May 25, 2016
Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold free of cost. It can also be named as the commercial capital of Ahmedabad because it was historically one of the first…
Jun 24, 2016
Fernandes Bridge, the street is connecting readers with writers, students with publishers and curios beings with answers since decades. The Chopda Bazaar of Fernandes Bridge is one of the oldest Book Market in Ahmedabad Gujarat that serves thousands of people flocking…
Apr 11, 2016
The oldest library of Ahmedabad, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library, is blessed with quietness of the mosque that surrounds it. Ahmedabad has internationally carved its identity on the globe through the numerous mosques dotted across the city. The air confined…
Feb 16, 2016
There’s an interesting story behind Ashram Road of Ahmedabad getting its name. It is said that Ashram road is the road that connects the two ashrams of Mahatma Gandhi, Kochrab Ashram and Sabarmati Ashram. While Sabarmati Ashram is more popular nowadays,…
Music-lovers, look out for a western classical operatic performance and a performance night at Hyatt that promises everything from poetry to music. Kids looking for entertainment? Don’t miss some special science and theatre acts for kids, and a unique Summer Food Walk at Manek Chowk.
With summer rearing its head, everyone waits till sundown to step out of the house. While the ice golas on the street are surely lip-smacking, how about quenching your thirst for creativity too? Take a look at our 156th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly, which features Ahmedabad’s most enriching cultural events.
Take your kids to a musical play on Snow White & Seven Dwarves this week. Or if they are a little older, between the ages of 12-18, take them to Let’s Talk Science, a fun event to trigger the curiosity of young minds. Do relish the season as well with a Summer Food Walk at Manek Chowk on the morning of 22nd April.
Art-lovers can interact with textile artist Katrin Parotat from Germany at Sailing Through, an exhibition-cum-talk at Alliance Francaise. Theatre-lovers can look forward to the unique format of The Monologue, an event at Hyatt Regency that has crowd-sourced talent onto its stage, bringing to the city a medley of poetry, comedy, music and drama. And don’t miss the western classical operatic performance Ballads of Nostalgia by Ankna from Glasgow.
ફૂલને કાંટાની કુદરત છે, અરે તેથી જ તો –
ગુલછડીના ખ્યાલમાં બાવળ બની ગઇ જિંદગી!
This time’s Art Weekly pays homage to Gujarati songwriter Venibhai Purohit, who looked at life in an incredibly poetic way, as is visible in his many journalistic writings and short stories. Born in the city of Lord Krishna, Jamkhambhaliya, in Devbhumi Dwarka district, Purohit completed most of his studies from Bombay. He was as passionate about languages as he was about the nation, having been jailed for ten months while participating in the Quit India Movement. He later contributed to local newspapers like Prajabandhu, Gujarat Samachar and Janmabhoomi. While Umashankar Joshi used to call him ‘Bando Badami’, Purohit contributed his writings under several pen names, including ‘Sant Khurshidas’. Till today, his short story collections Attarna Diva, Vansnu Van and Setu remain significant contributions to Gujarati literature. Purohit also wrote devotional songs, ghazals, poetry and sonnets; and wrote lyrics for Gujarati films, with his most famous track being Taro Aankhno Afeen from the movie Divadandi.
What’s to look forward to this week in Ahmedabad? Don’t miss out on a poetry evening with Gulzar Sahib, an astronomy event for your kids to enjoy, Gujarati theatre, art exhibitions and more.
Take out time for some truly original creative content in Ahmedabad. This weekend, the revered Gulzar Sahib is arriving with his mesmerising poems. If you are a theatre enthusiast, don’t miss Because I Was Not Guilty, a performance to be held at a local auditorium today, April 13. Art-lovers have the golden opportunity to visit either a postcard-based visual art exhibition at Satya Art Gallery, or the exhibition Horizon at Amdavad Ni Gufa. Delhi-based artist Baaraan Ijlal is also bringing her unique creations to the city.
With the summer vacations in progress, there is an inventive line-up of events for kids. We recommend visiting the Indian Astronomy Club with your child to observe planet Jupiter through a telescope. Or join in for a history walk at the Sabarmati Ashram to know more about the life of MK Gandhi. Choose the events in our 155th Ahmedabad Art Weekly that most align with your interests, and make the most of your week!
The inspiration for our 155th AAW is Gujarati literature critic Narsinhrao Divetia, whose contribution as a poet and linguist has been profound. While studying BA in Sanskrit at Elphinstone College, Divetia was bestowed with the Bhau Dajee Prize for academic excellence. He later pursued the Indian Statutory Civil Service, where he was appointed as an Assistant Collector. He later became the chairman of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad and a fellow of the Bombay branch of Royal Asiatic Society. He pioneered the western style of lyric-writing in Gujarati literature, and his most famous anthologies are Kusumamala, followed by Hridyavina, Sarjatraini Sushupti, Nupurzankar, and Smaran-Sanhita. He wrote an essay collection called Vivartleela under the pen name of Gyanbal, and his most famous critical essay collection Manomukur comprises of four volumes. Divetia translated Edwin Arnold’s The Light of Asia into Gujarati and as a linguist, his contributions are the Wilson Philological Lectures Part 1 and Part 2.
