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…
Nov 21, 2017
The nip in the air for a change was low and expectations were relatively high on the ground open to the sky at the young theatre writer-director Chintan Pandya’s residence for ‘a unique experience’ in the ‘environmental theatre’ format he…
Listen to soulful renditions of poetry by musicians Shyamal-Saumil and poet Ankit Trivedi, or celebrate author Umashankar Joshi’s 108th birthday this week. The Hindi comedy play ‘Last Over’ is here. And a talk by Pritzker winning architect BV Doshi.
While we’re all still clueless about when the monsoons will truly arrive in Ahmedabad, the city is abuzz with many events that can bring tranquility to your creative soul. How about travelling to the snow-capped mountains of ‘Kaashmir’ through Valji Solanki’s photography exhibition? Or exploring how graduate students of NID have made 14 chairs inspired from different states of India?
You can also celebrate the life of legendary Gujarati author Umashankar Joshi on his 108th birth anniversary at a Book Exhibition. Or attend Yugdrashta, a talk show by Swati Joshi and Satish Vyas. Listen to playwright Saumya Joshi talk about creative narration of stories or hear Pritzker Prize winning architect BV Doshi talk about Breaking the Barriers at Tagore Hall.
Beloved Gujarati poet Tushar Shukla will be narrating his poetry, alongside the musical duo Shyamal-Saumil and singer Aarti Munshi, at the show Mausam Chhalke this Friday. Poetry enthusiasts can also listen to the Gujarati language poet Ankit Trivedi reciting Gujarati verses. Theatre buffs, meanwhile, can look forward to Last Over, a Hindi comedy play about two fathers vying for a ticket to the cricket World Cup. The show stars ace actors Rakesh Bedi and Ananth Mahadevan. Film buffs can watch a special screening of Guru Dutt’s classic film Pyaasa.
Our inspiration for this week’s Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Ahmedabad-born Padma Shri Bachubhai Ravat. The Gujarati art critic and editor worked in the editing and publishing department of the Navjeevan Prakashan Mandir in his early years. For decades, he edited for Kumar magazine alongside artist Ravishankar Raval. Ravat also pioneered the Budh Sabha literature gathering in 1932, a literary workshop which takes place at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad every week, to this day. The poet was awarded the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak for his works of journalism. He was a believer in metrical poems, once mentioning that poems cannot exist “without metre”. His most notable works are Gujarati Granthasth Chitrakala (essay collection) and Gujarati Lipina Nava Parodhnu Nirman (book on Gujarati script).
Take a Sacred Walk alongside the 141st Rath Yatra this weekend, in the Heritage Walled City. Adventure seekers can head out for a monsoon hike, while music-lovers can listen to Kabir Cafe. For sheer laughs, there’s the Comedy Factory Show.
Are you wondering what’s there to do in the coming days in Ahmedabad, besides enjoying the relief provided by spells of rain? You’ll be in for a surprise. This week began with a fantastic art exhibition by 19-year-old Jwalant who depicts nature only through abstract textures. The city is also host to one more art exhibition this week, called Imagining a Forest, which is being shown at the Conflictorium. It too has a focus on nature, with a view towards the relationship shared between the forest and this urbanising world.
Poetry enthusiasts can listen out for an evening of great rhymes shared by emerging poets of Ahmedabad. And fans of humour can watch the uncensored Comedy Factory Show this weekend. There’s always room for music, of course, and this weekend, the band Kabir Cafe is back in the city with their melodious Kabir Vaani.
Keen listeners seeking inspiration through words can head over for two talks. One is a discourse on entrepreneurship that’s being held to mark World Youth Skills day. The second is a talk called Ayurvastra that explores how Ayurvedic plants can form fashionable textiles.
Audiences looking forward to some monsoon adventures, meanwhile, should either go for the Monsoon Hideout hike with Diving Deep or join the crowd for a sacred walk alongside the 141st Rath Yatra. The Yatra begins in the original Heritage Walled City of Ahmedabad.
Asim Randeri, the famous Gujarati language ghazalkar and poet, is the inspiration for our 168th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Randeri gave us a bold style of writing that revolutionised Gujarati ghazals. Born in Surat in 1904, Randeri began writing at the age of 18. The fictional character of Leela, in his work of the same name, was a favourite among young readers. Tapi Tirey, his collection of poems, talks about love blooming on the banks of River Tapi in the city of Surat. Randeri’s ghazals were made famous by singer Manhar Udhas. Having received so much love and affection from readers and listeners, ghazalkar Asim Randeri lived for 104 years, until February 2009.
