Clay Workshops To Holmesian Drama: 5 Weekend Events In Kolkata

From an immersive whodunnit play for Sherlock Holmes fans to workshops on terracotta art by an award-winning sculptor, and an evening with stand-up comedian Kanan Gill, here is a list of things to do if you are in the city
Watch a Holmes play this weekend in Kolkata
Watch a Holmes play this weekend in KolkataShutterstock

Kolkata, the City of Joy, is known for its rich cultural heritage, artistic fervour, and vibrant celebrations. As the weekend approaches, the city gears up for a plethora of events that cater to diverse interests. From cultural extravaganzas to food festivals, there's something for everyone in Kolkata this weekend. Here is our carefully curated list of things to do if you are in the city.

Events To Attend In Kolkata This Weekend

Figure Out The Clues In A Whodunnit

If you are a fan of detective fiction, and Sherlock Holmes is your icon, then here's the perfect idea for an evening well spent. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Holmes and Watson through a carefully crafted audio drama series, where every sound, every dialogue, and every clue is designed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Book your tickets here.

What: Sherlock Holmes On Stage

Where: Kala Mandir, 48, Shakespeare Sarani Rd, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017, India

When: February 25, 6:30 pm

Some Laughter And A Book

Popular stand-up comedian and writer Kanan Gill is on his India tour and will be in Kolkata this weekend. The event is a double bill. The first hour is Kanan’s fourth (and probably last) Stand-Up Comedy Show, "OK Bye." Following a 20-minute interval is "The Book Experience" about Kanan’s novel "Acts of God" (Harper Collins), which involves readings, discussions, and some jokes. Every attendee of The Book Experience will receive a signed copy of the book. You can book the full experience or stand-up only. Book your tickets here.

What: The Kanan Gill Experience - India Tour 2024

Where: Kala Mandir, 48, Shakespeare Sarani Rd, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017, India

When: February 24, 7:30 pm

Be A Pot Head

Want a break from a tech-oriented life? Take time off for a workshop on terracotta. Bengal is known for exquisite terracotta work. For instance, in Bishnupur, the former royal kingdom of the Malla rulers, you will find many ancient terracotta structures. At the workshop, you can explore the sculpture-making process with award-winning sculptor, Ram Kumar Manna, and learn all about the history of terracotta objects as you engage in various hand-building techniques to create any object of your choice. You will take your work back with you, along with a certificate. No prior experience is required. All materials will be provided. The event is for those who are 15 and above. More details here.

What: Clay Connection - Terracotta Workshop

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

When: February 24-25, 11 am–3 pm    

A terracotta temple in Bishnupur
A terracotta temple in Bishnupur DebaDpl/Shutterstock

Get To Know A Wetland

India is home to wetlands, which are also Ramsar sites. Not many people know that Kolkata also has a wetland—the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW). Designated as a Ramsar site in 2002, it is located on the eastern outskirts of Kolkata, with Salt Lake township on one side and the new Rajarhat township on the other. It covers an area of 12,500 hectares with rich foliage and tranquil water bodies.

The EKW with high-rise residential buildings in the background
The EKW with high-rise residential buildings in the backgroundSuprabhat/Shutterstock

The EKW is considered to be unique, as it is responsible for the world's largest wastewater-fed aquaculture system. It has a network of water bodies, paddy farms, and marshlands in the middle of a metro city. Know more about this unique ecosystem at "Symbiotic Cohabitation," an exhibition at Goethe Institut in Kolkata by Disappearing Dialogues Collective, a city initiative, and the EKW community. Among other things, the display includes natural life from the wetlands and pen-and-ink sketches of local aquatic plants like the jal lajjabati and kantajanjhi, as well as paintings of flora and fauna of the area by the children who live there.

What: Exhibition on East Kolkata Wetlands

Where: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Park Mansions, Gate 4, 57A, Mother Teresa Sarani, Kolkata, West Bengal 700016

When: Till February 29, 11 am to 6.30 pm. Closed on Sundays and public holidays.

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