The Expressions Modern Dance Company (EMDC) will celebrate International Dance Day on 28 April with its annual festival, Ahsas. The line-up includes three productions by the company —Shatters, Skin Trade and Rainbow Chakras. Bharatanatyam dancer Lata Surendra and her group will present Ham Soham Shivam Shivoham. Delhi-based contemporary dance company Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre will present Metro! Metro! and Hans Balaka. The company’s project coordinator Tripura Kashyap will perform solo. There will also be a performance by members of the orphanage Bal Anand.
8-10pm. St Andrews Auditorium, Bandra-West (26430544). Invitee passes available at the EMDC studio, Dadar-West (24366777/6/1) and the Rhythm House at Kala Ghoda (43222701).
Mudra Dance Week
As part of the Mudra Dance Week (26-29 April), Kathakali dancer Margi Vijayakumar, known for his fine enactment of female characters, will perform ‘Poothana-moksham’. The piece tells the story of the demon Poothana, who disguises herself as a beautiful maiden in her quest to kill baby Krishna. The solo will be followed by a performance by the dancers of Sharmila Biswas’ Odissi Vision and Movement Centre.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs 200 and Rs 300, available at the venue.
Morning at the Window
Till 14 May
T.S. Eliot’s 1917 poem Morning at the Window, in which the loneliness of modern life plays out against a desolate urban landscape, lends its name to an exhibition featuring paintings by Prasanta Bandyopadhyay, Sheetal Gattani, Rajesh Kargutkar and Buddhadev Mukherjee. But most of the artworks do not conform to Eliot’s theme of alienation, exploring instead the urban space.
10.30am-6.30pm (weekdays) and 11am-4pm (Saturdays). Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind The Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Homi Bhabha and Modern Indian Art: The Collection of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
24 April-5 June
For the first time, 110 paintings and 17 sculptures from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research will be showcased at the exhibition titled Homi Bhabha and Modern Indian Art: The Collection of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. The exhibition will feature works by S.H. Raza, M.F. Husain, V.S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, Nasreen Mohammedi, Krishen Khanna and R.D. Raval. Among the highlights are paintings by Gaitonde from the early 1950s to the early 1970s that illustrate his move from the figurative to the abstract.
Viewers will also get to see the five paintings that capture an important shift in Mehta’s career. Also on display will be Khanna’s dark canvas, The Dead and the Dying (1970), that shows Khanna’s interest in the suffering of the marginalized. A fitting choice for the exhibition is Raza’s fluid blue watercolour of the Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall, the present premises of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), painted in the late 1940s.
The exhibition, which will be inaugurated on Sunday, will open to the public from Tuesday.
11am-6pm (Mondays closed). National Gallery of Modern Art, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Colaba (22881969). Charges, Rs10 for Indians and Rs 150 for foreigners.
As Shapeshifters, London-based Simon Marlin and Max Reich have released numerous Top 10 tracks in the UK and worked on remixes and productions with Natalie Imbruglia, Christina Aguilera, Faithless and Moby. This time they aim to enthral city audiences with more of their House and techno innovations. They will play some of their signature lively easy-to-dance and House tunes fused with some pop vocals.
10.30pm-1.30am. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs 700.
Lecture on the Chinese collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum
Beth McKillop, the deputy director of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, will discuss the origins and growth of the museum’s Chinese collection and the changing interest in Chinese art over time. Starting with the mid-19th century, lavishly decorated works of art dating from the Ming and Qing dynasties were popular among collectors. Later, Europeans began favouring Chinese antiquities dating from the Han and Tang dynasties.
Since the 1980s, V&A curators have collected contemporary arts and crafts, with a strong emphasis on ceramics and lacquer work. During the lecture, McKillop will also talk about the V&A exhibition China Design Now (2008), which showcased fashion, architecture and graphics from contemporary Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
6pm. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan (Byculla Zoo), Ambedkar Road, Byculla-East (65560394/32499155).
Till 31 May
Selected works by artists Anis Niyazi and Pradeep Kanik from Indore, Prashant Sarkar from New Delhi, and Mukhtar Kazi and Safdar Shamee from Thane are on display at HabitArt, an art residency and exhibition space created by Shujaat M. Abrar for curators and artists to collaborate.
11-7pm (weekdays). HabitArt, 3, Krishna Garden, First block, 5th D Main, Koramangala (41107887). For details, call 09821576784 or log on to www.habitart.in
Cradle of Filth
Dani Filth on vocals, Paul Allender and James McIlroy on guitars, David Pybus on bass, Martin Skaroupka on drums and Ashley Ellylon on keys and backing vocals—they are UK’s biggest extreme metal band and they’re coming to town. Over the years, their sound has changed from raw black metal to include other influences, such as gothic metal and symphonic metal.
