A Drifting Horizon
This is a rare exhibition of the Chennai-based master painter L. Munuswamy, who has not had such a major showing in Delhi. With works spanning from the 1950s to the 1980s, this is a wonderful collection, which draws attention to this reclusive artist and former principal of the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai. Munuswamy’s energetic paintings suggest figures and forms that vibrate with the same intensity as their environments. The frenetic squiggly lines of colour and strategic use of white create works that have a magnetic pull to them. With varying subjects and styles, which range from abstract shapes to nude figure drawings, Munuswamy’s paintings all share a fresh sense of exuberance and intelligence.
11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Delhi Art Gallery, 11 Hauz Khas Village (2656-8166).
Until 21 Apr
A retrospective exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Dhiraj Choudhury, organized by Art Konsult. A firm believer in the link between art and social change, Choudhury has been an artist, teacher, facilitator, writer and crusader. The paintings on display in this show are dynamic, colourful and varied, combining the strong, swift strokes of his drawings with colours that are both textured and distinct. His depictions of Radha and Krishna swirl fluidly into abstract shapes, creating points of tension and dissolution within the frame. Animals, birds and flowers create Eden-like environments; clowns and crowded faces suggest a satirical sense of humour. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Lalit Kala Akademi (Galleries 1-4), Rabindra Bhavan, 35 Ferozeshah Road, Mandi Circle (2338-7241).
Undercover policemen posing as triad gangsters have been staple figures in Hong Kong cinema since Alex Cheung’s Man on the Brink (1980, sort-of remade by Andrew Lau in 1994 as To Live and Die in Tsimshatsui). But this huge
domestic hit goes one better by twinning its fake triad cop with a triad mole in the police force (Andy Lau). Each mole is answerable to the other’s nominal boss, leading to tactical complications and a lot of genuine suspense as each side tries to outwit the other over a shipment of dope from Thailand. There’s no hint of an auteur sensibility at play, but the careful plotting, rich characterizations and sleek mise en scène give this an impact rarely seen in Hong Kong films these days. 6.30pm. The Attic, 36 Regal Building, Connaught Place (2374-6050). One-day membership: Rs 55.
A night of electronica in the serene setting of the Lodi Garden Restaurant. Organized by India’s first electronica label, DadA music’s downbeat psychedelia is a fusion of classic and electronic music. 9pm. Lodi Garden Restaurant, Lodhi Gardens, near gate 1 (2465-5054).
13 Apr & 14 Apr
The second in Ruchika’s trilogy of plays set in contemporary Delhi, Feisal Alkazi’s Choices, describes a society in the process of change: where men and women constantly negotiate boundaries and a new generation questions the values of an older one. Three generations find themselves thrown together under one roof, in an old house in Delhi’s Civil Lines. Malvika, a successful UN doctor, has returned from New York to meet her grandmother, only to find herself in the midst of complex personal choices— should she stay or go away? Lead a life similar to that of her parents or a life so different as to be unrecognizable? Remain single or marry? 7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (4122-0000). Tickets Rs50-200, available at the Habitat Programmes Desk. Not suitable for children under 10. For further details, call Feisal Alkazi (2921-9862).
Penguins—A Love Story
Opens 13 Apr
Luc Jacquet’s breathtaking documentary about Antarctica’s emperor penguins (originally titled March of the Penguins) has got Middle America, traditionally unimpressed by Hollywood’s diet of bad language and sex, crowding the cinemas. Imagine if we had to reproduce annually by leaving our homes to walk for miles to a big field, where we hooked up with a new partner and had very public sex before the women wandered off for many weeks in search of grub, leaving the men starving and holding the baby in sub-zero temperatures. We’d be on the verge of extinction. It’s astonishing stuff, deftly told. Major cinemas.
