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Spiritual: Terracotta sculptures on display at Studio Napean.
Spiritual: Terracotta sculptures on display at Studio Napean.
Updated: Thu, Dec 30 2010. 08 00 PM IST
Mumbai
Art
Sweet Unease
Till 15 February
Spiritual: Terracotta sculptures on display at Studio Napean.
In the late 1990s, when contemporary Indian art was being redefined through experiments with video and new media, Ranbir Kaleka’s first video-painting made its debut in Delhi. Since then, the 57-year-old Delhi artist has shown his work in museums and galleries across the world, including New York, Venice, Berlin, Lisbon and Sydney, but rarely in his home country. Kaleka’s video-paintings have got a public outing in his first solo show in Mumbai, ‘Sweet Unease’. What sets apart Kaleka’s work is that while it is important in the development of Indian video art, it continues to hold on to the painting tradition.
11.30am-7.30pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 11.30am-5pm (Sunday). Volte, Kamal Mansion, 02/19, First floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22041220).
Around town
Panel discussion
6 January
The Culture Cafe, Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) presents a reading and a panel discussion on the newly released volume Fire, authored by Jamia Millia Islamia professor Shohini Ghosh. The book is based on Deepa Mehta’s film Fire, which premiered to great acclaim in 1996, but outraged some with its lesbian theme.
Ghosh’s book examines the controversy that divided a nation. The book explores Fire’s scathing attack on both heterosexism and Hindu practices in India that oppress and marginalize women, as well as its revolutionary treatment of female characters, whose traditional duties are imbued with an unprecedented sensuality.
5pm. Room No. 5, TISS, VN Purav Marg, Deonar. For details, call 25525669.-
Stand-up comedy
Till 2 January
Ring out the old and ring in the new with this New Year special featuring some of the best Indian and international comedians, such as Anuvab Pal, Ashish Shakya, Mickey Hutton, Louis Ramey and Simon Evans.
Timings vary. The Comedy Store, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets available at the venue or on bookmyshow
Music
Mrigya
4 January
With its feet firmly in the Indian classical tradition, Delhi’s fusion band Mrigya’s major voice is their violinist Sharat Chandra Srivastava. On bass is Indraneel Hariharan, on keyboard Sachin Kapoor and on rock guitar, Karan Sharma. The ensemble is completed by Rajat Kakkar on drums, Gyan Singh on tabla and other Indian percussion instruments, and guest appearances by Hindustani vocalist Sukriti Sen and Sufi singer Ghulam Quadir Niazi. The band even manages to get some jazz and Celtic influences into the brew.
8.30pm. The Comedy Store, Palladium Mall. Charges, Rs500.
Erik Truffaz
5 January
For his second gig at the Blue Frog, Swiss trumpeter Erik Truffaz will keep the crowd hooked along with Tunisian singer Mounir Troudi and drummer Philippe Garcia. The jazz musician has been a fan of Indian classical music since 2006, when he played at the Kolkata Jazz Festival and met tabla player Apurba Mukherjee and his wife, singer Indrani Mukherjee.
8pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs500.
Art
Terracotta sculptures
Till 1 January
You might have heard of the buried terracotta army of the Qin dynasty. Now you might be able to actually take replicas of some of these soldiers home. About 60 terracotta sculptures, including eight modelled on the Qin soldiers and made by artisans across South-East Asia, will be on display and sale at Studio Napean. The inspiration for these sculptures ranges from Chinese history to Hindu mythology.
10.30am-8pm. Studio Napean, Matru Ashish Building, Shop 17/18, 39, Napean Sea Road (23673390).
Theatre
The Interview
31 December
Meandering but amusing, The Interview’s quick-fire dialogue hides a dark tale. A young candidate turns up for a corporate job interview only to realize that it wasn’t the question and answer session he had imagined. The questions become too personal and the requests too ridiculous even before the lie detector is strapped on. Jokes fly as the flighty interview quickly turns into an inquisition from hell and sinks into even more sinister territory from there. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
4pm, 6pm and 8pm. Prithvi Theatre, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs200, available at bookmyshow
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Delhi
Theatre
Sons of Babur
1 January
‘Sons of Babur’ was originally penned in 2008 by Salman Khursheed, a Union minister, in English and translated into Urdu by Ather Farooqui. The transfer to stage is by M. Sayeed Alam, who knows a thing or two about playing around with this period (his ‘Ghalib in New Delhi’ has a similar farcical approach), and about helming plays in Urdu. There’s an attempt to draw connections between the policies of Mughals and present-day events.
7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307).Tickets, Rs100-500. For details, call 9810255291, 9810460366 or email pierrotstroupe@yahoo.com
Theatre
Ghalib in New Delhi
2 January
Ghalib in New Delhi transplants the legendary poet, the embodiment of 19th century Dehlavi tehzeeb, to the altogether less refined streets of modern-day New Delhi. Told of his posthumous fame, Ghalib visits the Capital to bask in its praise; instead, he finds himself increasingly bewildered by a culture where he is unrecognized and out of place.
