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To maintain a database and reduce the nuisance of stray cattle on scorching roads civic bodies of Ahmadabad are in plans to stick Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on them. We hope that this step would eventually curb down the number of stray animals on Amdavadi roads, which actually are one of the major road mishap causes today. The add-on bonus of clear roads can also be banked by Yatris by reaching their desired event locations at the earliest. Meanwhile, here’s a list of city’s handpicked events of the week through the 211th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
This week kicks off with the yesteryear actress Padma Shri Asha Parekh who will remain present at the Binaca Geetmala concert where singers Amit Tomer and Bageshri Brahmbhatt will reminisce the famous Vividh Bharati programme ‘Geetmala’.
Joining the famous celebrities in city this week is the well-known Hindi poet Ashok Vajpeyi who will be a part of a poetry recital dedicated to his works.
Movie buffs who were lucky enough to be saved from turning into dust after Thanos’ snap should drop down and watch masterpieces of French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve – Goodbye First Love and Eden.
People searching for a right path or are willing to get a dose of inspiration about vocations, should come down to ગોઠડી and listen to career counsellor Rajendra Upadhyay speak on‘Youth and Career’.
Delve deeper to know in depth about the fluent calligraphy and meticulously made Jain paintings and scrolls at ‘Life of Tirthankaras depicted in Jain style of Manuscripts’ exhibition.
TikTak Tales is a play that was born out of a compilation of various fantasy lore and every age group would enjoy it.
And TrinTrin Amdavad is giving people a one of a kind chance to explore the lesser-known lanes of the Walled City of Ahmedabad on a bicycle through a treasure hunt.
‘Confluence’ by Sapan Anjaria is coming back to showcase the charm of Indian classical music and performing arts. Have you imagined how nature in tiny forms would look like? Come to Nayan and Vaishali’s Mini Nature Project exhibition brimming with miniature art and experience it through your own eyes. Culture enthusiasts looking for a guided tour to the famous utensil gallery in Amdavad – Vechaar Museum – can come down to the International Museum Day celebration with Avani Varia.
The 211th edition of Ahmedabd Art Weekly is Gujarati language author Shivkumar Joshi of the famous play Suvarnarekha. The Ahmedabad born writer of various plays, novels, and short stories also served as a reputed stage actor and director while staying in present-day Kolkata. The son of Sanskrit scholar, he carried on his father’s academic legacy. He then became a part of the Indian Independence Movement, ran a garment shop and later started participating in cultural and social activities. The Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award recipient wrote plays with characters mostly in conflict with the urban life and novels that had socio-political incidents and even intervened love stories.
Illustration : Chetan Mochi
The most creative and enriching events of the week are here with 210th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Experience visual art exhibitions, theatricals, cultural symposium and music concerts around your neighbourhood. However let’s be responsible citizens and not litter around. With the AMC becoming stringent under its cleanliness drive, let us all see to it that we create a clean and beautiful environment for all of us.
CEPT Summer Exhibition is trying to make the scorching heat of Amdavad a little bearable by featuring a compilation of photography contest, musical concert and architectural workshops. Experienced artists of the city are showcasing some fascinating glimpses, sculptures, paintings and graphics at the recently opened ‘Show’. The poster of Devanshi Kanani’s solo show ‘Leela’ opening this week seems quite artistic, you can explore a Yatra there!
The screening of Katell Quillévéré’s French drama Suzanne is a family tale and a love affair that has already garnered the César Award. This week also marks the birth centennial anniversary year of Padma Bhushan laureate Dr.Dhirubhai Thaker, who founded the Vishwakosh Trust in 1985.Authorities are inviting dignitaries to revere his lifework and to conduct various discourses. Actors Esha Kansara and Aarjav Trivedi are coming to talk aspects of acting in Gujarati films, theatre and television.
