Till 18 August
An exhibition of works by Fawad Tamkanat, Dinesh Shrimali, Sudhir Pillai and Pradosh Swain. Tamkanat explores the media of acrylic and pastels on paper in his cityscapes. Pillai populates his realistic paintings with people on the street. Swain’s work is more surreal and symbolic, with subjects such as a boy riding a bicycle—on a motherboard surface—towards the horizon. We were intrigued by Shrimali’s graphic work, which looks a bit like posterized photographs of street scenes. These are part comic magazine, part computer game, but seem to work nonetheless.
11am-7pm. Galleria, C-11, Main Market, Vasant Vihar (41662312).
Ma Vie en L’air (My Life in the Air)
Airline instructor Yann Kerbec uses flight simulators to evaluate pilots’ abilities to handle extreme conditions. But Kerbec is afraid of flying, a debilitating panic that in his youth stopped him from following the woman of his dreams to the end of the world. French, with subtitles.
5.30pm and 7.30pm. ML Bhartia auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Sunanda Banerjee (Odissi)
Sunanda Banerjee, disciple of Madhavi Mudgal, will present a traditional recital.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Sharik Hasan Trio
The young jazz musician who is currently studying at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris will perform with veterans on the Indian jazz scene, Karl Peters (bass) and Adrian D’Souza (drums).
ML Bhartia auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Sushmit Bose + Norman
Veteran protest singer Bose, who was one of the first Indians to cut an English record consisting of originals, teams up with Norman, the mainstay of Black Slade, one of the oldest and finest night club bands in Delhi.
8pm. F Bar and Lounge, The Ashok, 50B, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg (26110101).
Twelve years ago, when Carlo Adinolfi, the creative director with New York’s Concrete Temple Theatre, backpacked through India with only Melville’s book, ‘Moby Dick’, for company, he felt the grim isolation and bracing redemption of the sea. Adinolfi’s absorption with the classic has developed into what he deems an obsession—one that finds creative release in ‘The Whale’, a 60-minute, one-man exploration of the famous novel.
7.30pm. Satya Sai auditorium, 8, Pragati Vihar, Lodhi Road (24363221). Limited passes available from the American Centre.
Quo Vadis India
Sanctuary Asia organizes a two-day documentary film festival which highlights climate change and global warming issues. Three screenings are scheduled on each day and will be followed by a discussion.
Screenings at 10.30am, 2pm and 6pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737). For more information, call Sanctuary Asia on 23016849 or email email@example.com.
Singh is Kinng
Several critics may have panned Anees Bazmee’s last film, ‘Welcome’, but that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the biggest hits of 2007. Nor has it tempered the enthusiasm of the press for Bazmee’s next, ‘Singh is Kinng’, the story of a well-meaning but disaster-prone simpleton (played by Akshay Kumar), who is despatched by the residents of his Punjabi village to bring back an errant son of the soil from Australia.
The level of hype surrounding what promises to be another hare-brained but enjoyable comedy, has been colossal, with last month’s parliamentary farce leading numerous newspapers and news channels to use the film’s title as a headline for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s victory in the Lok Sabha confidence vote. It’s the sort of publicity money can’t buy.
The myth of Oedipus is told through ‘keertans’.
2.30pm. Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli (24920482).
All the revenge and high-sea drama of Melville’s classic ‘Moby Dick’ promises audiences a whale of a time. Carlo Adinolfi, creative director of New York’s Concrete Temple Theatre, brings it to life with an array of maritime props.
6.30 pm. Marathi Basha auditorium, Mumbai University Campus. Passes available at the American Centre. Contact Ashwati Bharadwaj (22624590, extn: 2253).
One Life on Earth
For her new show, Dhruvi Acharya imagines a future where no one breathes easy. It began with her taking part in the Mumbai marathon about two years ago. She trained for about a week, then got a 3-hour wheezing attack, brought on by the city smog. “That’s where the idea came from,” said Acharya, “ of a world where there is no clean air, where it becomes really precious.”
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Queen’s Mansion, third floor, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).
