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The wintery chills have diminished after the much enthusiastic Uttarayana celebration, but that doesn’t mean that there is a reduction in the energy of the Amdavadi creators. Here is the 194th Ahmedabad Art Weekly with a list of original, inventive events happening in Ahmedabad.
The Flower Show featuring hundreds of herbaceous species by 12 major nurseries of India is the major attraction of the week. Visitors can see innovative horticulture in the form of creative sculptures while visiting the Flower Show 2019 at Sabarmati Riverfront.
Visual art lovers should come to ‘Kadamb’ solo show of artist Nabibakhsh Mansoori to witness his signature surrealist landscapes full of eye-catchy hues and camouflaging forms. For the first time in Ahmedabad, to narrate a remarkable history of human habitat, Australian architectural photographer John Gollings’ picturesque photography works will be kept open for people to witness at the ‘History of the Built World’ exhibition. You don’t need to be a child to enjoy cartoons, so tickle your funny bone with witty illustrations, drawings and cartoons by artist NR Manvar at his solo exhibition. The featured artist is a reputed cartoonist contributing at popular daily, Gujarat Samachar since long time. Ahmedabad based artist Harshil Patel, who pursued his master’s in Fine Arts from the University College London opens his solo exhibition ‘Process Practice Play’ this weekend. Sponsored by Gujarat State Lalitkala Academy, the show will further travel to NIV Art Centre in Delhi for an extended display.
Shabnam Virmani who is famous for her 5-stringed tambura performances of folk songs of Kabir and other mystic poets is a filmmaker, singer and artist who is here in Ahmedabad to talk, sing and poetically narrate and question the traditional notions of gender identity in यह तो घर है प्रेम का recital. When it comes to performances, we can’t miss out watching the schedule of Natarani Amphitheatre. And this week the space is occupied with a musical rendition with a line-up of locally renowned as well as budding musicians. ‘Time Wise’ is a musical performance that will take its audience on a detour to jazz, blues and eventually Hindustani classical music this weekend. Musicians Meera Desai and Shankar Iyer will conduct the opening performances of the show. A treat for young readers as The British Library yet again organises the book reading of Italian mouse detective Geronimo Stilton. The animated children book series is one of the bestselling books ever written by author Elisabetta Dami.
The TMC Theatre Festival invites the audience to witness the award-winning Gujarati play of playwright and radio personality Naishadh Purani called ‘Taja Kala’. The drama, which will be accompanied with Purani’s newly written theatre ‘Dardapora’, is assumed to be ‘An exploration of love and the way it mirrors the lover’. The creation has won 6 awards and numerous applauds for its brilliance so far. Shanti Business School is starting a series of leadership talks called “Vichardhaara” and the first guest speaker of the evening who will deliver a discourse on “Living the Unconventional Dream” will be Stay Hungry Stay Foolish famed writer Rashmi Bansal.
We dedicate the 194th AAW to artist Mahendra Kadia who left for heavenly abode at the early hours of January 17, 2019. Kadia, a veteran in the field of painting, was a warm hearted, soft spoken gentleman who was loved for his fatherly demeanor as much as for his unique art. Kadia’s oeuvre is a visual representation of the Birds, which over the span of decades has passed through varying artistic styles. An alumni of Sheth CN College of Fine Arts, he has also served as a professor at the institute. He is also popular as the face of L & P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, where his association dates back to 1983. Since 2008 he is serving as the Honorary Director of the center. A recipient of National Award by Lalit Kala Akademi, Kadia’s persistence in artistic pursuits is an inspiring tale. Within his own family his influence has created 11 artists across generations. In January 2018, Kadia showcased his retrospective in Ahmedabad, and it was extremely well received. His artworks can be found in the collections of luminous personalities including Jaya Bachchan, Sangeeta Jindal and Urmila Kanoria, and also on display at the reputed National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. The visual art proponent’s abstract birds will forever flutter to enrich our aesthetic sensibilities!
More than 100 private jets are expected to touch down in Ahmedabad as the Vibrant Gujarat Summit is planned to take place between January 18 to 20, 2019. The hotel rooms have reached sky high prices due to the increased overnight demand and restaurants have already reserved spaces for the visitors of the summit. So amidst all this bustle how and where do you plan to spend this week? Well here’s the solution, and here’s the 193rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly; featuring the city’s most creative, original and aesthetically rich events.
It is raining performing arts this week, starting with three consecutive performances at Natrani Amphitheatre in three days. ‘Jaane Woh Kaise Log The’ starring recitalists RJ Devaki and Abhinay Banker is a play based on the life of legendary Indian writers Saadat Hasan Manto and Ismat Chugtai and their intriguing stories, while Vachikam: ‘Dariyalal’ and Vachikam: ‘Rashmirathee’ are performance storytelling/dramatic readings organised by Fanatika. In Dariyalal performers will narrate historically sound tales of Zanzibar full of tornadoes of human emotions with intriguing narratives and in ‘Rashmirathee’ the artists will perform legendary Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s creations, which somewhere revolves around the world’s current socio-economic conditions. The Kashmirnaama at Project Otenga written by local theatre aficionado Harsh Shodhan is a poetic representation that depicts the contemporary conditions of the Valley through melody, rhymes and dialogues.
Written by famous 20th century Gujarati literati Zaverchand Meghani and contemporarily direct by Rishi Dave, ‘Kalpana Mrityu’ is a stirring play that comes from Meghani’s compilation of short stories. Further more there is ‘Thief Police’ at Ouroborus based on the play by Vijay Tendulkar. ‘Thief Police’ is a satirical thriller featuring famous recitalists like Parmeshwar Sirsikar and Gaurang Anand this week.
Moving towards visual arts, Mumbai based artist Namrata Lodaya is opening her brand new art exhibition called dEFORMATION at the Samara Art Gallery. Her stirring art, which she is presenting until The Republic Day is based on her past and her desires to erase it from the roots.
People looking for a pinch of picturesque nature in life, and want to enthuse themselves with aromatic and vivid floral should reach to the Ahmedabad Flower Show – 2019 at Flower Park Area, Sabarmati Riverfront. The one week long ticketed show is exhibiting around 50 original sculptures made of flowers and plants and hundreds of saplings from more than 12 significant nurseries of India. Photographer Ashish Mehta of ‘Meet me at Khadia’, who stays in the heritage Walled City of Ahmedabad is inviting enthusiasts to celebrate the kite flying festival at his Pol house. Uttarayan in Pol is an authentic celebration where attendees will enjoy Uttarayan special delicacies, music as well as kite fighting.
This week Ahmedabad Art Weekly pays tributes to Padma Shri Kanti Patel. The Gandhian sculptor, philanthropist, teacher and freedom fighter left for the heavenly abode on January 8, 2019, leaving an artistic legacy of more than 800 sculptures for generations to look upon and feel inspired. Born in Indonesia, Patel studied at Gujarat Vidyapith and then at J . J School of Arts and carved his path to sculpting through the painstaking method of self-teaching. With the help of artist Bhaikaka and Kalaguru Ravishankar Raval, Patel reached the footsteps of Vallabh Vidyanagar and spent his next 19 years carving Sardar Patel, Gandhi and sculptures of Indian freedom fighters. He then came up to Ahmedabad to establish the iconic Shilp Bhavan studio, which, in true Gandhian ideology of trusteeship, he donated Lalitkala Akademi of New Delhi. The Ravi Shankar Raval Award recipient, in his early years had the opportunity to meet Mahatma Gandhi. In his brief interaction he stayed wit Gandhi for 11 days in year 1944. This has had a transnational impact on him. This is evident in the display of ‘trusteeship’ exhibited by him by donating his assets worth 50cr towards the larger cause of betterment of art. May his eternal soul rest in peace.
Illustrations : Nilesh Ramani
Happy New Year Yatris! Here’s the 192nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly to welcome 2019 with some great, innovative and creative events.
