Atthanniyaan…of Mumbai Mahanagar
Atthanniyaan…of Mumbai Mahanagar, the final instalment in trilogy of plays written by Gulzar and directed by Salim Arif, encounters Mumbai under the streetlights, after reflecting on the scars left by riots in Kharaashein and Partition in Lakeerein. It uses Gulzar’s verses about life on Mumbai’s footpaths as preludes to the stories. But though the vignettes have grim tones, Arif clarifies that Atthanniyan “is a celebration of sorts of the lifelines of Mumbai, at times Chaplin-esque and poignant”. The play splices the city belly-up, portraying slum dwellers and elite residents with Gulzar’s characteristic sensitivity and humour.
Bard’s muse: Catch Paul Smith’s talk on William Shakespeare’s fascination with water bodies in Mumbai on 14 January.
6.30pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs120, Rs160, Rs200, Rs240 and Rs320.
Mumbai in Literature,
Art and Film
Sophia College is hosting a two-day conference during which academicians and practitioners will discuss the representation of the city in colonial and contemporary art, fiction, poetry, photography and films. The speakers include Indian post colonial theorist Homi K. Bhabha, documentary film-maker Ranjani Mazumdar, art critic Ranjit Hoskote, artist Jitish Kallat, author Mukul Kesavan, and photographer Ketaki Sheth, among others.
9.30am-5pm. Sophia Bhabha Auditorium, Sophia College, Bhulabhai Desai Road. Tickets, Rs150 for students and Rs300 for others. To register, call 23513280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Full Fathom Five
William Shakespeare was heavily influenced by the new oceans that were being explored by Europeans. Full Fathom Five: Shakespeare’s Old Seas and New Worlds, a Vasant J. Sheth memorial lecture by Paul Smith, a director with the British Council in Cairo, will discuss the poet’s fascination with water bodies. Smith credits the influence of the ocean on Shakespeare to the opening of maritime trade in the late 16th and early 17th century, when Europeans ventured out to find new lands.
7pm. Rangaswar Auditorium, YB Chavan Centre, General Jaganath Bhosale Marg (66352283).
Dancer Aditi Mangaldas’ dance company, Drishtikon Dance Foundation, presents Uncharted Seas, a work showcasing the best facets of Mangaldas’ work. The performance is a rare treat for Mumbai. It will be the first time in almost nine years that Mangaldas’ company will do a full-length public show in the city. It is a classical Kathak production focusing on what mankind searches for and why.
6.30pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200 and Rs300 (available at the venue).
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
Till 30 January
At a very basic level, the themes of the art works suggest a journey from the material to the intellectual. Artist Atul Dodiya’s contribution is a painting on a mini shutter that is also an ode to Indian contemporary art and its market, as well as a more compact version of the shutters Dodiya painted in the early 2000s. Artists Subodh Gupta and Sheela Gowda continue the exploration of the physical world with the former sculpting a bundle of twigs out of metal and the latter using ash and cow dung as paint.
10.30am-6.30pm. Lakeeren, 6/18, Grants Building, Second Floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22850423).
Bharat Rang Mahotsav
Till 22 January
The ongoing Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the annual theatre festival organized by the National School of Drama, New Delhi, has several interesting presentations this year. One is director Sunil Shanbag’s latest work, S*x, M*rality and Cens*rship on 11 January. It is a compelling drama of ideas on the gagging of artistic expression. The show’s impact lies more in the evocative power of the performances than in the novelty of the arguments. It is a must-see.
And on 13 January, don’t miss Kabul’s Parwaz Puppet Theatre Group’s two plays in Dari Persian: Buzak-e-Chini wa Gurg (The Wolf and the Goat) and Kharpesht & Khargoosh (The Hedgehog and the Rabbit). Both the plays are directed by Abdul Haq Haqjoo.
S*x, M*rality and Cens*rshop: 6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (43503351). Tickets, Rs10, Rs30, Rs50 and Rs100 (available at the NSD. Call 23383420/4531) for details.
Buzak-e-Chini wa Gurg: 6pm. Sammukh Auditorium, National School of Drama, 1, Bhagwan Das Road (23382821). For details about passes, call (23329506/82821).
A Hindustani vocal recital by the talented Mumbaikar, who has been a disciple of Pandit Yashwantbua Joshi and Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. Dadarkar will be accompanied by Milind Pote (tabla) and Ustad Mehmood Dholpuri (harmonium).
6.30pm. Conference Room-I, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
As part of the second and concluding day of the World Dance Alliance International Dance Festival, Bharatanatyam dancer Karishma Desai from North Carolina, US, will give a recital. She has been learning the form for the past 12 years from her mother Supriya Desai at the Payal Academy of Dance, US. Desai has also studied modern dance for the past three years and has incorporated those techniques into the movement vocabulary of Bharatanatyam. She will showcase this amalgam in her performance.
7.15pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).
Views from the Saddle
10 January-3 April
Touted as one of the first shows of “equine art” in the country, this exhibition presents a collection of photographs, traditional oil paintings, watercolours and traditional Indian miniature art. It includes the work of Sabrina Siga, who is has been painting horses for almost three decades now, alongwith Hasneyn Mirza, another veteran equine artist, who is also a leading veterinary surgeon.