Across the Threshold
Till 16 August
For the opening of their new space at Sadashiv Nagar, Mahua Gallery will present a show of 31 artists who, as described in the concept note for the show ‘Across the Threshold’, represent “a collective that has seriously engaged itself in themes, styles and concerns of the post-independence era”. Among the 31 artists are Yusuf Arakkal, Dipak Banerjee, J.M.S. Mani, Manoj Mitra, R.M. Palaniappan, Yashwant Shirdwadkar and S.G. Vasudev (“the veterans”), Sohini Dhar and Seema Kohli (“mid-career artists”), and Preeti Agarwal, Tejendra Baoni, Amit Bhar, Arpita Chandra, Rajib Chowdhury, Sharmi Chowdhury, Jacob Jebraj, Yogesh Mahida, Kajal Shah and Venugopal V.G. (“the young bunch”). Look out for the sculptures of Elanchezhiyan, and Dimpy Menon’s stark metal figures. Baoni’s works are focused on “conflicts between man and nature”, while Mahida’s stainless steel Escher-esque architectural pieces have pigs clambering up flights of stairs.
10.30am-7pm. Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8, first floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivnagar.
German Film Week
Till 14 August
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan presents the German Film Week, which includes a special segment of children’s films this year. The feature films to be screened include the works of Fatih Akin (‘The Edge of Heaven’, ‘Head-On’), Hans-Christian Schmid (’Requiem’, ‘Distant Lights’), Marcus H. Rosenmüller (‘Grave Decisions’/‘Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot’), Martin Gypkens (‘Nothing but Ghosts’/‘Nichts als Gespenster’), Christian Petzold (‘Ghosts/Gespenster’), Chris Kraus (‘Four Minutes’), Sebastian Schipper (‘A Friend of Mine’/‘Ein Freund von mir’), Doris Dörrie (‘Cherry Blossoms’–‘Hanami’/‘Kirschblüten’), and Christian Wagner (‘Warchild’). The children’s films will include films by Manuela Stacke (‘Children of the Moon’/‘Mondscheinkinder, Emil and the Detektives’/ ‘Emil und die Detektive’). All screenings will take place at Lavanya Theatre. Entry is on the basis of delegate passes, available at Suchitra Film Society and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. The pass permits entry for all screenings. No individual tickets for a particular show will be issued. Children below the age of 16 are not permitted, except for children’s film screenings. Seating on first-come, first-served basis; screenings are subject to change on technical grounds.
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st stage (25205308). Lavanya Theatre, 11, St John’s Road (25362134).
Deepa Srinath will be performing the Padanallur style of Bharatanatyam. The signature of this style is that there is a balance between ‘natya’ (dramatic element), ‘nritta’ (pure dance) and ‘nritya’ (histrionic element). The Bharatanatyam recital is a solo performance that will follow the traditional ‘margam’ (performance format) of Bharatanatyam, starting with the ‘pushpanjali’ and ending with the ‘thillana’.
6pm. Khincha auditorium, Race Course Road (22265746).
Chalana–dance for a cause
The Rhythmotion school of classical and contemporary dance along with the Sheila Kothavala Institute of the Deaf will present traditional as well as contemporary pieces. The school trains its students through vocational courses as well as giving them an education in dance, music and theatre. This year, they have decided to showcase their students in a contemporary dance performance that will talk about the social evils of the country. The proceedings of the event will go towards the vocational education of students at the Institute.
6.30pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road. Donor passes, Rs50 for students and Rs100 for adults (9845915658).
Five grains of sugar
Rajkumar is a young man from the ‘other’ India—the India that is not overrun with urban ambition and taut with the animal struggle to survive. In his small-town India, lives unravel quietly and most people are strangers to the promise of wild change and radical success. Inhabited by a fascinating cackle of characters—from a failed poet to an invisible friend—‘Five Grains of Sugar’ follows Rajkumar along a personal journey rich with the pathos, humour and warm innocence that is often a gradual casualty of city life. This English production based on Arshia Sattar’s translation of the Hindi original ‘Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane’ is staged by Just Theatre.
