Christoph Haberer and Karthik Mani
German percussionist Christoph Haberer performs alongside his Bangalore-based compatriot Karthik Mani as part of the “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” celebrations this fortnight. Haberer is a composer and an electronics expert for both live performances and studio recordings. He has performed with jazz artistes like Lee Konitz, Benny Bailey and James Newton, Senegalese percussionist Doudou N’diaye Rose and others such as Trilok Gurtu, Carlo Rizzo and Robin Schulkowsky. Mani, who has been playing since the age of 5, is the son of acclaimed percussionist T.A.S. Mani and Carnatic vocalist R.A. Ramamani.
In sync: The Deutsche Philharmonie Merck orchestra will perform at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st stage (25205305, 25205306, 25205307). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.
Deutsche Philharmonie Merck orchestra
On the occasion of the Day of German Unity, an orchestra of 80 musicians will perform a diverse programme comprising baroque, classical, crossover, romantic and modern music. The concert is also part of “Germany and India 2011-12: Infinite opportunities”. The orchestra has toured the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, France, Austria, Lithuania, Brazil, Mexico and India.
7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810). Invitation passes available at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan till 1 October from 9am-6.30pm. Seating on first-come, first-served basis.
Kartavirya Arjuna and Keechaka Vadhanam
H.L. Sathyanarayana, who leads the dance group Gali Yakshakala Balaga, will present performances of two dance-drama works. The first, Kartavirya Arjuna, tells the story of the king of Haihayas, who is described as having a thousand arms and as being a great devotee of Dattatreya, a deity who subsumes the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The second, Keechaka Vadhanam, tells the story of Bhima strangling Keechaka to death for his violations against Draupadi.
3.30pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388, 9448979557).
Connect with farmers showcasing organic produce at this day-long mela organized by the non-governmental organization Bhoomi Network. Celebrate health and environment at this event that seeks to introduce urban consumers to the organic and ethical food choices available to them. Gundappa Jogi and tribal dancers from Honnavar will perform and interact with the audience. Buy open-pollination seeds, participate in sessions with specialists in solar energy, bamboo construction and waste recycling, and sample food cooked with organic ingredients. Listen to pioneering organic farmer Narayan Reddy speak about organic farming and the lifestyle.
Talk by Narayan Reddy at 11.30am; mela, 10am-6pm. For details, email bhoomi.programmes @gmail.com. Bhoomi Network, Prakriya Green Wisdom School Campus, 70, Chikkanayakana Halli Road, off Doddakaneli, Sarjapur Road (28441173, 9449853834).
Oktoberfest at The Biere Club
Till 1 October
The city’s first craft brewery has brought the popular German drinking festival to town. The in-house brewmaster is celebrating the occasion by announcing a range of new beers: Choose from lemon grass lager with lime, Munich ale, blackberry ale, coffee-flavoured stout, Kolsch (a pale ale from Cologne) and Hefeweizen (German wheat beer). The Biere Club will take on some carnival colour with a line-up of live performances, jugglers, caricature artistes and fun beer games. Expect to spend approximately Rs 700 per person.
11.30am-11.30pm. 20/2, Vittal Mallya Road (42124383, 42124384, 42124386). For details, visit www.thebiereclub.com
BonSouth’s Karnataka Food Festival
Till 2 October
BonSouth, which specializes in cuisine from the four southern states, is presenting its first Karnataka food festival. The spread includes non-vegetarian Bunt specialities such as kori gassi(chicken curry with coconut milk), masa kundapur (a spicy mutton preparation), bhindi saagle (okra curry), harasoppu huli (spinach in lentil broth) and hayagriva maddi (sweet chana dal). The special Karnataka buffet is priced at Rs 350, plus taxes, per person, and will be available at both lunch and dinner.
Noon-3.30pm, 7-11.30pm. Third floor, Mantri Square mall, Palette, T39, No.1 Sampige Road, Malleswaram (22667377).
Flavouratri, Navaratri food festival
Till 6 October
Southindies executive chef Venkatesh Bhat recreates the traditional Navratri fare (made without onions and garlic) prepared in south Indian homes. Both the restaurant outlets will be decorated with flowers and rangoli and patrons can choose to partake of an à la carte dinner. Choose from cheambu roast, paripu pittu, cabbage pakodi, gothambu kanji, kuruku kalan, and desserts such as pareepu maduram and hayagriva maddi.
7-10 pm. 147, Fourth floor, Chevron Hotel, Infantry Road (41636362). Also at 840/A, 100-Feet Road, Indiranagar (41636363). Charges, around Rs 500.
