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There is so much happening in the city of Ahmedabad these days. Ahmedabad’s National Institute of Design gets a new director in Prof. Praveen Nahar. The district administration of Ahmedabad followed suit, just like Surat and Rajkot and banned PUBG. While all of this happens, we are here to present you the 202nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
The man with the mystical voice, playback singer Parthiv Gohil is revisiting the city of Ahmedabad for a brand new concert. Multi accolade winner Gohil who has formerly given soulful renditions in films like Devdas, Saawariya, Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster travels across the globe with his band weaving musical dreams. Click here to watch the episode of Get Candid on creativeyatra’s youtube channel that features Parthiv Gohil.
If you are looking for an humorous evening mixed with traditional narratives head straight to ‘Hasyakavi No Dayro’ recital.
The SAFE2025 confluence organised by British High Commission focuses on the sensitive topic of Safe work places for women. Another enlightening conference that may connect to the digitally sound youth of Amdavad is the Democracy Dialogue Conclave. Conducted in association with Twitter India Team, the convention will delve into frank discussions on manifold hot topics such as social media, youth and the 2019 elections.
Literature fanatics of the city can have a blast at the upcoming Ruhaniyat poetry recital. The evening full of rhymes and recitals will be a worthy precursor to the World Poetry Day coming up on March 21. Poetess Swastika Jajoo is coming to Ahmedabad with her narrative pieces that touch upon the subject of gender and mental health. Explore the concept of self and introspect deeper on it with ‘Ulti Va’ experimental theatre performance.
Ahmedabad kids, attention! As creative as the award-winning illustrated book, The Day the Crayons Quit, children friendly play with the same name is revisiting Ahmedabad to give a fun-filled experience.
In the visual arts space, connoisseurs can take part in the Tribute Show titled ‘Remembering Mahendra Kadia’ that is organised to pay homage to the late artist. The event will be hosting a live painting session, where various artists will meet at the gallery and create artwork as a tribute to Kadia. Ashish Mehta, now a name synonymous with curated Heritage walks has organised a special Holi walk in the old city of Ahmedabad.
With the 202nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly, we are giving a hearty tribute to veteran puppeteer Meher Contractor. Born in 1918, Contractor after completing her education in Arts in London, joined the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts to form the Darpana Puppet Troupe. the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award laureate was an expert of the shadow play technique and received international acclaims for her rendition of Ramayana, Savitri and Satyavan and Rostam and Sohrab. She served as the vice president at the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA) and even authored books on the art of puppetry. She has been a mentor to various acclaimed contemporary puppeteers, one of whom is Padma Shri Dadi Pudumjee.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
CreativeYatra incessantly works to drive people to come out of their house and consume first-hand creativity by attending cultural events of the city.
The 201st Ahmedabad Art Weekly starts with one of the most significant art events in the city’s annual art calendar. Art 19 which is celebrating the 35 years of the establishment of Kanoria Centre for Arts is inviting stalwarts of creative industry including Pritzker laureate architect BV Doshi, art proponent Sangita Jindal, contemporary artist Jitish Kallat and Reena Kallat and Sonal Singh from Christie’s. The three-day celebration will be full of mindful discourses, enticing performances, electrifying art shows and creative workshops. 079 Stories is hosting yet another art show titled, ‘Eccentric’ which is a collection of mosaic art pieces created by Centre for Mosaic Art.
Can music be funny or comedy be melodious? Come to Natarani Amphitheatre and get your answers at the ‘Bedazzled by Beats & Wits’ performance where musician Viveick Rajagopalan and a group of witty women of Mahila Manch will gather to give you a memoarable evening. Natarani is all happening this week as they also host a ‘Vachikam’ performance of life of legendary poet Narsinh Mehta, titled ‘Jagine Jou To’. Penned by Sahitya Akademi Award laureate poet Sitanshu Yashaschandra theatre actor Chintan Pandya will be performing the play. If you are a creative head who has great short film ideas but is still in the process of matching the puzzle pieces, then come to The Ahmedabad Short Film Fest and learn the process of making, managing & producing short films while discussing with experts.