6pm. Alliance Francaise, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar. Tickets, Rs100 (41231340)
In her reworking of ‘The Suit’ by South African writer Can Themba, director Neelam Mansingh manages to locate the complex universe of marital betrayal in the fabric of an unassuming garment. The play is in English and Punjabi.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th cross, 2nd phase, JP Nagar. Tickets, Rs150 (26592777).
The Saraswathi Gana Sabha teams up with the Sri Guruvayurappan Bhajan Samiti Trust to present concerts every day this month until the 22nd for the annual Gokulashtami celebrations. The celebrations will begin on Saturday with renowned saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath.
6pm. Unnati Centre, Ganesha Temple Road, NGEF Layout, Sadananda Nagar, off Old Madras Road (25204439).
Pushkar Lele, Abir Hussain
Up and coming vocalists Lele and Hussain will perform at the 22nd instalment of the Devnandan Ubhayaker Yuva Sangeeth Utsav. The founder of the festival, Lalitha Ubhayaker, aims to give young musicians a platform, encouraging them to pursue music as a viable career.
6.15pm. Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, 16th cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23443956).
“You don’t need wings to fly with the birds at Hoskote lake bed,” says Madhusudhan Shukla of Woody Adventures. Towed by a four-wheel drive, you get to soar 150ft above the ground and take in Bangalore’s surrounding countryside.
8am-11am. Call Neeraj on 9886797597 for details and to confirm timings. Hoskote Road Junction on Old Madras Road. Fee, Rs250.
The Carnatic music legend, who has also performed with fusion greats such as John McLaughlin, will lead a Carnatic percussion ensemble at the Malhar festival organized by ICCR. Limited invitation cards are available and can be collected from the ICCR office. Call 23379309, 23379310 for details.
6.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084).
After eight months of soul-searching and intensively researching music software, turntablist and jockeying professor DJ Reji is switching tracks. He’s decided to start performing again. He’ll be at One Sunday, a monthly night at Khar club H20, in his attempt to promote obscure talent and fresh sounds. A turntablist par excellence (he won the DMC championship in Pune in 2000) and the Times War of the DJs champ in 2007, he is as adept at dishing out old school hip hop as he is at techno.
10pm. DJ Reji hosts One Sunday at H20, the Liquid Lounge, Hotel Royal Inn, opposite Khar Telephone Exchange, off Linking Road, Khar (26481400, 26481500).
Till 29 August
Tasveer presents ‘Listening Camera’, a show of photographs of jazz legends taken by Navroze Contractor. In his travel accounts, Contractor hitchhiked to the UK in the mid-1970s, studied cinematography in the US in the late 1970s, while hanging out at jazz bars such as Keystone Korner and Yoshi’s in New York and, years later, spent a few months riding Russian 125cc Minsk bikes across Vietnam, seeking out jazz musicians. In his days as a student of cinema, Contractor would get to hang out with musicians such as jazz drummer Eddie Moore and jazz tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins. His dream encounter was with Thelonious Monk at a Manhattan hospital—“He was very sick then,” said the photographer. “Monk was standing by the window framed by the Manhattan skyline…” But Contractor didn’t take a picture. “I would have made a lot of money if I had taken a picture, but I thought it wasn’t right. And I don’t regret it,” he said. The photographs he’s displaying at Tasveer include ones of Moore, Rollins, Keith Jarrett, Max Roach, Rahsan Rolland Kirk, Gill Evans, George Adams, Woody Shaw, Betty Baumgartner, Stan Getz, Thelonious Monk Junior and Michael Clifton in performances through the 1970s and 1980s, as well as photographs of Louiz Banks and Konarak Reddy. Contractor is noted for his work as the cinematographer of the Mani Kaul film, ‘Duvidha’.
He is also an author (of ‘Dreams of the Dragon’s Children’ from 2003, on his experiences of filming in China with Pierre Hoffman in the mid-1980s, for the film of the same name), and a motorcycle enthusiast. The show opens on 8 August at 6.30pm.
Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm. Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).