About town – Here’s what’s on this week?

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There’s a massive mela at Surajkund, India’s first gaming show, the 15th Inshara International Puppet Festival, the India Art Fair, Delhi Cocktail week, walks in the countryside and a whole host of other stuff happening over the next 7 days or so.  See what else is on inside this week’s edition of About Town

Shopping and culture – Surajkund Mela from the 1st – 15th February

The mela of all melas is coming to Surajkund for a fortnight in early February.  With around 1,000 stalls, daily cultural performances and cuisines from across the sub-continent, the specially designed mela ground is ready to welcome shoppers for the 31st edition of this extraordinary fair.  Find out more at this post.

Walk with nature – Walk for World Wetland Day on the 2nd February

Celebrate the occasion with walk at the amazing and undiscovered bird heaven at Asola Lake with the Conservation Education Centre.   For registration contact Mr. Dhruv Pal, Education Officer on 011-26042010/995854910 or head on over to Facebook.  Email  cecbnhsdelhi@gmail.com.

Art: India Art Fair, from the 2nd – 5th February

Held at the NSIC Grounds in Okhla this fair claims to be South Asia’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art and  portal to the region’s cultural landscape. Founded in 2008.  For more information visit the website or follow on the official Facebook feed .

Gaming – India Gaming Show, 2nd – 5th February

India’s first ever gaming show takes place at Pragati Maiden.  Play the latest games, on the best hardware and take part in gaming contests. Find out more on the website.

Event – Aaghaz’17 – “This world is our canvas” on 2 and 3rd February

The Annual Cultural Fest of PGDAV College, University of Delh, sees fifty colleges from Delhi University and other Universities participate in a festival dedicated to the arts, culture, literature and technology.  Find out more on the Aaghaz Facebook page.

Discussion – Round Table on Reducing Delhi’s Air Pollution on 3rd February

Air Pollution Lecture  – Laveesh Bhandari from the Indicus Centre for Financial Inclusion on the sources and extent of pollution in Delhi and the economic and technical solutions available.  Followed by a Q&A on what individuals and society can be , the extent to which  and extent of pollution in Delhi, followed by a A Q&A on what individuals and society can do to make a difference.  More information on this website

Film and discussion – Bachelor Girls at the India International Centre, 3rd February

A film that questions the idea of freedom for single, independent women in India, facing housing discrimination. Screening followed by a discussion with speakers Bee Rowlatt, author/writer; Deepanjana Pal, writer/journalist; and Shikha Makan.  At India International Centre, for more information click here.

15th Ishara International Puppet Festival 2017 from 3rd to 10th February

Aged nine or ninety, we’re told to get ready with a variety of sensational, inspirational and magical shows at the Ishara International Puppet Festival.  Being held at Indian Habitat Centre, Artemis Hospital Gurugram and Tagore Thearte Chandigarh.  For more information visuit the Festival’s Facebook page.

Event – Changing of the Guard ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, every Saturday

Held every Saturday, the ceremony is open to members of the public.  Entry with photo identity at Gate Number 2, near the President’s Office.  The 30 minute ceremony ends with an equestrian display by the President’s Body Guard.  For more information, see the President of India website

Jazz Concert – Portuguese Jazz guitarist, Nuno Marinho on thh 4th February

In collaboration with the Embassy of Portugal.  Satarts at 6.30pm in C.D. DESHMUKH AUDITORIUM at the India International Centre.

Cocktail week comes to Delhi for its second edition from 4th – 11th February

About 20 different cocktail related events will be taking place at over 30 bars, lounges, clubs  and restaurants right across the city for a whole week. As well as sampling the work of local and international bar tenders, there’s also the chance to learn about the magic of mixology and pick up some tricks on how to create that perfect cocktail.  Head over to the Delhi Cocktail Week website or check out Facebook for up to date news.

Indian Habitat Centre Art Walk, 5th February

A curated walk at the India Art Fair 2017. For more information and registration write to habitatprogrammes@gmail.com registration.

SOME MORE DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Art and craft lessons – Rajasthani Phad Paintings on 11 and 12th February

Religious painting, practiced in Rajasthan state of India, done on a long piece of cloth or canvas, known as phad.  Find out more about the lesson and how to reserve a place on Facebook.

Lloyd Palate Fest from 10th – 12th February

Palate Fest was a high profile victim of the demonitiasation drive, but the organisers vowed to put the show back on and they are.  In mid February head on over to Nehru Park for a multitude of culinary delights, some music, cookery lessons and lots more fun.  Follow the festival on Facebook.

India Design – 11th  – 19th February 2017

India Design celebrates the talent of upcoming and established designers and the brands of Incredible India. For a week every year in February, design districts across the city of New Delhi and the NSIC Grounds in Okhla become meeting place for traders from all across India. Find out more about India Design at the website.

Sport – Northern India Polo Championship on the 19th February

Northern India Polo Championship takes place on 19th February’1.  Taking place at the Jaipur Polo Grounds, off Racecourse Road.  For more information on ticketing and to reserve a place contact on 9560089603

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