Women author and screenwriter Kaajal Oza Vaidya is all set to get interactive on this Women’s Day. The established Gujarat writer has written more than 56 books so far and also writes scripts for films and leading soap operas. Taste the centuries-old flavours residing in the walled city of Ahmedabad during the Sweets-heritage walk. The excursion, which starts from Swaminarayan Mandir at Kalupur, is a brilliant opportunity for photography enthusiasts of the city to capture the real essence Ahmedabad on the authentic heritage walk route of Ahmedabad. Artists and artisans have been borrowing creative inspiration from the father of the nation since decades. At the ‘Traditional Art Exhibition on Gandhi’ hosted at Sabarmati Ashram by EXIM Bank, will showcase 12 different traditional forms of paintings that chronicles Bapu’s life and will throw a little light on the Gandhian values.
The man who started it all and is considered amongst the pioneers in the stand-up comedy scene, Vir Das is coming back to the city of Ahmedabad with his witty humour and absolutely original content. Enrich your evening with a Bharatnatyam performance by Revanta Sarabhai at the newly opened Mangalbag gallery. The recital will be an expression on human emotions, relationship and climate change.
The creative inspiration of the 201st AAW has been borrowed from Indian artist RD Raval. Born in a humble family background in the Sardoi village of Gujarat in 1928 the artist’s folk-inspired work is considered to be of significance. His work is preserved in the collection of the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and the Lalit Kala Akademi. Raval studied at Sir J. J. School of Art and his stylized figurative lines made his pictures easily accessible. He received support from connoisseur Farokh Mulla which helped him in setting up a studio. Raval has received National level recognition for his body of work, sadly his work and contribution stays largely unnoticed in the contemporary scene.
Influenza is on rise in the city and we request Yatris to take proper precautions when outdoors. In case of any sign of infection, see your doctor and prefer to stay home.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
Today on March 1, 2019, Ahmedabad Art Weekly publishes its 200th edition. Whoopee! We thank all the Yatris who have inculcated creative happening in their weekly plans through our event calendar and also the creators who have incessantly made Ahmedabad more creative and eventful with their ecstatic events. We continue our saga of being a robust event discovery tool, and here we have another week loaded with creative inspiration.
200 weeks is a major milestone for all of us at CreativeYatra. We take this opportunity to dedicate the 200th Art Weekly to the ultimate ‘yatri‘, the Father of our Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. We offer our tributes to the Mahatma who has shown the path of peaceful and nonviolent resistance to the world. Mahatma Gandhi is the ultimate symbol of conviction and perseverance. His other attributes worthy of emulation are his inventiveness, original thinking and above all, striving for a ‘larger good’. CreativeYatra.com has been founded to inspire creativity among community and to play a role in developing the aesthetic sensibilities of the society. These four virtues namely – conviction, perseverance, innovation and community approach are the pillars upon which the foundation of CY is laid. With this dedication we wish that ideals of Bapu continue to fuel our aspiration to be ‘good’, ‘worthy’ and ‘meaningful’.
Ahmedabad, are you ready to get fit for a cause? Because Motif Charity walk is all set for this week to make you run. The 17th annual walk has till now hosted more than 68,000 walkers, who have collaboratively generated more than Rs 6.52 crore for 51 NGOs.
This week the line-up starts with a stunning visual art exhibition called ‘Odyssey’. The show is ‘A Journey Through Seven Oceans’, which brings contemporary and tribal wooden sculptures crafted by artisans from across the globe. Another art show, that showcases the traditional side of our culture is Portraits Of Devotion, where celebrated Manorath Paintings from Nathdwara will be on display for all to glance. The paintings are from art entrepreneur Anil Relia’s personal collection, the event will be inaugurated with a book launch on the same topic.
Women looking for a creative get away and feel that they deserve a special treatment during the Women’s Day week should drop down and celebrate at the 079 Stories. The Women’s Day Soiree event is brimming with enchanting music, engaging workshops, mindful panel discussions, high tea and a stunning ballet performance.