Hopeful teenage author Muskaan Shah is debuting with her highly imaginative book ‘Home in the Hill’ this week. The Ahmedabad International School student, who is launching her paperback this weekend has drafted her fiction adventures with her Grandma while taking inspirations from the tales of Roald Dahl and Ruskin Bond. In other literary happenings, Sada Sarvada Kavita is back this week with a fantastic poetic line-up. The poetry recital will feature various rhymesters including luminaries of literature industry like playwright Madhu Rye and Gujarati poet Harshad Trivedi. Gujarat Vishvakosh Trust and Matrubhasha Abhiyaan are inviting Amdavadis to participate in a peaceful walk towards Sabarmati Ashram.
India’s largest handicraft exhibition, the Exim Bazaar is coming to the city of Ahmedabad. The three-day long festival will host more than 60 artisans and craftsmen who will be coming from more than 23 different provinces to exhibit their fashionable accessories, arts and handicraft materials. The second such mega event that is taking place during the week is the International Kite Festival 2019. The almost three-decade-old celebration augments the Uttarayana fever each year by inviting hundreds of kite flyers from various corners of the world to fly their innovatively shaped kites at the banks of Sabarmati River.
The Envisioning Asia exhibition at Satya Art Gallery is an intriguing art happening. The show is hosting numerous pictures of India’s father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi & father of the People’s Republic of China Mao Zedong, which were clicked by photojournalist Walter Bosshard during his visits to India and China. Each picture at the show has been exhibited for the first time in India, and they shed new light on the political ongoing in both the nations during the 1940s. Another visually appealing happening in Ahmedabad that shouldn’t be missed out is The Abstract Aesthetic group art exhibition at 079 Stories. The show is hosting numerous abstract artworks by eight conceptual artists of India, including Padma Shri Paresh Maity.
The open to air theatre space of Scrapyard is inviting performing arts adorers to witness the Promise of Heaven play this week. The “strictly adult” sarcastic play is based on the life of two terrorists, who are now embarking on their life’s final journey. The third edition of Farmer’s Market is inviting the audience to relish a gastronomic experience. Visitors can expect some locally grown food made by trained food artisans in a fun-loving environment full of soulful music.
The inspiration of our 192nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly has been borrowed from cartoonist and illustrator Bansilal Verma, dotingly remembered with his pennames Chakor, Bansi and Kishor Vakil. Born in Chotiya village in Mehsana, young Verma was highly influenced by the paintings of Raja Ravi Verma and enjoyed drawing deities before coming under the tutelage of Kalaguru Ravishankar Raval. Verma became a part of the Indian Independence Movement by creating posters and cartoons, and he later contributed in publications like Navsaurashtra, Hindustan, Janmabhoomi, The Free Press Journal, Janshakti and for his final years in Sandesh. His satirical cartons on politics were highly influential, and he received several awards during his career including Ravishankar Raval Award by the state government, Kamalashankar Pandya Award and Vadnagar Nagrik Sanman.
Merry Christmas Yatris! Here in the Ahmedabad Art Weekly #191 we give you various options to spend your year-end weekend and the first week of the New Year. The Kankaria Carnival 2018 commenced on Christmas and promises to be week full of activities, lights and music until the New Years Eve. The highly energised environment at Kankaria has this time been amplified with the opening of a floating restaurant and a replica of the upcoming Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train.
The prestigious Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival at Natarani Amphitheatre is back after a gap to 3 years. In its 40th edition the 3 day International Arts festival is featuring internationally acclaimed artistes who will present Theatricals and Indian Classical Fusion dance performances. The experimental space of Ouroboros theatre is hosting two performances in this week’s line up. Walter Peter directed drama ‘Alipur ka Azad’ is a British Raj era story, where a group of young folks, are struggling to save their playground from destruction, whereas Tran Adi Liti (Three tilted lines) play is centred on the theme of art, friendship and interpersonal relationships. Actor Paresh Vora will be performing a satirical monologue to comment on the current socio-political conditions of our society in Pritesh Sodha’s ‘Mara Asatya Na Prayogo’.
People looking for some intellectual stimulus should attend the upcoming lecture of Yogendra Yadav a politician, election analyst, author and academician. The founder of Jai Kisan Andolan and Swaraj Abhiyan has been a part of various political parties and frequently writes his opinion in multiple publications. He is in the city to deliver a lecture on ‘Indianisation of Education’. Literature enthusiasts looking for rhyming inspiration should attend a poetry recital of poet-politician Kumar Vishwas. The Kavi Sammelan will also feature other poets like Sampat Saral, Manzar Bhopali, Gajendra Priyanshu and Ankita Singh as a part of the line-up.
