Nizamuddin at Night & Tales of a City
Capturing two very different views of New Delhi, photographers Gauri Gill and Sunil Gupta present an exhibition of photographs on the city. While Gill’s black-and-white photographs capture images of Nizamuddin at night, Sunil Gupta’s images capture New Delhi’s heritage monuments. 11am-7pm (daily). India International Centre Art Gallery (Annexe), 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
Pandit Chhannulal Mishra
Though he was born in Hariharpur, vocalist Chhannulal Mishra’s name is today synonymous with Varanasi. He trained under his father Pandit Badri Prasad Mishra and then from ‘Kirana’ exponent Ustad Abdul Ghani Khan. This background shows up in his oeuvre as he sticks to the Benaras tradition while singing lighter forms such as ‘thumris’, ‘kajris’, ‘chaitis’, ‘dadras’ and bhajans. But in ‘khayal’, he lets go of any partiality. His performance is part of the Virasat 2007 festival. 6.30pm. Indian Institute of Technology, Seminar Hall, Hauz Khas. Free.
Sinjini Acharya Mazumdar
Soprano Mazumdar will, in a programme called “The Influence of Western Tune and Folk Melodies in Rabindra Sangeet”, present a repertoire that includes original Western and folk tunes followed by Tagore songs along similar melodies. The event is presented in collaboration with Impresario India. 6.30pm. India International Centre Fountain Lawns, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
It is 1971 and war has broken out between India and Pakistan. Religious leaders are trying to divide the hindus, muslims, sikhs and christians living in the same Indian neighbourhood. A muslim is accused of being a spy. 6.30pm. (duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes). Little Theatre Group Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, next to Kamani Auditorium (2338-9713). Metro: Mandi House. Call Ishwar Pal (98680-23640). Free.
Mujhe Kavitaon Se Bachao
This comedy presented by Mitr Cultural Society revolves around a family of poets—grandfather, father, two sons, daughter, lone bahu and the servant are all composers of verse and spend their time reciting their creations to each other. One day, a house guest arrives and finds himself inextricably trapped in a non-stop ‘kavi sammelan’. 7pm. (duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes). India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Contact Anil Sharma (93137-70131) for details. Tickets: Rs50-200.
The Natyavihar Kalakendra celebrates Janmashtami with a two-day event revolving around Krishna. Actor-MP Hema Malini and her troupe will perform four ballets on the god. There will also be songs by Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra. Besides these, there will be a fancy dress competition and poetry by children from various NGOs. Book and food stalls and even an art auction are on the cards. Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg. For details, contact Nishika Pahwa Design Studio (6536-7331).
Out & about
Pole to Pole
A talk by Ajeet Bajaj, the first Indian to ski in both the North and South Pole. The event is in collaboration with The Himalayan Club. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
Kite’s Eye View
Until 12 September
Frenchman Nicholas Chorier is probably the only photographer who takes his shots from a camera suspended from his flying kite. View some of his photographs this fortnight, at an exhibition which be inaugurated at the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. The exhibition will showcase photographs from Chorier’s new book, ‘Kite’s Eye View: India Between Earth And Sky’. 10.30am-6.30pm. Durbar Hall, Asiatic Society of Mumbai, Town Hall, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort (2266-0956). Free.
The best way to rile Parikrama keyboard player and manager Subir Malik is to call his group a cover band. After all, the New Delhi-based act only recently returned from the UK, where they played all-original set lists at the prestigious Download Festival and at a series of dates supporting Iron Maiden. This fortnight, fans in Mumbai will get a taste of five new songs that the band composed between March, when they opened for Iron Maiden in Bangalore, and June, when they left for their international tour. 6pm. Chitrakoot Ground, New Link road, Andheri (W). Tickets: Rs200.
Symphony Orchestra of India
The Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) opens its season this fortnight with the third celebrity concert series. Also included are performances by renowned clarinetist Michael Collins and conductor Alexander Anissimov. Collins, declared the British Instrumentalist of the Year this year, and conductor Marat Bisengaliev will begin the season with the Prokofiev Classical Symphony, considered one of the most technically challenging pieces for any musician. Collins and Bisengaliev will also perform the famous ‘Jupiter Symphony’ in C Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, considered by many to be among his finest works. 7pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets: Rs800, Rs400, Rs200.
C for Clown
‘C for Clowns’ continues to be an energetic romp even after completing 100 shows. The performance is Rajat Kapoor’s stab at buffoonery. Kapoor gives us a day in the life of four clowns, Popo, Soso, Bozo and Fido. Soso’s on the verge of hanging himself after being brutally panned by the critics for the umpteenth time. But then Fifi comes along and the boys fall over themselves to woo her. 9pm (duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes). Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road (2614-9546). Tickets: Rs50-100.
Food & drink
Japanese food festival
Every year the final-year students of Dadar’s catering college present a food festival. This year, Japanese cuisine will take centre stage under the guidance of renowned chef Shigafumi Hisa who has been specially flown in for the project. Institute of Hotel Management, Veer Savarkar Marg, Dadar (W). Call 98212-70335 for tickets.
Shortly after being founded in 1994, the Signum Quartett was awarded the first prize in one of Germany’s biggest youth competitions, the Jugend Musiziert and they followed that up with a prize at the Charles Hennen Concours in 1997. They took their advanced training under the Melos, Alban Berg and Artemis quartets as well as with members of the world-renowned Amadeus, Smetana and LaSalle Quartets. At their concert this fortnight, Kerstin Dill and Annette Walther (violins), Simon Tandree (viola) and Thomas Schmitz (cello) will perform pieces by Schumann and Haydn besides the first violin quartet by young German composer Jörg Widman. The quartet is on a three-week, 11-city tour of the subcontinent. This event is presented in collaboration with the Goethe Institute. 6.30pm. Indian Institute of Technology, Seminar Hall, Hauz Khas. Free.
Cinemascoop, which is a collaboration between Vikalp, Awishkar and The Short Circuit, celebrates its first anniversary this fortnight with a series of short films. In ‘The Pocket Watch’, a publisher sets his eyes on the works of an Urdu poet who’s on his deathbed. (duration: 28 minutes).
Another film in the series is ‘I Am the Very Beautiful’. Ranu Das, aka Ranu Gayan, a singer and former bar dancer, is in a relationship with Shyamal Karmakar’s friend, and when the film-maker met her, he was blown away. It was admiration intense enough to forge a lasting friendship, to make a short film on her called ‘Ranu Gayen’ and to expand that into what he calls a “love film”. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes). New Mahim Municipal School, Mohammed Chotani Marg, Mahim (W) (2444-5871). Free.