A Live Cinematic Experience in Town.

I have reached a phase in life where I am actively curating my individual experiences. Maybe its got to do with learning how to be more mindful or maybe growing up in the city makes it easy, to get over saturated with too much too soon, leaving you with wanting more riveting, unique happenings.

One such event I attended was Last night! A silent movie screening accompanied by a band, giving it a live score. In one word it was OUTSTANDING. Exceeded my expectations, and here’s why-

1. The what |
‘Dreaming in Colour’ was an event orchestrated by Krish Makhija from Mosambi Juice Productions. Who curated and brought this concept of a silent movie screening, accompanied by a band giving it a live score, adding different dimensions to each film. If you are not already sold just by the idea of it (like I was) – there’s more!

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2. Why |
Being inspired by the bizarre nature of story telling in early cinema, Krish curated a set of short films by world famous directors like Meliés, Gaston Velle and the Lumiere Brothers, to create a journey into the (almost) outlandish evolution of cinema and it’s tryst with colour.
These are the four early silent films watched with a live musical score :
– L’album Merveilleux (1905) – Gaston Velle
– Cendrillon ou La pantoufle merveilleuse (1912) – George Méliès
– Le Voyage Dans la Lun (1902) – George Méliès
– Le Dirigeable Fantastique (1905) – George Méliès

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A still from Cinderella (1912) directed by Georges Méliès. I call this one ‘The clock strikes xii’ 

3. Who |
The Star Band of ultra talented musicians consisted of – Rohan Rajadhyaksha, Tajdar Junaid, Ajay Jayanthi, Abhinav Khokhar, Ankit Dayal, and Viraj Saxena. Who received a loud and much deserved round of applause after each film. Lets not forget to mention it was a completely original score that was painstakingly well compiled, in a very short period of time.
Who knew watching a silent film could be this entertaining!! (Full 5 stars)

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4. Where |
This took place at one of my favourite stores in the city- Magnolia. (yeah, it’s a furniture store!! ) Magnolia is a family run company made up of a small group of super enthusiastic people. They thought it wise to branch out into hosting different cultural events for people. One such occasion was an exhibition of unique objects, and artifacts from the personal collection of High Court solicitor Rajan Jayakar, who has been collecting since over fifty years. What a treat it was for us antique lovers!
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The stage was set bang in the centre of the store, with a huge projector screen and the live band was set up somewhere in between a four poster bed, and a beautiful mirrored console table. I am pleased to say the band was so tight, and sound quality was awesome.

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we were all given a clipping of an old film strip to take home from the event- its the little details that make for a great experience.

I got a chance to ask the team at Magnolia about their challenges in planning an event like this, and what they hoped the audience would take home from this experience.

“Trying to turn a primarily retail store into a
viewing space was difficult. We still wanted to retain the space as a store and showcase Magnolia. Apart from that, being confident enough to host so many people was very challenging. However, the response was quite overwhelming and we’re so glad it all worked out.”
5. The Take Away:
“A restored faith in cinema. Also the fact that art and culture is no more restricted to gallery or performance spaces.”

I certainly enjoyed myself thoroughly – This was a memorable one. And I hope it fueled up everyone’s imagination and pursuits. Until the next time!

Wabi-Sabi | Sharmishta Roy for ManyManyThings

 

Attention!!!  We are flagging off collaborations with some of the master’s from the reel and the real world where they share observations, experiences and learnings from encounters old, new and trendy. We are super excited to introduce our very first chapter by Production Designer Sharmishta Roy (she promises to write many many more!)

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Chapter 1 | Wabi Sabi 

I first heard the term ‘Wabi Sabi’ not so long ago, when I attended Interior Design classes in the US.

I was intrigued! My work as a Production Designer for mainstream Bollywood films had largely revolved around creating pristine, glamorous and luxurious environment inspired by western lifestyles. Now, sitting in a classroom in California, I was being educated about an ideology prevalent amongst people on the other side of the globe. The Japanese word ‘Wabi Sabi’ implying – ‘Beauty found in simplicity’, ‘imperfections’ and ‘being true’.

Wabi Sabi is not a decorating style…it is a philosophy. It aligns with the Western philosophy of ‘Less is More’.

It advocates doing away with the superfluous, being austere. In addition, it is about being aesthetically sound and having a deep appreciation for the conditioning brought about by the passage of time.

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Just a bunch of words you say! Let me help you understand Wabi Sabi better.

Maybe you own a handmade earthen vase, plate or mug. You will notice its undulating edges, uneven coloring, flecks etc. All part of the Wabi Sabi of that piece!

I have inherited from my father a beautiful, much-used wooden table of English ancestry. I intend to use it as a desk, just as my father did! The various blemishes on its surface induce a sense of warmth and nostalgia. In turn, I hope to leave my imprint on it! Also, when paired with other furniture along modern lines, it will create an interesting contrast. More Wabi Sabi!

