Jun 14, 2019
Streaming platforms like Netflix have enabled new cinema to emerge in exciting ways and these often turn out to be great alternatives to mainstream cinema. What makes this phenomenon possible? We explore. I’m 10 minutes into watching Nanette on Netflix…
May 31, 2019
Check out some highly rated heritage Airbnb properties in Ahmedabad that are more than a century old but don’t cost a fortune! Enjoy the basic amenities of a hotel while you revel in the local cuisine, colour and hospitality. The…
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…
71 years have passed by since our Constitution was implemented and we paved our way to a new future, liberated and free from the British rule. To commemorate this huge milestone, here are a few tributary events dedicated to the Republic Day and a few other events to keep yourself occupied this week.
We have some great exhibitions lined up for you. Mohan Thi Mahatma is a photographic exhibition of our countries illustrious history, with a focus on the life of Mahatma Gandhi and celebrating the 71st Republic Day. With the same object to commemorate the iconic day, Santati – Mahatma Gandhi captures the essence of our independent country which is brought to you as a congregated exhibition of 3 artists. Design Collective 2020 is a curated show by Ariane Ginwala and Anuj Ambalal which will be adorned at the 079 Stories from 30th onwards.
The symbol of our freedom struggle, the humble Charkha signifies the dawn of the idea of becoming independent. But with the passage of years and generations, Charkha’s significance has been diminishing. To rekindle you with this unique ‘instrument of freedom’, Chalo Charkho Ramiye, a contemporary charkha movement in Ahmedabad, brings you a 5 day Charkha Workshop which is dedicated towards imparting the skill of making hand-spun yarn to all the Amdavadis.
Celebrating the 600-year-old – Ravi Vari, Amdavad Fleais back! Witness Amdavadi home makers, start ups, young artists and actors showcasing best of the best fashion and lifestyle accessories, food and talent. To Avo Cho ne?
A Million Sitas is a play where the heroine of the honoured tale , Ramayan, one who stands at the centre of a power tussle as two men battle with their egos and divergent ideas of duty and honour. The play is a retelling of the epic tale from the perspective of Sita who emerges from the shadow and pages of history to braid the multiple narratives of this riveting story.
As the days reach closer and closer to the arrival of Abhivyakti, the following weekend will see a glimpse of the fest through a series of pre-events under the classification, titled ‘Abhivyakti Collaterals’. Join Architect Meghal Arya to unravel the enigma of value in intangible heritage on January 25th. The talk aims to discuss, through examples the significance of intrinsic value. And on the following day, enjoy a rare musical performance titled Infinity Project by Munaf Luhar that brings ancient texts, poems and kalams to life.
For a light headed evening, catch a stand up comedy trial show by Rishab Singh. Yahi Kabar Khod Dunga is about the true and hilarious events that happened in Rishab’s life due to his group of friends and weird family.
The real catalyst for the gargantuan industry, Dorabji Tata is the visionary who rose Tata Group to fame. Tata Group was started by his father, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, which comprised of three cotton mills and Taj Hotet, Bombay. But under Dorabji’s leadership, Tata rose to become India’s largest private sector steel company with three electric companies and one of India’s leading insurance company. He extensively assisted mineralogists of the country which led to findings that would have been otherwise neglected. And that’s not all; he was also the president of the Indian Olympics Association who financed the Indian contingent to the Paris Olympics in 1924.
For his uncountable contributions to the industrial development of India, we pay our respects to this great hero and dedicate our 245th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly to his legacy.
Finally, the temperature has reached to single digit. The nights are getting colder and we can finally experience the comfort of wearing our jackets even at 2 p.m. And to augment this experience, we bring you the 244th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly so you can spend your time out in the city wisely.
Starting from January 17th, Ahmedabad Design Week is a 3-day-long festival initiated by Unitedworld Institute of Design which will feature inspiring talks and experimental workshops by national and international experts, academicians, artisans and craftsperson that will demonstrate and educate aspiring designers about the potential landscape of the industry. Along with that, you will have some astounding exhibitions and installations to brood over.
