Traces of the Uprising, 1857
Until 20 November
An exhibition by Delhi University and the Alkazi Foundation of rare 19th century photographs. The prints will be juxtaposed with current documents of the photographed sites and important maps that will highlight the geography of unrest and the strategies put in place by the troops fighting the rebellious mutineers in the 1857 Sepoy Uprising. 10am-6pm (daily). Conference Centre, North Campus (41437426). Free.
Until 4 November
Raja and Radha Reddy’s kuchipudi dance institute Natya Tarangini is presenting ‘Tripatha’, a festival of dance, music and literature, as part of its annual festival series ‘Parampara’. Featured artistes include Rajendra Gangani (kathak), Priyadarshini Govind (Bharatanatyam), Sharmila Biswas (Odissi); Raja and Radha Reddy and disciples (kuchipudi), and Leah Raphael Curtis with Yamini Reddy. 7pm. Contact Natya Tarangini (24356630) for more details. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Free.
Abhay Rustum Sopori
Santoor player Abhay Rustum Sopori is one of the youngest and most talented exponents of the instrument in the country. Son of maestro Pt Bhajan Sopori and grandson of Pt S. N. Sopori, who is widely regarded as the father of classical music in Jammu and Kashmir, Abhay was awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar by the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2007. 10am. Apeejay School, Plot No. 10, Road No. 42, Sainik Vihar, Pitampura (27022140). Free.
Mazumdar started out as a violinist and had it not been for his encounter with Pt Ravi Shankar, would never have picked up a sitar. Today, he is known to be a special favourite of the legend. Attend this concert to know why. 10am. NP Co-ed Sec School, Aurangzeb Lane (23018329). Free.
The Baba Allauddin Khan music foundation presents a recital by Gwalior exponent Krishna Birdi. Presently a disciple of Gwalior doyen Pt Lakshman Krishnarao Pandit, she has also been a student of ‘khayal gayaki’ under the guidance of Pt Vasant Thakar at the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She will be accompanied on the tabla by Abhijeet Aitch. 7pm. Poorva Sanskritik Kendra, 14, Laxmi Nagar District Centre, Vikas Marg (42448840). Free.
Festival of Lights
Himanshu Verma’s Red Earth adds to its Holi and Monsoon festival repertoire this year with an exhibition to celebrate Diwali. Some of the works will incorporate candles, diyas and fire in ways that are “closer to the Indian understanding of light”, while others use “fluorescent lights, disco light, neon light; mediums that foreground the Western aesthetic of light”. 11am-8pm (daily). Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (26257574). Free.
Hungarian Film Festival
Four Hungarian films will be screened at the India International Centre. ‘Rokonok’ (Relatives) is about a man who is selected the new attorney-general and has friends and relatives he’s never heard of crawling out of the woodwork. ‘A hét nyolcadik napja’ (The Eighth Day of the Week) has an ageing star finding love in the unlikeliest of places. ‘Konyec— Az utolsó csekk a pohárban’ (Konyec) is a road movie involving a couple of senior citizens on the lam. ‘Szerelemtol sújtva’ (Down By Love) is about a very young woman and her middle-aged lover. 7pm. India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Estate, Max Mueller Marg (24619431). Free.
Once upon a time
Maya Burman continues the Burman family tradition of happy paintings executed with superb technique in this new collection of drawings and paintings. Like father Sakti Burman, mother Maite Delteil and aunt Jayasri Burman, Maya likes to focus on optimistic images, which makes the show a pleasant walk-through with a few works that stand out amid the haze of dreamy bliss. All the works show figures floating through dreamy landscapes of fantasy and myth. What is unique to Burman, however, is the healthy dose of humour in her work. Krishna frolics with ‘gopinis’ in frocks in one painting while in another two women strike a Nataraj-esque pose while an Indianized cherub plays the tambourine above them. Sakti Burman shows up in one as the adoring grandfather orbiting around his grandson. 10am-7pm (daily). Art Musings, 1, Admiralty Building, Colaba Cross Lane (22163339).
A work from Maya Burman’s collection.
Until 3 November
Aaditi Joshi’s recent works show arms, hands and legs moulded in a shiny plastic wrap. It may looks like Joshi is inspired by the plastic filter in Photoshop but these works actually go back to when Joshi worked with plastic. Apparently, molten plastic on your hands actually does look like a Photoshop effect. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Museum Gallery, Max Mueller Bhavan, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844484).
