5 Things To Do In Kolkata This Weekend

This weekend offers a plethora of options for music and theater enthusiasts, including the chance to catch a play, enjoy a stand-up comedy show featuring a top-notch comedian, and groove to the beats of international techno artists.
Catch a play in Kolkata
Catch a play in KolkataShutterstock

Kolkata is renowned as a cultural hub with a vibrant art scene and exceptional theatre, encompassing everything from contemporary experimental to leftist theatre. This weekend, there are numerous opportunities to attend a play in Kolkata, as well as a stand-up comedy show starring one of the finest comedians and a performance by international techno artists. Make sure to save this line-up of activities if you're in Kolkata.

Laugh Out Loud

Apart from Kolkata, the show will travel to other cities
Apart from Kolkata, the show will travel to other cities@ashishvidyarthi1/Instagram

This weekend, actor Ashish Vidyarthi is in Kolkata with his stand-up comedy special "Sit Down Ashish," in which he humorously reflects on his life journey from Delhi to Mumbai over the past 30 years. With over 300 films in 11 languages, he takes a lighthearted approach to life and embraces his unique characteristics. When people tell him to "Sit Down, Ashish," he humorously accepts the suggestion. This show is travelling around major Indian cities. More details here.

What: Sit Down Ashish

When: June 16, 7 pm

Where: GD Birla Sabhaghar, 29, Ashutosh Choudhry Avenue, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019

Sonic Journey

Don't miss out on this epic experience. DJ Levi, known for his viral Commercial Afro house sets on Instagram, is about to embark on his debut India tour with Souldout. The tour starts on June 7 and will cover five cities. DJ Levi promises to take you on a unique sonic journey. Get ready to dance away your worries and immerse yourself in the euphoria of his captivating mixes. More info here.

What: Levi Live

When: June 14, 9 pm

Where: 55, 55/1, Chowringee Rd, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal 700071

Techno Sounds

Groove to techno
Groove to techno@hex_technomovement/Instagram

Join the international Techno movement, HEX, standing for freedom, love, and inclusivity. Founded in 2014 by Lorenzo Raganzini and Paolo Ferrara, HEX hosts global Techno events, championing clubbing and rave culture. Catch an unforgettable performance in Kolkata this week.

What: HEX Kolkata

When: June 15, 7 pm

Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 4A, JBS Haldane Ave, Tangra, Kolkata, West Bengal 700105, India

Watch A Play

The play highlights stories by Ismat Chugtai
The play highlights stories by Ismat Chugtaikolkatacentreforcreativity.org

"Kaagaz Ke Gubbare" is a captivating performance that brings to life the writings and short stories of the legendary Ismat Chughtai. The performance includes six of her short stories: Kunwari, Ek Shauhar Ke Khatir, Chhui Mui, Gharwali, Pesha, and Ghoonghat. These narratives are explored through dramatized readings, theatrical performances, percussion, and songs. The performance delves into themes of love, jealousy, betrayal, and the quest for identity. The metaphor of 'kaagaz' (paper) symbolises the fragility of the female condition, while 'gubaare' (balloons) represents the potential to rise when ignited by passion. More details here.

What: Kaagaz Ke Gubbare

When: June 15

Where: Kolkata Centre for Creativity, Dipak Road, Eastern Metropolitan Bypass Rd, Anandapur, Adarsha Nagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700107

Works Of Brecht

Bechara B.B. is a free-flowing performative exploration of German theatre practitionerBertolt Brecht’s life, ideas, politics, and dialectics. Brecht physically felt the chaos and putrid decay of his times. His images are ‘brutally sensuous’ and ‘melancholically tender’. We are impregnated with the horrors of our times and realise the fresh relevance of his political and artistic visions. This play is the outcome of KCC Arts Laboratory 8.0, which aims to support the multidisciplinary art creation by young artists of traditional and contemporary forms, by providing them with the necessary resources, support, and space for exploration and experimentation. More details here.

What: Bechara B. B.

When: June 16

Where: Kolkata Centre for Creativity, Dipak Road, Eastern Metropolitan Bypass Rd, Anandapur, Adarsha Nagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700107

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