Apr 29, 2020
One of India’s most celebrated actors, Irrfan Khan known for his expressive eyes, died after succumbing to a long battle with cancer. He was 54. A gaping void has been left in the Indian film industry as one of India’s…
Apr 23, 2020
While the Globe is streaming free its second dramatic production Romeo and Juliet, today is 23rd April, the day William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is believed to have been born and died. One would seldom find a more spontaneous and intense expression…
May 29, 2019
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…
May 24, 2019
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…
The sipping on chai and discussing out side a gallery or a theatre is being missed, but till than lets make most of the efforts made by artists and performers to keep the cultural activities alive and in keeping us cheerful.
Here is AAW no 254 !!
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 the Janta Curfew or during the self-isolation period.
1 – Avail online Learning courses
The most productive way to utilise this time is to invest in a good online course. It could be something that can help you academically, courses that provide a deeper understanding of the market or just brush up your skills. And you have multiple online platforms to serve you.
2 – Work on your fitness
With so much time to kill, you can finally work on rejuvenating your physical and mental health. Yoga, High Intensity Workouts and meditation can help you wash off the stress that your body has built up. And with the thousands of different fitness channels on YouTube, you can even spice up and design your own routines.
3 – Read
Books are truly the best conceivable way to effectively utilise your time. And especially when you can stretch long hours and divulge deep into a story. Might just be a good time to take on long form reading, and select stories that are built in series. If you haven’t you can take up popular international series like JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter or India’s Amish Tripathi’s The Shiva Trilogy. There are many more interesting volumes that are available online in e-book format
4 – Engage in DIY activities with family
Have you always wondered that your living room needs a table, or you need to get a bookshelf to organise your books? Well, make them. Do It Yourself (DIY) is the latest trend and people all across the world are adopting it to refurbish their apartments. It is also a great way to get the family together as a team and get things done by joint efforts.
5 – Online and Offline Games and virtual tours
In the hustle-bustle of everyday routines, rarely do people get an opportunity to spend some quality time with their family and cherish some quality time. Now that you have an opportunity to be with them, make the most out of it. To keep your kids occupied and entertained, you can have fun games like treasure hunts, take virtual tours of heritage sites, space and museums with Google Arts and Culture, bring out some old board games, or the all generation favourite card games.
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Hello, Yatris. It’s Friday, that means the eve of a replenishing weekend where one seeks to relax, spend time with their loved ones and pursue to work on their hobbies. To facilitate through the tedious task of deciding ‘what to do’ this weekend, we bring you a specially curated list of the most happening events of the city with our 252nd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
Presenting an intriguing comic clash bonanza, Jeff Baron brings you a funny, moving and intergenerational play, called Visiting Mr. Green, a gripping drama of the confrontations between an 86 year-old widow and a young corporate executive.
Adapted from the famous story written byShri Kanjibhuta Barot, Jithrobhabho is a play that talks about the superstitions prevailing in our society. The play will take you on a trip to Saurashtra through a suspenseful, yet humourous folk lore.
For the art buffs out there, we have three amazing exhibitions for you. First up, we have an exhibition, titled ‘Imprinted Memories’, by Savitha Ravi who will explore her fondest nd deepest memories through a compelling collection of her artworks. And secondly, celebrating the spirit of womanhood, Vishalla Open Art Gallery is adorned with incredible artworks by various lady artists of Ahmedabad with their exhibition ‘And Equal World to An Enable World’. Go check it out!
Conflictorium brings you a yet another thought provoking exhibition, titled ‘Cartographic Anxieties’, which attempts to reflect upon the anxieties which are created out of already defined or imagined boundaries and about anxieties which in turn create new boundaries.
And along with that, catch a compelling lecture by Anita Dube, co-founder of Khoj International Artists’ Association,where she will talk about Materials and Concepts revolving around the changing art scape.
If this weekend, you feel like exploring the city with some interesting perspectives and unique angles, join Hitesh and Akash in their Photo Walk. With not so great cameras, they are going to capture some amazing moments.
Scrapyard – The theatre, in association with B3ING, presents Actomania, a theatre festival for Actors. It is a festival which features hand-picked plays specifically written, designed and directed by actors.
