Your weekly planner: Events, activities around Mumbai

To flea or not to flea?
10 am to 10 pm: Think of the goodies sold by footloose, affable hippies at a Goan flea market. We bet you have colour, quirks and endless choice on your mind. Now, think of the same, minus Goa. That’s The Lil Flea for you, who brings a unique experience to the city. Colourful tents will showcase more than 100 pop-up shops selling clothes, footwear, bags, accessories, furniture, handicraft, artefacts, arts and crafts, antiques, pottery, home décor and old books. Two music zones will see some upcoming singers and songwriters croon through the day. When the music takes a break, you could enjoy some globally-acclaimed Oscar-winning short films or participate in workshops and quirky games. Some of the brands you could pick up include Udd, Design Pataki, Studio Alag, Roti Kapda aur Makaan, Vox-pop clothing, Dash of bling and Sienna store from Kolkata, which has some great pottery, textiles and folk art made by artisans at the Shanti Niketan.
Where: The Reclamation Ground, Bandra
Entry charge: Rs 50

Laugh out loud with ’em
8.30 pm: For the first time, stand-up comedians Kristel Zweers (Holland), Joanna Sio (Hong Kong) and Sharul Channa (Singapore) will perform a 90-minute show in the city. In 2004, Zweers was was part of De Lama’s, the Dutch version of the iconic show, Who’s Line Is It Anyway, while Sio was Runner Up at the 2012 HK International Comedy Competition, becoming the first female comedian to achieve the accolade.
Where: Canvas Laugh Factory, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Tickets: R750, log on to

Desire, in parts
6 pm and 9 pm: THE year was 1993. American playwright and actress Heather Raffo visited a modern art museum in Baghdad, which led to her hit play, 9 Parts of Desire. It is about the lives of nine Iraqi women between the first and second Gulf Wars and the occupation. Directed by Lillete Dubey, the play hold the mirror to the seemingly everyday yet extraordinary lives of Iraqi women — a painter, a communist, doctors, wives and lovers, and delves into the conflicting aspects of being a woman in a war-torn country.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu
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Masterpiece at the museum
10 am to 5.30 pm: The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum hosts one of the most-acclaimed masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance — Lorenzo Ghiberti’s The Gates of Paradise.
On display in India for the first time, the full-scale lost-wax bronze replica of The Gates of Paradise, cast from the original mould, allows visitors to discover Ghiberti’s masterful sculptural and narrative rendering at close quarters. The Gates of Paradise are an extraordinary illustration of the artistic, political, religious, and social contexts of Ghiberti.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Byculla (East)
Call: 23731234

Science in your backyard
11 am: As part of its initiative, Chai and Why?, The Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) forum for informal discussions on interesting scientific issues organises the session, The Invisible Sun. TIFR scientist, Divya Oberoi will discuss how the sun powers life on Earth.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu
Call: 26149546

A tale of reality
6.30 pm onward: The movie Les neiges du Kilimandjaro (The Snows of Kilimanjaro) is about a union pensioner and his wife, who get robbed with two friends in their own house. They will find that merely getting the assailants brought to justice is not enough for their conscience.
At: Alliance Francaise
De Bombay, New
Marine Lines
Call: 22035993

Dancing graduates
8 pm: Contemporary Dance Company Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts is all set to have its diploma prgramme’s graduation day. Highlights of the show include a guest performance by Khambatta Dance Company from USA and students performing contemporary dances based on Veer Savarkar’s poem, Nirbhaya’s (the Delhi rape victim) fight, Buddha’s story and Chakras of the body.
At: The Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point. call: 2282 4567

Tales of the Vikings
Get ready to watch the tales of the raiding, trading, and exploring Norsemen of early medieval Scandinavia with History TV18. The series follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok: the greatest hero of his age and narrates the saga of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. The series has been well recieved by audiences all over the world.
When: Vikings, every Monday and Wednesday at 9pm on History TV18 channel

Learning drama
The Drama School, Mumbai (DSM) embarks on the second year’s task: to run a further evolved version of its inaugural course, the One-Year Certificate Course in Acting and Theatre Making. The course structure includes six months of training, including one and a half months of working under a professional theatre director. Application deadline is April 20.
Call: 9619 336336 or email

Party all night
10.30 pm to 1.30 am: Jai ‘Nanok’ Vaswani is all set to perform at blueFROG. He started DJing in Mumbai at the age of 15 at almost every club in south Mumbai as a guest DJ playing mainly commercial sets.
At: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Call: 4033 2300

Football mania
10 am to 10 pm: EventMania Entertainment presents one of the most exciting football tournaments this month. KickMania is two day Rink football Tournament, ending today. The matches are expected to be watched and enjoyed by more than 500 football fans. Thirty two teams from across the city will participate in the tournament. The winners of the tournament will be awarded R25000/, while the runners-up will get cash prize worth R10,000.
At: Urban Sports Astro Turf, Vile Parle
Call: 7208123331/9819312405

Dance like a dream
6 pm onward: Look forward to a magical evening of Odissi and Bharatanatyam duet by dancers Sujata Mohapatra and Vaibhav Arekar. The performance will be followed by Bharatanatyam group performance by
Leela Samson - Spanda.

