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Charmed circles in the
city are acquiring a taste for wine and it is in to have a long-stemmed
glass in hand and a tingle in the throat, says Parbina
If you are looking for inspiration to bring out the Omar Khayyam in you, it’s time to raise your glass and make a toast to the good old wine. Your adventure may or may not result in another rubaaiyat, but it will surely place you in the upwardly mobile category of City Beautiful!
The wine culture here has
yet to penetrate into the middle class, but according to wine
connoisseurs, the city is ripe for it. Ask any party hopper, he will vouch
for it. "Wine drinking is the in thing in the city," says
well-known city photographer Diwan Manna. Though, he says, a majority of
taste buds are still inclined towards hard drinks like whiskey, vodka and
rum, it is the fashionable and health conscious that are showing
inclination towards wine. "It is the ritual of wine drinking which has
caught the fancy of the young and beautiful here. Girls feel fashionable
holding a sleek wine glass with sparkling coloured
"And why not? Wine is less alcoholic, hence healthy and gives you a nice tizzy feeling without making you lose control," says Deepika, a wine lover.
The art of wine drinking involves a long set of dos and don’ts. If it is red wine then one has to cover the long-stem glass with both hands and swirl the liquid gently to bring it to the room temperature. For white wine, the glass can be held by the stem and should be served at a cooler temperature. And before you savour the delicate fluid, do not forget to enjoy the smell. Sniffing is not considered bad manners in wine circles.
Acquiring taste for wine is like acquiring taste for classical music. It needs a certain amount of training to appreciate good wine," says Y. Saboo. His advice to the novice is to read about wine, know its history, geography and composition to know its nuances.
Taking a cue on its popularity, stores and hotels have started popularising wine. Hotel Mountview sometime back offered free wine to diners.
"Earlier, I used to drink wine only when I went abroad. But now the city offers quite a choice with stores offering foreign brands like Blue Nun, Carlo Rose or Indian made La-Reserve and Cabernet Shiraz. Even Himachal offers apple and plum wine at cheaper rates," says another wine lover.
However, the cost seems to be a major hurdle, which is coming between the wine and the masses. The exorbitant tax on wine is not helping it to become a drink for the masses. The cheapest bottle of wine (Indian) comes for anything in between Rs 500 to Rs 600. And the belief that a bottle when opened has to be consumed immediately, also discourages many to shift from hard liquor to wine.
The evening was perfect; the weather turning that lovely shade of pre-winter; soft downy dew on the grass, a pleasantly cool ripple in the air and glasses of white and red going around with a plethora of cheeses to nibble on!
The Chandigarh Wine Club get-together at Chimney Heights seemed the perfect evening to slow down, meander through some good wines with general bon homie suffusing the evening.
Started in February 2003 by eight to 10 person "for the sheer love of it and to get good wine to the city", the ‘Club’ saw a record turn-out of 50 members (and some guests) for this splendid occasion. "It is important to know what you are having for this is not only about drinking. Yes, having a good time is also a criterion," says Mr Y. Saboo, president of the Wine Club in Chandigarh.
"Many of the city’s
entre preneurs, professionals were travelling abroad bringing in some
excellent wine, so we decided to start something where people who enjoyed
wine could come together. Once this began, we realised that there were a
Personally, he rates the French wines as still the best, "while Californian wines are most dependable for their quality, Chilean—value for money - and most suited to Indian tastes are Spanish wines. What of his favourite Indian wines? "Sula White, Grover’s Viognier which is outstanding but not available in Chandigarh and Grover’s La Reserve."
For event manager and entrepreneur Hema Bedi, it was love for wines that brought her to the Wine Club in 2004. "I personally prefer white. Grover’s White is easily available here and I have developed a taste for it."
So what was the selection for the evening? Chardonnay from Tuscany and Grover’s Blanc de Blanc, a 100 per cent Sauvignon Blanc and the three varieties of Chilean Red wine including a Valdivieso and The DON.
The elements were in fine
tune: perfect wine, good food (cheese, home-baked bread, live salad and
pasta counters) and of course a lively DJ who had the group swinging to
the strains of peppered music from the Sixties to the present day, glass
in hand raising a splendid toast to a rich evening.
Wine and Art
Wine and Art have
shared close ties over the ages, says Nirupama
The relationship of wine and art is a long one. In fact, the staple art fare the world over at art openings is wine and cheese. The metropolis like Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore too are following this trend though to the dismay of many connoisseurs cheese is more often than not processed and the wine is not quite the right temperature. This is so because when a bottle of imported wine says_ ‘Room Temperature Only’_ it means the room temperature in colder climes.
