27 things to do around Mumbai from March 13 to March 19
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week from March 13 to March 19 ahead
In which SUNDAY mid-day rounds up art and photography shows that are a must-catch
Meet the master architect
On the occasion of the 50th death anniversary of Le Corbusier, check out an exhibition presented by the Swiss Embassy. Over 150 black and white photographs are part of this show, and take into account the vast contribution that he and other modernist architects made. Le Corbusier — Mastering the Image is curated by the Museum of Fine Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
Where: Exhibition Hall, Nehru Science Centre, Worli
When: Till March 22, 11 AM - 7 PM
See abstract flowers
Gardens of the Mind presents the starkly different aesthetics of French fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon and Swapan Nayak. Bensimon’s Watercolour captures volumes of freshly cut flowers in a crystal blue pool; Nayak, a former photojournalist, makes monochrome minimalist photos that examine the natural world.
Where: Tarq, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
When: Till March 19, 11 AM — 6 PM
Interpret a quarry
Artist Hemali Bhuta’s third solo show at Project 88 is titled Measure of a Foot and invokes the philosophical aspects of a quarry. A rock is a record of everything that formed it; the layers of a quarry peel away with extraction. Installations form the core (literally and metaphoriCally) of this show.
Where: Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, Colaba
When: Till April 16, 11 AM — 7 PM (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Go, get some Thai
12 PM – 12 AM: The March menu at Shiro is a must-try for all foodies. Be ready to get transported to Thailand with preparations like red snapper with spicy sambal, thai coconut soup and tamarind tofu. To go with these, choose from Thai inspired cocktails like the roaring dragon; a combination of white rum, mango and chili flakes.
Where: Shiro, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Worli
Price: Rs 300 onwards
Watch an absurdist play
7.30 PM: So, you have seen Naseeruddin Shah perform Waiting for Godot at Prithvi Theatre, but how about watching a play on Shah himself. In this celebration of theatre and acting, two actors wait at Prithvi Café for a play by their favourite actor, Shah. But only one of them is entitled to a ticket, and both are dead. Absurd, right? Written and directed by Sapan Saran. Go show your love for theatre, and Naseer,
Where: Brewbot, Morya Landmark 1, New Link Road, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 300
Paint with ‘Cheers!’
12.30 PM: Carry home your very own artpiece after a session conducted by the Bombay Drawing Room. Spend your Sunday meeting new people, digging into delicious appetizers, sipping cocktails and painting (of course). And you can shimmy along as well, as DJ Willis spins some roadhouse blues.
Where: Road House Bluez, next to Andheri Sports Complex, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 1,500
Treat the kids to a fairytale
6.30 PM: You have surely read Rapunzel’s story to your kids at bedtime, but have they watched the play yet? Directed by Rashmi Sharma, the musical drama sticks to the original plot of the evil witch, the princess locked up in a tower, and her knight in shining armour. Performing artistes include Vedika Bhandari, Eshaan Sharma and Reshma Kotian, among others.
Where: Andheri Base, Hardrock Café Building, Andheri West
Entry: Rs 400
5 PM: Ferenc Nemeth, one of the biggest names in jazz from NYC plays this evening at the rooftop venue of The Sunday Chandon Club. An exciting performer and imaginative collaborator, Nemeth effortlessly plays both contemporary jazz and electro-pop. And, cocktails and champagne will be available aplenty too. Joining him will be some of India’s best jazz talents: Ryan Sadri, Racheal Varghese and Karan Joseph.
Where: ASILO, St Regis, Lower Parel
Get inspired by Dattani
5 PM: If you are among those who enjoy Mahesh Dattani’s oeuvre, then here is a chance to meet him in person. The acclaimed playwright and storyteller will talk about his latest ventures, Gauhar, an adaptation of Vikram Sampath’s book and his directorial tryst with Tagore’s Choker Bali. The talk will cover an exploration history, cultures and languages.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East
Entry: R10 (adults); R5 (children)
Be Irish for a day
11 AM – 11 PM: So what if you are not a Dubliner? There is no need to miss out on the fun of St Patrick’s Day. Head to the mall for loads of games, live performances and contests. There’s the St Patrick’s carnival parade planned and a closing act by young boy band The Other People. And, what’s the fun without all the beer and nibbles? That’s on offer too.
Where: High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
8.30 PM: Here’s your weekly dose of the funnies with three stand-up acts courtesy Angad Singh Ranyal, Manan Desai and Varun Thakur (in pic). The three have featured earlier in some class stand-up routines, so you wouldn’t want to miss this. Ranyal has written for comedy specials at Comedy News Network; Thakur is co-founder of Schiztengiggles; and, Desai has also been part of Gujarati comedy shows.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 750
Move it like a belly dancer
12.30 PM: Artiste Agnieszka Myszkowska is in town for a workshop on tribal fusion, a modern style of belly dance. The session will start with a strong warm up and will cover basics such as hip work and graceful arm patterns. The class starts early, so hurry.
Where: House of Wow, Nataraj Building, Hill Road, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 500
March 18 – 20 Award-winning photographer Prachi Chaphekar will be at the camp to hold a photography workshop, and tempt newcomers into the craft. The workshop will be held over three days, and will cover basics of lenswork, angles and lighting. On the evening of March 18, head out for a French movie under the stars, a tradition at Bandcamp.
