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Santo is a legendary, silver-masked folk hero, a redoubtable wrestler and saviour of gorgeous women. In this 1972 adventure— from a series of around 50 films and hundreds of comic-book appearances by the character—Santo and his nubile crime-fighting consorts are on the trail of a few bizarre murders, which leads them to a vengeful concentration camp commandant and his gang of murderous neo-Nazis. The clunky production and overall campy, cheesy feeling is at the heart of most Santo works. Yet, in our all-time list of most watchable action figures, Santo would most likely rank a few notches higher than, say, Edward Nigma. 1 hour 27 minutes.
6.30pm. Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage (25359680). You have to be a member of the Bangalore International Centre (BIC) to attend. To register with a fee of Rs 200, call 9886599675.
In this show, marking its 25th anniversary, Mumbai’s Sakshi Gallery is hosting the works of such noted figures as Jehangir Sabavala, Ravinder Reddy, Rekha Rodwittiya, Riyas Komu, Sudhir Patwardhan, Sunil Gawde, Surendran Nair and Vasudha Thozhur, alongside those of upcoming artists such as Anirban Mitra, Chintan Upadhyay, Reji Arackal, Sujith S.N. and Valay Shende, and photographer Nandini Valli. Also part of the show are works of the Welshman Julian Opie, a contemporary artist who uses computerized imagery and who is a former trustee of the Tate Gallery, London.
6.30-9pm (Friday) and 11am-7pm (Saturday-Sunday). Lalit Ashok Hotel, 5095, Golf Course Road, Kumara Krupa High Grounds (30527777). For details, call Shwetha at 9663398976 or log on to www.sakshigallery.com
Glimpses of Ladakh
Getoffurass, an adventure travel organizer, is holding a fund-raiser sale and photography exhibition, the proceeds of which will go for relief operations in Ladakh. The organizers have also tied up with Leh-based NGO LEDeG to organize collection of monetary contributions for the disaster relief fund.
10.30am-7.30pm. 1Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar. For details, call Sandhya at 9916192000.
An evening of pop, love songs and ballads featuring performance artist Rahael Mathew, accompanied by Tony Das (guitar), Jason Zachariah (keyboard), Aruna Zachariah (keyboard), Leslie Charles (bass guitar player) and Kishan Balaji (drums).
6.30pm. Bishop Cotton Boys’ School, St Marks Road (22213835). For details and passes, call 9980784501.
Till 26 September
Chefs at The Park’s all-day diner have reinvented their signature creation. It’s Mud Cake Madness at Monsoon, where you can choose more than just chocolate as the molten filling. They’ve packed the mud cakes with flavoured fillings such as Kahlua, Campari and Grand Marnier liqueurs.
24x7. The Park, 14/7, MG Road (25594666). Prices start at Rs 325 .
Kuchipudi: Tradition and Practice
As part of the Akhila Karnataka Kuchipudi Nrityotsav, Chennai-based Vedantam Ramu, Hyderabad-based P. Rama Devi and Vedantam Radheshyam from the Kuchipudi district of Andhra Pradesh will lead the panel discussion on the tradition and practice of Kuchipudi. The panel will also include Bangalore-based exponents Vyjayanthi Kashi, Veena Murthy Vijay and Lakshmi Rajamani.
The discussion will be on the practice of the dance form in contemporary times, and how the notion of tradition influences it. Saraswathi Rajathesh, organizer of the festival, will also present a comparative study of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, which is the subject of her ongoing thesis.
10am. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
Contemporary Picture Book Illustration in Germany
Till 25 September
The Goethe Institut, in association with the publication house Tulika, is hosting a special exhibition, ‘Contemporary Picture Book Illustration in Germany’, showing the work of 13 well-known German children’s book illustrators. The works range from watercolours and collages to digital experiments.
9am-6.30pm (Sunday closed). Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
Creation, Annihilation and Eternity in Between
Till 30 September
Artist Kumar Kanti Sen’s keen interest in aesthetics drew him to design and then fine art. Most of his work revolves around the “self”, unravelling the mystery of human emotions and relationships. This series with watercolour on paper is a must-see.
11am-7pm. Apparao Art Galleries, 7, 3rd Street, Wallace Gardens, Nungambakkam (28332226).
The New Festival, organized by the Prakriti Foundation, a culture organization, and The Park is back, starting with a contemporary dance performance by Preethi Athreya. Combining dance, text, film and music, the dancer plays with universal icons and clichés about loss and longing. She also tries to explore the “absurd” amid the loss.
7pm. Museum Theatre, 406, Pantheon Road, Egmore (45904707). Tickets, Rs 300 and Rs500, available at the venue. For details, log on to www.theparksnewfestival.com
The Alliance Française de Madras (AFM) Movie Club, in association with UTV World Movies, presents 13 Tzameti, a 2005 film written and directed by Georgian film-maker Géla Babluani. It is the story of Sebastian, who gets hold of a train ticket that has some instructions intended for someone else, and follows them without knowing where they will take him. He finds himself in a world where men gamble on the lives of other men behind closed doors.
6.30pm. AFM Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28271477). Entry on first-come, first-served basis.
Till 26 September
This weekend-only (Friday-Sunday) food festival explores the diverse culinary heritage of India, with traditional delicacies from Punjab, Kashmir and West Bengal at The Residency.
7pm onwards. The Residency, Hotel ITC Sheraton Park and Towers, 132, TTK Road, Alwarpet (24994101) Charges, Rs 1,100, plus taxes.
Till 20 September
City-based artists S. Hemalatha, S. Saravanan and M.S. Geetha present their art to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. From metal reliefs to sculptures and paintings, this exhibition showcases the different styles of each artist.
11am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841011785).
By Karuna Amarnath
Ancient Indian Terracotta
An exhibition from the archived photographs of artworks from 200 BC to AD 300 collected by Naman Ahuja, associate professor of ancient Indian art and architecture at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. It will be accompanied by a series of lectures on mass production in ancient societies, the dissemination of religious iconographic models and objects that reveal details of art in ancient India.
5.30pm. India International Centre (Annexe), 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Till 1 October
A solo show by Arun Kumar H.G. The show is a series of sculptures, photographs and wall reliefs. The exhibition explores the various aspects of land, its social usage and ownership.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).
Arshad Ali Khan + Saeed Zafar Khan—Hindustani classical
The Ustad Ashique Ali Khan Memorial Concert features a Hindustani vocal recital by Arshad Ali Khan, disciple of Mashkoor Ali Khan. This will be followed by a performance by Saeed Zafar Khan, from the Delhi gharana.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Road to Classicity: A Journey from Books to Film
The American Center, in association with Cine Darbaar and Penguin Books, is organizing three days of book-to-screen adaptations. Some of the movies that are going to be screened are The Big Sleep, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Age of Innocence.
Timings vary. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341). For timings, call the venue.
17 September-4 October
A show by Baaraan Ijlal and Pritika Chowdhry. They use unusual media such as kites, ‘pachisi’ (the game) and almirahs as their canvas. While Chowdhry questions borders and nation-building through grid-like maps painted on kites and board games, Ijlal huddles circus people from her childhood memories inside galvanized almirahs.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Seven Art Limited, M-44, Greater Kailash-II (64640884).
Till 19 September
A Parsi food festival at the Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar, is showcasing traditional dishes such as Prawn Patio, Salli Ma Murg, Patra Ni Macchi, Lagan-Nu-Stew, to be served with Ghau Ni Rotli and Cocktail Pulao, with delectable desserts such as Lagan-Nu-Custard, Mawa–Nu–Khaju and Malai-Nu-Khaju. Parsi cuisine is dominated by dry fruit and sweet flavours, reminiscent of native Persia, and spices, an Indian influence.
12.30-2.45pm (lunch) and 7.30-11.45pm (dinner). Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue, opposite Science City. Charges, lunch buffet, Rs 1,350 (plus taxes), and dinner buffet, Rs 1,600 (plus taxes), per person. For reservations, call 23454545.
For Kids By Kids
Starmark, a book store chain, and Scholastic India will host the launch of For Kids By Kids: Best of the Scholastic Writing Awards 2010, a compilation of the best entries received from children in India, in the 10-15 age group, to the annual literary competition organized by Scholastic India. This anthology contains short stories and open letters to favourite superheroes in a wide array of genres, styles and subjects, selected from around 2,500 entries, and reflects what Indian children now think, dream and like to write about. For Kids By Kids will be launched by the award winners from Kolkata, who will also read from their writings.
6.30pm. Starmark, Mani Square, Second floor, 164/1, Maniktala Main Road. For details, call 9903985097.
The comedy revolves around a priest, Ambika, who takes God in his custody and tells him that he can no longer grant boons. Every attempt is made to free God. Performed by the Kolkata-based group Ektidal, the play has been written and directed by Rajat Ghosh.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar Street. Tickets, Rs 20, Rs 40 and Rs 60. For details, call 9433349147.
Till 5 October
Watercolours by Jacky Pearson and Pavithra Devadutta. Pearson was born in the UK and moved to New Zealand. Fascinated by light and atmospheric effects, this committed watercolour artist uses a wet-on-wet or impressionistic, “alla prima” approach. Devadutta was born in Bangalore and is now based in New Zealand. She is an ace watercolour artist; her subjects vary from dance and fish to Gandhi.
Noon-7.30pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Nakshatra, 2/1, Outram Street, Second floor (22892982/83). For details, log on to www.gallerynakshatra.in
The 100th show of ‘Helmet’, a satiric play, will be performed by Shohan. Written by Rajat Ghosh and directed by Anish Ghosh, the story revolves around the search for a police officer’s lost helmet. The story is on the valuation of humanity, the most coveted wealth of man.
6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road (south), beside Dakshinapan Shopping Complex. Tickets, Rs 20, Rs 30, Rs 40 and Rs 60. For bookings, call 9830042004.
By Indranil Bhoumik
Above & Beyond
UK trance stars Above & Beyond come to Mumbai after performing at some unusual venues. The trio of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki will entertain the audience alongside India’s top DJ talent in the Burn MTV Ultimate DJ Championship.
The group recently performed at the decks in the Mojave Desert in California, as Richard Branson unveiled Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo, designed for commercial space passengers. They also played a set for British Radio while floating in a hot-air balloon.
10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs 800.
Rediscover Mumbai Walk
How well do you know the city you live in? Did you know the Gateway of India was first made in Plaster of Paris? The Hub, a foundation supporting start-up social entrepreneurs in India, has organized a heritage walk to discover the city’s lesser-known areas. Francis D’Costa, a recruitment professional with a special interest in architecture, will guide participants on this walk.
11am-3pm. The Hub, Fourth floor, Candelar Building, 26, St John The Baptist Road, near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra—West. Email bombay. hub@unltdindia. org or call 32220475 until 17 September for details. Registration charges, Rs 150.
Conductor and pianist Zane Dalal, currently in residence at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, will explain the highs and lows of opera. Dalal holds master’s degrees in music from the University of Oxford, UK, and the Indiana University, Bloomington, US.
7pm. Crossword, Mohammed Bhai Mansion, NSP Marg, Kemps Corner (23842001).
Indian band Dream Out Loud’s lead guitarist Chandresh Kudwa’s latest project, Axe-tortion, is a mission to give guitar players their due. Kudwa’s concert sees him pulling strings with two other powerhouse guitarists every month. Since the debut gig, Kudwa has jammed with artistes such as Mahesh Tinaikar (Indus Creed), Ravi Iyer (Para Vayu), Claver Menezes (Zedde) and Floyd Fernandes (Cap’n Crunch). This week, the line-up features Kudwa with Paresh Kamath (Kailasa, Hipnotribe) and the guitar-playing Congress MP, Milind Deora. Expect some extreme progressions and ferocious guitar skills.
9.30-11.30pm. Blue Frog (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
An Andrew Lloyd Webber Gala
Listen to famous tunes from Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Evita and more by soprano Maureen Francis, contralto Tone Kvam Thorsen and tenor Marc Heller, along with The Bergen Opera Choir and The Symphony Orchestra of India, conducted by Anne Randine Overby.
7pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs 1,000, RS 2,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000.
I think, therefore Graffiti
Till 23 September
The gallery presents graffiti-inspired works by 15 artists, including Atul Dodiya, Gigi Scaria, Mithu Sen, Baiju Parthan, K.P. Reji, Justin Ponmany and Rakhi Peswani. The stencils used by the artists are also on display. In the gallery, a wall has been reserved for viewers, who can try their hand at graffiti if they want to.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). The Guild, 02/32, Kamal Mansion, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22880116).
In the nine years that the French nu jazz band Electro Deluxe has been together, its members have formulated a sound they describe as “the meeting point between Herbie Hancock, Buckshot Le Fonque and Meshell Ndegeocello”. Electro Deluxe sprinkles its music with electronica and programmed sounds. A sampling of any of the band’s many shaky YouTube videos makes it clear—it’s impossible to stay still when they take the stage. This week, drummer Arnaud Renaville, saxophonist Thomas Faure, keyboardist Gaël Cadoux, bassist Jeremie Coke, trumpeter Guillaume Poncelet and vocalist James Copley perform tracks from their latest album, ‘Hopeful’.
9.30pm. Blue Frog. Tickets, Rs 300.
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