6 October & 7 October
The legendary war of succession between Aurangzeb and Dara Shikoh has the kind of dramatic potential that jumps out at you from the dullest textbook. Natwa’s production resurrects a Tamil play written in 1974, a few months before the Emergency, using the story to dwell on the dangers of dictatorship and religious bigotry. 7pm (Sat-Sun). Shri Ram Centre For Performing Arts, 4 Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House (2371-4307). Tickets Rs50-300 available at the venue.
A scene from Natwa’s play on Aurangzeb
Operation Three Star
Hindi adaptation of Dario Fo’s ‘Accidental Death of an Anarchist’. 7.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Tickets are (Rs50) available at the venue.
Mani-Mann fellow and disciple of Pandit Somanath Mardur, the young Kumar Mardur is an emerging voice of the Kirana gharana and one of the greatest future hopes of classical music in the country. This event is part of the ongoing HCL concert series. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
Out & About
Rashtrapati Bhavan in Context
An exhibition of photographs of buildings, gardens and details to illustrate how New Delhi came to be designed and laid-out as it is today. The exhibition will focus on Edwin Lutyens as a planner (of cities, buildings, roads and housing), as an architect and as craftsman by examining details within his work. The Rashtrapati Bhavan will be in focus, along with Sir Edwin’s gardens and garden city designs. 10am-6pm (Mon-Sat). British Council, 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg (4149-7106). Free.
Himalayan Mountains of India
Harish Kapadia was the first Indian to receive the Golden King Albert Mountain Award for his outstanding explorations in the Himalayas and literary achievements on the subject of mountain sports. In his illustrated talk “Himalayan Mountains of India”, he will take his audience through the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh to the Siachen Glacier, covering not just the mountains and the people, but also his own experiences in the ranges . The talk is in collaboration with The Himalayan Club. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
I Am Your Heart
A talk by Dr Michael Nünberg, senior physician in the department of internal medicine, cardiology and emergency medicine, Krems Hospital, Austria. The talk, which is in collaboration with the Austrian Cultural Forum, will be on heart diseases, their treatments, cardiac pacing and related issues. 6.30pm. Lecture Room (Annexe) India International Centre, 40 Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
Faces of Indian Art
Until 8 October
Art Alive gallery is releasing this book that captures Indian artists through the lens of photographer Nemai Ghosh. Featuring 52 established contemporary artists, the book will be released alongside an exhibition of works by these artists, which include Akbar Padamsee, Amitava Das, Anjolie Ela Menon, A. Ramachandran, Arpita Singh, Binode Behari Mukherjee among others. Daily 10am-8pm. Visual Arts Gallery India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (4366-2026). Free.
Reading the Lines
The Urban Design Research Institute of Mumbai participated in the architecture Biennale in Venice this year. The project was developed by architect Kapil Gupta along with film-makers Ashim Ahluwalia and Shumona Goel, artist Neha Choksey and others. The installation “Line into Scaffold” focuses on one loophole: a single line on the section of the government’s development plan for the Banganga area. 11am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat). BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (2281-0066).
Mumbai’s Urban Research Institute’s installation titled ‘Line into Scaffold’
Constructing (The Memory of a Room V)
Constructing (The Memory of a Room Constructing the Memory of a Room V) is Gargi Raina’s first show in almost seven years but she doesn’t want to talk about it. As far as she is concerned, she’s done everything she had to do to make her works accessible. Now the objects, paintings and drawings that reconstruct her memories should speak for themselves when her new show opens this fortnight. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). 28 K Dubash Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (6610-0124).
The Mattress Factory Works
Mansi Bhatt is not herself these days. In her solo show, the features of this Mumbai-based artist pop out at us from 10 digital photos in unlikely guises: out of the leering glare of a regal white-plaster Buddha, from the face of a fat man with sagging cheeks in a purple-stripped suit and melded into the contours of a sticky-faced doll in a green smock engaged in poking at big silver stars. 10am-6.30pm (Mon-Fri), 11am-4pm (Sat). 2 Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (2202-3030).