Bharat Dabholkar’s comedy play ‘That’s My Girl’ comes to town. Are you wondering about the journalistic side to the film ‘Sanju’? Lots of theatre and literature abound in the coming days. Find out what the city has to offer through our 167th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
Monsoon has finally arrived as a balm to the scorching heat of the past few weeks. But the pouring water hasn’t washed out the city’s creativity! The theatre fraternity has brought for us That’s My Girl, a humorous play about a father and daughter, directed by actor Bharat Dabholkar. Fowl also promises a comedy act in theatre, and the stage is also set in town for a religious biographical play on Lord Krishna.
Young artist Kanan is out with her second solo show of art, through an exhibition of abstract forms in monochrome. Meanwhile, in the world of literature, Gujarati poet and playwright Sitanshu Yashaschandra will be speaking. And intellectuals like Prof Kartikeya Bhatt, Jayesh Adhyaru, Utsav Parmar and Ramesh Tanna will be meeting to discuss the film Sanju’s journalistic aspects. Literature lovers of Ahmedabad would not want to miss a discussion on Philip Roth’s book American Pastoral. There’s also a discourse by author Parul Khakkhar to look forward to, at Navjivan Trust.
The inspiration for our 167th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is the man who first began researching Gujarati proverbs and idioms, writer Asharam Dalichand Shah. Born in 1842, Shah’s iconic work Gujarati Kahevat Sangraha was an anthology of Gujarati proverbs, published in 1911. The book contained not only beautifully drafted proverbs, but also their meanings, their applications in sentences/incidents/circumstances, and their origins. His studies also compared Marathi and Hindi proverbs. In 1934, his son Mulchand published the biography Asharam Dalichand Shah ane Temno Samay to bring forth his otherwise hidden life story.
Celebrate World Social Media Day this Saturday by attending ‘ReDi Digital Dialogue’ or attend a marathon of talks on film-making, birds and art. Experience the theatre scene of Gujarat with three experimental plays or catch cartoonist Ashok Adepal’s humourous exhibition.
Celebrate World Social Media Day in Ahmedabad this Saturday with ReDi Digital Dialogue. The summit will host a series of dialogues and workshops on the topic of digital trends, content creation and the impact of social media on politics and mental health, with the aim being to increase digital literacy and practices of cyber-safety amongst the youth. It’s a golden opportunity for Amdavadis to meet with celebrated journalists, social media experts, digital strategists and delegates from reputed organisations like Twitter India and UNICEF India. Are you going to be there?
Our 166th Ahmedabad Art Weekly begins with a laughter ride! Cartoonist Ashok Adepal has launched his humourous magazine in his 5th solo exhibition. The magazine is full of cartoons and articles contributed by veteran writers. Also in the world of art, Kalanjali Art Classes has come up with its second group exhibition.
The active theatre fraternity of Ahmedabad has come up with various plays this week, including Normal, a story about a serial killer. Ankit Gor’s well-received play Semicolon discusses mental health through the narrative of a relationship. Gauhar is a drama based on the life of the superb singer Gauhar Jaan, whose 145th birth anniversary was recently commemorated by a Google Doodle.
Those always on the look-out for enriching discourses can drop by at The Culture Talk to listen to filmmakers Sandeep Patel and Vijay Giri Bava. Or attend Let’s Talk About Birds, a talk by Dhawal Mehta at Sundarvan. You can also step by to listen to designer Anuja Khokhani talk about Indian crafts, at the opening of her textile exhibition.
For our 166th Ahmedabad Art Weekly, we are inspired by the life and works of Gujarati language poet Ardeshar Khabardar, also known as Adal. Born in 1881 in Daman, Adal wrote poems and sonnets about Zoroastrianism. He had the talent to write poems in the languages of Gujarati, Parsi-Gujarati and Marathi Powada, and the styles of famous poets like Nanalal, Botadkar, Dalpatram, Kalapi, Kant and Narsinhrao Divetia. Adal grew from being a dealer of motorcycle accessories to becoming a talented writer who went on to write 40 books over the course of his prosperous literary career. In 1941, he led the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. His celebrated poem Jya Jya Vase Ek Gujarati, Tya Tya Sadakal Gujarat is a popular ode to his motherland.
This weekend, don’t miss actor Mallika Taneja’s play, which has been fueling discussion about its use of nudity to critique biases about women’s safety. A gifted 10th grader comes out with her first solo art show. And a lot more drama, art and comedy await you this week.
An art exhibition called Splassh is here to usher in a colourful weekend in Ahmedabad. Next week, meanwhile, will play host to the talents of 10th grader Muskaan Shah, a young artist with a gift for expressing herself through colours, in her first solo show Evolving Enigma.
