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Your weekly planner: Events, activities around Mumbai

Speaking through art
11 am to 7 pm: Pune-based artist Dipak Asole was born in Ladkhed in Yavatmal. The artist was raised by a family that had a deep interest and fascination for fine arts, so it was no wonder that even as a young child, Asole was able to nurture his creativity and observational skills. 

His art education from Nagpur University, which helped him earn a bachelor of fine arts (BFA) degree in 2003 and an art teacher diploma from the Mumbai board helped in laying the foundation for his future career. His artworks in oil and acrylic colours are known to be innovative, distinct and unique. They have also been described as being distinct and the artist is known for maintaining ample clarity and harmony in his works through the vivid colour tones that he uses. In the current exhibition, the various paintings displayed in the series showcase his innermost thoughts. The paintings ‘Tulsi’and ‘Mother & child’, among others, reveal the inspiration that he derived from nature.
Where: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call: 09881232334

The art of making friends
3 pm to 7 pm: Making friends is no easy art — no wonder there are so many self-help books on the topic! The Classique Club is organizing a workshop, ‘Conscious Living: The Art of Friendship’, which will include a chance to work on issues of trust and care with the support of the group. The workshop will also demonstrate the use of basic, innovative techniques like hugging, social meditations, sharing and bodywork to clear away judgments. The ultimate aim of the workshop is to guide participants on a journey of becoming more conscious about oneself, his/her inner world and his/her relationships.
Where: The Classique Club, near Raheja Classique Complex Link Road , Andheri (W), Oshiwara
Entry: R1200 (inclusive of dinner)
Call: 9833180074 / 08758633222

On the Mumbai Local
5 pm: Author, poet and translator Sampurna Chattarji will join Mumbai Local, a community arts initiative by Junoon, in Byculla. Sampurna will, through her fiction and poetry, speak of her obsession with the city as more than just a place in “The City is a Beast”. Chattarji’s published books include three poetry collections — Absent Muses, The Fried Frog and Sight May Strike You Blind; and two novels-Rupture and Land of the Well.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, near Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan Zoo, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Rd, Byculla East
Email: mumbailocal@junoontheatre.org
ENTRY: Free

FIFA fever in Mumbai
2 pm to 7 pm: event conceptualising and brand management company Accessed presents Knockout Sunday, where 32 participants will challenge each other in FIFA tournament-style. The participants will fight it out with FIFA’ 14 on PS4s. There is also chilled beer and exciting prizes for the winners of the tournament. Tickets will be sold before the event on a first come first serve basis, so those interested can get a spot for R1200 per head to participate and get free beer and appetizers.
At: Py Bar & Bistro, Hubtown Skybay, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy, Cumballa Hill
Call: 9833536278, 9820543352

Relationships, retold
9 pm: Today’s ever-changing social environment continually redefines conventional man-woman relationships. The play uses dark humour to take a hard look at the increasing isolation that technology and rigid expectations are imposing on singletons. White Lily and Night Rider, the chat pseudonyms of a man and a woman in their late 30s, is a laugh riot based on the undertone of mismatched expectations. It promises to entertain the audience, while making them reflect on the changing times. The play’s Hinglish version premieres at Prithvi Theatre.
At: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road
Call: 26149546

Monday
Stroke of reality
11 am to 7 pm: AVINASH Godbole, an alumnus of Sir JJ School of Art, showcases his 30 works, inspired by his recovery from a stroke that left him crippled 11 years ago. The paintings cover various subjects from sexuality to philosophy, exploring human mind and its resurgence from pain. The choice of colours is bold and the strokes, strong and firm.
At: Art Gate Gallery, above Satyam Collection, Churchgate call: 42138855 / 56

