It feels like summer, but on her programme note for Basanta Utsav, Odissi dancer Leesa Mohanty, head of the Mumbai chapter of the Bhubaneswar-based organization Bansi Bilas, wants to “celebrate the ecstasy of spring”. A venue like Pranganga will help the dancer and audience recreate the flowering season. On Day 1, Guru Ramahari Das (Odissi, vocal),
Basanta Utsav: Debashis Pattnaik will be performing.
Debashis Pattnaik (Odissi) and Guru Rajeshwari Sainath and Group (Bharatanatyam) will perform. On Day 2, Leesa Mohanty (Odissi), Vedantam Venkat Chalapati Rao and Group (Kuchipudi) and Guru Rajashree Shirke and Group (Kathak) will perform. The event is being organized in association with the Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Sangeet Natak Akademi and Nirguna Centre for Excellence.
6.30pm. Pranganga Theatre, Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri-West (26237454).
Wish Mumbai had its own version of Miami Ink, the American reality show set in a tattoo parlour? The first Tattoo Convention is being organized in Mumbai. The two-day event will bring together local tattoo artists such as Al Alva from Al’s Tattoo Studio with national and international tattoo artists such as Swedish Mao. Tattoo art competitions and music events will be the prime attraction at the event. The Brazilian dance form Capoeira will be performed too.
10am-9pm. World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade. For details, log on to http://www.tattoo-convention-indianink.com or call 9820882780.
Many musical instruments that originally belonged to the folk tradition have made their way into the classical fold. One of Maharashtra’s folk instruments will be played in a classical fashion this fortnight. The sundri, whose sound can be mistaken for the shehnai, will be played by Bhimanna Jadhav. The sundri was invented by Baburao Jadhav from Solapur in Maharashtra in 1927. Bhimanna Jadhav is his grandson. At this programme, Jadhav is likely to play Raga Yaman or Shudh Kalyan, accompanied by Apoorva Mukherjee on the tabla.
6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs50.
Abhi Na Jaao Chhod Kar
The latest play from Akvarious Productions peeks into the life of Sweety, a struggling actor. When producer Vipul comforts her after an audition gone wrong, the wily actor invites him to her apartment. Over the course of the night, Sweety uses Vipul’s help to finish her long-developing script and convinces herself that he is the one. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
5pm and 7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (66223737). Tickets, Rs200, Rs250 and Rs300.
Waking Up in Brahmin Heights
American theatre professor and writer-director Jillian Campana, who moved to Mumbai in 2007, will present a staged reading of her play Waking Up in Brahmin Heights before she returns to the US this summer. The play explores the misunderstandings arising out of cultural differences and the complexity of being an outsider. It focuses on the delicate relationship that develops between a newly migrated American family and their Indian neighbours in Divine Heights, a residential building in Mumbai.
While the 16-year-old Indian son and the 19-year-old American daughter hit it off despite their cultural differences, the chasm between their bewildered parents only deepens. There will be a panel discussion after the reading. 2 hours.
6pm. American Center, opposite Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22624590).
Six Decades—Celebrating the Bombay Artists in the Jehangir Nicholson Collection
11 April-28 August
Art patron Jehangir Nicholson’s extensive collection finds gallery space 10 years after his death. Every six months, a new exhibition will present selected works from the collection.
The first show, Six Decades— Celebrating the Bombay Artists in the Jehangir Nicholson Collection, includes iconic works by S.H. Raza, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, F.N. Souza and V.S. Gaitonde. The opening evening will also feature a talk by renowned art historian Partha Mitter, at 6pm.
10.30am-6pm (Mondays closed). East Wing, Second floor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Colaba (22844484).
Till 30 April
Manjunath Kamath doesn’t like to reveal the stories behind his art. Often, he says, it’s because he doesn’t know where the images of men balancing eggs on their heads or tiny elephants walking across giant pillows come from. Mostly, though, it’s because he’d rather you just weave a story of your own. This month, Kamath’s artworks— five paintings on canvas, four sculptures and over 80 small paintings on paper—are on display. This is the 38-year-old artist’s first solo exhibition in Mumbai. The title ‘Collective Nouns’, Kamath says, refers to the ideas that emerged over the past year after reading Kannada poetry, conversing with fellow artists and spending afternoons staring idly out of the window.
