A Parisian Display at The City Beautiful
One a bright sunny June morning, Ajay Bhatia awoke at daybreak and decided to stroll around the streets of Paris, capturing the beauty of the city through his camera lens. The result of this is now on display at Alliance Francaise – a photographic record of Paris over one day, from morning to night.
What : City of Light: A Photography Exhibition by Ajay Bhatia
When : Mar 23 – Apr 7, 2018 | 9AM – 7PM
Where: Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh
In Bhatia’s own words, “It was… Perfect weather for walking and perfect light for photography. I passed by café’s and patisseries preparing to open for the day. I gradually made my way towards the Musée Picasso. The streets and architecture were imbued with an old world charm. People smiled or nodded when you glanced at them. I felt good and at peace with the world.”
A documentary photographer based in Chandigarh, Ajay likes to indulge his passion for travel, event, and architecture photography. Inspired by the quintessential charm of historical towns, cities, and villages, Bhatia chooses to capture the cultural and traditional flavours of such settlements. And at the same time, the contemporary flavour and progressive lifestyles of modern cities also find their way into his work. His photographic interests vary from the rhythmic dances to the colourful vibrancy of folk art in India.
Ajay has extensively worked on the architectural and natural wonders of Chandigarh. His very first photography exhibition was titled “The Hidden Beauty of the City Beautiful” and was organised in collaboration with Government Museum & Art Gallery, Chandigarh. His second exhibition titled “Straight Lines, Open Spaces” (The Legacy of Le Corbusier) was also hosted by Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh. A third exhibition series entitled “Le Corbusier – The Play of Light” has travelled extensively across India, including cities like Hyderabad and Pune, which are known for their love for the arts.
Ajay is motivated by the belief that it will take him several lifetimes to exhaust the infinite photographic possibilities that the world offers on a daily basis. And yet, he continues to capture as many regions as he is able to visit in this singular lifetime. A strict connoisseur of natural photography, new age techniques like photoshop and editing are an absolute no no for this lover of light and shadows. Be sure to catch his work and frames at this ongoing exhibition at Alliance Francaise before it moves on to its next destination.
Chandigarh Urban Festival Sky Lantern Evening – A Festival of Lights!
Imagine a pitch black night sky dotted with a thousand lights – no, not stars, we mean lights, lanterns,
and fire! That’s what this Sunday night is going to be all about. The Chandigarh sky will be lit like a
wedding and we promise you it’s a spectacle you don’t want to miss!
What : Chandigarh Urban Festival Sky Lantern Evening
When : March 25, 2018 | 4:30PM – 9:30PM
Where: People’s Plaza, Capitol Complex, Sector 1
They call Diwali the festival of lights. True. But nobody said we have to celebrate it only once a year,
right? That’s why Chandigarh Urban Festival is hosting a sky lantern evening as part of its closing
ceremony on Sunday, March 25. An estimated 1000 sky lanterns are going to be released by fellow
Chandigarhians and if you want to be part of this celebration, then you need to head over here and
register yourself now!
The Chandigarh Urban Festival has been an ongoing celebration of the cultural diversity and urban
architecture of the city beautiful, for the last two months. It was an endeavour undertaken by the Act!
Chandigarh to create an interactive platform for citizens, academicians, students, politicians, and
bureaucrats to come together and debate, discuss, and celebrate the existence of Le Corbusier’s
visionary city, i.e. Chandigarh!
The Festival will culminate with the Grand Carnival this Sunday, with a variety of programmes lined
up for a truly enriching experience. Starting with the Grand Open Hand March, which will be held at
Jan Marg and will showcase 2400 performers – a mix of professional and amateur folk, classical,
contemporary, and freestyle dancers and musicians. Carnival groups will be dressed up for
masquerade, wearing wigs, masks, funky dresses, and painted faces. Here’s a chance for a truly public
celebration with elements of circusry for tricity residents to come in costumes and masks and join in
Did you know that Le Corbusier had designed Jan Marg as a 100m wide ceremonial street for the
purpose of parades, carnivals, and grand ceremonies? Only that it was never used for its intended
purpose and has simply remained a common street to this day. Thus, for the very first time, by way of
the Open Hand March, the Chandigarh Urban Festival will put this street to its actual use.
