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… Meghani Sarvaani gives a taste of the poet’s life and work

Venturing to capture the range and depth of poet Zaverchand Meghani’s stature in a two-hour performance is like trying to hold a roaring ocean in your hand. All you get to do is to have a palmful of water which can give you a taste of the ocean. Meghani’s sensibility ranges from a black female… Hunting the Sun gives a rare taste of political theatre

It is heartening to see in recent weeks young amateur performers taking theatre seriously, not as a medium of light entertainment. Hunting the Sun in English at Scrapyard at its second show last Sunday kept the viewers, both young and elderly, intellectually engaged for two hours without an interval. Its director Yash Vyas is just 20+…

  • Mother River carries on a legacy and heralds a fresh vision

    How do you commemorate an existence that had something of the Being she had kinship with? For those who knew her and grew up breathing the breath of her breath Mrinalini Sarabhai, who straddled a century as a legendary Bharatanatyam dancer and a beacon of love, is an idea that melted into the air. She is like a distant empathetic strain from the violin (Symphony) that rose and spread from under the tree that keeps growing along with a creeper as part of even the completely renovated amphi-theatre Natarani of Darpana Academy, now equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Queen Natarani strode in with elegance and grace last Friday to the exhilaration of art lovers who had waited for three and a half years. Yadavan Chandran is known for his eye and ear…


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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…