On the agenda

Mumbai weekend cultural calendar: Lunar moon psytrance gig, Ballard Estate walk and much more

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
SHOPPING & STYLE The Dotted Line by Urbania at Artisans’
An exhibition and sale by Jaipur-based label Urbania, run by designer Tripti Bhargava whose clothes are made with natural dyes and printed with Rajasthani techniques. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 to Sunday, February 19, from 11 am to 7 pm.
Where: Artisans’, V. B. Gandhi Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2267 3040.

FILM Andrei Rublev at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Andrei Tarkovsky’s classic Russian film Andrei Rublev (1966) will be shown, with English subtitles, at this instalment of Movies at the Museum, a monthly series of screenings put together by filmmaker Avijit Mukul Kishore and architect Rohan Shivkumar. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 5 pm.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

TALKS ‘Satya Harishchandra by Mysore Puppeteers – 90 Years in Post Truth, 1938-2017’ at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning
Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, the adjunct professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California in Los Angeles, will screen footage from 1938, 1994, and 2015 of puppeteers in Hallare village in Karnataka performing the story of Raja Harishchandra. The screening will be followed by a talk about the tradition. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 6 pm.
Where: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Somaiya Bhavan, above Kitab Khana, Flora Fountain. Tel: 70459 32204.

FILM Revelations at the NCPA Little Theatre
A screening of Vijay Jayapal’s English and Tamil film Revelations (2016), which hinges on the challenging
relationship between Shobha and Sekhar, a couple living in Kolkata. She enters a complicated relationship with their new neighbour while he is attracted to a colleague. There is no entry fee. For more information, see here.
When: Friday, February 17 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

TALKS SEA Conversations: Makeover of Maharashtra Nature Park at School of Environment and Architecture
Urban planner Ravindra Punde and architects Sameep Padora and Ratan Batliboi, the team whose proposal to overhaul Maharashtra Nature Park in Mahim won a competition held by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority last year, will discuss their plans. There is no entry fee. For more details, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 6.30 pm.
Where: School of Environment and Architecture, Eksar Road, near CKP Colony, Borivali (West). Tel: 022 6500 2156.

ART TALKS Art and the Legal Framework at Piramal Museum of Art
Lawyer Tejshree Savara Mathur and Piramal Art Foundation director Ashvin Rajagopalan will each present a talk about the legal aspects of art transactions. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 7 pm.
Where: Piramal Museum of Art, Piramal Tower, Peninsula Corporate Park, Ganpatrao Kadam Marg, Lower Parel.

COMEDY Laughathon Nights at fifis Andheri West
Mumbai comedians Siddharth Dudeja and Kamal Trilok Singh and Delhi’s Gaurav Kapoor will each perform a set. Tickets priced at Rs 250 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Friday, February 17 at 7 pm.
Where: Awfis Space Solutions, Modi House, Second and Third Floor, Dalia Industrial Estate, off New Link Road, Veer Desai Industrial Estate, Andheri (West). Tel: 99303 99251.

COMEDY Angad Singh Ranyal + Prakhar Pramod + Rahul Subramanian at Tuning Fork
Stand-up comics Angad Singh Ranyal and Rahul Subramanian from Mumbai and Prakhar Pramod from Ghaziabad will perform at Khar venue Tuning Fork through the weekend. Tickets priced at Rs 550 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, February 17, Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19 at 8.30 pm.
Where: Tuning Fork, First Floor, Hotel Unicontinental, Third Road, near Khar Railway Station, Khar. Tel: 98333 58492.

COMEDY Best in Stand-up with Sundeep Sharma + Vikram Poddar + Neville Bharucha at Canvas Laugh Club
Mumbai comedians Sundeep Sharma, Vikram Poddar and Neville Bharucha will each present a set. Tickets priced at Rs 750 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Friday, February 17 and Sunday, February 19 at 8.30 pm and Saturday, February 18 at 8.30 pm and 10.30 pm.
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Palladium Mall, Third Floor, Phoenix Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 90046 03115.

