24 things to do around Mumbai from November 22 - November 28
11 AM – 2 PM: So, you listen to hip-hop and trance, but have a secret crush on Hindustani music. The next logical step is to head to a workshop by Tushar Bhatia, a composer and sitar-player, who will demystify the basics of Hindustani basics and help you appreciate it better. Calling his sessions “informed listening”, learn concepts like raag and taal.
Where: House of Wow, Natraj Building, Hill Road, Bandra (W)
Entry: Rs 800
Find puppy love
10 AM – 7 PM: Spend quality time today with some furry friends at Adoptathon by World for All. There are 150 puppies and kittens of Indian breeds that you can fall in love with and take home. You need to be over 21 to adopt these li’l ones, and need to take along an ID and address proof. There are also fun stalls and celebrity guests arriving.
Where: Smt. Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Homoeopathic Medical College, opposite Amar Juice Centre, Vile Parle (W)
Entry: Rs 50
10 AM – 3 PM: Pick up baskets at the farmer’s market and fill them to your heart’s content with slow food and other organic products. You can also unwind to musicians jamming, get a foot massage, and meet the farmers behind the natural goodies.
Where: Bhalla House, opposite St Andrew’s Church, Bandra (W)
Entry: Rs 10
Bond over drums
11 am: Kamakshi and Vishala Khurana, founders of The Sound Space, will lead a musical session of various percussion instruments at a unique parent-child interaction. Get ready to tap tables, djembes, dhols and daflis as you bridge the generation gap at this Parent-Child Musical Rhapsody. The event is in three parts, beginning with folk music and ending with a digital music experience.
Where: Akbarallys Men, 45, VN Road, Fort
Entry: Rs 600
3 PM: Here’s how you can have your (eggless) cake and eat it too. Homemade Happinezz will teach you how to bake four different cakes — a black forest, a fresh fruit mousse, a fruit gateaux and caramel butterscotch. And that’s not all. You also get tips on making the perfect whipped cream and adding those dainty finishing touches to your oven wonder.
Where: Gaurav Garden, Kandivili Link Road, Kandivili (W)
Entry: Rs 1,800
Tuck into a brunch
12 PM – 4 PM: Sundays are bottomless days at this pub, where you can spend your afternoon with unlimited food and booze, and board games. Choose between pot-roasted chicken, grilled fish and chips, or cottage cheese steak. Oh, and don’t forget to ask for the dessert of the day.
Where: The Irish House, Gasper Enclave, Pali Naka, Bandra (W)
Entry: Rs 750 (unlimited food); Rs 1,350 (unlimited food + drinks)
Watch a love story
8 am: If poetry is the food of love, what happens when two poets start longing for each other? Deepti Naval and Shekhar Suman bring to life the story of unrealised love between Amrita Pritam and Sahir Ludhianvi in a magical play full of music and verses.
Where: Manik Sabhagriha Auditorium, opposite Lilavati Hospital, Bandra Reclamation
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 1,500
4.30 PM – 6.30 PM: If you are fans of the unbelievably famous English-Irish pop boy band, One Direction, then this one’s for you. This evening, a two-hour special session at Hard Rock is where you get to meet fellow fans, sing along to favourite numbers and vibe to tracks from their new album “Made in the A.M.”.
Where: Hard Rock Café, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (W)
Entry: Rs 500 (cover charge)
11 am: So, you always wanted to master the language of ghazals, but didn’t know where to begin? Starting this Sunday, Imroz Alam will introduce you to the intricacies and the basics of Urdu. A total of 24 classes spread across 12 weekends will help you show-off your newly acquired Urdu skills. Or maybe romance the love of your life with poetry?
Where: The Hive, near Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village, Khar (W)
Entry: Rs 5,000
Gig by the beach
Allow us to paint a picture for you — waves crashing against a hillock, outdoor barbecues, campsite activities, sky lanterns floating in the night and a visit to the Murud Janjira fort. Not convinced yet? Add a live acoustic set, a pre-sunset gig on the beach and boat-painting. All these are part of this weekend getaway on the Konkan coast. Meet the organisers on Saturday morning at the Gateway of India and hop on for a ferry ride to Mandwa jetty, from where the road winds along the coast to Murud. The Little Gig Escape, hosted by Some Place Else, will feature singer-songwriter Ronit Sarkar (aka Awkward Bong) and ukulele-player Ramya Pothari. Oh, and did we mention that pets are allowed on this trip? Music on, world off.
