On the agenda

Mumbai weekend cultural calendar: Art exhibition, Community Cook-Ups and more

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
SHOPPING & STYLE Impressions at Coomaraswamy Hall
More than 35 craftsmen from around the country will showcase traditional Indian arts and craft such as kalamkari, Madhubani, pattachitra, kantha and Rabari embroidery, batik and Ikkat and Chanderi textiles at this six-day sale organised by the NGO Hast Karigar Society.
When: Until Monday, October 17, from 10.30 am to 7 pm.
Where: Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2284 4484.

SHOPPING & STYLE Black Taxi’s Fashion and Works at Blue Sea
Over 70 designers will participate in the next edition of Fashion and Works, the bi-annual exhibition and sale by shopping events company Black Taxi. Shop clothes by Jodi, menswear by Amit Wadhwa, shoes by Veruschka, Western wear by State of Play, festive junk jewellery by Fooljhadi, kids clothing by Little Pixie and ethnic wear by Tokree. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, October 14, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: Blue Sea, Worli sea face, Worli. Tel: 022 2490 3333.

ART Mark Prime at Chatterjee and Lal
The city-residing artist will exhibit a set of abstract structures composed of aluminium and brass rods, AS WELL AS? both wall hangings and table-top installations, in this show titled play. pause. rewind. For more information, see here.
When: Friday, October 14 to Wednesday, November 2. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Chatterjee & Lal, 01/18, Kamal Mansion, First Floor, same entrance as Hotel White Pearl, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 2202 3787.

FOOD & DRINK Community Cook-Ups at Sheila Raheja Institute of Hotel Management
Food writer and consultant Saee Koranne-Khandekar and home cooks Ananya Banerjee and Preetha Srinivasan will share Diwali food stories in a panel moderated and organised by author Rushina Munshaw-Ghildiyal who owns the culinary events space APB Cook Studio in Andheri East. The talk is free; to reserve a spot, email food@pingnetwork.in.
When: Friday, October 14 at 4 pm.
Where: Sheila Raheja Institute of Hotel Management, Raheja Education Complex, opposite Colgate Ground, Bandra (East). Tel: 022 6196 6651.

ART Persepolis at Matterden at Deepak Cinema
The 2007 animated movie directed by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi and based on Satrapi’s eponymous graphic novel about a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution will be screened. Tickets priced at Rs 250 and Rs 350 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, October 14 to Thursday, October 20 at 6.10 pm.
Where: Matterden, Deepak Cinema, 38 NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2492 3396.

ART Time: The Final Show at Gallery Maskara
The last show at Colaba’s Gallery Maskara before it shuts permanently features the works of artists Max Streicher, Meenakshi Sengupta, Narendra Yadav, Parag Sonarghare, Prashant Pandey and T. Venkanna.
When: Until Saturday, October 15, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Gallery Maskara, 6/7 Third Pasta Lane, Colaba. Tel: 022 2202 3056.

MUSIC Bharlelya Ya Swaranni, Bharlela Janm Ha at the NCPA Experimental Theatre
A performance of Marathi bhav geet by singers Pravin Shringarpure, Pranita Dasgupta, Neelima Gokhale, Mandar Apte and Dipti Bhagwat set to music composed by artists such as Sudhir Phadke, Shriniwas Khale, Vasant Pawar, Vasant Desai and Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Tickets priced at Rs 150 and Rs 250 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, October 14 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

THEATRE Far Away at Sitara Studio
Rehaan Engineer directs British playwright Caryl Churchill’s play in which everything in the world is at war. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Friday, October 14 at 7 pm and 9 pm and Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm.
Where: Sitara Studio, National Engineering Compound, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, near Congress Bhavan, opposite Indiabulls Finance Centre, Dadar (West). Tel: 022 2422 1666.

DANCE Katha at Y. B. Chavan Hall
Mumbai-based bharatanatyam dancer Namita Bodaji and Malaysia-based Odissi dancer Sandhya Manoj will perform the stories of Kaikeyi from the Ramayana and Gandhari from the Mahabharata. Free passes (one admits two persons) are available at the venue.
When: Friday, October 14 at 7 pm.
Where: Y. B. Chavan Hall, General Jangannath Bhosle Road, Nariman Point, opposite Mantralaya. Tel: 022 2202 8598.

