National Festival of New Choreographies
In its 12th year, this event organized by Impresario India showcases Indian dance with a contemporary twist. The festival includes performances of Kuchipudi by Jaya Rama, Vanshree Rao and their disciples as well as Deepika Reddy and her disciples from Hyderabad; Odissi by Aruna Mohanti and her disciples from Bhubaneswar; Mohiniattam by Delhi-based Jayaprabha Menon and her disciples; Manipuri by Poushali Chatterjee and her disciples; Bharatanatyam by Alarmel Valli of Chennai and Kathak recital by Malti Shyam and her disciples.
7pm onwards. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
South Asian Theatre Festival
Till 15 March
The South Asian Theatre Festival, organized by the National School of Drama, Jamia Millia Islamia and Indian Council for Cultural Relations, presents Thus Spake Soorpanakha on 13 March, a play directed by Poile Sengupta, in which two people exchange pleasantries that become more revealing as they wait for their flight to take off.
On 14 March, watch Behular Bhasan, a Bengali play from Bangladesh based on the story of Manasa, the illegitimate daughter of Hindu god Shiva and Behula, a woman who would stop at nothing to get her dead husband back.
The English play Sonata explores relationships and sexuality in a metropolitan society, and will be staged on 15 March. It’s about the ideals and aims of three middle-aged women—a banker, a professor and a journalist—who have been friends since college and remain single by choice.
6.30pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307).
Meri Dilli, Meri Yamuna
The Meri Dilli, Meri Yamuna initiative, a coalition of environmental activists, NGOs, government departments, global institutions such as Unesco, student groups and residents, has organized a Save the Yamuna day. There will be music and theatre performances, besides a public pledge to clean the river before the Commonwealth Games. Over the week, everyone who registers will clean up a ghat (on the riverbank), picking up as much trash as possible. The organizers hope to get pledges from a million Delhiites.
7pm. To pledge, gather at the Purana Qila grounds, Mathura Road, near Pragati Maidan (41759933). Click here for details
Indian astrology and astronomy in Japan
Michio Yano, professor of cultural studies at the Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, will discuss the growing popularity of Indian astronomy and astrology in Japan. The talk will be chaired by A.K. Bag, adviser of the history of science programme at the Indian National Science Academy.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Here’s a chance for your children to learn salsa, hip hop, jazz and contemporary forms of dance at the Kanhai Institute of Performing Arts. Hour-long classes are held twice a week at four centres around town (Defence Colony, Vasant Kunj, Gurgaon and Vaishali).
For details of registration and locations, call Madhav at 9810668118. Charges, Rs1,000 for eight classes. For ages 4 and above.
Dawn of Photography
The arrival of photography in India in 1840 had a profound influence on painting and sculpture. In a six-part lecture series, Rahaab Allana, curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts (AFA), New Delhi, and Akshaya Tankha, AFA research scholar, trace the history of photography from 1850 to 1940. Stills from the Alkazi collection will also be displayed.
6pm onwards. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, AK Nayak Marg, Fort (22072974, 22072975). Entry, Rs250 for students of Mumbai University; Rs1,000 for others.
Mike Stern and Louiz Banks Jazz Trio
Six-time Grammy nominee Mike Stern will be playing some of his own tunes as well as a few standards, and will also jam with Louiz Banks for the first time. Stern, who is counted among the world’s top jazz guitarists, has had a prolific career. After his breakthrough gig performing with trumpet player Miles Davis from 1983 to 1985, his credits as a sideman include gigs with bassist Jaco Pastorius, guitarists Jim Hall and Pat Martino, trumpet player Tiger Okoshi and saxophonists Michael Brecker and David Sanborn.
7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs1,200, Rs800 and Rs400, available at the venue.-
Arvind Gaur’s play Untitled picks out parallels between the trajectories of two female protagonists: Greek mythological character Medea and a certain queen from a Rajasthani folk tale. The play is named for the faceless, sometimes nameless, women whose identity is subsumed in their role in a male-dominated society. Since first opening in Mumbai in 2002, Gaur’s one-woman show, starring Lushin Dubey, has had around 200 shows, including performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the World Bank and Harvard University.
7pm (13 March), 6.30pm (14 March). Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs200.
In this searingly witty play, dermatologist Serge splurges 200,000 francs on what is practically a blank canvas. The painting ruins Serge’s friendship with buddies Marc and Yvan. Marc, a pretentious aesthete who considers himself Serge’s artistic mentor, is so offended by Serge’s choice of art that he starts downing tranquillisers. Yvan’s attempts to salvage their friendship makes things worse. Like the painting, the play’s ending is ambiguous.
