Dancer and choreographer Vaibhav Arekar turns organizer with Sindhu, a festival named after his mother and dedicated to her memory. The festival will see performances and a lecture. Arekar goes solo with Narmade Har Har. This will be followed by a performance of Seraikella Chhau by Shashadhar Acharya and members of his group. Expect masks, martial art-inspired, rustic folk and tribal moves.
8pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi (24312956). For details and donor passes, Rs 75, Rs 100 and Rs 150, call 7666997081/8108110630 or visit www.vaibhavarekar.com
Red Bull Music Academy: New Sound of Bollywood
Since 1998, the Red Bull Music Academy has held two-week music camps every year in cities such as Berlin, São Paulo, Melbourne and Tokyo to give amateurs and aspiring musicians a chance to learn from industry legends. This year’s edition will be held in New York in October but, meanwhile, the Red Bull road show rolls into Mumbai. Presented by MTV India, the event will see MTV VJ Anusha Dandekar in a chat-show format with musician and lyricist Vishal Dadlani and producer Just Blaze, who has worked with artistes such as Eminem and Jay-Z. The subjects of discussion will include the influence of Western beats on Bollywood music and the growing popularity of Indian instruments in international music.
7.30pm. Mehboob Studios, 100 Hill Road, near St Peter’s Church, Bandra—West (26421628).
Till 1 April
Architects, designers, film-makers, journalists, writers and photographers are invited to present 20 images, each of only 20 seconds, on the theme of travel and mobility. This rapid-fire format, pechakucha, refers to chit-chat in Japanese, and allows many people to present a variety of ideas in a short span. Individuals who are interested must register by 1 April and send the subject and a short description of their presentation along with three sample slides and a brief bio/introduction of themselves. The complete presentation (with each slide timed to 20 seconds, and with one image to a slide) should be submitted by 10 April. The PechaKucha Night of the “Indo-German Urban Mela”, part of the “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” organized by the Goethe-Institut, will be held on 18 April.
8.20pm. Cross Maidan Garden, at the junction of Veer Nariman Road and KB Patil Marg near Bhikha Behram Well, Churchgate. For details and registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pecha-kucha.org and www.germany-and-india.com/en/event/498/pechakucha-nights-mumbai-vol-8
Kshitij: New Perspectives—Film Screenings
Kshitij: New Perspectives, in collaboration with WorldKids Foundation, will screen the following films at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). Children aged 7-10 can feast on the animation film My Neighbour Totoro, while the older children (11-14 years) can watch Lisl and the Lorlok.
My Neighbour Totoro
This 1988 Japanese film (with English subtitles) first brought the Japanese animator, Manga artist and film-maker Hayao Miyazaki to international attention. The story is about two little girls who move with their father to a remote new home in the country while their mother recuperates from tuberculosis in hospital, and only gradually become aware that something’s stirring in the trees outside. Adore the furry creatures, including the house-sized Totoro and the 12-legged cat-bus. 1 hour, 26 minutes.
Iconic: My Neighbour Totoro catapulted Japanese animator and film-maker Hayao Miyazaki to fame globally. The film will be screened at the NCPA.
Lisl and the Lorlok
This 2011 film is about 10-year-old Lisl Pratt’s family, which is facing tough times. When her grandfather dies mysteriously, the family travels to his estate to take care of her grandmother. There, Lisl meets a monster, Lorlok. 2 hours, 5 minutes.
2-6pm. Little Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737). Limited seating, so RSVP at the earliest on 9821016744 or email email@example.com
DJ Ish + Ox7gen
DJ Ish was born in London’s Rastafarian-influenced neighbourhood of Brixton and was taken to her first sound system gig by her parents while she was still in a pram. Now an influential underground DJ in South Africa, she has established her style in reggae, funky two-step rhythms and dubstep. The opening act, Mumbai’s Ox7gen, will play a bass heavy set.
10pm. Cool Chef Café, Thadani House, next to Indian Coast Guard Headquarters, Worli Village (24301127). For entry prices, call the venue.
Mumbai Gallery Weekend
31 March-1 April
Nine of the city’s best galleries—Chatterjee & Lal, Chemould Prescott Road, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Gallery Maskara, The Guild, Lakeeren, Project 88, Sakshi Gallery and Volte—will take works by artists from their rosters to a suburban audience. This is no art fair with shop-style booths, it is a curated selection.
1-8pm (Saturday) and 11am-6pm (Sunday). Taj Lands End, Garden View, Bandstand, Bandra—West (66681234).
Till 31 March
Designer Anupama Dayal’s latest collection, Phool Bagaan, is now available at Collage, the multi-designer boutique. Dayal has used fabrics like Chanderi, Tant (Bengal handloom), light silk and twill in saturated “sherbet shades of jamun, gulabi and panna” in her collection of floral-inspired tunics and dresses.
10am-7.30pm. Collage, 21/1, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar (25566818). Prices, Rs 8,000 onwards, all major cards accepted.
