17 things to do in and around Mumbai from January 29 to February 03
Sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week
Order of the day
Meet Julia Donaldson
6.30 pm to 7.30 pm: Bestselling children's author Julia Donaldson is in town and while tickets to her storytelling session are sold out, this is your chance to hear her speak about her work. A prize-winning author of some of the best children's books in the world, she has also authored poems, plays and songs. Her brilliant live shows are always in demand the world over.
Where: Crossword Bookstore, Mohammedbhai Mansion, below Kemps Corner Flyover
Feed the strays
11 am to 5 pm: Take part in a mega stray-dog feeding drive, where you get to feed more than 600 strays on the stretch of Marwe. The initiative has been planned by NGO, Animals Matter To Me, as part of the birthday celebrations of Udayan Patwardhan, who is a member. The drive will be held at the Marwe Rehab Centre. So show some love to these helpless canines.
Where: Animals Matter To Me Rehab Centre, Bungalow no. 14, Marwe, Malad West
Calm your senses
6 pm to 8 pm: Sooth your senses by attending this full moon meditation. This is your chance to experience the power of meditating in a large group together. Wellness experts and healers say that when people meditate in groups, the energy emanated is a hundred times more than what happens in an individual meditative session. Try it out.
Where: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Beasant Road, Worli
Party Caribbean style
9 pm onwards: Turn Up Thursdays is a weekly Caribbean themed party featuring the hottest reggae, dancehall and afrobeats music. The night will be hosted by General Zooz of Reggae Rajahs and Major C of Bombay Bassment. Sip on Jamaican rum punch as you bite into the jalapeno cheese cigar and Caribbean oven roasted potato.
Where: Raasta Bombay, Rohan Plaza, Khar West
Groove to Farhan live
6 pm to 10 pm: Manzar'18's prize act this time is a live performance by actor, writer, director and singer Farhan Akhtar. Watch him bring the arena alive with songs from Rock On!, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Dil Dhadakne Do and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, to name a few. Given the power-packed entertainer Akhtar is known to be, this one should be on your must-do list.
Where: Institute of Chemical Technology, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Matunga East
Entry: Rs 350- Rs 5,000
Play the jury
The Woman On Trial is a bilingual play in Hindi and English that is based on Ayn Rand's play, The Night of January Sixteenth. It's a courtroom drama that makes one question the fundamental concepts of right and wrong. It will make you wonder is it the crime or the criminal that is being judged. The play has been directed by Laura Mishra and lets the audience play the jury.
Where: St Andrew's Auditorium, St. Dominic Road, Bandra West
Entry: Rs 200-Rs 700
Learn about the Konyaks of Nagaland
6.30 PM: Join Nagaland-based photographer Zubeni Lotha, who will take you through her journey of photographing the Konyak Nagas, as part of a research project in 2015. Through her presentation, Lotha will share the outcome of her fascinating work, illustrated with photographs, while exploring an alternative way of looking at this community.
WHERE: Studio Tamaasha, Bungalow No 76, Andheri West
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Attend a western classical show
7.30 PM: Catch Japanese violinist Mika Nishimura, Polish cellist Magdalena Sas and Swedish pianist Emma Gilljam Tillu, at a rare western classical music session. Apart from performing the works of the greats, like Beethoven and Haydn, the trio will also share stories related to the often mystified “high art”.
WHERE: Harkat Studios, Bungalow, 75, JP Road, Aram Nagar, Versova, Andheri West
ENTRY: Rs 472
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Listen to stories of Guru Bipin Singh
Feb. 2, 11.30 AM: For lovers of Manipuri folk, Padma Shri Darshana Jhaveri, along with her senior disciple Lata Sana Devi, will be presenting a lecture-demonstration as a tribute to Guru Bipin Singh on his 100th birth anniversary. Together they will talk about how he connected the various Manipuri folk art forms namely — pung cholom, thang-ta and rasleela in his various compositions.