The March will be followed by a coordinated release of sky lanterns at dusk by tricity citizens at the
People’s Plaza in Capitol Complex. Participants are free to tie a written message with their sky lantern
and each lantern will be released by two people. Sky lanterns are traditionally a part of various Asian
cultures, launched at festivals and carnivals. This Sunday will be a true celebration of the UNESCO
World Heritage Site!
Haal-E-Dil – An Overwhelming Open Mic Night
Open mic nights have become a trend in the tricity and we are glad for it! It means more and more people are coming out of their shells to share their work with a listening audience. Here’s the latest in open mic, if you need a place to just relax and absorb the beautiful compositions of fellow Chandigarhians.
What : Haal-E-Dil Silsila Jari Hai
When : Mar 18, 2018 | 4PM – 7PM
Where: Lumos Coco, Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh
On Feb 25, hardly a few weeks back, Conviction Visuals organised an open mic night at a quaint little co-working cafe in Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh – a place called Lumos Coco. The idea was that anyone who wanted a platform to share what’s on their mind, a story, an incident, or even a little poem of their own composition could simply step up to the mike and pour their heart out. The only criteria being that it had to be original. The event was aptly titled Haal-E-Dil.
So, Chandigarh answered and how! The event turned out to be such a success that these guys are now back with the next edition – Haal-E-Dil Silsila Jari Hai. The idea remains the same – to have a platform for people who want to share anecdotes, poetry, music, or shayari from the heart without the fear of being judged. And if walking up to the stage and speaking up in front of random strangers is not your thing, fret not. Simply go and find a cozy little spot for yourself and let your heart be filled with the outpour of emotions spilling on stage.
More and more people are finding a voice of expression nowadays and the word is catching on! We’re only glad for it because it means more places to go to and more personal experiences to absorb. The last event witnessed a multitude of people, from a grandpa starting his poem with the lines
Meri zindagi ka aakhri padaav hai
Fir bhi jeene ki chah hai
To a young man reminiscing his childhood days, ending his poem with the lines
Chote chote bacho mein
Ab apna bachpan dhundta hun
The themes of the articulation varied from lost love to martyred soldiers. From the romantic to the nostalgic to the beautifully enigmatic, our fellow Chandigarhians have a lot to express, but only if someone is willing to listen.
And it’s happening again on the 18th. If you have nothing important keeping you busy, we suggest you head over to Lumos Coco without giving it a second thought. You won’t be disappointed, promise.
This Young Duo Is Going To Be The Next Big Thing In Indian Fusion Music
Delhi based fusion duo Shadow and Light are back in the tricity this weekend for their third album launch. While some of you may be familiar with their work, the rest still remain ignorant of the true potential of this band. They’re going to be the next big thing and here’s why you can’t afford to miss out on their upcoming performance.
What : Shadow and Light – 3rd Album Launch
When : Mar 8, 2018 | 9PM
Where : Upstairs Club, Sector 5, Panchkula
When you think of popular fusion bands, you think of names like Indian Ocean, Raghu Dixit Project, Advaita, Swarathma, and the like. These are all multiplayer bands and kudos to them for having carved a niche for themselves in a country that only follows either bollywood hits or pop hits of the west. But while they have had to slog over different styles and multiple instruments to achieve their desired result of a true fusion of the contemporary and classical, here is a duo that seems to be handling this creative burden with the ease of a classical maestro!
Born on a cold November afternoon in New Delhi, Shadow and Light have been creating a buzz in the indie music circuit for almost four years now. Yes, that’s not exactly newly born, but considering the lifespan of commercially successful bands and artists in India, four years is a fairly short period of time. These guys have achieved in four years what aspiring musicians take decades to do. The duo comprises of vocalist Pavitra Chari, trained under Shubha Mudgal, and keyboardist/producer Anindo Bose of Advaita fame. While their vibe remains contemporary and cinematic, the styles of music that permeate through their compositions are Hindustani classical, pop, jazz, and electronic.
Shadow and Light released its debut album in June 2014 and have since played innumerable festivals and venues across the country, including Friends of Music, Chandigarh Jazz Festival, DIY Festival, and Fete de la Musique. Awarded the 1st runners up of the Sennheiser Top 50 Competition in 2015, the duo have also had the opportunity to record with one of Bollywood’s top production studios, Flying Carpet Productions. Their second album, Elements, was released in February 2016 along with a music video for the song ‘Dua’ on Pepsi MTV Indies. Shadow and Light has also previously been invited to shoot with Kappa TV – a Malayalam specialty music television channel.
