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Installations Galore at Abhivyakti Edition 3

Abhivyakti Edition 3 has commenced on Friday evening with a play, a musical and a large number of visual art installations but without any hullabaloo. A modest and elegant start sans any fanfare of VIPs where people walked in coolly, in good numbers and the curators of all the segments were introduced and it shot off; but a few things seemed to be still being put in place! Spread across the entire courtyard of the venue – the Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat – the visual arts remind one of the displays at the main street around Kala Ghoda near Jahangir Art Gallery in the Kala Ghoda Festival of Arts of Mumbai, which incidentally just concluded its 2020 edition last Sunday.…...

Things to do in Ahmedabad : Find out in Art weekly #249

Happy Mahashivratri, folks! A night, celebrating the existence and blessings of Lord Shiva, one of the Tridevs (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva) of Hinduism. He is regarded as one of the supreme beings who creates, protects and transforms the universe. Whereas, his existence is no question amongst those who have heard his name, the origin stories of Mahashivratri differ. While some believe that Shiva agreed to save the world, with earnest requests from Goddess Parvati, on this day, certain folklores suggest that this was his favourite day, when asked by Parvati. But inconsequential to the origin of the festival, all Hindus celebrate this occasion with enthusiasm. And it would be a shame if you were not to celebrate the gift of life on this auspicious occasion. Here is the 249th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly which will navigate you towards the most happening locations in the city. This week, we bring you an eclectic bunch of events to attend. TTEC is organising their 18th Annual Motif TTEC Charity Walk which aims to create a benevolent act to make a valuable contribution to the community, as well as improve people’s physical health. Become a part of this walk as thousands of Amdavadis…...


https://cda2cd955782bd78b33c48de-mindfulventures.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Abhivyakti-City-Arts-Project-Events-in-Ahmedabad.jpeg Abhivyakti : City Arts Project

Abhivyakti : City Arts Project Abhivyakti is an arts initiative for the masses of Ahmedabad. A platform for young and emerging talent from across town, Abhivyakti is bringing together a variety of performing and visual arts to create a unique experience for the citizens. As part of Abhivyakti,  a series of deeply engaging installations and thought…

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Sanskar Kendra, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

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https://cda2cd955782bd78b33c48de-mindfulventures.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Expressions-in-Clay.jpg Expressions in Clay

Experimental, experiential, some witty, some figurative, painterly, minimal, drawing on cultural heritage and contemporary urban life. A very diverse group of artists will be displaying expressions in clay that has not been seen at a single venue before in Ahmedabad. Drop by at #StudioPottersFest2020 on 10 – 11 – 12 January at 079 | Stories, in association…

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079 Stories,
Opp. Shashwat Bungalows, Near Rajpath Club Road, Boadakdev, Ahmedabad.

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https://cda2cd955782bd78b33c48de-mindfulventures.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/From-Here-To-Eternity-by-Nabibaksh-Mansoori.jpg From Here To Eternity by Nabibaksh Mansoori

From Here To Eternity by Nabibaksh Mansoori   An Exhibition of recent paintings.

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2nd Floor, Phoenix,
Opp. New Girish Cold Drinks, Near Vijay Cross Roads, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad.

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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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Krishna the Eternal has undoubtedly found more expression in arts, music and literature than His other two incarnations in Lord Vishnu and Lord Rama in the Vaishnav pantheon of Hinduism. While Bhakti kavya in Hindi and vernacular literature is a genre by itself and early poets like Jaidev and medieval poets like Surdas are known…

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Muzaffar Ali wears a number of hats even as we instantly peg his identity more with films and music festivals. His magnum opus Umrao Jan alone is enough to validate the reputation that comes with his work as a filmmaker though he also made some other feature films later, while also diversifying into documentaries and…

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The Abhivyakti Visual Arts segment was seen to be having its fair share of keen visitors and interested onlookers as the Fest entered its second Day at the Knowledge Consortium of Gujarat (KCG) campus. We went around too through the varied and quality repertoire on show and spotted four more installations The Fleeting Winds by…


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