Till 15 March
(closed on public holidays)
The beautiful Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan are open for public viewing once again. Explore more than 13 acres of the immaculately maintained gardens with a range of flowers, trees and plants—and special sections, such as herbal and rose gardens. 10am-4.30pm. Entrance from Gate No. 35, North Avenue, Rashtrapati Bhavan (23015321).
Ritesh and Rajnish Mishra
A performance by the sons of Rajan Mishra, who are carrying the torch of the Benaras vocal gharana. The concert is part of Spic Macay Virasat 2008, one of the festivals organized by Spic Macay comprising performances, workshops, classical arts, literature, theatre, cinema and yoga, among things. 4.30pm. Maharaja Agrasen College, Mayur Vihar.
A performance by the vocalist belonging to the Kirana Gharana. The show is also being organized by Spic Macay as part of Spic Macay Fest 2008. 4.30pm. St Stephen’s College (27667271).
Festival of Arts from the
Banks of the Brahmaputra
Impresario India presents a two-day festival that comprises traditional and folk dances from Assam, as also the classical form of the sattriya dance (which originated in the Vaishnava monasteries of Assam). Programmes have been composed, choreographed and directed by Jatin Goswami and will be performed by artists of the Sattriya Akademi, Guwahati. 6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Estate, 24619431).
You’ve got mail: The cast of the play Love Letters.
‘Love Letters’ has returned after an intermission of 13 years. Based on A.R. Gurney’s witty and poignant script, it is a bittersweet journey that maps 50 years of the relationship between childhood friends Melissa Gardner (Shernaz Patel) and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Rajit Kapur)—two people who are meant for each other, but are kept apart by circumstances and their egos. The play is narrated through letters that are read out aloud. Gurney’s clever sense of humour and Rahul Da Cunha’s direction remove any hint of schmaltz. 7.30pm. Epicentre, call Chandrima. Tickets, Rs250-500, available at the venue. (9810200157).
Retrospective on Pablo Almodóvar
• Bad Education (La Mala Educación)
This tortuous love triangle, refracted through three time periods and myriad layers of make-believe, starts in 1980 with the character of a New Wave film director, Enrique Goded (Fele Martínez), rummaging through the tabloids for inspiration. Into his office steps a young man (Gael García Bernal) who claims to be his old school friend and first love Ignacio Rodriguéz, bearing a screenplay that riffs on their abuse and separation at the hands of the predatory Father Manolo (Giménez-Cacho) at Catholic school. In Spanish, with subtitles; directed by Pedro Almodóvar. 1 hour 46 minutes. 6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. Invitations can be collected from the Embassy of Spain, 12, Prithviraj Road, between 9am and 5pm. (24619431).
• To Return (Volver)
In one of the most gorgeous images in Volver, white blossoms into crimson as a sheet of kitchen towel saturates with blood. Housework here is murder and a woman’s work is never done—not after killing, not even after dying. Almodóvar’s sixteenth feature returns to many of the concerns of his fourth film, 1984’s ‘What Have I Done To Deserve This?’ offering another fable of long-suffering drudgery overcome by domestic homicide and the whiff of quotidian magic. In Spanish, with subtitles; directed by Pedro Almodóvar. 2 hours. 6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. Invitations can be collected from the Embassy of Spain, 12, Prithviraj Road from 9am-5pm (24619431).
Metastasis of Signs
Till 29 February
Chintan Upadhyay’s new show’s full title, ‘Metastasis of Signs: A Walk in the Realm of Manipulated Realities’, is a mouthful, but there is a certain logic behind all the words. Upadhyay bases his understanding of metastasis on pathology—specifically the spread of cancerous cells through a body. Babies are the leitmotif of this idiosyncratic exhibition, which comprises paintings and a video installation. Every brightly coloured canvas has a big-eyed baby painted in the middle and Upadhyay uses the rotund nude body of each baby as a canvas within a canvas, filling it up with traditional Rajasthani paintings. 11am-7pm. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26326267).
See Mumbai’s speediest and sea-worthiest sailboats skirt the sun-dappled seas. 3.30pm. Marina at Gateway of India, opposite Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba.
