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Tribute to Amonkar

Natya Sampada Pratishthan, a trust dedicated to promoting Marathi theatre and upcoming artistes is organising a two-day music festival titled 'Gaana Saraswati Mahotsav' on November 17 and 18 at Ganesh Kala Krida, Swargate. The event is organised to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution to Indian classical music by Kishori Amonkar, venerable guru of Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. The programme will be inaugurated with a performance of percussion fusion music by A Sivmani followed by a performance of Hindustani classical vocal by Amonkar. The event also includes performances by Milind Raikar, and Ravindra Chari on Hindustani classical violin and sitar jugalbandi, Begum Parveen Sultana, Raghunandan Panshikar and Pandit Jasraj on Hinduatani vocals and more.

Festive celebrations

Kumar Pacific Mall has lined up a range of fun activities from November 2, to kick start Diwali celebrations. Decorated with red and gold drapes, the mall will host a range of fun and educational workshops on making masks, diwali cards, lanterns, Ram padukas, diyas and story telling for children. There will be games like pictionary, feed the Hanuman with a Banana, hit the dart on Ravan's evil spot and more. The women visitors at the mall will be treated to workshops for mehendi designs and rangoli making. Musical events by city-based bands and dance troupes are also on the cards.

Travel tales

Ansoo Gupta, a seasoned world-traveller will be hosting a workshop about budget travel at The 1st Brewhouse on November 3. Gupta will reveal her secrets of long, cheap travel and stay abroad after a travel-talk session where she will share her interesting experiences from across the world. The workshop will cover everything from applying for leave from your job, economical hostel options, couch surfing, driving license requirements, helpful visa tips, budget airlines, handling emergencies in a foreign country and all that is there to know about traveling across the world with your backpack. The globe trotter has explored over 35 countries thorough her adventure trips. "Travelling has the potential of changing your life. Going to new and unfamiliar places will broaden your mind more than any educational degree," says Gupta.

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