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DUPLESSY & MUKHTIYAR ALI - Live in Mumbai

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While urbanites headed to various places around town to celebrate Valentine's Day, we remain convinced that this weekend's very best event was taking place at Mumbai's Blue Frog.

Multi-talented Mathias Duplessy, who has the music of numerous films in India and abroad to his credit, together with mesmerizing singer Mukhtiyar Ali, took an audience of connoisseurs through a touching musical journey this last Sunday. The duo are otherwise known for the beautiful music of Homi Adjania's Finding Fanny soundtrack but obviously also nurture long and musically inventive careers - read our review of the Finding Fanny soundtrack here.



The crowd vibrated to the mix of leisurely, energetic or intricate musical pieces which married together styles exploring diverse musical traditions. Beauty was always around the corner, in each note or in the expectation of the next sound, pause or silence. A spiritual communion it became, whether the songs seemed to beseech the entire human race or whether they focused on a horse's galloping rhythm. One of the highlights of the event was listening to Mathias' overtone singing, a voice technique typical of Mongolia, where it is allegedly called sygyt.

Below is a video of a show by Duplessy and Ali to give our readers an idea of the event. The duo's album by the same name as the track featured below ("Jeena Jeena") is highly recommended, as is Mathias Duplessy's solo album, My Mongolia, available on Itunes.

 


INDIAN THEATRE ROMANCING FRANCE

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The Hindi Cinema Blog saw its first days in France, created by blogger Aline Cinehindi, and made a special point to cover Indian events taking place in that country. In honor of this, we are pleased to announce that Amitosh Nagpal's and Atul Kumar's Piya Behrupiya will be shown in the South of France this February, most precisely in the coastal city of Nice.

Piya Behrupiya is a musical adaptation in Hindi of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It will feature a talented cast including: Gitanjali Kulkarni, Mansi Multani, Neha Saraf, Sagar Deshmukh, Trupti Khamkar, Gagan Riar, Mantra Mugdha and Saurabh Nayyar.



If you happen to be in France, do not miss this wonderful opportunity to attend a one of a kind adaptation of a Shakespearian classic. 

TWELFTH NIGHT (PIYA BEHRUPIYA)
In Hindi with French subtitles
Venue: Salle Pierre Brasseur, Nice, France
Date: February 11-14, 2015

ARIJIT SINGH: Share the Warmth

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This weekend one of Bollywood music's most happening stars hit the "city that never sleeps" and plenty of Mumbaikars made a definite point of not missing this lucky rendez-vous.


TOP 7 FILMS OF 2014

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Aside from the films competing for the next crores milestone at the box office, the year 2014 had a few shiny film pearls appear on screen. It is these that make the audience truly vibrate to the emotions evoked by directors, actors and a good story. Here is our pick: