20 things to do around Mumbai from November 8 to November 14
Make friends with robots
1 PM: Join the peeps from Comic Con for a fun workshop where you can do more than just shake hands with robots. Yes, we said robots. At this workshop, learn how to build them, and then use your newly-acquired skills to try building one. It’s man-versus-machine time!
Where: He Said She Said, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W)
Enjoy the best of Gujarati theatre
8.30 PM: Today, watch Code Mantra, one of the costliest productions in Gujarati theatre. A courtroom drama, this landmark play challenges the notion of patriotism and how too much is never a good thing. What happens when a commando complains about the intensive training in the Indian Army?
WHERE: Aspee Auditorium, BJ Patel Road, opp SNDT College, Malad (W)
ENTRY: Rs 200 – Rs 500
Listen to a story told through song
7.30 PM: On her son’s wedding day, Shah-ni invites her husband’s mistress home. While it’s not always a pleasant scenario when a wife meets a mistress, in the hands of Amrita Pritam this becomes a heart-wrenching tale. This evening, Akriti Singh will perform Pritam’s tale Shah ki Kinjari, to the mellifluous vocals of Sriparna Chatterjee.
WHERE: Prithvi House, Janaki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Debate with a director
5 PM: Acclaimed theatre and film director Suman Mukhopadhyay pulls you behind the scenes to ask you a couple of important questions: Is a director God? How does he deal with power? Drawing from his experiences, both on stage and reel, Mukhopadhyay is sure to get you thinking at this edition of Mumbai Local.
WHERE: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E)
ENTRY: Rs 10 (adults); Rs 5 (children)
Dig into a Parsi potpourri
5.30 PM: Care for some agiary sightings and bun-maska conversations? Go for SeekSherpa’s tour in South Mumbai where you will be introduced to the Parsi way of life — including a visit to a traditional settlement or baug. Get your dikras and dikris (that’s Parsi Gujarati for boys and girls) along for a cultural evening.
WHERE: 261-63, Princess Street, Outside Parsi Dairy Farm
ENTRY: Rs 700 (excludes dining costs)
Create DIY decor for Diwali
2 PM: Before you think of shopping for decorations, here’s a thought: make them yourself. Get ready with black markers, scissors and blades and head to Kinjal Parikh’s workshop where you will learn to make diyas out of bangles, paper-boat rangolis, illuminati bulbs and ribbon kandils. Share these tips with your friends.
WHERE: Ground floor, Rotary Service Centre, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz (W)
ENTRY: Rs 799
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Take the kids to the caves
An easy and child-friendly trek to Bhaja caves is exactly the adventure that children (and parents) should sign up for after Children’s Day. Bhaja, now a little village, was an important trade route in ancient India, and the Buddhist caves are famous for their carvings. Look out for the carving of a female tabla-player — made around 2,000 years ago. Get in touch with Wandering Soul Riders for various pick-up points in and around the city. The trip includes breakfast, evening tea, games and transport by a private vehicle. And keep your flash-lights handy to take in the beauty of these caves.
WHERE: Bhaja Caves, near Lonavala
WHEN: Nov 15, 6 AM — 7 PM
ENTRY: Rs 750
Spice it up, Bandra style
The Queen of the Suburbs never gets too old for some festive cheer and here is one more reason to head there. Scheduled for the Diwali holidays, Bandra’s Got Spice festival kick-started yesterday and will continue for a week with some interesting events lined up in association with mid-day. The festival hopes to get onboard old-timers and the cool, young gen together, so there’s something for everyone — whether as an individual or in teams. There’s Rasta Rhymes (street dance), teen patti (not gambling, but a triathlon of skating, scooter rides and cycling), and even a treasure hunt on bicycles, called Bandora’s Box. Or you might be game for What Men Why Men, in which your knowledge of Bandra-talk will be put to test. Bandra Got Spice started off as a Facebook group a couple of years ago and celebrated the suburb with its 6,800 members. With the tremendous response the group got, they decided to take it offline. This is the first edition of the festival. It will also see the launch of Mesmerizing Memories, a coffee-table book celebrating Bandra’s luminaries. Proceeds from the festival will go to the destitute at Mother Teresa’s Roses.
WHERE: D’Monte Park Recreation Centre, near Bandra Gymkhana; Kanara Catholic Association, Veronica Road, Bandra (W)
WHEN: Till November 15
REGISTRATION: Rs 100 -- Rs 500
Nov 08 Teen Pati (8 PM)
Nov 09 Amchi Uncle-Aunty (6 PM), Senior Serenade (8 PM)
Nov 10 Masala Mayhem (5.30 PM), Rasta Rhymes (7 PM)
Nov 11 Stumped (9 AM), Band-ra Banao (6 PM)
Nov 12 Phekum Phek (10 AM), Pop-star-o-wat (6 PM)
Nov 13 Serious Fun (4 PM)
Nov 14 Different Strokes (9 AM), What Men Why Men (6 PM)
Nov 15 Bandora’s Box (8 AM), Nebula Nights (6 PM)
See the Mahabharat in a new light
Nov 10, 9 PM: Catch Sanjukta Wagh, founder of Beej, a multi-disciplinary dance initiative, take on the role of Gandhari in Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari, a retelling of the entire Mahabharata from Gandhari’s viewpoint. It is inspired by feminist Irawati Karve’s interpretation of the character of Gandhari in her text Yugant written in the 1960s.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
ENTRY: Rs 500
Bite into a motichoor doughnut
TILL NOV 15, 11 AM - 11 PM: There’s nothing quite like a freshly baked doughnut. And when it’s topped with slices of kaju katri or a sprinkling of motichoor, you’re in for a sweet treat. Head over to Mad Over Donuts which introduces a special Diwali edition of three flavours – motichoor (in pic), kaju katri and gulab jamun. Priced at R65 per doughnut.
