Delhi Street Football
Street football is a variation of the regular version of the game; this week, New Delhi will host its first Delhi Street Football Tournament. Thirty-two teams from the National Capital Region will participate and the games will follow a knockout format. Each game will be for 30 minutes, with 15-minute halves.
4pm onwards. Knockout rounds, Saturday and Sunday; quarter-finals, semis and finals, Monday. 27, Akbar Road. Click here for more information or email delhistreetfootball@ gmail.com
Big pictures: Large-scale portraits by Dinabandhu Marandi from the exhibition Beautiful People.
Large-scale portrait paintings by Orissa-based artist Dinabandhu Marandi.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Reflections Art Gallery and Studios, 40A, Shahpur Jat (26495080).
A photo exhibition based on the concept of green livelihood, in association with NGO Literacy India, which helps poor women earn a livelihood out of making products with recycled paper. Some of these will be on display, along with the photos.
Tatsat, E-50, Shop No. 3, Hauz Khas (41655792).
Visit an eco-friendly shopping festival on World Environment Day. Pick up environment-friendly products and get a plant free with every purchase. Organized in collaboration with Green Somethings, an online gift store.
9am-9pm. Tatsat, E-50, Shop No. 3, Hauz Khas (41655792).
‘The Rising’ is a multimedia presentation choreographed by Papiha Desai. It recalls the forgotten heroes and leaders of India, Mahatma Gandhi, in particular.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
String king: Rhitom Sarkar and his slide guitar.
The Attic has organized a sitar-guitar mini-fest featuring two young exponents of the sitar and guitar in separate solo recitals. The exciting aspect of the festival is the inclusion of a rare slide guitar recital.
Hindustani classical slide guitarists are a rare breed. The sliding motion of what was originally the neck of a glass bottle, and later, metallic and glass slides against the strings, produces a sound different from that obtained by pressing the string against frets as in a sitar. This slide can be moved along the string without being lifted, creating continuous transitions in pitch. The technique lends itself to glissandi (a slide up or down between two notes); in addition, it has the ability to evoke sounds of the human voice, such as crying, sighing or weeping.
Rhitom Sarkar will perform on Friday and Fateh Ali Khan will perform on Saturday. Contact the venue for more information.
6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, first floor (23746050).
Ghalib in New Delhi
Reduced to tears by Faiz’s glowing account of his posthumous fame, Ghalib decides to revisit his beloved city to witness the situation for himself. In Delhi, of course, Ghalib’s conical ‘topi’ (cap) and flowing green robe are greeted with half-hearted curiosity or bemusement. The play’s basic premise—transplanting a poet who is the very embodiment of 19th century ‘tehzeeb’ (etiquette) to the altogether less refined streets of modern New Delhi—is clever.
7.30pm. Alliance Française, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200). Tickets, Rs200-500, are available at the venue two days in advance from each show and on show days. To book, call 9810255291/ 9810460366 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Medicine Show
Presented by Stiff Kittens and billed as New Delhi’s first and only cabaret-style variety show, the line-up is as follows: surreal Bollywood numbers by Piyush Wadhera, the troubadouring talents of Antoine and Roma, stand-up comedy by Abish, vignettes by puppeteer Varun Narain, theatre by the Tadpole Repertory, opera by Situ and Avijit and a Latin jazz singer who will perform with house band Emperor Minge, who will also perform with burlesque dancer Anjoe.
8pm. The Living Room Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
The French rock band’s bassist and clarinet player Guillaume Le Nost says the band’s name “refers to the sound you make when you play a wrong note, on the harmonica or the clarinet, for example. But this name was also chosen because the Belgian Kwak beer is very tasty”. When it comes to their music, however, the band— including vocalist and harmonica player Damien Tartamella, guitarist Julien Joubert and drummer Xavier Hamon —couldn’t be more French. Their sound, notwithstanding outside influences, is rooted in the tradition of chanson.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
Don’t just complain about the weather; do something concrete about climate change. The Indian Youth Climate Network, in association with wildlife magazine ‘Sanctuary Asia’, is organizing a rally to show people how global warming is affecting their lives. Look out for art installations and humans dressed as water taps and mosquitoes.
5-8pm. Meeting point: opposite Jazz by the Bay, Marine Drive. To participate, call Swati Hingorani (9820107204) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Viper in the Fist
WorldKids Foundation screens ‘Viper in the Fist’, a French film (with English subtitles) by Philippe de Broca.
Young Jean Rezeau’s life changes forever after the death of his grandmother, who used to take care of him and his brother.
11am. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737).
Dance Like A Man
Different strokes: A scene from Dance Like a Man.
