The National Gallery of Modern Art was opened in 1954 to house visual and sculptural work from the 1850s onwards. Though shows are few and far between, the gallery houses some of the finest works by modern Indian and some international artists. While the permanent collection is rotated occasionally, the best works—including a lovely collection of Amrita Sher-Gil’s portraits—remain on view. 10am-5pm. NGMA, Jaipur House, India Gate. Entry, Rs10 (Indians), Rs150 (non-Indians) (23386111).
Somebody is talking About Your Life
Until 7 June
An exhibition of new works by E.H. Pushkin. Pushkin was a member of the Radical Painters and Sculptors Association, a short-lived group of young artists formed in the late 1980s in Baroda. The group fizzled out following the suicide of key founder K.P. Krishnakumar. Other artists included Alex Mathew, C.K. Rajan, N.N. Rimzon and Shibu Natesan. This is Pushkin’s first solo show outside Kerala. He is concerned with environmental issues as well as about the privacy of the individual being impinged upon by some form or the other of surveillance—hence the title. 11am-7pm. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26326267).
The Maid and the Mermaid
31 May-1 June
Kat Katha Puppet Arts Trust presents its new production, a love story based on an Irish folktale. A story full of enchanting deep-sea creatures and beautiful visuals, this show, directed by Anurupa Roy, is a moving fairytale for children of all ages. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Directed by Kusum Haidar and written by Federico Garcia Lorca, the play is about “frustrated motherhood” and according to the director, its heroine, Yerma (whose name translates literally from the Spanish as “barren”), is a young peasant woman. When she first gets married, she seems happy enough. But she longs for children. Years pass and still she does not conceive. Her yearning for offspring grows deeper as the pressure of society around her gets more oppressive. She finds herself attracted to her neighbour Victor, but her honour does not permit infidelity. Her husband Juan, though, is content in his childless marriage. The play ends on a bleak note; there is no redemption for the characters in Yerma’s world. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
A Hindustani vocal recital by Sheela Joshi, who is a disciple of Saraswatibai Rane, Veena Sahasrabudhe, Kishori Amonkar and Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
A Hindustani classical guitar recital by Mukherjee, who is a disciple of Pandit Debu Chaudhuri. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Tribute To Maharaja Swathi Thirunal
The tribute will feature Hindustani classical vocalist Subhadra Desai, Jayaprabha Menon (Mohiniattam), Ranjana Gauhar (Odissi) and Kaushalya Reddy (Kuchipudi). 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi road (43663333).
Indiana Jones and the
Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Harrison Ford is back as the university professor with a sideline in battling bad guys in a strictly archaeological context and a skill for dodging bullets and boulders in comic-book fashion—without suffering a graze. Other pop-iconic inventions, such as Batman, have since enjoyed the post-modern treatment at the hands of younger film-makers such as Christopher Nolan, but Spielberg avoids any nod-and-a-wink approach. There’s the odd self-referential moment that points to Indy’s age and to past plots but mostly this is played as straight as the fringe on Cate Blanchett as the villain of the piece. It’s 1957, Jones has a good war record behind him and the Cold War is in full thrust. Indy digs out his hat, whip and leather jacket when Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), a young lad, offers Indy the challenge of hunting down the Crystal Skull of Akator. Of course, Indy’s not alone in the search. There are Soviet agents on his trail, led by Blanchett. For this episode, he narrowly escapes from a nuclear test-bomb that’s detonated on a mock-up of a typical 1950s town. The rest is familiar. There are car chases, quicksand, river pursuits, poison darts, and exotic locations from the Nevada desert to the jungles of Peru and the Amazon. In cinemas.
Teddy Boy Kill
Delhi duo Ashhar Farooqui and Samrat B. aka Audio Pervert and Toymob aka Teddy Boy Kill play a night of drum and bass, dub, electroclash, tech-house and trip hop. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
Salsa at Blue Frog
Perhaps this is the only time there’s room for large movements at this night club. Kaytee Namgyal of the Salsa India Dance Company shows participants how to get jiggy with it. A performance follows the workshop. 9.30pm-midnight. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
French jazz fusion from saxophonist Lourau and his band featuring Eric Lohrer on guitar, Bojan Z. on piano, Daniel Garcia Bruno on the drums and Sylvian Daniel on double bass. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
Galeej Gurus Live
Galeej Gurus will jam for the Bangalore chapter of the History Rocks series of concerts, a 17-part suite on classic rock launched by The History Channel. The Galeej Gurus are Nathan Harris (vocals), Matthew Harris (bass), Naveen Thomas and Ananth Menon (guitars), and Kishan Balaji (drums). The band will play both covers and original material. Earlier this year, the band won Shamal, “the global battle of the bands” at Dubai’s Desert Rock Festival 2008. Bassist Matthew, says: “Our influences have always been diverse from the very beginning. When we started off, there were just three of us, and that was bad enough—now there are five, all pulling in different directions…can get confusing at times.” The band is currently working on a music video and recording their first album. 8pm. Nyk’s, 50, Gold Tower, Residency Road (41128430).
