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First Published: Sun, Nov 09 2008. 11 26 PM IST

Spirit of the time: An exhibit from the Zeitgeist show.
Spirit of the time: An exhibit from the Zeitgeist show.
Updated: Sun, Nov 09 2008. 11 26 PM IST
Delhi
Art
Zeitgeist
Ongoing
Spirit of the time: An exhibit from the Zeitgeist show.
Focusing on, as the title suggests, the “spirit of the time”, these photographs and paintings explore the defining social, economic and philosophical trends of the day. Participating artists include Vibha Galhotra, Gauri Gill, Kriti Arora, Manil Gupta, Nicola Durvasula and Mithu Sen.
11am-7pm. Palette Art Gallery, 14, Golf Links (24611483).
Dance
Andhri Parampara
24-26 October
Natya Tarangini, Raja-Radha Reddy’s dance institute, will celebrate performing traditions of Andhra in a festival named after the eponymous Carnatic ‘ragam’. Performances include a Kuchipudi by Raja-Radha Reddy and their students.
6.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). For further information, contact Natya Tarangini (24356630, 24356640).
Music
Sikkil Gurucharan and Anil Srinivasan
24 October
Ganjam presents “Madirakshi: Intoxicating Eyes”, which is a contemporary classical music concert featuring Sikkil Gurucharan (vocal) and Anil Srinivasan (piano). They will proceed to blend Carnatic vocals and Western classical piano. The duo will be accompanied by B.S. Purushotham (‘kanjira’) and Murad Ali Khan (‘sarangi’).
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Film
La Estrategia Del Caracol (The strategy of the snail)
25 October
An oddly likeable movie about the tenants of an old tenement (“The Casa Uribe”) in central Bogotá who decide to resist eviction. The story proceeds a bit like an Ealing comedy. The fight for the right strategy is between the legal delaying tactics of Dr Romero (“The Fox”) and the more inventive ideas of an old Spanish civil war veteran. Politically, a little sentimental, but made with gusto and a fine feel for eccentricity. Spanish with subtitles, directed by Sergio Cabrera. 1 hour 56 minutes. The film is part of “Colombia is Passion”, the first cultural week of Colombia, organized by the Colombian embassy.
6.30pm. Siri Fort auditorium 3, Khel Gaon Marg (26499371). For more information, contact Embajada de Colombia en India, 3, Palam Marg, Vasant Vihar (41662109).
Savita Devi
29 October
A light classical recital by one of the foremost proponents of the style. Savita Devi, like her mother Siddheswari Devi, is an exponent of the Purab Ang (Benaras school) style of ‘thumri’.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Saskia Rao
30 October
The Dutch artist is probably the only person performing Hindustani classical music on the cello. So expect the unexpected.
Funny bone: Russell Peters.
10am. NP Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Gole Market (23734090).
Theatre
Russell Peters
29 October
Watch comedian Russell Peters live in Delhi this fortnight. Peters, an Anglo-Indian born in Canada, has been nominated for four Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy. He has also been featured in various comedy shows on television.
6pm and 8.30pm. Siri Fort auditorium, Khel Gaon Marg. For further information, contact Susmitha Alva (sush.alva@gmail.com). Tickets available at www.ticketpro.in
MUMBAI
Art
War with the Stars
Till 25 October
Explaining myths: From Minam Apang’s exhibition War with the Stars.
Minam Apang’s exhibition of paper works has no controversies or elements of fanfare to attract viewers. They are her retelling of a North-East Indian myth, which offers an explanation for why fish jump out of water on a stormy night (ask for the literature about the myth at the gallery). As with most myths, the story, set in the sylvan North-East meditates upon many themes, such as trust, sacrifice and maintaining equilibrium, which remain relevant even in our modern world. What makes Apang’s work charming, however, is not their conceptual weight but how skillfully she balances the narrative with the beauty of her drawings.
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Kamal Mansion, 01/18, first floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (65215105).
BlindStars StarsBlind
Ongoing
Shilpa Gupta brings works from her recent show in Berlin to town, along with a couple of new pieces.
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Bodhi Art, 28K, Dubash Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda (66100124).
Heresies
Till 25 October
Over the course of a celebrated 40-year career, Pedro Meyer has gone from being a documentary photographer to something of a heretic for gleefully accepting digital manipulation in photography. In the mid-1990s, when most art photographers were lamenting the decline of the silver gelatine print, Meyer packed up all the equipment in his darkroom and put it in storage. This fortnight, Meyer shows the mutable reality that he has created with his photographs with ‘Heresies’, an elaborate retrospective of his work.
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. ICIA House, 22/26 K, Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22048140).
Theatre
Aao Sathi Sapna Dekhe
25 October
The energy of the artists, mostly National School of Drama graduates, ensures that this simple love story set in Chandni Chowk is hugely entertaining. The twists and turns injected in the story by the ‘sutradhar’ give rise to some incredible moments. The lead pair is fresh, portraying the abandon of youth and its simple, dreamy pleasures that the playwright wants his audience to seek in life. As two friends who feign a feud in order to spark a clandestine courtship between their children, the relationship between Miya Khan and Chironji Lal Gupta is Bollywoodesque. Loosely based on Tom Jones’ ‘The Fantasticks’, the drama fits the template of your average Bollywood romance, especially the first part which urges people to dare to dream despite tough realities. While the drama’s lyrics are stirring, they’re not as elevating as songs such as ‘Baawra mann’.
7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs90, Rs120, Rs150, Rs180, Rs240 (66223737).
Film
Fashion
From 29 October
Glitz and glamour: From Fashion.
Madhur Bhandarkar turns his jaundiced eye on the fashion business. Apart from showing us some T&A (it’s part of the story after all), he will also show the depths to which models sink to soar.
Across cinemas.
Nightlife
DJ Adam K
29 October
Canadian producer and DJ Adam Kersher admits to being a bit of a freak. He’s spent the last 10 years locked up in a studio, and counts cables, recording gear and DJ software among his best friends. Kersher is part of a growing tribe of successful Canadian dance music producers such as Tiga, Deadmau5 and John Acquaviva who have introduced their sounds across the globe. A large part of their popularity is due to Beatport, widely regarded as the leading source for DJs and fans to legally download electronic music. At the Beatport Awards announced earlier this year, the Canadian ranked second in the “progressive house artist” category. Kersher describes his music as sounds that scrape the dark corners of a room. When he gigs in Mumbai this fortnight, watch out for a selection of his remixes as well as several original, darker compositions.
Call 9833841147 for venue, time and price details.
BANGALORE
Art
Different Strokes
24 October-1 November
In praise of Delhi: A painting by Sanjib Saha.
Mahua Art Gallery presents a group show of contemporary Indian sculptors and artists whose works will focus on themes of spirituality and mythology, apart from social, political and environmental issues. The participating artists include Preeti Agarwal, Yusuf Arakkal, Dipak Banerjee, Amit Bhar, Subrato Biswas, Arpita Chandra, Akhil Chandra Das, Rajib Chowdhury, Sharmi Chowdhury, Sohini Dhar, Sanatan Dinda, Yolanda D’Souza, Piyali Ghosh, Tapas Ghoshal, Ganesh Haloi, Gururaj H.S., Jacob Jebaraj, Seema Kohli, Vishwambhara K.S., Chetananand M., Senathipathi M., J.M.S. Mani, Theodore Mesquita, Anant Kumar Mishra, Jayanta Mondal, Sohan Qadri, Palaniappan R.M., Sanatan Saha, Anjali Sapra, Shaswati Sarkar, Kajal Shah, Karma Temrab, Venugopal V.G. Participating sculptors include Akhil Chandra Das, Yogesh Mahida, Dimpy Menon, Elanchezhiyan P., Gopinath S. Preview at the gallery on 24 October at 7.30pm. Visit the exhibition online at www.mahuagallery.com
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. 344/8, first floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivnagar (23616971). Sundays by appointment only.
Morning Mist
25-31 October
It would be inconceivable to envision Delhi as uninhabited and devoid of the bustle that constitutes a large part of everyday life on its streets. It would take Sanjib Saha, an artist born in Kolkata in 1970 and now based in the Capital, to think of a Delhi “with no human habitation”, where he could wake up each morning to “romanticize the monuments” and revel in the architectural splendour. Speaking about his next show with Achutyanand Dwivedi, another Delhi-based artist, Saha explained that his interest was in the ancient architectural elements and landscapes of the capital city. “I’m very fond of Mughal architecture,” he said. He added that in a past show, he did present works based on Chandni Chowk, “full of people and a very crowded area”. “I don’t want to be known as an artist who only painted Delhi,” he explained. “I like Rajasthani architecture, too, places like Hawa Mahal, and the style where there are small central windows… I find that fascinating.” Dwivedi, on the other hand, has a collection of portraits and sketches on subjects from Charlie Chaplin, Cary Grant in ‘North by Northwest’ and Marlon Brando in ‘The Godfather’ to Ambassador cars, and discarded packets of Classic Milds cigarettes.
Noon-11.30pm. 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar (41128400).
Music
Sacred Rivers
25 October
Making music: Ganesh Rajagopalan
The Rotary Club will present a fund-raising concert for their Rotary Education Fund. The theme of the concert will be rivers of India and it will feature four respected veteran classical musicians. The older sibling in the Ganesh-Kumaresh duo, Ganesh Rajagopalan will make a rare concert appearance without his brother. Debashish Bhattacharya on Hindustani slide guitar, and the Hindustani vocalist duo Gundecha Brothers will also be performing at this event. Sacred Rivers will see each of the musicians representing a river through their music, and will culminate in a ‘jugalbandi’ with all four artists.
6.15pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval. Donor passes of Rs1,000, Rs2,000 and Rs5,000 (23443956).
Fitness
Marma therapy and Kalari massage
25 October
A two-day training programme on techniques to improve health, increase flexibility and heal injuries using traditional Kalari treatment methods. Participants will be taught how to manipulate ‘marmas’ or energy points to resolve different ailments, and will also learn basic techniques of Kalari massage.
2pm-4pm. Kalari Academy of Performing Arts, 3rd Floor, VN Plaza, off Brigade Road. Fee, Rs2,500 (25551772).
Theatre
Ka’lavu
26 October
Director, Pramod Shiggaon; writer, K.Y. Narayanaswamy; cast, Umashree, Sundarashree, Chaddi Nagesh. 2 hours.
The loss of one buffalo from the household of three women (their only source of livelihood) begins to have repercussions that involve the entire village. Using this microcosmic incident as a narrative device, the playwright alludes to other kinds of losses such as that of the environment and the erosion of values that have crippling repercussions.
‘Ka’lavu’ brings together considerable stage talent within its cast and effectively channels it into the production. On the scriptwriting front, characters who embody abstract concepts such as “idea” or “dream”, and generalities such as “play” (alongside other conventional roles), are deftly incorporated to exegete the tendencies of people to chase stolen material goods while they remain blind to the greater, though invisible, thefts and losses occurring within their communities. Values lost to modernization, broken family structures and unspoken crimes leave gaping holes in society’s fabric when individuals and communities fail to understand that what holds them together is much stronger than the visible world of materialism.
‘Ka’lavu’ perceptively attempts to explore these issues and should be worth watching for most; though one may feel that a small ‘Ka’lavu’ of thematic intention has unwittingly happened somewhere between the playwright’s vision and the director’s execution.
7pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, J.C. Road. Tickets, Rs50 and Rs30 (22221271).
Schedules are subject to change
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DELHI
Art
40yearsvideoart.de
Till 26 October
Organized on an elaborate international scale, this exhibition brings together 59 video works produced in Germany from the early 1960s to the present.
11am-7pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506).
MUMBAI
Around town
WSD Photo Exhibition
28 October-3 November
A dog’s life: Don’t miss Rohan Mukerjee’s exhibition at Cymroza Art Gallery..
Love dogs? Check out Rohan Mukerjee’s photo exhibition at Cymroza Art Gallery. The 31 images, shot in Mumbai, Santiniketan, Mukerjee’s hometown in West Bengal, and other locations, feature stray dogs (and the odd cat) catching naps, sniffing around, making homes out of street corners and generally contemplating their existence.
