Gallery Nvya brings together more than 30 high-profile artists, sculptors and photographers in a show curated by Uma Nair that revolves around the theme of mirrors and self-portraits. From Krishen Khanna’s delicate, tragicomic Li Po to Maite Delteil’s flush portrait to Shipra Bhattacharya’s tantra-inspired “nude”, this exhibition tackles some difficult questions. Despite the wide variety of styles of the artists, the show manages to stay relatively coherent because of its tight theme. 11-7pm. Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6, Siri Fort Institutional Area (4132-6119).
Until 21 Apr
A retrospective exhibition of the paintings and sculptures of Dhiraj Choudhury, organized by Art Konsult. A firm believer in the link between art and social change, Choudhury has been an artist, teacher, facilitator, writer and crusader. The paintings on display in this show are dynamic, colourful and varied, combining the strong, swift strokes of his drawings with colours that are both textured and distinct. His depictions of Radha and Krishna swirl fluidly into abstract shapes, creating points of tension and dissolution within the frame. Animals, birds and flowers create Eden-like environments, clowns and crowded faces suggest a satirical sense of humour. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat ). Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, Mandi Circle (2338-7241).
Vocalist Sarathi Chatterjee began his musical training under his father, Kirana Gharana veteran Pandit Arun Chatterjee, and also received instruction from his mother, the late Shefali Chatterjee, a renowned singer of Bengali songs. It was a very rare coming together of traditions when Chatterjee later went to Banaras exponents Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra, under whom he is still training. His recital is the last musical offering of the SPIC MACAY Fest 2007. 10am. Shriram School, Aravali D-3 Street, Vasant Vihar (2614-9572).
Akshai Sarin DJ Set
Keeping alive the pulse of spirituality and wit in his music, Akshai’s technology-driven set promises to interactively use live instruments, recordings, language and live remixing to add a twist to the electronic music experience as we know it. Spinning ambient, chill, drum and bass and trance, catch Akshai’s live set in the peaceful setting of Shalom. 9pm. Shalom, N-18, Greater Kailash-I, N Block Market (98100-48084).
Fast Food Nation
Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser have done a half-cooked job of turning the latter’s well-researched, non-fiction invective into a palatable, campaigning drama. Linklater presents three strands that meet in Colorado Springs, the home of both a fictional fast-food chain called Mickey’s and a sterile food processing plant that makes a death row look baroque. Most arresting is Don Henderson, a Mickey’s marketing executive, who travels to Colorado to investigate claims of “shit” in the burgers. Less convincing, however, is the attempt to portray the plight of illegal Mexican workers and the gradual politicization of a young Mickey’s worker, Amber. While the original book assumed an adult level of intelligence, the film pitches itself squarely at the sort of American teenager who would be shocked to learn that a fast-food chain was anything but a fundamental pillar of the local community. 6.30pm. Grey Zone Film Club, The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (2374-6050). One-day membership: Rs70.
Dehli ki Aakhri Shama
A mush’aira is a poetic symposium at which poets of the day read their work. Writer Farhatullah Baig’s Dehli ki Aakhri Shama is a fictional-historical account of what might have been the last great mush’aira in the court of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar. The mush’aira is recreated this evening by the faculty and staff of Jamia Millia Islamia university. Introduced and directed by Rakhshanda Jalil, the performance provides a picture of the culture of mid-19th century Mughal society, which saw the flowering of the Urdu ghazal form. 6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431).
Ratna Gupta explores femininity using body casting. The idea of making casts of her body came from “wanting to see my own body from an outsider’s perspective”. The exhibition tells the story of a girl’s coming of age in casts made from resin. Gupta explained her motivation behind the project: “There’s one sentence that I’ve had on my mind for years—am I who I think I am or am I simply a romantic thought in my head? Girls are always told that it’s the inside that counts, but in reality, that’s idealistic. The mirror image is very important, whether we admit it or not. I wanted to hold up a mirror to myself. I guess you could call it self-teaching.” 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). 130/132, Great Western Building, First Floor, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Fort (2283-7345).
