This Week In Culture: Bandra's Hottest New Culinary Hub, Banarasi Tradition, & More
Every week, discover a comprehensive guide to culture and lifestyle across India with the Homegrown Bulletin. The #HGBulletin includes creative project launches, drops, the latest releases, and much more.
FOOD & DRINKS
It is the latest venture of Chef Gresham Fernandes, encapsulating the vibrant essence of Mumbai's Bandra neighborhood. This innovative space seamlessly blends the area's cultural flair, culinary diversity, and artistic heritage, creating an immersive experience that transcends traditional dining. From the carefully curated menu, inspired by the umami flavors and nostalgic influences of Bandra, to the eclectic design language that pays homage to the neighborhood's iconic imageries, Bandra Born is a testament to the team's deep connection to the area. With a focus on providing a holistic experience, including exceptional food, a well-crafted bar, and a captivating ambiance, Bandra Born aims to resonate with visitors across generations.
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Only Cold Brew Coffee (OCB)
OCB redefines Chennai's coffee scene with exceptional cold brews infused with flavors like honey and coconut. Founded by Sudarshan and Ukesh, known as the 'coffee magicians', OCB offers a serene ambiance, unique cold brew concoctions, delectable food items, and intriguing workshops, promising a dynamic journey for coffee enthusiasts.
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Ekaya's latest Fall Winter 23 Collection, ZAR, pays homage to the intricate Jamawar tradition, seamlessly blending heritage with contemporary flair. This collection features a splendid fusion of Kashmir's diverse textiles and Banarasi tradition, redefining the narrative of designer sarees for weddings. With non-traditional winter saree hues and exquisite craftsmanship, ZAR presents an eclectic mix of elegance and innovation, transforming the perception of wedding sarees and silk lehengas for the contemporary bride.
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This Noida-based upcycling label is on a mission to revive the lost culture of repairing and repurposing fabrics, challenging the throwaway culture of fast fashion. Through their innovative approach, they are restoring the dignity of artistry to weaving clusters and injecting the melody of recycling into the fashion industry. By collaborating with local ragpickers and traders, they transform post-consumer waste into stunning garments, rugs, and other bespoke offerings, embodying a 360-degree approach to ingenuity. Paiwand Studio serves as a cultural marker, guiding us to rediscover and embrace the ancient ways of sustainable and mindful clothing practices.
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Pocket-Poetry Bookmaking Workshop
The Making Pocketbooks of Poetry workshop offers an immersive and interactive experience, blending the art of minimalist poetry and bookmaking. Participants will craft short poems and compile them into unique, tiny clusters, experimenting with diverse forms such as chits, secret notes, necklaces, painted dried leaves, and folded zines. This unconventional approach challenges traditional notions of poetry, encouraging participants to infuse everyday objects with creativity and meaning. The workshop also focuses on subverting traditional page structures and offers a literary exploration of minimalist poetry from various traditions.
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Indian Photo Festival
The 9th Indian Photo Festival in Hyderabad promises an unforgettable experience, showcasing the best of photography through diverse events, exhibitions, and workshops. It serves as a platform for professional photographers, budding talents, and enthusiasts from around the world, offering an opportunity for engagement, learning, and critical thinking about societal issues and the human condition.
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Bandit Goa's innovative approach to sustainability in fashion and lifestyle accessories is truly commendable. By repurposing discarded aircraft materials into coveted bags, jewelry, and other accessories, they are not only creating stylish products but also embodying a commitment to a sustainable future. Their dedication to the circular economy model and collaboration with Moksha for the Shourai collection exemplify their unwavering focus on repurposing and transforming waste into functional art.
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New Music Releases
This week in Homegrown's New Music Round-Up includes a diverse array of fresh sounds, featuring artists who push the boundaries of electronic music, hip-hop, and soulful storytelling. From Zealotantrik's cutting-edge electronic tunes to Yungsta's introspective journey and Arjun Mukherjee's emotive exploration of shattered dreams, this week's releases offer a captivating blend of innovation, authenticity, and raw emotion.
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Children's Day Films
On Children's Day this year, four homegrown films were highlighted for breaking free from limiting notions of childhood, portraying the poignant and fertile period where children often surpass adult expectations. From Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali's exploration of childhood's blissful ignorance amidst adversity to the heartwarming resilience of Gattu, these films capture the innocence, bravery, and wisdom of children, challenging preconceived notions and celebrating the transformative power of retaining a childlike spirit in facing life's challenges.
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