Paramjit Singh’s landscapes lack specificity—the details rarely even approach the definition of Monet’s water-lilies, for example—yet manage to suggest the movement of billowing mustard fields or torpid ponds. Singh has been painting landscapes for a long time, in impasto layers of colour upon colour. His paintings grow organically from small cross-hatches to dense oil paint in relief, sometimes creating very heavy works. Daily, 11am-7pm,Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178 Okhla Phase I (6547-4005). Free.
IIC Experience: A Festival of the Arts
24, 25 October
The India International Centre’s week-long annual cultural festival is in its fourth year, and promises some rare treats across literature and the arts. The films section, called Word to Image: The Literary Imagination and Cinema, gets together the film adaptation of some fine books. India International Centre, 40 Lodhi Estate, Max Mueller Marg (2462-4044). Free. Passes available at the venue 30 mins before the show.
The Pink Balloon
22, 23 October
A little pink balloon’s journey through life is portrayed through dance-theatre movement. 7pm, Shri Ram Centre For Performing Arts, 4 Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House (2371-4307). Tickets Rs50-150, available at the venue.
20, 21 October
Dara Shikoh battles his brother Aurangzeb. The story is told from Dara Shikoh’s point of view, a change from the many plays that centre on Aurangzeb. 7pm, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Tickets Rs50-300, available at the venue.
Out & about
Asia Golf Industry Show 2007
For all your golfing needs, the annual Asia Golf Industry Show presents a range of golfing equipment and destinations on display. The show will also have coaches participating, who will be available for teaching and, if you prefer virtual guidance, the show will have a stimulator. 19 October: 5-10pm, 20, 21 October: 10am-5pm, Convention Hall, Hotel Ashok, 50B Chanakyapuri (2611-0101). Registration at venue.
Steve Smith and Vital Information
Former Journey drummer Steve Smith has had a long and illustrious career playing it up with a who’s who of the jazz and world music scene besides playing studio sessions for popular performers like Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli and Bryan Adams. He’s on a five-date tour of the country with Vital Information, which also includes keyboardist Tom Coster, guitarist Vinny Valentino and bassist Baron Browne. This quartet covers a lot of territory in their repertoire, from really tight funk to swing and Carnatic classical-inspired jams. 7.30pm, American Centre Auditorium, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg (2331-6841). Free. Carry identification.
All jazzed up: Drummer Steve Smith. Photo: Timothy Charles Ellis
Thakur Chakrapani Singh
The innovative Singh crafted the kachhapi veena after extensive research into ancient and modern Indian stringed instruments such that it would accommodate tuning arrangements peculiar to Hindustani classical music. Initially enrolled as a student of Dhrupad under the tutelage of Pandit Vidur Mallick, Singh later took to the guitar before he found his current musical direction under the expert guidance of renowned sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. 7pm, Poorva Sanskritik Kendra, 14 Lakshmi Nagar, District Centre, Vikas Marg (4244-8840). Free.
Keli will organize its third festival devoted to the popular dance-drama from Kerala. It will feature compositions based on morally ambiguous characters such as Bali, Sugreeva and Jarasantha. Watch performances by Kerala’s reputed kathakali dancers Nelliyodu Vasudevan Namboodri, Ramachandran Unnithan and Kottakkal Devadas, who will be accompanied by artists from the Kerala Kalamandalam. 6.45pm, YB Chavan Centre Auditorium, near Mantralaya, General Jagannath Bhosle Marg (2285-2081). Donor passes will be available at the venue, Giri Stores (2412-2316/2414-1344), Prithvi Theatre (2614-9546) and Rhythm House (2282-1418).
After bringing down newcomers Flipsyde and veterans Mobb Deep, the third edition of Vh1 Hip Hop Hustle will be a set by Grammy-winning chart topper Chamillionaire. 9 pm, Enigma. Passes can be bought at the venue on the day of the concert.
Sultan Khan + Ulhas Kashalkar
Two of Indian classical music’s most eminent performers, sarangi maestro Khan and virtuoso vocalist Kashalkar, perform at a concert that has been organized in celebration of veteran sitar player Arvind Parikh’s 80th birthday. 6.30pm, Tata Theatre, NCPA. Admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Free.
As performers, Lychee Lassi falls somewhere in between the Beastie Boys and the Blue Man Group. They blend live instruments, sampled sounds, turntablism and visuals and garnish it with a healthy dash of humour. Musically, they embrace a variety of genres and stay away from attaching themselves to a trademark sound. 6.30pm, St Andrew’s Auditorium. Passes available at the Max Mueller Bhavan (2202-7710) and at the venue.
Blenders’ pride: Lychee Lassi and their brand of humour
How would it feel to know there were more of you out there? Not very pleasant, a man discovers when he’s told that he’s one of “a number”. He butts heads with his father, sparking off an argument on free will, ethics and love. Duration: 1 hour. 7pm, Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Tickets Rs100.
20, 21 October
The first play produced by dancer Shiamak Davar is not, as many are likely to think, a musical. There’s a smattering of dance, but that’s about as far as Davar’s involvement goes. Director Anahita Uberoi’s promising new play opens with Apsara (Radhika Apte) practising a sensuous item number to the naughty ‘Jhumka Gira Re’ from ‘Mera Saaya’. A sought-after ‘mujra’ dancer, Apsara lives with her mother (Meenal Patel) at Apollo Bunder. Along comes the blind Kamal (Shreyas Pandit). An ostensible customer, he turns out to be a figure from Apsara’s shadowy past. As Kamal reveals his purpose, Apsara is compelled to revisit disturbing memories. Duration: 2 hours. 6pm and 9pm, Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu (6622-3737). Tickets Rs150-200.
A Range of Vanishing Points: Contemporary Art in Japan
This exhibition of 10 Japanese artists is part of the ongoing Indo-Japan Friendship Year. The scope of the show, which is curated by Shinshu University Professor Tadashi Kanai, covers a range of approaches and spans two generations of artists. The works are enjoyable on a purely experiential level and are marked by their self-confident presence. Refreshingly, they seem less concerned with defining or expressing the artist than taking up a life of their own within the exhibition space. Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm. NGMA, Jaipur House, India Gate (2338-4640). Rs10 (for Indians).
Out & About
Form & Re-form
None of the 41 images of India’s historical and heritage architecture displayed on the walls of the National Centre for the Performing Arts’ Piramal Gallery this fortnight is likely to make glossy postcards or into coffee-table books. Instead, Joginder Singh’s shots of sunlit walls, partially illuminated stairways, close-ups of doorjambs and decaying corners will show visitors what happens when light and shadow have their way with various sections of an architectural formation. 11am-7pm, Piramal Gallery, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (2202-9483) (except Sun). Free.