On the agenda

Mumbai weekend cultural calendar: A Blues Festival, Traveller Meetup, and more

There's a lot happening in the nation's commercial capital over the next three days.

FOOD Navi Mumbai Food Festival
The four-day festival will feature food stalls by restaurants such as Sigdi, Urban Spice and West Coast Grill as well as cooking demonstrations of a range of cuisines. The event is free. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Until Sunday, February 14, from 10 am to 10 pm.
Where: Plot No.71, 72 and 73, Sector 11, near K Star Hotel, Belapur.

The second weekend of the seventeenth edition of the city’s most prominent cultural festival will feature some of the biggest names of the bill. Among the highlights will be cooking demos by celebrity chefs Sanjeev Kapoor and Maria Goretti, music concerts by electro-folk fusion act Karsh Kale and Hindi film actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana and an Indian classical dance recital by bharatanatyam exponent and actor Shobana. The events are free; entry is on a first come, first served basis. See here for the complete schedule and here for our picks of events this weekend.
When: Until Sunday, February 14, from 10.30 am.
Where: Multiple venues across Kala Ghoda, Churchgate and Fort.

SHOPPING & STYLE Sale at Good Earth
The home furnishing and clothing store will offer discounts of up to 50% on its range of linen, home décor items, crockery, wellness products and clothes.
When: Until Monday, February 15, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: Raghuvanshi Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2495 1954. BEST Marg, opposite Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba. Tel: 022 2202 1030. Juhu Tara Road, opposite the JW Marriott Hotel, Juhu. Tel: 022 2611 2481.

BOOKS TALKS Stephen Alter at Godrej India Culture Lab
The American writer, who was born and raised in India, will deliver a talk titled "Nature’s Narratives: Writing Outdoors in India". There is no entry fee. To attend, email indiaculturelab@godrejinds.com. See here for more information.
When: Friday, February 12 at 5 pm.
Where: Godrej One, Auditorium, First floor, Pirojshanagar, Vikhroli (East).

THEATRE Parindon ki Mehfil at Prithvi Theatre
Directed by Heeba Shah and based on a twelfth-century Persian poem Mantaq-ut-Tayr by Fariduddin Attar, this Hindustani play is an allegory on human weaknesses told through the antics of a group of birds. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, February 12 at 6 pm and 9 pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 2614 9546.

MUSIC Shishir Sangeet Mahotsav at Bhavan’s College Campus
The sixth edition of this three-day Indian classical music festival organised by Bhavan’s Cultural Centre will include performances by five Hindustani classical musicians. Friday will feature vocalist Kaushiki Chakraborty and sitar player Nayan Ghosh; Saturday will feature singer Devaki Pandit and santoor player Rahul Sharma; and Sunday will feature flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia. Trichur Brothers, the Carnatic classical duo of vocalists Srikrishna and Ramkumar Mohan, will also perform on Sunday. Free passes can be collected from the centre’s office between 10 am and 6 pm; call to check for availability.
When: Friday, February 12, Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, from 6.45 pm on all three days.
Where: Sardar Patel Sabhagriha, Bhavan’s College Campus, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (West). Tel: 022 6528 0107.

THEATRE Juliet Aur Uska Romeo at Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh
Students of The Drama School, an organisation run by theatre training company Theatre Professionals, will present a Hindi version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet directed by Aniruddha Khutwad. Passes priced at Rs 200 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, at 7 pm on all three days.
Where: Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Dr AN Bhalerao Marg, Charni Road. Tel: 022 2385 6303.