10am-6pm (special viewing outside working hours on request). Photo India Gallery, 565 M, 8th Main, HAL II Stage, Indira Nagar (64541819). For enquiries, email email@example.com
This singer from Ivory Coast mixes Mandingue melodies with Congolese rumba, Ivory Coast ziglibiti and Cameroon bikoutsi, Ghanian high-life and Zulu choir music to carry her compositions along with jazz-like sounds. Gnahoré brings in instruments such as the sanza, the balafon, the calebasse and bongos to support the guitar, the vocal backup and her own warm and powerful voice.
5pm. Amphitheatre, IIM Bangalore, Bannerghatta Road, 5th Cross, Bilekahalli (26582450). Entry by invitation only. For invites contact Alliance Française de Bangalore.
Writer Alan Brody’s ‘Small Infinities’ is a point of entry into the life, mind and enduring shadow of one of history’s, and certainly Western civilization’s, most important sons, Isaac Newton. The play is part of a series of biographic-historical works, developed and presented under the Bangalore Little Theatre’s ongoing The History of Ideas programme.
7.30pm (also 11.30am on 10 January). MLR Convention Centre, Brigade Millennium, 7th phase, JP Nagar (9880405439/40182222). Tickets, Rs200.
The annual festival promoting art, culture and spirit of Tamil Nadu promises to be even bigger than last year. The seven-day extravaganza will see around 2,000 performers, including saxophonist Kadri Gopal, singers Bombay Jayashri and Anuradha Sairam, and percussionist Sivamani, who will bring alive the spirit of Chennai, with around 4,000 performances. The venues will be spread across all the public spaces—parks, streets and beaches. Touted as the longest and biggest Open Festival of India, the event is presented by the NGO Tamil Maiyam and the department of tourism and culture, government of Tamil Nadu.
For details, contact Tamil Maiyam, First floor, New No. 68, Luz Church Road, Mylapore (24994344/ 24994242).
I Love Chennai
Till 21 January
The art show highlights Chennai as a cultural object. It focuses on the street art form of the city that currently exist as well as those that have disappeared. The exhibit, made by several artists, will be displayed on 300ft of compound wall as public art.
10am-6.30pm. Ashvita Art Objects and Artifacts, 11, 2nd Street, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore (42109990).
Playback singer P. Unnikrishnan will return to his Carnatic roots by rendering a vocal performance, accompanied by Embar Kannan on the violin, Thiruvarur Bakthavatsalam on the mridangam and B.S. Purushothaman on the ghatam.
5pm. Mudhra, Old No. 118A, New No. 26, Ramanaicken Street, Nungambakkam (28264493). Tickets, Rs500, Rs300 and Rs200.
Tribal jewellery workshop
The Madras Craft Foundation (MCF) is holding a Nagaland tribal jewellery workshop where participants can learn to use colourful wooden beads, cane, bamboo, glass beads, iron rings, metal coins, etc., to make jewellery. The registration cost of Rs600 includes material and transport to and from the venue (pick-up and drop at MCF).
10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779). Registration, Rs600.
As part of the ongoing Bonjour India festival of France organized by Alliance Francaise de Madras, Mayakkam Oxymore will be performed in the city. This fusion of traditional Bharata-natyam and modern technology is an artistic collaboration between Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Sangeetha Ishvaran, computer musician and researcher Cyrille Brissot, and Marko 93, a graffiti artist pioneer in the development of light painting in real-time video. The performance challenges the boundaries between art, technology and culture, in which new technologies and traditions meet, combining dance, painting and music.
7.30pm. Museum Theatre, Egmore (28279803/ 28271477). Entry by invitation.
By Karuna Amarnath
An evening with Ken Zuckerman
The Rabindranath Tagore Centre, a cultural centre of ICCR Kolkata, presents a sarod recital by Ken Zuckerman of Switzerland (disciple of the late Ustad Ali Akbar Khan), accompanied by Sankar Prosad Chowdhury on tabla.
6.30pm. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR Kolkata, Satyajit Ray Auditorium, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (9831716146).
Don’t miss this concert by American pianist Nancy Lee Harper, who is currently teaching music at the Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal. She will play pieces from Mendelssohn, Haydn, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Maurice Emmanuel and Antonio Fragoso.
6.30 pm. Calcutta School of Music, 6B, Sunny Park, Kolkata. For details, call 24615375.
Winter flower show
The Agri-Horticultural Society of India is presenting its annual flower show, where a variety of plants and winter-blooming flowers will be on display.
3-7pm (8 January), 7am-7pm (9-10 January). Main Lawn and HB Kanoi Exhibition Hall, Agri-Horticultural Society of India, 1, Alipore Road.
Studio 21, with Bonjour India, the festival of France in India, presents live art by street art pioneer Olivier Rizzo, aka Speedy Graphito. The Parisian artist’s paintings mix pop culture with urban art, humour and derision.
11am-5pm followed by exhibition at 6pm (8 January). Studio 21, 17-L, Dover Terrace (24866735).
By Indranil Bhoumik
Potol Babu Film Star
Theatre company Purbapaschim presents an adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s short story, ‘Potol Babu Film Star’, about a one-time theatre actor, Potol Babu, in his 50s, now struggling with family responsibilities and without a regular job. He has nearly forgotten his love for acting. And then, quite by chance, he has a shot at a movie role.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830783356). Tickets, Rs20, Rs40 and Rs60.
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