Can India be a global leader on human rights?
With a multiparty democracy, a working Constitution, independent judiciary and proactive media, India has all the elements needed to ensure human rights are respected at every level. Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, talks about what it will take for India to become a world leader in human rights issues. For one, current institutions must address local human rights issues, holding both state and non-state actors accountable wherever there are violations. Marginalized groups must be given a voice when it comes to large development projects.
Dance like a man : A contemporary dance performance by choreographer Jayachandran Palazhy focuses on the human body.
6pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage (9886599675).
Till 15 September
Chef Abhijit Saha and his team have put together a tapas promotion at the Spanish restaurant. Options include cherry tomatoes, blue cheese and mixed herb tartlets; stewed chickpea and spinach with crusty Catalan bread; Moorish lamb skewers with cumin and parsley; and Galician baby octopus with potatoes and Spanish paprika.
Noon-3.30pm, 7-11.30pm. 48/1, The Estate, Ground floor, No. 121, Dickenson Road (25594567). Prices, approx. Rs 1,000 per person.
Till 30 September
The restaurant that specializes in Kerala cuisine turns into a tea shop between 4-6pm every day. Treat yourself to a “Nair-style” tea break: You get to watch the chefs brew tea in the traditional fashion, just the way you like it—strong, medium, light or ‘kattan’ (without milk). They’ve set up live counters to sell evening snacks like crunchy and spicy ‘parippu vada’ (deep-fried lentil fritters), ‘moong dal vada’ and ‘ulli vada’ (made with onions). For those looking to nibble on something sweeter, there’s ‘pazhan pori’ (banana fritters) and ‘sughiyan’ (green-gram fritters) too. They’ve also stocked the place with old books, regional newspapers and magazines, so you can savour a cup without company.
4-6pm. 1, Ulsoor Road (32421002). Price, Rs 51 for tea and two snacks.
Music: MD Pallavi and Arun Kumar BS
A concert of bhavageethe featuring the singer Pallavi, with music arranged by Kumar. Pallavi, who trained in Hindustani classical, and has been involved in theatre for many years, was initiated into bhavageethe as a young girl by Mysore Ananthaswamy, a prominent singer and composer. Since then, she has become a highly regarded performer in the genre.
7pm. APS College grounds, DVG Road, Basavanagudi (28432837).
Art: Open studio
Till 4 September
A solo show by Sumitro Basak, an artist from West Bengal. Currently in residence at the 1, Shanthi Road studio gallery, the subjects that grab
Basak’s attention in his new show range from fantastical modern myths to lurid murder investigations.
Noon-8pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar. For details, visit www.1shanthiroad.blogspot.com or call 9880227706.
Unfolding of the Self
Till 15 September
This Shan Re retrospective offers a rare glimpse of some previously unseen works by the artist insegments spanning the last 10 years of her career. They include selections from series such asColourscapes (2000-02), based largely on the landscapes of Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh. In the middle years, roughly 2003-05, Re shifted to more figurative work, although the series In the Musical Garden—between 2007 and 2011—found her leaning towards near-abstractcompositions. Also on display are Re’s “free association drawings”, and selections from her recent series Eternal Spring (2009-10).
11am-7pm (Monday-Friday). Galerie De’Arts, Barton Centre, Eleventh floor, 84, MG Road (25591932, 9632829758).
Film: The Beat that my Heart Skipped
Director Jacques Audiard (A Self-Made Hero, Read My Lips) translates to modern-day Paris the dilemmas of James Toback’s 1978, New York-set Fingers —the story of a young man caught between art and crime, between his own ambitions and those of his father—in an audacious move that reverses the thinking that you should ignore the remake and hunt down the original instead. In place of Harvey Keitel’s Jimmy Fingers, Audiard, in his The Beat that my Heart Skipped (2005), gives us 28-year-old Thomas Seyr (Romain Duris), an archetypal slick and streetwise Parisian—alwaysimmaculately dressed, a man who is in perpetual conflict with himself as the victim of a dual, contrasting inheritance from his wheeler-dealer father, Thomas (Niels Arestrup) and his late concert-pianist mother, Sonia. 1 hour, 47 minutes.
6pm. New Acropolis Centre, 203, HM Studios, behind Hotel Nandhini, St Marks Road (42065280).
