Till 30 October
Charles Fréger has a fascination for community costumes and military uniforms. For over a decade, he has been taking pictures of groups that set themselves apart through the clothes they wear. In his latest series, the French photographer aims his lens at the Sikh Regiment of Ramgarh in Jharkhand, whose uniforms represent a colonial past. The pictures on display include portraits of Finnish ice skaters, the Hereros community of Namibia and Chinese opera actors.
Oriental: A picture of a Chinese opera actor by Charles Fréger.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Matthieu Foss Gallery, Hansraj Damodar Building, Ground floor, Goa Street, Ballard Estate (67477261).
Bollywood Hungama Odissi Ishtyle
Odissi dancer Jhelum Paranjpe set up the dance institute Smitalay in 1989 in memory of her late friend and actor Smita Patil. Since then, she has made a mark in Mumbai as a talented dancer, choreographer and organizer of the annual festival Yuva Mahotsav.
This week, as Smitalay celebrates its 21st anniversary with a concert, Paranjpe and the dancers of Smitalay demonstrate how Odissi is perfectly suitable for Hindi film songs in Bollywood Hungama Odissi Ishtyle. The production, which features more than 20 of Smitalay’s students performing Odissi to the beat of popular Hindi film songs, has been organized by the New Mumbai Bengali Association.
5.30pm. Sane Guruji Arogya Mandir Hall, Ground floor, Chunabhatti Lane, off SV Road, opposite Santa Cruz bus depot (26616398). For details, call 27823089.
Indian Art and Craft Workshop
A one-of-its-kind arts and crafts exhibition and sale by over 60 craftsmen from various parts of the country, including Andhra Pradhesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Be it leather puppets, dhurries, terracotta toys or Warli paintings, the works of these artistes are full of passion and energy.
10.30am-6.30pm. Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Colaba.
Women changing India
BNP Paribas is celebrating its 150th year by sending magnum photographers to document women who are changing the face of India in business, politics, development, livelihood and entertainment. Feminist publishing house Zubaan will release a book that features the photos, along with essays by authors such as Tarun Tejpal and Mukul Kesavan.
10am-5pm. Godrej Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (22029483).
If you didn’t watch Raul Midon perform, you wouldn’t know that he does it solo. New York-based Midon, 44, who lost his eyesight as an infant, plays an acoustic guitar, uses it as a drum and produces jazzy trumpety riffs with his mouth. He pours his velvety voice over this ensemble of instruments, making catchy bluesy pop music, singing about love, betrayal and even technology. This fortnight, he will perform in Mumbai.
Solo: Catch Midon at the Blue Frog.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs 500.
Eco-Cities India symposium
As cities struggle to accommodate an ever-increasing population, the effect of the dense population is manifest in the state of the environment and people. The Eco-Cities India symposium will examine the possibility of building livable cities across India. The theme: environmental sustainability.
4-7.30pm. Hall of Harmony, Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli (24920482/24932667). For details, log on to www.theurbanvision.com/blc
Nitin K. Pamnani’s documentary Black Pamphlets is about the Delhi University Students Union elections but ends up saying a lot about India’s relationship with democracy. Pamnani goes behind the scenes of the September 2005 polls and captures the five days of intense campaigning that preceded the elections. Black Pamphlets is a cautionary tale about what happens when political parties co-opt and corrupt student elections. 1 hour, 24 minutes.
7pm. Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Center, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
Till 20 October
This show has a wide range of sculptures in different themes, ranging from people and animals to abstract thoughts. The artists participating are Alex Mathew, Arun Kumar, B.M. Kamath, Jyotsna Bhatt, K. Laxma Goud, N.N. Rimzon, Reghu, Shanthi Swaroopini, Thomas Kovoor and Venkat Bothsa.
Of nine lives and more: A bronze sculpture on display.
10.30am-6.30pm. Gallery Sumukha, 187, St Mary’s Road, Alwarpet (42112545).
A for Autism
The Forum Art Gallery, in association with non-profit organization We CAN (We Challenge Autism Now), presents an inspiring perspective on autism through a series of photographs taken by leading city-based photographers such as C. Srikanth, G. Venkatram and Varun Gupta. The gallery is also conducting a painting workshop for children with special needs today, from 10.30am-12.30pm.