But a lot is happening in the city besides visual arts too, in the coming days. Delhi-based actor Mallika Taneja will be raising questions about women’s safety through her drama Thoda Dhyaan Se (Be Careful), a bold play that’s being discussed for its use of on-stage semi-nudity for asking probing questions. Tanariri, a Gujarati play, will narrate a historical story between two sisters, while Kamlesh Acharya’s The Promise of Heaven is a satirical work about two terrorists out on a mission. Drama lovers can also look forward to experimental play Dastan-E-Narak at Ouroboros.
Enjoy watching performing arts? Attend the Nrutyam classical dance performance. Those looking for pure enjoyment, meanwhile, can opt for an open mic night or a standup comedy act called Acche Din. Acche Jokes.
Gujarati critic and editor Anantrai Raval, known by his pen name Shaunak, is the inspiration for our 165th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Before joining the government as a director of a language department, Raval taught at various academic institutions and colleges. He edited the works of multiple authors, including legends like Botadkar, Ramanlal Desai, Batubhai Umarvadiya and Narsinh Mehta. As a translator, Raval translated novels of Leo Tolstoy, and as an author, he drafted Aaharvigyan with J. D. Pathak and short stories for his book Chaa Ghar. The Amreli-born scholar was honoured with Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, Narmad Chandrak and, eventually, the Sahitya Akademi Award for his work of literary criticism, Taratamya.
Veteran actors Rakesh Bedi and Ananth Mahadevan are coming to Ahmedabad for a theatre act. History buffs have an exciting few days ahead of them with a slew of talks. Don’t miss World Music Day celebrations and a lot more, through our Ahmedabad Art Weekly #164.
The coming few days, Ahmedabad is abuzz with talks. Film geeks can attend a screening of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln followed by a discussion on it by artist Amitabh Madia. History buffs too have much to look forward to, with an informal talk on gender fluidity and cross dressing in Vaishnavism, by young art history students Abhi Sanghani and Vinit Vyas; and a lecture at LD Museum on the Jain Tirthankaras.
The 164th Ahmedabad Art Weekly holds a real treat for theatre lovers with two experimental plays at Ouroboros and a mega scale act called Last Over starring seasoned actors Rakesh Bedi and Ananth Mahadevan, which is said to be an ‘urban Hindi comedy play’.
Audiences looking for that rare occasion for intellectual humour can attend a poetry gathering at YMCA Club. And music lovers won’t want to miss the chance to celebrate World Music Day on June 21. If you like to keep your eyes out for good furniture, then drop by at Bougainvillea for an exhibition by Polygon enterprise.
The inspiration for our 164th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is author Anandshankar Dhruv, who is best known by his pen names Mumukshu and Hind-hitchintak. Dhruv became a maestro in the Sanskrit language at an early age. Most of his books were about Indian philosophy and western culture. Born in Ahmedabad in 1869, Dhruv taught at Elphinstone College, served as a Vice Chancellor at Banaras Hindu University and became the chairman of Inter University Board. The Gujarati scholar initiated his magazine Vasant in 1902 and also edited the Sudarshan magazine. He led various literary institutions, including the Gujarat Sahitya Parishad and Philosophical Congress.
A show by the king of comedy Johnny Lever is coming to Ahmedabad. Look out for a play inspired by a short story of Manto and an exhibition of paintings made by mothers of Ahmedabad together with their children. Know about more such creative events happening in Ahmedabad with our 163rd Art Weekly.
If you are in a mood for complete entertainment and laughter this week, do not miss the king of comedy Johnny Lever, who is coming to Ahmedabad. Else, take a look at a solo comedy act by an engineer who grew up to become a stand-up comedian. Theatre-goers can look forward to the play Toba Tek Singh, inspired by Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story of the same name, which is sure to be an inspirational event. Gaur Farmaiye, a play containing four sub-stories, is also a must-watch.
The book club of the British Library remembers American author Ursula K Le Guin, who passed away earlier this year, in its literature gathering. Culture enthusiasts would also be keen on joining in for a unique heritage walk in the coming days, which will be taking connoisseurs to a restored Gujarati Haveli in the Walled City. Art lovers of the city, meanwhile, can visit the LD Museum to look at original Indian miniature paintings, or head towards a unique exhibition of Mother & Child that houses paintings made by mothers of Ahmedabad, together with their children.
An energetic lecture by Immigration Lawyer Prashant Ajmera will help you enhance your business personality this week. An upcoming flea market at Options, meanwhile, can satiate the shopaholic streak in you!
17th-century Jain saint, philosopher, hymnist and poet Anandghan is the inspirational icon for our 163rd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly. The monk’s life and death are still the subject of much debate owing to lack of historical information. Written during the era of the Bhakti movement, his literature consists of a mix of three vernacular languages – Gujarati, Rajasthani and Braj. Mahatma Gandhi once quoted his hymn in his book of prayers, “One may say, Rama, Rahman, Krishna or Shiva, then.” Anandghan wrote the anthology of hymns Anandghan Bahattari, which is said to have verses with different ragas, with some drawn from legendary poets like Kabir and Surdas. His non-sectarian poems are about inner spirituality and are popular in cultures besides Jainism too.
