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20 things to do around Mumbai from April 3 to March 9

sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week from April 3 to April 9

Mughal nobility seated on elephants engage in a hunting round, while some village belles play games. These are not scenes from some hot-selling video-game, but picks from the collection of dioramas at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum. Made between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these dioramas captured colonial Indian life in great detail. The pluralism of festivals and attires depicted in them proves that we are a nation of excess.

What writer and nature enthusiast Katie Bagli wants budding storytellers to do is to look at these tableaus and spin yarns around them. Her workshop, called Weaving Tales, is a unique introduction to the Museum's collection and creative writing for children in the nine to fourteen age group.

"After a guided tour of the Museum, participants will be able to create a story in groups. The dioramas are perfect for understanding setting in a story," says Bagli, who has authored books like Intriguing Insects and How Blue is Our Planet. Register soon, your kids will want to give their digital screens a miss for this one.

Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East
When: April 10, 10.30 AM – 1.30 PM
Registration fee: R500
Call: 32499155

From maverick to genius
Albert Einstein had famously said, "What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.' Professor Sudipta Maiti of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research will stand in agreement with this. Maiti, who heads the Department of Chemical Sciences at TIFR, will talk about some 'ridiculous' suggestions by scientists that went onto become one of the most amazing discoveries in science.

"History is replete with instances of many of the greatest minds in science, who were laughed all the way from the lab and sometimes to the grave, because not a soul could comprehend their ideas which would later be proven true," he says. He will share delightful anecdotes about scientists from Gregor Mendel, pioneer of genetics to Galileo, who supported the Copernican theory till death.

"You might be surprised to know that Alzhemiers' is caused by certain proteins in the body. Proteins are always seen as something positive so initially people found it difficult to accept this theory, until it was proven," he says. As he shares these tales, the professor will also give you a peek into his own fascinating field of work. Maiti is currently looking for the physical reasons behind diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Where: Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 91 A, Byculla (East)
When: April 10, 5 PM
Call: 23731234

Relax over sangria

12 pm – 3.30 pm; 7 PM – 1 PM: You can never go wrong with sangria, and that's why The Fatty Bao is going all out this summer. Called Sangri-La Sundays, here is the perfect excuse to round up your friends and down those pitchers of red, white and rose wine, muddled with fresh fruits and herbs. Choose from the minty zing of Magic Melon, the citrusy tang of Summery Spring, or a full-bodied Fruity Fresh. Pair these with an a la carte selection of Asian bites.
Where: The Fatty Bao, Summerville, Linking Road, Bandra West PRICES: R400 – R2,000
Call: 26005220

Recycle, the artsy way
12.30 pm & 2.30 pm: Get hands-on training with upcycling – a skill that promises a life of fun, economisation, and eco-consciousness. Artist Swati Soharia, a painter and designer, will take participants through ways of making coffee tables and coasters. You can choose to learn either of these techniques, or both. Join this workshop, and the next time your friends come over for coffee, here is a great conversation starter.
Where: The Hive, near Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village, Khar West
Call: 9619962969
Registration fee: Rs 1,000 – Rs 3,000

Go for a musical evening

6 pm: With music, poetry and humour, Dr Kumar Vishwas (in pic) will perform at Aisa Hi Hota Hai — a concert organised by Alliance Foundation. Vishwas is a Hindi performance poet, and some will know him for his AAP association. Proceeds go towards the betterment of the underprivileged.
Where: Shanmukhananda Hall, behind Gandhi Market, Sion ENTRY: R400 – R2,000
Call: 24078888

Don't miss T20 finals

7 pm: If you are gearing up for the adrenalin rush this evening, then this one's for you. At this brewery, those who cheer their favourite team and see them to victory, are in for a treat. Gather around their supersized HD screen with your friends, dip into their selection of gourmet grub, and choose who you are going to root for today – England or West Indies. So what if India isn't in the finals?
Where: The White Owl Brewery, One Indiabulls Centre, Tower 2B, Lower Parel
Prices: R330 onwards
Call: 24210231

Enjoy Manto's tales

6.30 pm: Katha Kathan presents the evergreen writer Saadat Hasan Manto, as rendered by Jameel Gulrays (in pic). Katha Kanthan is Gulrays' initiative to revive Indian literature. This evening, he will narrate three of Manto's famous short stories — Laanat Hai Aisi Dawa Par, Deewana Shayar and Bhagan. Right from relationships to the politics of Partition, this session carries Manto essentials.
Where: NCPA, Nariman Point
Call: 66223737

Celebrate butterflies

11 am – 1 pm: Can a fragile butterfly carry with it lessons for life? Is it even right to call it fragile? In this session of Chai and Why, listen to Krushnamegh Kunte, faculty at TIFR Bengaluru, as he takes you through the mysteries of the butterfly and its many tricks, right from mimicry to warning predators. Kunte has authored three books and several research articles on butterflies, so be prepared to quiz him on his favourite topic.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
Call: 9757157795

Adopt a furry friend

4.30 PM onwards: Leo Club of Bombay Uptown presents Bow Wow, and are calling it "Ghatkopar's First Dog Show". The event starts with a competition for the best-dressed doggy. A talk by vet Dr Ekta Thakkar and a canine trainer will follow. Moreover, you'll get to not only make friends with these four-legged fellas, but also adopt some.
Where: Chitranjan Kridagan Ground, Rajawadi, Ghatkopar East
Entry: Rs 50 (general visitors);
Rs 200 (parents with pets)
Call: 9820781279

