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…
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.
This week, look out for education reformist Sonam Wangchuk’s talk, an art exhibition of the luminary Ram Kumar, and the India Environment Festival in Ahmedabad.
It would seem that society is becoming evermore intolerant these days, if the brawl created by right-wing goons on Valentine’s Day in Ahmedabad – in the name of boycotting western cultural practices – is anything to go by. Such incidents are a tight slap on the face, calling into question fundamental rights of the youth. In the middle of all these ruckuses, Creative Yatra is on a constant watch to see that the city’s positive spirit remains alive. Despite such events, seeing people celebrate creativity with utmost enthusiasm and freedom in various pockets of the city restores our love for the city and its citizens, again and again. Here is the 147th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly, with this week’s list of must-see events, compiled exclusively for the resilient denizens of Ahmedabad.
This week in Ahmedabad, look out for a talk by Sonam Wangchuk, the innovator and education reformist most famous for inspiring Aamir Khan’s character in 3 Idiots. The talk is part of the India Environment Festival organised at Ahmedabad Haat. Also be sure not to miss the Ram Kumar Show, which will house more than 25 artworks representing the 7-decade career of the artist Ram Kumar, who is known as one of India’s leading abstract painters.
The original caricature made for this 147th Ahmedabad Art Weekly, is of celebrated Gujarati poet Balashankar Kantharia. The 19th-century rhymester hailed from Nadiad. He was a highly multilingual person, proficient in Gujarati, Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Braj and Hindi languages. Fondly known by his pen name ‘Bal’, he was believed to be a follower of the poet Dalpatram and is considered to be the founder of contemporary Gujarati poetry and ghazals. People also think that the poet Kalapi learned a lot from Kantharia, who was an expert in the Shikharini meter. A few of his famous works include the ghazal Gujare Je Shire Tare, and his anthologies Kalant Kavi and Hariprem Panchdashi.
It might not be so easy to get change for a Rs 2000 note in the market today. If this is an annoying situation, then imagine the plight of people in Saurashtra and some areas of Ahmedabad who are having trouble explaining to 20% of vendors that Rs 10 coins are legally accepted. While such difficulties are part and parcel of daily life, for everything else, there is the power of prayer, which helps us to recover from the blows. Prayers are essentially poems and literary verses written by authors who wanted to inspire people through their words. You can taste a flavour of this at the Sufi & Mystic Music Festival this week in Ahmedabad.
Literature, art, theatre and creativity have left no soul untouched. Through Ahmedabad Art Weekly, we are highlighting those people of Ahmedabad who are relentlessly creating enriching experiences for the city’s denizens. And this week is no different. Some diverse and wondrous events happening across the city this week.
The inspiration behind the 146th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Indian-American Bharatnatyam dancer and mentor Medha Yodh. Born in the heritage city of Ahmedabad in 1927, Yodh became a proficient dancer under the tutelage of Tanjore Balasaraswati. During her tours abroad in her younger days, she became highly inspired by global dance forms. She was a tutor at the University of California, where she passed on her Guru’s teachings to other aspirants. As an exponent of the performing arts, she developed a documentary on the traditional Gujarati dance form of Garba, called Garba-Ras: A Glimpse into Gujarati Culture.
The season is changing, and the warmth of summer is gradually entering the afternoons of fading winter. The 145th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is also warming up with the vivid creativity of Ahmedabad. The content mentioned in the list whether it’s a visual art exhibition, musical concert, theatrical or a literary recital is wholly age-neutral and 100% creative. Enjoy it with all your soul!
Jalaluddin Saaduddin Alvi alias Jalan Matri who is dotingly remembered amongst its fans as Jalan was a Gujarati poet who left for the heavenly abode on January 26, 2018, at Ahmedabad. Jalan was one of the few poets who still wrote poems in the old gazal styles with a blend of Gujarati as well as Urdu vocabulary. Honoured with literary titles like Vali Gujarati Gazal Award and Narsinh Mehta Awards Matri couldn’t study languages formally but started writing poems at the tender age of seven and gave us notable anthologies including Tapish, Sukhanvar, Shukan and various others. His immense contribution to Gujarati literature will forever be reminisced by Gujarati poetry lovers and by CreativeYatra who dedicates its 145th AAW to the masterful poet.
Mobsters recently took the city on a riot ride in the name of film Padmavat! Vehicles were torched, property was damaged, and citizens were endangered during the unwelcome outrage. It was a mass breakdown of tranquility, posing a threat to the democratic expression of citizens of India. But what brings a smile to our face is the fact that the citizens of Ahmedabad, have still not given up on serving creative content to its fellow residents. The creativity may have been restricted by authorities to reach to your nearest theatres, but the indigenous creators of Ahmedabad have brought originally made content, just for you in the form of art shows, heritage exhibitions, poetry recitals, theatricals, film screenings, stand up comedy performances and musical concerts. Ahmedabad Art Weekly is the proof of Ahmedabad’s unfathomable spirit.
In the augmenting ruckus over motion pictures, let us remember the Parsi theatre director, lyricist, and Gujarati author Amrit Keshav Nayak who is dotingly remembered by his pen-name Shivsambhu Sharmano Chiko. Born in Ahmedabad in 1877 in Ahmedabad, Nayak worked as a columnist in Amrita Bazar Patrika and drafted novels like M.A. Banake Kyon Meri Mitti Kharab Ki? and Mariyam. He wrote plays like – Durdasha Natak, lyrics and even gazals in Gujarati. The author wasn’t formally educated in lingual and joined the theatre group at the tender age of 11. After few successful roles, Nayak went to study the dramatic dexterity from Bindadin Maharaj and performed in various celebrated plays. He had a knack for Shakespearean dramas, which eventually triggered him to adapt his famous tragedies in the name of Khun-e-Nahak, Bazum-e-Fani, Murid-e-Shaque and Shahid-e-Naaz.
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