Things To Do In Kolkata Over The Weekend

Engage in discussions on the art of glass-blowing, witness captivating dance performances, and enjoy side-splitting stand-up comedy acts this weekend
Weekend events in Kolkata
Sunset over Hooghly River in KolkataShutterstock

This weekend, immerse yourself in the dynamic city of Kolkata, known for its rich history, diverse art and culture scene, and thriving literary culture. While you're there, be sure to catch some of the events taking place, such as engaging discussions on the art of glass-blowing, captivating dance performances showcasing traditional and contemporary styles, and side-splitting stand-up comedy acts guaranteed to keep you entertained.

Commemorating Santhal Hul

The Jadunath Bhavan Museum and Resource Centre is hosting a series of events and an exhibition to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Santhal Hul, the famous rebellion in present-day Jharkhand and West Bengal against the East India Company (EIC) and zamindari system by the Santhals. The event, being organised by Dr Rahi Soren and the School of Cultural Texts and Records at Jadavpur University, will showcase rare archival documents from the EAP 1300 project, which is funded by the Endangered Archives Programme of the British Library. Additionally, it will display Santali manuscripts and cultural heritage collections from the National Library of Norway in Oslo. More details here.

When: June 30 to July 6.

Where: Jadunath Bhavan Museum and Resource Centre, 10, Lake Terrace, Lake Terrace, lake Terrace, Kolkata, West Bengal 700029

The Art Of Glassblowing

Shaping hot molten glass takes hours
Shaping hot molten glass takes hoursShutterstock

In the first century B.C., the art of glassblowing was born in the Syro-Palestinian region, revolutionising the use and accessibility of glass objects. A Syrian craftsman in Jerusalem innovatively utilised a technique that involved inflating glass into a bubble using a blowpipe, forever changing the landscape of glass craftsmanship. Unearth the mesmerising world of this timeless and captivating craft at Fire and Form - a talk by Srila Mookherjee who has the distinction of being India's first woman glass-blower. With a specialisation in ceramics from National Institute of Design (NID), Srila sought out international apprenticeships to hone her craft. Her journey took her to Finnish Lapland, where she trained with renowned ceramic tableware manufacturers, and pottery studios. In London, Srila further expanded her skills by training with the celebrated vessel maker Anthony Stern and at the Glasshouse in Covent Garden. Returning to Calcutta, she founded Aakriti, a unique studio workshop, to showcase her expertise in ceramics and glassblowing. At the event, you can also witness performances by dancers from Rhythmosaic who will interpret the rhythm of Fire and Form. More details here.

What: Fire and Form

When: July 5, 6.15pm

Where: Daga Nikunk, 25/1, Ballygunge Circular Road, Kolkata 700020

A Dance Performance

Don't miss out on a unique dance performance Sister By Dance hosted by Kolkata's renowned group, 'Canteen Theatre,' who host events across the city to support their community kitchen benefiting underprivileged individuals in Shibpur. Established during the Covid-19-induced lockdown in 2020, this initiative provides daily meals to slum dwellers and offers subsidised meals to factory workers. Founded by actor-director Joyraj Bhattacharya and popular musician Arko Mukhaerjee, along with other dedicated members, this theatre group is making a meaningful impact in the community. Keep tabs for more details about it here.

What: Sister By Dance

Where: Canteen Art Theatre, PM Bustee Community Kitchen, Bajeshibpur, Howrah

Laugh Out Loud

Gaurav Gupta at an earlier Kolkata show
Gaurav Gupta at an earlier Kolkata showStand up Comic Gaurav Gupta/Facebook

Indulge in an evening of uproarious comedy with the widely celebrated stand-up comedian Gaurav Gupta. Known for his hilarious persona "Being Baniya," Gaurav is not just a skilled dentist dedicated to perfecting smiles, but also a master at evoking laughter. His exceptional talent has garnered over 50 million views on YouTube, and his special performance titled "Market Down Hai" on Amazon Prime Video has earned high praise. More details here.

What: Gaurav Gupta Live - India Tour

What: June 29

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