Entry: Rs 3,500
March 19 – 20 A unique workshop which promises to teach you Parkour 101 comes to the campsite, which will run alongside the photography class. Conducted by parkourist Giles D’Souza, a well-known self-taught traceur, the workshop will introduce you to the basics of making your way gracefully through obstacles. On the evening of March 19, unwind to the tunes of The Cool Waters Project.
Entry: Rs 3,000
March 25 – 26 It’s Holi in the city, and if you prefer to enjoy some quality frolicking time in the great outdoors, there head here. Bring your own colours and get your friends together as you are free to roam the beach. Retire in the evening at a BBQ station, Where you are free to experiment with the produce you bring along. And then, snuggle into sleeping bags in the tents that you get on twin-sharing basis.
Entry: Rs 2,500
Understand Latin cinema
6.30 PM: Find out how cinema became the ‘pastime of choice’ for everyone from the wealthiest elite to the popular masses in Latin America, with Columbia University professor Richard Peña. He will delineate the region’s major trends and characteristics of cinema as an institution, and explore the aesthetics, economics, technology and social impact of cinema on people.
Where: Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, 3rd floor, Ghanshyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort
Go sailing in Mumbai
March 15, 6 PM: Get to see a completely different and breathtaking side of the city as you start sailing from the Mumbai harbour at the Gateway of India. Perched on your boat, you will be left awestruck by this view of this sea. You will also see some of the oldest lighthouses. If you are feeling adventurous, try your hand at steering the boat (the captain will be there to guide you).
Where: Meeting spot at Gateway of India
Entry: Rs 5,000
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Watch a Sufi musical
7.30 PM: Saadat Hasan Manto’s stories are timeless. Adaakaari Troop and Brahmastra’s new production, Arz-O-Samaa is testimony to this. The makers have chosen two short plays by Manto and combined it with Sufi compositions. The first play, Nangi Awaazein is a moving tale of a group of low class refugees. The second, Titwal ka kutta shows how Partition brought in hatred for people on both sides.
Where: Mysore Association Auditorium, 393, Bhaudaji Road, Near Maheshwari Udyan, Matunga (E)
Entry: Rs 200
Jam with a French band
11 AM – 12.30 PM: Attend a workshop Where le Pied de la Pompe, an international alternative rock band from France will perform some of their popular songs. This will be followed by an interactive session with the audience in acoustic set up. Those interested can register by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Furtados School of Music, 49, Fern Villa, Khar (W)
Re-examine your world
5.30 PM: If there’s one author who believes in unsettling his reader, it’s Kiran Nigarkar. The novelist and playwright will talk about two of his most powerful works — A Bedtime Story and his other book, God’s Little Soldier. Both works will shake you out of your comfort zone, and get you questioning received wisdom.
Where: Kitab Khana, Fort
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Save Aarey with your clicks
9.30 AM: Fotothon is a real-time photography competition Where every participating photographer gets 24 hours to shoot and submit their work. This year, the group is holding a session at the Aarey Forest. The attempt is not just to capture stunning pictures, but to spread the message that Mumbai cares for its green spaces and its four-legged inhabitants. Winners get prizes up to R1 lakh.
Where: Maharashtra Nature Park, Mahim
Register at www.fotothon.in
Attend a Hindi musical
MARCH 15, 6 PM: Unhen Kuch Kehna Hai, written by Avneesh Mishra and Ather Jaffery, explores the poems written by famous Hindustani poets and weaves them with live music.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road
Entry: Rs 175
Spread the goodness of Sushi
MARCH 18, 4.30 – 6.30 PM: Sushi rolling can be a surreal experience. And restaurateur and Chef Farrokh Khambata swears by it. Attend a master class by Khambatta Where you will learn a trick or two of working with raw fish. This will be followed by a mixology session.
Where: Crossword Bookstore, Kemps Corner
Bite into a blushing brownie
ONGOING: Try some delicious pink brownies by Andheri-based home baker Priyanka Dalal, who runs Mignardise, which means small desserts. A little bit of beetroot is all it took to make pink brownies. Also try her flavoured marshmallows and meringues. Free delivery from Andheri to Malad.
Where: Place your order at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a tour of Dharavi
MARCH 20, 9 AM: Get an insider’s perspective of Dharavi guided by a local who is born and brought up in the slum. Let this young English speaking man bust all your myths about Asia’s largest slum. Visit little shops Where you will see workers busy with recycling, embroidery, bakery, pottery-making, soap making, poppadom-making, and more.
Where: Meeting point outside Mahim Station
Entry: Rs 650
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Get to know Begum Akhtar
MARCH 17, 5.30 PM: Catch the screening of Zikr Us Parivash Ka, a film on Begum Akhtar by Nirmal Chander Dandriyal. The 64-minute long documentary has been produced by Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Where: CSMVS, Fort
Celebrate the six seasons of India
MARCH 19, 3.45 PM: Namrata Gupta, an Odissi dancer has conceptualised a classical and a folk dance ballet Called Samagam along with dancer Vaishali Sagar. The performance explores the six seasons of India; Vasant (Spring), Grishma (Summer), Varsha (Monsoon) and more, through the poetic works of Kalidasa’s Ritu.
Where: Bhaidas Hall, Vile Parle (W)
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 500