Sep 8, 2016
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,…
Jan 9, 2017
Day 7 ends with audience saying ‘Wah Ustad’ The seventh day of the music festival featured three concerts namely a violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramanathan, Gundecha brothers presented drupad music and a Santoor recital by Shri. Rahul Sharma accompanied by…
August 15, 2016
Prayer by Nahnalal અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લઈ જા, ઊંડા અંધારેથી, પ્રભુ! પરમ તેજે તું લઈ જા; મહામૃત્યુમાંથી, અમૃત સમીપે નાથ લઈ જા. તું-હીણો હું છું તો, તુજ દરસનાં દાન દઈ જા. પિતા! પેલો આઘે, જગત વીંટાતો સાગર…
Ahmedabad Art Weekly is a curated calendar that every week brings you Ahmedabad’s most enchanting and engaging events. This week we have featured life-sized as well as enriching art exhibitions, extremely funny stand up comedy shows, a fresh photography exhibition, thought-provoking performing arts happenings, jovial musical gatherings, and everything that a citizen should consume while leaving the mainstream popular culture behind for a while. Since we have limited space in our AAW, we are not able to feature every event on our list. But all the events sent and featured are having an exclusive visibility on our website, which will also be stored permanently in our archives section.
Hindustani filmmaker and special effects pioneer Babubhai Mistry is the inspiration for our 138th AAW. He has given fantastic films based on Hindu Mythology like Sampoorna Ramayana and Mahabharat. Born in Surat, the filmmaker was a regular director at Wadia Movietone and later learnt the art of visual effects from Vijay Bhatt. He was dotingly called Kala Dhaga for his trick cinematic techniques and earned various accolades including the Kodak Trophy for Technical Excellence at MAMI.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. -Robert Frost “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
The weather in Ahmedabad is colder than usual, but the hearts of Amdavadis are warmer as usual. Every week when our Art Weekly’s number is excelling we keep on reminding ourselves and the people that this is just beginning. Together we have taken responsibility to make the events and happenings of the city more and more enriching. It is a never-ending job, but together we will make our people consume the right content. Creative Yatra’s approach to compiling culture and creativity rather than entertainment under a single banner is none of a kind initiative in Ahmedabad. Our motivation lies in your potential of doing, and the 137th edition of AAW is an evidence of how beautiful the citizens are carving its city.
The motivation behind 137th AAW is Kanu Gandhi, grandnephew of Mahatma Gandhi and a photographer par excellence. It is because of him that the world can celebrate the legacy of India’s Father of the Nation visually. As a member of his staff who lived with him in various ashrams, Gandhi created an archive of photographs of Bapu from 1938 until he was assassinated in 1948. He was dotingly called as Bapu’s Hanuman, and Bapu allowed him to photograph only on three conditions – Ashram will never fund his activities, Bapu will never pose for him, and he will use no flash. The self-trained photographer also made films on Gandhi, and his collections were oblivious until German collector Peter Ruhe acquired them in the 1980s. The Sabarmati Ashram purchased the collection from Ruhe in Rs. 5 million in 2007, which came up for selling in 2012 creating a national controversy. Several shots in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi were shot according to the bio-photographer of Gandhi’s perspective, and the first international exhibition of his work was done in Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery, UK.
With Ahmedabad Art Weekly edition 136, begins the month of December, that promises to give city a string of dainty cultural events. Setting the tone for the next few weeks, this weeks list boasts of stunning variety. Experimental Plays, Musical do’s, Photography Exhibits and Engaging Arts show. Winters are the time when Ahmedabad culture landscape blooms with scores of events. The weather is pitch perfect for open to sky events and augments the mood of an aesthetics reveler.