Sugam sangeet adorers looking for mesmerising Gujarati melodic experience should arrive at ‘Sambandho nu Sarovar’ concert where father song songster Sanjay Oza and Parth Oza, will perform with songstress Payal Vakhariya.
Independent Painter Dhruti Ghedia, recently opened her solo exhibition, ‘Translucent Emotions’ at Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan in the presence of eminent artist Vrindavan Solanki, while the ‘Enthralling Eight’ group of artists return to perform their group exhibition yet again in Ahmedabad this week. The shows will display abstract as well realist artworks.
The inspiration for our 191st Ahmedabad Art Weekly has been borrowed from Violet Alva, India’s first woman lawyer to appear before a high court and preside over the Rajya Sabha. A journalist, lawyer and politician by profession Alva, who was also part of Bapu’s Quit India Movement, started a women’s magazine called ‘The Begum’, which was renamed as Indian Women later. Ahmedabad born journalist never failed to ignite a nationalistic feeling amongst her readers, and the government later honoured her by embossing her visual impression on a postal stamp along with her husband, Joachim Alva. Veterans of Indian politics like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Indira Gandhi remembered her as a brave yet gentle woman.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
Brave the chilled winds and come to experience creativity. Ahmedabad Art Weekly opens its Pandora’s box of events to present you for the 190th time some of Ahmedabad’s most creative happenings.
People looking for arty weekend can come down to Amdavad ni Gufa and watch the solo show of one of Gujarat’s most respected modernist painter Bhanu Shah. Abstracts created by this National Award winning artist have inspired thousands of people across the globe, now in his 80’s, the veteran is still prolific and is presenting his new works in this show. The newly opened Design school in the city, ‘GLS Institute of Design’ is hosting a Arts & Design fest called the Ahmedabad Design Fest 2018. Established personalities of the industry will conduct discourses as well as hands-on activities to present the concept of art to the audience creatively.
International Creative Art Centre is coming to The Ummed Hotel to present various artworks of established painters of India at ‘The Blessings of the Connoisseurs’ exhibition. Curated by philanthropist and art adherent Ravindra Maradia, the show includes fascinating objet d’art by Arzan Khambatta, Prabhakar Kolte, Vinod Sharma and various other creators. Photography lovers will have to reach to the rich Walled City of Ahmedabad to watch some early morning picturesque cultures of our city this week. Photographer Ashish Mehta invites each lensmen and women to walk a few miles in Khadia to experience the real essence of Uttarayan. The visitors will watch the ‘Ghisai’ process of the Uttarayan thread and can relish the famous and age-old Raipur Bhajia during the photo walk.
Foodies of Ahmedabad can treat their taste buds with organic and healthy delicacies as the 16th edition of Sattvik food festival has yet again arrived in Ahmedabad. The festival works as a bridge for urban citizens to experience traditional treats made out of organic materials, and for rural sects, it is an opportunity to earn a little extra remuneration.
Prominent Gandhian Dr Rajendra Khimani, who is serving as the Vice Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith, an institute founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920 has been invited to talk on the values of Bapu at ‘On the Lines of Gandhiji’ talk session. And with the similar motive of imbibing Gandhian and inspirational values in the citizens, NGO Manav Sadhna is inviting to watch ‘The Jai Jagat Show’ drama. The musical performance has been produced by 17 slum kids who are supported by the NGO. The show is aimed to invoke the sentiment of humility within us. Acclaimed play ‘Babes in the Wood’ is yet again coming to Ouroboros to celebrate Christmas. The humble plot of this act featuring talented recitalists like Ankit Gajera and Jahnvi Modi talks about a chilly evening of beggars at a Railway Station. Did you know there is a Chamber Choir group in Ahmedabad and they are going to sing at the Natrani Amphitheatre to celebrate Christmas? And did you know that the musical celebration of Natrani has been planned to continue with a performance by the Indian Ocean band this week? Too many creative surprises are lined up Ahmedabad, so stay tuned to Creative Yatra.
