Reviews The famed Symphony Orchestra of India initiates Ahmedabad into chamber music

At the Symphony Orchestra of India’s premiere show in the city, Natarani Amphitheatre saw the entire passage of Western classical music, from the Baroque era to today. The sound of a gong gave the signal for patrons to start taking their seats – yes, I am referring to the newly constructed, earth-red mosaic benches at Mallika Sarabhai’s Natarani Amphitheater. The Symphony Orchestra of India’s (SOI) premiere performance in Ahmedabad on September 28 was greeted by a full house of eager listeners. Although many of us have been exposed to Western music in films and media, there is still novelty in the Western symphony experience. It’s very different from the Hindustani classical tradition which doesn’t have the concept of harmony ingrained in it; in a Western classical orchestra, it’s indeed difficult to keep track of where the melody lies and what the main melody is. Listening to the Symphony Orchestra was a practice in keeping one’s awareness omnipresent while, at the same time, being present in the moment to appreciate the entire soundscape being created. The vast stage had a minimal presentation, with simple chairs organised in the traditional half crescent formation of a chamber orchestra. The new and improved Natarani has… Shruti Vishwanath lends her voice to the little-known female mystic poets of the past

Musician and composer Shruti Vishwanath celebrates women poets of the Bhakti movement from as far back as the Medieval times. She reclaims the ‘Mystic Feminine’ in a musico-recital evening in Ahmedabad. The singer swayed along to the rhythmic strumming of the tanpura. Her shadow swayed behind her in tandem on the wall. The rasikas (the connoisseurs… Three literary figures come alive in ‘Jaane Vo Kaise Log The’

With deft touches, Abhinay Banker creates (Day Six, Sunday to Sunday Theatre Festival) characters, both major and minor, and the time they belong to in his two-act play Jaane Vo Kaise Log The at Natarani amphitheatre chock-a-block dominantly with keen young theatre lovers. To a man they cheerily respond to the two levels of experience…

  • Top artists from India paint tributes to Amit Ambalal for his 75th birthday exhibition

    For Ambalal’s latest exhibition, 19 artists like Manu Parekh, Atul Dodiya and BV Doshi each contributed a canvas. Ambalal’s 28 own artworks recount anecdotes from his life. The show is on at Archer Art Gallery till December 15. Anil Relia and Amit Ambalal at Archer Art Gallery It’s an exhibition like no other, with 19 established Indian artists coming together to gift canvases as tribute to one artist. To mark their friend Amit Ambalal’s 75th birthday, artists like Manu and Madhvi Parekh, Anju and Atul Dodiya, Gulam Mohammed and Nilima Sheikh, Anjolie Ela Menon, BV Doshi and Jogen Chowdhury, have all contributed a canvas each for his exhibition. Amit Ambalal himself displays 28 original paintings in the exhibition, all of which celebrate memories from his childhood and recount delightful anecdotes from his life.…


Yatra Archives Meet the Ambalals as They Reminisce on Continuity and Change

We rendezvous with one of the foremost creative families in the city to find out what inspires a father and his sons to pursue their distinctive art and design. Mr Amit Ambalal, the patriarch of the renowned Ambalal family, is… Fernandes Bridge – the most unique book market in Ahmedabad!

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… The Fall of the Newspaper: Mrinal Pande on the Metamorphosis in Media

Veteran press personality Mrinal Pande discusses why newspapers are destined to perish at the hand of ePapers, lending insight into the challenges faced by today’s media. A person of bold beliefs can be instantly recognised by her speech and expressions.… ‘Come sit’ on these chairs designed by NID students – each is inspired by a state of India

Graduate students of NID, Ahmedabad, have made 14 chairs inspired from India’s states –the boats of Kashmir, the tigers of Kaziranga, the architecture of Rajasthan, and more. ‘Come Sit’ at this exhibition at NID, until July 22. Pravinsinh Solanki with…