Hip Happenings in 2014

The New Year’s barely dawned but the social calendar of the city already looks promising. Apart from all the routine literature,culture and music festivals and awaited Bollywood releases that will eventually dot the year,TALK lists the events and appearances that one should watch out for

Mumbai | Published:January 1, 2014 1:01 am

The New Year’s barely dawned but the social calendar of the city already looks promising. Apart from all the routine literature,culture and music festivals and awaited Bollywood releases that will eventually dot the year,TALK lists the events and appearances that one should watch out for.

The Big Fam Following

When he first came on board Kaun Banega Crorepati as the game show’s host 14 years ago,Amitabh Bachchan set a trend that film stars would have the courage to follow only a decade later. Big B’s next big move — he leads the cast of a fiction show on Sony,directed by Anurag Kashyap,that will go on air this year — will hopefully begin yet another trend. Likely to follow him first is his wife Jaya,who is also said to have joined the cast of another show for the same channel. Last heard,even bahu Aishwarya has received a plump offer from the teleworld. Bring it on,we say.

Finale Fashion

The announcement that the master of minimalism,Rajesh Pratap Singh,will showcase his collection at the grand finale of Lakme Fashion Week’s (LFW) Summer/Resort 2014 edition has fashion watchers rubbing their hands in glee. The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week loyalist will bring his brand of tailored perfection to the Mumbai ramp for the very first time. Also,it’ll be interesting to see how Singh,uncompromising in action and nonconformist in thought,will draw inspiration from Lakme Absolute’s new beauty range and work it into his collection. “It (LFW) has been consistent in introducing cutting-edge innovations and this is elegantly on display on the runway. This dual approach to creativity is something I can respond to,” Singh said in a statement. LFW is scheduled to take place from March 11-15 at the Grand Hyatt,Santa Cruz east.

The Bass Can’t Stop

Event promoter of Oji,Mikhail Mehra,hosted the best bass-heavy gig last year. In the confines of Sitara Studio,dubstep legends Benga & Skream gave Mumbai a taste of what it must have been to rave in the warehouses of Manchester,UK. Mehra is back and this time around,he gets down one of the most talked-about dubstep producers today,Flux Pavilion. His track I Can’t Stop was sampled by Jay Z and Kanye West for their song Who Gon Stop Me and it was also featured in The Great Gatsby soundtrack. The gig will be held at Juhu Hotel,which once housed the legendary indie venue Razzberry Rhinoceros.

Tearjerker Season 2

Aamir Khan’s tears,shed rather easily on national television,had the whole country debating if it’s a staged performance. But what no one denied was the fact that the

A-list actor became the first to use his draw to shed light on pertinent social issues that plague India,including dowry and the caste system. His home production,Satyamev Jayate,which was simulcast on Star and Doordarshan in the morning slot,will return in its second edition early this year.

Fair and Lovely Art

Founded in 2008 in Delhi,the India Art Fair (IAF) has today become South Asia’s biggest and most sought-after modern and contemporary art festivals. After the success of the fifth edition in February 2013,the latest edition will be held from January 30 to February 2 in Delhi. Over the last five editions,the fair has brought together more than 300 galleries and 3000 artists — not counting the curators,collectors and art enthusiasts — from across the world. “This year we will share art from eastern countries,such as Taiwan,China and Indonesia — regions that have not been explored widely before,” says Neha Kripal,Director of IAF. Among the highlights of the fest will be an Anish Kapoor installation and the first public sound art project titled Listen Up,which will be a city-wide installation to make sound art publicly accessible through cell phones.

The Furniture is Bright

Classy furniture that won’t burn a hole in your pocket is as rare to find in the city as pothole-free roads. But that is set to change when IKEA,the famous Scandinavian brand of modern furniture,furnishings and home decor,sets up shop in India this year. Its foldable and DIY pieces will especially come in handy in Mumbai’s compact apartments.

Abstractionist in Form

Vasudeo Gaitonde has been one of the most enigmatic personalities of the art world. But this year that might change. Two books will be published on the master abstractionist. The first is by Satish Naik’s publication,Chinha,which has personal accounts of about 15 people who were close to Gaitonde. These include a piece by his sister Kishori Das,his student Manohar Mhatre,and Sunil Kaldate who made a film on the artist among others. The second is by Jesal Thacker’s publishing house,Bodhana and is written by Meera Menezes. Menezes has traced the life of the artist from his JJ School of Art days to his life in Delhi in a coffee-table book. Both the books intersperse old images,pictures of paintings with text,and amazingly both of them are simply titled,Gaitonde.

Back on Baker Street

One of the last shots of BBC One’s popular television show,Sherlock based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,was of Sherlock Holmes launching himself off a rooftop. A devastated Dr John Watson is seen at Sherlock’s tombstone,asking him for one last miracle: “to stop being dead”. While the audience has waited with bated breath for almost two years,Sherlock is back in 2014 with Season Three,with a new episode,The Empty Hearse. The new episode shows Watson getting married and moving on with his life after Sherlock’s death,but as London is hit by a terrorist attack,Sherlock comes back from the “grave”. As a part of a publicity stunt,earlier this year,a black limousine was spotted on the streets of London with a hearse announcing the date of the new season. The first episode will air on New Year’s day,followed by the second,The Sign of Three on January 5 and the last one in the series will be aired on January 12 on BBC One.

Lol-ing in the Deep

Stand-up comedy has gone from being a non-existent genre to an integral option to the city’s nightlife,and all this has happened in barely three years. In its debut year,The Weirdass Pajama will cement stand-up’s place in the cultural fabric of the city. While there have been comedy festivals before,this one is huge both in terms of scale and programming,which has been done by Vir Das’s comedy content company Weirdass Comedy. The festival will be held from January 10-12 at restaurants and bars across the city. The grand finale,called “The Grand Pajama”,will be held at the National Centre for the Performing Arts and will end with India’s first celebrity roast.

Milan Bound

Just five years into launching his label,designer Rahul Mishra not only holds the distinction of winning the International Woolmark Prize India and Middle East regional final,but he will soon be joining the likes of Altuzarra (USA),fiXXed (Asia),Christopher Esber (Australia) and SIBLING (Europe) for the final face-off in Milan in February. The opportunity to showcase his collection at Milan Fashion Week in front of international media and the who’s who of the fashion fraternity is what Mishra calls “one of the biggest moments of my professional life”. With past International Woolmark Prize winners including names such as Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent,the Indian designer hopes to bag the trophy at “the Oscars of fashion” and catapult his career to another level.

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