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United colours
11 am-7 pm: ARTS Vision has organised a group exhibition of the latest works by 21 Mumbai artists bases in Thane, Kolhapur and Miraj. On display is a wide variety of artworks including realistic, abstract, landscape, portraits, and figurative paintings. The organisation, founded by Arjun Machivale, Riyaz Kazi and Mahesh Kadam, aims at providing a platform to art teachers, based in Mumbai a platform to showcase their talent.
Where: PL Deshpande Art Gallery, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi
Call: 9321043921

If music be the food of love...
6 pm ONWARD: Kaushiki Chakraborty (Hindustani Vocals) and Rahul Sharma (Santoor) will open this year’s chapter of Janfest today. The annual music event organised by the Indian Music Group is one of the most awaited ones in the city and plays host to the best performers from the Hindustani and Carnatic field of music.
Where: St Xaviers College, Fort   
Call: 22634548

Culinary delights from Kathiawad
12 noon ONWARD: If you thought Gujarati food was all about dhoklas, theplas and khakhras, it is time to sample some lesser-known culinary secrets from the region. To celebrate Makar Sankranti, Adlabs Imagica is offering a lip-smacking platter of 30 different varieties of Gujarati delicacies such as Undhiyu, Ringna nu Shaak, Sev Tameta nu Shaak at their Indian cuisine restaurant, The Imagica Capital. There are Farsaan and Naashta counter with various delicious snacks, a live chaat counter and melt in your mouth mithai options as well.

Comedy of errors
7 pm ONWARD: Watch The Government Inspector, a play adapted and directed by Akarsh Khurana whish is a contemporary spin on Nikolai Gogol's splendid satire on greed, corruption and small town sleaze. A group of small town money-grabbing officials get the shock of their lives when they learn that a Government Inspector is being dispatched to investigate their town and all its local dealings. Thrown into a panic, they desperately struggle to stifle public dissatisfaction whilst deflecting the blame for their various misdemeanors onto each other. But the first question they need to answer is who is the Government Inspector and where is he hiding?
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Call: 66223737

Know thy Shakespeare
6 pm ONWARD: William Shakespeare didn’t just invent over 1,700 commonly used words like addiction or bump. He also spoke about human relationships and emotions in plays and poems that brought you up close to the grand themes of life such as love, revenge, hope, lust, fear, and victory like never before. Attend this interactive workshop-cum-introduction course on the works of William Shakespeare conducted by Karishma Attari. Through language games, she will help you see how much of Shakespeare is part of our everyday life.
Where: The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, Next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Khar West
Call: 9820998790

The Gandhi you never knew
12 pm-2 pm: Hosted by renowned journalist, Mishal Husain, Gandhi is the first definitive series on the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It examines his relationship with his wife and his role in India’s path to Independence. She reveals the other side of the Father of the Nation. This series charts Gandhi’s political beginnings, his move into politics and his campaign to bring independence to India. on: History18

Pick your thali
ongoing for lunch and dinner till February 22: Dig into a royal thali at the Rajasthani Food Festival at Sanskriti. Try Dal Baati Churma, Kachoris, Chiladas, Ker Sanger, Jhor (Kadhi), Papad Mangodi and Kathol.Watch your food being prepared in the open kitchen.
Where: Sanskriti, Infiniti 2, Malad West; Inorbit Malad West and Infinity 1, Andheri West
Call: 28765051

Ride in a musical caravan
10 pm: BlueFROG presents Gypsy Night with Rio Samaya, who present an eclectic fusion of original, traditional and modern songs in a magical combination of Latin, Traditional Folk and Rumba. The duo, who hails from Vancouver, swap instruments mid-song. They describe themselves as a musical caravan of surprises.
Where: blueFROG, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Call: 30151765

Shape your career
10 am-4 pm: Just wrapped up your studies in the UK? Here’s a UK-India Career Summit organised by the British Council to help Indian students, who have completed their under-graduation and post-graduation studies in the England to find a job in India.
Where: Taj Lands End, Bandstand, Bandra West for more details:
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Seasonal shades
Ongoing till February 2, 11 am-7 pm: Check out the most recent exhibition of watercolour-based works, titled Colours of Season, by Pune-based artist Shailesh Manohar Sonawane. An engineer and manufacturer by profession, Sonawane highlights the finer nuances of nature in his landscapes. A self-taught artist, his passion for the brush began from a young age and he has been enormously influenced by the art works of his father, MB Sonawane. His work also features seascapes and portraits. ‘I strive to explore new subjects and fresh ways to express my vision by travelling quite often,” says the artist.
Where: Jehangir Art Gallery, MG Road, Kala Ghoda
Call: 22843989

January 31– February 1: Take your pets on a camping trip to Lonavala organised by travel company Letscampout. The day will start with a three-course meal for the dogs followed by agility sessions and fun games for the dogs as well their owners. A qualified dog trainer will conduct these sessions which include various activities and games such as Doggy See Saw, Dog Agility Tunnel, Dog Jump through hoop, Dog Climbing Ramp etc. Special dog houses have been set up by Letscampout to ensure a good night’s sleep for all the pets. The day will end with a barbeque and bonfire.
Call: 9819813493