MUSIC Symphony Orchestra of India at the NCPA Jamshed Bhabha Theatre
The Symphony Orchestra of India’s associate music director Zane Dalal will helm this concert of works by Mozart and Beethoven during which Mumbai-born, UK-based pianist Fali Pavri will play Schumann’s piano concerto. Tickets priced at Rs 893, Rs 1,339, Rs 1,786 and Rs 2,232 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, February 12 at 7 pm.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

TRAVEL TALKS National Geographic Traveller Meetup at Title Waves
The travel magazine’s deputy editor Neha Dara will talk about planning vacations with Yogi Shah, the founder of tour company The Backpacker Co; holiday planner Lisa Sadanah and entrepreneur Munni Hannant. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 12 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Title Waves, St. Paul’s Media Complex, opposite Duruelo Convent School, 24th Road, off Turner Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2651 0841.

MUSIC Where We At with Paraphoniks + Perfectiming at Bonobo
The inaugural instalment of new gig series Where We At will comprise sets by a pair of electronica duos, Paraphoniks aka Aman Nath and Shatrunjai Rai Dewan from Mumbai, and Perfectiming, made up of city-based producer Sandunes, whose real name is Sanaya Ardheshir, and Kolkata drummer Jivraj "Jiver" Singh. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, February 12 at 9 pm.
Where: Bonobo, Second Floor, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, off Linking Road, behind KFC, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.

COMEDY Stage Forty Twoo at Canvas Laugh Club and Rangsharda Auditorium
After taking a break last week, this month-long comedy and music festival organised by Only Much Louder and also known as Stage42, will return with three shows. However tickets for American pop-rock band Boyce Avenue’s gig at Blue Frog on Friday, February 12 at 10 pm are already sold out. The Running Joke, featuring ten stand-up comedians, will be staged at the Canvas Laugh Club over Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13. Rohan Desai, Angad Ranyal, Aravind SA, Adhiraj Singh and Varun Thakur will perform on Friday, from 10.30 pm and Azeem Banatwalla, Aadar Malik, Vikram Poddar, Vaibhav Sethia and Madhavendra Singh on Saturday, from 10.30 pm. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per head per day and at Rs 499 per head for both days are being sold on Insider.in. Lower Your Expectations, made up of sets by comics Abish Mathew, Karunesh Talwar and Vikram Sathaye, will be presented at the Rangsharda auditorium on Saturday, February 13, from 8 pm. Tickets priced at Rs 250 per head are being sold on Insider.in. See here for more information.
When: Friday, February 12 at 10.30 pm and Saturday, February 12 at 8 pm and 10.30 pm.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Third Floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 4348 5000. Rangsharda Auditorium, Hotel Rangsharda, near Lilavati Hospital, KC Marg, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2640 1919.

MUSIC Jody Wisternoff at Kitty Su
The British electronic music DJ and producer will play the Andheri nightclub. 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 Kittysu.com.
When: Friday, February 12 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3145.

FOOD & DRINK Make In India Specials at the Doolally Taproom
Both the Bandra and Andheri outposts of the craft beer chain will serve four brews created specially for the Make In India Week during the course of the event: an apple cider made with apples from Himachal Pradesh, a honey mead made with honey from the Sunderbans, a coffee porter made with coffee beans from Kerala and a mango cider made with mangoes from Gujarat. Until stocks last.
When: Saturday, February 13 to Wednesday, February 17, from 7 am to 1.30 am.
Where: The Doolally Taproom, Shop No.5/6, Geleki, ONGC Colony, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West). Tel: 99693 60726. Also at: C18-21, Dalia Industrial Estate, New Link Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 99671 02143.

MUSIC Chinese Man at Blue Frog

French trip hop trio Chinese Man will play a DJ set at this gig organised to promote The Lost Party music festival, which will be held by Salter Lake in Lonavala at the end of the month. The entry fee is Rs 700 per head. See the Facebook event page for more information.

When: Friday, February 12 at 10 pm.

Where: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6158 6158.

BOOKS WORKSHOPS Emily Hennessey at the British Council
British professional storyteller Emily Hennessey will conduct a two-hour workshop on storytelling. There is no entry fee.
When: Saturday, February 13 at 10 am.
Where: British Council, One IndiaBulls Centre, Tower 1, Ninth Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road. Tel: 022 6748 6748.