Peace Elephant Train
Organized by the Born Free Art School, the inaugural ceremony of an upcoming peace museum will feature a performance of the Japanese play ‘Heiwa Zou Resha’ (‘Peace Elephant Train’). The play is based on events from World War II, when zoo officials around Japan were ordered to slaughter many of their animals for reasons, ranging from dwindling supplies to public safety. The performance will include dance, drama and puppetry, followed by video-conference with survivors of the Hiroshima nuclear disaster. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Peace Elephant Train: The Japanese play is based on World War II events.
11am-1pm. KH Kalasoudha, Ramanjaneya Temple Compound, Hanumantha Nagar. For details, call John Devaraj on 9886306366, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bornfreeart.org
Jazzsteppa + Bay Beat Collective + BREED
Jazzsteppa’s Bar-Adon and Gal Moore will blend thumping bass and jazz into intelligent and buzzing tracks. With some new dubstep artistes interpreting the scene’s popularity as an excuse to abandon creativity in favour of playing the most earth-shakingly heavy bass possible, Jazzsteppa’s skilful sound and live performance stand out in contrast. Local electronic music groups Bay Beat Collective and BREED will spin the opening sets.
10pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, entrance from Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs 500.
Errol Pires: In Accord—Ply-split Braiding and Beyond
30 September-6 October
Errol Pires, part of the textile design and integrated textile and apparel faculty at the National
Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, is attempting to enter the Guinness World Records with the world’s biggest ply-split braided container. When completed, the piece will be about 8ft tall, weigh 100kg, and be large enough to accommodate him in it—Pires calls it the “happy container of joy, love and happiness”. Pires’ designs and containers will be on display at the inaugural exhibition at Artisans.
11am-7pm. Artisans gallery, 52-56, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kala Ghoda (22672290).
Comedy versus Conflict
The Asia Society is organizing a talk by stand-up comic Anand Chulani on “Comedy versus conflict”. Chulani moved from the US to Mumbai in January. He has in the past toured with headliners such as Russell Peters and Martin Lawrence, and scripted for TV serials such as The Simpsons and The Kumars at No. 42.
Stand-up comic: Anand Chulani.
6.30pm. Volte Gallery, 2/19, First floor, Kamal Mahal, Arthur Bunder Road, near Radio Club, Colaba. Tickets, Rs 100 for students and Rs 300, available at the venue. The Rs 300 tickets are inclusive of wine and refreshments. For passes, email asiasociety@asiasociety. org.in
Till 14 October
In exploring the idea of memory, Vadodara-based artist Ritesh Ajmeri’s debut solo show obliquely refers to his father’s practice as a traditional sculptor and the dilemma he faced while embarking on the journey of becoming a contemporary artist. The centrepiece of the show, a 5-minute video shot during the end of a residency in Korea last year, shows the artist standing in the middle of a concrete ground from 6am-6pm, in deep contemplation. The video pushes Ajmeri’s body into a performance of endurance to recall his experiences at his father’s street studio, the artist says. The show also features mechanical sculptures and drawings made using the eroding effect of rust.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Lakeeren, Grants Building, 6/18, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (65224179).
Under the Mango Tree, an organization that links organic rural producers and urban consumers, is launching India’s first urban bee-keeping programme in Mumbai. The initiative will kick off with a bee walk at the Maharashtra Nature Park—wannabe bee-keepers will be shown how to identify local species and be given tips on bee-keeping. You can now consider the possibility of harvesting your own golden sweet treat.
Go organic: A bee walk in Mumbai this week.
9-10.30am. Maharashtra Nature Park, opposite the Dharavi Bus Depot. To register, email email@example.com or call 65157953. For details, call Gurushabd Khalsa on 8879168368. Donations of Rs 200 encouraged.
The Feminine Unbound
Till 15 October
A reference to Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound in the title of Gogi Saroj Pal’s retrospective (The Feminine Unbound) is possibly a coincidence—but it is a serendipitous one. Shelley’s protagonist in the drama is the character from Greek mythology who stole fire from the Titans and gave it to the mortals, thereby becoming a symbol of transgression. Pal’s all-female protagonists are equally transgressive in two ways—either they embody virago-like mythological figures such as Hathyogini-Kali, or they playfully annul established codes of femininity, as in the Nayika series.
Hathyogini-Kali: By Gogi Saroj Pal.
11am-7pm. Delhi Art Gallery, 11, Hauz Khas Village (46005300). To view the collection online, visit www.delhiartgallery.com
Harley Rock Riders: Grand Finale Season II
Harley-Davidson India rides back into the Capital with the grand finale of the second season of its music property, Harley Rock Riders. The bill includes veteran rockers Parikrama, Half Step Down, young alt rock band The Circus and Split from Mumbai.
5pm. Talkatora Stadium (23094832). Passes available at www.harley-davidson.in and Capital Harley-Davidson, GF-120/121, DLF Promenade mall, Vasant Kunj (9560932222).
This baroque music ensemble from Switzerland includes musicians from Italy, Germany and Japan. For this concert, the ensemble will comprise six musicians and three dancers who will be joined by three Indian dancers. They will present a programme of baroque dance music by Italian composers from the Renaissance to the modern era. The event has been organized by the embassy of Switzerland in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Italian Cultural Centre as a curtain-raiser for the Italian Language Week 2011.
6.30pm Kamani Auditorium,1, Copernicus Marg (43503351).
For a decade the Ananya dance festival, held with the picturesque Purana Qila as the backdrop, has stuck to its purist credo. There have been no fusion recitals, or as festival director Sanjeev Bhargava dryly puts it, “(no) dancing to a Husain or Raza painting”. This year, however, the closing performance, ‘Sannidhi’, is an amalgamation of seven Indian classical dance forms.
1 October, Odissi
A recital by Aruna Mohanty and the Orissa Dance Academy from Bhubaneswar.
2 October, Kuchipudi
Vyjayanthi Kashi and the Shambhavi Dance Ensemble from Bangalore will perform.
3 October, Kathak
A performance by Vaswati Misra and the Dhwani group from Delhi.
4 October, Bharatanatyam
Priya Venkataraman and group from Delhi will perform.
5 October, Various
‘Sannidhi’, an amalgam of seven Indian classical dances—Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam and Kathakali—by Parwati Dutta and group from Aurangabad.
7pm. Purana Qila. For details visit ,www.sehernow.in
Till 6 October
An exhibition of paintings by P. Gnana, a leading artist from Singapore. His canvas works and sculptures are popular for their aesthetic appeal and captivating themes based on animal forms. This series reflects his fascination with the cow. Prices range from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh.
Art show: Flamboyance by Gnana.
10.30am-6pm. Artworld, 1/12, Ganeshpuram 3rd Street. For more information, call 24338691 or 24315371.
Harris on the Edge
Tamil film music director Harris Jayaraj will be performing live using futuristic video technology. He will be accompanied by singers such as Karthik, Chinmayi, Kay Kay and Benny Dayal. This will kick-start his world tour—Harris on the Edge—which will travel from Chennai to Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Dubai this year and to Europe and Canada in 2012. The concert will feature his hits from Tamil films such as Sathyam, Engeyum Kadhal and Ko.
7pm. Mayajaal, East Coast Road. Tickets, Rs 500, Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000, and Rs 5,000 (VIP passes), available on www.indianstage.in
Kefi at the Taj Club House is serving a special three-course menu with a complementary glass of sparkling wine. The selection of cuisine includes Lebanese, Moroccan, Greek, Turkish and Spanish. The theme is to “make a special day more special”. In true Greek style, if you enjoy the experience you are welcome to break the plate! The meal is priced at Rs 1,750, plus taxes, per person.
7-11.45pm. Kefi, Taj Club House, Club House Road, Anna Salai. For reservations, call 66313131.
Connect with Gandhiji
DakshinaChitra, in collaboration with Aseema Trust, is organizing a day-long workshop for children that includes activities such as pottery, weaving and a drawing competition. There will also be a session on the “charkha” through a video presentation.
10am-4 pm. DakshinaChitra, Muthukadu, East Coast Road. Workshop fees, Rs 350. For details and registration, call 9841777779 or 24462435.
- Nandini Reddy
Till 1 October
Oktoberfest will bring alive the flavours of German cuisine at Ista’s global cuisine restaurant, Collage. The buffet menu will include a selection of artisan sausages like frankfurters, pork wieners, pork loin sausages, farmers’ style chicken and pork, stuffed loin of pork, veal bratwurst and traditional German accompaniments like sauerkraut, spaetzles, and a variety of breads.
7-11.30pm. Collage restaurant, Ista, Gachibowli (44508888). Charges, Rs 1,100, plus taxes, for buffet and Rs 1,250, plus taxes, for food and unlimited beer.
Gandhi Jayanti celebrations
The Andhra Pradesh chapter of the Bangalore-based Sarvodaya International Trust will celebrate Gandhi Jayanti with music. NASR School students will sing the songs of Rabindranath Tagore that were cherished by Mahatma Gandhi. Tunes, hymns and songs from the AP Gibbs Choir will be followed by a rendition of Hindustani classical music on Hawaiian guitar and Gandhiji’s bhajans by Jaywant Naidu.
11am-1pm. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, King Koti, Basheerbagh. (9985277779).
Till 16 October
Kalakriti Art Gallery is hosting the ‘Shakti’ exhibition, a “unique display of powerful art and subtle divinity”. The artists include Suvaprasanna Bhattacharya, Sisir Sahana, R.G. Gowd, A. Rajeswara Rao, Ashok Mullick, and Ganesh Pyne. The paintings are priced between Rs 40,000 and Rs 15 lakh.
11am-7pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills (6564466). For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Amaar Priyo Rabindranath and Madhabi
Kolkata-based theatre group Nandikar will presents its double show featuring Amaar Priyo Rabindranath and Madhabi. Amaar Priyo Rabindranath, an hour-long musical drama commemorating Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, will feature snatches and excerpts from Tagore’s poems, rhymes and stories. Madhabi is a story from the Mahabharat, about Yayati’s daughter Madhabi and her beloved Galab, a disciple of the rishi Vishwamitra.2 hours, 15 minutes.
On stage: Theatre group Nandikar will adapt Tagore’s works.
3pm and 6.30pm. Tickets,Rs 30,Rs 40 and Rs 60. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830892751).
Till 2 October
Viraag Desai studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. After a year in Los Angeles, he returned to set up his own studio in Kolkata, where he designs and curates, and is actively involved in promoting the growing contemporary art scene in India. This open-air exhibition blurs the lines between abstraction and representation, space and surface. It deals with the ideas of deityhood, consciousness, sexuality and decadence, using a mix of varied media. Every day, the artist paints live at the venue and is available for interaction from 3-6pm. Desai’s paintings are on sale, at prices ranging between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000.
10am-10pm. Promenade Lounge, Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore. (9830049825, 9830246467).
The American Library will screen the 1996 Whoopi Goldberg-starrer The Associate, a hilarious story about making it big on Wall Street. Prejudices are hard to break and Laurel Ayres quickly learns that in order for people to take her seriously she has either to work for an older white man—or be one. 2 hours.
2.30pm, Lincoln Room, American Center, 38A JL Nehru Road. (39846300). Go with a government-recognized identity card. For details, visit: http://kolkata.usconsulate.gov
ITC Sonar Puja Celebration
ITC Sonar is celebrating Durga Puja with food festivals at its outlets. The buffet at the Eden Pavilion will recreate old-world Calcutta cuisine such as prawn cocktail, kobiraji cutlet, chopsuey. At the Peshawri restaurant, there is the samudari khazana (seafood) platter and subz khazana for vegetarians. Dumpukht, the Awadhi cuisine restaurant, offers its all-time favourite thali, and Westview, the world cuisine restaurant, has a selection of succulent meats and vegetables in its Grill and Mediterranean meals.
12.30-2.45pm, 7-11.45pm. The Eden Pavilion lunch buffet is for Rs 1,500, plus taxes, per person, and the dinner buffet for Rs 1,800 ,plus taxes, per person. Samudari khazanais for Rs 2,000, plus taxes, per person and subz khazanafor Rs 1,200, plus taxes, per person. The Dumpukht lunch/dinner is for Rs 2,500, plus taxes, per person and Westview’s lunch/dinner for Rs 2,500, plus taxes, per person. For more details and reservations, call ITC Sonar at 23454545.
The Park is celebrating Durga Puja at its outlets.
The Bridge, the world cuisine restaurant, has a special champagne buffet lunch featuring Indian and world cuisine. The buffet comes with champagne, vodka or beer. At Zen, try home-style Thai and Tangra’s Chinese dishes such as pan-fried black pepper fish and paper-thin lamb with spring onion. At Saffron, the Indian food restaurant, there will be chilli tamarind lamb chops, scallop ‘malai’ curry, ‘kochi pathar kosha mangsho’, ‘murgh’ Awadh biryani, ‘golda chingri’ biryani, Kolkata mutton biryani, etc. There will be promotions at Someplace Else and Flurys too.
Timings vary. Charges, Rs 1,250 (plus taxes) onwards per person. The Park, Park Street. (22499000). Visit www.theparkhotels.com
- Indranil Bhoumik
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