Savour some toothsome pizzas and tuneful jazz during an exclusive concert of Meera Desai and Shankar Iyer or relish the folklores of Gujarat in the dramatic play of Jithro Bhabho. Empathise with the struggles of an aspiring actor in Mumbai through the drama मसाज or attend The Cafe Comedy Show that provides young comedians with a platform to explore humour in more than six genres – stand-up, live sketch, slapstick, parody musical skit and Improv.
Daughter of illustrious parents – Ramanbhai Nilkanth and Vidyagauri Nilkanth, educationist Sarojini Mehta, followed her lineage to serve as a social reformist and writer in Ahmedabad. Mehta, the inspiration for our 210th Ahmedabad Art Weekly, after graduating in 1919 and learning sociology from the London School of Economics in 1923, worked as a superintendent at the Vanita Vishram. Her stirring short story anthologies namely Ekadashi, Char Patharani Ma and Valata Pani raised pertinent questions on subjects like child marriage, family and the stature of women in society. Mehta is revered as a gem in the Gujarati literary fraternity.
Illustration : Chetan Mochi
The Gujarat government celebrated the state’s foundation day by formally notifying that shops and commercial establishments can remain open all day i.e 24×7. Malls and eateries are expected to make most of it, Team CY looks forward to some art galleries and museums to come forward and use this notification to the advantage of art connoisseur by remaining open beyond the stipulated time of 8 pm. This will be a great move to promote arts and culture in Ahmedabad and give people an option to engage with arts in late night leisure hours. For now let us look at the 209th Ahmedabad Art Weekly, and discover the best events happening in Ahmedabad.
Tattva photography exhibition featuring Pratiksha Patel, Jiten Shah and Nisarg Patel is a confluence of art and nature under a single dome. The three nature adorers have selected their best wildlife and nature photos to deliver Amdavadis a delightful experience. People who wish to talk/hear on design, architecture and urban planning with experienced creators of the industry should drop down to ‘The Talk of Towns’ symposium. The list of speakers includes reputed personalities of Ahmedabad’s design fraternity including Ar. Hiren Patel and Ar. Yatin Pandya. Amdavadis who are willing to celebrate the heritage side of the city and would like to delve deeper into the inception stories of the town, should join Nayan Jaiswal to walk in and around the 15th century architectural marvel Sarkhej Roza.
We want to congratulate team Apna Open Mic for opening their 11th edition this week. The young minds have been helping regional creators in gaining maximum eyeballs by providing them with a much-deserved platform. The recently opened gaming arena of Amdavad, Shott, is not just surprising citizens with Gujarat’s most massive go-kart track. The place is also in plans to attract art aficionados of Amdavad by hosting ‘Weekend with The Monologue’ this week where young minds would speak their thoughts out in the form of a poem, story, song or creative monologue.
Theatre enthusiasts should buckle up for a bevy of beautiful theatricals. Starting with Harshad Goplani’s experimental play, लिखावट, which is a dramatic life narration of an emotional young woman and her husband and how everything in her jolly functional life changes with a single unanticipated incident. Bold, progressive Gujarati writer Chandrakant Bakshi, who even served as the Sheriff of Mumbai will poetically come to life through the enactment of dexterous recitalist Pratik Gandhi at Hun Chandrakant Bakshi drama. Directed by Manoj Shah, the play has been rendered several times in front of Amdavadi audience, and you can know more about its brilliance by reading our review here. Celebrate the ‘150 Years of Gandhi’ on the lands of Ahmedabad, which was one of the Karma Bhoomi of our father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi by attending Mahatma – An Eternal Spirit. The Aavirbhaav School of Creative Arts has tried balancing music, narrative, visuals and values of Bapu within Sarmistha Sarkar’s one of a kind creation. Young musician Dirgh Suri is all set to play summer melodies live at the event.
