22 things to do in and around Mumbai from March 27 to April 2
sunday mid-day brings you a complete planner of events in Mumbai for the week from March 27 to April 2
Hunt for treasure, on wheels
Have you signed up for The Great Itch yet? And we are not talking about the seven-year kind. ITCH is the acronym for something sprightlier — Indian Treasure Cycling Hunt. Here, in groups of seven, you will tour through picturesque South Mumbai, following clues and hopefully, landing on the final prize. The organisers say that it is going to be a mighty mix of brain and brawn; it’s going to be child’s play (kind of). And, you may also get the chance to captain a team.
WHERE: Starts at NCPA, Nariman Point
WHEN: April 3, 7 AM – 10 AM
ENTRY: Rs ,000
Catch solo acts by three artistes
6.30 PM: Three short stories by acclaimed Hindi writers find their stage forms at this edition of Jashn-e-Qalam. Works by Rajinder Singh Bedi, Saadat Hasan Manto and Bhisham Sahni will be enacted by artistes Shashwita Sharma, Manjeet Mahipal and Ajit Singh. Gear up for an evening of lilting prose.
WHERE: The Hive, 50A, Huma Mansion, Chuim Village, Khar West
ENTRY: Rs 300
Celebrate Easter in style
8 PM: Bring in Easter with a lavish brunch which promises to add a contemporary twist to tradition. At Citrus, you can choose from a variety of signature egg dishes, be it Scotch, pickled or eggs stuffed with prawns.
WHERE: Citrus, The Leela, Sahar
ENTRY: Rs 2495 & Rs 3495 (with alcohol)
Catch cricket fever
3 PM and 7.30 PM: Watch your favourite teams bat it out this T20 season. At Asia Bar, you get to glug down unlimited draught beer and nibble on starters for Rs 799. If you are the cocktail sipper, try the Thai Mojito and Chinese Mary.
WHERE: Asia Bar, Ground Floor, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla
ENTRY: Rs 345 onwards
Groove along with Shammi’s hits
7.45 PM: Shammi Kapoor can usually be described as unforgettable. And that is exactly what the artistes, singer-couple Samir Date and Dipalee Somaiya, are promising us with An Evening with Shammi — a chance to re-live classic hits from the actor’s films.
WHERE: Swatantryaveer Savarkar Auditorium, near Mayor’s Bungalow, Shivaji Park
ENTRY: Rs 200 – Rs 500
Kids, watch films7
4 PM: A well-curated line-up of films is exactly what the kids, and their parents, need on a Sunday. This children’s film festival presents eight animation films. Try these: The Cat Came Back by Cordell Barker (1988) and The Hungry Squid (2002).
WHERE: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla East
ENTRY: Rs 5 (children); Rs 10 (adults)
Cheer at the races
3.30 PM: Lions Club International presents Racing Hooves, where visitors will get to cheer for their favourite trotters as the horses gallop for a charitable cause. Avail a donor pass, and you will have access to the high-tea affair as well.
WHERE: Mahalakshmi Race Course
ENTRY: Rs 500
Meet fellow headbangers
8 PM: Get your weekly dose of death metal with Hard Rock Café’s line-up of four bands tonight. At Metal Mania this time, you’ll get to lose yourself to the stylings of progressive group, The Minerva Conduct, and four-piece thrash metal act Halahkuh, along with acclaimed crowd-pullers Sceptre and Demonstealer (in pic). The gates are open for all, and there’s Rs 500 cover charge.
WHERE: Hard Rock Cafe, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Worli
ENTRY: Rs 500
Stock up on LOLs
7.30 PM: Surrender yourselves to comic acts tonight and prepare yourself to face the week ahead. Stand-ups Zakir Khan and Azeem Banatwalla will get you ROFL-ing at this edition of Tapathon. If you haven’t watched Khan’s how-to-pick-up-girls-at-the-airport routine, then you have missed something.
WHERE: Tap Sports Bar, Royal Plaza, next to City Mall, Andheri West
ENTRY: Rs 500 (cover charge)
Order of the day
Attend a reading of Shaw
7.30 PM: Drama buffs who can’t get enough of playwright George Bernard Shaw, sign up for a play reading of Saint Joan organised by QTP. The play has been hailed as intellectually stimulating and praised for dealing with nationalism, war and the relation of the individual to society. The session is open to all, and will see participants taking turns to play characters from the play. Discussions ensue over squash and biscuits.
WHERE: 7 Bungalows, Andheri (W)
Learn a Brazilian martial art
8.30 PM – 9.30 PM: If you like the idea of song, dance and fitness, learn Capoeira. The Brazilian martial art form combines self-defence, acrobatics, dance and music. It is essentially ‘played’ (it’s known as the ‘game’) in a circle called a roda, accompanied by live music and singing. Only hands and feet touch the floor. You’ll be taken through the session by Sucuri, a Capoeira practitioner, who has been teaching for the last two years.
WHERE: Beat n Bounce Studio, 901, 9th floor, Crescent Royale, Andheri (W)
Dig into a traditional thali
12 NOON – 3.30 PM & 7 PM – 11 PM: This meal will test your appetite. Khandani Rajdhani is offering its scrumptious traditional unlimited thali for just Rs 250. The delectable menu includes a variety of farsan, vegetables dishes, roti, rotla, dal, kadhi, rice, khichdi and varied sweets. The offer is on till tomorrow.
