Fête de la Musique
The annual Fête de la Musique, or World Music Day, celebrations (that are said to be timed with the summer solstice, but really never end)—featuring both amateur and pro musicians—will be held over four days at Alliance Française this weekend. They include a bunch of local acts, including Illuminati, Drones from the Turbine, and Lounge Piranha (on 18 June); The Bicycle Days, Parachute XVI, and Galeej Gurus (19 June); Dor, Blueprint, and Thermal and A Quarter (20 June); Vinod Moogi, Syrinx, Sangeetha Srikishen, Rhythm & Raaga, and Moon Arra (21 June). But the big gig is on 20 June: Sam Smala—Serena Fisseau on vocals, Samuel Strouk on guitar and vocals, Mathias Levy on violin, Quentin “Q” Braine on drums and Guillaume Marin on bass—will present a selection of their work inspired by jazz, gypsy and world music.
8pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Cinéma Vérité Redux
18 June-30 July
This group show curated by the Berlin-based writer Shaheen Merali features the works of Attila Richard Lukacs and Marina Roy (both from Vancouver, Canada), Charly Nijensohn, Parvathi Nayar, Prasad Raghavan, Ravikumar Kashi and Subba Ghosh. Lukacs is showing Game, a series of oil on wood portraits; Roy is presenting a video piece named Apartment. Nijensohn, a Berlin-based video artist and photographer, is showing his video installation Dead Forest #5 alongside Chennai-based artist Nayar’s collection of black and white drawings. Raghavan, a Delhi-based artist and film-maker, is showing a series of inkjet prints titled Decalogue. Delhi-based Ghosh’s work consists of cut-out paintings on canvas stretched on wood. Bangalore-based artist Kashi’s installation Gandhi I found... completes the show.
10.30am-6pm, Sunday closed. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).
The Calcutta Vignettes Series
Till 25 June
Gallerie Pablo hosts an exhibition of watercolour paintings by Kolkata-based artist Shubhashish Mandal. The solo show is a fluent tapestry of muted colours and shades, capturing the surreal ethos of the Kolkatan spirit and joie de vivre of this ageing but serenely beautiful metropolis. The juxtaposition of the ubiquitous rickshaw-puller, the fish market energy, the majestic but historical colonial edifices, the twilight settling on the City of Joy are elements that speak of the absolute Kolkatan motif. Mandal lends an almost lyrical twist to the drab and mundane, while the moving masses in the many expressions in grey, golden brown and black have a story of their own. The Calcutta Vignettes Series is an eclectic collection of 30 works which are on display.
11am-7pm. Gallerie Pablo, 18, JRV Court, Second floor, Queens Road, next to Hotel Gold Star. For details, call Kiran Bagade at 9880872875 or 41512950.
Till 26 June
A solo show by British fine art photographer Tim Hall, who specializes in travel, landscape and portraiture. His work for the last 20 years has been influenced by lessons in art history that he picked up at Manchester University. Hall’s portraitures have included musicians Miles Davis and Prince, and he prefers shooting in film, with a Hasselblad, and “a particular film that has a muted tone and a nice grain structure”, he says. His prints are on watercolour paper using pigment inks, which “add to the art feel of the works”. The show will include selections from three previous series, titled Desert, Coast and Mountain.
10am-7pm, Sunday closed. Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).
Dim Sum Festival at Ping
Till 30 June
The restaurant is celebrating a Dim Sum Festival, on till the end of the month. Their special menu will offer an assortment of around 40 freshly prepared vegetarian and non-vegetarian kinds of dim sum, including green peas and corn dim sum, corn and curry dim sum, fish and coriander wontons, and prawn and water chestnut har gau.
Noon-3.30pm and 7-11.30pm. 130, 1st Cross, Koramangala, 5th Block (41521773). Charges, Rs700 plus taxes, for a meal for two.
Komic Sutra by Nitin Mirani
Nitin has been on the stand-up comedy circuit for almost five years, making light of everything from the recession to swine flu, Hollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, BlackBerrys, Facebook, relationships, other cultures and anything else he fancies dissing.
