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Taste of tradition: Performers at the National Folk Dance Festival Lok Tarang.
Taste of tradition: Performers at the National Folk Dance Festival Lok Tarang.
Updated: Sun, Feb 08 2009. 09 01 PM IST
DELHI
Art
Unstill
Until 20 February
Video works by various artists, including Unum Babar, Baptist Coelho, Surekha, Ravi Agarwal, Priyanka Dasgupta, Vishal Dhar and Sukanya Ghosh.
Taste of tradition: Performers at the National Folk Dance Festival Lok Tarang.
11am-8pm, Monday-Saturday, Seven Art Limited, M-44, Greater Kailash-II (40592613).
The Body as Vessel
Until 31 January
Curated by Geeti Sen, the show features paintings by five artists: Anupam Sud, Gogi Saroj Pal, Mithu Sen, Puneet Kaushik and Shambhavi Singh. The works, according to the press note, attempt to explore the symbolic and ritualistic significance of the human body.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday, Art Alive, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000).
Dance
Lok Tarang
23-28 January
As the logo of the National Folk Dance Festival, Lok Tarang, that will take place as part of the Republic Day celebrations, the peacock will highlight dying dance forms in an attempt to give them a new lease of life.
The festival is organized by the Union ministry of culture and the seven zonal cultural centres. It features folk music and dances by about 700 artists from around India.
While all the centres will send in their contributions, certain forms that are near extinction will be highlighted
Details available at http://www.nczccindia.org/loktarang/schemes.htm. For further information, contact Abhinav Kaul at Melcole PR (9810364560).
Film
Kontroll
23 January
The Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre is teaming up with the India International Centre to present a package of the best contemporary Hungarian films during its festival, titled Contemporary Films from Hungary. ‘Kontroll’ is about a handsome young hero, a mysterious woman, a vicious race against time and trains in pursuit of one another.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24624044).
Theatre
Big B
23 January
A play about two “English-educated-Hindi-speaking” brothers—the studious Kamta Prasad and the sporty Samta Prasad— by M. Sayeed Alam and Niti Sayeed. The script is adapted from a short story by Munshi Premchand called ‘Bade Bhai Sahib’.
7pm. Alliance Française auditorium, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200). Tickets, Rs150-300, available at the venue.
Untitled
24 January
The play, directed by Arvind Gaur, is based on Vijay Dan Detha’s ‘Nyari Nyari Maryada’ and Dario Fo’s ‘Medea’. A fund-raiser for the Valaya Magic Foundation, it deals with true stories of exploited and repressed women.
7.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Tickets, Rs100-300, available at the venue.
Ghalib
26 January
Mirza Ghalib’s 19th century clothes, ‘tehzeeb’ and persona all lent themselves to a great deal of humour in director M. Sayeed Alam’s successful play ‘Ghalib in New Delhi’. But Alam’s latest, again with the Urdu poet as its protagonist, is no comedy. If anything, it’s a solemn theatrical biography where Ghalib’s life unfolds through a series of short and not-so-short flashbacks.
The play seeks to portray Ghalib through the various stages of his life (with different actors portraying him at those stages). He is shown as a man in full, with foibles, fallacies and most of all, an extraordinary wit.
7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets, Rs100- 300, available at the venue. Call 9810255291/9810460366 or email pierrotstroupe@ gmail. com for tickets.
Music
Teesta Galway and Lew Hilt
28 January
Folk, classic rock and blues: Singer Galway, who lives in Shillong, and bassist Hilt perform a medley of covers that range from smoky blues and old-school rock to folk.
8pm. Haze Blues & Jazz Bar, 8, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar (41669008).
Art
Calendar Art
Until 30 January
The exhibition showcases Indian calendar art with a contemporary twist. The participating artists are Alexis Kersey, Arjuna, Bibhu Patnaik, Biplab Muzibar Rahman, Dileep Sharma, Farhan Mujib, Olivia Fraser, Pushpamala N, Rajendra Kapse, The Singh Twins, Thukral and Tagra, Waswo X. Waswo and Rakesh Vijay.
11am-7pm, Monday- Saturday. Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23718833).
