Till 25 October
This exhibition of landscapes brings together upcoming and seasoned artists from all over the country, including Ajay Narayan and Annu Gupta from Delhi, Arpita Chandra from Kolkata, Jayesh Paroli from Kerala, Jeevan Gosika and Konda Srinivasa Rao from Hyderabad.
11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road, Alwarpet (9884075453).
Ghazal “king” Jagjit Singh will enthral the audience with some of his all-time favourite songs and many of his own compositions in this musical extravaganza.
6pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, 7, Shenstone Park, 13/1, Harrington Road (24541111/42525252). Tickets,Rs 600, Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500, available at the venue.
Navadhanya Bhojanam Food Festival
Till 10 October
Enjoy buffets at Olives, ushering in the festive season with healthy ingredients and traditional recipes—lunch and dinner buffets from Friday to Sunday, and dinner buffets from Monday to Thursday.
Noon-3pm (lunch), 7-11pm (dinner). Olives, Hotel Deccan Plaza, 36, Royapettah High Road (66773333). Charges, Rs 400 per person.
Till 9 October
Relish the top 10 international cuisines (changed on a daily basis) and eat to your heart’s content. This spread includes soups, salads, starters, main course and desserts.
12.30-3pm. The Garden Café, Radisson GRT Hotel, 531, GST Road, St Thomas Mount (22310101). Charges, Rs 843 (non-vegetarian) and Rs 787 (vegetarian) per person.
French Drama Film Festival
Alliance Française de Madras Movie Club, in association with UTV World Movies and the Madras Film Society, will present award-winning movies: Janis and John (4 October); President (5 October); A Girl Cut in Two (6 October); Secret of State (7 October) and I Always Wanted to be A Gangster (8 October).
6.30pm. South India Film Chamber Theatre, Mount Road (28271477). Entry on first-come, first-served basis.
Sketches of Frank Gehry
The Cholamandal Movie Club will screen Sketches of Frank Gehry, a film made by the architect’s friend and Oscar-winning director Sydney Pollack. The film explores Gehry’s process of turning evanescent, abstract drawings into tangible, three-dimensional forms. Best known for engineering iconic buildings such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the titanium-covered Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the film pays tribute to the man who won many accolades, including the Pritzker prize, considered to be the Nobel prize of the architectural world.
6.30pm. Cholamandal Centre for Contemporary Art (CCCA), Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Injambakkam (9840650843). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.
BY Karuna Amarnath
A warm, smart comedy drama, Joke raises pertinent points about the relevance of God in people’s lives. Sandeep Joshi (Makrand Deshpande), a struggling writer, has forsaken his creator for good and nothing can change his new-found beliefs, especially since his life is back on track: His wife Radha (Abir Abrar) has returned after a marital dispute and he is inspired to begin work on his new book. But there are always hardcore believers such as the policeman Manohar (Aseem Hattangady), who questions his conscience and motives. Parikrama (Kshitee Jog), Manohar’s blind sister, has only read Joshi’s books but shares his belief that God is overrated. The play is directed and written by Makrand Deshpande. 2 hours, 15 minutes.
6pm, 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Tickets, Rs 200, available at the box office, 1-9pm daily.
Walking to the Sun
Sunil Shanbag’s Walking to the Sun debuted in Kolkata in August as part of the Rabindra Utsav celebrating Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. Like his previous two plays, Dreams of Taleem and S*x, M*rality and Cens*rship, Walking to the Sun continues with what Shanbag calls his “current preoccupation with juxtaposing two texts”. The play interweaves Tagore’s Dak Ghar, and the story of a real-life doctor, Janusz Korczak, a Polish Jew who set up camps to care for orphans during the Holocaust and was inspired by Tagore’s play. 2 hours.
9pm. Prithvi Theatre (26149546). Tickets available at the box office, 1-9pm daily. Call the venue for ticket prices.
To celebrate International Music Day, the Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre presents a fusion concert by Taufiq Qureshi titled Ta-Dha. Qureshi is the youngest son and disciple of the tabla legend Allarakha Khan. His fusion show features such instruments as the West Asian tabla and the sitar. Joining Qureshi in his rhythmic experiments in the concert are Yogesh Samsi on tabla and Ravindra Chari on sitar.
5pm. Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, 122A, JK Sawant Marg, near Ruparel College, opposite Mumbai Glasswork, Matunga (24304150).
Endellion String Quartet
The 30-year-old string quartet from the UK revisits Mumbai after 14 years. When the Endellion Quartet first performed in Mumbai in 1997, violinist Andrew Watkinson saw that the audience was tiny and comprised mostly the elderly. He hopes that the audience will be bigger and younger this week when they perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The Endellion Quartet’s choice of pieces reflects this intensity and intimacy.
On the first day of their two-day stint in the city, they will perform Beethoven’s Quartet in F major H 34, Bartok’s String Quartet No. 5 and Smetana’s String Quartet No. 1. On Day 2, they will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 59 No. 2 and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 in G major.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737/66588997). Tickets, Rs 200 and Rs 300, available at the box office, 9am-7pm daily.
The group Lesbians And Bisexuals In Action (LABIA) and the Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women’s University’s Research Centre for Women’s Studies will launch the 13th issue of LABIA’s magazine, Scripts. The theme of the issue is travel. The magazine will include stories, poems, artworks and first-person accounts by queer women and transgender persons.
At the launch function, the issue of marginalization and migration will be discussed. Angelina Maccarone’s film Unveiled, about the struggles of an Iranian asylum seeker in Germany, will also be shown.
5.30pm. JH Mini Auditorium, SNDT University, Santa Cruz(W). For details, log on to www.labiacollective.org
Till 20 October
Potholes hurt both the body and our sense of aesthetics. Smooth Runnings, curated by Kanchi Mehta, shows 600 small-format photographs of this inconvenience to highlight the ugly truth about roads in Mumbai.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). The Banyan Tree, Gallery BMB, Yantra Annexe, Queens Mansion, Ghanshyam Talwalkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22000061).
Watch a performance by Ayona Bhaduri, one of the rising stars of Odissi. The show is part of the Umang series, an initiative to promote promising artistes. For her second performance in Mumbai this year, Bhaduri has conceptualized a programme titled Chatuvarna. She will begin with Mangalacharan, a composition choreographed by the late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. The next three items are conceptualized by Sharmila Biswas, the founder-director of the Odissi Vision and Movement Centre.
7pm. Little Theatre, NCPA. Tickets available at the box office, 9am-7pm daily. Entry on first-come, first-served basis.
In Other Words
This is an exhibition of sound sculptures by the German artist Beate Engl, city-based artist Navin Thomas, and Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, one of the artists at the Bengaluru Artist Residency One.
3-7pm (Sunday), 11.30am- 6.30pm (Monday-Tuesday). Select Book House, 71, near Prabhu Digitals, Brigade Road Cross, Brigade Road (25580770).
Sri Lankan traditional dances
Performing ensembles from the Madhushara Dancing Academy and Manchanayake Dancing Academy, Sri Lanka, will perform Uda rata natum (dances from the hills), Pahatha rata natum(dances from the plains) and Sabaragamuwa natum (dances from temple festivals). They will also perform contemporary dance sequences.
6.30pm. Sheesh Mahal, Palace Grounds (7760498077). Donor passes, Rs 500.
The R&B and reggae star live in concert. Kingston was discovered in 2007 at the age of 17 after putting up a three-song demo on his MySpace page. He has already released two albums and singles such as Me Love and the chart-topping Beautiful Girls.
8pm. Hard Rock Café, 40, St Mark’s Road (41242222). For entry charges, contact the venue.
Stand-up Anil Desai
Comedian and impressionist Anil Desai, also known by his
aliases—Rajesh, the Bollywood Lounge Singer, and Candice, the Fluffer Girl—brings his act to town. On Combedybox online, Desai has over 25,000 hits for his performance of 52 impressions in 5 minutes.
8pm.Vivanta by Taj, 41/3, MG Road (66604444). Tickets available at all Daniel Hechter outlets. Call 25598114 or email email@example.com
Looking for Eric
Ken Loach’s new film has soccer star Eric Cantona as the imaginary mentor of a Manchester postman who suffers panic attacks and can’t cope with his stepsons. It’s a playful but never gimmicky set-up that turns hero worship on its head, as the cool-headed Cantona appears in the life of scruffy Eric Bishop (Steve Evets), telling him
in that familiar sagely mumble to pull himself together and reconnect with his pals.