Art Whispers is an amalgamation of artworks from 9 versatile artists, each with their own medium to express themselves. The exhibition inaugurates today and will go on till 19th. Bringing his sublime and vibrant paintings to the Archer Art Gallery, Nabibakhsh Mansoori brings us From Here To Eternity, an exhibition of his recent works.
For people who are in search for some good theatre experience, we have a few events lined up for you. Shamiana – Asia’s largest short film club is coming to Natarani Amphitheatre to screen three mind-blowing short films from across the globe, namely The Suitcase (USA), The President and the Crossing Keeper (France), andLittle Bird (UK).
Vibes Entertainment, in association with Footlights Theatre, brings to you a soul-stirring and captivating Gujarati play “Mrugjal – Ek Aspasht Astitva” this weekend.
What started as a pursuit of an understanding of religion and faith, Dhoolpet Ganseh digresses into a story of a community, often unheard and only remembered conditionally. It is not a story, but the experience of a community, and how all the disparate shades of faith paint one single canvas of religion through the eyes of a community in the margins of Hyderabad.
For a more musical escapade, indulge in a performance which synergizes Indian and European music which sometimes takes you on a meditative journey, sometimes toxic. Catch Violin Nomads at Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad on 21st January. Dakhe Dalpatram is a musical journey of Kavi Dalpatram’s poetry which will be recited by Kumarpal Desai.
Indian PoliTricks is a comedy show by Team Café Comdey that is based on political humour about ongoing politics in India
“Resistance to aggression is not just justified, but imperative”. Guided by the words of Herbert Spencer, Shyamji Krishna Varma led his life to take India towards its independence. He was a disciple of Swami Dayanand Saraswati who became a revolutionary freedom fighter, lawyer and journalist. He founded the India House, a student resident in Cromwell Avenue, North London which was opened to promote nationalist views among Indian students in Britain. And from the India House, he published the nationalist journal The Indian Sociologist.
For his valour and dedication to free our country, even while being thousands of kilometres away, we pay our homage and dedicate the 244th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly to his legacy.
The time of the month has arrived, when we actually use our terraces. You will find young as well as veterans filled with zeal, trying to raise their kites as high as the sky. Feasting on delicious undhiyu and chikkis and spending valuable time with your loved ones. But did you know, Uttarayan is equivalent to the Thanksgiving Day that Americans celebrate? Like Thanksgiving, Uttarayan also celebrates the arrival of harvest season and new beginnings. From the entire team of Creative Yatra, we wish our valuable readers a very happy and safe Makar Sankranti and we hope that these moments of new beginning be filled with love and joy.
While your mornings are busy flying kites, here is the 243rd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly to celebrate the evenings this Uttarayan season!
Inspired by this great festival, Manav Kaul was inspired to write the play, Mamtaz Bhai Patang Wala. It shows the journey of a kid named Vikki who is fond of kite flying and admires his superhero Mamtazbhai Patangwala. But what happens when he discovers that he is no hero? Watch the play to find out.
A play by Prashant Jadav that has won 7 awards, that will make you sing and dance, which will make you laugh but fill your eyes with tears. Timli is a play that will take you places and at the same time make you explore yourself.
It is bewildering how art can be used to convey different messages and embody different emotions. Raksha’s latest exhibition Swaman – Rise with Respect is an amalgamation of different art forms like digital art, paintings and montages from multiple artists that shine light on the issues that a woman faces while transiting through phases, from childhood, to struggle with periods and reaching motherhood. On the other side, Expressions in Clay, a collaborated exhibition by 4 versatile artists, explores the zeal of life and the plethora of creativity.
Celebrating our beautiful vernacular language, Vachikam is an evening dedicated to Gujarati literature where the team of Jalso will serve you delicious vartao ni chuski. After his critically acclaimed stand up special ‘’Problems’’, Azeem Banatwala is back with Between the Lines, a new hour of material ranging from the dark depths of the death penalty to rants about freedom of speech, left-wing liberals, and refrigerators.
