Dancer and choreographer Lalitha Srinivasan has conceptualized the dance drama Gowdara Malli, inspired by a poem of the same name by Masti Venkatesh Iyengar. The performance by the Nupura Dance Ensemble will follow the story of a poor girl who catches the eye of the village chieftain and uses her new-found status to do good for the people.
7.15pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road (22213530).
Science of Tantra and Art of Natya
City-based Padmaja Venkatesh Suresh will present a Bharatanatyam recital based on her doctoral thesis, Science of Tantra and Art of Natya. The recital will be divided into three parts. She will begin with a kriti or devotional hymn addressed to the Hindu god Ganesh; the second part will be based on chakras of the body; and the final part will be on the merging of Shiva, the masculine, and Shakti, the feminine. Music for the programme has been chosen from the repertoire of composer Muthuswami Dikshitar.
6pm. Kincha auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267303).
30 April-1 May
Spend some quality time with your dog at this event in Whitefield being organized by Mumbai-based dog magazine Woof!. The event will feature fun training sessions to entertain and challenge your pet.
10am-5pm. Whitefield. To register, call 9821054690/9820674330 or log on to www.woofmag.in
DJ Uri will play old school hip hop and funk at Bacchus. Born in London in 1974, Uri was influenced by the break-dance era. Later, he encountered and imbibed the influences of rave and trance. He has been tutoring DJs in India and organizing events across the country.
6pm. Bacchus, F&B, 8, Papanna Street (40333888).
Neerina Niluthana is the Kannada adaptation of influential Japanese dramaturge Ota Shogo’s critically acclaimed piece The Water Station. The silent play will be performed with Shogo’s unique device of heightening awareness of detail by slowing motion to a crawl. The action is centred on a running water station, which is visited by a stream of travellers who convey their stories.1 hour, 30 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets,Rs 70.
Low Lives 3
30 April-1 May
‘Low Lives 3’, the third instalment in a series of annual international
performance art events, will feature more than 50 live performance-based works, each transmitted over the Web and projected in real time at venues across the globe, with the spotlight on contemporary choreography. Three dancers of the Attakkalari Repertory— Ajeesh K.B., Santhosh V.S., and Hemabharathy Palani—will perform a short dance at the screening venue called ‘Bangalore—UK postcards’. The‘Low Lives’ series is curated by the New York-based multidisciplinary artiste Jorge Rojas.
Low Lives 3: The event will feature 50 dances.
Timings vary. To watch online, log on to www.ustream.tv/channel/low-lives-3 or visit Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, 24-04, BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22123684).
The Vibration in Me
Till 15 May
Artist A.P. Panneerselvam’s passion for painting brought him from Tiruvannamalai to Chennai in 1992. He speaks through the innovative use of colours and forms. Panneerselvam’s latest collection is indicative of his varied experiences—abstract works on memories, in acrylic and oils.
10.30am-6.30pm. Art World, 1/12, Ganeshpuram 3rd Street, off Cenotaph Road (24338691).
Depths of Field
People living in glass houses should not throw stones at others. That is the theme of city-based artist Anjali Srinivasan’s latest collection, Depths of Field. This interesting collection of glass sculptures and installations also shows you how to make your home look better.
11am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Garden, 3rd Street, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Is your child a fluent reader, yet grappling with comprehension? Hansel and Gretel, a children’s play centre, is organizing a special camp for children aged 8-12 on reading, pronunciation, comprehension, spelling, punctuation, grammar and composition, all in an interesting way. They will learn to make up stories using pictures and characters from cartoons, practise telling these stories to an audience and then write them down in the correct grammatical format.
2-5pm. Hansel and Gretel, 11, Jagadambal Street, T Nagar (28152549/9840431549).
Dance and Arts Programme
Play centre Kartwheel’s programme for children aged 4-12 will teach various dance styles, including pop, jazz, hip hop, modern ballet, pop ‘n’ lock and freestyle. They will be taught to create their own props for the finale, a show for parents at the end of the programme.
Kashmiri delights: Sample traditional dishes at the Radha Regent. Ankit Agarwal/Mint
2-5pm (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Kartwheel, 21/1, Lady Madhavan Road, Mahlingapuram (near Ayyappan Temple), Nungambakkam (9600015074/28170721). Registration on first-come, first-served basis. Charges, Rs 4,000.
By Karuna Amarnath
Kashmiri food festival Till 1 May
Join chef Asif as he takes you on a culinary journey of Kashmir. The dinner spread includes traditional dishes such as ‘gushtaaba’, ‘rista’, ‘rogan josh’ and ‘kebabs’.
7pm onwards. Radha Regent, 171, Jawaharlal Nehru Salai, Arumbakkam (66778899). Charges, Rs 750 per head (drinks and taxes extra).
