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#BBTB Recap: The Festival’s First Week Was A (Digital) Campfire Singalong

By DA Staff 12 October 2020

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The first week of the Biodiversity By The Bay arts festival ended on a high note, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announcing on Sunday that he was scrapping the Colaba-Banda-Seepz Metro car shed in Aarey Milk Colony. Safeguarding the Aarey forest, often called the green lungs of the city, is one of the key reasons why the Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, in association with DeadAnt, has put together this three week extravaganza of music, design and comedy under the Biodiversity By The Bay banner. 

The good news capped off what was an already amazing week, thanks to virtual live performances by artists including Nikhil Dsouza, Parekh and Singh, Anushka Manchanda, Tejas, Dee MC, BLOT!, and Poetik Justis. Despite a few technical glitches (we forgot to offer a sacrifice to the internet gods), we had a lot of fun with the artists putting up strong performances across the board. If you missed any of the sets, or just want to revisit them one more time, we’ve put them all together in one place below. 

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Announcing the star-studded lineup for #BiodiversityByTheBay, a three week digital festival of the arts that celebrates Mumbai’s rich and diverse ecosystems. Starting 5 October, we’ll be joined by some of the most exciting figures in the worlds of music, comedy and design, with a new artist in the spotlight every day. In the first week of music, we have lined up performances by bespoke suit-wearing dream-pop duo @parekhandsingh, alongside acoustic troubadour @nikhilmusic and singer-songwriter @tejas1989. Also on the lineup are contemporary pop/rap star @anushkadisco, veteran live electronica act @blottin, and rapper and Desi Hip Hop editor @deepa_deemc with @poetikmusic. The design part of the festival will feature works by some of India’s most promising young visual artists, including @shiloshivsuleman, @artwhoring, @pi_alize, and @aaquibw. They’ll be joined by @kidsquidy, @smishdesigns, @giggling_monkey, @osheen.siva, @shwetamalhotra and And if there’s anything we all need in 2020, it’s a little bit of laughter. Everyone’s favourite comedy podcasters #TheInternetSaidSo (@varunthakur @theaadarguy @nevilleshah @cowtuk) will kick off the (virtual) comedy stage, which will also include performances by @kunalrao, @hoezaay, @prashastisingh, @absolutelydanny and @exlolakutty. They join @mumbaismagic and DeadAnt in urging you to protect the city’s legacy of biodiversity by signing our petition and registering your voice and support. As always, link in bio! 🦩 • • • #biodiversityconservation #climatechangeisreal #marineecosystem #marinelife #marineconservation #aareyforest #aarey #aareycolony #flamingos #lesserflamingo #protectourplanet #protectwhatyoulove #artsfest #artistsoninstagram #standupcomedy #indiemusic #anushkamanchanda #parekhandsingh #nikhildsouza

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This week, we’ve moved on to the design part of the festival, with daily artistic interventions by visual artists including Shilo Shiv Suleman, Priyanka Paul, Pia Alize Hazarika, Aaquib Wani, Aaron Pinto, Smish Design, Mehek, Osheen Siva, Shweta Malhotra and Vinu Joseph. The artists will each launch a new work which responds to Mumbai’s ecosystem. We’ll wrap up with a week full of comedy with performances by Kunal Rao, Prashasti Singh, Daniel Fernandes, Anu Menon, and The Internet Said So

The Biodiversity By The Bay festival is part of our campaign to use digital and social action to help protect what makes Mumbai special. Key demands and call to actions for the campaign include protection of the Lesser Flamingo, declaring certain wetlands and mangroves as well as the Aarey forest as no development protected areas, supporting and sustaining the livelihoods of Koli communities in the city, and acknowledging the need to protect Mumbai’s marine ecosystems.

You can sign the petition to protect our legacy of biodiversity in Mumbai and have you voice heard here. For more details on this and other campaign by the Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, visit their website here.

Nikhil Dsouza


Anushka Manchanda

Dee MC feat. Poetik Justis


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