MUMBAI
Music
Unity in Diversity
23 January
Santoor player Satish Vyas, ‘bansuri’ player Rupak Kulkarni, jazz keyboardist Louiz Banks, ‘pakhawaj’ player Bhawani Shankar, percussionist Fazal Qureshi and vocalist Sanjeev Chimmalgi are among the musicians who will perform at a concert titled ‘Unity in Diversity’ at the inauguration of Mumbai Saptarang, a cultural festival organized by the Maharashtra government at the Gateway of India and seven other open spaces to pay tribute to the people killed in the November terror attacks.
The ensemble will be followed by two of India’s best-known performers—‘bhajan’ singer Anup Jalota and ‘ghazal’ specialist Jagjit Singh.
6pm. Gateway of India, Apollo Bunder.
Dance
Parampara Festival
24 January
The West Zone Cultural Centre, the South Central Zone Cultural Centre, the government of Maharashtra and Mumbai University’s Lok Kala Akademi will jointly present Parampara, a festival that celebrates India’s folk dance tradition.
Watch dances from around the country such as ‘kalbelia’ (Rajasthan), ‘ghantu’ (Sikkim), ‘dollu kunitha’ and ‘yakshagana’ (Karnataka), ‘lavani’ (Maharashtra), ‘ras’ and ‘garba’ (Gujarat) and ‘pung cholam’ (Manipur).
7.30pm. Marathi Bhaasha Bhavan, Mumbai University, Vidyanagari Campus, Kalina, Santa Cruz (E). Call 22871788 for details.
Nehru Centre Dance Festival
27-29 January
The Nehru Centre will organize a three-day dance festival that opens with Uma Dogra, one of Mumbai’s leading Kathak dancers and ends with Vani Ganapathy, a renowned Bharatanatyam exponent. Day 2 will be devoted to Kathak performances by senior artists Maneesha Sathe and Rajendra Gangani. Odissi dancer Debi Basu of Mumbai and Bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarukkai of Chennai will have the honours of ending the festival.
6.30pm. Nehru Centre Auditorium, Dr Annie Besant Road, near Shiv Sagar Estate, Worli (24964680). Passes available at the venue three days prior to the show.
Dance theatre
29 January
The Natyanjali festival features performances by contemporary dancers of Bhoomika, who will present the piece ‘Nightingale’, and Kuchipudi dancers of Sambhavi School of Dance, who will perform ‘Veer Bharati’.
7pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak, Prabhadevi (24312956).
Film
7 Islands International Film Festival
26 January
The fourth 7 Islands International Film Festival, organized by former Films Division chief producer Bankim Kapadia, will be showing features and documentaries. The festival’s highlight is the ‘Why Democracy’ package, comprising 10 hour-long documentaries on the functioning of democracy in various countries, including India, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Denmark and Egypt.
4.30pm onwards. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Bhavan’s College, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (32938017).
Film
Slumdog Millionaire
From 23 January
Director Danny Boyle untangles the tale of Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), a wide-eyed kid from a slum who finds himself one question away from the ultimate ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ jackpot. But how can a child with no education know these answers? The film leads audiences through Jamal’s life via flashbacks tied to KBC questions. He navigates everything from toilet-swimming to communal riots with his elder brother Salim and childhood sweetheart, Latika. The story cuts back to the present day, where Jamal is being grilled by egotistical quiz master Prem (Anil Kapoor). It soon becomes apparent that Jamal may be after more than just money.
Across cinemas
BANGALORE
Music
Ritwik Sanyal
24 January
The dean and head of the faculty for performing arts at the Benares Hindu University, Sanyal presents a Hindustani vocal concert in the ancient ‘dhrupad’ style at the Indira Nagar Sangeeth Sabha. Accompanying him on ‘pakhawaj’ will be Kolkata-based veteran Tapas Das.
Invoking the gods: Nrityagram dancers performing Odissi.
6pm. Purandara Bhavana, 8th E Main, behind Indira Nagar Club, HAL 2nd Stage (25215525). Daily passes—adults, Rs100; children and students of music or dance, Rs150. Season passes— adults, Rs300, children and students of music or dance, Rs50.
Around town
Bengaluru Speaks
24 January
Got garbage on your mind? Share your thoughts on garbage management in your neighbourhood with other concerned citizens in the latest of a series of discussions organized by Metaculture Dialogics, a non-profit organization that works to create a culture of dialogue.
