Outside the Fold
Multimedia works and installations by Shukla Sawant, who explores issues such as the erasure of women’s histories, religious heresy and migrant/slave figures in colonial economies.
11am-7pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Anant Art Gallery, F-213B, Lado Sarai (41554775).
Towards a New Viewership/Audience
Digital prints and multimedia works that explore how wider audiences can be reached through a more “effective visual language”. Participating artists include Alok Bal, Aparna Mohanty, Babu Eshwar Prasad, Bibhu Patnaik, Birendra Pani, Biswaranjan Kar, Bhupen Burman, Debarchan Rout, Debraj Goswami and others. Organized by Art and Deal, New Delhi, and Bakul Foundation, Bhubaneswar.
11am-7pm, daily. Art Konsult, 23, Hauz Khas Village (26531819).
Ramakrishna Bihara’s first solo show in the Capital places softly-washed, finely-detailed watercolours of familiar structures such as the Hirapur Temple in Orissa and the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra against the backdrop of outer space, complete with a dark sky pinpricked with planets, stars, even galaxies.
11am-8pm, Monday-Saturday. Seven Art Limited, M-44, Greater Kailash-II (40592613).
There Can Be Nothing Between Us
In continuation of the New Voices, New Plays series in collaboration with India International Centre, Ruchika Theatre presents this poignant love story by 21-year-old playwright Abhishek Bhattacharya. Directed by Feisal Alkazi.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Puppeteer Anurupa Roy and her troupe Katkatha return with this blockbuster. The performance begins on a film set, where a film is being shot, but slowly delves deeper into the world of Bollywood. Watch out for familiar characters such as the revered “Baadshah”, the “King” of Bollywood, Jehangir Khan, new heartthrob on the block Vicky, and starlet Kamini.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs200.
A Hindustani vocal recital by the renowned vocalist, who will present classical and semi-classical pieces on the theme of monsoon as part of the programme Paavas Prasang. Mudgal will be accompanied by Anees Pradhan (tabla) and Sudhir Nayak (harmonium). This performance is in aid of CanSupport, an organization that helps cancer patients.
7pm. Chinmaya Mission, 89, Lodhi Estate (24697848). Donor passes can be collected from the CanSupport office: Kanak Durga Basti, Vikas Kendra, Sector 12, RK Puram, near new CGHS dispensary (26102851).
Julie-Anne Derome and Gabriel Prynn
A Western classical duet by violinist Julie-Anne Derome and cellist Gabriel Prynn. They will perform works by Beethoven, Handel, Chopin, Schubert, Ravel and others. The show is in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission and Delhi Music Society, and is supported by the Canadian Council for the Arts and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Sajid Akbar + Constellation Project + Zinc
It’s Kingfisher Pubrockfest time and this group of acts is on the mellower side, with singer-songwriter Sajid Akbar, whose songs evoke lazy afternoons, while Constellation Project terms its music electro-acoustic/folk/experimental. Zinc is one of the few Indian bands to feature a female vocalist (Soumya Jha) and is influenced by classic and progressive rock. It is also not averse to lengthy jams midway between songs.
8pm. Xtreme Sports Bar, Tower 9B, ground floor, DLF Cybercity, Gurgaon (9650490471).
Thermal and a Quarter
The Bangalore outfit comprising Bruce Lee Mani (guitar, vocals), Rzhude David (bass, vocals) and Rajeev Rajagopal (drums) make a rare visit to New Delhi.
Having been around for over a decade, they are possibly one of the finest rock bands in the country and count upon Steely Dan, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Phish as some of their influences. Expect quirky yet thoughtful lyrics, funky bass lines and some amazing drumming and guitar.
9pm. Hard Rock Café, M-110, Multiplex Building, first floor, DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (47158888). Call venue for details.
Josh is intrigued by the past and its relevance to contemporary society. He looks to history for inspiration and uses old photographs as reference for his paintings. They are not famous photographs and don’t show dramatic moments. The images are blown-up and painted on enormous canvases.
Josh wants to create an alternative document of history with his paintings. Rather than reflecting what happened in the past, the works show a blurring of collective memory.
10am-6.30pm, Monday-Friday; 11am-4pm, Saturday. Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Trippy trance group Growling Mad Scientists is known for its psychedelic tunes that are full of throbbing bass lines, guitars, beats and vocals. The Goa-loving, Amsterdam-based DJ duo returns to Mumbai this fortnight.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs1,000.
The Art Does Not Die, Its Practitioners Do
Artist and film-maker Kabir Mohanty will share notes on the medium of film and video and talk about the enduring relevance of art.
6.30pm. Queens Mansion, Third Floor, AK Nayak Marg, Fort (22072974/ 22072975).
Fort History Talk
In a talk entitled Flashback to the Past: The Fort and the Esplanade, historian Aban Sethna will discuss the history of Mumbai’s Fort precinct. The talk is part of the Bombay Local History Society’s annual general meeting.