Sponsored by Gujarat State Sangeet Natak Academy, Rang Bahar brings a stirring Hindi adaption of French drama ‘The Respectful Prostitute’. The plot originally written by Jean-Paul Sartre reflects varied aspects of American history and the social evil of racial discrimination. On the other hand director, Manoj Shah is bringing a play on the life of Gujarati Gazal Samrat and poet Mareez. The stirring life of the Ghalib of Gujarat will be poetically rendered by inspired recitalists. A fun-filled play ‘The Funnily Idiot’ is all set to lit the stage of Scrapyard on fire with their humour, wit and unbelievably well-drafted punches. Le Corbusier’s iconic Sanskar Kendra will be rekindled with some new energy as architect and contemporary choreographer Ali Salmi will perform a fusion dance performance with a mix of street dancing, hip-hop, parkour and contemporary forms.
The celebration of 200th AAW is also a symbol of Ahmedabad’s inherent creative energy and the progressive nature of city’s creators and connoisseurs. All of us at CY express our gratefulness to the entire creative fraternity for their open-hearted support and encouragement.
Untill the 201st edition, Aavjo (keep visiting us)
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani & Chetan Mochi
Start your week with a good laugh as the Ahmedabad Art Weekly 199 opens with celebrated Delhi based stand-up Comedian Garv Malik’s solo performance show titled ‘Sab Moh Maya Hai’. The days will then continue to be fulfilled with a cosy jamming concert curated by a young Hindustani Classical music practitioner and architect Sukrit Sen. The Mixtape concert at Project Otenga will be an intimate setup full of like-minded music-heads and different tunes. The music conversations will continue to brim in the city as NID alumnus Rohit Srivastva, a budding filmmaker, photographer and music director is inviting to jam, talk and explore at the Musicians Meetup.
The event list further unfolds with a mention of 2 visual arts events. Tints + Shades an art exhibition organised by PDPU students opens with utterly expressive paintings. The show hosts artworks by 32 art enthusiasts, who wished to express their thoughts and emotions through colours, even when they are not vocationally trained artists. The solo exhibition of artist Bharvi Trivedi, ‘Transcending Forms’ is opening at Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan. This artist from Ahmedabad has earlier exhibited her works on international platforms and has garnered various accolades for her excellent works.
Attention literature heads! There is a row full of mindful events lined up to tickle your muse this week. Come and hear journalist Janvi Sonaiya reviewing Swedish author Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove or reach CEE to listen to practitioners, performers and writers that work on the interstices of gender, sexuality and identity break the myth between queer, arts and aesthetics at સં|Bandh : “Dissident Sketches” Reflections On Queer. Literature enthusiasts also interested in visual arts should witness Prof Ratan Parimoo’s book launch exhibition in the presence of art-historian Dr B.N. Goswamy. The book is a documentation of Kasturbhai Lalbhai’s collection of Indian Drawings. Padma Shri Dadi Pudumjee, a leading puppeteer of India, is coming in your city to narrate about his creative journey through words and videos at Shri Ravishankar Raval Lecture Series.
The solo performance by performer Zeeshan Hasan Akhtar at Gobhi ke Patte ki Chutney is a stirring experience that explains what it means to be a Muslim in India, especially after the violent and unfortunate Bhagalpur riots in Bihar in 1989.
The inspiration for our 199th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is yesteryears hindi film actor Parveen Babi. Considered amongst the most glamorous actress that Hindi Cinema has ever witnessed, Babi was amongst the highest paid actress of her time and has enacted in some of Bollywood’s most successful films including Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Suhaag, Shaan, Kaalia, Namak Halaal. She performed in more than 12 films with mega star Amitabh Bachchan and was the first Indian to appear on the cover of Time magazine.
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Ahmedabad Art Weekly is close to its 200th weekly anniversary, and we’ve got some stunning surprises lined up for you. In the meanwhile, before these surprises are revealed, we would suggest you visit various creative happenings of the city mentioned in our 198th AAW and make the most of your awesome week.
