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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 41, Dated October 16, 2010
CULTURE & SOCIETY  
Master Takes

Master Takes

COMPILED BY SHARANYA DEEPAK


JASMER
SARNA ART

Of late, Sujith SN’s exhibition called Map is Not the Territory in Delhi has captured my interest. I am extremely gung-ho about young Indian artists, of who Sanjay Sharma is my favourite. His work is worth collecting. Each of his paintings is unique and he has a new, refreshing theme every time. Delhi-based artist Gagandeep Singh has mastered the simple medium of ink and paper with rare sensitivity. His themes centre around Sikh history and architecture. Chandrashekhar Acharya also has a unique style. He depicts rural themes in urban settings in an interesting way.

Sarna is the Delhi-based owner of Gallerie ArtFelt

Simplistic serenity Buddha by Sanjay Sharma

HARRIET
RAGHUNATHAN
ON BOOK

Recently, I read a psychological novel by Irene Nemirovsky called Suite Française about the 1939 German invasion of France. I found it to be extremely sensitive. Another interesting book I read recently is Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine. It brings a literary point of view to economic and political subjects. My all-time favourite is William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. The use of irony and exaggerated language is something only he could have pulled off. The book reveals a hilarious side of Elizabethan literature. I really enjoyed Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Raghunathan is a Delhi-based book critic and editor

‘The book reveals a
hilarious side to
Elizabethan writing’
HARRIET RAGHUNATHAN

MANOJ
BAJPAYEE
ON FILM

My all-time favourite would have to be K Asif’s Mughal-e- Azam for its grandeur, camera movement, direction and brilliant performances — especially Dilip Kumar’s. I love Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull for his pure genius and Robert De Niro’s performance. The film is highly inspirational. Pinjar by Amrita Pritam is a lesson in cinema about how a film should capture the essence of a book without ruining it, adding something to it instead. I recently watched an excellent film —El Penalti Más Largo Del Mundo by Roberto Santiago, a hilarious comedy that makes a strong social statement.

Bajpayee is a Mumbai-based actor

Unforgettable Robert De Niro in
Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull

RAKTIM
MAHANTA
ON MUSIC

I really like the music of American jazz quartet Fourplay. Their technical expertise is fantastic. Textures from the Netherlands is a terrific metal band. I highly recommend Indian guitarist Prasanna Ramaswamy who mixes jazz and carnatic sounds to bring about an interesting mix. Undying Inc from Delhi bring an entirely new approach to metal music. British rock band Queen’s Freddie Mercury lived his music. His stage presence and attitude was amazing.

Mahanta is a keyboardist in Guwahati-based band Silver Tears

Metal maniacs Dutch metal
band Textures

SHAHEEN
PEERBHAI Food

In Mumbai, I love to visit Olio in Juhu for their thin crust pizzas. Their specialty is their thin crust with a parmesan cheese topping — absolutely delicious. The Bombay Baking Company, a cafe at the JW Marriott, is a nice place to catch a coffee on a quiet afternoon. It also has a little store where you can buy ingredients, or pick up a book. Nawab Saheb, also in Mumbai, has excellent Indian food. It’s the only place whose food comes close to being as great as my nani’s. Their galouti kebabs are delectable. Like everyone else, I would have to recommend the beef burger at the Indigo Deli. It is easily the best burger in town.

Peerbhai is the Mumbai-based writer of the blog Purple Foodie


 

From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 7, Issue 41, Dated October 16, 2010
 

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