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Top World Music Day Events in the City

Monday, June 20th, 2016

Music is our constant companion through the day. If we’re not listening to music through our phones and IPods, we’ve got the radio on, or then we’re humming a tune in our heads. Music makes a long, crowded commute enjoyable, a bad day at work tolerable and happy times tenfold more enjoyable. It’s only fitting then that we have a day that celebrates music and reminds us how important music is in our lives. Today, we celebrate World Music Day, a day when streets comes alive with free gigs and pubs everywhere host music events. We’ve drawn up a list of cool things happening today, so if you want to feel the thrill of this melodious festival, do head over to one of these events happening in the city.




An Evening of Rhythm

Drummer Montrey Manuel puts together a percussion performance, but his instruments are a little different. He creates music out of recycled products and uses discarded tubes, paint cans, plastic bottles and pans to make music. So, if you’re up for something musical and different, attend his ‘Thaalavattam,’ or circle of rhythm, happening at Anti-social (Khar West) on the 23rd of June at 8 pm.

VH1 Relay

VH1 has put together a playlist that pays tribute to the best of the best in music. Today, from 8 am onwards, some of your favourite tracks will play back to back. So, if you’re lounging around at home, flip to VH1 and then hide the remote for the rest of the day. If you’re going to be in office, ask the receptionist to leave VH1 on and catch a glimpse of your favourite artists whenever possible.

Semi-classical Tunes to set the Mood

Classical music is perfect for the monsoons. Melodious ragas complement the sometimes sombre sometimes sublime mood of this season and rainy days more beautiful. Soma Ghosh, who performs the Benaras style of semi-classical music will be rendering some beautiful ragas from the Malhar family at the NCPA, experimental theatre on 24th June at 6.30 pm. For more details, check the NCPA website.

Free Music throughout the City!

If your pockets feel too light, worry not for the NSPA brings you good music for free. Our artists are stationed everywhere in the city and they put up melodious multi-genre performances. You don’t have to shell out a penny to be part of these performances. All you have to do is inch closer and sing along with the artists!

To know where our artists will be performing, visit this link: NSPA Events

Cine Concert – With Les Mélodies de Nirbaak

Attend this concert to experience what it felt like in the olden days, when silent films ruled the cinemas. In those days, musicians would perform live the music composed for the film. Les Mélodies de Nirbaak, this music group will be recreating this experience by playing live music for four George Méliès films – A trip to the Moon, Blue Beard, Joan of Arc & the Kingdom of Fairies.  The event will happen at the Godrej theatre at the NCPA on the 23rd of June at 7 pm. For more details, visit the website.

Well, Happy World Music Day folks! Make the most of today.

Fun Things to do this week!

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Who says you need to wait for the weekend to have a good time? Here are some fun events you can check out after work/college to have a good time.


Film: It’s going to be a good week for cinephiles. If you love movies that offer a lot more than the regular dishum-dishum and item numbers, these two film festivals will delight you with their movie offerings.

The World War Film Festival:

The physical scars left by wars might heal, but the mental and emotional ones rarely do. This film festival, organized by Enlighten Film Society, promises to show six of the greatest films ever made on war. The works of some iconic directors like Stanley Kubrick and Roberto Rossellini are included in this set.

Where? Matterden CFC Theatre (Lower Parel)

When? Monday – Thursday, 7 pm-11.30 pm

The European Film Festival:

The 20th European Film Festival will be screening 21 award winning European Films from different genres of European Cinema. Explore new cinematic techniques, cultural practices and global perspectives through these intelligent, moving films.

Where? Alliance Francaise

When? Wednesday – Sunday, 12 pm onwards

(For schedule and timings, check this link: European Film Festival

Art & Craft: Not all of us can bring canvas to life with our paintings. But, there are a few gifted souls out there who succeed in doing this with ease. ‘Encounters’ is an exhibition that puts on display the work of one such artist. Explore designs that promise to a spark cross-cultural dialogue between traditional forms of folk art from around the world.

