Indira P. P. Bora, dancer, choreographer and guru, showcases Sattriya, an Assamese devotional dance form. Sattriya is associated with the oral traditions of Vaishnavism in Assam. The dance was originally practised exclusively within a ‘sattra’ (monastery), choreographed to songs in praise of Krishna. The performance includes a ‘gayan-bayan’ (musical storytelling) performance by monks from the Bhogpur ‘sattra’. Bora ‘s own solo is in praise of Sankardeva, who is credited with creating Sattriya dance. There is also a ‘jhumura’ performance (a sub-genre of Sattriya) by students of Kalabhumi, the school Bora runs with daughter Menaka.
6.30pm. Birla Mandir, Mandir Marg. For details, call 23746050.
Think with Edward de Bono
Edward de Bono, philosopher and author of around 60 books on the correct approach to thinking, is in India this fortnight. Over three lectures, part of the “Think” series, De Bono will give his audience a first-hand lesson in thinking better and faster.
10am onwards. The Leela Kempinski Hotel, Ambience Island, NH8, Gurgaon (0124-4771234). For tickets, log on to www.bookmyshow.com
Two tours begin at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath. Walk 1 will go to Vishwa Shanti Stupa, the Judah Hyam Synagogue, Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Mandir Marg. Walk 2 will see the Parsi Anjuman, Jama Masjid, Jain Lal Mandir, Gauri Shankar Temple, Gurdwara Sisganj, St Stephen’s Church, Bagh-e-Bedil and Fatehpuri mosques. Long stretches are covered by car.
2pm. For details, contact The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (23746050).
Tales under Trees
Young environmentalists: Let a child read you a story at Tales under Trees.
Children’s writers Deepa Agarwal and Devika Rangachari, organizers of this event, have planned activities based on environmental themes for children aged 9-10. Agarwal will read out from The Mango Tree. Environmentalist Ranjit Lal will take a group of children on a nature walk in Lodhi Gardens. There are also story and poetry readings by the children, “environmental magic” by teenager Ishaan Shivkumar, dances, a quiz and a poster-making contest.
9.30am-noon. Gandhi-King Plaza, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Till 21 February
A group exhibition of paintings by Madhu Imartey, Prajakta Palav, Parag Tendal and Yashwant Deshmukh, all influenced by contemporary Konkani artist Prabhakar Barwe, whose work is also on display. They engage with themes of politics and new media.
11am-7pm. Gallery Threshold, F-213/A, Lado Sarai (41829181).
The Kriti Film Club, in association with the American Center, presents a day-long screening of award-winning international children’s films, including The Hobart Shakespeareans, Beginning Filmmaking and Autism, The Musical.
11.15am-6.45pm. Kriti Film Club, S-35, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda (26033088). Call Kriti ahead to confirm a seat or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The prospect of listening to poet Adil Jussawalla reading poems will guarantee a full house. Jussawalla’s distinct approach to tone, sound and form has been a crucial influence on Indian poetry in English. Come early if you want sitting space. Jussawalla will be reading from a new and as-yet-unpublished work. The event has been organized by the online literary journal ‘Almost Island’ and Jnanapravaha.
6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, AK Nayak Marg, Fort (22072974/5).
Bold in black: Artist Mithu Sen at her Faridabad studio. Her provocative new exhibition, Black Candy, opens at Chemould Prescott Road next week.
23 February-20 March
Mithu Sen has built a reputation for herself as the creator of works that explore women’s issues, laced with humour. The delicate strokes in her paintings are balanced by the graphic imagery, which packs a brutal punch. Her work has, so far, explored the politics and violence of creating a feminine identity. Foetuses and phalluses recur in Sen’s installations and paintings. Black Candy sees Sen turning her attention to masculinity.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanshyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).
Director Salim Arif has combined Gulzar’s poems and stories to create Kharaashein, a collage that delves into the lives of people caught in communal riots. The Urdu play balances politics and emotion, and even introduces humour through its plot. For those familiar with Faiz and Ghalib, the play is doubly delicious.
6pm and 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle, West (26149546). Tickets, Rs200.
Room for Wonder
25 February-2 March
Phillips Antiques holds an exhibition-cum-sale of restored antique furniture. Look out for Naga beds, art deco sofa sets and furniture. The exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the Colaba antique dealer.
10am-7pm. Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road (22151009).
