Habitat Film Festival
Till 18 May
The festival will bring to ‘Dilliwalas’ a selection of critically acclaimed regional films. They include: ‘Tingya’ (Marathi), ‘Ek Nadir Galpo’ (Bengali), ‘Ore Kadal’ (Malayalam), ‘Periyar’ (Tamil) and ‘Daatu’ (Kannada). This year, the festival will also pay tribute to director Sudhir Mishra with a retrospective of his work, including the recently released Shiney Ahuja-Soha Ali Khan starrer ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’. Contact Habitat World for schedule and timings. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
The beginning: Rasika Dance Ensemble presents a concept based on the origin of Indian dance and various aspects of Bharatanatyam
Javier Coble and Chema Vilchez
Get a taste of jazz flamenco presented by Javier Coble on piano and Chema Vilchez on classical guitar, both well-known musicians from Spain. This form combines elements of jazz harmonies with flamenco feel and rhythm structures to create a unique and original sound. The events are being organized in collaboration with the embassy of Spain and Instituto Cervantes de Nueva Delhi. 6.30pm. India International Centre auditorium, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
An evening of ‘thumri’, ‘dadra’, ghazal and bhajan by Savita Devi, who belongs to the Banaras gharana. She is the daughter of Siddheswari Devi, one of the greatest exponents of the gharana. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon. (95124-2715000).
New paintings by Ashutosh Bhardwaj. These strong, vibrant works are graphic pastiches of figures, patterns and mirror images. 11am-7pm. Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Okhla Phase I (65474005).
Little Does Matter
Sanjeev Verma paints acrylic works on canvas and attempts to illustrate that “art is meant to portray life in its most ordinary form”. His paintings are urban landscapes, common things such as street dogs, dead flowers, trees being cut to build a road, and the mundane existence of refugees. 10am-8pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662026).
Summer Ballet Festival, Mira
The Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra is hosting their annual summer ballet festival, which has become a bit of an institution in the last few years.
All ballets are, little over an hour long. Mira, the 25-year-old signature production of the Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, has undergone several metamorphoses from its debut performance in which, as Kendra director Shobha Deepak Singh put it: “Meera
did nothing but cry.
Today, it is a powerful expression of feminine angst and questions the male order in a clear subtext of the main narrative.” 6.30pm.
1, Copernicus Marg Tickets, Rs100, Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500, are available at the venue and at the Kendra (23386428), next to Kamani.
Please confirm the time of the performance (23388084).
Off the Mantle # 8, The Troll Bridge and Other Curiosities
Director, Neel Chaudhury; writer, Neil Gaiman; cast, Momo Ghosh, Kriti Pant, Neel Chaudhuri.
Selected readings from short stories by Neil Gaiman, author of ‘Neverwhere, American Gods and The Sandman’ series. The stories are playful, creepy, and often disturbing. Gaiman tells stories of the traffic between human beings, drawing attention to moments when the bizarre or fantastic invade the mundane, or even to when the mundane becomes bizarre. With the growing interest in sci-fi and fantasy in popular culture, this edition of ‘Off the Mantle’ hopes to present a quieter side of these genres—one that is neither techno nor medieval, but present, nevertheless. 7pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (46070317).
German woodcut artist Matthias Mansen is a student of postmodern painter Georg Baselitz and has received critical acclaim for his use of the traditional medium of woodcut. 10am-6.30pm, Sat, 11am-4pm. 2, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Arvind Panagariya Talk
In his new book ‘India–The Emerging Giant’, Arvind Panagariya, who teaches economics at Columbia University, analyses India’s economic successes and failures since the early 1950s. Though some economists have suggested that India’s current growth rate is the result of a spurt that started in the 1980s, Panagariya’s book claims that the boom has directly been fuelled by the policy initiatives that have been implemented since the early 1990s, and offers suggestions on what needs to be done to sustain current growth rates. 7pm. Taj President Hotel, Cuffe Parade. To register, call the Asia Society (66100888).
Salsa and Blue Frog
Music makes way for dance every other Wednesday at one of Mumbai’s finest nightlife venues. Kaytee Namgyal of the Salsa India Dance Company begins the evening with a workshop and ends it with a performance by his senior students. 8.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
Pauline à la Plage
Eric Rohmer, in the third of his ‘Comedies and Proverbs’, may still be tiptoeing delightfully through the same verbose ground that he’s covered for years, but no other director shows so clearly the distances between words and meaning, thought and action. Here, his 15-year-old heroine (Amanda Langlet) goes on holiday and, instead of fun, finds a perverse, sometimes painful, lesson in the emotional games of the adult world: As her older cousin (Arielle Dombasle) rejects a boring old flame and lurches into an affair with a sly advocate of freedom in relationships, she witnesses the trio’s discussions, double standards, and deceit. 6.30pm. Alliance Française auditorium, Theosophy Hall, Nirmala Niketan, New Marine Lines (22036187).
