Every year, the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art, better known as Fica, holds a group show. This year’s edition features 11 artists—Aditi Kulkarni, Himanshu S., Jayesh Prajapati, Kumar Ranjan, Pratap Modi, Preksha Tater, Rajesh Ram, Sambaran Das, Shreyas Karle, Sujay Mukherjee and Tapati Chowdhury—all of whom were recipients of the Fica Emerging Artist Award for 2008. Hyphenated Practices showcases complex pieces that make use of a variety of different media and are replete with subtexts, social criticism, pop culture references and even cross-references. All the works at Hyphenated Practices are, in one way or another, reactions to a digital era society that is over-saturated with information.
11am-7pm. Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Phase-I, Okhla (65474005).
Music mantra: Members of the Shillong-based band Soulmate.
FROGfest 2009 in Delhi marks the launch of a nationwide series of blueFROG music festivals. Acts will include veteran fusion band Indian Ocean, Midival Punditz, the best blues band in the country, Soulmate (from Shillong), and Delhi band Menwhopause.
5pm. Magique Amphitheatre, The Garden of Five Senses, Said-ul-Ajaib, near Saket (26534401).
Tickets, Rs750 (for one day) and Rs1,200 (for both days).
SaMaPa Sangeet Sammelan 2009
This annual festival is organized by the Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts, run by noted santoor player Pandit Bhajan Sopori. This year’s edition will feature performances in Hindustani vocal and instrumental music, a Carnatic instrumental recital and santoor, of course.
The highlights from the festival include a Carnatic violin duet by the renowned L. Subramaniam and his son Ambi Subramaniam, accompanied by Ustad Akram Khan (tabla) and V.V. Ramanamurthy (mridangam), as well as a Hindustani vocal recital by Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan.
6pm (14 November); 11am and 6pm (15 November). Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House. For passes and details, call 23388084.
One of the bright hopes from Kolkata, this young pop punk band has an energetic stage presence. Drawing on influences from the Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, Joy Division and other renowned bands, they have recently released their debut album, Maby Baking.
10pm. Hard Rock Café, M-110, Multiplex Building, first floor, DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (47158888). Entry charges, Rs250.
A “linguistic adaptation” of French playwright Jean Anouilh’s version of Sophocles’ Antigone. With girls making rangoli designs in the wings, a boy playing the violin and a woman screaming at the top of her voice, the group constructs its own version of this classic play. This play is part of the Atelier Youth Theatre Week 2009, which kicks off on 15 November. Apart from the amateur college theatre groups, which will be battling for the Atelier title, there will be performances by professional theatre groups as well.
Director: Kuljeet Singh. Cast: Atelier Theatre group and Ankur’s Theatre group.
7.30pm. Shri Ram Centre, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (9810565151). Tickets, Rs100, Rs150 and Rs200, available at the venue.
Dramatech, the amateur theatre group set up in 1984 by a group of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, students, is back with another play. Their presentation this fortnight is based on a musical based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers. He revised the script in 1955 and renamed it The Matchmaker. In 1969, it made it to the big screen with Barbara Streisand in the lead role of Dolly Levi in the film Hello, Dolly! Ravi Raj Sagar, founder and director of Dramatech, has produced this play entirely in Hindi, but without Indianizing the script in any other way. Sagar has translated the script himself and written the lyrics.
7pm (14 November) and 6pm (15 November). Shri Ram Centre, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (9810565151). Tickets, Rs50, Rs100, Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500 (buy three, get one free), available at the venue. Call (9810977174, 9312476765) or click here for details.
German Film Festival
This is the first film festival that Max Mueller Bhavan is organizing outside its Delhi premises. At the core of the festival is a retrospective of Caroline Link’s films that will include her debut feature Beyond Silence (1996), which was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, Nowhere in Africa (2001), which won the Best Foreign Film Oscar, and the two other feature films: Annaluise & Anton and A Year Ago In Winter.
Timings vary. PVR Select CityWalk, District Centre, Saket. Call 23329506, extension 292 for information and timings or click here for details. Free entry through passes.
Martial art is based entirely on a system of postures and positions. For Tumkur-born, Bangalore-based choreographer-dancer Abhilash Ningappa, martial arts also have a lot to do with the manner in which certain “signals” get exchanged between people: almost as though one fighter were a transponder and the other, a receptor.
These principles form the basis of Disposable Heroes, which he will present along with members of the Bangalore Dance Collective. Tickets include a glass of wine and cheese.