When: 28 Nov – 29 Nov
Where: Murud, Raigad
Entry: Rs 4,850
Explore the wild outskirts
Next Sunday morning, take a break from the regular destinations and head to Padale Gaon, a bird-watching paradise. Be sure to bump into black kites, storks, marsh harriers and sandpipers in this locale, relatively unknown to Mumbaikars. Be sure to keep your cellphones and DSLRs handy on this photowalk through the creek-side area, although the organisers from Moments Shoot advise you to enjoy the moments, minus the camera, too. Carry a packed breakfast and water on the morning walk, which starts at Dombivali station.
Order of the day
So, you think you can dance?
If you’re passionate about dance, but don’t have time to sign up for a full-length regimen, read on. Ensemble Dance Studio has organised day sessions in several genres for enthusiasts. Choreographer Rohit Chawla, who has trained over 23 celebrities and is credited for bringing LA style-hip-hop to India for the first time, will be the instructor.
NOV 28, 5 PM-7PM: Get ready to get a crash course on rap music, DJing, b-boying and graffiti art.
DEC 10, 6.45 PM- 8.15 PM: Learn the basics of the contemporary style, which focuses on floor-work and lifts using gravity and release technique.
DEC 12, 8.15 PM-9.30 PM: It’s time to groove to street hip-hop, that includes popping, locking and waving.
DEC 26, 5 PM-7 PM: Hone your gravity–defying moves and learn Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk, the circle slide, and the iconic hip thrust.
Where: Bhaktivedanta Swami Mission School, Shastri Nagar, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 300 to Rs 600
Get behind the scenes
NOV 23, 4.30 PM: If you’re interested in the workings of a live television show, sign up for the Live Show Tour, designed to give you a first-hand experience of shooting a show. All participants will be taken to the sets of a well-known TV show, will get to watch a shoot, and will be escorted to a specially created studio. Here, you’ll get a chance to be a part of an entire set, along with the cast and crew at work.
Where: Alfa Vista Tower, Ram Nagar, Malad West
Entry: Rs 1,500
Go for a horror night out
NOV 25, 8 PM: If you want to get the heebie-jeebies, watch Manchha, an intriguing Gujarati play about a young lawyer who visits a late client’s haunted haveli in Lakhpat — a small village on the outskirts of Bhuj in Gujarat. Written by Sejal Ponda, and directed by Pritesh Sodha, Manchha adopts the ‘play within a play’ format and combines it with elements of horror. The play is shouldered mostly by two actors, Shivang Thakkar and Paresh Vora who enact different characters in the story.
Where: Tejpal Hall, August Kranti Maidan, near Gowalia Tank, Grant Road
Read out your writings
7 PM: Make your way to Caferati@Prithvi Café for an Open Mic session. Original works can be performed in English, Hindi, Marathi and/or Urdu. Each participant will get two minutes to showcase their talent. Duos can only perform collaborative works authored by both performers.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu
log on to: www.prithvitheatre.org
Give ’em a listen
9.30 PM–1 AM: The Mezcal Jazz Unit will enthrall the audience this week. Their music is defined by the Mediterranean temperament of its musicians, the reminiscences of traditional melodies, an unabashed attraction for the Orient, and a humorous, energetic performance.
Where: blueFROG, D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 350-Rs 1,000
Let the demon chef feed you
Not all demons want to eat you. Some want you to eat, like three-Michelin Star Chef Alvin Leung. Put on your bibs and hold your forks and knives for the 2nd edition of Michelin Pop-Up. Dine with Leung, who loves to experiment with local ingredients. The six-course meal will highlight, in his words, ‘extreme Chinese’.
Where: Spices, JW Marriott Mumbai, Juhu
When: Nov 25-28
Deconstruct a painting
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: Palettes by Alain Jaubert, is a series of documentaries that explore great paintings. Jean Honoré Fragonard’s film titled L’amour Dans Les Plis features a closer look at The Lock which depicts a gallant scene, while Marcel Duchamp’s Le Temps Spirale, explores the cubist style work of Nude Descending a Staircase.
Where: Education Centre, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
See utensils in a new light
11 AM-7 PM: Anjaneyulu’s upcoming show, Astonishing Expendables revolves around still-lifes. This time, he glamorises them, and paints them by singling out objects that are inconspicuous. From here, emerges an ideal middle class family just like any other in our country — a jar, a canister, a milk can — all middle-class household accessories.
