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Curtain Raiser: Here's all you can do on November 18 & 19

No weekend plans yet? YS Life has got you covered. From what to do to where to eat and shop, discover all major events across Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Kolkata under one umbrella.

Curtain Raiser: Here's all you can do on November 18 & 19

Friday November 17, 2023,

9 min Read

As the highly awaited World Cup finals approach, excitement and anticipation have reached a fever pitch across the country. The air is charged with enthusiasm as cricket enthusiasts eagerly count down to the grand finale of this sporting extravaganza. 

The fervour is not limited to stadiums alone; it permeates every nook and cranny, resonating particularly in the vibrant spaces of restaurants and pubs that are poised to broadcast the finals live.

In this pulsating atmosphere, the yearning for India's triumph creates a palpable buzz, uniting fans in a shared experience of breathless hope and unbridled excitement. The World Cup finals ceased to be a mere sporting event; it evolved into a cultural celebration, leaving an indelible mark in the hearts of millions across the country.

And, If you're looking to savor the weekend, revel in the joy of cheering for Team India alongside passionate cricket enthusiasts, YS Life has a few recommendations for a memorable weekend across the major metro cities of India. 


B Praak`s Believer India Tour 

B Praak

When: November 18 | 6 PM Onwards

Where: Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium 

Cost: Rs 499 onwards

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of music as the acclaimed Indian singer and music composer, B Praak, sets the stage ablaze with his much-anticipated India Tour. 

Renowned for chart-topping hits such as 'Mann Bharrya,' 'Bewafaai,' and 'Mastaani,' as well as his impressive compositions like 'Qismat,' 'Naah,' 'Kya Baat Ay,' 'Hath Chummne,' and 'Guitar Sikhda,' his songs resonate deeply with millions of hearts. 

Tickets available on BookMyShow.

The Classic Sufi Concert

The Classic Sufi Concert

When: November 18 | 7.30 PM Onwards

Where: Tata Theater

Cost: Rs 1,500 onwards

Prepare for a transcendent musical experience at the Classic Sufi Concert, a presentation featuring the legendary sitarist, Ustad Shujaat Khan.

The evening begins with the maestro's mastery of Indian Classical music, establishing a profound connection with the roots of our heritage.

This concert promises to be more than a musical event; it's a harmonious balance between the cultural heritage of India and the mystical allure of Sufi music. 

Tickets available on BookMyShow.

Art Mumbai 2023

When: November 17 - 19 | 11 AM onwards

Where: Mahalakshmi Race Course

Cost: Rs 599 onwards

Art Mumbai is set to make history as the city's inaugural art fair, transforming the Mahalaxmi Racecourse Member's Enclosure into a vibrant hub of creativity. 

With over 50 galleries participating, the fair offers a diverse range of art, spanning modern, contemporary, indigenous, and antique pieces available for purchase, providing art enthusiasts and collectors with a unique opportunity to engage with and acquire exceptional artworks.

Beyond the visual feast, Art Mumbai offers an enriching experience with a dynamic on-site speaker series, featuring 12 workshops, panels, masterclasses, and captivating musical performances. 

Additionally, themed walks conducted every two hours provide an immersive exploration of the fair, offering a comprehensive understanding of the displayed artworks. 

Tickets available on Paytm Insider.

'IYKYK' - A Solo Exhibition by Smish Designs at Method Kalaghoda 


When: November 19 | 11 AM to 6 PM 

Where: Method Kalaghoda, 86, Nagindas Master Rd

Cost: NA

Method Kalaghoda is showcasing a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Smish Designs, titled 'IYKYK', exploring a dystopian world where chaos and suppression of free thought prevail, with common folk's fragile egos controlling the environment. 

The show aims to recreate the past while carving out the present in a counterintuitive way, focusing on the decay of culture and civility, and the rationing of air into currency. 

The exhibition aims to evoke nostalgia for the past while highlighting the challenges of navigating the current in a dystopian world.


India International Trade Fair

India International Trade Fair

When: November 14 - 27 | 10 AM - 7:30 PM

Where: Bharat Mandapam

Cost: Rs 40 onwards

The 42nd edition of the India International Trade Fair (IITF), hosted by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), is one of the largest integrated trade fairs with both B2B and B2C components, covering business, social, cultural, and educational dimensions. IITF serves as a platform for visitors, exhibitors, media, marketing professionals, social activists, and NGOs to meet their diverse needs. 

With participation from government organisations and representation from almost all states and union territories of India, IITF 2023 highlights the country's export potential, aligning with India's G20 presidency. 

The theme–Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: United by Trade–underscores India's commitment to global unity, echoing the G20's principles and showcasing the nation's ancient wisdom and strength across various sectors.

Tickets available on Paytm Insider.

Palate Fest 2023

Palate Fest 2023

When: November 18 & 19 | 11 AM to 10 PM

Where: Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium

Cost: Rs 299 onwards

The Palate Fest, a culinary extravaganza, stands as India's premier food festival, celebrated for its global recognition and culinary excellence. This year's edition promises to offer a world of gastronomic delights featuring both well-established and emerging culinary brands. 

The festival goes beyond just food, incorporating elements of entertainment with thrilling music bands, celebrity performances, and chef-led masterclasses. It transforms into a hub of diverse experiences, catering to the tastes of food enthusiasts, music lovers, and those seeking a vibrant, multi-sensory celebration of the culinary arts.

Tickets available on Paytm Insider.

OPN Art House 2023

OPN Art House

When: November 18 | 12 PM - November 19 | 9 PM

Where: Max Mueller Bhavan

Cost: Free

Opn Art House (OAH), curated by Gaysi Family, is a dynamic, weekend-long, travelling art and design festival challenging normative aesthetic standards, explores a diverse array of artistic expressions, including zines, illustrations, sculptures, photography, poems, and installations that defy traditional formats, themes, or styles. 