The relationship of art and wine is an old one. Not only do artists like a drop vintage and country green, it has often been a subject painted with skill in lands close and far. We have our own kitschy illustrations of Omar Khayam with sagar-o-meena. The concept of the saqi_ the barmaid-cum-beloved_ has been well explored in the etchings and paintings in the East.
Go to Western art and the whole meaning of wine takes on the religious connotations and the one 15th Century masterpiece that comes to the mind at once is The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The famous work was painted onto the back wall of the Dominician convent of St. Maria delle Grazie. The painting is a poignant description of Christ at the last supper with his disciples. This painting is one of the greatest treasures of world art and has been restored several times. This painting is an inspiration to many artists through the centuries and there have been many have painted their one versions of this theme. In recent times Andy Warhol did a series of paintings inspired by the work of the late master.
Of course, wine by itself has not been the concern of the painters but for still life that are bound to have a tall bottle with a jug or apples and oranges. Otherwise, wine comes alive on canvas and paper in relationship with those who invented the drink and consume it with relish till date_ the human species. The theme from the divine experience of Jesus and his disciples to 18th Century painter Toulouse- Lautrec has come a long way. Lautrec’s paintings of the Parisian nightclubs depict the misery of ageing whores and dissipated men drinking to survive. One of his very memorable works of the kind is his famous A La Mie.
Closer home, two paintings done by two of our contemporary artists come to the mind in which the glass of wine figures prominently. One is a delightful self-portrait by Gogi Saroj Pal in which she has painted herself sitting cross-legged with a glass of wine in hand. And the other is the painting of the hero Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ novel Love in the Time of Cholera. The figure is busy with the violin but on the side table is a half-drunk glass of wine.
Interestingly, famous French painter Henri Matisse designed the etching on a glass of wine way back in 1937!
Shubham’s dance is
close to the soil, says Rubinder Gill
He is a choreographer with a difference. For Shubham Chandrachur none of the bare-dare shows that are so prevalent today. Shubham’s shows prove to be a hit for their close-to-the-heart cultural ethos. From ‘Sagai to Vidai’, the lad from Patiala showcases fashion through the rituals and ceremonies that a Punjabi woman holds close to heart.
A firm believer in the maxim that ‘change is the rule of life’, Shubham started as a model and then turned to choreography. He started his career in Patiala in 1999 after winning the Super Model contest. Soon he realised the modelling limitations in the city and branched out into choreography, putting together fashion shows. From being on the ramp, Shubham started getting others, while he managed the shots from behind.
With this he has been able
to do shows not only all over Punjab but also in adjoining states. Besides
hosting the Sara Talent Hunt, Shubham has worked with top beauties,
including Femina Miss India Nikita Anand and Ashima Bhalla. He is also
call upon frequently to judge the contestants and shows for his discerning
eye and aesthetic sensibility. The multi-faceted guy started his career
with Punjabi musical album ‘Nach le DJ te’ and followed it up with
another prestigious album ‘Jogiya’ by
His role model and godfather is none other than the other star from Patiala: Jimmy Shergill. "It is Jimmy bhayyia’s struggle that impresses me the most. He has worked really hard for the position he is at today. And he did it by himself, without a godfather. He is not only my patron but also my mentor, "gushes Shubham about the hero of latest Punjabi flick ‘Yaaran Naal Bhaaran’. He has told me that I should know all aspects of the industry before taking on something. As Jimmy bhayyia says, "You should know the about working behind the camera before you come to work in front of it."
Holding his mentor’s advice close to heart, Shubham set out in Mumbai and bagged the work of helping Ketan Mehta in the direction of ‘Mangal Pandey’. There he got to work closely with Aamir Khan, whose praises he can’t stop singing since. The Patiala boy returned awed and impressed with the actors work method and ethics.
"Aamir Khan’s style of working is superb. He is so methodical and precise in his understanding of the subject and the character. But more, he is not only a super actor but he is a super human being. For me there is no bigger star than Aamir Khan," he says. Simply working with the great actor taught the beginner a lot.
Having viewed the work from behind the scenes has left Shubham with the desire to work behind rather than in front of the camera. I want to try my hand at direction and other work rather than acting. But I am not saying no to it? He is quick to add.
Shubham is well aware that there is more
struggle and hard work before he is firmly on the road to success but the
gritty choreographer is ready to take on the challenges to see his dream
of fame come true.
