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First Published: Fri, Dec 17 2010. 12 25 AM IST

Keeping still:One of the photographs from Hoppé’s collection.
Keeping still:One of the photographs from Hoppé’s collection.
Updated: Fri, Dec 17 2010. 12 25 AM IST
MUMBAI
Photography
Hoppes Bombay 1929 and Santiniketan
22 December-28 February
Keeping still:One of the photographs from Hoppé’s collection.
On the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore, different facets of the poet, educator and philosopher will be on view in this photo exhibition. German-born British photographer E.O. Hoppé became famous in the 1920s for having taken portraits of writers such as Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells and T.S. Eliot. He came to India in 1929 and visited Santiniketan and Mumbai, also capturing portraits of Tagore at home in Santiniketan’s Visva-Bharati University, surrounded by nature and his students. The exhibition includes the photographer’s portrayal of Mumbai streets and places.
10am-6pm (Mondays closed). Premchand Roychand Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road (22844519).
Theatre
Love on the Brink
17 December
Lillete Dubey’s theatre group Prime Time celebrates its 20th anniversary with a retrospective of one of its plays at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The festival includes a restaging of Love on the Brink, which is adapted from Murray Schisgal’s 1964 Broadway hit Luv, an existential comedy about neurotic, angst-ridden Jews that mocked Freudian psychoanalysis and the commoditized, watered-down version of love that’s often mistaken for the real thing. In Lillete Dubey’s Indian adaptation, Sudipto “Bandy” Bandopadhyay is about to end his life when he is stopped by old college pal Pankaj Chopra. Bandy is prone to self-indulgent breakdowns, and Pankaj cajoles him into believing in the meaning of life. 1 hour, 55 minutes.
7.30pm. NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737/66588997). Tickets,Rs250, available on www.bookmyshow.com
Film
Belle Du Jour
20 December
One of Spanish provocateur Luis Buñuel’s greatest popular successes, Belle de Jour is a mischievously deadpan and classically cool 1967 adaptation of Joseph Kessel’s fictionalized tale of a Parisian doctor’s wife who secretly volunteers for the 2-5 shift at an upmarket brothel. As Buñuel and his scriptwriter Jean-Claude Carrière make clear, this is a mere fantasy in the head of their masochistic heroine. Nevertheless, it was received as a confrontational liberationist shock at the time, though a barrage of sexually explicit imagery may have numbed the film’s effect in contemporary times. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
6.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
Around town
Seminar on architecture
18 December
A seminar on housing will take a new look at the way dense cities are planning living spaces—both for the construction of family units and apartments for collective living. The Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture collaborates with the Netherlands Architecture Institute to bring literary, visual and performing artistes to give a new spin on the debates on housing. Poet Arundhati Subramaniam, film-maker Avijit Mukul Kishore and dancer Sanjukta Wagh are among the speakers. Architect Dick van Gameran will give the keynote address.
9am. Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Vidyanidhi Marg, Juhu Vile Parle Development, Juhu (26700918).
The Local Heroes
22 December
Indian comics who’ve made the cut for The Comedy Store’s auditions held this year now get their own show called The Local Heroes. The seven comedians, who started performing 5-minute open spots during the international acts five months back, finally have 20 minutes each on stage. The Local Heroes will feature four Indian comics twice a month. The show begins with Tanmay Bhatt.
8.30pm. The Comedy Store, The Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, Rs300, available at the venue. For online booking, log on to www.bookmyshow.com
Art
Ashwamedh
19 December-30 January
Max Streicher began creating inflatable sculptures in 1989. Since then, the Canadian artist has breathed life into large white inflatables that have taken the form of clouds, clowns and babies. Ashwamedh, Streicher’s new solo show at Gallery Maskara, features two giant white stallions which almost reach up to the 46ft-high ceiling of the gallery. In spite of their monumental size, the horses appear fragile because of Streicher’s choice of material. Made out of strips of white nylon, the sculptures are part of an ongoing series of equestrian “anti-monuments” that have been displayed on top of a building and suspended from the ceiling of a station in Canada. In Gallery Maskara, the horses that quietly bob up and down are meant to allude to Ashwamedha, the Vedic ritual in which kings sent out a white stallion to mark their territory.
