Sep 8, 2016
If photographers today wish to cover an age-old festival popular in a remote village, all they need to do is google for details. Date, place, time, schedule, it’s all listed on the well-designed website. Camera bag and lens in order,…
Jan 9, 2017
Day 7 ends with audience saying ‘Wah Ustad’ The seventh day of the music festival featured three concerts namely a violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramanathan, Gundecha brothers presented drupad music and a Santoor recital by Shri. Rahul Sharma accompanied by…
August 15, 2016
Prayer by Nahnalal અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લઈ જા, ઊંડા અંધારેથી, પ્રભુ! પરમ તેજે તું લઈ જા; મહામૃત્યુમાંથી, અમૃત સમીપે નાથ લઈ જા. તું-હીણો હું છું તો, તુજ દરસનાં દાન દઈ જા. પિતા! પેલો આઘે, જગત વીંટાતો સાગર…
The Ahmedabad Art Weekly of Creative Yatra will is committed to lead citizens into the world of enrichment. Space is dedicated explicitly to the creative happenings of the city and to the creators of the city who are day and night striving to give an artistic experience to each Amdavadi. We are proud to announce our 143rd edition of AAW that features exceptionally enticing events ranging from varied fields of creativity. To get your copies on the phone please WhatsApp us with a ‘Hi’ on 7016718614.
The 143rd AAW is dedicated to the prolific television personality and popular recitalist Pranlal Kharsani. Stage actor Kharsani began his theatrical journey in 1958 and contributed to the drama industry for more than six decades. Among his hundred Gujarati films and more than 75 plays, he is lovingly remembered by the fans for his comic roles. He also came into the production part and has written, produced and directed dramas during his career. To name a few Kharsani was featured in plays like Patta Ni Jod, Malela Jeev and Rajane game te Rani and many films including Nari Tu Narayani and Lakho Fulani. The Natraj Award-winning actor has been felicitated with various accolades including Gaurav Puraskar from Gujarat State, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Award and the Gujarat Film Development Corporation Award.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The 142nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is all here with some of Ahmedabad’s most intriguing events. Although the city runways are filled with running cows; but in our mentioned events there won’t be any such blunders happening. The creative creators of Ahmedabad are presenting their creativity in front of the citizens in the form of photography exhibitions, art events, music concerts, exciting talk show, and fantastic theatricals. All the mentioned events are family friendly, many of them being open gated events. Experience arts, while being with your family.
The inspiration for our 142 AAW is celebrated Mumbai based artist Hema Upadhyay. Born in the cultural city of Vadodara, Upadhyay’s work became identifiable due to repeated use of small-collaged photographic self-portraits. She was invited for art residencies in countries like Sydney, Pakistan, USA, Singapore and France. Her work where she showcased consequences of war through cockroaches as a museum installation is quite appreciated. Her other remarkable solo-installations include Indian Highway; Where the bees suck, there suck; Think left, think right, think low, think tight; and Mu-mmy . She was the only Indian to be invited for the reopening of MACRO museum in Rome. Her demise at a young age of 43 is an unfortunate reality for the art fraternity at large.
Happy New Year to all our Yatris! To start your year 2018 in the most enchanting way, refer to the 141st Ahmedabad Art Weekly, and choose from some of the most enriching events of Ahmedabad. The city is in its most eventful time of the year. Whether you are a Hindustani classical music lover, a literati looking forward towards consuming vivacious literature content, a techno buff who likes to stay updated with the digitizing world, a film-brainy who likes to know more about the the B-Town masala gossip, a kites fanatic just like every other Amdavadi, a theatrical lover, or a photography enthusiast, this week has got everything for you.