DESIGN Mumbai Design Trail in Mumbai and Alibaug
The trail, which will showcase noteworthy design practices, is part of India Design Forum, one of the highlights of the Make In India Week. See here for details and here to register as a visitor.
When: Saturday, February 13 to Tuesday, February 16.
Where: Mumbai and Alibaug.

FOOD WORKSHOPS The Dessert Cart at Sanctum
Shradha Agarwalla, who runs the catering service The Dessert Cart, will conduct a three-hour baking workshop at which participants will be taught to make Valentine’s Day treats such as seven-layer cookie dough hearts. The class is priced at Rs 1,500 per head. To register, call 022 2649 5775 or email events@sanctumstore.com. See here for more information.
When: Saturday, February 13 at 10.30 am.
Where: Sanctum, Vasant House, 19th Road, off Khar Danda, Khar (West). Tel: 022 2649 5775.

SHOPPING & STYLE Bazaar and Bling at Candies
This day-long exhibition will feature stalls selling clothes, fashion accessories, stationery and home décor items. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, February 13, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: Candies, Mac Ronells, 5AA Pali Hill, near Learner’s Academy, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2642 4124.

SHOPPING & STYLE The Vintage Garden at Patkar Bungalow
Clothing label Crow, condiment makers Mamakutti and stationery brand Design by Nasha will be among the indie labels available at this two-day pop-up exhibition. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: The Vintage Garden, Patkar Bungalow, 34D Turner Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2640 2004.

CULTURE Ballard Estate Festival
The south Mumbai business district of Ballard Estate will turn into an entertainment zone with food and shopping stalls and cultural shows every Saturday and Sunday until the end of May during this four month-long festival organised by the Mumbai Port Trust. This weekend, the events will include music gigs by city-based veteran alternative rock band Indus Creed, who will perform on Saturday, February 13 at 7.30pm and Delhi singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad, who will play the festival on Sunday, February 14 at 7.30pm. Tickets priced at Rs 150 per head per day and at Rs 300 per head for both days are being sold on Insider.in. See the festival’s Facebook page for more information.
When: Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, from 2 pm.
Where: N. Morarji Road, Ballard Estate, Fort.

WALKS Strolling Saturday at Worli Koliwada
Tour company Beyond Bombay will conduct this walk, which is exclusively for women, through the neighbourhood of Worli Koliwada. The event is free. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 13 at 3.45 pm.
Where: The walk will begin at the INS Trata gate at the northern end of Worli Sea Face.

FILM The Wedding Album at Prithvi Theatre
Directed by Lillete Dubey and written by Girish Karnad, this play, in English, is about the anxieties and secrets that lurk beneath the normal veneer of an average middle-class family. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, Friday 13 at 6 pm and 9 pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 2614 9546.

FILM Womanhood – The Battle To Be Thyself at Liberty Cinema
Arts organisation Osian’s will hold a three month-long women-centric film festival, the first part of which, entitled "Girlhood ‒ Coming of Age", starts this weekend with a retrospective of movies by Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. For updates on the schedule, check the Osian’s Facebook page. For more information on the festival, see here.
When: The festival will open on Saturday, February 13 at 6 pm.
Where: Liberty Cinema, Marine Lines, opposite Bombay Hospital. Tel: 022 2202 4521.

MUSIC Bhajan and Abhay Rustum Sopori at Nehru Centre Complex
Cultural organisation Udayan will present this duet by the father-and-son pair of santoor players Bhajan Sopori and Abhay Rustum Sopori. Donor passes priced at Rs 200 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, February 13 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Hall of Culture, Discovery of India building, Nehru Centre Complex, off Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 022 2496 4680.

