Photos for Rato
Till 12 October
A solo show of photographs by Switzerland-born Nicholas Vreeland, who now lives in Mundgod in Karnataka. Vreeland, the grandson of fashion editor Diana Vreeland—known for her stints at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue between the late 1930s and 1960s—took to a life of contemplation about 26 years back, joining the Rato Dratsang Foundation in Mundgod. This show consists of 20 photos taken during the course of Vreeland’s stay as a Rato monk at the monastery, providing rare glimpses into the monks’ lives— alongside pictures from the time he was the Dalai Lama’s photographer on the exiled religious leader’s first visit to the US, in 1979. The proceeds from the sale will go to the monastery.
10am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358). For details, call Gaurav at 9886451705.
25 September-5 October
A solo show of paintings and sculptural installations. Paresh Maity’s sketches, photographs, sculptures and installation works are not as well known as his paintings. Yet, as visitors to the India Art Summit in the Capital in January witnessed, the artist’s fibreglass and bronze works are just as capable of standing out in a collection as his large, vibrant canvases.
Vibrant canvases: Paresh Maity’s works will be on show at Gallery Sumukha. The show will also include sculptures and sketches by the Kolkata-born artist.
10.30-6pm (Monday-Saturday). Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230, 41207215). For details, visit www.sumukha.com
Till 22 October
A solo show of recent works, installations and photographs by Srinivasa Prasad. The artist played with ideas of automation in his show for the Arcus project open studio in Japan in 2007. For that show, he had buried a full-sized sedan in the ground—practically entombing the car in a kind of crypt—to present an acutely critical and claustrophobic impression of modern lifestyles. Nirantara, meaning endless, incessant and continuous, is the title and theme of his new body of work. This show includes Mobile Garden, a photographic representation of an autorickshaw transformed into a herb patch, and Green Nest, also shown through photographs—a structure of soil mixed with dung and hay, and held up with netting of gunny thread and bamboo.
11am-7pm (Sundays and Tuesdays closed). GallerySke, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972, 41120873). For details, visit www.galleryske.com
Berlin hip hopper Niels “Storm” Robitzky will perform his Solo for Two, a humorous piece on the ups and downs of life, at the Good Shepherd Auditorium. The dancer began seriously experimenting with B-boying, popping and locking at the age of 14. In 1996, he quit his job to form the dance group Storm and Jazzy Project in Berlin. He also wrote a book From Swipe to Storm, about Germany’s break-dance form.
7pm. Good Shepherd Auditorium, 25, Museum Road (66491301). Entry by passes only. Passes available at Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar (25205305).
Ratnavati Kalyana and Sharasethu Bandana
This event marks the 50th anniversary celebrations of the performing career of stalwarts Prabhakar Hegde and Ashok Bhat Siddapur, two consummate yakshagana artistes. To honour their contribution to the form, Mahaganapathi Yakshagana Mandali will perform two Yakshagana pieces. Ratnavati Kalyana, which tells the story of Ratnavati’s wedding, and is written by Muddanna, a 19th century Kannada writer and poet, and Sharasethu Bandana, which depicts the crossing of the Sethusamudram by the Hindu god Ram and the monkey army.
2.30 pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (9448506897, 9880710894).
Saythu, a design and architecture firm, and Jaaga media centre present their latest project, Whitefield Diaries,a screening of six short films, as part of Neighbourhood Diaries—a project that aims at archiving the socio-cultural heritage and history of Bangalore’s neighbourhoods through various media such as short films and personal history documentaries. The films are by conservation architect Krupa Rajangam, French artist and film-maker Clemence Barret, and Jaaga media centre co-founder and director Archana Prasad.
Whitefield isn’t just an IT corridor. Hear stories from old timers about the original village that came into existence in 1882 with a land grant from the then Maharaja of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar, to the Anglo-Indian community. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
7.30pm. Jaaga, 68, KH Double Road, opposite Corporation Bank. Visit www.neighbourhooddiaries. wordpress.com. For details, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
DJs Sultan and Ned Shepard
The Submerge gig of the month presents DJs Sultan from Canada and Ned Shepard from the US, bringing some House and tech tracks to the city. Since they set the crowd alight at last year’s Sunburn Festival in Goa, the tireless twosome have played at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, spun twice at the Space nightclub in Ibiza, created mayhem at the Tunnel Electro City music festival in Poland and supported French House music producer and DJ David Guetta on his tour in Canada. Having toured India separately last year, they’re now back for a joint tour. 4 hours.
