Events and activities around Mumbai that you can be a part of throughout this week. Read on to know more...
From the lens of amateurs
9 am to 7 pm: Indian Photography Edition Exhibition is a collection of stunning photographs clicked by amateurs — some bankers, others IT geeks and pharmacists. The themes vary too: from nature and wildlife to culture and even portraits. The best clicks find their place on display here.
Where: Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay, Fort
For the kid in you
2 pm and 4 pm: Who said only kids enjoy fairytales? The Broadway style musical Beauty and the Beast based on the classic fairytale, presents the perfect opportunity for kids and adults to get together and enjoy the musical as a family. Stunning costumes, foot-tapping music and super performances by the cast comprising both adults and children make this musical an experience worth watching and remembering. It has been adapted and directed by Vishaal Asrani and Jiji Subi.
Where: Canvas Laugh Factory, Third floor, Palladium, Lower Parel
Bookings: Log on to www.bookmyshow.com for tickets
Sex, lies and photographs
11 am to 7 pm: Take a peek into the world of sex workers through Sudharak Olwe’s photo-exhibition, 11th Lane Kamathipura. The women he captures sell sex. But they are also mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, friends and neighbours. They have faces and eyes and hearts and minds. They can be vicious; they can lie and cheat, betray and be betrayed, beat and be beaten up... their vulnerability takes many forms in Olwe’s photographs.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery (terrace), Kala Ghoda
Of memories and realities
6 pm and 9 pm: Bouncing between memory and reality, Sir Sir Sarla is an unfelt, untold story of a professor and his students, after they have graduated. In the play, Sarla’s memory manifests itself into reality, while Phanidhar and Sir are caught in a tornado of emotions. The cast comprises Makrand Deshpande, Aahana Kumra, Sanjay Dadhich and Romi Jaspal and is written and directed by Makrand Deshpande.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu
The emotions within
6.30 pm: Noted dancer and choreographer, Aditi Mangaldas is all set to present her latest production, Within. The production features Knotted, a contemporary dance based on kathak and Unwrapped, which is kathak on live music. To recognise our deepest, most complex emotions, to explore our innermost spaces where humanity and brutality, masculinity and femininity, good and bad seem to lie in half embrace, waiting to be disentangled, waiting to be recognised beyond the binaries, waiting to find expression in ways that shape our lives, our actions, our selves.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Drink it up
9.50 pm onward: Having guests over is a pleasant thought but thinking about what to serve them can be quite tasking. But now you can tune in to Zee Khana Khazana’s new show Liquid Lounge, which launches today, and get quirky ideas to serve your guests cool and exotic beverages. Hosted by Chahatt Khanna Mirza, a television actor and a passionate cook, the programme will show how to rustle up mocktails, shakes, smoothies, traditional Indian drinks, coffees, exotic teas and probiotic drinks among others. Learn to make these drinks at home that will quench everyone’s thirst and leave them gushing over your cooking skills.
On: Zee Khana Khazana
Party all night
7 pm onward: A day after a new week has started, are you in the mood to party again? Then head to blueFROG for its Bar Night with Jukebox and DJ Ruskin. Enjoy quarters all night, beer buckets and cocktail pitchers plus wine at retail prices. Popular band Jukebox will perform everything from Bob Dylan to Rihanna on patrons’ requests and blueFROG’s in-house DJ Ruskin will play popular tracks.
At: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
Life as an artwork
11 am to 7 pm: Fifty artists from India, America and Korea have come together to showcase their paintings and sculptures in an exhibition titled Colours of Spring-2. Works by veteran artists such as MF Hussain and Satish Gujral and contemporary artists such as Haemin Kim and Seulki Jung from Korea and Michael Ryan from USA are on display.
At: Coomaraswami Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Call: 9167126203 / 8652676888
7:30 pm onward: Connoisseurs of Indian classical music will get an opportunity to see flute genius Pandit Ronu Mujumdar, ace percussionist Taufiq Qureshi and singer Rekha Bharadwaj perform together at Vibrations, a unique concert to pay tribute to legendary flute wizard late Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao.
At: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
Call: 24964676 - 80
Log on to: www.bookmyshow.com
A cuppa with friends
4 pm to 7 pm: Enjoy a cup of coffee with your friends during Coffee Hour at Zen Café. Opt for the Zen Platter comprising small bites of dips — salsa, bean and hummus — layered with feta and pesto, tapas-sized lavash, quesadillas, paninis and nachos. For desserts, you can choose from a wide array that includes Apple Cake and Chocolate Walnut Brownie.
At: Zen Cafe, Raghuvanshi Mills, Lower Parel; call: 24984825
Turn forensic investigator
10 am to 6 pm: If you are a Dexter or CSI fan, then you will love this workshop for adults that’s done right at your home. Organised by Bluebulb.in, the CSI Experience allows you to play a forensic expert where you can collect evidence from a crime scene, send it for lab work, get reports and crack the case. Your instructor is a real Forensic Investigator who will visit your home and teach you how the professionals do it.
At: By appointment, at your home
Cost: R 1,119 per person
Log on to: Visit www.bluebulb.in or
Add tadka to bhangra
12.30 to 1 pm; 5.30 pm to 6 pm: Get fit while grooving to your favourite tunes at Body Expo, organised by Shalini Bhargava, director of JG’s Fitness Centre. You can avail six workout workshops including High Intensity Interval Training, Tabata, Masala Bhangra and Bar Bhangra sessions.