Kanak Dhara has organised a heritage walk which is devised to explore the monuments of the city. The City Tour will start from Jamalpur flower market and end at Uttarayan Celebration at Riverfront. And if you have already explored the city, Indian Astronomy Club has organised a Star Gazing event where they will be taking you on a journey far far away, all the way to International Space Station.
On behalf of the entire team of Creative Yatra, we wish our valuable readers a glorious and prosperous New Year! May all your desires be fulfilled and you keep endeavouring towards new and creative possibilities. With exciting events brewing under the onset of this New Year, we bring you the first Ahmedabad Art Weekly of 2020, guiding you towards the entertainment hotspots of the week.
If you enjoy watching live theatre, than this week might just be one of the most interesting for you as we bring 4 incredible plays to you. Recreating one of the most epic tales of Indian mythology, Puneet Issar brings us Mahabharat – The Epic Tale. Mahabharat is a play that congregates three pivotal characters of the epic – Duryodhan, Karna and Draupadi – through which we will discover the real reasons for the onslaught of this destructive war.
Bringing you a thrilling story of a retired Assistant Police Commissioner and his endeavours on one rainy night, Kusur is a play that will take you on a claustrophobic and thrilling, yet emotional and immersive journey. Whereas Kusur talks about a bold and strong character, Likhavat is a Gujarati play that concentrates on the life changing event of an emotional, innocent and altruistic girl and his understanding husband.
Were these too intense for you? Worry not. We have the perfect play to lighten your mood. Hu Ene Gamu Chu is a comedy play that concentrates on an individual’s journey towards finding someone who can love him. And if you wish to witness an entertaining show, The Comedy Factory will be presenting a Wholesome Show starring stand-up comedians like Manan Desai, Ojas Rawal, Chirayu Mistry, Aariz Saiyed and Deep Vaidya.
Filling the ambient Flower Park at Riverfront once again with vibrant colours and enchanting fragrance, AMC brings us the 8th edition of Flower Show which will start from 4th January.
For a more visually artistic escapade, we have two amazing exhibitions lined up for you. First up, we have Tatpashchaat, the Annual All India Art Exhibition of Contemporary Art which will mark its 11th edition this year. Second, brining you a spectacular exhibition of lights, Spectocculour is an experimental presentation which reflects on the dystopian side of the city with the help of lights.
Eliciting the enhancement of motherhood due to advancing technologies, Motherhood Tales in the Digital Age is a talk session that discusses the joy of being a mother and how the digital age has made it incredibly easier to capture moments.
Hirubhai Mulljibhai Patel was an Indian civil servant who has played the roles as our Defence Secretary, Minister of Finance and Minister of Home Affairs in his life span of 89 years. He played a pivotal role in administering and resolving issues of internal and national security in the initial years after the independence of India. He was also the chairman of the Charutar Vidya Mandal, which led to the formation of Vallabh Vidyapith, now known as Sardar Patel University situated in Vallabh Vidhyanagar.
For his immense contributions towards creating a powerful nation, fresh out of its independence, we dedicate the 242nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly to his legacy.
We have approached the last weekend of the year, nay the decade, and as we look back at the past year a lot has happened. We took off to Moon, Spotify finally came to India, a lot of bills were passed and various other major events that will be shaping our future. So, let’s live these last days of 2019 to our fullest and welcome the future with open arms. Here are the 241st edition and the last Ahmedabad Art Weekly of 2019 to help you bid a glorious adieu to this amazing year.
First up, we have three incredible festivals that will prove to be an apt destination for the end of year celebration. Hosting their 40th edition, Saptak Annual Music Festival is back to offer Amdawadis an enchanting classical music experience. With various big names of Indian classical music sharing a stage, Saptak will give the New Year a grandiose welcome.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation organises Kankaria Carnival on the last week of every year, and this year is no exception. With amazing laser shows, magic shows, mouth-watering delicacies and magnificent aeromodelling events, where else would you want to be?
The 41st Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival commemorates the death anniversary of a great visionary man who took India to space. The festival will host 3 great performances, a theatre performance from Britain, a dance routine from America and a concert by our very own Indian Ocean.