Where: India Fine Art, Film Center Building, 3rd floor, 68, Tardeo
When: Till Dec 3
Tell tall tales
10.30 AM-7 PM, Nov 28-29: Kahani Karnival and Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum are hosting their last festival of stories. The festival will celebrate diversity and languages for children aged 8 to 12. Workshops, films, dance, treasure hunts and giant dinosaurs are part of the plan.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 91/A, Dr Ambedkar Road, Byculla E
Bond with your kids
DEC 12, 8 AM: The latest edition of Under The Peepal Tree is for kids aged 6 months to 8 years where they can spend fun-filled outdoor time learning and bonding with their dads. The various activities are designed to stimulate all the nine intelligences in kids, an idea conceptualised by development psychologist Howard Gardner. The premise of Gardner’s theory is that someone can be extremely bad at mathematics and yet be excellent in another field, such as music.
Where: Maharashtra Nature Park, Bandra Sion Link Road, near Dharavi Depot
Entry: Rs 750 (1 kid, plus 1 adult)
Take a bite of Burma
NOV 27, 12 PM-1.30 Am: Soy Street is hosting a pan-Asian food festival, where each week you can get a taste of dishes from Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Later this week, the restaurant will serve Burmese dishes. The buffet is priced at Rs 545.
Where: Soy Street, Inorbit Mall, Sector 30A, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Watch a love story unfold
NOV 25, 6.30 PM: Get an insight into the 42 years and 12 film-long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman in Dheeraj Akolkar’s documentary, Liv and Ingmar: Painfully Connected. Portions of this sentimental film have been narrated by Ms Ullmann, and draw from Changing, her 1976 autobiography. It also includes excerpts from Bergman’s letters, read by Samuel Fröler. The film is essentially a homage to two of the greatest artistes of our time.
Where: Theosophy Hall, Alliance Française de Bombay, New Marine Lines
When: 7 pm
Put on your art-walking shoes
Art season has set in, and there are reasons aplenty to head out there. We pick four exhibitions and one arts festival to mark into your diaries right away
Measure | Decipher
At his first solo exhibition, Pratap Morey examines the city he has lived and worked in —Mumbai. Morey uses a combination of digital photographic images, architectural drawings and engravings in his intricate paper-works. Each work delves into the construction, redevelopment and displacement that we see around us in maximum city. So, whether it’s corrugated sheets, walls pasted with plastic or water pipelines, all of these are reincarnated in paper and drawings with Morey. While this should be an absolute delight for architects and urban thinkers, Morey’s unusual cityscapes will surely resonate with every city-dweller.
Where: Tarq, F 35/36 Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Marg, Apollo Bunder
When: 11 AM–6 PM, Monday– Saturday, till Dec 5
Call: 6615 0424
Hypnolines by Fiorenzo Senese
Explaining could be exploiting
Can travelling every day on the Western Railway line to Vasai inspire art? The answer from Yogesh Barve, is yes. In his new audiovisual installation, the saltpans and apartments of Vasai become the subject of his solo debut, which has 600 videos. All the video is low-tech captured and displayed by a varied list of cheap mobile phones and borrowed televisions.
Where: Clark House, 8 Nathalal Parekh Marg, next to Woodside Inn, Colaba
When: 11 AM–7 PM,
Till: Nov 30
India Arts Festival
Beginning this Thursday is the Mumbai edition of the arts extravaganza, where you can enjoy a range of artworks by 500 Indian and international artists, all under one roof. Look out for serigraphs by MF Husain and works by Bulgarian artist Krastyo Todorov. Check out their website for parallel events, such as “an artistic monologue” by Atul Dodiya and live art sessions by Baiju Parthan.
Where: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
When: 11 AM–8 PM, Nov 26– 29
Lines by Fiorenze Senese
A tribute to the most elemental aspect of photographs — the line — Italian fine art photographer Fiorenze Senese’s second solo in the city puts the mundane in extraordinary light. His works creatively look at our routine lives that revolve around human structures, be it bridges, cables or rails. So, the London Metro becomes a collection of coloured cables, and car roofs become more than just plain slates.
Where: Piramal Art Gallery, NCPA, Narima Point
When: 12 PM – 8 PM, till Nov 29