At this year’s Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s (SBKK’s) annual production of Krishna, as always, SBKK director Shobha Deepak Singh has worked to incorporate new elements into the ballet.
6.30pm, 11, 12, 13, 15 August; 3pm, 14 August.
Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Tickets, Rs100-1,000, available at the auditorium or SBKK. For details, call SBKK (43503333, 23386428).
Someone Draws a Flower on a Wall Beside a Bed
Initiated and curated by Australian artist Alana Hunt, who is studying at the School of the Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, this show comprises a host of experimental mixed media artworks by artists from across the world.
11am-5pm, Monday-Saturday. School of the Arts and Aesthetics Galleries, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Mehrauli Road (9811989325).
Tales from Chitpore
Striking black-and-white images by Saibal Das, taken over two years of wandering the narrow streets of this north Kolkata area.
11am-7pm, daily. Gallery Art Motif, F-213 C, Lado Sarai, (42664343).
ANT TC1 and BASSFoundation
You know what to expect from BASSFoundation, but they’re really shaking things up with this out-of-towner.
Café Morrison, E-12, South Extension, Part II (26255652). Call venue for timing and entry information.
This week, listen to some Western classical with a Latin touch, delivered by the Summer Duo. Dilliwala Shyamant “Boom” Behal, a classical guitarist, will team up with French flautist Yohann Egret.
They will feature two Argentine composers, the great Ástor Piazzola and guitarist-composer Maximo Diego Pujol. The duo will perform Piazzola’s Histoire du Tango (History of the Tango).
7pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate, (43500200).
Damodaran, along with Deepak Castelino (guitar) and Tapan Malik (cello), will present songs at ‘Forgotten Songs of the Independence Movement’. The show features tunes from the musical tradition of the Indian People’s Theatre Association written in different Indian languages during the 1940s and 1950s.
6.30pm. Auditorium, IIC, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
BBC Festival 2009
Delhi will host the three-day BBC Festival 2009, and we’re not talking about the British Broadcasting Corp. but the interestingly named Black Bakhkhai Collective, named after a play its members performed together—a contemporary rendition of Euripides’ tragedy Bakhkhai (The Bacchae).
They performed this play—an exploration of religious ecstasy and madness—as The Black Bakhkhai. Hence, the cheeky acronym. This year’s edition of the BBC festival includes three plays—The Magic Hour, A Terrible Beauty Is Born and Ecdysis—A Snake Sheds Its Skin.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon, (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs200-350, available at the venue.
Historian Swapna Liddle revisits the events of the Revolt of 1857 on a guided walk through the sites in the north Delhi Ridge related to the historic event.
7am. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, (24682222).
Shkabang is Mumbai’s newest supergroup. The recently formed electro-pop rock outfit comprises singer Anushka Manchanda (formerly of the short-lived girl pop band Viva), Pentagram drummer Shiraz Bhattacharya, bassist Johan Pais, keyboard player Abhijit Nalani and guitarist Pozy Dhar. They formed Shkabang not only for a new creative outlet but also because, after playing together a couple of times, they realized that together, they had a blast on stage.
11.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel, (40332300). Rs300.
The Super Exposed City and the Possibilities of Space
This is artist and photographer Pooja Iranna’s first show in Mumbai after four years. She will show photographic works, mixed media works on paper and sculptures made of staples. These show buildings and bridges with flawlessly neat geometry.
Her photographic works make repeated use of the mirror effect, making the shiny, reflective surface look at itself with the obsession of Snow White’s stepmother. Staples are stacked together to create structures that could be models for future buildings, except that they seem to be abandoned at an incomplete stage. A number of them, such as the one that looks like a metallic honeycomb, seem to mimic natural objects.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. 2/32, Kamal Mansion, 2nd floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba, (22880116).
Australian stand-up comic James Moffet opens the show with his solo performance, Random Acts of Wrongness. He is followed by British comedian Gordon Southern, who previews his new gig The Unofficial 2009 Album, slated to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, which starts today.
8.30pm, Friday. St Andrew’s auditorium, St Andrew’s College, St Dominic Road, Bandra (W), (26418550). Tickets, Rs300, Rs500, Rs750, Rs1,000, Rs1,500.
7pm and 9pm, Saturday. Y.B. Chavan Hall, General Jaganath Bhosale Marg, near Mantralaya, (22028598). Tickets, Rs500, Rs750, Rs1,000, Rs1,500. Call 39895050 for telebooking. For further details, visit www.bookmyshow.com
The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat
Akvarious Productions adapts The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat, a Five Find-Outers and Dog mystery by Enid Blyton. Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip, Bets and Buster the dog encounter a mystery during their school holiday.
