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Such is Life @ Daddy’s Windsong

Lars Kjeldsen and Suchitra Pillai

Lars Kjeldsen and Suchitra Pillai

Anushka Manchanda, Sushmita Sen and Suchitra Pillai

Anushka Manchanda, Sushmita Sen and Suchitra Pillai

Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen

Carol Gracias

Carol Gracias

Suchitra Pillai

Suchitra Pillai

Sushmita Sen (full support!)

Sushmita Sen (full support!)

Sameer "Daddy" Malhotra, with Mikey MCleary and Suchitra Pillai

Sameer "Daddy" Malhotra (far left), with Mikey MCleary and Suchitra Pillai

Gaurav

Gaurav

Lilette Dubey (centre) & Schitra Pillai

Lilette Dubey (centre) & Schitra Pillai

Sandeep Chowta

Sandeep Chowta

Shibani Kashyup

Shibani Kashyup

Suchitra Pillai had quite the celebrity turn out and they all seemed pretty jazzed to watch her sing! As you know by now I’m quite the fan of Daddy’s Windsong Wednesday’s at il terrazzo (above del italia in Juhu, Mumbai.) Spotted grooving: Sushmita Sen, Gaurav Kapoor, Sandeep Chowta, Carol Gracias, Anaida, Shibani Kashyup (love her to bits but what is she wearing? She looks like a table cloth! HCC thoughts?) and Anushka Manchanda. Her up coming album is entitled Such is Life (which also works out as Suchi’s Life, cute eh?)

P.S. Lillet Dubey is directing Mahesh Datanni’s long-running production “Dance Like a Man” over supper theatre at Blue Frog this Sunday, the prime cast includes Vijay Crishna, Joy Sengupta and Suchitra Pillai.

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Sanjay Divecha Strums at Daddy’s Wind Song.

As you know by now Daddy’s Wind Song Wednesday’s are becoming the stuff of lore. Every Wednesday Mumbai’s Juhu neighborhood is treated to an eclectic mix of music at Riyaaz Amlani’s rooftop respite Il Terrazzo. I’ve seen a motley crew of extremely talented performers there including, Anushka Manchanda, Ankur Tewari, Yana Gupta, Something Relevant (P.S. they’re back on stage at Blue Frog on June 17th see you there… woohoo!) Nikhil D’Souza, Shaa’ir & Func (and there have been many more which I have sadly missed…)

Last night the guitar maestro Sanjay Divecha (known for his folk, rock and jazz styles) strummed his heart out. By the way he has a new album out called “Full Circle” featuring a song in the epic voice of Kailash Kher called “Naino Sey”  which the evening show producer at my radio station, Avadhoot has totally flipped over. Seriously, he spent a good twenty minutes raving about the video to Sanjay who was in on Tuesday for an interview and put a really big smile on Mr. Divecha’s face. I’m glad because he seemed a bit bummed about how hard it is to give non-commercial music a voice in India. Thank you Blue Frog. If you haven’t seen this video yet, well you’re in for a treat!

(Randomly spotted Saif Azmi in the video who I feel like I met in another life when my roommate used to work for Prahlad Kakkar at Genesis nearly a decade ago. Saifi! Wazzup yo?!)

So back to last night, celebrity turn out included (the still yummy) Milind Soman, (boogie woogie bro) Naved Jafri, Shriya Sen, Reema Sen, Suvarna Jha, Shweta Keswani and Narayani Shastri and of course I have pictures!

Sanjay Divecha (far left)

Sanjay Divecha (far left)

Shriya Saran and Riyaaz Amlani

Shriya Saran and Riyaaz Amlani

Jennifer Mayani

Jennifer Mayani

Milind Soman

Milind Soman

Narayani Shastri and Reema Sen

Narayani Shastri and Reema Sen

Alex O'Neil and Shweta Kesvani

Alex O'Neil and Shweta Kesvani

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Channel [v] Launch Pad after party (unplugged)

The afterparty at Tequila Lounge, Mumbai was sick (that’s American for superfun) and featured a fab and much less Bollywood hangover act featuring Ankur Tewari & The Ghalat Family, Anushka Manchanda and Tough on Tabacco live and extremely plugged in! Slowly but surely the cast and crew of the Channel [v] Launch Pad Concert for Change rolled in and proceeded to get happily high on open bar and extra tunes. Here’s my night in pictures (since you liked my last photo journal so much) I give you the who’s who;

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Anushka Manchanda is a singer and a VJ. I think I’ve watched her evolution with rapt intrigue since the time she won a spot in the girl band VIVA and even scored some corrective lip surgery turning her into the vivacious, quirky and very very funny songstress that she is today. I am a superfan of her just-for-fun song called “Asshole” and she even dedicated it to me last night!

