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Bangalore is happy for Manna Dey (rediff)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 1, 2009

Manna Dey 2009Wednesday’s news of noted singer Manna Dey‘s prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award nomination has not only gladdened the 90-year-old singer but also his fans — especially his fans in Bangalore.

Though Dey had lived in Mumbai for more than 55 years, he has a special affection for Bangalore. After all, that is the place where he married his wife Sulochana.

He would remember the long walks he had with his wife in places like Cubbon Park and Lal Bagh in Bangalore.

“He struck me with his simplicity. He would wait in queue for consultations,” says Dr Hegde, a dentist who treated the singer.

Dey and his wife had shifted to Bangalore many years ago to be with their younger daughter Shuroma. They stayed at a rented house in Kalyana Nagar near Banaswadi.

Active even in his old age, Dey is a regular visitor to many cultural and social programmes organised by some of his friends in Bangalore.

Venkatesh, a Kannadiga who is a great fan of the singer, remembers Dey driving his Alto car. “Once I asked him that I will bring my car to take him to a function. Dada told me that he will drive to my house in his own car. He came to my house within 10 minutes. His love for music was unmatched.”

Dey’s love for Bangalore, its people and climate is well known, says Venkatesh. “Even now, he would travel from Mumbai or New Delhi to meet his friends, relatives and well wishers,” Venkatesh adds.

Despite his celebrity status, Dey’s simplicity and exceptional talent attracted many people in Bangalore, the city that has felicitated him many times. Just last year when he completed 90 years, the singer was felicitated by the Jadavpur University Allumni Foundation in Bangalore.

Many music directors of the Kannada film industry say they’re glad of the belated recognition to the singer.

“Manna Dey had rendered playback singing for three Kannada films and would try to sing these numbers in some functions. He would always try to associate himself with many social and cultural programmes here. Proceeds of many of his musical programmes were used for charitable purposes,” says B N Das, owner of K C Das Sweets in Bangalore.

Says Lahari Velu of Lahari music audio company, “People of Karnataka feel that he is one of them, so the award too belongs to them in a way.”

R G Vijayasarathy in Bangalore
(Source: 10/01/2009 – –  Movies)

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Hamburg: India Week 2009 – Pre-Event (10/8/2009)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 1, 2009

Donnerstag / Thursday, 08.10.2009
[bis Samstag / to Saturday, 31.10.2009]

INDIA WEEK 2009 (10/23-11/01/09) – Politik und Gesellschaft / Politics and Society

Bombay – Calcutta: Kolkata – Mumbai
Dynamik und urbane Revolution: Menschen in Indiens Mega-Metropolen
Urban Revolution: People in India′s Megacities

Der Hamburger Fotograf Jörg Böthling und der in Kolkata lebende Fotograf Udaysankar Mukherjee richten in einer Gemeinschaftsausstellung ihren Blick auf das urbane Leben in Indiens Mega-Metropolen. 20 großformatige Schwarzweiß- und Farbfotografien erzählen aus verschiedenen Perspektiven Geschichten aus dem städtischen Raum – vom Leben und Überleben in Indiens einzigartigen Metropolen.

The Kolkata based photographer Udaysankar Mukherjee and the Hamburg photographer Jörg Böthling set a focus on India′s megacities: Twenty black and white and also some colour images tell the story of life and survival in the unique and exciting metropolises.

Ort: Kommunales Kino Metropolis (Foyer), Steindamm 52/54, 20099 Hamburg
Zeit: 8. – 31.10.2009, 17.00 – 22.30 Uhr, Finissage am 27.10.2009, 18.30 Uhr
Eintritt: frei / free of charge
Veranstalter: Kinemathek Hamburg e.V., Kommunales Kino Metropolis –

Event programme: 23rd Oct – 1st Nov 2009

Flyer – India Week 2009 (PDF – 1.4 MB)

Indien aktuell Business Newsletter, special edition (PDF – 1.7 MB)


– Johannes Freudewald – Büro für Medienarbeit (Office for Media Work) –
– Pressestelle des Senats (Press – Hamburg Senate) – Simone Ollesch –

(Source: 09/2009 – )

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HardNews: Calcutta Coffee House Phoenix will rise

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 1, 2009

October 2009

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Rakhi Chakrabarty Kolkata

Large wooden doors, a time-worn staircase opens into a big hall buzzing with voices in a haze of smoke – the Albert Hall, famously known as the Coffee House.