DJ duo: Sultan (left) and Shepard.
8pm. Bling, The Zuri Whitefield, Rajpalya, Whitefield (66658903). Passes, Rs 1,000. Complementary beer.
In ‘Aashibagee Eshei’, the Manipuri adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, Rubek becomes Shaktam Lakpa or Sculptor, and Irene becomes Shaktam or Image. In this adaptation, scenes from the three acts of the original play, ‘When We Dead Awaken’, are woven together without altering the storyline or disrupting continuity. To retain the sanctity of Ibsen’s text, the dialogues have not been changed. 2 hours, 30 minutes.
6.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall 16th Cross, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, Malleswaram, Vyalikaval (23445810, 23443956). Tickets Rs 300, Rs 500 and Rs 1,000.
Kala Raksha exhibition
Till 25 September
Kala Raksha—a Gujarat-based group formed in 1993 and dedicated to preserving the traditional crafts—has organized the Women Wise: Fabricated Sayings of Kutch exhibition. On display are bags, cushions, wall hangings and bedspreads embroidered with Kutchi kahevat, or sayings from Kutch. The sayings—in English and Gujarati—are stitched on cloth by women artisans, and comment on human foibles and life. The pieces also feature appliqué illustrations.
10am-7pm. Artists’ Centre, Ador House, Kala Ghoda (22845939). Prices, Rs 350-10,000. For details, visit www.kala-raksha.org
Second International Clown Fest
27 September-2 October
Learn juggling, balloon sculpting and other tricks from eight clowning professionals during a 3-hour workshop on 27 September. Over six days the clowns, from the US, Malaysia, Canada and India, will visit the Tata Memorial Hospital to entertain young cancer patients, conduct workshops, and hold shows.
Clowning around: The International Clown Fest is back in Mumbai.
Workshop, 3pm. For the venue and registration, call 9987082100/ 093. Theatre shows, 7.15pm (30 September) and 4pm (1-2 October). St Andrews Auditorium, Bandra West. Tickets, Rs 500, Rs 750, Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500. For details, visit http://clownfestindia.com
Emerging Art from the Sir JJ School of Art 1939-1956
Till 1 October
One of Mumbai’s most significant contributions to modern Indian art is its association with the celebrated Progressive Artists Group, which included artists such as M.F. Husain, F.N. Souza and S.H. Raza. But the city has another important artistic connection: the revivalists. Although the revivalists came mostly from Bengal, Mumbai’s Sir JJ School of Art was the hub of a regional outpost of the nationalistic art movement. This exhibition showcases works from that period by artists such as A.A. Almelkar, P. Tanna and Cecil Burns, who studied at the school. These students were so influenced by Jagannath Ahivasi, the dean of the Indian painting department, whose style was rooted in traditional Indian painting, that their work has come to be part of a rarely discussed revivalist movement of the Bombay Presidency.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Chatterjee & Lal, 01/18, First floor, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
Jehangir Nicholson Collection
Art patron Jehangir Nicholson’s collection of close to 800 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints—from 1930-2001—is on show 10 years after his death. The collection is on long-term loan to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) and includes works by S.H. Raza, Tyeb Mehta and F.N. Souza.
10.30am-6pm (Tuesday-Sunday). CSMVS, Kala Ghoda (22844484).
Last Irani Chai
Alliance Française de Bombay will screen Khalid Mohamed’s documentary, originally commissioned for British television, which pays tribute to Mumbai’s surviving Irani cafés. Most of these old-style tea shops have vanished, or been pushed into decrepitude by the onslaught of fast-food chains. A handful still hold on, and are an integral part of the city’s culture. The documentary visits the cafés and bakeries, along with their regular patrons, including the late artist M.F. Husain, who longed to return to the restaurants he once inhabited with other painters and writers. 45 minutes.
6.30pm. Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines, opposite American Center, Churchgate (22036187). Members will get preference in seating.
