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Looking for a creative escape route, here’s Ahmedabad Art Weekly 220 to guide you with a list of vibrant cultural happenings of the city. Drafted by celebrated playwright and author Saumya Joshi, the hilarious United States of પાડા ની પોળ drama features actors like Prem Gadhavi, Jigna Vyas, and Mosam Malka. The theatre enthusiasts can also come to watch a play based on the life of frequently trolled Bangladeshi actor and model Hero Alom.
For art adorers, Art Tune is bringing a solo show of sculptor Tapas Sarkar in Aapnu Amdavad. For people looking for an artistic activity for their little ones, Alphabet Magic is where they all should be. Other than art, young minds can also be inspired through Gujarati literature experience and storytelling with activities like બાળસાહિત્ય શનિસભા and ગોઠડી.
While anticipating for rains, music lovers of the city can come and hear some rain inspired songs at the special Aya Sawan Jhoom ke concert. The open mic Kagaj Kalam aur Kahaniya is all about exploring your most inner creative talents like poetry, stand-up comedy and storytelling and presenting it in front of an enthusiastic audience. Sumukhi Suresh’s Dont Tell Amma stand up comedy performance is going to be a one of a kind show. Gastronomic experience explorers can come to the Ahmedabad Food Walk and relish some of the most authentic local delicacies served since decades in the Walled City.
Sahitya Akademi Award, Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar and Anantrai Raval Criticism Award recipient Ramanlal Joshi is the inspiration for our 220th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Born in Vijapur, Gujarat in 1926 Joshi was a Gujarati language writer who contributed in more than 42 books as an author, publisher and editor of literary critic. He taught at his alma mater, Gujarat University and spent more than five decades in literary pursuits. He was the adviser of Gujarati for Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature and served as an editor at ‘Uddesh’ literary magazine. Some of his prominent works are Govardhanram, Akha ni Kavita and Gujarati Granthkar Shreni.
The Indian cricket team put up a brave fight at the ICC World Cup semi-finals, but lost to the New Zealand team, leaving the Indian fans disappointed. Most of the fans had their plans ready for watching Indian in finals on Sunday, but Alas! that couldn’t happen. However, there is a lot of excitement happening in Ahmedabad except cricket screenings, so cheer up!!
The Art Weekly starts with Sandip Prajapati’s solo painting exhibition where he is going to showcase his depiction of Ahmedabad’s heritage. Another one in the visual art domain is the group show of young creators titled ‘First Stroke’.
Indian theatre personality Abhishek Majumdar will be delivering a discourse on ‘Philosophical study of revolution in theatre’ at Change And The Arts lecture series at Ahmedabad University. For heritage connoisseurs there is a guided walk of the magnificent Hutheesing Jain Temple with Nayan Jaiswal as part of ‘Uncover the Masterpiece’. On the other side Literary Meet up at Project Otenga is where book lovers can unite.
The musical family of Gujarat, Shyamal-Saumil Munshi and Aarti Munshi have been enriching us with their stirring music since decades. This week they are performing at Swar Triveni. Choreographed by dancer and writer Suprava Mishra, ‘Mohan Se Mohan’ is a travelling Odissi performance coming to Ahmedabad.
Theatre lover in search of some proficient performances should not at all miss the AHA! International Theatre Festival For Children that revisits our city to exhibit the art of puppetry with globally renowned artists. Hindi drama प्रिय लेखक will make you question the social dogma with its interesting reformist plot, while Gujarati theatre Aatma Samarpan showcases a stirring struggle of a happy go lucky man turned into a dacoit after a few moving instances.
Considered amongst the most prominent modern Gujarati poet and lyricist, Ramesh Parekh is the inspiration for our 219th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. His contribution to the field of geet, ghazal, and non-lyrical poetry is immense and has helped him garner accolades like Kumar Suvarna Chandrak, Uma-Snehrashmi Prize, Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak and Sahitya Akademi Award. Born in 1940 in Amreli, Parekh has also contributed to Children literature. His first story was published while he was still studying in school. His collection of children’s stories include Hafarak Lafarak (1986), De Talli (1979), Gor Ane Chor (1980), Kuvama Paninu Jhad (1986) and Jantar Mantar Chhu (1990). His children’s novels include Jadui Deevo and Ajab Gajabno Khajano.] He was interested in music, painting, dramatics, and he even wrote three-act plays on various instances. However, Parekh is best known for his songs and poems. His most famous ones are considered to be the one dedicated to Sonal and Meerabai. His other poetry compilations include Vitan Sud Beej, Khading, Meera Same Par, Le, Timira! Surya and Aa Padakhu Faryo Le!. He did wonders when he wrote songs for Gujarati Films, infact he received two Gujarat State Film Awards for Best Lyricist for Nasibni Balihari and Manvini Bhavai.
