21 things to do around Mumbai from March 20 to March 26
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events for the week from March 20 to March 26
Gather around for mallakhamb
5 – 6 PM: Witness a mingling of beauty and strength in mallakhamb, the traditional martial art form of Maharashtra. Thirty students from the Shree Samartha Vyayam Mandir will flex their bodies on poles, using ropes. Among them are national champions too. The performance, which we are sure will leave you amazed, will be followed by a Q&A about mallakhamb’s heath benefits.
Where: Museum lawns, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya, Kala Ghoda
Watch plays, back to back
7 PM: In ‘An Evening of Theatre Odyssey’, watch two theatrical presentations directed by Santosh Tiwari. The first, called Death Café Live, is a place for people to discuss their thoughts and memories on mortality. This will be followed by Bade Bhai Sahab, a comic story written by Munshi Premchand. Sadness and laughter, all in one evening.
Where: CLAP, Mindspace, opposite Infiniti Mall, New Link Road, Malad
Price: Rs 200
Dream a fairytale
2 PM: Head with the kids to see the stage version of a favourite fairytale, Cinderella. Re-live the tale with the well-known story of the girl whose dream of meeting Prince Charming comes true. But first, how will she deal with her stepmother? Watch the play, that comes along with resplendent costumes and foot-tapping music.
WHERE: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, Lower Parel
Catch a kathak recital
5 PM: From the storytelling institute, Kathakalaya, comes a passionate kathak performance by the students of Guru Ranjana Phadke. Get entranced by the footwork and the jingle of ghungroos as artistes Sangeeta Acharya, Shruti Phadke and Urvi Suki, among others, dance at Niratata Dhang.
WHERE: PC Saxena Auditorium, IIT Mumbai, Powai
Have an Asian lunch
12.30 – 3 PM; 7.30 PM – 12 AM: Oh:Cha recently launched its new pan-Asian menu that assures you a selection of the best from across the continent. Choose from a variety of options across your five-course lunch or dinner, where you can start with Thai and end with Japanese. There’s mee goreng, long yard bean sambal, gado-gado salad and passion fruit pudding, in this delectable menu.
WHERE: Oh:Cha, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel
PRICE: Rs 350 onwards
Celebrate with sparrows
ALL DAY: It’s World Sparrow Day today, and here is a chance to encourage our wee, feathered friends of the city. Nature Forever, a conservation organisation, gives you a range of activities to enjoy, right from making your home sparrow-friendly to sharing ‘Sparrow Stories’. Or, you can go all the way and order one of their bird-feeders, and wake up every morning to the sound of chirping.
Slam it out
12 – 4 PM: Soul Slam Mumbai brings spoken and performance poetry at its best. Register with them and get your verse out there, or be a supportive audience member. Beginners and non-writers, it’s not a competition; it’s where you get to bare your soul.
Where: The Hive, 50A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village, Khar West
Price: Rs 399
Try a bit of Simla
6 and 9 PM: At a secluded coffee house on the foothills of Simla, a writer named Anup Chander meets his ardent fan Rahul Verma. But, the fan has a problem with one of Chander’s characters and their conversation, which starts off cordially, turns into a laugh riot. Simla Coffee House, a Hindi play written and directed by Rakesh Bedi, is a psychological thriller laced with intrigue and wit.
WHERE: Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu
PRICE: Rs 400
Make your own Easter eggs
10.30 AM: Easter is just a week away, and if you already looking at places in the city to pick up a list of goodies, here is an option: make your own. Wisk by Cakesmiths is hosting a special workshop on making artisanal Easter eggs, out of chocolate and other delectable candies. Learn a bunch of these, right from eggs containing flavoured marshmallow, an edible little chick (the vegetarian kinds, we promise you) and even a toy. Take home your new creations and gift them to your friends and family. Unless you crack open one and pop-up the goodies on your way.
WHERE: Wisk by Cakesmiths, 60, VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort
WHEN: March 26, 10.30 AM
PRICE: Rs 5634
Read out your verse
MARCH 22, 8.30 PM – 10.30 PM: If you want to let the world know about the original verses you pen, sign up for Poetry on The Big Mic. The session allows participants to perform their original work for five minutes.
To register, log on to: www.bigmic.in
Where: The Hive, 50 - A, Huma Mansion, Khar (W)
Drench in EDM this Holi
MARCH 24, 10 AM – 6 PM: Make some noise this Holi as popular DJs will spin EDM music for you. Wolfpack will be heading the show along with Clement, DJ SA, Sound Avatar, Beyond 120, Moscillator and more at Lawman Holi Reloaded 2016.
