Nov 1, 2017
We rendezvous with one of the foremost creative families in the city to find out what inspires a father and his sons to pursue their distinctive art and design. Mr Amit Ambalal, the patriarch of the renowned Ambalal family, is…
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…
Dec 5, 2017
Veteran press personality Mrinal Pande discusses why newspapers are destined to perish at the hand of ePapers, lending insight into the challenges faced by today’s media. A person of bold beliefs can be instantly recognised by her speech and expressions.…
Jul 19, 2018
Graduate students of NID, Ahmedabad, have made 14 chairs inspired from India’s states –the boats of Kashmir, the tigers of Kaziranga, the architecture of Rajasthan, and more. ‘Come Sit’ at this exhibition at NID, until July 22. Pravinsinh Solanki with…
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.
In the coming days in Ahmedabad, listen to a recital of Dinkar’s famous epic ‘Rashmirathi’ or head to Natarani to experience India’s only professional orchestra, The Symphony Orchestra of India. Find out what popular comedian Preeti Das has to say or visit the Shanti Sadan for a textile art exhibition.
Like every other week, Ahmedabad is again abuzz with art, culture and creativity. After a daunting selection process, we are out with our Art Weekly to give you a view of the best events to attend this week. Check out artist Pisurow Suralkar’s exhibition Ajanta Gufa to Amdavad ni Gufa. Suralkar, who has been personally invited to exhibit this show by curator Anil Relia, is exhibiting female forms painted in his surreal manner on both fabric and canvas. After a very long time, the gates of Shanti Sadan located in the historic Ambalal Sarabhai Enterprises (ASE), Mirzapur, have reopened to allow visitors to experience the colonial design of the building and the Many Moons art exhibition housed within its walls. The show has been created and curated by designer Jayshree Poddar and weaves a magical feel by portraying different phases of the moon on textile. The 100 year old building is owned by Kartikeya Sarabhai, director of CEE, and it serves as an open school, club cum nursery, and now also an exhibition space.
For a dose of inspiration in your day, join the 7th episode of The Culture Talk with stand-up comedian Preeti Das and actor-director Archan Trivedi as they share about their experiences.Don’t miss the opportunity this Friday to attend an exclusive show of India’s “first and only professional orchestra”; it’s open for all. If you’re looking for a full day of recreational learning, then attend a full-day tour at IIM Ahmedabad.
Literature lovers have a great week ahead of them. Head to the recently opened cafe079 Stories for a gathering Celebrating Agatha Christie, in which like-minded fans of crime fiction can discuss their favourite Christie books. Fanatika has opened its gates this week to welcome audiences for its recital Rashmirathi. Rashmirathi, which is an epic work of literature written by poet Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’, narrates accounts from the Life of Karna from Mahabharata. There’s also a special alert for enthusiastic poets– the open mic poetry platform called Mushaira is back with its second season. Tarz e Thetar will refresh your evening with theatre songs that have been sung in theatres across India.
The inspiration for our 179th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Gujarati author Ramanlal Desai; a man who wrote 27 novels in his lifetime and has been a recipient of the highest literary award in Gujarati literature –the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak. Desai was born in 1892 in a small hamlet called Sinor near Vadodara and studied Masters of Arts in English and Gujarati literature. He delivered lectures on Socialism and Communism in his younger years and headed the Pragatishil Sahitya Mandal and the Baroda Sahitya Sabha. His most famous works are titledBharelo Agni, Gramalakshmi and Apsara.
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.