The auspicious Rath Yatra day was blessed by rain gods to keep up with the tradition of rain on this day. While the monsoon clouds continue to hover, don’t just drench in the rain but also let the Ahmedabad Art Weekly soak you in city’s flowing creativity. First up is ‘The Rath Yatra Story’ that aims to enrich the young minds with the story behind the annual tradition, albeit with the help of puppets, photographs and other creative mediums. With devotion in air, Bolave Vitthal by Ranjani and Gayatri will be a perfect event to drown in soulful haveli sangeet.
Compartment S4, a young architect firm premiers on Ahmedabad Art Weekly with their maiden event under the ‘Friday Night Conversations’ series. Mexican architect Giovanni Llamas will be talking on the topic of ‘What is Home?’. There is always something for food lovers of the city. A food festival celebrating Bohri food is happening in the city. The much loved Ahmedabad Farmer’s Market is back this week, albeit in the rich indoors of Mercedes-Benz showroom.
Visual art enthusiasts looking for an artsy evening in the city have couple of good options – ‘The Woman’ by architect Nikita Vaviya Bhavsar and Saptrangi – Women Artists Group Exhibition. Theatre lovers are spoilt for choices too. Inspired by Reginald Rose’s famous 12 Angry Men, Trustable Lie is a courtroom drama in Gujarati, while Natyam inculcates 2 plays in Hindi – Titli and Supandi – specially created to enrich young minds. An intriguing storytelling and poetry performance cum recital will take place at Dastan Ae Maaya by Shivangi Tewari.
218th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is dedicated to Gujarati writer, scholar, translator and editor, Ramprasad Bakshi. Born in 1894 in Junagadh, Bakshi has received tutelage from literary giants like Anandshankar Dhruv and Narsinhrao Divetia. He later on progressed to be known as a significant litterateur of ‘Pandit Yuga’ or ‘Govardhan Yug’ – a period in Gujarati literature history that is known for the focus on scholarly writing. The period, considered by many as the ‘Golden era’ in Gujarati literature saw brilliance in poetry, essay, play and biographies. Bakshi’s contribution to the era is significant. Be it Vangamya Vimarsha (1963) which is an analytical study of Sanskrit and Western poetics or his deliberation on Indian dramatic theories Natyarasa (1959) and Karunarasa (1963), Bakshi brought about lot of knowledge into the Gujarati literature domain. His translated works Gujarati Bhasha ane Sahitya (Vol i & ii) and Rojanishi (with Dhansukhlal Mehta) are a gift to Gujarati readers, as both of these are original works of Narsinhrao Divetia written in English.
He received the Narmad Suvarna Chandrak for Vangamya Vimarsha and later on went on to serve as the President of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.
As always it is a great week for creative content lovers of Ahmedabad. The first event on the Weekly is The Culture Talk, where Kabir Thakore, Archan Trivedi, Ashish Kakkad, Mayank Oza and Raju Barotto will talk on their much loved latest children theatre production ‘Mowgli Balloo Tanak Tun Tun’. The play has been well received and it will be interesting to hear the team behind the musical. Next up is popular stand-up comedian Vipul Goyal who will be performing his most recent set for Ahmedabad.
Something new is happening in city’s fashion scene. A city based fashion and lifestyle APP Ciceroni has organised a ‘Preloved Garage Sale’, with an objective to promote sustainable fashion habits among the connoisseurs. This one’s surely going to be special. On the theatre front we have Chinmay Mehta’s Funnily Idiot and Prashant Jadav’s Ghanubhai Ni Cha.
Vijay Ranchan’s The Tibetan Book of the Dead is being launched in the presence of eminent writers like Dr Raghuvir Chaudhary and Dr Ranjana Harish. Author MP Sinha will discuss management ideas from his book ‘Management by Trust’ and various others. Film enthusiasts are gathering to watch Kundun a film set in 1937 based on the incarnation of Lord Buddha.
Social Media Day is arriving on June 30, and the 7th #ReDi2019 Digital Dialogue is here to celebrate it and discuss the critical topic of “Parenting in Digital Age”. ReDi has been a strong platform to bring forth myriad discussions around the responsible usage of digital media. It will host panel discussions and speakers sessions around the topic. A must for entrepreneurs, social media professionals and students to learn and network.