Dance: MeiDhwani: Echoes of the Body
Contemporary dance choreographer and dancer Jayachandran Palazhy’s latest choreographic work will be presented by the Attakkalari Repertory. With MeiDhwani, Palazhy focuses on that most basic element of a dance production, the human body. The materials used are mundane—metal water pots, cylindrical tubes and metal lamps with burning flames—but draw from the ideas of entrapment and death. 1 hour.
7.30pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road (22213530). Tickets,Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 500 , available at Blossom Book House, 84/6, Church Street (25320400); Crossword, 32, ACR Tower, Ground floor, Residency Road (25582411); and, www.indianstage.in
Around town: Signature Breakfast at Cilantro
Till 30 September
Le Royal Meridien, in partnership with three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten from the US, presents a breakfast menu with an innovative twist to some classic breakfast favourites. The signature dishes include Croque Madame, Smoked Salmon, Silken Tofu Crunchy Bagel and Toasted Brioche.
7-11am. Cilantro, Le Royal Meridien, GST Road, St Thomas Mount. For reservations, call 22314343. Price, Rs 700 per person.
Art : Psychedelic Enigma
Till 10 September
An exhibition-cum-sale of paintings by city-based artist Thara Ganesan. The medium is acrylic on canvas and the paintings are a riot of colours, representing human emotion. The artist says she has drawn inspiration from the panchatatvas and their role in the creation of the earth.
11am-7pm. Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, 21/11, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (24982515). Prices, Rs 6,000-80,000.
Theatre:I Wanna be MJ
Arts group Nicholas Productions and Sahaayika, a non-governmental organization that works in the field of cancer, are staging a musical inspired by Michael Jackson. With an on-stage orchestra, live singing and exciting theatrics, it promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience. Director: Denver Anthony Nicholas. 2 hours.
2pm and 7pm. Museum Theatre, Egmore. Tickets, Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 500, available at www.indianstage.in. Student passes, Rs 100, available at the venue.
Around town: The GO:MADras 3d Festival
The GO:MADras 3d Festival, in its third year, will celebrate electronica, dance and the visual arts. On Day 1, Boombay Central, Antrixx and AFM, among others, will perform. Anil Chawla (of Global Underground, UK) and Brute Force, etc., will perform on the second day. On Day 3, listen to Chriss Ortega (Germany), among others.
3pm (Friday and Saturday), noon (Sunday). EC41 , VGP Resorts, East Coast Road. Tickets, Rs 1,000 (Friday) , Rs 1,500 (Saturday) and Rs 2,500 (Sunday), available at the venue and Frappe Gems Court, Khader Nawaz Khan Road (43099630). For details, visit www.gomadras.in
By Nandini Reddy
Art: Let’s Paint the Sky Red
Till 30 September
Drawings, miniatures and oils by the late Manjit Bawa. The Bawa retrospective’s title is derived from In Black and White, a biography of the artist written by his friend Ina Puri. According to her, Bawa painted the sky red not because it was his favourite colour, but because he was unafraid of deviating from the norm—he was one of the first to use Indian pinks, reds and browns. Instead of painting in a style which was derivative of European schools, Bawa borrowed from Indian mythology and Sufi poetry and his clean, uncluttered canvases came to be filled with figures like Bulleh Shah, Heer, Ranjha and Krishna.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40, Defence Colony (24622545).
Songs to Live For
The Parijat Desai Dance Company from New York will present a contemporary performance. The founder, Parijat Desai, started learning Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi from an early age. Desai carried her interest in dance to Stanford, where she studied anthropology and galvanized the student dance group, Salangai Oli (a Tamil word that describes the sound of anklet bells). Desai will perform Songs to Live For, which is set to Hindustani classical music, and grew out of her love for thumris. The musical accompaniment includes a tabla solo by Ustad Zakir Hussain, as well as the thumris Dil Le Ke Mujhe Badnam Kiya by Shobha Gurtu and Piya Toh Maanat Nahi by Bhimsen Joshi.
Dancing diva:Parijat Desai from New York will present Songs to Live For.
7pm. The Park, 15, Parliament Street (23743000). For details, call 23472290.