MUSIC Argenil at Raasta Bombay
Bangalore-based “Hindustani house” duo Argenil aka producer and percussionist Rohit Gandhi and guitarist and DJ Anil Prasad, whose sound is a mix of electronic and Indian classical music, will perform. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 9 pm.
Where: Raasta Bombay, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, near Ramee Guest Line Hotel, off S. V. Road, Khar. Tel: 86550 00811.

MUSIC Lunar Moon Ritual Festival Promo Party at Nook
This promotional party for the Lunar Moon Ritual Festival, which will be held at the Visava Beach Resort in Malvan next weekend, will feature sets by Battousai aka Ricardo Marques from Portugal and Flipknot aka Brian Fernandes from Mumbai, among other psytrance acts. Call the venue for details of the entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 9 pm.
Where: Nook, First Floor, Phoenix Marketcity, LBS Marg, Kurla. Tel: 022 6180 0044.

MUSIC Deep In Dance with Jitter + Audio Glitch + BeatFrenzy at Ark Bar
Delhi’s Jitter aka Jayant Luthra, Pune’s Audio Glitch aka Chaitanya Gaikwad and Pratik Umrigar and Mumbai’s BeatFrenzy aka Oswald Thombre will each play a set at this instalment of Deep In Dance, the electronic dance music gig series programmed by city-based events company Ankytrixx and Friends Entertainment. Entry is free for couples and single women who email guestlist@afentertainment.in to register on the guest list until 11.30 pm; after 11.30 pm, there is an entry fee of Rs 1,000 per person (of which Rs 500 is a cover charge). For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 10 pm.
Where: Ark Bar, Courtyard by Marriott, CTS 215, opposite Sangam BIG Cinemas, Andheri-Kurla Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6136 9999.

MUSIC Digital Om Showcase at Kitty Su
Psychedelic trance DJ-producers Ital aka Daniel Gonzalo Carcur Arredondo from Chile, AudioFire aka Marc Swanepoel from South Africa, Lunatica aka Miguel Solans from Spain and GuruDev aka Gurudath Kamath from Bangalore will each play a set at this gig organised by Mumbai-based psytrance label Digital Om. The cover charge is Rs 500 per person and Rs 1,000 per couple (of any gender); book a spot here. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3145.

MUSIC Madboy + Steve at Bonobo
Electronic music DJ-producers Madboy aka Imaad Shah and Steve Abraham, both of whom are from Mumbai, will each play a set at this gig programmed by city-headquartered artist and event management company Krunk. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Friday, February 17 at 10 pm.
Where: Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, near KFC, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
WALKS Ballard Estate Walk
Alisha Sadikot, who was formerly handling the education programme at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, will conduct a walk of the Ballard Estate area, organised by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). The registration fee is Rs 500 per person. To register, email intach1@gmail.com.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 9 am.
Where: The walk will begin outside Ballard Bunder Gatehouse, Shoorji Vallabhdas Road, Ballard Estate.

EVENTS FOR KIDS Scavenger Hunt at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
Children between the ages of six and 15 will get a history lesson by way of a hunt for objects scattered throughout the museum. The registration fee is Rs 50 per person. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 10.30 am.
Where: Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

FOOD & DRINK Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop at Yogacara
Bandra yoga institute and cafe Yogacara will conduct a workshop on how to prepare a meal based on ayurvedic principles. Tickets priced at Rs 850 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 11 am.
Where: Yogacara, First Floor, Shoeb Manzil, SBI building, off Perry Cross Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2651 1464.

SHOPPING & STYLE Stylecracker Night Market at Mahalaxmi Racecourse
This special late night edition of the shopping bazaar organised by Stylecracker will feature sleep wear by PixieFly, Western wear by Spring Break, home furnishings by Merchants of Cool, handbags by Boriya Basta, lingerie by Pretty Secrets, shoes by Miraki and Shoe Crea and quilts and pillows by Cuddlerz. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, from 2 pm to midnight.
Where: Mini Club House, Mahalaxmi Racecourse, Royal Western India Turf Club, Mahalaxmi.

