‘Cuenta Cuentos’ means storyteller in Spanish, and this young band,
comprising Nikhil Mawkin (drums, vocals, guitar), Shikhar Prasad (guitar), Sahil Warsi (double bass) and Parvati Krishnan (vocals), will play traditional Spanish tunes and some jazz standards.
8.30pm. Drift, Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Entry is free, but you will have to pay for the food.
Born in a little village called Bjugn in Norway in 1966, guitarist Johansen’s first musical loves were The Beatles, ABBA and Hawaiian records from his dad’s record collection. But by the age of 20, he was studying jazz at the conservatory in Trondheim. Influenced by artists such as jazz fusion guitarist Allan Holdsworth, Weather Report and even Stevie Wonder, his spacey guitar style has influences from such diverse places as the Balkans and Hawaii.
5.30pm. St Stephen’s College, University Enclave, North Campus, University of Delhi (27667271).
We’ve heard of Kathak being mixed with several other dance styles: flamenco, contemporary, modern, even jazz and ballet. But a blend of Kathak and Zen movement is novel. Then again, Kolkata-based Padatik Dance Centre and its founder-director, Chetna Jalan, broke away from the traditional presentation format years ago and have little interest in conventional dance-dramas and narratives.
This fortnight, Padatik’s new hybrid production E-Mo-Ko (Who am I? in Korean) premieres in the Capital.
6pm and 7.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
The Mystery of the
Akvarious Productions adapts The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat, a Five Find-Outers and Dog mystery by Enid Blyton. Fatty (Kashin Shetty), Larry (Adhaar Khurana), Daisy (Dilshad Edibam), Pip (Ali Fazal), Bets (Preetika Chawla) and Buster the dog (Hussain Dalal) encounter a mystery during their school holiday. A theatre company’s safe is robbed and all the clues point to Boysie (Pawan Uttam), who plays the pantomime cat. The race is on to solve the mystery before the policeman, Mr Goon, apprehends an innocent man. Using very few props, the play manages to evoke a feeling of a sleepy British town. As with most children’s plays, this one has lots of music, dancing and jokes. But what sets it apart is the simplicity of the story. This is one play that won’t have children going “Gah!”, as Mr Goon is often known to say. For the 7+ age group.
The play is directed by Meera Khurana and written by Akarsh Khurana and Purva Naresh.
Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs200, available at the venue. For timings and other details, call 0124-2715200.
Le Prophète (The Prophet)
French film-maker Jacques Audiard has followed 2005’s ‘The Beat That My Heart Skipped’ with an engrossing prison drama about Malik (Tahar Rahim), a young French-Arab convict who enters a tough French jail and finds himself with even less freedom than he bargained for.
Malik enters prison as a keep-your-head-down, solitary sort and leaves years later an entirely changed character: It’s the in-between that Audiard explores. An older lag, César Luciani (Niels Arestrup) forcibly takes Malik under his wing.
Fun Republic, off New Link Road, Andheri (West). For a free festival pass, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ankur Saraiya on 9820481284.
INS Vikrant Trip
The Indian Navy starts its Navy Week celebrations by opening its floating museum, INS Vikrant, to the public. Visitors can walk around the Vikrant, which is equipped with aircraft, helicopters and missiles.
10am-5pm. Tiger Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road (22150811). Tickets, Rs25 for adults, Rs10 for children.
The Skeleton Woman
The Skeleton Woman draws from an Inuit folk tale in which a skeleton woman and a fisherman, who turns her into a flesh-and-blood human being by breathing life into her, symbolize the cyclical pattern of birth and death in relationships. There are shades of Ernest Hemingway. A is a fisherman with writer’s block who is obsessed with the sea. B is the quintessential supportive wife, and the skeleton woman is a shadow figure who stands at the bridge of A’s stories, connecting him to the sea.
6.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737/66588997). Tickets, Rs200.
Hindustani classical concert
Hindustani classical vocalist Bharat Telang plans to sing traditional compositions in Ragas Yaman, Kedar and Malgunji—ragas that he prefers to sing because they are easily recognizable and enjoyed by almost everyone. He has mastered the art of executing unexpected turns of phrases while singing complex vocal forms such as the tappa and the tarana.
5.30pm. Shivaji Park Nagarik Sangha Hall, Dadar (West).
