Sunday, September 30, 2012

Soul Bazaar

Soul Bazaar, a 10-day Street Shopping Festival from the 28th September to 7th October 2012 is being held on the 5th & 6th Floors of Soul Space Spirit Mall, Bellandur Junction, Outer Ring Road. 

Shoppers can explore a range of products across 35 stalls that will celebrate the soul of Indian craft, fashion and lifestyle.  One can find apparels, jewelry, bags, ethnic footwear, Terracotta vases, stone work candles, painting, and murals from various artisans and a range of lifestyle products from across India at the shopping festival. Soul Bazaar offers fabulous products at bargain prices in a fun street setting.

In addition to the shopping extravaganza, the Bornfree Arts School is hosting a series of fun-filled activities such as mime, tiger dance and Born Free band on the two Sundays of the shopping festival, 30th September and 7th October between 5 to 6 pm to keep everyone entertained.

 From street shopping in style along with community led entertainment, Soul Bazaar at Soul Space Spirit Mall is a must visit fun shopping destination for everyone this weekend

Dates: 28th September to 7th October 2012
Timings:  12:00 pm to 8:00pm
Venue: 5th & 6th Floors of Bangalore Central (Soul Space Spirit Mall), Bellandur Junction, Outer Ring Road

World Melody Day 2012

 India's ancient string instrument veena will be played by music maestros across the world Oct 2 to mark "World Melody Day", it was announced Sunday.

Violin maestro L. Subramaniam will unveil the worldwide show at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bangalore, while other maestros will play veena in Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Mysore, New Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram to usher in peace and harmony," Veena Foundation secretary-general V. Raghurama Ayyar said in a statement here.

Coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti, the special event will be made a fitting tribute to the father of the nation as it aims at fostering harmony among the people across religions, castes and man-made barriers.

"Worldwide, the musical prayer will start from Melbourne and Sydney in Australia and conclude at New Jersey and San Francisco in the US after being played in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore in Asia, Oslo, Denmark and London in Europe," Ayyar said.

Noted musician Viswa Mohan Bhatt will string the instrument in San Francisco, while Ramnath and Gopinath Iyer will perform in Melbourne and Malathi Natarajan in Sydney.

T.N. Krishnan will be honoured at the New Delhi show with a special award to mark the occasion.
A 10-day 'Veena Mahotsava' will also be conducted by Bharat Veenalaya musicians at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai from Oct 2-11.

"It will be befitting to dedicate the 'Harmony of Strings' event to Gandhiji, the apostle of peace, harmony and goodwill. As the rhythm of life, the melody of music gives peace. Being universal, music also binds people across the world," Veenalaya said in a release for the occasion.

Indian Institute of World Culture (IIWC), BP Wadia Road, Basavangudi, Bangalore.
 IIWC invites all the members and their friends/relatives for WORLD MELODY DAY on 2 -10- 2012 at 9.30 AM. The following Renowned Vainikas will perform the Veena Recital. The programme followed with Lunch.

Dr. Suma Sudheendra, Sri. Prashanth Iyengar, Dr. PK Srivatsa, Prof. VG. Subramaniam, Vidwan D Balakrishna, Vidushi Revati Sadashivam & Vidushi Anuradha Madhusudan.

The venue in Chennai is Sri Krishna Gana Sabha where a host of vainikas and flautists will pay musical homage. A 10-day 'Veena Mahotsava' will also be conducted by Bharat Veenalaya musicians at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in Chennai from Oct 2-11.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bhoomi Utsav 2012

Festival of organic food - Bhoomi Utsav
Bhoomi Utsav is an event for the entire family: 
! A whole range of stalls selling mouth watering organic eats, organic cereals, millets and dals, fresh vegetables, arts/crafts  await you…   

! children can have fun in the crafts and painting corners, accompanied by folk music in the background;  Tribal dance and Music

! Kitchen and balcony gardeners can source open pollinated seeds and saplings

! and those interested in green activities can engage in ‘talk sessions’ with specialists in solar energy, bamboo construction, waste recycling and more…

Give your kitchen a holiday: and feast on a yummy and nutritious menu at the Bhoomi Utsav. Bhoomi would tempt you with thambuli, Nochundae, a delicious steamed Vada served with Doddapatre chutney, dhoklas, steamed cutlets,unforgettable Kara Kozakattais and soft Idlies made with unpolished red rice, whole grain breads, garden-fresh salads by Malini and much much more… 

Organic Food and Consciousness: Along with experience of the exuberance of a mela, you have an opportunity to organic cereals, pulses, cold-pressed oils and more. In several stalls where ‘talk sessions’ happen, you can meet farmers and organic food suppliers who will discuss various aspects of green living, including the importance of organic foods… How it is grown? Why organic? Do pesticides  slow-poison us? How can we be a part of Nature rather than apart from Nature?

