Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Picks: Tuesday to Sunday
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Watch five-member flamenco troupe Ole Flamenco perform the traditional Spanish variations of Sevillano, Guajira, Farruca and for something a little more uptempo, the Rumba at 7.30pm at the Cross Maidan garden.
As part of the British Council’s celebrations of author Charles Dickens’s two-hundredth birth anniversary, which falls today, February 7, the festival will screen David Lean’s 1946 Academy Award-winning adaptation of Great Expectations at the Museum Viewing Centre at 11am. Also on the bill today: the critically acclaimed Marathi film Taryanche Bait, about a villager striving to the meet the aspirations of his young son, (Max Mueller Bhavan, 2.30pm); the Dev Anand classic Guide, based on the R. K. Narayan novel of the same name (Max Mueller Bhavan, 6.30pm); and Jim Jarmusch’s black and white cult favourite Down By Law starring musician Tom Waits as one of three prisoners who escape from jail (Museum Viewing Centre, 6.30pm).
Observe Prashant Chembala, the chef at the Belgian cafe and bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien, prepare a chicken and pesto tartine with Brie and pears; a buffalo mozzarella tartine with an olive spread and marinated tomatoes; a mushroom and chevre tartine with balsamic peppers; a roasted chicken and smoked mozzarella tartine with basil pesto and tomato; and mint lemonade. You will also get to sample all the food at the end of the session, which will begin at 4pm at Colaba restaurant 5 All Day. Hotel Apollo, Lansdown Road, behind Regal Cinema, Colaba. Tel: 6524 7070.
Conservation architect Sanaeya Vandrewala will conduct a session on the history and narratives behind the stained glass panels that make up the walls and windows of places of worship. The walk will begin at St. Thomas Cathedral at 4.30pm and conclude at the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue. Those who plan on attending need to carry a Xerox copy of photo identification to gain entry to the synagogue.
Today marks the bicentenary of Charles Dickens, an author who like his fellow Brit writer Shakespeare, has managed to transcend cultural and geographical barriers with his tales of the down and out. To celebrate, the British Council have brought down a modern chronicler of London city life, Craig Taylor, who will talk to professor Mitra Parikh of SNDT University at the David Sassoon Library Gardens at 8pm, about Dickens’ relationship with London in contrast to writing about another bustling megapolis, Mumbai.
If you fancy trying your hand at printmaking, then sign up for artist Shilpa Nikam‘s woodcut printmaking workshop, which will take you through the various techniques and help you make your own wood blocks for printing (you can take home as many prints as you make). You can sign up for any of the sessions, which run from February 5 to 12 at 2pm, 4pm, 5pm or 6pm at Clark House, Ground Floor, 8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road), near Regal Cinema, Colaba. The Rs250 registration fee includes all materials. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
EVENTS FOR CHILDREN
Food Blogger Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal will host a cooking demonstration for food-inclined kids at 4pm at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya garden. Munshaw Ghildiyal will prepare a protein bhel to demonstrate the importance of pulses and cereals in our daily diet, and will follow it up with a bottle dessert demo, made up of nuts, peanut butter, whipped cream and chocolate sauce. The session is suitable for kids aged between nine and 12.
Spend the morning at the Bombay National History Society, where Jagannath Krishnan’s documentary Videokaaran, about a Rajinikanth-obsessed video parlour owner, will be screened at 11am. Break for lunch and return to see another documentary, Leaving Home about the life and music of New Delhi-based folk-fusion rock band Indian Ocean, at 2.30pm at the same venue. Alternatively, you can head to the Max Mueller Bhavan at 2.30pm to watch the Tamil gangster hit Aaranya Kaandam, which took the top prize at the 2010 South Asian International Film festival in New York. At 6.30pm at the same venue, you can catch a screening of Mani Kaul’s Duvidha, the Hindi film that’s based around a Rajasthani folk tale about a love triangle between a man, his wife and a ghost who decides to impersonate him. Also at 6.30pm, at the Museum Viewing Centre, is a showing of Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai’s international breakthrough Chungking Express.
Attend a cooking demonstration with Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef Pooja Dhingra at 4pm at Colaba restaurant 5 All Day. Dhingra will make chocolate, cinnamon and hazelnut flavored truffles, which will be distributed among the attendees at the end of the session. Dhingra, who owns Le15 Patisserie, will also showcase a new, limited range of Cointreau-flavoured macarons that will also be up for grabs. Hotel Apollo, Lansdown Road, behind Regal Cinema, Colaba. Tel: 6524 7070.