This week Ahmedabad, lost an architectural jewel called architect Nimish Patel. The 190th Ahmedabad Art Weekly has given a heartfelt tribute to the person who worked so hard to bring freshness of natural ambience within our lives through his designs. The Ahmedabad based architect of India’s largest passive-cooled building, Torrent Research Centre, which uses no air conditioners, was a graduate from MIT, Cambridge and together with his wife Parul Zaveri, they set up a conservation and planning consulting firm in 1970 titled Abhikram. Some of the noteworthy projects carried out by them include the restoration of Oberoi Udaivilas Palace and of Shambhu Nivas and Shiv Nivas palaces in Udaipur. Patel’s sensibilities are also expressed in the making of Gujarat Vidyapith’s Sabha Khand, Dhirubhai Ambani memorial house in Junagadh and the newly designed Natarani Amphitheatre. Team CY pays rich tributes to the departed soul.
The election winds of surrounding states have electrified the overall vibe of Gujarat and Ahmedabad, and the rest of the public is engulfed in watching Big Fat Indian celebrity weddings, which doesn’t seem to end anytime near at least on the social media platforms. But we aren’t here to discuss the B-Town or the Indian Electorial fever. We are here to take you in an environment full of creativity through our 189th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
People looking for regional content and willing to pull their life back in the reverse gear can reach Scrapyard. A storytelling session of Panchatantra stories for grownups kinetically narrated by performance storyteller Vikram Sridhar is scheduled on Friday evening.
Centre for Heritage Management is inviting all the culture enthusiasts and heritage aficionados to attend the second edition of ‘International Conference on Heritage Management Education and Practice’. Like last year even this time, the mega symposium will feature various presentations, and the discourses will revolve around the subject of preserving and celebrating heritage, but the centre of discussions will be completely dedicated to the topic of ‘Developing Integrated Approaches’.
I think Prem Joshua & Band are in love with the city of Ahmedabad, or maybe the situation is opposite, but the sole purpose of this discussion is only meant to notify you that the band is yet again coming to perform their ear-pleasing fusion music in Apnu Amdavad. Ouroboros art hub invites all the music lovers to gather at their theatre space and candidly enjoy a collaborative performance by musicians Michael Andrews, Dushyant Shukla, and Meet Gadhiya. The evening promises to be a pleasing musical experience full of Indie, Pop, Bollywood and Rock music. Parents who are looking for a literature-rich activity for their children can come to Red Bricks school and indulge in various workshops, competitions, and discussions during the two days Read to Lead Conclave. To feel a little empowered as a creator or as a writer, the audience can assemble at the Women Writers’ Fest 2018, where luminary literati including Devdutt Pattanaik, Mallika Dua, Anaita Shroff Adajania, and Shaili Chopra will enthuse the audience with their inspiring dialogues.
With multiple art events happening in Ahmedabad, the 189th AAW has meticulously curated four exhibitions to feature in the 189th AAW. And the feature starts with artist-author Shweta Rao Garg’s first solo exhibition The Bard in Acrylic at Kanoria Art Gallery. The art show of this Sahitya Akademi prize-winning creator will narrate visual poetry from her universe of imaginations, which mainly revolves around the creations of William Shakespeare. The “Antardrishti An Eye Within” art show curated by architect Siddhant Shah, who specialises in bridging gaps between art, heritage & disability, will exhibit brail art created by visually impaired people. Organised by Invent Art & 079 Stories, Antardrishti will celebrate art with a fusion Sufi music performance by the Kanishk Seth Trio.
Artist and printmaker Rachana Badrakia will showcase her ‘fast life living’ subjects at her lately organised exhibition ‘Incised Lines’ this week. Eminent painter Nabibakhsh Mansoori will inaugurate the show of this Gujarat State Lalitkala Akademi award-winning artist. Celebrated modern abstract painter dotingly recalled as Ahmedabad’s Kite Man, Bhanu Shah, will exhibit his surreal artworks at Gufa during a solo show this week. The National Award winning artist who is almost 83 years old will remain present during the inauguration to inspire the audience.