This weeks inspiration for the AAW sketch is the legendary photographer from Gujarat, Kishor Parekh. Credited for revolutionizing photo journalism in India, Parekh’s work has an immense influence on the subject. His short stint as a photo journalist at Hindustan Times, between 1961-67, was enough to impact the entire industry. Never before a photographer was credited in media, never before newspapers carried photo essays – his powerful and monumental work completely and permanently altered the visual aspect of newsprint in India. The Sino Indian War, The Tashkent Summit are among the key events that brought his unique work in focus. He could blend realism with his inherent compassion towards humanity, which made his photographs much more than visual documentation. In latter part of his career he shifted to Hong Kong and worked for magazines to cover South Asia.
His timeless work, that makes his contribution to photojournalism insurmountable is his work on Bangladesh liberation war, that got converted into the epic photo book ‘Bangladesh – A Brutal Birth’. This collection is considered among the best war photography work in the world. Such was the power of his photographs that the Indian Government made this book the official document of the 1971 Bangladesh war. We salute the passion and craft of Kishor Parekh and wish that his influence stays on for generations to come.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The Heritage Week is in progress at India’s first World Heritage City. The monuments are glimmering with lights and culture connoisseurs around. So how do you wish to relish the most heritage-rich time of the year? For people who have registered for Ahmedabad Art Weekly, please refer to the 135th Edition of AAW and select the aptest event that suffices your creative needs. From this week the registered participants will receive their WhatsApp copy of AAW from 7016 71 8614 instead of 7228 02 7228. Hope you have an enriching time ahead!
A luminous star absconded from earth last week to shine brighter in the dark blanket that covers the skyscrapers of Ahmedabad. An actor, director, producer, vocalist and dramatist who was fondly called as Nimesh Desai. He is the man who dared to transform the Gujarati drama industry through his four decades of contribution. Desai was a humble soul for whom commerce was never a motivation in comparison to the art of drama. He composed and directed more than 104 profound plays, 16 soap-opera, 70 documentaries, and made multi-award-winning films like Naseeb Ni Balihari starring Smita Patil, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri. The State Excellence award laureate’s works including Yerma, Exception, Waiting for GODOT, and Veronica’s Room has imprinted in the history books of Gujarati drama fraternity forever. Creative Yatra pays a hearty tribute through its 135th AAW.
Creative Yatra has been successfully running as Ahmedabad’s local creative digital media portal since for approximately two years now. Our efforts have always lied in inform you about the latest updates on culture and creativity across the globe. With a city-based approach we have undertaken subjects on Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Architecture, Photography, Literature, Humour, Music, Bygone Traditions, and Heritage of Ahmedabad and delivered the best of the information through audiovisual as well as written mediums. If you have any queries or would like to know exhaustively about our body of work, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our teammates here are all ears for the feedback!
The edition 134 of the Ahmedabad Art Weekly is dedicated to the Independence Activist and Gandhian Vithalbhai Jhaveri. The reason for his presence his masterful creations of epic proportions to document the life and message of the Father of the Nation. Jhaveri, a filmmaker, a photographer and a writer, closely stayed with the Mahatma from 1930 (Dandi March) untill Gandhi breathed his last in 1948. Over this duration of 18 years he has documented numerous moments of Gandhi’s life, which today are a major part of the human history. A lot of pictures that we see of Gandhi are through the lens of Vithalbhai Jhaveri. The photographs have been exhibited across the globe and are used extensively in Peter Ruhe’s photo biography on Gandhi titled ‘Gandhi – A photo biography’. His greatest contribution to the history and creative fraternity is the 330-minute documentary on Gandhi, Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869–1948. The documentary film is among the longest films made in India and it covers Gandhi’s life through 14 chapters. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1969. We remember the wondrous creator with reverence and gratitude.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The 133rd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly is a reflection of what you want to provide to the city and citizens. Without you there is no AAW, so whether you are a performer, creator, viewer or a promoter, we are proud to have you as an integral part of our system. With excellent photography showcases, intellectual talk shows, Intellectual conferences, hilarious standup comedy performances and thought-provoking art exhibitions, The 133rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is here to deliver you the message of enrichment brimming in your neighbourhood. Send us a ‘Hi’ on 7228-02-7228 to get your AAW copy.
