Welcome the elephant-headed god on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi by looking at works of art that include Ganesha idols by Ramakant Suryawanshi and clay statuettes by his son Bhagwati Prasad Suryawanshi.
9.30am-1pm and 2-6pm (Monday-Friday), and 9.30am-1pm (Saturday). Bilmat Zeramicz, 73, Nagindas Master Road, Fort (22652091).
Ultimate DJ Challenge
Three of India’s best DJs—John 00 Fleming, Arjun Jalebee and Brute Force—lay down their best beats as they go head-to-head to impress the audience and celebrity judges in the Ultimate DJ regional finals.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs700.
Monday Night Slam
If you think you’ve got a talent for versification, or if you’re masochistic enough to want to listen to someone else try their hand at it, Café Goa’s poetry slam is where you need to be. To bolster their courage, all performers will get free shots.
9.30pm. Café Goa, Agnelo Building, Khadeshwari Mandir Marg, near Mount Mary’s Steps (9820919199). Entry, Rs100.
Digital Dialect: An Overview of Manipuri Cinema
Majlis and Max Mueller Bhavan, in collaboration with SNDT University, are organizing lectures as part of a course that links cinema and the city. Manipur is the only state that has banned the distribution of Hindi films. A local industry influenced by east Asian cinema, especially from South Korea, has sprung up to fill the vacuum.
6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Colaba. For details, log on to www.cinemacitycourse.com
‘Bombay Dost’ Sunday High
As part of its fortnightly screening, Bombay Dost will screen a selection of shorts and fictional films from Kashish, the recently held queer film festival. The line-up includes Steam, a story about two men who are stuck in a steam room with no exits; Dirty Magazines, a movie where a mother finds adult gay magazines under her son’s bed on his birthday; and I am Gay, where a young man struggles to tell his family that he isn’t straight.
5pm. Humsafar Trust, Municipal Transit Building, Fourth floor, Nehru Road, Vakola, near Raheja Point and Vakola Masjid, Santa Cruz—East (26673800).
Joshua Redman Trio
The celebrated jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, who has performed with Dave Matthews Band, Larry Goldings and Herbie Hancock, comes to the city with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. As a child, the first instruments the 41-year-old jazz saxophonist studied were the south Indian percussion standards—the ghatam and the mridangam. Hints of a vast variety of global elements and styles are evident in the music of Redman.
7.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs300, Rs500 and Rs700.
Rendezvous with French cinema
Screenings by the Alliance Française de Bombay and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will pay tribute to French comic great Jacques Tati all the way till February. This fortnight, René Clément’s short film, ‘Soigne ton gauche’, starring Jacques Tati, will be screened.
Here Tati plays a wannabe boxer whose antics drive his opponents round the bend. Also in the line-up is ‘Jour de Fête’, directed by Tati, an almost plot-less tale of a village postman’s endeavours to streamline his service “à l’américaine” are enhanced by a radiographic vision of rural minutiae, which one might call hyper-realist. In the film, Tati makes cycling along a tranquil country lane as spellbinding as if it were taking place on a high wire.
6.30pm. Little Theatre, NCPA (66223737). Priority in seating will be given to Alliance Française and NCPA members.
Everything ends by Sep 5. Can Kurana give something more?
This workshop will teach you how to use tender palm leaves in intricate ways. Learn the technique of separating palm leaves and creating products, including Ganeshas which can work as an eco-friendly substitute for idols made out of clay, metal and other materials for the upcoming festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.
10.30am-5pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841011785). Fees, Rs.750.
If you’ve always wanted to act, but didn’t know where to start, here’s your answer: City-based Evam’s (an English theatre group) is holding an introductory acting workshop. This two-day workshop will introduce you to the basics of body language, voice, movement, text and other essentials needed to become a successful film/stage actor.
9am-7.30pm. Fees, Rs3,500, with a Rs500 discount for students. For the venue and other details, call 994038669.
Cinema Verite Redux
Till 20 September
This group show is a mix of paintings, video and digital photography by various artists, including Prasad Raghavan, Parvathi Nayar, Marina Roy, Shubha Ghosh, Ravikumar Kashi, Attila Richard Lukacs and Charly Nijensohn. The theme of the exhibition, curated by Shaheen Merali, is cinema, where artists have used various mediums to interpret their understanding of this multidimensional industry.
11am-6pm. Gallery Sumukha, 187, St Mary’s Road, Alwarpet (42112545).