The Coffee House on College Street in Kolkata turned 50 this year. But, it’s older than that. It has been around since the 1940s. In 1958, the Indian Coffee Workers’ Co-operative Society took it over from the Coffee Board. The Society still runs the place, a musty shadow of its glorious years. This year, a renovated Coffee House, threw open its doors to a brew of nostalgia.
Untill then, ravages of age marked its high ceiling, mildewed walls and wooden tables. Elderly turbaned waiters in dull white uniform and green cummerbund seemed remembrances of things past.

Patrons of the Coffee House reads like a list of the who’s who from the world of art, culture and intelligentsia. The patrons could choose to sit in the House of Lords, the upper floor or the House of Commons, the floor beneath. It was christened  Coffee House by the central government  in 1947.

Later, the crème of Calcutta’s intellectual landscape, Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, Utpal Dutt, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Aparna Sen – all were regulars at the Coffee House as were firebrand Naxalite leaders in the 1960s and ’70s. It was a hotbed of politics, its walls plastered with revolutionary posters and slogans pledging to bring in the revolution and change the world.

A young Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, when he was in Presidency College, and other budding Marxists frequented the place. As West Bengal CM, he has not visited this  old haunt.

When poet Allen Ginsberg came to Calcutta in the summer of ’62, he spent hours at the Coffee House discussing poetry with author Sunil Gangopadhyay, poet Shakti Chattopadhyay. But author Gunter Grass, reportedly, missed it. The old signs were missing.

It was a common sight to see Manna Dey break into a song while trying to compose the lines of a new number. At another table, actor Soumitra Chattopadhyay and Nirmalya Acharya would be engrossed in discussions for launching a new magazine – Ekkhon.

While in Calcutta, film director James Ivory wanted to meet Satyajit Ray. Ivory recounted to author, Amitav Ghosh, “While I was in Calcutta I just decided to call him. Just to meet him, but also to ask if it would be possible to see Jalsaghar… He was in the phone book, so I just called him up and told him who I was. He said fine, he would try and arrange Jalsaghar for me. We agreed to meet in a coffee house and I went there. He was alone and we talked.”

Manna Dey’s eponymous song – Coffee Houser shei addata aaj aar nei, aaj aar nei/ Kothay hariye gelo shonali bikel gulo shei (Those addas of Coffee House are no longer there/ Those golden evenings are lost) – rings more true than ever.

Much has changed. The brew of high brow intellectualism, aesthetic thresholds crossed, fire of young revolutionaries on a mission to change the world, a rainbow of idealism, dreams of the youth, living bohemian fantasies, easy familiarity with the famous, simplicity of celebrity, have all faded away.

Yet, there is still something about the place that captivates. It offers the comfort of continuum. And, more importantly, it still doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket like the new-fangled ‘bourgeois’ coffee joints. The menu still remains the same with a later addition of ‘Chinese’ (just like the coloured plastic chairs which stick out like sore thumbs) – a rare sign of changing times here.

A sip on the Coffee House’s signature Infusion (strong, dark coffee) and a bite into its chicken sandwich and realisation dawns – deliciously simple things of life come quite cheap! The Afghani chicken still rages on as a favourite. You can still sit here for hours without ordering anything. Nobody will ask you to get up and leave. Rather, you have the luxury to get irritated if the waiter disturbs your train of thoughts to ask if he can get you something. And, he won’t mind.

Situated right opposite Presidency College with the Calcutta University a stone’s throw away, this legendary Coffee House is still the haunt of students, teachers, journalists, Left intellectuals and a rendezvous for the ultra-Left, too. Yet it’s not like yesterday anymore. The sheen has worn away. The swanky, high-end coffee joints that dot the city’s landscape seem more attractive. But, the new look and renovation has raised hopes. With its mix of heritage and modernity, the Coffee House is making another attempt to revive its hallowed past. Will it?

(Source: October 2009 – HardNews Media)

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