Weekend Guide: What To See And Do In Kolkata

From a play in a heritage mansion to performances by famous Bangla bands, here is our pick of things to do in Kolkata this weekend
Watch a famous play in Kolkata this weekend
Watch a famous play in Kolkata this weekendShutterstock

The cultural capital of India, Kolkata, is a city that seamlessly blends tradition with modernity. From historical landmarks to vibrant markets and delectable cuisine, the city offers every traveller a diverse range of experiences. Here's a guide to help you make the most of your weekend in Kolkata.

Get Up Close With Famous Bangla Bands

Get ready for an enchanting evening featuring two of the legendary Bangla Bands, Fossils (India) and Nagar Baul James (Bangladesh), performing together in Kolkata after a long time. Witness the magic and celebrate an evening of melody and rock music. More info here.

What: Pujowalader Gaan Pujo I Fossils & Nagar Baul James

When: March 3, 5 pm

Where: Kolkata Police Safe House, Eden Gardens, Strand Rd, Maidan, B.B.D. Bagh, Kolkata, West Bengal 700021

A Dose Of Art

Ganesh Haloi is a prominent artist noted for his innate poetry and longing for a lost culture, which was heavily affected by his upbringing in Jamalpur, Mymensingh (now in Bangladesh), and his transfer to Calcutta following India's Partition. The restrained and limited use of formal components in his paintings liberates the field of vision while also calling for reflection. You can see his works in Ganesh Haloi Re-citations: Rhymes About Land, Water and Sky, an exhibition presented by the Birla Academy of Art and Culture and Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. The large-scale exhibition spans the decades-long artistic journey of Haloi and explores his profound connection to nature, the spatial interplay between enclosures and expansions and metaphors of life.

What: Ganesh Haloi Re-citations: Rhymes About Land, Water and Sky

When: March 1–April 13, 3pm–8pm

Where: Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108- 109, Southern Avenue, Lake Terrace, Kolkata- 700029

Watch A Play In A Heritage House

The stunning Daw Bari will host the play
The stunning Daw Bari will host the playPadatik Theatre/Facebook

The popular show "Kaagaz ke Gubbare" is back in Kolkata. This time, it is being staged in a splendid 180-year-old opera-style house. The event is a selection of Ismat Chughtai’s writings and short stories—Kunwari, Ek Shauhar Ke Khatir, Chhui Mui, Gharwali, Pesha & Ghoonghat. These will be explored through a mix of performance, dramatised reading, percussion, and live singing. More details here.

What: Kaagaz ke Gubbare

When: March 2, 6.30 pm

Where: Daw Bari, 12, Shib Krishna Daw Lane, Raja Katra, Singhi Bagan, Jorasanko, Kolkata, West Bengal 700007

Wear Your Leopard Prints And Dance

Dance to the beats by Alex Wilcox, an American music producer and Live Performer/DJ based in Berlin. He composes eclectic club music and plays his own productions in a genre-less chaotic whirlwind involving live vocals, hard cuts, numerous BPM changes, and theatrical moments. He will be supported by Kolkata’s AAYNA, alongside Delhi-based duo Sawshank B2B Yetï. More info here.

What: Alex Wilcox at Gold, JW Marriott Kolkata

When: March 2, 9pm-March 3, 4am

Where: Gold - JW Marriott, 4A, JBS Haldane Ave, Tangra, Kolkata, West Bengal 700105

Related Stories

No stories found.
Outlook Traveller