On the agenda

Mumbai weekend cultural calendar: Carnatic classical music concert, improv comedy and more

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
BOOKS Times Litfest at Mehboob Studios
The line-up of speakers for this edition of the annual literature festival, the theme of which is “That man-woman thing”, includes American journalist Katherine Boo, Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, British writer and historian William Dalrymple and minister of textiles Smriti Irani. For the complete schedule, see here. There is no entry fee; register here.
When: Friday, December 2, from 10.30 am and Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, from 10 am.
Where: Mehboob Studios, Hill Road, Bandra (West).

ART FILM Events in a Cloud Chamber by Ashim Ahluwalia at Jhaveri Contemporary
Events in a Cloud Chamber, director Ashim Ahluwalia’s 20-minute film about artist Akbar Padamsee, is the centrepiece of his debut solo show. The title refers to a film of the same name that Padamsee had made in 1969, which was subsequently lost. The other exhibits include Syzygy, a short film by Padamsee made in 1969 and letters exchanged between Padamsee and his colleagues involved in the Vision Exchange Workshop (VIEW), an initiative encouraging experimental work at his home in Taher Mansion on Nepean Sea Road. The idea of the show is to provide a sense of VIEW, which ran from 1969 to 1972. For more information, see here.
When: Until Saturday, December 17. 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.

ART The Whispering Garden by Shruti Nelson at Artisans’
Baroda-based artist Shruti Nelson will exhibit paintings on silk made using natural dyes. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Until Sunday, December 4, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Artisans’, VB Gandhi Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2267 3040.

MUSIC TALKS T. M. Krishna at Sophia College + G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture + Swatantryaveer Savarkar Smarak Sabhagriha + Sitara Studio
Over the next three days, Carnatic classical music vocalist T. M. Krishna will present two talks and perform two concerts, which have been organised by arts company First Edition Arts. On Friday, he will participate in two talks: at 11 am at the Social Media Communications department of Sophia College, he will be in conversation with writer Jerry Pinto on the subject of “Art and Society”; and at 6.30 pm at the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, he will present a lecture-demonstration on creativity and improvisation in Carnatic music, which will be moderated by journalist Sumana Ramanan. There is no entry fee for either of the talks; admission on a first come, first served basis.

On Saturday at 6 pm at the Swatantryaveer Savarkar Smarak Sabhagriha, he will perform a solo recital entitled Karnatic Modern. Tickets priced at Rs 300 and Rs 500 per person are being sold on Bookmyhow.com. On Sunday, he will perform, at 6p m at Sitara Studio, a concert with members of the transgender community from parts of Maharasthra, Karnataka and Telangana known as Jogappas. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, December 2 at 11 am and 6.30 pm, Saturday, December 3 at 6 pm and Sunday, December 4 at 6 pm.
Where: Social Media Communications Department, Sophia College, off Bhulabhai Desai Road. G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Laxmi Mills Compound, off Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi. Tel: 022 2490 9393. Swatantryaveer Savarkar Smarak Sabhagriha, Shivaji Park, near the mayor’s bungalow, Dadar (West). Tel: 022 2446 5877. Sitara Studio, National Engineering Compound, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, near Congress Bhavan, opposite Indiabulls Finance Centre, Dadar (West). Tel: 022 2422 1666.

FILM Searching for Sugar Man at BandCamp
Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man (2012) about two men from Cape Town searching for Sixto Rodriguez, a 1970s American musician who was popular in South Africa, will be screened at this overnight camping trip organised by tour company White Collar Hippie. Tickets priced at Rs 2,200 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. The tab gets attendees a tent for two, a foam mattress, one sleeping bag per person, food and hot beverages. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, December 2 at 4 pm to Saturday, December 3 at noon.
Where: BandCamp, U-Tan Sea Resort, Chowk Dongri via Uttan, near Pali Beach Resort, Bhayander (West). Tel: 98215 98822.