In this edition of AAW we feature the procession of Rath Yatra. Each year thousands of devottes mobilise to celebrate the world’s third-largest Rath Yatra procession in Ahmedabad. The Rath Yatra is an annual procession which marks the mythical ‘city ride’ of Lord Jagannath. The festival is celebrated with lot of fervour and over decades it has broken barriers of religion and caste and sees participation from various communities. The procession begins at 4 am on July 4th from the Jagannath temple in old city of Ahmedabad. The procession includes the majestic idols of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra which are put up on chariots.
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World Music Day and International Day of Yoga are being celebrated across the globe on June 21, so is Ahmedabad.
The 216th Ahmedabad Art Weekly that starts with an event for Music lovers of Ahmedabad. The World Music Day Festival 2019 promises an exciting line up of Indie bands.
The environment concerned citizens are gathering to watch ‘Before the Flood’, a documentary by Leonardo Dicaprio on the effects of climate change.
Bibliophiles can go on a book hunting spree at Lock The Box Sale as it returns with an array of literature at its book fair. A new realm of fantasy will open for readers to experience as Arya Rajam’s A Dual-Dragoned Throne book gets launched in the presence of Dr Falguni Vasavada Oza.
Mouthful of Stories will be held exclusively for children, where storyteller Vikram Sridhar will expressively narrate vivid heard and unheard tales.
While Manoj Joshi’s ‘Karl Marx in Kalbadevi’ drama will deliver a satirical take on the politics of communism and socialism in the society, Rushi Dave’s Kalpna Mrutyu play, an adaptation from Zaverchand Meghani’s short story will feature a stirring performance by fresh theatre artists.
All creators are invited to be a part of the ARTiculate Meeting and discuss their creativity. Stand up comedian Amit Tandon has arrived to make you laugh live in the city. Witness the artworks of Simran Asrani, an emerging artist of Ahmedabad, as she opens her solo exhibition in the presence of Vinod Raval and Trupti Dave.
This week’s AAW we feature Ranchhodbhai Dave regarded as the father of modern Gujarati theatre and plays in Gujarati literature. Born in 1837 in Mahudha near Nadiad, Dave was a civil servant who turned into a Gujarati playwright, producer and translator out of his urge to create refreshing ‘performance oriented’ content for Gujarati audience. He was also influenced by essayist and thinker Mansukhram Tripathi, who supported him on his creative voyage. Jaykumari-Vijay, published in 1864 is considered as the first modern Gujarati love story that came out. Simplistic in its form, the theme of the play dealt with complex social issues of class discrimination as it depicted marriage between an educated girl and an illiterate boy. The tragedy was extremely well received and the audiences used to shed tears during its enactment. He also wrote play on mythological character called Harishchandra (1871) which was well appreciated by Mahatma Gandhi. He wrote many other plays like Taramatiswayamvar (1871), Premrai Ane Charumati (1876), Bhanasur Madmardan (1878), Nala-Damatanti (1893), Nindya Shringarnishedhak Roopak (1920), Vanthel Virhana Kunda Krutyo (1923) etc. He became president of Gujarat Sahitya Parishad in 1912. He had a strong dislike for the adult-comedies taking over the Gujarat performance art space, and so he developed his own sober style of story telling, but made it rich with social commentary and emotions. His poetry anthologies like Rannpingal, essay collection like Arogyasuchak, Shakespeare translations and other works like Santoshsurtaru are highly appreciated by Gujarati literature scholars even today.
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Severe cyclone Vayu has fortunately deviated from its predicted course and is not hitting the coastline of Gujarat anymore. But authorities have asked people to stay safe and sheltered as strong winds and heavy rainfalls are still anticipated in many areas. The city of Ahmedabad is experiencing rain showers and an overcast sky since past couple of days. And while the winds are gushing in our city lanes here’s what you can do to keep your creativity flowing.
The 215th Ahmedabad Art Weekly starts with a feature of documentary screening – ‘Stripped’ showcases the changing landscape of comic strip business and the volatility of newspaper business by some of the most experienced cartoonists. The projection will extend with a discussion on the same topics with experts. Reach Satya Art Gallery to come and hear wildlife photographer Saurabh Desai talk about his quest of finding the snow leopard and clicking it during a talk show. People with patient ears can also reach AMA to hear Gujarati writer and orator Jay Vasavada, who will focus on the topic ‘Yes I am Myself’.
The literature fraternity of the city is active this week with two book launch events. While three books of the late humorist Vinod Bhatt – Idam Vinodam, Maru Vahalu Ahmedabad, Ane Have Itihas – will be released this weekend, young author Vishwesh Desai and other writers are also assembling to launch Unrestrained Minors anthology. Indian poet and queer activist Akhil Katyal is coming down to Ahmedabad to recite stirring poems from his latest book ‘How Many Countries Does the Indus Cross’.