Love at net site
Net ties seldom have knots, says Nanki Hans
Love is in the air, literally Young residents of the City Beautiful and elsewhere are turning more and more to the net to capture the ethereal experience of love. Words thrown into space reach the tenderest of hearts. The love genie weaves a spell, and the rest is magic. This world of virtual love is addictive, claim most of those who have stepped into it.
But why do these local Remcos and Juliets look towards ‘‘Yonderland’’ to meet their dreams? Who do they turn to strange lands and seek solace in the unknown ? Why skirt reality ? The reasons are vast and varied, and seldom uninteresting.
Alex Bajwa, a young lad from Patiala, migrated to England. There he landed with a job as a cop. ‘‘ Since not may girls in the UK are attracted to a cop, I turned to the Net to fill my lonely hours,’’ he says. He met Abbie on the Net, who works with the American Airlines as a member of the ground crew. They struck friendship, then a bond and finally the lethal love bend.
They are new going steady. Bajwa even got his ladylove to India ( Punjab) last year for holidays, though it is London where they meet every now and then. '' We are together for life,'' says Bajwa who is obviously Cupid - struck, .
Pankaj, who is painfully shy, an engineer from Ludhiana, met Susan, a white American from Portland, Oregan, through the Net. Long parleys that often ended at twilight whetted their curiosity and they decided to see each other in person. Pankaj went all the way to America early this year to meet Susan. ''It was instant chemistry,'' he recalls with pleasure. ''Now, we are working on how to be together. We can't lose each other, after all the effort,'' he explains rather philosophically.
Similarly Vikramaditya from Chandigarh an IT professional, met Lisa, a Kiwi from Auckland on the Net soon after he had broken off with his girlfriend of seven years. Heartbroken, he sought solace on the Net. ''I could find none in the vicinity who could engage my interest. yet I needed somebody to balm my wounded ego. I was lucky to meet Lisa. A mother of a two-year-old baby girl, she too was facing trying times, having had separated from her husband and headed for a divorce''.
‘‘Empathy for each other led to friendship. As months passed, trust grew between us. Now, we think we are in love. If I do not chat with her on the Net, I fell lost, dejected . We plan to meet soon and may be .......,'' he stops mid-way his thoughts travelling far.
Rene from Chandigarh almost broke off her engagement when she met somebody on the Net from Bangalore. But her family prevailed upon her and she decided to give up ''illusion'' and opt for the ''real''. Mona walked out on her boyfriend when she chanced upon a passionate e-mail to him. ''I possibly could not keep a check on his Net love,'' she says with disdain.
Net ties seldom have knots. These are struck at one's own pace and convenience. There is no intrusion into one's space and time. In one word, they are convenient. ''You appreciate each other since you have limited time to be together. In fact, whatever time you spend, is spent well. It is quality time.'' Also sheer distance imparts, a certain mystery to the relationship. The curiosity is never quenched and romance continues to bloom. After all, romance is all in the mind.
In medieval times, it was love at first hearing. (Ranjha is supposed to have fallen in love with Heer after hearing her praises from his sisters-in-law). then it was love at first sight with William Shakespeare saying ''Whoever loved, loved not at first sight.'' Now in the modern times, it is love at Net site.
They’ve brought with them a slice of south in all its regalia and finery. Poompuhar, an exhibition showcasing authentic handicrafts of Tamil Nadu, is here in the city to kick off the festive season, which has come to be synonymous with a lot of shopping.
A shoppers delight, the exhibition has handicrafts unique in form and craftsmanship, richly reflected in bronze, brassware, stoneware, sandalwood and rosewood carvings. And, all these find a place in day to day utility art pieces like lamps, wooden sculptures, wall brackets, door handles, tableware, lamp shades and a whole lot of other items to choose from. A special attraction is an idol of Lord Krishna and Ganesha made in single wood.
Comprising a tasteful display of craft pieces for the benefit of art connoisseurs, the Thanjavur picture paintings, brass lamps with peacocks, parrots and swans give an expression to the culture of the state.
At the exhibition, there’s something for everybody——gold-plated jewellery, pearls, bedcovers, suits, appliqu`E9 work, stone carvings et al. Cotton and Kancheepuram silks are proving to be a big draw as are the traditional suits from the state along with crochet tablecloths, skirts and jackets,
Organised by the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts
Development Cooperation limited, the exhibition is on till October 23 and
offers a discount of 10 percent on handicrafts and 20 percent on
handlooms. The exhibition is aimed at providing direct and indirect
marketing support as also employment to the crafts persons. —
'Change is the law of nature and the musical arts are no exceptions to it,' maintains the handsome violinist Johar Ali Khan, referring to the emergence of innovative trends of experimentation like creative blending of the traditional and new genres of music all over the world.