Inauguration by  renowned organic farmer, Shri Narayana Reddy, Bangalore

What better way to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti?

Where:  BHOOMI NETWORK – amidst lovely trees and gardens.
             C/O Prakriya Green Wisdom School campus, 
             No:70, Chikkanayakana Halli Road, Off Doddakaneli, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore – 560035

When: Oct 2 2012 10am-6pm

 Please try to carpool so that we can reduce the carbon footprint for the Utsav. There will be a shuttle bus service( Look for Prakriya School bus-Yellow bus) from Doddakanelli, Sarjapur road (at 4-way intersection after Wipro). 


Bhoomi College, an NGO focused on building 'Earth Consciousness" and action for sustainable living. 
To know more about Bhoomi Network and Bhoomi College, write to us at

visit us at : and

 Inquiries: 09449853834/080-28441173

Read more about the stalls/ activities here.

Fab India Workshop on Wellness

Wellness - A Healthy Way to Live - By Tarika Ahuja

Dhaatu Navaratra Mahotsava 2012

Navaratra is a festival of dolls in India. In Dhaatu there is display of over 1400 sq ft of dolls with sizes ranging from 1inch to 11 feet depicting srishti (birth)- putting up the dolls, stithi ( being) the viewing and laya ( the end) removing . They are made up of different material like clay, ceramic, wood, metal or paper Mache. The dolls are arranged to depict stories from the epics. Thousands of people from around come to visit this event which is open for nearly a month to public from the second day of Navaratra.
Special wooden dolls which are known as the Gowri dolls of Karnataka are decorated to depict various scenes from the Epics. Over 50 scenes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata with painted backgrounds and dolls handmade at Dhaatu can be seen along with 30 scenes from Bhagavatha. This is in addition to the traditional doll steps and yearly themes. Astadikpalakas in wood and the Mahabharata vyuhas are the other special features.
Every evening, during Navaratra, cultural shows of dance, music and puppetry are put up. Stories are told and stotras are taught to children from 3 to 4 pm during this time. Schools can schedule and bring children to see the dolls when they reopen after the Dussera vacations.
October 17- November 14 
Viewing hours- 3- 8pm
Cultural Evenings from Oct 17 -Oct 24 at 6:30 pm
Story telling for children Oct 16 - Oct 20 at 3:30 pm 
Schools are welcome to contact Dhaatu and reserve morning viewing hours for their children from 26th Oct. 

6:00 PM
Doll Display and Cultural Evening inauguration 

Chief guest: Justice M. N. Venkatachaliah,                         
Former Chief Justice of India
Guest of Honour: Sri B. N. V. Subramanya                                                                        

President, AKBMS     

6:30 PM
Inaugural Bharatanatyam Performance by                      

Sri P. Praveen Kumar                                                

Director, Chitkala school of Dance
7:00 PM
Shadow puppet play

Aaneya garva bhanga (ಆನೆಯ ಗರ್ವ ಭಂಗ )

By the Dhaatu Junior team
6:30 PM
String Puppet Theatre
7:00 PM
Harischandra, by Dhaatu Puppet Theatre
6:30 PM
Bharatanatyam recital by students of

Chithkala School of Dance

6:30 PM
String Puppet Theatre

Bhakta Prahlada, by Dhaatu Puppet Theatre

6:30 PM
Premiere show of the revived Echanoor style, String Puppet theatre

Raajasuya Yaaga, by Dhaatu Puppet Theatre

Chief Guest: Sri N. Sivasailam,                                          


6:30 PM
Bharatanatyam recital by Kum. Divya Hoskere,

Student of P. Praveen Kumar, Chithkala School of Dance

6:30 PM
Vijaya Nagara Vaibhava,  a string puppet show

by Dhaatu Puppet Theatre

Vastrabharana 2012

Vastrabharana, the flagship fund-raiser event of the Crafts Council of Karnataka, turns 20 this year and is back in the city with a bigger, better 2012 edition.