Coolest events of this week are here to beat the unbearable heat. The 162nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly begins with a one of a kind book shopping festival brought by The Bookchor Warehouse Sale. Lock The Box event is a boon for bibliophiles as it is allowing visitors to reasonably purchase different boxes, which can contain up to 30 books at the same time.
It’s raining theatricals in the city with an exciting musical thriller Raashi Man at the newly built 079 Stories art cafe-theatre and an experimental play at Ouroboros, which is a dramatic adaptation from Padma Shree Gyan Chaturvedi’s novel ‘Narak Yatra’. The visual art exhibitions also offer something new this week. Kalptaru art show at the iconic Sanskar Kendra will impress you, and the Impressive Impressions will showcase drawings and prints by young duo of Bharat Dodiya and Gopal Parmar. This art show promises to bring forth ideas of environmental degeneration and the need for human societies sensitivity towards other species. Talking about conserving nature, intellectuals can drop at AMA to listen how can we make the urban environment greener. Comedian Jeeveshu Ahluwalia is coming to your town to make you chuckle with his humour, but if you are looking for a serious discussion then do not miss out on Life is Awesome Yara talk show, which will focus on suicidal tendencies and how to avoid them. The culture enthusiast should go for this particular heritage walk to Sarkhej Roza, which will focus on its Indo-Saracenic architecture. And families with children have the choice of enjoying at KiddoZone 2018 flea market.
Ahmedabad Art Weekly 162 is dedicating its creative inspiration to London born Gujarati language scholar Alexander Kinloch Forbes, who learnt Gujarati from poet Dalpatram Travadi. The British judge of Ahmedabad and Surat befriended Dalpatram and it was he who inspired him to write Laxmi Natak in 1849, which was the first Gujarati drama inspired from Greek play Plutus. He established the first literary society in Ahmedabad called the Gujarat Vernacular Society, which initiated the first public library, first girls school, first periodical, first newspaper and first literary magazine of Gujarat state. He arranged multiple gatherings in Idar for Gujarati poets and Dalptram’s Farbesvilas was a story of these gatherings. He established Andrews Library in Surat, Gujarati Sabha in Bombay (Now Mumbai), and authored Râs Mâlâ: Hindoo Annals of the Province of Goozerat, in Western India a two-volume history document of folk literature in Gujarat from 8th century till the British arrived. As a translator, Forbes paraphrased Dalpatram’s Bhoot Nibandh in English as ‘Demonology and Popular Superstitions of Gujarat’
Keep your weekend schedule relatively free because Africa is coming to town, with some original musical performances straight from Uganda! Revel in a comedy act by one of the funniest men in India, hum along to Gujarati hit numbers or experience an Odissi dance performance.
If the upcoming Africa Festival doesn’t satiate your culturally curious soul, then take a look at a talk show featuring journalist Ramesh Tanna and poet Tushar Shukla. An Odissi dance performance on author Dinkar Joshi’s work of literature Chakra thi Charkha Sudhi should also feed your soul. A local play called Not a Paheli promises to explore if life can be conflict-free and jovial!
Those looking out for lighter entertainment can attend a stand-up comedy performance by comedian Gaurav Kapoor, who is now considered one of the funniest guys in India. Or hum along to popular Gujarati numbers at a gathering called Gamyun Te Geet.
Movie lovers should not miss out on a screening of French documentary Speak Up about a group of mixed race students struggling to take part in an oratory competition. A Gujarati documentary based on the life and achievements of physicist Stephen Hawking is also being screened next week. Creative people all over Ahmedabad are being beckoned by our Ahmedabad Art Weekly #161 to explore some enriching entertainment over the coming days!
This week, a profound literary personality who made us all smile with his humorous works, has left us all teary-eyed! Humour essayist Vinod Bhatt, who is our inspiration for our Ahmedabad Art Weekly #161, left for his heavenly abode on May 23 in Ahmedabad, after battling a long-standing kidney problem. The veteran writer wrote 45 books in Gujarati, Hindi as well as Sindhi during his career as an author. Born in Nandol in Gandhinagar district in 1938, Bhatt worked as a tax consultant, while serving in parallel as a columnist for various Gujarati dailies. He wrote many biographies with a satirical touch, like Charlie Chaplin, Narmad Ek Character, Swapnadrashta Munshi, Hasyamurti Jyotindra Dave, Great Showmen George Bernard Shaw, and Anton Chekov.