New New Delhi
The photo exhibition will present the emerging landscape of Delhi. Working on assignments for Newsweek and London’s Sunday Times, Findlay Kember travelled constantly. The opportunity to spend time on the subject presented itself in 2008, when he was posted in Delhi as photo editor for AFP. Over the next year, Kember shot at the Metro, backstage at fashion shows, and in front of glass-and-steel buildings to chronicle the new landscape of the city. Twenty-three of these images will be exhibited as part of New New Delhi.
Energetic ensemble: A group of 10 boys and girls from Taiwan, collectively known as Ju Band Percussion Ensemble, will recreate sounds from Africa to East Asia and Latin America.
11am-7pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Art as Witness
The series of images from India and other countries by 35 photographers are based on issues such as human rights violations, the death sentence and incarceration. The show is being curated by city-based artist Parthiv Shah. Parthiv Shah’s own contribution shows bottles hung on barbed wire, a comment on the surveillance state. The show follows on the heels of a book of the same title, edited by Shah and Sana Das, as part of an Amnesty International project called Art for Activism.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506).
Ju Percussion Ensemble
The performance is by the band Ju Percussion Ensemble, which is outed as the “heartbeat of Taiwan”. The 10 young boys and girls in the group are as nimble on their feet as they are dexterous with their hands. They break into a dance while beating out the rhythm. Their armoury includes several instruments from around the world, including the African marimba, the South American bongo and the Japanese taiko drums.
6.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084).
Ghalib in New Delhi
Ghalib in New Delhi transplants the legendary poet to the streets of modern-day New Delhi. Told of his posthumous fame, Ghalib visits the Capital to bask in this praise; instead he finds himself increasingly bewildered by a culture where he is unrecognized and out of place.
7pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi (43500200). Tickets, Rs200-500. For details, call 9810255291 or 9810460366, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pagla Ghoda is set in a cremation ground where four men have gathered to conduct the last rites of a young woman who committed suicide. The woman rises from the dead and begins to tell her story, forcing the men to reflect on the injustices they’ve been responsible for. Directed by Mahesh Prasad, the play is a tribute to Badal Sircar, his mentor.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs150-350, available at the venue.
Prayog 3: Experiments with Contrast, Force and Balance
Bangalore-based contemporary dance group Nritarutya makes its Delhi debut with Prayog 3, which brings multimedia and contemporary dance together. The group will perform four dance pieces choreographed by Mayuri Upadhya and Sathya B.G., using elements from classical dances such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak as well as martial arts, yoga and folk dance.
The first piece is titled Mars. It uses the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam set to percussion and aims to expose the layers and dimensions that make up a man—the male energy and confidence, and the child hiding within.
The piece Kali is performed by eight dancers and is an ode to goddess Bhadrakali. The multimedia piece Chittara uses dancers to create images on stage inspired by rangoli patterns against projected graphics. The finale of the evening will be Ardha Narishwar, choreographed by Mayuri Upadhya with music by Raghu Dixit.
7pm. Kamani auditorium (23388084).
Not Here to be Loved
Writer-director Stephane Brizé’s delightful romance introduces us to the world of Monsieur Delsart, a 50-year-old bailiff. It’s at dance lessons across the road that Delsart meets a betrothed, 30-something Françoise, prompting inconvenient and unexpected passions.
5.30pm and 7.30pm. Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
The first performance by the American-Senegalese hip hop star in Delhi will coincide with his birthday. The difference between your average hip hop musician and Akon—who claims he used to deal in amphetamines and stolen cars and served three years in jail—is his candour. Akon’s albums have included a number of tracks about his gun-toting prowess, but he’s as much as admitted that capitalizing on his hustler history is a carefully considered business decision. The concert is being organized by Netsurf Entertainment, S Raj Entertainment and US-based Thrive Entertainment and IVNO Events and Productions.
6.30pm. Huda grounds, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs1,500 and Rs3,000, available at www.kyazoonga.com and at Furtados, Landmark and Planet M stores.
Around town Combo delight
Till 30 April
Dewberry’s offers a special combo meal that includes a beverage, starter, main course dish and dessert from a multicuisine menu cooked by expert chefs at this outdoor resto-café. Available on weekdays only.
Combo meal: At Dewberry’s.
12.30-5pm. Dewberry’s, 6/29, Rajam, Rajasekaran Street, Mylapore (28273439). Vegetarian, Rs195; non-vegetarian, Rs225 (taxes extra).
Chithirai Puthandu and Vishu Kanni
DakshinaChitra is celebrating the first day of the Tamil calendar (Chithirai Puthandu) and the Malayali New Year (Vishu Kanni). As part of the festivities, enjoy mayillattam (peacock dance) performances, besides a sumptuous traditional meal that includes mango pachadi, vada and payasam. Starting Friday, there’s a special Kerala sadya (banquet) comprising adai, pullienji (sweet tamarind curry), pineapple pachadi, olan, varutha ellicherry and chakk payasam.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9884098300).
