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…
The Great Vighnaharta has departed from our homes, and with him he takes away all the troubles and obstacles, we pray. As our days head towards the long-awaited week of Navratri, here is the 228th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly to keep you busy.
Brace yourself for an entertaining and hilarious evening as Vir Das brings his charm and incredible wit to the stage of HK Hall. And he has something special, a ‘Secret Set’ for you. Also catch the show by Guardians of the Madness who will resurrect the long-lost madness of the city.
This week has a special visual art treat for connoisseurs. Art loving family of Tanuja and Anil Relia will be presenting the 10th edition in their Indian Portrati Series. Conflictorium in collaboration with Dhrupad Mehta and Nathi Nonsense are presenting an exhibition dedicated to the Right of Speech and Expression. They will be exploring the philosophical, social, psychological, political and legal aspects of the right in the exhibition titled, ‘19a: Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression’. Also, catch the ‘Stree Shakti’ exhibition by Limca Books of World Record holder Mrs. Pinky Bhatt who has captured various postures and feelings of rural women through her paintings.
And who said that a fun week can’t be educational? We have an amazing lecture, titled ‘Change and the Arts’, by Sharmila Samant, a visual artist who works with a variety of mediums, about the changing dynamics of Art in the Public Domain. Discover the Hidden Gems of Ahmedabad as Indian Heritage Walks takes you to Sheth C. N. Vidyavihar which comprises of numerous heritage buildings spread across 72-acres property.
Motivational speaker Jay Vasavda is in town with, ‘Jaykara’ a unique format that combines his oratory with music. Crazy Gujjus brings you their latest play, ‘Savar Jevi Sanj?’, which is about a rich guy getting stuck in a village. All in all, this looks like a pretty enriching week.
This week, the AAW remembers Gulzarilal Nanda. Nanda was a politician, economist and interim Prime Minister of India. He worked tremendously to solve problems of the labour class. Nanda worked as a research scholar on labour problems at Allahabad University from 1920-21 and worked as a Professor of Economics at National College in Bombay. During 1946-50, he was appointed as the Labour Minister of the Bombay Government where he successfully piloted the Labour Disputes Bill. He served as the Interim Prime Minister of India twice for thirteen days each, due to the death of Jawaharlal Nehru’s in 1964 and Lal Bahadur Shastri’s death in 1966. He upheld the fort at these sensitive times and earned himself a Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, in 1997.
Along with the entire nation, all of us at #CreativeYatra are also joining in to revel in the awe-inspiring achievement of scientists of ISRO. As we all wait for the moment to come, when the Vikram lander will land on south pole of moon, here is the 227th Ahmedabad Art Weekly dedicated to this feat. The weekly is loaded with visual arts events along with some peppy music do’s. Make most of your week by visiting these lovely cultural shows.
For a visual exploration this weekend, Aitareya presents a beautiful exhibition of art & paintings by Ar. Hiren Patel who will explore the world of interior, décor and furniture designs. You could also visit the Navajivan Nagar exhibition by Ashok Ahuja who will introduce you to the magic of texts and the mystical nature of writing.
Bhairavi Modi presents a mesmerising range of her newest paintings which will take you to a journey through the tribal culture of Dang. Catch her exhibition titled “When the Pawari Calls” at the Archer Art Gallery on September 7th.
Chintan Pandya brings us a yet another interesting show called ‘Dariyalal’ which is a dramatic reading of an amazing story which is full of human emotions, values, and historical facts. Talking about heritage, Indian Heritage Walks presents a guide tour through the Hidden Treasures of the Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum.
Osho Jain, a budding musician, brings us a musical monologue presentation titled ‘The OshoProjekt’. Also, the Cramoisi Art presents ‘For a Rendezvous’, a talk show by Brinda Miller and ArzanKhambatta who will discover, explore and connect youwithin the words and works that make an artist.
The long awaited day is here. Tomorrow marks the date when India’s space mission will land on the south pole of Moon, an unprecendented feat by any nation. This extraordinary journey is a result of hardwork and inventiveness of Indian Space Research Organization [ISRO]. The findings of Vikram, the Lander, and Pragyan, the rover, will bring a paradigm shift in how lunar expeditions are approached for years to come. Catch the live streaming of this event on September 6th at Amphitheatre, Gujarat Science City, Ahmedabad from 6 p.m. onwards. Team CY is waiting for this grand moment excitedly and we hope you are too. Join us as we behold the creation of History!
As the Chandrayaan-2 is just a week away from landing on the moon, India’s future is biting its nails. And I am pretty sure you are too. To get you through this anxious and tensed week, Team CY brings you this week’s Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
We have an incredible exhibition of Seema Kohli’s latest works under the title ‘A MoonsongFor A Sunbird’ which is a poetic rendition of existence. Trupti Dave commemorates this fast approaching Ganesh Chaturthi with ‘Vighnaharta’ an exhibition of deep meaningful paintings that showcase Ganesh’s various forms.
