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First Published: Thu, May 15 2008. 10 34 PM IST

The Melody of Love
The Melody of Love
Updated: Thu, May 15 2008. 10 34 PM IST
DELHI
Art
Cavities
Ongoing
An exhibition by George Martin. The show includes Martin’s trademark large, neon landscapes, as well as two large sculptural installations. 11am-7pm. Palette Art Gallery, 14, Golf Links (41743034).
Film
Habitat Film Festival
Till 18 May
The festival continues into this fortnight, bringing to ‘Dilliwalas’ a selection of critically acclaimed regional films. This year, the Habitat Film Festival also pays tribute to director Sudhir Mishra with a retrospective of his work, including the recently released Shiney Ahuja-Soha Ali Khan starrer ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’. At Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
16 May
6pm : ‘Thaniye’ (alone). Malayalam, with subtitles; directed by Babu Thiruvalla. 2 hours.
8.30pm: ‘Manorama Six Feet Under’. Hindi; directed by Navdeep Singh. 2 hours 18 minutes.
17 May
Noon: Children’s Special: ‘Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo’. Hindi; directed by Sridhar Rangayan. 3 hours 2 minutes.
3pm: ‘Gafla’ (scam). Hindi; directed by Sameer Hanchate. 2 hours 7 minutes.
6pm: ‘Jaara Brishtite Bhijichilo’ (those who got drenched in the rain). Bengali, with subtitles; directed by Anjan Das.
2 hours 4 minutes.
8.30pm: ‘Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin’. Hindi; directed by Sudhir Mishra.
2 hours 11 minutes.
18 May
Noon: To be announced.
3pm: ‘Pandit’. Bhojpuri, with subtitles; directed by Tinnu Verma. 3 hours.
6pm: ‘Vanaja’. Telugu, with subtitles; directed by Rajnesh Domalpalli.
1 hour 50 minutes.
8.30pm: ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’. Hindi; directed by Sudhir Mishra.
2 hours 10 minutes.
Music
Ajoy Chakraborty
18 May
A vocal recital by the most celebrated representative of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan’s gayaki today takes part in the annual sargam concert. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Pallab Das
21 May
A ‘dhrupad’ recital by Pallab Das, a disciple of Ustad Rahimuddin Khan Dagar. The show is part of the HCL Concert Series. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Theatre
The Melody of Love
18 May
The Melody of Love
Divya Arora’s production of ‘The Melody of Love’ is charming, light and frothy. She has adapted the original 18th century French script by playwright Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux into English, and in the process made some key changes that make the play enjoyable for a modern Delhi audience. The sets and costumes are lavish and beautiful. Arora has visualized the play as a period piece and her costumes reflect it. The sets are as decorated as any Delhi has ever seen, and manage to take the audience back to the 18th century. 4pm and 7pm. The Radisson Hotel, NH-8, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs500 (26779191).
MUMBAI
Music
Aarohi
16 May
Aarohi, the annual event organized by Pancham Nishad, is arguably the country’s most prestigious youth festival. It showcases talent from all over India and has been a launching pad for musicians of the calibre of sitar player Niladri Kumar, ‘bansuri’ player Rakesh Chaurasia and singer Pushkar Lele. Twenty-four-year-old sarod player Abhisek Lahiri from Kolkata and 20-year-old vocalist Sharvari Nagvekar from Mumbai are two of the artistes to watch out for at this year’s festival. 6pm. YB Chavan Centre auditorium, Chavan Centre, near Mantralaya, General Jagannath Bhosle Marg. Tickets, Rs100 and Rs200 (22852081),
Lounge Piranha + The Works
18 May
Acclaimed Bangalore rockers Lounge Piranha perform in Mumbai courtesy the RSJ Kingfisher Pub Rock Fest at a gig that will also feature popular classic rock band The Works. 9pm. Firangi Paani, Fun Republic Level 3, off New Link Road, Andheri (W) (26734731).
Exhibition
Utsav Textile
19 May
Utsav’s range of handwoven saris has been crafted by their pool of master weavers, who work to keep traditional weaving techniques and designs alive. They retail under the name Loom Chakra. Cache Art Gallery, 187, Turner Road, Bandra (W). 10.30am-7.30pm. Until 21 May. From 22 May at Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy. 10.30am-7.30pm.
Theatre
Antigone
22 May
Naseeruddin and Ratna Pathak Shah in Antigone
In an unnecessary monologue to the play, ‘Antigone’ is compared, not very convincingly, to a modern jihadi. What follows is not a comment on Islamic fundamentalism, but a pared-down version of Jean Anouilh’s drama that zeroes in on the argument between its titular anti-hero (Ratna Pathak Shah) and Creon (Naseeruddin Shah). It’s a wise decision by director Satyadev Dubey who has, in the recent past, served up some truly egregious theatre. The play is fairly gripping despite going off the rails for a few minutes when it becomes a lit class, with Benjamin Gilani’s narrator lecturing on tragedy. It’s hard to take sides in the debate that forms the heart of the play. Is the dutiful Antigone right in wanting to give her dead brother Polynices a decent burial? Or, is Creon justified in letting the corpse of his treacherous nephew rot outside city limits to assert his authority over Thebes? 6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs200 (66223737).