A theatre company’s safe is robbed and all clues point to Boysie, a simpleton who plays the role of the pantomime cat. The race is on to solve the mystery before the village policeman, Mr Goon, apprehends an innocent guy.
11am. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point, near Trident Hotel, (66223737). Tickets, Rs150.
Sharmini Tharmaratnam will demonstrate Sevillanas, which is danced in clubs and at fiestas in Spain. It was once a folk dance that originated in the northern part of Spain, but later became popular in Seville.
Not all the teachers consider Sevillanas to be a part of flamenco, but it has flamenco-like movements—the footwork, the clapping technique and the snapping of the fingers. Even the attitude and the music are inspired by flamenco.
7pm. Zenzi, 183, Water-field Road, Bandra (W), (66430670).
They’ve played alongside Metallica at South African festival CokeFest, released three albums that have all sold in tens of thousands and have been the biggest selling rock band in South Africa for three years in a row.
With a sound that could be the product of a Counting Crows-Maroon 5 jam session, but polished in production to create what lead singer Ross Learmonth called anthemic rock, Prime Circle has become a favourite on South African radio.
8.30pm. Hard Rock Café, 40, St Mark’s Road (41242222).
From 7 August
A solo show of recent paintings and sculptures by George K., a Chennai-based business professional-turned-photographer, painter, sculptor and poet. His series of pictures, Shringara, is based on a Kathakali dancer preparing for a performance.
From 7pm, Friday. 11.30am- 7.30pm. Apparao Galleries, UB City, 24, Vittal Mallya Road, (41477618). For details, contact Essmath Khaleeli at 9242968474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Persistence of Memory
From 9 August
Deft moves: From George K’s Shringara series
An exhibition of works by K.S. Appajaiah. A note about Appajaiah’s show describes his works as metaphorical in nature, and says that they seek to draw attention to “the dynamics of power and control in a society” and “are indicative of the power structures within which people find themselves”. The works, as a whole, it adds, juxtapose the urban and rural parts of Indian society.
11am-7pm, daily. Gallery Blue Spade, The Chancery, 10/6, Lavelle Road, (41188888).
Bangalore’s top cop trades his uniform and walkie-talkie for a dapper blazer and a microphone. Murali M.K. leads two rather incongruous lives—that of a much-feted tough cop and an accomplished singer who performs for the paying public regularly.
The assistant commissioner of police, who is in charge of security at the high court, explains that he used to frequent (now defunct) nightclubs such as Three Aces, Brigade Garden and Blue Fox, and that his friends always encouraged him to sing.
In 1992, recalls Murali, he stopped a man for a traffic violation near Raj Bhavan. That man was Hitesh Mehta, a budding singer on his way to a performance. The two soon became good friends and he even went on to join Mehta’s troupe. Watch him live at Kyra.
7pm. Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar, (43419999). For ticket prices and bookings, call the venue or visit www.bookmyshow.com
India International Salsa Congress
The annual salsa congress, now in its fourth year, is backed by Albert Torres, a promoter of Latin music and dance, and the creator of the West Coast Salsa Congress. This year, there will be performances by international artistes such as Alex Lee and Kim Nodora from the US, Joseph Enin from Hong Kong, Kaytee Namgyal from Mumbai, and Richard Tholoor and Sneha Kapoor from Bangalore. There will also be performances by international artistes such as Gian Carlo Johansson and Masha Johansson from New Zealand, Terry Tauliaut and Ovide Cecile from France, who won the world salsa championships last year. The congress will include workshops conducted by international instructors on refining salsa styles.
Clarks Exotica, Hollywood Town Swiss Town, Sadhahalli, Devanahalli, Bangalore (9880203770). The Lalit Ashok, Kumara Krupa High Grounds, (30527777). Rs5,135 for a full festival pass, including access to workshops and performance nights. For details, log on to www.indiainternationalsalsacongress.com
Daaho by Shohan
A play written by Mohit Chattopadhyay and directed by Anish Ghosh.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1 Bagbazar Street. Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs30, Rs20 (available seven days in advance, from 1-7pm). For details, call 9830042004.
