Aiming to blur lines between various art forms, the third edition of Chivas Studio will see prominent artistes from across the country collaborate on unusual projects. In one of the four ambitious alliances, Bollywood filmmaker Rohan Sippy will team up with music composer Ranjit Barot and designer duo David Abraham & Rakesh Thakore to present a musical. Titled Fashion Broadway, the production will attempt to bring back the swinging ’60s on stage.
“The story is more like a narrative, based on the-then thriving jazz music scene in the city. Unfortunately, the music culture died and with this musical, we want to showcase its journey. The songs in the musical are conversational and carry an element of openness,” says Sippy.
Fashion Broadway stars actors Shahana Goswani, Ali Fazal and Rahul Dev. Barot has composed the original score while the retro-chic styling has been done by Abraham and Thakore. “It was a challenging project because my knowledge of music and fashion is limited. Working with Ranjit, David and Rakesh was amazing because it was like a confluence of different arts within a huge spectrum” says Sippy.
However, the filmmaker admits that it was unnerving at first to work on the live act, “Unlike films, where you can control every scene with takes and retakes, for a live stage act, you’ve got to deliver your best at one go. But that’s where its beauty lies. In fact, this is something I miss as a filmmaker — to be able to create art in a live setting.”
In another interesting collaboration called Art Jam, American live art genius Brian Olsen will create paintings to the tunes of Delhi-based fusion band Mrigya. Art Foyer will see painter and installation artist Paresh Maity teaming up with photographer Jatin Kampani for a project that will feature interpretations of various visual art forms.
Another collaboration titled Mixology will have the Chivas brand ambassador Max Warner attempting to create unique ‘liquid masterpieces’ by incorporating locals flavours in drinks.