The last instalment of Feisal Alkazi’s Delhi trilogy opens this fortnight. According to Alkazi, these plays revolve around the changing notions of marriage, love and relationships, and the frictions and flux those changed notions bring with them. ‘After Dark’ takes a close look at the dynamics of a relationship between a man and a woman through two different narratives, in what he calls a “bittersweet comedy”.
Changing notions: From Feisal Alkazi’s ‘After Dark’.
7.30pm. Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). Tickets will be available at the venue.
DJ Super Cozi
DJ Super Cozi is quite a globetrotter, moving from Tokyo to the UK to Bali. She was in a punk band before electronica found her. “Electronic miso soup with bits of crispy psychedelic tofu” is how she described her sound.
Ai, MGF Metropolitan Mall, II floor, District Centre, Saket. Call venue for timings and cover charge (40654567).
HFT + Blue Breakfast
Get set to be blown away by two trios, each different from the other: the veterans HFT with their brand of jazz-rock and newcomers Blue Breakfast, who play a mix of funk and blues. The gigs are part of F Bar’s Sundaze festival.
8pm. F Bar and Lounge, The Ashok, 50B, Chanakyapuri. Entry pass, Rs1,000, includes unlimited booze and finger food (26110101).
Rezwana Bannya Choudhury
Soak in the Durga Puja spirit by taking in some Rabindra Sangeet at the famous puja venue in the city. Choudhury, who is from Bangladesh, is one of the foremost exponents of the genre.
9pm. Chittaranjan Park Kali Mandir, CR Park (26276661). The timing is tentative as inclement weather and crowd presence might delay proceedings.
Pandit Sharad Sathe
A Hindustani vocal recital by Sharad Sathe, one of the last surviving disciples of the legendary D.V. Paluskar. Sathe has also trained under luminaries such as B.R. Deodhar and Sharad Chandra Arolkar.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
El Cobrador (In God we trust)
A millionaire living in Miami enjoys mowing down female pedestrians in his SUV. Brazilian mine worker El Cobrador travels to New York, where he embarks on a killing spree. The millionaire and the mine worker meet in Mexico, team up with photographer Ana and begin a murderous journey. The film is part of the Mexican Film Festival. English and Spanish with subtitles, directed by Paul Leduc. 1 hour 32 minutes.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
A new range of bedroom and kids’ furniture will be sold alongside textile weaves at Fabindia’s exhibition.
10am-6pm. Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844484).
DJ Andy Moor
For someone who is just 28 years old, Andy Moor has chalked up an impressive list of achievements, not to mention the impressive number of air miles he’s clocked with all his gigs around the world. As a DJ, Moor spins music that ranges from progressive house to trance. His production skills, meanwhile, have earned him accolades such as Best Dance Record at the 2006 International Dance Music Awards and a Grammy nomination in 2007 (for his remix of Delerium’s ‘Angelicus’). Artists such as Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, Paul Oakenfold, Brian Eno, Tiesto, Delerium and Arthur Baker have all received the Andy Moor remix touch.
Music spinner: DJ Andy Moor.
11pm. Bombay 72 Degrees East, Juhu Church Road (26101845). Tickets, Rs1,500 per couple, full cover, Rs1,000 stag.
Falguni Pathak and her orchestra play in a different part of the Dandiya jungle this year. But her presence at this event doesn’t come cheap. Season passes, priced at Rs3,000, daily passes for Rs400 and weekend passes for Rs600, are available at Aradhana Mafatlal Showroom (28788799), Parasmani Matching Centre (20571088), Bawree Sari (28880323), Rhythm House (22842835), Sangeeta Dry Fruit and Sweet Store (26102524/26148422), Satyam Collection (9322677521/65706861) and Sankalp (26830814/20/22).
7.30pm. Bhavan’s College Campus, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W).
Rashid Khan performance
This year, Ugam, the annual concert organized by the Jaipur Gems Charitable Trust, will have performance by vocalist Rashid Khan, who is counted among the country’s best classical singers, among others. Veteran vocalist Girija Devi will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the event, invitation passes for which will be available at Jaipur Gems (2, Dharam Palace, Hughes Road (23631888).
6.30pm. Nehru Centre auditorium, Dr Annie Besant Road, near Shiv Sagar Estate, Worli (24964680).
Cameroonian bass wizard Richard Bona is a cultural chameleon. He has lived in Germany, France and the US and speaks German, French, English, Japanese and five African languages. Starting with ‘Scenes from My Life’ in 1999 through ‘Bona Makes You Sweat–Live’ this year, 41-year-old Bona has produced a string of albums that effortlessly meld elements of Afro-beat, funky bossa nova, jazz, R&B and various African traditions.
Bass wizard: Richard Bona.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). 3,000 seats.