Having opened for the likes of Anoushka Shankar and Ranjit Barot, this duo have also had the chance to play their music with Karsh Kale in New York and Benny Dayal on the main stage at NH7 Weekender, Red Bull Studio Science and Mood Indigo (IIT Mumbai). With their third album launch at Upstairs Club this Thursday, the duo is bringing a new direction for fusion music in the country. It is exactly the kind of divergence you need from mainstream music and this is your chance to get on the bandwagon. Don’t miss out!
LaFeria Is Opening Its Gates To Dogs This Weekend!
You’ll often see or hear about dog oriented events, cafes, festivals, and what not happening in the big cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi. But what about our puppers here in Chandigarh? They need love too. That’s why Doggizza and LaFeria Events got together to make their next pop-up truly dog friendly!
What : Doggievent @ LaFeria
When : Mar 10 – Mar 11, 2018 | 10AM onwards
Where : Chandigarh Club Ltd, Sector 1
We Chandigarhians love to go out, don’t we? Be it a movie, or a festival, or a small scale event happening at a nearby cafe, or even if it is to simply hang out with near and dear ones… we just need an excuse to step out of the house and indulge our cravings. But what about the little babies we leave at home? No, not the human babies – those are usually taken care of. We’re talking about our darling four-legged puppers sitting around all day waiting for us to come back and play with them.
If you’re a dog owner, then you know very well just how dependent our furry friends are on their human companions. Their day starts and ends with us playing with them, feeding them, and simply giving them the attention they crave for 24×7. In fact, there’s a research that says pet dogs constantly think of their owners even in their dreams! Now that’s a whole new level of dedication, don’t you think? And what do we do? We happily play with them and give them love when it suits us, and leave them to loiter around the house when it doesn’t. That’s just not fair.
So, Doggizza and LaFeria events decided to do something about this. They decided to open their next pop-up not just to humans but also to the furry companions. And it’s not the first time they’re doing it either. A similar experiment took place in September last year and proved to be such a hit that they want to do it again and again. All you have to do is bring your dog to the venue and leave your pet with them. While you go and have your own kind of fun, they will be immersed in their own world of fun.
Facilities on offer include vet services, pet spa, pet accessories, a dog bakery, pet trainers, a pool/ball party, and so much more! There’s also quirky little competitions going to held and complimentary gifts for lucky winners too! A one-of-its-kind fun and entertainment event only for dogs. We promise you, they’ll love you for it just as much as you love them for just being there, no?
Special Screening at Elante Mall – Film Shuddhi
Amongst the torrent of latest movie releases running in the theatres today, most fade out within a few weeks despite their box office collection. Here is a special screening of a film released in March 2017 that remains as relevant today, despite its language disconnect.
What : Shuddhi Special Screening
When : March 10, 2018 | 12 noon onwards
Where: Elante Mall
Sometimes a great film hits the theatres and we miss it for some reason or the other. Once off the theatres, the only medium left is to watch it on our personal screens, thus significantly altering the viewing experience. Don’t you wish you could get just one more chance to watch it on the big screen?
Yep, we all have the same answer to that question. That’s why Radical Frames and Elante Mall have collaborated to bring to us Shuddhi, a 2017 Kannada film that has managed to attract international attention. Written and directed by Adarsh Eshwarappa, Shuddhi revolves around three characters – an American photojournalist who travels to India, an Indian journalist and theatre activist who calls out the bluff of the Juvenile Justice Act, and a criminal on the run.
The film is a female-centric thriller, connecting the lives of its three protagonists, presented through an intricately woven screenplay. What stands out about the film is that it doesn’t become too over the top activist in nature but keeps the drama and thrill of the screenplay intact, clearly conveying the message that it wants to instead of preaching it. The narrative of the film meanders in and out of cultural experiences, mythological parallels, and the average citizen’s beliefs, stigmas, strengths, and weaknesses.
The three lead actresses do a fine job of portraying relatable characters who are driven not by some misplaced sense of activism, but by the need to bring about change just as much as the average citizen of the country, their gender notwithstanding. Though the film may not have found solutions to today’s women-centric problems, but it manages to give a true non-exaggerated picture of numerous situations that women have to deal with today.
