Anirban Mitra on Art
Ged Quinn is an artist based in London. He uses oil on canvas and paints in the old American and European style, especially the Hudson River School style. He mostly paints landscapes, playing with natural lights. Through his work he comments on and raises questions over death, mythology and religion, Christianity in particular. He still follows the old masters’ techniques and so his paintings might seem romantic at a glance. Closer inspection reveals that his works are actually contemporary.
Mitra is a Kolkata-based painter
Adite Banerjie on Books
Kenize Mourad’s book In the City of Gold and Silver: The Story of Begum Hazrat Mahal is based on the life of Wajid Ali Shah’s fourth wife. A work of historical fiction woven around the 1857 sepoy mutiny, it draws heavily from history and only the parts touching upon personal lives and romance is fictionalised. I like the way it narrates the story of a little-known figure, the Begum, and its use of apt imagery. Since the author is half-Indian, it brings forth a very rooted perspective on the revolt.
Banerjie is the author of The Indian Tycoon’s Marriage Deal
Anant Donn Bhatt on Music
David Byrne and Brian Eno’s 2008 album, Everything that Happens will Happen Today, focusses on the theme of humanity versus technology and propagates optimism. The songs have been written and sung by Byrne. The harsh, almost out of tune, vocals by Byrne hooks you to the album and the lyrics just make it impossible for you to get away. Eno’s production is varied throughout. If one song sounds something like a folk gospel, there will be another that’s quite difficult to pin down.
Bhatt is a Music producer and composer
Utpa L Borpujari on Film
Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, is a masterpiece. The movie had started a trend with its use of multiple perspectives. It deals effectively with human psychology and its effect on relationships. Kurosawa’s power is evident in the unusual camera angles and movements. The visual design and visual choreography lend an appealing Japanese touch to a story that has universal dimensions. Kurosawa used surrealism as an undertone, giving the movie a different look from the other pictures of that era.
Borpujari is a New Delhi-based filmmaker
Gaurav Parwani on Food
Wasabi by Morimoto in Hotel Taj, Mansingh Road, New Delhi, has always been a favourite. The place offers Japanese cuisine in a comfortable and unintimidating environment. The Japanese décor is subtle and yet effective. The dishes are prepared using authentic techniques. The oysters are thoroughly steamed and succulent. My must-haves are soft shell crab rolls and black cod with meso. In desserts, the tofu cheese cake is an innovative dish. With the right balance of innovation and authenticity in oriental cooking, they come out with dishes that don’t disappoint. It’s a must visit for fish lovers.
Parwani is the owner of Uzuri Deck & Dining Restaurant, Delhi