This edition of the quarterly festival of bass-heavy music features Delhi-based Ed Anderson, better known as DJ Praxis, and emceeing by Delhi Sultanate. Copies of the BASSFoundation studio mix will also be available at the gig—it’s called Soundboy Zindabad and is being peddled as “80 minutes of reggae-flavoured badness”. Anderson promises new tunes from Break, Marcus Visionary, Spectrasoul and Mumbai-based producer Piyush Bhatnagar, as well as exclusive dubplates by international reggae artists.
In tune: It’s a musical extravaganza at Bacchus F&B on Saturday.
6pm. Bacchus F&B, 8, Papanna Street (40333888). Entry charges, Rs500.
All proceeds of this charity concert featuring Carnatic vocalist Nithyasree Mahadevan will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of India. Granddaughter of the legendary late D.K. Pattammal, Mahadevan is considered an icon of the Pattammal bani and her katcheris are frequently packed. Her fans praise her temple-bell articulation, described by the vocalist Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer as “the 24-carat golden voice”.
6.30pm. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267303). Tickets, Rs250, available at www.indianstage.in
Harlesden High Street
Harlesden High Street is a series of short exchanges and soliloquies that explore the British-Pakistani community’s simultaneously quotidian and complex negotiations with past memories and present exigencies, as they craft an identity in a new land of both opportunity and loss. Playwright Abhishek Majumdar won the inaugural Hindu MetroPlus playwriting award for this play in 2008. It has been directed by Neel Chaudhuri. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
7.30pm, and 3.30pm (on Saturday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100, available at the venue and at www.bookmyshow.com
Uyire & Nadir
Denny Paul and Diya Naidu, members of the Attakkalari Repertory Company, Bangalore, will present their debut solo work this fortnight. Paul’s Uyire, an intensely personal work, “traces his past, examines the present and turns to the future”, while Naidu’s Nadir tackles isolation and the tools people use to deal with solitude. Paul led a Bollywood dance group in Thrissur, Kerala, before
attending Attakkalari’s auditions in Kozhikode, and making the switch to more exploratory work. Naidu trained in contemporary movement, jazz and Kathak, all of which inform her choreographic work.
7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Till 27 June
A solo show of paintings and sculptures by P. Gnana, curated by Deepa Subramanian. This Singapore-based technical engineer-turned-artist was born and grew up in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu. He trained in painting at the Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. He has previously exhibited in Delhi and Chennai. His Bangalore debut showcases 30 paintings, mixed media, oil on canvas and acrylic, and five bronze-and-steel sculptures, all with cows as the central theme.
Holy Cow: Singapore-based artist P. Gnana showcases his take on bovine creatures in his solo show.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Galerie De’Arts, Barton Centre, 11th floor, 84, MG Road. For details, call 9845026543.
Art patron Sanjay Sood, in association with the collective Artchutney from Bangalore, is hosting an exhibition of 50 works by 25 artists from 10 states. The artists include Amol Pawar, Anand Panchal, Arya Chowdhry, Arun K. Mishra, Ashish Mondal, A.K. Patnaik, Babu Xavier, C.F. John, Devidas Dharmadhikari, Dimpy Menon, H.R. Das, Hindol Brahmbhatt and Pratibha Singh.
11.30am-8.30pm. The Art Corridor, Taj West End, Race Course Road (66605660). For details, visit www.artchutney.com
TCS World 10K for charity
Put on your running shoes to raise funds for your favourite charity. You can choose to run the full 10km or go for any of the other four categories.
In 2010, 72 NGOs used the Sunfeast World 10K Bangalore to raise Rs1.4 crore for various causes. Choose the NGO or a cause you wish to support from among those listed with Bangalore Cares, the event’s charity partner. If your chosen organization does not feature in the list, you can urge the NGO to enlist.
8am. The run starts at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium. For details, visit www.tcsworld10k.org
City-based theatre collective Perch presents Ms Meena, directed by Rajiv Krishnan. The play revolves around an iconic film star, Ms Meena, earlier known as Asha, who returns to her native village Pichampuram after two decades to make her final film. Pichampuram has descended into a state of poverty and news of the actor’s arrival provides a new burst of energy. Ms Meena announces that she will make the villagers prosperous—but this comes at a price.
7.30pm, and also 3.30pm (4-5 June). Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore (9840568206). Tickets, Rs150, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the venue and at www.indianstage.in and www.bookmyshow.com
DakshinaChitra is organizinga two-day activity camp for children, where they will be taught sand painting, finger painting and pottery. The art sessions will be interspersed with games such as pot- breaking, a treasure hunt, and more.