MUSIC Mahindra Blues Festival at Mehboob Studios
The sixth edition of the annual music festival will feature, on Saturday, February 13, performances by Shillong blues-bock rand Soulmate (on Stage 1 at 6.30 pm), the Heritage Blues Orchestra from the US (on Stage 1 at 7.45 pm) and American blues vocalist and guitarist Keb’ Mo’ (on Stage 3 at 10 pm). On Sunday, February 14, there will be sets by Scottish blues-rock group King King (on Stage 1 at 6 pm), blues-rock singer-songwriter Malina Moye (on Stage 1 at 7.30 pm) and British soul singer Joss Stone (on Stage 3 at 10 pm). The winners of the Mahindra Blues Band Hunt competition, the Bhopal blues-rock quartet Lal and the People will play both days (in the garden area at 9.15 pm). Tickets priced at Rs 2,500 per head per day and at Rs 4,000 per head for both days are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. See here for more information.
When: Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14, from 6.30 pm.
Where: Mehboob Studios, 100 Hill Road, Bandra (West).

TALKS Ratan Parimoo at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Art historian Ratan Parimoo will deliver a lecture titled Ayodhya Kanda: Pahari School Ramayana Drawings (c. 1790 0 1800 AD): Parallels between Painting and Film Language.
When: Saturday, February 13 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

MUSIC Grzly Adams at Khar Social
The German hip hop DJ will play a set. There is no entry fee for the gig, which is part of the inaugural instalment of the Khar bar’s SkateSocial series of events that will give the city’s skateboarders an opportunity to showcase their skills. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, February 13 at 10 pm.
Where: Social, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, near Ramee Guest Line Hotel, SV Road, Khar. Tel: 022 6522 6324.

MUSIC Spiritual Morning with Parveen Sultana at the Gateway of India
Hindustani classical vocalist Parveen Sultana will perform at Spiritual Morning, the series of dawn-time concerts organised by music events company Pancham Nishad at the Gateway of India. Free passes can be collected from Rhythm House in Kala Ghoda (022 4322 2727) and Maharashtra Watch Co. in Dadar West (022 2422 3011); call the stores to check for availability.
When: Sunday, February 14 at 6.30 am.
Where: Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder.

ART SHOPPING & STYLE Chandarvo at Artisans’ Centre
An exhibition of chandarvo, also known as mata-ni-pachedi, by Gujarati artist Jagdish Chitara. Mata-ni-pachedi is the practice of painting cloths with images of the mother goddess native to the Vaghari community of Gujarat. Chitara’s book Cloth of the Mother Goddess, published by Tara Books, will be launched at noon.
When: Sunday, February 14 to Saturday, February 20, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Artisans’ Centre, VB Gandhi Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2267 3040.

EXHIBITIONS Make in India Week at MMRDA Grounds
The event, organised by the central and state governments to promote investment in Maharashtra, will showcase products and technology from the country’s major industries. For details and for a list of ancillary cultural events, see here.
When: The event is open to the general public from Sunday, February 14 to Wednesday, February 17, from noon to 5 pm and on Thursday, February 18, from noon to 3 pm.
Where: MMRDA Grounds, Bandra-Kurla Complex.

WALKS Art Walk for Lovebirds in Kala Ghoda
Tour organisers SeekSherpa will conduct a walk around Fort and Kala Ghoda that will cover the Asiatic Library, Jehangir Art Gallery, Delhi Art Gallery and the Kennseth Eliyahoo Synagogue to mark Valentine’s Day. Tickets for the walk, which is priced at Rs 800 per head, are being sold here.
When: Sunday, February 4 at 4 pm.
Where: The walk begins at the Asiatic Society stairs.

TALKS THEATRE Vijay Kenkre at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Marathi theatre director Vijay Kenkre will speak about his artistic process at this discussion titled "The Creative Triangle of Theatre". The talk, which is part of arts organisation Junoon’s Mumbai Local series of events, is free.
When: Sunday, February 14 at 5 pm.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr BR Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

MUSIC Lucky Ali at Phoenix MarketCity Kurla
The Indi-pop singer-songwriter will perform a concert of his greatest hits from the ‘90s and noughties. Tickets priced at Rs 837 and Rs 1,674 are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, February 14 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Phoenix MarketCity, Dublin Square, Level One, LBS Marg, Kurla (West).

