The Mint Planner, 2 September 2016

From music and movies to dance and drama, there’s plenty to do or experience over the coming week

Barff: The play, directed by Saurabh Shukla, is set in Kashmir.
Barff: The play, directed by Saurabh Shukla, is set in Kashmir.



Satrangi: An Exhibition Of Mithila-Madhubani Art

Till 8 September

Santosh Das, Mahalaxmi Karn and Shantanu Das, along with 10 other artists specializing in Mithila-Madhubani painting, are showcasing their work. The other artists taking part include S.C. Suman, Amrita Das, Dulari Devi, Shalini Karn, Narmada Devi and Alpna Shalini. The 50 works on display are mostly ink on canvas and paper.

11am-7pm (Monday closed). Ojas Art, 1AQ, Qutab Minar roundabout, Mehrauli (26644145). Prices starting from Rs.20,000.

Around town

Delhi Book Fair

Till 4 September

Organized in association with the Federation of Indian Publishers, the 22nd Delhi Book Fair has book stalls, discussions, an author’s corner and drawing competitions for children. You can also attend book-reading and storytelling sessions and film screenings, take part in quizzes and enjoy performances by different bands.

11am-8pm. Hall Nos.8-12A, Pragati Maidan.


Gangster Samiti

3 September

Presented by theatre group Harfkaar Foundation, this play is adapted from the comic melodrama Happy End, written and directed by German playwright Bertolt Brecht. Gangster Samiti, set in Old Delhi, is about two opposing peer groups, one a deadly gang and the other, a missionary group. The play, in Hindi, also involves a brewing romance and a bank robbery.

1 hour, 30 minutes.

6.30pm. Shri Ram Centre, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House (23714307). Tickets, Rs.100, Rs.200, Rs.300 and Rs.500, available on


Kuchipudi Dance Recital

6 September

Danseuse Amrita Lahiri will present several solo Kuchipudi pieces. She will be accompanied by Sudha Raghuraman (vocals), M.V. Chandrashekar (mridangam) and G. Raghuraman (flute).

6.30pm. CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre (24619431). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.

By Sohini Sen




4 September

Directed and written by Saurabh Shukla, Barff is a Hindi thriller set in a Kashmiri winter. The desperate parents of an ailing child and an unsuspecting doctor are caught in the whirlwind of conflicting questions of truth, reality and belief. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

7.30pm. Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli (24920482). Tickets, Rs.200, Rs.400, Rs.600, Rs.800, Rs.1,000, Rs.1,200 and Rs.1,500, available on

Rafta Rafta

2 September

Akvarious Productions presents the comic tale of a close-knit Indian family living abroad. The son has just got married, but he refuses to consummate his marriage. Soon, the family starts panicking about his future.

Open to those aged 16 and above. 1 hour, 50 minutes.

6pm. Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu (26149546). Tickets, Rs.400, available on


Music Mirror—Homi Mullan

2 September

Homi Mullan (1940-2015) was a master percussionist and an ace accordion player. This biographical documentary is a walk down memory lane with the maestro as he talks about his studio recordings, stage shows and song rehearsals.

1 hour, 20 minutes.

6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66323737).

Around town

Found in Translation—An Evening With Jerry Pinto

2 September

The Godrej India Culture Lab will present a talk with writer and translator Jerry Pinto, who will talk about the art of translation. His first translation was Sachin Kundalkar’s debut novel, Cobalt Blue.

5pm. Godrej India Culture Lab, Godrej One, Vikhroli (East) (25194889).

By Shweta Upadhyay



Milan—Maestros In Harmony

2 September

Event organizer Banyan Tree will present a musical evening of Indian and international musicians, including sitar artiste Shujaat Khan, flautist Rakesh Chaurasia and Mexican drummer Karina Colis.

7pm. GD Birla Sabhagar, 29, Ashutosh Choudhry Avenue (24615579). Tickets, Rs.200 and Rs.300, available at the venue and on


Art Mela

5-30 September

The fourth edition of this exhibition will feature more than 1,000 works by artists such as Akbar Padamsee, Jamini Roy, Jogen Chowdhury and Paritosh Sen. The techniques and mediums used include gouache, tempera, acrylic on canvas, charcoal drawings, etchings and drawings on digital prints.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, 12/3A, First floor, Orbit Enclave (22893027). Prices, Rs.1,000 to Rs.1 lakh.


My Family

2 September

This 1995 American drama, directed by Gregory Nava, follows the story of three generations of an immigrant family. 2 hours, 8 minutes.

3pm. American Center, 38A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road (39846300). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.

By Indranil Bhoumik


Around town

Onam celebration: DakshinaChitra is showcasing tribal dance forms.
Onam celebration: DakshinaChitra is showcasing tribal dance forms.