WORKSHOPS Masterclass on Scriptwriting with Anjum Rajabali at The View
Scriptwriter Anjum Rajabali, who has films such as Rajneeti and The Legend of Bhagat Singh to his credit, will talk about writing for cinema at this event organised by entertainment company Media Konnect. There is no entry fee.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 3 pm.
Where: The View, First Floor, Sharyans Audeus, above Hard Rock Cafe, same lane as Fun Republic cinema, off Link Road, Andheri (West). Tel: 70454 52433.

MUSIC Paralights + Young Monk + Malfnktion + Midland Sparks at Raasta Bombay
Electronic music DJ-producers Paralights aka Ayan De, Young Monk aka Rudransh Bundela and Malfnktion aka Aditya Alamuru, who are all from Mumbai, and Midland Sparks aka Maitreya Rajurkar from Pune will each play a set at this gig organised by city-based artist and event management company Audio Freaks Project. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 5 pm.
Where: Raasta Bombay, Rooftop, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, near Ramee Guest Line Hotel, off S. V. Road, Khar. Tel: 86550 00811.

WALKS Black Horse by Khaki Tours
Khaki Tours, a group of local history enthusiasts, will conduct a walk around the Kala Ghoda area, covering such sites as Forbes’s house, the endowments of one Readymoney and a place where Bombay fornicator chairs can be found. Tickets priced at Rs 499 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 5 pm.
Where: The walk will begin outside Fabindia at Kala Ghoda.

MUSIC WORKSHOPS ‘Hues of Hori’ by Swati Kulkarni at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning
Hindustani classical singer Swati Kulkarni will conduct a two-hour workshop on the semi-classical form of Hori, which is associated with the festival of Holi. The registration fee is Rs 600 per person.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 6 pm.
Where: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Somaiya Bhavan, above Kitab Khana, Flora Fountain. Tel: 70459 32204.

THEATRE Bail Melay! at Sitara Studio
In Marathi play Bail Melay!, directed by Lalit Prabhakar and written by Yugandhar Deshpande, a couple from a small town struggles to reconcile traditional values with modern city life. Their lives are complicated by a stranger, who shows them big dreams about their future. The performance will be followed by a reading of Durustya ani Dekhbhai, a Marathi play by Champra Deshpande about a married couple finding love. Tickets priced at Rs 350 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 6.30 pm.
Where: Sitara Studio, National Engineering Compound, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, near Congress Bhavan, opposite Indiabulls Finance Centre, Dadar (West). Tel: 022 2422 1666.

MUSIC Jazz Classics and Standards: Songs from the Pan American Songbook at the NCPA Tata Theatre
American musicians bass player D Wood and multi-instrumentalist Dallas Smith, Australian saxophonist Mike Rivett, Japanese drummer Ko Omura, Spanish keyboardist Alfie Copovi and Mumbai-based vocalist Vasundhara Vee will come together to perform such jazz standards as “Take the ‘A’ Train”, “Satin Doll” and “Take Five”. Tickets priced at Rs 500, Rs 896 and Rs 1,120 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. For more information, see here.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 7 pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

FOOD & DRINK The Troublesome Duo at Magazine Street Kitchen
Ashay Dhopatkar, the former head chef at Delhi’s A Ta Maison, and Neha Lakhani, a patisserie consultant, will serve an 11-course meal featuring chilled pea and mint soup (with parmesan air and bacon); quinoa and beetroot patch (a salad with marinated quail eggs); passion fruit and chilli spheres; red mullet and pickled cucumber; saffron risotto with prawns; tiramisu cupcake; and salted caramel Magnum bar. Tickets priced at Rs 4,200 per person for the vegetarian menu and at Rs 4,700 per person for the non-veg option are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Magazine Street Kitchen, Gala No.13, Devidayal Compound, Gupta Mills Estate, Reay Road, Magazine Street, Darukhana, Byculla. Tel: 022 2372 6708.

MUSIC Mirchi Music Awards at Dome@NSCI
Hindi film playback singers and composers Amaal Malik, Amit Trivedi, Armaan Malik, Badshah, Papon and Sonu Nigam will perform at the ninth edition of this annual Bollywood music awards show. Tickets priced at Rs 3,000, Rs 4,000, Rs 5,000, Rs 8,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 50,000 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Dome, SVP Stadium, National Sports Club of India, Lala Lajpatrai Marg, Worli.

