Chasing a dream

An IAS officer tries to chronicle aspirations of the Indian youth. He shares his views with Priya Adhyaru-Majithia After chronicling the turmoil of a bureaucrat and demystifying the Indian bureaucracy, Vipul Mittra now moves on to capture dreams and aspirations of six college-goers in his second novel, The Dream Chasers. Vipul is cosy donning various […]

AIAF to end on a divine note

Sacred tunes to fill the air on concluding day of the fifth edition of Ahmedabad International Arts Fest Taking spiritual wisdom through modern dance form to the youth is one of the prime goals of Ahmedabad International Arts Festival. Jain Katha by Seema Mehta and Rina Mehta is a unique show celebrating the rich traditions […]

Integrating Gandhi and dance

Celebrating Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, Rentia Baras, that falls on September 30 this year, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Ahmedabad Kendra brings a novel feast of Gandhi – Warp and Weft performance to the city. Padma Shri Geeta Chandran, who was recently voted Delhi’s ‘hottest’ dancer, will be performing. THE PERFORMANCE Gandhi: Warp and Weft explores and […]

Reading into satanic verses

Special: Banned books : Gujarat connection GREAT SOUL; MAHATMA GANDHI AND HIS STRUGGLE WITH INDIA AUTHOR: JOSEPH LELYVELD YEAR: 2011 The biographical book suggested that Mahatma Gandhi was a bisexual. Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced the ban in the state assembly, and the opposition Congress supported the decision. Gandhi’s grandsons Tushar Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi and […]

State govt refuses tax-free benefit to film on gay rights

Director of Gujarati film Meghdhanushya: The Colour of Life plans to challenge entertainment commissioner’s order in HC after being refused tax exemption because the film uses the words ‘homosexual’, ‘gay’ and ‘samlaingik’ finds Priya Adhyaru-Majithia On one hand a Gujarati film has been chosen as India’s entry to the Oscars much to the surprise of […]

AIAF is Back and Wow!

Spiritual, regional spirits form crux of Ahmedabad International Arts Fest Ahmedabad International Arts Festival (AIAF), the fifth edition of multi-arts, multivenue festival slated for September 26 to 29 this year, focuses on celebrating the spirituality, regional flavours and ritualistic facets of city. The festival aims to recreate the rustic aesthetics of colourful and zestful festivities […]

TOYING WITH GEEKY IDEAS

MEET CITY’S TALENTED CELEBRITIES-IN-THE-MAKING with Priya Adhyaru-Majithia A 13-yr-old led his team to victory at the regional round of 8th Indian Robot Olympiad. He hopes to win the finals, too Ordinary boys pester mommy for toys, but Kanhai Parikh likes to design his own stuff using sensors, micro-processors and wireless units. An ace at designing […]

Classically yours

In this digital age of music, young Amdavadis are discovering their love for vintage Bollywood numbers. PRIYA ADHYARU-MAJITHIA features some big music clubs in the city that have contributed to reviving the retro rage Skies rain enchantment in the air, and nothing expresses the tremulous confusion of first love like pyaar hua ikraar hua from […]

Celebrating freedom through expression

Budhan theatre’s children celebrated 62nd Vimukti Divas through a play. The drama used Bhantu bhasha, Chhara community’s dialect, as a medium of communication learns Priya Adhyaru-Majithia Apne desh ka naam kya hai? “Bharat” answers a child enthusiasticly. He is one of the 20 children attending a class of the Chhara community in a village. The […]