Gujarati poet and essayist Suresh Dalal is our core inspiration behind the 133rd AAW. Born in Thane, Mumbai in 1932 Dalal was a literature student who then went on teaching and mentoring various institutions on the subject of Gujarati language. He edited Gujarati poetry journal Kavita and quarterly magazine Vivechana all through his career and was honoured with multiple accolades including the Sahitya Akademi Award for uplifting the literary value of Gujarati language through his contributions. His famous created sonnets are titled as Ekant, Tarikh nu Ghar, Astitva, Naam Lakhi Dau, Hastakshar, Symphony, Skyscraper, Ek Anami Nadi and Ghatana. A heartfelt tribute to the litterateur from Creative Yatra.
The second last month of the year 2017 has begun, a tenure when everyone around would be hairy with the ‘No Shave November’ trend, but for people who want to feel soulful beyond their hair growth, make sure you are looking at the 132nd edition of Ahmedabad Art Weekly on your screens. The recommendations is of nine events from – architecture, literature, music, visual art, films, performing arts and stand-up comedy. A wonderful dose of enrichment is up for grabs.
The 132nd art weekly is dedicated to Indian tabla player and music mentor Nandan Mehta, who established world’s most prominent Indian classical music school and festival ‘Saptak’. Born in Ahmedabad, Mehta was trained by Kishan Maharaj, who introduced the Benaras Gharana to Gujarat. Mehta was the A Grade artist at All India Radio and Doordarshan and belonged to the Benaras Gharana as a tabla exponent. Honoured with various accolades Mehta is also a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award laureate who has been a mentor to many renowned musicians. He is survived by two daughters, who are both involved in Hindustani classical music and wife who is a sitar player.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
The festive season is on its verge of winding up, and the commuters have returned to their timeless mundane, but that is all about commuters, the daily goers, who have chosen to live their life while consuming the lacklustre content. The one’s who receive Ahmedabad Art Weekly on their tabloids are not a part of that herd. One has taken the step of bringing freshness in the way, one looks at things around. One has decided to add a pinch of creativity, enrichment, vivacity and innovation. So if you are not among the fortunate one’s, and you too want to step above mundane, just subscribe to Ahmedabad Art Weekly, send a ‘Hello’ to 7228-02-7228.
A happy and prosperous new year to all our readers and subscribers! Since this is our first AAW after the commencement of the Gujarati New year, let us reminisce the exponent of Vaishnava poetry Narsinh Mehta with our 131 AAW. The Gujarati poet who was also a saint is called the Adi Kavi who wrote celebrated prayers on Lord Krishna including Vaishnav Jan, Mameru Na Pada, Hundi and Har Mala, which are still sung by elderly of the Gujarati household. Born in Talaja and moved to Surendranagar in his youth, Mehta was a devotional poet, who chose the path of chastity in search spirituality. Even after facing all the atrocities given by the society, it is said Mehta was able to connect with inner self, from which emanated more than 22,000 kirtanas (devotional songs) composed by the saintly poet. He invented forms of writing including Pada (Verses), Aakhyan and Prabhatiya and since then many documents have been preserved and collected by various institutions to keep his legacy and heritage alive.
This is the last week before the auspicious Diwali. Diwali is time to spend time with family and use all the creativity and aesthetic sense to decorate homes and make them welcoming for goodness to enter our homes! Since there will be very few happenings, AAW will not be published in the upcoming week. Diwali is an opportunity to bond with positivity, and we at Creative Yatra would like to wish you and your family an enriching and prosperous Diwali!
This week’s Art Weekly inspiration is the legendary Gujarati poet Akha Bhagat, who wrote his satirical poems in a six-stanza signature style calling them Chhappa. The 17th-century virtuoso writer came to Ahmedabad from Jetalpur and became a goldsmith by profession. But with an inspiration borrowed by pundit Gokulnath poet Akha started writing the Bhakti geet philosophy and wrote 746 invaluable Chhappa. Few of his notable works include Panchikiran, Chittavichar Samvad, Gurushishya Samvad, and Anubhav Bindu.