Organised by the DNP Yuva Club, explore the 36 pols that have become the identity of old Amdawad by taking part in ‘Dhal ni Pol Heritage Walk’. It will indeed be a fascinating journey as you unfold the layers of culture and history of the city, passing each pol. And if you are looking for more creative exploration, Liam Kumawat and Meghna Rajput are coming up with a collaborated painting exhibition called Tulika that will showcase some of their latest works.
If you are in search of some intellectually enticing talks, we have a couple of them lined up for you. Hosting at Cafe 85°C, an open talk on ‘Dependency’ will help you get a better understanding of this concept and guide you to tackle it. Scrapyard theatre is organizing their 25th episode if The Culture Talk which will be hosting Vivek Desai, a photographer and Shilpa Desai, a writer and columnist who will converse on the field of art, culture, heritage and technology.
For all the Star Wars fans out there, Unlocked is organising a Star Wars Quiz that will check how much you know about the intergalactic battles between the Jedi and the dark force. So, may the force be with you and we hope that you win some amazing prizes.
Monsoon is a play written and directed by Kalpesh Vadher who narrates the story of a painter who lives in the nostalgia of her loved one ‘Nupur’ through his paintings. Watch this unique and artistic story unfold at the Scrapyard Theatre. Kachha Chitha is a stand-up comedy show by ShubhamUpadhyay who will present his story of dos and do overs of jokes over time.
Born Shantilal Patel, Pramukh Swami Maharaj is, without a doubt, one of the most influential spiritual gurus of India. He was strongly inclined towards spirituality from a very young age and upon an invitation by Shastriji Maharaj, his mentor and the founder of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, when he turned 17, he left his life as a normal kid to become a sadhu. He became a close disciple of Shastriji who appointed him as the president of BAPS in 1950, just a year before the demise of Shastriji. And under his leadership, BAPS grew from a small scale organization in Gujarat to become an international Hindu socio-spiritual community.
For his spiritual guidance to numerous souls across the world, we dedicate our 241st edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly to his legacy.
With winter reaching its peak, afternoons with a degree of chill that requires you to put on your jacket, it is all the more enjoyable to roam around the city and explore its beauty. So, if you are out and have no idea what to do, here is the 240th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly which will guide you towards the hippest joints of the city.
Gujarat Literature Festival is back to its home town for its 8th and biggest edition ever. With 3 new sub-festivals introduced this year, GLF is one place that all literature aficionados should attend.
Natarani Theatre & Alliance Francaised’Ahmedabad are bringing an innovative and contemporary piece which is inspired by a ritual from Kerala. Kalam/Terre is an organic and eloquent performance of Kalam Ezhuttu which will be magnified by filmed images of bodies mutating, a strange memory of plant life and animal life.
Written and directed by Navaldeep Singh, Javeda is an unforgettable and heart-warming play that narrates a love story set between the time of the infamous Hindu-Muslim riots of 1992-93. And if getting too dramatic is not your cup of tea, Abhishek Upamanyu is coming to Ahmedabad on 21st and 22nd to explain why he is Jealous of Sabjiwalas.
Curated by NayanaSoparkar, Roots & Pathways is an art show of mix media paintings made by Ami Patel that will document a journey towards our existential roots to unravel the mysteries of life. Thoughts & Techniques is a curated exhibition that displays contemporary artworks of 16 eminent artists.
For a more educational escapade, we have two interesting talks lined up for you. Providing a glimpse into the Hollywood, Nazneen Contractor and Carlo Rota will be conversing on the scenario of international film industries and their experience of working in Hollywood at the talk session called Meet the Actors. And taping into the realm of art myths, Indrapramit Roy, an eminent painter and illustrator, will debunk the misconceptions people have regarding art while conveying his perception of art.
Born in the city of Nadiad, Vithalbhai Patel was an Indian legislator and political leader who co-found the Swaraj Party. He was the elder brother of SardarVallabhbhai Patel and was revered for his oratorical and wit. He became the President of Central Legislative Assembly in 1925 and had worked immensely for extending primary education to municipal districts in the Bombay presidency and improving medical practices in the country.
