May 25, 2016
Creative Yatra explores a little known library right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Bhadra Plaza, called ‘Himabhai Institute’. Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold…
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…
Apr 11, 2016
The oldest library of Ahmedabad, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library, is blessed with quietness of the mosque that surrounds it. Ahmedabad has internationally carved its identity on the globe through the numerous mosques dotted across the city. The air confined…
Nov 21, 2017
The nip in the air for a change was low and expectations were relatively high on the ground open to the sky at the young theatre writer-director Chintan Pandya’s residence for ‘a unique experience’ in the ‘environmental theatre’ format he…
Ahmedabad is celebrating World Photography Day this week. The comedy play ‘Wrong Number’ is coming to town, starring actors like Rakesh Bedi and Avtar Gill. And popular flute artist Ronu Majumdar brings out a Zen Concert.
The world is celebrating World Photography Day on August 19, and so is Ahmedabad. August 19 marks the day that the Daguerreotype photographic process, invented by Frenchman Louis Daguerre, was unleashed into the world by the French government. People of Ahmedabad are celebrating their photographic moments through exhibitions like Fòcas, Vision Extended, and Namami Devi Narmade. There is also a talk on how photography can be a medium to “search for the self”, by senior photographers Amit Mehra, Ashish Shah and Swapan Parekh. Meet the artists and show your work to them.
For art lovers, painter Ajit Parekh’s retrospective, which is being inaugurated by Pritzker Prize-winning architect BV Doshi, is an exciting happening of this week.
Our Art Weekly also highlights an evening of recitals of Gujarati poetry, called માનું-કંકુ. And a concert by project Zubaan, which will see singer Kavish play a musical instrument called Noori which he has made himself. Missing the vibes of the Saptak Annual Festival of Music, which went by in January of this year? Worry not, followers of Indian classical music can attend Zen Concerts to listen to popular flute player Pandit Ronu Majumdar’s compositions.
Theatre lovers of the city would not want to miss the Hindi comedy play Wrong Number, a story that revolves around an affair and stars well-known actors like Rakesh Bedi, Avtar Gill and Tanaaz Irani. Or attend a combined “drama and music gig” in which theatre group Machaan shares the stage with the band The Monologue, for the play Line.
Our 173rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly pays tribute to Bhagvatsingh Sahib, who ruled the princely state of Gondal in Rajkot district as Maharaja, from 1869 to 1944. One of the only Maharajas to gain a medical degree, he studied at the University of Edinburgh, and later became the Vice-President of the Indian Medical Association. Said to be one of the most progressive monarchs in Indian history, he also published the first Gujarati dictionary, an encyclopedia called Bhagavadgomandal, and wrote the book A Short History of Aryan Medical Science.
Express yourself this Independence Day at Ouroboros’ Open Mic evening or attend a three-day forum on architecture. There’s also a Book Fair for bibliophiles and the Gujarati play ‘Vaaras’ comes to town.
Art-lovers will be spoilt for choice in the coming days, with four exhibitions in town! At interior designer Bharat Mewada’s solo show, delve into the life of Mahatma Gandhi through 44 sketches. Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan is hosting two solo exhibitions by artists Raju Baraiya and Raju Patel, while a group show that’s catchily called MOM: Musing of Monochrome is taking place at Amdavad Ni Gufa next week.
For theatre lovers, we recommend watching Vaaras, a Gujarati play about a man who brings a Christian girl home to meet his family. The play traces what happens when she moves in with the to-be in-laws. Book-lovers, meanwhile, have reason to rejoice! There’s a book fair at Sushilaben Ratilal Hall over the next 11 days.
Those interested in design and architecture would not want to miss the Kurula Varkey Design Forum at CEPT University, a three-day long event full of discussions and talks. Aditi Pathak and Abhishek Agrawat, meanwhile, have organised what promises to be a different kind of talk called Talab.