Onam Celebrations

Till 4 September

DakshinaChitra is celebrating Onam by showcasing tribal dances and the area’s traditional crafts. The Wayanad-based youth club, Wayanad Nattukoottam Nattarivu Padana Kendhram, is performing tribal dances such as mangalamkali and vattakkali.

10am-5pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Entry, Rs.50 (Indians) and Rs.100 (foreigners).

Next Generation Herpetologists

5 September

Learn about reptiles in this workshop by herpetologist Gowri Shankar, who works for the National Geographic channel. The workshop is open for those aged 10-17. Participants will get a certificate at the end of the workshop.

9am-5pm. Chennai Snake Park Trust, Raj Bhavan Post. Fee, Rs.2,985. For details, call 9940488880.


Aladdin—A Musical Journey

4 September

Inspired by Arabian Nights, the play looks at the adventures of Aladdin, a street urchin who falls in love with Jasmine, a princess. His friends are a flying carpet, a talking monkey and parrot, and a genie that he set free from a magic lamp.

7pm. Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet (43561198). Tickets, Rs.500, Rs.750, Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,000, available on


Piano Recital: Maxime Zecchini

8 September

French pianist Maxime Zecchini will present a recital of works using only his left hand. He has studied composer Maurice Ravel’s Concerto Pour La Main Gauche (Piano Concerto For The Left Hand).

7pm. Eduardo Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.

By Nandini Reddy



I Dream Before I Take A Stand

2 September

Written by Arlene Hutton and co-directed by Shailaja Chaturvedi and Mubeen Ahmed Khan, this English play is about a defence lawyer who cross-examines a woman testifying in a sexual assault case. In the process of questioning, he ends up distorting the true picture. 45 minutes.

8.30pm. Lamakaan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Tickets, Rs.100, available at the venue and on

Around town

Sunday Joker Jam

4 September

Comedian Avinash Agarwal will present an evening of stand-up comedy. The show will have a special feature act by theatre star Mayank Parakh and an opening act by Anurag Godugu.

7pm., 1264-A, Road No.64, Jubilee Hills. Tickets, Rs.299, available on


Live in Concert—Darshan Raval

3 September

Artiste Darshan Raval will perform live. He got his first break in the reality show India’s Raw Star and made his Bollywood debut with Salman Khan-starrer Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.

6-9pm. Rendezvous, ISB Road, Financial District, Nanakram Guda. Tickets, Rs.800, Rs.1,200, Rs.1,800 and Rs.2,500, available on

By Viswanath Pilla



Pen Nadan (The Female Actor)

3-4 September

Santhosh Keezhattoor will pay tribute to Ochira Velukutty, the late theatre artiste who played female characters. This solo drama, in Malayalam, will throw light on the personal and professional life of Velukutty. 1 hour, 15 minutes.

8pm (Saturday); and 3pm/6.30pm (Sunday). Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (41242879). Tickets, Rs.300, available on


Vamatara—To The Light

2 September

Choreographed by Padma Shri awardee Malavika Sarukkai, the dance show will include both solo and group performances.

7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, 2nd Main Road, GD Park Extension,
Malleswaram. Tickets, Rs.100, Rs.300 and Rs.500, available on


Bansuri, Bass And The Bauls

3 September

The show has been conceptualized by bansuri (flute) maestro Ravichandran Kulur. He has collaborated with 20-year-old Mohini Dey, a bass instrumentalist who plays with A.R. Rahman. They will be accompanied by Gokul Chandra Das (percussion), Sunil Bhakta and Krishnadas Bairagya (vocals), Arun Kumar (jazz drums) and Rzhude David (acoustic guitar). Together, they will present a fusion of folk, jazz and Hindustani classical music.

9.30pm. Windmills Craftworks, 331, 5B Road, EPIP Zone, Whitefield. Tickets, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, available on For details, call 8880233322.

Around town

Singapore Food Festival

Till 11 September

Savour a limited-edition menu that celebrates the flavours of Singapore. The dishes on offer include Gado Gado Salad (made of boiled vegetables and eggs), Laksa Soup (spicy noodle soup), Hainanese Chicken Rice and Singaporean Chilli Crab.

Noon-midnight. Shiro, Third floor, The Collection UB City Mall, Vittal Mallya Road. Meal for two, Rs.3,000, including taxes. For details, call 9066025211.

Bangalore Bicycling Brunch Tour

4 September

This 4-hour cycling trip will include a leisurely ride past central Bengaluru’s iconic spots, with breaks in between to sample chef-recommended dishes at five of the city’s most popular restaurants, where you can also try premium beers.

9.30am. Fresh Pressery Café, 98/A, 17th B Main, 5th Block, Koramangala. Fee, Rs.2,000. For registration, visit

By Shivani Kagti

More From Livemint