11am-7pm (Mondays closed). Gallery Maskara, Warehouse, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).
Music
Katatonia and Indus Creed
21 December
Stockholm death metal pioneers Katatonia come to town to rock IIT Bombay’s annual fest Mood Indigo. During their two-decade career, the band’s sound has evolved from hard-core doom metal to a progressive mix between metal and rock. Katatonia will bring to life tracks from their latest album ‘Night Is the New Day’ as well as doom metal fan-favourite 2001 album ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’. Their act will be preceded by a performance by the winner of Mood Indigo’s Livewire competition and the recently resurrected Indus Creed.
6pm. Open Air Theatre, Indian Institute of Technology, Powai (25722545). Tickets, Rs399, available at www.moodi.org/katatonia
DELHI
Dance
Anandadhara
17 December
Striking a pose: Mukherjee is inspired by Tagore’s ideas.
The performance of Sharmistha Mukherjee, a disciple of Birju Maharaj, is inspired by the philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore. Mukherjee will try to encapsulate the state of bliss achieved when the individual and universal spirit merge. According to her, the performance is a poetic narrative bringing together Tagore’s lyrical communion with nature and melody. Titled Anandadhara, the piece is set to Rabindrasangeet and will be presented to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Photography
Delhi-Nama: A Few Vignettes of the City
Till 30 December
Delhi-Nama is a long-term photographic project on the city, conceptualized and initiated by Sundeep Bali in 2004. A visual extravaganza, this exhibition is a tribute to Delhi and its evolution through the ages. Bali started to use photography as a documentation tool during his master’s in archaeology and heritage management in 2000 and believes his photographic aesthetic is distinguished by a strong sense of historical-cultural contexts and their myriad visual manifestations.
11am-7pm. India Habitat Centre. For details, log on to www.sundeepbali.com or call 9811213162.
Around town
Heritage walks
18-19 December
The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) will organize a heritage walk through the Mehrauli Archaeological Park (18 December) and Lodhi Gardens (19 December). The highlights of the Mehrauli walk include a visit to Balban’s tomb, the Jamali Kamali mosque and tomb, Metcalfe’s bridge, Boathouse, Quli Khan’s tomb, Metcalfe’s guesthouse, the Rajon ki Baoli mosque and tomb, Serai, Maulana Majduddin’s tomb and Khan Shahid’s tomb. The Lodhi Gardens contain some exquisite examples of medieval architecture, including Syed and Lodi tombs, mosques and a Mughal garden.
8-10am. Charges, Rs50 per person. For details, email walks@ intachdelhichapter.org or call 24362267
Art
Public Enemy Number 1
18 December- 23 January
Curated by Shaheen Marleen, the exhibition of paintings and photos is inspired by the gangster culture popularized by the Hollywood movie ‘Public Enemy’, starring James Cagney. This 1931 movie established the archetype of the nattily dressed gangster. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Gordon Cheung, Radhika Khimji, Prasad Raghavan, Iona Rozeal Brown and Mithu Sen. The show highlights the role violence plays in the lives of today’s youth.
10.30am-6.30pm. Exhibit 320, F-320, Lado Sarai (46130637).
BANGALORE
Art
The Chair
Till 30 December
This exhibition of works by Alison Byrnes, Dayanita Singh, Farhan Mujib, Kumar Kanti Sen, Kumar Ranjan, Madhvi Subrahmanian, Malavika Prakash, Mithu Sen, Puneet Kaushik and Ramya Reddy features interpretations of the theme chair—from seats of power to the heads of dining tables— apart from reflecting different design influences, from art deco to modernist, and Bauhaus to contemporary styles.
