Can you take the stench of Mumbai’s Sassoon Dock? You can’t, but maybe you should

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Installation "Idea of Smell" by artist Hanif Kureshi (St+Art India Foundation) If you are put off by the lingering smell of fish at Mumbai's Sassoon Dock, a new art project in the city will make sure you cannot miss the stench even if you cover your nose. As you enter the St+Art Project galleries at … Continue reading Can you take the stench of Mumbai’s Sassoon Dock? You can’t, but maybe you should

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Sunday ‘baithak’ with Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai’s NCPA

It was a Sunday morning well spent listening to a Hindustani classical recital by vocalist Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai's National Centre for the Performing Arts. In a small, but cosy, musical gathering, Deshpande presented the different styles of the Todi raga that is traditionally sung during the morning hours. Todi is believed to be one of main parent scales in … Continue reading Sunday ‘baithak’ with Ashwini Bhide Deshpande at Mumbai’s NCPA

Pictures from Mumbai’s theatres

The set of Pakistan Aur Alzheimer's, a tragic-comic play about India's partition, at G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Shakti Mills Qissa Urdu Ki Akhri Kitaab Ka, a satire on contemporary appropriation and censorship of historical narratives, Prithvi Theatre, Juhu The Father, a tragi-farcical play about an Alzheimer’s patient, at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Gypsy Under the Moon, the theatrical adaptation … Continue reading Pictures from Mumbai’s theatres

Like Vidya Balan, this melody from ‘Tumhari Sulu’ stands out too

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS-0jES79d8 A composition rendered by independent artist Ronkini Gupta in new Bollywood film 'Tumhari Sulu' (Yours Sulu) is being rated as one of "finest pieces" heard this year. That may not be an overestimation, considering Bollywood's contemporary repertoire is mostly cacophony masquerading as music. "Rafu" (which means darning) has been composed by indie musician Santanu Ghatak, … Continue reading Like Vidya Balan, this melody from ‘Tumhari Sulu’ stands out too

Mumbai Through My Eyes

Marine Drive, South Mumbai Marine Drive, South Mumbai Cuffe Parade Garden, South Mumbai Cuffe Parade Garden, South Mumbai Worli Seaface, one of the seven islands of Mumbai Cuffe Parade reclamation area Cuffe Parade Garden, South Mumbai Cuffe Parade Garden, South Mumbai Mumbai Fort area, built by the British; also a business district hosting large institutions … Continue reading Mumbai Through My Eyes

The visual perks of a Cuffe Parade office in Mumbai

Tucked away at the southern tip of Mumbai, Cuffe Parade is one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in the city. It is named after T.W. Cuffe, an official of the Bombay City Improvement Trust, which was created during the British rule to improve the city’s infrastructure after a deadly epidemic. Home to the high-profile World … Continue reading The visual perks of a Cuffe Parade office in Mumbai