21 things to do around Mumbai from September 20 - September 26
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead
Get pumped at the garage
11.30 AM – 3.30 PM: Bikers, this one’s for you. Give your wheels a break and settle down for a screening of motorcycling film shorts. Then, gear up for the feature screening of an influential 1971 moto-documentary called On Any Sunday. There will be unlimited BBQs and lemonade as well, so let’s just say that your Sunday is sorted.
Where: Garage 52, G1, ground floor, Lilaram Bhuvan, Chuim Village Road, Khar West
Entry: Rs 400
Perfect your manuscript
4 PM: Always dreamt of being an author, but suffer from publishing nightmares? Ferntree Publishing conducts an interactive workshop to clear doubts about getting published. From basics of writing to details like book covers, be sure to make the best of this two-hour session. Don’t forget to take your manuscript along. Ferntree will pick one at the workshop for publishing.
Where: AB Sound, 61, SVP Nagar, near Versova Telephone Exchange, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 2,599
Glug down beer or milk
12 PM – 4 PM: Head to the city’s stylish playpen for a brunch menu curated by chef Rakesh Tandale. A gourmet bread basket, special Belgian waffles, risotto primavera, pizzas and tarts are on the list. Two pints of beer and two glasses of sangria are complimentary for adults. Kids can go on an unlimited smoothie and shake spree.
Where: Kamala Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, next to Gate 4, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 799 (adults); Rs 399 (children)
Enjoy children’s animation films
4 PM: Three heads share a single body until one of them begins to have a mind of its own. Two co-workers fight since their elbows keep bumping into each other’s. One very enjoyable animation film festival that both, adults and children should attend. The series showcases perspectives on co-existence and conflict, told in an amusing manner.
Where: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East
Entry: Rs 10 (adults); Rs 5 (children)
Admire metallic animals
11 AM – 10 PM: Go to the mall for a different experience as Bengaluru-based artist Ilyas Ahmed shows six life-size figures made of discarded screws, springs and vehicle spare parts. These sculptures are fasci-nating works of art, with great attention to detail. Among Ilyas’ creations are metallic horses (in pic) with a bunch of chains for tails, ferocious lions and a squirrel holding peanuts in its hands.
Where: High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Love Letters (English)
7 PM: Having first met when both were eight, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepiece keep up their friendship by writing letters to each other. Distance, decades and disease become irrelevant through their exchange. Directed by Rahul da Cunha, Love Letters stars Shernaz Patel and Rajit Kapur.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Tickets: Rs 600 – Rs 1,200
7.30 PM: The Gujarati version of the award-winning Marathi play, Manchha is a gripping horror take directed by Pritesh Sodha. A young lawyer visits a haunted haveli and encounters an evil spirit. Tormented by it, he finds it hard to narrate his story. Mind those goosebumps as you sit at the edge of your seat.
Where: Bhavan’s College, Kulapati KM Munshi Marg, Girgaum Chowpatty
Entry: Rs 100 – Rs 400
White Lilly and Night Rider (Hinglish)
7.30 PM: Milind Phatak and Sonali Kulkarni act in a play that takes a hard yet jolly look at modern relationships. Technology has made people lonelier, yet singletons have rigid expectations. White Lilly and Night Rider, the chatroom names of two people in their late 30s, have mismatched desires which lead to comic situations. Sounds like it’s happened to you?
Where: Rang Sharda, Bandra Reclamation
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 1,500
Seen a 3D painting?
11 am – 7 pm: Ever thought a painting could jump out of its frame? 3D Artist Raamji Sharma’s works titled, Touch Me Not in realistic abstract, charcoal, pencil and acrylic paintings might. His works delve into the life of the common man. Do look out for his favourite, The Train which attempts to spread the message that life is a journey and we all face ups and downs.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda
When: On till September 27
Make it to the Kumbh Mela
Don’t contemplate. Take that soul-searching journey to the Nashik Mahakumbh Mela this year. The next shahi snan (holy dip) falls on September 25. This last dip of the season is called the Bhadrapad Shukla Dwadashi (Vaman Dwadashi Snan). Spiritual Yatra, a spiritual holiday portal, will run a bus from Mumbai to Nashik.
Swing to folk tunes
9.30 pm: Attend a music gig by Sukanti and Anushree, an Electro-Acoustic Duo based in Kolkata. Along with originals, the band also performs unique interpretations of popular and forgotten folk tunes, with a little swing here and a swirl there. The energy will make even those with two left feet dance.
Where: blueFrog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Meet the modern family
11 am – 7 pm: Delhi Art Gallery’s Delhi exhibition travels to Mumbai with an impressive collection of works by Indian modernists. Featuring Jogen Chowdhury, Avinash Chandra (in pic), MF Husain and Biren De, among others, India Modern — Narratives from 20th Century Indian Art is an understanding of the country’s modern art history.
