Art for kids
Until 15 March
Kroma is an art gallery for children, where you get fascinating animal paintings in vibrant colours for the little ones.
Colourful world: Kroma, an art gallery in New Delhi, is organizing an exhibition of paintings for children.
This fortnight, the gallery is showcasing the best of South-East Asian art for kids by artists Monchai Kosolpradit, Korn and Joe & Ole.
11am-6pm. Kroma, 113-A, Shahpur Jat, near Asiad Village. Visit www.kroma.in or contact Manu (9910175285). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Paintings range from Rs4,600-1 lakh.
Nirat—The Eternal Journey
In 1939, the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya was started in New Delhi by Pandit Vinay Chandra Maudgalya to popularize Indian classical music and dance. An institution by now, the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya will be organizing various events throughout this year. The music and dance festival will conclude on 22 March.
Artists who will perform include Niladri Kumar and Madhup Mudgal (17 March); Rakesh Chaurasia and Vasundhara Komkali (18 March) and Venkatesh Kumar and Poornima Chawdhury (19 March).
6.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
L’Année Dernière Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)
Something of a key film in the development of concepts of cinematic modernism, simply because—with a script by nouveau Roman iconoclast Alain Robbe-Grillet—it sets up a puzzle that is never resolved: A man meets a woman in a rambling hotel and believes he may have had an affair with her the previous year at Marienbad—or did he? Or was it somewhere else? Deliberately scrambling chronology to the point where past, present and future become meaningless, director Alain Resnais creates a vaguely unsettling mood by means of stylish composition, long, smooth tracking shots along the hotel’s corridors, and detached performances. Obscure, oneiric, it’s either some sort of masterpiece or meaningless twaddle.
5.30pm and 7.30pm. ML Bhartia auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
A Magical Travelogue
Until 18 March
Landscapes and portraits from Tibet by German photographer Herbert Grammatikopoulos. Known for working mainly outdoors, his photos concentrate on what he feels are the remnants of an “original” culture, for example, the arts and crafts of a particular area.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Triveni Kala Sangam (Art Heritage), 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23718833).
A concert by the twice Grammy-nominated band led by Moa and Arenla Subong, who have invented a style of music called Howey. The band usually plays Naga rock, folk and fusion music. The concert will feature Moa’s invention, the ‘bamhum’, a bamboo instrument that produces sounds if you hum into it. The gig is part of ‘Romancing India’s Northeast: An Akshara Celebration’, a festival showcasing arts and culture from the North-East, featuring dance, theatre, music and more.
8pm. Akshara Theatre, 11B, Baba Kharak Singh Marg (9313009524).
The Lack Of Marmalade Is My Only Grievance
This fortnight, Hitesh Natalwala invites you to a nostalgia trip at Chatterjee and Lal, which will be hosting his first show in Mumbai titled ‘The Lack Of Marmalade Is My Only Grievance’. For Natalwala, who was born in Kenya, grew up in England and now works from Australia, the poster-style paintings with their lurid colours and bold strokes resonate with nostalgia.
Down memory lane: Hitesh Natalwala’s poster-style paintings.
Bollywood imagery allows him to use elements of graphic design, a subject he studied during his bachelor’s degree from London’s St Martin’s School of Art in 1989.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Chatterjee and Lal, 01/18, first floor, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
Until 14 March
New Delhi’s Emperor Minge gets quite miffed when asked what genre they play and if you go to their MySpace page, you’ll find “Korean pop” as one of the descriptors of their music. It isn’t true, unfortunately. That’s just to put people off-track. While it is indeed hard to pigeonhole them—which probably accounts for song titles such as ‘Calypso Magic’, ‘Spy Movie Soundtrack Thingy’ and ‘Dead Bossa Nova’— there is a certain pattern to their music: frenetic playing that’s not dissimilar to metal and a chaotic quality that probably owes much to avant-garde jazz.
Another facet is the theatrical nature of their act. Some concerts feature dancer Anjolie Teresa Chadha. Sometimes they have a painter attacking a canvas on stage.
9.30pm, 13 March. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Rs300.
10pm, 14 March. Not Just Jazz by the Bay, Soona Mahal, near The Ambassador Hotel, 143, Marine Drive (22851876). Rs250.