Art lovers of Ahmedabad can enjoy a unique experiential sound installation by multiple artists at Sonic Terrains, while others can visit The Towerman show to watch picturesque clicks of lensman Siddharth Kaneria and headbanging music of young band Last Dimension. People looking for a traditional visual arts experience should come down to Art Beat 2019 group art exhibition.
Zalak Chavda’s Gujarati theatre Tari Mari Vaat will talk about interpersonal relationships in a narrative form this week.
The Ahmedabad Art weekly 215 features veteran Indian film actor and Gujarati theatre director Dina Pathak. Born in Amreli in 1922, Pathak joined the Indian National Theatre troupe at an early age and became close with Indian People’s Theatre Association while using the traditional Gujarati theatre form of Bhavai to create awareness regarding the British Raj. She was an activist and served as the President of the National Federation of Indian Women. The veteran actress enacted in more than 120 films in her career spanning six decades. The Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and Government of Gujarat’s Merit Award laureate was popular among Gujarati as well as Hindi audiences. Her work in parallel cinema is also a strong body of work. Some of her most celebrated performances were witnessed in Gol Maal, Khubsoorat, Umrao Jaan, Mirch Masala, Moti Ba, Malela Jeev and Bhavni Bhavai. Her performance in plays like Dhingleghar -Doll’s House, Vijan Sheni and Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana are also highly appreciated. Pathak passed away at the age of 80 in 2002. She is survived by two daughters Supriya Pathak and Ratna Pathak, both of who are established actors in their own respect.
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Radio as a medium is seeing consistent growth and hence the career opportunities with it are increasing; and thus MY FM’s Archana Jani, Radio City’s Smit Pandya and Top FM’s Chirag Tripathi are coming together to discuss more on the same topic. In other gatherings – Hun Bolu, Tu Sambhad – in Ahmedabad is where creators come and talk about their work and journey, this week poet, playwright, actor and teacher Vaishakh Rathod will be gracing the series. To discuss literature with well-read journalists dropdown to Cafe Skryf and share your thoughts on Russian-American author Ayn Rand’s philosophical fiction Fountainhead (1943).
Fans of Gujarati Sugam Sangeet, looking for solace in some transcendent regional tunes can come down to Geet Manjusha and hear Saumil Munshi, Shyamal Munshi and Aarti Munshi rendering best of them.
Visual arts fans can enjoy the realistic paintings of artist Sima Patel at her Art Exhibition or come to witness the creativity of Isha Bavishi who has brought ancient architectural murals to life through painting skills. Art Bazaar by Sister Library is an intriguing creative gathering that houses poetry, stand-up comedy and creations of more than 50 artists under a single dome.
People looking for an enthralling theatre experience have something to look for in the 214th AAW too. Manoj Shah who gave us spectacular plays on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and Chandrakant Bakshi now brings the stirring story of a common man through Kaagdo. Reputed theatre personality Kabir Thakore’s Mowgli Baloo – Tanak Tum Tum Gujarati musical play for children is a collaborative creation on the life of jungle boy Mowgli. Reputed creators of the city including Mayank Oza, Archan Trivedi and Mayur Chauhan have dedicated their heart and soul behind its creation.
Dada Dadi no Otlo is where children should be during their summer vacation weekends. Organised at various public parks, the gathering of the younger and wiser generation will bring forgotten children songs, folklore and traditional games of Gujarat.
Versatile actor Dinyar Contractor who was honoured with a Padma Shri this year, left for his heavenly abode on June 5, 2019 due to age-related ailments. He filled the lives of the 90s generation with his joyous onscreen presence in various films and television series. Contractor began acting during early school days and kicked off his professional acting career in 1966 with theatre and Gujarati television programs that were aired on Doordarshan’s DD Metro channel. He is remembered for his comic timing and magnificent performances in television series Khichdi and Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah; and films like Jhankaar Beats, Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Khiladi, Jawab, Baadshah, Daraar, Baazigar and 36 China Town. Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi remembered the versatile actor while giving condolences to Contractor’s family and admirers over twitter. Team CY pays tribute to the lively actor through 214th Ahmedabad Art Weekly
Come and have a one to one interaction with writer Journalist Prashant Dayal and writer and correspondent Urvish Kothari at The Culture Talk – 20th edition. You can also discuss ‘China’ with Gael de Kerguenec a senior delegate of Alliance Francaise while watching Last Days in Shibati. Talking about films, there is an SKG International Film Festival coming up in Ahmedabad this week which is featuring movies and short films by independent filmmakers and a talent hunt show.
