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Drop in to discover what makes Mumbai cool

As Maximum City embraces new food traditions, casual networking spaces and pop culture, a look at the definition of ‘cool’ for your city

art and culture Updated: Aug 05, 2016 22:57 IST
Kanika Sharma

Activities like playing with aerial silk at the Sitara Studio has got the city’s youngsters recreating in unusual ways. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT)

Cool is that word that you use all the time but fumble when you have to define. Is it an attitude or the phenomenon that has the buzz around?

Piramal Museum of Art is seeking out to define ‘That’s Mumbai Cool’ with a series of discussions on food, restaurants and cultural venues that have become the new pith of Mumbai’s culture.

“The ability to distinguish great experiences, tastes and spaces is what separates the cool from the ordinary. All the people participating in the symposium are doing something new, and we will aim to decipher a shift in what is deemed cool in the city at the event,” says Ashvin Rajagopalan, director of the Piramal Art Foundation.

Starting a little before noon, the day-long event kickstarts with a discussion among editors from cultural website, The Daily Pao — Pronoti Datta, Amit Gurbaxani and Purva Mehra — to decode how the city has started honing in on its contemporary culture in the past few years.

The Pack-A-Pav home chef Rohan Mangalorkar will be one of the participants discussing how traditional cuisines are reinventing the way the city eats.

Just around lunchtime, Bohri and Parsi cuisine alongside the quintessential Mumbai street snack — vada pav hog the ‘How traditional cuisines are reinventing the way the city eats’ talk. Homechefs Munaf Kapadia of The Bohri Kitchen, Perzen Patel of The Bawi Bride, Rohan Mangalorkar of Pack-A-Pav will chat with food writer Antoine Lewis to discuss how the city’s tastebuds have changed.

Read: How Mumbai’s home chefs are being embraced by finedining restaurants

“For restaurants, we were keen on looking at spaces where there is a sense of community being built — where the urban crowd finds a home,” adds co-curator of the event Rashmi Dhanwani. With restaurants becoming much more than just eating joints, food critic Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi traces this shift with Café Zoe’s Viraf Patel, Doolally’s Suketu Talekar and Woodside Inn’s Pankil Shah. NH7.in founder Shreyas Srinivasan, with founders of new-age cultural events spaces Sharin Bhatti (The Hive) and Nikhil Hemrajani (Sitara Studio), and Marlies Bloemendaal, founder of co-working space Ministry of New, traces how entertainment becomes the city’s defining element, and how spaces and food are adapting to that.

Read: Why alternate cultural avenues are becoming popular in the city

WHAT: That’s Mumbai Cool! — a symposium on the city’s contemporary culture

WHERE: Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm

WHEN: Piramal Ballroom, Piramal Museum of Art, Ground floor, B wing, Piramal Tower, Peninsula Corporate Park, Lower Parel

TO REGISTER, email sayali.mundye@piramal.com