WHERE: Beat n Bounce Studio, 901, 9th floor, Crescent Royale, Andheri (W)
Dance to Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s beats
8 PM: Attending this fundraising concert might just be your good deed for the month. Bollywood’s favourite trio, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, will perform live at a event organised by the Fort Convent Alumni Association. The concert is part of their KHILO initiative that aims to provide education to underprivileged girls. All proceeds from the event will go towards the education of 100 girls.
WHERE: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point
ENTRY: Rs 2,000 – Rs 9,999
Pay a tribute to musical instruments
Attend Saz-e-Bahar, a two-day festival of Indian instrumental music, which will feature instruments from different categories — string-bowed (sarangi), string-plucked (sitar), string–slide (slide guitar) and drums-percussion (tabla). The first day will feature Liyakat Ali Khan, an exponent of Sikar style of sarangi and Debashish Bhattacharya (in pic), a 2009 Grammy nominee, who will play the slide guitar.
WHERE: Dance Theatre Godrej, Nariman Point
ENTRY: Rs 150
Watch a dame-funny show
Done with watching funny men performing stand-up gigs? Time to make way for the ladies. Catch an hour-long show featuring Sonali Thakker, Pavitra Shetty and Sucharita Tyagi (in pic), who will crack you up with their humour. From kitty parties to unmanned train compartments, the ladies take up women’s issues.
WHERE: The Barking Deer, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg
ENTRY: Rs 200
Decode the writing on the wall
Ongoing, 11 AM – 8 PM: Walls have often served as canvasses for commonplace creativity. Attend an exhibition titled Wallspeak, centred around the history of wall art. The show also raises questions on the future of this form of self-expression. While there, you’ll also find a curated mix of lithographs, oleographs of gods, goddesses and mythological figures by Raja Ravi Varma, authentic bromides and filmstars’ posters.
WHERE: Design Temple, No2, Churchill Chambers, Colaba
Voice your thoughts
MARCH 31, 4.30 PM: Attend a book discussion on This Unquiet Land by Barkha Dutt at Nehru Centre. The panelists include journalist Kumar Ketkar (in pic), Dr Rashmi Bhure, Associate Professor of Political Science, SIES College, and Ahalya Naidu, co-founder of the bookstore, Trilogy. To register, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE: Who We Are Hall, 1st floor, Discovery of India building, Nehru Centre
A grimy disco, anyone?
APRIL 2, 10 PM: One of Mumbai’s most loved pop-up dance parties, Grime Riot Disco, is back after a sabbatical, and we are excited. Here’s why you should be getting your dancing shoes on for this one.
>> DJs Nanok and Norcotiq are in the house. Keeping true to the Grime Riot vibe, Norcotiq is re-imagining classic disco hits and Nanok will be spinning some mean funk, hip hop beats.
>> Much like its core organisers, hipsters Monica Dogra and Kunal Lodhia, the crowd is pretty cool (read shaggy beards for men and hippy maxis for the ladies) as well. This time it’s at a hipster venue like Anti-Social, where you can be social while being anti-social. That’s cool, right?
>> There is a dress code this time: Pastel Dope. So we guess that means dress like Goth yet pink rose. And you get a giveaway for just turning up! So turn up, okay?
AT: Anti-Social, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, Khar West
Fall for a magician’s tricks
APRIL 3, 5 PM: Watch Ugesh Sarcar, India’s modern street magician, perform some mind-boggling tricks. In his new show, Your Mind is Mine, Sarcar will predict the future, read minds and demonstrate advanced mind-manipulation before the audience. The 60-minute performance will be packed with entertainment and humour, say the organisers.
WHERE: CIDCO Convention Centre, CIDCO Exhibition Centre, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
ENTRY: Rs 300 – Rs 2,000
Chug a floating head
ONGOING, 4 PM – 8 PM: If you’re in the mood for a drink post work, drop by at Brewbot, which is offering a buy-one-get-one offer on select beers and cocktails. Try their craft beers like skywalker and floating head, priced at R245. If cocktails excite you, there’s the water melon martini (Rs 450) and caiprioska (Rs 395)
WHERE: Brewbot, G-01 & 101, Morya Landmark 1, off New Link Road, Andheri (W)
Run the marathon for a cause
APRIL 3, 6.30 AM: To celebrate World Autism Day, that falls on the April 2, Khushi Pediatric Therapy Centre, has organised a marathon to raise awareness about the cause. The aim is to accept the fact that individuals with Autism are different, and celebrate their differences. Celebrities like Nora Fatehi, Maria Goretti, Shaan and Anita Raj will participate in the run. The event is open to all and people can sign up for spot registration on April 3.
WHERE: Taj Land’s End, Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Band Stand, Bandra (W)
ENTRY: Spot registrations start at 5 AM
Own a handloom saree
Ongoing, 11 AM – 7 PM: It’s summer already, and if you feel your wardrobe needs an overhaul, head to Tranceforme where Kolkata-based designers Swati and Sunaina will display their Benarasi collection. Catch their handloom creations ranging from muslin to silk heirlooms woven in light fabrics. If you love drapes, there are single edition sarees, woven with real silver zari dipped in gold. Each saree comes with an authentication certificate. These two also dressed Aishwarya Rai when she met the French President Francois Hollande.