May 25, 2016
Creative Yatra explores a little known library right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Bhadra Plaza, called ‘Himabhai Institute’. Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold…
Jun 24, 2016
The street Fernandes Bridge connects readers with writers, students with publishers and curious beings with the age-old answers they’re looking for. The Chopda Bazaar of Fernandes Bridge is one of the oldest Book Markets in Ahmedabad that serves thousands of people…
Apr 11, 2016
The oldest library of Ahmedabad, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library, is blessed with quietness of the mosque that surrounds it. Ahmedabad has internationally carved its identity on the globe through the numerous mosques dotted across the city. The air confined…
Nov 4, 2016
The Sotheby’s Institute of Art recently launched its inaugural programme in Mumbai through a three-day educational course this September. With October 18 marking the beginning of a vibrant week that will see the celebration of Indian art in London, Yamini…
Magician Jonathan David Bass comes from New York to perform live in Ahmedabad. Natarani theatre reopens with a performance by Mallika Sarabhai and team, and award winning authors of Ahmedabad meet to discuss the Indian connection to the Man Booker Prize.
Literature lovers have a lot to look forward to over the next few days in Ahmedabad. You can gather at the British Library this Friday to discuss the ‘Indian Connection’ to the Man Booker Prize 2018 with a panel of Ahmedabad-based authors who have a connection with the prize. Or join journalist Janvi Sonaiya as she reviews the famous Sacred Games novel by author Vikram Chandra. Or head to AMA to attend the book launch of The Man Who Saved India – Sardar Patel by journalist Hindol Sengupta.
If you’ve always wanted to know how to spin the Charkha, head to Karma Cafe to watch a live demonstration of Gandhi’s weaving tool. Culture enthusiasts have an excellent opportunity to discover stories about the women of the Walled City of Ahmedabad at a Heritage Walk that starts from Delhi Darwaja Road.
Spend the coming Thursday in awe as New York-based magician Jonathan David Bass brings a night of tricks to Ahmedabad. Drama enthusiasts also have a lot to look forward to this week as Natarani amphitheatre reopens after renovation to present its first play of the season, Mother River by director Yadavan Chandran featuring danseuse Mallika Sarabhai herself and musicians from the Symphony Orchestra of India. The comical Gujarati play United States of પાડા નીપોળ features characters from the famous Pols of Ahmedabad.
Gujarati author Jivram Joshi is the inspiration for our 178th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Born in the Amreli district of Gujarat, Joshi is famous for his children’s literature. The scholar studied Sanskrit and English languages at Kashi and also edited the Gujarati children’s weekly called Zagmag. He coined some famous characters in his stories, like Miya Fuski, Chhako Mako, Chhel Chhabo and Adukiyo Dadukiyo. His characters have also been adapted into television series and films.
One of India’s biggest robotics competitions comes to Ahmedabad this week. Bengalis of Ahmedabad can listen to Subhamita Banerjee perform live with Bangla band The Folk Diaryz. Book-lovers, meanwhile, can await a two-week long book fair starting next week.
Our 177th Ahmedabad Art Weekly starts with one of India’s biggest robotics competitions, the World Robot Olympiad India National Championship, for which students between the ages of 9 to 25 can present their robot creations. Or if you’re more into the environment than technology, then listen to a talk by wildlife enthusiast Sumaiya Haseeb, who has been rescuing reptiles in Ahmedabad and Baroda since more than 17 years now.
Musicians can head for the Musicians Meetup to jam with other like-minded creatives, in an evening hosted by Meera Desai at House of Rock. Talking about music, fans of Bengali music should not miss out on the fusion concert between Ghazal singer Subhamita Banerjee and Bangla band The Folk Diaryz. If you’re looking for some head-banging music though, head to Rapscallion to experience that classic rock isn’t dead yet!
Looking for a good laugh? Then head to Manoj Dogra’s Jokes Kiii Dukaan show this weekend. Or for some serious on-stage drama, watch actor Pratik Gandhi, who is known for his roles in films like Love Ni Bhavai, depict the chronicles of author Chandrakant Bakshi’s life in the play Hun Chandrakant Bakshi.