WHERE: Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
ENTRY: Rs 100
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Enjoy beer with Thai appetizers
12 PM – 1 AM: Want to enjoy something scrumptious with your pint of chilled beer? The Chef's at Nara have curated a special menu of signature Thai dishes that pair fabulously alongside Singha beer. We suggest you try the mun farang prick klua, a spicy potato with Thai herbs, or the gai hor bai toel, which is chicken wrapped in pandan leaf.
WHERE: Nara Thai Cuisine, Ground Floor, Raheja Towers, BKC, Bandra East
PRICE: Rs 2,500 for two
Paint a Greek island
12 PM – 3 PM: Ever dreamed of visiting the island of Santorini in Greece? You can experience this blue and white townscape at a painting session, where you will get to recreate its beauty on canvas, using acrylic colours. No painting experience is required. Art supplies will be provided.
WHERE: Doolally Taproom, Dalia Industrial Estate, New Link Road, Andheri West
ENTRY: Rs 1,650
TO BOOK: www.eventshigh.com
Get free cocktails
12 PM – 7 PM: Line the weekend with unlimited fun, giggles and a concussion of irresistible cocktails, as g77 Club and Kitchen is now giving you the opportunity to get your favourite drink on the house, on every drink that you purchase. From tangy black diva, zesty bull frog and fruity watermelon mojito, you won't be able to resist the happy high.
WHERE: g77 Club and Kitchen, Goldfinch Hotel Mumbai, Andheri East
PRICE: Rs 1,600 for two
Dig into a bao at a food festival
12 PM – 12 AM: Don't miss the Travelling Bao festival at Shizusan, which brings together 10 innovative dishes inspired by local flavours. An interesting vegetarian option on the menu is the banh bao chay, a bun stuffed with wild mushrooms, glass noodles and cilantro. For those who can handle spice, there is the fiery Korean pulled chicken bulgogi bao, which we hear is also the chef's favourite.
WHERE: Shizusan Shophouse & Bar, High Street Phoenix, North Sky Zone, Lower Parel
Know the story behind these photos
Portrait of a Nation, A Nation in Portraits is a collection of 19th century Indian photographs that tell multiple stories, not just through the photos but also through the stories around them. These are tales that chronicle not only the history of a country but also the history of photography itself. It uses the socio-historical context of time to explore the subject of the image and the perspective of the photographer, along with the agenda of those who commissioned them. The exhibition has been designed by Abha Narain Lambah and curated by Madhavan Pillai.
When: Till February 28, 11 AM to 6.30 PM
Where: Pundole's, Hamilton House, Ballard Estate
Soothe yourself with a piano recital
Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most revered musicians of his generation. He has won great admiration for his interpretation of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. A Grammy nominated artiste, Kovacevich has a long list of recordings for Philips and EMI. Kovacevich made his concert debut at the age of 11. His rendition of Diabelli Variations remains one of his best known works and finest performances till date. Among the tracks he will be performing are Beethoven's Piano Sonata no. 31, Bach's Prelude and Fugue and Brahm's Ballade.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point, NCPA Marg
When: 7 PM, January 30
Take a bite of Bengal
In a culinary tribute to Bengali cuisine, a special menu has been curated that features traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Feast on appetisers like mochar chop, piyaz postor bora, pur bhora bhetki and rui macher patishpata to name a few. The main course will leave you spoilt for choice. Choose from an array of regional specialties like dhumrogondhi ilish, boneless smoked hilsa cooked in mustard, chitol muithaa, a roulade of fish, poached and cooked in a golden gravy and kochi panthar jhol, a tender mutton gravy. End your meal with popular desserts like gur er rajbhog, misti doi or monolobha maalpoa.
When: 7 PM to 12 AM, till February 4
Where: Jamavar, The Leela Mumbai, Sahar, Andheri East
Be better informed on cyber violence
The National Dialogue on Gender-based Cyber Violence seeks to move beyond sensationalism, and enable a systematic stocktaking of the issue from a feminist standpoint, through panel discussions with scholar-practitioners, student presentations, and creative student-led events. Students are free to submit proposals through their respective colleges for open sessions. The options are vast — from storytelling to tech training, theatre and digital art installations.
When: February 1 and 2, 10 AM to 6 PM
Where: Tata Institute of Social Sciences, VN Purav Marg, Deonar
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