28 things to do in Mumbai from August 30 - September 5
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week ahead
Dig into a yum Shravan platter
11.30 AM – 11 PM: Shravan observers, if you thought a dry spell looms ahead, then be comforted. Give in to your cravings at Vedge, with its exclusive Shravan platter, that includes sabudana delights, kachoris, rasgullas and dudhi halwa.
Where: Vedge, Fun Republic Mall, New Link Road, Andheri West
Price: Rs 350 Call: 61668906
View Jean Bhownagary's art
11 AM – 7 PM: Clark House's current exhibition is a retrospective on artist Jean Bhownagary. Titled Thinking is Form: Rethinking the Art Idea, the works feature Cubist figures, abstracts and studies of heads. There are also a couple of films about India, directed and scripted by Bhownagary and produced by the Films Division, showing.
Where: Clark House Initiative, opposite Sahakari Bhandar, Colaba
Battle with board-gamers
7 PM: All you board-game freaks, gear up for a fun-filled night. At Boveda's tables, settle down for a game of UNO, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly or Jenga. Adding a little twist to the traditional games are some drinking rules, sure to take the stakes up a notch!
Where: Boveda, G 04, Morya Landmark 1, New Link Road, Andheri West
Admire human pyramids
3 PM – 7 PM: This is literally the height of adventure sport! Twenty-four teams give their best to form the traditional human pyramids and break the dahi handi. Intense action and fierce matches are guaranteed. Just walk in for a great day with some of the most talented dahi handi athletes of India.
Where: Bandra Reclamation Ground
Appreciate Manet on screen
6.30 PM: Admire the famous French Impressionist Édouard Manet's portraits of his family, friends and the literary, political and artistic world of his day. The film reveals behind-the-scenes moments of the first upcoming exhibition of Manet's portraiture, and 19th-century Paris.
Where: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 500
Play beer pong
9 PM: Prepare yourself for Monday blues at Hoppipola's Hoppi Beer Pong Night. The rules of this classic drinking game are simple — pop table-tennis balls into glasses of beer and let your opponents drink from the ones Where the
Where: Hoppipola, 1st floor, Mathurdas Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 500 (cover charge)
Watch the story of two friends
7.30 PM: End your Sunday with the staging of Rangbaaz Group's Parey, a story about the lives of two friends — Niladri, a lost but passionate writer, and Vasu, an actor in search of a character who will liberate him. What follows is a play within a play that will challenge their ideologies and take them on a journey of life and death. Directed by Raghav Dutt, the play stars Gagan Dev Riar, Bhushan Vikas and Gillian Pinto.
Where: The Hive, 50A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village Road, Khar West
Tickets: Rs 200
Learn about the winged wonders
12 PM: Ever considered a caterpillar for a pet? Then join the gardeners at Green Hope for a session on turning your critter pets into dainty butterflies. Learn about their life cycle, the kind of plants that attract butterflies and tips on how to rear your caterpillar carefully. And, you get to take home a cocoon.
Where: Green Hope, Dreams Complex, Flat 1307, Bldg No 3, near Pawar Public School, LBS Road, Bhandup West
Registration: Rs 600
Go shout, 'Goal!'
8.30 PM: Be it Man United or Swansea City, now cheer for your favourite football team playing the Barclays Premier League at Kick. Don your team T-shirts and catch all the goals and fouls with your friends. Grab some sandwiches and beer while there. Where: Kick, Supreme Business Park, Hiranan-dani Gardens, Powai
Take kids for a reading
11 AM: Kids, hurry along for a book-reading by Kahani Tree. Storyteller, writer and illustrator Deepa Balsavar reads out from Curious Monkey, the story of a monkey who has a cold and a very big question to ask. Only one of the jungle animals has the answer. Who will that be? The reading will be followed by a mask-making activity.
Where: Kitab Khana, Fort
Paint the town red
7 PM – 11 PM: Relish the authentic taste of Spain at the last day of La Tomatina fest at Fratelli Fresh. The chefs have designed a menu using assorted tomato varieties like sun peach, red big and orange blossom. Choose from a range of appetisers, mains and pastas, with sauces.
Where: Fratelli Fresh, Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel, Powai
Entry: R750 onwards
Order of the day
Pop goes the stomach
8 PM – 10 PM: Book a seat and dig into a pre-plated menu of Le Kitchen Gallery's ongoing month-long pop-up restaurant that aims to serve food from around the world. Pick a date that suits your palate —from a menu centred around asparagus and sizzling woks to Caribbean delicacies, or all things mushroom.
Where: House of Tales, Kala Ghoda
When: Till September 13
Entry: R1,200 per head
Power your day
7 AM: Do your mornings usually begin with procrastination and plans to workout 'tomorrow'? Make a change with a class in Sivananda Hatha Yoga by Yoga Siromani Bhavana Mooteri. The session comprises pranayama, surya namaskar, core strengthening and practice of 12 basic asanas. This to help you open the energy channels of your body while increasing flexibility of the spine and strengthening bones.
Where: House of Wow, Natraj Building, Hill Road, Bandra West
Entry: R310 Call: 9930246031
Watch a musical on stage
9 PM: Watch Arpana's Club Desire, inspired by the French opera, Carmen by Georges Bizet. Directed by Sunil Shanbag, the play is set in the world of night clubs, music and poetry. Jayam, a poet, encounters Chahat, a free-spirited singer. Sparks fly and they are drawn into an unusual and passionate relationship. Cracks begin to appear with the Entry of DJ Abeer. The cast includes Palomi Ghosh, Jaimini Pathak, Suhaas Ahuja, Ankur Ratan and Romi Jaspal.
