The Madras Crocodile Bank is conducting a workshop for children aged 10-16 to give them an understanding of working with wild animals in captivity. There will be some work to do with the crocodiles—from the day-to-day running of the park to assisting in research, husbandry and some veterinary duties—besides night safaris, presentations, simulations, tasks and, of course, lots of fun. The group will also go on a day trip with the Irula snake catchers, a tribe that specializes in catching snakes for venom.
9am-5.30pm. The Madras Crocodile Bank, East Coast Road, Vadanemmeli Village (27472447). Fees, Rs9,000, inclusive of course material, food and accommodation.
Till 4 July
Kolkata-based artist Deyali Mukherjee is exhibiting her latest works, consisting of studies from nature and landscapes. The clean lines, subtle colours and geometric representation of natural forms make the works of this 24-year-old—whose other interests are photography and theatre—very inspiring.
11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road.
Till 12 July
This group show is dedicated to four-legged animals. Artists A. Karuppiah, Sreekanth Kurva, N.S. Manoharan,V. Dhakshina Moorthy, Gangatharan, Avijit Roy, R.B. Baskaran and Chelian have come together to showcase their paintings of animals
using mixed media. While the theme remains constant, the artists’ distinct creative eye is seen through the use of lines and colours in their paintings.
11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road (42158062).
The Art of Photography
The Madras Craft Foundation (MCF) is organizing a photography workshop at DakshinaChitra which will take you from the basics to advanced techniques involving lights, shadow, nature, architecture and more. The sessions will be conducted by Chennai-based photographer Poochi Venkat, known for his pioneering work in macro-photography. Participants are required to bring their own camera of any make/model.
10am-5pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435/24918943/9841777779). Fees, Rs1,000, including transport from the MCF to the venue and back. Registration before the workshop is mandatory.
The Seagull restaurant’s Sunday brunch this weekend celebrates American independence day with a wide selection of speciality dishes such as clam chowder, as well as steaks, fries, burgers and hot dogs from their live cooking station.
12.30-3.30pm. Taj Fisherman’s Cove, Covelong Beach, East Coast Road (67413333). Charges, Rs1,299, plus tax, per person.
Yagnaraman July Fest 2010
Till 4 July
Sri Krishna Gana Sabha’s annual arts festival, in memory of its founder-member R. Yagnaraman, is on. This year, their lifetime achievement award is being conferred on Carnatic maestro M. Balamuralikrishna. 2 July will see a Madras String Quartet performance, while
Padma Subramanyam and her disciples will perform Pannum Bharatamum on 3 July. This will be followed by a performance by Leela Samson and her troupe.
6.30pm onwards. Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, 8/20, Maharajapuram, Santhanam Road, T. Nagar (28140806). Tickets, Rs50, Rs100, Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the venue.
By Karuna Amarnath
Nineteenth century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen been hailed as the father of modern drama. Ibsen’s most famous protagonist, Hedda Gabler, has been labelled the “female Hamlet” of Western dramatic literature— a gendered mirror to Shakespeare’s iconic character, distinct and yet wracked by a similar degree of psychological complexity. Nearly 120 years ago, Hedda Gabler’s earliest audiences were shocked and repulsed by her actions and thoughts. They found it inconceivable that a woman should be capable of cold deceit and inhumanity. But over the years she’s fascinated many others who believe Ibsen managed to force a crack in a long-forbidden window. Through it, they claimed to be able to peer over the dark moors of the human psyche—a place where the accepted logic of appropriate human behaviour crumples against the winds of something sinisterly mysterious. This week, catch Sheeba Chadha playing the controversial leading lady.
6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs200.
The Comedy Store
In 1979, Don Ward, a former comic, and insurance salesman Peter Rosengard, who wanted to bring American stand-up to England, opened The Comedy Store above a Soho strip club in London. The now-revered Comedy Store has moved from Soho to venues in Piccadilly and Manchester, and is celebrating its 31st anniversary by opening its first international comedy venue in Mumbai. It’s a solid bill of comics at The Comedy Store this Saturday with Roger Monkhouse, a tall, bald, deadpan comedian who knows how to work the room really well.