MUSIC All Things Bright and Beautiful at St. Andrew’s Auditorium
Organised by the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble, this musical show to raise funds for the NGO Welfare of Stray Dogs will feature performances by singers Shahariyar Atai, Ella Atai, Kim Cardoz, Zenaida Fernades, Devika Madgavkar, Petula Rodricks and the ensemble among others. Tickets priced at Rs 300 and Rs 500 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, October 14 at 7.30 pm.
Where: St. Andrew’s Auditorium, St. Andrew’s College, St. Dominic Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2640 1657.

TALKS TRAVEL NGT Meetup: Travel Hacks at Title Waves
In this instalment of the monthly series of travel-related panel discussions held by the magazine National Geographic Traveller India, travel writers Rishad Saam Mehta and Vahishta Mistry and Diipti Jhangiani, who manages communications for travel companies, will offer tips on how to tackle problems that arise on holiday. The event is free. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, October 14 at 7.30 pm.
Where: St. Pauls Media Complex, opposite Duruelo Convent School, 24 th Road, off Turner Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2651 0841.

THEATRE The Interview at The Cuckoo Club by The Hive
Director Akarsh Khurana’s Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award-winning play takes place in an office of one of the country’s biggest companies. A young man shows up for an interview, which doesn’t go quite the way he expected. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, October 14 at 7.30 pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club by The Hive, 5AA, Pali Hill Road, next to Candies, near Learners Academy, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 62969.

COMIC CON Supernatural Fan Night at Raasta Bombay
American actor Jim Beaver, who was in the popular 2005 TV show Supernatural, will be a special guest at this cosplay and games night, which is one of the events in the run-up to Alto Mumbai Comic Con next weekend. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, October 14 at 8 pm.
Where: Raasta Bombay, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, near Ramee Guest Line Hotel, S. V. Road, Khar. Tel: 86550 00811.

COMEDY Uninvited at Deepak Cinema
Three comedians, Daniel Fernandes from Mumbai, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia from Delhi and Sundeep Rao from Bangalore, will each perform a set as part of the Mumbai leg of the Comedy Central Chuckle Festival. Tickets priced at Rs 750 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, October 14 at 8 pm.
Where: Deepak Cinema, 38 NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2492 3396.

COMEDY Best in Stand-Up with Aravind Subramanian + Deep Chhabria + Vikram Poddar at Canvas Laugh Club
Aravind Subramanian from Chennai and Mumbai comics Deep Chhabria and Vikram Poddar will each perform sets. Tickets priced at Rs 750 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, October 14 at 8.30 pm, Saturday, October 15 at 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm, and Sunday, October 16 at 8.30 pm.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 090046 03115.

MUSIC Paper Queen at Todi Mill Social
Mumbai-based DJ Paper Queen aka Gureja Nea will play a hip hop set as part of The Grind series of nights. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, October 14 at 9 pm.
Where: Todi Mill Social, 242, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Lower Parel. 022 6511 0361.

MUSIC Arsa Live at Tuning Fork
Arsa, the duo of singer-songwriter brothers from Dalhousie, Nikhil Chanoria and Nitish Chanoria, will perform songs in Hindi, Punjabi and English. Tickets are priced at Rs 500. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, October 14 at 9.30 pm.
Where: Tuning Fork, 1st Floor, Hotel Unicontinental, Road Number 3, Ram Krishna Nagar, Khar (West). Tel: 098333 58490.

MUSIC Alpharock at Kitty Su
DJ Alpharock aka Jeffrey Lens, who is based in The Netherlands, will man the console. For more information, see the Facebook event page. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per person for single women and Rs 1,000 per person for single men are being sold on Kittysu.com.
When: Friday, October 14 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit Hotel, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3355.

