The Indian Institute of Technology’s annual festival gets a lot of firsts this year. Nobel Prize winner Sir Harold Kroto will come to India, as will the immersive gaming software Virtual Sphere. The line-up also features K.S. Pua, inventor of the pen drive; Holger Bech Nielsen, father of the string theory; and Michael Jones, chief technology advocate of Google. The lectures, exhibitions, contests and performances are open to the public.
9.30am-4.30pm. IIT Powai (25764045). For the detailed schedule, log on to www.techfest.org
Future of Asia: lecture series
The Asia Society and the Mohile Parekh Centre will start a series of quarterly lectures titled Future of Asia. For the first edition, Sugata Bose, professor of oceanic history and affairs at Harvard University, will discuss the role of the Indian Ocean in movement and trade in the 19th century.
6.30pm. YB Chavan Auditorium, Gen. Jagannath Bhosale Marg, near Mantralaya, Nariman Point. Charges, Rs200.-
Properties of the Autonomous Archive
CAMP, a collective of new media artists, www.pad.ma, an online digital video archive, and www.0x2620.org, a Berlin-based archiving initiative, are organizing the two-day event to discuss archives and their distribution systems. The event features activists and artistes involved in Internet archives and other archiving initiatives across the world. They include Rustom Barucha, the director of the Arna Jharna museum; Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of UbuWeb; Sean Dockray of www.aaaarg.org; Peter Kolmissopi of Piratebay; Ashok Sukumaran and Shaina Anand from CAMP; and Sebastian Lütgert and Jan Gerber from www.0x2620.org. The event is part of the cultural programmes being organized to commemorate 50 years of Max Mueller Bhavan.
10.30am-8pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22027710). For details, log on to www.camputer.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Till 9 February
Nityan Unnikrishnan’s quirky paintings demand closer inspection. With every step, the strange creatures in his intricate works reveal the intriguing details they are composed of and each fragment tells its own story. For example, what appears to be the face of a man in a painting titled Car Crash at Night is made up of views of houses, receding railway tracks, a man falling into a cityscape and other narrative puzzles. This week, the 34-year-old Delhi-based artist, who studied ceramic design at Ahmedabad’s National Institute of Design, showcases his work in his first solo show.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Chatterjee & Lal, Kamal Mansion, 01/18, First floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
Dancers of the Canada-based Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, along with Sujata Mohapatra and Rajib Bhattacharya of the Orissa-based institute Srjan, will present Gita Govinda. The performance was originally choreographed as a tribute to legendary Odissi dancer and choreographer Kelucharan Mohapatra, who died in 2004 in Canada. Thakkar used the lyrical Sanskrit poem Gita Govinda since some of Mohapatra’s most beautiful and critically acclaimed choreographies were based on the ashtapadis (compositions with eight couplets) of the 12th century text. After tours in Canada, the UK and the US, Gita Govinda comes to India.
7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (66223737). Passes available at the venue and at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations office.
Crossings: Exploring the Facets of Lady Macbeth
Lady Macbeth’s murderous ambition takes a new form in this play. Kolkata group Ranan presents Crossings: Exploring the Facets of Lady Macbeth, a dance-drama in which Shakespeare’s gory tragedy is told through Lady Macbeth’s eyes alone, and her character is played by four leading ladies. The production explores Lady Macbeth’s ambition for her husband to ascend the throne by murdering King Duncan, by playing out her dialogues from Macbeth between four aspects of herself—the mother figure, the ambitious self, the wife as an equal decision maker, and the romantic, self-dazzled woman dreaming of being queen. The play bagged four awards at the 2006 Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, one of them for sound design. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Dramatic: Crossings explores the different facets of Lady Macbeth.
5pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Tickets,Rs200 and R300.
Waltz with Bashir
As a young soldier, director Ari Folman took part in Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon and was in Beirut when the Lebanese Christian militia known as Phalangists murdered 800 Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps—perhaps with the approval of the Israeli army. It was a massacre that forced Ariel Sharon, Israel’s defence minister, to resign from his post when an inquiry found him indirectly responsible for the deaths. Now in his 40s, Folman visits other contemporaries to hear their versions of the experience they shared. Presumably Folman filmed all these interviews and then got artist David Polonsky to create dazzling animations, blurring the line between fact and fiction and stressing the power and failings of memory.