The Good German
Releasing 20 Apr
Steven Soderbergh habitually tests and transcends the generic boundaries of mainstream American film-making. This foray into the literal/metaphorical wreckage of post-war Berlin is a strong, mostly successful, example of his canny audacity at work on a large-scale but relatively low-budget (Rs134.4 crore) project. Arriving to cover the Potsdam Conference, where Truman, Churchill and Stalin will decide the future of Germany, war correspondent Jake Geismer is assigned Corporal Tully, a black-marketeering opportunist, as driver. If Tully has a soft spot, it’s for Lena, with whom Jake once fell in love during a spell in pre-war Berlin. This leads to a tricky and dangerous situation involving the discovery of an American corpse in the Soviet zone. This may not seem to bother the US or Soviet authorities but for Jake, the investigative trail leads towards a dark moral abyss. Major cinemas.
Indian Shopping Festival
In its sixth year, the Indian Shopping Festival hopes to beat last year’s daily average of 10,000 visitors. Like Mumbai’s new shopping scene, it is not only about buying but also about entertaining families, so expect a mall that has expanded with mammoth festival parades while streets are converted into open venues for painters, craftsmen, sculptors, musicians and performing artistes. Bandra Kurla Complex Grounds, Bandra (E). (2673-3125/2673-3126).
BOMB will launch Stupiditties, a compilation of original non-metal Indian rock music featuring tracks by 18 bands from around the country at a concert featuring performances by eight of the contributing acts. These include Split, Medusa, Something Relevant, Human Abstract, Tripwire, Aftertaste, ForceField and Rainvan. The entry fee entitles you to a copy of the CD, a magazine and a bunch of stickers. 6pm. Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu Hotel, near Tulip Star Hotel, Juhu (2618-4012). Entry: Rs200. Call Rishu Singh on 98192-88798 for details.
Joe and Shefali Alvares with Monster Blue
Groove to the blues as you down Bellinis. One of Mumbai’s best-known jazzmen, Joe Alvares, performs at the trendy lounge’s weekly blues night with a band featuring his vocalist daughter Shefali Alvares, keyboardist Jarvis Menezes, drummer Lindsay D’Mello, British bassist Michael Malcolm and former Zero guitarist Warren Mendonsa. 10pm. Henry Tham, Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba (2202-3186). Free.
Horacio Franco + Victor Flores
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, in association with the Mexican embassy, brings accomplished Mexican flautist Franco to the Shri Ram Centre with double-bassist Victor Flores, in one of his most-acclaimed partnerships. Adored like a rock star in his country, Franco is a classically-trained soloist with a vast repertoire ranging from Renaissance to baroque, folk and pop music from a variety of traditions. He has played with the most-acclaimed orchestras around the globe - the Berliner Symphoniker, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields among them. He has had over 50 opuses composed specifically to be premiered by him. Franco teamed up with Flores in 1998 for a series of concerts such as ”From Bach to the Beatles”. The duo has since played at venues all over Latin America, Europe, South Africa and China. 6.30pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House (2371-4307). For invitations, contact ICCR, Azad Bhawan, Indraprastha Estate (2337-8641).
Lillette Dubey takes on Vijay Tendulkar’s hard-hitting drama Kanyadaan, which premieres on 21 April. The Brahmin Devlalikar family gets a Dalit son-in-law. While Nath, a socialist MLA, is overjoyed, his wife Seva is more cautious. For Nath, having a Dalit in his family means putting into practice his liberal ideals to hold up as an example of the possibility of a harmonious casteless society. But, since this is Tendulkar we’re dealing with, his daughter’s choice of husband sets into motion a maelstrom of latent anger, dashed ideals and cruel truths. 7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (2283-3838). Tickets: Rs120-320.