Tuesday
Croon away
6 pm onward: LET your hair down this Tuesday as Ren presents Karaoke nights. Take centre stage and croon your favourite melodies with VJ Sushant who has an imported bottle of wine to give away to the ‘best singer of the night’. For beer lovers, Ren is giving away a beer free (until midnight) for every two beers that you buy. So get ready and indulge yourself in scrumptious combinations of bar bites and a variety of drinks.
At: The Ren, 2nd Floor, Gabbana House, 15th Road, Khar (West)
Call: 26002626

Wednesday
When Shahjehan comes alive
9 pm onward: THIS one will leave you in splits. Taj Mahal Ka Tender is a satire on the present day political and bureaucratic set up in India. The writer explores the possibility of Shahjehan coming alive and giving orders to construct the Taj Mahal in today’s day and age. The play along with its wit and humour showcases the bureaucratic machinery and how the emperor is taken for a roller-coaster ride.
So does the Taj Mahal get made? Go and find out.
Where: Prithvi Theatre
Call: 26149546

Thursday
Shop till you drop
11 am to 7 pm: LADIES, get ready for the biggest shopping carnival as Expo International presents the Marwar Shopping Carnival. Pamper yourselves with unique designs in apparels, jewellery, bags, footwear and more. Check out new products from all over the country. With a variety of exhibitors under one roof, this shopping experience shouldn’t be missed.
Where: Bhatiawadi, Tilak Road, Ghatkopar East.
Call: 26007126/26049313

Friday
Laugh yourself silly
9:15 pm onward: DO YOU think you have it in you to make people laugh? Head to the Bandra Base Comedy Open Mic Night emceed by Aditi Mittal where each micer will need to prepare four minutes of original comedy material. It is compulsory for every participant to bring a friend along.
At: The Bandra Base, 29th Road, Waterfield Road, Bandra West
Call: 30916003; entry fee: Rs 200

Saturday
A cheesy affair
7 pm to 9 pm: ALL you cheese lovers, here is a chance to not only taste various types of artisan cheese but also with other ingredients that you want and understand. So prepare to let the cheese draw you into a state of pure food ecstasy at Silverspoon Gourmet’s Experiential Gourmet Destination.
At: 4 Dhanraj Industrial Estate, between A1 & A2 Shah and Nahar Industrial Estate, Sitaram Jadhav Marg, Lower Parel
Contact: info@silverspoongourmet.in

Tune in
7 pm onward: FOR the first time, Roop Kumar Rathod (playback singer and music director) has conceptualised and joined hands with Deepak Pandit, a famous violinist, arranger and composer, to form Infuse, an Indian Rock band, which will travel across the globe to unleash the power of its music. The band has chosen Mumbai as its destination for its maiden performance.
At: Nehru Centre Auditorium, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call: 24964680/24964676

Faces by the masters
Ongoing, 11 am to 7 pm: The exhibition, Indian Portraits — The Face Of A People, documents 250 types of portraiture, depicting key catalytic moments in the world of art as well as its masters. It also has anthropological significance in the manner in which it records the Indian elite, the royal families, the women of India (mostly courtesans and spouses), saints and sinners, national leaders and historical figures, as well as members of the artists' intimate circle of friends and family.
The exhibition depicts how modern portraiture came to India three centuries ago, brought in by colonial artists from Europe. The change was led by 18th century European artists who came in search of sitters and commissions for portraits in Madras and Calcutta, and later in Bombay.

They found enough work in British India but were increasingly drawn to paint the princes among whom the Nawabs of Arcot and Awadh became major patrons. While artists like Raja Ravi Varma were entirely self-taught, soon after, Indian artists trained in the art schools became celebrated portraitists. Among these were MV Dhurandhar, NR Sardesai, Pestonji Bomanji, MF Pithawalla and JP Gangooly.

