Fragments of a Fading Memory
In Sabrina’s mixed media assemblages, thinking outside the box appears to mean creating one of her own. Consisting of four series of works, the exhibition is made up of individual shallow boxes that frame a composition of objects, photographs and paintings. The first series is titled “Recollecting fragments of a fading memory of a distant place”, the second is “While I wait”, the third is “A forgotten insignificant folk tale” and the fourth is “Unknown inside story”. Sabrina’s work strikes the balance between spontaneity and reflection. Her boxes have an organic quality to them, which she attributes to her childhood practice of fashioning toys for herself out of whatever material she could find. 205 Tansen Marg, Mandi House (2371-8833). 11am-7pm.
Know the Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Educationist and storyteller Nupur Awasthi focuses on the work of children’s writer Jacqueline Wilson. Issues like sibling rivalry, generation gap and jealousies at school are dealt with sensitively and in a simple, amusing manner in her books. In this workshop, children will be encouraged to discuss some of her works, including Bad Girls, Best Friends and Sleep Over. The workshop is only open to young members of the British Council Library through Children and Family memberships. Registration open. Age 8-12. 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Call Chhaya Sharma (4149-7103). Fee Rs100. (Metro) Barakhamba Road.10:30am-12pm
Ninth National Festival of New Choreography
The Choreography Festival is a novel platform for young dancers to collaborate with senior artists. The festival opens with Bahuda, a Bharatnatyam performance by dancer-choreographer Geeta Chandran and the Natya Vriksha Dance Company. This will be followed by the Kathak performance Guruve Namah, performed by students of Drishtikon Dance Centre and choreographed by Aditi Mangaldas. [Free] Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre. Lodhi Road (2468-2001). Contact Bijan Mukherjee, Impresario India, for invitations (2689-7615, 98117-60848). 7pm
Shubha Mudgal + Pushpraj Koshti
This double-bill features in the second concert this season of the increasingly popular Music in the Park series. The evening will begin with a short recital on the bass-sitar, the surbahar, by sitar and surbahar virtuoso Koshti. This will be followed by a Hindustani classical vocal performance by Mudgal. This event is jointly organized by Delhi Tourism, Seher and the Delhi government. [Free] Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg. 6pm
Out & About
Contemporary Australian Design
From Mar 22
This month, the Australian High Commission is bringing some of the best of Australian contemporary design to Lalit Kala Akademi as part of its AusArts India initiative. The exhibition showcases artist/fashion designer Akira Isogawa’s Printemps-L’été collection from 2004. Isogawa is one of Australia’s best-known designers and artists. He uses paper patterns for his clothing, foregrounds fashion as a mixed-medium art. The second exhibition is a selection of works collectively titled “Beyond Metal”. Including jewellery and holloware, these sculptural works by various artists push both the usage of metal and the functionality of jewellery and wares. Galleries 5-8, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhawan, 35 Ferozeshah Road, Mandi House (4139-9900). 11am-7pm
30 Days in September
In Mahesh Dattani’s play, Mala lives with traumatic memories of sexual abuse as a child. The abuser, her uncle, remains part of her subconscious, continuing to damage her from within and making love, impossible. As Mala withers under the psychological pressure, her mother watches silently, in her own pain. The play suggests that the resurrection of brutalized faith is possible, but another man must be willing to help the two women bury their traumatic past and find ways of recovering their present. Deepak, Mala’s boyfriend, becomes the agent of change here. He dares to unmask the evil, even at the cost of his love. He pushes both women to their emotional limits. Once they hit rock bottom, there is no way out but to come back up. Shri Ram Centre for the Performing Arts, 4 Safdar Hashmi Memorial Marg, Mandi House (2371-4307). Tickets Rs100, Rs50. 6:30pm
Releasing Mar 16 Frank Miller, who entered the popular consciousness of the non-comic-book-reading public with 2005’s delicious Sin City , has another paean to his name releasing this fortnight. 300 , an 88-page, lusciously illustrated (by Miller) and painted (by Lynn Varley) graphic novel has been translated to film by Zack Snyder, who made his feature debut last year with a remake of George Romero’s 1978 classic, Dawn of the Dead . 300 tells the story of Leonidas, the kind of Sparta, who fought the invading army of Xerxes, the king of Persia in fourth century B.C. Though Leonidas and his ‘300’ men perished in the battle, their actions inspired the rest of Greece to unite against the invaders.
All major cinemas.
Every month, Cinema Nova, a film collective, screens documentaries, experimental Super 8 movies, short films and feature-length releases out of a refurbished cinema hall in Brussels. Mumbaikars can get a first-hand account of how it all works this fortnight. In collaboration with Vikalp, the collective of documentary film makers across India, a Cinema Nova team is bringing Belgian documentaries and shorts to Mumbai. National College, Conference Hall, Linking Road, Bandra (W). For details call Sunil Shanbag on 2660-1181.6pm.
Out & About
The Bombay Heritage Walks organizes monthly heritage walks through some of Mumbai’s historically and architecturally rich neighbourhoods such as Fort, Banganga and the Bandra villages. This month, they will take participants walking through the East Indian conclave of Khotachiwadi. Call Abha Bahl or Brinda Gaitonde on 2369-0992. Rs100. 5pm.
La chanson Francophone
Mar 16-17 & Mar 20
If you don’t speak the language, it’s quite possible that your knowledge of French songs doesn’t go far beyond Edith Piaf and her signature ballad “La Vie en Rose”. While “the Little Sparrow” was one of France’s finest musical exports, it’s not surprising that her contemporaries aren’t quite as internationally renowned. Now, thanks to Alliance Française, music lovers have a chance to listen to chanson from around the world. Alliance Française auditorium, near Nirmala Niketan, 40 New Marine Lines (2203-6187), Mar 16, 6pm & Mar 17, 5pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (2283-3838), Mar 20, 7pm.
Artist Anindita Dutt makes her debut with B&B at Project 88. Dutt describes her show as multi-layered and talks about relationships, torture, abuse, shelter and most of all sexuality. BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (2281-0066). 11am-6:30pm.
The Delhi-based Roysten Abel’s production of Karnad’s latest play Flowers , has Rajit Kapur playing the part of a temple priest cornered by his love for his religion, wife and mistress, the courtesan Chandravati. Since it’s a Karnad play, there are no exits. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road (2614-9546). Mar 20-23, 9pm. Mar 24-25, 6pm & 9pm.