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Ever since the teaser of 'Kalank' was dropped, Varun Dhawan has been in the news for his super intense role as 'Zafar The Bullfighter'. With never-before-seen intensity, Varun's appearance in the trailer gave viewers all the 'Bahubali' feels during the bull-fight sequence, however, there is one more reason why fans have been super curious about Varun since the past few days. When he stepped out in a super classy ivory Manish Malhotra sherwani, all eyes went behind his left ear, because there was a brand new tattoo there. Take a look. © Instagram/Varundvn He got a number tattooed - '24'. Now, we too were perplexed to begin with, about what it means, just like you probably are right now. © Viral Bhayani We eavesdropped on the gossip mills, but to no avail. While some claimed that this is the date on which he'll get married, others quipped that a major movie is about to release on this date. But we know that 'Kalank' is releasing on April 19th, and it just didn't make sense. Plus, there has been no announcement about a wedding, yet. Right, Ms Dalal? © Instagram/Varundvn 24 is not his age as well (he's 31 already). After a lot of thinking, the only conclusion we could draw was that it's his birthday. Varun's birthday is on 24th April. But, isn't is a little, err, random? Well, we tried to find an answer and this is the best we could come up with. © Viral Bhayani` We're not giving up yet and are soon going to solve the mystery. Unless Varun reads this and decides to tell us himself. Are you reading, Varun?
We all deal with unwanted hair. It has been an annoyance for men and women alike since puberty. Although, men face a teeny bit of extra issues when it comes to stubborn facial hair. Your everyday shaving and occasional routine of trimming body hair may be set, but there is hair that sprouts on the most unruly areas too. Yes, we're talking about ear and nose hair. Everyone talks about nose hair but ear hair also needs to be acknowledged and dealt with. The occasional men's grooming routine should include taking care of ear and nose hair as well. Period. Here are some grooming tips and methods that can help you get rid of those nasty little buggers: Tweezing © hairclippers If you spot just a few noticeable hair popping out of your ear or nose, the best way to take care of that business would be to tweeze them. Yes, each pull will hurt but if you have the threshold for it, why not? Tweezing generally gets the hair out from the root itself and the hair won't grow back for a long time. It's a solution you can adapt if you only have a few strays. Trimming © XYroutine Since many trimmers are basically designed for both nose and ear hair, you shouldn't have a problem finding one that can swing both ways. A trimmer makes sure there is no pulling at the skin and reduces the chances of getting cut. Trimmers designed for the very purpose have an angled head, which allows for better reach and control. Waxing © Pinterest As more and more men adopt the metrosexual lifestyle, waxing ear and nose hair are extremely common. What you need to keep in mind during a waxing session is that ears are extremely sensitive and should only be waxed by professionals. Many home-kits for nose hair removal are, however, actively available in the market. Hard wax would be applied to the area, allowed to set, and then quickly pulled off. Use ice water to soothe the skin after a waxing session. Nip those distracting nose and ear hair in the bud by regularly spending a few minutes grooming then time and again. Put your well-groomed self forward, guys!
Japanese blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii puts his global success down to a wide range of experiences outside music -- and listening to how the conductor breathes. Photo: AFP TOKYO: Blind since birth, virtuoso Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii puts his global success down to a wide range of experiences outside music -- and listening to how the conductor breathes. "I love sport, I love swimming, skiing," the 29-year-old maestro told AFP in an interview. "The more I experience, the more positive things it brings me as a musician." Despite his blindness, Tsujii -- or "Nobu" as he is known -- has risen to become a star of the international classical music scene, playing in more than 160 concerts around the world in locations such as London's Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York. He has played with the Saint-Petersburg Mariinsky Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and will be giving his first major recital in France later this month. An elegy he wrote for the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan got 13 million views on YouTube. Born in Tokyo, Tsujii's love of music started at the age of eight months, when his mother played him a CD by Polish composer Chopin. "I wiggled my legs in time to the music," he said. He began tinkling on a toy piano at the age of two and real music lessons started at four. He learned to read sheet music via braille but many compositions were not accessible via this method so he learned to play by ear, from memory. A very rare example of a blind pianist at such a high level, Tsujii said he is inspired by the sensations provided by nature and other art forms. Photo: AFP "It is good at the beginning to be faithful and precise but afterwards I tried to interpret (the music) and that is very important, difficult and deep," he said with infectious enthusiasm. A very rare example of a blind pianist at such a high level, Tsujii said he is inspired by the sensations provided by nature and other art forms. "From a very young age, my mother gave me experiences outside of music. She would take me to museums and describe the drawings or paintings she liked. She would take me to a firework display and describe the colours," he said. Tsujii's main musical influence is the "delicate, elegant, romantic" Chopin, whose patriotism he admires. "He had extremely strong feelings for his country, Poland," said Tsujii, adding that he was also drawn to Beethoven, Debussy and Ravel. A joint-winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn gold medal, Tsujii has refused to let his disability get the better of him. While others musicians carefully watch every move of the conductor, Tsujii says he listens to the orchestra leader's breathing to follow the rhythm.
