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What To Do At The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:12

People will swallow swords, women from Dharavi will speak out, Draupadi will return for one night only and Frahan Akhtar will meet you at The Asiatic Library, all because The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is back! With nine days of packed agendas starting February 1, we pick our favourite bits of the festival for you. Bpb plans to stick to workshops and performances, because we haven’t been too impressed with the repetitive shopping stall line up and not-so-great installations for the last couple of years.

Here’s what we’re looking forward to:

Listen To A Harpist

Singer-songwriter and harpist Georgia Ruth brings from Wales her unique finger-picking style: a blend of inspiration from guitarists Bert Jansch and Meic Stevens, and folk from the 60s.  Pull some strings to get into this.

At Cross Maidan, Churchgate on February 7 at 9 pm.

Watch Elephants Dance

Explore the work of Persian poet Rumi in the movement of dance. Woknot, a contemporary dance theatre performance is based on the poem Elephant in a Dark Room and tells the story from different perspectives.

At Cross Maidan, Churchgate on February 4 from 7.30 pm to 8 pm.

Catch India’s Nomination To The Oscars

Watch India’s nomination for the Ocsars, The Good Road directed by Gyan Correa, and attend a Q&A session with the director and cast following the screening.

At Coomaraswamy Hall, Fort on February 2 from 2 pm to 4 pm, for more screening timings, click here.

Take a Heritage Bus Tour

You’ve always read about the heritage walks and tours but you’ve never really signed up for one? Us too. If you’re going to be attending the Kala Ghoda Festival, get on board the open air bus that takes you for a heritage site spotting ride - Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai University, High Court, Victoria Terminus, Asiatic Society and more - conducted by Parveen Mistry.

On February 1 at 4.30 pm. Gather at the bus stop opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba. Details here.

Explore Mars

Take off from Earth and explore Mars as scientists from ISRO talk about travelling to it.

At Kitab Khana, Fort, on February 6 at 6 pm.

Meet Draupadi

In this thisproduction by The Films & Theatre Society the epic unfolds with intense visuals and folk music all the while from the point of view of Draupadi.

At NGMA, Colaba on February 3 at 5.30 pm.

Read A Dharavi Diary

Women from the slum tell their stories in the live diary reading in Slum Innovation Project’s Dharavi Diary.

At the Amphitheater, Kala Ghoda from on February 2 from 3 pm to 4 pm.

Watch an Irishman Swallow a Sword

Looking to be amazed? Watch it happen at this street act as Irish ‘Sword Swallower Extraordinaire!’ promises a bizarre performance.

At Amphitheater, Kala Ghoda on February 4 from 8 to 9 pm.

Get Read To At The Library

Catch Hindi and Urdu readings from the works of Manto, Rajinder Singh Bedi and Bheesham Sahni. There are also workshops by authors like Jerry Pinto, Dilip D’souza and lectures by William Dalrymple. See full schedule here.

At David Sasoon Library, Kala Ghoda on February 1 at 7.45 pm.

Learn to Make Beef Burgers & More

Bandra’s Between Breads does a workshop on how to make their famous beef burgers. Other culinary workshops include those by Café Zoe’s Chef Viraf Patel; Salt Water Café’s Chef Gresham Fernandes and Sassy Spoon’s Irfan Pabaney & Rachel Goenka.

From February 1-9, see full schedule here.

See Guitar Art

Six visual artists including Brinda Miller, sculptor Arzan Khambatta and Sunil Padwal will create new artworks, using the Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul Guitars as a canvas. These guitars will then be auctioned on ground, at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, until February 9, as well as online on Follow them on @gibsonindia on Twitter for more updates.

Meet Nikhil D’Souza & Farhan Akhtar On The Steps

Nikhil Dsouza and Farhan Live perform on the Asiatic Library steps to wrap up the festival.

At Asiatic Library Steps on February 9 at 6 pm and 9 pm respectively.