8.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs80 (advance tickets available at the box office, 1-9pm, daily).
S*x, M*rality & Cens*rship
13 and 14 March
Director Sunil Shanbag’s latest work is a compelling drama of ideas on the censorship of artistic expression. A ‘shahir’ poet raconteur and a Lavani dancer from the Tamasha folk theatre tradition work with a historian from Delhi on a project on censorship, studying playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s controversial 1972 play ‘Sakharam Binder’, about a brash yet honest Brahmin who has live-in relationships with destitute women. The play notes the recent whitewashing of the bawdy, often political Tamasha tradition too .
7.30pm (13 March), 3.30pm and 7.30pm (14 March). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs150, available at the venue.
Assistant commissioner of police Murali is a policeman by day and a singer by night. The singer-cop will lead a charity concert in aid of the needy and mentally ill, presenting a selection of Hindi and Kannada film songs.
6.30pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road (22213530). Tickets, Rs200, available at the venue.
ZDAY 2010: Earth to Venus
This event includes an audio-visual presentation, an open- forum discussion, and a screening of the documentary film Zeitgeist: Addendum, hosted by Jaaga, a Bangalore-based “art-architecture experiment”, in association with the global movement for social change called The Zeitgeist Movement. The Movement aims for a sustainable social design that they call a “resource-based economy”, with intelligent management of the earth’s resources. The Zeitgeist team consists of 364,815 people across 238 countries, with 3,370 members in India.
8.30pm. 16/1, Rhenius Street, off Richmond Road, opposite Hockey Association Stadium, Shanthinagar. Click here for more information
Bhimsen Joshi, the legendary Hindustani vocalist from the Kirana gharana, was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2008. Ankita Pustaka celebrates his life and work with the release of the Kannada book Bharatha Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, a collection of features edited by S. Diwakar, who helms the Kannada magazine Sudha.
6pm. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 43, Race Course Road, Sampangirama Nagar (22265746).
Alice in Wonderland
Till 21 March
The annual TransForm project started in 2008, tagged “Re-view. Collaborate. Re-design.”, with the stated aim of initiating “artistic conversations and creative interactions” between designers from fields as diverse as products, fashion and photography. Participants at this year’s event, themed Alice in Wonderland, include Atul Johri, Hidden Harmony (Himanshu Dimri and Sonali Sattar), Joe Ikareth, Kris, Moh, Savio Jon, Small Shop (Anshu and Jason), and photographer Tarunn. The collaborative collection will have designers exchanging pieces, reinventing existing ones and transforming them into products that belie their original identity.
11am-6pm (Tuesday-Sunday). Grasshopper, 45, Kalena Agrahara, Bannerghatta Road (9845452646).
Ulm: method and design/ulm: school of design 1953-1968
Till 28 March
Hosted in association with the Goethe Institut, the Institute for Cultural Relations, Germany, and the HfG-Archive Ulm, this exhibition seeks to illustrate the role of professional industrial design at the international level and the impact of certain methods on global design education. Photographs, sketches, text, graphs, timelines and videos look at such icons as the earliest Lufthansa graphics (1962/63) and the design of the 1972 Olympic Games.
10.30am-7.30pm (Monday-Saturday), 10.30am-noon (Sunday). Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816). Click here for more on the HfG-Archive Ulm
Dancers Suparna Venkatesh, Mysore B. Nagaraj, Prakash Naidu and Sanjya Puranik will present a group recital in celebration of the New Year festival of Ugadi.
6pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, Kannada Bhavan, JC Road (22211271).
Silver Salt Animation Festival
Touted as the country’s first travelling animation short film festival, Silver Salt is organized by screenwriter Upendra Sidhaye (of Mumbai Meri Jaan fame), documentary film-maker Yogesh Raut, television director Nilendra Pore, producer Suvarcha Consul, copywriter Ashutosh Mishra and animator- entrepreneur Vidyadhar Sawant. The festival opened in Pune in February, with entries from across the world. The day-long screening in Bangalore will include two workshops,“Making a Professional Animation Portfolio—Going Beyond the Software” and “The World is Yours—Power of Animation”.
9am onwards. East Cultural Association, 8, next to New Horizon School, 100-Foot Road (25260388). Click here for more information or call 022-65148450.