For his contributions to our freedom struggle and virtues that guided freedom fighters, we salute him and dedicate our 240th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly to his legacy.
As we are just two weeks away from bidding adieu to 2019, we are sure that your excitement for the New Year’s party is off the charts. And it is frustrating to just dream about those exciting times. So to keep your mind occupied until then, here is the 239th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
For a musical experience, we have an enchanting performance called ‘Indeceltic’ by the harp and guitar duo of Anna Tanvir and Maninder Singh which will bring the mesmerising melodies from the hills of Ireland to the theatre of Natarani. T.M. Krishna, an uncommon musician who is traditional yet stunningly innovative, is bringing a musical ensemble called ‘Naad Vivaad’ which will present an eluding experience through Karnatik music.
India’s biggest musical from Mumbai is coming to Ahmedabad for a grand launch. Chhota Bheem in Jadooi Adventure is a live stage performance where Bheem and his friends embark on an adventure in the Chamak Bulbula to save the world from the evil intentions of Graago.
Madhuri Gayawala, Dr.Swapnaja Mohite and Alpana Lele have collaboratively put up an exhibition called ‘Trisha’ which celebrates womanhood. InventArt in collaboration with eminent artist, Bhanu Shah and his family are curating a charitable exhibition. Fuelled by Bhanu’s struggle with cancer, ‘Spandan’ is an exhibition where the entire sale will be donated to the Gujarat Cancer Society.
Anny Blaise Resnik, a French painter and writer, will be putting up an exhibition titled ‘Abs-Traits’ that will consist of her amazingly abstract paintings and a talk session.
Returning from its 2 year escapade to Vadodara, Gujarat Literature Festival (GLF) is back to its hometown of Ahmedabad for its 8th and biggest edition ever. Taking place at the Gujarat University, GLF has some really interesting and new events to provide an even more coherent experience of our rich literary culture.
And when talking about our culture, why forget food? Doorbin is organizing an Ahmedabad Food Walk which will rediscover the food traditions of this heritage city and untold stories behind centuries long food joints.
From court jesters to modern comedian, ‘Kachha Chitha’ is a stand-up comedy trial that narrates the story about dos and do-overs of jokes over time presented by Shubham Upadhyay
Also known as Pandit Sukhlalji, Sukhlal Sanghvi was a pioneering Jain scholar and philosopher. He was enthusiastic about exploring his religion and the depths of Jain philosophies. Even after losing his sight at the age of sixteen due to smallpox, he kept learning and became a professor at Banaras Hindu University. He was a mentor for famous Jain scholar Padmanabh Jaini and has won various prestigious awards like Sahitya Akademi Award and the third highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan. Our team of Creative Yatra salutes his dedication and contributions in developing our understanding of Jain philosophies. We pay our tributes to him through this 239th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly and we hope that his love for religion has passed on to our generation.
We’ve got a great ensemble of events lined up for you this week. Not just one or two, but we have curated 4 amazing plays that you could enjoy this weekend and show an impeccable range of creativity. Have you ever heard of watching a play… in a play? Well if you haven’t then this innovative play by the Theatre Media Centre called ‘Aakhun Aayakhun Farithi’ will astonish you as they explore the trauma of an artist reliving her life through her plays.
Five Senses Theatre Group will be bringing a performance that is a combination of realistic and fantastical at the Ouroboros Art Hub. The play, titled ‘Park’, narrates the story of three men at a park who meet with strange events which will dwell them into questioning the idea of what constitutes as a home in the Mumbai of today. Shining light on the superstitions that prevail in our society, Jithrobhabho is a play directed by HarshdeepsinhJadeja which narrates the story of a man who is wrongly deemed dead by his own people and his perils in claiming his life back.
Last but not the least; Kalsparsh is a multidisciplinary play which experiments in exploring the current scenario of India through Kathak.
Sharitagr – Ahmedabad University Heritage Club organizes the 3rd International Conference on Heritage Management, Education and Practice, a place where academics and activities walk hand in hand. Conflictorium aims at creating a violence free environment through the power of poems at ‘Shaam-A-Satrangi’ where 7 poets will share their poems and collectively fight to eradicate all kinds of violence.