18 April-16 May
Kanchana Paati (My Grandma’s Place) is conducting summer camps for children aged 4-16. There will be Western dance, fun yoga, arts and crafts, aerobics, cursive writing, calligraphy, voice training, outdoor and indoor games, a kids’ kitchen, a movie club, food, and awards on the final day. Every participant will also receive a certificate signed by cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
The camp will be held at all nine Kanchana Paati centres—in Adyar, Annanagar, Ashok Nagar, Kilpauk, Mogappair, Nungambakkam, OMR-Perungudi, T Nagar and Velacheri. For details, log on to www.kanachanpaati.in or call 9790910970.
Live 101 XL
The city’s favourite rock event, ‘Week and Jam’, is back with its Live 101 XL evening, where the loudest rockers in town will take centre stage. The evening will have a mix of progressive, classic and punk rock by bands Gold Fish, Distortion, White Lady and Borrowed Halos.
7pm. Unwind Centre, 67, 3rd Cross Street, Gandhinagar, Adyar (65379572).
By Karuna Amarnath
Main Tenu Phir Milangi—A Divine Love Story
Actor-director Abhinay Banker has adapted Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam’s unconventional relationships for the stage. The play traces Pritam’s life—the poet, married to a merchant’s son at 16, filed for divorce 25 years later when she fell in love with the Urdu poet Sahir Ludhianvi. Later, she started living with writer Imroz. Material from the play has been drawn from Pritam’s poems and autobiography, and the poems Imroz started writing after her death. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs200, Rs250 and Rs300.
Beijing-based, 23-year-old pianist Yuja Wang’s command of the instrument has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman”. One of the 1,500 international pianists who are members of the Steinway Artist Roster, she will be the first to perform on the new Steinway Model D Concert Grand Piano acquired by Furtados. She will play works by Rachmaninov, Schubert, Scriabin, Mussorgsky, Mendelssohn and Saint-Saens.
7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA (66223737). Tickets, Rs500, Rs750 and Rs1,000.
Auction at Pundole
The Pundole Art Gallery, which has been showing modern and contemporary art since 1963, launches its auction house with a sale of 20 paintings by M.F. Husain, K.H. Ara, N.S. Bendre, V.S. Gaitonde and others from the collection of the NCPA. The works that go under the hammer for Rs30-180 lakh will be on view at the Jamshed Bhabha Theatre for three days ahead of the 20 April auction. Proceeds from the sale will be used to benefit the activities of the cultural institution, says NCPA chairman Khushroo Suntook. Among the highlights of the sale is Two Sisters, a 1958 portrait by Husain.
8pm. NCPA (66223737). Preview of artworks on 16, 18, 19 April, 11am-7pm; auction on 20 April, 11am-2.30pm. To bid, log on to www.pundoles.com
Directed by Satish Manwar, Gabharicha Paus (The Damned Rain) is a look at the plight of Maharashtra’s debt-ridden farmers. Weighed down by loans and the prospect of a bad monsoon, Kisna (Girish Kulkarni) struggles to keep his spirits high. His wife (Sonali Kulkarni) and mother (Jyoti Subhash) are convinced that he will hang himself like scores of other farmers in the region. Amid hanging corpses and distraught widows, Kisna’s family plots to keep him distracted from the daily horrors that farming entails. Marathi, with English subtitles. 1 hour, 39 minutes.
6.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Mumbai, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Center, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
UK-based rapper Riz Mc aka Rizwan Ahmed leads a double life. When he’s not playing lead roles in films—Ahmed starred in Michael Winterbottom’s ‘The Road to Guantanamo’ and Chris Morris’ dark comedy ‘Four Lions’—he’s dishing out edgy rap. At this gig being presented by Sound Curry, Riz Mc will bring his brand of social commentary to Mumbai.
Moonlighter: Rizwan Ahmed brings his brand of social commentary to Mumbai.
Ahmed’s songs offer caustic comments on racial tension, terrorism and the prepackaged mould that modern life has become. Expect tracks from his recently released debut album MICroscope, featuring producer Lazersonic and Redinho.
10pm. Red Ant Café, next to Global Fusion, Link Square Mall, Third floor, Linking Road, Bandra-West (26469001).
Two strangers are stranded on the wrong side of an indefinite boat strike along the river Shannon. With much time and little choice, the effervescent Marion draws the circumspect Dr Conroy into an elaborate series of games which involves re-enacting a marriage on the rocks. Irish playwright Hugh Leonard’s deft and incisive humour and clever plotting transform the jetty into the proscenium for a strange,
On stage: Hugh Leonard’s Pizazz will be performed at Alliance Francaise.
often dark, and yet endearing drama about the nature of human relationships.