11am-6pm. Forum Art Gallery, 56, Padmanabha Nagar, 5th Street, Adyar (42115596).
Bengali food festival
Till 31 October
During Durga Puja, Bay Leaf restaurant is presenting Bengali delicacies. Indulge in dishes such as macher jhol (fish gravy), bhajas (food fried in batter) and desserts such as sondesh, roshogolla, chomchom and mishti doi (sweet curd).
11am-3pm (lunch) and 7-11pm (dinner). Bay Leaf, 14, 6th Street, Gopalapuram (28114557). Charges, Rs750 onwards (meal for two, taxes extra).
Cheers and Chettinad
Till 31 October
Raintree presents a special buffet of unlimited Chettinad food and drinks, including whisky and rum. Enjoy rich, traditional Chettinad cuisine such as crisp karuveppellai yera, kuzhi paniaram and kozhi kaal chettinad.
12.30-3pm (lunch) and 7.30-11.30pm (dinner). Raintree, Vivanta by Taj, Connemara, Binny Road (66000000). Charges, vegetarian thali, Rs675, non-vegetarian thali, Rs750, taxes extra.
To create awareness about the country’s festivals, DakshinaChitra presents a series of short documentaries by Indian film-makers.The screening schedule: Durga Doll Making (11.30am), Tulu Festival (11.45am), Yakshagana (noon), Making of the Mirdangam (12.10pm),
Yakshagana: It’s being screened today.
Yakshagana Puppetry (12.20pm), Chittara Paintings (12.30pm), and the BBC documentary Ganges (2pm).
Till 4pm. Seminar Hall, DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9444784066). Charges, Rs30 for students and Rs70 for adults.
Playback singer Vijitha, Asianet Star singers Arun Gopan,
Sannidhanandan, Preethi Warrier and Nayana, and mimicry artiste Sajan Palluruthi will showcase their talent at this evening of music and entertainment.
6.30pm onwards. Kamarajar Memorial Hall, 573, Anna Salai (9500090260). Tickets, Rs200, Rs300, Rs500 and Rs1,000, available at the venue.
—By KaRuna Amarnath
Till 3 November
An exhibition of works in ceramic and paintings by Adil Writer, who quit his job as an architect in Mumbai in 1998 to take up pottery in Puducherry, where he iscurrently based.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Time and Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117). For details, log on to www.gallerytimeandspace.com
Till 31 October
Artist Puneet Kaushik’s inspirations are in traditional and folk crafts and his preferred medium is steel and cotton, apart from handcrafted embroidery, employing techniques of weaving and crochet to create installations that explore the tensile nature of the materials. Kaushik graduated in fine arts from Jamia Millia Islamia and followed that with a certificate programme in studio art from the University of California, Berkeley, US.
12.30-7pm (Mondays closed). Apparao Galleries, The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41329163).
Sied van Riel
The acclaimed trance producer from the Netherlands started spinning electronic music after his grandmother gifted him his first pair of turntables. This event also includes sets by Brute Force and Lost Stories.
2-11.30pm. Pebble, Princess, 3, Palace Grounds, Ramana Maharishi Road (23614109).
A metal fest featuring Bangalore’s most extreme bands—Abandoned Agony (Brutal Death Metal), Blind Image (Technical Thrash/Groove Metal), Corrode (Melodic Death Metal), Gorified (Goregrind), The Mechanix (Technical Groove Metal), and Nekronym (Brutal Death Metal).
12.30-7pm. Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Charges, Rs200.
In her first club appearance in Bangalore, Indie-pop diva Suneeta Rao will be accompanied by Gino Banks on drums, Sangeet Haldipur on piano, keys and backing vocals, Rushad Mistry on bass, Ravi Iyer on guitar, Shahdaab Bhartiya on tabla and percussion and Arati Rao Shetty on backing vocals. Rao will present Indo-Western fusion music
8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). Charges,Rs.200.
Till 30 November
An exhibition of photographs by American photographer Karen Knorr. In these works, Knorr captures the splendour of Rajput- and Mughal-era architecture, in finely detailed texture and colour, and then populates the frames with a variety of animals—cows, birds, elephants, ‘langurs’ (a cartload of them), and even a white tiger, to make quirky and somewhat surreal comments on ideas of purity and high art.
Surreal: Karen Knorr’s photographs are a comment on the idea of high art.