Seventy-five-year-old lyricist, composer and poet Gulzar (who packed the house at the Jaipur Literature Festival last month), will be at the David Sassoon Library Gardens at 6.30pm, to talk about his illustrious career, which includes an Oscar for writing the lyrics for Slumdog Millionaire anthem “Jai Ho”.
American artist Tracy Lee Stum has enamoured thousands with her 3D chalk drawings of crevices and fantastical landscapes on flat surfaces (see some of them here). For the KGAF, she will do something site-specific in the traffic island, which will take her roughly two days to finish. Bring your cameras—Stum tells us her biggest thrill is public interaction with the work. “I think of it as performance art as opposed to visual art,” she says.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
If you caught Chungking Express on Wednesday, see the sequel, Fallen Angels at the Museum Viewing Centre at 2.30pm. Your evening viewing options include two cult classics, both of which will be screened at 6.30pm: the award-winning 1978 Hindi film Junoon, written by Satyadev Dubey, based on a novella by Ruskin Bond and directed by Shyam Benegal, which will be shown at the Max Mueller Bhavan; and Jim Jarmusch’s “psychedelic” Western, Dead Man, which will be shown at the Museum Viewing Centre.
Food blogger Rushina Mumshaw Ghildiyal, who also conducts cooking classes in the city, has a penchant for experimenting with unusual ingredients in her daily cooking. Munshaw Ghildiyal will demonstrate the use of the Zaresht berry (used in Britannia restaurant’s popular berry pulao) in a dip, and that of rose petals and pistachios in shreekhand at a workshop at the Artisans’ Centre at 2pm. 52-56 Dr. V. B. Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 2267 2290.
South East Asian restaurant Busaba‘s owner and chef Nikhil Chib will host a cooking demonstration during which he will prepare five of Busaba’s signature dishes: cold Vietnamese spring rolls; prawn tempura with soy ginger; som tam salad with green papaya, raw mango, chilli, cherry tomatoes and peanuts; red Thai curry with basil; and Korean pancakes with shrimp, squid and scallion. The session will take place at 4pm at Colaba restaurant 5 All Day. Hotel Apollo, Lansdown Road, behind Regal Cinema, Colaba. Tel: 6524 7070.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
You can catch Iranian dramedy and 1998 Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee Children of Heaven, about two kids in search of a pair of lost shoes, at the Musuem Viewing Centre, at 2.30pm. Alternatively, at 2.30pm at the Bombay National History Society, you can watch Hans Akela, a 2007 documentary of the life and music of Hindustani classical singer Kumar Gandharva. Shyam Benegal’s National Award-winning 1985 comedy Trikaal, which was filmed at cartoonist Mario Miranda’s ancestral Goan home—the screening is in Miranda’s honour—is on at the Max Mueller Bhavan at 6.30pm, which is also the time slot for the Museum Viewing Centre’s show of the cult Chinese action film Infernal Affairs.
Prakash Thadani, the proprietor of Cool Chef Cafe in Worli, will demonstrate how to cook two Asian-style dishes, paneer chilli and chicken chilli, with a soon-to-be-launched chilli paste called Prakash Chilli. Both dishes will be served to the attendees at the end of the session, which will start at 4pm at Colaba restaurant 5 All Day. Hotel Apollo, Lansdown Road, behind Regal Cinema, Colaba. Tel: 6524 7070.
Like every big city, Mumbai has a proliferating restaurant scene and a dynamic culture of eating out. To understand when and how restaurants emerged, you can attend a talk on the Public Dining History of Mumbai by culinary historian Mohsina Mukadam at 2pm at the Artisans’ Centre. The talk will be followed by a guided tour of the Irani cafes that populate Fort and Ballard Estate, which will be conducted by conservation architect Kruti Garg, and will begin at 4pm outside Rhythm House.
If you’ve never been able to book tickets for annual Sufi music festival Ruhaniyat in time, there’s a chance to catch its star performer, Baul singer Parvathy Baul in concert at the Cross Maidan Gardens, near Churchgate station, at 8.30pm.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
EVENTS FOR CHILDREN
Let the kids try their hand at making books from a variety of oddball material like matchboxes and seed pods. The hour-long session, for children between the ages of seven and 14, will take place at the David Sasson Library Gardens, from noon.
