22 things to do around Mumbai from May 15 to May 21
Dance by the pool
2 PM onwards: Beat the heat with some of the city’s most groovy DJs. All you need is a smart casual ensemble, your swimwear and a rocking attitude for Aquaholic, a party by the pool. In the line-up are DJ Trex, DJ Remy, DJ Rohan, and more. The party is for couples, so ask your date to keep the afternoon free.
Where: Courtyard Mumbai International Airport, Andheri Kurla Road, Andheri (E)
Entry: Rs 1,000
Dance the night away
7 PM: So, you thought a cocktail was just a drink? But, that’s what the good guys at Bora Bora are Calling an evening of dance medleys. So, dress the part and head to this dance jam Where you get to show off your salsa, jive, hip hop and Bollywood moves.
Where: Bora Bora, Royal Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Entry: Rs 500
Get kids to shoot
11 AM: In this practical introduction to filmmaking, put your children behind the camera and get them to learn basic photography concepts and skills.
Working in small groups with DSLR cameras, the budding directors will
be prepped to make a movie.
Where: The Fish Eye World Institute, near Lucky restaurant, Hill Road, Bandra (W)
Entry: Rs 1,000
Discover Malabar Hill
4 PM: You obviously know that some of the best sunsets are from this serene hilltop in the city. What do you know about its heritage tales? Like the temple Where the secrets of Jainism were uncovered? Or what the name Walkeshwar means? All this and more on The Mayfair of Mumbai Walk by Raconteur Walks.
Where: Raj Bhavan Gate, Walkeshwar Road, Malabar Hill
Entry: Rs 600
View intricate sculptures
11 AM – 7 PM: Sculptor Pradeep Shinde casts stories from Indian mythology in wood, brass, stone, metals and mixed media. In his ongoing exhibition Krishna Hanuman, Shinde revisits tales of the two gods, right from the infant Hanuman leaping into the sky to catch a giant red fruit to a dahi handi procession.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda
Join the joyride
10 AM – 9 PM: Pack your picnic bag and head to the theme park for their Summer Carnival. This time round, they have magicians, jugglers, stilt walkers and conjuring tricks for children and adults. Plus, check out their quirky workshops on balloon sculpting and tattooing.
Where: Essel World, Gorai, Borivli (W)
Entry: Rs 699 – Rs 999
Chill with summer drinks
12.30 PM – 3.30 PM; 7.30 PM – 1 AM: Head to this pan-Asian bohemian restaurant for their new Summer Freeze menu, on till the end of the month. Try out Green Goblin Caipvodka (in pic), made of tangy mango, lemongrass and vodka; Spicy Smash made of lychee, passion fruit and topped off with Ciroc, and more. Watch out for the restaurant’s use of elderflower in certain cocktails.
Where: Shiro, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli
Prices: Rs 400 onwards
Cycle in the wilderness
Give your legs and lungs the Sunday workout they need with an easy level cycling trip around Aarey Colony. With Mumbai Rangers, have a look at the tabelas, farms and ponds that dot this part of the city. The total ride is going to be approximately 15 km under the cool shade of the trees that line Aarey’s roads, and you even get to do a bit of boating if time permits. Things you will need to carry with you: ID proof, a water bottle, and a whole lot of energy. Pick up your cycles from the spot.
When: May 29, 6.30 AM – 9.30 AM
Where: Meet at Oberoi Mall, Goregaon (E)
Entry: Rs 450
LOL at Bollywood’s worst
7.30 PM: It is again time for The Ghanta Awards, in which some of the city’s best stand-up comedians review Bollywood’s bumps, misses and epic fails in the past year. Take a seat for Neeti Palta, Radhika Vaz, Sanjay Rajoura and Manan Desai as they take you through a series of sketches.
Where: JW Marriott Hotel, IA Project Road, Andheri (E)
Entry: Rs 1,250 – Rs 1,500
Catch a modern classic
8 PM: Directed by the legendary MS Sathyu (how can we forget the 1973 film, Garam Hawa by this Padma Shri winner, right?) and written by Danish Iqbal, Dara Shikoh returns to stages in the city. The eldest son of Shah Jehan, Dara translated the Upanishads into Persian, only to be brought to a brutal end by his fundamentalist brother Aurangazeb. Skipping the palace intrigues, the play concentrates upon Dara’s Sufi leanings and brings to life an ancient pluralistic culture that pervaded the country. This is one classic you shouldn’t think twice about catching.
Where: YB Chavan Auditorium, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 200 – Rs 700
Camp in Murud
May 21 – May 22: Escape the maddening chaos of the city for an overnight camping experience in the beach paradise of Murud in Raigad. Some Place Else is organising a weekend trip to Murud, which will include a walk down the pristine beach stretch, a visit to the majestic Murud-Janjira fort, a gig under the moonlit sky and a barbeque night.
