A night of electronica in the serene setting of the Garden of Five Senses. Organized by India’s first electronica label, DadA Music is celebrating its first anniversary with a themed evening, drawing inspiration from the restricted military zone in Nevada that is synonymous with alien technology and advanced weaponry, with a stellar line-up of artistes which includes Sattyananda, Cell, SlackBaba, Vibrasphere and Kalyug. 9pm. Garden of Five Senses, Said-ul-Ajaib (98108-09060).
Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas
Day two of the Punjabi Academy’s “traditional classical music of Punjab” festival will feature a recital by Vyas, vice-chancellor of Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow. Son and disciple of Gwalior gharana legend Gyanacharya Pandit Narayan Rao Vyas, he is one of the foremost representatives of the gharana today. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Lodhi Estate (2468-2222). For invitations, contact the Punjabi Academy, Community Centre, Motia Khan, Paharganj (2351-4692).
Out and About
Great Bombay Circus
The Great Bombay Circus is in town with clowns, gymnasts, trapeze artistes and elephants playing cricket. The Russian circus artistes performing with the Bombay Circus are a major attraction. 1pm, 4pm, 7pm. Ram Lila Grounds, Red Fort (3299-9232). Tickets: Rs150, Rs100, Rs60 and Rs30.
Pakistani director Usmaan Peerzada’s play is a Punjabi opera designed in the nautanki style. Inspired by traditional puppeteer stories, the play uses live folk music to present a story about ordinary people and their encounters with the powerful. Patay Khan has had more than 100 performances in Pakistan, with audiences of 3,000-4,000 at a time. 8pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Lodhi Estate (2468-2222). Tickets: Rs200, Rs150, Rs100, Rs50, available at the Habitat programme desk.
Le Souffle au Coeur (Murmur of the Heart)
Although it stirred up a double vein of controversy—from those outraged and those disappointed—Louis Malle’s film is less about incest and its implications than about the frustrations of bourgeois convention. The film reminds one of Truffaut and the joyous spontaneity of Les Quatre Cents Coups as 14-year-old Laurent (a stunningly natural performance by Benoît Ferreux) agonizes over the problem of how to lose his virginity in the face of a tight family circle, which cramps his style while ignoring his needs. 6.30pm (duration: 2 hours). Grey Zone Film Club, The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (2374-6050). One-day membership: Rs70.
Until 14 May
A group photography show by Ayesha Kapur, Anand Seth, Anna Tully, Atul Bhalla, Karan Khanna, Ravi Agarwal and Owais Hussain. The pictures reflect different approaches to photography and bring together several personal projects. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (2632-6267).
A show of paintings, sculptures and installations by George Martin, the first winner of the India Habitat Centre and Art India magazine’s promising artist award. The show includes trippy paintings of street scenes and even trippier installations. 10am-8pm. Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2001).
Out and About
Architecture of Mumbai
In 1995, responding to a strong citizens’ initiative, the Maharashtra government framed the Mumbai Heritage Regulations, which provided protection to 632 structures in the city. A photo exhibition, of the Grade I heritage structures of Mumbai, celebrates the city’s heritage movement. 10.30am-5.30pm (Tue-Sun). Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, M.G. Road, between Kala Ghoda and Regal Circle (2284-4519/4484). Tickets: Rs15 for adults, Rs10 for children, Rs300 for foreigners.
The Indian Navy organizes a guided tour of the naval dockyards, otherwise off limits to civilians, on the first Sunday of every month. The high walls of the naval dockyards, extending from Apollo Bunder to Ballard Estate, surround not just Asia’s oldest dry dock, but also the oldest building on the Island City, Bombay Castle. 10am. Lion’s Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Kala Ghoda. Prior registration needed. Call 2215-0811 for registration. Only for Indian nationals.
Sharing the Planet
A rhinoceros carries a church on its back. A lion and a vulture sit next to a boy on a bus. A man on all fours has a feline animal as his mirror image. The rhinoceros, the man and the boy may seem different but all three are Ebenezer Sunder Singh. “I don’t imagine anything with which I don’t connect,” said Singh. “The church in Cathedral is where I was christened.” This may not explain how Singh turned into a rhinoceros, but his exhibition Sharing the Planet, at Pundole Art Gallery this fortnight is an invitation to delve into his tangled, personal memories. 10am-6pm (Mon-Sat). Pundole Art Gallery, 369, D.N. Road, next to American Dry Fruits, Flora Fountain (2284-1837).
Legs Above My Feet & Shwet Angaar
Ankur, 20, drowned while swimming in the Yamuna in New Delhi. A budding poet, he left behind friends such as Shushmita, a Kathak dancer. Gurvinder Singh’s Legs Above My Feet deals with love, loss and identity against the backdrop of Shushmita’s desire to express herself through dance. 43 minutes.
In Shwet Angaar, Nandu Madhav rewrites the myth of Sisyphus and replaces a stone with a bale of cotton. The farmer must sell this cotton to heal his ill infant and feed his family. He sets out to the market to sell his bale, but the white fluff proves to be a bigger burden than imagined. 7.30pm (duration: 25 minutes). New Mahim Municipal School, Miya Mohammed Chotani Marg, Teesri Gali, Mahim (W) (2244-45871).
The Vagina Monologues
“I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think of vaginas, and even more worried that we don’t think about them. I was worried about my own vagina. It needed a context of other vaginas—a community, a culture of vaginas.” So begins Eve Ensler’s paean to the female genitalia. Now considered an important milestone in feminist studies, The Vagina Monologues is a sharp, witty, poignant and over-the-top look at feminine identity to which Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal’s localized production does ample justice. Jayati Bhatia gets the most applause as she simulates orgasms from the “uninhibited militant bisexual moan” to the “tortured Zen moan” in an encore-worthy The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy. 7pm & 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (2614-9546). Tickets: Rs200.
Regis Gizavo and David Mirandon
Paris-based Malagasy accordionist and singer Gizavo has gathered quite a following in Europe since winning the Radio France International Discovery Prize in 1990. He has two acclaimed solo albums and a decade-long touring roster to his credit. Gizavo comes to the Capital accompanied by drummer Mirandon. The two have been playing together since the beginning of the accordionist’s career, Mirandon’s deft touch a perfect foil for Gizavo’s powerful voice and frenetic squeezeboxing. 7.30pm. The Ashok Amphitheatre, 50B, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg (2611-0101).
Hot Club de Paris
“Hot Club, who?” did you say? British indie band Hot Club de Paris is slated to be huge in 2007. The trio of 20-something Liverpudlians—bassist Paul Rafferty, guitarist Matthew Smith and his younger brother, drummer Alasdair—have won acclaim for their distinctive sound, which combines unusual time signatures, jerky start-stop instrumentation, sardonic, observational lyrics and catchy pop harmony. 8pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (2438-2888).