The inspiration for the 209th Ahmedabad Art Weekly has been borrowed from Jain scholar, and philosopher Sukhlal Sanghvi dotingly recalled as Pandit Sukhlalji. Born in Limli near Surendranagar in 1880 Sanghvi lost his eyesight at the young age of sixteen, however he overcame this handicap and pursued religious education and gradually became proficient in Jainology. Later he served Banaras Hindu University as a professor and rose to scholarly heights through his intellectual work. Paul Dundas, the famous sanskrit scholar calls Sanghvi ‘the most incisive modern interpreters of Jain philosophy’ and he ‘represents what now seems to be a virtually lost scholarly and intellectual world.’ In his lifetime Pandit Sukhlalji has received many laurels like the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Padma Bhushan. His work is wide and vast and includes titles like Panchapratikramana, Devendrasuri’s first four Karma Granthas, Haribhadra Suri’s Yogadarsana and Yogavimshika, Hemacandra’s Pramana-mimamsa, has translated and interpreted Tattvarthasutra and Nyayavatara in Gujarati. Then President of Indis, S Radhakrishnan, a philosopher and an author of great repute has honoured Sukhlalji by saying that his life was that of an ascetic performing Jnanayajna (Worship of Knowledge).
Illustration : Chetan
Abhivyakti: The City Arts Project is back with its 2nd Edition to give Ahmedabad a generous dose of artful events across the domains of theatre, dance, music and visual arts. Abhivyakti is a one-of-a-kind arts event that celebrates and showcases the young and original artistic talent from Ahmedabad. The 17-day long fiesta starts today, April 26 and will continue till May 12. The events shall happen at two venues on the either side of Sabarmati, Dinesh hall on Ashram road being one and other the auditorium of Bhavans College in Khanpur.
The blooming Open Mic culture in the city is lending platform to a lot of unexpressed talent of the city. This week the Unread Open Mic is providing space for poets, stand up comedians and storytellers to come up and perform.
People looking for some soothing tunes to enjoy this weekend should drop down to Queens of Melody concert. The cross-cultural show featuring musician Éléonore Fourniau, Nandini Shankar and Abhishek Mishra will collaboratively introduce us to Turkish, Kurdistani and Indian melodies. The Swarotsav music festival, a celebration of Gujarati language, music and culture is featuring reputed performers and creators of Gujarat in its three day schedule. The star-studded line-up features eminent personalities from film, music as well as literature – namely Jigardan Gadhvi, Kinjal Dave, Kirtidan Gadhvi, Bhoomi Trivedi, Kajal Oza Vaidya and Jay Vasavada.
The Short Film club of Shamiana is back again with a marathon of movie screenings. Short films with global significance that somehow touches the broader perspective of the real society like Guy Nattiv’s Skin, Katia Benrath’s Watu Wote: All of Us and James Everett’s Dreaming of Peggy Lee will be a part of the feature list. Since we are talking about films, we thought movie buffs of Ahmedabad would also be interested in the Lets Talk Meetup, where Janki Bodiwala, Devarshi Shah and Hrutul Patel, which will highlight the hidden opportunities in Gujarati film industry and give an idea to the audience on how they can earn a break into one of the films.
Young bibliophile Janvi Sonaiya is inviting fellow literature lovers to discuss Becoming, a memoir of former USA First Lady Michelle Obama. The discussion will not only focus on the literature but will also have a fun-filled story writing activity for the audience.
An experimental Gujarati play drafted and directed by budding playwright Harsh Shodhan is also something that theatre enthusiasts should look forward to. Ek Sthayi Musafar is a self introspecting drama narrated through the perspective of a traveller. Come and visit the second largest lake of the city, Kankaria and an almost a 70-year-old Zoo with photographer Ashish Mehta. The heritage enthusiast will allow and assist its audience in taking picturesque glimpses of the premises during the Photowalk.
Foundation Course Students of Kanoria Centre for Arts will exhibit their course learnings visually during the Annual Exhibition. Around 30 young artists will exhibit varied artworks during this three-day long art display.