7.30pm and 10.30pm. The Comedy Store, The Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, Rs700, available at the venue or at www.bookmyshow.com
Bringing in the New
Till 6 July
After a series of exhibitions showcasing established names in the art world, Chemould Prescott Road throws its doors open to young artists. In this exhibition, Himanshu S., Arun Peje, Manoj Sinha and Ritesh Meshram
explore their relationships with the world around them.
11am-7pm, Sunday closed. Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).
Colours of Life
The Cancer Patients Aid Association is organizing an exhibition of 167 Indian artists to raise funds. Renowned and upcoming artists are contributing works to the cause. Curated by Piyali Syam,
the sixth edition of this annual show has paintings by masters such as Satish Gujral, Yusuf Arakkal and Bengal school seniors such as Shuvaprasanna and Shipra Bhattacharyya.
10am-7pm, Sunday closed. Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road, next to American Consulate, Breach Candy (23671983).
Classical musicians Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are strung together by their love for the guitar. This renowned Australian duo pluck classic strings on their guitars in the age of funk.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
Medusa isn’t quite the same band it was when it was formed. It’s gone from an industrial rock-quintet to an electronica-oriented trio. This week, let Medusa’s tunes creep into your consciousness.
9pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Entry charges, Rs150.
DJ LTJ Bukem
UK’s famous drum and bass guru and founder of Good Looking Records, DJ Danny Williamson spins a mix of jungle, soul and funk. Get your hip hop heads together for some rare sonic grooves.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charges, Rs500.
Missing: Half the Story
‘Missing: Half The Story: Journalism as if Gender Matters’, edited by Kalpana Sharma, an independent journalist, columnist and media consultant based in Mumbai, will be released at the Bangalore International Centre. The editor will discuss the book with Ammu Joseph, a Bangalore-based journalist and author, and the founder-member of the Network of Women in Media, India. Laxmi Murthy, associate editor of ‘Himal Southasian’, Kathmandu, will join in the discussion.
6.30pm. Bangalore International Centre Auditorium, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage (25359680).
Chitra Varsha Film Festival
The collective Chitra Samooha is organizing a festival of off-beat, award-winning Kannada films made in the last decade. They will have 104 shows of 52 films until May 2011. This weekend they will be showing the critically acclaimed Banadha Neralu. Next weekend, they will screen Gulabi Talkies.
6.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays only. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari, 2nd Stage (26711785). Call venue for the full schedule and details.Tickets, Rs40. Available at the venue.
KroaKing, an annual karaoke contest organized by Opus, aims to find some of the best voices in the country and provide a platform for their talent. Among the criteria used to judge will be musicality and stage performance. This is the fifth edition of the contest that has unearthed talent from different parts of the country, some of whom have gone on to record songs for prominent names in the music industry.
8.30pm. Opus in the Creek, 2, Doddanekkundi Industrial Area, Whitefield Road, Mahadevapura (9884030198).
Till 7 July
A group show by five artists from Bangalore—Akshay Hegde, Bharat Holla, Kushal Kumar, Manjunath Hassan and Rudragaud Indi. The idea is to explore the fictional divide between urban and rural. Bangalore is dependent on the link between the two and the exhibition is an attempt to capture bits of a regional iconography that will also be universally relevant.
11am-7pm. Gallery Blue Spade, The Chancery, 10/6, Lavelle Road (22115718).
The Fire Raisers
A town besieged by arsonists provides the setting for this dark comedy by Max Frisch. Biedermann, a businessman, is convinced that he can resist the attacks, until one day he is visited by two men posing as hawkers. Gradually he finds himself becoming complicit in the destruction of his own home in this play by the Shoestring Players, directed by Phyllis Bose.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Ticket, Rs150.
One year ago, on 2 July 2009, the Delhi high court decriminalized adult, consensual sex between members of the same sex. Join in an event to commemorate the day at Central Park, Connaught Place. The event will include speeches, impromptu musical performances and readings. Participants are invited to speak, dance, sing, perform or read aloud a section of the historical judgement (1-2 minutes each).
5.30pm. Central Park, Connaught Place. Contact the Delhi Queer Pride Committee at email@example.com and let them know what you would like to do.
Jana Natya Manch workshop
This seven-day acting workshop for students from classes IX-XII is part of Jana Natya Manch’s fund-raising efforts for an alternative theatre space in Delhi. Actor Shahana Goswami will conduct the sessions, helping children build confidence as actors and equipping them with the basic skills of the craft.