5pm onwards. Gayatri Vihar, Palace Grounds (65960362). Tickets,Rs 1,000, available at www.bookmyshow.com
Based on the humorous writings of T. Sunandamma and scripted by K.Y. Narayana Swamy, Heegadre Hege? captures the hopes and travails of an elderly middle-class couple, Sarasamma and Malarayya, who are driven by the dream of winning Rs 1 crore on a television quiz. The play has been directed by Pramod Shiggaon. The cast includes Sunder Raj V. and Laxmi Chandrashekar. 1 hour, 35 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets,Rs 70.
28 April-1 May
The plight of women living in war zones takes centre stage in this piece from the author of The Vagina Monologues. Eve Ensler’s story is about two American women, a human rights worker and a psychiatrist, who go to Bosnia to help female war victims, and find it’s not easy to escape the ghosts of war. The professional distance so vital to success in their jobs begins to give way in the face of patients’ stories and dark memories, leading both to unexpected places of choice between self-disclosure and control, despair and healing. Directed by Prakash Belawadi. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara. Tickets, Rs 100.
Orphaned after his Irish parents were killed in the Indian rebellion of 1857, Gora is brought up in a Brahmin family. As a young man in search of an identity, Gora begins rather ironically to frame a self-understanding that is pegged on a fierce dislike of the colonisers. To him, patriotism implies identification with Hinduism. But his revivalist path begins to contrast sharply with the liberal reformist one of the Brahmo Samaj, which gradually begins to appeal to his closest friend Binoy.
Rabindranath Tagore embeds the development of these two characters within a complex network of other sub-stories. Directed and written by Prakash Belawadi, this play is adapted from Tagore’s novel. 2 hours
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 100
Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You
Till 20 May
This fortnight the Vadehra gallery is hosting Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You, which takes the family as a locus to explore issues such as class aspirations, diasporic memory and displacement. This group show includes photographs by Anusha Yadav, Nandini Valli Muthiah, Sarinder Dhaliwal and Gauri Gill. The exhibits move along two tropes: the memory of family life that has disappeared and the contemporary desires of a middle-class family.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Phase-I, Okhla (65474005).
In Light of Mexico
Till 30 June
A show of 50 photos by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, 32 poems by Octavio Paz and a set of 25 rediscovered images of Paz. Bravo is one of the greatest photographers of Mexico and his artistic photography reflects the period following the Mexican Revolution. The photographs are accompanied by poetry from Paz’s compiled edition ‘Instant and Revelation’. These poems, according to Paz, reflect the elusive, enigmatic and meaningful nature of the “instant”, which he believes to be decisive both in poetry and photography.
11.30am-7.30pm (Mondays closed). Instituto Cervantes de Nueva Delhi, 48, Hanuman Road (48681900).
Are You Single
When their relationship ends, Sahil and Gunjan decide to look for rebound dates, despite repeated efforts by their best friends to reunite them. Unfortunately, they soon realize that blind dating can be just as tricky. They encounter a series of eccentric suitors, including a cricket fanatic, a fraudulent psychic and a mimer. Directed by Pallavi Khare and Avikant Bhardwaj, and performed by members of the theatre group Desires Unlimited.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs150, Rs 250 and Rs 350, available at the venue.
Preserve the Future-Conserving India’s Wild Heritage
The British Council division and World Wide Fund for Nature-India are screening seven short films, courtesy the UK Environment Film Fellowship 2006, on wildlife issues. The list includes The Last Dance (on the rescue of a dancing sloth bear), The Hunted (on ways to curb the tiger trade), Turtles in a Soup (on the illegal trade of freshwater turtles), The Silenced Witness (on the threats to elephants in India), and Leopards in the Lurch (on the difficult existence of leopards in Uttarakhand).
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Easter specials at Flurys
Till 24 April
Flurys, Kolkata’s famous tea room and Swiss confectionery, is celebrating Easter with a menu of delightful and delectable confectionery items on offer. Choose from Simnel cake, nougatine egg, marzipan figures, lemon fondant chocolate or a special Easter cupcake hamper.
7.30am-9.45pm. Flurys, Park Street (40007453), also available at other outlets, call The Park (22499000) for more information. Prices,Rs100-1,000.