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Shikar is Anushka’s borther. Clearly there is no dearth of reality show talent in this family! Shikar’s band Reverse Polarity won the Launch Pad challenge and popped some champagne to celebrate at the after party. I love the fact that brother and sister both pick sneakers & boots as their preferred footwear. Comfy but with oodles of attitude!

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You gotta love the fact that mom and dad came to the after party. Clearly proud and progressive the Manchadani’s have oodles of pride in their children. Not only did Anushka make it big now it looks like Shikar is on his way too. The bonus for mom was that’s it’s Mother’s Day today and it turned out it was her birthday too! (Of course Anushka kicked off a sing-a-long to celebrate!)

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So I’ve mentioned how awesome Raghu Dixit is already. Everyone also commented on just how down to earth too. He told me once that the reason he isn’t picking up and moving to Mumbai is because he wants to “keep it real.” I like that.

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Ankur Tewari is a very talented musician. He sings, he writes he comes into the radio station and plays live and unplugged. He was also kind of shy and nervous before his gig, he says he always is (which made me feel so much better about always being nervous before mine too.) Eventually he totally rocked it of course.  (Oh and he was previously dating Yana Gupta!)

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Daddy aka Sameer Malhotra is responsible for creating the other live music venue I told you about (from scratch) in Mumbai. Formerly married to Sapna Bhavnani he now seems mostly in love with music and shows musicians of every form and design a lot of love! I’m not sure why everybody calls him Daddy but he doesn’t seem to mind.

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Lola Kutty

Anuradha Menon aka Lola Kutty is the quick-witted comic character on Channel [v] that everyone just adores. In this case she was beauty off duty. But I strongly advise you check out her various shenanigans on YouTube!

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Speaking of beauty on duty Juhi Pande is the most adorable VJ on Channel [v] that makes every boy do a double take. She’s spunky, she’s fun and surprisingly totally unaware of how hot she is (this probably makes her much more fun to be around.) I have heard both boys and girls comment on her sparkling charisma from time to time and have also noticed that she likes to dance with her shoes off.

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For those of us who were blissfully unaware this is Rajiv. Raghu Ram’s twin brother. Raghu is the guy who scares the crap out of the MTV Roadies on a regular basis. (Don’t worry I did a double take too.) Turns out (as if Raghu wasn’t enough) his identical twin is part of the Roadies jury too! Their main hobby is to create hell for the Roadies as twin terrors. I personally found Rajiv wonderfully amicable but I’m told they both have tempers that would scare the pants off any unsuspecting lush who tries (too hard) to hit on a girl in their vicinity. Be warned creepies!

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Vikram Sathaye is a comic too. He specializes in cricket humor and does some hilarious imitations. (I’ve also been lucky enough to see him do his “Salman Khan” and South Indian TV special.) Check him out here. Vikram and I used to work together at MTV what feels like a lifetime ago and he maintains that my lifestyle still gives him a headache.

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Raghav Sachar is the multi-talented musician I’ve mentioned before. He’s currently shooting a brand new video I’ll give you a sneak peak of hopefully soon. He formerly dated Gauhar Khan until she decided to date the other Brit Asian rapper also called Raghav who’s not nearly as adorable as this one.

mantra

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Mantra is a radio jockey and VJ who I initially wasn’t crazy about, in fact I just assumed he’d be annoying but I watched him do his thing on stage with Juhi yesterday and you have to hand it to him he’s a super emcee in Hindi especially. I guess it does take a certain kind of skill to be that guy and be it well so props to you Mantra. (I just don’t know about the scarf when its 45 degrees out.)

sheetal

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Sheetal Sudhir is the Creative Director at Channel [v]. Basically this was her baby and she managed to survive the hecticness with a sun stroke and a smile for shiny happy Bappi Lahiri. (On an aside, who do you think does his clothes?!) She did scoot off early from the after party to rest up for Sunday brunch at Bonobo, Mumbai and seemed mildly amused and pleased by the show in general. She also totally cracks me up.

