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First Published: Thu, Oct 01 2009. 09 14 PM IST

Back to the roots: A picture of Punjab by Max Kandhola.
Back to the roots: A picture of Punjab by Max Kandhola.
Updated: Thu, Oct 01 2009. 09 14 PM IST
DELHI
Around town
Papa CJ and Friends with Paul Zerdin
7 October
Master ventriloquist Paul Zerdin’s artistry in portraying a trio of very different co-stars, who are as contrary and unmanageable as they can possibly get, is amazing. His India tour has been organized by comic Papa CJ, who will also be performing in the show. This is the first of a series called Papa CJ and Friends, which will continue into next year.
NCUI auditorium, Siri Fort Institutional Area, Khel Gaon, Siri Fort Road. For details, visit www.papacj.com
Art
Rites of Passage
Till 20 October
Sovan Kumar’s show about transition and transformation is dedicated to trucks. The inspiration for this series, as the exhibition note says, was the lines of trucks that Kumar saw pass through his village in Orissa. For him, a truck isn’t just a cumbersome, noisy machine that takes up too much space on the road, it’s a metaphor for change or, more specifically, something that heralds change.
11am-7pm, daily. Art Konsult, 23, Hauz Khas Village (26531819).
Photography
Illustration of Life and Flatland—A Landscape of Punjab
Till 20 November
Back to the roots: A picture of Punjab by Max Kandhola.
The first two parts of a trilogy of works by British-Asian artist Max Kandhola. The first is a documentation of his father’s fight against a terminal disease, while the second series comprises unpeopled pictures of Punjab, the place where Kandhola’s family originates from.
11am-7pm. Photoink, MGF Hyundai Building, 1, Jhandewalan, Faiz Road (28755940); (Metro) Jhandewalan.
Music
Hindustani instrumental:
Anindya Banerjee
6 October
A sarod and sursringar recital by Banerjee, who is a disciple of Dhyanesh Khan, Aashish Khan, Bahadur Khan, Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. It is part of the HCL Concert Series.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662026).
Crimson Rock
8 October
Z3 Shirts and Rolling Stone magazine present a salute to Deep Purple, one of the pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal. Hosted by Luke Kenny, the tribute tour’s gig features Crimson, which comprises Gaurav Balani and Aditi Singh Sharma.
They will be joined by Parikrama percussionist Dilip Ramachandran, Prabir Sekhri (of Blue Breakfast and Drift) on the keyboard, Vasav Vashisht (vocalist of Prestorika), Robin Mathew (vocalist of Five8) and guitarist Bhaskar Gurung of True Colours.
F Bar and Lounge, The Ashok hotel, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg (26111066). For entry charges and timings, call the venue.
Theatre
Cut…Cut…Cut
4 October
M. Sayeed Alam is finally giving his many plays on Ghalib a break. Instead, this tongue-in-cheek comedy on the trials and tribulations of staging a play returns this fortnight. J.K. (Harish Chhabra, in an over-the-top yet somehow effective performance), a harassed and hot-tempered director, is trying very hard to get his bunch of actors to, well, act. A week before the performance, the play seems to be doomed—everything that could go wrong does. Problems keep popping up during rehearsals and various mishaps and mix-ups take place backstage, setting the stage for some genuine laughs.
At one point, the lead actor leaves for his “big Bollywood break” and a hapless chowkidar (watchman) is forced to fill in for him. Two other actors fall in love during the rehearsals, further complicating matters. Yet another actor is an annoying know-it-all (played to great effect by Alam), who constantly interrupts the director with his opinion on everything and everyone. Script and director, M. Sayeed Alam.
7pm. Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200). Tickets, Rs200 and Rs500, available at the venue.
The Comedy Store Tour
7 October
The much anticipated branch of London’s Comedy Store opens in Mumbai this December. Flying out from the UK are three very fine acts, opening in Delhi and travelling to other cities. Jeff Innocent is a fantastic old-school comic who has been on the English circuit for many years, successfully bringing tears to the eyes of audiences.
Jarred Christmas is one of many comedians from New Zealand who have brought their own style of freewheeling, quickfire storytelling funniness to London. Watching him is like gulping down huge mouthfuls of Red Bull. Phil Nichols, though born in Scotland, is a Canadian comedian, actor and singer-songwriter who first became famous as a member of cult musical group Corky and the Juice Pigs.
6.30pm and 9pm. Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). For tickets, visit www.bookmyshow.com
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MUMBAI
Music
Independence Rock XXIV
4 October
Kolkata’s alternative rock group Gravy Theory, melodic Pune metal act Abraxas and finalists from Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai battle it out for this year’s edition of what is arguably still the city’s biggest music festival—even if it’s no longer held on Independence Day. Popular extreme metal bands Demonic Resurrection and Infernal Wrath will also perform.
