Gangs of Wasseypur: Visceral revenge saga

Anurag Kashyap’s revenge saga “Gangs of Wasseypur” starts off in the most innocuous way — a shot of actress Smriti Irani opening the door and and inviting the audience in with a beaming smile. It’s a scene millions of viewers are familiar with, thanks to the popularity of the soap, but definitely not something you’d expect to see in the first frame of a revenge drama.
Such incongruous scenes and unexpected surprises pop up regularly during the 2.5-hour-long film. Kashyap uses a tongue-in-cheek approach to tell his story, pairing it with searing imagery, a couple of history lessons and the edgiest characters you will see on screen for some time.
But don’t blame yourself if the first 30 minutes of this film seem like a blur. Kashyap crowds it with so many characters, their back stories and so much history, that you won’t know who’s who. Eventually you will realise that this is a revenge saga centring around Sardar Khan (Manoj Bajpayee), whose only aim in life is to avenge his father’s death at the hands of coal mine owner Ramadhir Singh (played by Tigmanshu Dhulia).
The story starts before Sardar’s birth, establishes his past and then chronicles his life, including a turbulent married life, and his rise as the “bahubali” (strong man) of Wasseypur, a mining town in Jharkhand.
His rivalry with the Qureshis, who are the butchers of Wasseypur, and Ramadhir form the crux of the story, but Kashyap also devotes ample time to the two women in Sardar’s life — his two wives and the messy family equations his marriages create. Both Richa Chaddha and Reemma Sen are exceptional in their roles as the feisty wives of the protagonist.
Rajeev Ravi’s camera captures the dirt and grime of coal mines with such intensity that you might imagine yourself covered in soot. Kashyap makes sure the first half of the film doesn’t lose its pace, keeping you hooked. There is an occasional sprinkling of Bollywood dialogue (perfectly timed) and some edgy music by Sneha Khanwalkar which lend to the tone of the film.
In the second half though, the film loses steam and Sardar’s mission to finish Ramadhir Singh takes a back seat, and he chooses to give up his life of crime and take up fishing instead. Why he does this is not very clear, and with that plot point, the film loses its way.
The performances across the board are brilliant, but Bajpayee and Pankaj Tripathi as Sultan the butcher stand head and shoulders above the rest of the ensemble cast. Tripathi has more to do in the second part of the film and that alone is a reason for watching it.
Kashyap channels his inner Tarantino and succeeds in Indianising him a great deal, but the first 20 minutes and the second half are weak points in what is otherwise a brilliant film. Of course, this isn’t the end of the matter, and part two of this saga is supposed to be up for release soon. Until then, if you can stomach it, watch “Gangs of Wasseypur“.

Rathyatra festivities begin

As the three-day Rathyatra festivity began in the city, around 70-80 makeshift stalls of nankhatai have sprouted at entire Rathyatra region. If the vendors of these nankhatai stalls are to be believed, nankhatais worth Rs 60-70 lakhs would be sold during the festival.

According to vendors who have set up their shops for the Rathyatra festival, this season Besan Nankhatai is in demand.

Huge quantity of besan nankhkatai is being sold. According to Ashok, a nankhatai wala, while nankhatai is a popular delicacy in most of the fares, Rathyatra fare is the most prominent for us, as the nankhatai is offered to Lord Jagannath as 'prasad'.

Nankhatais of this season are also transported to other cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and neighbouring cities. "Relatives and friends of people who come here as devotees give prior orders and thus after offering the delicacy to lord, send it to their near and dear ones residing in other cities," he informed.

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With internet being widely used these days, many vodafone India users look for making bill payments online. But when they try to access, they most often find the server hosting that site to be down! Users often get frustrated when they cannot make a quick online bill payment. But here is how you can make a Vodafone bill payment online in a safe and secured manner.
· Go to this vodafone registration page –
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Once you login with the temporary password, you can change the password.Your password should be alphanumeric with at least one letter in capital and one special character. After changing the password, you will be automatically logged out and you will have to login again using your login name and the password that you have set.
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The Resonance Ensemble - What Country Is This? (Not Two Records) 2012 ****½

One thing you can always count on with any recording from The Resonance Ensemble, is a full meal. All of the food groups are represented as well as a few snacks that may not necessarily be all that good for you but are so tasty you can't help but smile and enjoy the sugar rush. This is one album that you need to approach with an empty stomach and an appetite for a big plate of artistic buffet as you will be coming back to it again and again.

And with any piece of art, you only get out of it what you put in. With Ken Vandermark, his dedications are a good starting point to help you get into his creative impetus. Track one if for the Lithuanian poet, Czeslaw Milosz, who won the Nobel prize in 1980.

On Fabric Monument (for Czeslaw Milosz), the ensemble attacks the opening few measures as a unified, well oiled machine. What an incredible front line! The drums (Tim Daisy and Michael Zerang) along with the bass (Mark Tokar) start to rumble along and as soon as you think you know where this song is going, there is a crack of the snare releasing Dave Rempis' (saxophone) power. He doesn't waste any time propelling himself from the shoulders of the intro into a blistering solo full of confidence and above all purpose. Keeping in mind that Vandermark is a film studies graduate, it is worth following his aural cinematography here. Further along, after a series of big composed themes, Tokar sets a new tempo and groove that carries out for the second half of the track. A mood that Waclaw Zimpel adds a blissful Bb clarinet solo over. What a journey the ensemble takes you on. For nearly 20 minutes, I was transfixed, churning image after image in my mind as the track guided me through a part composed, part improvised masterpiece.