Protecting your ears is a must, if you attend a lot of loud concerts or get yelled at by your girlfriend/mother. Knops is a new adjustable ear plug which lets you adjust the volume of your surroundings and is now up for funding on Kickstarter. © Kickstarter Essentially these function as a high-tech analogue acoustic filter, which does not require any battery life, Bluetooth connector or an app. It has been designed so that the wearer can control the volume of surrounding sounds and protect his or her ears from loud noises. © Kickstarter Knops will let the user adjust sounds on multiple levels i.e. it has four settings, ranging from an initial level to no filtering at all. It can lower the amount of ambient noise around you or have a higher fidelity of blocking which is essentially meant for music concerts. You can even block out the sound entirely, a feature I will regularly use around my girlfriend. © Kickstarter Knops is priced at $62 on Kickstarter if you decide to back the project today. There’s even a fancier version which is gold-plated and is available for $117. These prices are exclusive to early bird backers and the earplugs will eventually sell at a higher price. You can watch the video below to know how it actually works and you can get yourself a pair here.
Before I start, I’d like to take a moment to really count my blessings; for being blessed with a profession that lets me do what I love doing best—exploring music, artists and festivals across the country and the world. There is no self discovery like the kind music gives to you and through my work and my journey, I’ve been lucky to have experienced and witnessed some of the best musicians in our country and the more legendary ones from outside create and produce music that united the world and every soul, in one way or another. How often do you find something that does that in the kind of world that we live in? © GoSupersonic And it’s because of this exposure that I have had, through my own journey without any external help, that I can sit and write this to all of you who are reading this. And if you’re anything like me, then I can vouch for the fact that you’re going to be headed to Pune this weekend for one of the most awaited homegrown festivals in the country—Vh1 Supersonic. It’s every ardent Indian Dance music fans bucket list goal to watch the legendary Eric Prydz perform on Indian soil and it’s finally coming true. Not to forget, you’ve got Macklemore and Zedd to look forward to. You’re probably already counting down the hours to the event. But, what’s your itinerary for the remainder of the artists that take the stages before our three headliners do? Here’s who I’ll be watching out for and you should, too. 1. Boris Brejcha © Boris Brejcha Born in 1981, Brejcha’s childhood shaped his career as an electronic dance music artist; learning to play the drums as well as the keyboard for as long as he could remember. In 2007, electronic music magazine, Raveline named him as the "exceptional Talent 2007". In 2012, the artist created a whole new genre, title high tech minimal which has been his forte ever since. The music is a combination of minimal and electro. The main features are a pumping bass foundation, driving percussion elements, crazy sound effects, melodies and unexpected turns in the arrangement. 2. Aly & Fila © Ministry of Sound Aly El Sayed Amr Fathalah (a.k.a. Aly) and Fadi Wassef Naguib (a.k.a. Fila) are an Egyptian trance music duo who host Future Sound of Egypt, a radio show dedicated to trance music; they are also founders of the Armada label of the same name. From Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland to Global Gathering, there isn’t a music festival that Aly & Fila have not played at. Their 2011 track, We Control The Sunlight, earned them the title of the Tune of The Year on Armin Van Buuren’s show, A State Of Trance. 3. Protoculture © Protoculture South African DJ and Producer, Nate Raubenheimer, also known as Protoculture has been creating what Armin Van Buuren would probably call Gold for the past 12 years and he’s made a name and a niche for himself that remains untouchable. Nate studied music professionally after completing his studies in Audio Engineering at age 20, immediately taking the international psy-trance scene by storm. He debuted at the Glastonbury Festival in UK and released his first album, Refractions to an audience that was craving for more. He has mixed music for well known names, like Armin van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Paul Oakenfold, Bryan Adams, Dash Berlin, Robert Miles, Jeanne Michelle Jarre and Nadia Ali. 4. B.R.E.E.D © Facebook An avant-garde music duo from Los Angeles, B.R.E.E.D comprises of Ritesh D'Souza, producer/composer and two-time DMC (India) champion, and Tara Mae, vocalist/composer and classically-trained pianist. They started out in India and quickly established themselves as an extremely exciting electronic act, and were even named "bass ambassadors" on Mista Jam's BBC Radio show. Along with their amazing sound, they fuse high fashion with their unique animal mask branding. 5. Oceantied © Facebook The solo electronic project started by Ketan Bahirat, guitarist at Until We Last, Oceantied explores Ketan’s music headspace with ambient, dancey and upbeat music that explores two main sides of the spectrum with downtempo tracks, alongside fast-paced footwork & jungle music. 6. Vinayak^a © Facebook Hailing from the small town of Jamshedpur, this talented artist can turn any setting into a boiler room, dancefloor or club, depending on what you’re feeling. He’s performed for some of the most sought after indie dance music festivals in the country, like Go:Madras and is a regular in the dance music scene. Based out of Bangalore, his music is a mix of Experimental, House, Deep and Space and he draws inspiration from the likes of Pink Floyd. 