The Medicine Show
6 and 13 September
Photograph: Anant Dwivedi
This is Delhi’s first cabaret-cum-variety show. Expect a varied assortment of acts. The line-up for September’s two shows includes Emperor Minge, a six-piece Delhi band with a seriously eclectic set of influences, burlesque dancer Anjoe, stand-up comics Papa CJ, Sanjay Rajaura and Abish Mathew, and songs by Piyush Wadhera and Sajid Akbar. The 6 September show will also include performances by Shelli Koffman and a yet-to-be-confirmed DJ. The 13 September show will feature DJ Praxis.
8pm. Royale Mirage Crowne Plaza Surya, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26835070). Entry Rs500, redeemable at the bar. Contactsteffkay@gmail.com, call 9911290113, or join the Facebook group Stiff Kittens Medicine Show.
Towards a New Viewership/Audience
Till 13 September
Multimedia works that explore how wider audiences can be reached through a more “effective visual language”. Participating artists include Alok Bal, Aparna Mohanty, Birendra Pani, Debarchan Rout, Ketan Amin, Debraj Goswami, Zakir Hussain, Sharmila Samant, Vinod Patel and others. The show is organized by Art and Deal, New Delhi, and Bakul Foundation, Bhubaneswar.
11am-7pm, daily. Art Konsult, 23, Hauz Khas Village (26531819).
Raja and Radha Reddy have been hosting their annual festival of music and dance since 1998. The festival features senior performers and classical performing arts.
Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Entry is only by invitation; invitations are available at Barista outlets across the National Capital Region. You could also contact Natya Tarangini (24356630, 24355540) for invites.
World Dance Festival
A workshop fiesta of various dance forms. The festival includes 72-hour workshops. In addition, there are many performances every evening, followed by a dance ball conducted by international DJs.
The Leela Kempinski Hotel, Ambience Island, National Highway 8, Gurgaon (0124-4771234). Click here for details.
Anupriya Deotale and Anwar Khurshid
A jugalbandi by violinist Anupriya Deotale and sitar player Anwar Khurshid. Dilliwali Deotale and Khurshid, who is from Toronto, are disciples of sitar player Ustad Shahid Pervez.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
SaMaPa Sangeet Vibhuti Festival 2009
This cultural event has been conceived by santoor player Abhay Rustum Sopori under the guidance of his father, Pandit Bhajan Sopori. Alka Deo Marulkar will present a Hindustani vocal recital and Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, who is from Kolkata, will present a sarod recital on the first day. The second and concluding day of the festival will feature a Hindustani vocal recital by Ustad Ghulam Sadiq Khan, who belongs to the Rampur-Sahaswan gharana, a solo sitar performance by Manju Mehta, who is a disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, and a pakhawaj recital by Pandit Ramashish Pathak.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Shaken ‘n’ Stirred
Comedians Papa CJ and Abish Mathew will host the fourth edition of Performers Inc. and Mocha Bar’s open microphone night. It’s open to the first 10 acts that sign up, so expect plenty of surprises. The last time we were there, we saw some stand-up comedy, singing and dancing. Sign up for a 5-minute slot if you’re feeling brave, otherwise grab a drink and watch.
8pm. Mocha Bar, Satyam Complex, Nehru Place. Click here to sign up in advance to perform (26466734).
A Hindi comedy that will appeal to your sense of the ridiculous. Radha Mallik and Kishan Mehta—hypochondriacs in their 60s, each with a deceased spouse and a 30-something child—meet in a doctor’s waiting room. The two bond immediately. So do Mehta’s son Jaichand and Mallik’s daughter Leela, who find that they live in houses opposite each other and teach at nearby schools. To top it all, Jaichand’s dog Tommy and Leela’s dog Lucy seem to be on the same wavelength as well. The rest of the play is spent in resolving one question: Which of the couples will truly fall in love?
7.30pm. Alliance Française auditorium, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200). Tickets, Rs100-300, available at the venue from 10am-7pm daily.