This week, look out for the Swan Lake Ballet, the Great Indian Mango Festival, Hasya Kavi Sammelan and still more drama following in the heels of the Theatre Olympics. Here’s this week’s dose of art and culture in the city, presented in our 154th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
The performing arts scenario of Ahmedabad has magnified dramatically (pun intended) of late, with the Theatre Olympics in town. Adding fuel to this momentum is the much-awaited arrival of the Royal Russian Ballet’s Swan Lake, which will bring alive Tchaikovsky’s famous musical score through stellar ballet performances. In addition, a street play called Kaala Lifafa is in line to be performed by a local group, and Umra Nind Si Kyun Nahi Hoti? will take place at Ouroboros.
If you are in love with the king of fruits, then treat yourself to the unique Great Indian Mango Festival. And if you enjoy listening to soulful music, then drop in at a guitar concert by Aditya Gandhi and Mircea Gogoncea. The hilarious Hasya Kavi Sammelan is a literary gathering that’s worth checking out. Meanwhile, connoisseurs of the visual arts can take a look at artist Stuti Shah’s exhibition and a group exhibition by students of Reshma, a teacher of art and craft. Make most of this week by taking your family to these events!
This week’s creative inspiration for the 154th Art Weekly is Gujarati language author Jhinabhai Desai, who is popularly recalled by his pen name Snehrashmi. Born in Chikhli, Gujarat, Desai was an activist during the days of the Indian Independence. He was an academician who served as Principal at CN Vidyalaya, and was also a politician in Surat. He is widely admired for his poetry collections Ardhya, Panghat and Atitni Pankhmathi, and his short story anthologies of Gata Aasopalav and Tutela Taar. Recipient of the President’s Award and Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar, Desai was also a significant member of the Sahitya Akademi and Historical Records Commission. Desai, a firm proponent of the Gujarati language, will forever be remembered for his substantial contributions to the freedom movement and to literature.
Ahmedabad is hosting a long list of remarkable creative events this week. From stunning visual art exhibition by young local artists to picturesque photography exhibitions narrating the coastal beauty of Kutch, Ahmedabad has got it all. For ingenious music lovers, the Sugam Sangeet evening with Nirav Pomal & Raj Aghera will be an ideal setting. If you are looking for stirring performances, do not forget to experience the performance of Avni Sethi and also a series of short plays by the Indie Theatre Club. Go for a laughter ride with Vaibhav Sethia’s solo comedy performance or watch a thought-provoking film with friends at the intimate setup of a local cafe. Every information is cropped and packed within our 153rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly, refer it to relish the local art.
Popularly recalled as Nazir Dekhaiya by his literature lovers, the Gujarati Gazalkar and poet is our core inspiration for the 153rd AAW. Born in Bhavnagar in 1921 to a bandmaster family, Dekhaiya too was initially involved in his family profession until he met Kismat Qureshi and started regularly attending Ghazalsabha (poetry meeting). He got acquainted with fellow rhymesters including Barkat Virani, Ruswa Majhalumi, Vali Lakhani and Batuk Pandya and wrote his first Ghazal collection Tushar with more than 54 ghazals in 1962. His literary legacy is surviving through his excellent works of Sufism in Tushar 2, Nazirni Ghazalo, and Soona Sadan.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
Here are this week’s most promising creative events that Creative Yatra has exclusively enlisted for you in the 152nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly. This week’s significant features include India’s prominent performing arts festival, Theatre Olympics – Edition Eight featuring plays from international and national dialects; while the city based creators are giving domestically produced plays of Meein Ghas Hoon and Gaur Farmaiye to the audience. The enthusiastic humorists can participate in an open mic stand-up comedy show organised at a city-based cafe, and the ones who want to laugh hard can go to Vipul Goyal and Sumit Anand’s performance. Intriguing talk shows like Musician Daryl Davis coming to the city to talk on racism and exciting movie screenings in town are keeping people’s spirits high. Fans of sublimity can go to Izhaar 6.0 poetry recital or the Prayas 2018 and CeraScape-II art shows to enrich their aesthetic sensibilities.
The inspiration for the 152nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly has been borrowed from Ghazal Samrat (Ghazal Poetry King) Shayda. Formally named as Harji Lavji Damani during his birth in 1892 in Dhandhuka, Shayda‘s first appearance as a poet hailed in 1912 and he began his weekly ‘Be Ghadi Moj’ in 1924. He became the head of the Poetry Recital Programme at All India Radio and later grew as a wordsmith to write poems, novels, short stories, and plays. His write-ups mostly were expressions of religious and communal conflicts, social systems and about historical events. His work has received appreciation from Mahatma Gandhi. His most notable Ghazals are titled as Dipakna Phool, Chita and Gulzare-Shayri-Shayda and most noteworthy novels are named as Maa Te Maa and Moti Bhabhi. Many may not be aware that he is father-in-law of popular gujarati poet ‘Befam’. Shayda was honoured by the Indian National Theatre by christening a Ghazal Award in his name; its called ‘Shayda Award’.