BANGALORE
Exhibition
Jodhaa’s Jewel Box
16-18 May
Tanishq is showcasing its Mughal and Rajput collections of jewellery, crafted by ‘karigars’ from Kutch. The three-day show will have the entire range of jewels, amulets, necklaces, assorted adornments and bling designed for the film ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ on display—from Akbar’s ceremonial sword, the archer’s ring to Jodhaa’s trousseau. 11am-6pm. The Grand Ballroom, Leela Palace Kempinski, 23, Airport Road (25211234).
Music
KroaKing 3
17 May
Sharmon Ibrahim, one of the three judges in the third season of the popular karaoke contest, KroaKing—in his blog post on the semi-finals held at Opus—had this to say about Andy, a strong contender for the title: “I really can’t wait to see what happens this year at the finals… I do believe you would do justice to anything from Ella to Slayer.” There are, of course, 12 other contestants, all as invested in the event as Andy. The ones who make it to the first three spots will take home a laptop, gear from Puma and vouchers to a holiday package, respectively (there’s cash to be won as well). Composer Sandeep Chowta, one of the judges, will produce a single for one of the finalists. 7.30pm-11.55pm. Palace Grounds, Ramanamaharishi Road, Sadashivnagar. Tickets, Rs299 and Rs499 (9739261201).
Theatre
Death of a Salesman
20-21 May
Willy Loman, the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer-winning classic, is an ageing salesman in the milieu of 1940s America. In the twilight of a life spent chasing the proverbial American dream, Loman desperately attempts to validate his ordinary life in the face of Biff, his under-achieving drifter of a son and their successful neighbours Charlie and his son Bernard, by blurring reality and illusion. Brought to the stage by Aavega, Miller’s incisive masterpiece remains pressingly apropos to an India on the cusp of the “good” life with its concomitant questions of meaning and worth in an economically polarized society. 7.30pm.
Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tickets, Rs70 (9886464074).
Film
L’un reste, l’autre part
22 May
The Ciné Club presents Claude Berri’s 2005 comedy, ‘L’un reste, l’autre part’, a story of two married men looking to start afresh with their mistresses. Daniel and Isabelle’s wedding anniversary is rudely interrupted with news of their son’s near-fatal accident. The anxiety over his son’s future propels Daniel into a period of crisis, when he meets and falls in love with another woman, Judith. At the same time, his friend Alain is torn between his jealous wife Fanny and his demanding mistress Farida. Presented with English subtitles. 6pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar. Tickets, Rs150 (41231344).
Art
From Santiniketan
Till 23 May
A painting by Mustak Khan Chowdhury
Right Line Art Gallery presents the art of Mustak Khan Chowdhury, who has a master’s degree in fine arts from Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan. Chowdhury has presented his works with M.F. Husain (in 1993 and 2001), and has worked with groups associated with Jamini Roy’s Centenary Celebrations (Kolkata, 1998), apart from solo shows at the Art Heritage (New Delhi, 1990 to 2001), and at Gallery 88 (Kolkata, 1992 and 2006). His work has involved a camp for the Gujarat Relief Fund (2001) and an international art camp in Gwalior (2006). 10am-7pm. Sunday closed. Right Line Art Gallery, 270, 1st Floor, 1st Main, Defence Colony, Indiranagar (25272827).
Mundane Moments
Till 24 May
Mithun Jayaram presents 60 photographs of “mundane everyday city life” moments. Jayaram speaks of the transient and ephemeral, in “fleeting moments that are rooted by a quality of being temporary.” It’s a quality that he’s been nurturing over the years in his works, which is “to observe an aesthetic through the mortality of a moment or a material”. Works on display are for sale.
9am–6pm. Sunday closed. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231344).
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DELHI
Art
Fluxus—A Long Story With Knots—Fluxus in Germany 1962-1994
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This exhibition introduces Delhi to gallerist George Maciunas’ art movement, Fluxus. The show includes a trunk with underwear inside, a mini-robot, photographs, video art and sculptural installations by more than 28 Fluxus members, including well-known artists such as Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik, the first video artist. This exhibition is a lot of fun and not to be missed. 10am-5pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate (23386111).
MUMBAI
Nightlife
Antoine Clamaran
21 May
It’s always exciting when someone who features on your iPod comes to town. There are many ways Antoine Clamaran could have made it to your playlist. Perhaps you heard his version of fellow French house DJ David Guetta’s massive hit ‘The World is Mine’ at a club and downloaded it when you went home; maybe read about him in ‘Mixmag’ or ‘DJ Magazine’, or heard his collaborations with other artists—Martin Solveig, Pete Tong or Danny Rampling. Whatever the case, with more than two decades of playing and producing music behind him, Clamaran’s signature disco-funk grooves and Afro-percussion sound have won fans around the world. This fortnight, he brings that sound to Mumbai. 9pm. Poison, 001/B, Krystal, 206, Patkar Marg, Bandra (W) (26423006).
BANGLORE
Theatre
Lucknow ’76,
18 May
With ‘Lucknow ’76’, writer and director Abhishek Majumdar embarks on an interesting exploration of freedom, choice and the many faces of the same tyranny across history. Here, his device is to frame the contextual space of Lucknow and the lives of its commoners, within the dialectic of two important moments in Indian history—the year Queen Victoria took over from the East India Co. as the empress of India (1876) and the year Indira Gandhi imposed an Emergency that effectively silenced the press in 1976. Bangalore-based Maayaavan brings this production to stage. 3.30pm and 7.30pm.
Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase . Tickets, Rs100 (9900133287).
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First Published: Thu, May 15 2008. 10 34 PM IST