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Super Sunday:Watch the band Menwhopause at the Big Horn Festival
Super Sunday:Watch the band Menwhopause at the Big Horn Festival
Updated: Sun, Oct 12 2008. 11 08 PM IST
DELHI
Art
Solo Show (Ved Gupta)
Till 30 September
Super Sunday:Watch the band Menwhopause at the Big Horn Festival
A show organized by Gallery Threshold, displaying sculptures by Ved Gupta. These displays focus on class and power structures and the divide between the rich and the poor.
11am-7pm. Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Habitat World, Lodhi Road (43662026).
Music
Pandit Surinder Singh + Saeed Zafar Khan + Kanupriya and Acharya Abhimanyu
26 September
Samarpan Sangeet Samaroh will present an evening of music dedicated to Ustad Amir Khan Saheb. It will feature vocal recitals by Pandit Surinder Singh and a duet by Kanupriya and Acharya Abhimanyu. Saeed Zafar Khan will take part in a sitar performance, accompanied by Suhel Zafar on the tabla.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Habitat World, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Them Clones + Menwhopause + Frequency + Septic + Yagya
28 September
A super Sunday of sorts at the Big Horn Festival being organized by the Performers’ Collective that focuses on original music. Taking the stage are Delhi’s grunge gurus, Them Clones. The other big act for the night is Menwhopause. Add to this mix some alt rock by Septic and some heavy duty mayhem by metal-meisters Frequency and Yagya.
8.30pm. Tabula Rasa, Square One Mall, Saket District Centre, Saket (29562666).
Dance
Bharatanatyam
29 September
Sahitya Kala Parishad and the IHC introduce a series highlighting young award-winners in the performing arts. Priya Venkataraman, a disciple of Saroja Vaidyanathan and Kanaka Srinivasan, performs at the first recital.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Habitat World, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Theatre
D J War: Arjun
Salaam India
30 September
Inspired by Pavan Varma’s ‘Being Indian’, the play, directed by Lushin Dubey, has four actors who portray 16 different characters. Set within a time frame of 61 years, which is exactly the number of years this country has been independent, various situations are used to throw light upon contradictions, joys, humour, hopes and aspirations that drive people.
6.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House. Tickets, Rs150-300 (23388084).
Bikhre Bimb…Broken Images
1-2 October
Watch Rajinder Nath’s take on Girish Karnad’s latest multimedia creation, where a two-way monologue takes place in a television studio with the TV monitors being one of the protagonists. Director, Rajinder Nath; written by Girish Karnad; cast, Sushma Seth and Rashmi Vaidyalingam.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Habitat World, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs50-300 (43663333).
MUMBAI
Theatre
Chaos Theory
26-28, 30 September, 2 October
Rahul da Cunha’s ‘Chaos Theory’ will surprise his fans. Though Mumbai was the backdrop for his previous plays, such as ‘I’m not Bajirao’, ‘Class of ’84 and Me’, ‘Kash and Cruise’, the city doesn’t even make a guest appearance in ‘Chaos Theory’, a play by Anuvab Pal. It captures the peculiar dynamic between two middle-aged professors at Harvard who have known each since their student days at St Stephen’s College in New Delhi. Sunita is independent, witty and intelligent while Mukesh, who is her intellectual equal, is emotionally more distant. The play follows their lives and loves over the decades.
26-27 September, 7pm; 28 September, 4pm and 7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs200. 30 September, 9pm; 1-2 October, 9pm. Prithvi Theatre. For tickets, call 26149546.
Art
The Triumph of Suburbia
From 27 September
Osmosis presents works by Tushar Potdar, Pramod Kumar and others. What sensual white bed linen has to do with suburbia may be up for debate but Binu Bhaskar’s photographs are well worth a dekko and Anand Prabhudesai’s sculpture titled ‘Urban Cow’ had us grinning.
11am-7pm. Sundays and Tuesdays closed. 175, Aram Nagar II, JP Road, Versova, Andheri (W) (32911534).
Music
Them Clones
30 September-1 October
Delhi’s hardest pop-rockers show us their softer side.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
Shopping
IMC Women’s Exhibition
30 September-1 October
In 1987, the ladies wing of the Indian Merchants Chamber managed to sign up four participants for its first exhibition. Embroidered saris, dainty monogrammed handkerchiefs, papads and pickles were up for sale. The exhibition was small enough to be held in the Chamber’s Churchgate offices. At this year’s Women Entrepreneurs exhibition, 80 women (up from 65 last year) are expected to sell goods to at least 10,000 visitors at the World Trade Centre over two days. This year’s exhibition will see participants not only from Mumbai but also Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and Delhi. There have even been enquiries from Indians living in Switzerland, Myanmar and Egypt about participation.
10am–9pm. Exhibition Hall, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade (23519900/22046633). Visit ‘lw.imcnet.org/imc/index.jsp’ for more information on the ladies’ wing.
