With Krishna Janmashtami around the corner (August 17), multiple cultural activities are being held in Mumbai, to pay homage to the deity, throughout the month. Here are a few options for music and art aficionados to choose from.
Krishna — The Eternal Source Of Inspiration
Music lovers can attend Krishna — The Eternal Source Of Inspiration, a concert being organised to celebrate Janmashtami. It will feature popular composer-singer Shankar Mahadevan, who will be performing some devotional songs. He will also present a few numbers with both his sons, Siddharth and Shivam.
“I will be performing in different languages and genres, like abhang, raas geet, bhajan, thumri, folk, Carnatic and qawwalis. And, both my sons have prepared a unique composition on Bal Krishna in a rock format,” says Mahadevan.
To be held at Shanmukhananda Hall, Sion (E); on August 9, 7 pm onward.
This Indian music festival that celebrates Lord Krishna is organised every year around Janmashtami. While last year’s event featured a performance by Pandit Jasraj, this year’s show will be spearheaded by popular vocalist Arati Ankalikar Tikekar, who has been trained under the Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur gharanas. She will perform various classical and semi-classical songs, and light music in praise of Lord Krishna.
The festival will be held at the Experimental Theatre, NCPA; on August 8,6.30 pm onward.
Celebration at Vrindaban Gurukul
"He has been doing this for the past 25 years, and it’s an annual ritual," says his daughter-in-law, Kasturi.
This year’s recital will take place at Vrindaban Gurukul, New Link Road, Andheri (W); from August 18 (12 am) to August 19 (12 am)
Krishna At Janmashtami
Art lovers can visit Artisans’ Gallery that is celebrating Lord Krishna’s birthday with an exhibition that showcases a range of works from miniature paintings and graphic art originals, to vintage oleographs and photographs. Some works on display date back to the 1930s, and represent visual art through mixed media.
This exhibition will present works by Raja Ravi Varma, Vasudeo Pandya, RG Chonker, N Narayan, MV Dhurandhar, SM Pandit, R Mulgaonkar, and JP Singhal, among other famous artists.
The exhibition titled Krishna At Janmashtami will be held at Artisans’, Kala Ghoda; from August 11 to 16, from 11 am to 7 pm.