Wedding secrets
Monday, 11 am to 7 pm: Done-to-death poses, stone-age camera equipment and execution by men who are as far away from art as east is from west (quite literally) — that’s what wedding photography in India has been limited to for many decades. But Knot in Focus, a wedding images and film company is here to change the way your neighbourhood aunty looks at wedding photography as a profession.
Documenting the experience and journey of Indian weddings in all its glory and drama and capturing weddings in true Bollywood style, is their focus and now, they are holding India’s first wedding photography exhibition.
Every picture tells a story; and every story, has its own range of uncurbed imagination and essence. Witness the unseen side of the picture with real stories and unreal art.
At: Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Nariman Point
call: 22023626

Shop for a cause
Saturday, 11 am to 10 pm: In the mood for shopping? Well, High Street Phoenix in association with Back Alley – The Thrift Shop, is hosting a shopping weekend. Patrons will get a vintage thrift shop experience and will also get to raise funds for various charities such as Deeds, United and the Sri Satya Sai School Trust in Pune. The products resold range from apparel, books, home decor artifacts, accessories, vinyl, CDs and are unused and mostly crowd sourced. Come here to find some fashionable, quirky and interesting goodies.
At: Courtyard, High Street Phoenix
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Power of portraits
Till May 4, 11 am to 8 pm:
If you’re a fan of singer Beyonce, actress Angelina Jolie or footballer Maradona, then head to Nawaz Modi Singhania’s solo art exhibition. The artist has paid a tribute to iconic celebrities ranging from Hollywood stars, singers, sportstars, royalty, scientists, to celebrity anchors among others. “They’ve made us laugh and cry, they have inspired and motivated us, imbedded thoughts, imbibed emotions and character in us, enthralled and mesmerised us, both consciously and subconsciously. This collection is a portrait study of those whom we love to love… or even love to hate,” says Nawaz.
At: Raymond Flagship Store, Warden Road
Call: 23543371

Fact meets fantasy
Monday, 8 pm: From levitating fast food, to mindreading and a death-defying water escape, the new season of Magic of Science promises all this and much more as international magicians — Ben Hanlin, Wayne Houchin, Billy Kidd, and newcomer Nate Staniforth — perform these stunts across London, New York and Warsaw, baffling live bystanders and audiences at home alike. The seven-part series showcases the art of entertaining visuals and practical theory through impromptu performances in front of international viewers and tries to decipher the explosive thrills and science behind the spells.
On: Discovery channel

The Calcutta chromosome
On till April 30: The Calcutta Diaries is an exhibition of photographs from the archives of award-winning photojournalist Pablo Bartholomew focussing on his years in Calcutta in the mid 1970s. The exhibition, which opened on April 5, showcases his documentation of the Haka Chinese community of South Calcutta, his interaction with Satyajit Ray during the shooting of his cult classic Shatranj ke Khiladi, images of his ageing grandmother and narratives of the city of joy.
Bartholomew says, “While working as a still photographer on the sets of Shatranj Ke Khiladi, I spent a lot of time in Calcutta at the film studios around Tollygunge. It was stifling on the studio sets but it was therapeutic to get away and wander the streets. It was a way of dealing with my own sense of being of mixed origin and being marginal.”

It was this feeling that drove him to explore the Tangra and Dhapa areas of South Calcutta, photographing among the Chinese community. He says, “My engagement with the Haka Chinese community in the Tangra area, this group who lived, owned and ran leather tanneries — and in a diminished way still does — was my first endeavour to document a community in transition, coming to terms with themselves, marginal, closed but proud, and friendly. It was also a way to look at my mixed Indian and Burmese origin and find a way to deal with these churnings in my late teens and early twenties.”
Where: Sakshi Gallery, Synergy Art Foundation Ltd, Arthur Bunder
Road, Colaba
Call: 2266103424

Spreading cheer
Friday 10.30 pm onward: The Yellow Experiment is a musical comedy collective co-founded by comedians Daniel Fernandes (seen in pic below), Abish Mathew and Kenny Sebastian. The show features a unique blend of Stand-Up, Sketch and Improv all of which are supported by a bunch of guitars and voices that will make you swoon. This is quite unlike anything else that has been attempted on the Indian stand-up scene so expect as much as you would from a Rohit Shetty film at the Oscars, or anywhere else for
that matter.
At: Canvas Laugh Factory, Pedestrian Walk way to Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Call: 43485000
Tickets: R500

Tribute to a legend
Saturday and Sunday, 7 pm: Ustad Karamatullah Khan, doyen of the famous Farukhabad Gharana, was one of the finest tabla maestros in the ’50s and ’60s. Renowned artistes such as Parveen Sultana, Rashid Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Pandit Chitresh Das come together to pay a tribute to Khan. The curtain raiser is a Tabla quartet by three generations of the Karamatullah Khan family with Sabir Khan, the only living heir to the Farukhabad Gharana.

At: Tata Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
call: 22824567
tickets available at: NCPA box office and


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