26 things to do around Mumbai from January 17 to January 23
Go for a Fringe play
7 PM: As part of Akvarious’ Fringe Festival, drop in for their play Love, Bombs and Apples. The play, written by Hassan Abdulrazzak (in pic), is a comic tale about four different men — a Palestinian actor, a British youth, a Pakistani-born terror suspect and a New Yorker. And, guess what, you can grab a pint or two while you are at it.
Where: Brewbot, Morya Landmark 1, Link Road, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 200
4.30 PM: Bibliophiles, you are invited to talk about the last book you fell in love with. Do it right, and at Bring Your Own Book (BYOB), you may just find a book to take home. This bookclub is not just about borrowing, but also lending books that were irresistible. Oh, and since it is happening at the park, don’t forget to take some nibbles with you.
Where: Jogger’s Park, Bandra West
Log on: www.mumbai.bringyourownbook.org
Listen to Pankaj Kapur
4 PM & 8 PM: The veteran actor makes his comeback to theatre with a dramatic reading of his novella Dopehri. Set in the streets of Lucknow, a lonely old woman Amma Bi is at the heart of this story. A stirring tale of self discovery, told in Kapur’s own voice, is something you don’t want to miss out for sure.
Where: Dance Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 500
Check out a fairytale
2 PM: Take the kids for a theatre rendition of the fairytale classic, Pinocchio. Presented by artistes Reshma Kotian and Franky Singh, among others, the play is sure to make your hearts melt and your kids chuckle.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 500
Savour French cuisine
12 PM – 1.30 AM: You can feel fancy today by indulging in the new classic French menu that Bungalow 9 has brought out. Book your table on the terrace and try out butter poached lobster tail, miso rubbed grilled duck breast or pan-seared John Dory. Did we hear you say ooh la la?
Where: Bungalow 9, St John Baptist Road, Bandra West
Price: Rs 800 onwards
6 PM: The State of Architecture exhibition has dedicated events to the magic of architect Charles Correa. Have a look at Sameep Padora’s exhibition of models, drawing and mock-ups of affordable housing in the city at the Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, near Flora Fountain. Then, head for a lecture on the same theme to NGMA.
Where: NGMA, Kala Ghoda, Colaba
Go for it
Le Sutra presents Art by the Sea, where 10 professional artists will create their works of art, from scratch. Work on the masterpieces has already begun, so today is perfect to see them add their finishing touches. Nilesh Vede, Vijay Belgave and Manjri Varde are among these artists, and we bet you’ll be torn between watching the sunset and or admiring live painting.
When: 4 PM – 8 PM
Where: Carter Road, Bandra West
3 PM – 10 PM: The International Konkan festival brings nonstop enjoyment with cultural activities, seminars, tourism fairs and exhibitions. But, what’s the true spirit of the Mahrashtra coast? It’s wonderful spread of seafood, of course, available at the fest.
Where: Kalachowki, Lalbaug
Catch teen spirit
5.30 PM – 9.30 PM: On the last day of the Totem Pole Teen Fest, you can catch a number of artistes and choose of three stages. Watch out for Mansi Scott, Mihir Joshi, Lil Sakky and Bboy Spaghetti. We hear there are workshops and a ‘top of the pole’ performance as well, so grab your bunch of friends and head over.
Where: High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Have some chuckles
7.30 PM: Rest assured that your weekly dose of laughter will be delivered to you this time by stand-ups Amogh Ranadive and Abijit Ganguly. Popular comics about town, their sets promise to be pretty swell. And, what could be better company than a pint or two?
Where: TAP, Shastri Nagar, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 500
Block a seat
Loaded with numerous dishes full of fresh food in vivid colours, fragrant with herbs, simply prepared, nutritious and bursting with bright, clean flavours, Vietnamese cuisine is just waiting to be discovered by you. Light and healthy, it could become the mealtime alternative or the nibbles during those cocktail parties you throw. On the foodie syllabus: bo la lot, Vietnamese glass noodle salad, banh cam pops and rice paper rolls.
When: January 22, 11 AM
Where: APB Cook Studio, Srishti Plaza, near Chandivli junction, Andheri East
Entry: Rs 2,500
Order of the day
Walk through old Bombay
18 Monday, 8 AM: Discover the stark contrast between yesteryear’s Bombay and today’s Mumbai through its architecture in this heritage walk. It starts at Central Library, winding through Horniman Circle towards the Flora fountain. Also, delve into the city’s vibrant art district, which is surrounded by NGMA, Jehangir Art Gallery, David Sassoon Library and more.
Where: Central Library, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Entry: Rs 3,500 for a group of 10
Learn the importance of archiving
19 Tuesday, 6 PM: India might boast of a distinctive past, but historians are struggling to find the sources in the absence of archives. Dr Ramachandra Guha will explore how the career of post independence India attracts little attention from historians. The lecture, organised by Godrej Archives, will analyse ways in which scholars can engage with contemporary history.
Where: Visitors’ Centre, CSMVS, Kala Ghoda, MG Road, Fort
Own a 17th century relic
20 Wednesday, 9.30 PM: Tanjore paintings may have originated in the 17th century, but their beauty continues to captivate us. Saffronart’s first online auction of the year is dedicated to it. The auction will feature 27 lots from the Poonam Amin collection. Dated 1950, they are valued between Rs 2–5 lakhs each, with a total estimate of Rs 72–99 lakhs.