7pm. ML Bhartia auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs100-500. Call 9810255291, 9810460366 or email pierrotstroupe@yahoo.com
Photography
Cuba Mía
Till 28 January
Cuba Mía takes us back to the initial years of a spectacular revolution through the images that Rodrigo Moya clicked during the summer of 1964. This archive of Casa América Catalunya in Barcelona came to public notice for the first time in 2009, having remained unedited for 45 years. This collection displays almost 80 photographs on a variety of themes, such as education, employment, commerce, dance and music, and takes us on a visual and thematic journey.
11am-7pm (Monday-Friday, closed on 31 December). Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road (43681900).
Art
Through a Lens, Darkly
Till 12 February
Through a Lens, Darkly is an exhibition of photographs and photo animations by Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya. This collaborative project explores the ruins of India’s first and only still-camera factory: National Instruments in Kolkata. The National 35 was meant to be the iconic Indian camera but it could never become that. From the late 1980s, the company dissolved its workforce, was declared a sick industry, and was eventually handed over to Jadavpur University in January 2009 to establish a new campus. Ironically, at the time it shut down, the factory had been developing National Reflex 2000, which would have become India’s first SLR camera. Rather than invoking nostalgia for that which is disappearing, the project attempts to highlight a certain history of labour and technology—and their slow but inevitable passage.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Photoink, MGF Hyundai Building, 1, Jhandewalan, Faiz Road (28755940).
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Bangalore
Art
Disturbia, Utopia, House Beautiful
Till 26 February
The solo show by Delhi-based artist Bharti Kher depicts works that depart from the legacy of repugnance she has created with her past works. Kher creates a far more domestic atmosphere, employing materials such as furniture, cutlery and clothes.
11am-7pm (Tuesdays closed, Sundays by appointment). GallerySKE, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972). For details, log on to www.galleryske.com
Around town
Lundahl and Seitl
Till 9 January
Going solo: Delhi-based artist Bharti Kher travels to Bangalore to display her works at GallerySKE.
Artiste couple Martina Seitl and Christer Lundahl, from London are currently in residency at 1, Shanthi Road. They are planning an audio-guided walk in the city to explore habitats, and the everyday habits of citizens. The duo has been working together since 2003, creating a wide variety of works which involve visitors, including performance works, exhibitions, guided tours and walks. They use a variety of methods, including instruction, choreography and technology, and their artistic concerns cover a range of subjects such as architecture, fashion, cognitive neurology and classical music. Their work has been presented at the Tate Modern, Tate Britain in London, National Museum and Weld, Stockholm and Museum M in Leuven Belgium.
6-8pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Bangalore Adventure Race workshop
2 January
A kayaking and bouldering workshop will be held for those who want to participate in the Bangalore Adventure Race (8 January) and is open to teams of three. The deadline to register for the race is 2 January. The course comprises a 60km bicycle ride from Turalli in Kanakapura to the Manchanbele dam. Teams will kayak in the lake at the dam before putting their bouldering skills to test, and ride back to the starting point. Kayaks, life jackets and ropes will be provided on the day of the workshop as well as on the day of the event. Participants should bring their cycles and shoes.
8am. Participants need to assemble at Turalli in Kanakapura. Charges for the workshop, Rs1,500. Click here for details
Music
The Slipping Chairs
31 December
Dylon Manuel on guitar and vocals, Chandu Fernando on bass, Shivane Wickramasekera on guitar and Jith Sirimanne on percussion form this rock band from Sri Lanka. In the year-and-a-half since its inception, the acoustic band has amassed a considerable following in Colombo and now makes its first overseas tour to Bangalore. The band will perform a mix of covers and originals from their repertoire, which includes alternative and contemporary rock tunes from the 1970s.
8.30pm. Toit, 298, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9886050255).
Theatre
Fake Palindromes
5-6 January
Reading a news report of a freak accident at the Majestic Bus Stand, watching reactions on a first date on a TV show, finding herself ignored at a posh London fine diner, or travelling across Germany (changing seven trains over 10 hours) to catch American musician Andrew Bird at a small club in Cologne—Swar Thounaojam’s Fake Palindromes loosely strings together seven dramatic pieces of diverse inspiration.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100, available at Indiastage
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Kolkata
Art
Ganesh Pyne—His Mahabharata
Till 8 January
Ganesh Pyne presents his seventh solo show in a 51-year-long career, this time extending the burden of moral responsibility from the viewer to the artist. He enhances, and reflects on, the grandness of the Mahabharat. Pyne, who had been working on this series since 2009, is familiar with several Bengali versions of the text, but refers here primarily to Rajshekhar Basu’s translation. It is not the violence and grand dramatic moments in the poem that he has depicted. Instead, his reflections are more tragic sonatas, focused on the marginal characters.
6.30pm. CIMA Gallery, Sunny Towers, 43, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue (24858717).
