The Last Child in the Woods
Till 14 January
Raghava K.K. started his career as a cartoonist in the late 1990s, before moving to painting and a darker sensibility with series such as Arrival of the (Swan) and Incoherent Scraps of Gluttony (both in 2008). The latter faced censure from the Maharashtra government at the time, forcing the artist to call off a show in a public space. The Last Child is inspired by two books—The Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv, and John Berger’s Why Look at Animals? According to the artist, the series explores a “fading connection between humankind and its animal cohorts”.
Framed: Cartoonist Raghava K.K. with one of his works.
11am-7pm. Kynkyny Art, 104, Embassy Square, above Ganjam Jewellers, 148, Infantry Road (40926202). For details, log on to www.kynkyny.com or www.tangerineartspace.com
Shivaya, a dance production conceptualized and choreographed by Los Angeles-based Malathi Iyengar, will premiere in Bangalore. The production is a tribute to five sacred syllables (Om Namah Shivaya), five elements and nature. Iyengar has studied choreography and performance at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as improvisation under dancer Marion Scott. Her Rangoli Dance Company presents classical Indian dance with a contemporary Western presentation aesthetic; Iyengar’s interest is to combine Bharatanatyam with other styles to extend the boundaries of its expression.
6pm. JSS Auditorium, 1st Main, 8th Block, Kanakapura Road, Jayanagar (9901490110).
Male dance festival
A festival organized by dance historian Ashish Mohan Khokar featuring 12 dancers. Following the performances, two awards—the Ram Gopal award for best male dancer and the Mohan Khokar Award for excellence in the field of dance—will be given. There will also be performances by Bharatanatyam dancer Sathyanarayan Raju and Kathak dancer Murali Mohan.
Striking a pose: A dozen male dancers will perform at a festival organized by dance historian Ashish Mohan Khokar in Bangalore.
6pm onwards. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345).
Outta Nowhere Night #73
MC Jassim Ali hosts the 73rd instalment of Pebble’s Outta Nowhere nights. The music at these nights is typically eclectic, including genres such as reggae, dancehall, dub step, break beats and bhangramuffin.
6pm onwards. Pebble, 3, Palace Grounds, Ramana Maharishi Road (23614109). Charges, Rs500. For details, call 9916695200.
The 39 Steps
Four actors slip in and out of 140 roles in something shy of 90 minutes, recreating trains, cars, moors and more along the way, with nothing more than four trunks, a window frame and busy imaginations. The play, a Broadway and West End success, recreates Hitchcock’s loosely adapted version of John Buchan’s 1915 adventure novel, following Richard Hannay, who is on the run because he has stumbled on a terrible secret that has international ramifications. Racing to prevent an imminent catastrophe (albeit with pauses involving pretty women, now so intrinsic to the genre), and hounded by both the police and the villains, Hannay must get to the bottom of things and clear his name. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
7.30pm (25 December) and 6.30pm (26 December). Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets, Rs200, Rs400 and Rs750, available at www.indianstage.in
One of writer and director Girish Karnad’s finest moments as a playwright combines with B.V. Karanth’s musical imagination in this complex play with a dual plot structure. On one level, the play unfolds as a surreal quest for love by a young woman with her erudite husband’s attractive best friend. When their heads are switched, the central question of the play becomes whether the man who is her real husband is the one with his head, or the one with his body. The sub-plot involves a man born with a horse’s head, on a life-long quest for wholeness. With their interrelated concerns, the layers in Hayavadana converge into a moving quest for human identity and acceptance. 2 hours.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs70, available at www.indianstage.in
Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan
Zac O’Yeah, a Swedish author based in Bangalore, reads from his recent novel ‘Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan’. The book is set in a hypothetical future when the European Union has collapsed, leading to the ruin of most European countries. Sweden, now just slummy badlands, votes to join the Asian Union as Sweden Pradesh, though some disgruntled natives resist the change. In this bizarre universe, Inspector Herman Barsk attempts to get to the bottom of a series of gruesome deaths at the Tandoori Moose restaurant, which might involve foul play and cannibalism.
11am. Suchitra Film Society, No. 36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari II Stage (26711785)
Till 1 January
Navjot Altaf’s Touch IV is a 22-screen video installation that explores the many implications of “touch”. Each screen is equipped with headphones through which viewers hear the voices of 22 sex workers interviewed by the artist. Altaf first met them at Prithvi Theatre, where they were performing a play called My Mother, the Gharwali, Her Maalak, His Wife, which aimed to work towards a space in society where they could address their own truths, reimagining their own realities, their relationships and self-respect. The women invited Altaf to meet other members from the community at Sangli, which resulted in the interviews that are featured in Touch IV.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). The Guild, 2/32, Kamal Mansion, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22880116).
