Lives: Lost & Saved
A documentary film by Amit Mitra on accidents on the roads of Bangalore, shot by a four-member crew. The shooting started in February in collaboration with the 108 ambulance service, Colombia Asia Hospital, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences and the Bangalore Traffic Police.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). For details, log on to www.amitmitra.in or call 9980142367.-
This festival of Nigerian films is free, open to public, and includes English subtitles. The festival will include a discussion (8pm) led by writer Zac O’Yeah. Some of the screenings include This is Nollywood, a documentary on the Nigerian film industry by Franco Sacchi (5pm), followed by Osuofia in London, a film by Kingsley Ogoro (6pm).
Picture this: Watch Nigerian films with English subtitles at this festival
Timings vary. 1, Shanthi, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706). For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blood and Iron
‘Blood and Iron’, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta’s new documentary looks at crime, business and politics in the Bellary and Ananthapur districts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It examines links between the so-called mining mafia and politicians, and talks about a group of ministers (in Karnataka) who belong to the BJP, and who are close to a few politicians in the Congress—supposed political opponents who, according to Thakurta, “here, seem to be partaking of the spoils from Bellary and Ananthapur”. Thakurta has been working on ‘Blood and Iron’ since March.
6pm. Teri complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage (25359680). To register with Bangalore International Centre, call 9886599675.
Gone to Seed
This solo show by the artist-in-residence from Cologne is being hosted in association with the Goethe Institut. Timo Seber’s creations include immaculate wall-sized parchments, delicately creased and embossed drapes made of spotless sheets and pristine shredded ribbons.
10.30am-7.30pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Indian contemporary dance
Rhythmotion, a Bangalore-based contemporary dance company, will present Chalana 2010— Dance for a Cause. The company will begin with two works based within the idiom of Indian classical dance. Srishtikartha will use multimedia, sound, light and movement to trace the intersections of man and nature. The second half of the show will feature contemporary work, Dream Catcher, a fanciful journey through a labyrinth of dreams. Rhythm in Motion is a mish-mash of hip-hop, tango and other contemporary dance movements.
6.30pm. Ada Rangamandira, 109, Jayachamaraja Road (22219388). Tickets, Rs200.
Kendraka is a contemporary Indian jazz outfit from Kolkata featuring Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury on bass, Bodhisattwa Ghosh on guitar, Jivraj Singh on drums and Soumyajyoti Ghosh on flute. The group is inspired by the similarities of improvisation and song writing in Indian classical music and jazz. Founding member Chowdhury was a devout jazz fan until a few years ago, when he decided to explore other elements such as Indian, African and Peruvian rhythms.
8pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-foot Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). For entry charges, contact the venue.
This dance theatre piece from German director and choreographer Helena Waldmann explores two culture-specific practices—wearing of burqa by Muslim women and the Japanese tradition of kinbaku, a sexual practice that involves binding participants using a specific system of knots. Waldmann connects these two very different practices in a performance piece that seeks to reveal the deeper negotiations on concepts such as freedom, individuality, trust, privacy and surrender, inherent in both practices. In so doing, Burka Bondage attempts to find new messages in places we may not have expected to hear them.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs200.
The Kids’ Comedy Show
Starkids Speech and Creative Drama Academy celebrates its 10th anniversary with its annual comedy show featuring song and dance routines by 150 children. Children will dress up as junk food and vegetables and get into a tug-of-war. In another segment, Homework Blues, children will present a song and dance sequence about having to tackle piles of homework.
7pm. St Andrews Auditorium, St Andrews College, St Domnic Road. Tickets, Rs300, Rs500 and Rs750. For details, call 9769334455 or log on to www.bookmyshow.com
Ken Follett book reading
Ken Follett, the star thriller writer, reads from Fall of Giants, the first novel in his The Century Trilogy. Fall of Giants follows the fates of five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh—as they move through the world-shaking dramas of World War I, the Russian revolution and the struggle for women’s suffrage.
6.30pm. Landmark, Lower Ground floor, Palladium Mall, Block 34/14 B, Phoenix Mills Compound, No. 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (64575323).
DJ Suzuki’s relentless, intricate beat arrangements and fuzzed up bass distortions have been honed over more than 20 years. Despite his pedigree, Suzuki also has a strong passion for electro-rock. Mumbaikars can expect him to slow the tempo in one or two tracks and drop catchy samples of 1980s electro-rock for a fist-pumping change-up.
10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges,Rs800.