Nehru Planetarium anniversary
It’s been 33 years since the Planetarium first had us star-struck. To celebrate its anniversary, it is hosting inter-school competitions, starting with an on-the-spot astro-painting contest. Individual entries will also be accepted. Participation is restricted to children in the 10-14 age group. Registration for all events closes on 20 February.
10am-1pm. Hall of Quest, Nehru Planetarium, Worli (24964676). For details, email email@example.com
Welfare of Stray Dogs Sale
The people from the Welfare of Stray Dogs have collected enough new and second-hand books to hold a charity sale. Proceeds will be used in the sterilization and immunization drives for stray dogs in Mumbai. Who knows, the dog-eared copy you pick up might just save a real dog somewhere.
10am-6pm. Garage of Vaswani Mansion, opposite KC College, Dinshaw Vacha Road, Churchgate. Prices start at Rs10.
Grab a pair of binoculars, carry along a bird-spotting catalogue and help your team spot as many avian species in the concrete jungle as you can. The Mumbai?BirdRace offers prizes to teams that spot the most birds.
To register and for details, log on to www.indiabirdraces.com
Zev Eisenberg, or The Wolf from electronica outfit Wolf+Lamb, brings the eclectic sounds of New York’s nightlife scene to town. Eisenberg and his partner Gadi Mizrahi (Lamb), who form the critically acclaimed Wolf+Lamb, are known for their daring, provocative and unusual rhythms.
4pm. Aurus, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz, West (67106666).
Vayali Bamboo Orchestra
In 2004, 10 young men in Kerala with an interest in folklore came together. The Vayali Folk Group held its first meetings in bamboo huts near the river Nila. Today, a much larger Vayali is dedicated to the preservation and propagation of folk arts. The Orchestra will play instruments entirely fashioned out of different species of bamboo, many of these built from scratch by Vayali members in consultation with local temple drummers in Kerala.
3.10am. Fireflies Ashram, Dinnepalya, Kaggalipura post office (28432725). Tickets, Rs350, available at Casa Piccola in Indira Nagar, Koramangala, Residency Road and Jayanagar, at Reynolds Inc on Brigade Road and online at www.indianstage.in
Anuradha Vikrant, a Bangalore-based Bharatanatyam dancer, will perform three pieces. Vikrant will begin with a pushpanjali, an invocatory piece, followed by varnam, a long piece, and end with an abhinaya sequence titled Chaliye Kunjanamo.
6.45pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, Kannada Bhavan, JC Road (22221271).
Death and elephants: Arresting (and distressing) art by Krishnaraj Chonat.
My Hands Smell of You
Till 13 March
My Hands Smell of You was “a desperate cry for slowing down”, says Bangalore-based artist Krishnaraj Chonat in a note introducing his show. At the show, you’re greeted by a canvas of a human, wide-eyed and smug, lazing on a branch like a wildcat; belly to the bark, limbs dangling, with a glazed gaze painted on. Another step in, Chonat has you shrieking to a halt beside a model skeleton, overrun by herds of wild beasts.
11am-7pm, (Wednesday-Monday. Sundays by appointment only). GallerySKE, 82, Presidency, St Mark’s Road (65951972).
Sakti Burman, The Complete Collection
22 February-10 March
Kolkata-born Sakti Burman adds a twist to the way art is collected—he makes affordable what would otherwise be a rather pricey bunch. The exhibition includes 24 of Burman’s works from the last two decades, in the serigraph medium. Mumbai-based art collector Lavesh Jagasia, who coordinated the effort, says each print is made in high-quality ink on archival paper, all numbered, titled and signed by the artist. The price includes individual “certificates of authenticity”.
10.30am-6pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). Artworks are priced at Rs30,000 (22x30 inches) and Rs45,000 (30x40 inches); the complete collection is Rs9 lakh.
— By Karuna Amarnath
Celebrating French intellectuals
This film festival will celebrate the life and works of some well-loved figures: authors Jean Marie G. Le Clezio, Simone de Beauvoir and Julia Kristeva, statesman Leopold Sedar Senghor and anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. On 22 February, see ‘Jean Marie G. Le Clézio’ by Michèle Gazier and Jacques Malaterre. On 23 February, watch ‘I want all of Life-Freedom Simone de Beauvoir’ by Pascale Fautrier and Pierre Seguin. On 24 February, there is ‘Julia Kristeva , étrange étrangère’ by Francois Caillat, and on 25 February, ‘Leopold Sedar-Senghor, un long poeme rythme’ by Beatrice Soule. Finally, on 26 February, see ‘Claude Lévi-Strauss par lui-même’ by Pierre-André Boutang and Annie Chevallay.
