‘Performative journey’: Tushar Joag with his motorcycle, Rocinante
Riding Rocinante from Bombay to Shanghai
Last year, when Tushar Joag was invited to participate in Place Time Play: India-China Contemporary Art Exhibition, he didn’t want to “create an artwork, put it in a crate and send it to Shanghai” for the October show. In his search for common ground, Joag decided to use two projects—the Sardar Sarovar Dam and the Three Gorges Dam—as symbols of the frenzied development in the two countries. His “performative journey” from Mumbai to Shanghai via the Sardar Sarovar and Three Gorges dams—he covered 9,624km over 53 days on his motorcycle, which he named Rocinante after Don Quixote’s horse—is the subject of a talk organized by the Mohile Parikh Center. The artist will talk about his journey and the people displaced by the mega dams.
6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point. For details, call 66223737.
Anvat Raga Festival
Practitioners of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana are known for singing not just one but a combination of two or more ragas, with the singer weaving these together into a single enticing entity. As a tribute to the doyens of this gharana— Gulubhai Jasdanwala, Mohanrao Palekar and Ratnakar Pai—a festival of uncommon and compound ragas will be held at the Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre. Vocalists Jyoti Kale, Vishwas Shirgaonkar and Bhalachandra Tilak will perform.
Live music: Razz reopens with a gig.
Tilak, who is 62, is the son of the late G.T. Tilak, one of the best-known teachers of the Jaipur Atrauli Gharana in the 1950s and 1960s. Tilak will be accompanied by Niranjan Lele on the harmonium and Suryaksha Deshpande on the tabla.
5pm. Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, 122A, JK Sawant Marg, opposite Bombay Glass Works, Mahim, Matunga. For details visit www.dadarmatungaculturalcentre.org or call 24304150.
NH7 Weekender Launch Gig
After 13 years of giving emerging local bands a platform, Razzberry Rhinoceros in Juhu Hotel closed its doors to live music in 2005. On Thursday, Razz will reopen its doors to live performances for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender Launch Gig. Since it turned into a banquet hall for weddings, the ownership of Razz has changed at least four times and trouble with procuring the necessary licences and permits had in the past hindered the organization of gigs at the venue.
7.30pm. Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu Hotel, near Tulip Star Hotel, Juhu. For details, call 26184012 or visit http://nh7.in
Andha Yug—A Fusion
Written in 1954, playwright Dharamvir Bharati’s classic, Andha Yug, came just a few years after Partition. The action takes place on the last day of the Mahabharat war, when the survivors of the defeated Kaurav clan encourage Ashwatthama, the son of their guru, to release the ultimate weapon—the brahmastra. Bijon Mondal’s new production, Andha Yug—A Fusion, retains the script’s poetic language and narrative structure. Fusion band Translucent perform a blend of Carnatic and Hindustani music as the epic unfolds on stage. Prophetic narrator Sanjay and adviser Vidur are cast as women to highlight their peaceful nature. Krishna is represented as a six-person chorus that sings the narrative between scenes, though not always in tune. 2 hours.
6pm, 9pm (Tuesday-Sunday). Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle West. Tickets, Rs 200, available at the Prithvi Theatre box office between 1-9pm and in.bookmyshow.com . For details, call 26149546.
The Goethe-Institut is organizing the DocEdge Festival, where a package of 11 award-winning documentaries and films will be screened. The line-up includes selected entries from the DOK Leipzig film festival and other award-winning films from across the world, including China and India. On 23 August, watch Heartquake (52 minutes, Italy), the story of a 26-year-old mother of five and victim of domestic violence in Kosovo. Vodka Factory (1 hour, 36 minutes, Sweden), a documentary that follows the life of an imprudent blonde who hopes to make it as a model in Moscow and her forever-harried mother, will be screened on 24 August. And The First Period (1 hour, 22 minutes, China), which examines the Chinese primary school regime through the lives of some third graders, will be screened on 26 August.