Art appreciators and collectors can head to the Katurbhai Lalbhai Museum to listen to Sotheby’s senior director Yamini Mehta and art collector Jayshree Lalbhai talk about art collections and institutions. Or walk the streets of Dhal Ni Pole with other culture enthusiasts this Sunday. The month also concludes on a promising note for literature enthusiasts with the two-week long book fair called The Bookish Affair.
The inspiration for our 177th Art Weekly is the magician K Lal, or Kantilal Girdharilal Vora. Born in Bagasara village of Gujarat, K Lal spent more than six decades performing magic tricks all over the world, performing more than 20,600 magic shows. This was the highest record of magic shows held by a person in 2004. The International Brotherhood of Magicians, USA, honoured K Lal with the title of world’s fastest magician. The illusionist’s legacy is succeeded by that of his son Harshad Vora, also known as Jr K Lal.
This week in Ahmedabad, learn about managing cities at a talk by municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra or the Young Thinkers’ Conference. Attend a 3-day theatre festival on mental health or hand over the mic to your grandparents this Grandparents Day for a morning of storytelling.
While the nation celebrates its newfound freedom after the Indian Supreme Court scrapped Section 377 and decriminalised homosexuality, Creative Yatra celebrates the freedom of creativity through its 176th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. On this inspiring political note, listen to the recently appointed municipal commissioner of the city Vijay Nehra, who has been in the news for his proactive actions towards improving traffic in the city. Find out how he does this at his talk about ‘Managing Cities’ on Friday evening at CEPT Auditorium.
In memory of vocalist Pandit Krishnakant Parikh, a host of Indian classical musicians will be performing on two simultaneous evenings. The ensemble for the performances include Grammy-winning musician Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Pt Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
Those in the mood for enriching talks, meanwhile, can head to a talk by artist Sarah Naqvi, in which she will be speaking about her recent works revolving around the politics surrounding Islamic identity. Or head to the Young Thinkers’ Conference at Marriot. A conference by the British High Commission, it will be bringing together mindful beings to talk about topics like ‘smart cities, liveable cities, clean tech, gender equality and youth in politics.’
Theatre enthusiasts can attend a three-day festival called Normal.Numb, which is aimed at encouraging conversations around suicide and mental health through the cathartic medium of the performing arts. Or watch Tvara Mehta’s Experimental Affairs, a series of short plays that have a pinch of Salsa.
Those looking to have a good laugh can attend The Roffel Night stand-up comedy act by rising comedian Neville Shah. On Grandparents Day, September 9, bring your grandparents along to Rash Cafe to share their stories with the audience, in the storytelling event Purani Kahaniya.
Literature lovers, meanwhile, can visit KL Museum for the book launch of I Am The Widow, a biography describing the life and beliefs of Parsi writer Behramji Malabari by Harmony Siganporia. Culture enthusiasts, meanwhile, can participate in Sair-e-Sarkhej, a free heritage walk that will take them through Sarkhej Roza.
The inspiration for our 176th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is author and journalist Bhagwatikumar Sharma, who was declared a ‘Sahityaratna’ of Gujarati literature last year by the Gujarat Sahitya Akademi. Sharma, who passed away this Wednesday, was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Kumar Suvarna Chandrak. He wrote more than 80 books, including novels, travelogues, essay compilations, poetry anthologies and a biography, and his most celebrated works are Asooryalok and Akathya. Sharma was also a recipient of the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, which is considered the highest literary honour in Gujarat. He also published an autobiography called Surat Muj Ghayal Bhoomi, which weaves together narratives from the author’s life, alongside accounts of the beauty and challenges of Surat city.
This week, head for the comedy play ‘Thief Police’ about a robbery in a train, or catch a night of jokes between Gujarati cinema stars and comedians. Listen to veteran Gujarati poet Dhiru Parikh or visit late photographer PN Mehra’s show. There’s something for everyone. Find out more in our Art Weekly.
In the mood for some humour this week? Head to the comedy play Thief Police, based on Vijay Tendulkar’s one-act play of a robbery set in a train compartment. Or catch Comedy Meets Cinema, an evening of humour that promises to bring together stars of Gujarati cinema with Gujarati comedians, in an “epic night of Gujjuness”.