MUSIC TRAVEL Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Pune
Progressive rock guitarist Steven Wilson, sitar player Anoushka Shankar, hip-hop DJ Premier, electronic music producer Nucleya, folk-fusion singer-songwriter Papon and Hindi film playback singer Shankar Mahadevan will headline stages at the seventh edition of the annual NH7 Weekender festival in Pune, which will be held at a new venue this year. Tickets are being sold on Insider.in. See here and here for details.
When: Friday, December 2, from 4.20 pm to 10 pm and Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, from 3.30 pm to 10 pm.
Where: Life Republic, Hinjewadi, Phase 2, Marunji, Pune.

THEATRE Writers’ Bloc Showcase at the British Council
The British Council will present a series of staged readings of plays produced by Writers’ Bloc, a workshop and festival that nurtures original writing. This weekend, two plays that were staged at the festival earlier this year, will be read. In Shillak, a Marathi play written by Sagar Deshmukh and directed by Pradeep Vaidya, a family suffers as the job done by the only earning member is rendered practically redundant by technology (on Friday at 7 pm). Naqqaash, written by Asad Hussain and directed by Rajit Kapur, is set in a village that’s strangely bereft of men (on Saturday at 7 pm). As part of the showcase, comedian and writer Anuvab Pal will conduct a workshop for budding playwrights (on Saturday at 10am). There is no entry fee. For more information, see here and here.
When: Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3.
Where: The British Council, 901 Tower 1, IndiaBulls Centre, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road. Tel: 022 6748 6748.

THEATRE Centrestage at the National Centre for the Performing Arts
The final weekend of this year’s edition of National Centre for the Performing Arts’s annual theatre festival Centrestage will feature Facial, Pedicures and Mind Masala, an English play written by Divya Jagdale and performed by Jagdale and Tannishtha Chatterjee, in which two women – one married and one single – meet at a beauty parlour, become friends and start to envy each others’ lives (on Friday at 7 pm at Experimental Theatre; tickets priced at Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 400 per person are being sold here); Gurleen Judge’s Hindi drama Dohri Zindagi based on a story by Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha in which a man raises his daughter as a boy just to fulfil an old promise to his mate that their offspring would marry (on Friday at 8 pm at Godrej Dance Theatre; tickets priced at Rs 200 per person are being sold here); and It’s About Time, an English play about time performed by Puja Sarup, Neil Bhoopalam and Sheena Khalid (on Saturday at 6 pm at Experimental Theatre; tickets priced at Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 400 per person are being sold here). For the complete schedule, see here.
When: Until Sunday, December 4.
Where: National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

THEATRE The Open Couple at The Cuckoo Club by The Hive
Faraz Khan will direct an English production of Italian playwrights Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s satire The Open Couple in which a married man tries to convince his wife that an open marriage is in their interest. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, December 2 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.

COMEDY Best in Stand-up with Aditya Desai + Neville Bharucha + Amogh Ranadive at Canvas Laugh Club
Stand-up comedians Aditya Desai, Neville Bharucha and Amogh Ranadive, who are all from Mumbai, will each perform a set. Tickets priced at Rs 750 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, December 2 and Sunday, December 4 at 8.30 pm and Saturday, December 3 at 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Third Floor, Palladium Mall, Phoenix Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 90046 03115.

MUSIC Boiler Room Family and Friends at Summer House Cafe
Before it opens to the public, the Mumbai outpost of Delhi venue Summer House Cafe will host a gig featuring Comrade Massie aka Toby Lerone and G + G Music Factory aka Leone and Low Energy Gabe from the UK, electronic music acts associated with the Boiler Room series of shows held worldwide. Mumbai DJs softouch aka Kunal Bambawale and Tansane aka Sharan Punjabi will also play sets. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, December 2 at 8.30 pm.
Where: Summer House Cafe, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel.