— Karuna Amarnath
The arts management interns of 2009-10 at DakshinaChitra present an event that seeks to explore the innumerable connotations of colour, from the ancient to contemporary times. The seminar and panel discussion will include experts from the fields of arts, media and fashion. Among them, Hariharan, head, LV Prasad Academy, Chennai; Prakash Dharmarajan, president, Ogilvy and Mather, Chennai; Leela Samson, director, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai; and Yamuna N.S., design faculty, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai.
10.30am-3pm. Seminar Hall, DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9094775662, 9884125872). Limited seats, so it is advisable to call ahead. Lunch will be available at the venue.
Ancient Earth—Digital Mediations
Till 27 March
Artist Chittrovanu Mazumdar explores the “realities” of a modern Indian society which is steeped in arts of illusion such as the television, Internet, animation and virtual reality. Besides exploring this tension of the unreal posing as the real, his works also explore several conflicting identities within the self. Splashes of vivid colour with strong brushwork define his style, which he uses to simultaneously reveal and hide the human form. This makes his art look bold, while allowing it to speak both subtly and critically.
11am-7pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Colour play: Beena John’s acrylic-on-canvas Order in Chaos.
Till 17 March
Banker-turned-artist Beena John’s latest abstract artworks, in acrylics, watercolours, pencils and oils, depict natural objects and landscapes, imbued with emotion and passion in a kaleidoscopic palette of colours. Striking harmonies and contrasts imbue deceptively simple frames with joy, texture and complexity in this exhibition organized by the Artyrios collective, which specializes in commissioned works.
11am-6pm. The Corridor, Parkland Place, 7, Pulla Avenue, Shenoy Nagar (9840400341).
Rusty Moe is one of the few Chennai bands to keep the classic rock genre alive, what with death metal and nu-metal taking over the contemporary music scene. This weekend, the band will play mostly covers, to give new audiences a feel of the good ol’ classics from the 1970s and 1980s.
7.30pm. AF Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, College Road (9841186951).
— Indranil Bhoumik
High-fired ceramics are a relatively new art in the subcontinent, unlike traditional earthenware that uses readily available local clays. Yet they have become popular with collectors. This show of ceramic art by a group of international potters from Auroville, Puducherry, also includes two audio-visual presentations: one on slip-decorated ceramic ware by Ange Peter, whose time in Japan came to inspire the techniques she uses now in India; and the other by Adil Writer, who will discuss contemporary ceramics in southern India, with a special focus on the Golden Bridge Pottery of Puducherry, which has created a pottery revolution of sorts from a town with no history of high-fired ceramic wares.
6.30-8pm (13 March), 10am-7pm (15-20 March).
Audio-visual presentations: 5-7pm (15 March). Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Robust realism: A bronze from Sunil Das’ Beyond Desire series.
Till 22 March
Classical myths of bestiality often speak of notions of power and sexuality (think of Leda and the swan, or the Minotaur). An exhibition of 14 erotic bronze sculptures by painter Sunil Das explores similar themes in a contemporary context. Das imbues his art with the inherent tension between bestiality and domestication, portraying both humans and horses, bulls and dogs with robust realism.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (24653212).
Till 20 March
Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata, in association with the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, presents an exhibition of paintings by Bangladeshi painter Farida Zaman, who is influenced by Bengali folk arts.
Noon-8 pm. Jamini Roy Gallery, Third floor, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (9831716146).
This tale from the Mahabharat centres on Madhabi, daughter of Yayati, and Galab, disciple of the sage Vishwamitra. As gurudakshina (a token of gratitude), Vishwamitra demands from Galab 800 royal horses. Yayati, who has abdicated his throne and has no horses, offers Galab his daughter Madhabi, endowed with the boon of eternal virginity and the gift of begetting sons destined to be kings. She is thus a repeated token of barter—Galab gets the sought-after horses from many a king who gets to father her sons.
3pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830892751). Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs30 and Rs20, available at the venue.
An evening of classical music
Vocalist Sandip Bhattacharjee from the Kirana gharana will perform Raga Puriya Kalyan, among other ragas, accompanied by Samar Saha on the tabla and Jyoti Guha on the harmonium. Sitar player Supratik Sen Gupta, a scholar at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, will play Raga Bagesri , accompanied by Prangopal Bandyopadhyay on the tabla.
6pm. Vivekananda Hall, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park (24641303/52531). Children below 12 years are not allowed.
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