Till 29 January
Vinod Balak describes his paintings as a hybrid between calendar art and 3D animation. The animals that inhabit his surreal world take on human personalities and express vanity, pride and a lust for power. In his debut solo show, the 28-year-old artist from Hyderabad turns animals into tools of social and political commentary. Balak explores the changes in a traditional society, the effects of consumerism and the social taboos imposed by different religions.
Animal art: Vinod Balak uses animals as tools of social and political commentary.
10am-6.30pm (Monday-Friday), 11am-4pm (Saturday). Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, Colaba (22023030).
Workshop on growing vegetables
Does your own little garden in the city sound unreal? Learn the basics of growing plants and vegetables on the terrace or in your house from Adrienne Thadani (co-owner of Fresh ’n’ Local, a company that teaches kitchen gardening). She will teach you which plants and soils to use and what will grow in the coming season.
5-7pm. The Hub, Fourth Floor, Candelar Building, 26, St John The Baptist Road. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 32220475. Charges, Rs150.
Bylanes of Bandra walk
Till 9 January
If you have ever wondered about the original name of the Bandra Fort or why there are so many crosses in every Bandra square, you may want to take Beyond Bombay’s new walk through the neighbourhood on weekends. ‘Bylanes of Bandra’, led by Shriti Tyagi, is the tourism firm’s second festival walk this year. They first took visitors around Lalbaug Ganeshotsav; this one is timed to see Bandra’s old churches and Christian-dominated villages at their best—during the Christmas season. The 2-hour walk will cover Bandra’s oldest churches, roads and a village. Stops?at?bakeries?are?a?part?of the?tour.
4.30-6.30pm. For details, call 9867764409 or email email@example.com
Kathakali and contemporary
Sadhya is celebrating the sapthathi (70th birthday) of guru Kalamandalam Padmanabhan. Padmanabhan will perform Kathakali cholliyattam (a lecture demonstration), demonstrating the ancient dance-drama, but the performance will be sans costume and make-up. It will be about explaining the relationship and coordination between facial expressions and hand mudras.
6pm. Karthiayani auditorium, near Uttara Guruvayur Temple, Mayur Vihar, Phase I (9999710401).
Drift Jazz Fusion
A performance by the only bebop combo in the city, comprising Rueben Narain (drums), Nicolas Giordani (tenor saxophone), Pranai Gurung (guitar) and Sahil Warsi (double bass). Bebop was the first intellectualization of jazz. From something to dance to, it began to be something to listen to carefully. Musicians weren’t just entertainers, they were artistes too.
Jazzed up: A bebop combo at TLR.
9pm. TLR Cafe and Kitchen, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
The Skin Remembers
Till 6 January
For her solo exhibition, Anjum Singh shows desiccated trees, eggs and vines made of disparate material such as fibreglass, iron and magnets. By using such objects to represent organic life, Singh creates a critique of the industrialized city. For years, she has focused on the urban metropolis, issues of garbage, recycling and artificial intervention in nature and food, and Delhi has been her muse.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Palette Art Gallery, 14, Golf Links (41743034).
Selected works of Ram Kumar
Till 10 January
A solo show by Ram Kumar, which will feature his works from 1950-2010. Kumar began his artistic career in the 1940s and went on to become one of the major figures of the Progressive Artists Group, along with S.H. Raza, F.N. Souza and M.F. Husain. His first exhibition was held in the Town Hall in Delhi in 1947-48. At the time, the city had no tempos or cabs, so Kumar had to hire a bullock cart to transport his paintings from Kushak Road to Town Hall. In 1950, he moved to Paris, where he apprenticed under the artists André Lhote and Fernand Léger. Both were interested in Cubism, a style that reached its apogee in the 1910s but continued to inspire experiments and variations through the 1950s. Their influence—the planes of rich colour and fractured human subjects—were integral to Kumar’s early figurative work.
Vibrant: Ram Kumar’s exhibition will showcase 60 years of his art.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40, Defence Colony (24615368).
The Australian Dance Marathon
The Marathon will feature artistes from the roster of Zenon Records, the Aussie label that was founded in 2003 and is now one of the most respected minimal/progressive labels on the scene. Label founder Tim Larner (aka Sensient) is one of the Zenon artistes who’ll be playing, and whose sets run the gamut from minimal tech house and intelligent progressive all the way up to full-on psytrance. Musician and producer Peter Hayes, who you’re likely to know as Tetrameth, will also play his distinctive progressive psytrance, as will New Zealand native Oscar (aka Grouch), whose deep, experimental basslines and genre-encompassing production styles make for very dance-floor-friendly sets.
9pm onwards. The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place (44447777).
A Million SITA-s
Known as one of the few dancers who have been able to make a successful transition from classical to contemporary dance, Anita Ratnam will perform her latest piece, followed by a recital by another renowned dancer, Sreekala Bharath.
Dancing shoes: Anita Ratnam has transitioned from classical to contemporary.