8pm. Opus, 4, 1st Main, off Palace Cross Road, Chakravarthy Layout (23442580). Tickets, Rs730 (including Rs230 as cover charge). For details, call 9844030198.
Rashmi Ravishankar, a student of B. Bhanumathi and Sheela Chandrashekar, will present a traditional Bharatanatyam recital. Ravishankar will begin with a pushpanjali, an invocatory piece, and end with a tillana, a pure dance sequence. The varnam Rama Neeve Ae Na Rakshakudanvani, the central histrionic piece, is composed by Swathi Thirunal. In it, a devotee speaks of Ram as the protector. Another highlight of the show will be a piece titled Snake Dance, showcasing the flexibility of the dancer as she mimics the movements of a snake.
5.30pm. Shivaratheshwara Centre, 8th Block, Jaya Nagar (26644540).
This is the first edition of the festival started by Sanjay Shantaram and Shama Sanjay of the Shivapriya School of Dance. The organizers are attempting to provide a platform for group presentations, as well as honour dancers who have made contributions to the field. This edition will see the Bharatanatyam duo Sridhar and Anuradha Sridhar paying obeisance to Mridula Bhaskar, a Bharatanatyam and Kathak exponent. Also, the Shivapriya Dance Ensemble will present three items from the traditional margam of Bharatanatyam.
6pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA School, Malleswaram (23347830).
Till 27 June
This festival of films is being hosted in association with the Bangalore Film Society, at the (167-seater) auditorium of the sprawling NGMA campus. The festival opened with Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1956 film Le Mystère Picasso (The Mystery of Picasso) earlier this month. On 19 June, there is also a screening of Dong, Jia Zhangke’s documentary which follows modern realist Chinese painter Liu Xiaodong to locations in the Three Gorges Dam area, where he paints a quintych (five large murals) before moving to Bangkok, to create another multitych painting. Palettes: From Duchamp to Pop Art, to be screened on 20 June, is part of the Palettes Collection, a series of films about great works in the history of painting, unravelling the secrets behind pieces such as Andy Warhol’s Ten Lizes, Yves Klein’s Anthropométrie de l’époque bleue and Marcel Duchamps’ Nu descendant l’escalier with the use of state-of-the-art video animation techniques.
3pm on Saturdays & 11.30am on Sundays (weekends only). The National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). For the full schedule, call the Bangalore Film Society at 25292781.
Mummy’s boy Elling and his roommate, the uncouth Kjell Bjarne, are the Odd Couple of Oslo, a pair of confused souls taking their first steps in the outside world after years of isolated, institutional life. Given a flat in the city by the social services department, they must re-assimilate themselves into society or face a return to the asylum. So it’s simply a question of convincing their social worker that they are really normal—even if it does feel safer sleeping in the wardrobe. Elling is based on the cult Norwegian novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and was also made into an Oscar nominated film.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Ticket, Rs150.
Born Christophe Le Friant, Bob Sinclar started spinning under the name “Chris the French Kiss” while still in his teens. Experimenting with disco melodies and incorporating myriad samples (a propensity for the latter even found Sinclar facing legal action after “borrowing” a line from one of Jane Fonda’s workout videos) and borrowing the name from a character of the French film Le Magnifique, Bob Sinclar soon had himself his first mega-hit. Love Generation topped charts in Europe and across the world, gaining massive radio and club play, and becoming Fifa World Cup 2006’s official anthem and unofficial summer song of the same year. Club hits like World, Hold On and Everybody Dance Now (Rock This Party) quickly followed, and made Sinclar a household name.
10pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Entry, Rs3,000 (stag), Rs5,000 (couple).
Owen Clarke was in his early teens in the 1980s when he made his first compilation. That was when the stark electronic sounds of acid House music—which originated in Chicago—began making waves across the US and eventually reached Britain’s underground scene. The British deejay, whose experience behind the console now spans almost two decades, shot to fame in 2008, when he teamed up with Lindsey John Taylor to form 2 Good Souls. The duo have since burned dance floors across the world with their vibrant, fast-paced edgy tunes. Now Clarke makes his first trip to India, with his dub-meets-disco sound.
