Art straight from the heart
11 am-7 pm: Contemporary artists Ravi Bansode, Tulsiram Jadhav and Suryawanshi Gunderao will exhibit their collection of paintings called Realities of Life at Jehangir Art Gallery today. Inspired by various aspects which they think affect our lives, each artist aims at spreading awareness through their work.

Ravi Bansode is inspired by Lord Buddha and his message to society. Through the acrylic colours used on the canvas, Bansode wants to convey the message of love, compassion and equality among the people of our country.

Tulsiram Jadhav, on the other hand, demonstrates the relationship between Lord Shiva and Nandi and mindscapes of Shiva in childhood. Jadhav’s main aim is to spread awareness about Indian culture, tradition and its relevance in today’s times.

Suryawanshi Gunderao, inspired by the strenuous life of farmers, uses them as a subject for his sculptures made out of fibre. His work will draw comparisons between the bond of a farmer and his ox and the unconditional love between a mother and a child.

Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Auditorium Hall, 161-B, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
Call: 9922019669/8007267169

The institution of marriage
7.30 pm: If live performances thrill you, then head to Avenue 29 for a play titled Marriage-ology — The science and art of mating. The 95-minute play directed by Sunil Shanbag and Sapan Saran, explores the various shades of marriage through seven scenes. Some situations will make you laugh while the others will make you think. The play also weaves elements of literature, writing, poetry and music into it.
Where: Avenue 29, Savoy Chambers 602, Linking Road, Santacruz West Call: 23804981

An intense love story
6.30 pm: Watch The Reader, a 2008 award-winning film starring Kate Winslet and David Cross. The movie opens in post-war Germany where the ill 15- year-old Michael Berg is helped by Hanna, a woman twice his age. Soon they indulge in a passionate but secretive love affair. Michael reads to Hanna from The Odyssey and Huck Finn and their bond deepens. The plot takes a turn when Hanna suddenly disappears only to return eight years later. At this juncture, certain secrets are revealed which affect both their lives. On: SonyPix

For the photographer in you
5 pm: If you have a budding photographer at home, then this might be his/her chance to learn the technicalities of photography. The Young Photographer workshop is open to all children between seven-16 years of age and aims to improve the child’s creative thinking and enhance their ability to observe and appreciate the beauty around them. The participants will learn to set up their camera, understand the concept of light, colour and exposure and will get expert advice on clicking creative pictures.
In addition to the above, each student will get a participation certificate at the end of the workshop. The organisers will provide all the equipment.

Where: Centre One Mall, T25, fourth floor, Vashi
Call: 27812222
Ticket: Rs 500

Celebrate the bond of love
10 am-11 pm: This Raksha Bandhan, pamper your sister silly by gifting her a Sukho Thai voucher. The spa has introduced gift cards which you can book online or purchase from any outlet in the city for your sister. You can opt for other gift cards too which can be redeemed by both you and your sister. There is perhaps no better way than to bond over a spa treatment.
Where: Any Sukho Thai outlet in the city
Call: 9821008877 for reservations

Start the week on a fresh note
7 pm onward: Get ready to bid farewell to your Monday blues with Boveda’s Monday Mania. With one on one free on drinks for all night long, start this week on a merry note. Don’t forget to put on those dancing shoes because the floor will resonate with classic retro music. So take along your friends and bring the house down with some great music, food and drinks.
Where: Boveda, G04, Morya Landmark One, off New Link Road, Andheri West
Call: 67080858

In the name of the lord
11 am-7 pm: From a cherubic kid advertising gripe water to a flamboyant youngster doing the Ras Kreeda, an exhibition titled Krishna at Janamashtami celebrates the iconography of god in various forms.

Paintings, original graphic art, vintage chromolithographs, photographs and postcards by celebrated artist Raja Ravi Varma and his successors, Vasudeo Pandya, R G Chonker, M V Dhurandhar and R Mulgaonkar are on display.

The artworks are priced between Rs 2,800 and Rs 45,000.
Where: Artisans, 52-56, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Rhythm House Lane, Kala Ghoda
Call: 22673040

Boys to men
10.30 pm-11.30 pm: Spud in the Box is a six-piece alternative pop-rock band formed in March 2011 in Mumbai. It features Zubin Bhathena on bass, Rohan Rajadhakshya on vocals and keyboards, Ankit Dayal on vocals and guitar, Joshua Singh on drums and Hartej Sawhney and Siddharth Talwar on guitars. Watch the band play their debut extended play (EP), titled Attention Please and their other chartbusters.
Where: blueFROG D/2 Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel CALL: 22035993
Entry: Rs 350 or Rs 1,000 full cover post 9pm

At the stroke of midnight
11.30 pm onward: On the eve of Independence Day, you can be a part of the country’s first online concert titled Stroke of Midnight featuring artistes Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Singh Sharma, Shannon Donald and Purvi Koutish. What better way to usher in a sense of freedom than celebrating our 68th Independence Day through an online concert that erases all limitations
of distance.
Log on to:

Abstract musings
11 am-7 pm: Gallery Beyond curates a special art show every monsoon. This year, in its 10th edition titled A Point & Line to Plane X group, the show features stalwarts and younger artists create works on the theme of Abstract Expressionism. It’s a known fact that abstraction does not deal with objects or images. It’s an expressive art whose purpose is to inspire human nature towards beauty.
Where: Gallery Beyond, 30/132, first floor, Great Western Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg
Call: 22837345

