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First Published: Thu, Jun 24 2010. 08 47 PM IST

Updated: Thu, Jun 24 2010. 08 47 PM IST
CHENNAI
Art
Hands On
Till 30 June
Anisha Verghese’s latest collection is inspired by hands, which the artist believes are the embodiment of expression. While the mind probes the canvas of life with sensitivity, Verghese feels hands explore the creative process, a leitmotif mysteriously juxtaposed against almost alien backgrounds in her paintings.
12.30-3.30pm & 7-10.45pm. Tangerine, 5, Murray’s Gate Road, Alwarpet (9884134907).
Theatre
Heroes
25-26 June
The world is coming to an end in 2012. The only way to prevent complete destruction is to use a device called the “Time Extendinator”. With a dream team consisting of Shaktiman, Superman, James Bond, Harry Potter and some women from fairyland, one man takes it upon himself to save the world. This spoof, directed by Amit Singh of the Chennai-based ASAP Productions, in association with Goodbooks, promises drama, laugh-out-loud humour and action.
7pm (25 June), 3.30pm & 7.30pm (26 June). Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. Call 9894209741/9840868441 for tickets. Tickets, Rs150, Rs250, Rs350 and Rs500.
Around town
Moplah Food Festival
Till 27 June
Ente Keralam presents a festival of delicacies from the Moplah region of Kerala. The specialities include pathiri (steamed pancakes), arikadukka (mussels stuffed with subtly spiced rice mixture and cooked in the shell), meen mulakittathu (seer fish simmered in red chilli-tamarind gravy), and the famous Moplah biryani by chef Ummi Abdulla.
12.30-11.30pm. Ente Keralam, 1, Kasturi Estate, 1st Street, Poes Garden, Alwarpet (42328585). A meal for two will cost approximately Rs500 (exclusive of taxes).
Haiku at The Madras Terrace House
26-27 June
Kala Ramesh from Pune, a Haiku poet since 2005, will read some of her works, consisting of haiku, tanka, senryu, haibun and renku, on 26 June. She will also conduct a workshop on this Japanese style of poetry.
7-8pm, 26 June. 10.30am-5pm, 27 June. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram 2nd Street, Royapettah. Charges, Rs1,000 for the workshop. To register, call 45038391.
By Karuna Amarnath
MUMBAI
Around town
Monsoon flora of Bassein Fort
27 June
The Bombay Natural History Society is offering children a chance to pack their rain gear and head to Bassein Fort to discover its biodiversity. Children can learn about various plants and insects on this walk.
7.30am. Ages 10+ (to be accompanied by an adult). Register at Hornbill House, Dr Salim Ali Chowk, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba (22821811/7). Registration, Rs50 for members and Rs100 for non-members.
The Monochrome Madonna
1 July
The amazingly prolific Kalpana Swaminathan returns with the third book in her Lalli detective series. The Monochrome Madonna is the fourth book this year by Swaminathan, who also shares the pseudonym Kalpish Ratna with Ishrat Syed, and practises medicine as her day job.
7pm. Crossword, Mohammed Bhai Mansion, NSP. Marg, Kemps Corner (23842001).
Film
Pather Panchali
28 June
The Enlighten Film Society is organizing a screening of Satyajit Ray’s masterpiece Pather Panchali. Ray’s debut feature remains a miracle of lyrical realism: the detailed, documentary-style observation of village life as experienced by young Apu, his sister Durga, their parents and grandma is inflected by a marvellous use of motifs (trains beckoning to an industrialized urban world, water as a symbol of cyclical regeneration) to turn a simple rites-of-passage story into pure poetry.
6.30pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). NCPA members will be given preference.
Art
1001 Artworks sale
30 June
Gallerist Arshiya Lokhandwala of Lakeeren is taking her warehouse to the gallery. The 1,001 works that are on sale at Lakeeren in Colaba were commissioned between 1995 and 2003 for her now-defunct Andheri gallery. The sale is Lokhandwala’s way of starting with a blank canvas. Works are priced from Rs25 to Rs12 lakh. Dig through them to see Tushar Joag’s charcoals from the early 1990s. We particularly liked one with pairs of legs suspended from a hanger. Sharmila Samant’s 1996 sculptures constructed out of eggshell holders and Surekha’s 1996-97 ricepaper blouses are intriguing, since the styles of both artists have evolved from these early works.
11am-6.30pm, Sunday closed. Lakeeren, 6/18 Grants Building, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (65224179).
Theatre
The Class Act
26 June
Long jive the King: A Mumbai-based dance company —The Rahul Saxenna Dance Connection—is organizing a tribute to Michael Jackson. Sony Pictures
Writer-director Meherzad Patel hopes to outrage Mumbai audiences by holding up a mirror to their prejudices in his debut with this satire about religious stereotyping, which takes place in an acting workshop run by the flamboyant Mr Williams. In The Class Act, the students’ religious and gender biases turn all the acting exercises into a minefield, making Mr Williams lose his composure completely.
The play was first performed as a 25-minute piece called Eeny Meeny Miny Mo at the annual dramatics competition last July at Patel’s alma mater, St Mary’s High School in Mazgaon, but has been rechristened to appeal to an adult audience. Patel has been scripting socially conscious plays for his alma mater since 2003. The Class Act is the second play from Patel’s company, Silly Point Productions.
The production house made its debut in 2008 with Like Dat Only, which explored the Indian reluctance to change the status quo through the dynamics of a college gang.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs 180 (for members) and Rs200 (for the general public). Available at the box office, 9am-7pm.