For those looking to express their ingenious side, look out for Ouroboros Theatre’s Open Mic event on the occasion of Independence Day, and enjoy what surely will be an evening full of music, laughter, poetry and creativity. If you’re a college student or young professional and think you’ve got knowledge of culture, heritage and business, then The Great Indian Quiz Season – 3, by Sanjay Chakraborty of EssKsee Consultancy, is an exciting choice for you next week.
The inspiration for our 172nd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Balwantray Kalyanray Thakore, a prolific poetry teacher who played a major role in pioneering the Pandit yug in Gujarati literature. Born in 1869, Thakore was fondly known as Ballukaka by those close to him. He wrote Gujarati poems under the pen names Valkal and Sehni. Being a Sanskrit scholar and proficient writer of English, Thakore wrote articles in Times of India and later contributed as an assistant editor for the newspaper Indian Spectator. The literature lover was honoured with a gold medal for his essay An account of the first Madhavrao Peshwa. His sonnet sequence Premo Divas and poetry anthology Bhankaar are amongst the most significant works of Gujarati literature.
Husain, Raza, Souza and more can now be seen under a single roof at Archer Art Gallery’s Inaugural Exhibition. ‘Love Ni Bhavai’ actor Pratik Gandhi stars in the play ‘Sir Sir Sarla’ this Saturday. And a Theatre Festival for Toddlers arrives in town!
Now you can look at art by Husain, Raza, Souza, Ravi Varma and Padamsee, all under one roof, at Archer Art Gallery’s Inaugural Exhibition containing a breadth of masterworks of Indian contemporary and modern art. Antrang is another art show that’s happening this week, which brings together a group of 6 young artists.
Featuring Love Ni Bhavai actor Pratik Gandhi, the Gujarati play Sir Sir Sarla, about a professor and his students, is coming to town this Saturday. Other theatrical acts in line are Gardish Mein Taare, a fictional work inspired by the romance between film director Guru Dutt and his wife Geeta; and Vaaras, a Gujarati play about a Christian girl who moves in with her partner’s family before marriage.
If you’re looking for something creative for your child, don’t miss the Theatre Festival for Toddlers next week, a 5-day festival of plays meant exclusively for children, brought to the city by theatre groups from Mumbai and Delhi.
Budding writers and bloggers can share their work and get feedback at the Writers Group Meet happening at the British Council Library this Sunday. Poet Ankit Trivedi, meanwhile, is all set to celebrate Friendship Day with you on August 5, with his show Dost tara naam par!
The inspiration for Ahmedabad Art Weekly #171 is Gujarati poet and journalist Balmukund Dave. Born in Vadodara district in 1916, Dave worked as a journalist for three decades at Navjivan, retiring from which, he joined Lokjivan as an editor. He wrote poems in the form of folk tunes and devotional songs, with themes of love and spirituality, respectively. His first poem Dhruvakhyan was based on the mythological character of Dhruva, and his poem Hari no Hansalo was a Bhajan-style work devoted to Mahatma Gandhi after his demise. Dave received the Kumar Suvarna Chandrak for his contributions to literature.
A slew of concerts comes to Ahmedabad, with legendary percussionist Sivamani, santoor maestro Rahul Sharma and Zen musician Manish Vyas. But there’s more to this weekend than just music, including an all-woman stand-up comedy act!
Groove to the beats of famed percussionist Sivamani this weekend! The bandana-sporting music composer can play over a hundred instruments and is famous for accompanying Academy Award winning composer AR Rahman on his musical tours. Sivamani is coming to Ahmedabad on Saturday for Legends of Now, a concert alongside sitarist Ravi Chary and keyboardist Sangeet Haldipur.
This culture-rich weekend also starts off on Friday the 27th with an Indian classical dance performance at CPI Campus. Happening in parallel is a Culture Talk featuring the writers of much-loved Gujarati film Love Ni Bhavai, Mitai Shukla and Nehal Bakshi.
The 10th National Drama Festival is also starting on Friday and promises to enrich people with a slew of plays lined up until next week. If you are in the mood for even more drama, then head to Ouroboros to watch Mahemano O Vhaala and Gallery Room Gallery, two plays back to back.
