Mumbai weekend cultural calendar: Book a Bohri meal, a talk with Anurag Kashyap, and more

Mumbai weekend cultural calendar: Book a Bohri meal, a talk with Anurag Kashyap, and more
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ART Archana Hande at Chemould At Prescott Road

Mumbai artist Archana Hande’s new show I am a Landscape Painter is a collection of photographs, videos, watercolours and textiles that draw on her travels across western Australia and the silk route through India, Pakistan, Nepal and Tibet.
When: Until Wednesday, January 6. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, G. Talkwatkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort. Tel: 022 2200 0211.

ART Epic Ecologies at Jhaveri Contemporary
Iftikhar Dadi, an associate professor in Cornell University’s Department of History of Art, and his partner Elizabeth Dadi have collaborated on this show which has artworks from three series. ‘Urdu Film Series’ examines Lollywood, the Pakistani film industry headquartered in Lahore. In ‘They Make History’, historic figures are removed from their contexts and placed in invented backgrounds. ‘Efflorescence’ features the national flowers of disputed regions.
When: Until Saturday, January 9. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Jhaveri Contemporary, 2, Krisha Niwas, 58A Walkeshwar Road. Tel: 022 2369 3639.

SHOPPING & STYLE Open Studio at Lifaafa
This three-day sale of clothes, home furnishings, accessories and food items at production designer Meenal Agarwal’s studio will feature clothes by Delhi label Lovebirds, jewellery by Mahesh Bijou, Ikat clothes by Translate, beauty products by Ayca and coffee by The Indian Bean among other items. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, December 11 to Sunday, December 13, from noon to 6 pm.
Where: Lifaafa, Vithal Bhavan, 11/12 Guru Nanak Road, behind Notan Heights, Bandra (West).

FOOD & DRINK The Lil Flea at MMRDA Grounds
Less than a month after its last edition, The Lil Flea shopping and food bazaar will return with over 200 shopping and 40 food stalls as well as music performances. Costume jewellery brands Kitsch by Nik and Urban Kala; hand-painted shoe makers Zubiya; men’s clothing label Ray & Dale; T-shirt label Utopian Fizz; casual wear brand Onu Oru; and stationery suppliers Turmeric Hands are among the shopping stalls at this instalment, at which you can snack on pizzas by Playlist Pizzeria, North Indian fare by Biryani Affair, burgers by Maakapow, ice cream sandwiches by Where’s My Cone and South-East Asian grub by Wok This Way. A new feature this time is a separate area for confectioners curated by the folks behind the Dessert Garden series of dessert-focused bazaars. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Karsh Kale will headline the final day of the event on Sunday, December 13. There is an entry fee of Rs 200 per person. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, December 11, from 3 pm to 10 pm and Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, from 11 am to 11 pm.
Where: MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East).

BOOKS THEATRE Uddhwastha Dharamshala at MCubed Library
GP Deshpande’s Marathi play on India’s leftist movement will be discussed at this reading organised by Tamaasha Theatre. The event is free.
When: Friday, December 11 at 4 pm.
Where: MCubed Library (Maharashtra Mitra Mandal Library), Princess Building, near Bandra Gymkhana, D’Monte Park Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2641 1497.

ART Liberty Taken at Clark House, Liberty Cinema, Sir J.J. School Of Art and Tarq
This art festival organised by Clark House Initiative, a group of artists and curators, is a suite of exhibitions, talks and videos that deal with the theme of liberty. The events include a show of woodcut prints by Baroda’s Soghra Khurasani, videos by Mumbai’s Amol Patil and France’s Aurelien Froment and a performance by American DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller. For the complete schedule, see here.
When: Until Sunday, December 20.
Where: Liberty Cinema, 41-42, Marine Lines, opposite Bombay Hospital. Tel: 022 2208 4521. Sir J. J. School of Art, D. N. Road, Fort. Tarq, F35/36 Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba. Tel: 022 6615 0424.

FILM The Godfather II at Matterden at The Deepak
Lower Parel cinema Matterden, which shows classic films, will screen the second part of Francis Ford Coppola’s portrait of the Italian mafia in the US. Tickets priced at Rs 300 and Rs 400 per head are being sold on
When: Friday, December 11 to Thursday, December 17 at 8 pm.
Where: Matterden, Deepak Cinema, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 4015 0621.