BANGALORE
Art
Escape
Till 15 July
This is a solo show by British fine art photographer Tim Hall, who specializes in travel, landscape and portraits. Hall, whose portraits have included the musicians Miles Davis and Prince, shoots in film, with a Hasselblad. His prints are on watercolour paper using pigment inks. The show will include selections from his series Desert, Coast and Mountain.
10am-7pm. Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).
Theatre
Bust
26-27 June
Three women search for an ancient relic buried beneath a 1,000-year-old temple, around what has come to be modern Bangalore. In the process, they must delve deep into the city’s history, filtering their quest through a trail of urban mythology.
7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Sunday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs150.
Around town
Tree Festival
26-27 June/3-4 July
This four-day festival spread over two weekends will celebrate the social, cultural and spiritual relevance of trees. Organized by the art gallery 1, Shanthi Road and Maraa, an NGO, the schedule includes a poster campaign at the gallery on the disappearance of trees in urban areas; children’s workshops and storytelling sessions at public parks; evenings of Kannada poetry at the NGMA café; and talks by botanist Vijay Thiruvadi and Vinay Sreenivasa of Hasiru Usiru. Also on the agenda is a performance-protest to create awareness about huge rain trees that face the axe to make space for the new Mantri Mall on Sampige Road.
10.30am-7.30pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706). For details on how to participate, log on to katte-beingathome.blogspot.com or www.maraa.in
Thai food festival at Oko
Till 30 June
At The Lalit Ashok, the chefs will showcase a range of signature dishes, such as yum meuk hea (eggplant with mint, onion and chilli), pla preao waan (white sole in sweet and sour sauce) and kaeng kali chae (vegetables in yellow curry).
7-11.30pm. The Lalit Ashok, Golf Course Road, High Grounds, Kumara Krupa (30527777). A meal for two costs Rs2,000 (taxes extra).
DELHI
Dance
Kathak
28 June
This is a solo recital by Pooja Mani, disciple of Urmila Nagar. Mani will perform an innovative representation of the Raigarh
gharana through her ensemble, based on some traditional compositions depicting the navaras (nine moods), ashtanayikaas (eight classical heroine types), etc.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Around town
Heritage walk
27 June
Intach Delhi will be organizing a heritage walk in Hauz Khas. The walk will take participants through a revived 13th century bird reservoir and the tomb of Firoz Shah Tughlaq, among other sites.
8-10am. Participants (maximum 20) must register ahead. Registration fee, Rs50 per person. Contact Intach Delhi chapter (24632267, 24632269, extn 105) or email walks@intachdelhichapter.org for details.
Get Giggly with It
26 June
After sports bars and restropubs, Delhi seems to have settled on its latest fad—open mic nights. It’s been less than a year since the first open mic (an evening when the floor is open to amateur talent) was organized in Delhi. Raghav Mandava, a stand-up comic who got his start at Mocha Bar in Delhi, recently started his own company, Cheese Monkey Mafia. It will present a night of stand-up comedy titled Get Giggly with It.
8pm. Kuki, 7-E, Community Centre, Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash-II (29225241). Cover charge, Rs500.
Encounters with Great Indians
1 July
An exhibition of a rare collection of photographs and documents associated with familiar figures from the nation’s history, including the correspondence of Elizabeth Brunner with Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and others.
10am-5pm, Sunday closed. Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, 1-A, Janpath (23014992).
KOLKATA
Around town
Then and Now—The Anglo-Indian Food Festival
Till 4 July
The Bridge brings Anglo-Indian recipes presented by aunt and nephew duo Pamela Rebeiro and Norman D’ Silva. While Rebeiro loves to cook for friends and family, D’ Silva is a chef at The Park. The menu features traditional favourites, with some quirky tweaks. There’s classic mulligatawny soup, mince-stuffed tomatoes, chunky beef crumb chops with mother-in-law’s fiery tongue chutney for starters. Main course options include vegetable au gratin, beef kofta curry with coconut rice, and prawn temperado. Desserts are old-fashioned comfort food: strawberry jelly with home-made custard or rich fruit cakes with ice cream.
24x7. The Bridge, The Park, 17 Park Street (40049000). Prices, Rs250-795 per dish.
Summer Cakes
Till 30 June
The Gourmet Shop at the ITC Sonar is offering a variety of pound cakes with a long shelf life, especially made for the sultry summer. Flavoured with rosemary and candied mango, raspberry and chocolate, thyme and pumpkin, these cakes promise to travel well, and are ideal journey food.
10am-10pm. The Gourmet Shop, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue (opposite Science City) (23454545). Prices from Rs250 (plus taxes) a pound; cakes are specially packaged for transport.
Of Love and Politics
25 June
Tuhin A. Sinha’s latest novel, published by Hachette India, will be launched at the Oxford Bookstore this evening. Actor Rituparna Sengupta and author Rimi. B. Chatterjee will be in conversation with the author. It is a tale of three young politicians from three different parties, set against the backdrop of India’s nuclear deal and vicious terror strikes, with the trio torn between party loyalty and personal belief.
6.30pm. Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street (9831110300). The book is priced at Rs250. For details, call 9873809165.
Music
Taba Premer Amrite
26 June
This performance by renowned Rabindrasangeet artist Rahul Mitra comprises an evening of Rabindrasangeet, featuring Tagore’s songs cast in Raga Bhairavi and kirtan melodies.
6pm. Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park (24641303, 24661235). Tickets, Rs20 and Rs30. Children below 8 are not allowed.
By Indranil Bhoumik and Promita Mukherjee
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First Published: Thu, Jun 24 2010. 08 47 PM IST