Origami creative agency will conduct a festival in aid of Spoorthi, an organization that assists youngsters from the Koraga community in southern coastal Karnataka. ‘Summer Salt: Origami Fest ’08 introduces itself as “Bangalore’s most unpretentious art-attack, an explosion of colour, music, theatre and creativity.” The fest looks to make a statement in expressions of nonconformism. Apart from the art, music, theatre and films, look out for stalls offering home-cooked food and Indian spices. The festival also features tattoo and Origami artists. 10am – 8pm. Origami Creative Concepts, 115, Railway Parallel Road, Kumara Park West (41121109).
Gallery Sumukha presents Puerparus (childbearing), the works of S.A. Yugashri. The word “puerperal” relates to the time of childbirth or shortly after, or to the woman who has just given birth. The artist Yugashri speaks of “puerperal thoughts” that conjure images of the present, and the past. “By noon, when we are loaded with the day’s previous concerns and hectic schedules, movement becomes heavy and stressful, and many little pleasures which merit our attention, and which we could do well with, get washed away in the fatigue and sweat of the afternoon,” she said. “Sometimes we sit back and try to gather all those missed moments, but that only serves to create a craving to get back into the past.” 10.30am-6pm. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10 BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).
May Basket Making
Children between the ages of 3 and 12 can learn how to make baskets with Kavita Kannan at Crossword’s Kids Hour. Kids will be taught simple and fun techniques to weave their own baskets. 11.30am–1pm. Crossword, ACR Towers, Residency Road. Fee, Rs100 (25582411).
Water Lilies: A Trilogy
31 May-1 Jun
Each of the three short plays that make up this production from Chennai-based Just Us Repertory, explores the interplay of commonness and differences that arise when two strangers (in this case, a man and a woman) from different racial and cultural contexts find themselves in conversation. Their casual meetings in the inherently lonely public spaces of a park, a museum and an airport slowly run into the richer and riskier environs of shared confidences and spilled secrets. Despite the wit and repartee woven into these encounters, the trilogy attempts to court difficult questions of human displacement, emotional loss and the isolation of the individual. The answers seldom commit themselves to the open. Instead they hover about the curtains, quietly edging into the light and then as suddenly receding back into the shadows. The mood in each play is underscored by live western classical piano, along with images of Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’, the poems of Clark Ashton Smith, Ted Hughes, and a verse from the ‘Brihadaranyaka Upanishad’. 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar 2nd Phase. Tickets, Rs100 (9986863615).
The famous DJ and producer comes to the capital to spin some tracks at the launch of Elevate’s monthly show on the Internet-based radio station Frsiky Radio. Elevate, Centre Stage Mall, fifth floor, sector 18 (95120-4364611). Call Venue for timings.
Magnum photographer Martine Franck makes her Mumbai debut at Art Musings with an exhibition organized by Tasveer and Matthieu Foss. Glancing through Franck’s portfolio, one finds some serious celebrities—artist Marc Chagall, philosopher Michel Foucault, designer Yves Saint-Laurent, her old friend and avant-garde theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine and her husband, photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Franck doesn’t like making people pose and she prefers taking photographs of those whose work she admires. Mostly in black-and-white, the portraits are intimate and vibrant. Franck with her camera seems to be her subject’s confidante, capturing them at their expressive best. She becomes a witness and invites the viewer to slip into her invisible shoes so that it isn’t Martine Franck meeting Foucault’s steady gaze but you.
10am-7pm. 1, Admiralty Building, Colaba Cross Lane (22163339).
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
The last time the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble performed for the public was at the Vasantahabba of February 2002. Praise-worthy for their efforts in nurturing the Odissi form in Bangalore over the years, the ensemble is now set to perform again. Titled Ansh, the performance will consist of four pieces: the first, titled Namaskriti, pays obeisance to Ganesha; the second, Aakriti, is an exploration of the inherent lyrical movement of Odissi within its dimensions of both abstract and geometric vocabulary, the third piece is an ‘abhinaya’ piece titled Murali Paani, centred on Krishna’s beauty, in a translation of an Oriya poem, and the finale piece called Kisalaya Shayana, is a translation of an extract from the ‘Geet Govind’. The finale will have Bijayini Satpathy and Surupa Sen depicting the pacification of Radha, and Krishna’s ludic attempts at claiming her, and her finally relenting to his advances. Ansh promises to bring back the trademark synchronicity and deep understanding of Bangalore’s most renowned dance ensemble in each of the pieces, as a true physical embodiment of temple sculptures. Ansh will be in aid of the Spastic Society of Karnataka, and the proceeds will go towards education and rehabilitation programmes. 7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. Tickets, Rs300, Rs500, Rs1,000 (23445810).