February Festivals: Tune In
Monday, 20 January 2014 09:37

If January is the month about not tripping up, February is definitely about the tripping. Hop on a bus, jump on a train or even a hot air balloon next month as you choose from the roster of music festivals and gigs across the country. See our roundup of February festivals and start chalking out those travel plans now.

Feb 1-2: Sula Fest, Sula Vineyards, Nashik

Feel like wine-ing away your time? The Sula Fest this year has a fun lineup with more international artists than the previous years. Gypsy All Stars, Shpongle, Dub Pistols and a host of other artists will perform at the vineyard’s pretty amphitheater in Nashik. Plus, apart from the regular lineup of hotels, festivalgoers can also choose to camp out at the Tent City, smack in the middle of the vineyards. Come now, don’t be a sour grape!

February 1-2, 1 day pass: Rs 1,600, 2 day pass: Rs 2,700. See full line up here, website here , for additional information email   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 86910 33889/90.

Feb 4: The Faluknama Festival, Hyderabad

Looking for a more royal setting for a gig? The first ever Faluknama Festival in Hyderabad promises to be a stunning symphony of music and bespoke cuisine set against the backdrop of the palace. Curated by Bluefrog, the day long festival will begin with cocktails with Her Highness Princess Esra, carry on to performances by artists Susheela Raman and The Dualers at the palace grounds, which will be followed by a gala dinner.

Feb 4, musical evening tickets start at Rs 7,500, residential packages start at Rs 35,000, for bookings contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Feb 13-16: Ragasthan, Jaisalmer

Get sand in your shoes and sleep under the stars at an outdoor music festival in the middle of nowhere at Ragasthan. Park yourself on a sand dune, choose between the different stages- Morio (Rock/Pop/Alternative), Olun (World/Classical), Ammara (Electronic),  Birakha (Indie/Experimental) – and catch the all night open air film screenings at the Ujalo film zone or even hop a hot air balloon! The artist lineups aren’t on the website yet, but will be very soon. Sure this festival didn’t get great reviews the last time around, but the setting alone warrants a second chance. Up up and away?

Feb 13-16, 4 day ticket pass: Rs 8,000, 3 day ticket pass: Rs 6,500, book tickets here, see their website here

Feb 15-16 Mahindra Blues Festival, Mumbai

Everyone’s been raving about the Mahindra Blues Festival lineup this year. Here’s why: with Tedeschi Trucks headlining the festival and other blues masters like Jimmie Vaughan, Zac Harmon and Blackstratblues, it promises to be a cracker of a show. Down with the blues? Good for you!

Feb 15-16, 2 day festival pass: Rs 3,500-11,000, 1 day ticket pass: Rs 2,000. Book tickets here, see their website here.

Cult Film Om-Dar-B-Dar Releases!
Friday, 17 January 2014 12:30

What: Om-Dar-B-Dar releases on PVR Director’s Rare, book tickets on, start at Rs 275 for a ticket.

Why: Everyone’s talking about how psychedelic this 1988 film by Kamal Swaroop is, so how about we take a little trip(py) to the cinema this weekend. Releasing today, the film with all its imagery of avant-garde classrooms and digital watches, princesses and frogs, promises a fun experience.

When: You need a good deal(er).

Event Roundup: Jan 17-19
Friday, 17 January 2014 11:16

Jan 17:Catch designer Nishka Lulla’s latest collection at  tgitPOP at The Olive- Bar & Kitchen, 4 Union Park, Khar (W), call 43408229, 12pm-6pm.

Jan 17: Head to Lakme Absolute Salon for a Style MasterClass by celebrity stylist Leepakshi Ellawadi from 5pm -10 pm , 227, Diamond Link, off Linking Road, opposite Shoppers Stop, Bandra (W) , call 9819006482, entry free.

Jan 17: Party at F Lounge.Diner.Bar. as DJ Val & DJ Opus spin some commercial music through the night. F Lounge.Diner.Bar, One India Bulls Centre, 3rd Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, 9 pm wards.

Jan 17- Jan 31:  Sample authentic Swiss food at Out Of The Blue Swiss Food Festival, Out of the Blue, 14 Union Park.