THEATRE White Rabbit Red Rabbit at Harkat Studios
Theatre actor and director Pramod Pathak will present a Hindi version of Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s English drama, in which the actors are given the script only at the time of performance. Tickets priced at Rs 350 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 7.30 pm.
Where: Harkat Studios, Bungalow 75, Aram Nagar Part II, J. P. Road, Versova, Andheri (West). Tel: 77180 30009.

COMEDY Laughter By The Lake at The Square
City-based stand-up comedians Raunaq Rajani, Zenil Asher, Kunal Rao and Vinay Sharma will each perform a set. Tickets priced at Rs 400 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 8 pm.
Where: The Square, Heera Panna Shopping Mall, MHADA Colony, Powai. Tel: 98204 46286.

COMEDY Radhika Vaz at The Cuckoo Club
In her new show Why is Everyone Trying To Irritate Me, city-based stand-up comedian Radhika Vaz will talk about Uber, Baba Ramdev, children, marriage, anti-ageing devices and legalising drugs. Ticket priced at Rs 450 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 8 pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA Pali Hill Road, next to Candies, near Learners Academy, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 62969.

FOOD & DRINK Chance Encounters by The Lovefools in Bandra
Sarita Pereira, chef and founder of gourmet supper club The Lovefools, will serve a surprise eight-course meal. Tickets priced at Rs 3,000 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 8 pm.
Where: The Lovefools, Pereira House, 124-A Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Road, opposite Pali Village Cafe, Pali Naka, Bandra (West). Tel: 98200 40618.

MUSIC TALKS The Listening Sessions in Versova
This instalment of The Listening Sessions will focus on songs of resistance and solidarity and videos on body positivity. Singer-songwriter Flying Shoe aka Omkar Potdar, who is from Mumbai, will play an opening set. Tickets are priced at Rs 150 per person; register here. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 8 pm.
Where: Versova, Andheri (West); call 95940 36073 for the complete address.

COMEDY Comedy Nights at MT 61
Bangalore’s Naveen Richard and Mumbai’s Kautuk Srivastava will each perform a set at this stand-up comedy show hosted by Kolkata’s Saurav Ghosh. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 9 pm.
Where: MT 61, Jeet Nagar, J. P. Road, Versova, Andheri (West). Tel: 82915 18804.

MUSIC E-Clip + Suntribe + Psyclipse + Zwitterion at Nook
This psytrance gig will feature sets by E-Clip aka Marko Radovanovic from Serbia, Suntribe aka Ash Mohan from Australia and Mumbai’s Psyclipse aka Vaibhav Thacker and Zwitterion aka Zeeshan Merchant, among others. The entry fee is Rs 800 per person; register on the guest list via Clubbers.co.in. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 9 pm.
Where: Nook, First Floor, Phoenix Marketcity, LBS Marg, Kurla. Tel: 022 6180 0044.

MUSIC Jamie Stevens at Summer House Cafe
Australian electronic dance music producer Jamie Stevens will man the decks. There is no entry fee. For the full line-up and more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 9 pm.
Where: Summer House Cafe, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Lower Parel. Tel: 82918 90605.

MUSIC Soul City with Thee J Johanz + Abhi Meer at Bonobo
This instalment of Soul City, Mumbai music artist and event management company Mixtape’s gig series dedicated to the genres of soul, funk and disco, will feature sets by Dutch producer Thee J Johanz aka Johanz Westerman and city-based DJ Abhi Meer. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 9.30 pm.
Where: Bonobo, Second Floor, Kenilworth Mall, near KFC, off Linking Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 022 2605 5050.

MUSIC BLOT + Zokhuma at AntiSocial
Electronic music acts BLOT aka Gaurav Malaker from Delhi and Zokhuma aka Arman Menzies from Mumbai will each play a set. The gig has been programmed by city-based artist and event management company Krunk. The entry fee is Rs 300 per person until 11 pm, after which it is Rs 400 per person. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 10 pm.
Where: AntiSocial, Rohan Plaza, 5th Road, off S. V. Road, near Ramee Guestline Hotel, Khar (West). Tel: 022 6522 6324.