7. Tuhin Mehta © Ashish Parmar Photography Tuhin is a qualified sound engineer from SAE, Chennai, further to which he has served as the international ambassador at the Berklee College of Music. He remains one of the most seasoned and versatile guys on the scene. He is easily one of the few who literally pioneered quality homegrown dance music in the country, about two decades ago. He has remained a strong name ever since. 8. Sickflip © Facebook An electronica solo project brought to life by Sarvesh Shrivastava - a music composer, producer and performer from Mumbai, India, Sickflip brings an indefinable mix of serene melodic vibes and atmospheres to contrasting bass-heavy, chest-rattling festivals. Sarvesh has released music on record labels like High Chai Records (US), Rub A Duck recordings (Netherlands), Plain Dope records (UK) & Sony Music (India) and has performed at the major homegrown festivals, like Sunburn Festival, Enchanted Valley Carnival, Vasundhara Festival & NH7 Weekender. 9. Praveen Achary © Avirat Anuj Sundra Very few musicians can be as effective through their musicality diversity & unpredictability and still be well recognized & respected. One of them I Praveen Achary, who has, singlehandedly produced a number of chart topping productions on heavyweight international record labels, thrown in DJ sets that have resonated across the nation. He has performed at festivals around the nation, the like, Sunburn, Submerge Supernova, Above & Beyond's Radio - Group Therapy, Krank and Go:Madras. 10. Ash Roy © Facebook He has had an illustrious 17-year career that has seen him perform in Germany, USA, India, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai, Denmark, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bahrain, to name a few. He, along with friends, founded the fantastic electronica band Jalebee Cartel, which gained massive popularity globally, in 2004 and launched his own dance music record label - Soupherb Records, in 2013. His music ranges from minimal to tech-house to techno and has played alongside headliners like The Chemical Brothers, Modeselektor and Carl Cox, to name a few.
We’re still reeling from the Shillong leg—what performances, what weather and what an experience that was! Now, there’s Hyderabad and it’s just as exciting. Shillong has kinda raised the bar high so we’re hoping. But, here are 7 artists performing at Weekender Hyderabad whom you should absolutely not miss out on, whatsoever. 1. Dinosaur Pile-Up © Dinosaur Pile Up Formed in 2007, the English alternative-rock band have released three albums so far; the latest being Eleven Eleven. The album has been doing great on the music charts and now the band is all set to tour Hyderabad. They’re inspired by the Foo Fighters, Nirvana, The Beatles and The Beach Boys. So those of you looking for some good international music with a legend quality won’t be disappointed. 2. Nicholson © Kshitij Kankaria A live electronic project based out of Mumbai, Nicholson comprises of singer-songwriter Sohrab Nicholson—the brain behind the project—and producer, drummer and multi-instrumentalist, Rohan Ramanna. Their first EP, ‘So What’ garnered them enough eyes and ears to make them performers at Glasgow’s Concert Halls, Nh7 Weekender, Stage 42 Festival, Magnetic Fields Festival, Ziro Festival of Music and the Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Be prepared for one of the best sets of the festival. 3. Bhayanak Maut © Bhayanak Maut The Mumbai-based metal band that has been raging since 2003 is one of the country’s most popular bands, period. Comprising of Sunneith Revankar, Rahul Hariharan, Venkatraman (Baba), Aditya Nair (Amidtsya), Ishaan Krishna and Vinay Venkatesh, Bhayanak Maut prides itself on their embodiment of the state of the world as it is in the modern day and age. Fans have a lot of head-banging to do. 4. Prateek Kuhad © Prateek Kuhad His soulful music and voice is hard to miss and then not love. The Mumbai-based singer-songwriter has composed a lot of singles and has been active on the homegrown Indie scene since about 2012. But, he only released his debut album, Tokens & Charms, in January 2015. His music is minimal with some folk arrangements and pop rock melodies and is perfect for that bluesy feel that leaves you with a warm glow in your heart. Give him a listen and you’ll know what I mean. 5. Skrat © YouTube Founded back in 2006, the Indie band sways between the alternative and hard rock melodies. Comprising of three members—Sriram T T on guitar and lead vocals, Jhanu Chanthar on Bass and Tapass Naresh on drums and vocals—the Chennai-based group have been prevalent on the music scene in major cities. They have played over a 100 gigs and are all set to stir up a crowd in Hyderabad this weekend. 6. The F16s © Facebook Hailing from Chennai, the alternative band echoes the melancholia that grapples with the mundane everyday life in a town that serves very little outside of itself. Very lyrically driven and reverb-heavy, the F16s released a 6-song EP in 2013, called Kaleidoscope and a two-track record in Brooklyn. In the same year, 2013, they won the Jack Daniel's Award for the Best Emerging Act. 7. Alluri © Alluri Music Hyderabad-raised and London-based Redd Alluri is changing the way Indian indie music is created and heard around the world. His debut release, Man of Truth is proof of the indie revolution Alluri is creating. All of the songs have been written by the artist himself and are an extension of his cultural discoveries. His music has subtle Bowie, Floyd and The Smiths undertones that make them all the more enjoyable. Alluri gets it bang on.