Hard Rock Cafe presents Songdew Nights, bringing the most sough after bands in the country. The night will be all about great energy and high octane music, that will surely be a treat for all music lovers. So be there and enjoy the enthralling gigs by the bands performing live at the venue. Entry: Rs 150
Hard Rock Cafe brings to you live performances by Lost Stories, an electronic music duo, recognized as one of the pioneers of this genre of music in the country. Their debut single was a major hit, followed by a successful tour as part of which they performed at Tomorrowland and other big festivals. They have worked on official remixes for international artists such as Marcus Schulz, Nadia Ali, Andy Moor and Afrojack. Entry: Free
FuzzCulture promises a power packed evening at Hard Rock Cafe as they will be performing live at the venue. The Delhi Based electro-rock duo is the brainchild of Srijan Mahajan and Arsh Sharma. They have performed at all major festivals, including Weekender, Sunburn Festival, Supersonic and many more. Entry: Regular- 500 Cover and VIP- 1700
Tales of Art is an exhibition on narrative art from across the globe. This four-day long exhibition by Great Banyan Art brings to town the fascinating world of storytelling in contemporary art, surpassing cultural and social boundaries. Through art workshops, the show exhibits narratives in contemporary space and how it responds to present-day society, with its diverse culture and advancing technology. The exhibition will showcase around 40 artworks from 15 countries across the world, with an eclectic mix of emerging contemporary artists from USA, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Poland, Norway, Ukraine, Lithuania, Korea, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Philippines.
For all the busy office-goers out there, Diva Spiced brings a specially curated healthy lunch menu. The delicious pick-me-up’s include a three-course menu, with dishes like mixed basket of vegetarian or non-vegetarian dumplings, or Corn and Tofu Cakes with Garlic Relish and Mango Chutney, or Bomra’s Tomato Salad, and more in starters; the main course includes Sweet and Sour Papaya Curry, flavoured with curry leaves and served with Bikaneri roti and chilli pickle, or Caramelised Lotus Stems and Snow Peas, in light cardamom infused curry and served with steamed Goan rice, or a house version of Red Curry, served with basil rice, to name a few. End on a sweet note with Jaggery Crème Brûlée for dessert. Cost: Rs 999 (plus taxes)
It’s tough to make a good thing last, but the team behind the seven month pop-up at Asiad Village has turned this around by not only setting up permanent residence, revamping their interiors and overhauling the menu, but expanding to include a tequila bar right across. While we are super excited about the prospect of a real Mexicana spot opening soon, we focussed our attention on being charmed by the calm vibes of the new TabulaBeach Café. AMBIENCE What started as a quick fix solution last year with a friend drawing a mural of fish jumping out of the sea and flying free has become the core theme of the shack inspired lounge and you’ll notice it in the little things. Everything is a little grown up now though, so the cabana-like patio seating with sand under the feet has been tamed to ensure you still get a hint of the beach, but can do so without getting your city shoes dirty. Smart use of lighting has really opened up the indoor area and helped create an intimate mood. The azure blue and sun bleached yellow are still around – brightened up by pink cages on the roof and open space to dance at on the floor. The music area too has been transformed and given an elevated stage with an octupus toting DJ console that will host a busy roster of gigs and live events. FOOD + DRINKS The kitchen and bar – now manned by the talented Chef Noah Barnes from The Hungry Monkey is an extension of the summer loving mood that also pays homage to the shuttered Ploof with lots of fresh seafood swimming around. Taking plating more seriously, the concise menu is a mix of comfort fare (burgers, sandwiches, pizzas), petite eats, and hearty curries and grills with a hint of regional flavours. If you want to fit into that bikini, start with a well balanced and pretty looking Red Wine Poached Beetroot and Mascarpone (Rs 350) packed with creamy bocconcini and caramalised candied nuts. In appetisers, the juicy Prawns Karwari (Rs 525) resplendent with curry leaf and ginger is a delicious composition, though the Crispy Conjee Shredded Tenderloin (Rs 395) seemed out of sync. Delicately flavoured yet robust curries aren’t easy to pull off, but you’ll find them here in the likes of the Coconut Curry Chicken (Rs 595) with inventive use of roast pulled chicken to add a texture component to the mild curry. On the other end of the spectrum is the Pandi Pork Curry (Rs 550), which although not entirely authentic, is a scrumptious take on the Coorgi classic that even non-pork lovers will wipe off the plate. The bar works just as well using local ingredients to create refreshing concoctions. Our favourite from the list included the Paan Ki Dukan (Rs 375) – a potent combo of paan leaf, gulkand, vodka and Sambuca specked with cardamom as well as the Smoking Aces (Rs 495) that seems familiar with cinnamon smoked bourbon, cassis and Angostura bitters, but is a great rendition nonetheless. P.S: They have a dog-friendly afternoon every Saturday, so take your pooches along for a day out. IN A NUTSHELL WH Verdict: A cheery fantasy for a landlocked city! Meal for Two: Rs 2500 Cuisine: Asian, European, Indian Review Other Details: TabulaBeach Café on What’s Hot They are also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/tabulabeach Instagram: @TabulaBeach **The writer was invited by the eatery to preview their menu.**
Crowne Plaza Hotel, in association with Artree, brings forth an art exhibition, for six months, that will showcase artworks by six talented artists - Radhika Surana, Sparsh Kumar, Uma Bardhan, Shradha Bhatia, Aman Sekhon and Rashmi Singh. The key highlight of the event is that a month will be dedicated to each artist, showcasing only thier artwork. It would further offer a platform for an interactive session, between the guests and the artists. Every artist’s style is distinct from others and is expressed in their work. The exhibition will be curated by Pragati Agarwal, an art lover and a curator
As the concludiing exhibition focusing on #39;gender#39; issues, Alliance Francaise brings forth another event highlighting feminism and its roles. The exhibition comes in the wake of a blog by Nilanjan Nandy and Anni K Sharan, which saw many young minds coming forward and voicing their opinions on the subject. People participating in the event include Darrell Roberts, Hitender Noorwal, Jasone Miranda-Bilbao, Merlin Moli, Moumita Ghosh, to name a few. The main aim of the project was to create a socio-cultural dialogue through an artistic approach, with debates, opinions, critics, tests, questions and negotiations, addressing the myriad issue of gender.