Puraba Paschim theatre festival
Till 11 August
It’s showtime for theatre lovers in Kolkata. Purba Paschim is organizing a six-day theatre festival, plus an exhibition on Habib Tanvir at Gaganendra Pradarshasala (Kolkata Information Centre). Diba Ratrir Kabya, based on Manik Bandopadhyay’s story, will be staged on 7 August at Girish Mancha; Chaturanga, based on Tagore’s eponymous novel, on 8 August at Minerva Theatre, and Patol Babu Film Star, based on Satyajit Ray’s story, on 9 August at Madhusadan Mancha. The festival concludes with performances of Charan Das Chor by Naya Theatre, Bhopal, on 10 and 11 August.
Venues: various. For details, call Soumitra Mitra at 9830926459/ 9874027780 or visit www.purbapaschim. com/index.html
Dournama by Sayak
The play begins with a bus accident, but it does not stop at that. The accident is merely a metaphor. An intriguing story of speed and competition leading to doom follows.
6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road (South), Dhakuria, (09830137773). Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40, Rs60.
Till 19 September
An exhibition of contemporary visual art. Participants include Subrata Gangopadhyay, Subrata Das, Suhas Roy, Samir Paul, Bratin Khan, Subrata Pal and others.
10.30am–6.30pm, Sundays by appointment. Idiyas Gallery, 15, Dover Road. For details, call 919831005003, 65508418 or visit www.idiyasgallery.com
An exhibition of paintings by artists Jayashree Chakraborty, Jogen Chowdhury, Chandra Bhattacharya, Arindam Chatterjee, Shyamal Dutta Roy, Paritosh Sen, Prakash Karmakar, Babu Xavier, Yusaf Arakkal and others.
2-7pm, daily. Chemould Art Gallery, 12F, Park Street, Queen’s Mansions. For details, call 22298641/9830846999.
Open Mike for All Poets
A free forum to come and share your poems. If you are an aspiring poet and want to read your poems/vignettes to a discerning audience at Seagull, this is your evening. Come armed with your works—whether in English, Bengali, Hindi, or any other language—read them out, talk about them, get them analysed or torn apart.
7-8.30pm. The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road. To register, call 24556942/43, or call Bishan at 9831490725.
With Love from Ukraine
Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts and the East European Development Institute present an evening of songs and stories with Olha Kolomyyets, an exponent of Ukrainian folk culture and music.
6.30-8pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place. For details, call 24604245/ 24613145 or mail email@example.com
Compiled by Indranil Bhoumik
The Hindu Metro Plus theatre festival
Till 16 August
Evam Entertainment, along with The Hindu Metro Plus, is bringing to Chennai six plays from India and abroad. The genres include the American musical, Shakespearean adaptation, Greek tragedy and comic monologue, among others.
The festival starts with a play called Motley directed by Satyadev Dubey and ends with Korea’s Seoul Factory for the Performing Arts, directed by Hyoung-taek Limb.
7.15pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao concert hall, Lady Andal School premises, Harrington Road, Chetpet. Tickets available at Landmark, Nungambakkam, Sri Mutha Venkatasubba Rao concert hall, Chetpet and India Garage, opposite British Council.
Till 9 August
Light’s play: Saravanakumar’s work
Saravanakumar, a young city-based artist, attempts to capture the nuances of two elements of nature as they come together in this exhibition. Using high-speed photography, Saravanakumar contrasts the delicate nature of flowers with frozen water, using high-speed flashes to achieve the crystalline form of water. He says it took him two years to produce these paintings for the experimental work.
11am-7pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram Street, 2nd Street, Off Radhakrishnan Salai, Royapettah (45038391).
Till 9 August
Matrka, in association with the Youth Association for Classical Music, is conducting a musical event for students of Carnatic music. In association with three Chennai-based music colleges—Kalakshetra, the Government Music College and the Teachers College of Music (Music Academy)—Svanubhava will also feature concerts, lecture-demonstrations, educational programmes, movies, panel discussions, listening sessions and conversations with artists.
Venues and timings vary depending on the event. For details, call 9884234740/ 9940059969.
Stories and Soup
Vanilla Children Place is conducting an interactive storytelling session for children between three and six years. A cookery class will follow, where children get to make interesting and innovative recipes such as “belly jelly” and “hurry curry”.
10am-12 noon. 8/57, 1st Street, Luz Avenue, Mylapore, (45534145).
Hansel and Gretel Kids Centre is organizing a public-speaking and chess workshop for children starting this weekend. Children aged 7-12 years can take part in the public-speaking workshop. For the chess workshop, there are two levels—beginner (4-7 years) and intermediate (8-12 years). The children can learn from grandmaster Arthie Ramaswamy, coach for the World Youth Chess Championship.
2-4pm, 8 August; 2-5pm, 9 August. 11, Jagadambal Street, T. Nagar (28152549).
Compiled by Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
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