11am-7pm (Mondays closed). Apparao Gallery, The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075, email gallery@apparaoart.com or log on to www.apparaogalleries.com
Dance
Nritya Neerajana II
19 December
The Ananya Geological and Metallurgical Laboratories (GML) Cultural Academy will present Nritya Neerajana, a festival that brings together music and dance. The day-long event will encompass discussions, lecture demonstrations, paper presentations and behind-the-scenes views of big productions and performances by visiting artistes. Among the performances are pieces by Bangalore-based Kathak duo Nandini K. Mehta and Murali Mohan, choreographed to two songs from the CD Nritya Sangeetha Volume 3— Kathak, which will be released at the festival as part of the project to develop songs in Kannada for different classical dance forms.
10am onwards. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267303).
Film
Pete Maatu
Till 19 December
The National Gallery of Modern Art, in association with the Bangalore Film Society and online publication Just Femme, is hosting a festival of short films on women in urban spaces, called Pete Maatu. The theme is “City conversations: In her own words”. The festival will include an exhibition of photography, and a panel discussion titled Making Bengaluru Women-friendly (in partnership with the interactive news magazine Citizen Matters), led by journalist C.K. Meena and theatre person Prakash Belawadi, on Saturday at 4pm. The films to be screened include The Women’s Kingdom by Chinese film-maker Xiaoli Zhou, Remembrances of Things Present by Chandra Siddan, Q2P by Paromita Vohra and animated short film Printed Rainbow by Gitanjali Rao.
11am-7pm. Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). Tickets, Rs10 for Indians, Rs150 for foreigners, and Rs1 for children and students. For details, email petemaatu@gmail.com or log on to www.justfemme.in and www.ngmaindia.gov.in
Around town
Talk by Hito Steyerl
17 December
The Berlin-based film-maker and author will host a talk as part of the ongoing CoLab-Goethe Lecture Series on practices in contemporary art and architecture, co-hosted by the Goethe-Institut. Steyerl, a professor of new media and film theory at the University of Arts, Berlin, is interested in the particular aspect of low-quality images—the kind you find readily on the Internet. As documentary films and video works begin moving to alternative screening avenues such as art galleries, Steyerl has been studying the aesthetic related to such “poor images”.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, Chinmaya Mission Hospital (CMH) Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
Theatre
Samara’s Song
Till 19 December
Commentary: Samara’s Song
Poile Sengupta’s play grew out of a growing concern with issues of politics and governance, and a fascination with the idea that, in a democracy, any citizen can aspire to political leadership. The setting for her exploration of these questions is a place called Eos, ruled by the crafty, iron-fisted First Lady Thandwai, never seen, heard intermittently through ominous state media transmissions, but always felt through the heavy hand of the administrative machinery. 2 hours.
7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Sunday). Ranga Shankara,36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase. Tickets, Rs150, available at www.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.in
CHENNAI
Art
Classic Collection
Till 20 December
Blooming art: Srividya’s latest collection is inspired by floral beauty.
Soft strokes and bright imagery dominate Chennai-based Srividya G.S.’ latest collection of watercolours. Defined by tones of brown, black and pastel shades, this collection has been inspired by the roadside blooms the artist saw every day. In most, the background is muted and the floral element is the highlight.
11am-6pm. Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, 21/11, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (24982515).
Music
Zinx
17 December
Zinx, a city-based contemporary fusion music band, will showcase their ability to adapt and play various genres. Influenced by jazz, blues, funk, classical and even folk, this band’s versatility was recognized by musical maestro A.R. Rahman, who has also cut an album with them.
6pm. Alliance Française de Madras auditorium, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Around town
The Zebra Poetry Film Festival
18 December
As part of its ongoing Poetry Festival (till 30 December), Prakriti Foundation, in association with Goethe-Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai), will screen films, following this up with a discussion with noted German author and poet Christiane Lange.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan, Chennai), 4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street (28331314).