Magali Couffon de Trevros moved to India about 15 years back, and has lived the last six years in Bangalore. “Five years back, I fell in love with Hampi,” said Tevros. “And I’ve been going there at least twice every month, taking pictures of stones and water.” De Trevros said that after her regular camera got stolen a few months ago, she was prompted to go digital, which worked out a lot better as her time at Hampi involves a lot of “climbing and jumping over rocks”.
11am-11pm. 32, Cunningham Road (65379223).
Wildlife photography exhibition
Subbarao Nagaraj has stuck to photography from the time when it was only black and white. “I’ve always processed my pictures myself, and I continue to do so with digital photographs,” says Nagaraj. An exhibition of his photographs will mark Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Wildlife Week.
11am-7pm. Inauguration at 4.30pm on 3 October. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267421).
India by Magnum
A year after his 11-year stint at the newspaper ‘The Statesman’ from 1965-76, Raghu Rai joined the international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos as a correspondent. By then, the group, founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, David ‘Chim’ Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger as a response to their World War II experiences, had already attained the status of one of the world’s most prestigious cliques. Rai, who was director of photography for the magazine ‘India Today’ from 1982-92, and served on the jury for World Press Photo three times, is the only Indian at Magnum Photos. “I believe, 90% of the photographs clicked are rubbish,” he had said in 2006.
Idea of India: Raghu Rai is the only Indian in the prestigious group.
This fortnight, Magnum Photos, in association with India Photo Now ’08, an initiative promoting photography in India, will present an exhibition produced by the embassy of France in India, of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raghu Rai, Werner Bischof, Marilyn Silverstone and Ferdinando Scianna, among others.
9am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm. 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345).
A Creative Sojourn to Ramganga
Till 11 October
On its fifth anniversary in March, Galerie Sara Arakkal organized its first art retreat outside Bangalore for 11 artists from across the country—Shibu Arakkal (Bangalore), R.B. Bhaskaran (Chennai), Dipali Bhattacharya (Kolkata), Rini Dhumal (Baroda), Achuthan Kudallur (Chennai), R.B. Murari (Chennai), Shafi Quraishy (Delhi), Rekha Rao (Bangalore), Rani Rekha (Bangalore), Sisir Kumar Sahana (Kolkata/Hyderabad), Siddharth (Delhi)—along the banks of the river Ramganga, in the Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand.
Artistic sojourn: Galerie Sara Arakkal took 11 artists for a retreat by the river Ramganga in Uttarakhand.
Six months after the trip, the gallery presents a group show that resulted from the visit to Ramganga. “It was a moment of soul-searching for me,” said Dhumal about the trip. “The red simul flowers of the mountains, the faces of the Himachali women, the river and the mountains were beckoning me to translate these into my sketching pad.” Rao spoke of her works, in which she said she has “tried to encapsulate a time period at dusk, when the hills, river and rocks, seemed surreal, and spoke their own language”. While Arakkal returned with a bunch of black-and-white photographs, a few other artists went back home to create pieces based on tigers. A report from the gallery, however, mentioned that through their entire trip, the group didn’t once spot a big cat.
Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-6pm. Galerie Sara Arakkal, 156, 4th Main Road, BEML Layout, ITPL Road (41162622).
When the artist Shan Ré first began producing free association drawings in 2000, they were linear abstract forms, with titles such as ‘The Eternal Spring’, and ‘Characters of the Psyche’. From late 2003, more recognizable forms began to emerge—’Ganesha’, ‘Odyssey’ and ‘Family’ are a few notable series that represent this period. Other portfolios evolved in 2006, such as ‘The Wheel Life’ and ‘Symphony’.
In most cases, the drawings were presented in sets of three or four panels, and this format endowed a narrative quality to them, as one could clearly see a transition of the primary image from the first panel to the last—a transition effect that was most prominent in ‘Odyssey’ and ‘Family’. In her latest show ‘Iconography’, however, each drawing is independent, as Ré pays tribute to cultural and religious icons. The show will feature portraits of Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Pablo Picasso, as well as Ganesh and Krishna. The drawings presented at this show were selected from Ré’s work over the last four years. Ré, born in Kullu Valley in 1960, is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Bangalore.
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Time and Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117).
Alarms & Excursions
Director, Sharanya Ramprakash; writer, Michael Frayn; cast, Anshu Bora, Priya Venkatraman, Serena Punch, Deepanjan Dey and Payal Chowdhury. 1 hour 30 minutes.
The original play consists of eight independent, miniature sketches that dwell on the mordantly ironic theme of human alienation and misunderstanding in a technological age of seemingly instant and effortless communication. This production by Dramanon will attempt only three sketches. Doubles, the first sketch, follows two travel-weary couples who traverse through Europe separately, but eventually check into two identical hotel rooms next to each other. Hilarious misadventures follow when they inadvertently eavesdrop on each other. ‘Alarms’ is classic farce, in which an intimate dinner party nosedives into mayhem after the host’s impressive range of domestic gadgetry malfunctions. The last one, ‘Immobiles’, is a tragic yet droll affair doomed by the lack of mobile phones as a frustrated couple try to coordinate a rendezvous using an answering machine and coin-operated phone booths for a foreign friend arriving at the airport.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar. Tickets, Rs150 (26592777).