Hate dogs? Go anyway. Mukerjee’s pictures don’t have the soft-focus studio lights and contrived cuteness that usually make it to posters and Hallmark cards, so you won’t be expected to gush over every brown-eyed pup or forlorn mongrel. Plus, the limited-edition prints are all on sale and proceeds go towards adoption and sterilization drives organized by Welfare of Stray Dogs, so it’s perhaps the easiest way to control Mumbai’s stray dog population without resorting to murder.
10.30am-7.30pm. Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy.
BANGALORE
Photography
Pallon Daruwalla
25 October-7 November
Born in Mumbai in 1962, Daruwalla spent his early years at a boarding school in Panchgani before moving to Canada in the 1980s. A year into architecture school in Canada, Daruwalla decided to quit and pursue photography.
He moved to Bangalore in the mid-1990s, and has lived and worked here since. However, there are no photographs of Bangalore in his new show, which features 40x60 inch canvas prints of his photographs from Mumbai to Kannur. Daruwalla says he hadn’t heard of anyone do 40x60 inch pieces before. “The 60-inch width has just been made available, as Epson (printers) just introduced it. You could do a 44 inch, which is the next largest width they were offering up to now,” he said.
The bulk of the images at the show are 34x24 inch–they’re all Giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) prints. “In the 60x40 inch, there’s one shot of the arches of an old monastery in Kutch,” he explains. A series on Bangalore is in the offing soon, says Daruwalla. “I’m working to expand what I have of Bangalore right now. When you’re surrounded with a certain type of style of architecture, it becomes mundane,” he says. A preview of the show will be on at The Art Corridor, The Taj West End Hotel on 25-26 October, 10am-7pm. The show will move to Right-Lines Art Gallery on 7 November.
10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-1pm.
The Taj West End Hotel, Race Course Road (66605607). Right Lines Art Gallery, 270, first floor, 1st Main, Defence Colony (25272827).
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Eat
The Health Shop’s baked snacks include chips made of potato, corn, ‘jowar’,
‘bajra’, ‘ragi’, soya and more. They’re all excellent. The earthy ‘ragi khakhras’ are plain, the dark grain’s coffee and cocoa hints untarnished by other flavours. The ‘matki’ ones have their nutty thickness rounded off with rock salt. If we had to choose a favourite, it would be the predictable comfort of potato. Super-thin, crunchy masala chips set off fireworks both on your tongue and in your ears.
The Health Shop, Doctor House, Peddar Road, Mumbai (23523503). 9.30am-8.30pm; Sunday, 11am-7pm. Also at Silver Spring, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W), Mumbai (26375770/26344396). Rs40-42 for 100g. Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi
See
Delhi by Night takes clients in their choice of car (Indigo, Rs3,075 for two people
onwards) through the Capital’s historical spots. The ride (roughly 5 hours, pick-up at 7pm) goes through Akshardham Temple, Lutyens’ Delhi, Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Lodhi Gardens and Safdarjung Tomb. Dinner at either the revolving Parikrama restaurant or Lodhi, the Garden Restaurant.
Call 60006255 or email rentacar@sixt.co.in
Know
The loos at Bangalore’s new police commissioner’s office (slated to be built on the existing grounds of the old Infantry Road office) won’t have flushes.
The waterless urinal uses an immiscible blue liquid which neutralizes the smell of urine. In turn, a “urine-repellent” bowl ensures that all the liquid is drained and collected in a disposable trap-drain.
“The important thing is that it works and is hygienic,” said N.S. Ramesh, chief engineer of Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation. Construction will take 18 months.
Such loos are already in use at the inspector general of police’s office in Gulbarga.
No longer, hopefully, will government office toilets be associated with the wastage of copious amounts of water. Akhila Seetharaman
Play
Dress in army fatigues, carry paint-loaded guns and attack your friends and
family with blobs of washable ink. Adrenaline Sports offers paintball sessions in Thane.
Golden Swan Club, off Pokhran Road, Yewoor Hills, Thane (W), Mumbai (9819250509). Rs300 for three games.
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First Published: Sun, Nov 09 2008. 11 26 PM IST