Astrid Kruse Jensen (Denmark) and Lisa Robinson’s (US) photographs of snowy landscapes attempt to add some winter chill to Mumbai.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. The Viewing Room, Elysium Mansion, 4th floor, opposite Cusrow Baug, Walton Road, Colaba Causeway (22830026).
Solo recitals by promising young tabla player Gautam Pal, who is from Ajmer, and vocalist Madhuri Narayan from Mumbai. Narayan has studied under Mhaiskarbuwa and?Madhusudan?Kanitkar,?whose students include such reputed singers as Manjusha Kulkarni Patil and Manjiri Asnare Kelkar. Her idols include legends Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Rasoolan Bai, Siddheshwari Devi and Begum Akhtar.
6.30pm. Savarkar Kendra Hall, MG Road, Swatantraveer Savarkar Garden, opposite Sun City Talkies, Vile Parle, East (26115712).
M.A.N.D.Y. + DJ Mmat
Deejay collective Bhavishyavani’s Mathieu Josso (DJ Mmat) teams up with German DJ duo M.A.N.D.Y for what looks like a very promising gig.
4pm. Aurus, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, near Reid and Taylor showroom, Juhu (67106667).
Makrand Deshpande’s latest play Joke is not a comedy. Instead, it explores a writer’s decision to renounce the gods he acquired while growing up and to revive his belief in fairies that illuminated his childhood.
Like previous productions from the director-playwright, Joke paddles between the real and the imaginary with ease, and searches for answers through relationships between men and women. The story springs from the twist of fate that leads a cop to pick up the idols that Joshi, a disillusioned writer, is clearing from his home. Diabolically enough, both the freshly-minted pagan and the cop with his new-found gods head for good fortune.
9pm (29-30 December); 5pm, 8pm (31 December). Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle, West (26149546). For ticket prices, call the venue.
Fun galore awaits children at several Christmas parties around town today. Habitat World at Lodhi Road, and Epicentre, Gurgaon have planned a series of games, activities, films and contests for them through the day.
Walk into the Atrium at Select City Walk and see the 30ft tall Christmas tree. Add to that day-long activities such as Christmas carols and stories by Santa.
Those in and around central Delhi can also head to the Oxford Bookstore for two hours of fun-filled activities in the evening. For all ages.
11.30am-4.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Estate (24682222); 11.30am-4.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (951242715000); DLF Saket Mall, Press Enclave Road, Saket. For details, call 9999119414; 4-6pm. Oxford Bookstore, Statesman House, 148, Barakhamba Road (23766083).
The characters of Breaking News are closely sketched caricatures. Just a few minutes into the play, you begin to recognize the excited mannerisms of regular faces on TV news: the sensationalist nameless reporter, a pair of conspiracy theorists and other shrieking creatures.
7.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
The Pastoral Nomads of Ladakh
A talk by film-maker Donagh Coleman, which will be followed by a screening of his film Stone Pastures. The film is about the lives and experiences of a nomadic family living in Ladakh.
6.30pm. Auditorium (Annexe), India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
This edition of Saturday Jam will feature Bangalore rock act Plan B, with Yasaswi Vempati on guitars and backing vocals, Siddhant Prasad on guitars, Aditya Jayaram on drums, vocals and acoustic guitar, Abhishek Srinivasan on vocals, Nakul Dumblekar on bass guitar and S. Madhuri on vocals.
4pm. Bangalore Central, 47/48, Victoria Embassy, Residency Road (9844136692).
Funny Thing called War
A stage adaptation of BBC One’s Blackadder series by a young city group, the play follows Captain Blackadder and his companions through a series of hilarious sketches from life amid World War I.
8.30pm. Kyra, 2001, 3rd floor, HAL 2nd stage, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Cover charge, Rs500 (inclusive of food and drinks).
Dancers Anuradha Vikrant, Shama Sanjay and Sanjay Shantaram are headed in the direction that several of Bangalore’s Bharatanatyam dancers have taken. The trio questions the tenets of the dance form and re-examine the role of the heroine. This is what they will attempt with their production Rasollasa. “The production began as a means to convey facets of the heroine that are not traditionally portrayed in Bharatanatyam—as a being who exists between the roles of a hero, a heroine and a mistress,” says Shantaram.
8pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23345810).
Rhythm of Life
Veteran Bharatanatyam dancer Alarmel Valli will present a recital as part of the 23rd Margazhi Mahotsav, which runs till 4 January.
6.45pm. YGP auditorium, 17, Thirumalai Pillai Road, T Nagar (28343045, 28173596). Tickets, priced between Rs100 and Rs500, available at the venue.
The Madras Craft Foundation will conduct a workshop on Ajrakh, one of the oldest types of block printing on textiles, dominated by geometrical shapes and use of intense colours such as crimson and deep indigo. Priced at Rs1,200, the workshop includes material and conveyance to and from the venue to the Madras Craft Foundation.
10am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779).
28 December-2 January
The Christmas break just got better. Hippocampus, a learning centre for children, presents a costume designing workshop where children can learn to make fun props and simple costume changes for various theme parties. Priced at Rs1,500, the workshop is open to children over the age of 3.
10.30am-12.30pm. Hippocampus, old No. 7, new No. 4, 12th Street, Nandanam Extension (24353544).
The Urban Pop Paradox
Till 31 December
Using her experience in designing sculptures, Niloufer Seth Siddharth presents her latest collection of paintings that are feminine, delicate and dream-like. She has used flowers to symbolize feminism in her work.
11am-7pm. Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Poetry With Prakriti
Till 30 December
Prakriti Foundation’s annual poetry reading event has a host of poets presenting their work at various venues across the city. Catch Gopika Jadeja, E.V. Ramakrishnan and Tenzin Tsundue on 26 and 27 December as they share some of their favourite works. On 28 and 29 December, Nitoo Das, Aditi Machado and Rati Saxena will read their poems. At the closing ceremony, prizes will be awarded for the best work. The event is being held at various centres, including Full Circle Books, Oxford Bookstore, Madras Terrace House, Good Earth Store, Kalakshetra and Evoluzione.
11am and 7pm. Various venues. For details, log on to www.prakritifoundation.com or call 66848506.
Enjoy a sarod performance by Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, who fuses dhrupad, tantrakari and gayaki ang beautifully in his renditions.
6pm. Koothambalam auditorium, Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur (24524057, 24520836). Tickets, priced between Rs100 and Rs500, are available at the venue.
By Karuna Amarnath
A solo show of paintings and drawings by Debashree Datta. Besides her favourite themes—landscapes and Ganesh—Datta also explores relationships (between mother and child, friends and lover, and playmates) in her Tranquility series.
2-8pm. Gaganendra Pradarshasala, 1/1, AJC Bose Road (9836182558).
Return to Eden
Till 13 January
Art Alive Gallery, Delhi, and the Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts present recent works of photographer Prabir Purkayastha, culled from his recent travels to the rainforests of Indochina. In Return to Eden, Purkayastha captures the tranquillity of verdant, teeming wilderness. There are images dedicated to a vanishing tribe of Assam and also from the jungles of Laos.
10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
7th Desh-Bidesher Natyamela
Kolkata-based group Sohan brings together troupes from across West Bengal and abroad. Those performing from West Bengal include: Nandik from Kanchrapara, Natyasena from Asansol, Unity Malancha from Halisahar, Anan from Suri, the Chandannagore Yuger Yatri and Bandel Aarohi, besides groups from Kolkata and Howrah. You won’t want to miss Gobardanga Shilpayan’s Brindabaner Che. However, the highlight of the festival is Binodini by the Dhaka Theatre, Bangladesh.
6.30pm. Bijon Theatre, 5A, Raja Rajkrishna Street. Various ticket prices. For details, contact Anish Ghosh (9830042004).
By Indranil Bhoumik
Indian Life and Landscape by Western Artists (1720–1927)
Till 31 January
The Victoria Memorial, Kolkata, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, present an exhibition of India painted in the European style. The first visual representations of India were imaginary, based on the writings of explorers such as Marco Polo. It was only in the 18th century when European trading companies were established in Asia that professional artists started travelling here. They painted, for the first time, scenes based on direct observation—such as this 1851 William Carpenter portrait of Udaipur court painter Tara Chand and his children.
10am-5pm (Mondays closed). Victoria Memorial Hall, 1, Queen’s Way (22231889). Ticket, Rs10.
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