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 Exploring nationalism: An installation by Shilpa Gupta.
Exploring nationalism: An installation by Shilpa Gupta.
Updated: Fri, Mar 20 2009. 10 15 AM IST
DELHI
Exploring nationalism: An installation by Shilpa Gupta.
Art
Solo show
Until 24 March
Multimedia installations and photographs by Mumbai-based artist Shilpa Gupta. Through her works, she explores the themes of nationalism, historical truth and terrorism.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, Mandi House roundabout (23387241).
Dance
Nirat—The Eternal Journey
20-22 March
Gandharva Mahavidyalaya’s 70th anniversary celebrations continue into this fortnight and feature a host of dance performances. These include Kuchipudi by Yamini Reddy, Odissi by Madhavi Mudgal and Bharatanatyam by Leela Samson.
6.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
Film
All About My Mother
21 March
After the death of her beloved teenage son in an accident, Roth leaves Madrid for Barcelona to cope with her grief, hook up with old friends, and—maybe— contact the long-estranged father the boy never knew. As she gradually regains the will to live through her involvement with the lives of others, including her son’s favourite stage diva, director Pedro Almodóvar piles on the coincidences, contrivances and twists so that the film succeeds best as a beautifully crafted, semi-ironic melodrama.
Though it has its fair share of camp humour, it’s the formal and emotional sophistication that really impresses. Like ‘Live Flesh’, it displays a depth and maturity lacking in Almodóvar’s earlier work.
Spanish with subtitles; 1 hour 46 min. The screening is part of The Moon River Cinema Season’s Viva Pedro, a festival of Pedro Almodóvar films.
8pm. Moon River, D-16, Defence Colony (41617103).
Music
Mouse On Mars + Shaa’ir + Func + Teddy Boy Kill
21 March
A smashing electronica night with some cutting-edge music by German group Mouse On Mars comprising Jan St Werner, Andi Toma and Dodo Nkishi. The other acts for the evening are India’s best-known electronica outfit, Mumbai’s Shaa’ir + Func and Delhi’s own Teddy Boy Kill.
6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506).
Sonam Kalra
21 March
The Hindustani- and Western classical-trained vocalist will sing gospel, ballads and jazz tunes in aid of Ritinjali, an NGO working with the underprivileged. Donor passes are for Rs1,000, which includes dinner and drinks. Contact Ashish Alex (ashish@ritinjali.org/ 9911144046) or Anju Dhar (anjudhar@gmail.com/9312211876).
8pm. 2, Anandgram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road (9911144046).
Love thy neighbour: A scene from the play Padosan—A Tribute.
Theatre
Padosan—A Tribute
21-22 March
Directed by Rakhi Manav. Cast: Pakhi, Manav, Sachin, Charanjeet. The play is a comedy based on Jyoti Swaroop’s 1968 Bollywood classic of the same name, where a simple young man sets out to woo the woman he loves.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (41220000). Tickets, Rs50, available at the venue. For bookings, call 9313702251 or 9971139587.
Voh Din… Voh Log
25-26 March
Directed and adapted by Sabina Mehta Jaitly. Based on the late Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai’s ‘Bachho Phuphi’ and ‘Jadhein’. Cast: the Dramebaaz troupe.
It’s been a while since those two big plays—‘Manto Ismat Hazir Ho’ and ‘Ismat Apa Ke Naam’—invoking Chughtai last showed in the city. But this fortnight, Ismat Apa returns in New Delhi-based Dramebaaz’s new production.
The play hopes to extend popular understanding of her works beyond the short story ‘Lihaaf’, a sharp and nuanced study of the lives of women in the ‘zenana’ (the space in the home inhabited by the women of the household), which earned the writer an obscenity trial because of its references to lesbianism. That story, says Jaitly, founder-director of Dramebaaz, is “no benchmark for Chughtai’s talent as a writer”.
Jaitly wants to move away from ‘Lihaaf’ as she feels it is overdone and instead wants to focus on other, lesser-known works by Chughtai.
7.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (41220000). Tickets, Rs50-300, available at the IHC programme desk from 20 March.