While the monsoon clouds shower upon the city, vivid colours drench the blank walls of Herwitz Art Gallery. Paintings by artist couple Chintan and Panthini Mevada celebrate colours and festivity, at their exhibition MERGE. Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan, meanwhile, is also brimming over with art shows like Nirupama Tank’s Sarjan and the exhibition Gender Equality by artist and graphic designer Anil Gajjar.
Still in the mood for more art? You wouldn’t want to miss A Tryst with Poetry in Light, an exhibition showcasing the photographs of former President of the Federation of Indian Photography, the late PN Mehra. Or are you curious to explore the nuances of Ahmedabad’s art scene? Then make your way to Uno Lona Academy to listen to art entrepreneur Anil Relia converse with journalist Anurita Rathore.
Yatris in search of enriching content should head to ATMA Hall to listen to veteran Gujarati poet Dhiru Parikh talk about his life and work. Also attend The Culture Talk for what promises to be an eclectic conversation featuring Ayurvedic doctor and music therapist Dr Kedar Upadhyay, and the music composer Bhargav Purohit.
The inspiration for our 175th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Bhogilal Sandesara, a critic, editor and scholar of languages like Sanskrit, Prakrit, Apabhramsha and Old Gujarati. The Patan-born writer contributed significant research on the subjects of Indian archaeology, Indian culture, Gujarati history and culture, and medieval Indian literature. He received the highest award in Gujarati literature in 1953, the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak; and his book Mahaamatya Vastupalnu Sahityamandal Ane Sanskrit Sahitya Par Teni Asar was awarded as the best Gujarati book of 1956. Sandesara served as the President of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad in 1987 and as editor of various Gujarati periodicals like Gujarat Samachar and Buddhiprakash.
This week, Amdavadis can catch a night of Sufi-Indie Electronic Music or meditate to the tunes of the Jal Tarang. Learn about 21 path-breaking Muslim women who shaped a post-Independence India, or glimpse life in Kutch. Ahmedabad Art Weekly has something for everyone!
The fever left behind by World Photograph Day last weekend is still on, with an excellent photography exhibition by artist Arjan Rasadiya this week that documents the lifestyle and culture of Kutch.
History buffs and curious minds at large can head to the Conflictorium to find out about 21 Muslim women who played a prominent role in building a post-Independence India, at the exhibition Pathbreakers. Or head to Karma Cafe next Wednesday to “talk books, authors and thoughts” at the Literary Meetup. There’s also a talk by author and screenwriter Kajal Oza Vaidya on the subject of relationships.
Indie-electronic music composer Kanishk Seth will be performing a medley of Sufi-Indie Electronic Music alongside classical singer Devashri Manohar this Friday. And if this puts you in the mood for some more classical music, then head to Project Otenga this weekend to listen to a performance on the melodious jal tarang, an instrument comprising of bowls full of water. The Living Waters Museum promises that it will be an evening of meditation.
Or perhaps you’re more in the mood for some popular music? Then Sunday night’s event Thodasa Rumani Ho Jaayen is for you. It’s not a screening of Amol Palekar’s classic film, but a music concert with a host of singers like Sunny Jadhav and Payal Vaidya performing romantic Bollywood songs. Or head for the open mic comedy night Joke Testing 1.0.
This week’s inspiration for our Ahmedabad Art Weekly #174 is the most famous Gujarati poet of the medieval period, Bhalan. Bhalan coined the word Gujarabhasha to describe the Gujarati language. A scholar of Sanskrit literature, he contributed most to the the devotional poetry of Gujarati literature, called ‘Bhakti-kal’. Born in the 15th century, he converted Banabhatta’s Sanskrit prose work Kadambari into an abridged Gujarati version. He also understood the essence of the Puranas and wrote various works about them, like Nalakhyan.
Ahmedabad is celebrating World Photography Day this week. The comedy play ‘Wrong Number’ is coming to town, starring actors like Rakesh Bedi and Avtar Gill. And popular flute artist Ronu Majumdar brings out a Zen Concert.