MUSIC Matthias Meyer at Kitty Su
German house music DJ-producer Matthias Meyer will play the Mumbai leg of his ongoing tour of India. The cover charge is Rs 500 per person; book a spot here. For the full line-up and more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 10 pm.
Where: Kitty Su, The Lalit, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Road, Andheri (East). Tel: 022 6104 3145.

MUSIC Stitch In Nine at Tuning Fork
Mumbai singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stitch In Nine aka Jose Neil Gomes will perform. The cover charge is Rs 500 per person. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Saturday, February 18 at 10.30 pm.
Where: Tuning Fork, First Floor, Hotel Unicontinental, Third Road, near Khar Railway Station, Khar. Tel: 98333 58492.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
WALKS Alibag Amble by Khaki Tours
Khaki Tours, a group of local history enthusiasts, will conduct a day trip and tour of Alibaug. The five-hour walk will cover such sites as the grave of the town founder, dragon sculptures, royal cenotaphs and the Kolaba Fort. Tickets priced at Rs 1,840 per person (including the cost of the ferry, bus and boat ride) are being sold here. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 6.30 am.
Where: The trip will begin at the Gateway of India.

FOOD & DRINK Now We Are Gardening with Adrienne Thadani at Flyover Farm
Home gardening expert Adrienne Thadani, who runs urban farming start-up Fresh & Local, will conduct an urban gardening workshop. Tickets priced at Rs 1,000 per person are being sold here. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Sunday, February 19, from 10 am to 1 pm.
Where: Flyover Farm, rooftop, Mohamedi Manzil, above Ruhani Hotel, Mohammed Ali Road, Chippi Chawl, Kalbadevi.

FOOD & DRINK The Farmers’ Market at D’Monte Park
At this weekly Sunday bazaar, visitors can stock up on organic vegetables, fruit and lifestyle products and get a bite from stalls selling organic meals. For more information, see here.
When: Sunday, February 19, 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 Thane Organic Farmers Market at Billabong High International School
Women-centric rotary organisation The Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West and city-based non-profit Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature (SHARAN), which organise the weekly Juhu Organic Farmers Market, have launched a Thane chapter. Like the Juhu edition, the dairy- and sugar-free bazaar in Thane is held every Sunday. Attendees can pick up fresh seasonal produce and dry ingredients sourced from farmers across Maharashtra and Karnataka. For more information, see the Facebook page.
When: Sunday, February 19, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Where: Billabong High International School, Main Road No.27, Wagle Industrial Estate, Thane.

FOOD & DRINK The Juhu Organic Farmers Market at Pushpa Narsee Park
At this market, held every Sunday, attendees can pick up fresh seasonal produce and dry ingredients sourced from farmers across Maharashtra and Karnataka. For more information, see the Facebook page.
When: Sunday, February 19, from 10.30 am to 1 pm.
Where: Pushpa Narsee Park, 15 Vaikunthlal Mehta Road, Nehru Nagar, Juhu.

TALKS Chai and Why? at DG Ruparel College
Vivek Polshettiwar, a researcher in the department of chemical sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, will talk about the science behind global warming and whether nanotechnology can be used to mitigate its effects. There is no entry fee. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 11 am.
Where: D. G. Ruparel College, Room 2 – Science, Senapati Bapat Marg, Matunga (West). Tel: 98768 04720.

FOOD & DRINK WWH Tribal Lunch in Aarey Milk Colony
We Will Help (WWH) Charitable Foundation, an NGO that works with the underprivileged, will organise a lunch cooked by tribal women residing in Aarey Milk Colony. Guests can watch them prepare the meal and then partake in a buffet, which will feature staples such as bhakri, dal, chicken curry, a dry vegetable and rice kheer. In addition to having lunch, attendees can shop for fruits, veggies and handicrafts at a mini flea market, take a guided tour of the farms and participate in a Warli painting workshop. Call 98338 94438 or 98202 24450 to buy tickets, priced at Rs 325 per person (Rs275 for children below the age of 12).
When: Sunday, February 19 at 11.30 am.
Where: Aarey Milk Colony, Khambacha Pada, Unit 25, behind Aarey picnic spot, near Laxmi Studio, Shivaji Nagar, Goregaon (East). Tel: 98202 24450.