Water—The Thread of Life
Till 30 March
To commemorate World Water Day (observed every year on 22 March), the public charitable foundation Arghyam has been hosting an exhibition of works by local artists themed on water. Seven contemporary Indian visual artists from Bangalore and Chennai have reacted to the sociopolitical issue of water—they are Alphonso Arul Doss, Asma Menon, J.M.S. Mani, Rekha Rao, Jayakumar G., Shailesh B.O. and S. Jayaraj.
10.30am-7.30pm. Basement gallery, 1, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816). For details, call Arghyam (41698941/42) or Nivedita Mani at 9243492951, visit www.arghyam.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Desi Pardesi—Artists and their Art
31 March-1 April
The following screenings, part of a festival of films and documentaries on art and artists, are open to the public. Schedules are subject to change, so contact the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) for confirmations.
The Agony and The Ecstasy
31 March, 3pm
The film is a biographical tale of Michelangelo’s troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II and the various exchanges between the two—how the artist paints, and the sponsor’s (Pope’s) desperation to complete the task. The conflicts lead to some fine and witty interplay. 2 hours, 19 minutes.
1 April, 11.30am
The film tells the story of the meteoric rise of the youthful artist JeanMichel Basquiat, a 19-year-old black graffiti artist who became the darling of the 1980s New York art scene and self-destructed at the age of 27. This 1996 film was directed by Basquiat’s old friend and rival Julian Schnabel. 1 hour, 46 minutes.
NGMA, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027/22342338).
TEDx talk:It will focus on the international economic climate.
As a TEDxChange 2012 co-host, the NGO Jaaga will stream live the next instalment of the TEDx talks from Berlin, being sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The talk will focus on the international economic climate, seen from the perspective of an interdependent global community. Local speakers will include Jaaga co-founder Freeman Murray, Mukesh Gupta from SAP Labs India and Palvi Raikar from MossThatch, which is working on ways to reduce a car’s particulate matter footprint.
8.30-11.30pm. Jaaga, 68, KH Road. For details and participation, call 9686758658 or visit www.ted.com/tedx/events/4924
Till 4 April
In 1997, when L.N. Tallur’s application for a seat in the MS University of Baroda’s painting department was rejected, the artist opted for museology. The decision turned out to have a lasting impact on his art. The influence of his course of study is evident in the ongoing exhibition Password, where installations such as Password and Chamber B, 2011 display faux-artefacts in reproductions of 19th century vitrines. Tallur draws upon a range of references, from Einstein’s theory of relativity to classical Indian sculpture and Hindu philosophy.
11am-9pm. Nature Morte, The Oberoi, 443, Udyog Vihar, Phase V, Gurgaon (01244010443).
Devotions is a performance directed by Gilles Chuyen, a choreographer of French origin. It brings together five performers from different disciplines. Devotionsis easy on the eye, but steeped in theory. The performers, apart from Chuyen, are Bharatanatyam dancer Nikolina Nikoleski, Kathak dancer Astha Dixit, Nihar Ranjan Goswami and contemporary dancer Raj Kumar.
6.30pm. Stainless Gallery, Mira Corporate Suites, No. 1 & 2, Old Ishwar Nagar, Okhla Crossing, Mathura Road (42603167).
Indian Comedy Festival
31 March-1 April
The first edition of this annual festival will bring together some of Delhi’s finest and funniest artists on one stage. There will be stand-up routines by Sanjay Rajoura (31 March, 5pm) and Papa CJ (1 April, 4.30pm), a haasya kavita performance by Surendra Sharma (31 March, 7pm), and the play Ghalib in New Delhi by Pierrot’s Troupe (1 April, 11am).
Ficci Auditorium, Federation House, Tansen Marg (23316121). Mandi House. Tickets, Rs 300-600.
Medley: Brazilian artiste Badi Assad will perform with Indian musicians.
The Brazilian embassy will present singer and guitarist Badi Assad (pronounced Bah-jee
Ah-sadje), who will perform original tunes and popular Brazilian songs to mark the state visit of the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff. A phenomenal acoustic guitarist, the Brazilian possesses a bewitching voice. You could describe Badi Assad’s music as world jazz, but that would be barely scratching the surface. She will be accompanied by Indian musicians.
7.30pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333). Seating on first-come, first-served, basis.
The S Word
A discussion is being organized with the director and cast ofthe film ‘I Am’. Actor Poorna Jagannathan and director Onir will discuss their National Award-winning film, and the growth of South Asian cinema. They will be joined by writers and artists such as Rosalyn D’Mello, Anne Philpott and Mithu Sen. ‘I Am’ is an anthology film about the stories of four individuals. The film premiered at Engendered’s I-View film festival in New York in 2010. This event is part of Engendered’s Salon series.
6pm. Engendered Space, 125-A, Second floor, Shahpur Jat (40539738). For detail, email email@example.com or call 40539738.
Advanced Kerala Mural on Canvas
31 March-4 April
A workshop on Kerala mural painting on canvas will be conducted by Malathy Lakshman, an expert in both traditional and contemporary art. Participants will be taught to use acrylic as a medium on canvas. Traditional Kerala mural painting is done in five colours (Panchavarna)—yellow, red, green, black and white. While the human figures are stylized, the figures of animals and birds are more naturalistic. The facial expression and gestures have traces of theatrical elements from Koodiyattom and Kathakali.