Look out this week for a Paraspar talk, an experimental play based on civil rights, an improv comedy show and plenty of exhibitions across art and photography.
Curious what to do this week? Here’s this week’s dose of art and culture in the city, presented in our 151st Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
Art lovers can spend their time at interior designer Surendra Patel’s abstract art exhibition. Or they can choose to stroll through the show Enthralling Eight, in which seven watercolourists from Ahmedabad present their picturesque works. Culture lovers will want to attend the Paraspar talk show to know more about tribal spirituality. Or they can explore the life of veteran artist Ravishankar Raval through a talk show organised at Gujarat Vishvakosh Bhavan. If you want to tickle your funny bone, attend the Improv comedy show at La Vida Cafe. Or if you’re looking for something stirring, be sure to see Ouroboros’s experimental play. Those who appreciation history and photography can look forward to architect Mitul Kajaria’s exhibition juxtaposing captures, taken across time, of Ahmedabad’s heritage.
Our inspiration for AAW 151 is modernist Gujarati writer, rhymester, reviewer, biographer and short story writer Aniruddh Brahmabhatt. Born in Patan in 1937, Brahmabhatt finished his formal education in literature and arts from Vadodara and began his career as an academician at Dabhoi. The author contributed as a Reader in Gujarat University’s School of Languages and edited Bhumika magazine during his career. His research and observations were extremely profound, as he did significant research on Indian authors, especially Gujarati authors. His books Anviksha and Purvapar, which compile his essays and articles, and Vicharana, which is dedicated to the many contributors behind Indian literature, are still popular amongst readers. His other famous books are Kimapi, an anthology of poems; Ajanyu Station, a short story collection; and Chal Man Vate Ghat, a compilation of his articles.
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Look out for a slew of theatre acts this week, including the folk form of Bhavai, a stand-up comedy act by Gujarati comedian Dinkar Mehta and Heritage-centred events.
The 150th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly marks a moment of achievement for the people of Ahmedabad. It stands as proof that the people of this city have consistently tried to evoke creativity in others through their creations. As the city celebrates its 607th year, its favourite cultural media platform feels proud to highlight the best of its happenings in Ahmedabad Art Weekly’s 150th week.
This week, in the world of theatre, witness Bhavai, a mix of drama and folk art; look out for some theatre talk and an exuberant Women’s Day performance. Gujarati comedian Dinkar Mehta is sure to leave audiences in splits at his stand-up comedy act, while some thought-provoking art exhibitions have much food for the soul. Heritage takes centre-stage with a Heritage Photo Walk that is accompanied by a conference on Heritage Tourism. Also, don’t miss a screening of Ajji, a film billed as “one of India’s strongest independents this year”, according to Hollywood Reporter.
This week’s creative inspiration is the 18th century Gujarati narrative poet Shamal Bhatt. A figure from the medieval Gujarati literature era, one of his poems profoundly influenced Mahatma Gandhi into evolving the philosophy of satyagraha, of resisting authority through civil disobedience. Bhatt’s Padya-Vaarta (narrative poetry) had to withstand competition from traditional storytelling methods like Puranis and Bhavai. His 26 works of literature were mainly based on traditional Sanskrit tales, and his most prominent works are the fantasy fictions Simhasana Battisi, Vetalpanchvinshanti and Suda Bahoteri. His riddles have wisdom and wit. The Ahmedabad based creator left for his heavenly abode in the mid-18th century in Sinhuj, which is near Mahemdavad today.
This week, look out for workshops on Indian crafts, and for some stellar performances in theatre and Indian classical music.
India’s first World Heritage City will commemorate its 607th birthday on February 26, 2018, and the city’s favourite cultural portal CreativeYatra.com cannot be happier. While the city authorities will celebrate it in their own way, our 148th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is here to reflect how the citizens of Ahmedabad are commemorating this occasion. This week, Ahmedabadis can attend workshops on Indian crafts like terracotta and zardosi, a storytelling performance, plays, literature gatherings and other unmissable creative events. Celebrate being an Amdavadi this week!
Devotional saint and poet Bhoja Bhagat is this week’s creative inspiration for the 148th Art Weekly. Born in Devkigalol in the 18th century, Bhagat started walking on the path of spirituality at the tender age of 12, when he met his guru. Professionally, Bhagat was a farmer who never studied literature. But under the tutelage of his guru, he drafted satirical poems criticising social inequality. These are fondly called by people as Bhoja Bhagat Na Chabkha (Lashes of Bhoja Bhagat). His more gentle language is evident in his Aartis, Bhajans, Kirtans and Prabhatias , which he wrote under his pen name Bhojal. A few of his famous poems are about separation of the Gopis from Krishna and are still remembered by people, such as Bhaktamala and Chalaiyakhyan. Devotees still flock to his hometown today to pay their respects to the saint.