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Take a mixed martial art class
10 am-11 am: Shafiq Rehman will conduct a session of Mixed Martial Arts also known as no holds barred or cage fighting. A full contact combat sport that allows the use of striking and grappling techniques both standing and on the ground, it is a great form of workout, too. Mixed Martial Arts comprises various forms of martial arts such as Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, American wrestling and Taekwondo.

At: Studio Balance, Krishna 29/30 KM Munshi Marg, behind Wilson College, near Anokhi Handicrafts, Chowpatty
Call: 32227931

MMA Workshop

All for art and heritage
11 am onward: The 25th Elephanta Festival for art lovers by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) will see national and international performers pay tribute to the island of art and heritage — Elephanta, today.
Listen to melodious tunes with the Gateway of India in the backdrop of Arabian Sea this evening. The list of artistes includes singer Kavita Seth, Kathak dancer Anu Sinha and sitarist Nishat Khan.
MTDC in association with Sir JJ School of Art is also conducting a painting and sculpture competition between 11 am to 4 pm.
Where: Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Call: 8879222091/ 8879222097

Get a taste of Thailand
7 pm onward: Dig into a spread of South East Asian cuisine at the last day of the Thai Food festival at Pondicherry Café in Sofitel Luxury Hotel at Bandra Kurla Complex. While you savour the food, Thai dancers will put up a graceful performance. Chef Naowarat Charoenwong from Bangkok, Thailand has prepared an elaborate spread, designed to tingle your taste buds. The menu includes Som Tam Salad, Thai Fish Cake with Beans, Kaffir Lime, and Beans Goong Makham (prawns in tamarind sauce) and Khao Niew Mamang (sticky rice with mango) for dessert.
Where: Bandra Kurla Complex, C-57, Trident Road, BKC, Bandra East
Call: 61175000

Watch a two-faced comedy
8 pm: A mysterious godman, spoilt daughters, secret documents, stepmothers, Shakespeare, Bollywood lovers and a maid with a real mouth on her, all collide in the Hindi rendition of Moliere’s most famous comedy, Tartuffe.
Watch the lies, hypocrisy and family feuds unfold as Tartuffe, a mysterious godman, ingratiates himself into the household of the wealthy Orgon and his mother Madame Pernelle. He quickly becomes an integral part of Orgon’s household, sucking them dry in the process, when he gets Orgon’s daughter promised to him in marriage. Go watch the students of The Drama School Mumbai, under the guidance of director Daniel Goldman in this rip-roaringly hilarious new Hindi adaptation. The cast includes Archana Patel Nandi, Ashish Pore, Harish Kulkarni, Heena Sharma, Manraj Singh Sarma and Saudamini Kalra.
Where: Bhalerao Auditorium, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon
Call: 23856303

Candle-making workshop
Today, 4-6 pm: Head to Phoenix Marketcity at Kurla today and master the art of making decorative candles. The workshop will be conducted by Khushboo Lad who will teach participants the basics of decorating candles. With the festive season round the corner, decorate your house and add a little colour to it.
Where: Phoenix Marketcity, near Kamani Junction, LBS Road, Kurla (west)
Call: 61801011


Holi by the beach
10 am onward: It's Holi, a festival that calls for some unabashed dancing and splattering of colours. Drop all your inhibitions and join in the revelry at Holi Color Blasts 2014, a Holi party by the sea, where DJ Paroma , DJ Dash & DJ Ramji Gulati will spin groovy tunes. They will be accompanied by other live performances.
At: Juhu Hotel, Tara Road, Vile Parle West
Call: 26184014


Champagne celebrations
12.30 pm onward: Grand Hyatt Mumbai celebrates its 10th anniversary celebrations with a champagne brunch at Fifty Five East. You can choose from Thai, sushi, Lebanese mezze, Indian and Western delicacies and the finest champagne.
At: Fifty Five East, Grand Hyatt, Off Western Express Highway, Santa Cruz
Call: 6676 1149

Working with voice
8:00 am to 2 pm: Experience the unique voice, breath and movement methodology of Kalakshetra Manipur, with Heisnam Tomba. Learn how to work with movement, and the voice as one unity. The workshop is on till March 23. Apply with you CV and a cover letter.
At: PL Deshpande Maharastra Kala Academy, Prabhadevi, Dadar
email: awp@theatre

Working with voice
8:00 am to 2 pm: Experience the unique voice, breath and movement methodology of Kalakshetra Manipur, with Heisnam Tomba. Learn how to work with movement, and the voice as one unity. The workshop is on till March 23. Apply with you CV and a cover letter.
At: PL Deshpande Maharastra Kala Academy, Prabhadevi, Dadar
email: awp@theatre

A lesson in history
9 pm onward: Postcards from Bardoli is a play set in post-Liberalisation India, when the battles for food, for education, for employment and for economic security have presumably been won. It is a timely reminder that the goals of Swaraj are yet to be attained. And as we all know, those who learn nothing from history, are condemned to repeat it
At: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road.
Call: 2614 9546

Beauty & the Beast
2 pm & 4 pm: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a Broadway-style musical based on the classic fairytale. Foot-tapping music and performances by the cast comprising both adults and children will make this an experience worth watching.
At: Canvas Laugh Factory, 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix.
Call: 4348 5000

Speak up, speak out
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 7.30 pm: Ankur Vikal, Sapna Bhavnani, Priyanka Bose and Sneha Jawale have overcome personal battles to stage the play, Nirbhaya, which is based on the gang rape of the 19-year-old physiotherapy student at Delhi in December 2012. The play has been directed by acclaimed South Africa-born writer-director Yael Farber.