It all starts with an architectural discourse by Ar. Ranojoy Dutta on the topic of “Dynamic Glazing for the Next Generation of Smart and Healthy Buildings.”, Where the experienced designer will talk on how future architects can delve into a smart, intelligent and dynamic method of glazing. Another event that may intrigue your literary intellect is a discourse by Gujarati author and columnist Krishnakant Unadkat, who will widely talk on love, relationships and life. People looking for some child-friendly and soothing anecdotes this weekend should drop down to British Library, where creative storyteller Vranda Rathi, who holds a niche in expressively narrating tales to the children of the age group of 4-15 years will render some fantastic fantasies with a lot of vivacities.
Its ‘Kavya Mudra’ time of the year. In its 8th edition, the soulful event is celebrating literature in cinema, by exploring poetic lyrics utilised in mainstream films. The evening will be glorified through awards, music and a poetic rendition by celebrated Hindu-Urdu lyricist and poet Irshad Kamil. The terrace of Alliance Francaise is open for all culture enthusiasts as Russian Opera Singer Anna and concert guitarist Aditya Gandhi will combine their aesthetics to bring some stirring creations of Russian, Spanish and French origins. You can also remember nature this week through music, dance and joy when Sitarist Soumitra Thakur, tabla player Mahavir Chandrawat along with French contemporary dancer Mathilde Vrignaud perform their fusion piece with utmost elegance. Mahila Manch is back again with a knocking performance at a comfy Amdavadi restaurant. The sort of stand-up comedy gig is featuring quirky women of Ahmedabad and around and promises to make you roll on the floor while laughing through their talks, critics and comments on the topic of ‘Love, Sex and Dhokla’.
The art scene of Ahmedabad is all glittery this week. UK based Indian origin artist Nanda Khiara has brought her abstract paintings at In Transition solo exhibition. Opening at 079 Stories the 20 something vivid artworks possesses multiple layered colours that have been appreciated internationally on various platforms. National Institute of Design is hosting The Medium or The Design Perspective exhibition at its campus. The show will narrate enduring visual legacies of glass, terracotta as well as ceramic through three different displays. Sponsored by Gujarat State Lalitkala Academy, Alekhan No Anand is a solo painting exhibition of artist Dr Ashok Patel opening this week. The event is all set to get inaugurated in the presence of luminaries like folklorist Padma Shri Joravarsinh Jadav, sculptor Ratilal Kansodariya, artist Bhavesh Zala and artist Amul Parmar.
The inspiration for our 198th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is the prolific Gujarati cinema actor Upendra Trivedi. He has worn many hats during his 4 decade long illustrious career, spanning from theatre actor, film actor, director and producer. Hailing from Idar in Gujarat, Trivedi was born in 1936 and is brother of actor Arvind Trivedi, who played the role of Ravana in Ramayana TV Series. He was honoured with Padma Shri for his vast contributions to films; some of his popular films as actor are Maa Baap ne Bhulsho Nahi, Jungle Main Mangal, Pavitra Papi, Parde ke Pichhe Nagina , and as director are Manvini Bhavai and Jher To Peedhan Jani Jani.
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The marathon of seven romantic days (Rose Day, Propose Day, Hug Day etc.), which are celebrated right before the Valentine’s Day, has begun. If you are willing to give your loved ones a remarkable experience, then take them along to one of these upcoming creative events mentioned in our 197th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
The whole city will be celebrating stalwart artist Madhvi Parekh’s folk-inspired vivid and surreal paintings this week as two of her significant exhibitions opens at two seperate places in the city. While Archer Art Gallery is showcasing ‘The Curious Seeker’, a retrospective spanning a 5-decade long journey of this humble yet eminent female artist, Neekoee Foundation is bringing the meticulously curated collection of Parekh’s work based on Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting ‘The Last Supper’. The show happening at one of the churches in Ahmedabad has formerly been only showcased in various cathedrals of India and the world. The art enthusiasts can also experience probably the city’s first-ever art auction walk by Cramoisi Art this week. The auction walk will mainly be dealing with contemporary and modern art and has already visited major cities like Mumbai and Delhi.