Where: Starting point at Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Entry: Rs 4,850
Watch Mowgli live
May 19 and 20, 6 PM: Mowgli is back, and this time, for a bigger and darker adventure in the wilderness. Written by Pawan Uttam, Lokesh Rai and Gagan Dev Riar, Jungle Book 2 is a 90-minute musical, which takes off from the original story by Rudyard Kipling. Here, Mowgli, who goes back to human civilisation after spending a wild and untamed childhood with his mates Baloo and Bagheera, is forced to return to the jungle when Sher Khan and Tabaqui lay out an evil plot against him. Will the feral boy survive the conspiracy? Watch the play, to know what happens next.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir, Juhu
Entry: Rs 400
Discover the world of magic
ONGOING, 9.30 AM to 8 PM: Catch India’s greatest magicians under one roof at the Chhoo Mantar Magic Festival. All through May, Imagica Theme Park will entertain visitors with exciting live performances from artistes such as street magician Ugesh Sarcar, illusionists Satish Deshmukh and Ashish Pandey, and Anshul Jain, who is currently one of India’s youngest magicians.
Where: Adlabs Imagica Theme Park, Off Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Khopoli
Entry: Rs 1,599 (for kids) and Rs 1,999 (for adults)
Paint by the sea
May 18, 4.30 PM onwards: Take a break from your routine mid-week plan to participate at Bombay Drawing Room’s Art Gig by the Arabian Sea. At the art session, you will be taught how to create your own masterpiece on a blank canvas. The good thing is that no prior experience in drawing and painting is required. All you need to do is join the social painting party with the picturesque sea as the backdrop, and have some fun.
Where: Corniche: Mumbai, B 15, Gagangiri CHS Ltd, Carter Road, Next to Cafe Coffee Day, Khar (W)
Entry: Rs 950
Explore teachings of Krishnamurti
May 26 – May 30, 9 AM TO 6 PM: On the occasion of the 121st birth anniversary of writer and speaker J Krishnamurti, a special gathering has been organised to explore his works and teachings. The theme of the gathering is relationships. The programme will include chanting and silence sessions, a special screening of Krishnamurti’s talks and lectures by a panel of speakers. Accommodation will be provided at the venue.
Where: Orchid International School, Kalyani Hills, Wadholi, Trimbakeshwar Road, Nashik
Entry: Rs 3,250
Rock on with 2Blue
May 26, 8.30 PM onwards: Fans of heavy metal band Guns N’ Roses have some reason to cheer. 2Blue, the original madman of Indian rock, will be performing to some of the band’s classic hits. In the past, 2Blue has shared stage-space with several hard rock legends, including Paul DiAnno (ex-Iron Maiden), Matthias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Jonas Hellborg (ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra), George Lynch (ex-Dokken) and Bumblefoot from Guns N’ Roses.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli
Entry: Rs 750
Watch an animated film
6.30 PM: Gus, Petit Oiseau, Grand Voyage is an animated French film that will warm the cockles of your heart. The film, directed by Christian De Vita, is the heart-warming journey of Gus, a tiny, orphaned yellowbird. Never having left the nest, Gus is terribly afraid of the world, but is pushed to discover it by a friend, who is even tinier than him.
Where: Alliance Française de Bombay, 40, Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines
Play with numbers
ONGOING, 4 PM – 6.30 PM: If your child shudders at the thought of solving math problems, fret not. There’s a new Vedic mathematics workshop that will make kids see the subject in a new light. Meant for students aged eight to 15, the session will acquaint them with rapid math solving tricks and effective memory reCall and retention technique.
Where: Mangal Krupa, A-36, 3rd Floor, Plot No. 46, Sector 12-B, Kopar Khairane, Navi Mumbai
Entry: Rs 2,500
Dig into modern coastal food
8.30 PM: Pig out at a modern coastal pop-up by Esca Brahma this week. Chef Sandeep Sreedharan has some quirky dishes up his sleeves, including kohlrabi with mussels and mango chutney, and bocconcini with sweet lime, crispy shallots. There’s a special menu for vegetarians too. He’s also arranged an impressive wine list.
Where: Flavour Diaries, above Khar Social, Khar West
Entry: Rs 3750 - Rs 4,250 (without alcohol)
11 AM – 9 PM: They might have gone extinct a zillion years ago, but you still have a chance of enjoying a dinosaur ride. A mall in Kurla has set up an indoor jungle display featuring life-size dinosaurs and skeleton displays from the pre-historic era. Witness the mighty giants come to life, moving their heads and tails, breathing and roaring!
Where: Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla
Catch a unique exhibition
ONGOING, 11 AM – 6.30 PM: Indian painter and print maker, Laxma Goud, has joined hands with former architect and ceramist, Adil Writer, for a new exhibition titled In Collaboration. Goud, who is known for his uninhibited earthiness, translates his two-dimensional structures with Writer’s robust, loCally made clay bodies.
Where: Tanna House, Ground Floor, 11/A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba
Celebrate a maestro’s legacy
6 PM: Begum Akhtar has left behind a legacy that continues to captivate admirers. Attend a musical programme titled Mallika-e-Ghazal — Begum Akhtar. It features vocalist Dr Sangita Nerurkar. She will present the musical journey of the singer and showcase her transition from Akhtari Bai Faizabadi to the legendary Begum Akhtar.
Where: Somaiya Centre For Lifelong Learning, 45/47, Somaiya Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort
Entry: Rs 650