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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
With the 185th Ahmedabad Art Weekly team, Creative Yatra wishes its audience a delightful New Year.
This week is a feast for performing arts lovers of Ahmedabad. It initiates with a three day long Karana Classical Dance Festival at Natarani where stalwarts like Shama Bhate and Nad Roop, Sharmila Biswas, Vanashree Rao, and Abhimanyu Vadh will be performing Indian Classical Dance with all their grace and passion. There is an upsurge of experimental plays in Ahmedabad after brave creators of the city initiated initiatives like Ouroboros and Scrapyard for emerging recitalists. The vernacular play, Drashti, taking place at one of the above mentioned experimental theatre is featuring budding actors Jay Vithlani and Reeva Rachh in the lead cast. The story revolves around a young sightless girl who is mentored by a middle-aged blind man with life skills lessons. After performing at The Mumbai Assembly Performer Poorna Swami and team is collaborating with composer and musician Marcel Zaes to create a unique sound performance called ‘The Long and Short of It’ at Conflictorium museum.
Get ready to experience the rich history of our culture through soulful voice renditions by doyens like Darshana Gandhi, Shruti Modi, Nirav Vaidya and Shyamal-Saumil at KathaGeeto musical evening. Or music buffs can also soothe their ears by listening to the Indian classical music tunes and watching the son of Pandit Dipak Maharaj, who is the heir of famous classical dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj at Prayas. People who are looking for an enjoyable listening can pocket their phones for a while and head to the Motojojo Gatherings, where poets, storytellers and musicians will assemble to narrate their creations.
One of the most significant art exhibition of this year, Women Seen and Remembered, Drawings of Women by Padma Vibhushan K. G. Subramanyan is opening at Hutheesing Visual Art Centre this week. The exhibition will also have a lecture by Padma Bhushan Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh on the art of Subramanyan. Water Varta is a unique gathering organised by the Centre for Heritage Management, where like-minded citizens will talk about the cultural and environmental significance of water and watch visuals, arts and multimedia related to it. The audience can also witness some age-old water-bearing vessels and artefacts during this event.
Before the two mega lit fests of the city hit the calendar, literature enthusiasts can head to the Ahmedabad Melting Pot at Project Otenga to discuss authors, books, thoughts and even genres.
The inspiration for the 185th AAW has been borrowed from Rajkot born late poet Gaura Pant, dotingly recalled as Shivani by literature adorers. Born in the year 1923, the Hindi author was a pioneer in writing Indian women based fiction and was awarded Padma Shri for her contribution in Hindi vernacular literature. The author is frequently recalled for her novel Krishnakali which were hugely popular as series in Hindi magazines Dharmayug and Saptahik Hindustan. Her Hindi novel Kariye Chima was recreated as a film, and her other works like Surangma, Rativilaap, Mera Beta, and Teesra Beta were successfully converted into television series.
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The 184th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly starts with an art show by artist-architect Trupti Dave’s solo exhibition ‘Enigma’, where the Kala Gaurav Puraskar recipient artist is exhibiting her 57 abstract paintings on the theme of spirituality. The performing arts lovers can head to Ouroboros theatre to experience ‘Bheed Bhed’ play. Based on the topic of mob lynching Bheed Bhed is an experimental play organised by an NGO named Sauhard.
As a follow up to talk by Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, FP Lecture series now invites Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project chairman Mr. Keshav Verma to talk on the topic of Transforming Urban Development in India. The former World Bank employee will enlighten the students of CEPT University and other attendees during this discourse. The National Institute of Design has organised a Design Research Symposium to talk on the matters of aesthetics and alongside, may arts & crafts merchandisers will showcase their wares for the visitors. For people who are looking for a fun filled Diwali holiday reach HK Hall to witness a comic performance by stand-up comedian Sonali Thakker.
Literature lovers can spend their week enticingly by listening to the verses of Gujarati poet, author, and columnist Ankit Trivedi at Ouroboros theatre. Still couldn’t guess where you would like to have your Diwali meal this time? Come to Khichdi Utsav 2018 with your friends or family and experience a plethora of Khichdi varieties like never before. Music lovers of Ahmedabad have a lot to catch up this weekend as more than three concerts have been planned to entice keen listeners.
