May 25, 2016
Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold free of cost. It can also be named as the commercial capital of Ahmedabad because it was historically one of the first…
Jun 24, 2016
Fernandes Bridge, the street is connecting readers with writers, students with publishers and curios beings with answers since decades. The Chopda Bazaar of Fernandes Bridge is one of the oldest Book Market in Ahmedabad Gujarat that serves thousands of people flocking…
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…
Feb 16, 2016
There’s an interesting story behind Ashram Road of Ahmedabad getting its name. It is said that Ashram road is the road that connects the two ashrams of Mahatma Gandhi, Kochrab Ashram and Sabarmati Ashram. While Sabarmati Ashram is more popular nowadays,…
Keep your weekend schedule relatively free because Africa is coming to town, with some original musical performances straight from Uganda! Revel in a comedy act by one of the funniest men in India, hum along to Gujarati hit numbers or experience an Odissi dance performance.
If the upcoming Africa Festival doesn’t satiate your culturally curious soul, then take a look at a talk show featuring journalist Ramesh Tanna and poet Tushar Shukla. An Odissi dance performance on author Dinkar Joshi’s work of literature Chakra thi Charkha Sudhi should also feed your soul. A local play called Not a Paheli promises to explore if life can be conflict-free and jovial!
Those looking out for lighter entertainment can attend a stand-up comedy performance by comedian Gaurav Kapoor, who is now considered one of the funniest guys in India. Or hum along to popular Gujarati numbers at a gathering called Gamyun Te Geet.
Movie lovers should not miss out on a screening of French documentary Speak Up about a group of mixed race students struggling to take part in an oratory competition. A Gujarati documentary based on the life and achievements of physicist Stephen Hawking is also being screened next week. Creative people all over Ahmedabad are being beckoned by our Ahmedabad Art Weekly #161 to explore some enriching entertainment over the coming days!
This week, a profound literary personality who made us all smile with his humorous works, has left us all teary-eyed! Humour essayist Vinod Bhatt, who is our inspiration for our Ahmedabad Art Weekly #161, left for his heavenly abode on May 23 in Ahmedabad, after battling a long-standing kidney problem. The veteran writer wrote 45 books in Gujarati, Hindi as well as Sindhi during his career as an author. Born in Nandol in Gandhinagar district in 1938, Bhatt worked as a tax consultant, while serving in parallel as a columnist for various Gujarati dailies. He wrote many biographies with a satirical touch, like Charlie Chaplin, Narmad Ek Character, Swapnadrashta Munshi, Hasyamurti Jyotindra Dave, Great Showmen George Bernard Shaw, and Anton Chekov.
Make your regular days more creative by adding art to them over the coming days! Vrindavan Solanki will be giving a live art demonstration and popular comedian Sonali Thakker is coming to town. Celebrate International Museum Day with folktale recitations of Rajasthan. There’s also theatre, art, science and more.
Held hostage at home by the scorching summer heat? Here are some creative events that will motivate you to step out! This Sunday, art lovers can watch veteran artist Vrindavan Solanki practising his art live for viewers, in celebration of the spirit of ‘open art’. Drop by for this event called The Culture Club, at Hutheesing Visual Art Centre. The Culture Club will be a celebration of art with live music, food and more, with several emerging artists also showing their works in a curated exhibition.
Celebrate International Museum Day on May 18 by listening to folktales of Rajasthan through stories of Dev Narayan, at Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum. Or come by to discuss your khayaal (ideas) about the changing concept of museums today as places for innovation, at the Centre for Heritage Management.
Literature lovers, meanwhile, can listen to the mesmerising Gujarati poems of the late Niranjan Bhagat at ATMA Hall. People eager for a laugh can grab tickets for Body Ni Bhavai or attend The Roffel Night by popular comedian Sonali Thakker. Theatre lovers can look out for two regional plays at Ouroboros Art Hub, while art lovers can check out drawings by Vijay Shrimali.
For the fun element, kids looking to learn science creatively can hop onto a workshop on Water Science Experiments. Film lovers, meanwhile, can reach out to the British Library to know about their Weekend Movie Bonanza. There’s something for everyone over the coming days!
Our 160th Art Weekly is dedicated to Indian Gujarati author Bholabhai Patel who was a master of comparative studies of literature in different languages. A polyglot, Patel spoke fluently in several languages – Gujarati, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Oriya, German, French, Marathi, Puria and Sanskrit! He taught many of these at Gujarat University. Born in Mehsana in 1934, he wrote 52 books, and frequently wrote travelogues and essays. He also translated books into various languages. He was a connoisseur of the literature of Kalidas and Tagore. A Padma Shri recipient, his most famous work is Devoni Ghati.
