Posted on 16 August 2012.
How often can you chill by a pool in Kochi in your shorts listening to a top notch international DJ? Usually never. But if that is your thing head to the Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel at Fort Kochi this Saturday (18th August) and catch Global Underground’s Dale Anderson spinning some of the best from the underground scene. Opening for him will be DJ Elbane playing some Deep House and Tech. Lester Oliver & Tomminen (The Beat Right Brorthers) will be playing the closing set .
Get there at 17:00. There is no dress code. But be prepared for the pool and the rain.
Posted in Featured, Party Alert
Posted on 27 July 2012.
Ok, lets read that title again. Beer, barbecue, pool and party. Happening tomorrow (Saturday 28th July 2012) at The Old Lighthouse Bristow Hotel by the pool. Artists performing are Lester Oliver & Tominen, DJ Spin & DJ Kish, DJ Arnold & DJ Silvester.
The party begins at 12 PM and goes on to 11 PM. The entry is on guest list only. To get on to the guest list call 9544312132.
Posted in Featured, Party Alert
Posted on 09 July 2012.
The current exhibition at David Hall is Untitled and presents a selection of paintings produced at different Art Camps sponsored by CGH Earth – primarily from camps held at the Swaswara and Spice Village resorts and the Casino Hotel, last year.
They have been sponsoring National Artists Camps where artists from other parts of India are invited to come and work with artists from Kerala. This is done every year with the aim of supporting local artists as well encouraging artistic interaction between artists residing in different parts of the country.
The artists whose work is on display are- Bahuleyan, Sunil Vallarpadam, Balamuralikrishnan, Radha Gomaty, Manoj Vyloor , Purushottam Adve, Sanal, Abilash Unni, Prathapan G, Srikumari, Norman Tagore, Rajesh Ambalkar, Cynthia Prabhakar, Deepak Khandelawal, Shyama, Vishaka Apte and Wilfred K.P
The exhibition will continue till the 15th of July.
The gallery is open from 10am to 7pm and is closed on Monday.
Posted in Art, Events
Posted on 23 January 2012.
Standing tall at 6 ’3, it is not difficult to notice Hari Menon roaming around with a camera trying to capture nature’s bounty through his lens. Hari Menon has been working with a number of known publications like the Lonely Planet, Femina, Outlook Traveler, Jade magazine, since his early days and his images are familiar to common folks through campaigns such as Incredible India, Kerala and Karnataka Tourism promotions. He is an internationally acclaimed visual archive and has won numerous distinctions in his field. He has also featured in several photography and life style magazines such as Smart photography and the Scope magazine. Some of his prominent works include ” Close to the Gods ” documenting the dynamic ritual art form Theyyam of North Kerala, and ” People from the Peak ” photo stories from the Himalayas that the perpetual life styles of the common folks of the mountain as well as his photo essay on Kumbh Mela and Holi from U.P. His recent works for book releases include ‘India for a billion reasons’ for Wisdom Tree publications.
An instinctive photographer, his magical touch is evident in the numerous photos he has taken ranging from stills to faces, and abstract to reality. He is known to capture images from day today life and render them immortal. His play of colors and shapes in the photos he clicks talk deeply about his passion and love for photography. He hails from the beautiful village near Cochin, North Paravur. His eye for detail is completely self-taught and it is his love for the unknown and the need to capture it through the visual medium that made him follow his dreams to become a freelance travel photographer. There are limitations to the use of language, but for Hari it is through the photographs that he speaks.
Hari Menon partnering with Media Wallet Branding Solutions, the branding and advertising arm of Cochin Media City, a leading media conglomerate, announced a two-day photography workshop from January 28th to 29th at the Abad Grande Residencia, Fort Kochi. The entry is limited to 25 aspiring photographers, who would be introduced to world-class techniques in photography to enable them explore their creative side. For more details please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in Art, Business, Entertainment, Events, News
Posted on 17 November 2011.
It is cruising time for Kochi. From major cruise ships embarking in Kochi, our city is now in the news. But if you were planning on shelling some few extra bucks on those luxury cruises to visit the islands, we have some better news for you. The Goshree Island Development Authority (GIDA) is starting a boat service connecting the different islands that comes under its authority.
Kochi will have a double-decker boat that will serve this purpose. The boast will cost nearly 2.5 crores, and the operation and services will be carried out by a private operator on contract basis. The implementation of this project will facilitate in enhancing the condition of Kochi’s pioneer boat jetties that includes Vypeen, Fort Kochi, Mattancherry, and Ernakulam jetty. So when they say these places will be renovated, they plan to give these places a complete make-over. From bringing in good toilet facilities, providing drinking water and more, there are many plans that are in the to-do list.
The lower deck will be a normal one where regular passengers can travel, and the upper deck will be air-conditioned for the tourists. The charges will be reasonable, but yet to be fixed. This initiative from the government will truly be a blessing.
Posted in News
Posted on 21 June 2011.
The Commercial Dance Music Carnival (CDMC) is the brain child of Cochin’s own Dj Savyo. Savyo created CDMC with the aim of putting Cochin and Kerala as a whole on the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) charts of India and the world. According to Savyo “The Indian EDM world is limited unfortunately only to the metros and South India’s share is Bangalore’s presence. At the same time EDM fans are not restricted to the big cities and have a very large following in cities like Cochin and Trivandrum. Majority of the EDM parties are held at Bangalore where the crowd has the presence of a noticeable number of people from Kerala.”