10pm. Privé, 41/44, Monrepos, behind Radio Club, Colaba (22028700). Call the venue for entry charges.
Get ready for a hellraising night at the metal awards organized by the Rolling Stones, where popular metal band Scribe will play the opening act for Mumbai’s Demonic Resurrection and Delhi’s Undying Inc.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charges, Rs150.
Hear a solo recital by acclaimed pianist Maciej Pikulski, who teaches at the Superior Conservatory of Music in San Sebastian, Spain, and has performed with French, Belgian, English and Romanian orchestras.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs100 and Rs200.
No plot, no rehearsal, no cues but lots of fun. Students of American professional improviser Adam Dow will perform at this event. Dow, who worked in improvisational theatre for over a decade in Seattle in the US before moving to Mumbai last year, has run intensive improvisation classes for youth theatre festival Thespo and theatre company Theatre Professionals.
10pm. Café Goa Bistro & Grill, Agnelo House, off St John the Baptist Road, near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra-West (65299167).
Comprising four witty short stories about what’s considered “dirty”, this play examines what is right or wrong and who makes these rules. When Nayantara Roy and her cast of eight devised the play for the international youth theatre festival Contacting the World, they weren’t thinking of four-letter words. Contact, the Manchester theatre company behind the festival, picked 12 groups around the world, then got them to pair up and produce 12 plays reflecting influences from the sister cities. Roy’s theatre group Working Title 2.0 was matched with Manchester-based 10p Mix Up, a collaboration that got the 25-year-old writer-director to think hard about colonialism and censorship. Dirty Talk premieres in Mumbai before travelling to Manchester for the week-long festival in July.
9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs80, available at the venue.
Art in Public Space
Through the latter half of this month till the end of July, Select Citywalk mall plays host to a stampede of the non-human variety—namely, Paresh Maity’s large-scale installations, including a swarm of ants made out of Bullet petrol tanks and headlights. Originally from West Bengal but currently based in Delhi, Maity studied fine arts in Delhi and in Kolkata, and his work has been exhibited in museums across India, East Asia and the West.
“Bengal has a lot of rain because it’s coastal, and all the time during the rainy season I could see lots of ants in the house, everywhere, all the time. I realized as a child that they’re very disciplined; they move in a systematic way, one after another, in a very beautiful formation,” Maity said about his inspiration for the installations. “And in Calcutta, where I studied, they have the highest number of protests and demonstrations, and there people are all also going in rows, in lines.” A keen traveller, Maity was attracted to the Bullet motorcycle sound and vintage shape. He adds, “So I was thinking one day that the shape of an ant looks like the Bullet petrol tank; and the upper part of the ant looks like another tank, and the head looks like the headlight.” And so, an army of art was born.
11am-8pm. Select Citywalk, A-3 District Centre, Saket (42114211).
Till 25 June
Triveni Kala Sangam presents a two-man show of works by Delhi-based artist Amitesh Verma and California-based artist Andrew Connelly, inspired by Verma’s three-month residency in France and Connelly’s experiences in India. The works of both artists address issues such as the transition from traditional ways of living to industrialization and the labyrinthine Indian bureaucracy.
10am-7pm, Sunday closed. Triveni Kala Sangam, 305, Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23718833).
A Hindustani classical sarod recital by Mukesh Sharma, disciple of sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan, Kathak dancer Pandit Birju Maharaj and sarod legend Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
World Music Day: The Handshake Concert
On the occasion of Fête de la Musique, or World Music Day as Anglophiles know it, the Rattle & Hum Music Society of Nagaland presents The Handshake Concert. Last year, a similar concert had been organized with great success. This time, the artists include Grammy Award-winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the inventor of the mohan veena, and Grammy nominee Lama Tashi, who is a former head chant master of the Dalai Lama’s Drepung Loseling monastery. Tashi has performed with such luminaries as Philip Glass, Michael Stipe of REM, Patti Smith and Sheryl Crow. Other performers include the Shillong blues band Soulmate, Mumbai electro rockers Medusa and a host of musicians from Nagaland—Cultural Vibrants, a trio of sisters who perform traditional Naga music; OFF, or Original Fire Factor, an alt-rock band; soprano singer Asin and classical pianist Nise. The event has been organized by the music magazine Rolling Stone and the Nagaland University.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Amar Singh Rathore
A traditional folk tale involving Rajasthani prince Amar Singh Rathore is brought to life with puppets. The puppeteers are members of the recently concluded Kathputli Workshop conducted by Puran Bhatt, the director.