MUSIC Nasya at Cafe Haqq Se
Delhi folk-fusion rock band Nasya, fronted by vocalist Kunal Wason, will perform at new Indian cuisine restaurant and bar Cafe Haqq Se. The entry fee is Rs 500 per head.
When: Friday, December 11 at 9 pm.
Where: Cafe Haqq Se, Ground Floor, Trade View Building, Oasis Complex, Kamala Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 86004 50189.

MUSIC Monochrome Night with Burudu at The Daily Bar and Kitchen
The second edition of the Bandra venue’s new gig series, held on the second Friday of every month and for which the dress code is black and white, will feature a set by electronic music duo Burudu made up of Nakul Sharma from Mumbai and Sahil Bhatia from Delhi. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, December 11 at 9.30 pm.
Where: The Daily Bar and Kitchen, Ground Floor, behind Shoppers Stop, S. V. Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 99206 88479.

MUSIC Atish + Troja at Bonobo
The electronic music DJ double bill of San Francisco’s Atish, whose last name is Mehta, and Kolkata’s Troja aka Trideep Roy, will play the Bandra bar. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, December 11 at 10 pm.
Where: Bonobo, Second Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, off Linking Road, behind KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.

MUSIC Jitter at Ark
The Delhi electronic music DJ and producer also known as Jayant Luthra will headline a gig at the Andheri bar. Call the venue for details of the entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, December 11 at 10 pm.
Where: Ark, Courtyard by Marriott, CTS 215, opposite Sangam BIG Cinemas, Andheri-Kurla Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6136 9999.

MUSIC Superdry Krunk Live Sessions at Todi Mill Social
Three city acts, electronica DJs and producers Ox7gen aka Aditya Ashok and Kumail, whose surname is Hamid, plus dance music duo Madboy/Mink, made up of singer Saba Azad and guitarist Imaad Shah, will perform. The event is part of the series of gigs organised to promote the Superdry Krunk Live Sessions, a new TV show on Pepsi MTV Indies put together by Mumbai-based music events company Krunk in collaboration with British clothing brand Superdry. Entry is free but via an RSVP that you can send on See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, December 11 at 10 pm.
Where: Todi Mill Social, #242, near Viva Centre and Cafe Zoe, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6511 0361.

MUSIC The Usual Suspects at Blue Frog
Three city-based electronica DJs, Vishal ‘V-Shall’ Shetty, Karan Bhoj and Siddhanth ‘Bullzeye’ Kapoor will take turns at the console at this gig that’s part of Lower Parel venue Blue Frog’s ongoing eighth anniversary celebrations. There is an entry fee for of Rs 500 or cover charge of Rs 1,500 per head for men; free entry for women.
When: Friday, December 11 at 10 pm.
Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6158 6158.

MUSIC WolfPack + Joshi at Kitty Su
WolfPack aka the Belgian house music playing duo of Steve Braet and Ruben Khaza will headline the Andheri nightclub at a gig that will also feature a set by their Goa-residing counterpart Joshi whose folks probably call him by his first name Rishabh. Tickets, priced at Rs 1,500 (only entry fee) or Rs 3,000 (full cover charge) per couple; at Rs 2,000 (only entry fee) or Rs 3,500 (full cover charge) per head for single men; and at Rs 1,000 (full cover charge) per head for single women, are being sold on
When: Friday, December 11 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3145.

MUSIC TALKS India Music Week Focus Group Sessions at Todi Mill Social

This day-long series of workshops, organised by music publication Rock Street Journal as part of its Indian Music Week festival, will include sessions on forming a band, composing and recording, performing live and tour planning with folks from the Indian independent music industry. Entry is free but via registration here. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, December 12, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Where: Todi Mill Social, #242, near Viva Centre and Cafe Zoe, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6511 0361.

FILM FOOD & DRINK WORKSHOPS ItalIndia at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning
This two-day workshop on Italian and Indian cinema and food, organised by the Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning in collaboration with Istituto di Cultura Italiana, will feature talks about the subjects by Luca Bernardini, a member of Slow Food Italy and a food consultant for the Taj hotels in Mumbai, and Indranil Chakravarty, a home cook, film academic and writer. The event is priced at Rs 2,250 per person (entitles you to lunch, tea and coffee). To reserve a seat, call 022 6170 2270 or email [email protected].
When: Saturday, December 12, from 11 am to 4.30 pm and Sunday, December 13, from 10 am to 2.30 pm.
Where: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Second Floor, Somaiya Bhavan, 45/47 Mahatma Gandhi Road, above Kitab Khana, Flora Fountain, Fort. Tel: 022 6170 2270.