Yasmina Reza’s Art – A play by B3ING is a theatre that talks friendship and creativity within a single tone, while Chinmay Mehta’s Gujarati play Ek Kamra Aur explains the condition of a middle-class man who wants to buy a bigger house for his ever-growing family.
People getting their home designed and are looking for interesting furniture & home decor ideas can come down to Gujarat University Convention Hall for a refreshing expo. Performing comic acts since 2008, Kenny Sebastian emerged as a YouTuber and has since then been one of the most popular stand-up comedians in the country. In Ahmedabad, he is all set to perform ‘The most interesting person in the room’ this week.
Are you an excited foodie looking for a flavourful gastronomic experience this Ramadan season, then A Ramzan Special Food Walk in Old Ahmedabad is an apt event for you. Dr Swati Popat Vats and Vinitha are launching their latest literature Once Upon a Story at AMA. Beat the heat of Ahmedabad and come down to Sundarvan to celebrate the World Environment Day with a film show and a snake awareness programme.
This weeks edition talks about Gujarati writer Sharda Mehta. Born in 1882 in Ahmedabad, Mehta was an Indian social reformist and a promoter of women’s education. In her time, women education was a rare thing. Amidst this social reality, Mehta became a graduate, one among the first two women graduates from Gujarat. Later in her life, she worked to establish institutes for women education and welfare. A Gandhian to core, Mehta was a noteworthy essayist, biographer and translator. She wrote on issues of societal significance, contributed for newspapers and magazines and also wrote/compiled books for children. Some of her popular works include – Puranoni Balbodhak Vartao, Griha vyavastha shastra and Balakonu Gruhshikshan. Her biography on English social reformer Florence Nightingale – Florence Nightingale Nu Jeevancharitra and her autobiography – Jeevan sambharana garnered much public appreciation. Her autobiography spans over the period between 1882 to 1937 and includes the social, historical, and political situation and awakening of women. She has contributed towards translating various famous works in Gujarati, including Romesh Chunder Dutt’s Bengali novel Sansar and Sathe Annabhau’s novel Varnane Kanthe. Creative Yatra is inspired by Mehta’s tremendous contribution and gives a heartfelt tribute to her with the 213th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
The week starts with a humorous musical performance of lokladila (people’s favourite) Sairam Dave. And it further proceeds to celebrate literature through a book launch ceremony of ‘Chalo Amdavad – A memoir of the City – gazing within and around’. Come to the history and culture rich Shreyas Museum to explore the Hidden Treasure of Textile Heritage with Bijal Shah. The poetry and storytelling circle of Ahmedabad also has a lot to celebrate, since social media icons Amandeep & Yahya are coming exclusively to perform their original pieces.
If you are looking for a merciless cheat meal, then join the Ahmedabad Food Walk. The curators will take you to some of the oldest and tastiest food joints in the Walled city of Ahmedabad.
Harsh Shodhan’s Yuyutsu play contains an interesting plot point that depicts the scene of patriarchy in a rural setting. Dilip Dave’s Love = ?, a rom-com inspired form author Mahesh Yagnik’s short story is also presenting its 4th show in front of Ahmedabad. Title 3 Fool Bhagvan Ni Bhul, sounds a little eccentric, but after a positive response from the audience, the team decided to come up with its second show this week.
Come and listen to the magical compositions of Laxmikant Pyarelal. A music composer who aced the film industry for 35 years by composing music for more than 600 films. Or hear playwright Saumya Joshi narrate vibrant literature pieces and share work experiences with the audience at ‘Hun Bolu Tu Sambhad’ talk show.
The 212th AAW is dedicated to Gujarati poet Shyam Sadhu. Among the prominent ghazal writers from Gujarat Sadhu is known for his conversational style in ghazal. His experimentations with metre is highly appreciated. Apart from ghazals he is also known for his writings in free verse. Born in Junagadh, in 1941, as Shamaldas Muldas Solanki, he started writing at the tender age of 15. He went on to win laurels like the Kavi Shekhadam Abuwala Award and the Babasaheb Ambedkar Award. In 1973 he published his first collection of poems, Yayavari. This was followed by Thoda Bija Kavyo, Indradhanush (1987), Atmakathana Pana (1991; “Pages of Autobiography”) and Sanj Dhali Gayi (2002). Later in 2009 Sanju Vala compiled and published his complete poems under the title Ghar Same Sarovar.
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