Till 3 November
Australian artist Jonathan Jones attempts to draw connections between the Indian independence movement and the political struggle of the aboriginal community, to which he belongs, through minimal drawings and installations that use tubelights and tarpaulin. Jones presents site-specific installations and sculptures that explore his ancestry and attempt to connect the exploitation of the aboriginal community with India’s colonial history.
The highlight of the show is Revolution, a series of drawings and tubelight sculptures, some of which were exhibited in his hometown Sydney last year. The drawings feature geometric designs based on the structure of salt crystals collected from Dandi and Dhrangadhra in Gujarat and the banks of the Murray river in Australia. Jones uses salt, which Gandhi described as one of the greatest necessities of life, to look at history while drawing attention to contemporary concerns.
10am-6.30pm (Monday-Friday), 11am-4pm (Saturday). Galerie Mirchandani+ Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).
A remake of the 1953 arthouse classic Tokyo Story, Cherry Blossoms fortunately sidesteps rank mimicry in favour of wry homage and something more. Director-screenwriter Doris Dörrie applies Yasujiro Ozu’s pet themes (encroaching mortality) and symbols (trains abound) to her own concerns, notably a rumination on the confounding estrangement from self and spouse. The film is about a middle-aged, unspectacular Bavarian couple Rudi (Wepper) and Trudi (Elsner), who hit the road after Trudi learns of her husband’s terminal illness (regimented, change-resistant Rudi is kept in the dark). Their destination is Japan, but they stop off in Berlin to visit their children and then move on to the Baltic for a seaside idyll. The story takes a sad and unexpected turn there—Rudi completes the trip alone. 2 hours.
6.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda.
Ever since Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Spain is the ‘it’ destination for Indian travellers. The consulate general of Spain, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, will be capitalizing on this surge in interest by celebrating Fiesta Nacional de España, the country’s national day on 12 October, in style.
The consulate will present three flamenco dancers (Lucero Cardenas, Elena Martin Martinez and David Romero) and two musicians (Aniol Miro and Roger Llorenc) as well as singer Beatriz Garcia for the piece, Antologia Flamenca. It’s a historical guide to flamenco, from the early origins in southern Spain, where it was the dance of the marginalized gypsies, to its slow progress to the theatrical stage.
7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Dorabjee Tata Road, Nariman Point (22833838).
Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge
Collector Rajan Jayakar will be putting on show memorabilia from the late actor Shammi Kapoor’s films. His collection includes posters, movie stills, song books (containing information about the recording, as well as lyrics in Hindu and Urdu) and lobby cards (publicity material that was displayed in the foyers of cinema halls) from the 58 films in which Kapoor starred as a hero. Fans can reminisce about the “Yahoo” charmer at the exhibition aptly named Tum Mujhe Yun Bhula Na Paoge.
Vintage collection: Memorabilia from Shammi Kapoor’s films will be on show. By Hindustan Times
10.15am-6pm. Curator’s Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844519).
Steak festival at Fratelli Fresh
Till 10 October
Fratelli Fresh will celebrate all things grilled with a steak and wine festival. The menu will feature options like gamberi al vino bianco, funghi al granchio and agnello scottadito. Diners can also pick their meat and the dressing from a list that includes Bourbon jus, creamy horseradish, beef gravy, Béarnaise and black peppercorn, red wine and mushroom sauce. Round off your meal with their torta gianduia, a hazelnut chocolate cake served with warm brandy sauce. The steaks have been imported from the US for this festival. The steak spread— dalla griglia—includes black Angus rib-eye (Rs 2,250 per person, plus taxes), black angus filet (Rs 2,350 per person, plus taxes), and black Angus T-bone (Rs 2,650 per person,plus taxes).
7-11.45pm. Renaissance Hotel, 2/3 B, Larsen & Toubro Gate, Powai (66927540/66928888).