It is interesting to note that photography, which had become popular by then, soon came to influence painted portraits, especially in the manner in which it treated or posed the sitter.
At: Delhi Art Gallery, 58, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Call: 49222700

Chai with a stranger
Today, 12 pm: How many times have you seen friends and strangers alike bond over a cup of the city's favourite drink — chai? Today, music curator Shreya Naik hopes to forge a new kind of relationship by fusing her love of music with authentic Mumbai chai through her new initiative, Chai Community. It will be a four-hour amalgamation of performances, workshops, panel discussions, food tasting, documentary and screenings. Chai Community will also offer everything from a Zumba workshop on pre- registration basis, to a talk on entrepreneurship, along with live performances from artistes such as Siddhant Mishra
and Titanium.
At: Tangerine Arts Studio — 9, Rukhsana, Nargis Dutt Rd, Pali Hill
Entry fee: R100, includes unlimited chai

String theory
April 18 and 19, 6.30 pm: The NCPA presents the Fifth edition of Saz-e-Bahar, a festival of Indian instrumental music, which will showcase the repertoire of Indian musical instruments — string-bowed, string-plucked, woodwind and percussion in a two-day festival. It will feature renowned performers like Nancy Kulkarni (cello) with Brij Narayan (sarod) and Satyajit Talwalkar (tabla) with Rakesh Chaurasia (bansuri).
At: National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Call: 66223724/66223754

Gourmet delight
saturday, 9.30 am to 6 pm: Weekends are, and — needless to say — should be, about relaxing. And what better way to do that than by indulging in gourmet food and music. A gourmet treat awaits you at Fenny G & Friends Saturday Tales. The menu includes dishes such as Herbed Goat Cheese Mini Pizzete, Spiced Feta Cheese and Zatar Chicken Pizzete among others. Frozen yogurt and gourmet Mexican popsicles in various flavours are also on the menu.
Where: Fenny G & Friends, The Little Door, Shree Siddhivinayak Plaza, Plot B 31, Off New Link Road, Andheri West
meal for two: R1,300 (Approximately)

A hearty cause
On till April 15: Gallery 7 has joined hands with the Cuddles Foundation to curate 103 paintings for the Cuddles Foundation Annual Fundraiser ‘Meher Art with a heart’. Works by India’s foremost modern and contemporary artists such as MF Husain, FN Souza, Akbar Padamsee, Anwar Husain, SH Raza, Nayanjeet Nikam, Prabhakar Kolte and many more will be on exhibit at dramatically reduced estimates in support of this noble cause. Cuddles Foundation focuses on nutrition for cancer afflicted children and its mission is to impact the lives of these children from low income groups by giving them access to best nutritional and hygiene products that boost immunity. On every acquisition of a painting, a large portion of the proceeds shall go to the Foundation.
Where: Gallery 7, G3, Ground Floor, Oricon House, 12/14 Rampart Row, K Dubash Road, Kala Ghoda call: 22183996

Laughter diaries
Thursday, 10.30 pm onward: Schitzengiggles are back and how! The group of city-based comedians perform improvised comedy and ensure that you leave every show with a trail of busted guts and teary eyes in their wake, make up comedy entirely on the spot from your suggestions. Karan Talwar, Brij Bhakta, Varun Thakur, Aadar Malik and Neville Shah, who are regulars at the Laugh Factory are experts at improv. It’s a show worth watching!
At: Canvas Laugh Factory, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel
Call: 43485000
Tickets: Rs 400

Taste of Australia
MONDAY, 2 pm: Brushing up your cooking skills was never so much fun. In his new show Miguel’s Feasts on History TV18, host Miguel Maestre will make cooking seem like a piece of cake. The smiling Spaniard will hit the road and will go on a journey across Australia to sample its cuisine. On his travels, he will learn how to milk goats, make cheese and digs up mud crabs. Among the many skills you can pick up from the show, are the secret to creating everything from the perfect Portuguese tart to a rice paper roll. Not only that, he will meet restaurant royalty and engage in a chat with the best apple pie-making mums and donut makers in the land. Miguel is here to narrate exciting tales from his epicurean journey.
On: History TV18

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