The latest ‘must-go’ destination of Ahmedabad – Project Otenga in Ahmedabad University – is playing host to Izhaar 9.0, a poetry recital, over the weekend. Or choose to feel the tranquility of meditative music with musician Manish Vyas, who is famous for creating Zen music.
If that is not your thing, then immerse yourself in an altogether out-of-the-world vibe by attending The Period Show’s MAA BAHIN stand-up comedy act by a troop of all-female performers. If you happen to travel a little far towards Gandhinagar, then santoor maestro Rahul Sharma and sand artist Venugopal’s Monsoon Masti concert at PDPU is a CY recommendation for this Sunday.
Our inspiration for the 170th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Nadiad-born Gujarati humour essayist Bakul Tripathi, who wrote thousands of satirical essays over a span of four decades. A student of Commerce and Law, Tripathi is famous for writing the longest-running regular column in any daily newspaper across India, Kakko ne Barakhadi in Gujarat Samachar. He was a professor at H L College of Commerce, Ahmedabad, was President of Gujarati Sahitya Parishad and was editor of Gujarat Samachar’s international edition. He wrote several plays and Dranacharyanu Sinhasan is a compilation of humorous essays critiquing corruption and the education system. The Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak awardee wrote mainly in Gujarati and spent most of his literature-rich life in Ahmedabad.
Listen to soulful renditions of poetry by musicians Shyamal-Saumil and poet Ankit Trivedi, or celebrate author Umashankar Joshi’s 108th birthday this week. The Hindi comedy play ‘Last Over’ is here. And a talk by Pritzker winning architect BV Doshi.
While we’re all still clueless about when the monsoons will truly arrive in Ahmedabad, the city is abuzz with many events that can bring tranquility to your creative soul. How about travelling to the snow-capped mountains of ‘Kaashmir’ through Valji Solanki’s photography exhibition? Or exploring how graduate students of NID have made 14 chairs inspired from different states of India?
You can also celebrate the life of legendary Gujarati author Umashankar Joshi on his 108th birth anniversary at a Book Exhibition. Or attend Yugdrashta, a talk show by Swati Joshi and Satish Vyas. Listen to playwright Saumya Joshi talk about creative narration of stories or hear Pritzker Prize winning architect BV Doshi talk about Breaking the Barriers at Tagore Hall.
Beloved Gujarati poet Tushar Shukla will be narrating his poetry, alongside the musical duo Shyamal-Saumil and singer Aarti Munshi, at the show Mausam Chhalke this Friday. Poetry enthusiasts can also listen to the Gujarati language poet Ankit Trivedi reciting Gujarati verses. Theatre buffs, meanwhile, can look forward to Last Over, a Hindi comedy play about two fathers vying for a ticket to the cricket World Cup. The show stars ace actors Rakesh Bedi and Ananth Mahadevan. Film buffs can watch a special screening of Guru Dutt’s classic film Pyaasa.
Our inspiration for this week’s Ahmedabad Art Weekly is Ahmedabad-born Padma Shri Bachubhai Ravat. The Gujarati art critic and editor worked in the editing and publishing department of the Navjeevan Prakashan Mandir in his early years. For decades, he edited for Kumar magazine alongside artist Ravishankar Raval. Ravat also pioneered the Budh Sabha literature gathering in 1932, a literary workshop which takes place at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad every week, to this day. The poet was awarded the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak for his works of journalism. He was a believer in metrical poems, once mentioning that poems cannot exist “without metre”. His most notable works are Gujarati Granthasth Chitrakala (essay collection) and Gujarati Lipina Nava Parodhnu Nirman (book on Gujarati script).
Take a Sacred Walk alongside the 141st Rath Yatra this weekend, in the Heritage Walled City. Adventure seekers can head out for a monsoon hike, while music-lovers can listen to Kabir Cafe. For sheer laughs, there’s the Comedy Factory Show.