10.30am-4pm.Dakshina-Chitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges, Rs600, inclusive of material, refreshment and transport to and from DakshinaChitra (pick-up at Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar).
Vivanta by Taj—Connemara will celebrate World Environment Day with special offers at all its restaurants. Verandah will celebrate Environment Week with a special “Go Green” organic food menu that comprises salads, juices and more (starting at Rs400). Enjoy a traditional south Indian lunch meal (Rs450, plus taxes) served on banana leaves at Raintree. The Organic Cocktails at Distil (priced at Rs350, plus taxes) are a unique concoction of spirits and health drinks.
11am-11pm. Vivanta by Taj—Connemara, Binny Road (66000000).
Till 15 June
Alliance Française de Madras has organized a photography exhibition by Jean-Pierre Muller and Lalit Verma. These photographs showcase unique sights from the Maha Kumbh Mela, where millions of devotees gather to take a ‘shahi snan’ (royal bath) in the sacred river Ganga.
10am-7pm. Gallery at the Alliance Française de Madras, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
An Odissi dancer and a student of Madhavi Mudgal, Sunanda Banerjee will present a dance recital on the music of the late Ananda Shankar. The graduate from the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya will also present a traditional pallavi and champu, which combines rhythm, poetry and raga. Banerjee teaches at the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal in Mumbai.
6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building (23746050).
Padma Shri-awarded director Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry will stage a Hindi adaptation of the Spanish play Blood Wedding by poet Federico Garcia Lorca, as part of the ongoing Summer Theatre Festival organized by the National School of Drama (NSD). The play highlights the struggle between individualism and tradition.
7pm, and also 3.30pm (on Friday). Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Tickets, Rs10, Rs30, Rs50 and Rs100, available at the NSD, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwan Dass Road.
3 and 6 June
This annual film festival on operas, ballets and concert films is curated by R.P. Jain, who will also introduce the film screenings.
The Sleeping Beauty
This ballet in three acts, performed by the orchestra and ballet of the National Opera of Paris, is choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. The performers include Aureli Dupont, Manuel Legris and Vincent Cordier, with music by Tchaikovsky.
This well-known one-act opera by Richard Strauss features music performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Karl Böhm. The film stars Teresa Stratas, Astrid Varnay and Hans Beirer.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Harley Rock Riders
Harley-Davidson India is back with its second season of Harley Rock Riders. This time it features Half Step Down, whose music has influences from Led Zeppelin to Rachmaninoff, and Bangalore-based Thermal And A Quarter.
9pm. F Bar & Lounge, The Hotel Ashok, 50-B, Chanakyapuri. For passes, contact Capital Harley-Davidson, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj (9560932222/9560972222).
Circle of Art: The Three Tagores
Till 15 June
Celebrating Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) has organized a show of works by Tagore and his nephews Gaganendranath Tagore and Abanindranath Tagore. All three pursued their art in British India, when the search for cultural expression seemed central to the search for a national identity. This show contextualizes a period when Indian artists were groping for a new visual language, and three members from the same family were pursuing their own trail.
10am-5pm (Monday closed). NGMA, Jaipur House, India Gate (23386111). Entry, Rs10 (Indians) and Rs150 (non-Indians).
The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation presents a commemorative theatre weekend to pay tribute to the late doyen of Hindustani theatre on Baig’s 27th death anniversary.
An on-stage conversation with eminent theatre personalities Rohini Hattangadi, Muhammad Ali Baig and Sushma Seth. The talk will also feature a discussion on the need for “Theatre in Education at School and College Level”. Prior registration is required.
7.30pm. Hyderabad International Convention Centre, HICC Complex, near Hitec City. To register, email email@example.com
The Foundation will present a monologue on Kasturba Gandhi’s life featuring the veteran actor Rohini Hattangadi as Kasturba. The Marathi play, which is directed by Pratima Kulkarni, looks at the Indian freedom struggle through the eyes of Mahatma Gandhi’s wife.
7.30pm. Hyderabad International Convention Centre. Tickets, Rs200, Rs500 and Rs1,000, available at www.indianstage.in
A crocodile show will be held for the first time at the city zoo. From identifying the various types of crocodiles to talking about their eating and breeding patterns, the show aims to educate people on these reptiles.