Until 30 November
Gallerist Rukshaan Krishna and curator Anne Maniglier are hoping to add some girl power to Colaba this fortnight with a show of woodcuts and new-media works by Preeti Agarwal, Nibha Sikandar and Riya Chatterjee.
11am-8pm. Ama House, Colaba (32991008).
Sigmar Polke— Music from an Unknown Source
30 November-18 December
An exhibition, hosted by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations), of the work of the German artist Sigmar Polke. The show will showcase a series of 40 gouache paintings which offer an insight into an artistic oeuvre that is among the most significant of the German post-war era. The event will include a lecture, “Raster Dots and Misprints. The Metamorphosis of Sigmar Polke’s Painting”, hosted by Martin Hentschel. Hentschel will present a series titled “Misprints”, which attempts to study the progression in Polke’s work.
The lecture: 4 December, 6.30pm; the exhibition: 9am-6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308). Click here for more details.
Imitation of Life
The 1.Shanthi Road Studio Gallery is hosting an open studio and show by the Australian duo Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, with works from their three-month residency, as part of the programme Asialink. The show essentially includes a series of saris that the duo created, with the help of a local screen printer, and a dhoti made of camouflage prints.
11am-7pm. 1.Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Walk from Parichay to Begur
Organized by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach), the walk, led by architect R. Jegannathan, will demonstrate how to measure energy fields and explain the concept of energy
zones in traditional Indian architecture—the Panchalingeshwara
Temple, for instance.
8.30am. Panchalingeshwara Temple, Begur. Charges, Rs100 per person. For registration and more information, call 9986023014.
The Kalari Academy of Performing Arts presents Sammilan ’09, a festival that showcases a blend of contemporary dance and the ancient martial art Kalaripayattu, presented by artists from India and abroad. The effort, according to the organizers, is to raise funds to teach Kalaripayattu to underprivileged children at Peace Child, an orphanage.
As part of the festival, Kalari performers Veena Basavarajaiah, Suhas Kaundinya (a New York-based researcher) and Suchet Malhotra (a Delhi-based composer) will present a collaborative piece, Maya: Beyond the Illusion of Perception.
The three say that they were inspired by conversations on Albert Einstein, time travel, the theory of relativity and Adi Shankaracharya’s Soundarya Lahiri.
8pm. NMKRV Auditorium, Third Block, Jayanagar (9945155995). Tickets, Rs800, Rs400 and Rs100. For advance booking, call 9880036611.
LOVE | DEATH | DEVIL—THE PIECE
The Düsseldorf-based, 13-member Ben J Riepe Kompanie will perform its full-length production LOVE | DEATH | DEVIL—THE PIECE. It’s divided into five parts: The Chessboard Room; The Dark Chamber; Love, Sex and Vanity; The White Chamber; and Labyrinth.
7.30 pm. Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase, JP Nagar (26493982). Tickets, Rs200.
Described by the American press as the “Lady Miles Davis of Europe”, Saskia Laroo is, needless to say, an accomplished trumpet player. Laroo will present a selection of jazz, salsa and funk reggae.
7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Tickets, Rs500. For tickets, call 43389292.
Evam’s new piece, The Show, will premiere at Kyra. It is an original two-actor production that attempts to explore both the act of theatre and the nature of modern urban life within a stand-up comedy style. The piece uses humorous stories drawn from the actor’s personal experiences to enter into and comment on the vicissitudes of city life. Directed by Sunil Vishnu K. and written by Evam. Cast: Karthik Kumar, Shannon McDonnell. 1 hour.
10.30am, 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Third Floor, HAL 2nd Stage, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Tickets, Rs250.
Waiting for Godot
When the now-legendary theatre group Motley was formed in 1979, the first play it staged was Waiting for Godot. Watching Samuel Beckett’s abstract drama blossom on a bare stage with some stellar acting was an experience that people talked about for years after.
The play was revived this year to celebrate Motley’s 30th anniversary, with two additions to the original cast of Benjamin Gilani, Naseeruddin Shah and Akash Khurana. Directed by Gilani, the cast includes Shah, Gilani, Akash Khurana, Randeep Hooda and Yannick Shetty Menon. 2 hours, 15 minutes.
7.30pm. Christ University, Hosur Road (40129100). Tickets, Rs2,000, Rs1,000 and Rs500.
— By Karuna Amarnath
The Chaos Theory
Avalon presents Rajit Kapoor’s ‘The Chaos Theory’ to raise funds for NGOs. Directed by Rahul da Cunha, this play tracks the lives of two college professors who experience a lifetime together without expressing their emotions for each other.