FILM 2001: A Space Odyssey at Matterden at Deepak Cinema
Stanley Kubrick’s classic science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) will be screened. Tickets priced at Rs 100 per person are being sold on Instamojo.com.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 11.45 am.
Where: Matterden, Deepak Cinema, 38 N. M. Joshi Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 2492 3396.

STORYTELLING Jashn-e-Qalam at Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning
Theatre performers Shashwita Sharma and K. C. Shankar will narrate stories by Hindi writer Rajendra Yadav. Tickets priced at Rs 200 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, February 19 at noon.
Where: Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning, Somaiya Bhavan, above Kitab Khana, Flora Fountain. Tel: 70459 32204.

FOOD & DRINK The Grande Royal Lunch at Flavour Diaries
Home cook Anuradha Joshi Medhora, who runs catering service Charoli that offers the cuisine of the Malwa plateau, will serve a meal called The Grande Royal Lunch featuring taaze masale ka maans (mutton); mutton koftas; murgh ka soola (spicy chicken); bhari hui mirch (stuffed chillis); kaleji ka raita (liver raita); maans ka zarda pulao (mutton pulao); and gajar halwa. The meal is priced at Rs 2,600 per person (which entitles attendees to two glasses of wine or craft beer). To reserve a spot, call 98335 49949 or email charolifoods@gmail.com. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 1 pm.
Where: Flavour Diaries, Third Floor, above Khar Social, Rohan Plaza, Fifth Road, off S. V. Road, Khar. Tel: 98201 43404.

THEATRE Amadeus at the NCPA Godrej Dance Theatre
A National Theatre Live screening of Michael Longhurst’s production of Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus, which British newspaper The Guardian described as “an epic piece of music-theatre”. Tickets priced at Rs 500 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm and 6 pm and Monday, February 20 and Tuesday, February 21 at 6 pm.
Where: Godrej Dance Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tel: 022 2282 4567.

FOOD & DRINK The Wholesome Kitchen High Tea by Pooja Dhingra at Le15 Cafe
At this high tea, Pooja Dhingra, chef and founder of the Le15 Patisserie chain and Le15 Cafe in Colaba, will serve a selection of dishes from her soon-to-be-launched recipe book The Wholesome Kitchen. The menu will include watermelon feta salad; curry leaf and almond pesto with crackers; chocolate chip cookies; carrot cake; chocolate apricot bars; and lemon loaf. The event will end with a book signing by Dhingra and nutritionist Viddhi Dhingra who has contributed to the book. Tickets priced at Rs 1,321 per person (including taxes and a copy of the book, priced in stores at Rs 799) are being sold on Insider.in. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 5 pm.
Where: Le15 Cafe, Ground Floor, Lansdowne House Building, M. B. Marg, opposite Ling’s Pavilion, behind Regal Cinema, below Abode, Colaba. Tel: 97693 41994.

THEATRE Blank Page at Sitara Studio
Actors recite contemporary poetry in Hindi, English, Marathi and Kashmiri and enact movements inspired by the words in this performance directed by Sunil Shanbag and produced by city theatre group Tamaasha Theatre. Tickets priced at Rs 350 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com. Blank Page will be followed by two Marathi performances, Dashanan and Khairlanji Episode Two (see below).
When: Sunday, February 19 at 6 pm.
Where: Sitara Studio, National Engineering Compound, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, near Congress Bhavan, opposite Indiabulls Finance Centre, Dadar (West). Tel: 022 2422 1666.

THEATRE Stand-up: A Serious Play about Comedy at The Bombay Canteen
In this play directed by Akarsh Khurana, five amateur comics meet their mentor to gear up for an open mic event that could launch their careers. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 6 pm.
Where: The Bombay Canteen, Process House, Kamala Mills, near Radio Mirchi, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tel: 022 4966 6666.