War and Forgiveness
Till 6 May
During his stay in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bangalore-based photographer Ryan Lobo saw plenty of war. But it was in the west African country of Liberia that he captured the angle of forgiveness, which is the theme of his new exhibition of photographs, War and Forgiveness.
Lobo’s team had set out to film a documentary about Joshua Milton Blahyi, a tribal priest-turned-warlord who went by the name of General Butt Naked. The documentary, The Redemption of General Butt Naked, follows Blahyi through an astonishing turn of events, as the former general becomes a priest again, and seeks pardon from the families of the people he killed. The photographs were shot during the making of the documentary.
11am-7pm. Gallery Art Motif, F-213C, Lado Sarai (42664343).
Till 9 May
V. Raajendran’s show Janazrii stretches the meaning of feminine beauty. His ink drawings on display at Art Heritage deftly balance figures of bovine, sedate women with those of imperious sylphs charged with eros. The former are draped in traditional garments and play musical instruments, while the latter are semi-nudes whose hands are always playing and touching, or holding sexual symbols.
10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Art Heritage, 205, Triveni Kala Sangam, Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23718833).
Rio Des Djika
After a terrible civil war in the late 1990s, political and social instability in Congo prompted an exodus of Congolese youth—many of them to India. Last year, seven Congolese youth studying in Delhi formed a band, Rio Des Djika, with a repertoire comprising reggae, jazz and Congolese rumba. They mostly sing in Lingala, a Bantu dialect, and some tunes in French and English. 9pm. TLR, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
Summer Ballet Festival
30 April-7 May
The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra will organize its annual festival, produced and directed by Shobha Deepak Singh, who heads the Kendra. The schedule is as follows:
Dance drama: Kamayani.
‘Meera’: A dance drama on the life of Meerabai, choreographed by Shashidharan Nair.
‘Karna’: A production based on Mayurbhanj chhau, it is a study of the relationship between nature and nurture, and a man and his destiny. Choreographed by guru Krishna Chandra Naik and Shashidharan Nair to the music of Barun Gupta.
‘Parikrama’: A contemporary dance drama that enacts the cycle of human birth and death. Choreographed by Shashidharan Nair with music by Shubha Mudgal.
‘Durga’: A contemporary production about how women must harness their positive energy to be able to conquer the negative forces in society. Choreographed by Shashidharan Nair with vocal compositions by the late Shanti Sharma. The masks have been created by Dadi Pudumjee.
‘Kamayani’: A dance drama on the harmony of desire, action and knowledge that leads to self-realization. The piece has been inspired by the seven ‘chakras’ of the ‘kundalini’. Choreographed by Shobha Deepak Singh with music by Atul Desai.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Passes and invitations available at Kathak Kendra, 1, Copernicus Marg (23386428).
One Lens: Two Minds
Industrialist B.K. Birla started photography in 1931 when his father presented him with a camera. His work has been exhibited at national and international exhibitions. His great grandson Aryaman Vikram Birla also pursues photography as a hobby. Renowned photographers Raghu Rai and Sunil K. Dutt will inaugurate this unique exhibition of photographs by Birla and his great grandson.
6pm (inauguration on Friday), exhibition time 3-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, First floor, 108-109, Southern Avenue (24662843/6802).
The Young Man Was
Till 9 June
The Experimenter Contemporary Art Gallery is presenting Naeem Mohaiemen’s first solo show in India. Mohaiemen, who works out of Dhaka and New York, uses multiple mediums such as essays, photographs and film to explore history, especially the idea of “failed utopias” of Left politics in the 1970s. On display here are six large pieces of work that explore, among other events, the reactions and emotions after the assassination of Bangladesh’s first prime minister Sheikh Mujib-ur-Rahman in 1975, the return of his daughter Sheikh Hasina Wajed and the execution of Mujib’s killers, and the
series of plane hijackings in 1977.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Experimenter Contemporary Art Gallery, 2/1, Hindusthan Road, Gariahat. For details, call 24630465.
Till 7 May
The Mon Art Gallerie is presenting an exhibition of recent paintings by Chippa Sudhakar, D.V.S. Krishna, G. Anjaneyulu, L. Saraswathi, Pandu Masanam, Ramesh Gorjala, Sachin Jaltare, Sreekanth Kurva, and T. Vaikuntam. Playful warm colours portray mainly figurative works against a rural backdrop. The works have been done in different mediums—mixed media, oil, and acrylic on canvas.
11am-7.30pm (Sundays closed). Mon Art Gallerie, 6, Hungerford Street, Regency, Third floor (22895438).
Raga Unveiled: India’s Voice-Part II
The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture will screen Raga Unveiled: India’s Voice-Part II, a film by Gita and Mukesh Desai. The film is based on the history and essence of north Indian classical music, which brings alive the artistry and origin of the raga in Indian music.
6pm. Vivekananda Hall, The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park (24641303/24661235).
Manik-Da: Memories of Satyajit Ray
Film director Rituparno Ghosh will release ‘Manik-Da: Memories of Satyajit Ray’, a book by veteran photographer Nemai Ghosh, published by HarperCollins India. The release will be followed by a talk between Rituparno and Nemai. Nemai is best known for his photographs of Ray, and is the author of ‘Faces of Indian Art: Through the Lens of Nemai Ghosh’, ‘Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema (with Andrew Robinson)’, and ‘Satyajit Ray at 70’.
6.30pm Starmark, South City Mall (2nd floor), 375, Prince Anwar Shah Road (99039 85097).
By Indranil Bhoumik
World Cinema Fund—The First Collection
In 2004, the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the Berlin International Film Festival, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, set up the World Cinema Fund to support independent filmmakers exploring cultural identity. This year’s edition will feature two film screenings. In Hamaca Paraguaya (Paraguayan Hammock), to be screened on the first day, the married protagonists sway in a hammock and bicker over the possibility of rain, and other passing concerns. Eventually, they get around to a serious subject: their absent son, almost certainly a military casualty in Paraguay’s ongoing civil war.
Faro: La Reine des Eaux (Faro: Goddess of the Waters), to be screened the next day, is set in rural Africa. A man returns to his village, but is mistaken for the river spirit Faro.
6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, Goethe-Institut, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22022085).
The Monsorate Brothers will jolt Mumbai awake as they regroup to play jazz. The concert will trace the evolution of jazz from its roots in ragtime in the 1890s, through Dixieland in the 1920s and swing in the 1930s to the bossa nova craze of the 1960s and jazz rock of the 1970s. It’s a history in which the Monsorate family has participated since the 1930s, when their father came from Goa to Mumbai to play with local outfits such as those led by Ken Mac and Mickey Correa. This gig, the brothers hope, will mark a new stage in their careers.
10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs 300.
U-Tan Art and Music Festival
U-Tan Resort, located near the fishing village of Uttan in Bhayander, will be the venue for the cultural festival. The festival will feature musical performances by Bollywood singers Gopal Tiwari, Pankaj Awasthi and jazz crooner Samira Koppikar. Revellers can shop for trinkets and clothes, learn pottery and painting, gorge on multi-cuisine food or just sit back and enjoy a spectacular sunset.
10.30am. U-Tan Resort, Chowk Dongri via Uttan, Bhayander-West, Thane (28452345, 9821759882). Call 9821424717/9821414440 for details. Charges, Rs 1,000. For passes to the music event,Rs 500, call 28451151. To book a room, call 28452345.
Nature as Image
Till 3 May
In her curatorial debut, journalist and art writer Subuji Jiwani investigates the relationship between humankind and nature in a modern world where the only way to access nature is through representations on television, in photographs and Internet applications. The show features videos and photographic works by Neha Choksi, Priyanka Dasgupta, Munir Kabani, Shambhavi Kaul and Zubin Pastakia.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). The Loft at Lower Parel, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (30400166).
Children will have the opportunity to visit the fantastic world of Neverland and meet eternally popular characters such as the mischievous Peter Pan, his arch-enemy Captain Hook and the jealous Tinker Bell. The magical story of Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up, is being staged by Akvarious Productions as part of the Summertime with Prithvi programme. The audience can expect to see the actors do nifty rope tricks and mallakhamb, or Maharashtrian-style gymnastics performed on a pole with rope.
Timings vary. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs 200.
When the tradition of musical
drama began in 19th century Maharashtra, it was the main form of entertainment. Classical musicians of that era, such as Bhaskarbuwa Bakhle and Ramkrishnabuwa Vaze, were recruited by theatre companies with the purpose of providing musical material to the actor-singers. Called Natyasangeet, the tunes of the songs were culled from the existing repertoire of folk music but they were also based on ragas, thumri and dadra. As part of this festival, Kalapini Sanskrutik Kendra from Talegaon will present playwright-music director Sharad Joshi’s Chaiti. The play has been directed by Makarand Joshi and stars Sampada Thite, Komal Kokate, Vinayak Limaye and Ravindra Kulkarni.
6pm. Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, 122A, JK Sawant Marg, near Ruparel College, opposite Mumbai Glasswork, Matunga (24304150). Tickets, Rs 100.
Indian Music Group concert
Harsh Narayan is a young sarangi player with impeccable credentials. He is the pupil and grandson of city-based sarangi maestro Ram Narayan and his father, Brij Narayan, is a top-ranking sarod player of the country. At the Indian Music Group’s concert this week, Narayan is likely to play raga Patdeep or Saraswati. He will be accompanied on the tabla by Sooryaksh Deshpande. The concert will also feature a vocal recital by Kumar Mardur, accompanied by Niranjan Lele on the harmonium and Prashant Pandav on the tabla.
U-Tan Art and Music Festival: Enjoy music, shopping and food.
5.30pm. St Xavier’s auditorium, St Xavier’s College, 5, Mahapalika Marg, Dhobi Talao.
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