The Cranes are Flying
Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1957 war movie was adapted by Viktor Rozov from his own play and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1958. It remains notable for the way its story of a young couple, torn apart by war, stresses human suffering and waste, rather than the heroic struggle foisted on directors by the Stalinist dictates of “Socialist Realism”. There is much to admire: the vital performances, notably that of the dark-eyed Tatyana Samojlova as the left-behind Veronika; Sergei Urusevsky’s beautifully composed b/w camerawork; the urgent crowd scenes and dynamic mise-en-scène. 7pm (duration: 1 hour 37 mins). Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Munshi Nagar, Dadbhai Road, Andheri (W) (3093-8017). Free.
Shashikala Abhyankar+Arvind Parikh
Prabhu Desai’s Shachi Classical Sitar Training Institute presents a concert by a pair of sitar players, who have trained in the Vilayat Khani style of playing. Abhyankar has studied with her husband, Chintamani Abhyankar, who, like veteran sitar player Parikh, trained under Vilayat Khan. 6pm. Rachana Sansad, Behind Ravindra Natya Mandir, 278, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, Prabhadevi. Free.
Shruti Sadolikar Katkar
Ever since she first shot into prominence, Shruti Sadolikar Katkar has been admired for her adherence to the framework of Jaipur Atrauli gharana gayaki. Katkar stormed into the concert circuit almost 40 years ago, when her ability to effortlessly render the tricky taan patterns in ragas such as ‘Basanti’ ‘Kedar’, ‘Bihagada’, ‘Nat Kamod’ and ‘Bahaduri Todi’, won her a fan following. 10am. Karnataka Sangha, Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga (W) (2437-7022). Free.
The Mighty Hearts
Watch more than 25 musicians pay tribute to the memory of slain journalist Daniel Pearl on his birth anniversary. Pearl, who used to play the electric violin, was a part of Mumbai’s music scene. The musicians, who will play a range of sounds from pop and rock to jazz and blues, will be backed by a house band ‘The Mighty Hearts’, comprising keyboardist Jarvis Menezes, fretless bass player Colin D’Cruz and drummer Ian Entiado. 9pm. Soul Fry Casa, MG Road, Fort (2267-1421). Free.
Berthine van Schoor+Albie van Schalkwyk
The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations host a concert by two leading South African Western classic musicians, cellist van Schoor and pianist van Schalkwyk. 7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA (6622-3737). Free
Brian Transeau is an unlikely candidate for superstar DJ and musician who flits across continents every week. Better known as BT, his primary interests are classical music, jazz, computer software and mathematics. His last studio album, ‘This Binary Universe’, consists of seven tracks, none shorter than eight minutes, some of which are divided into movements, in the tradition of Western classical music. Poison, Krystal, 206 Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (2642-3006). Call (2642-3006) for details.
Superstar DJ BT
When Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Yupo Gaymo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam—better known to you and me simply as Senegalese-American hip hop star Akon—performs in the capital this fortnight, expect to see the city’s African community out in full force at the event. Despite his occasionally chauvinistic lyrics, Akon has managed to acquire a strong female following for his dance-friendly music.
8pm (Gates open at 5pm). NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla Industrial Estate. Tickets Rs900 and Rs1,800 are available at all Planet M outlets and select Baskin-Robbins and Reliance World outlets. Also available online at www.ticketpro.in.
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek’s latest intellectual Molotov cocktail, ‘The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema’, a three-part documentary made by Sophie Fiennes, is being screened at the National Centre for the Performing Arts this fortnight. A high-octane close reading of some of the most familiar scenes in cinema, it’s a provocative and wide-ranging declaration of the undoubted ability film has to move, arouse, enlighten and unsettle us. (duration: 2 hours 30 minutes). 6pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (6622-3737). Collect free passes from the NCPA box office.