The Art of Tarot: New Work by the Singh Twins
Till 8 October
In their Mumbai debut, the UK’s Singh Twins, as Amrit and Rabindra Kaur like to be known, are presenting 22 paintings which illustrate Roopa Patel’s book ‘Experiencing Tarot: A Book of True Stories and Healing’. The duo says the artworks reflect ‘Past Modern’—the eclectic style for which they are known, while drawing on the tradition of Indian miniatures. Although they reinterpret a Western representation of tarot, Amrit and Rabindra wanted to create something unique, incorporating new symbols into the flowers and gems generally found in tarot images.
10.30am-7pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, opposite YMCA, Colaba (66103424).
Experts from Putthali Kalaranga, a troupe that specializes in string and rod puppetry, will perform the story of Kumara Sambhav. Directed by the renowned puppeteer from Karnataka, Dattatreya Aralikatte, the performance will feature traditionally decorated wooden puppets that weigh 8-10kg each and are 3-3 1/2 ft in height. This will be the 500th performance of the show. The event is organized by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
6pm. Khincha Auditorium, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267421). Passes available at the venue.
This is part of the Urban Café series of discussions organized by the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) in collaboration with Café Coffee Day, where students discuss the issues facing cities, and possible solutions, over coffee. The initiative stems from a nationwide student challenge, “San-Kranti”, from the IIHS, aimed at encouraging students to come up with innovative ideas for urban transformation.
The topic for this session is “Water Supply Issues in your Neighbourhood”. The discussion will feature eight to10 participants.
5.15-6.45pm. Café Coffee Day, Richmond Road. For details, visit www.transformurbanindia.org
The Photography Race—Bangalore
Team up with a friend to participate in this competitive race. Teams progress from pit stop to pit stop on foot, tackling photography challenges and fitness drills, covering 6-8km and tackling four-five themes. Camera phones or digital cameras may be used. The race will feature a series of puzzles—you’re supposed to solve the puzzle and identify the theme hidden in it before reaching the next pit stop. At the end, you give in a photograph that you feel defines the theme best. This is the second edition of what started as The Bangalore Photography event last year . The first 50 who register can participate. 2-3 hours.
7.30am. Registration fee, Rs 500 per team. For details, visit www.thephotographyrace.in , email carlitos.entertainment @gmail.com, or call Taushik (9620212750)/ Yasin (9986809990).
Food for Soul week
Till 8 October
The first week of this month is the Joy of Giving week. To take part in the Lovedale Foundation’s fund-raising initiative during the week, all you need to do is dine out.
Joy of giving: Enabling the underprivileged.
The Lovedale Foundation helps underprivileged children from granite quarries around Bangalore with education, healthcare and vocational training. The not-for-profit organization has collaborated with restaurants across the city to set up a “Food for Soul” table for lunch and dinner through the week: Patrons pay for their meal, and the amount will be used to raise funds for a school bus and an emergency van for children . Book a table at any of the participating restaurants to contribute.
12.30-3.30pm, 7-11.30pm. There are “Food for Soul” tables at Fava (UB City, 22117444), Mocha outlets (Lavelle Road, 42110094/95 and Koramangala, 41570437), Opus (23442580), Mast Kalandar (all 25 outlets), The Biere Club (42124383/84/86) and The Gateway Hotel (66604545). For details, visit www.lovedalefoundation.org and http://joyofgivingweek.ning.com
Open Air Film Night
Fancy a bite, a touch of wine, outdoor seating and a good movie? Goethe-Institut’s Open Air Film Nights is one of the few places you can get all of these together. The latest edition is about how city spaces are occupied. Their line-up is the usual mixed bag: two documentaries, a couple of short films, and a full-length one. The first is Dharamtalla ka Mela, a documentary by Jo Jo Karlerkar about the Dharamtalla Fair in downtown Kolkata. Next is Neukölln Unlimited, about three siblings fighting for their family’s right to reside in Germany. Mega-Delhi Sublime is an excerpt from an ongoing project by Chris Green, and focuses its attention on Coronation Park and the Kathputli Colony slum in Delhi. There’s My Wall, five short films commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The evening concludes with Soul Kitchen, Fatih Akin’s first attempt at a comedy. 5 hours, 15 minutes.