Ki Ra Kozhambu
Chennai-based Perch’s Ki Ra Kozhambu is back on popular demand. This storytelling performance in Tamil, English and Hindi is based on folk tales by popular short-story writer Ki Rajanarayanan, and has been directed by Rajiv Krishnan.
7.30pm. Skills, 1, Elliots Beach Road, Besant Nagar (9841513699).
As part of the Kathakali festival Bhava Bhavanam, presented by the renowned dance school Kalakshetra, Gandhi Seva Sadanam will
tell the story of Julius Caesar through a mix of modern and traditional dance. The performance has been directed by well-known dancer Sri Hari Kumar.
6.30pm. Auditorium, Kalakshetra Campus, Dr Muthulakshmi Road, Thiruvanmiyur (24520836).
—By Karuna Amarnath
A Fairytale Weekend
City-based Nicholas Productions presents a weekend of music and dance with two musicals, back-to-back. First up is Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’, based on the Broadway musical. The other musical is ‘Cinderella’, adapted with popular tracks from various genres and musical stalwarts such as Frank Sinatra, Queen and Aerosmith.
7pm on 3-4 September; 2.30pm and 7pm on 5 September. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore (9940195883). Tickets, Rs150, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the venue or on www.indianstage.in
Gentlemen consists of five monologues, each constructed around a stereotype. There’s a techie bemoaning the fact that he can’t get it up, an adolescent coming to grips, as it were, with excessive masturbation, a barber grappling with the meaning of AIDS, an old man struggling to pee and finally, a woman in her early 30s suffering from “penis ennui”. 1 hour 20 minutes.
7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Sunday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets,Rs150.
As part of Every Friday Cultural Programme, an Indian Council for Cultural Relations’ initiative, Smita Varma, a student of Sreedevi Unni, will perform a traditional Mohiniattam recital. Varma will begin with a Ganapathi Vandana and conclude with a thillana, a pure-dance sequence.
6pm. Yavanika, Directorate of Youth Service Centre, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).
Hamlet Goes Business
Aki Kaurismäki’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic relocates the action to a rubber duck factory in Finland. Kaurismäki uses absurd plotting and wry humour to create his version of the tale, drawing from various influences, including pulp movies and film noir. The film is being screened as part of the ongoing Shakespeare: Told and Retold festival at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). 1 hour 26 minutes.
11.30am. NGMA, 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road (22201027).
The veteran artist S. Rajarajan is hosting his first solo show, with a collection of ornamental, mixed media and acrylic paintings, based on themes of folk, tribal and traditional art forms.
10am-6pm (Sunday closed). Gallery G, Maini Sadan, 38, Lavelle Road, 7th Cross (22219275). For details, log on to www.gallerygbangalore.com
Beate Engl, who is currently on a residency programme in the city, is a specialist in sculptural installations. Engl’s works, essentially light and sound installations, have often been based on social and political concerns. The German artist is on a six-week residency programme at the gallery-studio 1Shanthi Road and is showing sculptural sound installations.
10.30am-7.30pm. 1Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Holland is a British DJ-producer-label owner who, apart from creating his own work, constantly promotes the work of younger and newer artistes, having signed on acts such as Temple One, Estiva, Arty and Activa for his label, Enhanced Records. For this show, Holland will play his new tracks and music from other artistes on his label.
8pm. Pebble, Princess, 3, Palace Grounds, Ramana Maharishi Road (23614109). Call 23614109 for details.
From the Town’s End...
Till 9 October
This is a solo show of sound installations by Navin Thomas. For his new works, Thomas took to trawling through Bangalore’s far-flung scrap markets (as alluded to in the show’s title), scrounging for trashed radio sets, cassette players, the odd burnt-out circuit board, and even a ripped-up electronic mannequin.
11am-7pm (Tuesdays closed and Sundays by appointment only). GallerySKE, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972). For details, log on to www.galleryske.com
The Little Tragedies
Uzbek director Ovilyakuli Khodjakuli speaks neither Hindi nor English but is practically a regular on the Delhi stage. He returns to the National School of Drama, steering its repertory company through a script that is close to his heart, Alexander Pushkin’s ‘The Little Tragedies’. His technique, he says, draws on his grounding in the Russian theatrical method as well as more free-flowing approaches adapted from the West.
6.30pm. Abhimanch auditorium, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwan Dass Road (23384531). Tickets, Rs10-100, available at the venue.