Ganesha Ek—Roop Anek
Till 30 April
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture is presenting an exhibition of works on parchment by Sunita Tandon, a graduate from Lucknow University. Tandon has tried to fuse parchment art with different forms of Indian regional art. The current series, which consists of 52 artworks and handicraft items, depicts the Hindu god Ganesh. Parchment art originated in Europe, and has a rich history of 2,000 years.
3-8pm (closed on Monday and Wednesday). Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue (24662843/6802).
Till 29 April
Artist Deyali Mukherjee is a graduate in architecture from Jadavpur University. She has been passionate about painting since her childhood, and The Journey is a collection of paintings she had done over the years while travelling across India and abroad. Most of her works, in watercolour, are interpretations of nature.
10am-6pm (weekdays) and 1-3pm (weekend). Alliance Française du Bengale, 217, AJC Bose Road (40064801).
Works by Somnath Hore
Till 6 May
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts is presenting an exhibition of prints, drawings and posters by Somnath Hore, showcasing some of his most celebrated works. Hore, a stalwart of Indian art, was born in Bangladesh and learnt the nuances of printmaking as a student at the Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata. A member of the art faculty of Visva Bharati University, he lives and works in Santiniketan.
11am-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (245556942/43).
Ja Nei Bharote
Sundaram, one of the oldest and most famous theatre groups of Kolkata, will present Ja Nei Bharote, a drama based on the Mahabharat. It is written and direction by Manoj Mitra, who will also be acting in the production.
6pm. Purbashree, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, IB-201, Salt Lake City (23356797).
Till 2 May
This group show at the Prakrit Art Gallery showcases the work of various artists from West Bengal, including Amitaba Bannerjee, Aditya Basak, Atin Basak, Partha Shaw, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Soumitra Kar, Sudip Roy and Sunil Das. The artists have explored various mediums and themes for this exhibition.
11am-7pm. Prakrit Art Gallery, 73/102, Greenways Road Extension, RA Puram (42188989).
DakshinaChitra will present a one-day activity camp for children in the 7-14 age group. The activities include T-shirt printing, origami, making miniature model houses, and pottery. Games such as pot-breaking, tug of war and even a treasure hunt will keep the children entertained. A glass-blowing demonstration and shadow leather puppetry performance are also part of the itinerary.
10.30am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Fees, Rs 500, include refreshments and conveyance from the venue (pick-up and drop at the Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar).
The Residency hotel’s Oriental restaurant Chin Chin will offer a special lunch buffet. The menu will comprise starters such as golden-fried squid and drums of heaven; main dishes will include chilli-braised fish, shredded lamb and stir-fried vegetables.
Noon-3pm. Chin Chin, The Residency hotel, 49, GN Chetty Road, T Nagar (28160521). Charges, Rs 1,800 (including taxes).
Theatre Nisha will stage ‘The Ramayana’, directed by V. Balakrishnan, at Alliance Française de Madras. The play revolves around stories from this popular epic, taking references from the various versions of the Ramayan—the Valmiki Ramayana, Kamba Ramayana, Adhbhuta Ramayana, Kalidasa’s Raghuvamsam, and even Devdutt Pattnaik’s ‘Book of Ram’. With powerful messages in the storyline, this is a must-watch.
7pm onwards. Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (9840098396). Tickets, Rs 100, available at the venue.
Something that I’ll Never Really See
23 April-22 May
The exhibition at Salarjung Museum will feature 40 contemporary photographs from the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, acquired over the last two decades. It will be inaugurated by V&A’s deputy director Beth McKillop at 4.30pm on Saturday. The opening will be followed by a guitar recital by Jaywant Naidu.
10am-5pm. Mir Turab Ali Khan Bhavan, Western block, Salarjung Museum, Darushifa. For details, call 24576443/24523211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad Association for German Culture will organize a screening of Darwin’s Nightmare in collaboration with Alliance Française and the Documentary Circle of Hyderabad. The film is an Oscar-nominated documentary dealing with the environmental and social effects of the fishing industry around Lake Victoria in Tanzania.
5.30pm. Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Hermitage Office Complex, Hill Fort Road, Nampally. For details, call 65526443 or email email@example.com
Aquarium, Pets and Kids Expo 2011
The three-day exhibition is being organized by Aqua International, a monthly magazine on the aquaculture sector. The exhibition will be a one-stop destination for aquarium and pet lovers to view and buy various products.
10am-7pm. Zoroastrian Club, near Yatri Nivas, SP Road, Secunderabad. Tickets, Rs 10 for children and Rs 20 for adults, available at the venue.
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