The 189th AAW is giving a soulful tribute to legendary Hindi and Urdu film actress Mehtab. Belonging from the Royal Family of Sachin (near Surat), Mehtab began her career in the late 1920s with character and action-oriented roles but attracted significant eyeballs, while enacting in Kidar Sharma’s film ‘Chitralekha’. The Annual BFJA Award-winning recitalist was progressive and bold in her portrayed characters as well as in her real life. Her most famous films are titled as Jhansi Ki Rani, Samay Bada Balwan and Sharda.
The winter breeze has already hit the heritage city of Ahmedabad, but they are nothing in comparison to the warmth of arts that the city is exhibiting.
The 188th Ahmedabad Art Weekly comes with some fantastic laughter filled sessions, featuring humorists Manan Thakar and Karan Joshi at The Sabbaticals show. Nationally renowned stand-up comedian Karunesh Talwar’s standalone show called ‘Pata Nahi Par Bolna Hai’ is also in the week’s line up.
Attentive listeners can soothe their ears and hearts by attending life artist Radhika Rai’s healing talk at 079 Stories or reach AMA to attend the 5th edition of Solo Female Travellers Meetup, where likeminded backpackers will mobilise to talk their travelling experiences in public.
If you are amongst the niche literature lovers of Ahmedabad, then Sahitya Akademi Award-winning author Esther David’s book launch should gain your attention. Her latest creation Bombay Brides is a novel that revolves around the theme of loss and love with a twist of emotional waves. Performing art connoisseurs should attend Maulikraj Shrimali’s one act play ‘Urfe Aalo’ this weekend. Created by HK Arts College’s Whistle Blower Theatre Group the drama has won several accolades for its exciting plot and articulate direction.
The art and design institute Uno Lona Academy invites laymen and women of Ahmedabad to try their hands on the art of pottery at ‘Learn the Nuances of Pottery’ workshop. Experts will guide and teach the tactics of pottery and induct the audience about their new pottery program. Filmmaker Milan Jani invites the movie buffs of Ahmedabad to watch his doting short film Broccoli Bridge featuring actress Janki Bodiwala at Scrapyard theatre.
The second edition of Indian classical and fusion music festival Samraga has been scheduled for this weekend. The line up includes Pt Yogesh Samsi, tabla player Hiren Chate, sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez and vocalist Aditi Upadhaya among others will be performing at this two-day musical fiesta.
The inspiration for 188th AAW is Kutch born Gujarati language novelist, essayist and story writer Saroj Pathak. Born in 1929 Pathak was a communication expert who worked at All India Radio and was also associated with the Soviet Information Services. After getting inspired from her husband Ramanlal Pathak’s humorous write-ups, Pathak decided to write her first story for ‘Jivanmadhuri’ magazine, which was later critically admired. The modernist writer then published award-winning novels and story anthologies, few of them titled as ‘Prem Ghata Zuk Aai’, ‘Preet Bandhani’, ‘Maro Asbab’ and ‘Maro Rag Virat Tapaku’.
The final month of December is probably the time of the year when most of the mega-events are scheduled in the city. Along with the wintry breeze, the 187th Ahmedabad Art Weekly commences with one such mega event, a brilliant exposition of furniture and home decor in Ahmedabad. Continuing until December 2nd at the iconic Mill Owners’ Association Building, the ‘Raw Collaborative 2’ will feature original works of 60 designers. This one’s a must go.
The Culture Talk organises its 9th edition and invites journalists and columnists Jayesh Adhyaru and Tushar Dave to brainstorm with a bunch of enthusiastic listeners at Scrap Yard. The mega art extravaganza of Art e Fair commences its 4th edition and it features some of India’s top art galleries, artists, and lifestyle designers. The two-day event at Rajpath Club is supposed to host multiple lectures and discourses, on the subject of visual arts and also an art competition on the Frida Kahlo theme, among other happenings. Veteran artist Vrindavan Solanki shall be talking about his journey at the Gujarat Vishwakosh Bhavan. The Experimental Affairs comes yet again with another show at Ouroboros Theatre Hub. The play anthology will expressively talk about love, relationships and worldly conflicts within just 2 hours of its runtime.