6.45pm. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari 2nd Stage (26711785).
Afsana-e-Ashoka Lecture on metallurgical traditions
Paul Craddock of the British Museum in London will deliver a lecture on the metallurgical traditions of India.
10.30am. National Science Centre, Pragati Maidan, Bhairon Road (23371945).
Looking Glass: The Existence of Difference
Till 30 October
A group exhibition by artists such as Subodh Gupta and Atul Dodiya. All the artists use the trope of mirror, which reflects the relationship between the self and the ego, the personal and social self. With art at the intersection of the mirror and the self, this show invites the artist to reflect on his own practice, within existing, unstable contexts.
8.30am-6pm (Monday-Friday), 11am-6pm (Saturday). The American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472000). Carry proof of identity.
Do Bigha Zameen
Bimal Roy put Kolkata’s rickshaw-wallahs on the world map with this moving drama. Shambhu (Balraj Sahni) moves to Kolkata after losing his land and settles down to work as a human beast of burden, carting people around the city. The sequence where Shambhu is goaded by a customer into racing with another rickshaw still sends shivers down the spine. 2 hours, 22 minutes
2pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
In the Further Soil (Musical)
This is a musical theatre production inspired by a Rabindranath Tagore text. Set in India and the UK, it explores the changing identities of today’s youth through music, dance and the spoken word. It is set to the sounds of jazz and Afro-beat, mixed with Bengali baul music.
Directed by Harmage Singh Kalirai and written by Satinder Kaur Chohan, with a cast featuring Shelley King, Soweto Kinch, Anusha Subramanyam, Ratul Shankar Ghosh, Dibyendu Mukherji and Sanjukta Ray.
8pm. The British Council, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23711401). Call the venue for passes.
Nati Binodini is based on the life of the 19th century Bengali prostitute who achieved almost mythical renown as a stage actor. For Binodini, acting was a way to transcend her socially scripted role as a low-born woman whose profession made her irretrievably immoral in the eyes of society. Director Amal Allana seeks to play with time and identity by having five different actors play Binodini at different ages, and having them appear on stage at the same time.
7pm. LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg. Entry by invitation. For details,?call 9910627849/9826384405.
Art of The Small
Till 16 October
Tejas Gallery is presenting Art of The Small, a unique exhibition of paintings in 5x5-6x8 inches—by 22 artists including Ashoke Ganguly, Debasish Sengupta, Sambhu Saha, Atish Mukherjee, Dhiren Sasmal and Anjan Bhattacharya. The paintings are in different mediums such as acrylic on canvas and ink.
12.30-7.30pm (except Sundays). Tejas Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road. For details, call 9830049825.
The first Poetry Slam
The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre is organizing the first Poetry Slam in town. Poetry Slam, which began in the 1980s in Chicago, can be anything from poems, storytelling and dramatic monologues to freestyle rap for 3 minutes. There are no restrictions regarding language or age. The performance must be without props, costumes or instruments, and must be original. Poetry Slam is judged by the audience—their applause, cheering or booing.
7pm. The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36-C, SP Mukherjee Road. For details, call 24556942/43.
On the day of Mahalaya, a night-long concert will celebrate the spirit of Durga Puja. The concert will feature prominent artistes, including Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Srikanto Acharya, Lopamudra Mitra, Ajoy Chakraborty, Usha Uthup, Bickram Ghosh, Rupankar, Violin Brothers and Anirudhha (Sasha) Ghoshal.
8pm onwards. Nazrul Manch, Meghnad Saha Road. For details, call 22882359/99. Tickets, Rs 40, available at select Vodafone stores.
Kolkata-based theatre group Kalapi Natyamanch will present Ajir Patta, a riveting social satire by Mahashweta Devi, a story of a generation bound by the tradition of slavery. In Ajir Patta, the protagonist is seduced by his master’s second wife. Directed by Jyotirmoy Bakshi, the script is by Mrinmoy Bhattacharya.
6.30pm. Tapan Theatre, Plot No. 37, Sadananda Road, Kalighat. Tickets, Rs 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40. For details, call 9432188377/ 9831192442.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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