Though he’s performed in fusion ensembles and at invitation-only events, Trilok Gurtu’s gigs at Blue Frog this fortnight will be his first ticketed solo public shows in Mumbai since his January 2005 tribute to his mother, thumri queen Shobha Gurtu.
The internationally acclaimed percussionist has come out with a new album. But this won’t be a promotional trek. Gurtu says that it’s been so long since he’s played to paying audiences in his home city that he promises to cover the “whole repertoire of the past 25 years of my life”. So we might get to hear tracks from his groundbreaking 1987 debut ‘Usfret’, his new set ‘Massical’ and the dozen CDs he put out in between.
8.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Rs700 (standing), Rs1,000 (pods).
German photographer Helena Schätzle has shot extensively in India. Mumbai-based photojournalist Sudharak Olwe has photographed Germany. Coloured Worlds: A photographical exchange between India and Germany, an exhibition organized by Max Goethe-Institut Mumbai and Cymroza Gallery, is the result of their collaboration.
11am-8pm. Cymroza Art Gallery, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy (23671755).
Shama Bhate, Rohini Bhate’s senior student and daughter-in-law, will hold a concert, Arghya, in memory of her guru, who died in 2008. Bhate’s offerings include a performance of Karat Bar Jori Jhak Jhori Kanhaiya Mose, a thumri about Lord Krishna. Arghya also features a performance by Manaswee, a group of Rohini Bhate’s senior students.
6.30pm. PL Deshpande Sabhagriha, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi (24312956).
Talk on Tyeb Mehta
Mohile Parikh Centre for the Visual Arts is hosting a talk about Tyeb Mehta, who is best known for being the first Indian artist to earn more than a million dollars in an auction. Mehta was also one of contemporary Indian art’s finest. Although he became famous only in the 2000s, some of his best work is between the 1970s and 1990s.
Mallika Sagar Advani, Gieve Patel and Girish Shahane will deliver the talk.
6pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Sir Dorabji Tata Road, near Hilton Towers Hotel, Nariman Point (66223737).
Rush of Blood
Is being a do-gooder in your blood? Even if it isn’t, here’s your chance to become a good samaritan. This fortnight, Youth For People, a group that works on health and education issues, begins a quarterly blood donation campaign called Rush of Blood. The hook? As donors queue up at the Carter Road amphitheatre in Bandra, they can listen to performances by Shaan, Akruti Kakkar, Luke Kenny, Something Relevant, Dischordian and Pschyconic Symbiles.
Noon-8pm. Carter Road amphitheatre, Carter Road, Bandra (W). For details, call Dipesh Tank on 9833152162 or Sujeet Ramanna on 9820325482.
Missed out on Zenzi Mills’ mad, mad opening party last year? The Neon Highway theme night is back. Wear your whackiest, most fluorescent outfit, put on your dancing shoes and let DJs Kris Correiya and Charlee take care of the rest.
10pm. Zenzi Mills, 183, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (66430670). Call venue for entry fees.
Someday It All Has to End
Galleryske has been transformed into a super-sized bird’s nest. Srinivasa Prasad—an artist who has on previous occasions hauled in all manner of furniture wrapped in gunny, a cycle with metal buckets strapped on and even a bullock cart, not to forget life-sized coffins made of charcoal (at the Arcus Project in Moriya, Japan)—has now dragged his home into the gallery space. Figuratively, at least, as Prasad says, his new work titled ‘Someday It All Has to End’, created entirely out of bamboo sticks, branches and twigs, was a metaphor for his own abode.
11am-7pm. Galleryske, 82, Presidency, St Mark’s Road (65951972). Sundays by appointment only.
Sudhir Kumar Meher
Till 12 September
An exhibition of new paintings by the Bangalore-based artist. Meher studied fine arts at the Government College of Art and Crafts in Khallikote, Orissa, and has been part of a handful of shows across the country. He will also conduct a three-day (4-6 September) workshop to coincide with the show.
