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Dark matter A work by Ganesh Pyne
Dark matter A work by Ganesh Pyne

Nimish Patil on Art

The late Ganesh Pyne’s work as a painter and his style of poetic surrealism was based heavily on Kolkata’s Bengali mythology. His main influences were cinema, school, the folk tales that his grandmother told him and the 1946 Calcutta riots. He generally used shades of black, blue and grey in his watercolour paintings, which lent a dark, mysterious appeal to his canvases. The recurring themes in his work were all related to death, pain, loss, misery and loneliness. He had a lot of demonic and angelic characters in his paintings, which are said to be divisions of his own personality.

Patil Is A Pune-Based Graffiti And Graphic Artist

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bookMansi Soni on Books

Pablo Roychowdhury’s If I Could Turn Back Time harks back to college days and that first teenage romance. The college reunions are full of nostalgia, friendship, redemption and that wonderful feeling of being young. In a book about seven friends, for me, Seeya stands out as a character. She’s strong and carries an unspoken sense of love. The book moves beautifully between the past and the present life of the male protagonist.

Soni Is The Author Of The Inevitable Bond

 

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Laying low Red Seems Right
Laying low Red Seems Right

Bob John on Music

Red Seems Right, an alternative act from Mumbai, is one of the most underrated bands. These kids have the spunk and the energy needed on stage along with probably one of India’s best bassists. Elements of pop, rock, folk and classical make their music gripping. They are very open to experimentation and never fear trying out new things. Their song Revive is an example of their creativity. Strong with their tones and harmonies, Red Seems Right are the band to look forward to.

John Is The Vocalist For The Band Inferno

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Keeping it in the family A still from The Human Factor
Keeping it in the family A still from The Human Factor

Sohom Sengupta on Film

Rudradeep Bhattacharjee’s documentary The Human Factor is not just informative, but entertaining with great characters. It tells the fascinating story of the Lords, a Parsi family of musicians, who were behind the sounds of Hindi films for 70 years. They played for Naushad, SD Burman and, of course, RD Burman in their classic hits. Despite their rich lineage and contribution, they went uncredited throughout their film career. This film is then a fitting tribute to their contribution in making Bollywood music what it is today.

Sengupta Is A Mumbai-Based Short-Film Director

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Gautam Mehrishi on Food

The minute you enter Yauatcha, in Mumbai, you find that the decor has been set up to be a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse. A unique feature of this place is their focus on their selection of teas. The extensive tea menu has been created to ensure that the customers pick from only the finest green, blue and white teas. True to its roots the restaurant menu is dominated by dimsums of all sorts and creations from the wok. Their collection of colourful macaroons is the best in the country, as is their petit gâteaux.

Mehrishi Is The Host Of Tv Show Food Ka Mood

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