Malavika’s Mumbaistan: Walking Away With The Carpet And The BallUpdated: May 08, 2019, 01:12 IST
The annual MET gala last night, aka the world’s biggest costume party, was back in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art on its traditional date of the first Monday of May. Hosted by Vogue’s Anna Wintour, this year’s theme was ‘Camp’. And you have to be either from another planet or Indian and therefore subsumed in the national elections to not know that India’s glamorous contingent cut a pretty impressive figure, walking the red carpet and rubbing designer shoulders with the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Lupita Nyong’o. While Deepika Padukone seems to have got things right in a Zac Posen gown, the consensus around PC’s Alice In Wonderland-inspired grey-yellow-pink Dior gown, grey eyebrows and white eyeliner-look had not been as complimentary. But interestingly, India’s two heiresses, philanthropists and glam hostesses Isha Ambani Piramal and Natasha Poonawalla seem to have got things right, and according to public response managed to “slay” their looks, giving stiff competition to the Bollywood stars. While Poonawalla was outfitted in a powder blue Peter Dundas outfit and accompanied by Vogue’s Anaita Shroff Adajania – who has in the past styled Padukone and Aishwariya Rai Bachchan – Isha Ambani Piramal opted for a Prabal Gurung lilac gown, paired with some serious stones, and had Vogue’s Priyanka Kapadia (who has styled the likes of Janhvi Kapoor and Anushka Sharma) as part of her styling team as they set camp up at the Fifth Avenue’s Peninsula Hotel. Indian women of unprecedented means, exposure and currency, with top line homegrown and international support, demonstrating how the country is no slouch when to comes to stratospheric glamour. It would not be wrong to say that this Monday night, Cinderella had walked away with the Ball.
Let The Music Play
Sunday evening was witness to a rare powerhouse of musical talent gathering for an impromptu jam at the home of legal-eagle couple Shobha and Haresh Jagtiani. The Jagtianis, besides being at the very top of the city’s legal fraternity, engaged vibrantly in its intellectual and social fabric, also happen to be preternaturally gifted in music. Three out of the family of five are exceptional singers/performers, along with acing their day jobs, and the other two make up by being enthusiastic listeners, so their cozy apartment plays host to many informal music sessions and are a delight to attend. But this one was even more special. Bollywood’s leading choreographer, the immensely talented SoBo Boy, who made the world’s biggest film industry literally dance to his tunes, Shiamak Davar was going to be there and so would LA-based producer-songwriter Duddy Brown on his first visit to the country. The purpose of Brown’s visit had been to write fresh music and produce three new songs with his long-time music partner musician Anushka Jagtiani (stage name Anushka JAG) who divides her time between LA and India. Over the last 10 days, the duo had hit a particularly creative streak, composing a club banger song called ‘I’m going Bollywood in Hollywood,’ and a simple endearing one set to a reggae beat called ‘Khushi Khushi’, amongst others.
Davar, meanwhile, a force of nature and a star-kissed free spirit, who divides his time between Canada and India, and who has as a singer shared the stage with the likes of Sting, Bryan Adams and Will Smith, arrived with one of the star performers of his dance company, the impossibly gorgeous Upasana Madan, and a box full of chocolates, which he proceeded to hand out to everyone in the room. What else was there to do after that, but let the music begin? JAG sang some of her own music, including the inspiring anthem ‘Rebirth’, while Duddy, who’d produced and co-written the haunting melody, played the guitar. Her father Haresh did a particularly impressive rendition of the Stone’s Spider and the Fly, while one of the city’s top Gynecologist and Obstetricians, Adi Dastur regaled us with Elvis’ Love Me Tender and Davar did a kickass version of Your Song by Elton John and by the end of the evening, every one joined in for ‘Blowing In The Wind’. As we were saying, this Sunday evening was witness to a rare powerhouse of musical talent coming together for an impromptu jam session and that it featured a houseful of legal artistic and medical talent made it all the more special and intrinsically Mumbai.
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A Candle For Himanshu
He was one of the city’s most loved police officers, certainly its most swashbuckling; and his tragic death last year, while serving as additional director general of police of Maharashtra, had torn a bullet through Mumbai’s heart. But family and friends of the late Himanshu Roy have not allowed their personal grief to come in the way of celebrating his extraordinary life with his legion of admirers. Next month, on his birth anniversary, there will be a music performance to mark the occasion. “We loved Himanshu very deeply,” the simple invitation says elegantly. “We learnt to also love what Himanshu loved deeply. One among them was Indian classical music. We invite you to share not just Himanshu on his birthday, but also one of his greatest passions.” We remember how when we had attended the memorial service after his death, there had not been a dry eye in the overflowing hall, as an anguished city came to grips with his passing. This time, we have a feeling there will be gratitude, respect and homage to one of Mumbai’s tallest sons. Gone, but not forgotten.