Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives is partnering with Bharatbala Productions, the creators of AR Rahman's Vande Mataram, in the telling of great Indian stories. Called "Virtual Bharat", the project presents evocative and moving vignettes that represent the diversity, plurality and richness of the Indian Ethos.
The first of ten films is on the Kerala boat races and is presented by AR Rahman. Titled "Thaalam", it exhorts us to find our rhythm as a nation through the story of 150 men finding theirs on a boat.
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.