Where: Kamalistan Studio, Jogeshwari
Entry: Rs 3010 (VIP), Rs 1567 (general)
Get lost in wilderness
APRIL 3, 9.30 AM – 5.30 PM: Go on trail through the wooded forest of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The trail leads to the euphorbia strewn plateau near Kanheri Caves, which is excellent for viewing raptors like crested serpent eagle and for a view of the national park. To register, send a mail to email@example.com.
Where: Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Entry: Rs 700
Meet the metalheads
Till MARCH 26, 11 AM – 7 PM: If you’re interested in metal, and by that we mean metal sculptures, drop by at Manjari Goenka’s exhibition. Her creations in bronze and mixed metal are inspired by rural life and semi-realistic in form.
Where: Bajaj Art Gallery, Nariman Point
Don the detective’s hat
MARCH 23, 11 AM: Become a sleuth for a day at Clue Hunt where you’re expected to solve a 60-minute mystery game challenge with a team of two to eight players. You will be physically locked inside the game room. The goal is to get out of the locked room by solving the case using your mind.
Where: 2nd Floor, Crystal Point Mall, Link Road, Andheri (W)
Entry: Rs 1400 for two players
Party like Batman
MARCH 26, 8 PM: It’s time to get your batsuit out of the closet. Or, if your loyalty lies with Superman, don the red cape, boot tops, and belt for the ‘Batman v/s Superman’ themed party organised by Comic Con India. The event will see theme based Cosplay, games, activities and music. The party will also offer a special Batman and Superman themed drinks menu, and cosplayers will get two free drinks.
Where: Hotel Apollo, Landsowne Road, Behind Regal Cinema, Colaba.
When: 8 PM onward
Own a national treasure
MARCH 24, 10.30 AM: Seven National Art Treasures of four modern masters, Jamini Roy, Nandalal Bose, Sailoz Mukherjee and Rabindranath Tagore, are up for grabs at Asta Guru’s auction. These paintings have crossed the 100-year mark and are not allowed to be exported, but that doesn’t mean you can’t own them. Alongside these, you’ll find works by eminent artists Amrita Sher-Gill, VS Gaitonde and more.
WHEN: TILL MARCH 25, 8 PM
Taste mutton yakhni
TILL MARCH 27, 7 PM – 12 AM: There’s a lot more to Kashmiri cuisine than wazwan. Dig into delicious delicacies like roganjosh, goshtaba, rista and mutton yakhni at the Kashmiri food festival by KongPoush. If you’re vegetarian, try dum aloo. Don’t forget to end it with saffron phirni, shufta and kheer.
WHERE: Toss and Grill restaurant, opposite Godrej Nature’s Basket at Samarth Vaibhav, Oshiwara
Bite into Easter cookies
7 AM – 9 PM: Treat yourself to some Easter goodies like chocolate-flavoured Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, egg sugar cookies, scrumptious marzipan eggs and more at Artisan. On Easter Sunday, try the epicurean brunch for R3,400, that includes non-alcoholic and alcoholic brunch with sparkling wine at Pondichéry Café.
WHERE: Artisan, Sofitel Mumbai, BKC
Laugh like Gujjus
7.30 PM: If you are married, Kamlesh Oza’s play, Thappo will resonate with you. Starring Oza, Tapan Bhatt, Chhaya Vora and Deepna Patel, it is a rib tickling comedy about the hiccups married couples face. And beneath the humour, lies the subtle message that most problems between couples are thanks to miscommunication and misunderstanding.
WHERE: Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli
ENTRY: Rs 200 – Rs 500
Enjoy morning ragas
6.30 AM: Start your day on a musical note by listening to Mukul Shivputra’s melodious morning ragas on the artiste’s 60th birthday. A classical vocalist, Shivputra has learnt Carnatic music from the legendary composer, late Shri MD Ramanathan. He has equal command over Hindustani classical and semi-classical genres of thumri, chaiti, kajri and hori.
WHERE: Kala Prangan, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi
Go river rafting in Kolad
8.30 AM – 5.30 PM: If you’re in a mood for adventure, head to Kolad, where you can participate in kayaking, river crossing and flying fox. About 121 km from Mumbai, the scenic location with lowing over the mountains of the Sahyadris, makes for a fun getaway. Post your arrival at the rafting campsite, you will be briefed about the dos and don’ts before you hop into the water.
ENTRY: Rs 1,600