A relentless champion of Uddra Paddhatiya Sangeet (music derived from traditional Odissi music), Damodar Hota is an exponent of the Gwalior gharana and a student of the legendary late Pandit Omkarnatha Thakur. This event, organized by Swarang, is part of the Pranav Rang Sangeet Samaroh, an annual event held in the memory of Pandit Omkarnath Thakur. There will also be a Bharatanatyam recital by Geeta Chandran. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
Rajat Prasanna, son of renowned violinist Ravi Shankar Prasanna, is not the only flautist in his family. He belongs to the Benaras gharana. At the concert, he will be accompanied by Ustad Nawab Ali on the tabla and Rohit Prasanna on the tanpura. 6.30pm. India International Centre Auditorium, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
The setting of Peter Jackson’s film is the wealthy suburb of East Wyndam, Massachusetts. Kate Winslet is Sarah, a frustrated housewife. Patrick Wilson is a law student and stay-at-home dad Brad, whose looks make him an object of fascination for Sarah and the bevy of moms with whom she shares breaks. A sex offender is released into the community, where finger-pointing takes precedence over self-examination. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour, 38 minutes). The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (2374-6050). One-day membership: Rs70.
Ek Sapne ki Maut
The New Delhi Players present a Hindi adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic Death of a Salesman. Directed by Prakash Bhatia, the play tells the story of a travelling salesman who becomes entangled in a web of his own making. 7.30pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Lodhi Estate (2468-2222). Tickets: Rs50-200, available at the venue.
Body & Heart—a Yoga and Meditation Retreat
25 Jun onward
Join Navtej Johar on a five-day yoga and meditation retreat in the hills. Practise asanas, chanting and study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. The daily routine will also include nature walks and adventure sports, and plenty of quiet time for self-reflection. Accommodation will be provided in tents or in a lodge on a single/twin-sharing basis. Studio Abhyas, G-13, Hauz Khas (98188-82918). Rs15,000 per person, excluding travel.
Rangasree, Thiruvananthapuram, presents a two-day festival of Nangiarkoothu, a traditional dance form of Kerala. Aditi Gopalakrishnan will present Krishnaleela, Coralie Casassas will perform Puthanamoksham and Margi Sathi will present Rasakrida. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (4366-3090). Free.
27 Jun & 28 Jun
Jayadeva’s Geet Govinda has been an inspiration for dancers and musicians beyond the boundaries of his home state, Orissa. Presented by the Odissi Academy, the Jayadeva Utsav, now in its fifth consecutive year, celebrates the poet through the presentation of ashtapadis from the Geet Govinda. The line-up for the first day includes artistes from various stylistic backgrounds: Odissi by Kumkum Mohanty’s disciple, Mira Das of the Odissi Research Centre in Bhubaneswar; Manipuri by Karuna Devi, a student of Priti Patel; and kathak by Bhaswati Mishra of the Shambhu Maharaj Dance Academy. The second day has Bharatanatyam by Rama Vaidyanathan; Odissi by Sujata Mohapatra, daughter-in-law and disciple of the late Odissi master Kelucharan Mohapatra; and a kuchipudi recital by Raja and Radha Reddy. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (4366-3090). Free.
Emily Loizeau, Mademoiselle K. and Anaïs—three very vocal, independent French singers—embark on the French Kiss project, a week-long nine-city tour of India. When we listened to Anaïs, we heard whispers, moans, a voice leaping octaves into scream-territory and randomly laid down passages of rap and beatboxing. Perhaps the most tied down to convention is Amelie Loizeau, a classical pianist by training. Mademoiselle K. is the odd one: She owes a fair bit to art school rock and then some to post-rock outfits such as Mogwai. Hers is essentially a loud, crunchy punk outfit, though they aren’t content with merely thrashing about on stage. The performance will also feature classic rock band Vayu. 7pm. Razzberry Rhinoceros Juhu Hotel, near Tulip Star Hotel, Juhu (2618-4012). Free.
Sveta Hattangdi-Kilpady, a young talent from the Jaipur Atrauli gharana, has the special talent of being able to communicate with the audience. Last fortnight, Kilpady was in London where she had an opportunity to sing thumris at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Her performance was part of a show titled Waqt by kathak dancer Gauri Sharma Tripathi. 10.30am. Karnataka Sangha, Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, C.H.M. Marg, Matunga (W) (2437-7022). Free.
A century ago, Hindustani classical music on a Western instrument would have been unimaginable to many purists. However, 50 years ago, veteran musician Sajjad Hussain gave solo mandolin recitals in several cities. He even performed at big music festivals and won the approval of stalwarts such as the legendary singer Bade Ghulam Ali Khan. Nasir Khan, who will perform at the Megh Malhar Utsav, organized by the Nehru Centre, is Sajjad Hussain’s son and student. Like his father, Nasir Khan has also played the mandolin for films. Among these are Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun and Devdas. In this concert, he is going to play Ramdasi Malhar and Megh, which are particularly apt for the season. Nehru Centre Auditorium, Annie Besant Road, Worli (2496-4676). For more details, call Nehru Centre. Free
We don’t need no religion, according to Manav Kaul. His satire aims to dash the myth that religion brings peace. Bhagwan discovers this in the course of a journey that begins with praying to Shiva with his father as a child and involves a spell in a mental asylum, getting enlightened while sitting on a bench and losing his ability to speak. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (2614-9546). Tickets: Rs 50.
Alyque Padamsee’s collage of vignettes aims to talk about the things we don’t usually talk about. In Gary Richardson’s Coming Out, a dog rants about the kindness showered on stray dogs. Anish Trivedi’s Small is Beautiful sees a man telling his wife about his frustrations. Be Fair by Gary Richardson is about the discrimination meted out to foreigners in India. 23 Jun: 7pm; 24 Jun: 6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Tower, Nariman Point (6622-3737). Tickets: Rs150.
Food & drink
International Mango Festival
In its 19th year, the two-day International Mango Festival will have on display around 500 varieties of mangoes for you to see, get to know about and buy. Other activities at the festival will include a mango-eating competition, mango culinary competition, a range of mango drinks to taste, cultural programmes and a mango quiz for children. 11am-8pm. Pragati Maidan (2337-1815). Entry: Rs15 (adults ); Rs10 (children ).
Katha Film Festival
The Indian new wave film movement is a bit similar to the Byculla soufflé. Several people have heard of it and quite a few have spoken admiringly of its impact, but not many people have actually watched it. In addition, both the Indian new wave and the Byculla soufflé are extinct. For all the critical raves and academic tomes it has produced, the Indian new wave, also known as parallel or art-house cinema, has not been as widely seen as it should have been. The mystery will finally be cleared this fortnight at the Alliance Française, where the Katha Film Centre will screen Indian new wave standards such as Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti, Kumar Shahani’s Tarang and Garam Hawa starring Balraj Sahni (picture). The festival also features South Korean and Czech new-wave cinema. Alliance Française Auditorium, Theosophy Hall, Nirmala Niketan, New Marine Lines (2203-6187). For the festival schedule, call Katha (2631-3198). Free.