MUSIC DJ Sa at Raasta Bombay
City-based hip-hop DJ Sa aka Sanket Arjunwade will man the decks. There is no entry fee; RVSP via Clubbers.co.in. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, December 2 at 9 pm.
Where: Raasta Bombay, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, near Ramee Guest Line Hotel, off S. V. Road, Khar. Tel: 86550 00811.

MUSIC Maribou State at AntiSocial
British electronic music duo Maribou State aka Chris Davids and Liam Ivory will play a DJ set at this gig that’s part of their four-city tour of India organised by events company sLick!. The entry is Rs 500 per person. See the Facebook event page for the full line-up and for more information.
When: Friday, December 2 at 9 pm.
Where: AntiSocial, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, off SV Road, near Ramee Guestline Hotel, Khar (West). Tel: 022 6522 6324.

MUSIC GMS at Kitty Su
Ibiza-based Dutch psychedelic trance duo GMS or Growling Mad Scientists aka Bansi Quinteros and Riktam Matkin will take over the console. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per person for single women, Rs 1,000 per couple (of any gender) and Rs 1,500 per person for single men are being sold here. For the full line-up and more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, December 2 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3145.

MUSIC Kumail + Emanuel at Bonobo
Electronic music DJ-producers Emanuel Abeyewardene from Colombo and Kumail Hamid from Mumbai will each present sets at this gig programmed by city-headquartered artist management and events company Krunk. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, December 2 at 10 pm.
Where: Bonobo, Second Floor, Kenilworth Mall, near KFC, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.

MUSIC Soundarya at Tuning Fork
Bangalore-based singer-songwriter Soundarya Jayachandran, who was a contestant on the first season of reality TV competition The Stage, will perform. The cover charge is Rs 500 per person. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, December 2 at 10 pm.
Where: Tuning Fork, First Floor, Hotel Unicontinental, Third Road, near Khar Railway Station, Khar. Tel: 98333 58490.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
TOURS Fort Ride with Khaki Tours
City tour group Khaki Tours will conduct an ‘urban safari’, that is, a drive around the heritage precinct in south Mumbai. The 13 kms drive over two-and-a-half hours will cover such sites as the church that gives its name to Churchgate, a Masonic temple, the place where a movie was screened for the first time in the city and a section of the old fort wall. Tickets priced at Rs 2,040 per person are being sold here and here. For more information, see the Facebook event pages here and here.
When: Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4 at 8 am.
Where: The ride will start near the steps of the Asiatic Society Library.

ART Possible Futures by Marie Velardi at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Swiss artist Marie Velardi’s show, which has been organised by the Swiss Arts Council and the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, features the “Book of Possible Futures”, a series of watercolour drawings and texts drawn from conversations between the artist and women about their hopes for the future. For more information, see the Facebook event page. Tickets for Indians are priced at Rs 10 per person for adults and children above the age of 13 and at Rs 5 per person for children below the age of 13, and tickets for foreigners are priced at Rs 100 per person for adults children above the age of 13 and at Rs 50 per person for children below the age of 13.
When: Saturday, December 3 to Tuesday, February 28. Open Thursday to Tuesday, from 10 am to 5.30 pm; Wednesday, closed.
Where: Special Projects Space, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

ART SHOPPING & STYLE Art Meets Design at Kekee Manzil
An exhibition and sale at the home of Shireen Gandhy, who runs art gallery Chemould Prescott Road, of works by artists represented by the gallery and designer clothing and accessories from lifestyle store Bungalow 8. The artists include Jitish Kallat, Tushar Joag, Reena Kallat and Dhruvi Acharya and the designers include Olivia Dar, Jamini Ahluwalia and Anjana Das and the labels Abraham and Thakore and Lovebirds. For more information, see here.
When: Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: Kekee Manzil, B. J. Road, Bandstand, Bandra (West).