4pm. St Xavier’s Institute of Management, Mahapalika Marg, Marine Lines (22620661).
On display are works by some of today’s most respected lensmen and tomorrow’s stars, as part of the Indian Photographers’ Guild.
10.30am-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. The View, Tao Art Gallery, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli (24918585).
An exhibition at the World Trade Centre showcases works by 78 designers, including established names such as Farah Khan, Bina Modi and Nikasha Tawadey. All profits support the Apne Aap Women’s Collective, which provides assistance and counselling to commercial sex workers and helps prevent their daughters from slipping into a similar future. Design One will display Indian and Western clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery, and home accessories.
10am-8pm. World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade.
Let Her Be Born
Sanjukta Wagh’s “choreopoem”, which blends music and dance with narrative, includes excerpts of songs and poems by 25 women artists, including folk singer Parvathy Baul, poet Arundhati Subramaniam and ghazal singer Begum Akhtar. It will be enacted by four dancers in English, Hindi and Marathi at Prithvi Theatre this fortnight.
11am. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). For tickets, call 26149546. Available at the venue, from 1-9pm, daily.
Quick Gun Murugan
Fifteen years after he first ambled into a saloon and demanded a whisky and a dosa, Tamil-speaking cowboy Quick Gun Murugan is still bursting with righteousness. The sambar-slurping gunman was unleashed by Channel [V] in a series of three promotional spots for the music channel, and memorably warned his opponents to “Mind it”. He now has a whole movie in which to show off his Tamil-inflected English and display his revolvers.
The Virtual Immigrant
28 August-19 September
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s pictures—or lenticular prints—consist of two or more photographs that have been spliced and reassembled. The effect created is that from one angle, you see a portrait of a person in “work” clothes, which are usually perceived as more Western. From the other angle, the subject appears dressed in clothes that tend to be more formal, and are invariably more Indian.
10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).
Art for Concern
This exhibition and sale of contemporary Indian art is in aid of the Concern India Foundation, and will present 74 paintings by 46 artists from across the country, including Achuthan Kudallur, Babu Xavier, Bal Bakhta Raju, Bikash Poddar, Bratin Khan, Fawad Tamkanat, G. Subramanian, Jasu Rawal, Lalitha Lajmi, Laxman Aelay, M.G. Doddamani, Niren Sengupta, Paresh Hazra, Ravi Kumar Kashi, Shankar Kendale, Shan Re, Sreekanth Kurva, Suman Roy, T.M. Aziz and Yusuf Arakkal. The exhibition opens on Saturday, from 6-10pm. For more information about the show, email email@example.com
10.30am-6pm, daily. The Chancery Pavilion, Esquire, 135, opposite Bangalore Club, Residency Road (41414141). For details, visit www.concernindia.org
Stand-up comedian and actor Vir Das was born in Dehradun, has lived in Africa, Shimla and New Delhi, and studied economics and theatre at Knox College, Illinois, US, in 1999. His new show, called the Weirdass Ham-ateur Night, was first hosted a few months ago in Mumbai, and has since travelled across the country as a sort of open-mike event for aspiring comics. The show isn’t about scouting talent, however, and the stage is open to all. “It doesn’t matter if you want to complain to a bunch of strangers about how your life sucks, or want to retell your favourite jokes,” clarifies Das. “You can be an engineer with two kids and have only three jokes to tell. You are welcome on board.” The way it works is simple. “You get 2 minutes on stage to vent, joke or goof up about anything to make the audience laugh,” he explains. “There will be ten bakras for the evening; they may all rock, or get utterly butchered. Then I finish with an act.”
8.30pm. Opus, 4, 1st Main, Off Palace Cross Road, Chakravathy Layout, Palace Road, Vasanth Nagar, (9844030198). Call the venue for ticket prices.
The name of Delhi-based electronica duo VJ Avinash Kumar and DJ Gaurav Malaker came up in a conversation Kumar was having with a friend about the kind of people they would like to work with—“those with a Basic Love of Things”. From there came the acronym BLOT.
The duo is famous for its unique audio-video experiences; it’s catapulted them to fame in just two years.
7pm. Fuga, 1, Castle Street, Ashok Nagar (41511880). Rs600 (Rs300 cover, Rs300 entry).
Through an analysis of the personal lives of its characters, Tagore depicts an image of the Bengali psyche of the time in Chaturanga. The play is an extension of the self-seeking Bengali mind between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The storyline, however, also has an intrinsic relation to the present times. It is about the struggle for freedom, its achievement, and the discovery of its futility.
Original story: Rabindranath Tagore; playwright: Shekher Samaddar; direction: Bratya Basu; troupe: Puraba Paschim.
6.30pm. Tapan Theatre, 2 Gariahat Road (South), Dhakuria (9830783356). Tickets, Rs20, Rs40, Rs60.
A comedy about a matchmaker and an uncle-nephew duo. Director/playwright: Arun Bandhopadhaya; actors: Ashok Chatterjee, Irani Mukherjee, Jagatpati Banerjee, Chandra Biswas, Arijeet Banerjee, Arun Bandhopadhaya. By Niva Arts.