Art
Expression of Emotions
Till 11 January
The Gallery Image Kraft Art is hosting the exhibition Expression of Emotions, a show featuring 20 paintings by eminent artists of West Bengal, such as Prakash Karmakar, Jogen Chowdhury, Bijan Chowdhury and Rabin Mondal.
11am- 8pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Image Kraft, 56/E, Block D, New Alipore (32567425).
Music
Monday Blues
3 January
Littlei presents Monday Blues featuring Germany-based artiste T.L. Mazumdar, an experimental singer-songwriter. Mazumdar studied jazz and popular music at the International Music College in Freiburg. This will be followed by JBS TRIO, which has Bodhisattwa Ghosh on the guitar, Shovon Mukherjee on bass and Prem Jit Dutta on drums
8pm onwards. Someplace Else, The Park (40049000). For details, call 9748195596.
Around town
The Winter Barbecue
Till 2 January
Celebrate New Year’s eve at Eden Pavilion lawns with The Winter Barbecue by Lily Pond. Chefs will grill shawarma, kebabs, seafood and vegetables, paired with a selection of alcohol. Non-vegetarian grills include fresh Andaman tuna, Kolkata bhetki, lemon-scented sunshine snapper, rosemary and honey mustard spring chicken and medallions of tenderloin. Vegetarian grills also have a wide range of options, including cajun-spiced fresh riccota timbale, Lebanese couscous stuffed in curried pimentos, refried beans stuffed in tomato (will be served with chimichurri sauce, quattro formaggio and barbecue sauce).
7.30-11.45pm. Eden Pavilion Lawns, ITC Sonar (23454545). Charges, Rs3,000 per person (taxes extra).
Theatre
Anya Theatre Night
31 December
Anya Theatre will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night-long drama festival dedicated to the famous triumvirate of Bengali literature, Bibhuti Bhusan, Tarashankar and Manik Bandopadhyay. In the first half, there will be a talk on the writers, and a performance by members of the Manipuri Nartanaloy dance academy. The second half, at Rabindra Sadan, will see Katha Rupkatha Upkatha, a reading of selective works of the three writers by actors Soumitra Chatterjee, Dipankar De, Chanda Chatterjee and others. Five plays will be performed and at midnight, there will be a performance by the Team of Orpheus—a Presidency College band.
6-9pm, Academy of Fine Arts. Passes available at the venue. 10pm onwards, Rabindra Sadan. Tickets, Rs50-100. For details, call 9830491684.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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Chennai
Art
Artink 2010
Till 31 December
The Forum Art Gallery is presenting an eclectic mix of paintings, drawings and sculptures made by participants, including children, of the gallery’s art education programme. The works cover mixed media such as acrylic, oil and watercolours.
11am-7pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, Padmanabha Nagar, 5th Street, Adyar (42115596).
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Art
Emptied Gestures
2-8 January
The Cholamandal Artists’ Village brings together the mixed media work of Shailesh B.O. and paintings of University of Connecticut art professor Kathryn Myers. Shailesh’s works focus on the yogic body. In this series, he presents watercolours on paper.
10am-7pm. Laburnum and Indigo Galleries, Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art, Injambakkam (9884169272).
Around town
Heather and Ashley live
31 December
Spend the last few hours of the year in style as celebrated singers Heather and Ashley perform live at The Crown. With an elaborate buffet spread and spirits on offer, enjoy the music and a dance performance, and take part in games to win exciting prizes.
8pm onwards. The Crown, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar (28156363). Charges, Rs3,500 at the deck and Rs3,000 for the restaurant and terrace.
Theatre
Imperfect Murder
5 January
As part of the ongoing Isai Iyal Nataka Vizha festival, artiste Y. Gee Mahendra presents Imperfect Murder. This Tamil play has already had 200 shows and the rave reviews it has got make it a must-watch.
7pm. Vani Mahal, 103, GN Chetty Road, T Nagar (28152166). Tickets, Rs100-500, available at the venue.
Dance
Kathak
1 January
DakshinaChitra, in association with Kalakshetra, is organizing a performance by the renowned Kathak dancers Rajendra Kumar Gangani and Jaikishan Maharaj of Kathak Kendra, New Delhi. The performance will depict episodes from the life of the Hindu god Krishna.
4pm. Open Air Theatre, Madras Craft Foundation, G-3, Madhuram Flats, No. 6, Urur Olcott Road, Besant Nagar (24462435). Tickets, Rs90.
Dance Festival 2011
3-9 January
The Madras Music Academy brings some of the best-known dancers in the country together for a festival that has a wonderful mix of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi, Kuchipudi and Kathakali. Performances by doyens such as Mallika Sarabhai, Padma Subrahmanyam, Chitra Visweswaran, Alarmel Valli, Vyjayanthimala Bali and the Dhananjayans are sure to get you hooked to the classical arts.
10am onwards. The Music Academy, 168/306, TTK Road (28112231). Click here for the full schedule and tickets
By Karuna Amarnath
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First Published: Thu, Dec 30 2010. 08 00 PM IST