The Weekend Guide
Folk singer Prahlad Tipanya.
Now would be a good time to add that pair of Diesel skinnies to your wardrobe; the brand goes on sale from Friday, January 21, with discounts up to 50 per cent off. Italian women’s wear brand Marc Cain is also offering up to 60 per cent off on all store merchandise. Bibliophiles should make a beeline for Strand Book Stall’s big annual sale and Crossword’s clearance sale. Both bookstores are offering up to 80 per cent off on all titles. While not on sale, Ensemble is showcasing limited edition “eco friendly” collections by James Ferreira, Wendell Rodricks, Lecoanet Hemant, and others, where a portion of the sales proceeds go towards supporting women weavers in rural India.
Where: For details on locations and times, see here.
The Kabir Festival
They’ve been held across the country for the past three years, and this weekend, Mumbai will finally get its first Kabir Festival, “a confluence of mystic poetry, music, dance and films” that celebrates the work of the fifteenth century saint-poet. Among the highlights are performances by folk singers Prahlad Tipanya, Mukhtiar Ali and Mooraala Marwada, Hindustani classical vocalist Neela Bhagwat, kathak dancer Sanjukta Wagh, and two acts that promise to make us hear Kabir like we’ve never heard him before – Delhi-based band Makeshift will play rock interpretations of his works, and a member of the Indian People’s Theatre Association will rap some of his verses.
When: Friday, January 21 to Sunday, January 23.
Where: Across the city. See here for details.
VIP Art Fair
If you’re unable to jet off to New Delhi, Basel or Miami for their art fairs, this might be some consolation. The brainchild of a pair of New York-based gallerists, the VIP Art Fair is the first of its kind, an online-only summit of sorts that will virtually mimic the real deal. A total of 139 galleries from 30 countries, including Mumbai’s Chemould Prescott Road, London’s White Cube and New York’s Gagosian, will host “virtual” booths where collectors and visitors can zoom in on multi-million dollar works, watch videos and get multi-dimensional views. Browsing, luckily, is free. If you want to buy, and access price lists, private rooms and instant messaging systems that allow you to connect instantly to dealers and other collectors, then you’ll have to shell out $100 for the first two days, and $20 thereafter. You can request an invite here.
When: From 5.30pm, Saturday, January 22 to 5.30pm, Sunday, January 30.
Where: Online at vipartfair.com