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10 Indie Films that altered the Indian audiences' taste in cinema forever

While commercial Hindi movies have hogged the attention of Indians, there are various Indie & off-beat movies in the shadows that puts forth some of the freshest ideas and techniques. These films apart from being cinematic achievements have also played a big role in shifting audience perception and acceptance towards the new vocabulary of filmmaking in India. Here, we list down 10 such films released over last 2 decades. Cinema is one of the biggest contributors to the entertainment industry. And people, especially in India, love it. While being seventh biggest box office market worldwide, Hindi Film Industry aka Bollywood, is constantly buzzing with new ventures. The quintessential Indian film is a potpourri of masala action, over-the-top drama, item songs…...

Things to do during #JantaCurfew : Find out in Art weekly #253

Over years Ahmedabad Art Weekly has been with you, giving you a curated list of the best events to visit during the week. Under the current situation, with the threat of COVID-19 increasing every moment, it is advised to stay home and avoid undesired movement and physical contact. We completely support Governments advisory of work-from-home advisory and no-public gathering. However, keeping up with our responsibility of being your guide to the most creative engagements, this week, we give you list of 5 activities that each one of you can engage in while staying home. Either alone or with your families, this activities will keep your spirits high, and your minds positive. We all have pending to-do’s, now is the time to dig into that to-do and make most of the crisis that is on hand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to nation on March 19,2020 has announced a #JantaCurfew on Sunday,  March 22, from 7am to 9pm. All of us at Creative Yatra wholeheartedly support the initiative. We request all you to respond positively to the call of resolve and restraint and do our bits towards this global crisis. Here are the 5 things one can do during…...


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You have cordially invited to the opening of our new gallery with an exhibition GLIMPSES OF A FAMILY LEGACY. A selection of jewelry, personal ornaments, silver, items of worship and tableware curated by Puja Vasa Shah and PAINTING WITH THREADS 2nd in a three-part series exhibiting Saris and Shawls curated by @Aditi Ranjan The exhibition…

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The House of MG
Opp. Sidi Saiyed Mosque, Lal Darwaja, Ahmedabad, India 380001

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If cartographic anxieties are loosely accepted as the anxieties of the state when subject to cartographic aggression of the other, one has to delve into how this aggression is reflected in the everyday life of the people. This show attempts to reflect upon the anxieties which are created out of already defined or imagined boundaries…

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Gool Lodge Opposite R.C High School of Commerce, Delhi Chakla, Ahmedabad, India 380001

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30 Days – 30 Dishes – 30 Great stories – 1 Epic journey! The highest watched Gujarati Non-Fictional Web Series- #StreetFoodStories is back with Season 2. Share your recommendations with us!   Source : Facebook.

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Photo Studio

  • Maghi in Nepal, Shakrain in Bangladesh Poush Sangkranti and Tirmoori in Pakistan

Uttarayan in Ahmedabad Pol


In this Photo Studio, photographer Ashish Mehta of ‘Meet Me at Khadia’, who has been running a time-honoured photo-walk in the walled city of Ahmedabad captures the authentic flavour of Amdavad’s kite festival known as Uttarayan.

Also known as Makar Sankranti in various traditions, Uttarayan festival, is dedicated to the Sun God and marks end of the 6 month period that began with June Solstice. Makar Sankranti, the Indian equivalent of Winter solstice marks the beginning of 6 month long ‘Uttarayan’ period, in which  the northern hemisphere of the planet is tilted towards the Sun. Considered an auspicious time for new beginnings, particularly in agrarian societies, this day is marked with lot of festivity. The festivity is passionately celebrated all across India, but in the city of Ahmedabad, it is specially rejoiced by flying vivid kites using a sharp abrasive string called Manja.

The Heritage city of Ahmedabad is famous for its Uttarayan revelry as people and families gather on the Pol terraces to fly kites with utmost enthusiasm. The festivity is marked with authentic Gujarati dishes including the quintessential dish full of winter vegetables called Undhiyu. This album is a compilation of Mehta’s four years of Uttarayan photography, which was mostly conducted during the evening times of the festival in the Khadia Pol. The senior lensman is using Canon 1100D to capture the saffron hues of the Amdavadi Uttarayan skies.

To be a part of this celebration, you can contact Ashish Mehta as this year he has organised a ‘Uttarayan in Pol‘ event within the walled city of Ahmedabad. Since the happening is meant to be a traditional affair, participants will be given colourful kites, environment friendly manja, lip-smacking indigenous delicacies and of course an original Amdavadi Uttarayan experience curated by Mehta himself.

The captions of the photographs are the different names of Uttarayan/Makar Sankranti in various regions of India, Nepal and Pakistan.


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Seema Kohli of Delhi is not unknown to Ahmedabad even as she came and conquered the town by starting her first solo show at 079 Stories the past weekend. For record’s sake, Seema actually debuted in Ahmedabad last year in March at the invitation of Petal Foundation-Art e Fair with a performance and an interaction…

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Three themes intertwined when Meera Desai sang leading her Quintet at Natarani last Friday as the first of its performances for a three-day Women’s Day Weekend. One is the evolution of a young songwriter and singer, Meera. She chose to sing songs written and composed by her and those by other women across last six…

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At the 79th and concluding show of performing arts Abhivyakti Edition Three it was felt the City Project had triggered fresh creative ideas in a few cases. At the show on March 1 it was Anti Clock’s an hour-long play In Between in Gujarati both written and directed by the same person Ankit Gor, who…

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Jyoti Bhatt The great visual saga of the Indian Portrait moves on! Written with a huge penchant for its historic significance and a certain episodic regularity by Anil Relia of Archer Arts Gallery, this saga entered its eleventh edition on Tuesday. This one comprises of veteran artist Jyoti Bhatt’s photographs of his contemporaries – all…


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અમે તો પ્રભાતના પોકાર!                                              …અમે

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અરુણ રથ વ્હાનાર !

આગે ચાલે બંદી બાંકો, પ્રકાશ-ગીત ગાનાર !                       …અમે

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Streaming platforms like Netflix have enabled new cinema to emerge in exciting ways and these often turn out to be great alternatives to mainstream cinema. What makes this phenomenon possible? We explore. I’m 10 minutes into watching Nanette on Netflix…

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Check out some highly rated heritage Airbnb properties in Ahmedabad that are more than a century old but don’t cost a fortune!  Enjoy the basic amenities of a hotel while you revel in the local cuisine, colour and hospitality. The…

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Let’s know Shubigi Rao, who has recently been selected as the curator for the 2020 Kochi Muziris Biennale, for her “exceptional acumen and inventive sensibilities” The format of the art biennale to showcase contemporary visual art, across the world is modeled on…

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In this piece 64 year old Dr Yatin Desai, shares with CY his inspiring story of how to scale towering mountains with utmost ease and how this life adventure activity can shape human character and health. Chances are high that…