10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (27472603/24462435). Registration fee, Rs 6,000 per person, all inclusive.
Read and Shine
Like every other Saturday, this time too an interactive workshop encouraging children to read will be organized. They will be introduced to new topics and terminologies. The sessions include reviews, reading aloud, dictionary reading, role plays, reading magazines, and more. The aim is to help children overcome the fear of reading out loud, encourage them to explore new genres in books and experience a bit of theatre. Open to children in the 5-8 age group.
10.30am–noon. The Vanilla Place, Bishop Garden Road, RA Puram (42066660). Charge, Rs 200 for one session, Rs 950 for five sessions and Rs 1,800 for 10 sessions.
Solo show: One of the works by R.B. Bhaskaran that is on show.
An Exhibition of Paintings by RB Bhaskaran
Till 3 April
Organized by ARTWORLD and Sarala’s Art Centre, the show has on display R.B. Bhaskaran’s paintings in acrylic on canvas, several of them with textured backgrounds. Bhaskaran has held shows in India, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem , the Fiji Islands, UK and Netherlands.
11am–7pm. ARTWORLD, 1/12, Third Street, Ganeshpuram, off Cenotaph Road (24338691).
By Nandini Reddy
The research team at WeMove Theatre selected a few short stories from R.K. Narayan’s Malgudi Days and scripted and integrated them in a humorous screenplay. Malgudi is a semi-urban town in southern India that Narayan conjured up in the early 1930s. The play is a reflection of times that stood for simplicity and truthfulness and revolves around characters which symbolize the imagination of Narayan and, in many ways, the society then. The intention is to bring out the real essence of Malgudi Days. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
5.30pm/7.30pm. LaMakaan, off Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Tickets, Rs 100, available at the venue and on www.indianstage.in
Art Adda—Homai Vyarawalla and Her Chronicles of India
A talk on India’s first woman press photographer Homai Vyarawalla—“Homai Vyarawalla and Her Chronicles of India”—will be delivered by Sabeena Gadihoke from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, as part of Women’s March 2012—Art Adda, a month-long series of events to commemorate Women’s Day. Prof. Gadihoke will narrate the life and times of the photographer and track how her work contributed and departed from nationalist iconographies.
6pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, Road No.10, Banjara Hills (66564466).
This light-hearted comedy directed by R.K. Shenoy is set in Ukraine’s Kulyenchikov village. When the young schoolmaster Leon Tolchinsky arrives to teach villagers, little does he know of their unusual sensibilities—a vendor who sells flowers for fish, a shepherd in search of sheep and a butcher sweeping dust back into his shop.
4.55pm/7.58pm. Auditorium, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Madhapur. Tickets, Rs 250, available on Bookmyshow.com
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Tuli O Cameray Jugalbandi
Till 31 March
Udvas, a collective of artists from Berhampur and Murshidabad, is presenting an exhibition of photography and paintings in collaboration with Kolkata-based photography group Third Eye. On display are photographs by Atanu Paul, Anneysha Chatterjee and Somnath Mukherjee, and paintings by Alok Roy, Krishnajit Sengupta and Samir Dutta.
Reflections: Atanu Paul’s work is on display as part of a group show.
2-8pm. Calcutta Information Centre, Rabindra Sadan, near Nandan, AJC Bose Road. For details, call 9830170166.
Annual Art Bazaar
Tejas Gallery will present its Annual Art Bazaar in an exhibition-cum-sale featuring Patachitra paintings, paintings in acrylic, watercolour, prints, terracotta products such as masks, woodcuts, stone and metal sculptures and items like incense-stick stands. On display will be works by artists like Atish Mukherjee, Saikat Maity, Dhiren Sasmal and Dilip Chowdhury. Around 200 artworks will be on shown; prices will start from Rs 450.
12.30-7.30pm (Sundays closed). Tejas Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road, opposite Ice Skating Rink. For details, call 9830049825.
Weavers Studio will present Women Weave’s special collection of cotton and silk saris (Chanderi, Maheshwari, etc.), dupattas and stoles. Women Weave is a women’s cooperative in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, founded by Sally Holkar. The cooperative helps women weavers earn a livelihood by selling cotton, silk, khadi, organic fabrics, saris and stoles.
9.30am-6.30pm. Weavers Studio, 5/1, Anil Moitra Road (24408926).
Kolkata-based theatre group Gandher will present Kacher Manush, directed by Gautam Halder. Debshankar Halder and Bijoyalakshmi Barman play the lead roles in this drama about relationships and basic human values.
6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road (South), Dhakuria. Tickets, Rs 40 and Rs 60, available from 1-7pm. For details, call 9836297606.
Max Mueller Bhavan will screen ‘Speaking Tree’, a film by Natasha De Betak. The film is the outcome of her encounters, over a period of six years, with a man suffering from insanity—tied to a tree in the middle of the desert of Kutch and tended to by his mother. This film was nominated for “the best documentary” at the MIAAC New York in 2007.
5-6pm/6.30-7.30pm. Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398/24866424).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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