At: Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Goregaon East
Log on to: www.bookmyshow.com and www.bodypower.in
Chariots, up in steam
Wednesday-Tuesday, 11 am to 7 pm: Between 1979 and 1997, water colourist Pradip Maitra spent many days and nights by the dirty railway tracks and shabby locomotive shades in north Kolkata. Those days, Maitra was self-admittedly obsessed with steam railway engines and boggies.
The exhibition, Chariot of Civilisation, charts his rather nostalgic encounters with steam engines and wagons. His work is inspired by watching engines undergoing morning rituals and being readied for long journeys. Maitra also takes into account how, after an engine is sold, the owner comes and arranges to cut it in pieces for easier transport to elsewhere. His art hopes to capture what he no longer sees in person.
At: Jehangir Art Gallery, MG road, Kala Ghoda
Cities of words and music
Friday, 5.30 pm: Author and journalist Naresh Fernandes has written extensively about Mumbai and the social, political and cultural forces, which have shaped the city’s over the years.
At his talk, ‘Listening to Cities’, Fernandes tries to infuse more life into the writing about this city by giving perspectives which are usually sidelined. Fernandes will share his experiences as a reporter, the helplessness of being able to cover only fragments of the stories assigned to him, working on tight deadlines and the fear of distorting the truth in an article.
He will also discuss his belief that music and musicians, often tell stories more profoundly and beautifully than words ever do. In the presentation, he will stitch together his attempts to listen to urban voices in Mumbai, New York and Lisbon — narratives which are usually overpowered and neglected.
At: KJ Somaiya College, Vidya Nagar, Vidyavihar (East)
Artiste, up close
Friday, till April 25, 11 am-7 pm: The photography exhibition, Leap In Time, comprises photographs by photojournalists Erich Salomon and Barbara Klemm. A part of this exhibition is an exclusive ‘India Series’ by Klemm from her visit to India in the 1980s.
Klemm and Salomon see themselves as journalists rather than artists. Both have tried to produce unique documents of their time.
Klemm’s India Series emphasises her philosophy of not staging her photographs, though she does not use hidden cameras. Klemm’s unobtrusive presence made it possible for her photographs’ subjects to carry on what they were doing without being distracted.
At: Galerie Max Mueller, Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda
A place called ‘home’
Tuesday, 6 and 9 pm: Inspired by poet, writer and Tibetan activist Tenzin Tsundue’s collection of poems titled Kora, So Many Socks tries to explore questions of identity and belonging along with other core concerns of Tibetans in India. Written by Annie Zaidi and directed by Quasar Thakore Padamsee, the play tells the story of three generations of a Tibetan family, living in exile in India, who find themselves stuck in different corners of the world. A pair of boots and many socks are all that accompany them on their journey to find a place that they can call ‘home’.
At: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu
Tickets: R150; Call: 26149546
Lessons of life
Friday to Sunday, 7 pm: Based on The New York Times bestseller by the same name, Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, a successful journalist and Morrie Schwartz, his college professor. Sixteen years after his graduation, Mitch learns that his professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie and what starts as a simple meeting turns into a last class about the meaning of life. Directed by Meera Khurana, the play stars Akash Khurana and Lucky Vakharia.
At: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Tickets: Rs 200-400 Call: 66223737
World Theatre Day celebrations
Monday, 6:30 pm: India has one of the oldest theatre traditions in the world. Theatre groups across the country have kept this art alive by consistently practising and reinventing it. Theatre aficionados will get an opportunity to celebrate World Theatre Day on March 27 by seeing an eclectic mix of performances and some of these groups in action at the first-of-its-kind week-long National Theatre Summit organised by the Mumbai University. The idea is to bring artistes from diverse backgrounds across India under one roof to discuss the future of Indian Theatre. The summit, also called as the Rashtriya Maharang Parishad, will be held from March 24-30 in collaboration with The National School of Drama (NSD) and the state government.
The summit will feature theatre, music, dance, folk performances, a seminar and paper presentations on a variety of issues concerning theatre in India. It will be inaugurated by renowned theatre personality, Ratan Thiyam from Manipur who will stage his production, Macbeth on the first day.
From March 25 onward, the events will be held at the sprawling Mumbai University campus at Kalina. The morning sessions will comprise formal as well as casual sessions among theatre stalwarts and newcomers. The central theme of the festival is Indian Theatre — Nineties and After. Various topics will be discussed ranging from the relevance of the classics, contemporary theatre and trends and methods in theatre training. The audience will get to participate in candid interviews with living theatre legends such as Vijaya Mehta and Chandrashekhar Khambar. Eminent actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Boman Irani, Pankaj Kapur, Shabana Azmi, Nawazuddin Siddiqui will provide insights on theatre.
The evenings will be set for platform performances, including folk and puppet theatre. Tamasha and lavani performances and street plays will also be a part of the carnival.
Where: Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi and Mumbai University Campus, Kalina
Call: 9819981083, 26508200
Saturday and Sunday 6:30 pm: Ever wondered if you could watch a play like a movie screening? Now you can do so with Cineplay. An initiative of Chhoti Productions, these screenings are being presented in association with the National Centre for Performing Arts. This weekend, actor Nandita Das’ Between the Lines will be screened as part of Cineplay. Starring Das and Subodh Maskara, the play explores the relationship between a lawyer couple who have been married for 10 years. They end up arguing on opposite sides of a criminal trial, resulting in the blurring of their personal and professional lives.
At: Godrej Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Events and activities around Mumbai that you can be a part of throughout this week. Read on to know more...