Jaya Bachchan, Veteran actor and MP, will inaugurate the event on Saturday Sep 29 at 11 a.m. at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath , Bangalore.

This year, over 38 master weavers/printers from across the country will participate and runs until Oct 3.

Jewellery up for grabs
Apart from handcrafted textiles and handicrafts, semi-precious, handcrafted, silver jewellery and south Indian Jadau ornaments in gold will also be up for grabs.

Following the tradition of highlighting a particular textile tradition each year, this time the focus will be on Lambani embroidery handcrafted by the Sandur Kushala Kala Kendra craftspersons on cotton Gadag saris.
Lalchand Chippa from Rajasthan, a National Award winner, is also bringing an exclusive range of saris for this event.

Vastrabharana loyalists are in for a treat as the Dabu prints with natural dyes are being created exclusively for them. Also on the shelves are Pochampally hand-woven ikat, Kornad textiles from Tamil Nadu, Varanasi weaves, Laheriyas from Jaipur, tussars from West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and Mangalagiri saris from Andhra Pradesh, among others.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Farm Fresh-Farmers market at Forum Value Mall

Forum Value Mall is bringing back their 'Farm Fresh -Farmers Market'.

The Forum Value Mall Farmers Market is a neighbourhood concept that focuses on increasing access to high quality, healthy and appropriate fresh produce in the city. There will be stalls filled with farm fresh produce such as organic dal, spices, fresh vegetables, pasta sauce, cupcakes, nachos, fresh bread, pickles and other specialty foods. All this and more will be found at the market. Farmers Market is a concept very strongly existent in Europe and now this culture will be experienced in Bangalore at Forum Value Mall, Whitefield. It also creates an enjoyable and a fun community event that will bring people together.

On 29th and 30th September (Sat-Sun) 8am-11am.

Beauty and the Beast - Musical

Sarala Birla Academy An Aditya Birla School presents Beauty and the Beast

 In a world where beauty is often not more than skin deep and where love is more romance than reality comes an unforgettable tale of hope amidst despair, light in utter darkness and love beyond words.                                                                                                                                          'Beauty and the Beast' is a Disney classic which moved from a much loved Oscar nominated film made in 1991 to the Broadway Stage version in 1994 and has had more than 5400 highly acclaimed performances in New York.                                                                                                              Sarala Birla Academy, Bangalore, an Aditya Birla School, attempts to recreate the magic of the Disney Spectacular 'Beauty and the Beast' in the first ever legally authorized show of the famed play in India which is slated to be performed at the Jyoti Nivas College auditorium on Friday, the 12th of October 2012.  7pm                                                                                                                              More than 120 children will showcase their acting, singing and dancing skills as they endeavour to narrate the tale of how a young prince must learn to fall, accept reality and discover that love is a gift which overcomes all external prejudices.                                                                                                         Tickets Rs. 500, 300, 200                                                                                       

Maestro - Sarod recital by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan & his sons

Sarod Recital by Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan along with Amaan Ali & Ayaan Ali. 

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was all of 6 years old when he gave his first Sarod recital. Highlights include recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Recently, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Sangeet Natak Academy. In spring this year Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan brought his teaching philosophy to Stanford University this year in a residency titled Indian Classical Music: A Way of Life.He was awarded India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2001.

Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan are well known names in the music scene,Coming Masters as the New York Times calls them. 

When:  Oct 20, 2012 6:30pm

Where:   Jayamahal Palace Lawns# 1Jayamahal Road Bangalore 

Tickets:  Rs.3500, 2500, 1500.

Crazy Comedy Sep 2012

Crazy Mohan's "Chocolate Krishna"
30th Sept, 2012 | 4:00 PM

Crazy Mohan's "Maadhu +2"

30th Sept, 2012 | 7:00 PM
Chowdiah Memorial Hall

Tamil Plays, 120 min duration

Tickets Rs. 300, 500, 750, 1000, 1500