Apr 29, 2020
One of India’s most celebrated actors, Irrfan Khan known for his expressive eyes, died after succumbing to a long battle with cancer. He was 54. A gaping void has been left in the Indian film industry as one of India’s…
Apr 23, 2020
While the Globe is streaming free its second dramatic production Romeo and Juliet, today is 23rd April, the day William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is believed to have been born and died. One would seldom find a more spontaneous and intense expression…
May 29, 2019
Let’s know Shubigi Rao, who has recently been selected as the curator for the 2020 Kochi Muziris Biennale, for her “exceptional acumen and inventive sensibilities” The format of the art biennale to showcase contemporary visual art, across the world is modeled on…
May 24, 2019
In this piece 64 year old Dr Yatin Desai, shares with CY his inspiring story of how to scale towering mountains with utmost ease and how this life adventure activity can shape human character and health. Chances are high that…
Ravishankar Raval Kala Bhavan is hosting an eventful weekend this time as artist Madhu Kailashi, and artist Anklesh Nisad are coming up with their two-man show titled ‘Estetik Arts’. The other show opening within the same premises is of Amdavadi artist Alay Mistry who is coming up with his paintings and sculptures at the solo exhibition.
On the other end of the city, Satya Art Gallery is hosting a unique art show, as the illustrated pages of the Constitution of India gets exclusively exhibited for a week at ‘We The People’ exhibition. The show will open with a lecture on the Indian constitution by author, playwright and activist Dr Vithal Rajan. Ahmedabad’s most anticipated art competition ‘Abir First Take 2018’ will unveil the top 10 winners while exhibiting the best 111 artworks this weekend at L&P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre. The annual exhibition will also follow a prize distribution ceremony in the presence of art delegates like Ruby Jagrut, Ravinder Reddy, Muzaffar Ali, Amit Ambalal, Seema Kohli and Vijay Bagodi.
Amdavadis with a right ear should head to the eighth episode of ‘The Culture Talk’ and listen to writer-playwright Saumya Josh and actress Jigna Vyas describing their life anecdotes. There is potent stuff for the city intellectuals at Ahmedabad University, as they can listen to former Supreme Court judge Ruma Pal talk on the topics of Constitutional Law and Gender Justice.
This weekend is a treat for performing arts lovers too as The Festival of Indian Dance & Culture 2018 by Parampara Academy of Performing Arts commences on Oct 28. The festival will feature live Hindustani classical music performances and Bharat Natyam recitals. People who are looking for an energetic performance based on the Navrasas of Indian performing arts can go and watch Harshal Vyas’s performance in ‘Ravan With Ten Minds’. The artist is a professional dancer and has performed at large platforms including Abhivyakti City Arts Project. 15 Famous Gujarati poets including Anil Chavda, Rajesh Vyas Miskin, Taha Mansoori, and Khalil Dhantejvi will recite their creative pieces at the Sada Sarvada Kavita literature gathering. Symphony Orchestra of India is coming back to Natrani, and this time the group plans to perform a Wind Quartet concert. The chamber music performers will demonstrate western classical pieces using flute, oboe, saxophone and clarinet.
The inspiration for our 183rd Ahmedabad Art Weekly is author-educationist and social reformer Vidyagauri Nilkanth. The Ahmedabad born writer was the wife of Ramanbhai Nilkanth, a famous Gujarati novelist of the late 19th century. She has authored many books, articles and have also co-edited the Jnansudha magazine. Learnt moral philosophy and logic in her formal studies, Vidyagauri Nilkanth was a co-founding member of the All India Women’s Conference and started its Ahmedabad branch to improve educational efforts for local women and children. The author frequently contributed in words in Gunsundari, Streebodh, and Sharada magazines and was associated with multiple educational institutes. The activist cum educationist taught at SNDT Women’s University and translated R.C. Dutt’s ‘The Lake of Palms’ with the help of her sister.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani