Act Like You Mean It: Acting, Emotion And the Brain
As part of its Brain And Mind series, Swissnex India, Switzerland’s outpost for science, technology and culture in India, will host “Act Like You Mean It: Acting, Emotion And the Brain”, a five-act lecture-performance on the balcony scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. Two Swiss researchers, Thomas Grunwald, a neurologist from the Swiss Epilepsy Centre, and Anton Rey, a dramaturge from the Zurich University of the Arts, will be assisted by local actors, and will talk about whether actors in a play express genuine emotion.
This evolved from the research programme “Authenticity of Emotion”, which uses neuroscience tools such as modern brain imaging technology and acting techniques to investigate the notion of emotional memory. The programme will begin with a lecture on the research project and end with the lecture-performance on the “balcony scene”.
5pm. National Centre for Biological Sciences, Rajiv Gandhi Nagar (23666001/23666337). For details, email email@example.com.
Till 31 October
Mélange, the restaurant at Park Plaza, is presenting a fully vegetarian spread on Saturdays, spanning Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese and Mexican cuisine. The buffet features “meatless” sushi, mezze, pasta, tacos and regional specialities such as chaat, amrud ki subji (a guava dish) and Ringan Nu Bhartu (mashed brinjal with yogurt). Also on offer are eggless desserts.
7.30-11.30pm. Park Plaza, 90-4, Marathahalli, Outer Ring Road (49094909). Price, Rs.599, plus taxes, per person.
Pastry chef Girish Nayak from Olive Beach has crafted a three-course prix fixe menu which comprises tasting portions of plated desserts across themes such as berry, citrus, toffee and chocolate. The menu highlights include orange meringue filled with passionfruit curd and served with lemon sorbet and sesame palmiers; pineapple upside down cake served with roasted pineapple sorbet, mascarpone cream and red wine gel; Caramel Pot de Crème served with milk chocolate maple cream and smoked vanilla foam; and a Chocolate S’Mores Tart with oatmeal anglaise and cinnamon toast ice cream. There will also be a selection of petits fours, freshly brewed coffees, Mandarin liqueur, cognac and Sambuca for an additional fee.
9.30-11.30pm. Olive Beach, 16, Wood Street, Ashoknagar (41128400). Price, Rs.550, plus taxes, per person.
United Flavours of India
Till 30 October
The Lalit Ashok has embarked on a 40-day culinary journey—West Bengal cuisine is on offer till 10 October, Rajasthan cuisine from 11-20 October, and Bundelkhand’s from 21-30 October. Customers can sample Bengali delicacies such as daab chingri (prawns cooked in coconut milk) and doi maachh (fish in yogurt), Rajasthan dishes like Moongfali Pulao (groundnut rice) and Lal Maans (mutton with red chillies) and Bundelkhand specialities like Makai aur Hare Choley ki Tikki (cutlets made with green chickpea and corn) and Morar ke Kebab (a lotus-stem patty).
12.30-3pm/7.30-11.30pm. The Lalit Ashok, Golf Course Road, Kumara Krupa, High Grounds (30527777). Prices, Rs.995 for lunch and Rs.1,195 for dinner, plus taxes, per person.
The Invisible River
The Rebecca Gould-directed play has a colourful cast of characters, including a self-promoting priest, a scheming politician and a canny street urchin. The message: Everything in India is interconnected, and nothing is as simple as it seems. When Uma, a young scientist from Bangalore, arrives in Allahabad to investigate the possibility that the Ganga river could help eradicate diseases, she sets off a ripple effect that leaves an impact on the lives of several people. One of them is Ajay, a government doctor who represents the conventional wisdom of his profession, and is battling his own demons—a mother obsessed with religion, dying slum children, and a government that just doesn’t care.
Children under 14 are not allowed. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
8pm (Monday-Saturday) and 3pm (Sunday). Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). Tickets, Rs.300, available at the venue and on in.bookmyshow.com
In this intelligent and artistic mix of puppet theatre and dance, four performers shape a human form from kraft paper, using it to explore the politics of the human body. The piece, directed by Johanny Bert and co-written with Yan Raballand, features the cast from Le Fracas, Centre Dramatique National de Montluçon, France. 40 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar 2nd Phase (26592777). For details, call 41231340.
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This year DakshinaChitra is celebrating the festival by focusing on Karnataka’s tradition and culture. The event is sponsored by the department of Kannada and culture, Karnataka. Somana Kunitha (folk dance) artistes from that state’s Tumkur district will perform and give demonstrations on wooden mask painting. The craft shop at DakshinaChitra will present a special feature on Karnataka with a range of Kondapalli toys and Golu dolls.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Till 10 October
An initiative by the M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation, in association with the World Crafts Council, brings together timeless textiles inspired by India, Japan, Africa and other parts of the world. Designer Kamal Deep Kaur will present a collection of scarves, shawls and cushions in silk, using Bandhani, block print and Shibori techniques, as well as a small selection of ensembles. Al Masood Creations of Lucknow and designer Abid Ibrahim will present the exquisite embroidery art form of Chikankari.
11am-8pm. Amethyst, 11, Whites Road, Royapettah (45991630). The Chikankari products are priced upwards of Rs.1,500, while the scarves and cushions are from Rs.2,000-4,500.
Till 7 October
Radisson Blu’s Garden Café has organized an event that is modelled on Oktoberfest, the fortnight-long beer festival held every year in Munich, Germany. It is inviting Chennai’s beer lovers to come and create their own “damn-I-don’t-remember-anything moments”. On offer are a selection of unlimited beers along with multi-cuisine delicacies, German sausages and breads.
7-11pm. Garden Café, Radissson Blu, 531, GST Road, St Thomas Mount (22310101). Unlimited draught beer with German buffet dinner, Rs.1,200, plus taxes, per person.
Directed by Madhuvanthi Arun, the play is an adaptation in Tamil of the popular 1967 Audrey Hepburn-starrer Wait Until Dark, about a blind woman who is terrorized by three thugs while they search for a heroin-stuffed doll they believe is in her apartment—and how she transcends her barriers and limitations. The sets, which include a revolving stage—a first in Tamil theatre—have been designed by Thotta Tharani. And Why This Kolaveri Di composer Anirudh Ravichander has given the background score. 2 hours.
7pm. Rama Rao Kala Mantap, Habibullah Road, T Nagar. Tickets, Rs.200, Rs.350, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, available on www.indianstage.in
i saw i share—v
Till 13 October
A “performer series” comprising the recent works of S. Mark Rathinaraj is on view at the gallery. The subjects of the current series are performers of folk and dance forms, represented through a series of calligraphic, evocative and suggestive sketches made with ink and watercolours.
10am–8pm (10am-2pm on Sunday). Focus Art Gallery, 11, Bishop Wallers Avenue—South, CIT Colony, Alwarpet (24986611).
By Nandini Reddy
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Twelve successful innovators and entrepreneurs from different fields will be speaking at TEDxDelhi. The speakers include tech entrepreneur Karthik Naralasetty, performing artiste Deepak Kurki Shivaswamy, health writer Ravi Mantha, urban designer Nishant Lall and adman Mohit Dhar Jayal.
9am. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333). Entry, Rs.3,500, and Rs.1,500 for students with ID cards. Registration is mandatory. For registration, visit www.tedxdelhi.org
Ananya Dance Festival
The five-day festival of Indian classical dance, now in its 11th year, is organized by the Delhi government’s department of art, culture and languages and SEHER, an organization for the promotion of Indian culture, in association with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Doordarshan.
Saroja Vaidyanathan and her troupe from New Delhi will present a Bharatanatyam item, Shiva Shakti, themed on the Hindu god Shiva and his consort Parvati (Shakti).
Rani Karnaa Nayak and troupe from Kolkata will perform Kathak.
Vijaylakshmi and her group from New Delhi will perform Mohiniattam.
The Rudraksh dance company from Bhubaneswar will present Odissi.
Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon will, along with their group from Chennai, present a Bharatanatyam recital.
7-8.15pm. Purana Qila. For details, visit www.sehernow.in or call SEHER at 41628600/700.
India’s biggest EDM (electronic dance music) festival heads north from the beaches of Goa. Headlining the festival will be Dutch DJ-cum-producer Afrojack. The show will also feature disc jockeys Moguai, Prok & Fitch, Arnej, Astral Projection, Pearl, Arjun Vagale, Ash Roy, Bobby Burns, Tuhin Mehta, Shaan and Mash.
3-10pm. Unitech Golf and Country Club, Noida. For tickets, Rs.2,500, and Rs.6,000 for the VIP category, visit sunburn.in/noida2012/index.html
Jamal-e-Begum Akhtar Centenary Celebrations
The evening will witness recitations by Munawwar Rana and a musical homage to Kaifi Azmi by Rita Ganguly, followed by veteran singer Abida Parveen’s tribute to Begum Akhtar.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333
The event is being organized in honour of the late tabla player Jnan Prakash Ghosh. A tabla and khol duet will be performed by Madhusudan and Gopal Barman. This will be followed by a Hindustani vocal ‘jugalbandi’ by renowned stalwarts of the Benaras ‘gharana’, Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
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Time Past Is Present
Till 11 October
This is an exhibition of paintings by Sudip Roy, whose washes and watercolours resemble the lingua franca of the Bengal School. The title comes from T. S. Eliot’s spiritual vision about the relationship between life in time—of bondage and suffering—and life in eternity—of
freedom and happiness.
freedom and happiness.
11am-7pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills. For details, call 66564466.
The Great Indian October Fest 2012
Get ready for three days of pulsating music and excitement, with over 30 performances, unlimited beer, shopping, games and food. There will be live acts by DJs Preet, Chico and Yves V, as well as, performances by singer Raghu Dixit, Indian Ocean, Shaa’ir + Func, Papon and The East India Company, Lost Stories and Agam, among others.
4-11pm. N-Convention, Hi-Tech City, Madhapur (40404160/9396555888). Tickets, Rs.899 per day, or Rs.2,000 for a three-day pass, available at the venue or
Yamadoothu—After the Death of Othello
‘Yamadoothu—After the Death of Othello’ visualizes the three deaths in William Shakespeare’s classical work ‘Othello’ from the perspective of fantasy. The story unfolds through the monologues of Othello, Desdemona and Iago. Three wild birds appear on the stage; they are supposed to accompany the spirits of these three people to the other world. 1 hour, 5 minutes.
7.30pm. National Institute of Fashion Technology auditorium, Madhapur main road, opposite Hi-Tech City. For details, call 23114537/0630/ 0841. Tickets, Rs.250, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, available on
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
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Live in Concert: Taaltantra
The Calcutta Classical Guitar Society, Bickram Ghosh and Siddha Group will present a tabla recital, Taaltantra, featuring Pandit Tanmoy Bose and introducing his son Shiladitya Bose.
7-8.30pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call 9903205059.
Voices of Now: India
The American Center and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will bring American theatre company Arena Stage to the city as part of “Voices of Now”, a programme where participants learn about theatre, writing and performance. They will be organizing a workshop from 9-11 October that will culminate in a performance by the participants.
Arena Stage will engage with local theatre groups and NGOs to build partnerships in an attempt to begin a global conversation through the arts. Among the participants are theatre groups like Red Curtain, Tin Can, Neev; non-profits like Sanlaap and Kolkata Sanved, which work with victims of trafficking, and Sappho for Equality, which works on LGBT issues; dance and theatre groups like Sapphire Creations; and students from some Kolkata schools and Jadavpur University’s theatre department.
6.30pm. ICCR, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. Passes may be collected from the reception at the American Center, 38A, JL Nehru Road (39846300). For details, call 39846392.
Twenty-five works by Tapan Mitra will be on display. The earlier serigraphs, going back to the 1980s, feature social criticism and satire, while the latest works focus on landscapes. Serigraphy is a fine art, colour stencil printmaking process in which special paint is forced through a fine screen on to the paper beneath.
2-7pm, Chemould art gallery, 12 F, Park Street (22298641). For details, contact 9830499432.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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We Like It Here, We’re
Till 3 November
Alexander Gorlizki’s works on paper originate from an obsession with Indian miniature painting, a tradition he has applied to his own idiosyncratic visual language. Following Josef Albers’ dictum that “one plus one equals three”, Gorlizki draws together apparently disparate elements (hand-painted figures, textile patterns, photographs and magazine pages) to create a third entity, greater than the sum of its parts.
11am-6pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Amrita Jhaveri Projects, Flat No. 2, Krishna Niwas (next to the Lakme Salon), 58A, Walkeshwar Road (23693639).
The Ides of March
The 2011 film, George Clooney’s fourth as a director, takes us behind the scenes of a modern American political campaign. Clooney plays governor Mike Morris, an Obama-like politician striving to win a primary that will set him on the road to the White House. The story has been adapted from a Beau Willimon play, Farragut North. The real drama begins when Morris’ press spokesman Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) is wooed by rival campaign manager Tom Duffy (Paul Giamatti) and gets romantically involved with a campaign intern, Molly Stearns (Evan Rachel Wood).
2pm. US consulate general, Multipurpose Room, C-49, G-Block, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra—East (26724581). Entry on first-come, first-served, basis. Carry a photo ID card.
Improv Comedy Mumbai
The group Improv Comedy Mumbai will present improvisational comedy featuring American Adam Dow and his troupe, which includes theatre actors Mukul Chadda, Naveen Kaushik and Kaneez Surka Nalwala, at two venues.
9pm. Lagerbay, 6, Mamta Building, 183, Waterfield Road, Bandra—West. Entry, Rs.250. For details, call 67369900.
9.30pm. Temperance, St Xaverian Court, Sherly Rajan Road, Bandra—West. For tickets, call 9833833270/274.
Visa on Arrival
In-flight entertainment gets a whole new meaning at “Visa on Arrival”. The theme party, a joint initiative of CrossBar Entertainment and Power Struggle Music, is back for a second round of catchy commercial hits and Progressive House with Mumbai-based DJ Madoc on the decks. Don’t forget to collect your boarding passes and other glow-in-the-dark freebies on arrival.
9pm-2.30am. Canvas, Palladium mall, Fourth floor, High Street Phoenix, above the Comedy Store, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485050). Entry, Rs.1,000 for a general pass and one IMFL drink, taxes included; and Rs.1,500 for a VIP pass and two IMFL drinks, taxes included. For passes and table reservations, call 9920058268
Till 13 October
Fine art photographer Nandini Valli Muthiah is showcasing her latest stills—artistic depictions of the Hindu god Krishna. The artist shows a preference for rich and vibrant colour. ‘The Visitor’ stages Krishna against tightly choreographed backdrops, garlanded and ornamented and curiously endowed with a pair of wings. Muthiah projects her protagonist, Krishna, as the messenger of God bringing to earth both good and bad. For instance, in one photograph she shifts the setting of her frames to a shot where Krishna is in a reclining pose in the pond, an allusion to the image of Krishna reclining on the many-headed serpent in the milky ocean.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Ground floor, Nathalal Parekh Marg, opposite YMCA, Colaba (66103424).
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