Contemporary Hungarian Graphics
A group exhibition by contemporary Hungarian graphic artists and members of the Art Union of Hungarian Etchers and Lithographers, including Líviusz Gyulai, Róbert Konig, Istvá Orosz, Gábor Nagy and others.
11am-7pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Chopin’s bicentenary year celebrations
To celebrate classical pianist and composer Chopin’s bicentenary year, the India International Centre (IIC), in collaboration with the embassy of Poland and Intach, will present Chopin: Notes and Colours with Children. The programme is meant for children and will feature quiz programmes, film screenings and piano recitals by Pawel Sobowiec and Krzysztof Trzaskowski. For ages 10-17.
10am- 3pm. IIC Annexe auditorium and Art Gallery, IIC (24619431).
Photography and Archaeology
Archaeology expert Sudeshna Guha speaks about photography and archaeology and the photographs of John Marshall, the first director general of the Archaelogical Survey of India. The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts will organize an exhibition, The Marshall Albums: Photography and Archaeology, of rare photographs clicked by Marshall at Shridharani Gallery.
The talk will be held at 5pm, at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (26717576).
The exhibition is on till 17 September, 10.30am-7pm, at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg (23718833). For details, call Joyoti Roy at 41437426.
Ustad Asad Ali Khan—A Portrait
Directed by Renuka George, the film is a portrait of the great rudra veena master Asad Ali Khan—one of the last people to have dedicated their lives to this instrument. The film follows the artiste from the Rampur court to New Delhi and shares with viewers the difficulties and complexities of playing this ancient instrument, musical moments at home and in private concerts. 1 hour 10 minutes, with English subtitles.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre (24619431).
Written by Michael Frayn, Noises Off uses the play-within-a-play structure to poke fun at the chaotic experiences most actors undergo when they are performing for an audience. This production, directed by Vishal Verma, is in aid of the Servants of the People Society.
7.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).Tickets, Rs100-300.
Existence Transformation of Time and Eternal Elements…
Till 8 September
An exhibition of textile artwork with thread by Rudranil Das, a Kolkata-based artist who has drawn parallels between strands of thread and time. Just like time, a thread seems virtually endless, starting at some point and moving on, from one moment to the next. The passage of time through innumerable moods and seasons is likened to a thread changing its colour, pattern and form. Sometimes it’s a turban, sometimes a sari.
10am-7pm (Sunday closed). The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Theatre Workshop, a Kolkata-based theatre group, will be performing Jadio Galpo, a play about the life of the global Bengali. It traces two generations of Bengalis in the US and talks about hopes and dreams—those fulfilled and those that have been shattered. It is also a confrontation between two generations with different sets of values.
6pm. Purbashree, The Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, EZCC, IB-201, Sector III, Salt Lake City (23353093).
Marmochhaya—Reflection of the Soul
Singer Rahul Mitra will perform 60 songs over two days to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The event is being organized by Utsaha-Udbhas, a Kolkata-based cultural forum that works for the restoration and preservation
of Rabindra Sangeet.
6.30pm. GD Birla Sabhagar, 29, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge. For passes, call 9830105433.
Kamala, the retail outlet of the Crafts Council of India, presents its Puja exhibition-cum-sale—an exquisite collection of handloom saris, including Maheswaris, Gadwals, Chanderis, Khadi, Bagru, Shibori saris, Bhagalpuri tussars and Matka, Pochampallis, Telias and Assamese vegetable-dyed works, priced at Rs.600-10,000.
10am-7pm. Kamala, Rabindranath Tagore Centre (ICCR Kolkata), 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22820763/64).
The Library of the Future
An illustrated lecture by Klaus U. Werner, the chief librarian at Berlin’s Free University, presented by Goethe Institut and the National Library, Kolkata. Werner has been a consultant to many major library projects , both for restructuring existing libraries and building new ones.
4pm onwards. National Library, Bhasha Bhavan. For details, call 24866398.
—By Indranil Bhoumik
Catch actor Shabana Azmi in Girish Karnad’s ‘Broken Images’, directed by Alyque Padamsee. The psychological thriller shows how fame can be bestowed—and snatched away—with equal alacrity.
Manjula Sharma is a modestly successful Hindi short story writer who becomes internationally famous after writing a best-seller in English. She has opted for a global audience, but has she betrayed her own language and identity? Without warning, her own “image” decides to play confessor, psychologist and inquisitor.
7.30-8.30pm. GD Birla Sabhagar. For donor invites (Rs1,000, Rs1,500 and Rs2,000) , call 24408926/27.
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