Enjoy some lip smacking and limited period Sizzlers, this February, at Hard Rock Café (Delhi and Gurgaon). Coming exclusively from their kitchen is a range of sizzlers, like - Hard Rock Cafe Thai Skillet, Italian Mafia Skillet, Mexican Chipotle Chicken and Prawn Skillet, Herb Crusted Chicken Skillet, Steak Satellite Skillet, Thai Style Grilled Cottage Cheese Skillet, Grilled Paneer Tikka Skillet along with an some delicious handcrafted range of Long Island Iced Tea cocktails and shots. Furthermore, they are running a contest along with the festival, that would give a couple a chance to win a night stay at their first ever Hard Rock Café hotel in Goa, as part of the Goa week.
The film festival will focus on urbanisation and its various aspects, with a more non-fictional approach. Engaging the real as well as the imaginative features of the city life, landscape, people, places, structures and more; the featured films comes with different story telling customs and formal practices. Some of the Indian filmmakers and their work that one can see here, include - Mira Nair’s India Cabaret and So Far From India, Arun Khopkar’s Narayan Gangaram Surve, Rahul Roy’s The Factory, Ruchir Joshi’s My Rio, My Tokio, Paromita Vohra’s Where’s Sandra? and Gitanjali Rao’s TrueLoveStory. The international films include - Harun Farocki’s Videograms of a Revolution and Workers Leaving the Factory, Fatih Akin’s Crossing the Bridge, Olivier Meys and Zhang Yaxuan’s A Disappearance Foretold and Jens Wenkel’s Lagos, Notes of a City. The screening will be followed by panel discussion, on the context, languages and aesthetics that shaped the cinematic work. Entry: Free For more information, click here
The combined exhibition – Trans, will be showcasing artists both from Korea and India. Organised by Narae Jin with support of Korean Culture Centre, the exhibition will be showcasing a contemporary themed set of work, including – paintings, videos, installations, drawings etc. There will be 10 artists from both countries, participating in the event. Korean artists – Narae Jin, Bokyung Jun, Goun Seo, Siren Eun Young Jung; Indian artists – Gagan Singh, Leena Kejriwal,Rakhi Peswani, Aditi Nagarath, AjaySharma and Vandana K. The exhibition highlights the issue of Feminism to reflect upon and to understand the varied perspectives of points like gender, identity, transnatonalism, power, tolerance, environment, animal, rights, cyborg, machine civilization; using different mediums.
One of the biggest exhibitions and fairs focused exclusively on kids is coming back this April with its eighth edition. The exhibition will bring together consumers and businesses in a fun and exciting setting. There will be plenty of both fun and educational workshops and activities, a food zone as well as a shopping arcade with products for both mothers and children.
Directed by: MS Sathyu MS Sathyu’s Dara Shikoh is considered a modern classic and is the story of Shah Jehan’s eldest son. Shikoh was a great visionary and an extremely spiritual man who understood Indian civilization. He was later betrayed by his brother Aurangzeb. The play focuses on Shikoh’s Sufi leanings and aims to spread the message that there is no place for fundamentalism in India’s composite culture. Ticket prices: Rs 200 to Rs 500 Tickets available at IHC Programmes Desk
Directed by: Matthew Dunster Cast: David Morrissey, Andy Nyman, Johnny Flynn Catch the broadcast of National Theatre’s play Hangmen about Harry, a hangman who is a bit of a celebrity in the small English town in which he lives. But what is he to do when Britain abolishes capital punishment? Ticket prices: Rs 250 to Rs 500 Tickets available at the IHC Programmes Desk
The solo exhibition - Forest Of The Living divine, by N.N Rimoz will be showcasing at Talwar Gallery. The artist brings to town his solo exhibition, after 23 years, with sculptures, installations and paintings. Inspired from the forest, one can see depctions of a beautiful maiden under night sky, devotee sitting with folded hands, and more. The artist puts forward the human form as he is ever-present in the three dimensional form.