Urban tales: Over 80 small paintings on paper by Manjunath Kamath are on display as part of Collective Nouns
10.30am-7pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, near Regal Cinema, Colaba (66103424).
The fourth edition of the bass-heavy festival features Dan Gresham (better known as Nu:tone). With over 20 years of deejaying under his belt, the old-school vinyl turntablist has played in more than 100 countries and produced music for the likes of Eminem, Akon and Beyoncé. In 2004, he won the DJ Battle for World Supremacy, after which he set up base in Miami, US, where he hosted a 2-hour TV show and began working with established rappers.
7.30pm. Bacchus, F&B, 8, Papanna Street (40333888).
Ambassador cars, Ashok Leyland trucks, Royal Enfield motorcycles and autorickshaws are the focal point of this solo show of canvases by artist Jon Den Hartigh from the US. He teaches art at the Stonehill International School in Bangalore.
11am-7pm. Kynkyny Art Gallery, 104, Embassy Square, above Ganjam Jewellers, 148, Infantry Road (40926202). For details, log on to www.kynkyny.com
Till 20 April
Thereafter… by photographer Srikanth Kolari includes portraits from Kashmir and Tamil Nadu and the Bharat Coking Coal Ltd factory in the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. Kolari’s images aren’t photojournalistic in nature—instead, they represent a more layered and premeditated attempt at specifically documenting the long-term emotional effects of the 2004 tsunami in Tamil Nadu, the conflict in Kashmir, and various coal mine mishaps in Jharkhand. Kolari will host guided walks at the show.
Framed: Photographs by Srikanth Kolari.
10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358). For details, call 40535212.
Kids Theatre Workshop
Jagriti is organizing a summer experience for children who want to get more involved with the stage. There will be two batches—the 7-11 and 12-15 age groups. The children will be introduced to shadow play, mime, movement, puppetry and the use of body and voice.
10am-1pm (7-11 years) and 2-5pm (12-15 years). Jagriti theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). For details, call 9916938676 or email email@example.com. Last date to register, 10 April. Charges, Rs4,000 per child.
Am Ende Kommen Touristen (And Along Come Tourists)
The rooftop screening is part of the Institute’s monthly get-together sessions, followed by discussions at Café Max. In this 2007 film, writer-director Robert Thalheim explores some of his experiences working as a volunteer at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum during the 1990s. Alexander Fehling plays a fresh-faced Sven, who finds himself plunged into the historical and modern-day realities of Auschwitz, after opting for civil service. The film revolves around two of his encounters: with Stanislaw Krzeminski, an Auschwitz survivor who is placed in his care, and Ania, a young Polish museum guide and translator with whom he falls in love. 1 hour, 25 minutes.
6.15pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
Krishna Leela by P. Venugopalan is one of the latest Kathakali scripts and perhaps the only one with maternal feeling as its central emotion. Written for a strictly traditional format, it talks about the love and anxiety of a mother. It is the story of two mothers—Devaki, who gave birth to Krishna, and Yashoda, who raised him. The performance is centred on the moment when the two women meet and talk about the childhood days of their son. Performed by Kalamandalam Shanmukhan, Kalamandalam Vijaya Kumar and Kalamandalam Mukundan.
6.30pm. Gandhi-King Plaza, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Delhi Jazz Festival
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, in collaboration with Seher, will organize the first edition of the Delhi Jazz Festival. The schedule is as follows:
Day 1: Cesare Picco, a composer of ballets, operas and music for theatre, from Italy; D-Company, led by guitarist Dhruv Ghanekar, from Mumbai; and Be Why This from France.