6.30-8pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, (24619431). For details, call 9871057010.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
Till 30 June
Minority support group Sahodari Foundation and Alliance Francaise de Madras present an exhibition of posters delving into the lives of Tamil transgender women, designed and conceptualized by transgender rights activist Kalki. These 16 posters carry positive messages of identity, equality, unity, diversity and love.
11am-6pm. AFM Gallery, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803, 28271477).
Sri Lankan Food Festival
Till 28 June
The Raintree will host a dinner buffet of Sri Lankan delicacies including kribath (milk and rice), a variety of spicy sambols, lamprais (rice boiled in stock with a special curry), frikkadels (meatballs), and hoppers with lunu miris (a mix of red onions and spices). The desserts on offer include specialities such as kavun (a deep-fried cake made with rice flour and treacle), kiri pani (buffalo milk curd and treacle), wattalappam (egg pudding with jaggery) and kalu dodul (a pudding of jaggery, cashew nuts and coconut milk).
7pm onwards. Hotel Taj Connemara, 2, Binny Road (66000000) Price, Rs850 (plus taxes) per person, excluding tax.
Silk Thread Jewellery Workshop
The Madras Craft Foundation is conducting a workshop where you can learn the art of making intricately designed jewellery—such as earrings, bangles and anklets—using silk threads in bright colours.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841777779). Price, Rs650, inclusive of material and conveyance between DakshinaChitra and the foundation. Prior registration mandatory (call venue to register).
Join Story Trails, an organization that conducts creative outings and alternative tours, as it takes you through the crowded streets of a bazaar in the city. Learn about the history and architecture of the neighbourhood through the facilitators’ interesting bazaar tales. This trail begins at the high court and will end there too.
4:30-7pm. No. 34, North Usman Road, T Nagar (9940040215). Registration, Rs795 per person.
Chennai-based theatre group Evam is back with its annual theatre workshop. Over two days, this workshop will introduce you to acting, voice techniques, movements and dramatic text through activities, games and exercises, giving you a glimpse into the fascinating world of theatre.
9am-7pm. Image College of Arts, Animation and Technology, 153, Santhome High Road, Mylapore (9840222315, 9940438669). Fee, Rs3,500 (includes lunch, tea and snacks).
Celebrating World Environment Day all this month, Ascendas, a city-based international tech park, presents an exhibition of paintings by Paris-based Mohan Kumar. This environmental activist’s collection revolves around nature and women.
11am-6pm. 7 & 8, Pinnacle Building, International Tech Park Chennai, Taramani Road (4225 6000).
A Tribute to Amaravati Glory
Till 20 June
This exhibition of paintings by Regulla Mallikarjuna Rao traces the essence of the sculpture fragments of Amravati and the fertile literature of Buddhism. Amaravati’s carvings depict incidents from the life of Buddha, using symbols and images drawn chiefly from exotic motifs of western Asiatic origin, which the artist aims to capture.
11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, #28/160, Eldams Road (24353341).
This city-based band with Latin, Latin Rock, Afro-Cuban and Arabic influences will perform some of its best compositions. Known for its synchronized renditions, this band’s fan base has grown immensely in the past few years.
8-11pm. Zara Tapas Bar, 74, Cathedral Road (28111462). Entry by invitation, call venue for passes.