SHOPPING & STYLE Shopping Pop-up at The Vintage Garden
The two-day pop-up exhibition will feature clothing from menswear brand UFF, womenswear from Jodi, kids’ togs from Love the World Today and Forty Red Bangles, beauty products from Pahadi Local and jewellery from Kichu. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: The Vintage Garden, Patkar Bungalow, 34D Turner Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2640 2004.

FOOD & DRINK The Eat India Company Fest at Mahalaxmi Racecourse
New F&B company The Eat India Company, founded by of home caterer Chandni Kohli Dhall and marketing and brand strategy professional Rekha Pamani-Gulati, will host the inaugural edition of their festival, which will feature food stalls, cooking workshops, music performances and activities for kids. Among the participants are Pride of Cows milk, dessert makers Aura, vegan and raw snacks suppliers Yogisattva, ice lolly specialists Frugurpop, coffee shop Di Bella, butter purveyors The ButterNut Co., and The Bombay Food Truck. Chef Gresham Fernandes of Impresario Hospitality, chocolatier Zeba Kohli, Palate Culinary Studio founder Rakhee Vaswani and Lemon Leaf’s Mitesh Rangras will conduct workshops at the event. Kids can participate in activities such as yoga, balloon, bookmark and dreamcatcher making. Tickets to enter priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, from noon to 11 pm.
Where: Mahalaxmi Racecourse, near Mahalaxmi Railway Station, Mahalaxmi.

MUSIC Johnnie Walker The Journey at Mehboob Studios
The third edition of this annual theatre and music event will comprise performances by gravity-defying one man show Leo, American post-rock band Explosions In The Sky, US-based ambient music band Tycho and Italian disco pioneer and producer turned DJ Giorgio Moroder. Tickets priced at Rs 3,000 per head for the music concerts and at Rs 750 per head for the theatre shows (which will be staged at 4 pm and 6.45 pm on Saturday and at 4 pm and 7.30 pm on Sunday) are being sold on
When: Saturday, December 12 at 4 pm.
Where: Mehboob Studios, 100 Hill Road, Bandra (West).

MUSIC Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron at Fun Republic
Kundan Shah’s classic film will be screened by 1018mb, a new movie-viewing platform, at the Zee Preview Theatre at Andheri cinema Fun Republic. Tickets priced at Rs 450 per head are being sold on
When: Saturday, December 12 at 6 pm.
Where: Fun Republic, Shah Industrial Estate, off New Link Road, Andheri (West). Tel:
022 4671 8386.

THEATRE A Friend’s Story at NCPA’s Experimental Theatre
Akash Khurana will direct this English version of Vijay Tendulkar’s landmark 1981 Marathi play Mitrachi Goshta. The story hinges on the romantic relationship between two college students, Mitra and Nama, which is complicated by Nama’s boyfriend Dalvi. Nama frustrates Mitra by carrying on with Dalvi despite their regular sexual liaisons. Eventually Nama marries another man, driving Mitra to suicide. Tickets priced at Rs 200, Rs 250 and Rs 300 per head are being sold on
When: Saturday, December 12 at 7 pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

ENTERTAINMENT FOOD & DRINK Dr. Who Fan Night at He Said She Said
At this event organised ahead of Comic Con Mumbai next weekend, Andheri bar He Said She Said will host a party for fans of the long-running British science-fiction TV series Dr. Who during which it will serve a special menu and serve two free drinks to cosplayers dressed as characters from the show. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm.
Where: He Said She Said, Remi BizCourt, opposite Supreme Chambers, off Link Road, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 90224 80780.

MUSIC Anoushka Shankar at Shanmukhananda Auditorium
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar will perform a concert to promote her new record Home, which has been nominated at the Grammy Awards in the Best World Music Album category. Tickets priced at Rs 999 per head (other denominations have sold out) are being sold on
When: Saturday, December 12 at 8 pm.
Where: Shanmukhananda Auditorium, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (East). Tel: 022 2407 8888.

MUSIC Pratahswar with N. Rajam at Ravindra Natya Mandir
Veteran Hindustani classical violinist N. Rajam will perform at the 75th edition of Pratahswar, the series of dawn-time Hindustani classical music concerts, organised by event company Pancham Nishad. There is no entry fee; seating is on a first come, first served basis.
When: Sunday, December 13 at 6.30 am.
Where: Ravindra Natya Mandir, behind Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi. Tel: 022 2436 5990.

