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 That's Mumbai Cool! 

There is no single concept of cool. Aesthetically, it's an attitude. Socially, it's capital. Emotionally, it's an identity. Commercially, it's a commodity. It's desirable and elusive. It's subjective, yet global.  Although, one thing is certain - cool is ever-evolving. That's Mumbai Cool in it's first edition, presented by the Piramal Art Foundation, decodes the Mumbai Cool across home chef outfits, restaurants/mixed use spaces and cultural spaces.

Covering the Cool - Pronoti Datta, Amit Gurbaxani and Purva Mehra, Editors of The Daily Pao, slice through the idea of what's cool in the city as they open the event with the yays and nays of what's cool contemporary culture.

Time: 11.30 AM

The Classic Cool - Archetypal foods in new avatars

Speakers: Munaf Kapadia (The Bohri Kitchen), Perzen Patel (The Bawi Bride), Rohan Mangalorkar (Pack-a-Pav)

Moderator: Antoine Lewis (Food writer)

Time: 12.00 PM - 1.30 PM

The Urban Cool - A restaurant, a hangout joint and a workspace walk into a bar

Speakers: Viraf Patel (Cafe Zoe), Suketu Talekar, (Doolally), Pankil Shah (Woodside Inn)

Moderator: Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi (Food critic and author)

Time: 2.30 PM - 3.45 PM

The Experimental Cool - New cultural spaces by cultural entrepeneurs

Speakers: Sharin Bhatti (The Hive), Nikhil Hemrajani (Sitara Studio), Marlies Bloemendaal (Ministry of New)

Moderator: Shreyas Srinivasan (Founder,,

Time: 4.00 PM - 5.15 PM

Cooling Down - Closing Session from The Daily Pao 

Time: 5.15 PM - 5.45 PM

 The Film Edition 

Mumbai is India’s film capital, home to Bollywood, Marathi cinema, indie and art house cinema, as well as numerous well known film festivals. The ‘cool’ in film can no longer be defined by the distinctions between mainstream and alternative cinema. Cool is more than just about craft and storytelling – it could be about changing audience tastes, reviving old movie theatres for a new cinema, a new Mumbai for women filmmakers, or even about changing roles for female characters. We went shopping! We found spaces like Matterden and Osianama that are altering the film watching experience are being repurposed to offer audiences different ways in which to appreciate cinema. We found a Mumbai that offers a little piece of itself to those that want to create with film, gender notwithstanding. We found diverse lenses and identities being adopted to view cinema - Queer cinema, LGBT festivals, women filmmakers and more. Identities are being reclaimed to create more self-aware and subversive characters – and so we have Archie of Sairat and Laila of Margarita with a Straw. In our Mumbai Cool series featuring Film in Mumbai, we hunted for the obscure in the obvious.

Pranav Ashar (Matterden/Enlighten) - Of spaces
Tangella Madhavi - Independent filmmaker - Of Identities and lenses
Sridhar Rangayan - Festival Director KASHISH, Of inclusivity 

Mayank Shekhar - Responder

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 The Music Edition 

Tucked away in its many gallis and gaothans are the alternative music cultures of Mumbai, straining to be heard above the din of mainstream Bollywood. In Dharavi, rap rouses the fire within the SlumGods – India’s first hip-hop Collective (and tour company). Further to the east in Mumbai's Chembur suburb lives Nush Lewis, harpist and a teacher with her finger on the pulse of the changing classical music scene. Just off the arterial Linking Road in Bandra lies Bonobo  – a venue that programmes and hosts indie Indian and international acts on a weekly basis. And deep in the heart of Mumbai's former mill district is Only Much Louder - India's biggest Indian independent music artist and event management company. The music they make, the subcultures they foster, and the venues they support create a new beat for the city of Mumbai to move to.


'That's Mumbai Cool! - the Music edition' features SlumGod's Sunil Rayana and Sagar Vatapu, Bonobo's Nevil Timbadia and Only Much Louder's Tej Brar and musician and teacher Nush Lewis. The work these culture makers create and the experiences they provide depart from the norm and separate them from the ordinary. Moderating the session is music writer and editor of The Daily Pao, Amit Gurbaxani. 

24 Jan 2017, Tuesday.
Time - 6 - 7.30 pm


Venue - Piramal Museum of Art, B wing, Ground Floor, Piramal Tower, Peninsula Corporate Park, Lower Parel West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013

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