Rock the Boat
As part of a joint Asia-Pacific effort by UNDP, UNFPA and Unifem, Akaar presents a concert of musicians from Saarc countries to mark the launch of the programme ‘Partners for Prevention: Working with Boys and Men to Prevent Gender-based Violence’. It will feature qawwali by Ustad Naseeruddin Saami from Karachi, Punjabi and Saraiki sufi songs by Musadiq Iqbal Sanwal from Lahore, folk fusion by the band Bangla from Bangladesh and contemporary rock by Nepathya from Nepal and Soulmate from Shillong. 5pm. India International Centre, Fountain Lawns, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
This gallery at the Garden of Five Senses is showcasing work by three artists from Kerala. Manoj Vyloor’s strong narrative paintings refer to historical events and have a comic feel to them. Santhosh Palath paints surreal object-centric images while A.P. Sunil makes self-reflective mixed-media sculpture that comments on the process of creating art. 11am-7pm (daily). Triveda Gallery, Garden of Five Senses, Shop 4 & 5, West Bazaar, Said-ul-Ajaib (29531253).
Lines from an Artistic Life
Retrospective show of K.M. Adimoolam, who is known as much for his abstract oils as his detailed pen-and-ink drawings. The gallery is also bringing out a book with the same title, with essays by Krishen Khanna, Jehangir Sabavala and Aditi De. The show covers work from three decades, on subjects ranging from Gandhi, holy men, kings and warriors to street theatre. 11am-7pm (daily). The Mint, E-3, West Wing, Defence Colony (24334494).
Until 12 December
Krishnan Kumar presents art work made of dried flowers and petals that he has been preserving for the last 12 years. These dried and herbally treated flowers—the bouquet includes roses, amaltas and gulmohar among exotic and rare flowers and foliage—are used to make stationery and showpieces. 10am-10.30pm Market Café ‘n’ Fun Dining, 8, Khan Market (41757703).
German Christmas Market
This year, the German Christmas Market completes a decade of existence. It gets together over 85 exhibitors, German music, beer, Glühwein, cakes and pastries made by German families living in New Delhi. If that’s not enough to excite you, there are also cigars, wines, sausages and imported confectionery. The market will also have a live band, games for children and lots of shopping. 11am-8pm. German House, 2, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri (26878721). Rs100 per person.
NGO Akshay Pratishthan’s Winter Festa at the Embassy of Switzerland is another great?opportunity to fill your Christmas stockings. 10am-8pm. Embassy of Switzerland, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri. Call Akshay Pratishthan at (26896143) for details. Entry: Rs100 per ticket, each of which lets in four people.
The Public Service Broadcasting Trust and British Council screens PSBT and Grierson award-winning documentaries. These screenings are open to all.
Healing the Coast
Many groups have been working doggedly for decades, trying to protect and conserve the delicate ecosystems of the coastal areas; it was only after the tsunami of 2004 that their work gathered momentum and importance. English, directed by Nina Subramani. (duration: 28 minutes).
The Wave that Shook the World
This film combines video footage, comments from survivors and scientific analysis to explain how the 2004 tsunami happened and whether it could happen on the shores of the US. English, directed by Lara Acaster and Alex Williams. (duration: 53 minutes). 6.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Khoya Khoya Chand
His last film was about the political turbulence of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sudhir Mishra has followed up Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi by going a little further back in time. Khoya Khoya Chand, which opens on 7 December, is the story of writer-director Zafar (Shiney Ahuja) and actress Nikhat (Soha Ali Khan) working in the golden age of Hindi cinema, the 1950s and 1960s. In major cinemas.
Cycle Raymond Depardon: Le Reporter
A day-by-day account of events covered by photojournalists from Raymond Depardon’s own Gamma agency during October 1980. The photojournalists are all male, all youngish and, ‘unstereotypically’, not pickled in cynicism and self-loathing. But give them time, you feel, as they turn up to play their assigned roles in the coverage of the hackneyed state ceremonials, celebrity press conferences and cheesy photo-ops for dodgy politicians. Even more dismal and ignominious are the stalkings and stakeouts (of Princess Caroline, Philippe De Gaulle). Depardon’s film comes across as an accurate seeming job description that is unlikely to stir journalistic ambition in many viewers’ breasts. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes). Alliance Française Auditorium, Theosophy Hall, Nirmala Niketan, New Marine Lines (22036187).
Kids for Tigers
If you want your offspring to do their bit to protect tigers, you may wish to sign them up for the ‘Kids for Tiger’ parade on 7 December. The two-hour parade, organized by the ‘Sanctuary’ magazine, will make its way down Marine Drive from 9am. ‘Sanctuary’ hopes to raise awareness about the need to protect the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali from encroachment and littering. The parade starts at the Police Gymkhana on Marine Drive. Call Shetal Shah at 9867157602 for further details.
Yog Raj Chitrakar, Memories of Drawing, Part 2
In the dizzying, consumerist world of Mumbai today, performance artist Nikhil Chopra is a bit of an oddity. While many people dream of owning luxury items whose prices sound more like lottery prizes, Chopra wants a closet. “I have a dream to have a cupboard of costumes,” he confessed. “Racks and racks of costumes from my earlier characters and I can keep revisiting them, so long as my waistline allows me to.” This is also a man who is going to spend 72 hours creating a painting that will survive only a couple of days. 11am-7pm. Chatterjee & Lal Gallery, 01/18, First Floor, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (65215105).
Yuva Thespo 9
The ninth edition of Thespo, a festival for theatrewallahs below the age of 25, rolls around this fortnight. This year, the festival will feature a mix of classics such as ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and original work, such as Marathi play ‘Aayushyamaan’. There’s even a comedy, a rarity at Thespo, which usually features serious drama. 7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Tickets: Rs100. There is a 50% discount on tickets for students with ID cards. For more information, call festival director Vivek Rao at 9819024757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Folklore Festival of Saarc Countries
The foundation of Saarc Writers and Literature in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is organizing a seminar and a festival of Saarc folklore. To be held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, this is part of a larger festival to celebrate India’s chairmanship of Saarc. Over three days, you can enjoy folk songs and dances from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Baluchistan, Sind and western Punjab in Pakistan and a large troupe from Sri Lanka, besides kalaripayattu, therukoothu and other performances. 4.30pm. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts 1, CV Mess, Janpath. Free. Contact 2649-8070 for details.
Dhruv Ghanekar Band+Casual Space at Blue Frog
It’s a music fan’s dream come true–a club that’s a performance space first and a restaurant or bar only after that. After months of muted buzz, Blue Frog will finally open its doors this fortnight. A spectacular-looking venue that its architects described as opera house-meets-warehouse, Blue Frog, which is located in Lower Parel, will soon join Bandra’s Lands End Amphitheatre and the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre at the National Centre for the Performing Arts as one of Mumbai’s best looking concert spaces. Everything from the circular seating areas to the round bumps on the walls of the 6,000 sq. ft space has been designed to give patrons a great listening experience. The stellar new club opens with funky jazz from from partner Dhruv Ghanekar and his band and blues rock from Casual Space. 9.30pm. D/2, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (24954999). Entry: Rs300.