Are you wondering what’s there to do in the coming days in Ahmedabad, besides enjoying the relief provided by spells of rain? You’ll be in for a surprise. This week began with a fantastic art exhibition by 19-year-old Jwalant who depicts nature only through abstract textures. The city is also host to one more art exhibition this week, called Imagining a Forest, which is being shown at the Conflictorium. It too has a focus on nature, with a view towards the relationship shared between the forest and this urbanising world.
Poetry enthusiasts can listen out for an evening of great rhymes shared by emerging poets of Ahmedabad. And fans of humour can watch the uncensored Comedy Factory Show this weekend. There’s always room for music, of course, and this weekend, the band Kabir Cafe is back in the city with their melodious Kabir Vaani.
Keen listeners seeking inspiration through words can head over for two talks. One is a discourse on entrepreneurship that’s being held to mark World Youth Skills day. The second is a talk called Ayurvastra that explores how Ayurvedic plants can form fashionable textiles.
Audiences looking forward to some monsoon adventures, meanwhile, should either go for the Monsoon Hideout hike with Diving Deep or join the crowd for a sacred walk alongside the 141st Rath Yatra. The Yatra begins in the original Heritage Walled City of Ahmedabad.
Asim Randeri, the famous Gujarati language ghazalkar and poet, is the inspiration for our 168th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Randeri gave us a bold style of writing that revolutionised Gujarati ghazals. Born in Surat in 1904, Randeri began writing at the age of 18. The fictional character of Leela, in his work of the same name, was a favourite among young readers. Tapi Tirey, his collection of poems, talks about love blooming on the banks of River Tapi in the city of Surat. Randeri’s ghazals were made famous by singer Manhar Udhas. Having received so much love and affection from readers and listeners, ghazalkar Asim Randeri lived for 104 years, until February 2009.
Bharat Dabholkar’s comedy play ‘That’s My Girl’ comes to town. Are you wondering about the journalistic side to the film ‘Sanju’? Lots of theatre and literature abound in the coming days. Find out what the city has to offer through our 167th Ahmedabad Art Weekly.
Monsoon has finally arrived as a balm to the scorching heat of the past few weeks. But the pouring water hasn’t washed out the city’s creativity! The theatre fraternity has brought for us That’s My Girl, a humorous play about a father and daughter, directed by actor Bharat Dabholkar. Fowl also promises a comedy act in theatre, and the stage is also set in town for a religious biographical play on Lord Krishna.
Young artist Kanan is out with her second solo show of art, through an exhibition of abstract forms in monochrome. Meanwhile, in the world of literature, Gujarati poet and playwright Sitanshu Yashaschandra will be speaking. And intellectuals like Prof Kartikeya Bhatt, Jayesh Adhyaru, Utsav Parmar and Ramesh Tanna will be meeting to discuss the film Sanju’s journalistic aspects. Literature lovers of Ahmedabad would not want to miss a discussion on Philip Roth’s book American Pastoral. There’s also a discourse by author Parul Khakkhar to look forward to, at Navjivan Trust.
The inspiration for our 167th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is the man who first began researching Gujarati proverbs and idioms, writer Asharam Dalichand Shah. Born in 1842, Shah’s iconic work Gujarati Kahevat Sangraha was an anthology of Gujarati proverbs, published in 1911. The book contained not only beautifully drafted proverbs, but also their meanings, their applications in sentences/incidents/circumstances, and their origins. His studies also compared Marathi and Hindi proverbs. In 1934, his son Mulchand published the biography Asharam Dalichand Shah ane Temno Samay to bring forth his otherwise hidden life story.
Celebrate World Social Media Day this Saturday by attending ‘ReDi Digital Dialogue’ or attend a marathon of talks on film-making, birds and art. Experience the theatre scene of Gujarat with three experimental plays or catch cartoonist Ashok Adepal’s humourous exhibition.
Celebrate World Social Media Day in Ahmedabad this Saturday with ReDi Digital Dialogue. The summit will host a series of dialogues and workshops on the topic of digital trends, content creation and the impact of social media on politics and mental health, with the aim being to increase digital literacy and practices of cyber-safety amongst the youth. It’s a golden opportunity for Amdavadis to meet with celebrated journalists, social media experts, digital strategists and delegates from reputed organisations like Twitter India and UNICEF India. Are you going to be there?
Our 166th Ahmedabad Art Weekly begins with a laughter ride! Cartoonist Ashok Adepal has launched his humourous magazine in his 5th solo exhibition. The magazine is full of cartoons and articles contributed by veteran writers. Also in the world of art, Kalanjali Art Classes has come up with its second group exhibition.
The active theatre fraternity of Ahmedabad has come up with various plays this week, including Normal, a story about a serial killer. Ankit Gor’s well-received play Semicolon discusses mental health through the narrative of a relationship. Gauhar is a drama based on the life of the superb singer Gauhar Jaan, whose 145th birth anniversary was recently commemorated by a Google Doodle.
Those always on the look-out for enriching discourses can drop by at The Culture Talk to listen to filmmakers Sandeep Patel and Vijay Giri Bava. Or attend Let’s Talk About Birds, a talk by Dhawal Mehta at Sundarvan. You can also step by to listen to designer Anuja Khokhani talk about Indian crafts, at the opening of her textile exhibition.
For our 166th Ahmedabad Art Weekly, we are inspired by the life and works of Gujarati language poet Ardeshar Khabardar, also known as Adal. Born in 1881 in Daman, Adal wrote poems and sonnets about Zoroastrianism. He had the talent to write poems in the languages of Gujarati, Parsi-Gujarati and Marathi Powada, and the styles of famous poets like Nanalal, Botadkar, Dalpatram, Kalapi, Kant and Narsinhrao Divetia. Adal grew from being a dealer of motorcycle accessories to becoming a talented writer who went on to write 40 books over the course of his prosperous literary career. In 1941, he led the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. His celebrated poem Jya Jya Vase Ek Gujarati, Tya Tya Sadakal Gujarat is a popular ode to his motherland.
This weekend, don’t miss actor Mallika Taneja’s play, which has been fueling discussion about its use of nudity to critique biases about women’s safety. A gifted 10th grader comes out with her first solo art show. And a lot more drama, art and comedy await you this week.
An art exhibition called Splassh is here to usher in a colourful weekend in Ahmedabad. Next week, meanwhile, will play host to the talents of 10th grader Muskaan Shah, a young artist with a gift for expressing herself through colours, in her first solo show Evolving Enigma.
But a lot is happening in the city besides visual arts too, in the coming days. Delhi-based actor Mallika Taneja will be raising questions about women’s safety through her drama Thoda Dhyaan Se (Be Careful), a bold play that’s being discussed for its use of on-stage semi-nudity for asking probing questions. Tanariri, a Gujarati play, will narrate a historical story between two sisters, while Kamlesh Acharya’s The Promise of Heaven is a satirical work about two terrorists out on a mission. Drama lovers can also look forward to experimental play Dastan-E-Narak at Ouroboros.
Enjoy watching performing arts? Attend the Nrutyam classical dance performance. Those looking for pure enjoyment, meanwhile, can opt for an open mic night or a standup comedy act called Acche Din. Acche Jokes.
Gujarati critic and editor Anantrai Raval, known by his pen name Shaunak, is the inspiration for our 165th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. Before joining the government as a director of a language department, Raval taught at various academic institutions and colleges. He edited the works of multiple authors, including legends like Botadkar, Ramanlal Desai, Batubhai Umarvadiya and Narsinh Mehta. As a translator, Raval translated novels of Leo Tolstoy, and as an author, he drafted Aaharvigyan with J. D. Pathak and short stories for his book Chaa Ghar. The Amreli-born scholar was honoured with Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, Narmad Chandrak and, eventually, the Sahitya Akademi Award for his work of literary criticism, Taratamya.