Mumbai Diary Page: Saturday scene

IT’S A JUNGLE OUT HERE! 
mid-day reader and wildlife enthusiast Shardul Bajikar shared this image where wilderness plays out its drama in the lush green undergrowth of Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

On any other day, this juvenile lizard (Forest Calotes) would have been ideally snacking on a unsuspecting prey. Instead, it finds itself in the deadly jaws of a well camouflaged Green Vine Snake (Ahaetulla Nasuta). PIC COURTESY/JY BROTHERS

A classic error
There was pin drop silence, followed by nervous laughter, when Rohan Murthy mentioned the rival Jaipur Lit Fest during yesterday’s afternoon session, Reviving the Classics, at the Tata Literature Live! at Experimental Theatre, NCPA. “We didn’t hear that, did we?” Festival director, Anil Dharker replied in jest.

SAY, WHAT? Rohan Murthy at his session on Day 2 of Tata Literature Live! at NCPA
SAY, WHAT? Rohan Murthy at his session on Day 2 of Tata Literature Live! at NCPA

“Hey, I thought we were all friends here,” Murthy quipped. That wasn’t the only gaffe. Throughout, the Infosys scion shared information on the Murthy Classical Library that brings out five translated volumes of India’s great and ancient texts annually. He referred to Panini, a Sanskrit grammarian as Pingala, a Sanskrit mathematician and grammarian. This until he was corrected by a member of the audience.

Fancy for a horror trip?
We’ve heard of staycations, hobby holidays and festive-themed destinations. Little did we realise that soon, a travel itinerary would be themed around Halloween.

SPOOK ESCAPE: Shaniwar Wada in Pune made it to this list of horror escapes
SPOOK ESCAPE: Shaniwar Wada in Pune made it to this list of horror escapes

An online travel community has listed six haunted places in India that they claim will scare the living daylights out of you. The spookfest includes a fort in Rajasthan that prohibits tourists from entering post sunset, a coastal destination in Surat that is an epicentre of horror stories, a cluster of mines in Mussoorie replete with local folklore, a hill-station in Darjeeling that has a stretch called Death Road and Pune’s Shaniwar Wada. One thing’s for sure, enthusiasts might need to go on another vacation to recover from this scare-cation.

Make friends at the BDL museum
This is a welcome move for those who dig their visits to the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. The Byculla landmark has invited city folk to become a part of the institution by joining or gifting Dr Bhau Daji Lad’s Friends of the Museum programme, which supports the Museum’s vital activities across education, outreach, conservation, publication and research.

FRIENDS IN ART SPACES: Designer and politician Shaina NC at an event to promote the Banarasi weave at the Dr BDL Museum. PIC/RANE ASHISH
FRIENDS IN ART SPACES: Designer and politician Shaina NC at an event to promote the Banarasi weave at the Dr BDL Museum. Pic/Rane Ashish

Friends of the Museum will offer exclusive member benefits that include unlimited free admission, private tours, discounts at the Museum Shop, and more. You can also avail of privileges, enhance experiences and help in promoting future development of the Museum by signing up for a membership category that is suitable for interested members. Log on to www.bdlmuseum.org for more details.

Going regional at LGBT film event
What if a group of hijras wishes to launch a start-up in a town of India? What if an illiterate housemaid finds out that her son is gay? What happens when a young boy expresses to his mother the desire to wear a sari during Navratri?

SCENE ‘N’ HEARD: A still from Jayjaykar
SCENE 'N' HEARD: A still from Jayjaykar  

Prickly questions have been dealt with in the films that will be screened today at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay as part of the ‘Best of Kashish’ event organised by Saathi-IIT Bombay and Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. What gives us one more reason to cheer is that the four films in Marathi (with English subtitles), starring well-known actors from the Marathi film industry, including Dilip Prabhavalkar, Mukta Barve, Chhaya Kadam and Sanyogita Bhave. First, we saw LGBT films moving to supposedly ‘mainstream’ venues and now with regional languages being a part of the LGBT narrative, we welcome more minds opening up the discourse.

The film line-up includes Shot, Ek Maaya Ashi Hi (Love Such As This), Sundar (Beautiful) directed by Rohan Kanawade and feature film, Jayjaykar (Triumph of Life). The free show kicks off at 4 pm at the PC Saxena Auditorium.

Theatre call with Sanjna Kapoor
Sanjna Kapoor is in a good mood these days. As part of Junoon’s Art at Play, she’s set to give Gurgaon’s kids a taste of theatre. Starting on Childrens’ Day, Kapoor will conduct a four-day intensive theatre-acting workshop for kids between seven and nine years, and 10 to 12 years, in Gurgaon.

CURTAIN CALL: Sanjna Kapoor introduces students to the wonders of theatre during an earlier workshop
CURTAIN CALL: Sanjna Kapoor introduces students to the wonders of theatre during an earlier workshop

When this diarist asked Kapoor about her new adventure, she was elated. “It’s always a delicious challenge to work with children from different cities. The city culture impacts them so much. I’ve worked with children in Trivandrum, Pune, Baroda, Jodhpur, Delhi and of course, Mumbai, and each place has its flavour of engagement,” she said, adding, “But most of all, I love how children throw themselves whole heartedly into the magical world of make believe. It’s the same everywhere. Now, I can’t wait to dive into the workshops at Gurgaon. What better way to celebrate Children’s Day than by immersing myself into their world.”

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