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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,…
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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…
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The edition 134 of the Ahmedabad Art Weekly is dedicated to the Independence Activist and Gandhian Vithalbhai Jhaveri. The reason for his presence his masterful creations of epic proportions to document the life and message of the Father of the Nation. Jhaveri, a filmmaker, a photographer and a writer, closely stayed with the Mahatma from 1930 (Dandi March) untill Gandhi breathed his last in 1948. Over this duration of 18 years he has documented numerous moments of Gandhi’s life, which today are a major part of the human history. A lot of pictures that we see of Gandhi are through the lens of Vithalbhai Jhaveri. The photographs have been exhibited across the globe and are used extensively in Peter Ruhe’s photo biography on Gandhi titled ‘Gandhi – A photo biography’. His greatest contribution to the history and creative fraternity is the 330-minute documentary on Gandhi, Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869–1948. The documentary film is among the longest films made in India and it covers Gandhi’s life through 14 chapters. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1969. We remember the wondrous creator with reverence and gratitude.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The 133rd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly is a reflection of what you want to provide to the city and citizens. Without you there is no AAW, so whether you are a performer, creator, viewer or a promoter, we are proud to have you as an integral part of our system. With excellent photography showcases, intellectual talk shows, Intellectual conferences, hilarious standup comedy performances and thought-provoking art exhibitions, The 133rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is here to deliver you the message of enrichment brimming in your neighbourhood. Send us a ‘Hi’ on 7228-02-7228 to get your AAW copy.
Gujarati poet and essayist Suresh Dalal is our core inspiration behind the 133rd AAW. Born in Thane, Mumbai in 1932 Dalal was a literature student who then went on teaching and mentoring various institutions on the subject of Gujarati language. He edited Gujarati poetry journal Kavita and quarterly magazine Vivechana all through his career and was honoured with multiple accolades including the Sahitya Akademi Award for uplifting the literary value of Gujarati language through his contributions. His famous created sonnets are titled as Ekant, Tarikh nu Ghar, Astitva, Naam Lakhi Dau, Hastakshar, Symphony, Skyscraper, Ek Anami Nadi and Ghatana. A heartfelt tribute to the litterateur from Creative Yatra.
The second last month of the year 2017 has begun, a tenure when everyone around would be hairy with the ‘No Shave November’ trend, but for people who want to feel soulful beyond their hair growth, make sure you are looking at the 132nd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly on your screens. The recommendations is of nine events from – architecture, literature, music, visual art, films, performing arts and stand-up comedy. A wonderful dose of enrichment is up for grabs.
The 132nd art weekly is dedicated to Indian tabla player and music mentor Nandan Mehta, who established world’s most prominent Indian classical music school and festival ‘Saptak’. Born in Ahmedabad, Mehta was trained by Kishan Maharaj, who introduced the Benaras Gharana to Gujarat. Mehta was the A Grade artist at All India Radio and Doordarshan and belonged to the Benaras Gharana as a tabla exponent. Honoured with various accolades Mehta is also a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award laureate who has been a mentor to many renowned musicians. He is survived by two daughters, who are both involved in Hindustani classical music and wife who is a sitar player.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The festive season is on its verge of winding up, and the commuters have returned to their timeless mundane, but that is all about commuters, the daily goers, who have chosen to live their life while consuming the lacklustre content. The one’s who receive Ahmedabad Art Weekly on their tabloids are not a part of that herd. One has taken the step of bringing freshness in the way, one looks at things around. One has decided to add a pinch of creativity, enrichment, vivacity and innovation. So if you are not among the fortunate one’s, and you too want to step above mundane, just subscribe to Ahmedabad Art Weekly, send a ‘Hello’ to 7228-02-7228.
A happy and prosperous new year to all our readers and subscribers! Since this is our first AAW after the commencement of the Gujarati New year, let us reminisce the exponent of Vaishnava poetry Narsinh Mehta with our 131 AAW. The Gujarati poet who was also a saint is called the Adi Kavi who wrote celebrated prayers on Lord Krishna including Vaishnav Jan, Mameru Na Pada, Hundi and Har Mala, which are still sung by elderly of the Gujarati household. Born in Talaja and moved to Surendranagar in his youth, Mehta was a devotional poet, who chose the path of chastity in search spirituality. Even after facing all the atrocities given by the society, it is said Mehta was able to connect with inner self, from which emanated more than 22,000 kirtanas (devotional songs) composed by the saintly poet. He invented forms of writing including Pada (Verses), Aakhyan and Prabhatiya and since then many documents have been preserved and collected by various institutions to keep his legacy and heritage alive.
This is the last week before the auspicious Diwali. Diwali is time to spend time with family and use all the creativity and aesthetic sense to decorate homes and make them welcoming for goodness to enter our homes! Since there will be very few happenings, AAW will not be published in the upcoming week. Diwali is an opportunity to bond with positivity, and we at Creative Yatra would like to wish you and your family an enriching and prosperous Diwali!
This week’s Art Weekly inspiration is the legendary Gujarati poet Akha Bhagat, who wrote his satirical poems in a six-stanza signature style calling them Chhappa. The 17th-century virtuoso writer came to Ahmedabad from Jetalpur and became a goldsmith by profession. But with an inspiration borrowed by pundit Gokulnath poet Akha started writing the Bhakti geet philosophy and wrote 746 invaluable Chhappa. Few of his notable works include Panchikiran, Chittavichar Samvad, Gurushishya Samvad, and Anubhav Bindu.
