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‘Art India’ magazine presents paintings and installations by Baptist Coelho and Chinmoy Pramanick.
10am-8pm, daily. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662026).
An exhibition to celebrate Palette Art Gallery’s 10-year anniversary—the display consists of the best of their permanent collection. This includes works by Subodh Gupta, Gigi Scaria, Atul Dodiya, Rameshwar Broota, Anju Dodiya, Anjum Singh, Baiju Parthan, Anupam Sud, Chittravanu Majumdar, Gopikrishna, Ebenezer Sunder Singh, Manil Gupta, T.V. Santosh, Justin Ponmany, Riyas Komu, Anant Joshi, Suneel Mamadapur, Rekha Rodwittiya, Alok Bal, A. Balasubramanium, Hema Upadhyay, Jitish Kallat, Shibu Natesan, GR Iranna, Surenderan Nair, Pratul Dash, Zarina Hashmi, George Martin, Kriti Arora, Bose Krishnamachari, Natraj Sharma and Amitava Das.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday, Palette Art Gallery, 14, Golf Links (4174 3034).
An Odissi dance recital by Bhubaneswar-based Itishree Mohanty, a disciple of Sudhakar Sahu and Manoj Kumar Behera.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
A multimedia presentation on India’s struggle for freedom through dance, drama and film. ‘The Rising’ has been directed and choreographed by Yog Sunder, well-known promoter of folk dance, and his daughter Papiha Desai. The performance is presented by Yog Sunder’s dance ensemble Indian Revival Group.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi road (43663090).
Kamala Shankar and Lata Khatri
A Hawaiian guitar recital by Kamala Shankar and a Hindustani vocal recital by Lata Khatri, in collaboration with Raagranjani.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
A Perfect Relationship
The play, which debuted a year ago, is back with a new cast. It is the story of two gay friends, Rehaan and Sunny, who share a flat in Hauz Khas. Their landlady is a young, garrulous Punjabi woman who sublets flats for a living. The story gets complicated when a third flatmate arrives. A comedy with typical Delhi landlord-tenant situations and the city’s attitude towards homosexuality.
Delhi blues: A scene from A Perfect Relationship.
6.30pm. American Centre, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472000). Invitations available at the venue.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
The Black Cow Company is back with its production. This mile-a-minute ride wreaks havoc on all of Shakespeare’s oeuvre, but this production is no mere spoof. The no-fourth-wall technique recruits the audience to participate in various ways—expect a lot of waving and friendly shouting.
7.30pm. Habitat World India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (41220000). Tickets, Rs50-150.
Tadpole and the Whale
A film about a young girl gifted with exceptional hearing, who forms a close relationship with a dolphin. The film has footage of humpback whales off the east Canadian coast (and elsewhere), and a marine biologist at hand to explain the science.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
Midsummer Dream Nights— operas, ballets and concerts
A festival presenting a series of films focusing on various areas of Western classical music. Curated by R.P. Jain, who will also introduce each film.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24624044).
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
Brazil’s Cao Hamburger has clearly taken pains to get many things right, including a vividly evoked 1970 São Paulo, racked by World Cup fever, and the forlorn lope of young Mauro, the son of paranoid political activists who deposit him at his grandfather’s doorstep for safety’s sake. The old man has, alas, expired, leaving Mauro in the unwilling company of his grandfather’s friend Shlomo, an Orthodox Jew surprised at Mauro’s uncircumcised petzel and finicky manners. Eventually Mauro makes friends in the ethnically diverse neighbourhood, and his gravitation to the position of goalkeeper, subconsciously blocking out his abandonment, is poignant. It’s a film that suggests the resilience of children—not their fragility—and even their capacity to heal adults. For that, it feels special.
Home alone: A still from The Year My Parents Went on Vacation.
Waiting for Godot
Samuel Beckett’s famous play, in which nothing happens, no one comes and no one goes, hit the Marathi stage this fortnight. For actor Tom Alter, who was part of Motley Productions’ English-language ‘Waiting for Godot’ in 1979, this is the opportunity to replay his role as Lucky. He’s been learning Marathi so he can deliver Lucky’s sole soliloquy. His co-stars Arun Hornekar, Dilip Khandekar and Shekhar Navare have also had previous brushes with Godot, in two Marathi productions of the play in the 1970s and 1980s. Hornekar, who played Estragon in both, is set to reprise the role. He’s also directing and producing the play.
3.30pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Kala Academy, Sayani Road, Prabhadevi (24312956). Call venue for prices.
Barsoraam Dhadaake Se
A young girl teaches a grouchy and miserly landlord to walk on the sunny side of the street. The play has been adapted from Kalpana Swaminathan’s story, ‘Bangles for Bansode’. Shaily Sathyu’s production is packed with music, dance and humour. There’s a menagerie of characters, from a housewife who uses an umbrella to shield her cooking stove from a leaking roof to a do-gooder. Javed Khan holds the play together with his assured performance.