7pm. Landmark, Palladium, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (64575323).
Violins for Peace: Global Music Fusion
At a fusion concert at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, nine fiddlers from around the world will demonstrate how the same bowed instrument can sound completely different, depending on where the performer is from. The Violins for Peace event, organized by Carnatic violinist L. Subramanium, will feature gypsy fiddlers from Russia, a folk musician from Norway, Western classical exponents and an Algerian violinist who plays in the Arab-Andalusian tradition. The biggest name on the list is Mark O’Connor, an American prodigy who plays bluegrass, country and Western classical music with equal ease.
7.30pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs250, Rs500, Rs750 and Rs1,000, available at the venue.
Students and alumni of the Berklee College of Music—Sharik Hasan on piano, Aditya Balani on guitar and Tarun Balani on drums—team up with Israeli bass player Asaf Rabi in this concert. The quartet will play a set of modern jazz, including each other’s compositions and some standards.
8pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). Charges, Rs350.
The electronic dance music group will headline the Eristoff Invasion Festival. The Prodigy comprises Liam Howlett, Maxim Reality and Keith Flint, the band’s most visible member, whose distinctive double Mohawk, septum piercing and spiked rings were a prominent feature in the music video for Firestarter, the band’s first major global hit.
Electrifying: The Prodigy will perform at the Palace Grounds.
This festival will also feature Mumbai rock band Pentagram, live electronic acts Midival Punditz and Jalebee Cartel, and Australian electro rock outfit Pendulum.
4pm. Palace Grounds, Jayamahal Road (23360818). For tickets,Rs1,350, log on to www.invasionfestival.in
Till 13 January
This is an interactive sound installation by the German artist Andreas Otto on the rooftop of the art collective’s space. The artist says the idea came when he encountered the high levels of traffic noise in the city.
The installation is set up around a car cockpit, which allows visitors to play with the surrounding traffic sounds, captured through microphones, and played via controls on a steering wheel and foot pedals. The controls will allow viewers to bend, distort and add effects to the recorded sounds from the street below.
10am-6pm. Jaaga, Creative Common Ground, Rhenius Street, Richmond Town (9880289621). For details, log on to www.jaaga.in
Odissi dancer Madhavi Mudgal will lead her performing unit in original choreographic work that uses the pure dance movement vocabulary of Odissi. Mudgal grew up in a musical environment with Indian classical greats such as Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan and Ustad Vilayat Khan regularly visiting her parents’ house. However, early encounters with Odissi performances by three preeminent Odissi dancers—Kumkum Mohanty, Sonal Mansingh and Sanjukta Panigrahi—drew her to the form. She trained under Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra before embarking on a career as a performer and choreographer. This show will be part of the fourth edition of Dancejathre, a festival organized by the Shambhavi School of Dance.
Odissi odyssey: Madhavi Mudgal (right) will be performing with her troupe.
7.15pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road (22213530).
Harlesden High Street
7 and 9 January
Harlesden High Street is a series of short exchanges and soliloquies that explore the British- Pakistani community’s simultaneously quotidian and complex negotiations with past memories and present exigencies while crafting an identity in a new land of both opportunity and loss.
7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Sunday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
Afghan Girls Can Kick
Iranian film-maker Bahareh Hosseini’s film ‘Afghan Girls Can Kick’ (2008) follows Afghanistan’s first national women’s soccer team, leading up to their first international match (and their first experience of playing on a real football ground) at a tournament at the Jinnah Stadium in Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2007.
Hosseini, who studied fine art in Iran, followed by short stints as an artist and actor, is now based in London. Her films include ‘This is My Destiny’ (made with Lucy?Gordon)?and?‘Women,?Weddings,?War and Me’ (with Ruhi Hamid) about a young girl who returns to her home in Kabul years after her family fled from Taliban rule. 50 minutes.
6pm. Teri complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage (25359680).
Till 8 January
Artist Natesh Muthusamy is showing 30 of his line drawings and a photo installation of his paintings at this exhibition. Known for his larger-than-life imagery and surrealistic work over the past 20 years, the Chennai-based artist’s collection is simple yet riveting.