MUMBAI
Dance
Living Traditions
20 March
Thanks to Bollywood, Rajasthan’s folk dances have been reduced to women twirling in vibrant ‘ghagras’ and swaying their hands. For a clearer idea of what really happens in the land of the sands, head to the National Centre for the Performing Arts to catch a range of Rajasthan’s performing arts at a two-day festival titled ‘Living Traditions: A Rajasthani Extravaganza’. Four groups selected by the Jaipur Virasat Foundation will acquaint viewers with the state’s less prominent folk dances.
The first day will feature dances performed by women, while the second will showcase items by men. Of the four dances included in the line-up, the Deru dance and Algoza Nritya are likely to be new for Mumbaikars.
6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs250 and Rs300, available at the venue.
Theatre
Double century: Mody-Kotwal will stage the 200th show of The Vagina Monologues in Mumbai.
The Vagina Monologues
24 March
In the six years since it premiered at Prithvi Theatre, ‘The Vagina Monologues’ has hit all the right spots with audiences in Mumbai. This fortnight, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal stages the 200th show of the play.
It coincides with the worldwide celebration of Vagina Month, an annual event in which Eve Ensler gives theatre groups worldwide the rights to adapt the play so long as the proceeds go to charity. Actors Farhan Akhtar and Imran Khan will perform two monologues, while Sandip Soparrkar and his troupe will stage a dance act.
7.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (22824567/56548135). For tickets, call 22824567.
Music
Lez Zeppelin
21 March
Hindi film music directors, guitarist Ehsaan Noorani and keyboard player Loy Mendonsa, will replace team member and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan with Farhan Akhtar at the Concert for Mumbai, which will also feature performances by New York-based all-female rock group Lez Zeppelin, one of the most famous tribute acts in the world, and Los Angeles’ MASS Ensemble. The concert, which has been organized by Citizens for Justice and Peace and E18, will raise funds to buy ambulances to service Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
7.30pm. Shanmukhananda Hall, Plot No 292, Comrade Harbans Lal Marg, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (E) (24078888). Tickets, Rs600, Rs800, Rs1,000, Rs1,200 and Rs1,800. Log on to bookmyshow. com or call 39895050 to book donor passes.
Trio Sud
26 March
Music was second nature to guitarist Sylvain Luc during his formative years in the south-west French province of Bayonne. Every member of his family plays at least one instrument. Luc took to the guitar by the time he was four, and by the age of 12, he’d released two albums with his brothers, both of Basque folklore—one titled Elgarrekin and the other, Olinakarin.
Luc started playing as a backing musician for singers Benoit Cazenave, Jairo and Georges Moustaki, as well as renowned accordionist Richard Galliano. The search for his own sound led to the Trio Sud, which he formed with Jean-Marc Jafet on bass and André Ceccarelli on drums in 1998.
Luc cites pianists Keith Jarret, Egberto Gismonti, Gabriel Fauré, Maurice Ravel and guitarists Joe Pass, John Scofield, Paco de Lucia, Jeff Beck, Pat Beck, Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth and Django Reinhardt as influences. He also claims allegiance to classical composers, especially Bach and Stravinsky.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi & Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
BANGALORE
Art
40yearsvideoart. de: Digital Heritage
20-22 March
A video artist since the 1970s, Maria Vedder has exhibited in Europe, Australia and Asia and was awarded at the Festival International de Video (Spain) in 1991.
In the city, Vedder will give a lecture about an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation called ‘40yearsvideoart.de: Digital Heritage’ on restoring, preserving and mediating “the cultural heritage of German video art”.
9am-6.30pm. Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308).
Rajesh Salgaonkar
Fantasy world: A Rajesh Salgaonkar painting.
Until 31 March
“I love to bring out the colours and richness of the animal and plant world, and make them come to life on paper,” says Rajesh Salgaonkar, the Goan artist who’s showing his works in the city this fortnight. Salgaonkar, who graduated from the Goa College of Arts in 1998, says he prefers to work in “the realm of his own fantasy, which mainly relates to the world of the sea”.
Salgaonkar’s forte lies in pencil, charcoal and ink drawings, although his current show in the city is mostly of paintings in mixed media on paper, with knife impressions in reds, blacks and yellows.
The detailed textures of Salgaonkar’s paintings, which are dominated by blacks and greys, are largely of cross-hatches and line-drawn shading techniques.
