ANNIVERSARIES

Udit Narayan 1-Dec ! Bombay S.Jayashri 2-Dec ! Nagai Muralidharan 4-Dec ! Subash Goel 4-Dec ! Kadri Gopalnath 5-Dec ! Sabbas Joseph 5 Dec ! Sujata Trivedi 6-Dec ! M.Chandrasekharan 11-Dec ! Mahakavi Subrmanya Bharathi 11-Dec ! Sriram Gangadharan 12-Dec ! Anutosh Degharia 12-Dec ! Muskan K. 14-Dec ! Babul Supriyo 15-Dec ! Usha Mangeshkar 15-Dec ! V.Thyagarajan 18-Dec ! Amin Sayani 21-Dec ! Anand (Milind) 21-Dec ! Calcutta K.S.Krishnamurthi 21-Dec ! Neyvelli Venkatesh 22-Dec ! E.M.Subramaniam 23-Dec ! Naushad 25-Dec ! Pandit Ram Narayan 25-Dec ! Pudukottai Dakshinamurthi Pillai 27-Dec ! Umayalpuram K.Sivaraman 27-Dec ! Sonali Bajpai 30-Dec ! A.Kanyakumari 31-Dec ! Nandu Vichare 31-Dec

All That Jazz

It's been a long, exciting journey into jazz for me. I made a lot of friends as a musician and a whole lot of enemies. But I did meet a lot of people. If it wasn't for my music I would have been a lighthouse keeper on Andaman Island or what's worse, I would have been a doctor, lawyer or engineer. Yes, music helped me get out of my shell and face the world with a song.

Interviews

Venues

Hard Rock Cafe1

Located in a former mill, the Mumbai outpost of the US chain of resto-bars has a mixed reputation among the city's musicians. In the first couple of years after opening, in 2006, indie rock acts were often asked to include a stipulated number of cover songs in their set lists. These days, Hard Rock Café, which hosts gigs every Tuesday and Thursday night, sticks mostly to cover bands, with a couple of dates a month spared for indie groups. Skip these gigs, and come here only for the ticketed events, when one of the seating areas is cleared to make room for a larger stage, for performances by Indian indie icons (folk-fusion veterans Indian Ocean, electro-rock superstars Pentagram), international chart toppers (Wyclef Jean, Jay Sean) or club-packing DJs (Bob Sinclair, Paul van Dyk). Be warned, though: the waiters break into a synchronised jig every time the Village People's "YMCA" comes on.


Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli, + 91 22 2438 2888, Hardrockindiablog.com. Open daily noon-1.30am. Performance times and entrance fees vary