11am-6pm. AFM auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Madras, New No. 24 (Old No. 40), College Road (28271477/9803).
Raising money: A scene from the play Moonshine & Skytoffee.
Moonshine & Skytoffee
The Madras Coastal Round Table 162 presents Moonshine & Skytoffee, a comedy by the city-based theatre group Perch, to raise funds for their “empowering through education” project. The play is based on two short stories—The Love Letter and The Card-sharper’s Daughter—by acclaimed Malayalam writer Vaikom Muhammad Basheer and has been a hit every time since it was first performed in 2004.
7.30pm. The Music Academy, 168, TTK Road (9566358885). Tickets, Rs1,000, Rs500, Rs300 and Rs150.
Till 27 February
With a focus on facial expressions, artist Viraj Naik presents his latest collection of paintings, inspired by daily observations of the behaviour of people.
11am-7pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Till 23 February
Physically challenged artist Uday Kumar will exhibit his collection of work, inspired by the people and things around him. The highlights of this series are the flying horses, symbolic of dreams translating into reality.
10am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road, Alwarpet (24353341).
Cheriyal painting and mask-making
The Madras Craft Foundation presents a three-day workshop on Cheriyal painting and mask-making from Telangana. The registration fee includes the cost of materials and conveyance between the venue and the Madras Craft Foundation. Registration closes on 24 February.
10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779). Registration, Rs2,000.
So Close but So Far
Till 25 February
This exhibition by Spanish photographer Mariona Otero Ibanez explores the similarities between people, however different the cultures they come from. She does a comparative study between Chennai and Manchester in this fun, lively series.
11am-7pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram 2nd Street, Royapettah (45038391).
— By Indranil Bhoumik
Sometimes, art inspires art. This event that celebrates films that inspired other films opens with the Italian film ‘8 1/2’, which won an Oscar for best foreign language film in 1964. On Sunday, Woody Allen’s ‘Stardust Memories’, a tribute to ‘8 1/2’, will be screened. Satyajit Ray’s ‘Charulata’, on 23 February, will be followed by Ira Sachs’ ‘Forty Shades of Blue’, which it inspired, on 24 February. Other films being shown are Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up’ and Kundan Shah’s ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro’.
5-7pm. Aakriti Art Gallery, First floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (formerly Hungerford Street) (22893027/5041). By invitation only; to request an invite, call Aakriti Art Gallery.
Art on Easel
Till 24 February
This exhibition, presented by artworkshop, features young artists Anjan Modak, Satavisha Hazra, Soma Das and Sumana Biswas. Seemingly naïve in perspective and technique, their works reference both mythology and everyday life for a thought-provoking perspective.
11am-8pm. Starmark, G-202, City Centre, Salt Lake (40063301).
Poster Women II
The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts and Zubaan present an exhibition showcasing women artists depicting socially relevant issues in their art. Its earlier edition, Poster Women I, mapped the women’s movement in India through posters.
The second edition comprises numerous old scrolls, cloth banners, phads, patachitras, Madhubani paintings and other tribal art by women .
11am-7pm (22 February) and 10am-7pm (23-24 February). Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613135).
Anter Hote Udasi
The Hindi play Anter Hote Udasi is a theatrical collage of Pakistani short stories written by eminent Sindhi, Baluchi and Punjabi writers: Mehshar, written by Gaus Bahar; Chottisva Darwaza, written by Naseem Kharal; Anter Hote Udasi, written by Bano Kudnsia, and Maang, written by Jamal Abrur. A Choopkatha production, it is a poignant reflection on subcontinental society and women’s place in it.
6pm. Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, IB 201, Salt Lake City. Tickets, Rs10. For details, call 23356739 or 9830617619.
This series of seminars and exhibitions on textile traditions and conservation of traditional textiles is presented by Sutra (a society for the conservation of textile heritage), in collaboration with the Botanical Survey of India, the Indian Museum (Kolkata), the Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). A select range of handwoven and patterned textiles, accessories, jewellery and other handicrafts will be on sale too.
Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For event timings, call 9830105433.
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