Among the many Indian-American performers in India this win- ter is tabla virtuoso Suphala. The artist, who has the rare distinction of being a protégé of Ustad Zakir Hussain as well as his
father, the late Ustad Alla Rakha, was — among other things — there
for the Abbaji concert, an annual tribute to Ustad Alla Rakha (India
Abroad, February 20) as well as performances at the World Sacred
Spirit Festival in Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur.
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Wintering in India
The hoop-la about
Left, actors Abhishek Bachchan and Anthony Anderson at the NBA All- Star Game 2015 in New York. Bachchan, a LA Lakers fan, has been appointed an NBA Goodwill Ambassador and became the first Indian to be a part of the game. Bachchan also got a shot at a dream: A meeting with the legendary Magic Johnson, below.
It has been a good month for book lovers. Just the announcement of the release date of Salman Rushdie’s first novel in seven years — Two Years Eight Months and
Twenty-Eight Nights will be released in
September — would have been enough. But then
Granta topped even that.
The popular British magazine came out with a special
issue on India featuring celebrated authors. India: Another
Way of Seeing is only the second Granta issue devoted to the
country; the first was published to coincide with the 50th
anniversary of India’s independence in 1997.
‘For a long time — too long — the mirror that India held
to its face was made elsewhere. “What writer about the
country would you recommend I read?” first-time trav-
ellers to India would ask, and in the later 20th century the
answer was still E M Forster or V S Naipaul or even the
long-dead Rudyard Kipling. In fiction, that changed with
Salman Rushdie. Now it has changed in all kinds of
non-fiction. Narrative history, reportage, memoir,
biography, the travel account: All have their gifted
exponents in a country perfecting its own frank gaze,’
Granta says about the edition.
The edition opens with Hari Kunzru’s Drone and
includes Upamanyu Chatterjee’s Othello Sucks, Booker
Prize nominated Neel Mukherjee’s The Wrong Square,
Sam Miller’s Gandhi the Londoner, Amitava Kumar’s Pyre.
It also includes poems, translated works and photo articles by the likes of journalist Katherine Boo.
And we just can’t wait for our copy to arrive.
Suphala performs in Jodhpur earlier this month. F A C
You might be forgiven for thinking Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales had arrived in India, but it was in fact their red carpet walk at The Royal Film Performance and World Premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel February 17.
From right, cast members Dame Judi Dench, Tina Desai and Lillete Dubey. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the sequel to the 2012 hit, will open in North America March 6, but if you are in New York you can see it on March 2 at a special kickoff screening, a part of the upcoming New York Indian Film Festival.