MUSIC Su Real at AntiSocial
Delhi-based DJ Su Real aka Suhrid Manchanda will spin a set to launch his new album Twerkistan. Mumbai-based singer and bass player Rohit Pereira and DJ and producer Mr. Doss aka Rishiraj Doss will also perform sets. The entry fee is Rs 300 per person. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Friday, October 14 at 10 pm.
Where: AntiSocial, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, S. V. Road, near Ramee Guestline Hotel, Khar (West). Tel: 022 6522 6324.

MUSIC Raag Ek Rang Anek: Shades of Hindustani Music at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning
Hindustani classical vocalist and teacher Swati Kulkarni will conduct a two-day introductory workshop on classical music in which she will discuss the raag Yaman and the way it’s played in khayal, bhajan, ghazal and film songs. The workshop is priced at Rs 1,000 per person.
When: Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 at 6 pm.
Where: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Second Floor, Somaiya Bhavan (above Kitab Khana), Flora Fountain, Fort. Tel: 70459 32204.

MUSIC Miss V and Burudu at Bonobo
Electronic music producers Miss V aka Vasuda Sharma, who’s from Delhi, and Burudu, the duo comprising Nakul Sharma from Mumbai and Sahil Bhatia from Delhi, will perform. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, October 14 at 9 pm.
Where: Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, Off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.

MUSIC Ankytrixx + Stalvart John at Escobar
Mumbai-based house and techno DJ Ankytrixx aka Ankit Kochhar and Kochi DJ Stalvart John will each play sets at this gig put together by events companies Gently Altered and Lucid. For more information, see the Facebook event page. There is no entry fee; sign up to be on the guest list on Clubbers.co.in.
When: Friday, October 14, at 11 pm.
Where: Escobar, Fourth Floor, V. N. Sphere Mall, opposite Shoppers Stop, Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2640 7070.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
SHOPPING & STYLE Candies Bazaar and Bling at Candies
At the bi-annual bazaar you can pick up bags by August Line, costume jewellery by Adonia, eco-friendly stationery by Jalebi, home decor items by Hitplay, T-shirts by Vagabond and bath and body products by Made With Love. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, October 15, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: Candies, 5AA, Mac Ronells, St. Andrew’s Road, Pali Hill, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2642 4124.

ART Dhruvi Acharya at Chemould Prescott Road
This show of paintings and a site-specific installation titled After the Fall examines the process of rebuilding one’s life in the aftermath of a personal tragedy. For more information, see the gallery Facebook page.
When: Saturday, October 15 to Saturday, November 19. 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.

SHOPPING & STYLE Sale at The Vintage Garden
At the next edition of The Vintage Garden pick up leather accessories by Hydes Studio; ethnic wear by Tokree; wool kilim slings, duffels and totes by Boriya Basta; dips, spreads and cooking sauces by Mamakutti; desserts by Fat is Flavour; Western wear by The Plavate; and Indo-Western clothing by Naushad Ali. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: The Vintage Garden, Patkar Bungalow, Turner Road, near Royal China, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2640 2004.

WALKS Bombay Greens with Khaki Tours
Walking tour group Khaki Tours will conduct a jaunt around the Horniman Circle area that will cover such landmarks as the office of the oldest existing Indian newspaper; the spot at which the Bombay Stock Exchange came into being; the church that gives Churchgate its name; and the memorial of a "white Mughal". Tickets priced at Rs 499 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 5 pm.
Where: The walk will begin outside Starbucks at Horniman Circle.

THEATRE Namana Natwara at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
A presentation on the history of Marathi musical theatre by the artists of Mumbai natak company Lalitkaladarsha-Pratishthan. The event is free. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 6 pm.
Where: Auditorium, Visitors Centre, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2284 4484.

MUSIC Paddy Fields at Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre
The first edition of this folk and fusion music festival will feature artists such as Assamese singer-songwriter Papon, the Nooran Sisters aka siblings Jyoti and Sultana Nooran from Punjab, Rajasthani singer Mame Khan and Sufi quartet Chaar Yaar. For more details, see here. Tickets starting at Rs 1,150 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at 6 pm.
Where: Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre, Nesco Compound, off the Western Express Highway, opposite Mahananda Dairy, Goregaon (East).

MUSIC Classic Soul at NCPA
Vocalist Samantha Edwards along with her band will sing classic soul tunes including hits by Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. Tickets priced at Rs 300, Rs 500, Rs 896 and Rs 1,120 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 7 pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 6622 3737.

