The Weekend Guide
Sunburn Mumbai, India Rock Weekend
The organisers of Sunburn, which is held every December in Goa, will stage a Mumbai edition of Asia’s largest electronica music festival this weekend at the Tulip Star Hotel in Juhu. Over 30 acts will perform at the EDM fest, which will be headlined by Swedish-American techno duo Pleasurekraft and Dutch psy trance duo GMS (Global Mad Scientists) on Friday; Northern Irish DJ Fergie and Israeli psy trance act Skazi on Saturday; and Swedish house music producer John Dahlback and Welsh DJ Gareth Emery on Sunday. See the full schedule here. Since most electronica fans will be attending Sunburn, the canny folks at Blue Frog have decided to program an “India Rock Weekend” from Friday through Sunday. Blakc and Indus Creed perform on Friday, Sky Rabbit and Pentagram on Saturday, and Spud In The Box and Chennai’s Junkyard Groove (the only non-Mumbai-based act on the bill) on Sunday.
When: Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8. Sunburn begins at 3pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 1.30pm on Sunday. The India Rock Weekend gigs start at 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 9pm on Sunday.
Where: Sunburn will be held at the Tulip Star Hotel, near the J. W. Marriott Hotel, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu. For ticket details, see here. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6158 6158. A three-day pass for India Rock Weekend is priced at Rs1,000; the entrance fee is Rs500 on Friday and Saturday, and Rs300 on Sunday.
No matter if you’re not Christian. You can still feast on Easter goodies (chocolate eggs and marzipan bunnies!) by partaking in some of these Sunday specials around town: Indigo will hold a brunch with smoked turkey and plum pudding; Le Pain Quotidien will serve roast chicken with bacon risotto, plus Belgian chocolate eggs; and Café Prato will dish out hot cross buns, Easter dove cake, and roast leg of lamb. For something less traditional, head to dim sum restaurant and tea house Yauatcha, which will serve sea bass and spinach broth, chicken fried rice with crispy shimeji mushrooms, and chocolate Easter eggs with coconut and mango. For more options around town, see here.
When: Sunday, April 8.
Where: See here for details.
Mining the events of 2011, playwright Anuvab Pal focuses on the protestor and his crusade against the vagaries of our bureaucracy, for his latest satirical play The Bureaucrat. Raghuvir Gupta is the hapless New Delhi bureaucrat charged with the task of stopping his son, a young MTV VJ by the name of Dishoom, from staging his “Kapre Utaro Middle Classes” protest during a state visit by French president Nicholas Sarkozy. Working in the vein of political comedies like Yes, Prime Minister and In the Loop, Pal and director Rahul da Cunha spin a comedic tale of political machinations and the cost of utter failure.
When: Sunday, April 8 at 7.30pm.
Where: Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Sophia College, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy. Tickets are priced at Rs150, Rs250, Rs350, Rs400, Rs600, and Rs800, and are available via bookmyshow.com.
ALSO AROUND TOWN
• Attend Saz-e-Bahar, the NCPA’s two-day festival of instrumental Indian classical music, which will feature solo recitals by tabla player Aditya Kalyanpur and bansuri player Rupak Kulkarni on Thursday, April 5 and those by sarangi player Murad Ali and sitar player Kushal Das on Friday, April 6. The tickets for the concerts, which will begin at 6.30pm on both days, are priced at Rs100 each. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 6622 3737.
• Observe Busaba owner and chef Nikhil Chib at his South-East Asian cooking demonstration at his Lower Parel restaurant, from 1pm on Saturday, April 7. Chib will prepare Japanese chicken katsu; Korean chicken wings; Vietnamese pak choy soup; vegetable massaman curry; and poached basa with kaffir lime infused garlic butter. The session is priced at Rs750 per person (includes the price of lunch and sangria). Busaba, Mathuradas Mills Compound, next to Blue Frog, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 6747 8971.
• Watch acoustic performances by jam band Tribal Flora, Junkyard Groove frontman and singer-songwriter Ameeth Thomas, and Hindi pop-rock act Ankur Tewari and the Ghalat Family, from 5.30pm on Saturday, April 7 at the Dadar Chowpatty bandstand. The concert, organised as part of the Bandstand Revival series of gigs, is free. Dadar Chowpatty, behind the Mayor’s Bungalow, same lane as the HP Petrol Pump, near Shivaji Park, Dadar (West). Call 98196 89544 for further details.
• Hear veteran Indian indie folk-fusion rock group Indian Ocean perform at Bandz ’N’ Raaga, a gig that will also feature performances by The Syndicates and Brothers In Arms on Saturday, April 7. Tickets for the event, which is scheduled to start at 5pm, are priced at Rs680 for singles and Rs850 for couples, and at Rs425 for college students. SRPF Ground, Goregaon (East).
• Laugh at US-based Indian stand-up comic Radhika Vaz’s observations on life as a woman, when she stages her show Unladylike: The Pitfalls of Propriety, at The Comedy Store at 6pm on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8. Tickets for the show are priced at Rs500. The Comedy Store, Palladium, Third Floor, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 4348 5000.Tags: Aditya Kalyanpur, Ankur Tewari, Anuvab Pal, Bandstand Revival, Blakc, Blue Frog, Busaba, Cafe Prato, Comedy, Easter, Fergie, Gareth Emery, GMS, India Rock Weekend, Indian Ocean, Indigo, Indus Creed, John Dahlback, Junkyard Groove, Kushal Das, Le Pain Quotidien, Murad Ali, Music, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA, Nikhil Chib, Pentagram, plays, Pleasurekraft, Radhika Vaz, Rahul Da Cunha, Restaurants, Rupak Kulkarni, Saz-e-Bahar, Skazi, Sky Rabbit, Spud In The Box, Sunburn Festival, Sunburn Mumbai, The Bureaucrat, The Comedy Store, Theatre, Tribal Flora, Unladylike, Weekend Guide, Yauatcha