The 208th Ahmedabad Art Weekly’s is dedicated to Gandhian polyglot Swami Anand, the man who inspired Mahatma Gandhi to write his autobiography ‘The Story of My Experiments with Truth’. Swami was proficient in Gujarati, Marathi, Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu and English languages and was manager for Gandhi’s publications Navajivan and Young India. Born in Wadhwan in 1887 Anand later became a cleric at the Ramakrishna Mission and then worked in Marathi newspaper Kesari. He has also worked as a secretary with Sardar Vallabhai Patel. His literary achievements spread across the genres of fiction, travelogues, science, religion, nature, spirituality and society. Some of his popular works include Kulkathao, Ambavadiyun, Amaratvel, Dharthinum lun, Santona Anuj and Naghrol.
Indian’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad is vivaciously celebrating the World Heritage Day with multiple cultural events. The week starts with a night photography walk in the heart of the walled city, where heritage admirer Ashish Mehta is inviting shutterbugs of Ahmedabad to take picturesque glimpses from Moto Sutharvado Pol to Manek Chowk.
A group of enthusiastic budding visual artists are opening Mangalarambh group painting exhibition in the presence of senior artist and art critic Natubhai Parikh. The exhibition has been brought to Ahmedabad by Mukhote creative Art Foundation in association with Gujarat State Lalit Kala Academy.
To help you experience a good chuckle amidst all the mundane work schedule budding stand-up comedian Aaryan Kadri, Sunil Regar, Dhruv Barot and Kiran Panchal are coming up with some fresh content and acts. Emerging or even first time poets and storytellers can try their hands on performances at the Open Mic Ahmedabad show.
Presented by the founder of Rangam Theatre, Prashant Tarun Jadav, Open Letters is a dramatic representation of a few iconic open letters rendered by budding theatre artists. One of the most iconic novels written in Gujarati by author Kanaiyalal Munshi and Pranlal Dwivedi, Pruthiveevallabh will be expressively narrated by a group of energetic performing artists at Natarani Amphitheatre this week. The Hungry, starring Naseeruddin Shah and Tisca Chopra is an Indian film version of Titus Andronicus Shakespearian tragedy. Attendees of the screening will stand a chance to talk with its film director Bornila Chatterjee.
To ask poignant questions to the government civil society and the community as a whole, self-expressive play Gujarat Ke Muhajir is being brought to you by the recitalists of National Peace Group. The play will throw light on the displaced Muslim citizens after the gruesome Gujarat riots of 2002.
Author, critic, editor, journalist, columnist and translator Kumarpal Desai is coming up with his new book Param No Sparsh. The wordsmith will talk about his literature in the presence of eminent personalities from various creative fields. Poet and writer Madhav Ramanuj will celebrate his 75th birth anniversary at the Shabadjyoti talk session. The Narsinh Mehta Award and Sahitya Gaurav Puraskar recipient will brief us about his so far eventful life journey and career.
Through the 207th Ahmedabad Art Weekly, we give a hearty tribute to medieval Gujarati poet Vallabh Bhatt. The 17th-century poet was born in Ahmedabad but shifted to the temple town of Becharaji in devotion to deity Bahuchar Mata. The wordsmith drafted various devotional songs and Gujarati Garba in his lifetime and it is said that his first Garba, Anandno Garbo, was written while he was just of 13. A popular name in the folklores of Gujarat, Bhatt wrote Laavni, a particular metered poetry, while dedicating his devotion towards the goddess. His work is spread over various folk styles namely – Garba, Dhal, Pada and Aarti, a lot of it devotional in nature and dedicated to Bahuchar Mata. His songs like Krishnavirahna Pada, Chosaath Joganiono Garbo, Bahucharajina Pada are part of the oral tradition till date.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
It is an immensely proud moment for Humans as they capture the first-ever image of a black hole, which is three times the size of the earth. The internet, especially Twitter is going crazy over making memes on the image. As this sparks of numerous debates around existentialism, creators across the world continue in their pursuit of ‘creation’ every day. The 206th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is here to tell you what the creators of the heritage city are upto.