Le Feu Follet
Le Feu Follet, one of the finest of director Louis Malle’s early films, depicts the last 24 hours in the life of man about to commit suicide. Maurice Ronet gives a remarkable performance as the alcoholic who, upon leaving a clinic, visits old friends in the hope that they will provide him with a reason to live. The movie’s layered portrayal of Parisian society is convincing. 1 hour, 50 minutes.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
Till 16 January
British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor’s spectacular sculptures are in India for the first time. The exhibition comprises six mirror sculptures and two wax works. Among them is ‘Shooting into the Corner’, an exhibit that received much attention at Kapoor’s 2009 show at the Royal Academy, London. A canon lets out a loud boom as it fires a large red wax plug into a fabricated white corner every 20 minutes. The messy aftermath that will pile up during the course of the exhibition refers to war and violence even as it turns into a mesmerizing spectacle like the mirror works that take up the rest of the studio. The polished cones, curves, rectangles and concave surfaces keep the viewers stepping closer and further away as they try to understand their position in relation to the work of art.
Standing tall: Anish Kapoor’s sculpture for the 2012 Olympic Park in London.
9am-9pm. Mehboob Studios, 100, Hill Road, Bandra (26421628). To register, call 40203660, or log on to www.anishkapoorindia.com
Fragments of Paradise
A solo show by French artist Denis Polge. In this series, he has painted imaginary flowers and butterflies on Thai paper with ink washes and distemper techniques. The artist works mostly with water techniques, watercolour, ink and tempera (water-soluble pigment often mixed with binding egg yolk). The wet paper allows a foggy, blurry aspect on which he paints “dry” accurate motifs.
11am-8pm. Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Till 5 January
A solo show by Dutch artist Juul Kraijer presents a repertoire of charcoal-made female bodies. Almost in all her works, she depicts hybrid forms, like a simile connecting two incongruous elements. Branches sprout from savant figures; at times moths, fish and birds bite into them. These mysterious chimeras are surrounded by a blank canvas without a suggestion of perspective or depth. Describing her ambiguous works, Kraijer had written a few years ago, “Facing my work, it appears to me like the hydra. It shows itself in many faces, which originate from the same maternal body.”
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178 Phase I, Okhla (65474005).
Till 8 January
A show by Ravi Agarwal where he presents an ecological relationship between himself and Delhi, a city under rapid transition, through photographs of tar machines, flyovers and sewage ponds etc.
In flux: Agarwal focuses on Delhi’s rapidly changing landscape.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).
Sir Roger Penrose is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, but he’s more widely known as the author of books such as The Emperor’s New Mind, which links philosophy, logic, physics and computer science, and reaches profound conclusions about human consciousness and the universe. The professor will talk about his new book, Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe.
7pm. Centre for Philosophy and Foundations of Science, Darshan Sadan, E-36, Panchshila Park (26490667). For details, call 01204607519.
South Asian Bands Festival
The fourth edition of this festival again showcases contemporary sounds from across South Asia. The festival will be organized by Seher in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the ministry of culture. Some of the bands performing in the festival are Mekaal Hasan Band from Pakistan, Ghalat Factory and Indus Creed from Mumbai, Bangalore’s Thermal And A Quarter, and Kailasa from Mumbai
6pm. Purana Qila. For details, log on to www.sehernow.com
Till 15 December
City-based Yuvaraj Vivek’s latest collection was shot in a day. Taking inspiration from light, the photographer uses nature as his theme to produce visual illusions.
A photo from Yuvaraj Vivek’s latest collection, Lady Nature
11am-6pm. Ashvita, 11, 2nd Street, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore (42109990).
Combining tradition with contemporary idioms, this musical evening will comprise a performance by noted Carnatic singer Aruna Sairam. This will be followed by a contemporary instrumental rendition by Anil Srinivasan (piano) and Navin Iyer (flute).
4pm onwards. YGP Auditorium, 17, Thirumalai Road, T Nagar (28343045/28173596).
Till 15 December
Jaipur-based Ajay Singh Peelwa’s latest series of paintings draw a comparison between humans and chess pawns. His obsession with lines and use of bold colours (in this case just black and white) is not just abstract, but also evocative.
11am-6pm. 33, Woods Road, opposite Express Avenue Mall, Royapettah (9841037810).
Coloured Horizon—Part II
Till 24 December
The exhibition is showcasing works by artists from 12 cities, including Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad, with the theme New Approach in Landscape. The artists include V.G. Venugopal and Rajesh S. from Bangalore, and Anu Gupta and Gowri Sahni from Delhi.
