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If photographers today wish to cover an age-old festival popular in a remote village, all they need to do is google for details. Date, place, time, schedule, it’s all listed on the well-designed website. Camera bag and lens in order,…
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This week, look out for education reformist Sonam Wangchuk’s talk, an art exhibition of the luminary Ram Kumar, and the India Environment Festival in Ahmedabad.
It would seem that society is becoming evermore intolerant these days, if the brawl created by right-wing goons on Valentine’s Day in Ahmedabad – in the name of boycotting western cultural practices – is anything to go by. Such incidents are a tight slap on the face, calling into question fundamental rights of the youth. In the middle of all these ruckuses, Creative Yatra is on a constant watch to see that the city’s positive spirit remains alive. Despite such events, seeing people celebrate creativity with utmost enthusiasm and freedom in various pockets of the city restores our love for the city and its citizens, again and again. Here is the 147th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly, with this week’s list of must-see events, compiled exclusively for the resilient denizens of Ahmedabad.
This week in Ahmedabad, look out for a talk by Sonam Wangchuk, the innovator and education reformist most famous for inspiring Aamir Khan’s character in 3 Idiots. The talk is part of the India Environment Festival organised at Ahmedabad Haat. Also be sure not to miss the Ram Kumar Show, which will house more than 25 artworks representing the 7-decade career of the artist Ram Kumar, who is known as one of India’s leading abstract painters.
The original caricature made for this 147th Ahmedabad Art Weekly, is of celebrated Gujarati poet Balashankar Kantharia. The 19th-century rhymester hailed from Nadiad. He was a highly multilingual person, proficient in Gujarati, Persian, Arabic, Sanskrit, Braj and Hindi languages. Fondly known by his pen name ‘Bal’, he was believed to be a follower of the poet Dalpatram and is considered to be the founder of contemporary Gujarati poetry and ghazals. People also think that the poet Kalapi learned a lot from Kantharia, who was an expert in the Shikharini meter. A few of his famous works include the ghazal Gujare Je Shire Tare, and his anthologies Kalant Kavi and Hariprem Panchdashi.
It might not be so easy to get change for a Rs 2000 note in the market today. If this is an annoying situation, then imagine the plight of people in Saurashtra and some areas of Ahmedabad who are having trouble explaining to 20% of vendors that Rs 10 coins are legally accepted. While such difficulties are part and parcel of daily life, for everything else, there is the power of prayer, which helps us to recover from the blows. Prayers are essentially poems and literary verses written by authors who wanted to inspire people through their words. You can taste a flavour of this at the Sufi & Mystic Music Festival this week in Ahmedabad.
Literature, art, theatre and creativity have left no soul untouched. Through Ahmedabad Art Weekly, we are highlighting those people of Ahmedabad who are relentlessly creating enriching experiences for the city’s denizens. And this week is no different. Some diverse and wondrous events happening across the city this week.
The inspiration behind the 146th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Indian-American Bharatnatyam dancer and mentor Medha Yodh. Born in the heritage city of Ahmedabad in 1927, Yodh became a proficient dancer under the tutelage of Tanjore Balasaraswati. During her tours abroad in her younger days, she became highly inspired by global dance forms. She was a tutor at the University of California, where she passed on her Guru’s teachings to other aspirants. As an exponent of the performing arts, she developed a documentary on the traditional Gujarati dance form of Garba, called Garba-Ras: A Glimpse into Gujarati Culture.
The season is changing, and the warmth of summer is gradually entering the afternoons of fading winter. The 145th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is also warming up with the vivid creativity of Ahmedabad. The content mentioned in the list whether it’s a visual art exhibition, musical concert, theatrical or a literary recital is wholly age-neutral and 100% creative. Enjoy it with all your soul!