Meaning in abstract
TILL January 29, 11 am-6 pm: Caravan Hands, an art gallery-store, will host The January Art & Poetry Show with the works of artist Dr Renuka Parmar. Apart from the exhibition, a poetry recital will also take place on Monday at 5 pm. The poems, written by the artist, explain her interpretation of the work to the viewer. The recital will be based on the poems from the book Being Aum wherein Parmar’s artwork adorns the cover. A self-taught artist Parmar’s true love lies in colours, abstract art and line drawings. She is hugely inspired by her grandfather, late artist Govind Solegaonkar, the art at Ajanta and Ellora caves, Indian temple art and the works of Van Gogh and Salvador Dali. She prefers oil on canvas for her work.
Where: Caravan Hands, Taraporewalla Building no 1, August Kranti Marg, Cumballa Hill
Call: 9870077055

Get warmed up
ONGOING till January 31, 10.30 am-10 pm: Certain foods are best consumed in winter not only for their nutritional value but also for the comfort they provide. The Winter Warmer Festival at Foodhall offers all wintery must-haves. There will be a live demo counter and a range of lentils and pulses from every corner of India including Dal Pachmel from Rajasthan, Dal Moradabadi and Matar ka Nimona from Uttar Pradesh among others. With strawberries in season, the store offers Strawberry Roulade, Strawberry and Cream and strawberries dipped in chocolate.
Where: Foodhall, Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel
Call: 30264567

Believe in Bieber
Saturday, 4 pm: If you’re a Justin Bieber fan, then this is something you will love to attend. At PVR cinema outlets, you can get a sneak peek at the visually stunning concert footage of the artiste’s biggest hits through a film which gives you an intimate look at his sold out worldwide Believe tour. This concert film starring Bieber gives you a personal backstage ticket to see how the entire tour came together. It also offers a look at his life off stage.
Where: PVR at Citi Mall Andheri; PVR Dynamix Mall, Juhu; PVR Phoenix, Lower Parel; PVR Oberoi Mall, Goregaon; PVR: Phoenix Market City  
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All things wine
February 7-8, registrations open: It is that time of the year, when the heady aroma and taste of wine is all around, and you can groove to the best of beats. The headlining act at this year's SulaFest is Young The Giant (who opened for Kings of Leon’s worldwide summer tour), led by front man Sameer Gadhia from California, USA. Gentleman's Dub Club, Will and the People, Yes Sir Boss, Monkey Brothers, Peter Schumann, Lucky Ali, Nucleya, Swarathma and Sandunes are some of the other acts you could watch out for.
Where: Sula Vineyards, Nashik
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Art and nature, framed
Tuesday onward, 11 am-6 pm (Sunday closed): German photographer Karl Blossfeldt’s exhibition, Art Forms In Nature, features some works from his extensive photographic plant portraits, all created to support his argument that all forms created by man have their origins in nature. His unique photographs reveal the tactile qualities, intricate forms and peculiar aspects of flora which, when magnified, transform to resemble architectural structures and the ornamented patterned surfaces of modernist designs. Blossfeldt’s fusion of scientific observation, sculptural form and abstract compositions pioneered an artistic style that forged new approaches to modern art and photography.

He is often recognised as one of the pioneers of modernist photography, because of his systematic, typological and original approach to the medium. Blossfeldt built a series of cameras with interchangeable lenses, that allowed for greater magnification and through these was able to examine his botanical specimens in unprecedented, microscopic detail revealing their unusual and intricate characteristics.

Blossfeldt’s factual yet finely detailed imagery significantly impacted and influenced the styles of subsequent art movements.
Where: TARQ, F35/36 Dhanraj Mahal, CSM Marg, Apollo Bunder, Colaba
Call: 66150424

Short and sweet
Wednesday, 5 pm-7 pm: Head to The Pantry at Kala Ghoda for a food and film workshop for children aged four to 12 years. In association with Kidsstoppress and Shamiana Films, the venue will screen three short films — Bye Bye Bunny, Polar Bear and Parigot. There will be a cookout session with Chef Jay, who will teach the kids to make Mulberry Baked Yogurt, Banoffee Tart and Berry Smoothie.
Where: The Pantry, B Bharucha Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort
Call: 22678901 to register
Entry fee: Rs 1,200

Tunes to remember
Thursday, 7 pm: Listen to a piano recital by Meagan Alphonso, the winner of the title Young Musician of the Year 2014 selected annually by an International jury for the Olga and Jules Craen Foundation. The programme will include works by Beethoven, Liszt, Schutt, Gottschalk and Ravel. There will also be a brief performance by the incoming Young Musician of the Year 2015.
Where: National Centre For Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
Call: 22824567

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