The Sufi, mystical and soulful music fest of Ahmedabad ‘Ruhaniyat’ celebrates its 18th edition this year. The organisers have invited celebrated musicians of India including Manganiar folk singer Kachra Khan, Sufi musicians Abdul Rashid Hafiz & group and the Egyptian heritage dance troupe Tannoura. An incredibly unique combination of music and architecture will be conducted at the latest Institute of Indian Interior Designers’ gathering this week, where design atelier Samira Rathod and landscape architect Aniket Bhagwat will be discussing aesthetics while matching the percussion beats of musician Aakash Bhatt. Interesting ain’t it?!
Sahitya Akademi Award laureate author and artist Esther David is all set to unfold the myths, legends and stories of Aapnu Amdavad through her upcoming talk this week. The Jewish author, who was born in the walled city of Ahmedabad, drafts most of her works around her Jewish life experiences in India. Addressing the traditional stories of one of the oldest areas of Ahmedabad, Sair- e- Sarkhej is a unique heritage walk with a meticulous mix of architectural, anecdotal as well as historical content.
Anthropologist and storyteller Gauri Raje will explore various aspects of autobiographical storytelling and her contributions to the art of narrating someone else’s life story at her latest ArtSpeaks talk this time. An experimental theatre based on the traffic rules violation especially on the streets of Ahmedabad has been brought up at Ouroboros. The plot full of social welfare messages is meant to be comic yet informative. Prem Rathod’s Pahela Aur Dusra drama featuring budding recitalists of Ahmedabad like Sachin Christian, Latika Raj Rathore and Jayraj Freeman is taking place at Scrapyard this time.
We dedicate our Ahmedabad Art Weekly 197 to Gujarati art director and production designer Chhel Anandji Vayeda. Born in Dwarka in 1935, Vayeda initiated his professional career as a draftsman in GSRTC but was drawn to the film industry by Dr D. G. Vyas, art critic and director of Sir J. J. School of Arts, an internationally renowned institute which later became his alma mater. He worked with Gujarati stage director-actor Honey Chhaya at the Rangbhoomi Natya Academy and then associated with Paresh Daru to design sets for more than 700 plays, 55 films and TV Serials in various vernacular languages; which included Train to Pakistan, Ankahee, Tere Shahar Mein, Khubsoorat and Lorie.
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The shortest month is loaded with rich cultural events. Let the days of February start with a western classical piano recital by pianist Shantanu Patel. The young musician will play the tunes of legendary musicians like Beethoven, Bach, Chopin and Brahms but also enlighten the audience on how to appreciate the western classical music. ‘Panchamrut’, a Gujarati Sugam Sangeet rendition featuring reputed singers like Prahar Vora, Dhruvish Shah, Dhruti Vachhrajani and Dr Savani Shah is also mentioned in the must go event list of our 196th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
The upcoming Ahmedabad International Children Film Festival will showcase some of the best children films from around the world and will host workshops related to scriptwriting, acting, and technical processes. Filmmaking competitions for students and children will allow them to win exclusive prices during the festival. Natarani Amphitheatre has organised a tribute evening to pay homage to iconic Indian surbahar (bass sitar) player Guruma Annapurna Devi through ‘Annapurneshwari’ performance. The Padma Bhushan Hindustani classical musician was the daughter of guru Alauddin Khan, founder of the Senia Maihar Gharana. ‘Total Filmy’ a satirical drama, based on the bollywood films of 90s, is penned by Chinmay Mehta brimming with songs, drama, action, romance and everything that a typical masala Hindi movie possesses.
People looking for culture rich content should reach Project Otenga and listen to heritage activist and educationist Vikramjit Singh Rooprai. The Bahrain based Indian reformist who is here in the city to talk about history and heritage is the founder of India’s largest Heritage-Hobby club, the Heritage Photography Club and Youth for Heritage Foundation. Heritage activist and founder of H2Oasis Meghna Sheth Gandhi will be leading the heritage walk titled Sacred Route curated to give the participant a peek into the diversity of city.
YourQuote Open Mic Ahmedabad has kept its gates open for participation. Their 5th gathering is allowing poets, shayars, storytellers, stand-up comedians and slam poets to grace the event with their creations. When was the last time you were able to watch a sky full of stars with your naked eyes in Ahmedabad? Well, here’s the opportunity! Leave your phones and cameras at home to join the Winter Night Hike by Diving Deep, where professional hikers will take the participants to a wilderness experience at Khari, which is around 40 km away from Ahmedabad.
