18 things to do in and around Mumbai from June 19 to June 25
Enjoy Kanheri through a lens
Head to the tranquil caves of Kanheri with the enthusiastic bunch from photography club Mumbaiography. For all you shutterbugs out there, here is an opportunity to take in the stupas and chaityas of this heritage site as you aim your lenses for that perfect shot. Chat with other camera-toting members to get some tips on perspectives and angles too. Finally, if you need to take a break, what could be a better vantage point than this hilltop resting place to take in a view of the city?
Meeting point: Gate of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP), Borivli (E)
When: June 26, 8 AM – 1 PM
(entry charges to SGNP and Kanheri Caves apply) visit: bit.ly/1Yrp3ed
Indulge your dad
12 PM – 1.30 AM: This Father's Day, spoil that special man in your life to The Spare Kitchen's signature dishes. Choose from malai tamatari paneer, peri peri roasted chicken steak and a papad platter, among others. If dad has a sweet tooth, we suggest rice kheer kulfi or tiramisu for him. And psst! You get a 15 per cent discount on the bill today.
Where: The Spare Kitchen, Hotel King's International Compound,
Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
Entry: R400 – R600
Celebrate Shakespeare's 400th
7.30 PM: Theatre group The Phoenix Players celebrates the Bard's enduring legacy on the occasion of his 400th death anniversary with an internationally acclaimed solo performance. Artiste Salim Ghouse dons the garb of a clown to reminisce about life and art, the things that make us love Shakespeare so.
Where: The Hive, 50A, near Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village, Khar (W)
Men, here's Kathak for you
7.15 PM: Guru Aparna Mishra brings a unique 90-minute workshop called Kathak for Him, intended to break stereotypes. Using a series of male-specific footwork, bhaav, bol and body posture, and non-dancing elements like mathematics, numbers, logic and quantum physics, Mishra hopes that men will find their comfort zone. The workshop will end with special dance previews.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: R400 – R600
Try your hand at painting
4 PM – 6.30 PM: Summer may have come to an end, but on a canvas, it can stay forever, right? At Bombay Drawing Room's art social gig, you can paint on the theme of “golden daisies”, with some mentoring, and you can take home a sprightly springtime work. Reach out for the restaurant's all-day menu, fit for any epicurean.
Where: AKA Restaurant, Lotus Colony, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Go on a foodie night out
7 PM: It's that time of the year when Mohammad Ali Road becomes a haven fit for foodies (at least the non-vegetarians ones). Sign up for Dawaat-e-Ramzaan, a foodie tour through lanes full of kebabs, vermicelli, malpua and haleem, and treat your tastebuds.
More, discover some local stories from the tour guides.
Meeting point: Suleman Usman Mithaiwala, Ibrahim Merchant Road, below Minara Masjid, Pydhonie
Gather around, metalheads
8 PM: Turning the heat up this season are desi metal monsters at Roots, a curated gig evening. Raise your devil's horns for the return of Mumbai's very own Reverrse Polarity, who will join sitarist Rishabh Seen, for the first time as well as the ever-popular metal act Undying Inc (in pic).
Where: antiSocial, 5th Road, Khar (W)
Kids, try out yoga
11.30 AM – 12.30 PM: On International Yoga Day, take your kids to a fun-filled reading of a yoga story book The Banyan Tree by Nupur Sampat. Ambika Tiku Hariathi, founder of Mom Says, will take the li'l participants through the importance of 'Om', the three surya mantras and basic yoga poses, before wrapping up with a craft activity. Suitable for children between four to eight years of age.
Where: Kitab Khana, Somaiya Bhavan, Fort
Try fresh Sushi
ONGOING, 12 PM – 11 PM: If you're looking
for a reason to try sushi, Asian Gastrobar
Fatty Bao has rolled out a 13-day festival
called Art of Sushi. You could try the Chirashizushi, a light sushi meal in a bowl or pick the sushi that is nestled in seasoned tofu pouches with Inarizushi.
Where: Summerville, Junction of 14th & 33rd, Linking Road, Bandra (West)
Meditate in a group
5.30 PM – 7.30 PM: To celebrate International Day of Yoga on Tuesday, there will be a special group meditation at Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. This centre is a branch of the organisation founded by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda. Meditating with a group can help address difficulties related to the practice.
Where: Aashirwad Building, Tilak Road Extension, Near Wadala Bus Depot, Wadala West
Watch a Polish film
6.30 PM: With the ongoing European Union Film Festival, here's your chance to movie binge. Bogowie, a 2014 Polish film directed by Lukasz Palkowski, will be screened this week. The film is based on the life of cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa, who performed the first successful heart transplant in Poland in 1985.
WHERE: Alliance Française Auditorium, 40, Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines
Let your hips speak
11.20 PM: Ever tried theatrical bellydance? The choreography will comprise ballet, contemporary and jazz movements combined with belly dance and will be divided into two parts to showcase the dual sides of a human being. The workshop will be conducted by dancer Rakhi Singh.
Where: Studio 3, St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra (West)
Catch a play about clowns
9 PM: I Don't Like It As You Like It is about a troupe of clowns, whose relationships are messed up. Amid this chaos, the director puts up a play and decides that the men will play women and women, men. In the process, they discover something new about themselves.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Go wild, silently
9.30 PM onwards: Be part of an edgy party experience, where one pair of headphones will let you tune into five world class DJs spinning at the same time. Artistes Candice Redding, DJ Nyk, Ankytrixx, Arsh and Folic State will pump the best of EDM, Techno and Bollywood music directly to your headset.
Where: Richardson Crudas Ltd, Sri JJ Flyover, Mazgaon, Byculla
Learn to fall in love
JUNE 23, 8.30 PM: For those not buying into these modern-day packages of love, Swipe Right — a show featuring Kautuk Srivastava, Punit Pania and RJ Sucharita Tyagi — will teach you a bold new way of experiencing love.
Where: The Barking Deer, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Snack into monsoon delights
ONGOING, 12.30 PM to 1 AM: Come rains, and pakodas come to mind. This new monsoon menu offers an array of piping hot pakodas (cauliflower, broccoli and carrot) marinated in a spicy corn flour base. In the drinks, the Pike tea with white rum apple juice, will keep you warm and tipsy.
Where: Light House Cafe, Khar and Worli outlets
Call: 9967414148/ 9833532328
Attend a film workshop
JUNE 25, 10 AM to 4 pm: Explore the facets of regional cinema in a film appreciation workshop titled ‘Discovering New World Cinema in India,’ which will be conducted by film critic Meenakshi Shedde. Prior registration is compulsory.
Where: Essar House, Podium-1st floor, 11 Keshavrao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi
To register: 9769937710
Explore your inner self
June 25, 10 AM: If you are looking at honing your emotive skills as an actor, this workshop might help tap into your true potential. The two-day session will use concepts from Jacques Lecoq’s neutral mask and Rasa to help you play with your body and imagination.
Where: The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, Khar (West)