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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Metrolife on the move


M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology recently held Aavishkaar. P3

Knights on a night out

he Indian Premier League season is not just about cricketers taking to the field. In fact, when they are not on the field, they are involved in a whole lot of other activities for their respective brands. And that brings out their lighter side too. Recently, the City witnessed a whole new side of the defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), when they had come for their big match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Calm and composed, the cricketers walked the ramp for an international watch brand. It was a different ball game altogether for KKR. For many of the cricketers, it was their first time on the ramp. Fans trickled in and unlike most fashion shows in the City, this one started on time. The night began with an electrifying dance performance by the Vibes dance group. This was then followed by the launch of a new range of watches.

Vintage beauties on a roll

Gautam Gambhir

HANDSOME Bret Lee walks the ramp with a model.

Venky Mysore, CEO, KKR, says, We take all our associations very seriously and its great to see the boys try something new as well. The models first showcased a line meant only for women. This was followed by a range of watches for men, which were designed for India in specific. Being associated with a cricket team, the show also showcased a range of watches for sportsmen. The highlight of the evening was when cricketers like Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee and KKR captain Gautam Gambhir walked the ramp with models showcasing watches that the brand presented to them. Manoj Tiwary, Sunil Narine and Eoin Morgan also walked the ramp. Dressed in their KKR jerseys, they were at ease and carried on the show. The crowd hooted and cheered and even took pictures of their favourite player on the ramp. But it was not for long. Soon, the players had to keep their party hats aside and return to prepare for the next day.

t was quite a joy ride for fans of vintage cars at the rally recently held at The Whitefield Club (TWC). Flagging off from Forum Value Mall, the cars made a pit stop at Hotel Marriot and finally reached the club, where the members waited in large numbers for the final leg. Among the cars and bikes on display were a 1968 Triumph Spitfire Mk III, 1932 Plymouth seven-passenger Sedan, 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster, 1928 Aston Martin, 1989 Jaguar Sovereign and even a 1960 Vespa among others. On the third edition of the rally, Koshy Varghese, president of TWC and managing director at VDB, notes, The real Whitefield is being forgotten just like these vintage beauties. This rally is our way of giving Whitefield something interesting to look forward to and giving the members a reason to come together. The summer dresses, cheerful faces and old school feel of the club made for a lovely afternoon, both for the car owners as well as the admiring visitors. Its been a great rally for me, in terms of organisation, meeting nice people and in general, a fun Sunday. With my car, its been an awesome journey because more than a car, its become a way of life, says Pankaj Motreja, whose Volkswageon 1968 Beetle was on display. Two of the clubs oldest members, Lionel and Christa Moss, were the chief guests of the occasion. It was an excellent rally with beautiful cars and a won-

HOT WHEELS A 1947 Daimler DB 18.

UNIQUE A 1932 Plymouth seven-passenger Sedan.

derful get-together. Its nice to the culture of the club going, know that there are still peo- smiles Lionel. Even the children werent ple who take interest in preserving all things vintage and left out and there were

enough and more who attended the rally and had a great time. My favourite was the Plymouth because it looks the oldest. Ive always liked cars from the beginning and vintage ones are just extra classy, says 14-year-old Anish, who went around inspecting each car from close quarters. Some found the rally to be a good place to network and get to know more about the cars. There wasnt as much variety as other rallies Ive attended. But its always refreshing to see vintage cars. Its also a great way to get to know the owners and understand about the cars itself, notes Sean Lawrence, a visitor.


Splendid coordination of notes

Family Affair, an evening of delightful music by The Bager Trio, was hosted by The Bangalore School of Music, at Alliance Francaise recently. The Bager Trio comprised of Jonathan Bager and his sons Frederic and Jeremy. Jonathan played the flute while Frederic was on piano, and Jeremy played the bassoon. The different pieces that were performed by the trio in the first half included three compositions by Beethoven -Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon, WoO 37, Piano Sonata no. 30, opus 109 in E major, and Variations on Folksongs Op 107 Piano, Flute ad Bassoon. Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon, WoO37 is a piece in three movements of which the first movement was performed at the event. They also performed Piano Sonato no 30, opus 109 in E major clearly depicted shifting moods and tempo. In the

EXTRAORDINARY Jonathan, Frederic and Jeremy Bager.

