Till 31 May
DakshinaChitra will showcase the works of students of the Creative Colours Art Institute, Besant Nagar, run by artist Kamla Ravikumar. Children in the age group of 7-14 will display their art, all of which has been inspired by nature.
10am-6pm (Tuesday closed). DakshinaChitra Art Gallery, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (24918943, 24462435).
Ek Shaam Awadh ke Naam
Till 23 May
Multicuisine restaurant Once Upon A Time presents a dinner buffet of Lucknavi delicacies put together by Chef Abdul Haleem Qureshi. From galouti kebab to dum biryani and shahi tukra, this authentic spread is sure to appease the foodie in you.
7pm onwards. Hotel Green Park, 183, NSK Salai, Arcot Road, Vadapalani (66515151). Buffet price, Rs499 (excluding taxes).
A Pass from the Back
Goethe-Institut presents Aus Der Tiefe Des Raumes, a German film with English subtitles, directed by Gil Mehmert and set in Rhineland in the 1960s. Through a series of accidents, Hans Gunter’s favourite Tipp-Kick figure, Number 10, somehow falls into press photographer Marion’s chemical developer. As a
result of the reaction of various chemicals, Number 10 mutates into a full-grown living being, who not only causes havoc in the owner’s life, but is also destined for greater things.
6.30pm. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 605, Thousand Lights, Anna Salai (28331314)
Brer Rabbit Chronicles
In a culmination of the summer Camp Neuve Season II, Chennai-based theatre group Masquerade presents a series of short stories about Brer Rabbit and his friends (and enemies), written by Enid Blyton. The play, directed by Krishna Kumar in a first-time stage adaptation of Blyton’s stories, promises to tickle your funny bone, besides making an earnest point or two, as you join Brer Rabbit and his motley friends in their adventures.
4pm and 7pm. Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, Mylapore (9840863030, 9884029865) Tickets, Rs50, Rs100 and Rs200, available at the venue.
Young theatre group Asap Productions presents a fun workshop for anyone over 16 years of age, to introduce people to the
basics of acting, movement, voice, text and other essential elements of theatre. The participants of this workshop will also get a chance to audition for a part in Asap’s next big play, The Campus Musical, scheduled to be staged in September.
10am onwards. Vidyasagar, No 1 Ranjit Road, Kotturpuram (9884335126). Fee, Rs1,500. Registrations close on 23 May . Call venue to confirm session timings.
By Karuna Amarnath
Pandit VG Jog Memorial Concert
The first day of the Pandit VG Jog Memorial Concert will feature a Hindustani vocal recital by Anisha Ray, a disciple of Sarathi Chatterjee (one of the foremost young Hindustani classical vocalists of his generation). This will be followed by a solo harmonium performance and a violin recital by Paromita Mukherji, a disciple of Pandit V.G. Jog, Ustad Aashish Khan, Ameena Pereira and Pandit Amiya Ranjan Banerjee. This event is being held in collaboration with Sarathi Chatterjee’s music school Sangeetam.
Day 2 will see Samuh Gayan presented by Sangeetam followed by a Hindustani vocal recital by Subhadra Desai, a disciple of Pandit Madhup Mudgal.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Wits End + Them Clones
This double bill features two local acts. While grungy outfit Them Clones are concert favourites in the city with their high-energy sets, Wits End is a relatively new entrant whose band members are working professionals. They play covers by Dire Straits, Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, U2, Deep Purple and others.
10pm. Hard Rock Café, M-110, Multiplex Building, First floor, DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (47158888). Cover charge, Rs250.
A Tale of Two Revolts
Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and professor at the Centre for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois, will speak about his new book, A Tale of Two Revolts, which discusses the Revolt of 1857 alongside the American Civil War.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Gaining Confidence in Our Innate Wisdom
Sogyal Rinpoche, Buddhist leader, teacher and author of the book The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, will speak on the importance of confidence. The talk is being organized in collaboration with Rigpa, an organization which works towards generating awareness about Buddhism and the Tibetan freedom struggle.
11am. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Till 28 May
Chinh India and Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan have organized Chinh Children Voice, an animation workshop conducted by German animator Albert Radl. The films that are made will be webcast on the Chinh Early Education Web Channel and promoted at international film festivals.
Chinh Studio, A-103, LGF, Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar-IV (65073927). For details, visit www.chinh.in
Yellowcat Theatre Co’s summer workshop
24 May-19 June
Yellowcat’s workshop has been developed as a way of introducing young people to the process of play-making. Over the course of four weeks, participants will brainstorm, experiment, write, improvise and act out their own plays. They will learn to tell and perform stories through various creative forms: art, craft, movement, music, drama and improvisation. The workshop will end with an evening performance and exhibition of the material developed in the course of the workshop.
9am-noon, Monday-Friday. Gyan Bharti School, Saket (40580158). Ages 8-12 and 13-16. Fee, Rs3,800. For details, call Sukhesh Arora (9811809008) or visit www.yellowcatt.org
This is a work preoccupied with symbolic partitions. Geography has parted Ghazanfar Hussain from his friend Mushtaq, death has parted him from his wife, and Alzheimer’s is in the process of parting him both from his long-suffering family members and eventually from his conception of self. Written and directed by M. Sayeed Alam, who heads the Delhi-based Pierrot’s Troupe, 1947is a running dialogue between Ghazanfar Hussain, the sole protagonist, and several off-stage characters. 1947 is strongest when it stays close to Hussain and his travails, and weakens when it strays into the realmsof political and cultural commentary. The play iswritten in Hindustani.
7.30pm. Epicentre Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs150-350, available at the venue. For telebooking, call 9810255291 or 9810460366.
A performance by Poushali Chatterjee, a disciple of Bipin Singh. Chatterjee began training in Manipuri dance when she was 8, under Kunjo Singh. She received a national scholarship at the age of 12 and is now equally adept at the tandava, lasya and abhinaya modes of the dance. She can also play the Manipuri drum pung and is trained in the Manipuri martial art of Thang-Ta. She teaches at the Nandanik Manipuri Dance Academy.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Director Ajit Kelkar felt it was time to revive the genial and alert spirit of R.K. Laxman’s Common Man. Aided by a projector, a little bit of singing and prancing, and a lot of heartfelt enthusiasm, Kelkar includes anecdotes about the cartoonist while recalling the Common Man’s fly-on-the-wall presence during major socio-political events over the last 50-odd years. This is the show’s 100th performance.
7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets Rs120, Rs160, Rs200, Rs240 and Rs320 (www.bookmyshow.com). Tickets can also be purchased at the box office at NCPA.
24 May-17 June
Ashish Avikunthak, a cultural anthropologist, archaeologist and social worker by training, has been making experimental films since the mid-1990s. His most recent film, Vakratunda Swaha, pays tribute to the artist Girish Dahiwale (who died in 1998), a contemporary of the posterized, photorealistic painters Riyas Komu, Justin Ponmany and Anant Joshi. Stills from the film will be on display and a series of shorts, titled Etcetera, will be shown as well.
11am-7pm, Sundays closed (the movie will be shown repeatedly through the day). Chatterjee & Lal, 01/18 First floor, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
In a three-day event organized by the Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action & Research, or Pukar, an independent research collective, people from 12 neighbourhoods will take 50-odd participants on a guided tour of their corner of Mumbai. The areas have been picked by Anand Jagtap, an officer on special duty at the Brihanmumbai municipal corporation, and participants will be able to document what they find through photography, painting, GPS navigation or simply the written word. The visitors to each locality will then use their findings in a presentation Pukar hopes will add to its body of research as much as it enlightens those who were previously on the outside, looking in.
Registration fee, Rs300 for undergraduate students, Rs500 for others. For details, email studio@pukar. org.in with your full name, college/organization and mobile number or call Meena (26474870) or Girish (9820424070).
In the nine essays in his book Following Fish: Travels around the Indian Coast, Samanth Subramanian, who is a staff writer at Mint, traces the life of a fish—in the way it is cooked, and its place in culture, commerce, sport, history and society. The book contains essays on the fish treatment for asthmatics in Hyderabad, the preparation and the process of eating West Bengal’s prized hilsa, the ancient art of building fishing boats in Gujarat, the fiery cuisine and the singular nature of Kerala’s toddy shops, and more.