6.30pm. Bacchus, F&B, Papanna Street, off St Marks Road (40333888). Tickets, Rs300.
Until 15 November
This is the inaugural exhibition of the art gallery Canvas. It aims to be a centre primarily for students of art, and for upcoming artists.
The show includes the work of Manisha Dey, Padma Prasad, Raji Chako, Senthil Kumar J. and Zakir Shaikh.
9am-7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road. For details, call Rakhi Janardhanan at 9945316405.
Steely Dan Tribute Band
This tribute to Steely Dan will see Rahul Gopal on drums, Vijji Cheyyur and Joshua Raj on the guitar, Jim Sathya on the keyboards, Keith Peters on bass, Matthew Littlewood on the saxophone and Brian Paiva, with vocalists Anu Cheyyur and Sunitha Sarathy.
8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar. Call 42414000 for entry charges.
Aao Saathi Sapne Dekhen
Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire has every intention of staging his play as many times as he can. That’s good news because the play makes for exhilarating theatre. The energy of the artists, mostly National School of Drama (New Delhi) graduates, ensures that this simple love story set in Chandni Chowk is hugely entertaining. The twists and turns injected in the story by the ‘sutradhar’ (Harsh Khurana, also the playwright) give rise to some incredible moments.
Loosely based on Tom Jones’ ‘The Fantasticks’, the drama fits the template of your average Bollywood romance.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs150.
Mumbai will join Tbilisi, Geneva, St Andrews, Stavanger, London, Venice, Skye, New York, Amsterdam, Ghent and Sacramento as one of the cities taking part in StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival’s one-day virtual poetry festival, Distant Voices. Using the latest digital technology to link up satellite readings from venues all around the world, via Skype, the poetry readings at Prithvi House will be screened live at The Byre Theatre in St Andrews, Scotland.
9.50pm. Prithvi House, First Floor, opposite Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, near Hotel Tulip Star (26149546).
Mumbai last saw a production by the legendary choreographer Chandralekha back in 2001. This fortnight, it is time for dance enthusiasts to rejoice as the Dashrath Patel Foundation for Creativity presents Sharira: Fire/Desire, the last production in Chandralekha’s oeuvre. Yoga expert Tishani Doshi and Kalaripayattu artist Shaji John come together to celebrate “the living body in which sexuality, sensuality and spirituality coexist”. The performance is to announce the inauguration of the Dashrath Patel Museum in Alibag.
6.30pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs100 and Rs200, available at the venue.
Jaume Vilaseca Quartet
The band from Barcelona, which last performed in the city in April, is backed with an eclectic brand of jazz that takes in influences as varied as “the pop music of the 1970s, Brazilian popular music, Spanish flamenco, Latin jazz, African and Arabian music”.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
Shiva Soundsystem combines the talents of DJs and producers Nerm and D-Code (real names Nirmesh Chauhan and Dharmindar Dhanjal). The London-based artistes have been playing around the world for close to a decade. They are touring India to promote the video Outlaw, part of their latest LP Phasmatis in Machina (Ghost in the machine, in Latin).
10pm. Zenzi, opposite ICICI Bank, Waterfield Road, off Linking Road, Bandra (West) (66430670). Tickets, Rs500.
‘Harishchandrachi Factory’ is India’s official entry to the Oscars this year. It is the story of the making of Dadasaheb Phalke’s—and India’s—first movie. Director Paresh Mokashi got the idea for the movie after reading a biography of Phalke in Marathi by Babu Atwe. The 90-minute film briskly narrates how Phalke, a still photographer and a magician, fell in love with cinema after watching ‘Life of Christ’ in 1911, how he galvanized his family and friends into supporting his experiment, how he managed to get training in cinematography in London, how he rustled up finances and how he cast and directed his inexperienced actors.
6.30pm. Dance Theatre Godrej, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737).
— By Karuna Amarnath
Drops of Reality
Up close and personal: An exhibit from Drops of Reality.
Until 19 November
Trikaya Photos, a platform for photojournalists, is organizing an exhibition that deals with the social, political, cultural and environmental state of modern India. Through their pictures, the participating photographers try to capture the stark contrast between cities, with their consumerist aspirations, and villages, where the traditional culture lives on.
10am-6pm. Alliance Francaise de Madras gallery, No. 40/24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28271477).