Till 10 October
The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s annual Ramlila, titled ‘Ram’, is back. The production has been an annual fixture for at least half a century now. But, unlike some other long-standing traditions, it reinvents itself every year, evolving and changing to highlight different aspects of the incidents, characters and background philosophy in the story of prince Ram and his exile. Also, in contrast to the traditional Ramlilas, the production incorporates high-tech digital imagery and well-researched sets and costumes.
Long-standing drama: Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s annual Ramlila.
6.30pm. Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra lawns, 1, Copernicus Marg. Tickets, Rs100-500, available at the venue (43503333).
6 and 8 October
Serge Bromberg, the artistic director of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, describes a selection of shorts shown at this festival as “an extraordinary journey through styles, ideas, forms and inventions”.
He isn’t exaggerating. The Resolutely Animated package which will be screened at the Alliance Française, is part of the International Animated Film Festival and Market, held at Annecy in France every year, and is a platform for animation film-makers, producers and distributors to screen and share their work.
At least 500 animated films are screened at the festival every year and of these, 64 will be screened in Mumbai through October. There are films about war and torture; about love and work; about children and cuddly creatures. They are superbly crafted and use a dizzying range of styles; they provoke you to think; they make you laugh and, sometimes, choke. All in a matter of minutes.
6 October—4pm and 6.30pm; 8 October—4pm and 6.30pm. Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (22035993).
Titi Robin Trio
As Thierry ‘Titi’ Robin prepares for his next performance, there may be a few groans of disappointment in the audience. Not that there are people who’d rather not listen to the Frenchman who plays flamenco guitar, the Arabian oud and the bouzouq (a Bedouin string instrument). It’s just that he won’t be bringing along Gulabi Sapera, the Rajasthani folk dancer who went from dancing at Pushkar ‘melas’ to performing at international tours back in the 1980s.
Communicating with cultures: Titi Robin is often referred to as a travelling musician.
Robin began to collaborate with Sapera in 1992, soon after they’d met at a festival in France. They were acclaimed for their enchanting performances that set Sapera’s haunting vocals and giddying dance against Robin’s Oriental, Andalucian, gypsy and often-Mediterranean music.
A self-taught musician, Robin also backed Macedonia’s Gypsy Queen Esma Redzepova on her 2007 album ‘Mon Historie’. A bit of a wanderer himself (he’s often referred to as “the travelling musician” in French circles), Robin is known to refuse to be bracketed into categories such as “fusion” and “world music”. He says his interest lies not so much in combining music from different parts of the world as in communicating with non-mainstream cultures.
7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar. Tickets, Rs150 (41231340).
Schedules may be subject to change
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In ‘My Family & Other Saints’, Kirin Narayan—a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US—looks back at her growing-up years in Juhu, Mumbai, when her family’s home was filled with young Westerners seeking enlightenment. Her American mother welcomed them enthusiastically, but her Indian father was more sceptical—he called the seekers “urugs”, the word “guru” spelt backward. In the centre of it all is her brother Rahoul, who dropped out of school to find his own path.
Y. Suryanarayan moved to Bangalore from a village near Tirupati about 60 years ago. He worked as a shop assistant on Avenue Road before starting his own store, Sunrise. The family now has five outlets in the city. While supplying various cottage industries with silver jewellery, he realized the need for temple jewellery. Conventional motifs are mangoes, peacocks and snakes, using rubies, emeralds and pearls. Dancers come by regularly to see what is new. ‘Ghungroos’ (anklets) and faux jasmine strands complete a dancer’s outfit (Rs65 onwards).
Monday-Saturday, 11.30am-8pm. Sunrise Silver Craft, 5, Raja Market, Avenue Road, Bangalore. Prices, Rs250-6,000 (22222009).
From a tiny needle to a full-body massage, Mumbai likes everything home-delivered. So why not fresh fish? thought Sharad Tombri. He gave up his job as an industrial designer with Mahindra and Mahindra a year ago to research a business plan. Tombri is a Koli from Versova, and his family has been buying and selling fish for centuries. He put his plan into action in March, launching Koli’s Fresh Catch, which delivers fish to customers the day it is caught. The usual suspects include pomfret, rawas, surmai and prawns; Koliwada varieties include salmon, crabs, lobsters and ghol. He also provides fish eggs (‘ghol’ and ‘vav’) and dried fish. Tombri is currently pursuing a part-time MBA.
Koli’s Fresh Catch, Mumbai, 9819543700. Prices from Rs150 onwards. Delivery between Malad and Santa Cruz.