The world is celebrating World Photography Day on August 19, and so is Ahmedabad. August 19 marks the day that the Daguerreotype photographic process, invented by Frenchman Louis Daguerre, was unleashed into the world by the French government. People of Ahmedabad are celebrating their photographic moments through exhibitions like Fòcas, Vision Extended, and Namami Devi Narmade. There is also a talk on how photography can be a medium to “search for the self”, by senior photographers Amit Mehra, Ashish Shah and Swapan Parekh. Meet the artists and show your work to them.
For art lovers, painter Ajit Parekh’s retrospective, which is being inaugurated by Pritzker Prize-winning architect BV Doshi, is an exciting happening of this week.
Our Art Weekly also highlights an evening of recitals of Gujarati poetry, called માનું-કંકુ. And a concert by project Zubaan, which will see singer Kavish play a musical instrument called Noori which he has made himself. Missing the vibes of the Saptak Annual Festival of Music, which went by in January of this year? Worry not, followers of Indian classical music can attend Zen Concerts to listen to popular flute player Pandit Ronu Majumdar’s compositions.
Theatre lovers of the city would not want to miss the Hindi comedy play Wrong Number, a story that revolves around an affair and stars well-known actors like Rakesh Bedi, Avtar Gill and Tanaaz Irani. Or attend a combined “drama and music gig” in which theatre group Machaan shares the stage with the band The Monologue, for the play Line.
Our 173rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly pays tribute to Bhagvatsingh Sahib, who ruled the princely state of Gondal in Rajkot district as Maharaja, from 1869 to 1944. One of the only Maharajas to gain a medical degree, he studied at the University of Edinburgh, and later became the Vice-President of the Indian Medical Association. Said to be one of the most progressive monarchs in Indian history, he also published the first Gujarati dictionary, an encyclopedia called Bhagavadgomandal, and wrote the book A Short History of Aryan Medical Science.
Express yourself this Independence Day at Ouroboros’ Open Mic evening or attend a three-day forum on architecture. There’s also a Book Fair for bibliophiles and the Gujarati play ‘Vaaras’ comes to town.
Art-lovers will be spoilt for choice in the coming days, with four exhibitions in town! At interior designer Bharat Mewada’s solo show, delve into the life of Mahatma Gandhi through 44 sketches. Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan is hosting two solo exhibitions by artists Raju Baraiya and Raju Patel, while a group show that’s catchily called MOM: Musing of Monochrome is taking place at Amdavad Ni Gufa next week.
For theatre lovers, we recommend watching Vaaras, a Gujarati play about a man who brings a Christian girl home to meet his family. The play traces what happens when she moves in with the to-be in-laws. Book-lovers, meanwhile, have reason to rejoice! There’s a book fair at Sushilaben Ratilal Hall over the next 11 days.
Those interested in design and architecture would not want to miss the Kurula Varkey Design Forum at CEPT University, a three-day long event full of discussions and talks. Aditi Pathak and Abhishek Agrawat, meanwhile, have organised what promises to be a different kind of talk called Talab.
For those looking to express their ingenious side, look out for Ouroboros Theatre’s Open Mic event on the occasion of Independence Day, and enjoy what surely will be an evening full of music, laughter, poetry and creativity. If you’re a college student or young professional and think you’ve got knowledge of culture, heritage and business, then The Great Indian Quiz Season – 3, by Sanjay Chakraborty of EssKsee Consultancy, is an exciting choice for you next week.
The inspiration for our 172nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Balwantray Kalyanray Thakore, a prolific poetry teacher who played a major role in pioneering the Pandit yug in Gujarati literature. Born in 1869, Thakore was fondly known as Ballukaka by those close to him. He wrote Gujarati poems under the pen names Valkal and Sehni. Being a Sanskrit scholar and proficient writer of English, Thakore wrote articles in Times of India and later contributed as an assistant editor for the newspaper Indian Spectator. The literature lover was honoured with a gold medal for his essay An account of the first Madhavrao Peshwa. His sonnet sequence Premo Divas and poetry anthology Bhankaar are amongst the most significant works of Gujarati literature.
Husain, Raza, Souza and more can now be seen under a single roof at Archer Art Gallery’s Inaugural Exhibition. ‘Love Ni Bhavai’ actor Pratik Gandhi stars in the play ‘Sir Sir Sarla’ this Saturday. And a Theatre Festival for Toddlers arrives in town!
