Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Prithvi theatre brings back the musical for festival 2007

1st to 11th November in Mumbai

Prithvi Theatre has done a U-turn and gone right back to the musical traditions of theatre.

The Prithvi Theatre Festival, which is now in its 29th year, will feature 12 new productions, some of which will be premiering at the fest. As always the festival will be supported by other allied events such as platform performances, discussions and a lecture-demonstration.

I am planning to go for Aisa Kehta Hai on 7th November from 6pm to 9:30, Babuji (Tale of Showman) on Saturday 3rd November at 11am and Girija ka Sapna on Monday 5th November from 6pm to 9:30.

The theatre now has an active where you can get all updated information about their plays and events.

Monday, 29 October 2007

Plan for artisans village set in motion in Navi Mumbai

Work on a proposed artisans village on the lines of the Dilli Haat at Pen in Raigad district has begun in right earnest.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said the agency was in the process of acquiring 100 acres of land in Pen and would develop it as a site which will house artisans who will produce local handicrafts to sell to tourists.

Dilli Haat is a combination food plaza and craft bazaar located in the heart of Delhi. Dilli Haat has stalls representing each State of India, giving complete variety of tastes available all over India. There are also stalls of crafts from all over India, and from a variety of cultural traditions of India. There is a nominal entrance fee to shop at Dilli Haat

Unlike the traditional weekly market, the village Haat, Dilli Haat is permanent. Some shops are permanent but other sellers are rotatated, usually for fifteen days. Products offered may include rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics. Shows promoting handicrafts and handlooms are held at the exhibition hall in the complex. To sell wares, there is an application process and spaces are allocated according to which state the seller is from.

The artisanal village concept was discussed at a meeting of an MMRDA think tank on Saturday. The Think Tank system has been introduced recently at the MMRDA to encourage department heads and planners to brainstorm and come up with innovative ideas for projects.

Gaikwad said the village will be developed as a growth centre to help artisans and other people in the surrounding region. He pointed out that Pen was a traditional centre for crafts, famous for artisans known for making idols of Ganapathy which are sold all over the country. “There is a rich tradition of folk arts and craft in the region which has to be explored and encouraged,’’ said Gaikwad.

The Dilli Haat, on which the proposed artisanal village is based, is an upgraded version of the traditional weekly market, offering a wide mix of crafts, food and cultural activities. Stalls are allotted on a rotational basis to craftsmen from all corners of India who showcase paintings, metalware, terracotta, jewellery, lac and glass bangles, leatherware, textiles, pottery and puppets.

“A food plaza is one of the main attractions of the Dilli Haat which enables visitors to savour the inimitable flavours of different regional foods. The stalls offer a wide choice of ethnic food which is clean, hygienic and reasonable priced,’’ said MMRDA officials.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

16th Annual Exhibition Cum Sale Cum Mini Fun Fair

An exhibition cum sale of handicraft articles made by vocational section of Swami Brahmanand Pratisthan, centre for Mentally Challenged will be held in the school.
On Saturday, November 3, 2007
Time: 10:30am - 7:00pm

Location: Nav-Shanti, Plot no 7, Sec-8A
Street: Artist Village, CBD, Navi Mumbai
City/Town: Mumbai, India

Contact Info Phone: 02227573961

Sunday, 21 October 2007

A Concert titled 'Dhawak Utsav' of Indian classical music is organized

on 27th October 2007, at Prabhadevi , Ravindra Natya Mandir, 7.30 pm Open Foyer, featuring the eminent artistes viz

-Farhan Khan (Sitar) & Jayateerth Mevundi (Vocal)...

This year ‘Sharad Poornima’ is on 25th October 2007.

The night of Sharad Poornima holds its own significance.It is believed that on this night the Moon showers on the earth ,the cool nectar of peace along with the eternal nourishing power.It makes the mind peaceful and reduces the effect of 'pitt', one should acquire this important moonlight on this night .

Maharishi Ved Vyasji in 'Shrimad Bhagwat ' in the 10th episode has described the night of 'Sharad poornima' as the night of the Raasotsav(raas celebrations)of the incarnation of Lord Krishna on the earth, because unlike the moon showering the cool nectar Lord Krishna too, showered 'Bhakti ras ' on the earth.thousands of fortunate Gopis enthrilled themselves by enjoying the bhakti ras in the accompaniment of the Yogehwar Lord Krishna ,the memory alone of this event fills the hearts of the devotees with love for the lord.

The day of Sharad poornima is celebrated with full enthusiasm in Brij.It is also believed to be the day of manifestation of Swami Kartikeya.

On this day Poha (puffed rice ) made from new rice along with Kheer ,a sweet dish made of milk and rice is prepared and left in the moonlight and then consumed ,gold ornaments are also placed in the vessel used to cook this kheer , this kheer is kept in the moonlight between 9pm and 12pm .One should never add raisins in any of the milk preparations,though cashew nuts and charoli can be added .The prasad thus prepared should be taken after the satsang and performing pooja, jap dhyaan with the feeling of gaining good health ,self cool and prosperity.

White puffed rice , white milk,white sugar and also the moonlight being white in colour ....hence this occassion can also be called 'Dhawal Utsav' where dhawal means white .

The moon is very close to the earth on this day and its bright rays has its own curative properties,the rays fall on the food or drinks that are consumed,and help in curing the disorder of Pitt avoids many other trivial diseases and makes the body healthy.