Jan 17-Feb 2: Head over to the Strand Book Stall sale currently underway at Sunderbai Hall, New Marine Lines, behind the Income Tax Office, call 2266 1994, 10 am -8pm.

Jan 18: The White Owl will host another Once In A Blue Moon event,  with Folic State and Helium Project from 10pm onwards. The White Owl, One Indiabulls Center, tower 2, lobby level, Jupiter Mills Compound, Lower Parel, call 2421 0231 for more details. See more details here.

Jan 18: Catch Have You Seen the Arana? Sunanda Bhat’s documentary (in Malayalam with English subtitles) at the FD Zone at 4pm. Films Division, R.R. Theatre, Tenth Floor, 24 Peddar Road, diagonally opposite Jaslok Hospital, call 2351 0461, entry is free.

Jan 18: Head over to Tilt All Day for the Tube and Berger gig, 8pm onwards. Tilt All Day, Tradeview, Oasis Complex, Kamala Mills Compound, near Bombay Dyeing Mills, Lower Parel, call 2492 7200, Rs 700 per head.

Jan 18: Catch Japanese DJ Sarasa, at D’Bell, One Indiabulls Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, call 6198 3100, 9.30pm onwards, entry free. See more details here.

Jan 18: Bar night at Indigo featuring Zarir, Garth, Gavin & Josh of THE OTHER PEOPLE, Indigo, 4 Mandlik road, Colaba.

Jan 19: For a relaxed Sunday, to end the week on a high, The Daily’s Absolut Sundaze promises to prepare you for the gruelling week ahead. Ground floor, behind Shoppers Stop, S.V Road, Bandra (W), call 6418409, 5pm onwards.

Jan 19: Head over to Hakkasan for DJ Siddhant Kapoor’s electronica tunes from 5pm-8pm at Hakkasan Mumbai, Waterfield road, Bandra (W), call  26444444, Rs 1500 cover charge





The Kabir Festival Mumbai
Friday, 10 January 2014 13:22

What: The Kabir Festival Mumbai, see their website here, see full schedule here, entry free.

Why: How about spending this weekend with the Flameshot Fakirs? This is not a pair of flaming shots but one of the artists in in the line up at the Kabir Fest. Expect music performances, discussions and film screenings that relate to the philosophy of the poet. Also on the roster are The Tipanya Boys, Bhanwari Devi and Mooralala Marwada and narratives by  Ankit Chadha, Bindhumalini, Vedant Bhardwaj and Shabnam Virmani.

When: Now until Jan 12th.

Event Roundup: Jan 10-12
Friday, 10 January 2014 11:51


Jan 10: It’s Free Flow Friday at Boveda tonight! Get unlimited pours from 7pm-11pm at Rs 1200 a head, at  Boveda, G 04, Morya Landmark 1, off New Link Road, Andheri (W), call 6708 0859

Jan 10: Make a Wish at Smoke House Deli, BKC and write down what you wish to pay for your first three drinks and their genie bartender will be happy to make your wish come true! 4pm- 8pm, Monday- Friday, call 6530762, Shop 003 A. Ground Floor, FIFC Building, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai

Jan 10-12: Catch Javed Akhtar, Gulzar and lots of musical and theatrical performances at the  Bhendi Bazar Urdu festival, 5-10pm, Imambada municipal school ground, Bhendi Bazar, entry free, see their Facebook page here.

Jan 10- Feb 8: Catch Varna, an exhibition of paintings by Philadelphia based artist, Antonio Puri at THE LOFT at Lower Parel, C/o Mahalaxmi Silk Mills , Mathuradas Mill Compound, Tulsi pipe road, Lower Parel , 10am to 6:00pm (Sunday by appointment)

Jan 10-12: Catch the Weirdass Pajama Comedy Festival across  pubs in the city and the National Centre for the Performing Arts. See details here

Jan 11: Catch S. N. S. Sastry’s Yes It’s On and Three Women and a Camera at The FD Zone, at RR Theatre, 10th floor, Films Division, 24, Pedder Road, 4pm onwards, entry free.

