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Solo Exhibition: Luminarium A Prelude by Sheba Chhachhiat at Volte Art Gallery, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba till Aug 1, 11 am to 7 pm. Call 22041220 Solo Exhibition:
Humanscape, an exhibition by Ranjit Kurmi till at Artland, Colaba, July 15, 11 am to 7 pm. Call 9820079405 July 5, 10 am to 9 pm. Call 9819132958





Colourful moments
Exhibition: Jeevan Sangeet by Sandhya Singh at D D Neroy Gallery, Chowpatty, till July 6, 11 am to 7 pm. Call 98206 49938 Photography exhibition: Jyotiba by Ramesh Desai at NCPA,

BMC officer Ramesh Desai captures the essence of Maharashtras Jyotiba festival with his debut show which features a series of photographs in magenta hue
to 30 feet high. As a custom, people dance to the tune of folk music while they take turns carrying the Sasankathi on their head or shoulders. The sticks are very heavy and sometimes the person carrying it needs help to lift them high. Crucial care is taken so that the sticks do not fall on the ground as it brings bad luck. In mythology, Sasankhati were erected in the memory of the wives of the demons who were killed by Jyotiba. It is believed that the three gods Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva came together in the form of Jyotiba to destroy the army of a wicked demon called Ratnasur. Not less than 2000 sticks are traditionally involved in

Exhibition: Bajaj 2011 Monsoon Exhibition by various artists, at Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery from July 4 till August 13, 11 am to 7 pm. Call 22023626 Group exhibition: at Royal Art
Gallery, Bhendi Bazaar, till July 10, 11 am to 7 pm. Call 9867402944

nariman point till July 8, 12 to 8 pm. Call 66223737

Solo exhibition: By Charushilla Gawde at Out Of The Blue, Khar(W), till July 10, 12 to 11 pm. Call 26003000

very year on the day of chaitra shuddha poornima, a full moon day that falls in the month of April, thousands of people gather in Kolhapur to celebrate Jyotiba. Ramesh Desai, who works as an officer in the assessment and collection department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has been attending the festival every year without fail. He displays the colourful customs and traditions of the festival with his debut photography exhibition. The Jyotiba festival celebrates the wedding of God Jyotibas (considered the king of the southern region) sister Yammai. The God is getting ready to attend the wedding of his sister and the festival describes the ritual from morning until evening. For me, the main attraction of the festival is the Sasankhati, says Desai. These are huge decorated bamboo sticks which are up

the procession. Its an amazing affair. As a symbol of the marriage celebration, people shower themselves and the temple with magenta coloured gulal. The whole place is drenched in gulal. Its the most beautiful sight of the festival, says Desai. By afternoon when the Sasankathi procession is over, Jyotibas horse is readied for the journey to his sisters place. The horse is also bathed in gulal, which is collected as a form of blessing in outstretched sheets of cloth encircling the animal from all sides. A man seated on a camel goes around beating drums and canons are fired signalling that the God is dressed and ready to move. In the evening he is carried on a Palanquin to his sister Yammais temple. Lot of newly married couples visit the temple for Jyotibas blessings, says Desai. It is believed that a visit during the festival ensures a happy married life. The Jyotiba photography exhibition is on at Primal Art Gallery, NCPA, till Saturday, July 9

Exhibition: Santhinikatan and Beyond in commemoration of Rabindranath Tagores 150th birth Anniversary at Chhatrapati Shivaki Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, till July 12. Exhibition: The Feminine Form by various artists at Jamaat, Colaba, till July 15, 11 am onwards. Call 22820718 Solo Exhibition: by Michelle Roy at The Art Loft, Bandra (W) till

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Madhubani workshop: Learn Madhubani painting, everyday, 10 am onwards, at Thane (W). Call 9869681850 Vedic maths: Covering 16
formulae, for juniors and seniors at Palm Beach Road, Vashi. Call 9920123935 traditional, designer and Khassida work at Vile Parle (W). Call 9820441219

Childrens workshop: 7 day acting course in your colony. Call 7498230995 Cooking workshop: Learn to make Maharashtrian (veg) cuisine at Vile Parle. Call 9820093248 Animation seminar: Free seminar on 2D and 3D animation and special effects for students on July 8, at Andheri. Call 9967973938 Basic dance steps: At bandra, Andheri, Goragaon, malad, Kandivli and Borivli, July 5 onwards. Call 9323481320 Kathak: New batches for children and ladies at Sewri, certificate courses available. Call 9821022870 Vegetable carving: Learn to carve fruits and vegetables on July 6 at Vile Parle. Call 9322068208

Rangoli Workshop: learn

meditation once a week. Call 9820864783 or visit of Madhya Pradesh at Thane(W), on July 9 and 10, 11 am onwards. Call 40121287

Meditation workshop: Free

Mandana workshop: Tribal art

Upcoming Hindustani vocals and Odissi dance

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be rendering some of her compositions at the event. Her performance will be followed by Odissi dance exponent Mukhejrees dance recital. She has received her training from Rabindra Atibudhi of the Nalanda Dance and Research Centre and later from Jhelum Paranjape and Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. The event will be held at Little Theatre, NCPA on Friday at 6. 30 pm

Kickboxing: Certified courses at Bandra(W), Santacruz, Sion and Charni Road. Call 9869036872 or

he Indian Council for Cultural Relations is presenting a performance of Hindustani Vocal by Hema Upasani and Odissi danseuse by Nivedita Mukherjee. The event is part of ICCR's Horizon Series. Upasani is the daughter of Hindustani Vocalist Pandit Nath Neralkar. She is well-known for her versatile performances of bhajans and ghazals and will