Film: The 48 Hour Film Project
Till 10 September
The first-ever Delhi edition of the project kicks off at the India Habitat Centre. This capsule-film competition started when director Mark Ruppert read an article about two women who’d started a 24-hour play competition. He thought it might be fun to apply the same challenge to film, though with twice the time. The first edition was held in Washington, DC in 2001. This year, participants will scramble in a hundred cities across the world. “Think short” clearly did not mean “think small” where Ruppert was concerned. 48 Hour Film has followed the same format since its inception: Teams meet at a common location and are assigned a prop, character and dialogue to work into their films. After picking chits that decide the genres they must conform to, they’re off. The film-making weekend in Delhi is 2-4 September, and the films will be screened thereafter.
Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333). Registration fee, Rs 2,500. Visit www.48hourfilm.com/delhi for timings. Contact venue for registration details.
When the Spanish flamenco-jazz trio took on the moniker Jerez Texas, its members knew what they were aiming at. Their odd combination of the Western classical instrument cello, the folksy flamenco guitar and a drum kit, results in songs that range from the get-up-and-dance variety to smouldering romantic numbers. Cellist Matthieu Saglio hopes to blur geographical boundaries and cover vast soundscapes.
6.30pm. Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road (48681900).
Around town: Karavali Food Festival
Some of the specialities of Karavali cuisine are appams served with stew and an array of vegetarian curries like ulli thiel and avial. You can also sample the globally famous Bhatkal biryani, made by Navayathi Muslims in Bhatkal, a small town north of Mangalore. This biryani made with fish, shrimps, chicken or mutton.
12.30-3pm, 7.30-11.45pm. Spice Junxion, Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills, Road No.1. Charges, Rs800-1,200, plus taxes, per person. For reservations, call 66663939.
Theatre: Biryani aur Haleem
Biryani aur Haleem is an adaptation of The Pie and the Tart by Hugh Chesterman. Set against a Hyderabadi backdrop and in Deccan dialect, the play is about the ordeal of two beggars, Salim and Javed, who chance upon the quintessential Hyderabadi dishes, biryani and haleem, prepared by culinary expert Ismail Bhai to impress the nawab. 1 hour.
7.30pm. La Makaan, off Road No. 1, lane adjacent to C-Bay, Banjara Hills. Tickets, Rs100, available at in.bookmyshow.com. For donor passes, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, call 9848052541.
Music: Zedde Live
In mid-2008, singer 2Blue and guitar player Claver, two musicians from the Indian rock circuit best known for their work in Vayu and Rust Angels, respectively, got together to form a band they could call their own. With ex-Rust Angels drummer Trevor and Swastika bass player Dusty Ryan joining in, Zedde was complete.
9pm. Hard Rock Café, GVK 1, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills (44767900). Entry, Rs 250.
By Vishwanath Pilla
Till 11 September
A retrospective on the life and work of Chittaprosad, one of the most eminent artists of India. Chittaprosad recorded pivotal
political and social movements in the country, such as the Great Bengal Famine of 1943-44 and its fallout, through his vivid sketches and drawings. He also recorded protests against colonialism, economic exploitation and urban poverty, just as beautifully as his work for children on family values. The exhibition has been designed in a manner that includes his drawings, paintings, linocuts and other prints, his writings in original, his letters, published writings and drawings in the People’s War and People’s Age magazines, manuscripts, posters, puppets and photographs. These will be presented alongside five seminal books by art historian Sanjoy Kumar Mallik.
3-8pm (Tuesday-Saturday), Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108/109, Southern Avenue (24666802/2843).
Till 7 September
Arts group Pentagon presents a group exhibition of paintings and installation by 11 of its members, including Chandana Khan, Dhiren Sasmal, Ashok Ganguly and Biswarup Garai. Pentagon started its journey with five members, who have grown into acclaimed artists. The works are in acrylic and cover various themes—from cityscapes to abstract works on human relationships.
3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call Ashok Ganguly at 9883173234.
Around town: Panel discussion andNei-thikanar Dak Ghar
The Proscenium Art Centre, in association with experimental theatre company Bibhaban and art organizing group The Arshinagar Project, will present a panel discussion on “Theatre, Political Awareness and Education” by philosopher and theatre director Jean-Frédéric Chevallier, and theatre person and founder of The Arshinagar Project, Arka Mukhopadhyay. This will be followed by a 40-minute solo theatrical performance of Nei-thikanar Dak Ghar (The Post Office of Lost Maps), devised and performed by Mukhopadhyay based on The Post Office by Rabindranath Tagore, The Country without a Post Office by Agha Shahid Ali, and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.
