Paying tribute to Kurt Cobain

first_imgNirvana haven’t lost their mojo. At least nowhere in the party circuit they haven’t. So it isn’t surprising that bands would like to pay a tribute to Kurt Cobain’s cult rock band (they sing their numbers anyway). Latest to take the tribute route is Hundred Octane, who will be paying a tribute to Nirvana in a city music cafe today. We caught up with the band for details. Read on:What will your performance be all about?It is a tribute to Nirvana. We will be playing exclusive Nirvana songs apart from our own compositions. We often pay tribute to these metal bands we have grown up listening to since they are our idols. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What does the name Hundred Octane signify?When we started off, we were a bunch of engineers. Octane is a term used in engineering which is a unit to measure the inflamibility of fuel. So 100 octane is the highest point of fuel inflamation. It is similar to the music we create and the energy we infuse in it.What does music mean to you?It’s passion for us which we have turned into our way of living. There are many other bands in the music circuit. What do you think about the competition? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe do not believe in competition. Music is not a car race. Different genres of music have different fan following. We have our own style of playing and belong to the metal genre, hence we have our own audience. We have managed to establish our own independent music.What have been your biggest achievements?Achievements are nothing but mere milestones which come and go. But one of the most memorable moments was when we launched our own album last year. Initially it did not fare well but slowly it made profits. How do you deal with challenges?There are always two ways to face all the odds of life — either you deal with them head on or just kill yourself. Challenges have been a part of our daily routine. It’s something that can never be done away with. How did music come calling?We were always conditioned to study since all of us belong to high academic oriented families. We were always discouraged about off-beat careers like music, art etc and since we scored well, engineering for us was a compulsion, not a choice. Later, we realised we are not cut out for engineering. It’s like when you spread out your wings, you realise you are at the wrong place at the wrong time.Where do you derive your inspiration for your music from?Our daily lives form our inspiration. Whatever comes across in our day to day routine, we compose songs. For example, recently a friend of ours commited suicide, so we composed a song on her and how she broke down under the societal pressures. There is nothing specific behind our numbers. The lighter moments of life (love, hatred, violence) and philosophical content too get reflected in our music.What are your future plans?We do not plan. We as a band just rock and roll with whatever life throws at us. There are also no compromises made with respect to our music. We are a metal band and will continue to play.DETAILAt: Hard Rock Cafe, DLF Place, Saket When: Today Timings: 9 pm onwards Phone: 011 47158888last_img read more

A treat of three

first_imgCouple Trouble, a comic satire on men and changing values of marriage in modern times opened the Summer Theatre Festival on 22 June with a laugh riot that left the audience asking for more.Directed by Vikas Bahari, and based on a Marathi play Ankh Micholi, Couple Trouble was a comic take on everyday frustrations of men who feel trapped in a marriage. Originally written by CP Deshpande, the adult comedy is a depiction of the sexual fantasies of such men and aims at exposing their double standards while exploring the changing values of marital relationships in modern times. The play tickled the funny bone of many. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The love story of Priyamwada (Portia) and Basant (Bassanio) unfolded in a unique Indian avatar in the capital today in an Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece Merchant of Venice. A presentation of The Films and Theater Society, Saudagar, was launched at the Shri Ram Centre Auditorium today on the second day (21 June) of the three-day Summer Theatre Festival. Directed by Atul Satya Koushik, the play recreates Portia and Bassanio’s love story in the Indian heartland albeit with quintessential Shakespearian moods on stage. After all it is an Indian adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Adapting a William Shakespeare play is not easy at all. Every word written by him is a responsibility on you as it demands justice. If he chose to write a word, there has to be a reason behind it. In this adaptation, my constant endeavor was to keep the Shakespeare alive in every word that I write, every song that I play, and every emotion that I arise in my audience ‘, says Koushik. The play is garnished with light hearted jokes peculiar of Rajasthani life-style and hummable and rustic folk music along with the royal Rajputani feel to the entire grandeur.  The play had a rich background score and beautiful costumes designed by famous celebrity designer Mumtaz Khan in Bhopal.Staged on the last day of the festival (22 June),Wo Lahore recreated the tragic devastation of India’s partition through the story of a family based in Lahore. Directed by Atul Satya Koushik, Wo Lahore was a musical drama set in the middle of twentieth century India.The play was a story of an ordinary woman Jamuna, a mother of three sons, who tries to keep her family intact amid everything that is happening around.Full of Indian music, the play turned out to be an emotional roller coaster for the audience on the last day of the festival presented by the Films and Theatre Society.  From an adult comedy, to an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, the festival featured a wide range of stories and productions over the three-days that was loved and appreciated by all. It came as  a treat for the viewers.last_img read more