Where: Delhi Art Gallery, 58, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda (Sundays closed)
Meet the traditional Tamilians
12.15 pm: Watch a Tamil drama, Manaivi Amaivedhellam, in which the protagonists — Raghavan, Sita and their son Gopy — form a traditional family. Sita insists that her daughter-in-law have certain qualities. But Gopy loves Janaki, a girl from another caste, who doesn’t quite match up. And so Sita is tricked into accepting Janaki as daughter-in-law. What will happen when she discovers the truth?
Where: Kashinath Ghanekar Natyagruha, Thane West
Entry: Rs 75 — Rs 150
Head for a veg Asian feast
Dig into the Ultimate Vegetarian Feast at China 1. The dimsums include an array of vegetable wonders delicately wrapped in wonton blankets, like the Shitake mushroom dumplings, basil leaf red bean dumplings and the curry leaf pumpkin dumplings. Got space for more? For mains, try the fiery mock meat in dragon sauce paired with clay pot rice or noodles.
Where: C-5, ground floor, The Capital, Bandra Kurla Complex
When: Till September 28
Attend a dance marathon
SEPT 26, 4 PM: Attend a one-day dance-athon where you can learn four styles of dance in 200 minutes. This session, organised by Ensemble Dance Studio, will be conducted by senior choreographers to educate participants about the various dance forms and the difference between them.
WHERE: Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School, lane behind Citimall, off Link Road
ENTRY: Rs 500 per person
Listen to golden hits
SEPT 26, 8.30 PM: Vocalists Anil Bajpai and Soumya Varma, Jayant Pingulkar and Mona Gulati will present melodies from films by Shammi Kapoor, Dev Anand (in pic) and Rajesh Khanna in a two-hour long session.
WHERE: Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Griha Hall, Vile Parle East, Mongibhai Road
ENTRY: Rs 350 — Rs 500
Get ready to crack up
SEPT 25, 10.30 PM: Tired of scripted comedy shows? Attend a session by the Improvisers — made up of Abish Mathew (in pic), Kanan Gill and Kaneez Surka. The three will put up an act where nothing is rehearsed or scripted.
WHERE: Canvas Laugh Club, 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
ENTRY: Rs 600
Watch the story of Ostro
SEPT 25, 7.30 PM: Written by Asad Hussain and directed by Shubhrajyoti Barat, Song of the Swan documents the life and eventual death of Hans Christian Ostro, a Norwegian theatre practitioner who was kidnapped and killed by Al-Faran, a militant outfit in Kashmir.
WHERE: Experimental Theatre, NCPA
ENTRY: Rs 250 — 350
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Bake your own bread
SEPT 24, 11 AM – 4 PM: Baking bread at home may be easier than we imagined. APB Cook Studio hosts a basic bread making class by Saee Koranne Khandekar. Learn how to make focaccia, multi-grain loaf, dinner rolls and saffron cardomom brioche.
WHERE: APB Cook Studio, 301, Saki Vihar Road, Srishti Plaza, Andheri East
ENTRY: Rs 2,500 + taxes
Nutri-modaks for Ganesha
If you are a health freak and are biting your nails about gorging on sinful modaks, this one is for you. Farzana Gabuji, 52, an interior designer, had been welcoming self-invited guests who couldn’t get enough of her seekh kebabs and mutton korma for years. “Food is a creative process and there is so much to explore,” says Gabuji, who recently launched Eat Me, a brand of nutritious food that she sells from her Lokhandwala home. Here’s her menu:
All-seeds bar (Rs 40 per piece): flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds with fig and date, bound in organic honey.
Breakfast on the go (Rs 50 per piece): Rajgira, brown rice poha, oats, honey, raisins and almonds.
Guilt-free bar (Rs 50 per piece): Cacao powder, coconut oil, almond, oats and honey.
Festival special (Rs 250 for 11): Nutribars in modak form.
Take a fitness vacation in Goa
The sand, the beaches and clear skies await you in October sans binge-drinking and wild parties. This time, see Goa while you do yoga under a 1,000-year-old banyan tree, sprint up 300 steps to a church, or indulge in a kickboxing session on the beach. Mapusa-based Sharin Butani will conduct a five-day fitness camp for a limited batch of participants. “A nutritionist will chart out a diet plan which will look after your nutritional needs and allow you to savour local Goan cuisine,” says Butani, who is a cardio kick boxing instructor. Through the five days that will have you waking up at 5.30 am, you will try a different regime each day – yoga, cardio vascular kick boxing, running, meditation, flexiband stretches, and even battle ropes in idyllic locations far away from crowded tourist hotspots.
When: October 28 – November 1
Cost: Rs 50,000 – Rs 67,000