Heart of the matter
10.30 am-3.30 pm: We’ve all played with objects and toys to create make-belief worlds, as children. Object Theatre, a performing arts company, takes this world of child-play into theatre to make a symbolic art form that appeals both to the mature adult and the playful child in us. Storytellers, animators, visual artists, designers, educators, parents, in short, those interested in thinking out of the box and bringing that make-belief world back in life can attend this event.
Where: Laxmi Industrial Estate, Andheri West
Call: 9004798473

Selfie, now an art
August 11, 11 am-7 pm: Mumbai-based, new age artist Nilesh Vede is displaying his most recent series of acrylic artwork, called Selfie, at Hirji Jehangir Art Gallery in Kala Ghoda, till August 12.

Explaining the idea and thought behind his work, the artist says, “I have a different view on what a selfie could be. It can be an artistic way of self-reflection and self observation of thoughts and actions. Selfie is more than a self portrait ... it is a path for self-realisation and a search for real identity,” explains Vede.

The artist explains that he looks at life as a sacred voyage to reach one’s “true inner self”. He further explains that his artworks at the exhibition uses earthy tones to create a tranquil world — one that he hopes to transport his viewers to.

Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Fort
call: 22843989

Dance the weekend away
August 16, 10.30 pm onward: Head to blueFROG to catch Funkagenda, who has left his stamp on dance music across the world. He has won the Ibiza DJ Best Ibiza Track 2008 and the Beatport Best Tech House Track 2008 award for his Man With The Red Face collaboration with Mark Knight. With Funkagenda in charge, get ready to groove to some foot-thumping music.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Call: 61586158

Tackling a complex problem
August 15, 7 pm onward: The play Two Adorable Losers is an English comedy about a professor from Odisha, who is not proficient in English and a student who is weak in academics. Both suffer from the same problem — an inferiority complex. In an attempt to regain their confidence, they approach each other in an unusual alliance.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point, NCPA Marg
Call: 65224179

Celebrating freedom with food
August 15, 12.30-3.30 pm and 7.30 pm-1 am: Celebrate this Independence Day at Nom Nom with some great food. Treat yourself and a friend or family member to a sumptuous buffet of soups, appetisers, main course and desserts only for R1947. The menu includes two non-alcoholic beverages, a choice of two soups, wok tossed Thai bird chilly garlic veggies, Cottage cheese kosa mui, Chowsy potatoes with chilly garlic and Chicken in chilly basil among many other dishes.
Where: Nom Nom, Bharat Nagar, Nr Banana Leaf Restaurant, Versova Juhu Link Road, Andheri (W) and T P S Road, opp Mini Punjab, Bandra West.
Call: 30932030 (Bandra), 26244280 (Andheri)

A master class on wine
August 12, 5 pm-7 pm: If you are fed up of having tea this monsoon, try wine! The Alliance Française de Bombay is conducting a workshop to teach participants wine making, through a video screening, and wine tastings of Fratelli Wines, which makes the alcoholic beverage from a variety of grapes commonly used in France. Participants must be above 21 years old. You need to register for the event, so hurry!
where: The Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, 40 New Marine Lines. to register: Email on

Want to solve Rubik’s cube?
SUNDAY, 9.30 am-5 pm: Want to exercise your brain, improve spatial awareness, and trigger a hunger for learning? All you need to do is solve the Rubik’s Cube. If you never cracked it as a child, here’s an interactive session to master the cube. You don’t need to be a geek or a master in mathematics and algorithms. The instructor will take you through the basics of the Cube, and share its benefits; one being, it reduces your risk of getting Alzheimer’s by three times. Participants will be provided with a Rubik’s Cube.
Where: Fairfield, flat no. 1, ground floor, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim
To register: Log on to or call 32270033. No walk-ins will be allowed cost: R4,499

Keeping up with the monster-in-laws
Tuesday, 10 pm: Surviving the In-Laws, a show which features the downside of some marriages, will premier this week. When we marry, we don’t marry the spouse, but his or her family, too. For better or for worse, a marriage can include over-bearing mothers-in-law, interfering fathers, and years of family holidays served with a side of passive-aggressive behaviour. This show focusses on exasperated newlyweds and their feelings about the in-laws.

Many modulations, one voice
monday, 5.30 pm Mumbai Local, which organises art programmes in the city, will host a talk by Shubha Mudgal, who has a classical music background, has recorded tracks with DJs, sung for Bollywood fims, cut bhajan albums, too. You don’t want to miss this one.
Where: Somaiya Bhavan, Ground Floor, 45/47 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Flora Fountain, Fort
Book: mumbailocal@

The poet’s corner
ongoing till August 31: Have you scribbled a line or two at the back of your diary?

Let the rains inspire you to take part in a poetry competition this month. Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust is accepting entries for the sixth Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize to recognise excellence in poetry written in English.

Adminstered jointly by the Department of English and University of Hyderabad, the competition is open for Indians aged between 20 and 40.

The prize consists of a cash award of R15,000 and a citation will be presented at a literary event in Hyderabad in the month of October this year. Entries must include three, unpublished poems written by the applicant along with age proof such as copy of your passport or pan card. Please do not put your name on the poems to be submitted to the jury members.

Email: Send your entries to
Deadline: August 31, 2014

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