Variations on Folksongs Op 107, the arrangement focussed on the piano part and the bassoon part was added by Jonathan Bager. After the break, the piece performed were Partita No 6 in E minor, BWV 830, Sonata for Flute and Piano Undine Op 167 and Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon. The pieces that followed seemed like in an ascending

order of artistes performing. The Partita No 6 in E minor, BWV 830 by Bach was just for the piano and it engrossed the crowd. The piece Sonata for Flute and Piano Undine Op 167 by Reinecke that followed saw two artistes the piece drawing inspiration from a novel based on love. The last piece, Trio for Piano, Flute and Bassoon by Donizetti, showcased influ-

ence of the operatic style and was appreciated by one and all, with thunderous applause. Helen Amber, an expatriate student in the City, said, Its a great opportunity to have compositions of different artistes being performed on one stage. The different musical notes that each piece had, varied in style and that kept each one of us enthused. Music may differ from country to country, but the joy of listening to it remains the same, said Kaavya Krishnan, a music teacher. She added, The playfulness of the notes and the coordination of the trio on stage, reflects the way they performed. Ask the artistes about how they felt performing in Bangalore, and Jonathan Bager said, The crowd was very involved, and that gives inspiration to the artistes too. The way they responded with cheerful words and applauded, encouraged us all the more.

Distinct styles come forth

lassical music aficionados in the City were recently treated to Sangeeta Vijaya, a live music concert, organised by the All India Radio, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Ananya. Held at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, the concert saw two young artistes Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath and Sameer Rao taking the stage. The evening began with a Carnatic vocal recital by Aishwarya, a disciple of Seethalakshmi Venkateshan. Accompanied by C N Chandrashekar on the violin, M R Sainath on the mridangam and M Gururaj on the morsing, Aishwarya began her recital with a descriptive alaap. She soon followed it up with a song titled Kaligiyum, which gave a good start to the show. Soon the audience were treated to a solo performance by the violin and morsing, which added more variety to the show. Through the performance, the artistes displayed their spontaneity and knowledge about the art form. The highlight of Aishwaryas performance was the jugalbandi between her and the accompanying artistes. The audience were seen really enjoying the young singers voice and one could see them appreciating her from time to time. In fact, many among the audience had attended the young singers concert before as well. It is always great to listen to young singers. They are very enthusiastic and energetic. As art lovers, we would certainly like more youngsters coming up and performing. They bring a different perspective and style to the art form, says Ravindra, a
MELODIOUS Aishwarya Vidya Raghunath

member of the audience. This was soon followed by a performance by Sameer, a disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. He presented a Hindustani flute recital in a different style and gharana of Indian classical music. Through his concert, the talented musician showcased his creativity, which made the show more appealing and interesting. Varun, who was present at the show, found the concert to be a unique one.

We had the opportunity to listen to two distinct styles of Indian classical music on a single platform. And both the performers were talented in their own way. However, one thing that is missing in all these shows is the presence of youngsters. We may have many young artistes but we hardly have any young members present in the audience. Its time even youngsters turned up and encouraged such artistes, he says.


An awesome adventure to remember

lot of biking enthusiasts got to spend almost an entire day with the Wrangler True Wanderer contest winner Milind Hiremath, recently. Milind also shared his experiences with the bikers on the occasion. The ride was flagged off from the Wrangler store on Commercial Street to Ramnagara Ramadevara Betta. The rough terrain didnt matter to these young bikers as long as they could ride along with Milind. The True Wanderer contest was held in three rounds. The runner-up was Srinath from Bangalore. A panel of biking experts declared Milind as the winner based on the quality of content generated and the experiences shared by Milind on his blog as well as the number of member and I usually go biking every weekend, says Milind. The trip was proof that bikers as a community are being encouraged and recognised. We had our breakfast en route at Kadu Mane and we halted at a resort. There was good food and some great music when we reached our destination. The ambience was just perfect for any true biker, he adds. The focus this year, says Milind, was on the safety measures, We started out only after we made sure that all our safety gears were in place and the documentation was complete. It was the most adventurous and exciting ride. Milind won a Harley Davidson Iron 883 bike in addition to several goodies from the brand.

All that glitters

ELATED Milind Hiremath (extreme right) after winning the Harley Davidson Iron 883.

votes he got on it. Sharing his experiences, Milind observes that most of the time people are caught up in a whirlwind of work and deadlines. Rarely do we take out the time to gather our skills and

navigate into an uncharted territory of new possibilities, until one moment of reckoning which shakes the innate skills we possess. I found one such opportunity in Wrangler and xBHP, says Milind. The 40-odd bikers, who

went on the trip, covered 60 kilometers one way and returned to the City the same day. All of us were experienced bikers and most of them were people I knew and had biked with before. Ive been biking for as long as I re-

Kareena Kapoor, the brand ambassador of Malabar Gold & Diamonds, displays the Brides of India Coffee Table Book at an event held recently. Malabar Group chairman M P Ahammed, international operations managing director Shamlal Ahammed, group executive director O Asher and regional director E Jaleel look on.