6pm onwards. Karthik Fine Arts, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Main Hall, East Mada Street, Mylapore (24640811). Tickets, Rs100, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the venue.
Mainland China’s seafood festival is a must-try for its amazing spread of Asian delicacies. Starters include steamed lobster, mushroom dumplings and steamed prawn, while you can choose from sautéed lobster with schezwan pepper chilli sauce, vodka braised prawns with chilli ginger sauce, crispy soft shell crab with garlic flakes and many other main course options.
12.30-11pm. Mainland China, Sri Nivas Tower, Ground floor, Cenotaph Road, Teynampet (45000236). Charges, Rs750 onwards for two (taxes extra).
Asiana presents an elaborate Christmas lunch buffet with a spread of traditional dishes, such as roast with accompaniments, as well as contemporary favourites. Enjoy your meal with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Noon onwards. Asiana, 1/238, Semmencherry, Old Mahabalipuram Road (67411000). Charges, Rs1,199 per person (taxes extra).
Forum Art Gallery presents a fun crafts workshop for children aged 5 and above. Children will be taught to make, among other things, gift pouches and piggy banks besides a sculpture of Santa.
10.30am-1pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, Padmanabha Nagar, 5th Street, Adyar (42115596). Charges, Rs1,500, inclusive of material.
Till 31 December
Mumbai-based Vijayraaj Bodhankar’s paintings reflect a mix of abstract and figurative thoughts. Touching upon different aspects of Hinduism, the paintings on show are colourful and engaging.
11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, Royapettah (9841076654).
Isai Iyal Nataka Vizha
As part of the biggest annual music festival, on till 10 January, the famous violinist duo Ganesh and Kumaresh will present some of their favourite songs. The duo, one of the highlights of the festival, is sure to enthral audiences with their amazing compositions and on-stage chemistry.
6.30pm. Vani Mahal, 103, GN Chetty Road, T Nagar (28152166). For the full schedule, log on to www.vanimahal.com
BY KARUNA AMARNATH
Exhibition by upcoming artists
Till 31 December
The Ahuja Museum for Arts will present an exhibition of paintings by upcoming and amateur artists and students, such as Arnab Das, Atish Mukherjee, Bappa Haldar, Mamta Sahai, Manas Bhattacharjee, Sayyad Shaiek, Subhendu Ghosh, Sudhir D. Ahuja, Suhas Hore, Susmita Maity, Swagata Bose, Swapan Kumar Ghosh and Bankim Banerjee.
Noon–7pm (Sunday closed). Ahuja Museum for Arts, 26, Lee Road (22894745).
DROPS—an exhibition of contemporary Iranian art
Till 30 December
Following the revolution of 1979, Iran eschewed all Western influence and turned to its Islamic heritage in an attempt to forge a new national identity. As the years passed, however, some of that fervour waned and government strictures too were relaxed. Iranian artists expanded into new media such as video and experimented with photography, painting and movies. The current exhibition consists of works by Sona Abdolazimzade, Yaghoob Ammamepich, Sude Agheshluie, Shahriyar Burand, Nasim Davari, Saeid Aranpur, Dariush Farhadi, Ali Gasemi, Miri, Naser Maleki, Ebrahim Mohammadian, Hayede Naghizade, Allahyar Najafi, Hamid Namdar, Fariba Talebhaghigat, Javed Nobahar, Iliad Sabchi, Rahele Talebi, M. Fasunaky and Babak Amjad. There is a wide range of media, including collage on canvas, ink on canvas, paper, oil on paper, plywood, board, acrylic on paper and canvas, digital photograph, mixed media on board and so on.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (2465 3212). For details, log on to www.gangesart.net
Mangalik theatre festival
25 December–1 January
Beleghata Astha, a social organization, celebrates 42 years of Mangalik with a theatre festival. Mangalik is one of the oldest theatre groups based in Kolkata. The fourth edition of this festival will feature productions such as Birpurush by Swapnasandhani, Ja Nei Bharate by Sundaram, Tagore’s Chirakumar Sabha by Chetna, Patol Babu Film Star by Purba Paschim, Gnan Briksher Fall by Sayak and Becharam Babur Godown by the host group Mangalik.
6pm. Sukanta Mancha, Phool Bagan, Beleghata. Tickets, Rs40 and Rs50 for a show, and for the season, Rs250 and Rs400. For details and advance booking, call 9433100025.
Till 26 December
Celebrate this Christmas with turkey, cakes, chocolates, homely plum puddings, smoked cottage cheese, mince pies, gingerbread stars, yule logs and cookies at ITC. The Gourmet Shop offers turkey hampers with a wide range of cookies, candies, Christmas puddings and myriad flavours of chocolate.
Super savories: Christmas delicacies at the ITC Sonar.
11am-9pm. The Gourmet Shop, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue (23454545).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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