Suar Chala Space Ko
The play incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, mime and shadow play. It is based on a puppet play written by children that evolved out of a workshop conducted in 2001 by director Shaili Sathyu, who is also the vice-president of the Indian People’s Theatre Association. The story is simple: A smelly pig travels to space with his friends, and encounters aliens. With this basic plot, the play explores the notions of friendship and responsibility and the issue of swine flu. The troupe belongs to independent Mumbai-based children’s media group Gillo. Children above the age of 5 can come and watch this play in Hindi. 1 hour.
Suar Chala Space Ko: The play has elements of science fiction and fantasy.
3.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 100, available at the venue and Bookmyshow.com. For details, call 9008019831.
Bengaluru Recycling Habba 2011
See how garbage, with some creativity and innovative thinking, is reused. A travelling exhibition of lamps and fashion accessories created from waste material is being spearheaded by designer Jenny Pinto. A number of designers display their works of art and light at this exhibition, displaying lamps made from trash. See how used PET bottles, Tetra Pak, glass bottles, wire, cables, paper and industrial waste can be transformed to decorate a room. Participants at the workshop that led to the creation of the works on display at this exhibition include product designer Atul Johri, textile designer Jayshree Poddar, fashion designer Anshu Arora and ceramic designer Devika Krishnan, among others.
7pm. Olive Bar and Kitchen, Wood Street. For details, call 41128400, 9945565483, 9880710710.
Extended Producer Responsibility—Only a law or a duty
As part of the Bengaluru Recycling Habba 2011, this panel discussion revolves around a critical question—how far are manufacturers and producers responsible for the things they make? And should they be held responsible for the environmental and social impact of their businesses? Extended producer responsibility (EPR) is a powerful policy instrument that can hold manufacturers responsible for both the upstream impact inherent in the selection of materials and processes and downstream impact from the use and disposal of products. Can this become a law in India? Participants include a member of the Supreme Court committee for solid waste management, Almitra Patel, environmentalist and former chairman of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board Sharat Chandra, as well as representatives from the government, academia and industry.
2.30pm. The Chancery, Lavelle Road. For details, call 9880710710 or 9916102848.
PAUSE: In times of conflict
After looking at Palestine, Iraqi Kurdistan and Kabul, this monthly forum turns its focus on Kashmir, to reflect on creative practices in places of conflict. Delhi-based artist Inder Salim, who was born in Kashmir and is known for his experimental art and engagement with the troubles in Kashmir, will talk at the session. Also featured will be visual excerpts from the graphic novels of Malik Sajad, whose work aims to explore the desolation caused by war. The session will conclude with a performed reading of passages from Mirza Waheed’s debut novel The Collaborator.
4.30-7pm. Rafiki workspace, KK Foundation and Public Charitable Trust, opposite Al Ameen Hospital, Miller’s Tank Bund Road, off Cunningham Road. For details, call 9880755875 or 8105675350 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit Maraa.in.
Shubha Sridhar, a student of Padmini Ravi, will present a Bharatanatyam recital divided into two parts using the governing principles of Bharatanatyam stylization. The first part of her recital will adhere to the principles of Natyadharmi, and will feature highly stylized interpretations of Bharatanatyam’s movement vocabulary, through items such as the pushpanjali, an invocatory item, and the varnam, a central, emotive item. The second part will follow Lokdharmi, a less stylized, folksy approach, and will feature items such as a Marathi Abhang (devotional song) and Javali, a pure-dance sequence. Sridhar will conclude the evening’s recital with a Nataraja Kriti, a devotional song.
6pm. Yavanika, Directorate of Youth Service Centre, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).
The Big Mushroom Cloud Festival
In its third edition, the festival will put the spotlight on alternative and new music from all over the country. The line-up includes Jass B’stards, Adil & Vasundhara, and Peter Cat Recording Co. from New Delhi, The Bicycle Days and Schizophonic from Bangalore, Adam & The Fish Eyed Poets and Mushroom Lake from Thrissur. In addition, there will be art installations and food stalls.
11am-11pm. CounterCulture, Whitefield Road (41400793). Tickets,Rs 850, available at the venue, www.indianstage.in and www.bookmyshow.com. For details and tickets, call 9945058293 or 9902772940.