The 196th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is dedicated to the legendary theatre personality and ad filmmaker Alyque Padamsee. Sibling of the celebrated modern art painter Akbar Padamsee, the Kutch born recitalist is famous for portraying Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi. “The Advertising Man of the Century” who headed the Lintas Bombay created some iconic characters like Cherry Charlie for Cherry Blossom Shoe Polish, the MRF Muscle Man, the Liril girl in the waterfall, the Kamasutra couple, Hamara Bajaj, and the TV detective Karamchand. Padamsee has been conferred with Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Ratna, a Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and Padma Shri by the President of India. His famous English theatre productions namely Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tuglaq, and Broken Images are lovingly remembered by the connoisseurs.
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The whole nation will be observing the 70th Republic day on January 26, 2019, and like every year the occasion will be brimming with patriotism, flag hoisting ceremonies and the morning parade on the Rajpath Road in Delhi. The grand march depicts India’s cultural pride and military stature as it involves a parade that is mix of creative tableaus and artillery showcase. On this grand occasion through the 195th Ahmedabad Art Weekly Creative Yatra salutes each martyr for their courage and commitment towards nation’s pride.
Coming back to Aapnu Amdavad and its creative happenings, the 195th AAW is featuring a marathon of visual art events this week. Starting with Colour Volcano exhibition featuring artworks by Dr Dhvani, the list continues to grow with Nagar Kala Sahitya Forum’s Kaladarshan group show featuring 32 artists and their spectacular paintings, photographs and artworks. ‘Sense Of Body Ownership’ featuring oil pastels on paper by Somya Sharma narrates the concept of ‘Uninhibited love for your own Body’. The voice-over artist cum writer is inspired by life experiences to portray her art. The major art happening of Ahmedabad, the ‘Alchemy’ exhibition opens at KL Museum this week. The show featuring weaves, furniture and artworks of 23 internationally renowned artists and designers are all draped in the ancient Indigo colour. The two-month long exhibition is a curtain raiser event for the upcoming Arvind Indigo Museum by Arvind Ltd.
Big news for the architecture fraternity of Ahmedabad, Death of Architecture travelling exhibition has now arrived in the city’s famous Le Corbusier designed ATMA House. The nine-day long extravaganza will feature discussions, artistic demonstrations and recitals that slowly tear and restructure the fabric of our cities and the architecture within and along with that impact our sense of being.
Citizens, who think they possess a soulful voice can go to Crescendo at IIM Chaos and sing their heart out. Not restricted to genres the best voices stand a chance to win cash prize worth Rs 35,000/- during the Crescendo.
If you are one of the performing arts lovers, then Ahmedabad city is where you should be this week. The performances lined up this week includes Harsh Shodhan’s Kashmirnaama – a fictional poetical presentation that depicts the changing scenario in Kashmir through music, poetry and dialogues. Cultural dance lovers who want to get enlightened about the mudra and the facial expression (Navarasa) of Kathakali performance should listen to Michel Lestrehan lecturing about the dance forms. The performing art enthusiast has frequently stayed in India and France for 34 years and is well researched about the traditional Indian arts. Inspired by the life story of Bangladeshi actor Ashraful Alom Saeed, Hero Alom is a Hindi play that explores the real meaning of beauty and happiness in a satirical tone.
Stand-up comedy enthusiasts who are looking forward to some good laugh should drop down to HK Hall and witness celebrated comedian Kanan Gill perform original acts at the Lolstars ft. Kanan Gill.
The inspiration for our 195th Ahmedabad Art Weekly has been borrowed from one of Hindi and Gujarati film industry’s top writer-director and screenwriter Chaturbhuj Doshi. The former journalist have contributed immensely to film industry with his 24 directorial ventures, especially the Gujarati cinema with films like ‘Gunsundari’ and ‘Nanand Bhojai’. Born in 1894 in Kathiawar, the filmmaker cum lyricist frequently adapted significant novels and stories for films and gave box-office hits like The Secretary, Musafir, Bhakta Surdas, Maheman and various others. His original stories were produced in films by Ajit Pictures, while Doshi dedicated most of his writings to Ranjit Studio and sometimes also drafted for Punatar productions.