‘Dance Like a Man’ holds its 300th show. Ageing Bharatanatyam dancers Jairaj and wife Ratna face unresolved issues revived by their daughter Lata’s debut dance performance. Caught in the crossfire is Viswas, Lata’s boyfriend. During the fights and flashbacks that begin after he is introduced to his future in-laws, a portrait of a family wracked by ambition and insecurity emerges.
A moving story by Mahesh Dattani and competent performances combine to produce emotional yet intellectually undemanding theatre that sits easily on audiences tired of bedroom comedies.
7.30pm. Sophia Bhabha Hall, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy (23538550). Tickets, Rs400. Available at venue, Rhythm House (22842835) or book online (39895050).
Origin of ‘Enterprise’: The Star Trek crew goes back to where it started.
The big-screen reboot of the classic sci-fi television series has gone where no ‘Star Trek’ has gone before. The 11th ‘Star Trek’ film by J.J. Abrams, the creator of television series ‘Alias’ and ‘Lost’, and director of ‘Mission: Impossible III’, opens this week. The movie goes back to the basics and tells us how it all began on the ‘USS Enterprise’.
The country’s most famous blues band pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
Bangalore band Swarathma— with Vasu Dixit on vocals and rhythm, Jishnu Das Gupta on bass and backing vocals, Pavan Kumar K.J. on percussions and backing vocals, Montry Manuel on drums and percussions, Sanjeev Nayak on violin and Varun on lead guitar—will present a mix of their uptempo original tunes, including ‘Jamba’ and gig staple ‘Yeshu Alla’. For prices, visit www.bookmyshow. com or call Kyra.
7.30pm, Kyra, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333).
World Environment Day
Pedal for the environment at this rally. Cycle from Lido past Taj Residency, Ulsoor Road, Cubbon Road and Chinnaswamy Stadium to reach Cubbon Park.
Flag off at 7am from Lido Mall, near Trinity Circle, MG Road. Rally ends near Bal Bhavan at Cubbon Park (30480475).
The Indo-Pak border in 1947. Mumbai in 1992-93. Gujarat in 2002. India’s history of pain with religious otherness is channelled through Gulzar’s imagination in this Hindi stage production of four of his short stories and some poetry. Whether in the sketch of the young Sikh couple with their suckling twins, leaving their home in Pakistan under the shadow of everpresent death, or the vignette of a commuter on a Mumbai train consumed by suspicion and fear of the only other passenger in the compartment, Gulzar’s protagonists suffer tragic fates, only to reveal the irony of our similarities beneath the veil of difference.
Directed by Mathura Kalaunay. Cast: Kalayan. 1 hour, 20 min.
7.45pm, Friday; 4pm and 7pm, Saturday. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, opposite UNI Building, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). Tickets, Rs150.
A collection of paintings by Nirmala Biluka, G.R. Iranna, Jitish Kallat, Prabhakar Kolte, Riyas Komu, Bose Krishnamachari, Paresh Maity and Ravinder Reddy, bronze sculptures by Karl Antao, fibreglass sculptures by Venkat Bothsa, ceramic sculptures by G. Reghu, etchings and woodcuts by Champa, photographs by Clare Arni, digital prints by Baiju Parthan and Vidya Kamat, and works in paper pulp by Ravikumar Kashi.
10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).
Drawing on the wall: A ‘chalk scrawl’ by Subhash Pal.
Kolkata-based artist Subhash Pal, who’s set to show a collection of his new paintings in the city this fortnight, graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft in Kolkata and has a master’s degree in painting from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Pal, 48, says he believes in retaining a sense of whimsy in his works, and insists on seeing the world through the eyes of a child.
His works include chalk scrawls on a blackboard, indicating the scorecard of a cricket match, and childlike drawings of scenes from the circus. Pal believes new-age computer games and the like are yet to reach children in areas that he’s familiar with, and the attempt in his art is much like putting together a student’s scrapbook.
10am-7pm, Monday-Saturday; 10am-1pm, Sunday. Right Lines Art Gallery, 270, 1st Main, Defence Colony, Indira Nagar (25272827).
Indian rock’s first lady Jayashree Singh on vocals, Amyt Dutta on lead and Gyan Singh on bass are joined by Jayashree and Gyan’s son, Jivraj, in this experimental side project by Skinny Alley. Pink Noise, known for their airy music with plenty of improvisation, will jam in Kyra. Click here for ticket prices and bookings or call Kyra.
7.30pm. Kyra, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333).
— Compiled by Indranil Bhoumik
The protagonist Mrinmoyee, once called the Nafisa Ali of Naranpur, is now over 40 and a shadow of the woman whose attention men once vied for. After her father’s death, she is forced to look after her mother and two sisters. In the face of adversities at home and work, she loses her mental stability and is sent to an asylum.