DANCE Lavani Live! at Godrej India Culture Lab
This day-long series of events about the Maharashtrian dance and song form of lavani will include a screening of Natale Tumchyasathi: Behind the Adorned Veil, Savitri Medhatul’s documentary on sangeet bari; a workshop with Mumbai-based dancer Anil Hankare; panel discussions on modern lavani and a performance by Hankare and his troupe. There is no entry fee; to register and see the complete schedule, see here.
When: Saturday, December 3, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Godrej India Culture Lab, Godrej One, Pirojshanagar, Vikhroli (East).

PHOTOGRAPHY The African Portraits at Institute of Contemporary Indian Art
An exhibition of images of Africans living in various parts of the country by Bangalore-based photographer Mahesh Shantaram. For more information, see here.
When: Until Saturday, December 10. Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), next to Rampart House, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2204 8138.

SHOPPING & STYLE The Design Collective at The Vintage Garden
This exhibition and sale organised by culture website and events company Homegrown will feature women’s wear by Anomaly, skincare products by Ayca, fragrances by Bombay Perfumery, jewellery by Dhora, leather bags by Kassa, children’s clothes by Love The World Today and home decor items by Safomasi. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, from 11 am to 8 pm.
Where: The Vintage Garden, Patkar Bungalow, 34D Turner Road, near Royal China, Bandra (West).

TALKS BOOKS Women in Comics + Reading Room at The Cuckoo Club by The Hive
Kadak, a collective of women whose work involves graphic storytelling, will present a talk titled ‘A History of Women in Comics’ by one of its members Aarthi P. The Reading Room is a collection of comics and magazines that will be available for view at the same venue until Tuesday, December 6. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 2 pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club by The Hive, 5AA Pali Hill Road, next to Candies, near Learners Academy, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 62969.

MUSIC TRAVEL Music Under The Stars with Tuning Fork featuring Abeineth + Bryan Ernest at BandCamp
City-based singer-songwriters Abeineth aka Abhineeth Chandra and Bryan Ernest will perform at tour company White Collar Hippie’s series of overnight camping trips Music Under The Stars, this instalment of which has been programmed by Khar venue Tuning Fork. Tickets priced at Rs 2,700 and Rs 3,000 per person are being sold on Insider.in. The tab includes a tent for two, a foam mattress, one sleeping bag per person, food and hot beverages. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, December 3, from 4 pm to Sunday, December 4 at noon.
Where: BandCamp, U-Tan Sea Resort, Chowk Dongri via Uttan, near Pali Beach Resort, Bhayander (West). Tel: 98215 98822.

TALKS FILM Rakesh Sharma at MCubed Library
Documentary filmmaker Rakesh Sharma, who is best known for Final Solution (2004) his film on the pogrom in Gujarat in 2002, will talk about his craft. He will also screen excerpts from his upcoming films Final Solution Revisited and Malegaon: Tales from the Terror Trail. The event is part of arts organisation Junoon’s Mumbai Local series of talks. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 5 pm.
Where: MCubed Library (Maharashtra Mitra Mandal Library), Princess Building, near Bandra Gymkhana, D’Monte Park Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2641 1497.

COMEDY EIC All Stars at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir
All seven members of Mumbai-based stand-up comedy troupe East India Comedy, namely Sorabh Pant, Kunal Rao, Sapan Verma, Sahil Shah, Atul Khatri, Azeem Banatwalla and Angad Singh Ranyal, will perform at this show, which will feature two of their popular properties EIC Outrage and EIC vs Bollywood. Tickets priced at Rs 1,399 and Rs 1,799 per person are being sold on Insider.in. See here for more information.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, near Patwardhan Park, off Linking Road, Bandra (West).

COMEDY Improv Shorts at Workbay
Members of city-based troupe Improv Comedy Mumbai will perform a series of improvised sketches based on suggestions from the audience. There is no entry fee. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Workbay, 39, Deepjyot Bungalow, First Floor, Church Avenue, opposite Sacred Heart Church, Santa Cruz (West).