10am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. 10am-1pm, Sunday. Right Lines Art Gallery, 270, 1st Main, Defence Colony, Indira Nagar (25272827). For details and registration for the workshop, contact the gallery.
Voices from the Waters Film Festival 2009
This environmental festival at Ithaca College is a result of the efforts of the Bangalore Film Society and Alliance Française de Bangalore, apart from groups such as Charter for Human Responsibilities, Society for Voluntary Action Revitalisation and Justice, Samvada, Suchitra Film Society, Karnataka Chalanachitra Akademi and Finger Lakes.
The attempt is to create an alternative, interactive and educative module by which the public can be made aware of pressing issues afflicting the ecological and environmental balance, and lives and livelihoods across developing countries.
The festival will include screenings of films in venues across the city.
For confirmed schedules, call Siddharth at 9886213516. The event will end with the seminar, ‘Critical link between Climate changes’ on 7 September, 10am-4.30pm. Bangalore Film Society, 26, 17th Main, HAL 2nd stage (25492774).
The play unflinchingly portrays the more gruesome side of being a patient. It zeroes in on the fear and self-reflection patients face when dealing with cancer. Directed by Lillete Dubey.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, 2nd Main Road, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, Rs500, available at Café Coffee Day outlets (for limited donor passes of Rs2,000 or Rs1,000, call Joyce at 23414681/82/83 between 10am and 5pm).
Of God and Country
Directed by Ashish Sen, the play is based on an essay Bhagat Singh wrote in March 1931, while in Lahore’s central prison just before he was hanged. Counting his last days in the prison, the essay is about Singh’s response to a guard’s question why he doesn’t believe in God and the suggestion that his faith could ease his passing.
7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, third floor, HAL 2nd stage, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Tickets, Rs499, Rs799.
Mahua Art Foundation presents Exploring Great Texts, which brings together B.N. Goswamy, an art historian, and Malavika Sarukkai, a Bharatanatyam dancer. The two texts being explored will be the Bhagavatha Purana and Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda. While Goswamy will look at the tradition of painting influenced by these texts, Sarukkai will use dance to explore similar concepts.
6pm. Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). By invitation only; call Rajitha D’Silva at 9341665580 for details.
— by Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
Western classical music concert
The Alliance Française de Madras is organizing a Western classical music concert supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Counseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. The evening will see Julie-Anne Derome playing the violin and Gabriel Prynn on the cello. Derome, winner of the 2003 Virginia Parker Prize of the Canada Council for the Arts, regularly organizes concerts by Canadian composers, while Prynn focuses on the performance and interpretation of contemporary and appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada and Europe.
7pm. Alliance Française de Madras, No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Ganga ki Lehren
Till 14 September
Gallery Sri Parvati is presenting an exhibition of paintings from a camp held in Rishikesh. The camp and exhibition are being organized on behalf of the Sanatana Dharma World University Trust. The participants include Bharati Singh, Chidambara Krishnan, Gita, Krishnamurthy, Krishnaswami, Milind Limbekar, Shailesh B.O., Srinivasan K. and Sujit Poddar.
11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road, Alwarpet (9884075453, 24353341).
Across the Universe
The Madras Seva Sadan is organizing a two-day concert where Day 1 will feature a recital by Pushkar (piano) and Ladislav Brozman (violin). This will be followed by a programme The Sun, the Moon and the Stars, featuring singer Unnikrishnan, Anil Srinivasan (piano) and B.S. Purushotham (percussion), where you can listen to a blend of Western classical and Carnatic music notes.
The second day will celebrate the music of Michael Jackson, with singers and musicians such as Benny Dayal, Sanjeev Thomas, Kavita Thomas, Anisha and Anjana performing.
7.30pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Lady Andal School premises, Harrington Road, Chetpet (32456000, 43561198).
