Strings of the World
Krintan and Friends of Music present this music festival dedicated to string instruments. The festival will have different musical genres, such as Western, Hindustani classical, jazz and folk. It will showcase some of the best string musicians in the world, including names like Gjermund Larsen, Sharat Chandra Srivastava, Gyan Singh and Indian Ocean guitarist Sushmit Sen.
7-10.30pm. Club Patio, Block E, South City I, near NH-8, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs.600 (including dinner), available at www.kyazoonga.com, Club Patio (0124-4585100), Club South Patio (0124-4590100), Club Nirvana Patio (0124-4745100), the Tarini store at Galleria, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon, and the Happily Unmarried store at the Select Citywalk mall, Saket. For details, call 26011430/32 or visit www.stringsoftheworld.com.
Rivers and Satellites
A rock band from Sonepat will play their maiden gig at TLR Café. Brothers Mohit and Prateek Masta sing and play the guitar, Parvik Sharma plays bass, and Anmol Mehta handles the drums for gigs. Rivers and Satellites will be joined by young Congolese singer-songwriter Jehu Mulobo, who used to be the guitarist for the amazing Congolese Afro-funk outfit Rio de Djika.
9 .30pm. TLR Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village. For details, call 46080533.
Centenary celebrations—Pandit Chandra Shekhar Pant
On the birth centenary celebrations of dhrupad exponent Pandit Chandra Shekhar Pant, a presentation of his compositions will be performed by Hem Chandra Joshi, Mallika Banerjee, Suresh Gandharva and Arnab Chatterjee.
Chatterjee began pursuing dhrupad at the age of 18. He trained under dhrupad legend Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar, until the latter’s death last year.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Estate. For details, call 24682222.
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, or Intach, is organizing “Heritage Week 2012”, a panorama of Indian culture that aims to create awareness about the need to preserve all forms of heritage. The festival will include film screenings, a theatre workshop, an essay writing competition for children and panel discussions. The themes focus on the different aspects of heritage—natural, material, built, and intangible.
An exhibition, The Last Maharaja of Punjab, will be on for all five days. Intach is also organizing heritage walks on 17, 18, 24 and 25 November.
11am-5pm (exhibition). Intach, 71, Lodhi Estate. To participate in the walks, email email@example.com
Theatre workshop: Feisal Alkazi will conduct a workshop for children that emphasizes the need for heritage conservation.
9am. Gandhi-King Plaza, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate.
Heritage Quiz: The finalists of the Heritage Quiz conducted across 40 city colleges will come together for one last showdown. The quiz is being organized in collaboration with Quizcraft.
4pm. Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre.
Panel discussion: The subject is “Preserving Heritage: The socio-economic imperative” and the debate will centre on the relevance and compatibility of ancient traditions and wisdom in, and with, modern society.
6pm. Seminar Room, Kamaladevi Block, India International Centre.
Essay writing: There will be a contest for class VII students on “How You Can Save One Unique Natural Heritage Feature”.
Swedish House Mafia
The electronic dance music supergroup comprising Steve Angello, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso will be performing on Sunday.
5pm. Unitech Golf Course and Country Club, Sector 96, Noida. Tickets, Rs.2,000, Rs.3,000 and Rs.10,000, available at www.sunburn.in/onelasttour/ or in.bookmyshow.com. For details, call 9833770274.
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Kathak dancer and choreographer Aditi Mangaldas will be joined by dancers Dheerendra Tiwari and Piyush Chauhan in the production Now Is. It’s a dialogue between dance, music and painting—featuring the paintings of the artist Siegward Sprotte and music by Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan—and explores the theme, “In the NOW is all time, and to understand the now is to be free of time”.
7pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs.200, Rs.300, Rs.400 and Rs.600, available at the venue.
Sunburn Arena with Swedish House Mafia
Sunburn Arena is back for a third outing with the Swedish electronic dance music trio comprising Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. Expect Sunburn Ibiza-shaped crowds, progressive-and-electro House with a scattering of fresh bass sounds and plenty of lasers.
5pm. Mahalaxmi Race Course. Tickets, Rs.4,000 (regular) and Rs.10,000 (VIP), available on in.bookmyshow.com
Melik Ohanian: In the Desert of Images
Till 23 November
This exhibition of video works by French-Armenian artist Melik Ohanian is being curated by Nida Ghouse. Ghouse has selected two highly conceptual works of the artist depicting the desert—Invisible Film (2005) and A Territory of No Event —Comment (2007).
11am-7pm. (Sunday and Monday closed). Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, near Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba (9769950136).
I Am Here
Till 24 November
Almost a mini-retrospective, Nicola Durvasula’s show presents a range of conceptual works on paper, figure drawings and small sculptures.