Jan 11: Head over to 2014’s first edition of  Live From The Console feat. Aayushi Karnik, Red Seems Right and Gyan Correa’s documentary , The Good Road. Mehboob Studios, Stage No.2, Hill Road, Bandra (W), tickets: Rs250 per head, see their Facebook page here

Jan 11: Catch DJ William Burn spin house ,funk and disco at  D’Bell ,9 pm onwards,entry Rs 300(will get you a beer). D’Bell, One Indiabulls Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel., call 6198 3100.

Jan 12: Learn about quantum physics, at Mumbai Local’s next event with Dr  R Vijayaraghavan’s lecture titled ‘Here There & Everywhere’, 5-6pm at Dr. Bhu Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E), see details here

Jan 12: Catch the Ciroc Sundowner with DJs Chhab and Arsh playing deep house music by the poolside of the Palladium Hotel in Lower Parel, , 5pm onwards, entry is free but via a guest list; call 73033 14603 to reserve a spot. Palladium Hotel, Level Ten, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, call 88795 88550.

Now Boarding: Mumbai Local
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 10:03

”Do you have any fears about what you do?”

“Of course I do, but I do what I have to do anyway”

At their most recent event, a lecture by theatre and film director Rajat Kapoor, on The Joys Of Cinema, that question was asked by a ten year old, and answered by the director himself. It was then that Sameera Iyengar and Sanjna Kapoor, founders of the cultural setup Junoon, knew that they were on the right track with their newly launched community arts initiative, Mumbai Local.

For Arts Sake

“Cities need to have spaces where public conversations of this nature can happen”, says Sameera. Based on the premise that art changes the way people perceive their worlds, Mumbai Local is an attempt to make the arts more accessible to people across the city.

With lectures ranging from topics like film to quantum physics, marine biology to musical performances, the free for all program aims to create learning and sharing experiences for everyone in the city. Using the power of their already established networks across the performance industry, Sameera and Sanjna are very clear about the fact that they are merely curators and not presenters of the program. They have tied up with partners like TIFR and Shubha Mudgal and venue partners like MCubed Library, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Kitab Khana and Somaiya Vidyavihar to take the arts ‘out of the regular places in the city’.

Learning Made Easy

Mumbai Local tells us that they don’t see themselves as a launching pad for aspiring filmmakers and writers. The goal is more about sharing concrete, experiences that everyone can discuss and learn from.

We don’t know about you, but instead of drinks at our regular dive this weekend, we’re heading to the Dr Bhau Daji lad Museum, to listen to Dr. R Vijayaraghavan’s lecture titled ‘Here There & Everywhere’ on Quantum Physics. All aboard?

Getting there: Mumbai Local ‘s next event is scheduled for Jan 12, at Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum. See their schedule here, entry free.

First Of Its Kind Urdu Festival In Mumbai
Friday, 03 January 2014 13:40

What: Bhendi Bazaar Urdu Festival, Imambada municipal school ground, Bhendi Bazar, entry free, see their Facebook page here.

Why: Gotta lafz this: to be held for the first time in the city, this three day event held by the Urdu Markaz, will feature musical performances, poetry readings, plays and photo exhibitions that celebrate the language and help revive interest in it, across the city. Food trails, heritage walks and visits from Javed Akhtar and Gulzar are on the festival’s agenda too.

When: January 10-12, 5pm-10pm

Event Roundup: Jan 3-5
Friday, 03 January 2014 11:56

Jan 3: Tartuffe, a comedy by Molire, AN Bhale Rao Auditorium, Charni road, 8pm onwards, tickets Rs 150-250

Jan 3: Mental Martians Live Set + AlgoRhythm + MnkySlt, blueFROG, Todi mills, Lower Parel, 10:30pm, tickets Rs 600.