The 129th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly is here to take you one a creative excursion. In times when the local audience is consuming only popular medium of creative content, Ahmedabad Art Weekly will help you in realising, what inventive stuff is being churned out by the creators everyday around you. It has happened that during and around Diwali, Amdavadis get in a laid-back mood concerning organising events. But this year, the creativity has amplified and so has their enthusiasm in providing citizens with an optimum enriching experience. This week we bring you a list of happenings that are offering you experiences full of art, literature, films, photography, theatricals, music, culinary art, performing arts, and storytelling.
On the 148th birth anniversary of our father of the nation, let us get inspired by knowing the life of his close associate, Mahadev Desai through our 129th edition of AAW. Referred as Ananda to Gandhi’s Buddha and also his Boswell the independence writer was personal secretary of Mahatma Gandhi. Born in the Surat district of Gujarat, Desai completed his BA Degree and studied law before taking up a job at a co-operative bank in Bombay. He has written in Gujarati, English and Bengali and is known for his translations and biographies. Desai in his life time has authored biographies of a diverse oeuvre of personalities like Sant Francis, Vir Vallabhbhai and Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan. His translations include important effort of translating Saratchandra Chattopadhyaya’s work Virajvahu, Rabindranath Tagore’s Bengali poems in Gujarati and Jawaharlal Nehru’s English Autobiography into Gujarati. The English translation of Bapu’s autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth is a result of his endeavour. Deasi was a regular contributor to Bapu’s publications Young India, Navjivan and the Harijan bandhu. The Indian Department of Posts has recognised the Gandhian by printing a memorial stamp in 1983. Founded by Gandhiji, Gujarat Vidyapith’s faculty of social sciences, arts and humanities department is named after him.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The revelry is at its most during Gujarat’s most celebrated nine days of the year. And amidst the Navratri, some people are still celebrating creativity. Creative Yatra appreciates their ownership towards keeping city’s mood always enriched. And in the 128th Ahmedabad Art Weekly, we have mentioned art events, movie screenings, photography exhibitions, discussions, literary gatherings, musical concerts and much other creativity filled occurrences. If you think your event is creative and should be mentioned in our curated event list, register at creativeyatra.com and send us the details of it. The event will be mentioned on our website, but if it is really enriching, then it will even get a space in the AAW too.
This week Ahmedabad Art Weekly is dedicated to Ravji Patel the modernist Gujarati poet, writer and novelist who was born in Anand city of Gujarat and was a second-year college dropout from the Arts College due to financial constraints. He was the co-editor of poetry journal Shabda. He was a lyricist and also produced songs including Mari Aankhe Kankuna Suraj Athamya. He also authored popular Gujarati Novels – notable among which are Jhanza, Vrutti ane Varta and an incomplete story Vrutti and wrote a one-act play called Rakh Pan Bole Chhe. He was honoured with accolade Uma-Snehrashmi Prize, and he is considered to be the pioneer of modern Gujarati literature.
The World Heritage City of India’s cultural portal, Creative Yatra, is proud to introduce its 127th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Our attempt to flourish the creative fraternity of the city has been going on since more than 125 weeks now, and we will continually elaborate our efforts through our weekly edition that features most enriching events of the week. Currently, it is being circulated through thousands of emails and messages, and in case if you aren’t getting a copy of your AAW, please send us a ‘Hi’ on 7228 02 7228. Currently, our focus is being elaborated in the city of Charlotte, NC and will soon be reaching out to Vancouver, BC too. If you are a yatri and want the Art Weekly to reach and feature your city’s creative events, please give us a buzz and become a working hand in making it possible.
This week’s featured influential personality is the leader of the modernist movement in Gujarati literature, Suresh Joshi who is remembered not only for his prolific writings but also for transmogrifying the art of literary criticism. Born in Valod, South Gujarat in 1921 and began his teaching career at DJ Singh College, Karachi Joshi later taught at the Sardar Patel University too. He joined MS University, Vadodara as a professor and retired in 1981 as the HOD of Gujarati. He was the editor of Manisha, Kshitij, Etad Uhapoh, and Falguni magazines. The Post-Gandhian era writer, poet, essayist, critic and academician Joshi wrote experimental works on the topics of existentialism and phenomenology. He was honoured with Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak and Sahitya Akademi Award for his flawless contribution to the Gujarati language.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
Even though the torrential rains have retreated with its weapons of blustery winds and storming thunderstorms, and if the city doesn’t have proper traffic management system or the roads are still brimming with potholes all around, remember creators are putting efforts day and night to make this city a more enriching place to live. This week’s art weekly doesn’t feature any sports or business events, neither the past hundreds of AAWs did because every week this calendar talks about events that are creative, that transmogrify souls and not just routines. Photography, art, music, literature, discussions and theatricals are some aspects that we prefer touching, and that is what even AAW 126 has got.
The special mention of AAW 126’s creative inspiration has been rewarded to Vasant Rai, the virtuoso of Indian-Gulf musical instrument Sarod and celebrated Indian classical music performer. Born in Paris, Rai belonged to a small village in Unjha, Gujarat and was the ultimate student of Allauddin Khan, one of the most renowned music mentors who also taught Pandit Ravi Shankar. His music compositions have still reminisced across the globe since he showed the aesthetics of music to veteran musician including George Harrison and Collin Walcott. He is one of the most recalled Indian classical music teachers who created a fusion with jazz composer Herbie Mann.