Geetesh and Rajesh Mishra
A duet by the brothers from Gurgaon, who are sons and disciples of Pandit Mahesh Prasad Mishra. The duo will be accompanied by Mithilesh Kumar Jha (tabla), Tribhuwan Mishra (harmonium) and Rekha L. Rao (tanpura). 6.30pm. India International Centre auditorium.
Artillerie + Acrid Semblance + IIIrd Sovereign
Metal heads, get your fortnightly fix with a three-pronged attack. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. The gig is part of Kingfisher Pubrockfest. 8pm. Chicane Spice World Mall, sector 25A, Noida. Tickets, Rs150 (95120-4332800).
Hussain, who belongs to the Delhi gharana, will take part in a violin recital. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
On a high note: Asghar Hussain
Debashish Sarkar will present a recital of this temple form, which had its origins in ancient Bengal (“Gaud” was an old name for Bengal). It comprises several elements, including ‘chhau’, ‘nachni’ (a ‘shringaar’ form), ‘kushan’ (which is rooted in the ‘Ramayana’ and deals with the Luv-Kush narrative) and ‘kirtan’ (devotion). 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon. (95124-2715000).
A poignant tale of love and longing in a India Shining. Lilette Dubey directs a script by Girish Karnad. Cast: Utkarsh Mazumdar, Neena Kulkarni, Ira Dubey, Suchitra Pillai, Rajeev Paul, Amar Talwar, Seema Azmi, Deepika Deshpande, Raaghav Chanana, Armaan Sunny. Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 4pm and 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre. Tickets, Rs50-300, available at the venue.
Pardeh ke Peeche Kya Hai
With 10 hours left before the curtain rises, the lines between performance and real life are blurring rapidly for a particular acting group. The action on stage is not half as exciting as the drama backstage. Nikhil Mehta directs a Michael Frayn play. Cast: Sanjana Batra, Dhruv Sachdeva, Farhad Colabavala, Ishita Sachdeva, Mihir Chattopadhyay, Madhav Mehta, Raunaq Babbar, Sandhini Agarwal, Soumya Parker. Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 2.30pm and 7pm. Little Theatre Group (LTG) auditorium, Copernicus Marg, next to Kamani auditorium. Tickets, Rs100-250, available at the venue (23389713).
Les Mauvais Joueurs (The Gamblers)
Vahé Krikorian works with his father in the family store, but it will soon be claimed by debtors. His girlfriend deserts him, her brother disappears, and his gang of friends and fellow scam-artists betray him. Something just snaps in Vahé, and he can no longer control his actions. French, with subtitles, directed by Frédéric Balekdjian. 5.30pm and 7.30pm. ML Bhartia auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Francois Truffaut’s first feature film, and although not his best, it is infinitely better than the self-indulgent, increasingly compromised work he was turning out towards the end of his career. Revealing a complicity with downtrodden, neglected and rebellious adolescence that is intensely moving but never mawkish, shot on location in Paris with a casually vivid eye that is almost documentary, it still has an amazing freshness in its (quasi-autobiographical) account of 13-year-old Antoine Doinel’s bleak odyssey through family life and reform school. Still one of cinema’s most perceptive forays into childhood, and fun for spotting the guest appearances of such nouvelle vague luminaries as Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Jacques Demy and (in the funfair scene), Truffaut himself. French, with subtitles. 1 hour 39 min. In collaboration with UTV. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Bolts of fabric suspended over the stage are alternately coloured amber and cyan, as day changes into night. Naseeruddin Shah plays a half-delusional hospital-bound patient, but he utters the words of Kahlil Gibran. ‘The Prophet’ is performed in the banal interior of a hospital room. We hear Almustapha but never see him. The thronging, desperate crowds of Orphalese are missing. Does his superimposition work? Gibran’s words are delivered verbatim and the text becomes the swansong of a man who is inching closer to death. Its metaphorical language is unveiled through the language of Shah’s body movement. The play, however, is an hour-and-a-half of poetry which, while lucid and linear, is heavy. Ratna Pathak and Rishab Thakker remain peripheral to Shah’s performance. They enter the monologue only to break its monotony. Their involvement, therefore, in the play is at a formal level. While the play’s subtext—that of a dying old man—adds another dimension to Gibran’s work, it also creates a layer that is tedious to tap into because of the viscous text. Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, 6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point . Tickets, Rs200 (66223737).
On a Tightrope
Petr Lom’s documentary, ‘On a Tightrope’, is about four Uighur orphans from Yengisar town in China who are following in the footsteps of their ancestors by learning to walk the rope. Halfway through the documentary, their coach, Mehmet, stops training them. A former street performer, Yasin, takes up the challenge of putting on a show. The contest between the coaches lends the documentary considerable drama, while Lom’s interviews with the teachers and family members of the orphans offer insight into the problems Uighurs face under a Chinese communist government. 7pm and 9pm. Prithvi House, near Prithvi Theatre, First Floor, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (26149546).
‘On a Tightrope’ follows four Uighur orphans in China
Morality TV Aur Loving Jehad
The world of breaking news tickers and sting operations that currently infect television is the subject of Paromita Vohra’s latest documentary, ‘Morality TV Aur Loving Jehad—Ek Manohar Kahani’. Vohra travelled to Meerut in December 2006 to go behind the scenes of the 2005 “Operation Majnu”, but she returned with more than just a backstory. Operation Majnu, a crackdown on vulgarity, was later exposed as a publicity gimmick that was conducted by the police in collusion with television reporters. The 29-minute film takes in the tabloidization of news, the nature of romance and desire in a city bound by convention and tradition, the communalization of India’s urban centres, and the intolerance that lies at the heart of a gradually globalizing city. 6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737).
