Ray-Ban’s Greatest Films at Theatres Once Again
26 November-2 December
Ray-Ban is organizing the Greatest Films at Theatres Once Again festival in collaboration with PVR Cinemas. The festival will feature great American classics such as Ben-Hur (26 November), The Ten Commandments (27 November), The Godfather (28 November), The Blues Brothers (29 November), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (30 November), The Italian Job (1 December) and Casablanca (2 December).
8pm. PVR Cinemas, Ampa Skywalk mall, 627, Poonamalee High Road (30249494). Tickets, Rs200, available at the venue. The event is also being organized in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata on the same dates at select PVR Cinemas, but screenings may vary.
Black Cat, White Cat
The Alliance Française de Madras movie club brings this 1998 Yugoslav romantic comedy film about Matko, a small-time hustler who lives with his son Zare. After a failed business deal, Matko is in a soup because he owes gangster Dadan money. In a turn of events, Zare is forced to marry the gangster’s sister Afrodita, but Zare is in love with Ida.
6pm, Alliance Française de Madras library/auditorium, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28271477).
Chaitra Sairam in concert
Classical vocalist Chaitra Sairam will start the Margazhi music season by performing some of her favourite classical songs. She will be accompanied by S.P. Ananthapadmanabhan on violin and R. Sankarnarayanan on mridangam.
5pm. Sri YGP Auditorium, 17, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar (28343045).
Till 30 November
This display brings together contemporary works of various upcoming and established artists from across the country, including Apu Das Gupta, Girish B. Kulkarni, Prasenjit Shaw, Pushpal Sarkar, Nilanjana Nandi and Avijit Mukherjee.
11am-7pm. The Faraway Tree Gallery, 7, Rutland Gate, 6th Street, Nungambakkam (42323243).
Elements of Life
Till 4 December
Forum Art Gallery presents a unique exhibition comprising works of 10 Nagpur-based artists, including paintings by the late Ramdas Tadka, Vikas Joshi, Maruti Shelke and Sanjay Jathar. While there isn’t a particular theme to this presentation, the commonality is the amazing use of colours and bold figures.
10.30am-6.30pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596).
The Madras Players, in association with theatre group The Boardwalkers, present an adaptation (by Anushka Ravishankar) of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Doubt, written by John Patrick Shanley. A tribute to the late director and set designer Mithran Devanesen, this play deals with the crisis of uncertainty, and revolves around a stand-off between a nun, who is a school principal and a parish priest.
7.15pm. Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, 179, Luz Church Road, Mylapore (9381911977). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200 and Rs300, available at the venue.
by Karuna Amarnath & Varuni Khosla
Dancing Queens, a 14-member dance group, uses song-and-dance routines to spread messages about human rights, AIDS and the rights of sexual minorities. For their Mumbai show, five performers will dance to Bollywood songs, incorporating cabaret, folk dance and Kathak into their moves. The performance is part of an AIDS event at the Alliance Française and is preceded by a discussion with Pallav Patankar, director of HIV services at Humsafar Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Mumbai’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, on the often misunderstood hijra community.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Centre, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187). Call the venue for ticket prices.
Of Colour and Form: discussion
Of Colour and Form is a new book about renowned Pakistani architect M.A. Ahed. In 1951, Ahed joined the Pakistan Public Works Department and became its chief architect. His son Ejaz Ahed, the book’s author Sheba Akhtar, professor of architecture at Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mustanir Dalvi, and architect Kaiwan Mehta will discuss Ahed’s contribution to architecture.
6pm. CM Master Hall, Sir JJ College of Architecture, 78/3, Dr DN Road, Fort.
P Sainath lecture at Catalysts for Change
Sophia Polytechnic’s social communication media department brings the Magsaysay award-winning journalist P. Sainath to speak at their annual Catalysts for Change lecture. Sainath, who will deliver a lecture Paid News—How Corruption in the Media Undermines Indian Democracy, has been a journalist for 30 years.
2.30pm. Sophia Bhabha Hall, Sophia College, Vivek Singh lane, off Bhulabhai Desai Road (23513280). To register, email email@example.com by 1 December
Simon Posford will be representing Shpongle, one of the most famous pioneering outfits in psychedelic electronica, without Raja Ram, his flautist partner. But Ram’s absence won’t deter the most ardent of fans who will jump at any opportunity to see a performance by Shpongle’s memorable electronica-crossed-with-everything. The outfit incorporates enough musical influences to make their sound almost indescribable.
10pm. Aurus Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu (67106667).
Somnath Hore’s prints
26 November-9 December
Bengali artist Somnath Hore’s political prints reflect the tumultuous times he witnessed—the Japanese bombing of his hometown Chittagong in 1942, the Bengal famine of 1943 and the communal riots of 1946. Hore died in 2006 and has since been the subject of two extensive exhibitions in Kolkata and Delhi. Galerie 88 from Kolkata brings more than 130 works to Mumbai to exhibit the artist’s poignant depiction of human suffering through the medium of printmaking.
11am-7pm and 2-7pm on Mondays. Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).
Dastangoi—The Lost Art of Urdu Storytelling is a four-day festival at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), supported by the India Foundation for the Arts. On the first day, Yojit Singh and Ankit Chadha will present Bachpan Tale about the pranks that Amir Hamza and Amar Aiyyar play on the mullah at a madrasa. Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain will narrate Azlam Jadoo Tale, a story about Afrasiyab’s sorcerer Azlam Ashdar Nasheen Jadoo and the renegade sorcerer army of Amar Aiyyar. 2 hours.