COMEDY Improv Shots at Harkat Studios
Comics Mukul Chadda, Naveen Kaushik, Jahnavi Dave, Ankit Challa, Preeti Singh, Jnanasiddhy Raghavendran will improvise based on audience suggestions. Tickets priced at Rs 350 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm.
Where: Harkat Studios, Bungalow 75, J. P. Road, Aram Nagar, Versova. Tel: 022 2635 0064.

MUSIC The Listening Sessions at The Hive
This edition of The Listening Sessions, a series of talks on music videos, will feature animation filmmaker Vaibhav Kumaresh, who will discuss the videos that he has produced, and writer and directed Sarat Rao, who will talk about videos based on books. Singer-songwriter Vernon Noronha will play a set. The event is free. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 7.30 pm.
Where: The Hive, 50 A, Huma Mansion, near Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village, off Union Park, Khar. Tel: 96199 62969.

COMEDY New Kids on the Block at The Hive
Budding comics will perform at this monthly gig hosted by events company Culture Shoq. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 9 pm.
Where: The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Off Union Park, Khar (West). Tel: 096199 62969.

MUSIC Kohra + BLOT at Nook
Delhi DJs Kohra aka Madhav Shorey and BLOT aka the duo of Gaurav Malaker and Avinash Kumar will each play sets at this edition of the Deep in Dance gig series. Call the venue for details of the entry fee.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 10 pm.
Where: Nook, First Floor, Phoenix Marketcity, Kurla. Tel: 022 6180 0044.

MUSIC Zenith + Shaan + The Unknown at Kitty Su
Jaipur-based EDM duo Zenith, aka Harshit Agarwal and Anirudh Jhala, Mumbai-based DJ Shaan, whose last name is Singh, and Nagpur-residing DJ The Unknown aka Yugesh Madhwani will each perform EDM sets at this gig organised by events company Shark + Ink. For more information, see the Facebook event page. Tickets priced at Rs 1,000 for single women, Rs 3,500 for single men and Rs 3,000 for couples (all tickets are cover charges) are being sold on Kittysu.com.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit Hotel, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3355.

MUSIC Sounds of the Sufis at Nehru Centre
This “musical documentary theatre performance” by Anuraag Dhoundeyal, Priyanka Patel and Karan Chitra Deshmukh will feature, in both Hindi and English, poetry, storytelling and 14 songs in six languages through which they will trace the journey of Sufism from the eighth century to the present day. Tickets priced at Rs 500, Rs 750, Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500 are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Nehru Centre, off Dr. Annie Besant Road, Worli. Tel: 022 2496 4676.

MUSIC Oceantied at AntiSocial
Bangalore-based musician Ketan Bahirat will launch his new EP, Tribes, as his electronica solo project Oceantied. The entry fee is Rs 300. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, October 15 at 9 pm.
Where: AntiSocial, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, S. V. Road, near Ramee Guestline Hotel, Khar (West). Tel: 022 6522 6324.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
WALKS Beyond Bazar Gate by Khaki Tours
Local history group Khaki Tours’s two-and-a-half hour walk around the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus area will include stops at spots such as the home of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, the Old Lady of Bori Bunder and the court where Gandhi and Jinnah began their careers as lawyers. Tickets priced at Rs 699 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 8 am.
Where: The walk will begin outside the Aram vada pao stall opposite CST.

MUSIC Diwali Concert Series with Manjiri Asnare-Kelkar + Budhaditya Mukherjee at G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture
At this annual event held by arts organisation First Edition Arts Nashik vocalist Manjiri Asnare-Kelkar, an exponent of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana will present a khayal recital followed by a sitar performance by Kolkata-based artist Budhaditya Mukherjee. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, October 16, from 10 am.
Where: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, G5A Laxmi Mills, Shakti Mills Lane, Mahalaxmi. Tel: 022 2490 9393.