Catch a French film
7 PM: This week, appreciate a foreign language film. Watch Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (The Young Girls of Rochefort), the story of two sisters, Delphine and Solange. One teaches dance and the other, piano. They are looking for love without knowing that their ideal partners are very close.
Where: Deepak Cinema, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel
Shop without guilt
10 AM – 8 PM: Make your way to the IMC Ladies' Wing's annual exhibition that offers a platform for entrepreneurs. Check out works of 170 skilled women across the country. These are products ranging from fashion to lifestyle and décor. Starting this year, the exhibition houses an art corner too. Ten NGOs also partner to showcase their workmanship, including St Jude's Wildlife Trust of India and the All India Foundation of Deaf Women.
Where: NSCI Stadium, Worli
Catch Abhijeet turn into Kishore
6.30 PM: Known as the musical voice of Bollywood actors, singer Abhijeet will offer a live playlist of his popular playback numbers while taking you down memory lane and singing a few Kishore Kumar hits.
Where: Dublin Square, Phoenix Market City, Kurla
Entry: R400 – R1,000
Make your Ganesha
SEPT 1–7, 11 AM – 5 PM: Attend a seven-day workshop organised by Arkin Training Institute and The Yoga Loft to make Ganesha idols using environment-friendly papier maché and clay. Trained artistes will take you through the process.
Where: Center Square, S V Road. Oberoi Chambers, Andheri West.
PRICE: R7,500 for 7 days
Watch two losers unite
SEPT 2, 6 PM: Written by Abhishek Patnaik and directed Murtuza Kutianawala, Two Adorable Losers is a situational comedy about a mathematics professor (Jolly Mahapatra, in pic left) from Odisha whose English diction is flawed and a TYBA student from Mumbai (Akshay, in pic right) who is weak in academics. Through extra classes, they develop a bond and help each other to overcome their problems.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road.
Entry: Rs 125
Try a dehati thali
TILL SEPT 13, 11 am – 3.30 PM, 7 PM – 10.30 PM: Golden Star is hosting the Dehati (village) Rasoi Utsav that has a range of authentic Gujrati and Rajasthani dishes including dal dhokli, gatte ki sabzi, rajwadi khichdi and batata kaju kismis. Make sure you don't miss out on Rajasthani kheer, moong dal sheera and churma ladoo.
Where: Golden Star, opposite Charni Road Station
PRICE: Rs 430 per meal
Experience your body move
SEPT 3, 3 PM – 5 PM (every Thursday): Avantika Bahl Goel, an independent choreographer is holding a series of contemporary dance classes that study movement patterns using the principles of weight, anatomy, alignment and breath. The aim is to explore body movement and develop an insight into the mechanics of the body.
Where: Tangerine Arts Studio, Pali Danda Road, Khar West
Entry: R2,000 for 8 hrs
Master a Kerala martial art
SEPT 1 – NOV 4, 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM: Learn Kallaripayatu, a combination of martial arts training, self-defence practice and physiotherapeutic treatment. Instructor Belraj Soni, who specialises in weapons training will conduct a three-month intensive session of this ancient martial arts form. The sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Where: West Room 1, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point
Entry: Rs 9,000
Catch Swedish DJ in action
SEPT 4, 9 PM: Music aficionados can head to Frog to watch John Dahlbäck, a house music producer and DJ from Sweden. The 28-year-old inked his first record deal at 17, and has made remixes for Lady Gaga, 50 Cent and David Morales.
Where: BlueFROG, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel
Entry: Rs 700
When you crave the sea plan ahead
Sept 5, 7.30 AM: We live by the sea, but how often do you find the time to enjoy its beauty? Make the trip to Korlai Fort and lighthouse, built in 1955, on a hill 150 feet above mean sea level. A Portuguese fort built in 16th century, later captured by Marathas, it is surrounded by water on three sides. Organised by Privilege Hospitality Events, the trip offers you a breathtaking view. Interestingly, the light flashes every three seconds with a range of 18 nautical miles (45 km). Korlai's beach has stretches of white and black sand. The few inhabitants of the fishing village at Korlai speak 'kristi', a dialect that finds its roots in Portuguese and Creole. Pick-up points at Andheri East, Bandra, Dadar and Vashi.
Cost: Rs 1,900 per person (inclusive of travel, guide, sightseeing and meals)
Your date with Krishna
Mumbai gears up for Janmashtami with a slew of cultural events
Banyan Tree has organised a concert that features eminent vocalist Sanjeev Abhyankar and Bharatanatyam dancer Shobana. The concert hopes to create an atmosphere of peace amid unrest.
Where: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
When: Sept 4, 7 pm
Entry: R300 – R600
Radha Krishna Utsav
This year, the festival will bring together Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, Rajan and Sajan Mishra, Mahesh Sharma, Manoranjan Zha, Vijayaa Shanker, Dr Rahul Joshi, Anuradha Pal and Anup Jalota.
Where: ISKCON Mandir, Hare Krishna Land, Juhu, Vile Parle West.
When: Aug 30 – Sept 3, 7.30 pm
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 1,000
Shyam Rasa Rang
Neela Bhagwat, Hindustani musician from the Gwalior Gharana, will take stage to regale music lovers and Krishna devotees with her renditions. She will be accompanied on the violin by Kailash Patra and on the tabla by Mandar Puranik.
Where: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, 2nd Floor, Above Kitab Khana, Fort
When: Sept 8, 6 PM – 8 PM
The adventures of Lord Krishna make for entertaining stories. This play, directed by Dilshad Khurana and Tahira Nath, takes you on a journey through Vrindavan along with little Krishna and his friends. Packed with energy and playful moments, it's meant for kids and adults.
Where: YB Chavan Auditorium, Nariman Point
When: Sept 5, 11.30 AM
Entry: Rs 300 – Rs 1,000 Call: 2208598