Beat the heat

Ongoing, 12.30 PM- 7.00 PM: Get ready to make most of your basil martini, white whine sangria, herbed beer and caipiroska as the happy hours are back at Light House Cafe. Starting, Monday to Friday, you could buy any one drink and get two free.
Where: Light House Cafe, 3rd road, Khar west
Call: 9987232423

Unlimited aamras

ONGOING, 11.30 AM – 10.30 PM: This is a treat for mango lovers. Unlimited alphonso aamras can now be relished alongside the delectable Gujarati thali every Saturday and Sunday, through the mango season at Golden Star Thali. One bowl of aamras will also be served complimentary on weekdays.
Where: Golden Star Thali, opposite Charni Road Station (East)
Call: 23631983

Get a glimpse of Sahyadri on canvas

11 am – 7 pm: Vinayak Bhoeer, an artist and trekker from Mumbai has captured remnants of the virgin jungles in the Sahyadri range on canvas. While hiking through Maharashtra, Bhoeer also came across rare, verdant patches which he meticulously replicates through his paintings. The collection comprises 35 paintings. Today is the last day to catch the exhibition.
Where: Nehru Centre Art Gallery (AC), Discovery of India, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call: 9833983937

Craft delicate wafer flowers

9.30 am – 6.30 PM: Expand your cake design repertoire as you learn how to use wafer paper. They are thin and can adorn your cakes and bouquets. The session will teach you how to make a range of flowers from roses and ranunculus to fringed peonies. Add finishing touches with perfectly placed embellishments and snatches of colour.
Where: Sugar Artistry, Shop no.3, Nestle – B, IC Colony, Borivali (West)
Entry: Rs 6,500
Call: 9769393731

Try a flying buffet

12.00 pm – 3.30 pm: Finding it difficult to juggle your plate back and forth to the buffet table? Try Joss' flying buffet, wherein a small portion of each dish is brought to the table for you. You can savour the non-vegetarian meal for R1,085. Vegetarians can try kaffir lemon and ginger soup, chives dumpling with lotus root and more for R985.
Where: Savoy Chambers,Linking Road Extension, Santacruz (West)
Call: 26617772

Be an urban gardener

4 pm – 6 pm: If you're blessed with a green thumb, time to put it to use. Learn how to grow microgreens at home with simple supplies. Microgreens are the shoots of salad vegetables such as rocket, celery and beetroot picked just after the first leaves have developed. Savio D'Souza of the Green Education will teach you the ropes in this session.
Where: Nina J, 39 Amardeep, JVPD Scheme, near Cooper Hospital
Entry: Rs 2,500
Call: 9820147714

Let your hair down

If you think you can dance, attend the three-day Bailamos festival organised by Neeraj Maskara. The fest will feature famous DJs and artistes like Terence Lewis, Tze (Singapore), Karel Flores (USA) and Supermario (UK) among others. You can even sign up for dance workshops, pool parties and DJ nights. While the workshops will go on from 10 am to 6 pm, the shows will start from 8 pm onward.
Where: Renaissance Mumbai Hotel and Convention Centre, Powai
When: April 8, 10 and 11
Log on to: www.bailamosfest.com

Build a sky rocket

11 am – 12.30 pm: The science behind solar system can be fascinating for pre-teens. Sign up your kid for a session called Galactic Explorers. Here, five to seven-year-olds will discover the surreal world of constellations, astronomy and space technology. The 1.5-hour workshop will teach kids how to make models of the moon, space rockets and more. Prior registration is necessary.
Where: Studio Block, 120, 5th Floor, Main Gulmohar Road, Juhu
Entry: R700
Call: 9819288253

Tune in to the world of Lavani

APRIl 8, 6.3o PM: Attend Sangeet Bari, a lavani performance on Gudi Padwa organised by Sublimus and Yash-we Creations, who hope to popularise the folk dance by holding one event every month in the city. The show highlights traditional Lavani theatre where dance troupes performed turn by turn (hence, the term 'bari').
Where: Sathaye College, Dixit Road, Vile Parle East
Entry: R200
Call: 9004649242

Focus on the sarangi

APRIL 8, 6.30 PM: Engage with sarangi virtuoso Ram Narayan in an interactive session, where the legend will reminisce about his musical journey including training, struggle, career and musical artistry. Eminent sitar exponent Arvind Parikh will draw the maestro into the dialogue.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Sir Dorab Tata Road, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Free: On first come first basis
Call: 66223737

Root for the cause of women

APRIL 9, 6.30 PM: Be part of the launch of Veils, Halos & Shackles, a soul-stirring and inspiring anthology of international poetry on the oppression and empowerment of women. The book has been edited by Charles Ades Fishman, and cultural curator Ranjit Hoskote (in pic) will be present for the reading. The launch will be followed by a book-reading session by some of its contributors.
Where: Prithvi House, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Free: On first come first basis
Call: 26149546

Enjoy a good laugh

APRIL 5, 8.30 PM: Get ready to enjoy the best in stand-up with host Aakash Mehta as artistes Vaibhav Sethia, Tushar Abhichandani, Madhvendra Singh and Sriram Padmanbhan take centre-stage and tickle your funny bone, delivering a night of great comedy.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, 3rd Floor, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 600
Call: 43485000

 

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