The Absence of an Architect
Until 30 August
MC Escher-like paintings by Gigi Scaria. Scaria’s clean line drawings and blocks of colour depict scenes and monuments inspired by the Capital. His aerial drawings, prints of photographs and video projection call into question the current trajectory of New Delhi’s urban development. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Palette Art, Gallery 14, Golf Links (4174-3034). Free.
Philippe Loli and Thakur Chakrapani Singh
The Alliance Française presents two fusion concerts featuring John McLaughlin’s regular acoustic guitarist Philippe Loli and innovative ‘kachhapi’ veena and sarod player Thakur Chakrapani Singh. 2.30pm & 7pm, ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (4350-0200). Free.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
The legendary sarod player, who gave his first concert at the age of six, represents the sixth generation of the Senia Bangash school of music. He performs in the Capital a few times a year and each event is a must-attend, not only for connoisseurs but also for the lay enthusiast. This event will mark the inauguration of Spic-Macay’s Virasat festival. 6.30pm. Viceregal Lodge, Delhi University, Main Campus. Free.
Out & About
Like That Only
25 August-3 September
Jug Suraiya and Ajit Ninan present an exhibition of cartoons from their newspaper series ‘Like That Only’. The exhibition coincides with the launch of their book—a compilation of their works—also called ‘Like That Only’. A selection of 60 cartoons from the 150 published in the book will be on display at the exhibition. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
Understanding the Night Sky
The India Habitat Centre, in association with Space, Technology and Education, presents the first part of a series of astronomy lectures. The lecture-cum-presentation will help participants identify some basic objects of the night sky such as constellations and bright stars. The lecture will also teach people how to use the night sky to get a sense of direction without using a compass or any other equipment. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
Aao Panchayat-Panchayat Khelen
Based on Shankar Shesh’s ‘Chehre’, Yasin Khan’s drama is about a young and innocent girl called Kamli, who wants to be a film actor and has been duped by Vinod, a boy from her village, into running away with him. 5pm & 7pm (duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes). Little Theatre Group Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, next to Kamani Auditorium (2338-9713). Tickets Rs50-200.
Meghe Dhaka Tara
This Bengali film was Ritwik Ghatak’s favourite among his films and a superb introduction to his work. Neeta (Supriya Choudhury) slaves away to support her immigrant family, sacrificing her love, health and dreams. 7pm (duration: 2 hours, 6 minutes). Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Bhavan’s College, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (3293-8017). Free.
Do Fish Do It?
Almut Getto’s disturbing, poignant German film is the story of two 16-year-olds who are in pain and in love. Jan is HIV positive and leads a life regimented by medication, diet and protective parents, but dreams of swimming free with the fish in the ocean. Nina is troubled by her parents’ separation and her father’s relationship with his girlfriend. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour, 43 minutes). Max Mueller Bhavan, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (2202-2085).
“Friendships are like dreams, big, great, absolutely gigantic; they won’t let you go,” says Floyd, preparing for a rites-of-passage night on the town when he’ll announce his departure from Hamburg and his two mates, Ricco—the ultimate gigolo—and mechanic Walter. They traipse around each other’s houses, have a miserable time in Horst’s bar, cruise the city in Walter’s yellow Ford Granada, and pick up a waif-like girl, before an over-enthusiastic visit to a Turkish-run Elvis Stunt Show results in cross-town car chases and rumbles. With its T Rex and rap soundtrack, early Wim Wenders-style downbeat sweetness, and neon nightscapes, this makes for unremarkable but engaging viewing. It also has the best table-football game in the movies. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes). Max Mueller Bhavan, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (2202-2085).
Out & About
Creative Expressions of the Meena Tribe
An exhibition showcasing Mandana works painted by women of the Meena tribe of Rajasthan. These Mandana paintings have been transferred on brown paper, replicating the original works done on walls and floors of the kuccha houses in the Meena villages from the Tonk and Sawai Madhopur districts of Rajasthan. Collected by Madan Meena over six years, portfolios containing serigraph prints of the paintings are also up for sale. 11am-7pm. Kitab Mahal, Fourth Floor, 192, DN Road, Fort (2207-9119, 2207-4772). Free.
Anuvab Pal+Imaad Shah+Gouri Jayakumar
An evening music and comedy. Imaad Shah and Gouri Jayakumar sing folk-rock style original songs and Anuvab Pal does a 30-minute stand-up routine. 9pm. Banana Bar, Hotel New Castle, First Floor, 355, Linking Road, Khar (2648-0483). Free.
Garam Kamra and Marhoom Ki Yaad Mein
A swinging pendulum couldn’t have been more hypnotic than the sight of Kumud Mishra wriggling his plump, naked belly. He spends the most part of 60 minutes thrusting his stomach at us as a man enjoying a sauna in the first part of Sunil Shanbag’s diptych of stories. Sharing the bench is the trimmer Pramod Pathak’s reluctant neighbour. 6pm & 9pm (duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes). Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (2614-9546). Tickets: Rs100.
Rohan and Brad+Valentine Shipley
An all-acoustic night featuring alternative and modern rock, from Rohan Mazumdar (formerly Something Relevant) and Bradley Tellis (of Thrice 9) in the first half and classic rock by guitarist Valentine Shipley in the second. 9.30pm. Hard Rock Cafe, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (2438-2888). Free.
I Can’t Stop Loving You–the Ray Charles Musical
30 August-2 September
See the story of one of pop’s greatest musicians through his most popular songs such as ‘Georgia On My Mind’ and ‘Hit The Road, Jack’. 30&31 August—7pm. 1&2 September—4pm & 8pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Tower, Nariman Point (6622-3737). Tickets: Rs2,000, Rs1,000, Rs500; Available at Rhythm House (2284-2835) in Kala Ghoda, St Andrew’s Auditorium (2641-0926) and Johnny Walker Select in Bandra (2648-6367) and at the NCPA box office.
Anita Ratnam’s meditative contemporary solo performance based on the legend of Tibetan Buddhist goddess Tara, ‘7 Graces’ was first performed in Chennai in August 2005 and has since had 25 shows in four countries. The updated version includes a new costume and multimedia visual design created at the Rubin Museum of Buddhist Art in New York City. 7pm (duration: 1 hour). India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
This month, Keli brings down Koodiyattam exponent and long-time collaborator Usha Nangiar for a performance of Nangiar Koothu, a traditional female solo form. Nangiar is hailed as a bit of a revolutionary because she was the first Koodiyattam performer to introduce strong female characters. Her biggest achievement has been the revival of the ‘panchkanya’, which concerns five powerful mythological characters: Ahalya, Draupadi, Sita, Tara and Mandodari. Traditionally, stories with strong male characters were performed; female roles were secondary affairs. But while rifling through palm-leaf manuscripts in her guru’s home, she chanced upon ancient records of an actor getting paid for playing Mandodari. That’s when she realized that the conventions she had been fed were “just words”. Her discovery led Nangiar to select appropriate pieces of text from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and devise movements for her characters. 24 August—7pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (2614-9546). 25 August—Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Juhu. Free; passes available at Prithvi Theatre, Rhythm House, 40 K, Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (2284-2835), Giri Trading Agency, Modi Niwas, Bhandarkar Road, opposite Matunga Post Office, Matunga (E). (2412-2316).