The Weekend Guide
Mumbai Gallery Weekend
South Mumbai has long been the hub of the city’s art galleries. This weekend, however, nine of them migrate en masse to the Taj Lands End, for the inaugural “Mumbai Gallery Weekend”, to showcase the best of their wares for culture vultures in the suburbs. The Garden View banquet room has been transformed into a single art venue, where Chatterjee & Lal, Chemould Prescott Road, Gallery Maskara, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Project 88, Sakshi, Volte, The Guild and Lakeeren will display works by emerging and established names like Minam Apang, Aditi Singh, Shilpa Gupta, T. Venkanna, Neha Choksi, Sarnath Banerjee and Ranbir Kaleka among 30 others.
When: Saturday, March 31, from 1pm to 8pm and Sunday, April 1, from 11am to 6pm.
Where: Taj Lands End, Garden View Banquet Room, Bandra (West). Entry is free.
The Sadma Awards at The Comedy Store
As opposed to the Padma awards, bestowed by the Indian government for “exceptional and distinguished service in any field”, the Sadma Awards will “‘dishonour’ the most sordid and disgusting achievements of the year”. Conceptualised by the team behind satirical online Hindi TV series JayHind! (which is modelled on the political humour seen on American late-night variety shows), the Sadma Awards features a whopping 56 categories relating to the fields of politics, business, Bollywood, sports and more. The nominees include Kingfisher Airlines for “Bankrupt of the Year”, starlet Poonam Pandey for the “Kapde Phenk, Tamasha Dekh” award and A. Raja in the “Crime Master Gogo” category. The ceremony, which will be conducted in a mix of Hindi and English, will be hosted by JayHind! anchor Sumeet Raghavan as well as some familiar names from the Mumbai stand-up comedy scene, such as Aditi Mittal and Varun Grover. See here for the full list of nominees.
When: Sunday, April 1, from 8pm.
Where: The Comedy Store, Palladium, Third Floor, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 4348 5000. Tickets are priced at Rs700 per head.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• See Puerto Rican artist Angel Otero’s wildly colourful, heavily impastoed canvases and still lifes at Galeria Isa. Until Thursday, June 7. From Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm; Sunday and Monday, closed. Galeria Isa, 132 Great Western Building, First Floor, SBS Road, opposite Lion Gate, Fort. Tel: 6637 3432.
• Hear performances by some of the biggest names in Carnatic classical music at Dakshinayan, a two-day festival at the Nehru Centre auditorium that will feature performances by the violin-playing duo of Lalgudi GJR Krishnan and Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, and vocalist TM Krishna on Thursday, March 29, and solo recitals by bharanatyam dancer Alarmel Valli, mridangam player Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and singer Aruna Sairam on Friday, March 30. Daily donor cards for the festival, which will begin at 7pm on both days, are priced at Rs150 and Rs250. Nehru Centre, Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 2496 4680.
• Attend a discussion on the “New Sound of Bollywood” featuring music director Vishal Dadlani and American hip hop producer Just Blaze, organised by the Red Bull Music Academy on Friday, March 30, from 7.30pm at Mehboob Studios. The event is free but requires an invitation pass, which can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Mehboob Studios, 100 Hill Road, Bandra (West).
• Dance at the first anniversary celebrations of Bonobo’s monthly bass-heavy night Wobble from 9pm onwards, on Friday, March 30, when Bandish Projekt, Pravin “Pravvy Prav” Mukhi, DJ Uri and Funcinternational will man the decks. Call the venue for details of the entry fee, if any. Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall Phase II, Second Floor, off Linking Road, same building as KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 5353.
• Watch singer-songwriter Ayush, rapper Microphon3 and beatboxing orchestra Voctronica perform at a free gig this Saturday, March 31, at the Hanging Gardens, from 5.30pm onwards, as part of this year’s series of Bandstand Revival concerts organised by the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry at bandstands across the city. Hanging Gardens, entrance opposite the Malabar Hill Club, Malabar Hill. Call 98196 89544 for further details.
• Listen to the strains of an Indian classical instrument that is rarely played these days, the rudraveena at a performance of morning ragas by Bahauddin Dagar this Sunday, April 1, at 6.30am. The concert, organised by Pancham Nishad as part of its Pratahswar series, is free. Open Foyer, Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi.
• Watch the sun go down this Sunday, April 1, from 4pm, at Escobar’s Sunday Sundown, where the dress code is all white (though, as we discovered, loosely enforced) and the music generally of the “unobtrusive electonica” variety. Escobar, V. N. Sphere Mall, Fourth Floor, Linking Road, Bandra (West). Call 4276 0000 to make a reservation.
• Sway to the sounds of veteran psytrance DJ Goa Gil at Blue Frog this Sunday, April 1, from 6.30pm. The entry fee is Rs1,200. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158.