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First Published: Fri, Mar 21 2008. 12 21 AM IST

Bard’s magic:  From Meet Will
Bard’s magic: From Meet Will
Updated: Fri, Mar 21 2008. 12 21 AM IST
DELHI
Music
LK Pandit
21 March
Felicitation of the stalwart from the Gwalior gharana on the occasion of his 75th birthday. It will be followed by a Hindustani vocal recital by Panditji. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (43663333).
Mysore Brothers + Girija Devi
22 March
The Mysore Brothers will give a Carnatic violin recital followed by a vocal performance by Girija Devi. The concert is part of the “Music in the Park” series presented by 9X, NDMC and Spic Macay. 6pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri.
X Makeena
26 March
Rennes-based hip hop band that makes music for the ears as well as the eye. Their performance is part of the French Touch festival organized by the Alliance Française de Delhi. 7pm. The Ashok amphitheatre (26110101).
Art
Aditi Singh
Till 23 March
A solo show of paintings by Aditi Singh, who sets out to capture nature’s beauty on her canvasses. 10am-9.30pm. Full Circle Book Store, N-8, GK-I (29245641).
Theatre
Meet Will
23 March
Bard’s magic: From Meet Will
Director: Anirudh Nair; writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Anirudh Nair; cast: Bikram “Momo” Ghosh, Kriti Pant, Neel Chaudhuri, Mohit Satyanand.
For Prospect Wide Aisle Theatre Concepts, the point is to get everyone they can as familiar with the Bard as possible. Whether it’s high school students or the ripe Gurgaon audience, Wide Aisle is condensing Shakespeare and bringing it to us in a fun, progressive format. Their introduction is the rhetorical question, “who was William Shakespeare?” From there, the actors launch into a series of references to Shakespeare, while discussing his work and his life, making him both more approachable and familiar. The stage is austere, the set consisting solely of four black boxes, which the actors use alternately as houses, walls, embankments, courts and sidewalks. 11.30am. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs250-500 (95124-2715000).
Film
The Hands of Che Guevara
25 March
Part of a series of Tri-Continental Film Festival screenings by human rights organization Breakthrough. Dutch cameraperson Peter de Kock made his directorial debut by finding out what happened to the hands of one of the world’s most recognizable icons. His fascinating film pieces together the puzzle of Che’s hands, which were surgically removed from his body after the Marxist revolutionary was killed in Bolivia in 1967. Duration: 1hr 2min. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Dance
Madhvi Mudgal
27 March
Rabindra Sangeet takes on an Odissi avatar. Choreography and presentation by Mudgal. The event is part of “Utsav: Celebrating Tagore in the 21st Century”, being organized by the India International Centre on 27-30 March. 7pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
MUMBAI
Around town
Pristine Bombay
20 March–16 April
Lala Deen Dayal’s century-old photographs of Mumbai go on display. Try to identify today’s Bombay in the black and white prints. Zenzi, 183, Waterfield Road, Bandra(W) (66430670).
Music
Pascal of Bollywood
21 March
Pascal Heni believes that, in his own way, he’s contributed to Shah Rukh Khan’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the award the French government gave the actor this year for his “significant contribution to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance”. Heni said that he introduced his countrymen to “the Bollywood universe” a couple of years before Khan became the flavour of the season in France. At the turn of the century, the 45-year-old Paris-based actor and singer reinvented himself as Pascal of Bollywood, the crooner of classics from the golden age of Hindi cinema. This fortnight, Pascal will return to the city as part of the ongoing French Touch festival. His set will include tracks from his 2004 effort Pascal of Bollywood as well as a track from his upcoming album, which he described as “compositions in French with Indian orchestration”. Expect covers of such timeless tunes as ‘Zindagi Ek Safar Hain Suhana’ (’Andaz’, 1971) and his signature song ‘An Evening in Paris’ (’An Evening In Paris’, 1967). 7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA.
Theatre
Munshiji Ki Gudgudiyan
21 March
Director: Vipul Tyagi, Santosh Tiwari, Sumeet Vyas, Pawan Uttam. Cast: Jaishankar Tripathi, Santosh Tiwari, Hanif Patni, Manoj Cherian, Muzammil Qureshi, Imran Rasheed, Sumeet Vyas, Bharat Jha, Aalekh Dahiya, Princy Sudhakar, Vipul Tyagi, Lokesh Rai, Richa Chadda, Pawan Uttam.
A collection of four short stories by Munshi Premchand are adapted to stage by four directors. Santosh Tiwari directs ‘Bade Bhaisahab’, in which a hard-working student is incredulous when he fails his exams, even as his carefree younger brother breezes through his tests despite barely having put in any time with his books. In Vipul Tyagi’s ‘Darogaji’, Lahore’s daroga or inspector is caught hiding in his lover’s storeroom by her husband. In the commotion that ensues, he discovers that his lover is carrying on with a third man, too. A salacious editor is the protagonist in Vyas’ ‘Rasik Sampadak’. This editor, whose literary prodigies are all young, curvy women, tries to brush off a talented but unattractive female writer. In Pawan Uttam’s ‘Aansuyon ki Holi’, a man’s brothers-in-law decide to ruin his Holi. 9pm. Prithvi Theatre. Tickets, Rs100-150.
Dance
Lavani Festival
24 March
From the interiors of Maharashtra to the Tata Theatre in south Mumbai, lavani has come a long way. The National Centre for the Performing Arts and the Sangeet Natak Akademi jointly organize a three-day lavani festival that includes performances and a seminar on various aspects of the form. Today’s performers are Mohana Mahalangrekar, Rajashri Arti Nagarkar, Usha Wanwadkar, Anusuya Lonandkar, Asha and Rupa Parbhanikar, Reshma and Varsha Paritekar, Ranjana and Sarika Kolhapurkar, Laxmi Shirwalkar and Barkha Apsara Jalgaonkar. 7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs100 (66223737).
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DELHI
Music
Nuove Tribù Zulu
23 March
The Nomadic Orchestra of the World present the gypsy folk-rock sound of Nuove Tribù Zulu from Italy, followed by a jugalbandi of the Italian musicians with Rajasthani nomadic musicians. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (43663333).
MUMBAI
Music
Ihi Passika
23 March
Osho’s writings inspire a the name of this genre-busting new band. The members have a kitchen-sink approach to composition, in which rules are absent and the possibilities infinite. The music switches genres from song to song, gliding from the genteel piano pop of “Twinkle Twinkle” and the gritty retro rock of “I Need Your Love” to the melodic jazz of “Spy vs Spy” and the classical-tinged instrumental lounge of “One More Recollection”. City-specific concerns form the basis of songs such as the bluesy “My Tree”, which reflects on the indiscriminate tree-logging in the metropolis, and civic call-to-arms “Wake Up”, which namechecks McDonalds, the BMC and the BEST. Ihi Passika’s concert this week will also feature two German jazz musicians – vibraphone player Ralf Kamphuis and guitarist Torge Niemann. 9.30pm.
Blue Frog. Todi & Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300).
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