10am-7pm, Monday-Saturday, Kynkyny Art, 104, Embassy Square, 148, Infantry Road (40926202).
Music
Sylvain Luc Trio Sud
20 March
The original Trio Sud consisted of guitarist Sylvain Luc, bassist Jean-Marc Jafet and drummer Andre Cecarelli. However, for their India tour, Cecarelli will be replaced by Pascal Rey.
They will perform a set of folk and jazz tracks, and given Luc’s cultural leanings, showcase some music from Luc’s Basque heritage.
7.30pm. Leela Palace, 23, Airport Road (41231340).
Classic moves: Rukmini Vijaykumar.
Dance
The Performer
20 March
Rukmini Vijaykumar is a Bharatanatyam dancer who has trained in contemporary movement; she is a film actor as well. She will perform excerpts from contemporary comic monologues based on the idea of being a performer— the anxieties of auditioning, waiting in the wings, dressing up and preparing for a role.
The idea, according to her, is to question the seriousness with which performers take themselves. The performance will be peppered with movements from the traditional and contemporary lexicon of dance. She will be accompanied by Karthik Mani on drums.
8pm. Opus, Palace Cross Road, near Windsor Manor Bridge, Seshadripuram (23442580). Entry fee, Rs110. Cover charge, Rs400.
Theatre
Good Hands/Godspeed—Two Monologues
21-22 March
Writer/ director: Neel Chaudhuri. Cast: Momo Ghosh, Kriti Pant. 1 hour 20 min.
This performance attempts to revisit the long-standing tradition of oral storytelling by attempting to locate its vigour in the power of exploring immediate stories from familiar worlds. ‘Good Hands’ is a slide show of “unsung superheroes”, highlighting their elemental virtues and narrating short episodes from their adventures. ‘Godspeed’, which was awarded the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing in 2009, lets us into the reflections of a girl who cleans up a room that belonged to a boy who died, and finds comfort in songs from his collection. This piece was written for and is performed by an actress who loves songs.
8pm. Time and Space Gallery, 55, Lavelle Road (9873134028). Pay what you will (into a hat, actually).
CONNECT
Sniff
If you want a custom-made perfume, your best bet is Johrimal at Delhi’s Chandni Chowk. The shop stocks ‘attars’ and essential oils, as well as incense, ‘dhoop’, soap and hand-painted perfume bottles. There are “inspired by” fragrances as well, and we picked up a Rs90 spray bottle that owed something to Estée Lauder’s Pleasures (PE206, about 25ml).
9am-7pm, Monday-Saturday.
320, Dariba Kalan (23271345); 467, Chandni Chowk (23263743).
Sonal Shah
Find
A Mario Miranda fan? Check out his murals free of cost in Mumbai:
Café Mondegar, Metro House, 5-A, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba (22020591);
Elco Caterers, 2/A Elco Arcade, 46, Hill Road, Bandra (W) (26437206);
Paradise, Sindh Chambers, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba (22832874)
The Club, 197, DN Nagar, Andheri (W) (66939999)
Rachel Lopez
Customize
Shreyans Parikh of Parikh Coach Builders in Mumbai stretched his first Ambassador in 1998, after getting permission from Hindustan Motors and the government. He’s happy to ship his oversize Ambies all over India. We’ve seen one purring through Lutyens Delhi, certainly.
Shreyans Parikh (9821098901); www.indianlimo.com. Rs5-6 lakh for the car. Conversion costs Rs6-8 lakh, depending on the interiors.
Play
If you are a musician and one who takes the muse to heart, head straight to the new Furtados showroom in Koramangala, Bangalore. From the exotic Viscount church organ and a selection of one of the world’s finest piano brands, Steinway, to the very expensive Taylor guitars (approximately Rs80,000), there is something here to make any musician’s day. You may not be able to afford some of these, but store manager Benson Chacko and his staff are very accommodative of anyone wanting to tinker around.
10am-8pm, Tuesday-Sunday. 116/C-1, 5th Block, KHB Colony, Koramangala (41104304).
Ananthakrishnan K.T
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First Published: Fri, Mar 20 2009. 12 07 AM IST