Reviews An alluring blend of love and poetry in Sir Sir Sarla

Four young actors – amateur till now, threatening (read poised) to burst into the mainstream of theatre – nearly fully identify with their characters and the situation they are in. The idea of poetry and the fancy it evokes have teenage Sarala’s (Bhamini Oza) feet off the earth. Poetry becomes the medium for her of love, a feeling inescapable at that mugdha state of age. Even her rhythmic blabber like chhap chhap chhapake chhap becomes a flitting lyrical mix of poetry and love. When a girl of airy presence at her age and temperament is around, three intriguing and dramatic responses seem possible in Sir Sir Sarla, Saurabh Shah’s two-act Gujarati adaptation of Makrand Deshpande’s deftly written Hindi play with the same title. Makrand, not necessarily proficient in Gujarati, has had under his direction all the players put their heart and soul into the simple expressive lines on the mystically tender expression of a uniquely human sentiment. Cast in such an inspired, close-to-life mould is the character of Phanidhar (Shivam Parekh). His name seems to connote an aggressive and venomous character. For all outward appearance and observations, he makes he is also likely to be perceived funny. He represents the… Meet Muskaan, the 15-year-old talent whose art sold out on its first day, first show!

Keep an eye out for this new artist on the block! Nearly all 48 abstract paintings made by 10thgrader Muskaan Shah sold out on her exhibition’s first day itself. ‘Evolving Enigma’ has brought in good energy for Ahmedabad’s young artists in the art market. Mentor Arjan Patel and Artist Muskaan Shah Ahmedabad’s art scene is definitely on… Mother-Child Teams from Ahmedabad Paint Together on Canvases to Celebrate Their Relationship

Look at how art can connect generations in families, as 22 duos(or teams!) of Amdavadi mothers with their children paint together on canvas. Witness their tenderness and affection in the form of colours. Mother & Child Group photographs of Participants, Organizers and Guest of the Evening on the Inauguration Day. In JK Rowling’s popular tale,…

  • An exploratory short dance evening at Kadamb

    Heavy rhythmic thuds made with strong footwork to robust male singing and music emanated from Kadamb’s practice hall instead of the familiar buzz-like soft tinkle of ghungrus last Wednesday evening. Pankaj Sihag, Rohit Parihar and Mohit Shridhar danced three vigorous solos in full abandon following a duet by the last two. With confidence, Mihika attempted compering while Sanjukta Sinha, Rupanshi Kashyap and other dancing girls, looking even prettier in their colourful dresses spelling the mood of the season, did the running about with a welcoming smile. “Male power for a change,” Sanjukta, hardly ever otherwise seen with her feet staying still, whispers. The Mehfil-like ambience in the hall with gaddi seats for just twenty-five invitees, most of them students, for the in-house performance, was refreshing. Contemporary dancer Pankaj has been…


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Yatra Archives This library in Ahmedabad is 159 years old

Creative Yatra explores a little known library right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Bhadra Plaza, called ‘Himabhai Institute’.   Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold… 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… Discover one of the oldest libraries of Ahmedabad

The oldest library of Ahmedabad, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library, is blessed with quietness of the mosque that surrounds it. Ahmedabad has internationally carved its identity on the globe through the numerous mosques dotted across the city. The air confined… In ‘Raashi Man’, we see glimpses of the magic that theatre is capable of

The nip in the air for a change was low and expectations were relatively high on the ground open to the sky at the young theatre writer-director Chintan Pandya’s residence for ‘a unique experience’ in the ‘environmental theatre’ format he…