Jan 3: Team Dastangoi’s Dastangoi, Prithvi theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu 6pm & 9pm, tickets Rs 300

Jan 3: Rock to DJ Ashrafi’s music at Trilogy, Sea Princess Hotel, Juhu, 10 pm onwards, Rs 2000 for couple entry & stag,  call 26611111 for details.

Jan 4: Bansuri Utsav 2014, Samartha Sevak Mandal ground, Thane (W), 7pm onwards, tickets Rs 500-1500

Jan 5: World For All- Adoptathon Hangover Adoption Camp, Bandra Hindu Association Hall, opp Amarsons, Linking Road, Bandra (W), 10 am- 6pm, Interested Adopters must carry Identity Proof and Address Proof, for more details call 9820191321

Jan 5-7: Hamlet , NCPA, Nariman Point, 5:30 pm, tickets Rs 500-700

Event Roundup: New Year’s Eve Specials!
Monday, 30 December 2013 13:04

Dec 31: Bring in the New Year at Smoke House Deli, BKC. With their super offer of a three course meal and unlimited alcohol, it's going to be a happy happy new year! Rs 1500 plus taxes per head, Smoke House Deli, ground floor, FIFC building, Bandra Kurla Complex, call 26530762.

Dec 31: Enjoy an open bar with unlimited alcohol and starters at Rs 2500 per head and Rs 3500 per table at The Irish House this NYE! Offer valid at Kalaghoda and Lower Parel outlets. Irish House , Kala Ghoda, Fort, 4915 0001; Palladium Mall, 43471112.

Dec 31: Celebrate the New Year with The Sassy Spoon's special cocktails and food & dessert menu.With smoked aubergine pasta and apple cakes, it's going to be a sweet end to 2013! The Sassy Spoon, Express Towers, Nariman Point.

Dec 31: Celebrate the Pirates of the Arabian theme at Out Of The Blue from 10.30 pm to 1.30 am. The restaurant will be set up with a peculiar Pirates theme with special props created for the evening.6, 000 + Taxes (Couple) , 3, 500 + Taxes (Stag – Men & Women) 

Dec 31: For the first time ever, Woodside All Day Bar & Eatery in Andheri  (W)will play host to a DJ Night with DJ Gavin playing the music by 8.00 pm. Enjoy unlimited alcohol pours with packages starting at Rs 2,500. Woodside All Day Bar & Eatery, Mhada Shopping Complex, Andheri Link road, 2632 8963

Dec 31: Enjoy the Sundownwer Bar and Happy hours menu this New Year’s at LPQ. Drinks at the bar include Indian Wine, Beer and Sangria along with a special menu of finger foods like charmoula prawns, five spiced chicken and bruschetta. Dhanraj Mahal, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Apollo Bandar, call 66150202; G2, 3 North Avenue, Maker Maxity, BKC Road, Bandra (E), 66431616.

 Dec 31: Bring in the New Year with an opulent dinner at Indigo. Replete with a stellar selection of dishes for the evening, this special occasion a la carte menu is ideal for a grand celebration best enjoyed in the close company of family and friends. Indigo Deli Colaba, 26551010; Palladium, 43666666; Bandra, 26438100; Andheri, 2633 6262; Ghatkopar, 25181010.

Dec 31: Bid adieu to 2013 in a fun-filled and musically drenched atmosphere at The Little Door this New Year. Pay as you order - A La Carte , unlimited food and alcohol packages also available, Guest DJ spinning, exciting acts by the bartenders and flaring fireworks. Entry at Rs. 1500 per couple. Ground Floor, Shree Siddhivanayak Plaza, the lane opposite Citimall, Off New Link Road, Andheri (W), call 9892649040

Dec 31: Bring in the New Year at Yauatcha with a specially crafted  menu. Enjoy dishes like Pork and prawn shuimai, Wrapped chicken in pakchoi with szechuan sauce, Steamed rawas in spicy blackbean sauce. The A lacarte menu will be available for a minimum spent of Rs.3000/-. Rs. 5000/- AI (With Alcohol) Rs. 3500/- AI (Without Alcohol), Yauatcha, ground floor, Raheja tower, BKC.