THEATRE Ek Haseena Paanch Deewane at Pitaara – The Art Box
In Hindi play Ek Haseena Paanch Deewane, directed by Mukesh Manas and based on a story by writer Harishankar Parsai, actor Nalneesh Neel narrates a story about a young girl who, influenced by five individuals, comes into her own. Tickets priced at Rs 250 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 7 pm.
Where: Pitaara – The Art Box, Yashwant Nagar, Road No.2, Goregaon (West). Tel: 98203 93001.

COMEDY Hamster Comedy Open Mic 3 at OF10
Stand-up comics Rohan Desai, Anirban Dasgupta, Sumukhi Suresh, Bhavish Ailani and Nishant Tanwar, who are all from Mumbai, will test out new material at this gig. Tickets priced at Rs 200 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 7.30 pm.
Where: OF10, Prudential, Ground Floor, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai. Tel: 99202 90368.

THEATRE Dashanan and Khairlanji Episode Two at Sitara Studio
Two Marathi performances, produced by city theatre group Tamaasha Theatre, will follow Blank Page (see above). Directed by Suyog Deshpande, written by Pradeep Vaiddya and performed by Harish Kulkarni, Dashanan is about Ravana’s humane side. In Khairlanji Episode Two, writer, director and actor Sumedhkumar Ingle will perform a Marathi monologue as Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange, the sole survivor of the Khairlanji massacre. Tickets priced at Rs 300 per person are being sold on Insider.in.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 8.30 pm.
Where: Sitara Studio, National Engineering Compound, Kakasaheb Gadgil Marg, near Congress Bhavan, opposite Indiabulls Finance Centre, Dadar (West). Tel: 022 2422 1666.

COMEDY Back to the 90s at The Cuckoo Club
Mumbai comedians Anand Reghu, Rohini Ramanathan and Punit Pania will each present a set. Tickets priced at Rs 350 per person are being sold on Bookmyshow.com.
When: Sunday, February 19 at 9 pm.
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA Pali Hill Road, next to Candies, near Learners Academy, Bandra (West). Tel: 96199 62969.

ONGOINGART 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 Rs10 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 and children above the age of 13 and at Rs 50 per person for children below the age of 13.
When: Until 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.

PHOTOGRAPHY Suitcase Museum at the Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum
The exhibition is a set of 44 ‘objects’ or black and white images by photographer Dayanita Singh from her 2015 book Museum of Chance. For details, see here. 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 and children above the age of 13 and at Rs 50 per person for children below the age of 13.
When: Until Tuesday, February 21. Open Thursday to Tuesday, from 10 am to 5.30 pm; Wednesday, closed.
Where: Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Rani Baug, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Road, Byculla. Tel: 022 2373 1234.

MUSEUM EXHIBITION Shakespeare’s First Folio at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
The First Folio, a volume of the collected plays of Shakespeare that was published in 1623, will be on display. The folio is on loan from the British Library and belonged to the collection of King George III. For more information, see here.
When: Until Wednesday, March 8. Open daily, from 10.15 am to 6 pm.
Where: Curator’s Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2284 4484.

PHOTOGRAPHY Kanu’s Gandhi at the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation
Curated by Delhi photographers Prashant Panjiar and Sanjeev Saith, this show is an exhibition of photographs of Gandhi taken by his grand-nephew Kanu Gandhi. For details, see here.
When: Until Sunday, February 26. Open daily, from 10.15 am to 6 pm.
Where: Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Second Floor, East Wing, Kala Ghoda. Tel: 022 2202 9613.

ART Approaching Land at Akara Art
Curated by Girish Shahane, this exhibition includes paintings by Indian modern artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Badri Narayan, M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza and Laxman Shrestha and contemporary artists such as Bharti Kher, Gigi Scaria, Gargi Raina and Jyothi Basu. For more information, see here.
When: Until Friday, February 24. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6.30 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Akara Art, 4/5, Churchill Chambers, 32 Mereweather Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 2202 5550.