This Monday, Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad brings us a yet another edition of Le Laugh, a funtastic post-office open mic which will give the perfect dosage of laughter to survive through the week.
Ambala Dahyabhai Patel, a Kheda born was an Indo-Fijian politician who had fought tremendously for the rights of farmers. He started his political journey by entering into the 1929 Legislative Council election campaign, together with S.B. Patel and Vishnu Deo, and started taking up leadership positions in number of organisations. He became the president of Fiji Indian Congress in 1930, a member of the legislative council for 3 terms, and founded the Fijian political party, National Federation Party, in 1968. His actions and ways were often misunderstood by people but his strive was always to admonish justice.
For his valour and determination, we dedicate our 252nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly to his legacy.
Hello, yatris! As we fast approach towards Women’s Day, the team of Creative Yatra would like to wish all the women and we hope you enjoy this day to your fullest. And we suggest all the men to take their wife, girlfriend, mother or sister out to a great evening which shows them how important they are to you. And worry not, we have your back. With the 251st edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly, we have curated some of the best events happening in the city this weekend so that your fun time does not get wasted!
First up, celebrating Women’s Day, Doorbin has organised a Women’s Special Heritage Walk exclusively for women, which will take the explorers from Manek Burj to Manek Chowk while unveiling some interesting stories. Another exclusive women’s event is organised by the team of Jalso. Inaugurating their first edition of GoKitty, join Pooja Dholakia in a yet another interesting session of Vaachikam.
Natarani has also taken up this opportunity to dedicate a weekend’s worth of enthralling performances that celebrate the womanhood. And to kick off this week, we have the nightingale singer, Meera Desai and her amazing band, the Meera Desai Quintet performing and an enchanting jazz concert.
While Vaishakh Ratanben’s Poetic Justice won the hearts of audience in the 3rd edition of Abhivyakti, he brings this amazing play for one more time to the stage of Ouroboros. If you haven’t catched it yet, you should not miss this opportunity.
Punit Pania is coming to Ahmedabad with an all new stand-up performance, titled ‘No Country for Moderation’, which covers everything from science to religion to politics including the omnipresent special ingredient, human stupidity.
The graceful and prolific dance group, Sanjukta Sinha Dance Company is presenting an incredible performance at the Tagore Hall, titled ‘Anat Pravah’. Alongside Allah Rakha, Talvin Singh and Shubh Maharaj, experience the bravado of classical artforms.
We also have two must-attend exhibitions lined up for you. ICAC Art Gallery is going to be adorned by some magnificent artworks by an ensemble of Ahmedabad based artists who have dedicated their works to their mentor, Shri Nagjibhai Chauhan. Secondly, six monks have congregated to create a Sand Mandala at the auditorium of Sarabhai Foundation. As the process will take them almost six days, you can witness them making it!
Converting Ahmedabad into a gastronomical playground, Zomato Ahmedabad is organizing the city’s first edition of Zomaland, a mini carnival of good food, good music and some good memories.
As you all might know, the most colourful and entertaining festival of our nation is right around the corner. Taking place on the 10th, cities all across the nation are going to be painted in vibrant colours as we celebrate the magnanimous occasion of Holi! A festival celebrated with utmost zeal, by kids and elderly alike, we celebrate this festival to spread happiness and joy, as well as welcome the season of harvest.
From the entire team of Creative Yatra, wish you a very happy Holi! Colour your friends and family, drink a lot of bhang and let this amazing festival wash away all your worries!
Hello, Yatris. Last Wednesday, our precious city turned 609. Founded on 26th Feb 1411, the cities legacy still echoes through the old walls and monuments of the city. And on the onset of this new year, we bring our sestercentennial edition of Ahmedabad Art Wekkly, guiding you towards the entertainment hotspots of the city.
First up, The Times Group, in association with Adani, has adorned Amdavad ni Gufa with their Times Art Fest. The exhibition congregates artworks by more than 50 artists from across the country which represents the unique and prestigious heritage of Ahmedabad.
Introducing you to the rich and eclectic culture of Bihar, Bihar’s Art, Culture and Youth Department is hosting a 3-day event in Ahmedabad, titled Bihar Mahotsav 2020.