Dec 31: Enjoy unlimited veg & non veg starters at Tilt, with a Dj belting out the latest EDM & Commercial music. Rs 5,000 for stag entry, Rs 8,000  for couple entry. 8pm onwards. Tilt, Near Smaash, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel, call 24927400. 

Dec 31: New Year's Eve promises to be an exclusive celebration of the senses at Boveda as you welcome 2014 in incomparable style amidst eclectic music, gourmet cuisine and a scintillating ambiance. Stag entries at Rs. 4500 AI, Couple Entries: Rs. 7500 AI. Boveda, G 04, Morya Landmark 1, off New Link Road, Andheri (W), call 6708 0859

Dec 31: The Big Bang Bar and Cafe has come up with its new year resolution - to be the Biggest Open Air party place this new year! Reserve your table now for offers on unlimited food and drinks at The Big Bang Bar and Cafe in Bandra and Oshiwara. 3rd Floor, Kenilworth Building, Above KFC, Linking Road, Bandra (W). Ground Floor, Meera Co-op Housing Society, Oshiwara Link Road, Andheri (W)

Dec 31: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with unlimited supply of a wide variety of premium alcoholic beverages, a gourmet degustation buffet with the best dishes from Amadeus, Umame and Joss , live band, DJ, Cigar Humidor and lavish Alfresco Dining. Amadeus, NCPA, Nariman Point, call  9833090380.

Dec 31: Celebrate New Year’s Eve at F Lounge.Diner.Bar with Miss Palmer as she plays grooviest music. Rs 7000 per couple, Rs 4000 per stage, Rs 1500 for girls only. F Lounge.Diner.Bar, One India Bulls Centre, 3rd Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road. call 66505820.

Dec 31: Enjoy finger foods and a spread of spirits at Escobar as they host a Black & White party this NYE. 199 -VN Sphere Mall, 4th floor, Linking Road, Bandra W, call 9769696050

Dec 31: Bring in the New Year at The White Owl with the music of Jai Vaswani & Kaushal Pratap! Dance Through The Decades with EDM, Hip-Hop and Retro beats celebrating the onset of the New Year! For information on passes & reservations, call Kaushal Pratap - 98331 08940. One India Bulls Centre, Tower 2,Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone road.

Dec 31: Bring in 2014 with a grand celebration with SQS Project, DJ Pranav and DJ Karma all under one roof at JW Marriott, Juhu Tara Road. For reservations, call 66933344 or 9890568796.

Dec 31: Bid adieu to 2013 with an all inclusive bash that features delectable food, open bar, DJ music and a champagnetoast  at midnight and bring in the New Year dancing to the tunes of DJ Clayton at Levo this 31st December. Mukti Business Park, ground floor, B Wing, 141-A Model Town, Andheri (W), call 9167830101.

Dec 31: Bring in New Year’s Eve at the ‘Penthouse Party, Level 37’, Palladium Hotel, Lower Parel, call 88795 88550

Dec 31: Treat yourself to unlimited appetizers from The Barking Deer menu along with some freshly brewed beer! Sample the Indian Pale Ale or the Belgian Wit, e and dance the night away. Rs. 4000 stag AI, Rs. 7000 for a couple, AI. The Barking Deer Brew Pub, Todi & Co. Mills @ Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel, call 8691093242

Dec 31: Enjoy the unlimited delectable starters and sip on those free flowing drinks as you get set to bring in the New Year with a psychedelic chic bar that changes colors and transforms itself, at Py Bar . Entry Rs. 2500 AI, Py Bar & Bistro, 2nd Floor, Hubtown Skybay, Near Mahalaxmi Temple, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mahalaxmi, call 9819128882.

Dec 31: With unlimited premium imported alcohol, a whole host of appetizers & a Buffet, New Year's Eve at Bungalow 9 is great for those looking for a good time with family & friends. Rs. 6000 stag and Rs. 8000 per couple. Bungalow 9, 9, St. John Baptist Road, Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W), call 6117 9999


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