4-7pm. Muktadhara Auditorium basement, 18-19, Bhai Veer Singh Marg, opposite St Columba’s School, near Gole Market. For fees and registration details, call Shehla at 9810346565.
Three Arts Club Drama Festival
On 2 July, director Saurabh Bhatnagar presents Dhong, a play featuring Gangadhar, a medicine man, with two children, Naresh and Nina. When his wife finds out that Nina has been writing love letters to a boy named Prem, she asks Gangadhar to find a suitable match for the daughter and a bride for Naresh. The siblings, however, rebel and run off with their respective lovers—and comic mayhem ensues. On 3 July, catch a performance of Shalini Singh’s Ek Tha Buddha, the story of old Madho Das, who is a firm believer in fairies, trusting they will appear one day and lift him out of poverty. This will be followed by another Bhatnagar play, Paanch Laakh, a satire which features Lalit Prasad Pandey, a shopkeeper who leads a simple life till he dreams that he receives Rs5 lakh. On the last day of the festival, the play being staged is Aparichit, directed by Shalini Singh and Abhishek Kumar, an adaptation of Albert Camus’ classic novel The Stranger.
Timings vary. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). For details and tickets, call the venue.
The Art of the Book
Till 17 July
“What makes book design work across cultures?” asks the press note. “Good design gets under your skin, any skin... Not just in India for the Indians. Nor simply for the Americans in America. For the world,” it goes on to answer.
Yet when the artist in question, Sunandini Banerjee, an English literature graduate, joined Seagull Books as an editorial assistant, she had had no formal training in art. Ten years later, now senior editor and graphic designer at Seagull, she still doesn’t—though her 50 digital collages and book covers on display might lead you to doubt that. Executed to front and publicize Seagull’s diverse range of titles over the last year, these instances of computer art combine photographs, woodcuts, line drawings, paintings and sculpture with magazine clippings and other text. Philosophical, political, poetical, the images are all available for sale too, in a limited edition of seven per collage, printed on archival paper.
During the exhibition, Seagull will carry a special discount of 28%, to match the company’s 28 years of publishing. Don’t miss the quirky array of red letter boxes punctuating the displays.
11am-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36-C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).
Till 18 July
As the exhibits in this show come from artists of different generations, the visual language of these paintings often speaks in polar opposites. The artists of each era tell stories mediated by the events and trends of their time, and in that the individual works differ from one another. Nevertheless, in compiling these stories from different times, the juxtaposition highlights both the anomalies and unanimities of each temporal phase. Thus the totems of the title, standing abreast but apart. Featured artists include Vasudevan Akkitham, B.V. Suresh, Bhrigu Sharma, Debasree Das, Deepak Kannal, Haraprasad Tripathy, Haresh Dropal, Indrapramit Roy, Kumar Jasakiya, Kundan Mondal, Mayyur Kailash Gupta, Nilotpal Sinha, Pooja Panchal, Rahul Mukharjee, M. Sashidharan, Shivani Bhalla, Susanta Pal and Uday Mondal.
11am-7pm, Sundays closed. Mon Art Gallerie, Third floor, Regency, 6, Picasso Bethi, formerly Hungerford Street (22895438).
Friday Night Live: Seconds and The Amit Chaudhuri Band
This edition of Friday night fever at the Big Ben features Seconds, a two-member outfit, comprising Mirna Guha on vocals and Devapriya Sinha on the guitar. This Kolkata band will be performing original numbers as well as its versions of old hits across musical genres. The experimental music project, The Amit Chaudhuri Band, follows, with its critically acclaimed sound that brings together jazz, blues, rock and raga.
8.30pm onwards. The Big Ben, Kenilworth Hotel, 1-2, Little Russel Street (22823939/40). For details, call 9681453195/9830046963.
World Cup Phenomenon @ Virgose
Till 12 July
Catch the World Cup matches on a giant screen with nibbles from an a la carte food and beverage menu at Virgose. Mood music comes from a live act: Philippines band Rockapelaz will be belting out chart busters and will also take requests for songs.
5.30pm onwards. Virgose, Hotel Hindustan International, 235/1, AJC Bose Road (22802323, 22830505). For details, call 40018000/8080.
By Indranil Bhoumik and Promita Mukherjee
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