Reviews ‘Hun Chandrakant Bakshi’ is a Riveting Drama on the Life of the Audacious Gujarati Author

In this biographical play, actor Pratik Gandhi portrays one of Gujarat’s boldest authors, Chandrakant Bakshi. Much like a squirrel that runs on barbwire scrupulously yet swiftly, Gandhi’s performance is cautious yet fearless. The intimate theatre space of Ouroboros Art Hub had audience members– right from the regular Joes to the Who’s Who of the art fraternity– brushing shoulders with one another on February 17. Like in cosy, domestically arranged talk shows, nobody complained, however, about the jam-packed Blackbox Theatre. They were keen, instead, on experiencing the rousing monologue of Hun Chandrakant Bakshi, a play based on the famous Gujarati author Chandrakant Bakshi. And Pratik Gandhi’s performance ensured that audiences were spellbound till the end. Minutes into the show, I was gripped by the actor’s performance. He seemed to embody the persona of Chandrakant Bakshi so adroitly that, after 60 minutes, I no longer saw him as the talented theatre artist who has previously wowed us with his portrayal of Mohandas Gandhi in Mohan No Masalo, or as the man who was Krishna in Bohot Nachyo Gopal. Pratik Gandhi’s multi-layered onstage presence, cultivated over a decade of practice now, has also garnered for him prominence today in commercially successful Gujarati films like… Artist Jyoti Bhatt's Incredible Lifework Receives an 'Overview' in This Vadodara Exhibition

A solo show by Vadodara’s modernist artist Jyoti Bhatt has left art collectors awestruck. Never-before-seen reincarnated digital artworks, photographs and paintings can be witnessed at the Gallery ARK. When an author writes a book, his content is heavily inspired by his personal experiences. He keeps evolving the subject, plot, central characters and theme while drafting… Artists Celebrate Spring on Canvas in this Vibrant Exhibition in Ahmedabad

Shyamal Mukherjee, Vrindavan Solanki, Haren Das and 19 other artists from Bengal and around India display their works at the colourful ‘Raag Basant’ show at Satya Art Gallery. It’s the most picturesque time of the year. Spring is here, bringing with it not only the ‘Festival of Colours’ Holi and blooming flowers in the gardens,…

  • Mitul Kajaria’s Photographs Bridge Ahmedabad’s Past with Its Present

    Mitul Kajaria’s photographic documentation of the transitions that have occurred in Ahmedabad is more than just a series of pictures. Not only is it a testament to Ahmedabad being the first World Heritage City, but it also asks pivotal questions about the nature of heritage and what legacies mean. What is the purpose of art? This is a question I’ve been mulling over since quite some time now. Is art about expression and skill, or is its purpose to bring about change? Most of the times, the most satisfactory works of art, for me, are those that make me feel and think– those that spark conversations. Though architect Mitul Kajaria is known to be quiet, his art does exactly this – sparking conversations. And these are conversations that do not…


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Yatra Archives His Pictures Tell Your Story : a Heart to Heart talk with photographer Vivek Desai

If photographers today wish to cover an age-old festival popular in a remote village, all they need to do is google for details. Date, place, time, schedule, it’s all listed on the well-designed website. Camera bag and lens in order,… 37th Saptak Annual Music Festival peaks during the weekend!

Day 7 ends with audience saying ‘Wah Ustad’ The seventh day of the music festival featured three concerts namely a violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramanathan, Gundecha brothers presented drupad music and a Santoor recital by Shri. Rahul Sharma accompanied by… Sleep Comes Like A Drug : Fab Fables #5

It was July. This time, the monsoon was heavy and the moisture-laden air had dampened everything. But for the streak of yellow light originating from the street lamp, the room was dark.   He got up again with his toe… પ્રાર્થના / prayer (અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લઈ જા)

Prayer by Nahnalal અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લ‍ઈ જા, ઊંડા અંધારેથી, પ્રભુ! પરમ તેજે તું લઈ જા; મહામૃત્યુમાંથી, અમૃત સમીપે નાથ લ‍ઈ જા. તું-હીણો હું છું તો, તુજ દરસનાં દાન દ‍ઈ જા. પિતા! પેલો આઘે, જગત વીંટાતો સાગર…