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First Published: Thu, Jul 14 2011. 11 15 PM IST

On a high: Watch gravity-defying acts by The Great Mongolia.
On a high: Watch gravity-defying acts by The Great Mongolia.
Updated: Thu, Jul 14 2011. 11 15 PM IST
Delhi
Dance
The Mohan Khokar Dance Collection
17-24 July
An exhibition of select artefacts from the private collection of Bangalore-based dance historian Ashish Khokar is being held in collaboration with the International Academy of Mohiniattam. The collection, built up by his father Mohan Khokar from the 1930s, contains artefacts as diverse as brochures, handbills, posters, press clips and the first prospectuses of leading dance institutions. Famed dancers presented Mohan Khokar with their personal photographs, letters and books. The collection includes antique Tanjore paintings and Chola bronzes, alongside dance motifs on fabric, firecracker boxes, postage stamps and even Nataraj stationery.
10am-8pm. Visual Arts Gallery, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. For details, call 24682001.
A Life in Dance
16 July
A choreography performance by the students of guru Yog Sunder as part of his 90th birthday celebrations. Sunder, the founder of the Indian Revival Group, has been decorated with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his lifetime contribution to dance.
Odissi and Contemporary
15 July
A solo recital by Masako Ono from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Growing up in Japan, like many of her classmates, Ono learnt to dance ballet. It took one trip to India for her to trade her pointed shoes for ghungroos, but it was a while before Ono could realize her dream of dancing Odissi in the style developed by the legendary guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.
Ono’s recital will begin with classic Odissi compositions by Mohapatra. An invocatory piece will be followed by Saveri Pallavi—pallavi means “to blossom”, and Ono will express the glowing beauty of a dancer who emerges from her devotion. These faster-paced compositions will be followed by Pashyati Dishi Dishi. The comparatively mellow abhinaya piece is set to a song by 12th century poet Jayadeva, about the union of Krishna and Radha that is alive even in a state of physical separation. Ono will end with Moksh, which also explores the union of the soul with the divine.
7pm. Auditorium, Azad Bhavan, Indraprastha Estate. For details, call 23379309.
Around town
Acromania
Till 7 August
On a high: Watch gravity-defying acts by The Great Mongolia.
Baba Ramdev may want to zip over to Gurgaon and reserve a seat at Nautanki Mahal in the surreal Kingdom of Dreams. He will discover that twisting oneself into a ‘jalebi’ (an Indian sweet) can actually be entertaining. Gurgaon’s most colourful performance stage is hosting ‘Acromania’, a 90-minute spectacle of the gravity-defying skills of traditional Mongolian acrobats, jugglers and contortionists. The performance by The Great Mongolian Circus marries acrobatics, gymnastics and rope gymnastics. The high-performance physicality of the contortions will be interspersed with lighter acts of baton-juggling and floor-rope tricks, with rainbow-hued clowns adding a touch of slapstick humour. Circus acrobatics is a popular career in Mongolia, where children begin their training when they are as young as 6.
6pm. Nautanki Mahal, Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs 500, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000 (Tuesday-Thursday), and 750, Rs 1,250, Rs 1,750 and Rs 2,500 (Friday-Sunday), available at the venue, or online at www.kingdomofdreams.in
Emerging Health Concerns:Lifestyle Disorders
19 July
The first in a new series of lectures by Raman Kapur on lifestyle disorders and what can be done to reverse this trend and to help us live longer, healthier lives.
6.30pm. Seminar Hall 2 and 3. Conference Block, India International Centre. 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. For details, call 24619431.
Nelson Mandela International Day
18 July
The Gandhi Peace Foundation and the South African high commission are organizing an event, the Mandela Katha Mala, to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Harris Majeke, the high commissioner of South Africa, Ahmed Kathrada, a co-prisoner at Robben Island, and Suhas Borker will speak on Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known. In the foyer, children of Bluebells School International will exhibit their paintings. Street children’s groups TouchaCord and Music Basti will also perform.
10.30am. Gandhi-King Plaza and Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. For details, call 24619431.
Theatre
Jungle Book
15 July
A performance of Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel, which has been adapted for children. Mowgli, a human baby, is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle with the help of Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther. Mowgli then has to fight the menacing tiger, Shere Khan. The musical has been directed by Gaurav Pahwa, and the cast is from the Kshitij Theatre Group.
6pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg. For details, call 23714307.
Music
Sawan in Purani Dilli
18 July
A performance by qawwals from the Chishti order of Ajmer Sharif, with an introduction by Zakia Zaheer. Before the performance, the book Living in Harmony: Towards Resolution of the Ayodhya Issue will also be released. Later, the poetry of Ghalib and the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, and music and dance celebrating the monsoon will be presented by Renee Singh. The event is in collaboration with The India Harmony Foundation.
6pm. India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg. Lodhi Estate. For details, call 24619431.