COMEDY Second Decoction by Karthik Kumar at The Cuckoo Club by The Hive
Chennai-based stand-up comic Karthik Kumar will present his show Second Decoction. Tickets priced at Rs 499 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 8 pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club by The Hive, 5AA Pali Hill Road, next to Candies, near Learners Academy, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 62969.

MUSIC Anoushka Shankar at Shanmukhananda Hall
Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar will perform a concert that’s part of her tour to promote her album Land of Gold, which was released earlier this year. Tickets priced at Rs 500, Rs 825, Rs 1,099, Rs 1,499, Rs 2,199, Rs 3,299 and Rs 5,749 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 8 pm.
Where: Shanmukhananda Auditorium, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (East). Tel: 022 2407 8888.

MUSIC Framed: Circus with Blurry Slur + Orbs & Zen + Keylow at AntiSocial
Mumbai DJs Blurry Slur aka Lynston D’Souza, Orbs & Zen aka Nicky Ramnani and Keylow aka Karan Gonsalves will each play sets at Circus, the first edition of Framed, a new gig series dedicated to house music by D’Souza and Ramnani in association with electronic music event companies Regenerate and Ankytrixx and Friends Entertainment. The entry fee is Rs500 per person; register on the guest list via Clubbers.co.in. See the Facebook event page for more information.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 9 pm.
Where: AntiSocial, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, off SV Road, near Ramee Guestline Hotel, Khar (West). Tel: 022 6522 6324.

MUSIC Second Sight at Tuning Fork
City-residing acoustic pop duo Second Sight aka Anusha Ramasubramoney and Pushkar Srivatsal will perform. The cover charge is Rs 500 per person. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 10 pm.
Where: Tuning Fork, First Floor, Hotel Unicontinental, Third Road, near Khar Railway Station, Khar. Tel: 98333 58490.

MUSIC Land of Gold Afterparty with Nerm + Monica Dogra at Bonobo
At this ‘afterparty’ for Anoushka Shankar’s concert, her friends London-based electronic music producer Nerm aka Nirmesh Chauhan of the Shiva Sound System and Mumbai-residing electro-pop singer Monica Dogra will each spin DJ sets. Shankar will not perform at the event. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, December 3 at 11 pm.
Where: Bonobo, Second Floor, Kenilworth Mall, near KFC, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
FOOD & DRINK The Farmers’ Market at D’Monte Park
At the weekly Sunday bazaar, customers can stock up on organic vegetables, fruit and lifestyle products and get a bite from stalls selling organic meals. See here for details.
When: Sunday, December 4, from 10 am to 3 pm.
Where: D’Monte Park, St. Andrew’s Road, off Turner Road, next to Bandra Gymkhana, Bandra (West).

FOOD & DRINK The Juhu Organic Farmers Market at Pushpa Narsee Park
Juhu’s farmers market was launched in August by the Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West, a women-centric rotary organisation and non-profit Sharan or the Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature. At this dairy- and sugar-free bazaar held every Sunday, attendees can pick up fresh seasonal produce and dry ingredients sourced from farmers across Maharashtra and Karnataka. See the Facebook page for more information.
When: Sunday, December 4, from 10.30 am to 1 pm.
Where: Pushpa Narsee Park, 15 Vaikunthlal Mehta Road, Nehru Nagar, Juhu.

SCIENCE TALKS Chai and Why? at Prithvi Theatre
R. Vijayraghavan, a scientist at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, will discuss how quantum physics is being employed to make computers in a talk titled ‘Unravelling the Quantum Computer’. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Sunday, December 4 at 11 am.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tel: 022 2614 9546.

