Things to Do in Mumbai This July

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COMEDY

New Material Mondays with Biswa Kalyan Rath & Urooj Ashfaq
9 July

Catch new names on the scene, Neil Balthazar, Jeeya Sethi and Aman. The set is hosted by comedienne Urooj Ashfaq, who catapulted into mainstream with TLC’s TV show Queens of Comedy. She’ll be joined by Biswa Kalyan Rath – you probably remember him as one half of the duo behind the viral YouTube series, Pretentious Movie Reviews. Or maybe even his Amazon special Biswa Mast Aadmi. For his rants, he mines his time at IIT-Bombay, idiosyncrasies of language and life to put out some unique observations. It’s worth being his guinea pig, as he tests new material on stage.
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Dangerous Mondays: Comedy on the Spot
16 July

Comedians Kaneez Surka and Kanan Gill at their improv best, make up jokes on the spot and serve them fresh and unfiltered. In case you don’t follow them (and why don’t you?) Surka is India’s first female improviser and has been associated with The Improvisers collective since 2009. She has ticked Improv Festivals, in Amsterdam, Berlin, Seattle and Toronto off her list. Gill, the other half from Pretentious Movie Reviews, has over 1000 stand-up shows and an Amazon special to his credit.
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Rohan Joshi

Grin Revolution: Twice As Good with Rohan Joshi
30 July

Catch a freshly-minted stand-up act titled A True Tinder Tale by Rohan Desai and Shreemayee Das. Bonus? Catch a 30 min set by Rohan Joshi of AIB fame. The journalist-turned-comedian quips on everything from pop culture to politics. In 2011 he even performed at Edinburgh’s prestigious Fringe Festival.
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MUSIC

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Taufiq Qureshi’s Rhydhun
13 July

Catch a rare performance by one of India’s ace percussionists. The son and disciple of the legendary tabla maestro Ustad Allarakha, has developed his signature by playing the Djembe (the African percussion instrument) in the context of Indian rhythmic compositions. Qureshi has also featured on the Grammy-Award winning album, Global Drum Project (2009). When he’s not taking the stage, he’s crafts jingles, some of which have even won him a Gold Award for the best music at the Cannes Ad Film Festival and at the London International Festival.
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Dance Ok Please
5 July

If you’re into hip-hop, circle the date as DJ Uri and Mo Styles take over Khar Social.  DJ Uri fuses Hip Hop, Funk, Bass, and Trap. He’s opened for several acts touring the country. The likes of Pretty Lights, Diplo, Flying Lotus, Ed Sheeran, Major Lazer, Foreign Beggars, Mark Ronson, and Skream & Benga. Mo Joshi is the co-Founder of Azadi Records, a label that champions Indian hip-hop and is known for supporting talents such as Prabh Deep.
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ART

Episodes (Without a Real Order)
Ongoing till 5 July

In collaboration with Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts, Project 88 presents a new show by photographer Leonardo Pucci. Pucci captures private, intimate moments in the lives of individuals or couples in a candid manner. And the exhibition feels rather like a sneaky peek into someone’s life. To his credit, he’s able to give us a glimpse of his subjects’ vulnerable or sensual side with discretion and sensitivity.

Modus Operandi
12 July to 28 July

A comprehensive showcase of over 25 Chemould artists, and their unique artistic language in dialogue with each other, the show is an introduction into contemporary art as it exists in India today. Interspersed with artist studio visits, collector mentoring, and curated walks, Modus Operandi is an invitation for the younger audiences to take their first steps towards a lifelong relationship with Indian contemporary art.

THEATRE

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Qissebaazi – A Multilingual Storytelling Project
28 July

This unique experiment in theatre is not to be missed. Qissebaazi, created and directed by Danish Husain, expands and builds upon traditional storytelling. A multilingual platform with multiple performers, it is theatrical in presentation but focused on storytelling. Each story is performed in two languages, the core language of the text and the other, a bridge language. The creators hope you enjoy both the cadence of the original language and the story (through the bridge language). After premiering at NCPA CentreStage (2016), the production has travelled to Harvard University, University of Michigan, and even Columbia University among other notable platforms.
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