Debutant director Adarsh Eshwarappa has managed to do in his first film what few are able to accomplish over decades of hit and trials – and that is to create an authentic cinematic experience. The whole team can be credited for this accomplishment. From beautiful cinematography to a complimenting background score to a brilliant job of casting, the combined effort is what makes the film laudable. It may not be the most critically acclaimed film, but it is definitely one that lingers in your mind long after you’ve left the movie theatre.
Evening of Poetry @Garden of Fragrance
Poetry has resided in the hearts of Chandigarhians since times immemorial and now there’s something of a movement going about to bring it out of the hearts and into the open for the poetry lovers of the tricity to revel in.
What : Chalte Chalte: Juan Elia
When : March 11, 2018 | 4PM onwards
Where: Garden of Fragrance, Sector 36
We may not be fully aware of it, but poetry has been a part of our lives right from the time we were children. From rote learning children’s jingles to analysing poetry as part of our school syllabus, to dancing to lyrical beats of poetry hidden within our favourite songs – it has been around even when we weren’t proactively looking for it.
Poetry has taught us many a lesson in life that we weren’t aware we learnt through a simple weaving together of words. It is the expression of human experience, of feelings, of thoughts and emotions. It is poetry that has, in many ways, taught us about the aesthetic balance of life and showed us what is truly beautiful in the world.
Recognising this role that poetry plays in all of our lives and wanting a platform for those who celebrate the love of poetry, the minds behind Cross Connection Poetree started meeting every month to bring verses to the general public in a free and open environment. They meet every month and recite poetry for any and every one who wants to listen, usually with a predetermined concept for every meeting, giving their segment the title ‘Chalte Chalte’.
This Sunday, Cross Connection Poetree is bringing Chalte Chalte: Juan Elia to the Garden of Fragrances as a salute to and for the love of Juan Elia’s evergreen verses. A popular Pakistani poet, scholar, and philosopher, Juan Elia was born in Amroha, Uttar Pradesh in 1931 and eventually moved to independent Pakistan in 1957. Communist in ideology, Elia was against the idea of living in an independent Muslim state, and was known to be unconventional in his ways. His poetry reflected a deep sense of loneliness, nihilism, and the despair of separation.
Juan Elia’s poetry tugs at the chords of grief within each of us and that’s the beauty of his shayari. It’s not every day that someone recites such beautiful poetry under a clear open sky. It is the one not to be missed.
The Jaspal Bhatti Humour Festival ‘18
There’s no denying Chandigarh’s favourite pastime is stand-up comedy. And the sheer number of comedy nights/ festivals that this tricity plays host to, is further testimony to our love for laughter. Here’s one such festival that annually celebrates the legendary icon of Chandigarh’s spirit of comedy – The Jaspal Bhatti Humour Festival.
What : The Jaspal Bhatti Humour Festival ‘18
When : Mar 1 – Mar 3 | 6PM – 9PM
Where: Tagore Theatre
Punjabi culture is synonymous with living life to the fullest and laughing at ourselves is a major part of this philosophy of life. Perhaps that is why there is no defining Chandigarhians’ love for comedy and also the reason why we have given so many talented comedians to the country. Jaspal Bhatti was no different. Often referred to as the ‘King of Comedy’, Jaspal Bhatti was an iconic figure in India’s history of comic figures.
In honour of Jaspal Bhatti’s undying spirit as a comedian, The Department of Cultural Affairs, Chandigarh Administration brings to you this year’s edition of The Jaspal Bhatti Humour Festival, showcasing some of the most talented comedians in the circuit today. The festival is organised in commemoration of the late comedian and is a three day event, from March 1 to March 3, 2018 at our favourite Tagore Theatre, an age old and time tested auditorium (much like Sir Bhatti’s sense of humour).
The festival will witness performances by the likes of Chandan Prabhakar, Aditi Mittal, Maheep Singh, and Abhishek Upmanyu. But it doesn’t start and end with simple stand up acts performed back to back. The festival will also showcase a play titled ‘Chowki No. 10’ by the Flop Show team, keeping the spirit of the smash hit tv show alive after all these years.