Idan Raichel Project
Combining a wide variety of musical influences with the best production tricks available today, Israeli keyboardist, producer and composer Idan Raichel’s music is calming without being soporific, subtle without being simplistic and rich without slipping into a facile greatest-hits-of-World Music venture. A constantly changing line-up, the Project has played sold-out concerts in Paris, Brussels, New York, Los Angeles and Singapore besides Israel. Last week, it dropped anchor in Mumbai. Raichel will be accompanied by Israeli producer and drummer Gilad Shmueli, Turkish guitarist and oud and tar player Yaacov Segal, Ethiopian singers Cabra Casey and Wagderass Vese and Irani vocalist Lital Gabai and others. 7.30pm. Passes available at Cafe Coffee Day outlets, or contact Ruchi Nanda at the Embassy of Israel, 3 Aurangzeb Road (3041-4566). Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg
Until 17 Apr
Although every painting in Vilas Bhad’s exhibition of paintings is of one or more dogs (some a little more anthropomorphic than others), Bhad does not share a pleasant relationship with the species. He says he has been attacked by almost every dog with which he has crossed paths. This is probably why the artist has had his revenge by depicting them as distinctly pervy; his drawings of the canine form have some noticeable resemblances to the phallic one. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat) Gallery Beyond, 130/132 Great Western Building, First Floor, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort (2283-7345). Train: Churchgate (WR), CST (CR Main and Harbour). Bus: Lion’s Gate.
Trip on jazz and funk with Mumbai’s soul women and men. Composer and keyboard player Merlin D’Souza and singer Vivienne Pocha are back with a new line-up. They perform an eclectic set of blues, funk and soul alongside saxophone player Rhys D’Souza, drummer William Fernandes, bassist Bertie D’Silva, guitarist Ashley Queenie and guest percussionist Mukul Dongre. 10.30pm. Seijo, 206 Krystal, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (2640-5555).
Out & About
Here’s your chance to finally dig out that rare two-and-a-half rupee coin with “1 Dollar” inscribed on it, minted in 1941. Coin dealer F.S. Todywalla has been organizing a coin exhibition and sale for the past 15 years. This year, it will be held 19-21 April. On display will be old coins, notes and medals. The exhibition will be accompanied by auctions of coins and notes. 10am-6pm. Gokuldas Tejpal Auditorium, Tejpal Road, Gowalia Tank, Grant Road.
Fire Service Week
The Mumbai fire brigade celebrates fire service week 14-20 April to commemorate the firemen who died fighting the explosion at the docks on 14 April, 1944, aboard a ship named Fort Stikine. Through the week, the firemen will perform demonstrations of rescue operations in parts of the city. There will be contests among fire stations, and a prize distribution will mark the closing ceremony on 20 April. For details of the demonstrations, call 2307-6111. Mumbai Fire Brigade Headquarters, Bapurao Jagtap Road, opposite Y-Bridge, Byculla.
Ordinarily, the curtain rising on a bunch of characters gearing up to play freedom fighters in an Independence Day parade indicates a trite lament on the downward spiral of national integrity since 1947. In the hands of playwright Shafaat Khan, considered the master ironist of Marathi theatre, the opening scene is the beginning of a play that’s as intricate as a Kashmiri carpet. Khan wonders whether the promises India made to itself after Independence have made a difference, given our levels of moral corruption. He does this through the actions of a group of neighbours involved in an Independence Day parade. 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (2614-9546). Tickets Rs100-150.
13 Apr & 14 Apr in English,
15 Apr in Hindi
The young actors in Atul Kumar’s Hindi and English productions of Ionesco’s play are surprisingly moving as doddering geriatrics living out their last days in a tower in the middle of an ocean. Kumar’s lively work uncomfortably illuminates the meaninglessness of life even as it tickles the ribs with its mild burlesque. The actors impressively sustain an energetic tempo that builds up to a frenzy of paranoia, deluded expectations and forced cheeriness. Their facetious conversations and hectic activity lead up to the play’s coup de theatre: the couple making arrangements for the husband’s earth-shattering revelation. The effect is one of acute claustrophobia that doesn’t let up a long time after the play has ended. 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (2614-9546). Tickets Rs100-150.