Over the coming few days, look out for a performance of Kalaripayattu, as well as a host of Gujarati plays. Literature lovers can look forward to thinking about Dickens and Tagore, while kids can watch a delightful musical.
Ahmedabad’s palette is vibrant with many creative events over this week and the next. It starts with Art in Conversation, a discussion with art proponent Umang Hutheesing, and leaps towards the performance Bhu that will depict one of the world’s most ancient martial arts called Kalaripayattu.
Theatre lovers of the city can attend a Gujarati play based on Lord Rama’s stepmother Kaikeyi, or take their kids along to watch a musical called La-La Land about a child’s fantasies. If feminine themes resonate with you, check out the self-exploratory Gujarati play Because I Was Not Guilty, written and directed by Archana Chauhan. Likewise, the Rangotsav art show at the Gufa may intrigue you as it displays works made by a group of women artists.
If you happen to be a Charles Dickens fan, do not miss a literature gathering organised at British Council. If you are looking for something more along the lines of regional literature, however, then a discourse by Dr Anand Lal on the life and works of Rabindranath Tagore is a must-go.
Our creative inspiration for the 159th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Vijaygupta Maurya, a pioneer in science journalism in Gujarati. The Porbandar-born author wrote abundant articles and books on science over four decades. Although a lawyer by profession, Maurya frequently wrote academic articles on bird-gazing in the nature magazine Prakruti and later contributed to the regional daily Janmabhumi on topics of flora and fauna, oceanography, space and science. After adopting freelance journalism as his career, Maurya wrote books which conveyed factual information through storytelling, often based on real incidents. Two sons survive the author and one of them, Nagendra Vijay, is also a renowned Gujarati science journalist who initiated the Safari magazine.
Ahmedabad looks back on 60 years of artist Manu Parekh’s work this week. Also in line are a music concert by playback singer Manhar Udhas, a heritage walk for children, and what promises to be a hilarious play derived from ‘Avengers’.
Seeing life and death existing together on the ghats of Varanasi, artist Manu Parekh never ceased to be in awe of this sight. The Padma Shri winning artist of Ahmedabad is best known for his paintings of Varanasi, which have occupied his imagination for over three decades out of his entire artistic career spanning six decades. Kasturbhai Lalbhai Museum will house a mammoth retrospective of the artist’s body of work from 5th May to 3rd June. The show is a must-see for all, following its opening this week. Also not to be missed is a live performance by Manhar Udhas, famed playback singer and brother of Pankaj Udhas, who will be here on 6th May.
Theatre-lovers, meanwhile, have a palette of choices to choose from this week. Avengers at Ouroboros promises to be a tongue-in-cheek affair that involves audiences into its act, while (seemingly) taking a dig at the superhero series. Also lined up is a play on the life of Capt. Vikram Batra, an officer of the Indian army who is renowned for his heroic efforts during the days of the Kargil War. There is no dearth of comedy either, with 3 comedy short plays at Scrapyard theatre and an open mic stand-up comedy night on 6th May.
Looking to entertain your kids this summer while educating them, alongside? Take them along on the Children’s Ahmedabad History Walk, as it takes them across the Old City on May 6th.
This week’s inspiration for the Art Weekly is drawn from Vijayraj Vaidya, the Gujarati essayist, biographer and critic, best known for his contributions to Gujarati literary journalism. Born in Bhavnagar, Vaidya served as an editor on multiple magazines and led the criticism department of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad in Surat for a while. He was delegated the highest literary award in Gujarati literature, called Ranjitram Gold Medal, in 1931. And his book Gatashatak nu Sahitya, which recounts the first century of modern Gujarati literature, was recognised as the most outstanding book written in Gujarati in 1955.
This week in Ahmedabad, don’t miss Hindustani classical music maestro Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s musical stopover in the city. A Sabarmati Riverfront Summer Festival promises dance, music and mangos. And as always, art, Gujarati theatre and an open mic night beckon the curious!
These days, KYC seems to stand for ‘Know Your City’. So this week, we present a challenge to our readers! How many of the event venues on the Ahmedabad Art Weekly for this week have you yet to visit? Choose a location that’s been left unexplored by you so far and drop by. The bonus is you’ll also be able to partake of an enriching event while there!