TALKS Chai and Why?: The Power of 2 at DG Ruparel College
Kshitij Gajjar, a research scholar in computer science at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research will deliver a talk on the fun side of binary numbers. The event is free. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 11 am.
Where: DG Ruparel College, Senapati Bapat Marg, Matunga (East). Tel: 98768 04720.

A Day of Cinema and VR at Enlighten Film Centre for Films and VR
Enlighten, the organisation that runs Matterden at Deepak Cinema, will screen seven classic films and virtual reality videos. The line-up of cinema includes the Italian director Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948), silent film Raja Harishchandra (1913), Australian director Adam Elliot’s 2003 animation short Harvie Krumpet, Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent (2015), German auteur Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World, Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men (1957) and Pumzi (2009) by Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, October 16, from noon.
Where: Enlighten Film Centre for Films and VR, The Bombay Art Society, opposite Hotel Rangsharda, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2651 3466.

SHOPPING & STYLE Gopi Vaid Label at Artisans’
Designer Gopi Vaid and ENT surgeon Arnaz Soonawalla, who sell clothes made using traditional Indian textiles under this label, will open a store in Kala Ghoda this month. They will hold a day-long exhibition of their wares at Artisans’ in the run-up to the opening. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, October 16, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Artisans’, V.B. Gandhi Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2267 3040.

FOOD SHOPPING & STYLE Yogisattva’s Organic Courtyard at The Space
Attend a bazaar showcasing organic food, beauty products, clothing and handmade home accessories organised by health food delivery service Yogisattva. The second edition of the annual exhibition and sale will feature stalls by My Mom’s Granola, Nyassa (natural body products), Sanctum (home decor), Chado (tea), Eight Thousand Miles (apparel), Kadhali (vegan snacks made with raw banana flour), Love The World Today (kids’ clothing) and Kichu (jewellery). There is an entry fee of Rs 150 per person. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, October 16, from 11 am to 9 pm.
Where: The Space, near Harry’s Bar, A.B. Nair Road, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu. Tel: 98920 35182.

SHOPPING & STYLE The Gentlemen’s Edition at Porsche Centre
At this bazaar for men curated by events company One Roof, clothing designers including Arjun Kilachand, Amit Wadhwa, Andamen and Ray & Dale and accessory labels such as The Tie Hub, The Gentleman’s Community, BeBajrang, Viari, Achilles Heel and Daponair will retail their wares. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, October 16 from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: Porsche Centre, Prabhadevi. Tel: 022 2491 1911.

WALKS Mazgaon Walk with Journeys Imagined
Sabrina Modak and Zeenat Kagalwalla of tour company Journeys Imagined will conduct a walk around the neighbourhood of Mazgaon, covering such sites as Matharpacady, Hasnabad and the Chinese temple. The walk is priced at Rs 500 per person. To book a spot, call Modak on 98921 27396 or Kagalwalla on 98920 20014.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 3 pm.
Where: The walk will begin at the sales tax office at Mazgaon circle.

TREASURE HUNT The CuriousCity Challenge in Bandra
A treasure hunt across Bandra organised by travel company Some Place Else. Tickets priced at Rs 430 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 4.30 pm.
Where: The hunt will begin at Almeida Park, near 5th Road, Bandra (West).

MUSIC Red Bull Tour Bus – Off The Roof at Hindu Gymkhana
Bass music producer Nucleya; electro-folk-fusion multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale and his band the Karsh Kale Soundsystem; and blues-rock guitarist Blackstratblues aka Warren Mendonsa are among the acts that will play this instalment of the gig series held atop the Red Bull Tour Bus. For more details, see here. Tickets priced at Rs 799 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 5 pm.
Where: P. J. Hindu Gymkhana Grounds, Marine Drive.

COMEDY Undateable at Canvas Laugh Club
Mumbai comics Pavitra Shetty, Anand Reghu and Sriraam Padmanabhan will each perform a set on the experience of dating. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 6 pm.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 90046 03115.

COMEDY I Am Only Joking at The Hive
Comedians Utsav Chakraborty, Ashish Dash, Reza Noorani and Punit Pania will each perform a set. Tickets priced at Rs 250 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 6.30 pm.
Where: The Hive, 50-A, Huma Mansion, next to Ahmed Bakery, Chuim Village Road, Off Union Park, Khar (West). Tel: 096199 62969.