6pm. Chitrakoot Ground, Behind Fun Republic, Andheri (W), Railway Andheri (WR) and CR Harbour. Tickets, Rs250, available at Rhythm House (22842835) and the venue on 4 October. Gates open at 5pm.
Around town
Arundhati Roy talk
2 October
The Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti celebrates its 20th anniversary. Writer Arundhati Roy, social activist Pushpa Bhave and Mahanagar newspaper’s editor Nikhil Wagle will be the chief guests. The programme will include a felicitation of the chief supporters and artists who were part of the mill workers’ struggle.
7pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi (24312956).
Starry night: Hariprasad Chaurasia will perform at Dhawal Nishad.
Music
Dhawal Nishad
3 October
Dhawal Nishad, the annual concert organized by Pancham Nishad on sharad poornima, may no longer be an all-night event, but it’s still full of stars. Vocalists Parveen Sultana and Rashid Khan, sitar player Budhaditya Mukherjee and bansuri player Hariprasad Chaurasia will perform.
5pm. Shanmukhananda Hall, Comrade Har Bans Lal Marg, Sion (E) (24078888). Tickets, Rs100, Rs150, Rs200, Rs300, Rs500 and Rs750, available at Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda (22842835), Maharashtra Watch Co., Dadar (66625661), Andheri West (26396010) and the venue.
Art
Small Wonders
From 5 October
Despite the title, Preksha Tater is not related to the robotic Vicky from the 1980s’ soap. She makes works using a variety of devices such as handwriting and embroidery. Tater attracted curator Anne Maniglier’s eye with her cut-outs and collages.
11am-8pm, daily. The Strand Art Room, Ama House, near Strand Cinema, Colaba (32991008).
Film
Lift to the Scaffold
6 October
Louis Malle’s first feature is a straightforward, but classy thriller about an ex-paratrooper’s attempt to dispose of his mistress’ tycoon husband in a perfect murder. The ingenious plot, using a malfunctioning lift as its deus ex machina, has one carefully plotted murder conjure another as its shadow image. But the cement holding the film together is the splendid jazz score improvised by Miles Davis.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Mumbai, Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines, near Nirmala Niketan College (22035993).
Theatre
Ayussinte Pusthakam
7 October
Ayussinte Pusthakam: The Book of Life is set in a small village in Kerala and explores the idea of family, priesthood, sex and marriage through the knotty relationships of a grandfather, his son and grandson.
The characters include a guilt-ridden patriarch who hangs himself, a young priest who escapes the suffocating atmosphere of a seminary by eloping, a beautiful woman who is scared of sex and is married to an invalid, and a young man in search of a mother figure.
7pm. Nehru Centre auditorium, Annie Besant Road, Worli. For details, call Nehru Centre (24964680).
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BANGALORE
Art
The Choyals
7-11 October
Five artists, spanning three generations of the Choyal family from Udaipur, are holding an exhibition of paintings.
7am-8pm, Monday-Saturday; 7am-noon, Sunday. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816). For details, visit www.chitrakalaparishath.org
Dance
Bharatanatyam
4 October
C.V. Chandrasekhar, a Chennai-based Bharatanatyam dancer, will present a varnam (a histrionic piece) and an ashtapadi (a song depicting love and devotion) from the traditional margam of Bharatanatyam.
6.30pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).
Going solo: Chris Lechner.
Solo
5 October
Chris Lechner, a German movement artist and Sunitha M.R., a theatre practitioner, will use text from the plays of British playwright Sarah Kane in their solo performances. Later, they will improvise as a duo.
8pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Film
Premiers Films Festival
Ongoing
Hosted by Alliance Française de Bangalore, the festival is presenting seven debut films of young and upcoming French directors. The screenings will include English subtitles.
Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345).
Pasch Youth Film Festival
6-8 October
The Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan is hosting a festival of four contemporary films based on the theme of youngsters sticking together as friends against all odds. All films will be screened with English subtitles. Emil & the Detectives opens on 6 October at 4pm; Das fliegende Klassenzimmer (The Flying Classroom) screens on 7 October at 4pm; and Die wilden Hühner und die Liebe (Wild Chicks in Love) screens on 8 October at 4pm.
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308). Entry on first-come, first-served basis. For details, call the venue.
Photography
Rahul Deshpande
Ongoing
Pictures of monsoon-washed colonial ruins from Belgaum by Rahul Deshpande.
The other series that he’s showing is based in Kenya in a village called Bombo, near Mombasa, where he’d been on vacation.
Global Tree Café, F&B, Papanna Street, off St Mark’s Road (9886267534). For details, call Aliyeh Rizvi, 9845117544.
Theatre
Katha Collage and Ismat Apa Ke Naam II
2 and 3 October
This fortnight, audiences get to see two pieces from Motley’s repertoire as the group continues to celebrate its 30th year together.
7pm, Friday and Saturday. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, 2nd Main, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, Rs2,000, Rs1,000, Rs500 and Rs300.