Always had the Conflictorium Museum on your to-do list? Drop by one evening and check out their Bird Box installation. Have you yet to take a walk along the river at the much-talked-about Sabarmati Riverfront Park? Drop by in the evenings for a Summer Festival. Has the fact that you’ve not seen the Amdavad Ni Gufa been your guilty secret? Drop by to compliment Hussain’s art with glimpses of visual art from the gallery next-door. Having whet your appetite there for art, make a stop at Hutheesing Visual Art Centre – which was recently reincarnated after a fire – for some more art! Ouroboros Art Hub promises a show full of surprises on its Open Mic night. This is not to say that these creative events are not enough incentive on their own, but so are these places well worth a visit! Additionally, the Grammy-winning Hindustani classical music instrumentalist Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt cannot be missed in his live performance in Ahmedabad.
Our creative inspiration for this week is Vrajlal Shastri, who was a pioneer of philology – the study of oral and written records – about the Gujarati language. Born in 1825 in Petlad, Gujarat, Shastri studied Sanskrit as well as Prakrit grammar in his early days and later became a Sanskrit tutor in a Jain temple. Due to the study of Jain scriptures and religious literature, he became familiar with various dialects. In his 25 years of career as a researcher and scholar, he wrote fifteen books, including works about the Gujarati language like Gujarati Bhashano Itihas and Utsargmala, which was his pioneering philology book. His book about poems Rasganga, and a biography on the sage Yajnavalkya, are considered to be amongst his most significant contributions to Gujarati literature.
Music-lovers, look out for a western classical operatic performance and a performance night at Hyatt that promises everything from poetry to music. Kids looking for entertainment? Don’t miss some special science and theatre acts for kids, and a unique Summer Food Walk at Manek Chowk.
With summer rearing its head, everyone waits till sundown to step out of the house. While the ice golas on the street are surely lip-smacking, how about quenching your thirst for creativity too? Take a look at our 156th edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly, which features Ahmedabad’s most enriching cultural events.
Take your kids to a musical play on Snow White & Seven Dwarves this week. Or if they are a little older, between the ages of 12-18, take them to Let’s Talk Science, a fun event to trigger the curiosity of young minds. Do relish the season as well with a Summer Food Walk at Manek Chowk on the morning of 22nd April.
Art-lovers can interact with textile artist Katrin Parotat from Germany at Sailing Through, an exhibition-cum-talk at Alliance Francaise. Theatre-lovers can look forward to the unique format of The Monologue, an event at Hyatt Regency that has crowd-sourced talent onto its stage, bringing to the city a medley of poetry, comedy, music and drama. And don’t miss the western classical operatic performance Ballads of Nostalgia by Ankna from Glasgow.
ફૂલને કાંટાની કુદરત છે, અરે તેથી જ તો –
ગુલછડીના ખ્યાલમાં બાવળ બની ગઇ જિંદગી!
This time’s Art Weekly pays homage to Gujarati songwriter Venibhai Purohit, who looked at life in an incredibly poetic way, as is visible in his many journalistic writings and short stories. Born in the city of Lord Krishna, Jamkhambhaliya, in Devbhumi Dwarka district, Purohit completed most of his studies from Bombay. He was as passionate about languages as he was about the nation, having been jailed for ten months while participating in the Quit India Movement. He later contributed to local newspapers like Prajabandhu, Gujarat Samachar and Janmabhoomi. While Umashankar Joshi used to call him ‘Bando Badami’, Purohit contributed his writings under several pen names, including ‘Sant Khurshidas’. Till today, his short story collections Attarna Diva, Vansnu Van and Setu remain significant contributions to Gujarati literature. Purohit also wrote devotional songs, ghazals, poetry and sonnets; and wrote lyrics for Gujarati films, with his most famous track being Taro Aankhno Afeen from the movie Divadandi.
What’s to look forward to this week in Ahmedabad? Don’t miss out on a poetry evening with Gulzar Sahib, an astronomy event for your kids to enjoy, Gujarati theatre, art exhibitions and more.
Take out time for some truly original creative content in Ahmedabad. This weekend, the revered Gulzar Sahib is arriving with his mesmerising poems. If you are a theatre enthusiast, don’t miss Because I Was Not Guilty, a performance to be held at a local auditorium today, April 13. Art-lovers have the golden opportunity to visit either a postcard-based visual art exhibition at Satya Art Gallery, or the exhibition Horizon at Amdavad Ni Gufa. Delhi-based artist Baaraan Ijlal is also bringing her unique creations to the city.