Tamangs widow to go on indefinite fast

first_imgBharati Tamang, widow of slain All-India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang, has threatened to go on an indefinite fast to press for immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders against whom a court in Kolkata issued a warrant of arrest.Bharati made the threat on Tuesday, but till this date no action has been initiated after the issuing of arrest warrant, AIGL General Secretary Pratap Khati said today. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”No stay order has been issued as yet against the warrant of arrest. So why is the CBI delaying?” he wondered and gave the apex probe agency a 24-hr deadline to initiate the arrest.”The court has directed the execution of the warrant of arrest. We do not know why the CBI is delaying in making the arrest. Since there are no other options with us, I have decided to go on fast onto death,” Khatin quoted Bharati Tamang as saying.  The AIGL has also written to the CBI director and joint director to apprise them about the delay and gave the agency 24-hour time failing which the fast will begin.last_img read more

Congress set to have 2 members in Lower House of Parliament from

first_imgKolkata: It is for the first to since Independence that the Congress party will have two members in the Lower House of Parliament from Bengal.Congress candidates Adhir Chowdhury from Berhampore Lok Sabha seat and A H Khan Choudhury from Malda South are leading. In two other seats— Murshidabad and Jangipur — Congress candidates are trailing. Trinamool Congress had fielded Apurba Sarkar, an aide of Adhir Chowdhury and Congress MLA from Kandi, who left the Congress and joined the party against Chowdhury. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThough the lead of Chowdhury, who had won the seat by 3.56 lakh votes, has come down substantially but he is still able to maintain his lead. Over the past two decades Chowdhury came out as the most powerful leader of Murshidabad. He was the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress. Trinamool Congress appointed Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, to look after Murshidabad and Adhikari very successfully brought the district under the party’s control. In the Panchayat election in 2018, the Trinamool got control over the Zilla Parishad. The municipalities in the district are also under the TMC. In the past one year, Chowdhury has been cornered politically. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll India Congress Committee (AICC) replaced Chowdhury by Somen Mitra as PCC chief. Chowdhury is known to be political rival of Mitra and had pleaded strongly for alliance with the CPIM, which was turned down by AICC. But despite being cornered, Chowdhury continue to nurture his Lok Sabha seat and this has paid him dividend. Trinamool Congress alleged that Chowdhury had secretly struck a deal with RSS who helped him to consolidate his vote. However, he failed to have his control over Jangipur and Murshidabad. In Jangipur, Abhijit Mukherjee ranked third while Khalilur Rahaman of Trinamool Congress is leading. Mafuza Khatun, who joined the BJP from CPIM is holding the second position. In Murshidabad, Abu Taher Khan of Trinamool Congress is leading. The Lok Sabha poll of 2019 has clearly shown that Chowdhury’s control over Murshidabad is over.last_img read more

ANZs newest nonstop route works with connections from YYZ YOW YUL

first_img Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Posted by Share Tags: Air New Zealand, Chicago, New Routes, New Zealand AUCKLAND — Air New Zealand’s push into the Canadian market continues with the carrier’s newly announced nonstop, year-round service from Chicago to Auckland.The new route is scheduled to take off Nov. 30, 2018 in partnership with United Airlines with nonstop, three times weekly service. Flight time will be approximately 15 hours northbound and just over 16 hours southbound.“We expect the addition of Chicago to our network to be an attractive option for Canadians keen to explore New Zealand and Kiwis wanting to visit Chicago or head on to other North American destinations,” says Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon.“This new route offers greater choice and flexibility for Canadian customers, especially those connecting through to New Zealand from key eastern markets such as Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal with just one stop.”Canadian demand for travel to New Zealand continues to rise with visitor arrivals up 11.4% for the year ending February, he added.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesThe new Auckland – Chicago route forms part of the airline’s alliance with United Airlines on flights between New Zealand and the mainland U.S. The alliance launched in 2016 and has opened up more travel options for New Zealand and U.S. travellers.The route will be serviced by Air New Zealand’s new configuration B787-9 Dreamliners with Business Premier (27 seats), Premium Economy (33 seats), Economy (215 seats) and Economy Skycouch (13 rows) seating options.Air New Zealand also flies nonstop to Auckland out of Vancouver. In 2017, marking the route’s 10th anniversary, Air New Zealand announced it was bumping up its Vancouver service by nearly 20% from January – July 2018, with more frequencies.The flights went daily beyond the peak months of December and January into the shoulder season of February, and increased to five services a week in March and April (up from four). From May to mid-June 2018 the carrier will offer four weekly flights out of Vancouver, up from three.center_img ANZ’s newest nonstop route works with connections from YYZ, YOW, YUL Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more