The Photograph: Painted,
Moving pictures: From the exhibition titled The Photograph
Posed and of the Moment
Till 13 February
A four-in-one exhibition presented by the National Gallery of Modern Art; the ministry of culture, Government of India; The French embassy and ICCR. The exhibition has been mounted as part of India Photo Now 2008 and includes Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum photos, Umrao Singh Sher-gil and the Alkazi Collection. 10am-4pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate (2338-2835).
Game of Dice
The contemporary performing arts academy Sadhya presents ‘The Game of Dice’, directed by Santosh Nair, the founder of Sadhya. This dance production is based on the Mahabharata and draws from Kathakali, Chhau and contemporary dance. Nair has trained in all three forms. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. For more information call Chandrima at Epicentre (98102-00157).
La Science des Reves
(The Science of Sleep)
If there’s one film you must see at the French Film Festival, it is Michel Gondry’s ‘The Science of Sleep’. In the director’s words, “a story about immature love”, it has the celebrated director’s visual genius in spades. The film is part of the Sixth French Film Festival being organized by the embassy of France in India and Fun Cinemas. 6pm. Fun Cinemas, V3S Mall, East Centre, Plot No. 10, Main Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar District Centre (95120-4040404).
A Hawaiian guitar recital by the first woman Indian classical guitarist in India. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Call Chandrima at Epicentre (98102-00157).
A performance by Tim Hoffman, an exponent of the Japanese instrument ‘shakuhachi’. He has also trained in Indian classical music. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Estate (2468-2222).
Two sisters are temporarily united by their mother’s will. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Call Chandrima at Epicentre (98102-00157). Tickets at Rs50-250 are available at the venue.
A Hindi comedy that will appeal to your sense of the ridiculous. The show’s humour relies heavily on mixed metaphors in combination with obvious music hints. 6.30pm. Alliance Francaise Auditorium, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodi Estate (4350-0200).
Every actor hopes to feature in at least one career-defining film, and for Ranvir Shorey that film is ‘Mithya’, a stylish and flippant comedy about mistaken identities that’s being released in theatres six months after it made its debut at the Osian’s-Cinefan festival. Shorey plays a double role: He’s flop actor VK and also underworld don Raje. Arm-twisted into impersonating Raje by a rival gang, VK takes his part a bit too seriously, and the tragicomic consequences allow Shorey to show off the comic timing and vulnerability that made him so endearing in films such as ‘Mixed Doubles’ and ‘Aaja Nachle. In major theatres.
Retour de Flamme
Serge Bromberg has scoured attics, basements and building wrecks in his quest for lost treasure. Occasionally, he has stumbled upon precious booty in cheese shops and laboratories awaiting demolition. This fortnight, Paris-based Bromberg will allow you a peek into the riches that he has amassed over the last 25 years. At the Kala Ghoda festival, he will present ‘Retour de Flamme’, a “cine-concert” that will piece together some of the classic films and rare footage that he has salvaged from ruin and restored. ‘Retour de Flamme’ (or rescued from the flames) gets its name from the fragile physical condition of the films it showcases. Bromberg, a passionate collector of classic cinema, had to painstakingly restore highly inflammable reels of nitrate film and convert them to a digital format to ensure that these movies didn’t disappear forever. 8.15pm. (Duration: 1 hour 45 mins). Asiatic Library, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, adjacent to Reserve Bank.
Joe Bonamassa + Robert Cray Band
The Johnny Walker One Tree Music Festival goes from a three-day event to a two-day festival this year but the line-up is worth making the trek to Bandra-Kurla Complex on both days. Day one features two acclaimed American blues guitarist-singers, Bonamassa and Cray. 6.30pm. Season tickets available at Rhythm House (2284-2835) and St Andrew’s Auditorium (2645-9667). Call 3989-5050 for telebooking or visit ‘www.ticketpro.in’ to book online. MMRDA Ground, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E). Tickets at Rs1,000.
Amjad Ali Khan and Zakir Hussain
The Saroj Jhaveri Foundation celebrates 10 years of service to the arts with a concert of rare ragas by sarod maestro Khan, who will be accompanied by tabla wizard Hussain. They will perform together in Mumbai after a gap of six and half years. The interaction between Khan and Hussain is always extremely lively and spontaneous. As Khan spins his ‘gamak taans’ on the sarod, Hussain responds with resounding strokes on the ‘bayan’ (left drum). 6.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA. Tickets at Rs240, Rs180, Rs120, Rs80.
Jayshree Chakravarthy, Nalini Malani and Reena Saini-Kallat
Artists Jayshree Chakravarthy, Nalini Malani and Reena Saini-Kallat present slides of their work. A discussion, moderated by Nancy Adajania, follows. 6pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, A.K. Nayak Marg, Fort (2207-2974/75).
Surajkund Crafts Mela
Until 15 February
One of the NCR’s most popular annual events, the festival is back again this year with West Bengal as the theme state and a number of international participants. Go there for lots of shopping, good food and to spend the day in the warm spring sun. Daily 9.30am-7.30pm. Surajkund, Faridabad. Contact Haryana Tourism (2332-4910) for more information. Weekdays Rs25; weekends Rs30.
Goldspot + Jose Feliciano
Popular pop-rock acts, Los Angeles-based indie-rock outfit Goldspot and veteran vocalist Feliciano perform on the second and last day of the Johnny Walker One Tree Music Festival. 6.30pm. MMRDA Ground, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E). Tickets at Rs1,000.