The Max Mueller Bhavan will screen Sidney Lumet’s hugely influential 1957 Hollywood legal drama 12 Angry Men at 6.30pm while the Museum Viewing Centre will screen Bollywood gangster comedy Shor In The City in the same time slot.
Chef Mukhtar Qureshi, who helms the kitchen at Neel at Tote on the Turf, the restaurant which won the title of Best Menu Revamp in our Best of Mumbai compilation of 2011, will demonstrate how to cook the restaurant’s signature kache gosht ki biryani as well as a gilawat ke kebab with rajma, at 4pm at Colaba restaurant 5 All Day. You also get to taste the food after you’ve watched him make it. Hotel Apollo, Lansdown Road, behind Regal Cinema, Colaba. Tel: 6524 7070.
No reference to Mumbai’s architectural heritage is complete without a mention of Art Deco, an artistic and design style that flourished in the 1930s. Mumbai has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world after Miami, and you can get a glimpse of these during a walk conducted by conservation architect Kruti Garg. The tour will begin at 3.30pm outside Eros Cinema and conclude at the National Centre for the Performing Arts at Nariman Point, where attendees will get a chance to view a short rehearsal of two Italian operas, Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, which will soon be staged as part of the Symphony Orchestra of India’s upcoming concert season .
Jeet Thayil will talk about his addiction-focused fictional account of Mumbai high life, Narcopolis at the David Sasoon Library Gardens from 8pm onwards.
Acclaimed sitar player Niladri Kumar is also the inventor of the zitar or electric sitar which he brings out every now and then for his fusion rock concerts, like the one he will stage at the Asiatic Society Library Steps at 6pm, with a band featuring drummer Gino Banks and bassist Sheldon D’Silva. At 8.30pm at the same venue, folk-fusion rock band The Raghu Dixit Project will play a gig of some of their most-loved songs as well as couple of new tracks from their second album, which they are still in the process of recording.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Take the kids to watch the critically acclaimed children’s movie Stanley Ka Dabba, which will be shown at the Max Mueller Bhavan at 11am. The Hindi film, written and directed by Amole Gupte (Taare Zameen Par), stars his son Partho as the titular school kid who never brings his own lunch. For something more adult, get to the Museum Viewing Centre at 2.30pm to see Michel Gondry’s 2006 rom-com The Science Of Sleep featuring Gael Garcia Bernal as a man whose real life comes in the way of his dreams, and Charlotte Gainsbourg as his neighbour and love interest. And if you’re still curious about The Dirty Picture, in which Vidya Balan plays soft-core South Indian film star Silk Smitha, you can catch the award sweeping Bollywood flick at 6.30pm, at the same venue.
In the final cooking demonstration of the festival, you can watch Indigo chef and restaurateur Rahul Akerkar prepare steamed rawas with shengachi amti and fettuccine with sprouted lentils. You will also get a chance to sample the food after Akerkar is done cooking. The session will take place at 4pm at Colaba restaurant 5 All Day. Hotel Apollo, Lansdown Road, behind Regal Cinema, Colaba. Tel: 6524 7070.
Discover the labyrinthine Crawford Market, Mumbai’s first covered market, in a walk conducted by archaeologist Shraddha Bhatawadekar. The tour which begins at 10am outside the Elphinstone Technical Institute, opposite Metro Cinema, will also cover other architecturally significant structures such as the Art Deco landmark Metro Cinema; the Small Causes court; Lokmanya Tilak’s house; and Jer Mahal. The walk will end with a tour of Crawford Market.
At 7pm at the David Sassoon Library Gardens, actor Anupam Kher will talk to Anil Dharkar about his motivational book The Best Thing About You Is You, which melds self-help tidbits with examples from the actor’s own chequered history.
Vocalist Jayateerth Mevundi is considered one of the rising stars of the Hindustani classical music scene. You can hear why when the Kirana gharana singer, who is said to have a style similar to that of the legendary Bhimsen Joshi, performs a solo recital at the Asiatic Society Library Steps at 6.30pm. Then, at 8.30pm at the same venue, popular Hindi film music director duo Vishal and Shekhar will play a gig of their best-known tunes, most likely including their most recent hits, “Chammak Chalo” from Ra.One and “Ooh La La” from The Dirty Picture.
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