ART Garima Gupta at Clark House Initiative
City-residing artist Garima Gupta is exhibiting a set of drawings, titled Minutes of the Meeting, which have been inspired by her visit to the rainforest in Papua New Guinea. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
When: Until Wednesday, March 8. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Monday, closed.
Where: Clark House Initiative, Ground Floor, Clark House, 8 Nathalal Parekh Marg (Old Wodehouse Road), opposite the Sahakari Bhandar, near Woodside Inn, Colaba. Tel: 98202 13816.

ART Gieve Patel at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
Mumbai-based artist Gieve Patel’s new solo show Footboard Rider is a set of paintings that captures “the marginal, vulnerable or extreme figure”. For more information, see here.
When: Until Saturday, March 18. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, 2 Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba. Tel: 022 2202 3030.

ART Goutam Ghosh at Project 88
A show of mixed media works titled bootstrapping by Santiniketan-based artist Goutam Ghosh. For more information, see here.
When: Until Tuesday, February 28. 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 Group 1890: India’s Indigenous Modernism at DAG Modern
This exhibition examines the rise and subsequent disbandment of short-lived Indian modern artist collective Group 1890 and brings together the work of members such as J. Swaminathan, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Jeram Patel and Himmat Shah who went on to have successful careers. For more information, see here.
When: Until Wednesday, March 15. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: DAG Modern, 58 V. B. Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda, Fort. Tel: 022 4922 2700.

ART Kausik Mukhopadhyay at Chatterjee and Lal
City-based artist Kausik Mukhopadhyay’s show Squeeze Lime in Your Eye is a set of mechanical sculptures made from items he was gifted. For details, see here.
When: Until Saturday, February 25. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Chatterjee & Lal, 01/18, Kamal Mansion, First Floor, same entrance as Hotel White Pearl, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 2202 3787.

ART Manisha Parekh at Jhaveri Contemporary
An exhibition of abstract works in various media titled Line of Light by Delhi-based artist Manisha Parekh. For more information, see here.
When: Until Saturday, March 4. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Jhaveri Contemporary, 2, Krishna Niwas, 58A Walkeshwar Road. Tel: 022 2369 3639.

ART Princess Pea at Sakshi Gallery
The anonymous Delhi-based artist who is known by her giant mask-wearing alter ego Princess Pea is exhibiting a show of works titled Sunrise Ceremonies. The works are images of Princess Pea in various everyday situations. For details, see here.
When: Until Thursday, February 23. Open Monday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, closed.
Where: Sakshi, 6/19, Second Floor, Grants Building, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba. Tel: 022 6610 3424.

ART Sonia Khurana at Chemould Prescott Road
Delhi-based artist Sonia Khurana’s solo show Fold/Unfold is a set of prints and video works which “include the voice, twinning, fictions of sameness and the relation of dereliction to life, foregrounding the hidden but sensed weight of the trauma of psychological dereliction”. For more information, see here.
When: Until Saturday, 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 Tanmoy Samanta at Tarq
A show of mixed media works titled Portraits in Time by Delhi-based artist Tanmoy Samanta. For more information, see here.
When: Until Saturday, February 25. Open Tuesday to Saturday, from 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday and Monday, closed.
Where: Tarq, F35/36, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba. Tel: 022 6615 0424.

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India’s urban water crisis calls for an integrated approach

We need solutions that address different aspects of the water eco-system and involve the collective participation of citizens and other stake-holders.

According to a UN report, around 1.2 billion people, or almost one fifth of the world’s population, live in areas where water is physically scarce and another 1.6 billion people, or nearly one quarter of the world’s population, face economic water shortage. They lack basic access to water. The criticality of the water situation across the world has in fact given rise to speculations over water wars becoming a distinct possibility in the future. In India the problem is compounded, given the rising population and urbanization. The Asian Development Bank has forecast that by 2030, India will have a water deficit of 50%.

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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The proposed solutions, based on a study of water issues in cities such as Mumbai, take into account different aspects of water management and distribution. Backed by a close understanding of the cost implications, they can make a difference in tackling urban water challenges. These solutions include:

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.

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