In 1988, Ravi Shankar travelled to Moscow to perform and conduct an orchestra of Indian and Russian musicians at the Festival of India in USSR. During a rehearsal, a Russian trumpet player threw the sitar maestro a friendly but rather unusual challenge. He asked Shankar to instruct a musician from the Indian contingent to reproduce the short musical piece he had just played. Though Shankar seemed a little taken aback, a young flautist stepped forward, looked at the master for his approval and then flawlessly performed the piece from memory. That incident was one of the first indications that Ronu Majumdar would grow into a performer to reckon with. Over the past three decades, Majumdar has become a master of both melody and technique and today, he is counted among the most exciting ‘bansuri’ players of our times. Majumdar plays alongside vocalist Devaki Pandit. 7.30pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi (24312956). Free.
The Katha Centre for Film Studies and the Max Mueller Bhavan organize screenings of critically acclaimed movies under the title “Cinema Satsang”. This Sunday, art critic and ‘TimeOut Mumbai’ columnist Girish Shahane presents everybody’s favourite Quentin Tarantino movie, ‘Pulp Fiction’. A sprawling, discursive fresco: three stories bookended by a prologue and epilogue. In the first story, a mobster (John Travolta) is charged with looking after the irresponsible wife (Uma Thurman) of his vengeful boss. In the second, a washed-up boxer (Bruce Willis) tries to trick the Mob by failing to throw a fight. And in the third, two hitmen (Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson) carry out a job, only to call on the services of a “cleaner” (Harvey Keitel) when it gets messier than planned. 2pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22022085). Free.
Selected Works 1976-2007: A Lifetime Retrospective
In music, “Greatest Hits” usually means one of two things: that a fading pop star is making a last-ditch attempt to relive his glory days, or that a successful one is catching his breath before his career trajectory takes a sharp turn. Rafeeq Ellias’ lifetime retrospective, which features 30 years of personal photography, doesn’t fall into either category. The advertising professional turned photographer turned documentary film-maker has been doing too many things for too long to think about popularity charts or career changes.
But then, seeing the world has been easier for Ellias than for most. His assignments for advertising campaigns and publications such as ‘Time’ and the ‘New York Times’ were taking him across the country and the globe way before Thomas Friedman announced the world was flat. Five-year stints in Japanese ad agencies, commercial work in Myanmar and Iran, magazine assignments in Warli villages and privileged backstage access to ballets across Russia have offered plenty of opportunity for personal work over the years. 11am-7pm(Mon-Sat). Museum Gallery, Max Mueller Bhavan, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844484).
Aisa Kehte Hain
Manav Kaul has a romantic explanation for the city’s soaring pigeon population: people who die without fulfilling their aspirations become pigeons. The nine stories that unfold through ‘Aisa Kehte Hain’ are told, improbably, by pigeons. But it isn’t as if this comes as a surprise. Kaul’s previous plays, such as ‘Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane’, ‘Peele Scooterwala Aadmi’ or ‘Ilhaam’, have earned him a reputation for presenting quirky drama.
The stories are odd vignettes that Kaul has written over the past three years. In one, a man wanting to commit suicide enlists the services of a professional who helps people to take their lives. In another, two circus clowns are caught stealing a lion. At the station with a police officer, the convicts plan their escape. In a third tale, a crow is mysteriously born among pigeons. He flies off on a journey of self-discovery. Weaving his way through all the stories is a character called Chai. 6pm & 9.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (26149546).
Sanjha Safar: Ek Mahaparva
The Sanjha Safar Mahaparva, conceptualized and established by the Asian Heritage Foundation, aims to get the public and the youth involved and aware in matters of governance through a series of activities. The activities will be spread over five acres of the India Gate lawns and range from workshops to exhibitions, live performances, food stalls and sale of crafts for more than 11 hours every day of the festival. The Asian Heritage Foundation, C-52, South Extension-II (2626-3984). Free. Call the Asian Heritage Foundation for timings.
Chetan Datar’s entry to this edition of the Prithvi Theatre Festival is a Marathi version of Tagore’s short story ‘Giribala’. Gopinath ignores his wife Giribala, devoting his attention on the stage actress Labanga. Like her fictional counterpart Charulata, Giribala spends her days in boredom. One day she follows Gopinath to the theatre and comes away entranced by the stage. When her husband elopes with Labanga, Giribala seizes her chance to become an actress. 6pm & 9.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (2614-9546). Tickets: Rs150.