Amdavadi performing arts enthusiast have a chance to understand the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy of education through a unique combination of dance and lights by the German Dance Company at Light Eurythmy Ensemble. The tickets for the event will be available at the venue, Natrani Theatre. The Atrangi Show, which is more of a multidisciplinary open mic series is inviting the local talents of the city to perform at the Scrap Yard. Visual arts enthusiast can get excited to watch some brilliant Parsi portraits at the Indian Portrait – IX art exhibition. Dating as early as the mid 16th century, the paintings are from the personal collection of collector and art entrepreneur Anil Relia. The Ahmedabad will soon taste a flavour of French Explosive jazz as OZMA Jazz comes to play exclusively at Natrani this December. Stand up comedy enthusiast can look forward to a hilarious evening with comedian Gaurav Gupta as he performs at his show ‘Not Just Baniya’.
The inspiration for our 187th AAW is dedicated to a celebrated Indian folklore of ‘Tana and Riri’. According to legends Tana and Riri, the twin sisters who belong to the lineage of the great saint-poet Narsinh Mehta, were called to sing in the royal court of King Akbar. The Vadnagar born singers, who were considered extremely proficient in classical music, were asked to sing raaga Malhar to cure Tansen who was suffering from the burns induced by his recital of raaga Deepak. Since the duo were bound by a vow to sing only in front of their village deity, they decided to self-sacrifice themselves instead of singing in the court of Akbar. The large hearted King felt grave remorse towards his act. Tansen then dedicated a raga in the name of Tana-Riri, which is still practised by Indian classical singers. To commemorate their devotion for music, Government of Gujarat organises Tana-Riri music festival every year.
One of the year’s most eventful time has begun, and Ahmedabad is hosting tons of events each evening. The busiest weekend starts with a dose of happiness as sculptor Nayana Soparkar opens her solo show with more than 100 clay sculptures titled in her solo show ‘Echoes of Innocence’. The artist has opened her art for the public after almost a decade and each penny incurred from the sale of the artworks will be donated for charity. If you are looking for design inspiration from maestros, then the 3-day India Design Confluence shouldn’t be missed out. Design leaders and creative minds from across the globe, nearly a score of them will be a part of the discourses at IDC. Producer Cyrus Dastur brings back Asia’s biggest Short Film Festival, ‘Shamiana’ to Natarani yet again. The screening would showcase two films – a musical classic with choir singing titled ‘Sing’ and a Hindi film centred around the life of a Housewife titled ‘Sab Theek Hai’.
The UNESCO World Heritage City of Ahmedabad is also celebrating the World Heritage Week with utmost enthusiasm until November 25. As a part of it, citizens can visit the 600-year-old walled city of Ahmedabad to participate in the Dhal ni Pol Heritage Festival. There’s children theatre after long as ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ will be performed at 079 Stories. The one’s searching for invigorating experiences can head to ‘Cultures of Peace’ festival at Natarani or reach The Project Cafe to discuss on the topic of ‘Single, Not Despo!’ with author Kusum Choppra and academician Gauri Wagenaar.
Give yourself a recharge of Indian classical music before the festival of Saptak begins in January with a concert of Grammy-nominated sitarist and musician Ustad Shujaat Khan. The lit-fest season too begins this week with Ahmedabad International Literature Festival. Bibliophile looking for a good deal on used and new books can reach the 7th Amdavad National Bookfair and pick the written work of their favourite authors at discounted rates.
Indian actress Kokila Kishorechandra Bulsara alias Nirupa Roy, who is recalled as the greatest Mother of all time in Bollywood is the inspiration for our 186th AAW. Born in Valsad in 1931, the Gujarati actress has spent almost half a century while enacting in more than 275 films. Dotingly referred as the ‘Queen of Misery’, Roy who was usually portrayed in mythological roles, got highest offers of playing the role of a mother in various films during the period of the 1970s and 1980s. Roy had no background in cinema, but still, she managed to achieve several accolades in her long-spanning film career. Her best films are considered to be Munimji, Chhaya, Shehnaai, and Deewar.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani