) 8-May ! Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) 8-May ! Chris Frantz (Talking Heads) 8-May ! David Gahan (Depeche Mode) 9-May ! Billy Joe l9-May ! Ravi Behl 10-May ! Bono (U) 10-May ! Milind Ingle 12-May ! Steve Winwood 12-May ! Burt Bacharach 12-May ! Khalid Mohamed 13-May ! Manhar Udhas 13-May ! Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish) 13-May ! Stevie Wonder 13-May ! Talat Aziz 14-May ! Danny Wood (New Kids On The Block) 14-May ! Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) 14-May ! Fabrice Morvan (Milli Vanilli) 14-May ! C.C. DeVille (Poison)14-May ! V.V.Ravi (Chennai Number)16-May ! Janet Jackson 16-May ! Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) 16-May ! Richard Page (Mr. Mister)16-May ! Pankaj Udhas 17-May ! Swapnil Bandodkar 17-May ! U.Rajesh 17-May ! Jordan Knight (New Kids On The Block) 17-May ! Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) 17-May ! Dave Abbruzzese (Pearl Jam) 17-May ! Enya 17-May ! Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden) 17-May ! Ashok Khosla 18-May ! Rick Wakeman (Yes) 18-May ! Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar 19-May ! Jenny Berggren (Ace Of Base) 19-May ! Grace Jones 19-May ! Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) 19-May ! Phillip Rudd (AC/DC) 19-May ! Pete Townshend (The Who) 19-May ! Hassan Kamal 20-May ! M.D.Ramanathan 20-May ! Maharajapuram Santhanam 20-May ! Busta Rhymes 20-May ! Cher 20-May ! Jeetu 21-May ! Gotye21-May ! Stan Lynch (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) 21-May ! Leo Sayer 21-May ! Dan Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) 22-May! Morrissey 22-May ! Bernie Taupin 22-May ! Tirupparkadal Veeraraghavan 23-May Jewel 23-May ! Bob Dylan 24-May ! Rajesh Roshan 24-May ! Uttam Singh 25-May ! Lauryn Hill 25-May ! Paul Weller (Jam/Style Council) 25-May ! Klaus Meine (Scorpions) 25-May ! Peri Sriramamurthy 26-May ! Lenny Kravitz 26-May ! Hank Williams Jr. 26-May ! Stevie Nicks 26-May ! Palani Subramania Pillai 27-May ! Andre 000 (OutKast) 27-May ! Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains) 27-May ! Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie & The Banshees) 27-May ! Hilla Sethna 28-May ! Mysore Vasudevacharya 28-May ! T.M.Thiyagarajan 28-May ! Mark Feehily (Westlife) 28-May ! Kylie Minogue 28-May ! Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) 28-May ! John Fogerty 28-May ! Gladys Knight 28-May ! John Evans (Jethro Tull) 28-May ! Champak Jain29-May ! Melanie Brown (Scary Spice of Spice Girls) 29-May ! Chad Kinchla (Blues Traveler) 29-May ! Noel Gallagher (Oasis) 29-May ! Melissa Etheridge29-May ! Marie Fredriksson (Roxette) 29-May ! Gary Brooker (Procul Harum) 29-May ! John Popper (Blues Traveler) 29-May ! Vangelis 29-May ! Cee Lo Green 30-May ! Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) 30-May ! Topper Headon (The Clash) 30-May ! Norah Jones 30-May ! Celine Dion 30-May ! Tracy Chapman 30-May ! MC Hammer30-May ! Dave Ball (Procol Harum) 30-May ! Eric Clapton 30-May ! Graeme Edge (Moody Blues) 30-May ! Milind (Anand-Milind) 31-May ! V. Durga Prasad 31-May ! Steve White (Style Council) 31-May ! Darryl McDaniel (Run-D.M.C.) 31-May ! Corey Hart 31-May ! Angus Young (AC/DC) 31-May ! Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) Rashmi Tiwari 1-Jun ! Sukdev 1-Jun ! Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode) 1-Jun ! Alanis Morissette 1-Jun ! Graham Russell (Air Supply) 1-Jun ! Pat Boone (1934) 1-Jun ! Ron Wood (Rolling Stones) 1-Jun ! Simon Gallup (The Cure) 1-Jun ! Tanjore S.Kalyanaraman 2-Jun ! Iiyiaraja 2-Jun ! Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) 2-Jun ! Suzi Quatro (1950) 3-Jun ! Ahmed Khan 3-Jun ! .K.Rangachari 3-Jun ! Freddy Fender (1937) 4-Jun ! Nancy Sinatra (1940) 4-Jun ! Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) 4-Jun ! S.P. Balasubramaniam 4-Jun !Brian McKnight (1969) 5-Jun ! Clause Noreen (Aqua) 5-Jun ! Govindrao Tembe 5-Jun ! Kenny G (1956) 5-Jun ! Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark) (1971) 5-Jun ! Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) 5-Jun ! Narayan Agarwal 5-Jun ! Viju Shah 5-Jun ! James Shaffer (Korn) 6-Jun ! G.N.Balasubramaniam 6-Jun ! Neyveli R.Santhanagopalan 6-Jun ! Nikhil Chinappa 6-Jun ! Preeti Sagar 6-Jun ! Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) 7-Jun ! Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) 7-Jun ! Iggy Azalea 7-Jun ! Tom Jones 7-Jun ! S.Karthick 7-Jun ! V.Kamalakara Rao 8-Jun ! Bonnie Tyler 8-Jun ! Kanye West 8-Jun ! Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) 8-Jun ! Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) 8-Jun ! Dean Felber (Hootie & The Blowfish) 9-Jun ! Ed Simons (The Chemical Brothers) 9-Jun ! Jon Lord (Deep Purple) 9-Jun ! Faith Evans 10-Jun ! Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) 10-Jun ! Jo-Jo (K-Ci & JoJo) 10-Jun ! Maxi Priest 10-Jun ! M.S.Gopalakrishnan 10-Jun ! Roop Kumar Rathod 10-Jun ! T.V.Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Frank Beard (ZZ Top) 11-Jun ! Robert Birch (Stereo MC's) 11-Jun ! T. V. Gopalakrishnan 11-Jun ! Palghat Mani Iyer 12-Jun ! Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) 12-Jun ! ! Kenny Wayne Shepherd 12-Jun ! Soren Rasted (Aqua) 13-Jun ! Boy George (Culture Club) 14-Jun ! Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) 14-Jun ! Ice Cube 15-Jun ! Russell Hitchcock (Air Supply) 15-Jun ! Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) 15-Jun ! Zia Fariduddin Dagar 15-Jun ! A.Kanyakumari 15-Jun ! Sikkil Kunjumani 15-Jun ! Suraiya 15-Jun ! Amaal Mallik 16-Jun ! Nathan Followill (Kings Of Leon) 16-Jun ! Barry Manilow 17-Jun ! Paul Young 17-Jun ! Alison Moyet 18-Jun ! Chaitra H. G. 18-Jun ! Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) 18-Jun ! Paul McCartney 18-Jun ! Brian Welch (Korn) 19-Jun ! Paula Abdul 19-Jun ! John Taylor (Duran Duran) 20-Jun ! Lionel Richie 20-Jun ! Michael Anthony (Van Halen) 20-Jun ! Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) 20-Jun ! Jal Mistry 20-Jun ! Leslie Lewis 20-Jun ! Shweta Shetty 20-Jun ! Shakela Banu Bhopali 21-Jun ! Brandon Flowers (The Killers) 21-Jun ! Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) 21-Jun ! Marcella Detroit (Shakespear's Sister) 21-Jun ! Sonique 21-Jun ! Cyndi Lauper 22-Jun ! Gary Beers (INXS) 22-Jun ! Kris Kristofferson 22-Jun ! Chittor Subramania Pillai 22-Jun ! Anubhav Sinha 23-Jun ! Penaaz Masani 23-Jun ! Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth) 23-Jun ! Vijay Sardeshmukh 23-Jun ! Andy McCluskey (O.M.D.) 24-Jun ! Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) 24-Jun ! Jeff Beck 24-Jun ! John Illsley (Dire Straits) 24-Jun ! Mario Calire (The Wallflowers) 24-Jun ! Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) 24-Jun ! Kailash Surendranath 24-Jun ! Carly Simon 25-Jun ! Ian McDonald (Foreigner) 25-Jun ! Mike Kroeger (Nickelback) 25-Jun ! B.U.Ganesh Prasad 26-Jun ! Ariana Grande 26-Jun ! Chris Isaak 26-Jun ! Colin Greenwood Radiohead) 26-Jun ! Gauhar Jaan 26-Jun ! Patty Smyth 26-Jun ! Nitin Mukesh 27-Jun ! Bobby Harrison (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! David Knights (Procol Harum) 28-Jun ! Ian Paice (Deep Purple / Whitesnake) 29-Jun ! Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) 29-Jun ! Ali Peter John 29-Jun ! Stanley Clarke 30-Jun ! T-Pain 30-Jun

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.
 

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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.