Nikhil Chopra spent three days in an abandoned space in Colaba for ‘Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing II’. Chopra was on show for every minute of 36 hours as he crafted one of the most ambitious live performance shows attempted in India. He started off looking like a naked fakir and by the end of the show, the four walls of the space were covered with Yog Raj Chitrakar’s sketches, while Chopra had taken on the persona of a regal Victorian woman. If you missed the performance, here’s your chance to revisit the experience since Chopra had his friend and photographer, Munir Kabani documented the three days with both still and video cameras. 11am-7pm. 01/18 First Floor, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (65215105).
Doubles, Triples & Quadruples, ART,
27 June–3 July
Chennai’s Evam entertainment is back in the city for a week-long stint at Ranga Shankara that packs in a national premiere of their latest comedy, ‘Doubles, Triples and Quadruples (Nobody Stays Single)’ as well as a reprise of ‘ART’. With a motley cast of characters that includes a newly-wedded couple, an ingenious hobo and a gifted father, ‘DT and Q’ promises a little song, dance, drama, action and pathos, within a comedic exploration of the convolutions of life and love. ‘ART’, on the other hand, is an adaptation of Yesmina Raza’s Tony Award-winning story of three friends, a 15-year friendship, and a painting . The purchase plunges their camaraderie into dire straits, while explicating the difficulties in judging art, as also the humour and gravity of what makes, keeps or breaks good friends. ‘DT and Q’: Friday, 7.30pm; Saturday and Sunday , 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets, Rs200. ‘ART’: Tuesday-Thursday, 7.30pm. Tickets, Rs150. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase (9840222363).
Till 28 June
The Olive Art Initiative at Olive Beach presents a series of paintings, inspired by the sepia tones of old photographs, by Shan Ré, a Bangalore-based artist. Re’s paintings, doused in faded lemon, pale ochre, burnt umber, raw sienna and a few touches of crimson, are an attempt by the artist to prove that “going monochromatic is by no means a limitation”. 11.30pm. Olive Beach, 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar (41128400).
Kynkyny Kaleidoscope 2008
29June–19 Jul y
Ista and Kynkyny Art present a group show of 13 artists from across India—Basuki Dasgupta, Beena Pradhan, M.G. Doddamani, Shashidhar Lohar, G. Subramanian, Sujata Achrekar, Tikendra Sahu, Arpita Chandra, Shankar Kendale, Jasu Rawal, H.R. Das, Appanna Pujari and Hochimin. The preview on 29 June is at Ista. 10am–7pm. Kynkyny Art, 33/200, NS Iyengar Street, Nehru Nagar, Kumara Park (23449570). Istana, Ista, 1/1 Swami Vivekananda Road, Ulsoor (25558888).
Bengaluru Queer Pride
This June. for the first time in its history, Bangalore will take to the streets to celebrate its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and also protest the gender and sex bias. This is also a chance for friends, families and supporters to come and celebrate and show their support to the cause.
2pm-5pm. National College, Basavangudi to Town Hall, JC Road (9845001168).
An exhibition of paintings by Monideep Saha, who uses water as a running motif in these mid-size, tinted etchings. MEC gallery owner Atul Marwah, says that, besides water being the chosen subject matter, the title of the show comes from the process of print-making, which combines incisions with
washes. Saha’s works emphasise these twin processes with sharp, defined outlines and shading, and pale, watery tints of blue, green and peach. This gives the etchings the faded, slightly antiquated look of British prints. 11.30am-7.30pm. MEC Art Gallery, First floor, 70-B, Khan Market (24635266).
Swedish DJ Stella Nutella, whose real name is Hanna Flemstrom, started her career with hard core psychedelic, but her music has since evolved to include everything from minimal to various kinds of house and even lounge. “My sound is like a yummy cosmic dessert,” she said. “Something that gets into all your bones and fires up your imagination. I don’t want to describe my sound as one genre or the other, just good, nutty, tasty music that makes people happy.” Flemstrom picked the name after an
Italian girl started calling her Stella because “she thought I was shining on the dance floor”.
The nickname Nutella came later, when Flemstrom was running around partying. It means “nutter”.
9pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300). ‘www.bluefrog.co.in’.
30 June-18 July
Jasmeen Patheja will present a collection of her photographs taken since 2001, of subjects ranging from children and her grandmother, to strangers and pedestrians. In her note for the show, Running Amok, Patheja talks about “a collection of brief distractions that present themselves in everyday encounters.” The Kolkata-born photographer spoke about breaking “otherwise impossible boundaries—invisible lines drawn between strangers, loved ones, tumblers in a wash basin and me.”
Patheja uses a range of media in her works, from photography, video installation, sound, performance and the Internet. One of her earlier shows, Birth Control (2002), was based on “a group of young heterosexual boys in Leicester in women’s garments.” An ongoing “collaborative project” of Patheja’s is about her grandmother, Indri. 9.30am-6pm. Weekends by appointment only. Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358)