Jalaluddin Saaduddin Alvi alias Jalan Matri who is dotingly remembered amongst its fans as Jalan was a Gujarati poet who left for the heavenly abode on January 26, 2018, at Ahmedabad. Jalan was one of the few poets who still wrote poems in the old gazal styles with a blend of Gujarati as well as Urdu vocabulary. Honoured with literary titles like Vali Gujarati Gazal Award and Narsinh Mehta Awards Matri couldn’t study languages formally but started writing poems at the tender age of seven and gave us notable anthologies including Tapish, Sukhanvar, Shukan and various others. His immense contribution to Gujarati literature will forever be reminisced by Gujarati poetry lovers and by CreativeYatra who dedicates its 145th AAW to the masterful poet.
Mobsters recently took the city on a riot ride in the name of film Padmavat! Vehicles were torched, property was damaged, and citizens were endangered during the unwelcome outrage. It was a mass breakdown of tranquility, posing a threat to the democratic expression of citizens of India. But what brings a smile to our face is the fact that the citizens of Ahmedabad, have still not given up on serving creative content to its fellow residents. The creativity may have been restricted by authorities to reach to your nearest theatres, but the indigenous creators of Ahmedabad have brought originally made content, just for you in the form of art shows, heritage exhibitions, poetry recitals, theatricals, film screenings, stand up comedy performances and musical concerts. Ahmedabad Art Weekly is the proof of Ahmedabad’s unfathomable spirit.
In the augmenting ruckus over motion pictures, let us remember the Parsi theatre director, lyricist, and Gujarati author Amrit Keshav Nayak who is dotingly remembered by his pen-name Shivsambhu Sharmano Chiko. Born in Ahmedabad in 1877 in Ahmedabad, Nayak worked as a columnist in Amrita Bazar Patrika and drafted novels like M.A. Banake Kyon Meri Mitti Kharab Ki? and Mariyam. He wrote plays like – Durdasha Natak, lyrics and even gazals in Gujarati. The author wasn’t formally educated in lingual and joined the theatre group at the tender age of 11. After few successful roles, Nayak went to study the dramatic dexterity from Bindadin Maharaj and performed in various celebrated plays. He had a knack for Shakespearean dramas, which eventually triggered him to adapt his famous tragedies in the name of Khun-e-Nahak, Bazum-e-Fani, Murid-e-Shaque and Shahid-e-Naaz.
The Ahmedabad Art Weekly of Creative Yatra will is committed to lead citizens into the world of enrichment. Space is dedicated explicitly to the creative happenings of the city and to the creators of the city who are day and night striving to give an artistic experience to each Amdavadi. We are proud to announce our 143rd edition of AAW that features exceptionally enticing events ranging from varied fields of creativity. To get your copies on the phone please WhatsApp us with a ‘Hi’ on 7016718614.
The 143rd AAW is dedicated to the prolific television personality and popular recitalist Pranlal Kharsani. Stage actor Kharsani began his theatrical journey in 1958 and contributed to the drama industry for more than six decades. Among his hundred Gujarati films and more than 75 plays, he is lovingly remembered by the fans for his comic roles. He also came into the production part and has written, produced and directed dramas during his career. To name a few Kharsani was featured in plays like Patta Ni Jod, Malela Jeev and Rajane game te Rani and many films including Nari Tu Narayani and Lakho Fulani. The Natraj Award-winning actor has been felicitated with various accolades including Gaurav Puraskar from Gujarat State, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Award and the Gujarat Film Development Corporation Award.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The 142nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is all here with some of Ahmedabad’s most intriguing events. Although the city runways are filled with running cows; but in our mentioned events there won’t be any such blunders happening. The creative creators of Ahmedabad are presenting their creativity in front of the citizens in the form of photography exhibitions, art events, music concerts, exciting talk show, and fantastic theatricals. All the mentioned events are family friendly, many of them being open gated events. Experience arts, while being with your family.