World music enthusiast should not miss out the opportunity to visit Natrani Amphitheatre for two shows. On November 3 audience can listen to authentic jazz music with The NCPA Jazz Collective at Natrani and on November 4 the famous YouTubers Nirali & Kartik dotingly called as ‘Maati Baani’ will perform at the same premises with a fusion of local and western music. A new cafe is in town, 85°C at the famous French Institute Alliance Francaise d’Ahmedabad. Interested Indie music listeners can drop here to relish some lip-smacking delicacies and ear-soothing melodies by local artists.
For its 184th edition Ahmedabad Art Weekly takes inspiration from Vinodini Nilkanth, daughter of illustrious parents Vidyagauri and Ramanbhai Nilkanth. Like her parents even she was a gifted literati and was a remarkably astute Gujarati author, translator, and academician. She has several literature accomplishments on her name including a novel, three short story collections, two essays, various columns in regional daily Gujarat Samachar, and five children literature books. She has been honoured twice by the state – once a Gujarat government award for Angulino Sparsh anthology and the Gujarat Sahitya Sabha Award for her short story collection Dil Dariavna Moti. As an academician, Nilkanth served at Vanita Vishram and Municipal Girls High School as a Headmistress. She was a part of the Gujarat Vidhya Sabha and a professor at the S. N. D. T Mahila Pathshala.
With the 184th AAW, team Creativeyatra wishes each and every Yatri a happy and a safe Diwali. Stay blessed, stay enriched!
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Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan is hosting an eventful weekend this time as artist Madhu Kailashi, and artist Anklesh Nisad are coming up with their two-man show titled ‘Estetik Arts’. The other show opening within the same premises is of Amdavadi artist Alay Mistry who is coming up with his paintings and sculptures at the solo exhibition.
On the other end of the city, Satya Art Gallery is hosting a unique art show, as the illustrated pages of the Constitution of India gets exclusively exhibited for a week at ‘We The People’ exhibition. The show will open with a lecture on the Indian constitution by author, playwright and activist Dr Vithal Rajan. Ahmedabad’s most anticipated art competition ‘Abir First Take 2018’ will unveil the top 10 winners while exhibiting the best 111 artworks this weekend at L&P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre. The annual exhibition will also follow a prize distribution ceremony in the presence of art delegates like Ruby Jagrut, Ravinder Reddy, Muzaffar Ali, Amit Ambalal, Seema Kohli and Vijay Bagodi.
Amdavadis with a right ear should head to the eighth episode of ‘The Culture Talk’ and listen to writer-playwright Saumya Josh and actress Jigna Vyas describing their life anecdotes. There is potent stuff for the city intellectuals at Ahmedabad University, as they can listen to former Supreme Court judge Ruma Pal talk on the topics of Constitutional Law and Gender Justice.
This weekend is a treat for performing arts lovers too as The Festival of Indian Dance & Culture 2018 by Parampara Academy of Performing Arts commences on Oct 28. The festival will feature live Hindustani classical music performances and Bharat Natyam recitals. People who are looking for an energetic performance based on the Navrasas of Indian performing arts can go and watch Harshal Vyas’s performance in ‘Ravan With Ten Minds’. The artist is a professional dancer and has performed at large platforms including Abhivyakti City Arts Project. 15 Famous Gujarati poets including Anil Chavda, Rajesh Vyas Miskin, Taha Mansoori, and Khalil Dhantejvi will recite their creative pieces at the Sada Sarvada Kavita literature gathering. Symphony Orchestra of India is coming back to Natrani, and this time the group plans to perform a Wind Quartet concert. The chamber music performers will demonstrate western classical pieces using flute, oboe, saxophone and clarinet.
The inspiration for our 183rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is author-educationist and social reformer Vidyagauri Nilkanth. The Ahmedabad born writer was the wife of Ramanbhai Nilkanth, a famous Gujarati novelist of the late 19th century. She has authored many books, articles and have also co-edited the Jnansudha magazine. Learnt moral philosophy and logic in her formal studies, Vidyagauri Nilkanth was a co-founding member of the All India Women’s Conference and started its Ahmedabad branch to improve educational efforts for local women and children. The author frequently contributed in words in Gunsundari, Streebodh, and Sharada magazines and was associated with multiple educational institutes. The activist cum educationist taught at SNDT Women’s University and translated R.C. Dutt’s ‘The Lake of Palms’ with the help of her sister.