6.30pm. Sunken Garden, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
The Skeleton Woman
The Skeleton Woman draws from an Inuit folk tale in which a fisherman’s breath transforms a skeleton into a flesh-and-blood woman, symbolizing the cyclical pattern of birth and death in relationships. A is a fisherman with writer’s block who is obsessed with the sea. B is the archetypal supportive wife, and the skeleton woman is a shadow figure who stands at the bridge of A’s stories, connecting him to the sea. The play is directed by Nayantara Kotian and written and performed by Prashant Prakash and Kalki Koechlin. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
6pm and 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs200.
30 November-5 December
Curated by Rajiv Punater and Avinash Gupte, this is an exhibition of painted masks by 15 artists, including Anil Chaugule, Anil Wanare, Anirban Dasgupta, Deepak Joshi, Hemant Sathe, Yashpal Kamble and Vishal Sinde.
11.30am-8pm. Sublime Art Gallery, UB City, Ground floor, 24, Vittal Mallya Road (41738444).
Gender Shadow: An Invitation to Interrupt Injustice
Students of the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology present a performance titled Gender Shadow: An Invitation to Interrupt Injustice, developed in collaboration with American dance and theatre therapist Evan Hastings. The performance will include segments in which the audience can intervene and make changes to the dance.
3.30pm. Centre for Film and Drama, 36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari II Stage (26711785).
One Small Step
The fast-paced play tells the story of the space race between the US and the erstwhile USSR. The time period is between 1957 (Sputnik launch) and 1969 (human landing on moon). Using an assortment of props, including action figures, lamps and cardboard boxes, the play examines the human desire to excel, and expand the boundaries of understanding. 1 hour.
3.30pm (11am and 3.30pm on Sunday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs200.
Harlesden High Street
Set over the course of a day, the play is a series of short exchanges and soliloquies that explore the British-Pakistani community’s complex negotiations with past memories and present exigencies.
7.15 pm. Jnana Jyothi Convention Centre, Central College Campus, Palace Road, Gandhi Nagar (41698941). Tickets, Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500.
Vernacular in the Contemporary—1
27 November-28 February
Jackfruit Research and Design, an arts consultancy based in Bangalore, is curating this exhibition of works from the Lekha and Anupam Poddar collection as well as newly commissioned works by artists who are often categorized as makers of folk, tribal and traditional art. The aim is to gauge what is left of the “folk imaginary” and to prove that the term “folk art” is ahistorical. Instead a new term, “vernacular art” should be used to describe its new networks of creativity and patronage.
10am-6pm. Devi Art Foundation, Sirpur House, Plot No. 39, Sector 44, near Epicentre, Gurgaon (0124-41667474).
This is a contemporary dance production choreographed and designed by Tushar Kalia, of the Sadhya Dance Group The tongue twister of the title Prithkatv a (individuality) is an apt indication of the twist in the choreography itself. The 44-minute work is an uninterrupted movement sketch with eight dancers portraying the creative journey of a performer, divided into four stages—from a newcomer who wants to dance, and how a particular form is chosen, to the training that follows.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084).
Nigah QueerFest 2010
26 November-5 December
The annual festival, which is now into its fourth year, will feature films, performances, a variety of interactive events and a visual arts exhibition. Organized by Nigah, a queer collective that works on issues of gender and sexuality, the festival’s theme this year is “freedom”.
Timings vary. Göethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhawan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. For details, call 23329506.
The Manganiyar Seduction
This is a performance by the Manganiyar community in Rajasthan, directed by Roysten Abel. The set is inspired by the red light district of Amsterdam, in the sense that the Manganiyar musicians are housed within various cubicles that are arranged in four rows, one on top of the other. The show, essentially, is a single 7-minute song by Bulle Shah that the Manganiyars have extended to over 80 minutes.
6pm. Purana Qila, Mathura Road. Tickets available at all Fabindia stores.
27 November-5 December
The 10th edition of the week-long Odeon Theatre festival will showcase two outstation productions—Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai by Feroz Abbas Khan featuring Anupam Kher, and Tina Johnson’s Out of Bounds, featuring Rajesh Gopie. Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai is an autobiography of Kher; the actor recounts his life, his struggles, joys and tears. Mumbai production Out of Bounds, which is set in South Africa during apartheid, narrates the story of Lal, an Indian boy. Five Tagore plays—Mayar Khela, Chandalika, Arup Ratan, Gora and Raja—will also be staged.
Timing and venues vary. Tickets,Rs300 and Rs500 for Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hai, Rs150 and Rs300 for Out of Bounds, and Rs60 each for other productions. Tickets available at Vodafone stores. For details, call 22882359.
Till 28 November
Kolkata-based artist Anjan Bhattacharya specializes in unusual sketches of owls and tantric-inspired canvases in mixed media on hand-made paper. The artist will be sketching live from 3-6pm daily.
11am-11pm. Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore (22233939).
Solo exhibition by Arpita Sengupta
29 November-3 December
Chemould presents a solo show of 16 works by Arpita Sengupta. A master in visual arts from Rabindra Bharati University, she is known for her use of acrylic and mixed medium to portray forms and human figures.
2-7pm. Chemould Art Gallery, 12F Park Street (22298641).
Youth film festival
30 November-3 December
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata, with the support of the Konrad Wolf University of Film and Television Film, Germany, will present a four-day youth film festival. The films which will be screened include Vorstadtkrokodile (The Crocodiles), directed by Christian Ditter (2009), Die Blindgänger (The Blind Flyers) by Bernd Sahling (2003), Lippels Traum (Lippel’s Dreams) by Lars Büchel (2009), and Flussfahrt mit Huhn (Hen in a Boat) by Arend Aghte(1984).
6pm. Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398/6424)
By Indranil Bhoumik
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