2.30pm. Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad-Bangalore highway, Bahadurpura. For details, call 24477355.
Rhythm of Nature
Artist Tanima Bhattacharya’s works, watercolours on paper, are a reflection of her point of view on subjects such as cityscapes, rivers and nature. Colourful birds feature prominently in the 29-year-old’s artwork.
2-8pm. Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala, 1/1, AJC Bose Road. For details, call 9433666518.
Till 4 June
This exhibition has been organized by Resource Awareness and Integration with Nature, an organization dedicated to environmental awareness, and Perspective-Photopassionistas, a group of photography enthusiasts, to celebrate the United Nations-designated 2011— International Year of Forests. The exhibition features 60 works by 24 photographers.
2-8pm. Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarshashala. For details, call 9830105433.
Kolkata-based dance group Shinjan Nrityalaya will organize an extensive workshop on bandha nritya, to be conducted by Lingaraj Barik. Bandha nritya is an acrobatic dance style of Odissi which takes its name from the Odia word for acrobatic postures, bandha. The rarely performed style is still practised by Gotipuas (boy dancers) in Odisha. The workshop is only for children below 14.
10am-4pm. Madhusudan Mancha basement, 2, Gariahat Road (South), Dakshinapan Shopping Complex, Dhakuria. Charges, Rs 500. To register, call 9433038127.
Based on a story by Bengali novelist Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay, the play is centred around Partition and deals with “human ghosts”—people uprooted from their own land. Theatre group Gobardanga Shilpayan, which has been one of the driving forces in Bengali theatre, has given the story a contemporary twist to reflect concerns of land loss, with the focus on tribal issues. The play has been directed by Ashis Chattopadhyay.
6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha. Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60. For details, call 9434365574.
Till 3 July
Curated by gallerist Abhay Maskara, artist Avantika Bawa and art historian Celina Jeffery, Hold On features diverse interpretations around the question: “Can one hold on amidst the onslaught of rapid, indeterminate and exhausting change?” The exhibition showcases videos, photographs, sculptures and installations by Marek Ranis, Stuart Keeler, Mansoor Ali, Joshua Smith and the collective Satellite Bureau, comprising Jen Hamilton, Jen Southern and Chris St Amand. Through their works the artists grapple with the desire to hold on to places, journeys and ideas that are seeing constant mutation.
Woman power: A scene from Bahadur Ladki.
11am-7pm (Mondays closed). Gallery Maskara, Warehouse, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).
Goan music by Ekvat Group
Goan music is heavily influenced by Portuguese and Western traditions. Catch glimpses of this in the song and dance routine of mando, which will be performed this week by the Ekvat Group from Portugal. The performers, dressed in traditional costumes, will play instruments such as the violin, bongo and mandolin. This will be followed by a Bharatanatyam dance recital.
7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Passes available at the venue from 6 June.
Extreme metal band Nile have created a world filled with sarcophagi, papyri and avenging Egyptian gods raining pestilence down on unbelievers. But it isn’t just their ancient Egyptian-themed lyrics that have earned them a huge global following since 1993. Their brutally fast and creative musicianship has a great deal to do with their vast appeal. Though Nile won’t be playing in India, the band’s drummer George Kollias will give fans a taste of their music when he thrashes out a solo drum clinic as a guest of Pearl Drums at the Pro Audio Light and Music Expo at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.
5.45pm. Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Western Express Highway, Goregaon-East.
The Girl on the Train
Known primarily for his bookish studies of family discord, French director André Téchiné’s film tells a satisfying and illusive tale about the psychological effects of trauma, the media’s readiness to exploit controversy and how it’s easier to tell a lie than to maintain it. The main character, Jeanne, is a free spirit who reacts unwisely to a tragedy by inventing a situation which suggests she is the victim of a violent race-hate attack. The film’s strength lies in its unwillingness to settle for easy answers.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Centre, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
Stories in a Song
Stories in a Song is a collaboration between theatre director Sunil Shanbag and musicians Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan. The 2-hour show is a theatrical collage of seven episodes from musical history, with a soundtrack that ranges from sixth century poems by Buddhist nuns to remixed ragas and Western opera.?The pieces are based on nuggets that Mudgal and Pradhan have unearthed from books and historical records over the last 20 years.
Among the segments is an an excerpt from Gulab Bai’s Bahadur Ladki, about a nautanki performer who takes on a British officer for imprisoning her lover.
6pm and 9pm (4 June), and 5pm and 8pm (5 June). Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs 200, available at the venue.
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