Aug 20, 2019
A children’s book about a boy who feels like a girl. And about a child brought up by grandfathers. These are some of the stories published by Tulika Books, who have been making children’s picture books since 23 years. Little…
Apr 22, 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…
Nov 4, 2019
Did you ever wonder where the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ characters got their names from? Well, your search is complete. Here is a brief introduction of the artists from whom the creators of TMNT took inspiration. Teenage mutant ninja turtles,…
May 23, 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…
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.
Illustration : Nilesh Ramani