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This week in Ahmedabad, learn about managing cities at a talk by municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra or the Young Thinkers’ Conference. Attend a 3-day theatre festival on mental health or hand over the mic to your grandparents this Grandparents Day for a morning of storytelling.
While the nation celebrates its newfound freedom after the Indian Supreme Court scrapped Section 377 and decriminalised homosexuality, Creative Yatra celebrates the freedom of creativity through its 176th Ahmedabad Art Weekly. On this inspiring political note, listen to the recently appointed municipal commissioner of the city Vijay Nehra, who has been in the news for his proactive actions towards improving traffic in the city. Find out how he does this at his talk about ‘Managing Cities’ on Friday evening at CEPT Auditorium.
In memory of vocalist Pandit Krishnakant Parikh, a host of Indian classical musicians will be performing on two simultaneous evenings. The ensemble for the performances include Grammy-winning musician Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Pt Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
Those in the mood for enriching talks, meanwhile, can head to a talk by artist Sarah Naqvi, in which she will be speaking about her recent works revolving around the politics surrounding Islamic identity. Or head to the Young Thinkers’ Conference at Marriot. A conference by the British High Commission, it will be bringing together mindful beings to talk about topics like ‘smart cities, liveable cities, clean tech, gender equality and youth in politics.’
Theatre enthusiasts can attend a three-day festival called Normal.Numb, which is aimed at encouraging conversations around suicide and mental health through the cathartic medium of the performing arts. Or watch Tvara Mehta’s Experimental Affairs, a series of short plays that have a pinch of Salsa.
Those looking to have a good laugh can attend The Roffel Night stand-up comedy act by rising comedian Neville Shah. On Grandparents Day, September 9, bring your grandparents along to Rash Cafe to share their stories with the audience, in the storytelling event Purani Kahaniya.
Literature lovers, meanwhile, can visit KL Museum for the book launch of I Am The Widow, a biography describing the life and beliefs of Parsi writer Behramji Malabari by Harmony Siganporia. Culture enthusiasts, meanwhile, can participate in Sair-e-Sarkhej, a free heritage walk that will take them through Sarkhej Roza.
The inspiration for our 176th Ahmedabad Art Weekly is author and journalist Bhagwatikumar Sharma, who was declared a ‘Sahityaratna’ of Gujarati literature last year by the Gujarat Sahitya Akademi. Sharma, who passed away this Wednesday, was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Kumar Suvarna Chandrak. He wrote more than 80 books, including novels, travelogues, essay compilations, poetry anthologies and a biography, and his most celebrated works are Asooryalok and Akathya. Sharma was also a recipient of the Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak, which is considered the highest literary honour in Gujarat. He also published an autobiography called Surat Muj Ghayal Bhoomi, which weaves together narratives from the author’s life, alongside accounts of the beauty and challenges of Surat city.