'Any musical rendition
capable of producing an evocative response in the listeners is the
ultimate acceptance of musical form for them' feels Johar, based on his
interaction with musicologists, performing artists and the audiences
during his concerts in France, Finland, Paris, Holland, Hungary,
Switzerland , Estonia, African countries and especially the live shows for
Talking to the Tribune, the Delhi based maestro Johar Ali Khan disclosed that the music aficionados abroad are even more inquisitive to know the definitive form and richness of the Indian classical music and dance as every performance by Indian maestro fascinates them.
Basically any form of
classical music is the result of a long process of collection and
assimilation of folk music of that particular community, region or
country. Since the 'ragas' represent a specific emotion or passion, its
compositional structure or form may bear a different name for example the
North Indian raaga Bilawal is called 'shankravaran' in Carnatic music
repertoire, which establishes its universal character, explained
The foremost disciple and son of Ustad Gohar Ali Khan of Rampur , the versatile violist Johar Ali Khan comes from the illustrious music family of Patiala Gharana. Johar was in town to perform at a concert sponsored by the Central Sangeet Academy New Delhi, under the aegis of Triveni Sangeet Sabha.
A post-graduate in political science, Johar learnt the classical music under Guru Shishya prampara before accomplishing the finer techniques of violin from the Trinity college of music in London.
Johar Ali is trained in the Hindustani classical music traditions but his versatility encompasses other realms like the popular Jazz, Hindi songs, light classical and folk music which rightly prompted him to form a powerful and musical band 'Sargam'.
Johar reiterates that the percussion instruments exude the real essence of fusion while a sizzling band provides musical flavour by fusing the melody of different musical sounds. Deriving inspiration from Indian classical music and different music genre, Johar Ali Khan swears to serve the musical arts with devoted dedication.
Rich vibrant hues tinged with metallic flavours, interspersed with natural ‘garnishing’—bamboo, some leather, glass (test-tube vases)—glazed earthenware, smoke fire sprinkled with some pieces inspired by Raku, a Japanese style of firing earthen and stone ware—make for rich, vibrant and energetic forms that delight with their variations.
Exhibiting their contemporary pottery in the city, Bhukriti Studios, tantalise with their delightful interpretations of the mundane. Quirky Ganesh idols, funky chips and dip platters, hot plates, colourfully fired coasters, wall hangings with clay masks adored with fibers, bowls with bamboo trimmings, and book holders in the shape of flames, all overwhelm with their distinctive styles and nifty shapes!
Think and ponder, for the pottery on display induces you to. It is, after all, creativity in its most effervescent shapes and the delight in the medium and the craft are apparent in the varied forms the earth in the hands of its creators!
For Aditi Saraogi and Shreyashi Agarwala’s Bhukriti Studios, which brings contemporary pottery fired in age-old traditions and techniques, life is about passion and ingenuity and going back to a long-standing natural appeal. "We do not want to tell anybody what we have made, for they must feel free to use these creations they way they see them," insists Aditi. Influences range from the Apeejay School of Design and Delhi Blue for Shreyashi and Andretta’s Mansimran Singh and Ray Meekar (Golden Bridge pottery) for Aditi.
After showings in Calcutta, Chandigarh seemed a natural progression, "for people here spend time with beauty and nature," says Aditi. There is no set theme to the clay marvels on display. It is a chic display of sheer talent with unique styles and experiences. Within the blend of lamps (Rs 2000), crockery (Rs. 700 to 1000), leaf shaped platters, napkin holders there is something for every pocket with prices ranging from Rs. 20 to Rs. 3500 coupled with a splurge of firing techniques.
It is like wandering into a contemporary fairy tale, set in a grassy garden—check out the collection at House no. 47, Sector 4, on till October 22.
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He may not have the swashbuckling sheen, which would make him a towering cine maestro. But of course, to a large extent, he’s the man behind many Cine-Gods, including forever heartthrob Amitabh Bachchan. For, he is the man who wrote all those wonderful dialogues of movies like Sharaabi, Khuddar and Laawaris-that carried the style and punch of Amitabh Bachchan so well. Even at a point of time when our Amit ji’s career seemed to go a bit downslide, this man wrote such superb dialogues for him. And why only Amitabh, countless actors’ popularity quotient reached a big high, thanks to the spicy, yet natural dialogues written by him. And yes, besides writing dialogues for countless Hindi films, he’s also made the audiences go wild with laughter with his heartwarming and lively performances in comedies and other films.