COMEDY Sumukhi Suresh + Naveen Richard at Tap Resto Bar
Bangalore-based comedians Sumukhi Suresh and Naveen Richard will perform live sets about exasperating or amusing events from their lives. The event is organised by Indian Comedy Club. Tickets priced at Rs 499 (redeemable against food and drink) per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Tap Resto Bar, Royal Plaza, New Link Road, Andheri Lokhandwala, Andheri (West).

THEATRE Waiting for Naseer at The Cuckoo Club by The Hive
In this English and Hindi play directed by Sapan Saran, two actors wait at Prithvi Café to watch a show in which their favourite actor Naseeruddin Shah is playing a part. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 7.30 pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club by The Hive, 5AA, Pali Hill Road, next to Candies, near Learners Academy, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 62969.

MUSIC Tribute to the Beast at AntiSocial
This concert to celebrate the music and work of the late Vincent Pereira aka The Beast, the bass player of Hindi metal band Prakalp, will feature sets by five Mumbai bands: death metal band Atmosfear, metal band Providence, alternative rockers Blakc, death grind band Gutslit and thrash metal band Zygnema. The entry fee is Rs 300 per person. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Sunday, October 16 at 8 pm.
Where: AntiSocial, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, S. V. Road, near Ramee Guestline Hotel, Khar West. Tel: 022 6522 6324.

ONGOING
ART The Naked and the Nude at DAG Modern
Nearly 90 works that explore the human body by 50 modern Indian artists such as F. N. Souza, Laxma Goud, MF Husain, KH Ara, Jogen Chowdhury and Rabin Mondal will be exhibited. For more information, see here.
When: Friday, October 7 to Saturday, December 10. Open Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: DAG Modern, 58 V.B. Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Tel: 022 4922 2700.

ART we are all islands at Nine Fish Art Gallery
A solo show by city-based artist Sharmistha Ray of multimedia works and sculpture showing imaginary landscapes that reflect on the artist’s life. For more information, see here.
When: Until Sunday, November 6. Open daily, from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm.
Where: Nine Fish Art Gallery, The New Great Eastern Mills, 25-29 Ambedkar Road, near Rani Baug, Byculla. Tel: 022 6554 2300.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION Conserving the Collection at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
An exhibition of 50 art works spanning 5,000 years that have been restored by the museum’s Art Conservation Centre. Tickets are priced at Rs 70 per person for Indian visitors above the age of 12, Rs 500 per person for foreign visitors above the age of 12; and Rs 20 per person for children of all nationalities between the ages of five and 12; free entry for children below the age of five.
When: Until Tuesday, November 1. Open daily, from 10.15 am to 5 pm.
Where: Premchand Roychand Gallery, First Floor, East Wing, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, M. G. Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2284 4484.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION The Theatre of E. Alkazi at the National Gallery of Modern Art
This retrospective of the work of the 91-year-old Delhi-residing theatre veteran Ebrahim Alkazi has his paintings, photographs from his plays and models of sets among other items.
When: Until Tuesday, October 18. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Monday, closed.
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, M. G. Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2288 1969.

ARCHITECTURE Young Architects from Germany at Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan
This exhibition showcases projects carried out by 15 German architectural firms since 2004. For more information, see here.
When: Until Wednesday, October 26. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 7542.

ART Life in the Deep at Jhaveri Contemporary
An exhibition of works by two painters who died young: Kaushik Chakravartty from Kolkata and K. Ramanujam from Chennai.
When: Until Saturday, October 22. 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.

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How sustainable farming practices can secure India's food for the future

India is home to 15% of the world’s undernourished population.

Food security is a pressing problem in India and in the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), it is estimated that over 190 million people go hungry every day in the country.

Evidence for India’s food challenge can be found in the fact that the yield per hectare of rice, one of India’s principal crops, is 2177 kgs per hectare, lagging behind countries such as China and Brazil that have yield rates of 4263 kgs/hectare and 3265 kgs/hectare respectively. The cereal yield per hectare in the country is also 2,981 kgs per hectare, lagging far behind countries such as China, Japan and the US.