6pm. Crossword, ACR Towers, Ground floor, 32, Residency Road (9342277977).
Cycling and More
The May edition of this ride will take participants to Kollegal, Bylore, Mudumalai and Punjur, and includes mini hikes during the overnight stay at the Bylore forest rest house.
Limited seats. Rs3,000 for the ride, Rs500 for rental of Merida and Trek bicycles, and Rs400 for Firefox bikes. Visit www.cyclingandmore.com for details.
This festival of home-style Greek food has been conceptualized by visiting chef Alexandra Lola Koutoundi. It will showcase classics such as horiatiki (Greek salad), moussaka, gemista (rice-stuffed tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and eggplant with a yogurt-dill sauce), and sweets such as galaktoboureko (custard-filled phyllo pastry).
8-11pm. Olive Beach, 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar (41128400). Rs1,200 (meal for two, excluding taxes).
A Place Called Home
Till 28 May
In her photographs, artist Sonia Jose seeks to examine the changes and “preserve some fragments of Jayanagar’s older identity”.
Supported in this effort by a Robert Bosch Art Grant, this graduate from the city’s Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology says in a note, “I have been a resident of Jayanagar all my life, and I find the rapid changes to the neighbourhood in the recent past disturbing... Old and familiar houses are being demolished and replaced with multi-storeyed commercial buildings or newer houses, reflecting on changing lifestyles.”
10am-6pm, Sunday closed. Sua House, 26/1 Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).
This exhibition of photos features patients of Calcutta Rescue, a medical relief and aid organization, in their daily activities, in the slums and on the street. Australian photographer Donna Todd’s work gives a voice to these people who endure double marginalization: the stigma of diseases such as AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, and socio-economic indigence.
10am-7pm. Weavers Studio Centre for The Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Till 29 May
Printing images with tools more sophisticated than potatoes and rubber stamps once required esoteric knowledge and exquisite manual skills. Today anyone with the right software and a good colour printer can make infinitely reproducible images. Which puts the professional in a precarious place.
So where does the future lie? This show of etchings, woodcuts, digital prints, vinyl graphics, books, videos and other projects by Srikanta Paul, Dhrupadi Ghosh, Jayshree Basak, Santanu Chakraborty, Riddhi Narayan Nandy, Sujay Mukherjee and Annabel Schenck tries to address this. The show is not ambiguous about what it sees as the demise of traditional printing. “Fixated on defining the realm of printmaking based on technique, some printmakers have printed themselves into a corner, away from the centre of contemporary artistic trends,” says a curator’s note by Manas Acharya.
11am-7pm. Studio 21, 17L Dover Terrace (24866735).
The Goethe-Institut invites you to take refuge from the heat in its cooled auditorium and escape to gentler German summers with these films: Sieben Sommersprossen (Seven Freckles), Annas Sommer (Anna’s Summer), Sommer vorm Balkon (Summer in Berlin), Im Juli (In July), Ferien (Vacation), Der Sommer des Falken (The Summer of the Falcon) and Nachmittag (Afternoon).
5pm and 7pm daily. Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398). Call Goethe-Institut for the detailed schedules.
Twist in The Tale: Out of the Box Kebabs & Woodfire Pizzas
Till 30 May
Unusual and exotic are the watchwords at this festival at The Bridge. Chilgoza and kaffir lime-scented dahi kebab, smoked rajma gilauti, and pan-seared salmon cakes with Guntur chilli chutney break all the rules. Foreign flavours rule in Indonesian sambal oelek-crusted skewers while tradition gets a twist in the tail for the grilled Ganga parshey kebab. The thin-crust pizzas are infused with mango wood smoke. Toppings include pickled artichoke, rocket, and even green chillies and tulsi (holy basil) in a desi margherita.
Noon to midnight. The Park, 17, Park Street (22499000). Prices of dishes range from Rs425 to Rs815.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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