With the summer vacations in progress, there is an inventive line-up of events for kids. We recommend visiting the Indian Astronomy Club with your child to observe planet Jupiter through a telescope. Or join in for a history walk at the Sabarmati Ashram to know more about the life of MK Gandhi. Choose the events in our 155th Ahmedabad Art Weekly that most align with your interests, and make the most of your week!
The inspiration for our 155th AAW is Gujarati literature critic Narsinhrao Divetia, whose contribution as a poet and linguist has been profound. While studying BA in Sanskrit at Elphinstone College, Divetia was bestowed with the Bhau Dajee Prize for academic excellence. He later pursued the Indian Statutory Civil Service, where he was appointed as an Assistant Collector. He later became the chairman of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad and a fellow of the Bombay branch of Royal Asiatic Society. He pioneered the western style of lyric-writing in Gujarati literature, and his most famous anthologies are Kusumamala, followed by Hridyavina, Sarjatraini Sushupti, Nupurzankar, and Smaran-Sanhita. He wrote an essay collection called Vivartleela under the pen name of Gyanbal, and his most famous critical essay collection Manomukur comprises of four volumes. Divetia translated Edwin Arnold’s The Light of Asia into Gujarati and as a linguist, his contributions are the Wilson Philological Lectures Part 1 and Part 2.
This week, look out for the Swan Lake Ballet, the Great Indian Mango Festival, Hasya Kavi Sammelan and still more drama following in the heels of the Theatre Olympics. Here’s this week’s dose of art and culture in the city, presented in our 154th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
The performing arts scenario of Ahmedabad has magnified dramatically (pun intended) of late, with the Theatre Olympics in town. Adding fuel to this momentum is the much-awaited arrival of the Royal Russian Ballet’s Swan Lake, which will bring alive Tchaikovsky’s famous musical score through stellar ballet performances. In addition, a street play called Kaala Lifafa is in line to be performed by a local group, and Umra Nind Si Kyun Nahi Hoti? will take place at Ouroboros.
If you are in love with the king of fruits, then treat yourself to the unique Great Indian Mango Festival. And if you enjoy listening to soulful music, then drop in at a guitar concert by Aditya Gandhi and Mircea Gogoncea. The hilarious Hasya Kavi Sammelan is a literary gathering that’s worth checking out. Meanwhile, connoisseurs of the visual arts can take a look at artist Stuti Shah’s exhibition and a group exhibition by students of Reshma, a teacher of art and craft. Make most of this week by taking your family to these events!
This week’s creative inspiration for the 154th Art Weekly is Gujarati language author Jhinabhai Desai, who is popularly recalled by his pen name Snehrashmi. Born in Chikhli, Gujarat, Desai was an activist during the days of the Indian Independence. He was an academician who served as Principal at CN Vidyalaya, and was also a politician in Surat. He is widely admired for his poetry collections Ardhya, Panghat and Atitni Pankhmathi, and his short story anthologies of Gata Aasopalav and Tutela Taar. Recipient of the President’s Award and Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar, Desai was also a significant member of the Sahitya Akademi and Historical Records Commission. Desai, a firm proponent of the Gujarati language, will forever be remembered for his substantial contributions to the freedom movement and to literature.
Ahmedabad is hosting a long list of remarkable creative events this week. From stunning visual art exhibition by young local artists to picturesque photography exhibitions narrating the coastal beauty of Kutch, Ahmedabad has got it all. For ingenious music lovers, the Sugam Sangeet evening with Nirav Pomal & Raj Aghera will be an ideal setting. If you are looking for stirring performances, do not forget to experience the performance of Avni Sethi and also a series of short plays by the Indie Theatre Club. Go for a laughter ride with Vaibhav Sethia’s solo comedy performance or watch a thought-provoking film with friends at the intimate setup of a local cafe. Every information is cropped and packed within our 153rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly, refer it to relish the local art.
Popularly recalled as Nazir Dekhaiya by his literature lovers, the Gujarati Gazalkar and poet is our core inspiration for the 153rd AAW. Born in Bhavnagar in 1921 to a bandmaster family, Dekhaiya too was initially involved in his family profession until he met Kismat Qureshi and started regularly attending Ghazalsabha (poetry meeting). He got acquainted with fellow rhymesters including Barkat Virani, Ruswa Majhalumi, Vali Lakhani and Batuk Pandya and wrote his first Ghazal collection Tushar with more than 54 ghazals in 1962. His literary legacy is surviving through his excellent works of Sufism in Tushar 2, Nazirni Ghazalo, and Soona Sadan.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani