Sujata Bajaj 2011
Till 25 November
An exhibition of works by Paris-based artist Sujata Bajaj. The 53-year-old artist moved to the city after studying at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts, yet centred her work on Indian themes. The exhibition is an opportunity for art lovers to dwell on the rather ambiguous genre of abstract art and the meanings that swirl in the non-representative colours, lines and figures. Lines have a striking presence in the paintings on display, though Bajaj edges away from pure abstraction at times. The contrast of colours in some paintings gives them the appearance of allegorical landscapes.
Shades of red: Abstract art by Sujata Bajaj at Alliance Française.
10am-8pm. Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
The British electronic dance music duo, Basement Jaxx, is in India for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender music festival in Pune. However, they will be doing a DJ set in Delhi. Since emerging from the south London community of Brixton almost 15 years ago, Basement Jaxx have evolved into something of an ongoing musical circus, with Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe leading the pack. Their roots may be in House music but over the years, they’ve branched out into glitch pop, straight-up arena bangers and daring vocal collaborations with all sorts of musicians, from Dizzee Rascal to Yoko Ono and Siouxsie Sioux. They also composed the score for the 2011 British indie film, Attack the Block.
10pm. Shroom, Smoke House Room. Third floor, Crescent at the Qutub, Lado Sarai, Mehrauli (29523838). Entry charge,Rs 2,000 per couple.
Gergely Bogányi, MASALA, Acies Quartett and Mozart Choir of India
The festival, EU Sanskriti Festival, will bring cultural performances from the European Union to the city. The performers will include Hungarian classical pianist Gergely Bogányi (6.30pm, 12 November), Polish fusion music band MASALA (7.30pm, 12 November) and the Austrian Western Classical quartet Acies Quartett and Mozart Choir of India (6.30pm, 14 November).
Gergely Bogányi show at the India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg; MASALA at the Garden of Five Senses, Said-ul-ajaib; Acies Quartett and Mozart Choir of India at the Instituto Cervantes Auditorium, 48, Hanuman Marg. Passes available, 11am-4pm, at the National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwan Das Road (23384531). Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For details, visit www.eeas.europa.eu
Belgium’s Zététique theatre brings a contemporary dance performance to the city as part of the EU Sanskriti Festival. In its new production Ultra, a large sheet of plastic is, by turns, the dancer’s toy, her companion and her skirt, and books suspended from the ceiling move to racy music. The contemporary dance performance uses the blank books and the pliant plastic sheet as characters. Its point is to encourage children to write their own stories. The act is a subtle allegory for what company director Justine Duchesne summarizes as, “Break the rules, break taboos; go beyond what is expected”.
It’s one of the performances that will be staged at the week-long festival. Pivoted around Children’s Day on 14 November, the festival will host dancers from Lithuania and the Netherlands, as well as other theatre troupes.
3pm and 6pm. Abhimanch theatre, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwan Das Road (23384531, 23382821). Passes available at the venue between 11am-4pm.
Les Plages d’Agnès
Agnès Varda is a part of French cinema history: She has been making films in France for over 50 years, almost as long as Paris has been her base. Les Plages d’Agnès (The Beaches of Agnès) is a moving and wonderfully eccentric tour through her life—a tour guided by Varda herself, petite and mushroom-haired, as she visits people and places close to her heart and work. Memories and reconstructions bounce off each other as Varda stages interpretations of her life or recreates situations, such as crafting a theatre set to reflect her long-time Paris house in its original state, and gathering old, aged friends from Sète to fish on the beach. 1 hour, 53 minutes.
6.30pm. Alliance Française, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
The kite festival
Master patang-baaz Moinuddin, or Bhai miyan as he is known in Matia Mahal, lets his stories soar, just like his kites. The octogenarian is past his ‘kiting’ days, but he has passed on his talent to his five sons. Of them, Jamal Moinuddin is now a member of Delhi’s Kite Flying Association, and is expected to participate in the kite festival. This two-day festival on the India Gate lawns, organized by the Delhi Tourism Development Corporation, is part of the official plans for New Delhi’s centennial celebrations. It will include kite-flying competitions for men and women, demonstrations for spectators, and a kite exhibition to illustrate the ‘dastaan-e-patang’, or the history of kite-flying in Delhi. Open to all.
High-flying: Delhi will host the kite-flying festival this weekend. By Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times
11am-7pm. India Gate lawns, opposite the National Hockey Stadium
Everyone Carries a Room About Inside
Till 8 December
In her debut solo show, Aradhana Seth, who has worked as a set decorator, art director and production designer, creates a “conceptual home” filled with two-dimensional representations of quotidian objects, painting mixed media. “Our day is actually composed of a lot of all of these objects. I think we forget that,” says Seth, who attempts to bring chairs, stoves, cupboards and other tiny details into focus as viewers walk through the rooms created in the gallery.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). ArtSlant, Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, near Cathedral School, Ghanshyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).
Sri Thyaagaraaja Vaibhavam
The legendary Bharatanatyam duo of V.P. and Shanta Dhananjayan and members of their Chennai institute, Bharata Kalanjali, come to Mumbai after two years for performances. They will present Sri Thyaagaraaja Vaibhavam as part of the Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha’s music, dance and drama festival.
6pm. Sri Shanmukhananda Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Auditorium, Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts and Sangeetha Sabha, Plot No. 292, Comrade Har Bans Lal Marg, behind Gandhi Market, Sion —East (24078888). Donor passes,Rs 100, Rs 150 and Rs 250, available at the venue.
Although Maihar gharana exponent Tarun Bhattacharya plays the santoor, he has trained under sitar player Pandit Ravi Shankar. Like Shankar, who has pushed the boundaries of Indian classical music, Bhattacharya has attempted to stretch the capabilities of his instrument by fitting one guitar string across the lowest end of his santoor. The string allows him to glide across several notes to play a meend (glissando) in the alaap section of his recitals. At this performance, he will be accompanied by Satyajit Talwalkar on the tabla.
String along: Tarun Bhattacharya.
6.30pm. Karnataka Sangha, Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga —West (24377022).
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8.30pm. The Comedy Store, The Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485000). Entry charge,Rs 200.
Indian Street Photography: Alive and Well
Till 6 January
Gallerist Susan Hapgood has chosen to display 20 photographs of Indian street life, shot over the last two decades. This exhibition will showcase the works of eminent photographers such as Ram Rahman, Sooni Taraporevala, Pablo Bartholomew, Ketaki Sheth and ‘Time Out’s’ Chirodeep Chaudhuri. The 20 carefully selected snapshots cover the last two decades. Some of the photographs conform to one of the defining principles of the art form— capturing subjects in candid moments in public places.
11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Mumbai Art Room, Pipewala Building, near Navy Children School, Fourth Pasta Lane, Colaba (9769950136).
The Great Indian OctoberFest 2011
In its seventh edition, The Great Indian OctoberFest will play out over three days and three stages and feature over 33 bands, including four international acts. The festival will also offer stalls to musicians who wish to play their music or sell merchandise at the venue. Among the acts scheduled to play are Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall, Indian rock band Indus Creed, Bombay Bassment and singer Rabbi Shergill.
Rock on: The Great Indian OctoberFest will have four international acts.
4pm (11 November) and 2 pm (12 and 13 November). Karnataka Trade Promotion Organisation (KTPO), Whitefield. Tickets,Rs 770 (11 November),Rs 880 (per day on 12 and 13 November) andRs 1,980 (three-day pass), available at the venue and at www.koovs.com. For details, call 25313392.
An Arrangement of Shoes
The play is the story of a family told by Rukhsar, a young small town girl who has moved to Delhi and traces her family’s bearings in the town of Barauni, Bihar. Dadijaan’s love affair with Hindi cinema becomes more turbulent, while Dadajaan is increasingly immersed in prayer. Meanwhile, their young granddaughters, Nisar and Rukhsar, wonder what will become of their Abbajaan in Dubai during Iraq’s annexation of Kuwait in 1991. In An Arrangement of Shoes, written by Abhishek Majumdar, the character of Rukhsar recaps this winding lifetime hoping to find answers to the family’s unsolved riddles. The play is structured as a nonlinear narrative, weaving together “flashbacks” and “intercuts” and “close-ups” in the cinematic style. 1 hour, 15 minutes.
7pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777).Tickets,Rs 100, available at the venue as well as at www.indianstage.in and www.bookmyshow.com. For details, call 8971965921.
UK-based circus theatre company BandBazi will present an aerial drama by British-Asian playwright Tanika Gupta. The plot of Mind Walking revolves around a 74-year-old doctor, Bobbie Sorabji, who was estranged from his Parsi family in Mumbai after marrying an Englishwoman in the 1960s. As Bobbie succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease, his family is confronted with his past. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
8pm (12 November); 3pm and 6.30pm (13 November). Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (41248298). For tickets,Rs 500, call 39895050 or book at in.bookmyshow.com
Live Art 2011
11- 25 November
Bengaluru Artist Residency One (BAR 1) brings a 15-day mega festival of performance art, organized by the Bangalore-based artist Smitha Cariappa, along with artistes Dorothea Rust and Monica Klingler from Switzerland. It will feature a host of international and Indian artists, with presentations, and impromptu collaborative projects.
11am-7pm. BAR 1, c/o Surekha, 10, Abhijit Apartments, 7th Cross, Sanjaynagar. For details, call 9036104078 or visit www.bar1.org/liveart
Till 18 November
Tathagata features paintings by Manisha Raju. This series of paintings, acrylic on canvas, is inspired by and based on Gautam Buddha’s search for the greater meaning of life and attainment of enlightenment. Raju is known for her distinctive style of paintings and her use of colour and form is easy on the eye. Most of her work is based on traditional art and Indian mythology.
Buddha: Manisha Raju’s take.
11am-6.30pm. Prakrit Arts, Greenways Road Extension, RA Puram. (42082078, 24953969, 24620665).
The Madras Players and Boardwalkers present the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play Proof. The play deals with the life of a brilliant mathematician who has cut himself off from the world and engages his time and energy in the world of mathematics. Directed by Michael Muthu and written by David Auburn.
7.15pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. Tickets,Rs 150, Rs 250 and Rs 400, available at www.indiastage.in
DakshinaChitra is organizing a workshop on Kalamkari, a technique that involves drawing and hand-painting on cloth with a bamboo stick. The workshop will be conducted by Vijay Kumar, a master craftsman who will introduce the art of drawing motifs on cloth. Conveyance will be provided from the Madras Craft Council Office, Besant Nagar.
10am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435, 27472603, 27472783, 9841777779). Registration fee,Rs 800 per person, inclusive of materials and transport.
All That Jazz
Spend an evening with the Buzz Bros Band, a Dutch quartet. This band of four musicians is known to create a musical journey with its renditions, transporting the audience to the days of swing. The band defines its music as “adventurous, freely interpreted electric acoustic funky jazz with an ethnic touch”.
7-11pm. Club House, Taj Club House, No. 2, Club House Road, Anna Salai. (66313131, 9282233415). Entry charge, Rs 1,500 per head, including dinner and cocktails. For details, visit www.buzzbrosband.nl
By Nandini Reddy
Till 30 November
Ista Hotel has organized a Whisky Fest for connoisseurs. A special menu boasts classic and imported whisky cocktails, whisky trails, Scotch and malts to suit the taste and palate of every person.
Whisky fest: At Hotel Ista.
11.30am-11.30pm. Lounge, Hotel Ista, Gachibowli. Price for one drink,Rs 450 (domestic brands) plus taxes, and Rs 650 (imported brands) plus taxes. For details, call 44508888.
As part of “Germany+India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”, the Cologne-based Minguet Quartet, established in 1988, will be performing in India. The four young musicians, Ulrich Isfort, Annette Reisinger, Aroa Sorin and Matthias Diener, studied music at Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, and were given additional musical guidance by Walter Levin (La Salle Quartet), and members of the Amadeus, Melos and Alban Berg Quartets.
7.30pm. Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Association for German Culture Hermitage Office Complex, Hill Fort Road, Khairatabad (65526443/23241791). Passes available at the venue.
Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival
The annual Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival will see the likes of Nadira Babbar, Mohan Agashe, Lillete Dubey and Meeta Vashisht. Some of the big-ticket plays that will be staged include ‘Love on the Brink’, ‘Aadhe Adhure’ and ‘An Evening of Two’.
Timings and venues vary. Tickets, Rs 100, Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, available at Music World, Ofen (Banjara Hills), Walden (Begumpet), Sangeet Sagar (Paradise circle), Shoe World (Pathergatti) and A A Hussain (Abids). For the detailed schedule and tickets, visit www.indianstage.in
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Indian Schools of Art
Till 30 November
The Ahuja Museum for Arts presents an exhibition of paintings by India’s best-known artists from various art schools. The artists include Abir Karmakar, Amarnath Sharma, Amritah Sen, Anjan Patra, Badri Narayan, Bijon Chowdhury, Chaitali Morajkar, Chintan Upadhyay, Deviprasad Rao, Dimpy Menon, Jamini Roy, Jayasri Burman, Laxma Goud, M.F. Husain, Manu Parekh, Nandalal Bose, Partha Pratim Deb, Reji Arackal, S.H. Raza, Sajal Sarkar, Sanjeev Sonpimpare, Satish Gujral and Yusuf Arakkal.
On display: By Sajal Sarkar.
10.30am-7pm. Ahuja Museum for Arts. 26, Lee Road (22894745, 40034974). For details, visit www.ahujaptm.com/museum
Patol Babu Film Star
The play is about one-time theatre actor Patol Babu, who is without a job and struggling to take care of his family. One day, he is given a chance to play a part in a movie. His enthusiasm about the possibilities that this might bring him is dampened when he realizes on the film set that he has landed himself a bit role. This is one of the finest theatre adaptations of Satyajit Ray’s short story Potolbabu Filmstar.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (22234302). Tickets, Rs 20 Rs 40 and Rs 60, available at the venue. For details, call 9830783356.
Kolkata Film Festival
Till 17 November
The 17th edition of the Kolkata Film Festival features 150 films by 125 directors from 50 countries. The films are being shown across several venues in the city, including Nandan (I, II, III), Sisir Mancha, Rabindra Sadan, New Empire, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute’s main auditorium, Navina, Purbasree (Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre), Fame, and Star Theatre. There will also be panel discussions on the films.
1/1 AJC Bose Road (22231210, 22231655). For timings and the schedule, visit http://kff.in/ . For details, visit www.kff.in or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabindranath Tagore came across a unique style of batik in his travels to South-East Asia—Indonesia, Java and Malaysia. He brought back the technique and method to India. On his 150th birth anniversary, Raksha II, a textile conservation forum with batik and its conservation as the central theme, is being organized by Sutra, a Kolkata-based NGO that works in the field of textile conservation, in association with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Kolkata, the ministry of culture, Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and the Indian Museum (Kolkata). The inaugural day will have an introductory lecture on textile conservation.
11am-7pm. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR , 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22872680, 22822895/3431).
ITC SRA Sangeet Sammelan 2011
This music conference by ITC Sangeet Research Academy (SRA) will feature some of SRA’s most promising scholars, including vocalists Arshad Ali Khan, Sandip Bhattacharjee and Adnan Khan. There will also be recitals by stalwarts such as Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty, Begum Parveen Sultana, Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
11 November (5.30pm), 12 November (10am and 5pm), and 13 November (9.45am and 5pm). ITC Sangeet Research Academy, 1, NSC Bose Road, Tollygunge (23773395/23810559). Passes available at the venue. For details, visit www.itcsra.org
By Indranil Bhoumik
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