The weekly starts with a soulful food and music event at Karma cafe. Their popular Gandhi Thali will now be accompanied by Gandhi Bhajans sung by prisoners of Sabarmati Jail. This will continue for almost a month at the Navajivan Campus. If it’s been a long time since you’ve last attended a musical, Phir Mohabbat Karne Chala Hai… by playwright-director Snehal Brahmbhatt will definitely be a great restart. The Hindi romantic musical is full of dance and music set to display amorous emotions. To delve deeper into the lives of women who were fervently in love with Lord Krishna, witness a story full of love, truth, passion and compassion called Karshati – Shree Krishna Madhurashtakam coming up to the city of Ahmedabad. Reputed performers will stir the audience with contemporary dance during the show.
079 Stories the popular arts destination of western Ahmedabad is hosting Vyom Mehta’s solo arts show starting from April 12, 2019 and will continue till May 10, 2019. Known for his surreal imagery, which was evocatively displayed in his earlier ‘Asura’ series, with ‘Creature Constant’ Mehta promises to give the city a fantastical display of his artistic instincts. FLARE’19 at PDPU will touch various fields of creativity through dance, dramatics, music, fine arts, literature, and more. The much anticipated Annual Socio-Cultural Fest of the institution has been giving young students a platform to blossom their talent since more than a decade now. Summer has begun and most of the children are already sipping coolers while enjoying their summer holidays! To give their good times a twisting vibe Shreyas Foundation invites children from the age group of 4 to 16 years to play indigenous Indian games like Nagolchu, Bhamardo, Gili Danda etc at the Traditional Games Mela.
Stand-up comedian Chintan Thakkar is all set to perform his original content at ‘My Current Affair’ comedy night. The man promises to give you a ROFL experience with his satirical commentary, which is not recommended for kids at all! Students of Furniture and Interior Design department at NID have made picturesque furniture products using scrap materials. Come and have a look at their unique creations made of used motorcycle fuel tanks, vacuum cleaner, fan covers, and old office chairs at The Thrown Legacy furniture show. Reputed lensman Vivek Desai has worked immensely on various geographic cultures of Kutch, Dang and Varanasi throughout his life. His photography exhibition Banaras – the breathing legacy is a picturesque show full of glimpses that reflects the mysticism of the world’s most ‘ancient’ city – Kashi.
The 206th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is dedicated to Jain monk Acharya Vijay Vallabhsuriji. Known for his tremendous work to establish peace during the turbulent times of partition, Vallabhsuri was an ardent supporter of Mahatma Gandhi’s peaceful resistance movement. Born in Vadodara in 1870, acharya’s work is spread across entire western area of the sub-continent. During the partition he was in Gujaranwala (now in Pakistan) and walked his way to Wagah border. He motivated Jain patrons to establish educational institutes and is the major force behind many institutions spread across – Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, H.P., U.P., Gujarat, Maharashtra. He authored various religious texts in Hindi, Gujarati and Punjabi with the motto of preaching harmony to the society. The noble soul left the earthly boundaries in 1954, more than 2 lakh people came and joined his funeral procession that was held in Mumbai. The Government of India honoured Vallabhsuri’s life by releasing a postal stamp with his impression and erecting a grand memorial in Delhi.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani
People across the globe have always presumed citizens of Ahmedabad as passionate business minded personalities. But it’s the Ahmedabad Art Weekly which is breaking the archetypical mindsets and screaming out loud on how culturally rich and creative this city can be. The 205th edition has a wonderful dose that will satiate a creative soul’s curiosity
Based on Padma Shree Gyan Chaturvedi’s stirring novel ‘Narak Yatra’, Dastan-E-Narak is a play directed by Dushyant Malik, it reflects the atrocities of an Indian poor man’s life. The show is reasonably ticketed and it features various emerging artists of Aapnu Amdavad. The comic women of Ahmedabad are back with freshly brewing content. Mahila Manch with journalist and stand-up comedian Priti Das have organised yet again a humour filled evening as part of their monthly Period show series! Architects by vocation yet musicians by passion, locally dwelling Hrushikesh and Sukrit are learned Indian Classical musicians who will collaboratively deliver an aesthetically rich performance at ‘Mohana’.