THEATRE Adhe Adhure at Prithvi Theatre
Lillete Dubey directs and acts in this English version of Mohan Rakesh’s classic Adhe Adhure alongside Mohan Agashe, Ira Dubey, Rajeev Siddhartha and Anuschka Sawhney. The play tells the story of Savitri, a woman bogged down by an unemployed son, a rebellious daughter and an unsatisfactory marriage, who seeks meaning in relationships with other men. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per head are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, February 14 at 8 pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 2614 9546.

MUSIC Unplugged Jam Session at Boveda
Members of three city-based acts, metal band Zygnema, alternative rock group Blakc and Hindi progressive rock outfit Coshish, will participate in an unplugged jam session. There is no entry fee.
When: Sunday, February 14 at 8.30 pm.
Where: Boveda, G04, Morya Landmark One, off New Link Road, behind Mainland China, near Infiniti Mall, Andheri (West). Tel: 022 6708 0859.

MUSIC Valentine’s Jam with Su Real + Sid Vashi at Todi Mill Social
Electronic music DJs and producers Su Real aka Suhrid Manchanda from Delhi and Sid Vashi from Mumbai will each play sets of love songs at this Valentine’s Day gig organised by dating app Truly Madly. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, February 14 at 9 pm.
Where: Todi Mill Social, #242, near Viva Centre and Cafe Zoe, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 6511 0361.

ART After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997 at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Curated by gallerist Arshiya Lokhandwala, the exhibition features works of art produced after 1997, the fiftieth anniversary of Indian independence. 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: Until Sunday, March 6. Open Thursday to Tuesday, from 10 am to 5.30 pm; Wednesday, closed.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr BR Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

ART Jitish Kallat at Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation
Artist Jitish Kallat’s show, Covering Letter, which is on display concurrently with Sightings, his show at Chemould Prescott Road, is a set of works based on a letter Gandhi wrote to Hitler in 1939 requesting him to rethink his violent campaign.
When: Until Sunday, February 28. Open daily, from 10.15 am to 6 pm.
Where: Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2284 4484.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION Tabiyat at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Organised by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the British Council and the Wellcome Collection UK, this exhibition of artworks and objects related to medical practice and health in the subcontinent is capsule of Indian medical history. Most of the exhibits are from the Wellcome Collection, a museum in London run by the medical research charity Wellcome Trust. See here for details. Tickets are priced at Rs 70 per head for visitors above the age of 12, Rs 20 per head for children between the ages of five and 12 and Rs 300 per head for foreign nationals above the age of 12.
When: Until Monday, March 28. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.15 am to 6 pm; Monday, closed.
Where: Premchand Roychand Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2284 4484.

ART Jitish Kallat at Chemould Prescott Road
Sightings, the artist’s second solo show currently on display, is a series of drawings, video installations, sculpture and photographic works that deal with “themes of time, sustenance, sleep, along with an interplay of scales and proximities, and evocations of the celestial”.
When: Until Thursday, February 25. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, G Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort. Tel: 022 2200 0211.

ART Prajakta Potnis at Project 88
When the Wind Blows, Prajakta Potnis’s solo show, is a series of photographs and drawings in which kitchen appliances such as freezers, mixers and chopping boards are represented as components of fantastic landscapes.
When: Until Saturday, February 27. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Project 88, BMP Building, Narayan A Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba. Tel: 022 2281 0066.

ART Sahej Rahal at Chatterjee & Lal
Photographs and drawings of performance artist Sahej Rahaj enacting made-up Jedi-like characters in places such as Vasai Fort, the rock garden in Chandigarh, Rome and Sodoshima Island in Japan make up his new solo show Adversary.
When: Until Saturday, February 20. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Chatterjee & Lal, 01/18 Kamal Mansion, First Floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 2202 3787.