While the clothing and grooming industry and web space is mainly full of websites and product ranges catering to women’s needs, there are lesser known brands offering the same for the male counterpart, which are slowly but steadily finding their groove in this highly competitive and, dare we say, female-dominated market. Breaking the gender stereotypes, there are some new and some already existing websites that retail different men-related products. Be it street fashion, contemporary clothing, grooming or skincare products – these websites are your one-stop shops for all the essentials. Brown Boy Inspired by European street trends and contemporary fashion, Brown Boy combines different trends from various countries – New York, London, Tokyo, and more – by blending styles, from classic tailoring to edgy aesthetics, to give the clothes a more comfortable and ‘everyday wear’ feel yet managing to look sharp. One can find both casual as well as premium collections here, with items like t-shirts, shirts, bowties, sweatshirts and tank tops, to name a few. Prateek Kayan, the man behind the brand, left his job at Wall Street and switched careers, from finance to fashion, to start Brown Boy. His vision for the brand includes a limited but well-curated collection, instead of overproducing and overwhelming customers with too many options. What’s better, some of the items on display are unisex, so girls, you can pick up stuff here too for an androgynous and modern wardrobe. Good For: International trends Price: Rs 1,090 – Rs 2,090 (premium collection) For more, check here Mr Button With the motto ‘a man deserves to look sharp’, Mr Button’s main objective is to create and enhance awareness among men to look crisp and stylish. They offer a wide selection of well-crafted shirts, trousers, blazers, suits, shorts and accessories, with free shipping across the country. But they are all about quality over quality, so expect cleverly crafted categories that are focused and clear, and don’t bombard you with an overkill of options. The highlight of this e-commerce website is definitely its ‘Lookbook’ section, which offers different classic and contemporary head-to-toe looks predesigned for you. Good For: Stylish menswear Price: Rs 1,499 – Rs 4,499 (lookbook) For more, check here The Bro Code Blending the casual playful look with the smart formal look, The Bro Code brings all clothes and related accessories under one roof. The range includes cufflinks, pocket squares, lapel pins, tie bars/pins, bowties, neck ties, suspenders and scarves, to name a few. The best part about the website is that you can now get the exact look of your favourite celebrity, from bowtie to suit, and from Ranbir Kapoor to Ranveer Singh, in their special section inspired by celebrity looks. Good For: Celebrity style Price: Rs 1,299 onwards (celebrity look) For more, check here Franco Leone This retail site is primarily focused on shoes, besides clothing and basics. Over the years, the brand has grown multi-fold in the country and now ships to even the remotest parts of India, at no additional cost. From casual to formal clothes and five categories of just footwear, including formal, casual, slippers, boots and flip-flops, this can be your sit-at-home shopping dream come true. Good For: Footwear Price: Rs 1,395 – Rs 3,295 (footwear) For more, check here Ustraa Probably the only home-grown website for men’s grooming products, Ustraa by Happily Unmarried has gained quite a bit of following since its inception. The raunchy tagline that reads ‘not tested on animals, only on rascals’ sure gives a fair idea about the kind of products one can find here. Be it shaving or shower products, grooming items for your beard, hair or skin – mooch wax, anyone? – they know the charm of a well-groomed man. Seems like they know their customer very well –the product design is clean and basic, something a manly man would definitely approve of. There are also pre-packaged gift packs that you can buy for your man that include a bunch of products, such as hair wax, face, beard and body washes, shaving cream, and beard oils, among others. Good For: Grooming products Price: Rs 1,147 – Rs 1,320 (gift packs) For more, check here
Indulge into a unique momo festival at Dzukou Tribal Kitchen, as they introduce a range of special Naga Mirchi momos, to the city. This month long festival at the authentic Naga restaurant will be offering momos in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian variants, topped with a special paste of the super chilly Naga Mirch’s. Price: Rs 250 per plate (vegetarian) and Rs 300 per palte (non-vegetarian)
The Wishist, a spring summer festival, will be celebrating the hand work of weavers and artisians, pan India. The evening will be showcasing some of the handpicked works of artisians, including handwoven sarees of Banarasi, Chanderi, Kanjivaram, Patola, Uppada, Maheshwari, Paithani style, to name a few. Also, on sale would be colorful splash of Block print suits by Mukesh, jewels Nimai and stunning footwear by Crimzon.
With Holi round the corner, add some fun and music to your evening, with Holishit Music Festival. The evening will be offering a range of your favourite liquor, food and electric music to add to your celebrations. Enjoy music like live band jams, club, commercial and bollywood tunes as well as dance, performances along with art and visual stimulation all combined with gulaal and bhaang. There are 20 artist lined up for the evening. Entry: Rs 1,000 per head Contact: +91-9711411500 (for Passes)
Satiate your cravings for some authentic Chettinad food buffet, at the Chettinad Food Festival going on at Cafe G, Crowne Plaza. Infused with the traditional spices, these age old authentic recipies are exclusively prepared for its patrons, prepared using chicken, lamb, fish etc. The menu is changed each day by the chef. Price: Rs 2,000 per head