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I met Sid Coutto at my first radio job where he was having fun sound engineering. He’s since been part of three bands, Zero, Helga’s Funk Castle and now Tough on Tabacco. I’ve always loved this song of their’s called “Not my Kind of Girl” and admired his drumming skills but dude the boy can sing too! He rocked out at the after party to thunderous applause and quite clearly that certain something that all rockstars possess. (I particularly liked the little spin he took around stage between lyrics. Too cute.)

vishal

Even though Pentegram boycotted the concert Vishal Dadlani came to the after party since he was the primary judge I suppose that makes sense.

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Amman was kind enough to let me into the MIP* section of the afterparty (where all the cool kids hang out) and saved me from being evicted by the bouncer (because I didn’t have the right stamp and its true I was technically MIP gate-crashing) twice. I don’t actually know what Amman does (or his last name) but I can tell you that he hurt his hand in a a karate competition and also his head by walking into a door. The fact that he shared this story quite sincerely makes me think that Amman is a rockstar. I was also momentarily confused as to which one was Amman after he and his buddy swapped hats and glasses a few times. (I realize in hindsight and the clarity of detox that I could have just gone by their clothes. Ah well.)

*Most Important Person just a notch above VVIP!

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The Channel [v] crew were the first to hit the dance floor and the last to leave. Full props for the energy. As you can see my friend Ken passed out but thanks to my other friend Redbull, I did not! 🙂

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Channel [v] Launch Pad in Pictures

The Channel [v] Launchpad Concert for Change (and yes, the after party which we’ll get to in a bit) were something else…seriously what a night. Here’s your very own front row (and backstage) debrief!

VJs Mantra & Juhi

VJs Mantra & Juhi

Lola Kutty and Raghu Dixit

Lola Kutty and Raghu Dixit

Raghu Dixit Project

Raghu Dixit Project

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So I got to the Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai just in time to catch VJs Mantra and (the darling) Juhi Pande introduce the Raghu Dixit Project who proceeded to rip up the stage with their unique blend of folk rock music. Raghu man, what a performer. There’s some kind of magic in his music (I also love that his whole crew does the show barefoot in lungi’s and since he used to be a classical dancer he wears ghungroos, not that’s what you call coming to the party with bells on!) Backstage I caught Lola Kutty having one of her hilarious conversations with him pre-performance. And then we rocked it out to his music for the next half an hour.

My favorite tracks have to be:

“Hey Bhagwan” – The first video for the band ‘The Raghu Dixit Project’ premiered on MTV on 26th February 2008. The song is ‘Hey Bhagwan’ and it’s also their first single.

“No Man will Ever love you like I do”

“I am in Mumbai (and I’m waiting for a miracle)”

…you have GOT to hear them if you haven’t already.

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Sheetal Sudhir - Creative Director Channel [v]

Sheetal Sudhir - Creative Director

You know this whole “party in the park” vibe is truly awesome. Half of the audience was chilling on the grass enjoying the music while the superfans up front screamed their lungs out in support (mostly of Reverse Polarity.) Its so cool to see gigs like this come together with a motley crew of performances ranging from young death metal bands to the sappy strains of of Bappi Da. All in all, just the right mix of cheese and talent to make it all quite memorable!

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Reverse Polarity

The next band I caught was of course Reverse Polarity, a crowd favorite (and I’ll cut the suspense and tell you right now that they won! Now while this may not be my kind of music per say I can totally see how they would be all the rage with today’s youth. I also thought their whole silence-of-the-lambsish comment on politicians being liars and two faced “and so we wear these masks” was pretty intense but hey, way to take a stand! By the way Anushka Manchanda’s brother Shikar is part of the the band too. And while the siblings play totally different kinds of tunes it was cute to see full support and big love backstage.

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Anushka and Shikar

The rest of the performances included Anushka herself filling in for Pentragram (who pulled a Pentegram and dropped out two days before the show because they weren’t crazy about sharing concert space with Bappi Lahiri.) She did a good ‘ol Bollywood song and dance routine but more than her moves I guarantee it was the mile high legs that the boys were admiring! Faridkot another one of the finalists sang their super popular love song “Laila” to a crowd that knew all the words. Soft rock Hindi-style, reminded me of all the supercool Pakistani boy bands like Strings and Jal. Kailash Kher and Bappi the king of disco Lahiri headlined the night to perfection. Suffice to say one look at him (and his bling bling) and you know you’re in for an unforgettable experience!

Bappi Lahiri

Bappi Lahiri

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Bappi Lahiri on stage

Anushka Manchanda

Anushka Manchanda

Faridkot

Faridkot

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Kailash Kher (centre)

Big B, Simpu Sir and SRK

Big B, Simpu Sir and SRK

Lola Kutty

Lola Kutty

Juhi Pande

Juhi Pande

Between the shenanigans backstage and the hilarious and excellent Simpu Sir adventures of an animated Sardar on the big screen I had a blast! Watch this space for the lo down on the after party set (with pictures of course) where everyone who spent all day doing this…

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…finally got to chill out and do a little bit of this!