On the Edge
Till 1 October
A multimedia exhibition by Atul Bhalla. Long before Bhalla began photographing water valves in the streets along the Swiss Rhine, he had put together a photography installation of taps in Delhi— many of the public taps supplying drinking water were filthy. Memories of that artwork are implicitly ingrained in this show in the Basel Walk installation—which comprises 91 framed photographs— even though the valves are clean and orderly. But this isn’t a developed world versus developing country debate; it’s an illustration of Bhalla’s long-term commitment to his muse—water.
Water world: Aaj Bhi by Atul Bhalla.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Okhla Phase I (65474005).Prices, Rs 2-12 lakh.
43rd Sabrang Utsav
The Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Yaadgar Sabha organizes this festival in memory of the late ustad. The sabha was founded in 1968 by his disciple Malti Gilani “for the promotion of classical music and to provide medical aid to musicians”, Gilani says. This year’s programme is dedicated to the late artist M.F. Husain. On 24 September, vocalists Gilani and Madhup Mudgal will perform. On 25 September, listen to performances by Ustad Raza Ali Khan, Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan and Ghulam Abbas.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Germany in India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities
The 60th anniversary of Indo-German diplomatic relations will be commemorated with a 15-month collaborative celebration. This is the first series of concerts, organized by Goethe-Institut in association with Spic Macay.
Christoph Haberer and Sivamani
Percussionist and composer Haberer will team up with Sivamani, who is schooled in both the Carnatic tradition and jazz.
Gustavo and Anders
Gustavo Tavares is a promising Western classical cellist from Brazil. Classical guitarist Anders Clemens Øien lives in Oslo, Norway, and has in the past collaborated with many musicians from diverse backgrounds (string quartets, vocalists, violinists, flautists and large orchestras).
The Quintet 5 Beaufort
Quintet 5 Beaufort is a woodwind ensemble of the Young German Philharmonic Orchestra consisting of five international music students from the conservatories of Leipzig and Weimar. They will present works by Haydn, Mozart, Debussy and Beethoven, among others.
6.30pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri. For details, visit www.germany-and-india.com or call 23471132.
Capital City Minstrels
The choir will present songs of peace on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. The bhajan ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ is now inextricably linked with Gandhi, but he also had a soft spot for the Christian hymn ‘Abide by Me’. Some of the pieces have been taken from a requiem or a Mass for peace. Capital City Minstrels’ members come from areas and countries as far apart as South America, France, China, Korea and Australia. Their repertoire includes Western classical, ballads, folk songs, Broadway musicals, gospel, jazz, pop and rock.
6pm (28 September). Hungarian Cultural Centre, 1-A, Janpath (23011152). 6.30pm (29 September). Teen Murti Bhavan, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House (23014475).
Nature and Beyond
Till 30 September
A collection of abstract paintings by K. Kalaiselvan. Kalaiselvan has had several shows, and with his current paintings in oil and acrylic on canvas, he has created some striking representations of nature.
Inspired by nature: Kalaiselvan
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road. For details, call 24462435 or 24918943.
Tagore on Vinyl
Part of The Park’s New Festival, this play promises to take you on a journey through Rabindranath Tagore’s political and philosophical ideas, including his thoughts on postcolonial modernism and nationalism. While going through her father’s music collection, the protagonist finds traces that lead her to Tagore’s works. Director: Peter A. Pfaff. 2 hours.
7pm. Museum Theatre, Egmore. Tickets, Rs 100 (for students), Rs 300 and Rs 500, available at www.indianstage.in
Crow is a folk tale that leads you through a variety of landscapes and gives you a glimpse into the lives of tricksters and shape-shifters. The session will be conducted by the UK-based award-winning storyteller Dominic Kelly, who has the uncanny ability to weld together folklore and myth and take his listeners on a ride through the wild. Children below 12 are not allowed. 2 hours.
3pm. British Council, Rangoon Street, Anna Salai. For registration, call 42050600.
Le Chartier- Moqadem
A musical evening with Eric le Chartier, who plays the trombone in the Opera de Lyon National Orchestra and is a regular guest musician in several ensembles. Le Chartier will be accompanied by pianist Jamal Moqadem.
6pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
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Taj Khazana, the in-house lifestyle boutique at select Taj properties, will present eclectic Banarasi weaves in an exclusive trunk show. The exhibition, part of The Taj group’s ongoing endeavour to support and revive the tradition of Banarasi weaves, will feature handwoven saris, fabric and dupattas. Prices range between Rs 8,000 and Rs 1 lakh.
