18LS01A new.qxd 9/17/2012 7:01 PM Page 1 tuesday | september 18 | 2012 | chandigarh TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE GUEST OF HONOUR The young television star Pankaj Tiwari has become a house-hold name with his character Aakash in Jhilmil Sitaaron Ka Aangan Hoga. This engineer-cum-model-turned actor is from Madhya Pradesh. PAGE 2 Þ PATCH-UP TIME? Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have become an item again, just months after he walked out on her for cheating on him with married director Rupert Sanders. Robert has forgiven her ‘stupid mistake’. PAGE 3 Þ TOP OF THE TOP Like everything else to do with fashion, 2012 autumn/winter trends too will be influenced by the past. So, along with some fresh designs we have some carry-over trends in tops. PAGE 4 Þ There was a time when art lovers would run around arranging passes for MF Husain’s exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery. Fast forward to today’s times; most invites in the inbox come from artists displaying their work at cafes and popular restaurants. So, why is more art selling at eating joints rather than galleries and conventional art exhibitions? Is it because we tend to spend more time in a restaurant rather than an art exhibition or just because it is displayed better? For someone who appreciates art, it is all about trying to promote the canvas. “Everything that I have done till date has been outof-the-box,” shares Neepa Sharma, one of the wellknown names in the art circle of Chandigarh. She says, A movement in art Visual art is no longer confined to the walls of an art gallery. Cafes and restaurants are displaying works of artists with élan “Anything new is fodder for the audience. The city, which has started waking up to art, is certainly responding well to the concept. Art sells when the client spends more time appreciating the work. In a café, the surroundings are relaxed and one tends to appreciate art more than in a gallery,” she says. On the contrary, the true artists have a rather different opinion. Says Tirthankar Bhattacharya, chairman and professor of art history from the Depart- After Yaar Anmulle, Harish Verma is all ready with his next flick Buraah! Back to the roots Jasmine Singh This usually happens with a multi-starrer film—either you fall in love with the entire star cast (read Golmaal) or you come with a good memory of one particular character that had you completely floored (Farhan Akhtar in Zindagi Na Mileygi Dobaara). Harish Verma is that one name which stayed with the audi- TAKE TWO: Harish Verma ences when they watched the multi-starrer Yaar Anmulle. Jatt Tinka, his character was the most loved, and Harish got the whiff of this adulation pretty early. “Yaar Anmulle had three actors playing their respective leads, Aarya Babbar, Yuvraj Hans and me. Everyone did a fabulous job, but I guess people liked my light-hearted, yet serious character,” who is in Chandigarh for the post-production of his next release Buraah! Harish plays a funny character again. Stereotype? The word doesn’t exist in his dictionary. For someone who has played umpteen characters in theatre productions with Gursharan Singh, experimenting and improvising on roles for him is all part of acting. “I owe whatever I have learnt till date to theatre. Working with Gursharan ji was an experience of a lifetime. Theatre taught me to juggle with many characters,” adds Harish who would love to do different kinds of roles in future. “The audiences liked me in the light role in Yaar Anmulle, but I could also see them crying when my character got a bit serious,” says Harish who played both negative and positive role in his debut film Punjaban. “I put in my best in the role I get. I was nominated for the best actor critic role for Yaar Anmulle. Punjabi cinema has got better with time, and good roles are being written. So, an actor like me has a choice to make.” Harish who bagged a good role in Naa Aana Is Des Laddo when he moved to Mumbai some years back, wants to concentrate on films now. “I am getting offers for TV, but I want to dedicate my time to Punjabi films as of now. I am open to Hindi films as well,” adds the actor who believes in being sincere to work, carrying the right attitude and giving the best to his acting. PAGE 3 Þ PHOTO: PARVESH CHAUHAN FOOD & ART: A VIEW OF BOOKS AND BREW DURING A RECENT EXHIBITION. Vasudha Gupta LIGHT, CAMERA, ACTION & CUT! Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh says his hands got bruised while filming an action sequence for his latest film David. Neil is currently in Belfast, Ireland, shooting the last leg of David. ment of Art History and Visual Art Voices, Panjab University, “There are two views on this. Mostly, hotels are commercial hubs and artists also just want their work to be displayed at those places.” He, however, feels that showcasing work in a place where masses flock to eat, drink and make merry can never do justice to the work of an artist. “If you have a classical dance performance or a classical music recital in a cafe, it surely will never give the deserving respect to the artist. It needs to be demarcated if one is looking for an art bazaar or is a truly art connoisseur,” Tirthankar adds. And owners have their own point of view on the matter. “Art goes well with food,” says Neha Singh, owner of the Girl In The Cafe, Sector 17, Chandigarh. Her cafe showcases WATCH OUT ❙ ❙ A photo-video essay Private showings in clubs, not open for just about everyone works from different artists on a regular basis. Displaying works free of cost, she is glad that they are picked up by buyers. “Art just pairs really well with food,” she adds. For a few others, the problem being faced in art galleries can range from basic infrastructure to even attracting the target audience. Rozy Varinder Kaur, who recently brought together 20 artists from the region to Chandigarh for an exhibition, is planning her next in a club. Rhythmic connection PHOTOS: VICKY GHARU Tabla maestro Fazal Qureshi believes music has a universal language that transcends boundaries Mona Fazal Qureshi carries the best of the two worlds — the rich tradition of Punjab Gharana and the western sensibilities he imbibed through his association with band Mynta. In Chandigarh, for an event organised by the Pracheen Kala Kendra in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs, Chandigarh Administration on Sunday, Fazal, tabla virtuoso, talked about influences in his life… Experimenting is what he believes in, provided it’s done in the right way. And his association with Swedenbased band Mynta has led to fruitful innings. Fazal shares, “Music has a universal language. Playing tabla in Sweden where people have rarely seen one and exposing our country to western music is a mutual learning experience.” His latest album Connecting Three World brings together tabla, sarangi, oud and saxophone. “It has a SUR & TAAL: Fazal Qureshi with Dilshad Khan at Tagore Theatre. distinct Indian, middle-eastern and European touch,” says Fazal with three decades of experience in music. In the era of Bollywood music, Fazal is sure of the fact that classical arts will continue to do well in future. “Classical music is constantly evolving. Whosoever becomes part of it, leaves his or her distinct impression. Not for nothing, it has not only survived but flourished in the last 2,000 years,” says this follower of Punjab Gharana. Fazal finds hope in the number of six-year-olds and many more that show up at the foundation in Mumbai, which goes by the name of his father Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, the finest tabla player of the century. “If only we are able to tap the young talent, we are good,” he says. Experimenting is one char- acteristic that Fazal has picked up from his famous father, being media shy is another. “I do talk whenever I feel the need. Like when it’s in relation to my father’s foundation or a new album release. Apart from that I would rather like to make my work speak,” he says. Humble he is despite the position he commands and attributes his most memorable moments in his distinguished journey to the performances he did with his father and brother Zakir Hussain. “Our performances together have been the most remarkable ones. They have been the best learning experiences for me. Because of their busy schedule, it has been hard getting hold of them to learn. Shows together have been the best way to learn,” he says. firstname.lastname@example.org Classical music is constantly evolving. Whosoever becomes part of it, leaves his or her distinct impression on it... “It’s a very simple formula. Cafes and restaurants are hubs of the rich people. A person who won’t mind spending on food in a luxury eating-joint will never mind buying an expensive piece of art,” she says. Planning to showcase six major artists in her next exhibition, she has had to face problems with electricity and the out-dated lists of guests in the past. “For us, media is the only way to attract a gathering, but the lists are hardly updated by the galleries,” she adds. 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