The inspiration for our 142 AAW is celebrated Mumbai based artist Hema Upadhyay. Born in the cultural city of Vadodara, Upadhyay’s work became identifiable due to repeated use of small-collaged photographic self-portraits. She was invited for art residencies in countries like Sydney, Pakistan, USA, Singapore and France. Her work where she showcased consequences of war through cockroaches as a museum installation is quite appreciated. Her other remarkable solo-installations include Indian Highway; Where the bees suck, there suck; Think left, think right, think low, think tight; and Mu-mmy . She was the only Indian to be invited for the reopening of MACRO museum in Rome. Her demise at a young age of 43 is an unfortunate reality for the art fraternity at large.
Happy New Year to all our Yatris! To start your year 2018 in the most enchanting way, refer to the 141st Ahmedabad Art Weekly, and choose from some of the most enriching events of Ahmedabad. The city is in its most eventful time of the year. Whether you are a Hindustani classical music lover, a literati looking forward towards consuming vivacious literature content, a techno buff who likes to stay updated with the digitizing world, a film-brainy who likes to know more about the the B-Town masala gossip, a kites fanatic just like every other Amdavadi, a theatrical lover, or a photography enthusiast, this week has got everything for you.
The personality of Harshida Raval is utterly synonymous to the meaning of her name – a joy giver. Gujarati tuneful songster Harshida Raval was born in Limdi, Gujarat and became a household name after the release of her songs ‘Keva Re Malela Manna Mel?’, ‘Hu To Gai’ti Melama’ and ‘E Ke Lal Darwaje Tambu Taniya Re Lol’. Her contribution in Gujarati cinema as a playback singer was significant, because of which she was honoured with the Best Playback Singer Award five times by the Government of Gujarat. She learnt the aesthetics of Sugam Sangeet under the tutelage of singer Rasbihari Desai and later tied conjugal bonds with virtuoso Janardan Raval. In the latter part of her life, she lent her vocal talent to devotional music and sang a large number of songs from this genre.
The winds are chilly, and the city is heading towards completion of another vitalising year. The Christmas holidays are on, and you may find dancing clowns and Santa all across the city at various toy shops. But you may want to do more than just dancing with Santa and receiving a candy in return for your fantastic performance. So why not head towards places, where creative, vivid souls are showcasing the best of what they’ve got. Choose your creativity form from 140th Ahmedabad Art Weekly and make sure you go along with your family and transform it into a holistically enriching experience.
The inspiration for 140th AAW is city’s doyen of the textile industry and author of culinary literature ‘Bhojan No Anand’, Anjali Mangaldas. A graduate of the Royal College of London, Mangaldas had a keen interest towards the art of textile and thus continued her education in the same field. As a prolific collector, she has a humongous collection of Gujarati textile art displayed at The Ahmedabad Trunk, in the prestigious House of MG. As a stalwart, she had a keenness in challenging her limitations, a trait which compelled her to become the foremost student at Kadamb Dance School and learn the aesthetics of Kathak. Mangaldas left for heavenly abode on 14th of May, 2017.
Merry Christmas folks! The winter holidays are here, and the 139th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly is all set to awe you with few of city’s most elevating events. This week we give you art exhibitions, a theatre festival with a series of enrichment, book fair following with an engaging talk, an indigenous expo on natural medicines, city’s literature festival, a wholesome food festival, open mic night, and a fantastic musical gathering. December is the right time to make most out of your creativity and also to consume others’ and get inspired.
This week we have been inspired by educationist and songstress Usha Chinoy of Rajkot. Started her career with Young India with original records in 1940, her voice became the mesmerising music chanting across India after her feature at Doordarshan and All India Radio. She performed a variety of genres including Urdu ghazals, bhajans, thumris, Gujarati folk songs and light music. She was the founding head of Department of Arts, Crafts and Music, Rajkot and later went to musicology gathering of Experiment in International Living program, USA. Her granddaughter author-poet Vaidya Shastri Manishankar Govindji established the renowned Atank Nigrah pharmacy.