Aarti Vyas Patel brings us an interest talk session titled ‘Mari VatoAneVarta No Vishaw’ that will make you introspect your life and Pt. Krishnakant Parikh will transcend you to a state of serenity with his ‘SangeetSamaroh’.
This week also brings you some interest lectures to broaden your spectrum of knowledge. SuchindranBaskar Narayan, an advocate at Madras High Court and the Supreme Court, will educate us with a brief history and perspective on the topic ‘Kashmir and The Constitution of India’. Whereas, Prof. A Srivasthan will scrutinize the architecture of temples built by professional architects at the lecture titled ‘Sacred outside Tradition?’Also catch the book release of Narayan’s newest novel, ‘Incredible and Inspired Leader Arjuna – Life that became Light’
For the food connoisseurs, we have ‘Table Radica Habib’, an immersive experience of memoirs with food, found documents and music.
And do not worry. We also have various entertaining events that will wash off your weeks stress. MahilaManch organises a stand-up comedy show, ‘MausamBadalRahaHai’ that tackles various issues of climate change using humour. For the theatre buffs, we have ‘Hero Alom’, a play inspired by the life Bangladeshi actor and model Hero Alom.
Imamuddin Murtaza Khan Babi, popularly recalled by his penname as RuswaMajhalumi, was famous for his Gujarati language ghazal poetry. Emerged from a royal lineage of Pajod state, Majhalumi was born in the pre-independence era of 1915 in Mangrol, Gujarat. He had ancestry from Babi Dynasty and served at the princely state as the Chief of Pajod and associate of Sardargadh until his last breath. The Gujarati poet completed his studies from Rajkumar College in Rajkot, and some of his famous Ghazal collections are titled as Meena and Madira. Majhalumi is the inspiration for our 226th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
The last week experienced clear skies and milky white clouds but not a drop of rain. Whereas the rains reign would’ve ended, Ahmedabad will still keep showering you with exciting events. Team CY brings you the 225th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly for a aesthetically delightful week!
To wash away your week’s stress, we have two incredibly entertaining and humorous events for you. ‘Laughs over Latte’, featuring the best local comedians, will kick-off your weekend with a mug full of laughter. And if you still haven’t tapped into your madness sufficiently, the ‘Guardians of The Madness’will come to your rescue.
To balance out your fun, here are a few events that will help you experience the world around you. Project Otenga brings you ‘The case of Lost Curiosity’, an event to bring people together and discover the unseen in our everyday life. The exhibition of ‘BV Box’ brought to you by Dayanita Singh which is an unbound book of 30 image cards, held together in a wooden structure, which will narrate a story exclusively through photograph.
The long-awaited day has come as Abhivyakti has announced the rescheduled dates for the Open House session. The event will take place on August 25th where you can have an interactive session with the curators of #Abhivyakti2020 and get your queries cleared out.
For the literature enthusiasts, ‘Water, place and remembering’ is an interesting talk session where Gauri Raje, an anthropologist and storyteller, will pay homage to the life of water and the life contained within the water. Also catch the Paraspar Talk session by Rajoo Barot, an eminent actor, singer and theatre artist, known for his large body of work in Gujarati language.
‘Meera – A Musical Journey’ is a performance portraying the life and poetry of Meera – a devotee of Lord Krishna – through a fusion of music, spoken poetry and semi-classical dance.
This week also marks the Jain festival of forgiveness, Paryushan. The Paryushan Vyakhyanmala organised since 90 years provides a great opportunity to the uninitiated week, attend the 91st Paryushan Vyakhyanmala, spanning throughout the 8 days, for a devotional and enlightening morning.
Indian linguist Prabodh Pandit who wrote more than ten books in the Gujarati language is the inspiration for our 225th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. He drafted research papers that were published in numerous journals and is considered to be the pioneer in Gujarati linguistic and sociolinguistic studies. He received a Sahitya Akademi Award and Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak for his exceptional contribution to Gujarati linguistics and language. Born in 1923 in Vala, Bhavnagar, Pandit was a freedom fighter and a Sanskrit scholar who studied thoroughly on various Indian dialects. He later in his life worked as a professor in Ahmedabad and his most prominent work amongst all is titled as Gujarati Bhashanun Dhvaniswarupane Dhvani-Parivartan.
This 15th August marked two iconic events, the 73rd Independence Day and the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan. A day of patriotism and siblinghood celebrated with zeal and gusto. Team CY brings you the 224th edition of the Ahmedabad Art Weekly so that your streak of celebrations continues over the extended weekend.