Mumbai
Music
Gauri Pathare
17 July
Gauri Pathare’s programme this week is in memory of the musicologist K.G. Ginde. Pathare will sing raga Shree and some other melodies, accompanied on the harmonium by Atmaram Bicholkar and on the tabla by Abhay Datar. Pathare is one of the most prominent young Hindustani classical singers today. She was recently nominated for the Global Indian Music Awards. Pathare sings both traditional classical and semi-classical music, presenting forms of music that range from hard-core classical to natya sangeet.
5.30pm. Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, 122/A, JK Sawant Marg, near Ruparel College, opposite Bombay Glass Works, Matunga. For details, call 24304150.
Soul Mate
19 July
The Shillong-based blues band will be performing in Mumbai. Guitarist, songwriter and singer Rudy Wallang and vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tipriti “Tips” Kharbangar will rock the house with their brand of blues.
10pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Entry fee,Rs 100.
Solarstone
16 July
Richard Mowatt aka Solarstone is a celebrated DJ and producer based in the UK. He has unleashed some of the biggest hits of uplifting Trance music, including Seven Cities, The Calling and Like a Waterfall. Mowatt has combined his love of melody and floor-shaking power with more innovative sounds in recent times. And as the owner of four record labels—Solaris, Crashing Waves, Molecule and solarSwarm Recordings—clubbers can expect to hear many new and exclusive tracks.
10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs 500.
Around town
Tim Clark and John Moloney
Till 17 July
Stand-up comics from the UK will bring rib-tickling stories to Mumbai’s audiences. Laugh out loud with tales of intoxication from Tim Clark and the droll John Moloney.
8.30pm (also 10.30pm on 16 July). The Comedy Store, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, Rs 500 (and Rs 700 for the 10.30pm show), available at the venue and online at Bookmyshow.com.
Theatre
K
21 July
Experiential play: Actor Jyoti Dogra uses a table, chair, rope and video footage in K.
Nothing is as it seems with actor Jyoti Dogra. Her 2009 solo performance The Doorway was designed to arouse personal associations in the audience through props and ideas—a door frame, pulsing light and phrases from Punjabi folklore and her connection with space. Dogra’s latest performance K0(K raised to zero) hopes to be as experiential. It uses a few more props—a table, chair, rope and video footage—to recreate her experience of reading the works of 20th century German author Franz Kafka.
7.30pm. Gallery Beyond, Great Western Building, 130/132, First floor, opposite Lion Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort (22837345).
Art
Transmigrations
20 July-22 September
American photographer Karen Knorr explores the relationship between nature and culture in ‘Fables’ and ‘India Song’. In both the series, Knorr digitally introduces a menagerie of animals where you wouldn’t find them—in the halls and corridors of regal palaces and museums in India and Europe. Through this tactic, Knorr challenges conventions of royalty and academia while creating amusing pictures. Knorr’s richly detailed photographs present a ‘Panchatantra’ for the 21st century.
10.30am-7.30pm. Hermes, 15A Horniman Circle, near Asiatic Library, Fort. For details, call 22630093.
Bangalore
Around town
Oral History and Legacy Conference
19 July
The Centre for Public History at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, in association with the British Council, will host a conference. There will be lectures by Robert Perks and Mary Stewart of the National Life Stories programme; C.S. Lakshmi of the Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women, or SPARROW, Mumbai; Suroopa Mukherjee of the University of Delhi; and Urvashi Butalia, director, Zubaan Books.
9am-5pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road. Registration fee, Rs 500 for students and research scholars, Rs 750 for delegates from academic institutions, non-profits or individuals, and Rs 1,000 for corporate delegates. For details, call 49000808 or visit Srishti.ac.in.
Dance
Kuchipudi Vaibhavam
15 July
Classical dancer Prateeksha Kashi will present a solo recital titled Kuchipudi Vaibhavam. Kashi is the great-granddaughter of Kannada theatre legend Gubbi Veeranna and the student and daughter of danseuse Vyjayanthi Kashi.
6.30pm. Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha, Purandara Bhavana, 8th Main Road HAL 2nd Stage. For details, call 25215525.
Music
The Mighty Riff
16 July
A heavy metal concert put together by four Bangalore bands—Inner Sanctum, Bevar Sea, Culminant and Pillbox 666. Inner Sanctum are an extreme metal band, featuring Gaurav on vocals, Chintan and Rajeev on guitars, Michael on bass and Abhinav on drums. Bevar Sea includes Ganesh on vocals, Srikanth and Chacko on guitars, J.P. on bass and Deepak on drums. They will be followed by Culminant, a trash, death and extreme metal band, featuring Deep on drums, Pranay and Anup on guitars, Adarsh on bass and Bharad on vocals. Pillbox 666 completes the line-up for the evening, and includes Vikram Bhatt on vocals, Nolan Lewis on guitar, Ganesh on bass and Deepak on drums.
5pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Vasanth Nagar. Tickets ,Rs 99, available at the venue. For details, visit Themightyriff.com.