All Night I Shall Gallop
Playful isn’t necessarily a word associated with either Sylvia Plath or Anju Dodiya’s works. Brooding, perhaps, and certainly delicate—but not playful. Yet, that was the word that kept popping up when Dodiya spoke about her seven-week residency at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute. During her seven weeks in Singapore last year, Dodiya went fabric shopping, mucked around with wet paper pulp, experimented with printmaking techniques and essentially had a lot of fun. “Considering I’ve never done printmaking before, it was all very exciting,” said Dodiya. “There were all kinds of things happening.” That excitement is obvious in the 144 prints in ‘All Night I Shall Gallop’. 11am-7pm. Bodhi Space, Plot No 14, ground floor, Elphinstone Estate, Malet Bundar Road, near Orange Gate, Vadi Bandar.
Florian Thalhofer doesn’t like tags but he doesn’t mind the one of “artist” that he has earned for himself with his inventive new media pieces. “It is kind of helpful,” wrote Thalhofer in an email interview with ‘TimeOut’ from Berlin. “Now my mother understands what I am doing and she can tell her friends ‘My son is an artist’ when they ask her what I am doing in Berlin and if I found a job already.”
If it wasn’t for the term “new media art”, describing Thalhofer’s work would be difficult not just for his mum, who lives in a small town in Bavaria, but also for the more cosmopolitan set in cities. He trained to be a graphic designer at the University of the Arts in Berlin in 1993 and has ended up as a practitioner of new media art, that nebulous phrase that covers everything from soundscapes to film to Web installations. 10am-6pm. Goethe Hall, Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22027710).
Of the nine exhibits that form Rajiv Saini’s show ‘Recent Objects’ at Project 88, eight have no name. Four have already made it to international exhibitions, at least three comment on Mumbai’s construction boom and, arguably, only one (a rotating bookshelf) is immediately recognizable for what it is. The self-taught architect, best known for transforming Udaipur’s 250-year-old Devigarh Palace into a luxury hotel in 1999, usually displays a sort of restrained extravagance in his commercial projects. He has designed plush Mumbai nightspots like Velvet Lounge and Rain and turned the third floor of a Fort building into the austere Gallery Chemould. But none of it will be evident at Project 88 when he displays his entries at prestigious exhibitions like Art Basel in Miami in 2006, Art Dubai last year and Milan’s annual furniture fair, Salone de Mobile this April. 8am-11pm. BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, Colaba (22810066).
The members of Austrian group Bauchklang predict that two things will happen at their concerts in Mumbai. For the first few minutes of their gigs, they expect the audience to just stand and stare in disbelief. A couple of songs later, the audience will stop being incredulous because they’re too busy dancing.
Bauchklang, whose name loosely translates as “the sound from the belly”, follows in the tradition of groups such as American pop and jazz quartet the Mills Brothers and Cuban salsa music band Vocal Sampling, who produce the sound of an entire band with their voices. However, unlike the Mills Brothers, who could replicate a jazz band, and Vocal Sampling, who can sing as a Latin orchestra, Bauchklang’s music is more dance oriented and their songs traverse multiple genres, including hip hop and drum ’n’ bass. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300).
Eastwind Music Festival
It’s touted as the largest music fest for original contemporary music the country has ever seen. Sixty bands are slated to play over three days, with music spanning various genres such as rock, pop, blues, jazz, fusion, funk, metal, electronica, indipop and more. Some of the highlights include Parikrama, Indian Ocean, Skinny Alley, and Leni Stern band from the US. Organized by Prospect Advisory and Management.
10am-10pm. NSIC Grounds, Okhla. Daily tickets, Rs200 and season tickets, Rs500. While daily tickets will only be available at the venue, season tickets are available at www.ticketpro.in.
Since ‘Madama Butterfly’ was first performed in 1905, it has been staged across the globe, even landing up in such cultural hot spots as Mongolia, Iceland and Hawaii. Over the fortnight, Giacomo Puccini’s opera finally comes to Mumbai for the first time, with a production that is essentially “Made in India” by the National Centre for the Performing Arts. The arrival on the scene of full-scale opera is always a sign of a city flexing its international cultural muscles. India’s ‘Madama Butterfly’ is something of a testing ground for Mumbai’s much-vaunted multiculturalism.
That’s obvious from the cast list of the NCPA’s Madama (rather than “Madam”, if you’re being authentically Italian about it). It demonstrates what an extraordinary melting pot any operatic enterprise is these days. The production will feature musicians from 14 different Asian and European countries. 6.30pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA. Tickets, Rs800, Rs2,000, Rs1,200, Rs2,400.