11am-7pm (Monday and Sunday closed). Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Maharashtra to the Maritimes: Birds and Conservation from a Canadian Perspective
The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) will host a talk by Becky Stewart, the Atlantic programme manager for the non-profit organization Bird Studies Canada. Stewart will talk about the birds found in the Maritimes, a small region on Canada’s eastern coast that has habitats ranging from forests to white sand beaches and is home to 450 bird species. Development in the region is now putting this critical ecosystem in danger.
6pm. BNHS, Hornbill House, Dr Salim Ali Chowk, opposite Lion Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort (22821811).
Children aged 3 and above can visit the world of Neverland and meet popular characters like the mischievous Peter Pan, his arch-enemy Captain Hook and the jealous Tinker Bell in Akvarious Productions’ English play ‘Peter Pan’. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
11am. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle—West (26149546). Tickets, Rs.300, available at the venue.
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Working With Digital Maps—Leveraging the Power of GIS
Making maps with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is way more flexible than traditional or automated cartography approaches. The Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) will hold a three-day course on GIS. Through lectures, exercises, group discussions and crowd-sourcing data, etc., the course will deal with the methods of tagging information using GIS, and give an overview on designing and publishing maps and performing geographical analysis.
9am-6.30pm. IIHS, city campus, No. 197/36, 2nd Main Road, Sadashivanagar (67606666). Fee, Rs.6,000 (professionals), Rs.7,500 (foreigners) and Rs.4,000 (students). For details, call 9900115247.
Developing the reading habit
Gayathri Tirthapura will lead a workshop on developing the reading habit in children. The programme will be held at Parent Musings, an organization of educators that provides resources and tools to parents of young children (0-10 years). Parents of children aged up to 8 may attend the workshop to understand more about nurturing environments and what to expect from schools, so they can guide their children better.
9.30am-12.30pm. Parent Musings, 1/1 Ratnavilasa Road, next to Pai Vista Convention Hall, Basavanagudi. Fee, Rs.750. For details, call 9611119478.
The Nadasurabhi Cultural Association is celebrating its annual music festival from 20-25 November. Carnatic vocalist Abhishek Raghuram will be performing on Thursday and will be accompanied by violinist Charulatha Ramanujam, Anantha R. Krishnan on the mridangam and G. Guruprasanna on kanjira.
6pm. Auditorium, St John’s College of Nursing, St John’s Medical College campus, Sarjapur Road (22065101).
Till 24 November
GallerySKE is hosting a show of paintings by Luigi Anastasio and Prabhavathi Meppayil. “Anastasio draws from the idea of the mind as mirror, reflecting with openness, inherently unconstrained, cognizant, aware and fluid. His paintings on paperboard evoke the mind in its natural state—the assertion of its form being emptiness and emptiness being its form,” states a gallery note. “Meppayil, in her lime gesso panels, explores the idea of liberation through the meticulous process-oriented nature of her works.”
11am-7pm (Tuesday closed and Sunday by appointment). GallerySKE, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972). For details, visit www.galleryske.com.
The Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira will present a concert of Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna. He will be accompanied by violinist M. Manjunath, Arjun Kumar on the mridangam and U.N. Giridhar Udupa on ghatam.
5.30pm. The Bangalore GayanaSamaja. For invitations, contact the Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira at 26647224.
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Sailana Food Festival
Park hotels, in association with Vikram Singh, son of the erstwhile maharaja of Sailana, has been introducing a selection of the best of royal cuisine from Sailana. The festival, curated by Singh and chef Dewan, has been showcasing different menus across four cities. And after New Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata, the festival brings to Chennai recipes that are over a hundred years old, infused with exotic spices, rose petals and sandalwood powder. These hand-picked recipes will be presented in a contemporary style.
7–11pm. 601, The Park, Nungambakkam High Road. Price, Rs.1,500, plus taxes. For details, call 42676000.
Hidden Voices, Ancient Sounds
The Amethyst boutique store will present Sonam Dubal’s collection, which draws inspiration from lost scripts and secrets to create an elegant range of embroidered jackets, nomad-inspired coats, old mirror-work and patchwork brocade tunics and evening pants.
11am–8pm. Amethyst, Whites Road, Royapettah. For details, call 45991630.
Be-Being—Li And Sa
Music and performance collective Be-Being will present the visually and aurally stunning Li And Sa, a confluence of traditional Korean recorded and computer-processed sounds, Buddhist chants, dances, and video projections. It will be guided by Jeong Gak, a Buddhist priest. Be-Being is one of Korea’s most original and contemporary music ensembles. It is a young and modern group that mixes traditional and contemporary arts in innovative and exciting ways.
7.30 pm. Music Academy, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs. 200, Rs.300 and Rs.600, available at www.indianstage.in.
Places of Singing Waves
For Heritage Week, DakshinaChitra, in collaboration with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach), Puducherry, will showcase the restoration of Tranquebar into a model heritage town through a photo exhibition and film screening. Known as Tarangambadi in Tamil, or “the land of the singing waves”, this town integrates local Tamil and Muslim culture alongside European influences.
10.30am-5pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (24462435).
By Nandini Reddy
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Joscheba is a jazz quartet from Hamburg, Germany, led by Joscheba Schnetter, who sings original jazz compositions and combines jazz standards with ballads. She will be accompanied by pianist Buggy Braune, Johannes Wennrich on the guitar, Arnd Geise on bass, and jazz drummer Derek Scherzer.
7pm. Open air amphitheatre, Taramati Baradari, Ibrahimbagh, Gandipet Road . Passes available at Goethe-Zentrum, 20, Journalist’s Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills (23350443/0473) .
Les Femmes du Sixieme Étage
Les Femmes du Sixieme Étage (The Women on the Sixth Floor) is set in Paris in the 1960s. Jean-Louis lives a bourgeois existence absorbed in work, cohabitating peacefully with his neurotic socialite wife Suzanne while their children are away at boarding school. The couple’s world is turned upside down when they hire a Spanish maid, Maria. Through Maria, Jean-Louis is introduced to an alternative reality just a few floors up on the building’s sixth floor, the servants’ quarters. He befriends a group of sassy Spanish maids, refugees of the Franco regime, who teach him there’s more to life than stocks and bonds.
6.30pm. Alliance Française, Plot 4, Aurora Colony, Road No.3, Banjara Hills ( 23554485/86). Entry on first-come, first-served basis.
Till 23 November
Women are the subjects of Anjani Reddy’s paintings in this solo show. From figures set in natural environs to colourfully dressed women in traditional attire engaged in everyday activities, or participating in rituals and festive celebrations round the year, each beautiful composition tells its own story.
11am-7pm. The Muse Art Gallery, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road (27522999/2203). For details, call 9396444424.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
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Gobardanga Naksha is a nationally acclaimed theatre group based in Gobardanga, outside Kolkata. Since its inception in 1981, it has carved a niche for itself through some impressive productions. In this show, it attempts the Rabindranath Tagore novel Ghare Baire, which was also made into a film by Satyajit Ray. The current production has been scripted by Arindam Sengupta and directed by Ashis Das.
6.30pm, Minerva Theatre. 6, Utpal Dutta Sarani, Beadon Street. Tickets, Rs.40, Rs.50 and Rs.60, available at the venue from Saturday. For details, call 9434316695.
India’s Biggest Cover-Up
Starmark presents the launch of Anuj Dhar’s book India’s Biggest Cover-Up and an interactive session with the author. Dhar’s book explores the mysterious death of Subhas Chandra Bose. If Netaji had not “died” at the close of World War II, he could have become the leader of free India. But did he really die?
Relying heavily on official records, the bulk of them still classified, the book uncovers a systematic obstruction of justice. The narrative uses excerpts and images of classified records, most of them accessed under the freedom of information Acts of India, the US and UK. In the course of his efforts, Dhar also obtained information from the Taiwan government ruling out the air crash in which Netaji is supposed to have died.
6.30pm. Starmark, South City Mall, 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road. For details, call 9830167506/9831096180
Stylefile, a lifestyle exhibition, was started in 2002 by Sumedha Saraogi and Preeti Goenka. The works of leading designers, painters and sculptors from India and overseas will be featured, along with the creations of upcoming and promising names in the fashion and art worlds.
3-10pm. 8/1 Burdwan Road, Alipore. For details, call 22040630.
Saptayan, a Kolkata-based cultural organization, will present two new musical productions. The first is Bristi-Bristi, a musical feature of 12 Bengali songs about the monsoon. The second is Megher Songi, a dance production directed by Paramita Roy. This production, also centred on the monsoon, makes use of modern poetry on the season. The poems are by 12 of Bengal’s eminent poets. This production is being sponsored by the Union ministry of culture.
6pm. Bijon Theatre, 5A, Raja Rajkrishna Street, Beadon Street. For details, call 9432241404.
Blind Husbands (Die Rache der Berge)
Goethe-Institut will be screening ‘Blind Husbands’, a black and white film by Erich von Stroheim, made in 1919. Set in the alpine South Tyrol, Stroheim’s directorial debut, with its precise visual language and moral ambiguity, is considered a masterpiece of American silent cinema. This edition presents the film in its gorgeous Austrian release version. This print is the longest and oldest version available today.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road. For details, call 24866398/6424.
By Indranil Bhoumik