Where? Tarq (Colaba)

When? Till May 28th, 11 am-7 pm

Passages from Reclusive Conversations:

A solo painting exhibition featuring the works of Mahesh Baliga. His allegorical and satirical paintings provoke you to re-imagine re-look at everyday scenarios in a new light.

Where? Project 88 (Colaba)

When? Till May 30th, 11 am-7 pm


Count on the NSPA to deliver a regular, unfaltering supply of live performances. Every day of the week, different NSPA artists station themselves at different locations and deliver melodious, upbeat street performances to help bring art to the people. From Sufi rock performances, to alternative rock melodies, you’re sure to be treated to a wide range of musical genres and art forms.

Click on this link to get our event schedule: Upcoming NSPA performances

Drama: ‘Chinta Chod Chintami’ brilliantly explores the unrest and tension families experience because of the generation gap. Learn a bit or two about family life and problem solving from this insightful drama.

Where? Prithvi

When? Friday, 9 pm onwards

Well, that’s it from us. Hope this list helps you have a fun week!

Fun Things to do this Week!

Monday, April 6th, 2015

It’s that time of the week when we list down all the fun activities and events you can be a part of during the week so that you don’t find yourself desperately awaiting the weekend. Here are some inspiring and enjoyable activities that are sure to interest art, music and drama lovers. Pick up an event/events that excite you and pay a visit to the venue after work to spice up your weekday, workday routine.



Image courtesy: ztopics

Art Lovers:

Well peeps, there’s a lot in store for you this week. If you’re feeling philanthropic, The Indian Cancer Society gives you a chance to help out those in need. Pick up a couple of artworks from the ‘Art for A Cause,’ art exhibition, an exhibition that aims raise funds to help out deserving cancer patients and do your bit for society. More than 50 renowned artists will have their works on display, so you’re sure to find something worth buying.

Venue: Art and Soul Gallery (Worli) 11 am onwards, Monday – Thursday

Check out the works of celebrated British painter and printmaker, Howard Hodgkin, at Jehangir Nicholson Gallery from Monday to Sunday, 11 am onwards. Hodgkin is known for his semi-abstract paintings that make use of bold strokes of colour to convey emotional states, private judgements and specific meanings. Look out for his two major works “Rain” and “Come into the Garden, Maud” at the exhibition.

Music Lovers:

As usual, NSPA artists put on fabulous performances at various locations to help make your week more enjoyable and musical. On Tuesday, head towards Carter Road, from 6-9 pm to enjoy pop fusion and alternative rock music. On Thursday, stay tuned for Sufi and Marathi folk performances at Marol Naka Metro Station and Saibaba Park, 6-8 pm. Fridays offer a host of performances at several popular locations like Oberoi Mall, Goregaon, Metro Mall, Kalyan, Carter Road, Andheri Metro Station and Pushpa Narsee Park, Juhu. For more details about the line-ups, check out our events page: NSPA Events

Stand-up Comedy Lovers:

Canvas Laugh Club gives budding comedians a chance to enjoy the spotlight with their ‘Open Mic’ event. You can now tell those funny one-liners and semi-hilarious jokes to persons other than your best friend and dog. Be there today at 8.30 pm to enjoy some good and some not-so-good debut performances!

Canvas Laugh Club also presents the Best in Stand-up Comedy with Karan Talwar, Milhail Almeda and Karunesh Talwar delivering their most humorous performances this Wednesday, 8.30 pm. Attend this show to have a gala time as these seasoned performers are sure to leave you in splits!

PS: The Lil Flea Anniversary happens this week and to celebrate it, the organizers have put up a 3-day gala event that will delight shopaholics, foodies and music lovers!Head towards the BKC grounds from 4-11 pm this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enjoy an absorbing, unforgettable experience! For more details, visit their Facebook page: The Lil Flea Anniversary Edition

That’s all for now folks, hope you have a swell week!