7.30pm. Lady Andal Concert Hall, Harrington Road (9840990759, 9841012176). Tickets, Rs300, Rs500, Rs750, Rs1,500 and Rs2,500.
The Madras Players presents a play based on Shandana Minhas’ novel Tunnel Vision. The stage adaptation, written and directed by Nikhila Kesavan, revolves around the experiences of a lonely 31-year-old in Karachi.
7.15pm. Sivagami Pethachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road (9381911977). Entry by donor passes only.
This is your chance to learn how to use soft stones to create ethnic and traditional jewellery. If you want to dabble in creating trendy pendants, earrings and bangles, this is your chance. Organized by the Madras Craft Foundation, the fee for the
workshop includes materials and transportation charges from the organizer’s office in Besant Nagar to the venue.
10am–5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779). Fees, Rs500.
Until 28 November
The British Council has organized an exhibition that explores the life and work of Charles Darwin. Join the
celebrations of the 200th anniversary of his birth and 150th anniversary of the publication of his famous book, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
10am-5.30pm. British Council Library, Anna Salai (42050600).
28-29 November, 5 December
Kathalaya’s Academy of Storytelling is conducting a certificate course over three days for adults. The course will introduce
participants to the fundamentals of storytelling and help improve communication skills.
10am-6pm. Kanchana Paati, My Grandma’s Place, 5, Bragathambal Street, Nungambakkam (9884017569/9790910940).
Until 28 November
Kanchan Chander is presenting her latest collection, using classic motifs, mythological images and temple sculptures as her muses. Travelling and photographing the expressions and actions of people from daily life as well as interesting temple sculptures have helped Chander put her thoughts on canvas.
11am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, 3rd Street, Wallace Garden, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam (28332226, 28330726).
Until 30 November
If you’re keen on abstract art, painter Jayakumar’s latest collection is worth a visit. Don’t miss this collection of drawings and paintings, with an emotion graph capturing different moods, interesting nuances, stark colours and bold lines.
10.30am–6pm. Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, No. 21/11, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (24982515).
— By Indranil Bhoumik
Youth Film Festival
Don’t miss this four-day festival of recent children and youth films from Germany focusing on the themes of friendship, school life and growing up. The films to be screened include ‘Emil und die Detektive’, ‘Das fliegende klassenzimmer’, Die Wilden Kerle and ‘Die Wilden Hühner’. As part of the festival, a teachers’ training workshop, “Learning German through films”, will also be conducted.
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road, For timings and details, call 24866398/6424.
Mini INPUT 2009
For around three decades, the annual festival of INPUT (INternational PUblic Television), an initiative aimed at promoting excellence in television programmes, has been showcasing the best of public service broadcasting programmes from across the world. The festival is hosted by a different country and city each year. This year’s festival will include a session featuring Indian films produced recently by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust. It will also include a selection of television programmes showcased at INPUT 2009, which was held in May in Warsaw. Mini INPUT 2009 is curated and presented by Abhijit Dasgupta, national coordinator for INPUT in India, and S.V. Raman of Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Kolkata. INPUT 2010 will be held in Budapest.
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road. For timing and other details, call 24866398/6424.
Dreams on Canvas
Until 29 November
This is a show and charity sale of high-resolution photographs printed on canvas. Backed by an e-commerce platform, the exhibition is organized by the Sumantra Banerjee Foundation and Emami Chisel Art. In partnership with Nikon, Hewlett-Packard and Databazaar, the proceeds of the show will be donated to the NGO Future Hope.
3-8pm (Sunday closed). Emami Chisel Art, Emami Towers, EM Bypass, near Ruby Hospital (40113182/3183).
Until 2 December
Two young artists, Tanima Bhattacharya and Arup Lodh, look at a variety of subjects through their paintings. While Bhattacharya has worked on themes based on mythology and scenes of ghats, Lodh has worked with acrylic on canvas and watercolour with wash effect to portray the moods and moments of Kolkata’s city life.
3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts, New South B, 2, Cathedral Road (9433071958).
Performed by members of Natasena, the play revolves around the conflict between an uncompromising jailor, Amulya Hati, and Phata Gopal, a murderer. Based on a story by Subrata Halder, the play is directed by Durga Chakraborty and scripted by Rajat Ghosh.
3pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9433611158) Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60.
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