City spaces: Goethe-Institut’s Open Air Film Night will see a mix of films.
5.30pm onwards. Max Mueller Bhawan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg.
City, Kaavad and Other Works
12 October-12 November
Gujarat-based artist and writer Gulammohammed Sheikh’s first solo show in a decade has maps everywhere. There is Sheikh’s version of the 13th century Ebstorf mappa mundi, a European world map that was lost around the time of World War II. There are aerial cityscapes, based on Google Maps. A fold-out “Book of Journeys” catalogues Sheikh’s travels over the last decade. And there are mandala-like paintings that could be considered mental or psychological maps. These maps are marked with recurring motifs. An additional collection of smaller works of the artist will be exhibited at the Vadehra Art Gallery in Defence Colony.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Feroze Shah Road, Mandi House (23387241).
Sons of Babur
The protaginist—modern-day college history student Rudranshu Sengupta—is having trouble finding takers for his play on emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. In the role
of the last Mughal, Tom Alter is headliner, crowd-puller and ultimately, the best thing the play—penned by Union minister Salman Khurshid and directed by M. Sayeed Alam—has going for it.
7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House (23714307). Tickets, Rs 100-500, available at the venue. For bookings, call 9810255291 or email email@example.com
Delhi Classical Music Festival
In this festival organized by the Punjabi Academy, the first day will feature a ‘jugalbandi’ by vocalist and Delhi ‘gharana’ ‘khalifa’ Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan and shehnai player Ustad Ali Ahmed Hussain, followed by a vocal recital by Parveen Sultana. The other performances will include a flute and santoor duet by Pandit Ajay Prasanna and Abhay Rustam Sopori, and vocal recitals by Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Laxman Krishnarao Pandit and Pandit Jasraj.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (43503351). Passes available between 10am-6pm at Punjabi Academy, Sadar Thana Road, Motia Khan, Paharganj (23616243/23528532).
A Play about Death
Masquerade Youth Theatre Ensemble presents an original play written by Thomas Manuel and Visvak Reddy. The plot follows the protagonist Peter as he tries to find answers to the many age-old existential questions about life and death. He starts out performing a play but then breaks away from the mediocre script to forge his own story. In the process, the plot emerges as an irreverent exploration of theatre as a narrative medium and a metaphor for life. Director: Harish Aditya. 1 hour, 15 minutes.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803). Tickets, Rs 150, available on www.indianstage.in
Taj Khazana’s Trunk Show
Taj’s in-house lifestyle store is presenting a special collection of Varanasi Weaves featuring handwoven saris and dress materials.
10am-8pm, Clive Dupleix, Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam High Road.
Fusion art: An A. Rajendran painting.
Works by A Rajendran
Till 10 October
A new series of paintings by A. Rajendran, themed on the rural and folk culture of Tamil Nadu— on canvas, and in acrylic—are on display at DakshinaChitra. His works have been exhibited in the past at St David Hall, Cardiff, Wales, and Covent Garden, London. The works are priced upwards of Rs 15,000.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
By Nandini Reddy
The City: Becoming and Decaying
The photography exhibition being organized as part of “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” is a long-term project documenting urban growth and decay in 22 cities around the world. Shot by members of the German Ostkreuz photo agency, the photographs capture people in their urban environments. Parallel to the Ostkreuz exhibition will be a local exhibition, The Changing Hyderabad, displaying the works of members of the Hyderabad Bhagyanagar Photo Art Club.
Photo op: Pictures on urban life.
10am-5pm. Salar Jung Museum, Darulshifa (23241791).