The Weekly has some wonderful Visual Arts offerings. Two young exponents, Shailaja and Shivani Patel are jointly presenting their photographs and paintings at Amdavad ni Gufa in the show ‘Art Within’. The DRS Arts is showcasing ‘Chitrakatha’, that displays some of the best narrative art collection from the region. Ahmedabad also pays homage to two influential artists. A poster exhibition titled ‘India remembers Octavio Paz’ showcases posters based on the work of Octavio Paz Lozano, a Mexican poet who earned a Nobel Prize for the confluence of Mexican and Indian culture through his poetry. And then you have a photography exhibition displaying works of the pioneering photojournalist of Gujarat, Late Shri G H Master.
If you are an Indie Music afficionado, we have great news for you. Heat Sink, an Ahmedabad based Indie Music band, is launching their brand new album at Footlights Theater on Saturday, 17th August. But if you are more of a classical music admirer, you must check out the Four Hands Piano Concert by the Duo Cziffra who will celebrate works of Chopin, Brahms, Liszt and Erik Satie. And, interestingly, they will be working on just one piano.
For book lovers and avid readers, Wander Gupt presents the 12th Literary meet-up in Ahmedabad, a gathering where you can celebrate and talk about books, authors and thoughts. We also have a book forum to talk and discuss on ‘The Hard Thing about Hard Things’, a book by Mr. Ben Horowitz that offers industry related advice and practical wisdom to conquer the toughest problems you might face at work.
A significant contributor in Gujarat Dalit literature; Gujarati and English language poet, translator and editor Neerav Patel is the inspiration for our 224th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Born in 1950 as Somo Hiro Chamar in Bhuvaldi, Daskroi, Patel is a PhD in English who has been writing to generate sensitivity over the suffering, atrocities, exploitation, discrimination and segregation towards the Dalit community. He initiated a Dalit literary magazine called ‘Akrosh’. The Mahendra Bhagat Prize and Sant Kabir Dalit Sahitya Award recipient edited various other magazines too. His most appreciated works are titled Burning From Both The Ends, What Did I Do To Be Black and Blue. He is also known for his Gujarati poetry anthology titled ‘Bahishkrut Phulo’.
The clouds continue to please us with a modest amount of rain. And so will Ahmedabad. Here is the 223rd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly that will update you on the art-forecast of the week. First up, the Green Utsav promises of a melodious night where prolific singers and musicians of the city help you get into the weekend feel. And don’t forget to catch the live stand-up by NishantTanwar. The MahaCool Boy will make you laugh your ass off.
Our very own, Alliance Française brings us a unique art exhibition. They host some of the latest works by the budding artist, Siddhartha, who exhibits a series of paintings and illustrations of eyes that he met and inspired him. And you can even interact with the subjects and the artist. So Come As You Are…
If this exhibition has inspired you to paint, participate in the ‘Paint and Brush’session hosted by Studio Wildflower and Project Otenga where you will be guided to do some joyous freehand brush paintings. And don’t worry if you have never painted before; they will teach you from the scratch.
We also have the Abhivyakti ‘Open House’ where the curators of Abhivyakti2020 will answer your queries.
For the theatre lovers, we have two upcoming plays but unfortunately, they will be performed on the same night. The first one, Hu ChandrakantBakshi, is a play based on the life of ChandrakantBakshi, a prolific and fierce writer who was loved by his readers. And the second one, Pan SambhadoTohKhara, is a play that tries shed light on a simple yet completely missed out fact of our society: “Nobody really listens to the children”. The play promises to entertain both, elderly and young ones, equally. Both of these plays are a must watch. So pick wisely.
This week brings us a few enlightening and educational workshops. The NLP SubConscious Re-Imprinting is a workshop, conducted by NLP Coach Ram Verma, that will share the No.1 secret to reprogram your health, wealth and happiness. Then we have a talk on E-Publishing that will educate you on the emerging opportunities in the respective field. An at last, we have a lecture on art and culture of India. India and the World: A history in nine stories is an exhibition that celebrates India’s cultural connection with the world.
Gujarati writer and philosophy historian Narmadashankar Mehta is the inspiration for our 227th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. He shared a lineage with Gujarati poet BalashankarKantharia and got trained under the tutelage of Gujarati scholar and writer AnandshankarDhruv. Born in 1871 in Ahmedabad, Mehta was proficient at languages and had in-depth knowledge in Gujarati, English and Sanskrit. He contributed scholarly articles that were clear in thoughts, scientific and objective in nature on religion, literature and philosophy in multiple magazines. Some of his most famous works are the four volumes of Dharmatatva-Vichar, two parts of Hind Tattvajnan No Itihas, Upanishadavicharana, Shakta Sampradaya, SuprajanShastr and SandhyakarmaVivaran that were both narrative and historically profound.