The personality of Harshida Raval is utterly synonymous to the meaning of her name – a joy giver. Gujarati tuneful songster Harshida Raval was born in Limdi, Gujarat and became a household name after the release of her songs ‘Keva Re Malela Manna Mel?’, ‘Hu To Gai’ti Melama’ and ‘E Ke Lal Darwaje Tambu Taniya Re Lol’. Her contribution in Gujarati cinema as a playback singer was significant, because of which she was honoured with the Best Playback Singer Award five times by the Government of Gujarat. She learnt the aesthetics of Sugam Sangeet under the tutelage of singer Rasbihari Desai and later tied conjugal bonds with virtuoso Janardan Raval. In the latter part of her life, she lent her vocal talent to devotional music and sang a large number of songs from this genre.
The winds are chilly, and the city is heading towards completion of another vitalising year. The Christmas holidays are on, and you may find dancing clowns and Santa all across the city at various toy shops. But you may want to do more than just dancing with Santa and receiving a candy in return for your fantastic performance. So why not head towards places, where creative, vivid souls are showcasing the best of what they’ve got. Choose your creativity form from 140th Ahmedabad Art Weekly and make sure you go along with your family and transform it into a holistically enriching experience.
The inspiration for 140th AAW is city’s doyen of the textile industry and author of culinary literature ‘Bhojan No Anand’, Anjali Mangaldas. A graduate of the Royal College of London, Mangaldas had a keen interest towards the art of textile and thus continued her education in the same field. As a prolific collector, she has a humongous collection of Gujarati textile art displayed at The Ahmedabad Trunk, in the prestigious House of MG. As a stalwart, she had a keenness in challenging her limitations, a trait which compelled her to become the foremost student at Kadamb Dance School and learn the aesthetics of Kathak. Mangaldas left for heavenly abode on 14th of May, 2017.
Merry Christmas folks! The winter holidays are here, and the 139th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly is all set to awe you with few of city’s most elevating events. This week we give you art exhibitions, a theatre festival with a series of enrichment, book fair following with an engaging talk, an indigenous expo on natural medicines, city’s literature festival, a wholesome food festival, open mic night, and a fantastic musical gathering. December is the right time to make most out of your creativity and also to consume others’ and get inspired.
This week we have been inspired by educationist and songstress Usha Chinoy of Rajkot. Started her career with Young India with original records in 1940, her voice became the mesmerising music chanting across India after her feature at Doordarshan and All India Radio. She performed a variety of genres including Urdu ghazals, bhajans, thumris, Gujarati folk songs and light music. She was the founding head of Department of Arts, Crafts and Music, Rajkot and later went to musicology gathering of Experiment in International Living program, USA. Her granddaughter author-poet Vaidya Shastri Manishankar Govindji established the renowned Atank Nigrah pharmacy.
Ahmedabad Art Weekly is a curated calendar that every week brings you Ahmedabad’s most enchanting and engaging events. This week we have featured life-sized as well as enriching art exhibitions, extremely funny stand up comedy shows, a fresh photography exhibition, thought-provoking performing arts happenings, jovial musical gatherings, and everything that a citizen should consume while leaving the mainstream popular culture behind for a while. Since we have limited space in our AAW, we are not able to feature every event on our list. But all the events sent and featured are having an exclusive visibility on our website, which will also be stored permanently in our archives section.
Hindustani filmmaker and special effects pioneer Babubhai Mistry is the inspiration for our 138th AAW. He has given fantastic films based on Hindu Mythology like Sampoorna Ramayana and Mahabharat. Born in Surat, the filmmaker was a regular director at Wadia Movietone and later learnt the art of visual effects from Vijay Bhatt. He was dotingly called Kala Dhaga for his trick cinematic techniques and earned various accolades including the Kodak Trophy for Technical Excellence at MAMI.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. -Robert Frost “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
The weather in Ahmedabad is colder than usual, but the hearts of Amdavadis are warmer as usual. Every week when our Art Weekly’s number is excelling we keep on reminding ourselves and the people that this is just beginning. Together we have taken responsibility to make the events and happenings of the city more and more enriching. It is a never-ending job, but together we will make our people consume the right content. Creative Yatra’s approach to compiling culture and creativity rather than entertainment under a single banner is none of a kind initiative in Ahmedabad. Our motivation lies in your potential of doing, and the 137th edition of AAW is an evidence of how beautiful the citizens are carving its city.