Written by Tirthankar Chanda (adapted from ‘The beauty queen of Leenane’ by Martin McDonagh); performed by Rangroop. Cast: Chitra Sen, Bimal Chakroborty, Jayanta Mitra and Seema Mukhopadhyay. Directed by Seema Mukhopadhyay.
3pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs20-60.
Story spinner: Jwahar Das’ man-of-the-match dreams.
‘Gulbaaj, The Man of the Match’, is the story of Jwahar Chandra Das, a die-hard cricket fan who neglected his family for the sake of the game, but didn’t go on to become a cricketer or do anything worthwhile with his life. Now 65, he is left with nothing but an existential crisis that compels him to spin false and rosy stories about his past.
Written and directed by Sohan Bandopadhyay, performed by Nataranga.
6.30pm, Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs20-60.
The play is based on the life and experiences of Debabrata Biswas, arguably Bengal’s most popular singer. His involvement with and severance from Gananatya Sangha, his renunciation of the Communist Party of India, his differences with the music board of Visva-Bharati University, his rise to fame and opposition to socially renowned institutions are some of the notable areas of focus within the many layers of this play. Written and directed by Bratya Basu, performed by Bratyajan.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs60.
Beach: By Debashree Datta.
Till 10 June
A solo painting exhibition by young artist Debashree Datta.
3-8pm, daily. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road.
Till 10 June
Arpan Das, Pradipta Biswas, Susanta Adhikari and Subrata Barman, fresh graduates from various art colleges, display their works at the Academy of Fine Arts. A range of gouache, pencil, acrylic and watercolours has been used.
3-8pm, Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road.
Untitled: A work by Sanjay Kumar Samanta.
Summer show ’09
Till 30 June
Tejas Art Gallery’s Summer Show ’09 presents works by seven young and promising artists from Kolkata—Arunava Mondal, Ranjan Mukhopadhyay, Bibek Paul, Atish Mukherjee, Tanay Kumar Paul, Sanjay Kumar Samanta and Avijit Mukherjee.
Representing a range of styles, subjects and media, their works are a manifestation of their inner and outer selves and their experimentation with mediums and materials.
Tejas Art Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road (9830049825).
A dance workshop for six-to-18-year-olds at Salt Lake, hosted by EZCC. The workshop will be conducted by Dhiman Sankar, who has worked with Mamata Shankar, Ananda Shankar and Tanusree Shankar.
Bhartiyam Cultural Multiplex, IB 201, Salt Lake City, Sector-3 (9339751248).
A stay of a lifetime
Srikanth Karkada’s new SFO Hotel and Suites has a San Francisco theme. SFO echoes San Francisco’s airport code, and highlights Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Alcatraz prison in a 15ft fibreglass mural. The bridge theme extends to the glass reception area, with fish darting below. A vegetarian restaurant has cable car replicas. A conductor’s bell is embedded in every room’s headboard.
24, 46th Cross, 5th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore (4297777)
— Margot Cohen
As the name suggests, the little Bamboo Store, nestled in the back alleys of N-Block Market, Greater Kailash-I , is filled with all things bamboo (and jute). We’re talking furniture, blinds, lamps, gifts, gardenware and a lot else. They customize according to your needs too. Check out the flooring (Rs 180/sq. ft; untreated). The chairs, tables and stools start from Rs2,000, Rs4,500 and Rs1,800 respectively. The store also stocks postcards with lines such as “Bamboo is nature’s band-aid”.
N-11, N-Block Market, GK-I (rear lane), New Delhi (9810328934).
— Ambika Muttoo
Involve in some good reading
Sunjoy Monga’s little book, ‘The Mumbai Nature Guide’ (India Book House, Rs395), is an indispensable companion for people who feel overwhelmed by the concrete jungle. Within 150km of the city are a variety of diverse habitats that are home to 1,500 species of flowering plants, 360 kinds of birds, 36 species of mammals and 160 kinds of butterflies. The book has photos to help you identify them and 18 maps to help you get to them.
Be socially conscious, buy the same
Residents of Hauz Khas market are well acquainted with the Narang family, which owns several grocery stores. A younger generation of Narangs started Tatsat in 2006. The word “tatsat”, says Prashant Narang, has multiple meanings. To his family, it means “that which is good”. Tatsat is a “socially conscious” store. All products are sourced from NGOs, eco-friendly businesses and fair trade organizations committed to sustainability: for instance, Haathi Chaap products made from elephant poo.
E-50, Hauz Khas, main market, New Delhi (41655792).
— Radhika Arora
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