In December 2000, Jawale was making tea at her Mumbai flat when her husband and his brother set her on fire after a dowry demand. Today Jawale has moved on — she is a tarot card reader who writes dialogues for Marathi
TV serials.

In August 2013, Jawale and the other actors shared their stories at Edinburgh Festival, the world’s largest arts festival, in London. She was not alone, and was joined by four other women on stage — actors Poorna Jagannathan, Priyanka Bose, Sapna Bhavnani and Japjeet Kaur along with co-actor Ankur Vikal. “Imagine telling a stranger what you have buried deep inside. I underwent hypnosis to talk about my story. But what motivated us was that the play is about letting go off the shame,” Bhavnani said in a previous interview to this newspaper.
At: National Centre of Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Kala Ghoda
Call: 39895050

A land called Almanaya
Friday, 7 pm: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan enters a joint initiative with Prithvi Theatre: Treffpunkt Film. They will screen German films on third Friday of each month at Prithvi Theatre. The first film to be screened is Almanaya.
After working for 45 years in Germany as a Turkish guest worker, Hüseyin Yilmaz, 70, announces to his family that he has bought a house in Turkey and wants everyone to go back with him to renovate it. To comfort her six-year-old cousin Cenk, who was bullied on his first day at school, Canan tries to cheer him up by telling him the fantastic story of how a small Turkish family discovered a land populated by blond giants who ate pigs, where rats on leashes were taken on walks, where water was called Coca-Cola, and where everyone spoke gibberish — a land called Almanaya.
At: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu
Call: 26149546

Not for the faint-hearted
Until April 30, 11am to 7pm; Sunday closed:
LeT tHe bRAinFly — had some difficulty reading this? Welcome to the world of artiste Nandita Kumar, whose surreal journey through evolution in her new show will provide the viewer with similar, unusual experiences.
Her experiments in collage, live action, hand-drawn and paint on film present themselves as a visual story-board. Through these renditions, Kumar “culls collages of a timeless world, and draws inherent correlations between the self and the dimensions of the cultural diaphragm.”
Through her paintings, Kumar tries to explore the idea of the brain transgressing through the body, which is able to reconfigure itself. Kumar thus tries to “unplug cultural programming.”
At: Lakeeren Gallery, 6/18, Grants Building, second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba
Call: 65224179

Tweet for the sparrow
Thursday, march 20: This World Sparrow Day, make your friendly sparrow a neighbourhood celebrity by participating in an online campaign of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS). You can spread awareness on the reasons for their decline and how one can control that by writing a blog, tweeting, creating a post on Facebook and tagging them. Send emails and SMS, share your story on sparrows on the link mentioned below.
log on to:

Cross over time with art
11 am-7pm: Attend an exhibition of paintings, Explosion of Love, by Rajwant KaurMann at the Nehru Centre Art Gallery, which is on till today. According to the artist, art is the domestication of one’s energy into a visual form. She uses this energy to energise viewers who have made a connection with it. KaurMann paints non-representational abstract art, which she believes has the scope of crossing over time and geographical barriers.
Ask her about her inspiration, and she says, “It is not just the paint, but the handling of paint and its interaction with the canvas that inspires me. What gets painted is not mine alone. The outcome is from both of us — the canvas and me.”
Where: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call: 24964676

The story of every woman
Friday, 7.30 pm: Watch Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace, a play that tells not just the story of one woman, but of every woman, trapped in lives that are not her own. It tells the story of an orphan Khatija, who marries into the Karmali household. From then on the play follows follows her exploits, her vying for most favoured position with her in-laws, the pressurising of her eldest son Aziz and her constant battles with sister-in-law Shiraz.
At: 4,Kohinoor Mansion, 29, Hughes Rd, Babulnath, Papanas Wadi, Tardeo Tickets: R300 Call: 7506025456

Care for biryani and lassi, anyone?
Saturday, 9 pm: Craving something spicy and sweet? Taste the twist of species coming straight from land of Punjab. Twist of Tadka, the Indian restaurant at C’est La Vie, is celebrating the Biryani and Lassi Festival, which is on till March 30. Follow the enticing smell of succulent kebabs and rich aroma of steaming hot Biryanis. One can choose from a variety of briyanis such as Murshidabaadi Biryani, Amritsari Paya Biryani, Rampuri Tahri Biryani, Konkani Prawn Pulao, etc.
Where: Twist of Tadka, C’est la vie, first floor, Hill Road, Bandra West

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