ART Thinking Tantra at Jhaveri Contemporary
A group show of works that refer to the Hindu practice of tantra by 16 Indian and international artists such as Prabhakar Barwe, Biren De, Alexander Gorlizki, Prafulla Mohanti, Jean-Luc Moulene and Jagdish Swaminathan.
When: Until Saturday, March 5. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Jhaveri Contemporary, 2, Krishna Niwas, 58A Walkeshwar Road. Tel: 022 2369 3639.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION The State of Architecture at the National Gallery of Modern Art
Curated by architect Rahul Mehrotra, art curator Ranjit Hoskote and writer and lecturer Kaiwan Mehta and organised by the Urban Design Research Institute, this exhibition explores contemporary Indian architecture as well as the history of architectural practice in the country. See here for details. The show is supplemented by a series of talks as well as satellite shows at various venues. For the complete schedule, visit Stateofarchitecture.in. Tickets priced at Rs 20 per head for Indians and Rs 500 per head for foreign nationals. There is no entry fee for kids studying in school up to class 12.
When: Until Sunday, March 20. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Monday, closed.
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, Madame Cama Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2288 1969.

PHOTOGRAPHY Pablo Bartholomew at Sakshi Gallery
Photographer Pablo Bartholomew’s new exhibition 60/60 comprises portraits of artists, writers, filmmakers and poets he shot in the 1970s and ‘80s. For more details, see here.
When: Until Saturday, February 20. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Sakshi Gallery, 6/19, Second Floor, Grants Building, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 6610 3424.

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India’s urban water crisis calls for an integrated approach

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Water challenges in urban India

For urban India, the situation is critical. In 2015, about 377 million Indians lived in urban areas and by 2030, the urban population is expected to rise to 590 million. Already, according to the National Sample Survey, only 47% of urban households have individual water connections and about 40% to 50% of water is reportedly lost in distribution systems due to various reasons. Further, as per the 2011 census, only 32.7% of urban Indian households are connected to a piped sewerage system.

Any comprehensive solution to address the water problem in urban India needs to take into account the specific challenges around water management and distribution:

Pressure on water sources: Rising demand on water means rising pressure on water sources, especially in cities. In a city like Mumbai for example, 3,750 Million Litres per Day (MLD) of water, including water for commercial and industrial use, is available, whereas 4,500 MLD is needed. The primary sources of water for cities like Mumbai are lakes created by dams across rivers near the city. Distributing the available water means providing 386,971 connections to the city’s roughly 13 million residents. When distribution becomes challenging, the workaround is to tap ground water. According to a study by the Centre for Science and Environment, 48% of urban water supply in India comes from ground water. Ground water exploitation for commercial and domestic use in most cities is leading to reduction in ground water level.

Distribution and water loss issues: Distribution challenges, such as water loss due to theft, pilferage, leaky pipes and faulty meter readings, result in unequal and unregulated distribution of water. In New Delhi, for example, water distribution loss was reported to be about 40% as per a study. In Mumbai, where most residents get only 2-5 hours of water supply per day, the non-revenue water loss is about 27% of the overall water supply. This strains the municipal body’s budget and impacts the improvement of distribution infrastructure. Factors such as difficult terrain and legal issues over buildings also affect water supply to many parts. According to a study, only 5% of piped water reaches slum areas in 42 Indian cities, including New Delhi. A 2011 study also found that 95% of households in slum areas in Mumbai’s Kaula Bunder district, in some seasons, use less than the WHO-recommended minimum of 50 litres per capita per day.

Water pollution and contamination: In India, almost 400,000 children die every year of diarrhea, primarily due to contaminated water. According to a 2017 report, 630 million people in the South East Asian countries, including India, use faeces-contaminated drinking water source, becoming susceptible to a range of diseases. Industrial waste is also a major cause for water contamination, particularly antibiotic ingredients released into rivers and soils by pharma companies. A Guardian report talks about pollution from drug companies, particularly those in India and China, resulting in the creation of drug-resistant superbugs. The report cites a study which indicates that by 2050, the total death toll worldwide due to infection by drug resistant bacteria could reach 10 million people.