He’s another Khan-whose reigned in the hearts of Indian masses for more than 20 years-the king of comedy and Dialogue-writing-Kader Khan.
If one tries to count the films he’s written dialogues for, the task seems impossible. Mr Natwarlal, Coolie, Mard, Tohfa, Khoon bhari maang, Chalbaaz, Maa, Suryavanshi, Hum, Saajan, Bol Radha Bol, Aag, Eena Meena Deeka, Khuddar, Aatish, Raja Babu, Coolie no 1, Hero no 1, Aunty no 1, Gharwali Bahar wali and Aa ab laut chalein are just a handful of them. All these films (and more), which have such endearing dialogues, that we remember till now, are today remembered, thanks to him. Not only is he another famous Khan who’s carved a niche for himself in Bollywood, but also the talented man who’s proved that talent and not classic handsome looks, are needed to rule the roost in Bollywood!
FILM & FASHION
Actor Ashton Kutcher, whose romance with screen star Demi Moore had riveted tabloids for months, is producing a Fox TV sitcom pilot inspired by the couple's recent real-life marriage.
The show, about a man closer in age to his eldest stepdaughter than his bride, is "loosely based'' on Kutcher's new blended-family life, with some key variations, 20th Century Fox Television spokesman Chris Alexander said.
Tentatively titled "30-Year-old Grandpa,'' the comedy is set in Chicago. It centres on a 30-year-old nightclub owner and a forty something businesswoman who get married and discover they're expecting a child.
At the same time, the woman's 22-year-old unwed daughter announces she is pregnant and plans to move home to raise her baby —turning the show's leading man into a grandfather overnight.
Kutcher, 27, became a stepfather when he tied the knot last month with Moore, 42, who has three daughters — aged 11, 14 and 17 — from her previous marriage to actor Bruce Willis.
Elizabeth Taylor’s last wish
Hollywood's veteran actress Elizabeth Taylor, who is said to be seriously ill after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, has expressed wish that her remains be scattered in her late husband Richard Burton's hometown of Wales.
According to Burton's brother, Graham Jenkins, Taylor wants her ashes strewn at Cardiff's Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, so that she could reunite with Burton. Last month, a friend had revealed that Taylor was sleeping for 12 to 14 hours a day and hadn't moved out of her swanky Californian Bel Air home for weeks.
Beckhams win right to
hear "nanny tapes"
David Beckham and his wife Victoria won the right to hear tapes in which a former nanny claims their marriage is a sham. Justice Charles Gray ruled that the couple were entitled to disclosure of the tapes of interviews with the nanny, Abbie Gibson.
Allegations by the 27-year-old nanny will be used by the News of the World in its defence against a libel action brought by the Beckhams over its article ''Posh & Becks on Rocks'' published in September last year.
Whether the high-profile celebrity action goes ahead as planned on December 5 is now in doubt. Both sides say they are considering putting it off until next year.
Following the article, the Beckhams gagged the nanny from revealing more. But they do not know what else may be on the tapes.
During the hearing, the newspaper's lawyer Richard Spearman claimed that what he called Beckham's ''infidelity'' had ''rocked and seriously damaged'' their marriage.
He alleged the couple ''have been trying for financial reasons to convince the public that they continue to enjoy a happy marriage.'' The couple deny all the allegations but the newspaper is claiming justification and will seek to prove they are true.
Holmes pulls out of film
Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise's fianc`E9e, has pulled out her new film "Shame on you" fearing that the stress of filming will harm her unborn child.
The 26-year-old "Batman begins" actress was to star as Spade Cooley's wife in a Dennis Quaid's movie. This news will further delay filming that was to take place in New Orleans.
There has already been a delay due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Holmes and Cruise have not yet set a wedding date but have announced that they are expecting their first child together. — IANS
I read ‘Kalagram Blues’ with interest. But I was rather surprised to read that sculptor Shiv Singh is suggesting that artists’ studios be made at Kalagram. I am a sculptor too and would like to tell you what happened in this connection in the past.
I carried out quite a campaign for this demand. Shiv Singh was chairman of the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi then and his words did carry weight. But he did nothing about it.
Sculptors do find it hard to get a place to execute their works. Let’s hope someone will look into this sooner than later.
P.S. Sawhney , Chandigarh.
It was amusing to read in Lifestyle about what male wardrobes should contain. What was funnier still was that people had named the exact number of clothes they had in their wardrobes. Are they kidding or they actually count their ‘kerchiefs, turbans, ties and what have you?
Sukhbir Singh, Patiala.
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