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On the right, the inherited wooden table. And to the left an image showing various earthen vases decorated on a table, sourced from enversdudecor.tumblr.com

So, does Wabi Sabi advocate filling up our homes with faded, chipped, rusted miscellaneous objects? Negative! It simply means you cherish the imprints of the past and want it to accent the present.

And does it mean that an unkempt house can pass off as Wabi Sabi aesthetic? On the contrary! An important part of this aesthetic is the respect for tidiness and hygiene.

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Mood Board Appreciation

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Villa Branco | Architecture & Interior Design by Momo-Studios influenced by Wabi Sabi

The Wabi Sabi aesthetic can be infused into any decor – use it when employing the austere, industrial lines of Modern or Minimalistic styles.

Or then express your appreciation for the “truth in materials” a la Arts and Crafts style.

Or yet again, let it guide you in the selection of organic materials and textures typical of Rustic style interiors.

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Villa Branco | A luxurious villa – modestly decorated, located in Anjuna, Goa.

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The villa is designed on the principles of wabi-sabi with the use of natural materials and finishes and locally made paints and polishes.

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Since Wabi Sabi is the appreciation of all things natural, an earthy palette is in keeping with this aesthetic – warm browns, creams, whites, ochers, and greens. Patinas, crackles, and yellowed pictures strengthen the sense of rootedness. On an ecological note, Wabi Sabi works at creating sustainable interiors by reusing the old and the loved.

Go Wabi Sabi!

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Pictures showing the wabi-sabi textures beautifully.

 

#DID YOU KNOW Wabi-sabi enthusiasts (called “wabibitos”) are described as being “a person who could make something complete out of eight parts when most of us would use ten.”

The Images for this post are contributed by Studio Momo.
Which is a wabi-sabi inspired Architectural and Interior Design firm based out of Goa.
Their conscientious designs are a result of a shared passion for creating eco-friendly interior-architectural finishes through an environmentally sensitive practice.

Which we think is so admirable!! Do take a look at their other wonderful projects here

 

Working in a Nutshell | | Edit #2 | Many Many Things for ExpostFacto | Style Files

Its been a bit busy and then it was April!!! I don’t think I saw January this time or February or for that matter even March! – we definitely landed straight to April. #nokidding. (is it global warming??) ……………. And then May is the birthday month, I had to had to had to go for a vacation that I promised myself years ago. So well….. its just been a bit delayed….(hiding my face now) 

Excuses No More! (socks all pulled up and me….armoured! )

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Space – 590 Sq feet – Working in a Nutshell | Edit #2

|manymanythings for ExpostFacto| 2015, the year when we were on an experimental mode and Piyush Raghani (Director and Founder of the production house ‘Like Minded People‘- from our first collaboration)  wanted another space – not another office but an Edit Studio for colour grading and offline editing of films and other broadcasted media. A studio space – “yeahhhh!” was our first reaction, but  with all its thrill came many challenges and technicalities. Of the many, one confrontation was to be with the acoustics of the place, to cut down sound travel from one room to the other and doing so without bulky construction. The other, how-do-you-do was keeping the already small space dark and killing any external source of light for the very purpose of a studio room is to disengage. Now, we love windows and all sunlight but sometimes you-have-to-do-what-you-have-to-do and so we were to turn everything to our advantage rather brood about it! 

#Didyouknow there are soundproofing wallpapers available now in India and blackout textiles can turn any room into a personal theatre? (Scroll away….)

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Art of the Marbler |Style Files|

So we decided to spend the weekend Paper Marbling and it was so much fun! Just what the doctor prescribed… with all this constant change in the weather we have been falling quite ill. Fortunately for us, there is always something arty to do & crafty to learn while you recover.

I’d love to share what we made with you guys and also drop this video link here that explains the PRO marbling process and its big uses back in the 70’s . Enjoy 🙂

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| Inspiration | The Tribe of OKHAI

"The hand of a craftsman engaged in his craft is always pure."

In this case its the inspiring work of the craftswomen and artisans engaged with Okhai, that results in the creation of handicraft products that have nothing but pure and good intentions behind it! Thanks to my girl @kometjuice, along with whom I spent the past one month working at a grass root level of one of the most ethical NGO’s I know of.

I have never before been to a place that felt so serene and holds such positivity that it radiates good vibes 24×7! A place where peacocks are as common as stray dogs and cows greet you at every corner. Where cycling is second nature and the milky-way seems just at an arms reach.
Mithapur has the look of an oasis in a desolate landscape with TATA Chemical Plants as its skyline.

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So….. what is this NGO I am speaking of and how has it swept me off my feet?

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