Hear about other people’s experiences and expectations while sharing your own, and voice questions about responsibility.
10am-1pm. Ashirvad, 30, St Marks Road. For details, call Kaori on 41524785.
Dance
Odissi
25 January
The composer Thyagaraja was a great devotee of Rama and most of his compositions are dedicated to this avatar of Vishnu; about 24,000 songs and a few musical dramas composed and set to 211 ragas.
His words have become the staple of the ‘kirti’ in classical dance performances. Dancers from Nrityagram perform a piece suited to the occasion in praise of his work.
6pm. Purandara Bhavana, 8th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage, behind Indira Nagar Club (25215525).
Art
She loves me, she loves me not
27-31 January
New media artist Anne Lorenz is interested in patterns in daily life. In ‘She loves me, she loves me not’, she documents a series of men engaged in simple but common actions—such as the stringing of flowers, the threading of hair, and the peeling of garlic. “I’ve taken things that I’ve seen on the streets, and brought them to the studio. And then I’ve added a few scenes that you don’t see here so much—like the sharpening of knives, in a different way than how it’s done in India,” said Lorenz, who is based in Zürich, Switzerland.
In the city as part of the Bengaluru Artist Residency One programme, Lorenz tried to find a language that people here could identify with visually.
“I picked actions that, to my mind, looked quite meditative. In the middle of the city, it’s really noisy, everything’s moving, and there’s one person sitting there, doing something—these very quiet activities,” she said.
The show will include a three-channel video projection (25 min, with sound by Yashas Shetty).
10.30am-6pm. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).
Photography & Film
Werner Herzog – A Retrospective
23 January-6 February
It’s a celebration of the works of German film-maker Werner Herzog with an exhibition of his photographs and a festival of his films.
All films at 6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308).
Schedules may be subject to change
CONNECT
Cook
In ‘Pure & Simple’ (Roli Books, Rs795), Vidhu Mittal uses both English and Hindi words for her all-vegetarian recipes, and has step-by-step photographs for every dish. This is especially commendable, given that ‘dal’ and ‘methi mutter malai’ do not always photograph well.
It helps that Roli’s high production values make you want to pinch masala off the page. It also contains a mini visual encyclopaedia of almost all the spices, vegetables, lentils and equipment an Indian kitchen could need. Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi
Listen
Kanye West was in danger of becoming just another hip hop commodity. Last year, though, everything went wrong. His mum died, his girlfriend walked out and he started scuffling with the paparazzi. His loss, as it usually goes, is our gain. In ‘808s & Heartbreak’ (Universal, Rs395), Kanye is cross with himself for buying his life, singing how he’s been “worried about the wrong things”. This baring of his soul—to a backdrop of epic, classy, downcast, even experimental electro-pop that references Kraftwerk and Portishead among R&B and post-disco—is as refreshing as his move into computer-assisted singing. Chris Parkin
Watch
The movie adaptation of ‘Persepolis’ and ‘Persepolis 2’—author Marjane Satrapi’s witty and stirring memoirs of a childhood and adolescence spent in Iran and Europe—retains the best of both books. Satrapi’s growing years coincided with Iran’s transition from a monarchy to an Islamic state. Both the books and the movie are about emotional honesty, black humour and an ability to find humour in the oddest places. Satrapi and animation film-maker Vincent Paronnaud co-wrote and co-directed the movie version ‘Persepolis’ (DVD, Excel, Rs599). Malli Ray
Climb
What is the perfect antidote to flabby arms? Try rock climbing. New Delhi has several rock faces as well as artificial walls that are climb-worthy. The Aravalli hill range offers a number of surfaces. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation complex near Delhi University’s South Campus has several artificial walls, including a vertical and a cave-like wall offering angled climbs of varying levels.
Indian Mountaineering Foundation, 6, Benito Juarez Road, Anand Niketan, New Delhi (24111211). Rs150 per month onwards. Winter: 9am-1pm, 3-7pm; Tuesday-Saturday. Summer: 8am- 12pm, 4-8pm;Tuesday-Saturday. Radhika Arora
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First Published: Sun, Feb 08 2009. 09 01 PM IST