Now you can look at art by Husain, Raza, Souza, Ravi Varma and Padamsee, all under one roof, at Archer Art Gallery’s Inaugural Exhibition containing a breadth of masterworks of Indian contemporary and modern art. Antrang is another art show that’s happening this week, which brings together a group of 6 young artists.
Featuring Love Ni Bhavai actor Pratik Gandhi, the Gujarati play Sir Sir Sarla, about a professor and his students, is coming to town this Saturday. Other theatrical acts in line are Gardish Mein Taare, a fictional work inspired by the romance between film director Guru Dutt and his wife Geeta; and Vaaras, a Gujarati play about a Christian girl who moves in with her partner’s family before marriage.
If you’re looking for something creative for your child, don’t miss the Theatre Festival for Toddlers next week, a 5-day festival of plays meant exclusively for children, brought to the city by theatre groups from Mumbai and Delhi.
Budding writers and bloggers can share their work and get feedback at the Writers Group Meet happening at the British Council Library this Sunday. Poet Ankit Trivedi, meanwhile, is all set to celebrate Friendship Day with you on August 5, with his show Dost tara naam par!
The inspiration for Ahmedabad Art Weekly #171 is Gujarati poet and journalist Balmukund Dave. Born in Vadodara district in 1916, Dave worked as a journalist for three decades at Navjivan, retiring from which, he joined Lokjivan as an editor. He wrote poems in the form of folk tunes and devotional songs, with themes of love and spirituality, respectively. His first poem Dhruvakhyan was based on the mythological character of Dhruva, and his poem Hari no Hansalo was a Bhajan-style work devoted to Mahatma Gandhi after his demise. Dave received the Kumar Suvarna Chandrak for his contributions to literature.
A slew of concerts comes to Ahmedabad, with legendary percussionist Sivamani, santoor maestro Rahul Sharma and Zen musician Manish Vyas. But there’s more to this weekend than just music, including an all-woman stand-up comedy act!
Groove to the beats of famed percussionist Sivamani this weekend! The bandana-sporting music composer can play over a hundred instruments and is famous for accompanying Academy Award winning composer AR Rahman on his musical tours. Sivamani is coming to Ahmedabad on Saturday for Legends of Now, a concert alongside sitarist Ravi Chary and keyboardist Sangeet Haldipur.
This culture-rich weekend also starts off on Friday the 27th with an Indian classical dance performance at CPI Campus. Happening in parallel is a Culture Talk featuring the writers of much-loved Gujarati film Love Ni Bhavai, Mitai Shukla and Nehal Bakshi.
The 10th National Drama Festival is also starting on Friday and promises to enrich people with a slew of plays lined up until next week. If you are in the mood for even more drama, then head to Ouroboros to watch Mahemano O Vhaala and Gallery Room Gallery, two plays back to back.
The latest ‘must-go’ destination of Ahmedabad – Project Otenga in Ahmedabad University – is playing host to Izhaar 9.0, a poetry recital, over the weekend. Or choose to feel the tranquility of meditative music with musician Manish Vyas, who is famous for creating Zen music.
If that is not your thing, then immerse yourself in an altogether out-of-the-world vibe by attending The Period Show’s MAA BAHIN stand-up comedy act by a troop of all-female performers. If you happen to travel a little far towards Gandhinagar, then santoor maestro Rahul Sharma and sand artist Venugopal’s Monsoon Masti concert at PDPU is a CY recommendation for this Sunday.
Our inspiration for the 170th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Nadiad-born Gujarati humour essayist Bakul Tripathi, who wrote thousands of satirical essays over a span of four decades. A student of Commerce and Law, Tripathi is famous for writing the longest-running regular column in any daily newspaper across India, Kakko ne Barakhadi in Gujarat Samachar. He was a professor at H L College of Commerce, Ahmedabad, was President of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad and was editor of Gujarat Samachar’s international edition. He wrote several plays and Dranacharyanu Sinhasan is a compilation of humorous essays critiquing corruption and the education system. The Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak awardee wrote mainly in Gujarati and spent most of his literature-rich life in Ahmedabad.