6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, Goethe-Institut, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Colaba. For the full schedule, visit www.goethe.de/ins/in/mum/enindex.htm or call 22027710
On the Sidereal
Till 27 August
Curated by artist Prayas Abhinav, this show explores the concept of time, and features artworks by Amitabh Kumar, Eelco Wagenaar, Kiran Subbaiah, Umesh Kumar, Tahireh Lal and Abhinav. Among the works on display is Subbaiah’s Black Box, which appears to be a piece of gadgetry left behind at the gallery by mistake. Once you put on the headphones, however, a robotic voice informs you that this “black box, which was recovered from the debris of a time machine that crashed in the vicinity of the artist’s space-time”, is no oversight. It’s important you hear the SOS message from the future that Subbaiah accidentally discovered. By doing so, you just might save the future of the world of contemporary art.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). The Guild, Kamal Mansion, 02/32, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba. For details, call 22880116.
Mad Stupid Party 2.0
Submerge, the music promotions company of DJs Pearl and Nikhil Chinapa, successfully organized its first Mad Stupid Party in April 2010. Now they are back for the event’s second instalment. You can come along in your wackiest fancy dress and boogie under the supervision of Dr Lektroluv. He is a DJ whose large, green proportions—a figure that is part Incredible Hulk and part Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde meets Frankenstein monster—would be quite at home in a superhero film. The good Dr, aka Stefaan Vandenberghe, prescribes electro music in all its forms, from big club hits to classic indie sounds recalling the earliest days of electronic music.
10.30pm. Entry, Rs 500. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel.For details, visit www.bluefrog.co.in or call 40332300.
R&B singer Jay Sean will perform in Bangalore as part of his India tour. Sean appeared on the music scene in the UK as part of The Rishi Rich Project—their song Dance with You rose to No. 12 on the UK singles charts. He later began a solo career with Virgin Records, releasing Eyes on You and Stolen—both of which made it to the UK Top 10. These songs were featured in his debut album, Me against Myself, which sold at least two million copies in Asia.
The classical touch: Tarika Valli.
8pm. Hard Rock Café, 40, St Marks Road. Cover charge, Rs 1,000 for singles, Rs 1,500 for couples. For details, call 41242222.
The Nadasurabhi Cultural Association will organize a Carnatic concert featuring Jayanthi Kumaresh on the veena, accompanied by Tumkur B. Ravishankar on mridangam and G. Guruprasanna on kanjira. Kumaresh is a disciple of Padmavathy Ananthagopalan and veena maestro S. Balachander. She has previously been invited to perform by organizations such as Theatre de la Ville and Music Guimet in Paris and the World Music Centre in New York.
4.15pm. Indian Heritage Academy Hall, 80 Feet Road, 6th Block, Koramangala. For details, visit http://nadasurabhi.org or call 25530304.
This Bengali play based on Somerset Maugham’s 1926 comedy of manners, The Constant Wife, revolves around Kaninika, a calm and intelligent homemaker whose husband has been unfaithful to her. She is torn between the impulse to confront him and to turn a blind eye, save her marriage and avoid social stigma. But when a suitor re-enters her world after 15 years and claims he still loves her, she finds that she must act one way or another. 2 hours.
4pm, 7pm. ADA Rangamandira 109, JC Road. Tickets,Rs 130, available at www.indianstage.in. For details, call 22219388.
Tarika Valli began training in classical dance under Amala Devi at the Sorbonne University, Paris. Later, under a fellowship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, she trained with U.S. Krishna Rao and Chandrabhaga Devi in Bangalore between 1991 and 2001. She will present a traditional recital as part of the Every Friday Evening Cultural Programme.
6.30pm. Yavanika, Directorate of Youth Service Centre, Nrupathunga Road. For details, call 22214911.
When Naseeruddin Shah and Benjamin Gilani set up the theatre group Motley in 1979, they compiled a wish list of plays they wanted to stage—many of which were by George Bernard Shaw. This show includes a selection of writing by Shaw, including the short comedy ‘Village Wooing’, the one-act ‘How He Lied to Her Husband’ and the poem ‘English Pronunciation’. The sets are basic, but evoke a feel of the period through the costumes and music of the 1930s and 1940s. Director: Naseeruddin Shah. 2 hours.
6.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Malleswaram, Vyalikaval. Tickets, Rs 500, Rs 750, Rs 1,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,500, available at www.indianstage.com. For details, call 23445810.
Till 22 August
Thirty-four years is a long time in the life of a ballet production. But then again it is nothing compared with the epic this one is based on. Krishna, staged annually around Janamashtami by the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra repertory company, is back for another innings, with another round of tweaks and modifications to the ever-evolving formula that has been drawing in the Delhi crowds since 1977. The Krishna who teased the gopis was different from the war strategist, which is why the title role will be performed by two different actors.