Day 2: Montreal-based Christine Jensen Quintet; Fractal, a new project by Amyt Datta (guitar) and Jivraj Singh (drums, electronics); Jump4Joy from Sweden.
Day 3: Ekkehard Wolk Trio; Amit Heri Group and Trio AAB = Clandemonium.
6.30pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg.
A recital by Priyadarshini Kulkarni. Kulkarani was attracted to the Jaipur style after listening to vocalist Pandit Mallikarjun Mansur, arguably its foremost representative. Kulkarni was trained by Rajshekhar Mansur, son and disciple of the late legend.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
The Leopard (Part I)
Watching Visconti’s 1963 saga of Sicilian aristocracy swamped by the mid-19th century is like watching a masterpiece, where the eye lingers rapturously over folds of velvet and the changing light. Like Lampedusa, the author of the novel, Visconti was born into the nobility, and one senses the empathy with the story’s ruminative prince, who realizes his class is doomed. The writing and Burt Lancaster’s majestic performance add ideological complexity and emotional resonance. 1 hour, 26 minutes.
6.30pm. Italian Centre, 50-E, Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri (26871901). Carry a photo ID.
Dub the Magic Dragon
It is drum ‘n’ bass, but not as you know it. Dub the Magic Dragon are an Australian five-piece whose shows have been known to include hula hoopers, belly dancers and acrobats.
Dub the Magic Dragon:The Australian five-piece band plays at TLR Café.
The band describe their sound as “Ravi Shankar meets Chemical Brothers, Bob Marley meets DJ Shadow”—a claim that really throws up more questions than it answers. Dub’s Jeremy Malcomson studied the sitar in Varanasi, and his sitar lines form the basis of most of their tracks. They’ve played their Eastern-influenced set at an assortment of Australian festivals since 2005, but with an India tour on the cards they’re confident they’ll fill the dance floors.
7.30pm. TLR Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
Enjoy the festivities at Beyond Indus, Taj Club House’s frontier food restaurant. The eatery will offer an authentic set meal with a complimentary malt beverage for lunch and dinner.
Noon-11.30pm. Beyond Indus, Taj Club House, 2, Club House Road, off Mount Road (66313131). Charges, Rs1,800 per person. (taxes extra).
Depth of Glass
Till 30 May
Apparao Galleries is showcasing artist Anjali Srinivasan’s latest glass sculptures and installations. Srinivasan is known as a conceptual artist because she does her own glass-blowing to produce work that is innovative.
Glass as art: Anjali Srinivasan’s latest sculptures are on display.
10.30am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, 3rd Street, Wallace Gardens, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Artwork by A Balasubramaniam
Till 20 April
DakshinaChitra is hosting A. Balasubramaniam’s latest works, created for the Art Chennai summit held in the city recently. The artworks in various mediums showcase the artist’s skill in portraying different moods through the use of diffused colours and bold strokes.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
By Karuna Amarnath
Hetamgore Hoi Choi
Kolkata’s Hattamela Natya Gosthi will stage Hetamgore Hoi Choi, a drama full of wit and humour, especially for children. The story is set against the background of the Hetamgore jungle, which is supposed to be full of terrorists. Watch what happens when a group of policemen, a suicidal thief, and a circus tiger come together.
On stage: Hetamgore Hoi Choi
6.30pm Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road, Dhakuria. Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60. For details, call 9831602601.
Pashu Khamar is based on George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the novel that questioned Stalin’s policies and ideology. The play is a satire on communism. Dramatization, translation and direction is by Arpita Ghosh, and the cast comprises the actors of Pancham Baidic, a renowned Kolkata-based theatre group.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs50 and Rs60. For details, call 9874361000.
On the occasion of Bengali New Year, the National Academy of Photography (NAP) will present an exhibition of photographs by the members of Persona International—a club run by students and ex-students of NAP. Forty-five works by 30 photographers will be on display. Items such as coffee mugs and T-shirts with photographs on them will be on sale.
Noon-7pm. National Academy of Photography, 38, Golf Club Road (24226360).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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