Event managers who bring international artists to India are visibly scared to bring their artists to God’s own country fearing lack of audience. What went unanswered was the wishes of people from the state to see an EDM night in the home ground. Though we did not get our share of EDM events our Djs still played for the home crowd at the various crowds and events. All these events featured few of the best Djs on a single stage. These events were once in a while and the time gap widening.
Now the time has come for the scenario to change. The Djs are ready and the crowd has been asking for it for a long time. CDMC is here and it is here to stay. This music festival will be held at the Fort Cochin beach during the Onam time. CDMC will be the biggest EDM event to have happened in the state and will feature Djs from Cochin. The biggest names in the EDM from Cochin will come together on one stage for two consecutive days playing the best from their collections. Each of these Djs have years of performing experience and huge fan followings.
What comes as icing on the cake is the fact that this will be a free for all event and no entry charges will be collected. However for the security and smooth running the floor will be divided into two portions. One will be for couples and ladies and the other for stags. Guest can be assured of the best music at this open air musical extravaganza from the very people who changed the way we party. The music will range from progressive sessions to electro madness fuelled by heavy doses of commercial and bollywood numbers. While you are there don’t forget to enjoy the breathtaking sunset amongst the world famous Chinese fishing nets that dot the coast line. The steady pace at which EDM is gaining popularity amongst the youth has encouraged the Mayor of Cochin to extend all support to this venture.
Posted in News, Party Alert
Posted on 03 June 2011.
Here is something which you can do for your city, Kochiites. The Fortkochi beach cleaning campaign is on. It mobilises people across the city to clean the beach and create an awareness to stop harming the beauty of beaches. This initiative taken by ‘The Society for Marine Research and Conservation (SMRC)’ sure shall turn out to be a success.
Youngsters from across the city are all set to walk in at Fortkochi on the 8th of June, Wednesday. This shall be happening from 3.00p.m to 4.30p.m near the beach premises. Fortkochi beach is one of those beaches facing a major setback. Be it tourism, fishing or other marine activities, Fortkochi beach is losing its charm. Thanks to the officials who are not much bothered about this condition. Neither do they take the trouble of cleaning it up on a regular basis, nor do they take actions against people who litter the place.
The major tourist hub is being eaten up by ignorant and reckless people. And let’s not let that happen!
So don’t miss this chance of doing that little bit for our city! So see you there on June 8th!
Posted in News
Posted on 20 May 2011.
The COCHIN CLUB ALL KERALA SCRABBLE CHAMPIONSHIP, 2011 will be held at Cochin Club, Church Road, Fort Kochi on 22nd May, 2011. There will be categories for Men, Women and Under 18 years Juniors. Entry fees is Rs.200/- and matches will commence from 11 a.m.
The tournament is being organised by the Cochin Club in association with the Scrabble Association of Kerala. A class on Basics of Scrabble will be conducted by Team Sam Academy from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The winners will get Trophies and certificates. For registration details call 9846042421.
Posted in Entertainment, Events, News
Posted on 09 March 2011.
Fabindia aka the faultless domicile for Indian wear is the absolute sanctuary for Indian clothes. The wide range of accessories, clothes, furniture, bed linen, curtains etc., makes you go head over heels for the shop. Even though Fabindia is considered to be one of the most expensive outlets for ethnic clothes, I would propose this as the consign for ethnicity at an affordable rate. The rates of some boutiques and outlets that sell the same stuff are even more bizarre and wacky!! The shop has everything required for a home. Starting from the furniture, bedspreads, they even have cosmetics that include lotions and creams. You wear a Fabindia saree, and hold a clutch from the store, and then I guarantee you are the chic for the party! The shop started off at Old Thevara road, and opened its wings at other parts of the city pretty soon. It includes the one at Oberon Mall, Fort Kochi, Kerala History Museum, Bay pride Mall, and will be seen very soon at Abad Nucleus Mall. If you are looking for a makeover for your house, and want some finicky matchless stuff in place, make sure you try out the store, cos’ no place can swap FABINDIA!
Posted in Shopping
Posted on 23 February 2011.
Kochi, since quite a long time has been missing out on some real finicky hangout places! But gone are the days when Cocoa Tree or CCD were the only places where we could sit over a cup of coffee, or hang out with ya’ pals!! Fort Kochi is now the in-thing, people! Fortkochi has been a hub for the flood of tourists who visit Kochi. The pretty buildings and lovely locale has added to the splendour. But now, youngsters in the city, when they really need a break, prefer hanging out in Fortkochi! Kashi Art Cafe is nothing new to us. There is hardly anyone in Kochi who hasn’t tried out their Chocolate cake and Cold Coffee (Slurrrrrrppp!! I’am already drooling…. ). The art cafe was started around 15 years back by an American lady, and I would suggest this as the first place you should check out the minute you enter Fortkochi! Also, if you are someone who goes for merchandise from the street for clothes, and accessories, do not hesitate to step into the umpteen shops out there. The shopkeepers might try playing smart by charging you a li’l too much, but make sure you tell’em that ‘I’am a Kochiite, so ‘chetta’ don’t mess with me (It helps guys, I tell you)! Dal Roti offers you a wide range of North Indian cuisine, David Hall for a sip of coffee with great ambiance, plus a lot more. So if you still haven’t spent time with your friends out there in Fort Kochi, make sure the weekend is spent there!!
Posted in Columns