Ever-evolving: The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s Krishna.
6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg. Tickets,Rs 300 and Rs 500, available at the venue. For details, call 43503351, 43503333, 23386428.
WTF?! What’s in the Factory?
Till 15 September
A solo show by Haribaabu Naatesan. It isn’t the first time the profanity has been used in the title of—and on occasion, to describe—an art show, and WTF?! What’s in the Factory? won’t be the last. At first glance, Naatesan’s interpretation seems a bit sly, but that only lasts till you get to see the lively collection. Several of the compositions—painstakingly arranged in layers—have a metallic, aged look, as if they belong to a dystopian future or a still interpretation of Fritz Lang’s 1927 German film Metropolis.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Art Positive, F-213/B, Old MB Road, Lado Sarai. For details, call 41602545, 46604128.
Eclectic art: Haribaabu Naatesan
Prahlad Singh Tipanya will present a soulful evening of saint-poet Kabir’s poetry that showcases an unbroken oral tradition of singing for 600 years in the villages of Madhya Pradesh’s Malwa region. Tipanya is one of the most compelling folk voices of Kabir in India today—he combines singing and explanation of Kabir bhajans in the Malwa folk style. For this performance, Tipanya will be accompanied by a seven-member troupe of singers and instrumentalists. The event is being organized in collaboration with the DS Borker Memorial Foundation.
6.30pm. CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. For details, call 24619431.
Yeh Tara Woh Tara
Till 30 September
A new show on Delhi’s astronomical heritage and the dangers of light pollution. Legend has it that right before he fell to his death, Mughal emperor Humayun was looking up, searching for Venus in his observatory at the Purana Qila. Who would have thought that a distant planet might inadvertently usher in one of India’s greatest rulers, Humayun’s son Akbar? Peppered with such anecdotes, the Nehru Planetarium’s ‘Yeh Tara Woh Tara’ show is a simple yet beautiful reminder of Delhi’s astronomical heritage. The planetarium introduced this programme as the first step in its own campaign to reclaim Delhi’s night skies from increasing light pollution. 40 minutes.
11.30am (Tuesday-Sunday). Nehru Planetarium, Teen Murti House. Entry, Rs 50 for adults and Rs 30 for children between 4-12 years. For details, call 23014504.
Madras Day Celebrations
Till 30 August
To celebrate the founding of Chennai (then Madras) in 1639, a fortnight of exhibitions, storytelling sessions, heritage walks and contests have been organized. The events cover various aspects of the founding of the city, with separate programmes for adults and children.
Traditional arts: Learn about Kerala mural painting at DakshinaChitra.
For registration and other details, call Revathi R. at 9840544629 or Vincent D’Souza at 9841049155, or visit www.themadrasday.in
Exhibition of British Indian Maps
On display are railway maps, Post and Telegraph maps, revenue maps, political maps and maps of presidencies during the British Raj.
11am-7pm. Lakshana Art Gallery, 8, Judge Jambulingam Road, Mylapore.
The Sweet Smell of Engineering
The alumni association of the College of Engineering will conduct a heritage walk, exploring how industry was first set up around Madras.
6.30am. Main building (Bell Clock Tower), College of Engineering, Anna University, Guindy. For registration, call 9840959730.
Heritage Walk: Fort St George
Fort St George has been in existence for more than 300 years. Vincent D’Souza will lead a walk through this monument covering St Mary’s Church, Wellesley House and The Fort Museum.
7.45am. Island Grounds, Fort St George. For registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography: Perspectives on the city
An exhibition presenting different perspectives on Chennai through the photographs of Paul Cohn and Mohandass.
11am-7pm. Studio Palazzo, Seethamma Road, Alwarpet.
Heritage Walk: Exploring Mylapore
K.J. Suriyanarayanan will take you through the streets of Mylapore, which still hold a piece of the old city, and you can see, smell and feel a typical Madras morning.
6.30am. Luz Church, Mylapore. For details, call 9841597750.
Madras—Past and Present
An insightful talk by historian S. Muthiah on the evolution of the city, organized by the Public Relations Society of India.
6pm. Stella Maris College, Cathedral Road.