Listening to Indian classical music is also believed to be a part of satsang and dhyaan


Friday, 19 October 2007

What you doing in Mumbai this week-end?

Tom Alter's theatre company has put up a short festival of plays that will play out at the Mysore Association, Matunga (E) till 22nd October 2007.

Choreographer and dancer Shiamak Daver's production titled BOMBAY Black will play this weekend at Prithvi Theatre.

Preview for Bombay Black

Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Oct 21 at 09:00 PM

Also slated for this weekend are the Bombay Theatre Company's shows of Sam Bobrick's ANNOYANCE at the NCPA.

Preview for annoyance
NCPA Theatre, Nariman Point Oct 21 at 06:30 PM Source:

Saturday, 13 October 2007

The society collections where Art meets Style

12th to 15th October
World Trade Centre
from 10am to 8pm
Entry fee Rs40/-

This week-end, there is life style exhibition with a difference where you can unleash your lifestyle. On the display are the collection of some suave and vibrant collections of Indian Art and Crafts and range of personal and home products, hand picked from all over country that includes artifacts in silver, glass and metal.

It is perfect destination to shop for gifts during this festive season.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

October 17 and October 18 2007 is the day when you can ‘Stand up’ and ‘Speak out’

'STAND UP' to make a difference in somebody’s life.

'SPEAK OUT' for the Achievement of the Millennium development Goals,

STAND UP & Be Counted: SPEAK OUT & Be Heard

‘Phalguni’ is an vocational training program at the Swami Brahmanand Pratisthan, Centre for Mentally, Mumbai.

In this event, we bring awareness about the talents/skills of the mentally challenged Children and about vocation training programs that help them earn their livelihood. We invite people to sponsor such programs. We also invite people to become well-wishers of this school; thereby, they can get involved in all activities planned by the school and also help in promoting the welfare of the students.

A visit to this school is planned on Oct 17, 2007. A tour inside the school is arranged to understand the functioning of the school and also a display of artifacts created by the students shall be on sale. Please support this event. Feel free to contact us for further details.

Thank You

Pushpa Moorjani
Swami Brahmanand Pratisthan
Centre for Mentally Challenged

Sunday, 7 October 2007

October 17th is the day you can mark on your calendar

It is the day which will be celebrated in over 100 countries, the day to stand up and speak out against poverty and inequality. It is the day to demand that the governments keep their promise to eradicate poverty by 2015.

From workers to students, women’s groups to community groups, people will call on political leaders to deliver more and better aid to the poorest nations, implement fairer trade conditions, cancel debt, and ensure gender equality as well as greater transparency and accountability from their governments.

They will speak through music, political meetings and using banners, A new piece of choral music, The Poverty Requiem, will be performed in a global chain of performances in over 25 countries. Delegations will meet politicians to present their demands to end poverty and on four continents International Women's Tribunals on Poverty will be held to raise awareness of gender issues. Elsewhere, groups are making giant Banners Against Poverty with messages for leaders and later linking these on key global mobilization dates.

Events are being planned in over 100 countries. These will range from major rallies and concerts to gatherings in school assemblies, town halls and refugee camps. Participants will be asked to register for the Guinness challenge in the 24-hour period from 9pm GMT on October 16th to 9pm GMT on October 17th.

For more information visit

Monday, 1 October 2007

2nd October is no longer just an important day to celebrate Gandhiji’s Birthday.

It is now the day on which people across the globe will observe the United Nations Day of Non-Violence.

All the peace-loving citizen of Mumbai will be celebrating tha Peace-mela today at Horniman circle/Asiatic Library space.It is the day on which People will observe the United Nations Day of Non-violence. This is being celebrated in mumbai with an evening dedicated to creative expressions of the striving for peace through music, song, poetry, dance, drama, films and more.

The youth of Mumbai will be invited to participate through showcasing their creative work - poems, prose pieces, posters, photographs etc.– all on the theme of peace. The Horniman Garden area will be used to display poems, photographs and prose pieces that people have sent in.


The Programme (almost final)

Max Mueller Bhavan

2.00 to 7.00
Film Festival

Horniman Circle Stage

5.00 to 5.15
Kabir songs
Shekhar Sen

5.15 to 5.35
Drama Monologue
Iqbal Niyazi

5.35 to 5.45
Urban folk songs
Susmit Bose

5.45 to 6.15
Children’s programmes incl. singing of ‘Imagine
Khoj ( Teesta Setalvad’s Children’s group)
Raell Padamsee’s Children’s Group

6.15 to 7.00
Poetry and prose readingin various languages
Arundhathi Subramaniam, Atul Tiwari, Javed Akhtar, Jerry Pinto, Manisha Lakhe, Menka Shivdasani, Ranjit Hoskote, Rohinton Daruwala and others

Asiatic Library Stage

7.30 to 8.00
Instrumental Music
Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan

8.00 to 8.15
Changeover time

8.15 to 8. 45
Jagjit Singh

8.45 to 9.00

9.00 to 9.20
Jazz, Blues & Soul Songs on the theme of peace
Vivienne Pocha & Merlin D’ Souza

9.20 to 9.30
Changeover time
Lighting of candles/ all artists on stage

9.30 to 9.40
‘Give Peace a Chance’Peace Pledge
Devieka and all artists

Source: for peace

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