An all-night musical ensemble featuring reputed artists of the Indian classical music are going to be a part of ‘Yamini’. Vocalist Shrimati Shruti Sadolikar, The Manganiyars of Barmer and Veena player Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt are only amongst a few of them. Get mesmerised in the tuneful melodies of singer Nirali Kartik, while she performs at ‘Bhor Bhayee’ with Tabla player Sapan Anjaria and Harmonium player Akash Joshi at Natarani Amphitheatre. A lecture that will delve deeper into relationships, but not just of family! તબીબ અને દર્દી : માંઝી અને મુસાફર talk is meant to focus on relationships between a student and a teacher and also between a doctor and patient. The talk will be conducted by author Jay Vasavada, Dr Chintan Patel and Dr Vismit Joshipura.
Visual art adorers, attention! Ahmedabad is hosting an exhibition of India’s only artist who paints with flames. Kamal Rana calls his technique of painting FI’RANA:ISM, which he is planning to demonstrate during this almost one-week long exhibition. Literature lovers can relish a pleasant evening discussing Jhumpa Lahiri’s book ‘Interpreter of Maladies’. Photographer Bindi Sheth who closely observes various NGOs through her lens comes up with another exhibition in the city. The lens woman has yet again sensitively captured the stirring stories of children with special needs in a visual form.
The inspiration of our 205th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is National Award winning Indian film actor Sanjeev Kumar. Born in Surat, in 1938, Kumar started his acting career at the age of 22 with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) and gave fantastic performances in movies like Dastak (1971) and Koshish (1973) The versatile actor performed flawless comedy as well as dramatic scenes and his role in film ‘Angoor’ was rated as the 25 best acting performances ever in Indian Cinema by Forbes. The multi accolade winning recitalist was highly respected amongst his contemporaries and other fellow actors and actresses. The Govt of India released a postal stamp dedicated to Sanjeev Kumar in 2013 to recognise his contributions to the Indian film industry.
April is about to initiate and the scorching heat wave has already started gushing within the narrow lanes of Ahmedabad. Refer our list of the 204th Ahmedabad Art Weekly and cool down your soul with the most enriching events of this week.
The week starts with a refreshing art exhibition called Artistic Abodes where various artists will be exhibiting contemporary art, bronze sculptures as well as Pichwai artworks for around 2 weeks. Art lovers can also head to the Strokes of Nature art show where avid nature lover Amita Phumbhra will be exhibiting her watercolours and acrylic paintings all based on the theme of nature. The exhibition will open in the presence of artist Asha Mandappa and architect Trupti Dave. People looking to delve deeper into art, design and aesthetics should definitely drop down to Art in Conversation panel discussion. The tete-a-tete will be moderated by journalist Anurita Rathore and will feature architect Hiren Patel, curator Manan Relia, artist and curator Rekha Rodwittiya and artist Vyom Mehta.
Stand up comedian, YouTuber and writer Biswa Kalyan Rath is all set to stage aflame with his slaying and refreshing content live in Ahmedabad. The creativity seeking citizens should also witness the magic of performance storytelling by Vikram Sridhar at Scrapyard. On the cheeky day of April Fool, the narrator will push you to nostalgia with stories of Birbal, Tenali Raman, Mullah Nassrudin and even Charlie Chaplin.