By Karuna Amarnath and Varuni Khosla
Funny and Funnier
Funny and Funnier: Stories by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, a Scholastic
India title, will be launched this evening. This collection comprises 10 stories by the great Bengali writer, translated into English by Palash Baran Pal and Abhjit Gupta. They feature a thief who does not like to steal, a genie who wants to burp, the proverbial cow and tiger who drink from the same water source, and a village well that makes for cast-iron digestive powers. Mukhopadhyay will launch the book, and the two translators will read excerpts from it.
6pm. Oxford Book Store, 17, Park Street (9831110300). The book is priced at Rs120. For details, call 40634036.
Sicilian Wine Dinner
Sicilian food is the focus of this dinner at the Hyatt Regency’s Italian restaurant La Cucina. Chef Mitele Sbardellini from Park Hyatt Goa will give guests a taste of food from the region. The four-course dinner will be accompanied by three wines from the region—Corte Giara Pagus, Zonin and Nero d’ Avola. The dinner menu comprises items such as grilled prawns wrapped in chicken bacon and served in a cannellini cream sauce and rosemary oil, cream of roasted pumpkin with goat cheese garnished with comfit garlic and thyme essence cream with spring onion, polenta filled with Taleggio cheese served with morels and cherry tomato sauce and fine lemon tart with basil-flavoured lemon sherbet.
7pm-midnight. La Cucina, Hyatt Regency, JA-1, Sector III, Salt Lake City (23351234). Charges, Rs2,000, plus taxes, per person.
Khao Gali @ The Street
Till 30 June
This event celebrates famous food streets across the world. Khao Gali, also known as Mohammed Ali Road, in Mumbai, is known for its patthar gosht, vada pav, pao bhaji, Bombay sandwich and other fare which will be available at The Street as part of the menu. The concept of celebrating food streets started last month when
El Centroin in Sevilla in Spain was celebrated through a tapas festival.
12.30pm onwards. The Street, The Park, 17, Park Street (22499000, 40049000). Prices for dishes range from Rs100-250.
Fête de la Musique
The Alliance Française du Bengale celebrates World Music Day with performances by amateur and professional musicians on Sunday at the institute. The finale will be by the institute’s new music group, A+. But before that there will be French renditions of Rabindrasangeet and local songs. The next day’s programme, a collaboration with the Calcutta School of Music (CSM), will be at the school’s Sunny Park address. There, the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra will present a set of Western classical recitals, followed by the junior choir and an Indian classical selection. A+ will perform covers of popular French songs from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as traditional folk, besides their originals at the end of the show on both days. The 21 June event also includes an audio-visual tribute to French singer Édith Piaf and Rabindranath Tagore, with a documentary screening and a medley of their popular works.
5-7pm. 20 June, Alliance Française du Bengale, Khaleel Manzil, 217, AJC Bose Road (22836807, 9836212666); 21 June, Calcutta School of Music, 6B, Sunny Park, Ballygunge (9804241836).
Local theatre group Natadha adds yet another play to its repertoire, this time starring young thespians. Achalayatan, first published in 1912, recounts the tale of Panchak, a young boy held captive by the fortress of a repetitive learning system far removed from the real world. In breaking down the walls—literally and figuratively—the resolution of Achalayatan advocates the need for a well-ventilated classroom (reminiscent of Tagore’s own Santiniketan ideal) and a receptive, positive and creative learning environment that fosters fraternity and equality.
6.30pm. Ramgopal Mancha, P-14, Biplabi Harendranath Ghosh Sarani, opposite Howrah Girls’ College (26415448). Tickets, Rs10 and Rs20. For details, call Natadha at 9836419579.
Tejas Summer Show 2010
Till 30 June
Tejas Gallery’s annual summer show of mixed art features artists such as Dhiren Sasmal, Saikat Maity, Ujjwal Debnath, Dhananjoy Saha, Tanay Kumar Paul, Viraag Desai, Subhash Pal, Sambhu Saha, Subrata Sen, Sujit Kumar Ghosh and Nitya Kundu. The artists have adapted their medium to offset or complement their theme, in order to produce works that speak both through their images and their execution.
12.30-7.30pm, except Sundays and public holidays. Tejas Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road (9830049825).
By Indranil Bhoumik and Promita Mukherjee
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