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The wintery chills have diminished after the much enthusiastic Uttarayana celebration, but that doesn’t mean that there is a reduction in the energy of the Amdavadi creators. Here is the 194th Ahmedabad Art Weekly with a list of original, inventive events happening in Ahmedabad.
The Flower Show featuring hundreds of herbaceous species by 12 major nurseries of India is the major attraction of the week. Visitors can see innovative horticulture in the form of creative sculptures while visiting the Flower Show 2019 at Sabarmati Riverfront.
Visual art lovers should come to ‘Kadamb’ solo show of artist Nabibakhsh Mansoori to witness his signature surrealist landscapes full of eye-catchy hues and camouflaging forms. For the first time in Ahmedabad, to narrate a remarkable history of human habitat, Australian architectural photographer John Gollings’ picturesque photography works will be kept open for people to witness at the ‘History of the Built World’ exhibition. You don’t need to be a child to enjoy cartoons, so tickle your funny bone with witty illustrations, drawings and cartoons by artist NR Manvar at his solo exhibition. The featured artist is a reputed cartoonist contributing at popular daily, Gujarat Samachar since long time. Ahmedabad based artist Harshil Patel, who pursued his master’s in Fine Arts from the University College London opens his solo exhibition ‘Process Practice Play’ this weekend. Sponsored by Gujarat State Lalitkala Academy, the show will further travel to NIV Art Centre in Delhi for an extended display.
Shabnam Virmani who is famous for her 5-stringed tambura performances of folk songs of Kabir and other mystic poets is a filmmaker, singer and artist who is here in Ahmedabad to talk, sing and poetically narrate and question the traditional notions of gender identity in यह तो घर है प्रेम का recital. When it comes to performances, we can’t miss out watching the schedule of Natarani Amphitheatre. And this week the space is occupied with a musical rendition with a line-up of locally renowned as well as budding musicians. ‘Time Wise’ is a musical performance that will take its audience on a detour to jazz, blues and eventually Hindustani classical music this weekend. Musicians Meera Desai and Shankar Iyer will conduct the opening performances of the show. A treat for young readers as The British Library yet again organises the book reading of Italian mouse detective Geronimo Stilton. The animated children book series is one of the bestselling books ever written by author Elisabetta Dami.
The TMC Theatre Festival invites the audience to witness the award-winning Gujarati play of playwright and radio personality Naishadh Purani called ‘Taja Kala’. The drama, which will be accompanied with Purani’s newly written theatre ‘Dardapora’, is assumed to be ‘An exploration of love and the way it mirrors the lover’. The creation has won 6 awards and numerous applauds for its brilliance so far. Shanti Business School is starting a series of leadership talks called “Vichardhaara” and the first guest speaker of the evening who will deliver a discourse on “Living the Unconventional Dream” will be Stay Hungry Stay Foolish famed writer Rashmi Bansal.
We dedicate the 194th AAW to artist Mahendra Kadia who left for heavenly abode at the early hours of January 17, 2019. Kadia, a veteran in the field of painting, was a warm hearted, soft spoken gentleman who was loved for his fatherly demeanor as much as for his unique art. Kadia’s oeuvre is a visual representation of the Birds, which over the span of decades has passed through varying artistic styles. An alumni of Sheth CN College of Fine Arts, he has also served as a professor at the institute. He is also popular as the face of L & P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, where his association dates back to 1983. Since 2008 he is serving as the Honorary Director of the center. A recipient of National Award by Lalit Kala Akademi, Kadia’s persistence in artistic pursuits is an inspiring tale. Within his own family his influence has created 11 artists across generations. In January 2018, Kadia showcased his retrospective in Ahmedabad, and it was extremely well received. His artworks can be found in the collections of luminous personalities including Jaya Bachchan, Sangeeta Jindal and Urmila Kanoria, and also on display at the reputed National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi. The visual art proponent’s abstract birds will forever flutter to enrich our aesthetic sensibilities!