Storytelling by the Sea
The World Storytelling Institute is organizing a storytelling session of traditional Raja-Rani tales of yesteryear.
6.30pm. Nocchikuppam, Second Street, Santhome (close to the Santhome Cathedral).
Kerala Mural Workshop
In celebration of Onam, DakshinaChitra is organizing a three-day workshop on the Kerala mural painting tradition. The workshop is for adults only, and will be conducted by muralist Malathy Lakshman.
10.30am-5.30pm.Fee, Rs 2,500, inclusive of materials. DakshinaChitra, Muthukadu, East Coast Road. For registration and other details, call 9841777779, 24462435, 24918943.
Remembering Christoph Schlingensief
Max Mueller Bhavan will hold a special screening on the life and work of the provocative German film-maker Christoph Schliengensief on his first death anniversary. It will show a 2004 interview with the artiste (1 hour, 17 minutes) and a documentary on his last project, The Second Dream (1 hour), directed by Lennart Lahernz.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, No. 4, Fifth Street, Rutland Gate, Nungambakkam. For details, call 28331314.
Anglo-Indian food festival
Till 27 August
Vivanta by Taj Connemara is organizing an Anglo-Indian food festival to mark Madras Day
celebrations. The Verandah restaurant will serve up dishes created from secret recipes born from a blend of popular Indian and British foods.
7-11 pm. Prices, Rs 1,250, taxes included. The Verandah, Vivanta by Taj Connemara, Mount Road. For reservations, call 66000000.
- Nandini Reddy
Till 31 August
The Ganges Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of artworks by Mrinal Mandal. His installation project Roots analyses the devastating impact of human activity on ecology. It is centred on the recent events in Jhargram, West Bengal, much of which has been polluted and destroyed by the socio-political realities of the state. The artist has used mediums such as paper pulp, metal, fibreglass and vegetable colour on paper.
Installation: Mrinal Mandal.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road. For details, call 24653212.
Shahi Mughal Dawat
Till 31 August
Zhilann, the multi-cuisine restaurant at the Salt Lake City Centre, presents the Shahi Mughal Dawat, featuring Subziyo ki Tokdi, Dum ka Paneer, Mughlai Crab Masala, Jhinga Pasinda, Lakhnawi Chargada Mussallam, Murgh-e-Raan and Nalli Gosht Nizami, among other popular Mughlai dishes.
12.30-3.30pm; 7-10.30pm. Price,Rs 600, plus taxes, for a meal for two. Zhilann, B-302, City Center, Block B, Third floor, Salt Lake. For details, call 23580994, 23582224.
World Photography Day
Friday is World Photography Day. On this occasion, Shilpabhabna, a cultural organization, will present a talk on ‘Photography in the Light of Fine Arts and Rabindranath and Photography’. This will be accompanied by a slide show of photographs taken by members of Third Eye, a city-based photography group .
5pm. 60/1, Raja Basanta Roy Road. For details, call 9830170166.
- Indranil Bhoumik
Depth of the Blue Bloom
Till 27 August
The Muse Art Gallery is hosting Snehlata Prasad’s Depth of the Blue Bloom—a charity art show in support of the environmental organization Green Brigade. For the artist, the colour blue has strong connotations of progress, trust and peace. The show has been curated by Kaali Sudheer.
Soulful: Singer Kailash Kher
11am-7pm. Muse Art Gallery, Hyderabad Marriott and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road. For details, call 27522999.
Hyderabad Virasat 2011
A Rajasthani folk performance by Bhutte Khan Manganiar will be staged as part of Virasat 2011, a festival of Indian classical music and dance organized by the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth, or Spic Macay. This event series is dedicated to the late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Guru Nataraja Ramakrishna and the late Ustad Fahimuddin Dagar.
7pm. ICFAI Business School, Shankarpalli. For details, call 65592150, 9490122248.
Aircel will organize a live performance by Kailash Kher’s band Kailasa, which has churned out music in different genres over the last two years —world, lounge, new age and dance music, all infused with their trademark Sufi tradition. 2 hours, 30 minutes.
7pm. Tickets, Rs 600, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500, Rs 2,000, Rs 2,500 and Rs 3,000, available at in.bookmyshow.com. Shilpkala Vedika, near Shilparamam, beside Cyber Towers, Hitech City, Madhapur. For details, call 23112704.
- Yogendra Kalavalapalli
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