Bani Abidi’s solo debut in India
Bani Abidi’s works, controversial in the sense of taking on history and Pakistani presidential addresses, have led some to coin the term ‘LoD’ or Line of Departure. But that isn’t her only lead. Abidi’s parents moved to Pakistan after partition. Her solo debut in India, at GallerySke, begins with a trompe l’oeil print—the kind of backdrop at street-corner portrait studios—and the exact setting that every president of Pakistan ever sat with his back to (there’s never been a woman Pakistani president) for a national televised address. 11am-8pm. GallerySke, The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41120873).
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, coupled with his clever plotting, transform the jetty into the proscenium for an unusual and fascinating entry into the complex, sometimes dark and yet ultimately enduring nature of human relationships. The play is brought to the stage by Dramanon, a young group of Bangalore-based thespians who did theatre together as students at Manipal University and decided the end of college wasn’t a good enough reason to stop. 7.30pm. 3.30pm on 9 May and 7.30pm on 10 May. Rangashankara 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tickets, Rs100 (9845017975).
Till 14 May
For 69 years, the Ramaseva Mandali in Chamrajpet has organized the month-long Ramanavami celebrations at the Fort High School Grounds. Over the years, it has featured some of the finest exponents of both the north Indian and south Indian classical music styles. This year, to mark the 70th Ramanavami celebrations, the festival will host artistes such as Kunnakudi R. Vaidyanathan (9 May), Kumari Kanyakumari’s 70 violins (10 May), T.N. Krishnan, Vijayalakshmi and Vaikom Gopalakrishnan (11 May), Chandrashekar C.N. and Rajendra Nakode (12 May), N. Ramani (13 May) and M. Balamuralikrishna (14 May), among others. The Vasanthotsava celebrations begin at 8am on 14 May. 5.15pm to 9.30pm. Fort High School Grounds, Chamrajpet (9448079079). Tickets, Rs100, Rs750 and Rs1,000.
Rasika Dance Ensemble, established by Sandhya Kiran and Kiran Subramanyam in 1989, presents Tamasoma Jyothirgamaya. The ensemble will present ‘Aarambh – In the Beginning’, a concept on the origin of Indian dance and various aspects of Bharatanatyam. The performance will feature 35 dancers, on themes dealing with peace and harmony. The performance is in aid of Samarthanam Trust, an organization that works for the visually challenged. 6.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, Rs150, Rs250, Rs500, Rs750 and Rs1,000 (9900847382).
Aurora Jane and Massive Change
The Australian singer-songwriter performs a blistering set of originals with her band Massive Change. Expect social commentary with an acoustic feel. 8pm. Opus, Priya Cinema Complex, Vasant Vihar. Entry, Rs150 (41669114).
Lilette Dubey, who has directed dramas on child abuse (’30 Days of September’), the world of Bharatanatyam (’Dance Like a Man’) and Gandhi (‘Sammy!’) and examined Nehruvian idealism and Dalit politics (‘Kanyadaan’), strikes out in a fresh direction with Girish Karnad’s ‘Wedding Album’. Karnad’s comic family drama locates the story in his native town Dharwad in Karnataka, where a family is caught up in the hullabaloo before a wedding and its aftershock months later. The crux of the drama is the arranged marriage of a girl, played by Dubey’s daughter Ira, to a boy who lives abroad. They use text messages and video chat to communicate and, much to her parents’ horror, the boy refuses to tie the knot without dating his fiancée first.
On a family visit, the girl’s elder sister is shocked and slightly flattered to find that she’s fervently desired by her neighbour, a hormonal teenager. There’s a third sibling who’s weighing the pros and cons of either marrying a girl his parents approve of or being faithful to his Christian girlfriend. 7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs120, Rs180, Rs240, Rs320 and Rs400.
Their last album, ‘Songs From the Moony Boom’, got its title from lead vocalist Jayashree Singh’s niece running around their home, calling the music room, where the band recorded, the ‘Moony Boom’. That was in 2007, four years after their first cut, ‘Escape The Roar’. Singh went on to say that ‘Moony Boom’ wasn’t so much of a concept album, as it was about “songs on edgier issues.” Other band members—Amyt Datta (guitars), Gyan Singh (bass, vocals), Jeffrey Menezes (keys, vocals), and Jeffrey Rikh (drums, vocals)—have been part of several outfits all over the country and outside, and play music from rock ’n’ roll to reggae, funk to fusion, jazz-inflected pop to the blues. “Because of our extensive repertoire, we can entertain noisy, energetic teens, head-banging college kids, smooth, sophisticated audiences, and resort guests,” they said.
This time around, Skinny Alley will perform for the lounge lizards at Opus, and there’s word of an agenda, to dispel a notion about them being “the ageing dinosaurs of Indian rock.” Noon-4pm. Opus, 4, 1st Cross, off Sankey Road, Chakravathy Layout. Tickets, Rs110, cover charge, Rs300. (23442580).