Allamaram (Like the Banyan)
Until 15 November
DakshinaChitra is hosting an exhibition of paintings—Allamaram—by P. Panju, who has worked with mixed media and digital art for this collection. Comparing his thoughts and expressions to the branched roots of the allamaram (banyan tree), his work explores the transformation and discovery of the inherent qualities of objects and situations. These elements are clarified and displayed by the juxtaposition of role and context brought about by the working process.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra Art Gallery, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (27472603).
Until 15 November
Many of us have objects associated with our dreams, desires and aspirations. Making these objects real through expression and thought that go beyond vocal descriptions, sculptor/artist S. Hemalatha presents her latest works in an exhibition of contemporary sculptures, metal reliefs and paintings. Delving deeper into her own style as well as pattra work, this artist draws inspiration from concepts found in food, nature, birds and other elements related to Hindu mythology. A must-see.
10am-6pm. Prakrit Art Gallery, No. 9/4, Dhandayudhapani Nagar, 2nd Street, Kotturpuram (42188989).
Until 22 November
Damini—Artisans of India is an organization that promotes traditional art forms, and it is back with its year-end exhibition and sale. The highlight of this year’s display is the amazing range of minakari jhumkas (earrings), pachi kundan malas (necklaces) and silver earrings. You can also choose from a wide range of bags, including those made of jute by self-help groups in Madurai. Trays, vases, wall hangings…the what-to-buy list is endless.
10am-6pm. No. 20, Arunachalam Road, Kotturpuram (42188774).
“We all live in a yellow submarine,” crooned The Beatles. And if you can sing along with these hot-selling oldies, then why would you miss an opportunity? Head to Museum Theatre for a fun-filled retro evening, jam-packed with tunes that are sure to take you down memory lane. Now, here’s a playlist you don’t want to skip.
6.30pm. Museum Theatre, Government Museum premises, Egmore (24914374/9884216789).
Dances of India
City-based NGO NalandaWay’s fund-raiser children’s festival—Art, Aratai, Aarpatam— will showcase a classical dance performance by the prestigious dance school, Kalakshetra. Enjoy this visual treat as the dancers enthral you with their artistic skills and precision.
7pm. Kalakshetra, Dr Muthulakshmi Road, Thiruvanmiyur (24524057, 24520836).
— By Indranil Bhoumik
Astonishment of Being
Until 29 November
Seventeen artists from across India—including Gauri Gill, Susanta Mandal and others— examine the contemporary national space through their paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphic novellas, audio and video installations. Their examinations reveal a preoccupation with socio-political violations and challenges of urban space, with a chasm between idealism and reality. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
3-8pm (Mondays closed). Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue. For details, call 22650209.
Chamber Music Concert
This is a concert by violinist Jagdish Mistry and cellist Michael Kasper, both members of Ensemble Modern, a chamber orchestra for contemporary music. The compositions range from baroque to contemporary, and include the works of Bach, Zimmermann, S. Bhagwati, I. Xenakis and M. Ravel.
6.30pm. St John’s Church, 2/2, Council House Street. For details, call 24866398/6424.
The Congo Square Jazzfest 2009
This year, the Jazzfest opens with German band Thärichens Tentett. The band, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will play numbers from its fourth album, Farewell Songs, among other compositions.
6pm. Dalhousie Institute, 42, Jhowtolla Road (24866398/6424).
T(HERE) and the Space Between…
Until 28 November
Artist Kiran Chandra explores themes such as development and ecology, through audio and video installations, paintings and drawings. She finds symbols that speak to her of these themes: The grandeur of the Victoria Memorial, the endearing cottage industry symbol of the Bankura horse, the delicate elegance of a tatting or crochet doily. But the symbols are subverted: The Victoria Memorial is also a symbol of dead aspirations, the symbol itself drowning in the blare of traffic. The Bankura horse, painted in Wedgwood blue, recalls the contrivance of pastoral idyll that never reflects reality.
11am-7pm (except Sundays). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road.
Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, in collaboration with the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, Kolkata, and the consulate general of Japan at Kolkata, presents Urushi, a series of workshops and an exhibition on Japanese lacquer art. Japanese artist Higashibata Yui specializes in using this traditional technique in innovative contemporary forms in wood.
10am-1pm and 2-5pm. Formal inauguration at 6.15pm on 13 November. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (24613145).
Kolkata Film Festival
Until 17 November
Among films from different countries, the festival will feature a three-film retrospective of German film-maker Caroline Link. Works by Polish film-maker Andrzej Wajda, Hungarian film-maker Marta Meszaros and other eminent directors will also be screened.
Venues and timings vary. Click here for details or call 22231210.
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