It's a long weekend again and even as My Name is Khan releases in cinemas that have turned into fortresses, there is one place where the fun and celebration of art, culture, literature and music continue - the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai. Visit the website for a detailed schedule. Journalist, and blogger Sidin Vadukut's much awaited novel, about the adventures of Robert 'Einstein' Varghese, titled Dork finally launches in Mumbai. The book promises to be a laugh riot on cubicle culture and Vadukut will be at Kala Ghoda tomorrow to sign some copies.
Kala Ghoda Special
Rafi Forever - Indian Whistlers Association
Amphitheatre, Sunday, 14 February, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Book launch - Dork, The Incredible Adventures of Robert Einstein' Varghese by Sidin Vadukut
Friday, 12 February 2010, David Sassoon Library Garden, 5pm onwards.
Fresh off the shelf - moderated by Samit Basu
Featuring Manjul Bajaj, Ravi Subramanian, Bulbul Sharma and Mohyna Srinivasan
Friday, 12 February, David Sassoon Library Garden, 5pm - 6pm
The Literature Quiz - presented by The Bombay Quiz Club
Saturday, 13 February, David Sassoon Library, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Visual Storytelling: The beginning of the Bapat Archive
Presented by Ambarish S and Sarnath B
Saturday, 13 February, David Sassoon Library Garden, 8 - 8:30pm
Poetry Slam (multilingual)
Presented by Caferati
Sunday, 14th February, David Sassoon Library Garden, 6:30pm onwards
More in music
Ballantine's Retro Night: Biddu, followed by DJ Monty
Indian-British music producer Biddu who's scored iconic tracks such as 'Kung-fu fighting' and 'Boom Boom' and has launched the career of Pakistani teen singing sensation, the late Nazia Hassan and produced Indipop hits for a number of Indian acts, notably Alisha Chinai. He will be performing many of his well-known hits in what is truly going to be 'A Night to Remember'!
Followed by: The Prince of Retro, DJ Monty.
Friday, 12 February, 10:30pm-1:30am, Blue Frog, Mumbai.
Parachute XVI (Bangalore): Blues rock + Emok (Denmark): Techno, progressive.
With Parachute XVI you never know what's coming next. Soaring ballads, crunchy rock'n'roll riffs, adventures in time signatures, ‘progadelia’ or just flat out improvisation. Each of their musical sensibilities and their influences are channeled into pieces of art that can truly be called their own. Parachute XVI jumped head first into Acoustic Garden and recorded a four song EP titled Sodium Trail And The Current Beantown Voice released early September 2009, and the band is on its course to travel through India to promote it.
Saturday, 13 February 2010, 10:30pm-1:30am, Blue Frog, Mumbai.
Singer songwriter night: Geetu Hinduja, Siddharth Basrur, Aviv Pereira, Pia Sukanya and Richard Vinson (UK)
As an artist, Geetu continues to develop and explore issues of identity with her music that celebrates emancipation, strength and empowerment for women. She is one of the most interesting musicians to emerge out of the Asian diaspora; equally at home with original compositions as well as singing covers of artists that encompass the genre of western folk, soft rock and alternative. She has put together a band that comprises of Prasad Ruparel on rhythm and lead guitar, Crosby on bass guitar, Kiyomi on rhythm and lead Guitar and Shreeram on the flute.
Sunday, 14 February 2010, 7:30pm-10pm, Blue Frog, Lower Parel, Mumbai