A holistic approach to tackling water challenges

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Recycling and harvesting: Raw sewage water which is dumped into oceans damages the coastal eco-system. Instead, this could be used as a cheaper alternative to fresh water for industrial purposes. According to a 2011 World Bank report, 13% of total freshwater withdrawal in India is for industrial use. What’s more, the industrial demand for water is expected to grow at a rate of 4.2% per year till 2025. Much of this demand can be met by recycling and treating sewage water. In Mumbai for example, 3000 MLD of sewage water is released, almost 80% of fresh water availability. This can be purified and utilised for industrial needs. An example of recycled sewage water being used for industrial purpose is the 30 MLD waste water treatment facility at Gandhinagar and Anjar in Gujarat set up by Welspun India Ltd.

Another example is the proposal by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) to recycle and reclaim sewage water treated at its existing facilities to meet the secondary purposes of both industries and residential complexes. In fact, residential complexes can similarly recycle and re-use their waste water for secondary purposes such as gardening.

Also, alternative rain water harvesting methods such as harvesting rain water from concrete surfaces using porous concrete can be used to supplement roof-top rain water harvesting, to help replenish ground water.

Community initiatives to supplement regular water supply: Initiatives such as community water storage and decentralised treatment facilities, including elevated water towers or reservoirs and water ATMs, based on a realistic understanding of the costs involved, can help support the city’s water distribution. Water towers or elevated reservoirs with onsite filters can also help optimise the space available for water distribution in congested cities. Water ATMs, which are automated water dispensing units that can be accessed with a smart card or an app, can ensure metered supply of safe water.

Testing and purification: With water contamination being a big challenge, the adoption of affordable and reliable multi-household water filter systems which are electricity free and easy to use can help, to some extent, access to safe drinking water at a domestic level. Also, the use of household water testing kits and the installation of water quality sensors on pipes, that send out alerts on water contamination, can create awareness of water contamination and drive suitable preventive steps.

Public awareness and use of technology: Public awareness campaigns, tax incentives for water conservation and the use of technology interfaces can also go a long way in addressing the water problem. For example, measures such as water credits can be introduced with tax benefits as incentives for efficient use and recycling of water. Similarly, government water apps, like that of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, can be used to spread tips on water saving, report leakage or send updates on water quality.

Collaborative approach: Finally, a collaborative approach like the adoption of a public-private partnership model for water projects can help. There are already examples of best practices here. For example, in Netherlands, water companies are incorporated as private companies, with the local and national governments being majority shareholders. Involving citizens through social business models for decentralised water supply, treatment or storage installations like water ATMs, as also the appointment of water guardians who can report on various aspects of water supply and usage can help in efficient water management. Grass-root level organizations could be partnered with for programmes to spread awareness on water safety and conservation.

For BASF, the proposed solutions are an extension of their close engagement with developing water management and water treatment solutions. The products developed specially for waste and drinking water treatment, such as Zetag® ULTRA and Magnafloc® LT, focus on ensuring sustainability, efficiency and cost effectiveness in the water and sludge treatment process.

BASF is also associated with operations of Reliance Industries’ desalination plant at Jamnagar in Gujarat.The thermal plant is designed to deliver up to 170,000 cubic meters of processed water per day. The use of inge® ultrafiltration technologies allows a continuous delivery of pre-filtered water at a consistent high-quality level, while the dosage of the Sokalan® PM 15 I protects the desalination plant from scaling. This combination of BASF’s expertise minimises the energy footprint of the plant and secures water supply independent of the seasonal fluctuations. To know more about BASF’s range of sustainable solutions and innovative chemical products for the water industry, see here.

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of BASF and not by the Scroll editorial team.