WHERE: Ground floor, Courtyard, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Watch the lovers unite
Nov 13, 9 PM: Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha is a play that Anupam Kher agreed to produce simply by listening to the title. Written by Rakesh Bedi and starring Kher and Neena Gupta the Hindi play is about lovers Preetam Kumar Chopra and Hema Roy, who drift apart. They meet 35 years later, in the autumn of their lives and try to piece together the circumstances that tore them apart.
WHERE: Bhaidas Auditorium, Road No 1, Juhu Scheme, Vile Parle
ENTRY: Rs 500-Rs 2,500
Make a date with history
Nov 11-17, 11 AM-7 PM: The rise and fall of kingdoms make for intriguing stories. Attend a photo exhibition titled; ‘Shadows of an Empire — The Vijayanagar Story that will give you a glimpse into the Vijaynagar Empire, one of tFhe last indigenous dynasties of India. The exhibition is accompanied with the publication of an illustrated 100-page coffee-table book of the same title. It contains images of the ruins in Hampi, interesting anecdotes and historical tidbits.Once a formidable Hindu kingdom, the empire covered Andhra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and parts of Kerala in southern India, including territories of Mysore, Trichinopally, Kanara, Pondicherry, Chingalpet and Kanchivaram. Today it lies in ruins and the remnants of a once-flourishing empire can be found in the Bellary District of northern Karnataka. Vijaynagar has seen travellers like Abdul Razzak and Domingo Paes who left for us a fine account of what they saw. Paes calls it “the most provided city in the world’’. The exhibition is an attempt to generate interest among us about our glorious past.
WHERE: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Fort
ENTRY: Rs 1,000
Watch a tragedy
Nov 8-14, 6.30 PM: Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica), NCPA-National Theatre Live (London) will screen the production all week. Forced to avenge his father’s death, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.
WHERE: Godrej Dance NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
ENTRY: Rs 500
Order of the day
Sing your way to stardom
If there is a closet singer in you, let him/her out. Record a one-minute audio clip and take part in Parivar Tea Canvas, an online music competition where you can send in your audio recordings (upto 1 minute). Ten winners will get an opportunity to be featured in original Hindi Marathi Indie music videos shot by Blake Farber, a Hollywood music video producer. The minimum age for participating is 16 and registrations are on till November 21.
Log on to: www.parivarteacanvas.com to register
Listen to Mozart, Sibelius
8 PM: Get set to listen and appreciate works of Mozart and Sibelius at SOI@Prithvi: Classic Mondays, where Vanraj Bhatia’s Sinfonia Concertante will be staged. This one-and-a-half hour Western classical music performance will be conducted by Piotr Borkowski.
WHERE: 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
ENTRY: Rs 500
A Capoeira outing for you kids
6-7 PM: Martial-arts-cum-Brazilian sport, Capoeira was a recreational practice of the African slaves, who incorporated music and dance into the form. The trainer for the session, Sucuri, says Capoeira improves flexibility and motor skills in children. So think left-right brain development, confidence building and strengthening for the kids
WHERE: House of Wow, 10, Hill Road, Bandra West
ENTRY: Rs 375
Dig into Kathiawadi food
12.30 PM–2.30 PM: Satiate your hunger at the Kathiawari Food Festival and discover rustic seasonal specialities from the region of Gujarat, all month. Try Sev Tameta Nu Shak and Ola-Rotla, among other dishes.
WHERE: Soam, ground floor, Sagduru Sadan, opp Babulnath Temple, Chowpatty
CALL: 2369 8080
Meet India’s royal women
11 AM-7 PM: Get a glimpse into the lives of royal woman with the exhibition titled Maharanis — Woman of Royal India. The show chronicles the historical representation of royal women in India for over half a century, from the archives of the Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), and private collections.
WHERE: Saffronart, Prabhadevi
WHEN: On till Nov 20
Watch Urdu tales on stage
6 PM & 9 PM: Attend The Hoshruba Repertory’s Ek Punjabi Ye Bhi directed by Danish Husain. Watch Four Urdu tales of human frailty by Ali Akbar Natiq from Western Punjab yoked into one musical dramatic presentation. The cast includes Sadiya Siddiqui, Kunal Kapoor, Imran Rasheed and Gagan Dev Riar.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu
ENTRY: Rs 500
Attend farm to table workshops
8 AM–4 PM: This time, it is for kids aged four to 18. Colaba eatery, The Table will conduct a farming workshop at Sasawane, Alibag this month. On Children’s Day, Adrienne Thadani of Fresh & Local and Gauri Devidayal will have kids get their hands dirty with gardening activity, followed by picking their own vegetables and cooking with the chefs.
WHERE: Jetty No 5, Gateway of India, Colaba
ENTRY: Rs 3,000