6.30pm. Tapan Theatre, 2 Gariahat Road (South), Dhakuria (9830305845). Tickets: Rs20, Rs40, Rs50, Rs60.
Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts presents an evening of Lucknowi Shyam, a Kathak dance recital by noted danseuse Sushmita Banerjee.
6.30-8pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Maihar Art Retreat
29 August-19 September
As part of its 19th birthday celebrations and the inauguration of its annual exhibition on 29 August, Gallery Sanskriti will display an exhibition of works by artists who participated in the Maihar Art Retreat 2008. At Maihar, 25 artists from around the country spent a few days with each other last year, interacting and working in the laid-back environs of an old family home. Participating artists include Anjolie Ela Menon, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Sakti Burman, Jaya Ganguly, Rini Dhumal, Partha Shaw and Paresh Maity, among others.
11am-7pm (except Sunday). Gallery Sanskriti, 5C, Alipore Park Road (9830105433).
10 August-10 September
An exhibition of affordable art by both young and established artists, working with mediums such as prints, small canvasses, woodcuts, Patachitras (painting on cloth) and paperworks.
1-7.30pm (except Sunday). Tejas Art Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road, near Punjab Bhavan (9830049825).
Project OBO: Our Bodies, (Our) Opinions
Project OBO is an awareness effort towards general sex education, enabled by an assortment of organizations: the Lattoo Fellowship, the Sri Ratan Tata Trust, Anjali (a mental health and human rights initiative), Start Up! (a Delhi-based organization that incubates social justice initiatives across the country) and the Rotary Club, Inner City, Kolkata. It includes a series of three 3-hour workshops for 14-18-year-olds on issues such as eve- (or adam-) teasing, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, sexual development and sexual identity/gender diversity.
Participants will also be encouraged to create works of art that will be exhibited across public and private venues in the city in October.
The American Center, 38A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road. For more information, contact 39846300, or Mirna Guha (9831072971) or log on to www.kolkata.usconsulate.gov
Compiled by Indranil Bhoumik and Sahana Bhose
German Documentary Films Show
Over the last few years, the Goethe Institut has been awarding a prize for the best documentary film at the Duisburg Film Week, a competitive festival for German documentary films. The institute will showcase five award-winning documentaries this fortnight, namely Wolff von Amerongen— Did He Commit Bankruptcy Offences?, My Brother— We’ll Meet Again, Death Alone Will Release Me, The Unbreakables, and The Halfmoon Files.
Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road, (24866398/6424/6602). Call venue for timings.
Wondering where to take your children this weekend? Hansel and Gretel Kids Centre is conducting a storytelling session by Jeeva Raghunath for children aged 4 and above. The session promises an evening full of fun.
6pm. Hansel and Gretel Kids Centre, 11, Jagadambal Street, T Nagar (28152549).
A Tribute to Michael Jackson
The Rotary Club of Chennai Coastal is presenting a concert to promote autism awareness, treatment and cure. This concert will see the music fraternity of Chennai coming together, including Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, who will talk about his association with Michael Jackson and how the latter inspired him. Join the musical evening with other singers such as Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Srinivas, Benny Dayal, Naresh Iyer, Haricharan and others.
7pm. Wesley School Grounds, Royapettah (9840087950).
Onam Food Festival
Till 6 September
Walk into Kokum restaurant this week and treat yourself to traditional Kerala food as part of its Onam festivities. Don’t miss the restaurant’s Ela Sadya: It consists of 24 traditional dishes from the state, including thoran, erisseri, kaalan and olan, besides different varieties of sweets, chips and pickles.
Noon-3pm (lunch); 7-11pm (dinner). Kokum, No. 1, Kasturi Estate, Poes Garden (42328585).
Till 14 September
Srushti Artisans’ Welfare Association is organizing an exhibition-cum-sale of traditional paintings from different parts of the country. It includes different schools of paintings such as Tanjore paintings, Orissa’s Mathachitra paintings and Rajasthan’s Madhubani paintings.
10.30am–8.30pm. Srushti Handicraft Emporium, 86, Chamiers Road, Nandanam (42060730).
Alliance Française de Madras is presenting an exhibition of photographs by Yann Arthus Bertrand. The theme is energy. The idea is to drive home the point that humanity is faced with an energy crisis as the needs of around 6.7 billion people need to be met while preserving the environment at the same time.
10am–7pm. Alliance Française de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Till 30 August
The Madras Terrace House has organized the event Chennai Chattai (which means T-shirt in Tamil), where T-shirts inspired by Chennai are on sale.
These T-shirts, which reflect the nature and culture of Chennai, have been designed by the Madras Terrace House team. For those who love the city, here is an opportunity to wear tees that flaunt famous lines, or some that display popular Chennai landmarks (such as the Ice House or Kapaleeshwarar temple).
10am-7pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram 2nd Street, Royapettah (45038391).
Compiled by Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
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