Surprisingly, and to our benefit, this week brings you a lot of exciting musical performances. Celebrating Sudhir Khandekar’s 75 years of excellence in music teaching and music making, Swar Kalpana presents a performance which features some of his melodious Gujarati songs. Spic Macay, in collaboration with Ahmedabad University, is going to host ‘Yamini’, an all-night Indian classical music concert with an all-women ensemble.
Thirdly, we have Alakh, a venerably aligned traditional & folk music event performed by young maestros, with an aim to get the young audience interested in traditional music forms. Last but not least, we have Jaipur Junction which is a mesmerising blend of Indian folk classical music and indie jazz western drums. Performed by Sarita Rav, a melodious Indian vocalist, and Otto de Jong, a quirky Dutch percussionist, the performance will interpret the robust Indian rhythms with jazzy improvisations.
Join Priyanka Sharma and Janvi Sonaiya, two enthusiastic journalists, in their book review of Freedom at Midnight. So, let’s come together to discuss and debate over our freedom movement, national leadersand the politics at its heart.
For those who seek for a more visually artistic experience, we have some interesting exhibitions lined up for you. Vishal K Dar has planted a very interesting site-specific sculpture inside the Ambapur Vav architecture. An exhibition titled ‘Rut’, Vishal aims to express an ephemeral being, distortingand mimicking the empty architecture around its reflective skin which emphasises on the water crisis of the hour. Hutheesing Visual Art Centre presents a solo show by Chander Parkash titled ART Synthesis of Real and Apparent which will feature some of his wood and papier mache sculptures. And lastly, Tanuja and Anil Relia brings you a beautiful photography exhibition, titled ‘The Indian Portrait – XI’ which will feature photographs by Jyoti Bhatt that capture his life and his contemporaries through portraits.
An independence movement activist and member of the Indian Parliament, Maniben Patel was one of the most prominent freedom fighter who, from time to time, congregated the women to fight against injustice. Daughter of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, she lived by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and initiated various female protests all around Gujarat. She was also elected as the Vice –President of the Gujarat Provincial Congress Committee and wrote a book titled Inside Story of Sardar Patel: The Diary of Maniben Patel.
For her valour and contributions to our freedom struggle, we dedicate our 250th Ahmedabad Art Weekly to her.
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 take to the streets.
The House of MG is inaugurating their new gallery, named Ahmd Trunk with an elegant exhibition. Titled as ‘Glimpses of a Family Legacy’, the show will feature a selection of jewellery, personal ornaments, silver, items of worship and tableware curated by Puja Vasa Shah. Presenting an exhibition whose muse is the natkhat maakhan chor, Aura Art presents a group show titled ‘Krishna – The Infinite’.
Kultura, a night of musical and literary extravaganza, is a festival which celebrates the purest and most ancient mediums of storytelling. From content creating workshops to fantastic live performances with the beautiful backdrop of MICA’s campus, Kultura is the place to be this weekend!
Matrubhasha Abhyan, GLF, Creative Yatra and AMC’s collaborated efforts bring you a yet another chapter of Gothadi. With the keynote speaker as Anita Tanna, the topic for the talk is ‘Matrubhasha – Sarjnatmak ni Chavi’ (Mother Tongue – Key to creativity).
4 Xavierites have come up with an exciting event called ‘Huddang’, an open mic open to all topics and forms of expression. They aim to create a platform where you can express yourself freely without any restrictions or fear of being judged. Be it a stand-up, rap, theatre performance, poetry, or painting; the stage is open for all.
If you are looking for some cultural exploration, join India Heritage Walk Festival in Exploring Indian Art Objects of Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum. The museum exhibits a wide range of sculptures, an exquisite collection of Indian coinage, painted paper manuscripts dating back to 1396 AD, and many more surprises.
Fanatika is hosting a German Festival, a fiesta of films, language and incredible food. Along with 2 German movies and a European Vegan Food Festival, the event will also conduct a free German language class. Rajwadi Gujarati Rajasthani Restaurant brings you the fourth edition of Swarotsav, a 3-day festival of musical and cultural exploration.
Indian Astronomy Club is back again to take you on an extraterrestrial adventure. Join them in a stargazing event, as they observe the New Moon with a telescope.