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The Blue Frog Effect

Live music events in Mumbai used to be few and far between but ever since Blue Frog gave musicians center stage it appears the rest of the city is following suit! The vocal groove project from Austria called Bauchklang returned for a three-night run (which ran so packed they had to close entry at 11pm every night to keep the club from turning into an unruly mosh pit.) In fact Blue Frog stayed open till 3am all weekend much to everyone’s delight.

Shankar Mahadevan paid homage to 26/11 victims with a concert called “Melodious Harmonies” where he started with ghazals but quickly moved on to his Bollywood repertoire much to everyone’s delight. Vishal Dadlani also had a concert with Pentagram last Thursday at Hard Rock Cafe. It’s pretty amazing how he manages to pull of hard core Bollywood composer/rockstar at the same time. Can you believe the same guy who’s sung and composed music for Bollywood movies like Dostana, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Om Shanti Om, Bluffmaster, Golmaal, Cash etc. can also do this?

Here’s a quick heads peak at what’s on stage this week:

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Tuesday, Jan 20th 5pm onwards

STOP. Climate Solutions Road Tour Concert featuring,  Solar Punch (seriously, a 100% solar powered band, FYI they will start on time they need the sunlight!) Yanger, Noush Like Sploosh, Imaad Shah, Rosemary, Shiamak Dawar Victory Arts Foundation, Swarathma and Black Lips

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Where: Bandra Amphitheater

Dent in my wallet: None, its free!

Ashu

Ashu

Tuesday, Jan 2oth 10pm onwards

Ashu “unplugged” featuring Phillipe from Bauchklang

Where: Blue Frog (Lower Parel)

Dent in my wallet: 300rs

Anushka Manchanda

Anushka Manchanda

Wednesday, Jan 21st 10pm onwards

Daddy’s Windsong Wednesday’s featuring Anushka Manchanda

Where: Il Terazzo (Juhu)

Dent in my wallet: 500rs

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Yaana Gupta

Yaana Gupta

Clearly Mumbai is developing a musical ear (for something other than mindless masala mixes) and I have to confess, initially I was pretty skeptical about Yaana (the-Czech-model-actress-formerly-married-to-the-painter-Satyakam-Gupta-but-she’s-keeping-the-name-thank-you-very-much)  Gupta pulling it off as a soulful songstress but you know what? She kinda did.

(No mean feat especially when you’ve been pegged the original Bollywood “item girl” by all and sundry.) Her yet unreleased album is called “I Believe in Love.”

The man behind the plan and what intends to be known as Daddy’s WindSong Wednesday’s Sameer (model-actor-formerly-married-to-Sapna-Bhavnani) Malhotra aka “Daddy” really may have hit upon something quite fantastic. Breeze, booze and beautiful music is quite a heady combination especially where you least expect to find a smokey blues bar vibe – on a terrace in Juhu!

Yaana was the first performer but before long we got a sneak preview of the weeks to come with excellent renditions in different styles by Yana’s boyfriend Ankur Tewari (his song Musafir is brilliant) and Anushka Manchanda (what a voice on that girl) who conjured up a cheeky refrain about a boy.

Riyaaz Amlani, Sameer Malhotra & Rizwan Amlani

Riyaaz Amlani, Sameer Malhotra & Rizwan Amlani

Nethra Raghuraman

Nethra Raghuraman

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Cyrus Sahukar & Yudistir

Candice Pinto, Anchal Kumar & Shonali Nagrani

Candice Pinto, Anchal Kumar & Shonali Nagrani

Riyaaz Amlani, Rizwan Amlani & Sameer Malhotra played host to a motley crew of pretty people at Il Terrazzo on Wednesday Night including  Candice Pinto, Nethra Raghuraman, Aanchal Kumar, Shamita Singha, Mashoom Singha, Svetlana, HardKaur, Sunny Sara (the entire VJ brigade) Juhi, Anushka Manchanda, Yudishtir Urs, Gaurav Kapur, Cyrus Sahukar and Nikhil Chinapa.

Anushka Manchanda

Anushka Manchanda

So the next time you’re craving a little unplugged action head over to the terrace, I wouldn’t miss next week – Anushka’s  up and damn she’s good!

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