11am. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Tickets, Rs150.
From Post-colonialism to Globalization
Sharmishtha Ray, artist and director of Bodhi Art, and cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote trace the evolution of art produced by the South Asian diaspora. The talk is on how ideas engendered by post-colonial thought have shaped and influenced artists from India and Pakistan now living abroad, both first and second generation. It doesn’t dwell on the nitty-gritty of theory. A lot of intelligent work is being done by this group of artists, but unfortunately hasn’t gotten its due in India with the exception of a handful of artists such as Jaishri Abichandani, Chitra Ganesh and Yamini Nayar, who have exhibited in India.
6.30pm. Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road, next to American Consulate, Breach Candy (23671983).
Neuromotor + Freeatma
One of the world’s best-known psychedelic trance DJs, 37-year-old Frederick-ali Talaa, better known as the founder of Neuromotor, gigs at Blue Frog this fortnight. This won’t be his first in the city; Mumbai has been a pit stop on almost all his trips to India. The son of an “ambitious Algerian guy” who owned three nightclubs, Talaa lived in Vichy, France, until he was 15, spending hours at his father’s workplace. He has also played in Paris and Ibiza.
He teams up with Anjuna-favourite and Mumbai’s own DJ Asad aka Freeatma for a night of full-on psy-trance madness.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs500.
Alliance Française presents a selection of films that will be screened across two venues in the city, as part of the ongoing festival, ‘Celebrate France’. ‘Le Dernier Métro’, ‘Carmen’, ‘Le Placard’ and ‘Subway’ will be screened this week.
10am-3pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). Seven Hotel, 39/5, Outer Ring Road (42627777). Contact venues for timings and final schedule.
Dipak Banerjee’s works are currently part of collections at London’s British Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. The artist says his collection of paintings and etchings, titled ‘Inspired by Tantra—Form of the Mystical’, on display at the Mahua Art Gallery website, were inspired by tantric symbols.
10.30am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8, First Floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivanagar (23616971).
Elements on an Easel
In a note about his show, artist Vijay Belgave says his inspirations were all about “love and romance”. All the pieces in ‘Elements on an Easel’ are of women’s faces, and he adds that his intention is all about “conveying impassiveness”.
10am-6pm, daily. Gallery G, Maini Sadan, 38, Lavelle Road, 7th Cross (22219275). Also at Vivanta, Taj Premium, ITPL Whitefield (65325093); noon-6pm, Monday-Saturday.
Music in Photographs
Bangalore-based writer and photographer Hari Adivarekar will present his pictures of musicians in concert—from bands such as Aerosmith, to artists like Beyonce, apart from a series shot at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
10am-7pm, daily. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Kuchipudi and Yakshagana
Vyjayanthi Kashi, a Kuchipudi danseuse, and Mantap Prabhakar Upadhya, a proponent of ‘ekavaykti’ (solo) yakshagana, will present a performance titled ‘Bhakti-Rakhti’, showcasing the qualities of both dance forms. The piece will end with ‘Krishna Tulaabharam’ where the two forms will come together.
6.30pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, Malleswaram (23347830).
The Shillong-based blues rock duo will be in the city as part of a tour to promote their new album ‘Moving On’.
9.30pm. Opus, Palace Cross Road, near Windsor Manor Bridge, Seshadripuram (23442580). Entry, Rs110, cover charge, Rs400.
Fête de la Musique
The festival opens with the Shamans, followed by the French opera ‘Samson et Dalila’ by Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns. Day 2 will feature Kwak. On Sunday, pianist and composer Neecia Majolly takes the stage, accompanied by soloist Berenice Da Gama Rose Berry, followed by music ensemble Madigrals. The Barracuda Blues Band is on next, followed by Parachute XVI and the Galeej Gurus. Moon Arra will play the last gig.
6pm. Alliance Française, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
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Sappho for Equality and Pratyay Gender Trust present the annual Calcutta Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender film and video festival 2009. It begins with the inauguration of an exhibition on homosexuality in ancient India, followed by a book launch and a film on same-sex love among Muslims.
Tough love: From Fox and his Friends, a Fassbinder film.
On Saturday, there is a retrospective of German auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s films, followed by a Malayalam film, and an Indian documentary on feminine sexual symbols. Sunday is dedicated to short films and documentaries, followed by full-length films from around the world.
3-8pm, Friday; 10am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday. Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road. Passes available from noon-6pm, Monday-Friday. For details, contact Sappho for Equality (9831518320).