When: Till Jan 22, 11 AM – 7 PM
Log on to www.saffronart.com
Dance to a drum beat
21 Thursday, 7. 30 PM: Gino Banks, Ranjit Barot and Gary Husband. These are just a few of the many talented drummers, who’ll be playing at Nehru Centre for the Mumbai Drum Day. The first of its kind, the event will feature the best national and international drum players on the same platform. The performances will be across musical genres.
Where: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Entry: Rs 100 – Rs 500
Try these Mexican dishes
25 Friday, ONGOING, 12 PM – 12 AM: Silver Beach Café has curated a new Jain menu for Sattvik foodies. Devour European and Mexican dishes sans onion and garlic. Choose from refried bean quesadillas with sour cream chive and grilled spinach walnuts sun-dried tomato (Rs 475), vegetable and cottage cheese steak with paprika sauce and herbed rice (Rs 475) and Tacos with asparagus and spinach (Rs 450).
Where: Silver Beach Café, Fort – 16 Murzban Road, Near Sterling Cinema, Fort
Practice hatha yoga
23 Saturday: 5.45 PM: What most people refer to is yoga is actually hatha yoga, a branch of yoga that concentrates on asanas (postures) and Pranayama (breathing technique). Attend this session that will give you relief from diabetes, hypertension, gastro intestinal problems, menstrual pain, hormonal imbalance, reproductive organ related issues, and will also decelerate the aging process.
Where: Vallabai Patel Hall, Natraj Market, Malad (West)
Cost: Rs 4,500
Listen to folk rock
Jan 21, 8.30 PM: Swarathma is a Bengaluru-based folk-rock band that is known for its high-energy live act. If you haven’t heard their eclectic sound, can head to blueFROG to give them a listen. The five-member band draws its inspiration from Indian folk and classical music, and blends it with western sounds like blues and reggae.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 350
Whip up a delish pizza
Jan 18, 2 PM – 6 PM: Tired of the regular, restaurant-served pizza? How about preparing one in your own kitchen? Sonjuhi Malhotra, a consultant and trainer in baking and confectionery is conducting a workshop where you can learn classic Italian cooking starting from the basic — eight flavours of homemade pasta, nine types of sauces, combination of main dishes, cannelloni, lasagna, risotto, different varieties of pizza bases, pan pizzas, pizza dressings and toppings, with lots of variations.
Where: Sonjuhi’s Academy, 67, Navakar Building, Nutan Laxmi Society, Road No 8, JVPD Scheme
Entry Rs 3,500
Follow the life of a tree
Till Jan 21, 11 AM – 7 PM: Dubai-based photographer, Uday Hue, narrates the life of a tree using 26 frames in his Mumbai exhibition, titled Hues and Barks. He starts with a fossilised gliding seed, moving to the sprouting of leaves, the growth of termites and finally the tree falling prey to human claws.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Terrace Gallery, MG Road Kala Ghoda
Be your child’s BFF
Jan 18, 10.30 AM – 12.30 PM: Nobody said parenting would be easy. But here’s a session that could help you become your child’s best friend. Child psychologist and counsellor Rupal Jasraj Patel will conduct six sessions (every Monday) to teach non-violent disciplining techniques, ways to defuse power struggles with your children and stimulate independence in them.
Where: Ave 29, 4, Kohinoor Mansion, above B Blunt, 29, Hughes Road
Entry: Rs 5,500
Explore wildlife fiction
Jan 23 – 24: Children’s author Katie Bagli, who has written nine books on nature, will conduct a workshop on wildlife and creative writing for 8 to 12-year-olds. Bagli will use out-of-the-box methods in the form of games, dramatisation, powerpoints and quizzes to ensure that her workshop is fun as well as educational. Saturdays will be devoted to learning about our wildlife — insects, reptiles and amphibians. On Sundays, participants will explore different aspects of creative writing, including fiction, scriptwriting, and poetry, with wildlife-themed writing exercises.
Where: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, 22nd floor, Somaiya Bhavan, Flora Fountain, Fort
Entry: Rs 2,500
Raj Bhavan, Walkeshwar
Opens on January 23, 11 AM – 6 PM
This unique show curated by Rebecca Heald has works by Indian artists, who in the 1970s and 80s either practised Tantric rituals or customs, or appreciated them as a form of self-expression. Also on view are a selection of international artists.
The dream must turn speculative
Upadarshta House, Kala Ghoda
Opens on January 23, 10 AM – 6 PM
A fine chance to catch New Delhi’s Nature Morte which brings works by Suhasini Kejriwal, LN Tallur, and Faig Ahmed Artist to the city. Installations and sculptures predominate this show.
Sri Sri Lanka
Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder
11 AM – 6 PM
Sri Lankan artist Pala Pothupitiye’s celebrated maps will make you fall in love with our geographical neighbour. The paper and canvas works explore the process of re-crafting the ‘official’ version of maps, while delving into Sri Lanka’s rich historical past.