Carnival of e-Creativity and Change-agents Conclave (CeC & CaC)
The third annual festival will bring together a variegated bouquet of cutting-edge practitioners and works of electronic music and art, from India and around the world. 6.30pm. India International Centre (2461-9431).
Pandit Brij Narayan
Sarod recital by the artist, who is a disciple of Pandit Ram Narayan. The concert is part of the HCL Concert series. 7pm. India Habitat Centre (2468-2222).
A Renaissance music concert presented by the Custos Consort from Hungary. The group consists of Sándor Szászvárosi (viola da gamba, cello); Piroska Vitárius (baroque violin); Gábor Tokodi (lute); and Judit Andrejszki (vocal, harpsichord). Their repertoire includes 16th and 17th century European baroque and renaissance music. Organized in collaboration with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre. 6.30pm. India International Centre auditorium (2461-9431).
Garden fresh: Celebrating spring.
Till 17 February
If you’re a gardening fiend, this one is for you. The festival is the city’s first celebration of spring. The theme this time is the “Indian Ethnic Garden”. 11am-8pm. Garden of Five Senses, Said-ul-Ajaib (2653-4401).
Raghu Rai Retrospective
From 17 February
A look back at the photographer’s work. 10am-4pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate (2338-2835).
Talk to Her
Part of the Pedro Almodovar retrospective being organized by the embassy of Spain. What, at first, might appear to be a beautiful but insubstantial confection, steadily grows into one of Almodovar’s most mature works. He won the best screenplay award at the 2002 Oscars for the film. 6.30pm. India International Centre (2461-9431).
Guest director Martin Houghton brings this show, based on the life of Chekov, to the NSD. 6.30pm. National School of Drama, Bahumukh auditorium. Tickets Rs30, available at the venue (2338-4531).
Solo act: Watch Shri’s solo gig at the Blue Frog club in Mumbai.
UK-based musician Shri —Shrikanth Sriram on his birth certificate—performed in the city last month, after exactly two years. The bass player, who teamed up with Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft at Blue Frog in January, goes solo for his two gigs at the club this fortnight. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (4033-2300).
Nine Hills One Valley
Only superlatives come to mind while describing the Manipuri director Ratan Thiyam’s ‘Nine Hills One Valley’. Like all Thiyam’s plays, this fantasy laments the violence that has turned the picturesque hills of the North-East into killing fields. This time, the director retells the Manipuri myth of seven wise men who, shaken out of their slumber by apocalyptic visions, set out to rewrite the books of wisdom and entreat people to restore peace to the land. The story unfolds in a series of impossibly beautiful images—Thiyam makes even bloodbaths look sublime. Red scarves unfurl from the maimed arms of Manipuri dancers. The wise men race through a turbulent sea simulated with waving rugs. Widows, with infants strapped to their backs, weep beneath a luminous moon. 7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point. Tickets Rs 120, Rs 180, Rs 240, Rs 320, Rs 400 (6622-3737).
Mumbai Bird Race
Before you place your bets on a particularly robust-looking carrier pigeon, you should know no birds will race in the Mumbai Bird Race. Human beings run across the city, binoculars in hand, and try to spot as many species as possible from a list of 350 local birds. “People still ask funny questions about the race,” acknowledges Sunjoy Monga, who has been organizing the event since it started in 2005. “One TV channel wanted to know where they could place their cameras to film the racing birds and I’ve had breeders asking me if they could enter their birds in the race.” On 17 February , participants will be split into teams of four (usually including one expert bird spotter) and birdwatch across Mumbai from dawn to dusk.
The team that spots the most species will be declared the winner at the end of the day. Visit www.indiabirdraces.com
This February, the US celebrates Black History Month to mark the contribution of African-Americans to its history and culture. The American Centre, Mumbai, joins in with the Afro-American Utsav from 19-26 February.
Don’t miss the screening of ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ on 20 February .
Prabodh Parikh, director of the Katha Centre for Film Studies, will present the film. 10am-noon. American Centre, 4, Marine Lines, near Nirmala Niketan College (2262-4590).
The string quartet from Zurich will perform pieces from the classical and romantic periods and works by Swiss composers. Organized by the Swiss embassy. 6.30pm. Baha’i House of Worship Auditorium (2644-4035).
Symphony Orchestra of India
A concert of chamber music, featuring pianist John Lenehan, violinist and Symphony Orchestra of India music Marat Bisengaliev and cellist Raphael Wallfisch. It will include works by Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy and Mendelssohn. 7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point. Tickets?Rs600,?Rs400 and Rs200 (6622-3737).