From 13 March
‘Little Zizou’ is a delicious slice-of-life comedy that benefits greatly from its maker’s intimacy with her subject. In the film, screenplay writer and director Sooni Taraporevala, who is a Parsi, shines a light on her community’s past, present and future. Bursting with characters and incidents, the film belongs to knee-high Xerxes (Jahan Batlivala), the son of Cyrus II Khodaiji, a rabble-rousing priest who urges a return to conservatism. Standing up to Khodaiji is Boman Pressvala (Boman Irani), the publisher of a community newspaper. Xerxes’ elder brother, Art (Imaad Shah), is old enough to ignore his father and move on to other pursuits, such as cartooning, eyeing Pressvala’s daughter Zenobia Shroff (Dilshad Patel) and hanging out with his buddy Tito (Tknow Francorsi). Each member of the cast performs superbly, with top honours going to Jahan Batlivala, Irani and Shroff.
One of the busiest artists in the industry, the veteran vocalist will perform as part of the Kaavya Laapa festival, highlighting the contribution of some of Kannada’s most respected writers, such as Kuvempu, Tirunarayana “Puttina” Narasimhachar and D.V. Gundappa.
6pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, Malleswaram (23347830).
The rock festival that features a majority of metal bands is back, this time for two days of live gigs. Bands confirmed include Bhoomi, Myndsnare, Kryptos, and Motherjane.
12 noon. Palace Grounds, Gayatri Vihar Entrance, Bellary Road (41494148).
Far East Revisited
The Calefax Reed Quintent, with Oliver Boekhoorn on oboe, Ivar Berix on clarinet, Raaf Hekkema on alto saxophone, Jelte Althuis on bass clarinet and Alban Wesly on bassoon, perform at the Landmark store in Forum Mall, followed by the Tony Overwater Trio, with Maarten Ornstein on saxophone, Tony Overwater on double bass and Wim Kegel on drums. The two bands are part of a project called Far East Revisited, following a tour route taken by Duke Ellington and his orchestra in 1963. The project will showcase suites written for the orchestra, and original compositions inspired by Ellington.
6.30pm. Landmark, Forum Mall, 21, Koramangala, Hosur Road (65350747).
Myth and movement
Cosmic energy: A painting by Seema Kohli.
Four artists converge in the city this fortnight to explore myths, cosmic energies and movements of forms in space. Seema Kohli, a self-taught artist who has dabbled in theatre, film-making and sculpture in the past, presents her work on mixed media using the croquel-nib technique in a series titled ‘The Golden Womb’. The other three artists are Ramesh Gorjala, Dimpy Menon and Atul Talukdar.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8, First Floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivanagar (23616971).
Mythili Prakash sees Ramayan’s Shurpanaka as a woman with a care-a-damn attitude who was willing to inhabit spaces occupied only by men. Prakash will also examine the roles of Kaikeyi and Sita in the epic.
7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (32445810). Contact Bangalore International Centre (25359680) for details.
Schedules may be subject to change.
The article ‘Movers & Shakers’, announced earlier, has been deferred.
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Sometimes a name is just a name, as in the case of the ‘Japani’ samosa served at Manohar Dhaba in Lajpat Rai Market, New Delhi. To begin with, it neither resembles nor tastes like any Japanese food or a samosa as we know it. Some 60 layers of thin puff pastry studded with mildly spiced potatoes, the samosa is served with ‘chhole’ and chutney. For special orders, Manohar will also make these samosas with dry fruit stuffing.
10am-7pm, daily. Manohar Dhaba, Shop 38/240, Diwan Hall, Old Lajpat Rai Market, near Moti Cinema and Chandni Chowk. Rs7 per piece.
The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of his Holiness the Dalai Lama is looking for contributors to a volume titled ‘Tibet: Voices in Exile’. They want personal narratives from Tibetans who live here and overseas, not academic, theoretical pieces. There are no age limits or restrictions on subject matter. Essays and narrative pieces should be 2,000-2,500 words and poetry is welcomed. One-time royalty will be paid for both formats (a minimum of Rs5,000 and Rs1,000 respectively).
Write in by 30 April with your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org