Bringing social service into flea markets, Ahmedabad Social is here to give you an amazing evening of talks, music and food where every penny earned will go to orphanages and others who deserve their due credit.
Commemorating the centenary birth year of the table maestro Ustad Allah Rakha, Samraga is a two day festival dedicated to Indian Classical Music which will congregate Indian classical musicians from all around the globe. And the headliners for this year’s festival is none other than his illustrious sons UstadZakir Hussain and Taufiq Qureshi accompanied by TanmayDeochake.
Bringing together artworks of various artists, Kala Sangrah is a group exhibition of 7 artists that will embellish the art gallery of AmdavadniGufa with their beautiful artworks.
Dolarrai Rangildas Mankad was a Gujarati critic, researcher and poet who won the 1964 SahityaAkademy Award for Gujarati language for his essay Naivedya. He started his endeavour on to becoming a literature pioneer by working as an assistant teacher at Bharat Sarasvati Mandir at Karachi between 1923-25. He gradually found his way up to becoming a professor of Gujarati literature at D.J. Science College where he worked until the partition. Then he came to India after which he has been an integral part of various education and research organisations who have contributed highly to the rich literature of Gujarat. For his contributions and dedication for Gujarati literature, Dolarrai Mankad is our inspiration for the 238th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
Happy Black Friday to all our viewers! Black Friday is the one day when stores and online shopping portals become most altruistic by giving ridiculous discounts. So, while you are caught up searching for what to buy, here is the 237th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly which will make your event browsing a little more easier.
With interesting events being pumped in every day, there are numerous exciting plays that you should check out. First up is a powerful and intense play called ‘Raashi Man’ which is inspired by one of Akira Kurosawa’s movie. Directed by Chintan Pandya, the ensemble of excellent young theatre artists will constantly keep you on the edge of the seat.
Gujjubhai is back! But this time he is a bluff master. Catch ‘Bluffmaster Gujjubhai’ at Thakorebhai Desai Auditorium today.
Directed and produced by National Award winning filmmaker Vibha Bakshi, ‘Son Rise’ narrates the story of a strongly patriarchal state where, due to female foeticide, girls are getting absent in hundreds of villages. The movie will try to break the norms of gender inequality in our society with powerful acting and an intense plot.
If you are in the mode to visit an interesting exhibition or just want to get your creative juices pumping, we have a long list of exhibitions that you could go to this weekend. Aarti Ketu Patel brings an elegant collection of her newest watercolour paintings at Amdavad ni Gufa that will fill you with a breathe of fresh air from the past. Shades & Strokes is an exhibition of Hemang Dave’s recent paintings that you must check out. They are endowed with vibrant colours and ambiguity that will render an interesting experience.
Raw collective is back to make us celebrate the marvellous world of design, craft, creativity and innovation. And this time it will be held at the Mill Owner’s Association in collaboration with Dragonfly Farm.
For a more intellectual outing, there are a few engaging talk shows happening around you. Putting Ahmedabad under the microscope, The Ahmedabad Project and Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad are hosting a talk series called ‘Ahmedabad, Parlons!’ where they will scrutinize the challenges, intricacies and, in whole, the definition of Ahmedabad.
Gothadi is hosting their 7th edition where the keynote speaker is Shri Diwan Thakor who will share his experiences of Padyatra. For their 24th episode, The Culture Talk has invited Abhinay Banker, a renowned actor, writer and director, and Megha Vyas, an enthusiastic traveller, painter, sculptor and theatre practitioner who will talk about art, culture, heritage, technology and anything related to society which can inspire youth and motivate them for good.
Amritlal Vithaldas Thakkar, also known as Thakkar Bapa, was a driving force that led to the upliftment of tribal people in Gujarat. He was a devoted social worker for 35 years and was an active member of the ‘Servants of India Society’ that organized various campaigns to promote education, sanitation, and fought against social evils. For his service to tribal and socially struggling classes in elevating their reputation in the society, we honour his legacy with our 237th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly and we hope that his story inspires all our valuable readers.