For the unexposed, we’ll let you know ‘Flop Show’ was an Indian sitcom of the 90s, written and directed by none other than Jaspal Bhatti. The satirical comedian, along with his team, would present a volley of sketches and short skits that took a dig at various societal issues and thus grew to such a height of popularity that even today there is a dedicated fan following of the show.
Here’s the line up of the three day festival, but if you ask us, you should just skip the timetable and be there all three days as soon as the clock strikes 6.
Kartikey Raj & Gang
(winners of India’s Best Dramebaaz)
Dr. Sanket Bhosale
(play by Flop Show team)
Rangotsav Music Fest is the Place to be this Holi-Day
With Holi right around the corner, everyone is up and about planning where to go, what to wear, and buying colours to play with aplenty! But as far as venue goes, fret not, we have you sorted.
Citizens of the tricity unite! This festival of colours we know just the place you should head to for a day of unending fun and merrymaking. So, we looked up the weather conditions for Friday, March 2, and guess what? A sunny day with just the right amount of cloud cover lies ahead. An ideal day to be out, enjoying the thrill of watery colours and delicious food. All you need is a big open space to play in, a rain dance, and the right kind of beats to dance to. Here’s our pick for a memorable holi.
What : Rangotsav Music Fest
When : Friday | March 2 | 11AM onwards
Where: Pallavi Hotels And Resorts, Panchkula
The Rangotsav Music Fest hosted by Pallavi Hotels and Resorts in Panchkula is where you’ll want to go. With the promise of the best DJs in the tricity playing through the day, Pumkin Entertainment has laid out an open invitation to all and sundry to come and paint the skies (and yourselves) in the myriad hues of pink, orange, red, yellow, blue, and green. Organic colours too will be available at the venue.
The artist line up includes groundbreaking popular DJs Amrit Maan and Kiran Kamath, along with DJ RDG, Sun Ground, Soundstorm, and up and coming DJ Harsh and DJ Vinay. That’s right, our very own Desi Munda aka Bomb Jatt Amrit Maan will be headlining the event with his crowd favourites “Jatt Fire Karda” (singer Diljit Dosanjh), “Kaali Camaro”, “Yaar Jundi De” (singer Ammy Virk), “Shikaar”, “Akh Da Nishana”, and “Haan Kargi”(singer Ammy Virk), to name a few. This Bathinda boy initially set out to become a lyricist but went on to receive love from his fans as a DJ. He is also the mastermind behind “Desi Da Drum”, “Sach Te Supna”, and “Muchh Te Mashook”, and has collaborated with the likes of Jazzy B, Jasmine Sandlas, and too many more to list out over here.
If you’re still contemplating whether to go or not, god help you. Because while you’re happily reading away this blog, others are grabbing tickets to the biggest Holi party in town. To grab yours, head over here. Have a safe and happy holi 🙂
Rabbi Shergill in Town
Be it the famous pop musicians, or small time indie bands, or even the one-off one-hit-wonders, Chandigarh readily opens its arms to all and sundry who want a platform to showcase their talent. This Feb 3 will be no different.
What : Rabbi Shergill Live
When : Feb 3, 2018 | 9:00 PM
Where: Flyp@MTV Brewhouse, Sector 26
A middle-aged housewife, a corporate trainer, a fresher in college, a government employee, a soul-searching traveller – all these people listen to different genres of music respectively. But what is the one song they will have in common? All time favourite Rabbi Shergill hit “Bullah ki Jaana”, of course!
For those unfamiliar with the name (which rock do you live under?), Rabbi Shergill is an Indian musician who rose to fame in 2005 with his single “Bullah Ki Jaana” from the self-titled debut album Rabbi. A punjabi singer who dabbles in different genres, Rabbi’s songs touch the hearts of everyone, from indie rock fans to ambient music listeners. Rabbi dabbles with different styles including sufiana, western styles, and bani melodies. His music is most often described as a “semi-sufi semi-folksy kind of music with a lot of western arrangements”.
What’s more? Rabbi has lent his voice to various Bollywood films over the years including films like Delhii Heights, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, and Raanjhana. The soulful singer-songwriter is out with his third album Rabbi III and is all set to share his compositions with Chandigarh music lovers. Flyp@MTV has made it possible for Chandigarhians to watch this urban balladeer live and it’s not a chance you’ll want to miss!