Theatre
Adhe Adhure
21 July
In Adhe Adhure, Savitri looks for emotional and sexual emancipation from her marriage. As Savitri wrangles with her unemployed husband Mahendranath, their three children feel alienated and find their own outlets for rebellion. Directed by Lillete Dubey. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval. For details, call 23445810, 23414681. Tickets, Rs 300, Rs 500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000, available at Cafe Pascucci, Indira Nagar, and online at Indianstage.in and BookMyShow.com.
Theatre
Sic
19-20 July
‘Sic’ opens a window on to the lives of three neighbours in a New York apartment complex. Theo, recently abandoned by his wife, is a trained composer whose professional prospects have gone the way of his love life. The only impulse that seems to propel him now is a deepening infatuation with the skittish (and disinclined) Babette, a writer. Frank, the third person in this under-achieving trinity, harbours the vague goal of turning his fascination for tongue-twisters into a career as an auctioneer. All three are bonded by a common friend, Larry (who never appears). 1 hour, 30 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar. For details, call 26592777. Tickets, Rs 150, available online at Indianstage.in and BookMyShow.com .
Hyderabad
Film
Korean Film Festival
15-17 July
The consulate general of the Republic of Korea in Mumbai, in collaboration with the Hyderabad Film Club and the Hyderabad Korean Residents Association, is organizing a Korean Film Festival. On 16 July, watch Old Partner(4.30pm), Barefoot Dream (6.30pm) and My Girlfriend is an Agent (7.15pm). The line-up for 17 July includes Forever the Moment (4pm) and Scandal Makers (6.30pm).
Prasad Film Labs Preview Theatre, Road No. 2,Banjara Hills. For details, emailhyderabadfilmclub1@gmail.com
Around town
Talk by digital media expert Sree Sreenivasan
15 July
Sree Sreenivasan, digital media expert and professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, will speak on the topic “Can social media bring social change?” The event is being organized by the US consulate in Hyderabad, in association with the non-profit Manthan.
6.30pm. Vidyaranya High School, Green Gates, Saifabad. For details, call 23237789.
Music
Live performance by Blacklisted
21 July
Formed by two students of the Madras Christian College in late 2008, Blacklisted pass off their music as alternative rock—they say they haven’t come up with a “real definition” of the kind of music they play because they draw influences from everywhere. The band has won several awards at music festivals across the country.
9pm. Hard Rock Café, GVK 1, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills. (44767900). Entry fee, Rs 250 .
Art
Po10tial
18-31 July
Po10tial is a group show by visual artists Akshay Anand, Bhaskar Vadla, Durga Rao, Krishna Reddy, Manohar Rao, Narendra Chary, Praveen Goud, Soghra Khurasani, Venkatramulu and Vijay Durga. Their etchings are on display.
11am-7pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills. For details, call 66564466, email info@kalakriti.in or visit www.kalakriti.in
- Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Chennai
Around town
Storytelling with Craft
16 July
The DakshinaChitra Heritage Centre is organizing a workshop for children aged 3-6. The activities will include puppet making, voice modulation and origami.
10am-3.30pm. DakshinaChitra, ECR (9841777779). Fee, Rs 500, inclusive of materials and transportation from Madras Craft Foundation, G3 Madhurams Apartments, No. 6 Ulur Olcott Road, Besant Nagar.
Art
Beneath the Surface
20-30 July
Apparao Galleries presents an exhibition of artwork on paper by Smriti Dixit, Manish Nai and the late Sohan Qadri. The three artists have worked in a two-dimensional space with different textured surfaces that give depth to their work.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam. For details, call 28332226.
Theatre
Short + Sweet Theatre
20-23 July
The Prakriti Foundation, in association with the Blu Lotus Company, presents a festival of 10-minute plays in English by different directors, including the city-based Michael Muthu and Freddy Koikaran.
7pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Francaise, College Road, Nungambakkam. Tickets, Rs 100, available at Indianstage.in. For details, call 42064969.
Music
Jagjit Singh—70th Anniversary Tour
17 July
Ghazal maestro: Jagjit Singh.
The concert will feature some of singer Jagjit Singh’s best-known ‘ghazals’. 2 hours.
6pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet. Tickets, Rs 600, Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500, available at www.indianstage.in and at the venue. For details, call 9445087939
- Nandini Reddy
Kolkata
Theatre
Mimi and Brumm
18-19 July
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata, in collaboration with Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, presents Mimi and Brumm, a performance in English by Swiss puppeteer Margrit Gysin. Gysin tells and performs a story based on the book by Gabrielle Vincent. The story is about Mimi, a mouse, and Brumm, a bear. They are so tiny that they can live in a book. When the puppeteer knocks on the book’s cover, the mouse comes out, and the bear follows. 45 minutes.
Noon, and also 6.30pm on 19 July. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call 22822895/3431 or visit www.prohelvetia.in
- Indranil Bhoumik
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First Published: Thu, Jul 14 2011. 11 15 PM IST