4.30pm and 7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar ( 41231345). Tickets, Rs200.
Samanvay Arts Festival
In three decades at the forefront of Bangalore’s cultural scene, Sri Rajarajeshwari Kala Niketan has hosted some of the most eminent classical events in the country. Among this year’s highlights are Bhagavathamela, the source form of Kuchipudi, as well as modern Kuchipudi recitals, allowing viewers to understand how the form has evolved.
6pm. Seva Sadan auditorium, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).
World Heritage Day
As part of its World Heritage Day (18 April) celebrations, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), in association with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach), will organize three lectures. Nilabh Sinha will speak about art conservation, Naresh Narasimhan about the NGMA, Bangalore, and Madhu Rani K.P. about the restoration of mural paintings in south India.
5pm. Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027).
A Twist in the Tail
Till 30 April
The group show is being curated by Giridhar Khasnis and participating artists include Anand Kumar N., Ganapati Hegde, Madhu D., Shivanand Basavanthappa, Venugopal V.G. and Vijay Kumar C.S.. In a way, the exhibition is a tribute to the Palaeolithic art of Altamira and Lascaux. The works in A Twist in the Tail are rooted in the forms and figures of animals, but infused with parallels drawn from urban life.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Crimson Art Gallery, The Art Resource, 32, Cunningham Road (65379223). For details, log on to www.crimsonartgallery.com
Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go
There is no doubt that UK-based Kim Longinotto is one of the finest film-makers today, and this 2007 documentary gives even more credence to the notion. Training her camera on the staff and students of Mulberry Bush School for children with acute behavioural problems, she manages to make a disturbing, deeply moving and, at times, darkly comic portrait of an institution that is seen as the last chance for many of its students.
6.30pm. Smriti Nandan auditorium, 15/3, Nandadeep, Palace Road (22258091). For details, log on to www.smritinandan.org
Exclusive handcrafted furniture
Kolkata-based Chisel Arts, an interior design and furniture manufacturing unit, will exhibit handcrafted furniture at the Aakriti Art Gallery. Chisel’s big break came when 250 of their stools adorned the Hogwarts great hall in the Harry Potter film Goblet of Fire. A unique “period look” makes Chisel Arts’ furniture extremely popular among the who’s who, including Hollywood superstars Kevin Costner and Bruce Willis.
Noon-7pm. Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A, Hungerford Street (22893027/5041). For details, log on to www.chiselarts.com
Spring collection of textiles
Till 16 April
The Crafts Council of India is presenting an exhibition-cum-sale of handloom saris to celebrate the Bengali New Year. A wide range of saris from different parts of the country will be available. These include Bagru and Sanganeri hand-block printed malmals, Maheshwari and Chanderi weaves, tie-and-dye b andhanis from Bhuj, Telias from Hyderabad, ikats and Mangalgiris from Andhra Pradesh, muga and tussar from Assam, Shantipuris, Dhaniakhalis and Tangails from Bengal. Jewellery will also be available.
10am-7pm. Kamala, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call 9830105433.
The Park hotel celebrates Bengali New Year with a food festival. Traditional Bengali recipes will be available at Saffron, its Indian speciality restaurant. The mahabhoj non-vegetarian thali includes beil ar doi-er sharbot, gandhoraj jhinge posto, bhetki kopir daab malai, aam kasundi chingri bhapa and thakurbarir pathar mangsho. The vegetarian thali includes tok-aam dal, kumro phul bhaja and karaisutir dhokar dalna.
Lunch, noon-3.30pm and dinner, 7.30-11.30pm. Saffron, The Park, Park Street (22499000). Charges, non-vegetarian thali, Rs1,100, and vegetarian thali, Rs900 ( taxes inclusive).
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will organize an evening of Indian classical ragas by Ranajit Sengupta and Shirin Sengupta in its Horizon series. Ranajit, an eminent music composer, started his musical journey with mandolin and later switched to sarod. ITC Sangeet Research Academy scholar Shirin is a trained khayal artiste.
6.30pm. Satyajit Ray auditorium, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22822895/3431).
Coloured: Twenty of Apurba Pal’s works will be on display.
Apurba Pal, a 1963 graduate from Kolkata’s Government Art College, is noted for his acrylic and mixed-media works on nature and the human figure. He uses birds in almost all his works. Twenty of his vibrant works will be on display at this solo exhibition.
2-7pm. Chemould Art Gallery, 12F, Park Street, Queens Mansion (22298641).
BY Indranil Bhoumik
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