Synchronous Objects is an interactive screen-based work developed by American dancer and choreographer William Forsythe, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) director Maria Palazzi, choreographer and arts researcher Norah Zuniga Shaw and a team of interdisciplinary collaborators at the ACCAD at Ohio State University. This installation is being organized in collaboration with the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, where visitors will encounter the deep structures of cross-discipline choreographic thinking and the resultant dance masterwork ‘One Flat Thing, reproduced’ by Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt that was premiered in 2000 in New York City. The installation, designed by Shaw, brings to visitors a special experience of the work through interactive kiosks, a series of selected animations in HD video, and a multi-channel immersive sound experience.
2-7.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage (25205305).
Till 30 November
Driven by what artist Raghava K.K. described as a “diasporic dilemma”, the works in this exhibition are collage-like watercolours which explore the theme of identity. Many of the paintings have been driven by Raghava’s emigration to New York in 2009. Raghava finds a metaphor for his emigration in Exquisite Cadaver, a 19th century parlour game in which a sentence is created by passing around a piece of paper among a group of people, each of whom writes something without knowing what the previous contribution is. The fragmented construction of Raghava’s paintings—such as A Gallery of Adorable Boundaries, in which beasts and men merge together to form a hybrid creature—find resonance in the name of the exhibition.
11am-7pm. Art Musings, 1, Admiralty Building, opposite Dunne’s Institute, Colaba Cross Lane, Colaba (22163339, 22186071).
With a degree in architecture and training in classical music, 25-year-old vocalist Dhanashri Ghaisas can draw parallels between the structure of a building and the structure of music. Ghaisas is now recognized as a product of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. Her initial training was under Kumudini Katdare and she was always drawn to the singing style of Mogubai Kurdikar and Kishori Amonkar. At the concert, she is likely to sing Raga Bhoopali, Kedar or Puriya Dhanashree. She will be accompanied on the tabla by Prasad Padhye.
Nightingale: Dhanashri Ghaisas
6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). For details, visit www.ncpamumbai.com
Richard Durand + Julie Thompson
Promoters Submerge bring DJ Richard Durand and vocalist Julie Thompson to launch the Dutch DJ’s new compilation album In Search of Sunrise 9: India. Durand only took over the popular In Search of Sunrise series, which releases compilation albums related to electronic music destinations around the globe, from his mentor Tiesto last year. For his second instalment, he chose India as his theme. This means we can expect a DJ set filled with the sun-kissed vibe characteristic of the In Search of Sunrise releases, along with a bunch of booming anthems normally favoured by Durand.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charges,Rs 500 per person. Preferably make prior reservations.
Pakistani artist Huma Mulji, who also teaches art at the School of Visual Arts, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, presents her debut solo show in India at Project 88. Titled ‘Twilight’, the exhibition borrows its title from the time of day that Mulji describes as “a slow approaching of the end of time and the suspension of all optimism”, in an attempt to explore “urban ennui and dystopia”.
11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday); 2-7pm (Monday). Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).
Origami Oritai Exhibition
An origami community is gradually taking shape in Delhi, thanks to the Origami Oritai, India club. Cranes are symbols of peace in Japan, and they’re central to the Origami Oritai exhibition. “Love and peace” is the theme of this year’s exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Japan Foundation. Origami Oritai means “to want to fold paper”, and judging by the response to the club since it opened in 2009, it seems to be a common desire. At present, the club has more than 100 members. This year’s exhibition will be preceded by a day-long workshop by mathematician, writer and origami theorist Toshikazu Kawasaki, better known to origamists as the creator of the Kawasaki rose.
10am-6pm (closed on 6 and 10 November). The Japan Foundation, 5-A, Ring Road (near Moolchand Metro station), Lajpat Nagar-IV (26442967).
American Animations Festival
A collection of recent animated films from the US, part of the Delhi International Arts Festival.
Despicable Me, noon
Steve Carell is the voice of Gru, a suburban supervillain with an underground lair populated by hordes of yellow, braindead minions. 1 hour, 35 minutes.
An instantly recognizable Jesse Eisenberg gives his voice for the character Blu, a macaw who can’t fly but has an easy life in Minnesota, US, in the care of a bookstore assistant, Linda. 1 hour, 36 minutes.
The film is a 3D Disney adaptation of the Rapunzel story. The title refers not just to our protagonist’s hairdo but also to her complex personal life. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
A mix of live action and computer graphics, or CG, animation, the film is about young rabbit EB (Russell Brand)—heir to the Easter Bunny crown— who, on the eve of assuming the mantle from his father (Hugh Laurie), flees to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer. 1 hour, 35 minutes.
Existential Westerns are nothing new, but it’s hard to recall one in which the conflicted hero was a chameleon. Johnny Depp voices Rango. 1 hour, 47 minutes.
American Center, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place (23316841). Entry is on first-come, first-served basis. Carry a photo ID.
Save the river: The Yamuna-Elbe art exhibition opens on Wednesday.
The Yamuna-Elbe Project
A Yamuna-Elbe public art exhibition—part of the “Year of Germany in India” programme—will open in the Capital on Wednesday. On display will be works by artists Nana Petzet, Jochen Lampert and Clegg and Guttmann from Germany, and Gigi Scaria and Atul Bhalla from India. Ravi Agarwal, artist and director of activist organization Toxics Link, is the curator for the show’s New Delhi segment. A series of events, including debates and walks, are planned at different venues.
5.15pm (Wednesday). Golden Jubilee Park, Yamuna bank . For details, visit www.yamuna-elbe.de
The Art of Silk
Silk painting is the art of applying dyes on silk. Radha Reddy paints on habotai and raw silk using a combination of imported French dyes, processes, fabric paints and oil pastels. A self-taught artist, her paintings mainly comprise four themes, all related to spirituality.
10.30am-7.30pm. Chitramayee State Gallery of Fine Arts, Road No. 1, Kavuri Hills, Madhapur. For details, call 9848049636.
Cannes in India
The Alliance Française de Hyderabad, in association with Moving Images, is organizing a Cannes in India film festival. The films that will be screened include Udaan by Vikramaditya Motwane (9 November, 7pm.); Dosar by Rituparno Ghosh (13 November, 4pm); and Marana Simhasanam by Murali Nair (13 November, 7pm).
Black and white: Rituparno Ghosh’s Dosar at Prasads Preview Theatre.
Prasads Preview Theatre, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills. Passes available at Alliance Française, Kalakriti art gallery and Goethe-Zentrum from 4 November. For details, call 27700734 or email email@example.com.
Asian Street food festival
Sample food inspired by the night markets of Taipei, Singapore, Hong Kong and other Asian cities.
7-11.30pm. MoMo Cafe, Courtyard Hyderabad, Tank Bund Road (27521222). Entry, Rs 900, including taxes.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Shesh Lekha—The Last Poems of Rabindranath Tagore
Shesh Lekha is a collection of untitled poems written by Rabindranath Tagore towards the end of his life. To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore this year, artist Paresh Maity has done a series of 15 watercolour landscapes that are faithful to the profound simplicity of these poems. Interestingly, watercolour was a medium used by Tagore too in his paintings.
Tribute to Tagore: By Paresh Maity.
11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday); 3-7pm (Monday). Centre of International Modern Art Gallery. Sunny Towers, 43, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue (2485 8717). Dhiraj 75
Till 5 November
The Calcutta Rowing Club is holding an art camp and exhibition to celebrate 75 years of Dhiraj Choudhury, in participation with young artists of India. Choudhury is an eminent painter who has also taught at the College of Art, New Delhi. Painters from all over India are showing their work at the exhibition.
11am-6pm, Lawn of Calcutta Rowing Club, 15, Rabindra Sarobar (9831768200).
Durgadas Smrity Sangha presents this play by Harimadhav Mukhopadhyay. It revolves around Umasasi, who finds one morning that her husband has left home without a trace. To save face, she concocts a tale of how he is on a pilgrimage to Haridwar.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar Street (25544895). Tickets, Rs 20, Rs 40 and Rs 60, available at the venue. For details call 9830025374
By Indranil Bhoumik
Nostalgia—A collection of watercolours
Till 11 November
A collection of watercolour paintings by Kolkata-based Subir Dey is on display, in association with the Calcutta Arts Club. Dey is passionate about traditional, mythological paintings such as Kalighat Patachitra, Madhubani and cave paintings. The paintings in this exhibition depict the various objects Dey associates with his childhood, such as the old telephone, piano, radio, etc.
11am-7pm, Sundays by appointment. Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, CIT Colony, Mylapore, (24982515, 32533655).
The Akvarious theatre group will present an educational and fun play through the story of Peter Pan. With some creative storytelling techniques and improvisations, the play seeks to inspire young minds to take an interest in fine arts and theatre. The play, in English, is directed by Akash Khurana. 2 hours.
4.30pm. Kamarajar Arangam, Teynampet, Anna Salai. Tickets, Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 400, available at www.indianstage.in
By Nandini Reddy
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