OAH serves as an oasis of unfiltered creativity, questioning the conventional understanding of art and embracing "wrong answers only."

Tickets available on Paytm Insider.


Ronan Keating Live

Ronan Keating Live

When: November 18 | 4 PM Onwards

Where: Bhartiya Mall of Bengaluru

Cost: Rs 1,299 onwards

Renowned pop artist and former member of the iconic band Boyzone, Ronan Keating, will be taking the stage as part of the Tape Deck Festival.

Step into an evening that transports you back in time, reliving nostalgic melodies. More than just a one-time concert, this event serves as the kickoff for the Tape Deck Festival, a year-round music extravaganza. Some of his most popular songs include 'When You Say Nothing at All', 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' and 'This I Promise You'.

Tickets available on BookMyShow.

Comic Con 2023

Comic Con 2023

When: November 17-19 

Where: KTPO Trade Center

Cost: Rs 899 onwards

Get ready for the ultimate pop-culture extravaganza as Comic Con Bengaluru returns with a bigger and better, three-day experience. Comic Con 2023 promises to deliver the best in comics, cosplay, merchandise, toys, fan experiences, gaming, and much more. 

From comics and merchandise to anime, cosplay, TV shows, movies, and gaming, Comic Con India unites diverse interests, creating a space where fans can come together to celebrate their shared love for pop culture in all its forms.

Tickets available on BookMyShow.

Shaan Live

Shaan Live

When: November 18 | 6 PM Onwards

Where: Phoenix Market City

Cost: Rs 799 onwards

Immerse yourself in an electrifying musical evening featuring the versatile Indian singer Shaan. 

Known for his chart-topping Bollywood and pop hits,  such as Tanha Dil and Chand Sifarish, Shaan promises a lively and dynamic performance. 

Tickets available on Paytm Insider.


FunnyBUZZness W/ The Algorithm Tour


When: November 18 | 8 PM Onwards

Where: Heart Cup Coffee

Cost: Rs 499 onwards

Funny Buzzness, a comedy-gig series curated by Buzz Kya Entertainment, will feature stand-up artist Daniel Fernandes. 

Fernandes, known for his wit and unique perspective, will be presenting a humorous quest to feed the algorithm, our omnipresent reporting manager. The show promises loads of fun, laughter, and "Did he just say that?" moments, making it a must-see event for comedy enthusiasts.

Tickets available on BookMyShow.

Rajasekhar Mamidanna Live

Rajasekhar Mamidanna

When: November 18 

Where: Bhaskara Auditorium: Birla Science Center

Cost: Rs 449 onwards

Rajasekhar Mamidanna, a multifaceted talent in the world of comedy, brings a unique blend of humour, wit, and versatility to the stage. 

A graduate with a B. Tech in Computer Science and an MBA in Marketing, Rajasekhar fearlessly turns the spotlight on his own educational background, adding a personal touch to his comedic narrative.

Tickets available on BookMyShow.

Saikiran Checks In


When: November 18 | 7 PM Onwards

Where: Tease

Cost: Rs 599 onwards

Prepare for a laughter-packed evening with Saikiran as he presents a specially curated comedy show, uniquely tailored for singles navigating the intense pressure to tie the knot. This hilarious performance promises a relatable and entertaining experience for those who find themselves in the amusing yet challenging world of marriage expectations.

Saikiran's comedic prowess is set to provide a much-needed escape for singles, offering a humorous take on the societal pressures surrounding matrimony.

Tickets available on BookMyShow.

Kalaripayuttu Workshop

Kalaripayuttu Workshop

When: November 18| 6.30 PM Onwards

Where: IDAM

Cost: Rs 750 onwards

Discover the rich legacy of Kalaripayattu–an ancient martial art originating from Kerala, India–renowned as one of the earliest forms that laid the foundation for various oriental martial arts. With its roots believed to have travelled alongside Bodhidharma, Kalaripayattu stands as a fundamental influence on many martial disciplines.

Kalaripayattu harnesses the primal energy within individuals through focused concentration and discipline, transcending the limits of both body and mind. 

This camp serves as an introduction to the fundamental stances and kicks in Kalaripayattu, fostering heightened self-awareness and attention to surroundings. Participants, whether adults or children, embark on a transformative journey, embracing the art's holistic approach to physical and mental well-being.

Tickets available on BookMyShow.


Coca-Cola Kolkata Is Cooking

Coca-Cola Kolkata Is Cooking

When: November 17 - November 18 | 1 PM onwards

Where: Aquatica

Cost: Rs 199 onwards

‘Kolkata is Cooking’ is a grand food festival in the City of Joy that celebrates the rich tapestry of Bengali and global flavours, offering a delectable journey through diverse culinary experiences, from fine dining to innovative fusion creations. 

The festival orchestrates a symphony of kebabs, kormas, and curries, with over 30 restaurants showcasing national and international delicacies. 

Tickets available on Paytm Insider.

SGA x ROOTS Presents Arjun Rampal Live DJ Set

SGA x ROOTS Presents Arjun Rampal

When: November 18 | 8 PM - November 19 | 2 AM

Where: Roots

Cost: Rs 1500 onwards

Arjun Rampal, a Bollywood superstar, has been captivated by music since he was a model travelling abroad. He met many DJs at the Ministry of Sound, including John Digweed and DJ Pasha, and would get tickets for their concerts. 

Arjun's favourite music is progressive house, and he has a vast collection of songs to build over the years. He often plays impromptu deejays at friends' parties, and he must create a set of music that keeps spinning for three hours non-stop to keep the guests engaged. 

Tickets available on Paytm Insider.

Edited by Saheli Sen Gupta