11am to 7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road, (24353341/9884075453).
Till 13 December
This festival of crafts, textiles and arts is being hosted by Dastkari Haat and Kalakshetra Foundation. The events will include Rajasthani folk music and dance forms Kalbelia, Langa and Bhopa-Bhopi, and puppet shows.
11am-9pm. Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmaiyur (24524057).
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s much-awaited dance series will see an Odissi performance by Bali Vijayam and a Kathakali performance by Sadanam Balakrishnan and group on Friday. The evening will end with ‘Colors’, a thematic dance performance by Padmini Krishnamurthy’s Sri Saraswati Natyalaya.
Kuchipudi dance by Sandhya Raju, Kathak by Divya Kasturi, ‘Arupadai Veedu’ (thematic Bharatanatyam) by Srekala Bharath and the Tejas dance troupe will be the highlights of the event the next day.
On 12 December, there will be Manipuri dance by Priti Patel, Mohiniattam by Neena Prasad, Kuchipudi by Sailaja and thematic Bharatanatyam dance (‘Nrtithya Nataka Mahadevan Mashasenam Bhaje’) by Anitha Guha’s Bharatanjali troupe. The last day of the event will include Mohiniattam by Gopika Varma and Bharatanatyam thematic dance ‘Prapatti Marga’ by Roja Kannan and group.
5pm onwards. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Main Hall, 18/22, East Mada Street, Mylapore (24643420/24643450).
By Karuna Amarnath & Varuni Khosla
Incidents: Photographs by Bishan Samaddar
Till 18 December
After the recent release of a new English translation of Roland Barthes’ Incidents by Teresa Lavender Fagan, the Seagull Foundation of Arts is holding an exhibition of photographs in the book by Bishan Samaddar. French philosopher and literary theorist Roland Barthes was one of the leading influences of the post-structuralist movement in the 20th century. Samaddar’s photographs are mostly from India. The selection of photographs for the book is curated by Sunandini Banerjee from a diverse set of portfolios.
2pm-8 pm (Sundays closed). Seagull, 36 C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43). For details, log on to www.seagullindia.com/samrc/incidents/incidents.html
Nikita Koshkin 2010: Calcutta International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition
Till 12 December
This event has been organized by the Calcutta Classical Guitar Society in association with Incredible India. Artists from 25 countries are participating in the event, which is dedicated to internationally acclaimed Russian composer and guitar maestro Nikita Koshkin. The highlights of the programme include concerts, master classes and seminars by classical guitar maestros from Argentina, Chile, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany and other countries.
Timings vary. Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Rabindranath Tagore Centre, 9A, Harrington Street. For passes, call 9830052766. For details, log on to www.calguitarfest.in
The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts (WSCA) presents a classical evening by vocalist Samrat Das Gupta. He will be accompanied by Kumud Ranjan Santra on tabla and Supriyo Roy on harmonium. Das Gupta will present raga Multani with two traditional compositions—a Vilambitbandish (composition) in ektaal, and Madhyalayateental composed by his guru Pandit Jasraj. This will be followed by raga Chayanat, composed by his guru Abdul Rashid Khan Saheb.
6.30pm-8pm. WSCA, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
27 Jatiya NatyaMela
Theatre group Nandikar presents its 27th National Theatre Festival at the Academy of Fine Arts. The festival will feature theatre productions from all over India, and one from Bangladesh. The plays include Rabindranath’s Raja by Prachyanat (Dhaka), Ghair Zaroori Log by Amateur Theatre Group from Jammu, Yaar Bana Buddy by Ekjut (Mumbai), Begum ka Takia and Jaat hi Pucho Sadhu ki by the National School of Drama Repertory Company (Delhi).
Timings vary. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60, available at the hall from 1-7pm. For details, call 9830503107.
Till 19 December
Gallery Kolkata presents ‘Unbounded’—a show with sculptures and installations by five young artists from the city—Bamdeb Mondal, Bhaskar Chowdhury, Kartick Soren, Tuhin Kundu and Rathin Barman. Their themes cover both urban and rural issues, and the present political situation in the state. The works are interactive and critical.
Reaching out : installation from Unbounded.
11am-7pm. Gallery Kolkata, 41, Shakespeare Sarani, Second floor, Duckback House (22873377 /88). For details, log on to www.gallerykolkata.com
By Indranil Bhoumik
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