FILM Capital I at Cinepolis
Written and directed by Amartya Bhattacharya, English film Capital I (2015) hinges on the character of Piyali, a student of psychology. Piyali is on the lookout for a mysterious artist who signs his works with a capital ‘I’. Separated from her boyfriend who lives in another city, Piyali hallucinates that she has a lesbian lover. The screening has been organised by 1018mb and Gaysi, an online platform for the LGBT community. Tickets priced at Rs 175 per person are being sold here.
When: Sunday, December 4 at noon.
Where: Cinepolis/Fun Republic, Shah Industrial Estate, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West).

PETS Pets Day Out at Raasta Bombay
Khar venue Raasta will host an afternoon of activities for dogs that will feature a splash pool, grooming and spa corners and a ‘fun area’. There is no entry fee; individual activities will be priced between Rs 350 and Rs 700. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Sunday, December 4, from 1pm to 5pm.
Where: Raasta Bombay, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, near Ramee Guest Line Hotel, off S. V. Road, Khar. Tel: 86550 00811.

FOOD & DRINK Banaras Ki Rasoi in Bandra
At this pop-up lunch organised by culinary events company Authenticook, Bandra-residing home cook Veera Dikshit will serve a vegetarian Banarasi meal of tomato saar (rasam); bainguni (fried aubergine); bedmi kachori; kaddu shaak (pumpkin vegetable); vadi pulao; arbi tuk; kheer; and Banarasi paan. Tickets priced at Rs 850 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Sunday, December 4 at 1 pm.
Where: Bandra (West); the complete address will be provided to those who register.

FOOD & DRINK Bohri Thaal in Mazagaon
Mazagaon-residing home cook Tasneem Makda will serve a five-course Bohri meal that will feature vermicelli cooked in milk; charcoal-smoked chicken angaar; sancha ice cream; kheema samosa; and shahi biryani, at this pop-up lunch organised by culinary events company Authenticook. Tickets priced at Rs 1,199 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Sunday, December 4 at 1 pm.
Where: Mazagaon, Byculla (East); the complete address will be provided to those who register.

FOOD & DRINK Kitchens of Bhagnari in Mahim
At this pop-up lunch organised by culinary events company Authenticook, Mahim-residing home cook Priya Jham will serve a Bhagnari meal of stuffed aloo tikki with poppy seeds; mutton chops; khatti dal with steamed rice; lotus stem cooked in a clay pot; dry fruit pulao; sajji chicken; kheema; and gulab shahi tukda. Tickets priced at Rs 1,200 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Sunday, December 4 at 1pm.
Where: Mahim; the complete address will be provided to those who register.

FOOD & DRINK Winter Special Gujarati Jaman in Dadar
Dadar-residing home cook Jyoti Vora will serve a Gujarati meal with winter specials such as Surti ponkh and undhiyu at this pop-up lunch organised by culinary events company Authenticook. The menu will also include Surti khaman dhokla; paan stuffed with ice cream; and shrikhand. Tickets priced at Rs 824 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Sunday, December 4 at 1 pm.
Where: Hindu Colony, Dadar (East); the complete address will be provided to those who register.

THEATRE White Rabbit Red Rabbit at The Cuckoo Club by The Hive
Theatre actors Shruti Sridharan and Deepal Doshi will each stage Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s English drama, in which the performer is handed the script only at the time of the performance. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, December 4 at 5 pm and 7 pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club by The Hive, 5AA Pali Hill Road, next to Candies, near Learners Academy, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 62969.

ONGOING
MUSEUM EXHIBITION Mummy: An Unsolved Mystery at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
An exhibition of the museum’s Egyptian antiquities that are being displayed in public for the first time. The show will spotlight the museum’s conservation practices. See here for details. Tickets for visitors above the age of 12 are priced at Rs 70 per person for Indians and at Rs 300 per person for foreigners; tickets for children between the ages of five and 12 are priced at Rs 20 per person for both Indians and foreigners; free entry for children below the age of five.
When: Until Wednesday, January 4. Open daily, from 10.15 am to 6 pm.
Where: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2284 4484.