OUTDOORS Nature Trail to Mumbai’s Highest Point at Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Tour company Some Place Else will conduct a trek to the highest point in the city, inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park, during which a naturalist will inform participants about the flora and fauna found inside the park. The trek, which will take roughly five hours including breaks, will be followed by a visit to the Kanheri Caves. The registration fee is Rs 1,100 per head and includes the cost of the entry fee to the park, services of the guide and vegetarian breakfast and lunch.
When: Sunday, December 13 at 7 am.
Where: The meeting point is outside the main gate, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali (East).

FOOD & DRINK Farmers’ Market at Bhalla House
At the last 2015 edition of this weekly Sunday bazaar, you can stock up on organic vegetables, fruits and lifestyle products and get a bite from stalls selling organic meals. See the website for details.
When: Sunday, December 13, from 10 am to 3 pm.
Where: Bhalla House, Hill Road, near St. Andrew’s Church, Bandra (West).

FOOD & DRINK The Mighty Bohri Thaal in Byculla
Authenticook, a three-month-old company that puts together regional Indian food experiences catered by home cooks in their homes, will host a Bohri meal by Byculla resident Farida Kutianawala. She will plate a thaal with alternating sweet and savoury courses such as chicken patra with smoked red masala; hand-churned strawberry ice cream; chicken seekh, mutton kebabs and lasan kheema with pao; baingan bharta; and malido (a sweet course made using wheat flour, jaggery, butter, semolina and milk). The meal is priced at Rs 1,250 per person. To reserve a seat, call 98332 83656 or mail [email protected] or [email protected].
When: Sunday, December 13 at 1 pm.
Where: The complete address will be provided to those who register.

MUSIC Hardwell’s World’s Biggest Guest List Event at the D. Y. Patil Stadium
Dutch house music DJ and producer Hardwell, born Robbert van de Corput, will launch his new charity initiative with this gig, attempting a Guinness world record for the largest ever guest list. Tickets priced at Rs 2,999 are being sold on
When: Sunday, December 13 at 4 pm.
Where: D. Y. Patil Stadium, Sion – Panvel Expressway, Nerul, Navi Mumbai.

FILM TALKS Mumbai Local with Anurag Kashyap at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
The director will discuss his career in filmmaking at this edition of arts organisation Junoon’s Mumbai Local series of talks. Museum tickets for Indians are priced at Rs 10 per head for adults and Rs 5 per head for children below the age of 13, and tickets for foreigners are priced at Rs 100 per head for adults and Rs 50 per head for children below the age of 13.
When: Sunday, December 13 at 5 pm.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

MUSIC Spirit of India with Sonu Nigam at Shanmukhananda Auditorium
Hindi film playback and pop singer Sonu Nigam will perform a concert put together by the Chinmaya Mission to help raise funds for the non-profit organisation’s free school and college workshops. Tickets priced at Rs 500, Rs 750, Rs 2,000, Rs 5,000, Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000 per head are being sold on
When: Sunday, December 13 at 5 pm.
Where: Shanmukhananda Auditorium, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (East). Tel: 022 2407 8888.

MUSIC TV The Stage Finale at Harry’s Bar Andheri
Contestants from English singing TV talent hunt The Stage will perform after the screening of the final episode. Call the venue for details of the entry fee, if any.
When: Sunday, December 13 at 9 pm.
Where: Harry’s Bar, First Floor, Fun Republic, Shah Industrial Estate, off New Link Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 022 3015 1125.

ART Unpacking the Studio: Celebrating the Jehangir Sabavala Bequest at the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation

This exhibition comprises the late artist’s paintings and personal articles such as diaries, sketchbooks and portfolios that were donated by his wife Shirin Sabavala to the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, which is housed inside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. The show, which has been curated by Ranjit Hoskote, places Jehangir Sabavala’s work in the context of his artistic inspirations, his education in Mumbai, London and Paris, and his practice among his peers from the 1930s to the 1950s. Tickets to enter the museum are priced at Rs 20 per head for children between the ages of five and twelve, Rs 70 per head for Indians above the age of twelve, and Rs 300 per head for foreigners above the age of twelve; free entry for children below the age of five.
When: Until Thursday, December 31. The Foundation is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.30 am to  6pm; Monday, closed.
Where: Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Second Floor, East Wing, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 9613.

ART The Sovereign Forest at Max Mueller Bhavan/Goethe Institut
The video installation by artist Amar Kanwar is his response to the struggle of Orissa’s indigenous communities to protect their mineral-rich land from exploitative corporations. For a schedule of events related to the show, see here.
When: Until Thursday, January 14. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Galerie Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 7542.