The slow growth of agricultural production in India can be attributed to an inefficient rural transport system, lack of awareness about the treatment of crops, limited access to modern farming technology and the shrinking agricultural land due to urbanization. Add to that, an irregular monsoon and the fact that 63% of agricultural land is dependent on rainfall further increase the difficulties we face.

Despite these odds, there is huge potential for India to increase its agricultural productivity to meet the food requirements of its growing population.

The good news is that experience in India and other countries shows that the adoption of sustainable farming practices can increase both productivity and reduce ecological harm.

Sustainable agriculture techniques enable higher resource efficiency – they help produce greater agricultural output while using lesser land, water and energy, ensuring profitability for the farmer. These essentially include methods that, among other things, protect and enhance the crops and the soil, improve water absorption and use efficient seed treatments. While Indian farmers have traditionally followed these principles, new technology now makes them more effective.

For example, for soil enhancement, certified biodegradable mulch films are now available. A mulch film is a layer of protective material applied to soil to conserve moisture and fertility. Most mulch films used in agriculture today are made of polyethylene (PE), which has the unwanted overhead of disposal. It is a labour intensive and time-consuming process to remove the PE mulch film after usage. If not done, it affects soil quality and hence, crop yield. An independently certified biodegradable mulch film, on the other hand, is directly absorbed by the microorganisms in the soil. It conserves the soil properties, eliminates soil contamination, and saves the labor cost that comes with PE mulch films.

The other perpetual challenge for India’s farms is the availability of water. Many food crops like rice and sugarcane have a high-water requirement. In a country like India, where majority of the agricultural land is rain-fed, low rainfall years can wreak havoc for crops and cause a slew of other problems - a surge in crop prices and a reduction in access to essential food items. Again, Indian farmers have long experience in water conservation that can now be enhanced through technology.

Seeds can now be treated with enhancements that help them improve their root systems. This leads to more efficient water absorption.

In addition to soil and water management, the third big factor, better seed treatment, can also significantly improve crop health and boost productivity. These solutions include application of fungicides and insecticides that protect the seed from unwanted fungi and parasites that can damage crops or hinder growth, and increase productivity.

While sustainable agriculture through soil, water and seed management can increase crop yields, an efficient warehousing and distribution system is also necessary to ensure that the output reaches the consumers. According to a study by CIPHET, Indian government’s harvest-research body, up to 67 million tons of food get wasted every year — a quantity equivalent to that consumed by the entire state of Bihar in a year. Perishables, such as fruits and vegetables, end up rotting in store houses or during transportation due to pests, erratic weather and the lack of modern storage facilities. In fact, simply bringing down food wastage and increasing the efficiency in distribution alone can significantly help improve food security. Innovations such as special tarpaulins, that keep perishables cool during transit, and more efficient insulation solutions can reduce rotting and reduce energy usage in cold storage.

Thus, all three aspects — production, storage, and distribution — need to be optimized if India is to feed its ever-growing population.

One company working to drive increased sustainability down the entire agriculture value chain is BASF. For example, the company offers cutting edge seed treatments that protect crops from disease and provide plant health benefits such as enhanced vitality and better tolerance for stress and cold. In addition, BASF has developed a biodegradable mulch film from its ecovio® bioplastic that is certified compostable – meaning farmers can reap the benefits of better soil without risk of contamination or increased labor costs. These and more of the company’s innovations are helping farmers in India achieve higher and more sustainable yields.

Of course, products are only one part of the solution. The company also recognizes the importance of training farmers in sustainable farming practices and in the safe use of its products. To this end, BASF engaged in a widespread farmer outreach program called Samruddhi from 2007 to 2014. Their ‘Suraksha Hamesha’ (safety always) program reached over 23,000 farmers and 4,000 spray men across India in 2016 alone. In addition to training, the company also offers a ‘Sanrakshan® Kit’ to farmers that includes personal protection tools and equipment. All these efforts serve to spread awareness about the sustainable and responsible use of crop protection products – ensuring that farmers stay safe while producing good quality food.

Interested in learning more about BASF’s work in sustainable agriculture? See here.

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