Festival of Orissa
18-26 December
DakshinaChitra’s nine-day Festival of Orissa will focus on the arts and craft, films, theatre and classical dance of the region. Stalls will be put up by craftspeople to sell tribal jewellery, patta chitra, stone craft, silver filigree, dhokra products, textiles, etc. Prahalad Nataka will put up shows from 18-20 December, Gotipua dance from Raghurajpur will be showcased from 21-23 December and there will be Odissi dance recitals by Aruna Mohanty and her troupe on the last three days.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (27472603).
Dance
Margazhi beats
23 December
If you want to get a feel of the Margazhi dance season, then catch noted dancer Lavanya Ananth in performance. She will be followed by the versatile and graceful Srinidhi Chidambaram.
6pm onwards. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan main hall, East Mada Street, Mylapore (24640811). Tickets, Rs100, Rs300 and Rs500, available at the venue.
Theatre
Rip Van Wrinkle
17-21 December
Little Theatre’s annual Christmas pantomime is back, with many twists. The story (a spoof on Rip Van Winkle) revolves around the lazy, lovable Rip Van Wrinkle and his dog, Wolf, who magically travel through time from the Catskill Mountains in a Dutch village on the outskirts of New York a hundred years ago, to the present-day city. Wolf goes missing and that’s where the adventure begins. Throw in a dame who falls hopelessly in love with the bad guys and some song, dance and over-the-top slapstick comedy, and you have a laugh riot.
6.30pm (17, 20, 21 December); 3.30 and 7.30pm (18, 19 December). Museum Theatre, Egmore (9677125738). Tickets, Rs100, available at Landmark, Oxford Bookstore, Pro Musicals and Gatsby Village.
By Karuna Amarnath
KOLKATA
Art
Graphic workshop
Till 18 December
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture is presenting an exhibition of graphic art during the last leg of a workshop conducted by Atin Basak. The participating artists include Dipali Bhattacharjee, Ganesh Haloi, Jaya Ganguly, Ashoke Mullick, Jogen Chowdhury, Kazi Nasir, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Leena Ghosh, Paula Sengupta, Samir Aich and Subrata Gangopadhyay.
Workshop, 11am-7pm; exhibition, 3-7pm. 108, Southern Avenue (24662843). For details, log on to www.birlaart.com
Rhetorical Realms
Till 31 December
Colourful stories: The exhibition has artworks in many media.
‘Rhetorical Realms’ is an exhibition that deals with a diverse range of subjects and moods—cityscapes, landscapes and figurative works in a range of mediums such as acrylic on canvas, watercolour, mixed media and oil on canvas. Artists such as Prokash Karmakar, Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Suhas Roy, Gouango Beshai and Atin Basak will be showcasing their works.
10.30am-6.30pm . Open all days except Sundays, when you can visit by appointment. Idiyas Gallery, 15, Dover Road, near St Lawrence School (65508418). For details, log on to www.idiyasgallery.com
Projection of Disjointed Times
Till 31 December
Aakriti presents an exhibition of 29 works by sculptor Akhil Chandra Das. The high point of the exhibition is humour, sarcasm and stylistic devices.
Noon-7pm (Sundays closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi, Hungerford Street (22893027). For details, log on to www.aakritiartgallery.com
Dance
Asoka
18 December
Emperor’s dance: Priyanka Dasgupta tells Ashoka’s story
The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts (WSCA) presents Asoka, an evening of classical dance by Priyanka Dasgupta, a Singapore-based dancer and a visharad in Bharatanatyam from the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Asoka tells the story of emperor Ashoka, one of India’s greatest emperors.
6-8pm. WSCA, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Around town
Kolkata Polo Season 2010
Till 25 December
This winter, catch the non-stop polo action at the Kolkata Polo Season 2010, organized by the Fort William Riding and Polo Club, one of India’s most prestigious riding academies. The event will include a fashion show by Azura that captures the adventurous beauty of the sport.
2-3pm and 3-4pm. Pat Williamson Polo Grounds, Centre of Race Course Maidan. For details, call 9800949541.
BY INDRANIL BHOUMIK
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