Documentaries of the renowned German Director-producer-screenwriter-actor Werner Herzog will be screened as part of Doc Splash. The films that will be screened are How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck, Last Words, The Dark Glow of the Mountains (11 October), Wheel of Time (12 October) and The Wild Blue Yonder (13 October).
7pm. LaMakaan, Road No.1, Banjara Hills (27700734).
Traditional games workshop
A workshop on playing traditional games such as Aalu Puli Aatam, Ashtaa Chemmaa and gilli danda will be conducted by Madhumati from Kreeda, Chennai, for children over 6 years. Kreeda researches traditional games and tries to create awareness about them, organizing inter-school competitions and workshops for children.
10.30am-12.30pm. Saptaparni, Plot No. 21, Road No. 8, Banjara Hills. (66667707, 66821789). Registration, Rs 600 per child.
Taj Deccan will host the works of Sumitra Narayan, better known as M. Narayan. His painting themes range from the sport of polo to market and village life. The works are priced between Rs 50,000 and Rs 2lakh.
10am-10pm. Lobby Gallery, Taj Deccan, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills (66663939, 23393939).
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Till 29 October
Mon Art Gallerie presents Lyrical Journeys, a group show of watercolours by Arup Lodh, Sandip Roy and Sudip Roy. Their works are emotionally vivid and capture the ephemeral reality of moods and moments. Sudip’s works are meditative, spontaneous and gestural. Arup Lodh’s works are pregnant with atmosphere, mystery, wistfulness and nostalgia, and bring to life the many facets of Kolkata. Sandip’s watercolours on Varanasi and Allahabad are dramatic, lively and vibrant.
Group show: Three artists are presenting works in watercolour.
11am-7.30pm (closed on Sundays and holidays). Mon Art Gallerie, Third floor, Regency, 6, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street), at the crossing of Albert Road (22895438). For details, visit www.monartgallerie.com
Caesar O Cleopatra
10 October/14 October
Theatre group Natadha presents Caesar O Cleopatra, a play in Bengali inspired by the work of legendary British playwright Bernard Shaw. It’s scripted by Arna and Rudrarup Mukhopadhyay and directed by Arna Mukhopadhyay. The story, set in Egypt at the time of Caesar and Cleopatra, has been given a contemporary twist.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (10 October) and Rabindra Sadan (14 October). Tickets,Rs 30, Rs 40, Rs 50 and Rs 60. For details and bookings, call 9836419579.
Theatre group Sayak presents Pinki Buli, a Bengali drama directed and enacted by theatre veteran Meghnad Bhattacharya. The story revolves around two girls, Pinki and Buli. Buli hails from a remote village and works as a domestic help at Pinki’s house. The play explores the growth of their relationship from master-servant to friends. This is a story about two different lives—their wishes, dreams, pain, conflict and trials.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts. Tickets, Rs 20, Rs 40 and Rs 60. For bookings and details, call 9836067788.
Musica Fiorita and Il Ballarino
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in association with the embassy of Switzerland and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New Delhi, will jointly present Musica Fiorita, a baroque music ensemble from Switzerland, and Il Ballarino, a baroque dance ensemble from Italy, along with Bharatnatyam dancers from India. This is on the occasion of the “XIth Edition of the Italian Language Week in the World”.
6.30pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, 9A Ho Chi Minh Sarani. (22822895/3431). For details, visit www.tagorecentreiccr.org
Till 15 October
Nalhati-based artist Narayan Sinha’s childhood memories are filled with the sounds of the conch-shell and Goddess Durga. ‘DEBI’ is a tribute to the goddess. Narayan’s installations of the goddess in bronze and metal attempt to recreate the grandeur of this annual ritual that Bengal celebrates. The installations are available for purchase.
Noon-7pm (closed on Sundays). The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Harrington Mansions, Suite 5 and 25B, Second floor,8, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22829220/21). For details, visit www.hstreetartscentre.com
By Indranil Bhoumik
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