The motivation behind 137th AAW is Kanu Gandhi, grandnephew of Mahatma Gandhi and a photographer par excellence. It is because of him that the world can celebrate the legacy of India’s Father of the Nation visually. As a member of his staff who lived with him in various ashrams, Gandhi created an archive of photographs of Bapu from 1938 until he was assassinated in 1948. He was dotingly called as Bapu’s Hanuman, and Bapu allowed him to photograph only on three conditions – Ashram will never fund his activities, Bapu will never pose for him, and he will use no flash. The self-trained photographer also made films on Gandhi, and his collections were oblivious until German collector Peter Ruhe acquired them in the 1980s. The Sabarmati Ashram purchased the collection from Ruhe in Rs. 5 million in 2007, which came up for selling in 2012 creating a national controversy. Several shots in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi were shot according to the bio-photographer of Gandhi’s perspective, and the first international exhibition of his work was done in Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery, UK.
With Ahmedabad Art Weekly edition 136, begins the month of December, that promises to give city a string of dainty cultural events. Setting the tone for the next few weeks, this weeks list boasts of stunning variety. Experimental Plays, Musical do’s, Photography Exhibits and Engaging Arts show. Winters are the time when Ahmedabad culture landscape blooms with scores of events. The weather is pitch perfect for open to sky events and augments the mood of an aesthetics reveler.
This weeks inspiration for the AAW sketch is the legendary photographer from Gujarat, Kishor Parekh. Credited for revolutionizing photo journalism in India, Parekh’s work has an immense influence on the subject. His short stint as a photo journalist at Hindustan Times, between 1961-67, was enough to impact the entire industry. Never before a photographer was credited in media, never before newspapers carried photo essays – his powerful and monumental work completely and permanently altered the visual aspect of newsprint in India. The Sino Indian War, The Tashkent Summit are among the key events that brought his unique work in focus. He could blend realism with his inherent compassion towards humanity, which made his photographs much more than visual documentation. In latter part of his career he shifted to Hong Kong and worked for magazines to cover South Asia.
His timeless work, that makes his contribution to photojournalism insurmountable is his work on Bangladesh liberation war, that got converted into the epic photo book ‘Bangladesh – A Brutal Birth’. This collection is considered among the best war photography work in the world. Such was the power of his photographs that the Indian Government made this book the official document of the 1971 Bangladesh war. We salute the passion and craft of Kishor Parekh and wish that his influence stays on for generations to come.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The Heritage Week is in progress at India’s first World Heritage City. The monuments are glimmering with lights and culture connoisseurs around. So how do you wish to relish the most heritage-rich time of the year? For people who have registered for Ahmedabad Art Weekly, please refer to the 135th Edition of AAW and select the aptest event that suffices your creative needs. From this week the registered participants will receive their WhatsApp copy of AAW from 7016 71 8614 instead of 7228 02 7228. Hope you have an enriching time ahead!
A luminous star absconded from earth last week to shine brighter in the dark blanket that covers the skyscrapers of Ahmedabad. An actor, director, producer, vocalist and dramatist who was fondly called as Nimesh Desai. He is the man who dared to transform the Gujarati drama industry through his four decades of contribution. Desai was a humble soul for whom commerce was never a motivation in comparison to the art of drama. He composed and directed more than 104 profound plays, 16 soap-opera, 70 documentaries, and made multi-award-winning films like Naseeb Ni Balihari starring Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. The State Excellence award laureate’s works including Yerma, Exception, Waiting for GODOT, and Veronica’s Room has imprinted in the history books of Gujarati drama fraternity forever. Creative Yatra pays a hearty tribute through its 135th AAW.