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Catch eminent artist Rini Dhumal’s solo show or attend the opening of the latest cultural hub in Ahmedabad, 079 Stories, with the art show ‘The Art of Storytelling’. Saptak’s intense week-long series of classical music begins and you can experience a live performance of world music at Darpana. Find out what more there is to do this week in our Art Weekly!
Our 182nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly arrives to conclude the nine-day-long revelry of Navratri on a creative note! This Friday, head to the Smartavya exhibition by senior artist Rini Dhumal from Baroda, who is an awardwinning printmaker and painter. The exhibition has been curated by Kirti Parihar, Director of Catharsis Art Gallery, and the inauguration will be followed by a book launching ceremony by Amit Ambalal at Kanoria Art Gallery. The New West Zone of Ahmedabad has a new address for art and culture, and it’s called 079 Stories. Operational since April, the institution will launch its gallery officially on Wednesday with an exhibition from the Tao Art Gallery of Mumbai called The Art of Storytelling. Ten artists, including renowned artist Paresh Maity, will have their works on exhibit for almost a month. Artist and professor Jitu Oghani is also launching his solo exhibition Objectification at Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan this Thursday. Audiences can expect a unique take on art, as Oghani uses threads of cotton to capture impressions of ordinary objects.
Photography enthusiasts can look forward to American photographer and architect Robert Stephens’ exhibition of aerial shots of Ahmedabad Walls. Or head to Khadia to attend the Amdavadi Talk featuring culture connoisseur Dr Manek Patel and positive journalist Ramesh Tanna, and see its accompanying exhibition.
Music lovers should brace themselves for a marathon of concerts, as Saptak’s 23rd Sangeet Sankalp Saptah begins this weekend. The one-week long series of musical nights will feature Hindustani classical music artists from various cities of India. Sangeet Sankalp Saptah has been staged in more than 112 cities across India and abroad, in Los Angeles, since many years now.
Playing drums in a group is considered to be a therapeutic experience in various cultures. The Drum Circle of Ahmedabad knows this and wants to share the magic of percussion with the people of Ahmedabad. Their latest show Drumalchemy will explore this, along with deep conversation. This weekend at Natarani Amphitheatre, you can also experience the essence of world music through a performance by Gren Seme and Christine Salem.
Adventure lovers, meanwhile have an opportunity to celebrate the full moon of Sharad Poornima by trekking in the night in the outskirts of Ahmedabad with the hiking group Diving Deep. For a dose of humour, watch the trio of respected humourists and authors – Vishnu Pandya, Pradip Dave and Ratilal Borisagar – at their upcoming Hasyamev Jayate talk show. The trio will be paying tribute to Gujarati humourist writer Jyotindra Dave through their words.
Our 182nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly plays tribute to bronze sculpture artist Jasuben Shilpi, who was fondly known as Jasu Shilpi. Known as ‘The Bronze woman of India’, Shilpi made 525 bust-size and 225 large-size statues over the course of her entire sculpting career. MK Gandhi, Rani Laxmibai, Vivekanand and Sardar Patel were all dexterously sculpted by the gifted hands of this Gandhinagar-based sculptor. Her sculptures are exhibited in various states across India and in multiple places in the USA. She also worked exhaustively with the AMC, and she spent her last days making a bronze sculpture of actor Amitabh Bachchan.
Art enthusiasts will have their hands full this weekend with the Ahmedabad Art Festival and a specially curated exhibition of prints. If innovation is your jam, head to the Gujtech science expo. Find out more here.
As the nine-day revelry of Navratri begins, we wish all Yatris a prosperous Navratri! This weekend starts off with good news for techies of Ahmedabad. Gujtech 2018, a science expo, takes place this week. The exhibition is an excellent opportunity for enthusiasts to explore the subjects of robotics, automation and innovation.
Toddlers of Ahmedabad are going to have a fantastic Sunday as the toy store Toycra is transforming itself into the fictional ‘New Mouse City’ for a live Meet & Greet with the famous Italian children’s book character, the mouse Geronimo Stilton, who is a journalist in his rodent city.