And the fun doesn't stop there, but as there are only three tracks on the recording, I don't want to spoil all the twists and turns of Vandermark's vision, but a few tastes won't hurt.

Acoustic Fence (for Witold Lutoslawski) allows Per-Ake Holmlander to weave his tuba through wisps and sheets of brass before any order is restored by a reunified front line blasting away. Tension builds to a saxophone battle and then complete silence. This opportunity is taken by Magnus Broo (trumpet) who expertly fills the quiet.

The third and final track on the recording, Open Window Theory (for Fred Anderson) is worth it alone for the touching and poignant Bb clarinet solo by Vandermark himself. As a dedication, you can hear the respect that is given through the instrument.

There is just so much to say about this recording but in fairness, the music describes itself more succinctly than I could. So as I sit back, completely full, licking my fingers, I hungrily await their next installment.

The Resonance Ensemble on this album:
Ken Vandermark - baritone sax & Bb clarinet
Per-Åke Holmlander - tuba
Magnus Broo - trumpet
Michael Zerang - drums
Tim Daisy - drums
Devin Hoff - bass
Mikołaj Trzaska - alto sax & bass clarinet
Dave Rempis - alto & tenor sax
Wacław Zimpel - Bb & bass clarinet
Steve Swell - trombone

World Music Day: When music became a language

He might have one of the most packed schedules in the world of music, but that's also the reason composer A R Rahman made it a point to stop and take note of the fact that June 21 was World Music Day. At his KM Music Conservatory, with students, teachers and sister Fathima, director of the school, decided to record a song composed by one of the faculty, sung by a student to commemorate the day.

"We recorded a Sufi qalam written by Munna Shaukat Ali in praise of the murshid or teacher. Both Rahman and Fathima were intent that something long-lasting and memorable be done to mark the day," says Jyoti Nair, senior manager at the Conservatory.

Meanwhile, Alliance Francaise on College Road was all abuzz with its week-long celebration of music. Considering the idea of World Music Day was conceptualised in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen, it's no wonder that the cultural centre's "Fete de la Musique", a collaborative effort between Alliance Francaise of Madras, Goethe- Institut and Unwind Centre, will go on till June 26, featuring a wide range of musicians from India, France, Germany and the United States.

The Alliance Francaise auditorium was packed to the brim with music lovers who came to listen to a medley of jazz, rock, pop and even a choir for a programme that lasted over two hours. People were seen seated along the aisle, on the every bit of floor space available and even standing on the sides of the otherwise 15-seater room as White Lady, Adam and the Fishe-Eyed Poets, El Fe and more performed.

Max Mueller Bhavan saw pianist Anil and singer Vedanth Bharadwaj taking to the stage in a concert for a group of students from a corporation school in Aminjikarai. It was not a one-off concert, says Srinivasan. The concert also saw the launch of a website by NalandaWay and Goethe Institut. The website, Chennai Music Library, is a repertoire of clips of concerts given by various consular offices and cultural centres. Conceptualised by Srinivasan and V Sriram Iyer of NalandaWay, the library is an attempt to help students from underprivileged backgrounds get to know different kinds of music and instruments.

"We want children to be aware of different kinds of music and not just film songs," said Geetha Vedaraman of Goethe-Institut. According to Srinivasan, though music education is stressed as an important aspect of schooling, there is scarcity of education aids. So the clips, put together from videos provided by Alliance Francaise, US consulate, Inko Centre and Goethe-Institut will come in handy to educators and trainers. Intermediate 1st Year Results 2012

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Gramin Bank looted in Chuttupalu

Criminals looted Gramin Bank at Chuttupalu, hardly 30 km away from Ranchi in broad daylight and took away more than Rs 7 lakh from the bank.
Five criminals entered the bank around 12.30 pm asked the bank staff to handover the cash to them. Within 15-20 minutes, they collected Rs 7,66,775 and ran away on their bikes.

All the Windows Phone 8 Rumors Fit to Print

Unwilling to give up the spotlight just yet, Microsoft has planned another Big Announcement for tomorrow, June 20. The Redmond, Washington-based company is flying out to San Francisco, for what will be a two-day developers summit full of surprises.
One such surprise, which is generating a lot of eleventh-hour excitement, is the anticipated Windows Phone 8. Here is what we know, and what rumors have suggested, so far...
Codename: Apollo (or Windows Phone 8)
Upgrade: Multi-core processors (a step up from the single core units used in handsets like the Lumia)
Update: Windows NT core OS (rather than the outmoded Windows CE platform used in the Windows Phone 7)
We'll continue to update with additional info as it comes and look forward to the Big Announcement tomorrow at 12PM EST. Stay tuned...

JD-S to vote for Pranab Mukherjee

The Janata Dal-Secular, with three Lok Sabha members and 26 legislators in Karnataka, said Thursday it will vote for United Progressive Alliance (UPA) presidential nominee Pranab Mukherjee.
Both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mukherjee had sought support, JD-S president and former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda told reporters.
Gowda said Mukherjee wanted him to make public his party's stand and so "I called the press to announce our support".
The three JD-S Lok Sabha members include Deve Gowda and his son H.D. Kumaraswamy.