Wondering how to spend your weekend? Here’s a list of the best events and activities in the city that you might want to make part of your plans. For more things to do in Mumbai, visit BookMyShow.
Midnight Cycling and Storytelling
Organised by The Legend of Bombay Bards, this cycling tour of the city will take you back in time to the days of the British Raj. As you ride, listen to the story of the ‘Kimayagar of Bombay’, a young boy who came to the city to make a living and ended up a millionaire. The ten-kilometre excursion ends with a quiz at Marine Drive.
When: Saturday, December 15 at 10pm.
Where: The tour begins at Happy Cycle Shop, 9/A Sukhnivas, Third Pasta Lane, Railway Colony, Apollo Bandar, Colaba.
For more adventure, see here.
The businessman-turned-comedian and former member of comedy troupe East India Comedy will perform a set in Kalyan for the first time.
When: Sunday, December 16 at 8.30pm.
Where: Girija Payyade Hotel, Hall And Auditorium, R.P Road, Bhanunagar, Bhoiwada, Kalyan.
Comedians Pavitra Shetty and Masoom Rajwani will each present a 30-minute set at this show hosted by Jeeya Sethi.
When: Sunday, December 16 at 9pm.
Where: The Integral Space, 14 Janata Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel.
For more comedy, see here.
Organised by Hooted1ce to support singer-songwriters, this gig will feature Vibrant Justh and Flying Shoe aka Omkar Potdar. Singer-songwriter Pawan Gaikwad will play an opening set.
When: Saturday, December 15 at 8pm.
Where: Adagio, Rukhsana Manor, 237 B, Chapel Road, Ranwar, Bandra (West).
Playing For Change
Three bands will play this gig put together by Playing For Change, an organisation that spreads education and music among the needy. Mumbai-based fusion-rock band Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Cafe is known for its unique rendition of the works of the fifteenth-century poet, Kabir. Easy Wanderlings from Pune plays ambient pop, soul and folk music. And Bryan Ernest, one-half of the musical duo Stringy-Cheese and CrackerJack from Mumbai, will perform.
When: Saturday, December 15 at 8.30pm.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, Sharyans Audeus, Fun Cinema Lane, Off Veera Desai, Andheri West.
Listen to acclaimed tabla player Talvin Singh and sarod exponent Arnab Chakrabarty deliver a set of classical music infused with contemporary sounds.
When: Saturday, December 15 at 8.30pm.
Where: G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Laxmi Mills Estate, Shakti Mills Lane, Off Dr. E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi.
Vocalist Madhup Mudgal will perform morning ragas of the second prahar at this Hindustani classical music concert. He will be accompanied by Mandar Puranik playing the tabla and Niranjan Lele on the harmonium.
When: Sunday, December 16 at 7.30am.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu.
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This dastangoi performance by Himanshu Bajpai will give audiences a glimpse into the life of Urdu poet Asrar ul Haq Majaz aka Majaz Lakhnavi, who was known for his romantic and revolutionary poetry.
When: Saturday, December 15 at 7pm.
Where: Hive at Great Eastern, The New Great Eastern Mills, 25-29, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Mazgaon, Byculla.
The festival celebrates new Indian dance works developed by artists after years of practice. This Sunday, watch Sankalan, a collection of five choreographies by Odissi dancer Madhavi Mudgal and her troupe (pictured above), and Grishma-Varsha-Shishir-Vasant by Vaibhav Arekar and the Sankhya Dance Company. In this piece, personal stories of anger, conflict, love, pain, isolation and hope are told using the seasons as a framing tool.
When: Sunday, December 16 at 6.30pm.
Where: Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
For more performances, see here.
Directed by Chinmay Mandlekar and written by Ratnakar Matkari, Albattya Galbattya is a Marathi fantasy musical with kings, talking animals, witches and magical matchboxes.
When: Saturday, December 15 at 4pm at Shivaji Mandir and Sunday, December 16 at 11am at Acharya Prahlad Keshav Atre Rang Mandir.
Where: Shree Shivaji Mandir, NC Kelkar Road, Dadar West. Acharya Pralhad Keshav Atre Rang Mandir, Bazar Peth Road, Shivaji Chowk, Bhoiwada, Kalyan.
Two short stories will be narrated in this instalment of the series of Hindi and Urdu storytelling events. In Mohan Rakesh’s ‘Uski Roti’, a woman waits for longer than usual for her truck driver husband to collect his tiffin. And in Premchand’s ‘Bade Bhai Sahab’, a man jealously observes his younger brother fare better in studies despite being less industrious.
When: Sunday, December 16 at noon.
Where: The Cuckoo Club, 5AA Pali Hill, Mac Ronells Compound, next to Learners Academy and Candies, Bandra (West).
In this Hindi and English comedy written by Adhir Bhat and directed by Akarsh Khurana, a bunch of office-goers discuss the stresses of working life in the smoking area of the building.
When: Sunday, December 16 at 7pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
‘The Siddhus of Upper Juhu’
This English satire starring Shernaz Patel and Rajit Kapur revolves around a middle-class couple struggling to stay sane in a city plagued with civic issues.
When: Sunday, December 16 at 7.30pm.
Where: Royal Opera House Theatre, Mama Paramanand Marg.
For more plays, see here.
Intro To Reel: ‘Film’-making Workshop
This workshop in collaboration with Kodak will introduce beginners to the medium of celluloid film, giving them an overview of stock, film, cameras, and development. Participants will also be given hands-on experience of shooting guided by an experienced cinematographer.
When: Sunday, December 16 at 10am.
Where: Harkat Studios, Bungalow 75, JP Road, Aram Nagar, Versova, Andheri (West).
For more workshops, see here.