Heavy showers marked the beginning of August in Ahmedabad. The monsoon atmosphere has has washed away the scorching heat for good, and we hope that it stays that way. Here is the 222nd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly with an eclectic range of events to make this enchanting weather even more enjoyable! To start with we have the enthralling exhibition of veteran artist Amit Ambalal which, as the name suggests, will take you on an Adventure. You should also check out the CEPT Excellence Award Exhibition which showcases 21 best projects in the forms of drawings, models and portfolios by students from architecture, design and planning faculties.
This week sees the commencement of the Indie Theater Festival which is a month-long festival where 4 distinct plays will be screened on every Sunday, starting with Gujarati ma Ketla? on 4th August. And if you wish to get on the nostalgia train, be present at 079 Stories at 5 p.m. tomorrow where The Nomad Café is screening ‘AnkhonDekhi’. The event will also be graced with the presence of esteemed actor/director of the film, Mr. Rajat Kapoor.
What better way to enjoy this lovely weather then to witness some old songs and gazals? Well, you are in luck, as you can witness both of them. And that too on the same day! Enjoy the captivating show named ‘Ghalib Unplugged’ which is a poetry recital session on the life and times of Mirza Ghalib and ‘JhumrooKa Safar’, a live in concert by Sanjay Oza, brings you some of the best works of Kishore Kumar. For a more religious and sacred experience, catch ‘SakhyamMadhuram’ which will offer an evening of devotional songs, music and three speeches on the theme ‘Krishna in Today’s World’.
For ones seeking a more intellectual escapade, participate in a heritage walk through the largest utensils museum of the world or attend ‘Aagam’, a lecture on Jainism and its philosophies.
The man behind the rise of modern Gujarati poetry in Gujarati literature Prahlad Jethalal Parekh is the inspiration for our 224th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Born in 1912 in Bhavnagar, Parekh was a freedom fighter who was highly influenced by Tagore’s work and thoughts. He served as a teacher in Mumbai. As a patriotic poet, his ideas profoundly reflected the concepts and methods of Bapu in lyrical poetry, which had Tagore’s essence of mysticism and lyricism. He even wrote Bhajans and his most significant and impactful work is titled as Bari Bahar. Some other works that gained literary appreciation are named as Ruperi Sarovarne Kinare, Sarwani and Shistni Samasya.
Here it is – Ahmedabad Art Weekly 221. Literary Talks, Dance, Arts, Theatre and so much more. A curated guide to events, just for you.
Considered amongst the four prominent poets of Niranjan School, a poet influenced by the style of writer Niranjan Bhagat, Priyakant Maniar is a Sahitya Akademi Award laureate Gujarati poet. Born in 1927 in Viramgam Maniar began writing at an extremely early age and his first poetry Pankhi ane Dano was published in Kumar magazine. He has authored seven collections poetry, one of the most popular ones is Lilero Dhal, an anthology of love songs dedicated to Radha and Krishna. It is still considered to be a gem in Gujarati literature. He holds a niche in drafting metrical, prosodic, orthometric and blank verses and is also a Kumar Suvarna Chandrak award and Uma-Snehrashmi Prize recipient.
Looking for a creative escape route, here’s Ahmedabad Art Weekly 220 to guide you with a list of vibrant cultural happenings of the city. Drafted by celebrated playwright and author Saumya Joshi, the hilarious United States of પાડા ની પોળ drama features actors like Prem Gadhavi, Jigna Vyas, and Mosam Malka. The theatre enthusiasts can also come to watch a play based on the life of frequently trolled Bangladeshi actor and model Hero Alom.
For art adorers, Art Tune is bringing a solo show of sculptor Tapas Sarkar in Aapnu Amdavad. For people looking for an artistic activity for their little ones, Alphabet Magic is where they all should be. Other than art, young minds can also be inspired through Gujarati literature experience and storytelling with activities like બાળસાહિત્ય શનિસભા and ગોઠડી.
While anticipating for rains, music lovers of the city can come and hear some rain inspired songs at the special Aya Sawan Jhoom ke concert. The open mic Kagaj Kalam aur Kahaniya is all about exploring your most inner creative talents like poetry, stand-up comedy and storytelling and presenting it in front of an enthusiastic audience. Sumukhi Suresh’s Dont Tell Amma stand up comedy performance is going to be a one of a kind show. Gastronomic experience explorers can come to the Ahmedabad Food Walk and relish some of the most authentic local delicacies served since decades in the Walled City.
Sahitya Akademi Award, Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar and Anantrai Raval Criticism Award recipient Ramanlal Joshi is the inspiration for our 220th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Born in Vijapur, Gujarat in 1926 Joshi was a Gujarati language writer who contributed in more than 42 books as an author, publisher and editor of literary critic. He taught at his alma mater, Gujarat University and spent more than five decades in literary pursuits. He was the adviser of Gujarati for Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature and served as an editor at ‘Uddesh’ literary magazine. Some of his prominent works are Govardhanram, Akha ni Kavita and Gujarati Granthkar Shreni.