Children’s film festival
Beliaghata Education Aid Centre, in collaboration with Cine Central Calcutta and Unicef, is organizing a children’s film festival. On Tuesday, watch ‘Cinderella’ (US, noon), ‘Atal Matal Tootoole’ (Iran, 2pm) and ‘Angel Vera’ (China, 4pm). On show on Wednesday are ‘Miss Entebbe’ (Israel, noon), ‘Safed Hathi’ (India, 2pm) and ‘Adventure of the Moled’ (Czech Republic, 4pm). Thursday has ‘Damu’ (India, noon), ‘L’Île de Black Mor’ (France, 2pm) and ‘City of Mice’ (Iran, 4pm). Friday’s line-up is ‘Gubbachigalu’ (India, noon), ‘Pinocchio’ (Italy, 2pm) and ‘The Horror Bus’ (Netherlands, 4pm). The last day has ‘Jungle Book’ (US, noon), ‘In Oranje’ (Netherlands, 2pm) and ‘Kung Fu’ Panda’ (US, 4pm).
12pm onwards. Sukanto Mancha, CIT Road, Phoolbagan. Passes available from Beliaghata Education Aid Centre, 31/1, Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Sarani, Narkeldanga Main Road. Call 23631343/3093 for assistance.
Shishu Kishor Natya Utsab
Indian Mime Theatre celebrates Shishu Kishor Natya Utsab, a three-day children’s festival. On the first day, the children of Hridaya Akash will present a variety of events. The second day will feature three plays: ‘Gadhar Gyan’, ‘Children’s Dream’ and ‘Lab-Kush’. The plays on the last day are ‘Panta Buri’, ‘Mukabhinaya’ and ‘Pap Samachar’.
6.30pm, daily. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs10, Rs20, Rs50, available at the academy. Advance booking, 1-7pm, daily, and current booking, from 10am. Call 9433327657 or log on to www.mimeindia.in
Veteran Debshankar Halder and Bijoyalakshmi Barman play the lead roles in this drama about relationships and basic human values. Directed by Gautam Halder (film).
6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road (S), Dhakuria (south). Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs20 (available from 1-7pm). Call 24237148 for details.
A three-day workshop for children (5-13 years) will be held at Oxford Junior. It will include puppet making, dance therapy, and power yoga with live music.
3-6 pm, Oxford Junior, 17, Park Street. Fee, Rs600. To register, call 9831442177/9874021628.
The American Center presents an audio-visual music presentation directed by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee. The programme will include a display of film clips and presentation of songs from films featuring eminent Hollywood personalities, and songs by Gopa Ghosh and Carlton Pereira.
6.30. Lincoln Room, American Center, 38A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road. Call Smita Basu (39846324) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
L and S annual exhibition
Director Gautam Ghose, cinematographer Abhik Mukhopadhyay and artist Benu Sen will be at the inauguration of Light and Shadow’s second annual photo exhibition.
2–8pm, Gaganendra Silpa Pradarsasala, 1/1, A.J.C Bose Road,Exide, Rabindra Sadan. Contact Subhasish Banerjee (9831070950).
Something Else and Oriental Haveli, which Deepak Rupayana co-owns with business partner Pushpa S.M., span four floors. “Things from both stores are present on all four floors,” Rupayana says. “Oriental Haveli deals in antiques, and Something Else has ‘tomorrow’s antiques today’.” Such as a large chess set with chiselled wooden pieces (over Rs70,000). Or a blue stained glass ‘hookah’ (about Rs8,000).
45, 4th Block, 100-Foot Road, Koramangala, Bangalore (25536239).
Who says carpooling has to be a local initiative? New Delhi-based husband and wife team Vinay and Sujata Arora have launched an all-India online carpool initiative on www.poolmycar.in. They call it “corporate carpooling”. The website offers personalized solutions to its members’ travel plans (the site even has a live chat feature). It has also tied up with companies, so that there is now intra-office carpooling.
Do your bit by giving it a shot. Of course, it does mean being on time every single day.
Jagraj Singh Sahney has been roller-skating for most of his 51 years and for the last 37, he has been teaching others how to skate. For 28 years, he’s been making and retailing skating equipment. And he’s been trying to prod the Delhi Development Authority into building skating facilities. Until then, every Sunday morning (7am), Sahney, his students and fellow skaters meet on Raisina Hill. They go from Vijay Chowk up the hill, between North and South Blocks, on roller skates or rollerblades. Sahney provides skates and equipment to children who can’t buy their own.
Contact: Jagraj Singh Sahney (9873669665).
Learn martial art
Wushu: The name of this martial art literally means the “art of war”. The Delhi Wushu Academy conducts wushu and self-defence training classes. It also offers training in tai chi, qigong and Shaolin kung fu. Its benefits include cardiovascular fitness and mental relaxation.
5-7pm, Monday-Friday. NP Co-ed Secondary School, opposite Sanjay Lake, Laxmibai Nagar, Delhi. Special arrangements for Saturday and Sunday, and on-demand classes. Fee depends on course plan. Call Rajvir (9868885001) for details.
Muay Thai: This martial art is often referred to as the “art of eight limbs” because it uses hands, shins, elbows and knees extensively. It is supposed to be especially good for developing strength and agility.
6-7pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; 8-9pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To learn in Delhi, contact 20099010/20251278. Rs2,500 for 12 classes, Rs7,000 for 24 classes.
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