Dance
The Forgotten Seed
2 October
India’s leading Bharatanatyam exponent Alarmel Valli was set to perform ‘The Forgotten Seed’ last year but her mother’s frail health forced her to cancel the show. This fortnight, Valli returns to Mumbai’s stage. The recital uses scriptures from the Rig Veda, the Kamba Ramayanam and Tamil Sangam poetry. Organized by Sarvodaya International Trust—Maharashtra chapter. Passes are available at the venue from 26 September.
6.30pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near The Trident, Nariman Point (66223737).
BANGALORE
Art
Yusuf and Sanju Jain
26 September-17 October
When she lived in a village called Aari, 125km from Bhopal, Sanju Jain recalls spending her time watching womenfolk around her, handcrafting baskets out of paper pulp. It was the kind of everyday occupation that she found herself fascinated by. By the time Jain, born in 1967, graduated from Indore University in 1990 with a master’s in painting, she had incorporated techniques from Aari in her painting. Jain specializes in paper pulp paintings: beginning with a mix based in clay, churned with a few other ingredients. The paste is coated on canvas with glue from the Babool tree; Jain wields her brush over this. Jain will show her works alongside Yusuf (he goes by one name), born in Gwalior in 1952, and now based in Bhopal.
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Crimson, The Hatworks Boulevard, 32, Cunningham Road (65379223).
Music
Mathieu Gaudet
26 September
The International Music and Arts Society, with the Forum for Teachers of Western Classical Music, presents an evening of classical piano music by Canadian pianist Mathieu Gaudet.
7pm. Alliance Francaise, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore. Tickets, Rs150 (41231340).
Dance
Bharatanatyam
26 September
Shivangee Anantani from Ahmedabad has studied Bharatanatyam for six years and obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai. She will be performing Bharatanatyam in the traditional performance format. The pieces to look out for will be the innovations that Anantani will incorporate into the ‘alarippu’ (the first full piece a Bharatanatyam dancer learns) and the ‘varnam’ (an ‘abhinaya’ piece that allows for intricate footwork), in which she will portray “the many moods of the ‘nayaki’ and the ‘nayaka’”: the story that will be told is of the south Indian god, Murugan, and his consort Devasena who, during the performance, talks about Murugan’s relationship with another consort, Valli.
6pm. Yavanika, YMCA, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).
Water world: Learn scuba diving in Bangalore
Around town
Scuba diving
29 September-4 October
Begin preparing to dive down to the coral reefs on your next beach holiday. Planet Scuba offers a seven-day beginners’ course, including two days in Goa, leading to an Open Water Diver certification from the professional association of diving instructors. The course comprises three evenings in the classroom between 6.30pm and 9pm, Monday to Wednesday, as well as two pool sessions of 3 hours each on Friday and Saturday. A final four sea dives over two days in Goa are also part of the package. However, travel to and from Goa and accommodation costs are separate.
For details, call Madhava Reddy on 41573939. Planet Scuba, 3266, 11th Main, HAL 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar. Rs20,000.
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DELHI
Music
Sabrang Utsav
27-28 September
The only annual festival that is dedicated to the memory of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan is into its 40th year. Organized by his disciple Malti Gilani, this year’s edition will feature vocal recitals by her as well as the late legend’s grandson Ustad Raza Ali Khan and Madhup Mudgal, who is the son of yet another legend, Vinay Chandra Maudgalya.
6pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
MUMBAI
Nightlife
DJ Arjun vs DJ Pramz
26 September
The international Disco Mixing Championship (DMC) and the Times War of the DJs—both of which started in 1998—offered DJs the opportunity to prove themselves. But the DMC hasn’t been held since 2000 and the Times War was last organized two years ago. There’s been plenty of bickering since, but all that changes this fortnight. In a one-off battle, DJ Arjun (Arjun Wagale), founder of the wildly successful Delhi-based outfit Jalebee Cartel, and DJ Pramz (Pramod Sippy), from the Bombay Elektrik Project, a thriving collective of DJs, producers and artists, will dish out quality beats, and the crowd will cheer the winner home.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
BANGALORE
Art
Silence
Till 5 October
There are two compartments in M.S. Murthy’s mind for the memories in his life. The first is full of colour, and about his childhood. The second stores memories of about 40 years, in black and white. Murthy, born in 1960 in Bangalore, is one of the city’s pre-eminent artists, and his home studio Bhoomi–The Centre for Artists on Kanakapura Road, is a landmark institution, especially given Murthy’s ideology about educating children in the arts, with a strong sense of disdain for regimented curriculum. In an older series, Murthy had a piece titled ‘In silence’ that included a complete multiple choice question, the kind in test papers at school which said “Answer the following: What is a peak?”
For about two decades now, Murthy’s focus in his art has been on translating “Buddha consciousness” to the present context. His series of watercolours, titled ‘Buddha–The Light’, won the Biennale International Award a few years back from the Iran Academy of Arts. “After the Buddha series, I started to work on ‘Silence’, as a continuation of my early subject,” said Murthy. “Here, I detached the Buddha (consciousness) and the subject. As the statement of my works says, ‘I don’t know the meaning of these dots, line, space, fresh white space within the canvas. But dots made me understand the line; the line took me to reach the white space. The aroma of white space spread all over the canvas.’”
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Time and Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117).
Schedules may be subject to change.
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