To subtly explain what happens when those who seek power for personal benefits get in power, a re-enactment of Macbeth is arriving in your city. William Shakespeare’s tragedy brought down by actors of Naitre School Of Cine Acting has been directed and written by Jay Merchant and adapted by Rahul Bhole. Since one Shakespeare play wasn’t enough Rohit Prajapati has decided to create a Gujarati adaptation of Othello. The play will feature North Gujarati dialect and folk songs of the following geography to give the theatre lovers of Ahmedabad a refreshing feel.
A detailed exhibition to discuss the project of McCullough Mulvin, a contemporary architecture practice is coming to Ahmedabad. Displaced Longitude hosted by Lilavati Lalbhai Library will delve deeper into the practice of this Dublin based organisation, which is immensely working in India and Europe. Written in 1980 Dushyant Malik directed Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya O Jamya E Nai is a play that stirringly touches various evils and instances during the era of India-Pakistan partition.
Vadodara born senior actor Farooq Sheikh, whose immense contribution in Hindi films, television, theatre and parallel cinema made him achieve the National Film Award is the inspiration for our 204th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. A law drop, Sheikh began his acting career through theatres and kept acting on various mediums until his last breath. He worked with notable Indian directors including Satyajit Ray, Sai Paranjpe, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta and is also remembered for his work in play Tumhari Amrita. He was notably seen in television series Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai. The actor also worked as a social reformist and immensely contributed to the polio eradication initiative in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Happy Holi Yatris! The festival of colours is here and we are so excited to make it more vivid by adding up some of the most creative happenings of the city in your itinerary.
It is said that board games help in improving your decision-making skills, increases memory power, lowers your blood pressure and reduces stress. So if Friday Board Game Nights is inviting you to relish these creative games, you should not have many reasons to miss it out.
‘Amruta Gandhi, Not Guilty’ is a play that talks about the feminine and the social hypocrisy dominated by money and power holders. The stirring drama is a social commentary and will feature sophisticated recitalists including Mehul Buch, Tusharika Rajguru and Shilpa Patel. श्री और ब्लू an inspiring tale of two friends named Shree and Blue is going to motivate the audience to reach out even for their most impossible dreams. The 100-minute long anecdote starring upcoming theatre actors Shivam Parekh and Shashank Arya has been drafted by budding playwright Saurabh Saraswat.
Celebrate the festival of Holi with utmost bliss while listening to some of the most gracefully drafted poetry performed by veteran poets and performers of Gujarat at the सांस्कृतिक संध्या व कवि सम्मलेन. The evening promises to be a culturally exuberating extravaganza for people of all age group. Enjoy a tête-à-tête with Frederick Lavoie, a Quebec based Canadian non-fiction writer and journalist who will elaborate Amdavadis on the topic of ‘Resisting Fake News’.
Ahoy Ahmedabad! National award laureate visual artist Vipul Prajapati is all set to come up with his latest solo show at the city’s most loved culture destination, 079 Stories. The show is a compilation of drawing and paintings on various themes that are mainly showcasing his thoughts and recent experiences in the most aesthetically sound manner.
The Unread Open Mic event is all set to unfold with the opening of a poetry anthology that comprises works of 100 writers hailing from approximately 30 different cities. The creative fiesta will be celebrated at Project Otenga and host stand-up comedy performances, musical renditions, literature recitals etc.
Artist Manish Chavda will bring his exuberant oils in the show titled ‘Song of Birds’ at the Hutheesing Centre. Chavda is known for his lavish depiction of natural elements, in his work he provides a unique vantage point to view the intricacy and beauty of nature.
The week is full of colours and merriment to mark the vivid festival of colours, Holi. And 203rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is celebrating the occasion with utmost enthusiasm and encouraging people to relish it with utmost fervour. The festival is said to mark the Spring Equinox and is said to be an official initiation of Spring season and end of the winters. On this day people celebrate the victory of good over evil by distributing sweets and applying colours on each other and Holi is considered to be amongst the most important festival in the Hindu religion. So through this, we wish each and every a happy and safe Holi and request each one to save as much water as possible.