Conflictorium, one of the most unique museums in Ahmedabad to often hosts talks on unconventional topics, is hosting a discussion with poet and translator Yogesh Maitreya who will be discussing the translation of Dalit Poetry from Maharashtra into English, along with some recitals.
There’s a lot of art events in the coming few days for everyone! Karnavati Art Gallery in Ahmedabad is hosting the Ahmedabad Art Festival. Participants from age three and upwards can sketch, draw, paint or create anything of their choice and stand a chance to win exciting prizes at the festival. Art lovers can also head to Hutheesing Visual Art Centre to experience the International Graphic Print Exchange Program 2018, for which Ravindra Mardia, President at International Creative Art Center, has specially curated prints by various artists.
Amdavad Ni Gufa is hosting a group show featuring ten artists from Dehgam Residency. Visual art lovers can also head to Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan this weekend to witness Amdavadi photographer Raj Patel’s travel photographs. Also happening concurrently is Shashank Kumar Sinha’s first solo art show. The artist is exhibiting paintings on the themes of nature, faith and compassion.
Our 181st Art Weekly pays tribute to veteran Gujarati Sugam Sangit singer and composer Rasbihari Desai. The man was a physics professor by profession but possessed an affinity for Gujarati music. Thousands of enthusiasts learnt the language of music under the tutelage of this soulful singer, including the famous vocalist Harshida Raval. Desai is remembered for establishing various Sugam Sangit concerts under the ‘Shruti Vrund’ group for over four decades and is remembered for his musical renditions in Gujarati films Kashi no Dikro and Mandvani Jui, and his albums Shravanmadhuri and Bilipatra.
Artists like Atul Dodiya and Manu Parekh are celebrating Amit Ambalal’s 75th birthday at an exhibition of his works this week. And Bindi Sheth is out with a solo photography show on children with special needs. There’s more! Find out in our Art Weekly.
This week in Ahmedabad, you won’t want to miss a life-sized art event at Archer Art Gallery. The newly opened gallery is celebrating the 75th birth anniversary of veteran painter Amit Ambalal by dedicating an exclusive exhibition to his paintings. What’s most intriguing is that several senior contemporary artists have been mobilised to contribute paintings made in Ambalal’s style as part of this show, including Jogen Chowdhury, Atul Dodiya, BV Doshi, Manu Parekh and Nilima Sheikh.
The rest of the week is also filled with visual art events, including two solo shows by emerging Amdavadi couple Rakesh and Roma Patel titled Urban Uproar and KHOJ My Inner Quest, respectively. Both the shows have been sponsored by Lalit Kala Akademi, and the plans are in progress to send the couple for a show abroad this month. Photographer Bindi Sheth, meanwhile, is opening her solo photography show Like Us at KL Museum this weekend, the theme of which revolves around children with special needs.
Interior designer Surendra Patel is inviting all to Vechaar Museum of Utensils located in his culturally rich restaurant of Vishala to attend the Water Varta exhibition. The event is a combination of talks, displays and interactive activities based on our heritage around culture, water and food.
Carnatic and Hindustani classical singer Shruti Viswanath is coming to Project Otenga to perform some unexplored poems by women warkari poets at The Mystic Feminine concert. If you’re in the mood for musical nostalgia, head to Pt Dindayal Upadhyay Auditorium to remember the life of legendary Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh in a documentary screening of Kaagaz Ki Kashti.
Literature lovers, meanwhile, can head to Gujarat University to attend a poetry recital evening dedicated to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the revered poet and politician of India. People looking for a good laugh can attend A True Tinder Tale with stand-up comedians Shreemayee Das and Rohan Desai who will be performing original jokes.
The inspiration for our 180th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is veteran Amdavadi architect Hasmukh C Patel. Born in Bhadran, a small town in Gujarat in 1933, Patel’s father had a small construction business so he was interested in buildings since a very early age. Patel gained an architecture degree from the MS University and completed his masters in New York. But rather than working abroad, Patel shifted back to his homeland to establish HCP Design Planning and Management in 1961. Patel designed more than 300 buildings over the span of his career, some of which stand as landmarks in Ahmedabad’s skyline today – Patang Hotel, St Xavier’s Primary School and Reserve Bank of India. Patel was one of the main persons behind the ideation of the Sabarmati Riverfront Development Project and he mentored young aspiring architects at CEPT University as Dean.