Ethnic weaves: At Taj Khazana.
10.30am-8.30pm. Garden Room, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills.(66662323).
Landmark—Kinect Gaming Challenge
The challenge is to slice and splatter fruits while playing Fruit Ninja on Microsoft’s Kinect. The person with the highest scores will be declared the Fruit Ninja Warrior.
4-8pm (23 September), 3-6pm (24 September). Landmark, KMC Retail Mall, Somajiguda (64631583).
The Kerala-based Minnaminungukal Puppets Theatre Cie will present Until Life, using shadows, masks and puppets. The story is told through a black bird that comes visiting the only planet where the presence of water has allowed life.
7pm. Vidyaranya School, opposite the Secretariat, Saifabad (27700736).
23 September-6 October
The Street presents a food festival with an à la carte menu featuring Kolkata’s famous street food. This includes items such as phulkopi motorer singara, tele bhaja platter, dal poori and dum aloo, Anglo-Indian fried fish, keema aloor chop, dimer devil, mutton stew, chilli chicken, keema mughlai porota with kosha aloo. Special sweets like Sita bhog, mihidana, chanchala kulfi, ladygini will also be available. Dish prices start at Rs 150, plus taxes.
Flavours of street food: Try these sumptuous dishes at The Park.
Noon-midnight (Monday-Thursday, Sunday), noon-2am (Friday-Saturday). The Park, Park Street (22499000).
Folk Cultural Programme
26, 27, 30 September
The East Zone Cultural Centre (EZCC) will present a special programme featuring folk culture. On 26 September there will be Baul songs by Soumen Biswas, Bhatiali songs by Joydeb Das and Gambhira by Kutubpur Gambhira Dal. On Day 2, there will be Bhawaiya Gaan by Durga Roy, Hasan Rajar Gaan by Kajal Lata Dey and Traja by Prakash Banik and troupe. On the final day, there will be a performance of Jhumur by Subhas Chakraborty and Ma Kali Alkap, a special form of folk drama, by Reboti Adhikari.
6pm. EZCC, IB-201, Salt Lake City. For details, call 23356796/97.
New Experiments in Form
Till 30 September
The Tejas Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of small-format, mixed-media works (paper cutting, metal and gel on board, etc.) from eight young artists—Arunangshu, Bikas, Pooja, Santosh, Sambhu, Tanay, Tom and Viraag. The artists, all in their 20s, have used a variety of techniques.
12.30-7.30pm (Sundays closed). Tejas, 11, Mayfair Road, Ballygunge, opposite the Ice Skating Rink (9830049825).
Chinese Photography Now
Till 1 October
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Tasveer are jointly presenting an exhibition of works by six Chinese photographers: Chu Chu, Liu Yue, Luo Yongjin, Ma Kang, Yang Yongliang and Yan Xinfa. The relationship between rapid economic expansion, technological progression and a deep cultural value system are some of the common threads running through their work—for instance, a series on tools, or one on old and new residences in China. The exhibition has been organized in association with the Ofoto Gallery, China.
2-8pm (Sundays closed). Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, S P Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).
Aajo Brishti Aase
A modern-day play directed by Tirthankar Chattopadhyay, the story revolves around the life and trials of boatmen in the Sunderbans. In the play, these boatmen protest a ban on semi-mechanized ferries. Faltu, the main protagonist, tries to organize the protest. Betrayed, Faltu migrates to the city and begins working at the house of Niladri Sekhar, an old revolutionary.
3pm Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830025374).Tickets, Rs 20, Rs 40 and Rs 60, available at the auditorium counter.
Social and Political Injustice: Trends in Contemporary Art 2011
Till 30 September
Art has frequently been a medium of rebellion. This group show too presents works that reflect on political and social injustice. The artists taking part include Tapas Biswas, Subrata Biswas, Akhil Chandra Das, Nantu Behari Das, Mithun Dasgupta, Priyanka Lahiri, Prandeep Kalita, Pappu Bardhan, Swapan Kumar Mallick, Debashish Dutta and Buddhadev Mukherjee.
Noon-7pm (Sundays closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A, Hungerford Street (22893027/5041) For details, visit www.aakritiartgallery.com
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