Sunday ‘Kutcheri’ in the park
Sundaram Finance is organizing its monthly mikeless Sunday Kutcheri, or concert, where 12-year-old R.P. Shravan will present an hour of Carnatic music. Shravan, a student of class VII, is a disciple of “Kalaimamani” Srimishnam V. Raja Rao and has been learning music for six years.
He will be accompanied by R. Shyam on the violin and Kaushik Rajagopal on the mridangam. The concert is organized on the first Sunday of every month for children below 15 years to showcase their talent. No mikes or speakers are used.
6.30am. Chess Square of the Nageswara Rao Park, Mylapore (9444040748).
DakshinaChitra is screening documentary films on the works of renowned Indian painters and some of the country’s rich traditional paintings. The objective is to educate people, especially students of visual arts in city colleges, about Indian art.
Films on contemporary Indian painters and sculptors by Films Division, apart from short films on M.F. Husain, Jamini Roy, Siddarth, Yusuf Arakkal, Paniker and others, will be screened in the forenoon sessions. Films on Kerala murals, Warli paintings, Madhubani and Kalamezuthu, among others, will be screened in the afternoons.
11am-1pm and 2-4pm. DakshinaChitra (Seminar Hall), East Coast Road, Muttukadu (24462435, 9841011785). An entry fee of Rs50 will be charged per student.
— by Indranil Bhoumik
Nandikar’s play revolves around (fading) memory and its tenuous hold on identity, as distilled by old age.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1 Bagbazar Street. Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs30, Rs20, available in advance, 1-7pm. (9830892751).
Gadhar Gaan (Na) Gyan and Swarnachampa
Sayak stages two short plays: Gadhar Gaan (Na) Gyan and Swarnachampa. Directed by Moloy Mitra, Gadhar Gaan (Na) Gyan is a child-friendly play about a donkey inspiring a washerman. The second play, Swarnachampa, directed by Meghnad Bhattacharya, explores protagonist Kalyan Chowdhury’s relationship (or lack thereof) with his ancestral home in West Bengal’s Potashpur village.
6.30pm. Sisir Mancha, 1/1, AJC Bose Road. Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs30 and Rs20 (9830503108).
Materials and Materiality
Till 23 September
The show has recent sculptures by artists such as Rishi Barua, Tapas Biswas, Debasish Bhattacharya and Saurav Roy Chowdhury. The works showcase a variety of styles and experiments with new material. While some combine human and architectural scales, others explore various social, conventional and philosophical orientations.
11am-7pm, closed on Sundays. Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (033-24653212).
Healing Touch through Painting
A painting workshop conducted by artist Ritu Singh in aid of underprivileged children, supported by New Light, a non-profit organization that helps sex workers and their children.
3-5pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Ustad Alauddin Khan by Sahana Gupta
A book on the legendary musician Ustad Alauddin Khan will be launched by his great granddaughter Sahana Gupta. Sarod player Shiraz Ali Khan will perform at the event. The author will read excerpts from the book at the launch.
6.30pm. Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street, For details, call 9831442177.
Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts and Mahul Recitation Band present an evening based on Sukumar Ray’s works, both rhythmic and nostalgic. Called Nonsense Evening (with a hidden social message), the evening will include an animation film, a reading of Ha Ja Ba Ra La by Jagannath Bose and a live performance by Mahul. Excerpts from Delightful Dozen, 12 short stories by Upendrakisor Ray and Sukumar Ray, will be read out by their “transcreator”, Anirban Basu.
6.30-8pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
The Supersonics in concert
Peace Works presents a music concert on the occasion of the launch of Stories for Peace, a collection of peace stories written by children from India and Pakistan. This is an initiative of The Seagull Foundation for The Arts in association with Sanskriti Sagar and Sa re Ga ma.
7pm. Music World and The Seagull Arts and Media Resources Centre. Tickets, Rs40, available at the venue. GD Birla Sabhagar, 29, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge Phanri. (24556942/43).
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