Wassup! Andheri: Latest Addition To Mumbai’s Cultural Calendar

This weekend, all roads will lead to Andheri as the suburb gets it own art and culture festival. Head to Lokhandwala Grounds, Andheri West to be a part of Wassup! Andheri. Take a walk through this three day festival that starts from today, 16th March and celebrate the socio-cultural spirit of the city’s most populous suburb.

Launched this year, the festival was inaugurated by Krishnadas; the man you might have spotted at the Juhu signal spreading the message of Love All Religions. Following the inaugural ceremony, Imitiaz Ali and Anurag Kashyap selected 12 candidates to mentor them while making a short film to be showcased and judged on 18th March.

The afternoon starts with Ranveer Brar on the art of how simple food can be presented stylishly followed by a live tattoo demo and workshop by Savio D’Silva. Aspiring script writers and others who have a flair for words can catch the talk by Sanjay Chouhan, the man behind the scripts of Maine Gandhi ko Nahi Maara, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, award winning movie, I am Kalam, and recently released Pan Singh Tomar, as he shares his experiences on dialogue and script writing. With a satirical Hindi play, stand up comedians, fusion dance performances, the day will end with the performance by Para Vayu band as they pay a tribute to Pink Floyd.

Day two will start on a high note for lovers of literature with Kiran Manral reading from her first book. Later join her on a panel discussion with Maduri Baneerjee and Naomi Datta on how Indian women writers have been trending in recent times and how they have managed to reach a wider audience. For the health conscious, Pooja Makhija will talk about the healthy ways of eating food without giving up on your favourite snack. You can also catch the Shaolin Kung Fu master perform live with his disciples, a ventriloquist who is set to tickle your funny bone and dance performances by various groups ranging from quirky representations of jazz to a fusion of belly dancing with the classical moves of kathak, hip hop, an 8 minute long medley of classical ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, b-boying and bollywood.

Understand the nuances of the world of art with Minal Hain as she presents her workshop on the evolution  and appreciation of art on 18th April. Also, enjoy the workshop by culinary maestro, Ajay Chopra as he mixes science with modern style cooking. Also present at the festival would be the works of photographers like Subi Samuel; one of the finest names in concept photography, Anoop Negi; whose works have been published in Lonely Planet (Australia), BBC Good Food, etc, Shantanu Das and Manish Mehta. On the last day, the festival has Ashwin Sanghi; entrepreneur by day and novelist by night who will take his listeners through his journey as a writer. Famous stand up comedians, Varun Thakur and Karan Talwar will have the audience in splits with their acts. With art pieces and paintings by sculptors and artists from across the nation, you can view 15 installations curated by Aura Art and more than 50 paintings, sculptures and photographs that will be on display at the gallery section. Works of artists like Charan Sharma, Hema Joshi, Bhagwan Rampure, Vinay Sharma, Hitesh Gilder, Ratilal Kansodaria, Jayant Parikh, Nimisha Sharma, Prithvi Soni, Prakash Ghadg and Pankuj Parashar among others will be exhibited.

The festival also has workshops lined up for kids with puppet making, clay art, paper sculptures and more along with stalls of different labels to shop from. The last day of Wassup! Andheri would come to an end with the performance of Lambada, a multi genre band that plays sufi, classic rock, fusion and Indian classical.

You can get the entire schedule on their website.

- Esha Chanda

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