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CHENNAI
Kids
Card-modelling workshop
4 October
DakshinaChitra is organizing a card modelling workshop, where children will learn how to create 3D objects from paper.
Card modelling is the art of building scale models of aircraft, buildings, ships and other real life objects.
10am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779). Fee, Rs500, including material, transport and refreshments
Art
Birds, Beasts and Buttercups
2-20 October
The Madras Terrace House is presenting a repertoire of paintings, drawings and etchings by Asma Menon.
Known for her use of vivid colours and attention to detail, Menon will showcase black and white works along with acrylics on canvas.
11am-7pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sri Puram, 2nd Street, off RK Salai, Royapettah (45038391).
Film
Louis Malle Film Festival
5-9 October
NDTV Lumière and Alliance Française de Madras, in association with Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, are organizing the second edition of Louis Malle Film Festival. Louis Malle, a French film-maker, created movies that explored life and its meaning. He was a multifaceted personality—director, writer, producer and documentary film-maker. The films being screened are—Black Moon, Milou en Milai (May Fools), Calcutta, Le Souffle au Coeur (Murmur of the Heart) and Au Revoir Les Enfants (Goodbye, Children).
6.30pm. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 606, Anna Salai, Gemini Circle (28279803).
Photography
Faces that are Lined with Stories
Untold stories: Portraits by Karthick Ramalingam.
Till 18 October
Alliance Française de Madras is organizing an exhibition of photographs by Karthick Ramalingam, a young photographer who specializes in portrait photography.
He is presenting a collection of portraits of elderly people. Ramalingam, who hails from Tanjore, is a software professional with a passion for photography. His creations are driven by the ordinary, everyday walks of life, capturing that one singular moment which could change the way we see things, things that we usually ignore and move on.
9am-6pm. Alliance Française de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Through the Lens
6-11 October
Lalit Kala Akademi is organizing a photography exhibition by students of the Light and Life Academy, one of the premier photography institutes in Asia.
Film-maker K.V. Anand will inaugurate the exhibition. At least 200 images created by 40 students will be showcased. The exhibition will serve as a platform for the students to interact with people in the field of photography, advertising and marketing, apart from buyers and photography enthusiasts.
9.30am-7pm. Lalit Kala Akademi, 4, Greams Road (28252450).
BY Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
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KOLKATA
Art
Ceramic exhibition by Aanupamaa G. Jalan
6-11 October
Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts presents ‘Romancing the Clay with the Five Elements’, a unique ceramic exhibition by Aanupamaa G. Jalan. The inauguration will feature celebrated danseuse Priti Patel, whose performance will bring alive the five elements: earth, water, ether, air and fire, all of which contribute to the aesthetics of ceramic.
10am-7pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (9830244726).
Art
Solo exhibition by Ramakrishna Behera
Till 16 October
Bose Pacia Kolkata presents the first solo exhibition of paintings by Orissa-based self-taught artist Ramakrishna Behera.
Behera’s works are landscapes inspired by real places: the Ajanta caves, the mountains and monasteries of Ladakh, the countryside of Orissa and even the interior of the artist’s home. The works employ distorted perspectives and folds to become more like hallucinatory visions. While their palette of colours is realistic, the spatial dimensions certainly are not.
11am-7pm. Bose Pacia Kolkata, Stephen Court, 18, Park Street (40010148). Sunday closed.
Theatre
Ajnatobass
8 October
A woman past her middle-age, who seems to remember nothing of her past (though the title of the play suggests, perhaps, a deliberate disguise), a young woman, newly married yet lonely, her husband, his life dominated by fears and apprehensions—these are the key characters of the play, which revolves around (fading) memory and its tenuous hold on identity.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830892751). Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs30 and Rs20 (available in advance, 1-7pm).
Music
Music Down the Corridor
2 October
Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts presents Music Down the Corridor, featuring teachers of language, music and art. The message, “Music lives, music surpasses”, is delivered through a singalong session of favourites at the gallery of Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts. Performers include Sumita Bhattacharya, Errol Vanjour, Prerna Bhattacharya and Sangita Chowdhury.
6.30pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Dance
Loknritya Samaroh
7 October
The Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre (EZCC), ministry of culture, presents a series of colourful folk dances: Thang-ta from Manipur, Chari from Rajasthan and Harul from Uttarakhand.
6pm. Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201, Salt Lake City (23356796, 23356797, 23351028, 23351029, 23353093).
Around town
Professional development workshops
8-16 October
Young Audiences East India, in association with St James’ School, presents a series of workshops on teamwork and personal effectiveness, effective communication skills, mentoring and negotiation skills. The workshops have been designed, certified and produced, complete with material, by the British Council.
10am-6pm. British Council, L&T Chambers, first floor, 16, Camac Street. For details, call 9830074073 or 40074329, or email manish.gupta@in.britishcouncil.org. Last date for registration,5 October.
By Indranil Bhoumik and Sahana Bhose
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First Published: Thu, Oct 01 2009. 09 14 PM IST