The Telegraph
Monday , August 8 , 2016

Weekend of soccer rivalry and Slovakian rhythm

While the world has its sights set on Neymar in Rio, the city has been busy cheering on the footballers at the CC&FC Corporate 7’s Tournament. Team ABP beat High Life Management in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday afternoon to lift the Cup. “This is the first time we have won this Cup, all thanks to a great team effort,” said skipper Mainak Sengupta (standing first from left), who won the Best Goalkeeper award. Cognizant won the Plate finals defeating HSBC, also on penalties. The three-year-old tourney saw 24 corporate teams fight it out from August 4 to 7 in 15-minute matches. 
Picture by Shuvo Roychaudhury

Veronika Vazanovathe, the lead singer of the Slovakian band Balkansambel, performs at Kala Mandir on Saturday. Dressed in kroje, the traditional Slovak attire, she mesmerised the audience with a mixed bag of folk, jazz and funky Romanian, Serbian and Slovakian numbers to the beats of saxophone, trombone, trumpet, drums and other accompaniments. Halfway through her performance she changed to a bright red sari and bindi. “This is our first visit to India. We staged four shows and connected with the audience here through our rhythm. Music has no language,” said Martin Noga, the co-founder of the seven-member band. The members found the Calcutta audience an enthusiastic lot who often clapped along with the songs. “We are already in love with Indian clothes, now we want to try some Indian food,” added tour manager Tatiana Heckova. The programme was presented by Sangit Kala Mandir trust. Picture by Bishwarup Dutta

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