ART The Naked and the Nude at DAG Modern
This exhibition features nearly 90 works that explore the human body by 50 modern Indian artists such as FN Souza, Laxma Goud, M. F. Husain, K. H. Ara, Jogen Chowdhury and Rabin Mondal. For more information, see here.
When: Until Saturday, December 10. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: DAG Modern, 58 VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Tel: 022 4922 2700.

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It is no wonder then that German travellers in India find a quite a lot in common between the two cultures, even today. Some, especially those who’ve settled here, even confess to Indian culture growing on them with time. Isabelle, like most travellers, first came to India to explore the country’s rich heritage. She returned the following year as an exchange student, and a couple of years later found herself working for an Indian consultancy firm. When asked what prompted her to stay on, Isabelle said, “I love the market dynamics here, working here is so much fun. Anywhere else would seem boring compared to India.” Having cofounded a company, she eventually realised her entrepreneurial dream here and now resides in Goa with her husband.

Isabelle says there are several aspects of life in India that remind her of home. “How we interact with our everyday life is similar in both Germany and India. Separate house slippers to wear at home, the celebration of food and festivals, the importance of friendship…” She feels Germany and India share the same spirit especially in terms of festivities. “We love food and we love celebrating food. There is an entire countdown to Christmas. Every day there is some dinner or get-together,” much like how Indians excitedly countdown to Navratri or Diwali. Franziska, who was born in India to German parents, adds that both the countries exhibit the same kind of passion for their favourite sport. “In India, they support cricket like anything while in Germany it would be football.”

Having lived in India for almost a decade, Isabelle has also noticed some broad similarities in the way children are brought up in the two countries. “We have a saying in South Germany ‘Schaffe Schaffe Hausle baue’ that loosely translates to ‘work, work, work and build a house’. I found that parents here have a similar outlook…to teach their children to work hard. They feel that they’ve fulfilled their duty only once the children have moved out or gotten married. Also, my mother never let me leave the house without a big breakfast. It’s the same here.” The importance given to the care of the family is one similarity that came up again and again in conversations with all German expats.

While most people wouldn’t draw parallels between German and Indian discipline (or lack thereof), Germans married to Indians have found a way to bridge the gap. Take for example, Ilka, who thinks that the famed differences of discipline between the two cultures actually works to her marital advantage. She sees the difference as Germans being highly planning-oriented; while Indians are more flexible in their approach. Ilka and her husband balance each other out in several ways. She says, like most Germans, she too tends to get stressed when her plans don’t work out, but her husband calms her down.

Consequently, Ilka feels India is “so full of life. The social life here is more happening; people smile at you, bond over food and are much more relaxed.” Isabelle, too, can attest to Indians’ friendliness. When asked about an Indian characteristic that makes her feel most at home, she quickly answers “humour.” “Whether it’s a taxi driver or someone I’m meeting professionally, I’ve learnt that it’s easy to lighten the mood here by just cracking a few jokes. Indians love to laugh,” she adds.

Indeed, these Germans-who-never-left as just diehard Indophiles are more Indian than you’d guess at first, having even developed some classic Indian skills with time. Ilka assures us that her husband can’t bargain as well as she does, and that she can even drape a saree on her own.

Isabelle, meanwhile, feels some amount of Indianness has seeped into her because “whenever its raining, my body instantly craves chai and samosa”.

Like the long-settled German expats in India, the German airline, Lufthansa, too has incorporated some quintessential aspects of Indian culture in its service. Recognising the centuries-old cultural affinity between the two countries, Lufthansa now provides a rich experience of Indian hospitality to all flyers on board its flights to and from India. You can expect a greeting of Namaste by an all-Indian crew, Indian food, and popular Indian in-flight entertainment options. And as the video shows, India’s culture and hospitality have been internalized by Lufthansa to the extent that they are More Indian Than You Think. To experience Lufthansa’s hospitality on your next trip abroad, click here.

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