Bold lines: One of Natesh Muthusamy’s line drawings.
11am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Aparna Jayaram, a disciple of renowned dancer/choreographer Gopika Varma, will perform renditions of the tales of Mohini, the female form of the Hindu god Vishnu.
7.30pm. Narada Gana Sabha Mini Hall, 254/314, TTK Road, Alwarpet (24993201). Tickets,Rs100, Rs200 andRs300, available at the venue.
Follow the life of American postmodernist/neo-Expressionist artist Jean-MichelBasquiat in this dramatic film directed by Julian Schnabel. The film unravels the life and graffiti roots of Basquiat, who started as a street artist and went on to create collage-style paintings on canvas.
7pm. Cholamandal Artists Village, Injambakkam, East Coast Road (24490092).
By Karuna Amarnath
Kolkata-based photography club Alok Rekhay presents the ninth edition of its annual exhibition. About 72 photographs on subjects such as nature and Bengali festivals will be featured.
One with nature: An image from the Alok Rekhay exhibition.
5pm (7 January), 3-8pm (8 and 9 January). Gaganendra Pradarshanshala, 1/1, AJC Bose Road, Kolkata (9433099962).
Exploring the Epic—The Ramayana
9, 11 and 12 January
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture will present Exploring the Epic—The Ramayana, interpreted through a visual discussion and classical dance recital by Prof. B.N. Goswami and dancer Malavika Sarukkai on 11 January. On 9 January, there will be an interactive session with Puja Sood, director of the Khoj International Artists Association, on curating. On 12 January, there will be a screening of the Academy Award-winning film Pollock by Ed Harris on the life and times of Jackson Pollock.
Timings vary. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue, Kolkata-29 (24662843/6802). For details, log on to www.birlaart.com
Children’s Theatre Festival
Kolkata-based theatre group Shohan, in collaboration with the
Union ministry of culture, will present the second edition of this festival, featuring two productions daily. Eight groups from all over West Bengal will stage productions. This festival is dedicated to director-actor Ramaprasad Banik, who died recently.
6.30pm. Minerva Theatre, Utpal Dutta Sarani, Kolkata-6 (9830042004). Tickets, Rs40.
By Indranil Bhoumik
Helen Keller: A Multimedia, Multicultural Dance
Nrityalaya, a US-based Odissi dance school, presents a performance directed by Chitra Krishnamurti. The life and works of Helen Keller will be depicted not only through Odissi, but also through the iconic dances of other countries. This production highlights Keller’s relationship with her teacher, her efforts to promote independence for the disabled, and her work towards empowering women.
7.30pm. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472294). For tickets, call 23472290 or email email@example.com
The Habitat Film Club is organizing a festival of films which are adaptations of literary texts. Some of the movies to be shown are Someone To Run With, based on a novel by David Grossman. This is the story of two teenagers, Tamar and Asaf, whose narratives will intertwine as a result of Tamar losing her dog. Another movie that will be screened is Muhafiz.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662009). Annual membership to the film club costs Rs750 per person for non-members and Rs400 for members.
The Coolie Odyssey
A monkey with memories of previous human incarnations narrates the story of Ramlal Kihari, a labourer in Durban in 1864. The larger focus is on the indentured workers from India who worked on the sugar plantations there between 1860 and 1911.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Let the Brain Fly
Till 12 January
In this solo show, Nandita Kumar, a New Zealand-based artist, has added a new insect to the lepidopterist’s list: the brain fly. All the paintings in the collection weave a narrative of the brain’s odyssey and search for freedom.
11am-7pm. Latitude 28, F-208, Lado Sarai (46791111).
This is a trio band that merges the best-selling trumpet player Erik Truffaz with the electric spirit of drummer Phillipe Garcia and Tunisian singer-violinist Mounir Troudi. The trio’s repertoire takes its inspiration from the Paris project, developed for the last two years by Truffaz with Garcia and Sly Johnson, from the album ‘Saloua’ recorded by Troudi and Garcia in 2004 and from ‘Kpt’n Planete’, Garcia’s unplugged electro solo album.
Loud and clear: Erik Truffaz.
7pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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