6.30pm. Proscenium Art Centre, 46, AJC Bose Road, Ripon Street Crossing (9830034978).
Music: Live in India—Rising Tones
Bickram Ghosh and Siddha will present an evening of music with Debojyoti Bose and Subhankar Banerjee. Sarod player Debojyoti, a disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, has performed in India as well as Bangladesh, the US, UK, Mongolia and Indonesia. He has worked on nine albums, including Ecstasy (with Ustad Zakir Hussain) and Dawn (with Tanmoy Bose). Subhankar Banerjee was under the tutelage of Swapan Shiva of the Farrukhabad gharana. He performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo along with Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in 1999.
7.30pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For passes, call 9830819909. Children below 8 are not allowed.
We are 10
‘We are 10’ is a group exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 10 young artists: Moloy Karamakar, Soumen Saha, Ranajit Halder, Shehangshu Das, Debasis Maity, Nilkanta Mondal, Soumendra Nath Roy, Srabani Roy, Samir Das and Prabir Roy. The vibrant works, which include semi-abstracts, are on varied themes, such as nature and cityscapes, in watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.
3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call Soumen at 9433357568.
BY Indranil Bhoumik
Henrik Ibsen’s 1888 drama The Lady from the Sea pivots around Ellida, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter whose mind eddies like the ebb and flow of the sea. The play is set near a fjord in Norway, and is awash with references to mermaids and the call of the sea as Ellida wrestles with marital responsibility and her desire for a sailor she was engaged to once. Ibsen’s classic plumbs new depths this fortnight in Ila Arun’s directorial debut, Mareechika (Mirage), transporting the marine metaphors to the parched sands of Rajasthan. The performance is in aid of Sahachari Foundation, which raises funds to support NGOs in the field of education, healthcare, social welfare and culture.
Staging Selves: Exploring staged versus real-life photography.
6.30pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs 150, Rs 250, Rs 350 and Rs 500, available at the venue.
Music : Cry Freedom
Four-member rock band Boomarang from Aizawl, known for protest songs such as Rhythm of a Revolution, will be performing as part of a long line-up playing at the day-long Cry Freedom concert, organized by Indigo Live. The band began with a definite leaning towards the sound of American rap metal stars Rage Against The Machine. Vocalist Atea and guitarist Lalruatliana Hansing, known by the moniker Boom, joined Boomarang when it had another lead vocalist. Atea and Boom have since worked on changing the band’s sound, and have about 10 new songs ready.
Noon. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Worli (24382888). Entry, Rs 500. For bookings, call 66155959.
4, 7, 10 September
The Hindu god Ganesh has been described as a lover of the performing arts. Across Maharashtra, classical music recitals are part of cultural programmes held during Ganesh Chaturthi. The Brahman Sabha in Girgaon isn’t wavering from tradition. This year’s programme features popular vocalists Arati Ankalikar-Tikekar, Ajit Kadkade and Sanjeev Abhyankar.
9pm. Brahman Sabha, 990, Shankarwadi Gruh, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road, Girgaon (23864825/4625).
Unplannable City—Approaches to Urban Emergence and Complexity
Imagine if urban planners could not only predict future trends, but also foresee how interventions such as creating an environmental zone or adding a new railway line would affect urban development. The Unplannable City: Approaches to Urban Emergence and Complexity exhibition, being organized at Studio X, explores new technologies that are altering the way we have traditionally designed cities.
7pm (3 September) and 10am-6.30pm (Monday-Saturday). Studio X, Kitab Mahal, Fourth floor, 192, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort (22071771).
Staging Selves: Power, Performance and Portraiture
Curator Maya Kóvskaya explores the boundaries between staged and documentary photography through the works of Ravi Agarwal, Sheba Chhachhi, Gauri Gill, Samar Jodha, Tejal Shah, O Zhang, Han Bing, Malekeh Nayiny and Waswo X Waswo. Chhachhi presents ‘Seven Lives and a Dream’, studio portraits of feminist activists made in the 1990s, when she broke away from documentary photography.
11am-6pm (Monday-Saturday). Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, Colaba (66103424).
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