10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358). For details, call Megha at 9986470678.
The Kannada play charts the life of a petty thief, Charanadasa. Asked to make four vows to his guru, he promises never to eat in a gold plate, lead a procession in his honour, become a king, or marry a princess—all situations he believes are completely outside the realm of possibility for him. But life is full of surprises, and not all of them pleasant. Directed by Mandya Ramesh and written by Habib Tanvir.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
Every year, just when the festive season is round the corner, architect Akhil Kumar takes a break from creating new buildings to put on display Khoj, an exhibition of trendy home furniture recreated from old wooden furniture.
10.30am-7pm. A-30/2, DLF Phase 1, Gurgaon. For details, call 9810001738.
Till 3 November
Watch the traditional Ramlila presented annually by the Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.
Dance drama: Ramlila at the Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.
3.30pm. Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, next to Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23386428). Tickets, Rs100-500.
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre will celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Dezso Kosztolányi, the legendary Hungarian writer, poet and translator. Indu Mazaldan will read from her translations and speak about Kosztolányi.
6pm. Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, 1-A Janpath (23011152). Entry on first-come, first-served basis.
Shamans of the Himalayas
Documentary film-maker Anu Malhotra chronicles the life of shamans of the Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh, who mediate between people and the spirit world. 3 hours, 28 minutes
6.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662009).
Till 16 October
Hyatt Regency brings special dishes from the Bengali kitchen to the Waterside Café and Guchhi. At Waterside Cafe, the items on the buffet include bhapa elish, pabda jhal, bati chingri, kosha manghso and channar paturi. At Guchhi, the menu includes betki kabiraji, topsia bhaja and chenar mohima.
Food festivity: Celebrate Durga Puja with a special menu at Hyatt.
Waterside Cafe: noon-3pm (lunch); 7pm-11pm (dinner). Guchhi: noon-3pm (lunch), 7-11.30pm (dinner). Hyatt Regency Kolkata, JA-1, Sector III, Salt Lake City (23351234). Waterside Cafe, Rs1,750 plus taxes per person (9831962778). Guchhi, five-course meal for two,Rs4,000, taxes extra.
Till 15 November
The Peerless Inn celebrates puja by featuring specialities from the thakurbari. One can start with special drinks such as rupashi Bangla and dugdho monthon. There are unusual items such as bahari hingche bora, narikel phoolkopi, and rasun bhapa maach. A special Bengali buffet is also available till 20 October at Oceanic—The Peerless Inn, and Aaheli, Axix mall, Rajarhaat.
12.30-3.30pm (lunch), 7.30pm-midnight (dinner). Aaheli, The Peerless Inn. Dishes from the a la carte menu areRs200-1,200; vegetarian, non-vegetarian thalis are Rs700-Rs950, taxes extra. For details, call 9903034456.
The Kolkata-based theatre group Gandher presents Kacher Manush, directed by Gautam Halder. Debshankar Halder and Bijoyalakshmi Barman play the lead roles in this drama about relationships and basic human values.
6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road (south), Dhakuria (south). Tickets Rs40 and Rs60, available from 1-7pm. For details, call 9836297606.
The Carlton Kitto Ensemble
Be Bop Jazz still remains authentic in form and this movement is the mainstay of the Carlton Kitto ensemble. Carlton Kitto will play the guitar; the other musicians include Nondon Bagchi on drums, Debabrata Mitra on keys, Mainak Nag Chowdhury on bass. The show is presented by production company Littlei.
8-10pm. The Kenilworth, Kolkata 1 & 2 Little Russel Street. No cover charge. For details, call 9830296942/9830046963.
Till 24 October
The Aakriti Art Gallery presents the fifth edition of its annual exhibition, which promotes artists under the age of 40. The exhibition has a selection of works chosen from 1,000 entries across the globe. It includes 32 artists (including six international artists) and 81 artworks. Among the selected artists are Arindam Sarkar (Santiniketan), Annabel Scheneck (France), Buddhadev Mukherjee (Baroda), Chandra Nath Saha (Kolkata) and Debasree Das (Baroda).
Global art: Artists below 40 showcase their work in GenNextV.
Noon-7pm, (Sunday closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, First floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A Hungerford Street (22893027/5041). For details, log on to www.aakritiartgallery.com
—By Indranil Bhoumik
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