A seminar with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Noted post-colonial theorist, literary critic, and author of the seminal essay on post-colonial studies “Can the Subaltern Speak?”, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak will take a seminar at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS). The focus is on two of her writings: “Moving Devi” and “Righting Wrongs”.
10am-1pm. CSCS, 827, 29th Main Road, Poornaprajna HBCS Layout, Uttarahalli (26423266). For details and the invite, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flying Bulls at
Aero India 2011
All eyes on the sky at this spectacular annual event. Don’t miss the legendary Flying Bulls Aerobatic Team, which is scheduled to perform at Aero India 2011. The Flying Bulls from the Czech Republic first came together in 1960 and were previously known as Box Trener, Unimax Devils and Sky Box before joining the Red Bull team in 2001. At the air show, the four-member team, flying in single-seater Zlin Z-50 LXs, will display some of their signature manoeuvres, including mirror flight and inverse loops. The Flying Bulls will perform on all days of the Aero India Show.
10am-5pm. Air Force Station, Yelahanka. Tickets, Rs400 on weekdays, and Rs500 on the weekend. No entry fee for children under 4. For details and registration, contact 7760996394. Make sure to carry the photo ID you used to register for the event.
Hamlet: The Clown Prince
A company of clowns runs amok with the script in Rajat Kapoor’s irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The clowns decide to present the famous tragedy with a comic twist. There’s no room for suspense as they reveal right at the beginning the fate of the main characters: “Hamlet dies, Ophelia dies, Gertrude dies, Claudius dies.”
8pm (also 3.30pm on 13 February). Jagriti theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). Tickets, Rs250, available at the venue from 7 February and at www.indianstage.in
Frozen in Time—Photographs of Dance
Till 6 February
In the opinion of the grande dame of American modern dance, Martha Graham, dance can only be collected in other media. This exhibition, curated by Thomas Thorausch of the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln, comprises 50 photographs—both colour and black and white—and a video installation of selected dance photographers and artists from Germany.
Fleeting moments: An exhibition of photographs that captures dancers in motion is on at Max Mueller Bhavan.
9.30am-6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205305).
A new four-member collective, The Soundsystem, is descending on the city to unleash the gypsies’ carefree spirit in a flurry of violin strokes and knob-turning on the DJ console. Featuring Loran Bozic on violin and Nicolas Baby strumming bass, Eric Schirmacher on the DJ decks and TomaZ SubVersion as VJ, the group’s sound will draw on Balkan and other ethnic influences from around the world, such as Indian sounds, Afrobeat, Kuduro from Angola, and Cumbia, originally from the slave populations of Colombia’s Caribbean coast—all overlaid with electronica beats and twists.
7pm. Opus, 4, 1st Main Road, off Palace Cross Road, Chakravarthy Layout (23442580). Entry, Rs510 (inclusive of Rs400 cover charge).
This stoner-doom metal band has Ganesh on vocals, Srikanth and Chacko on guitars, Deepak Raghu on drums and JP on bass. The name of the band is phonetically the Kannada word for bastard. The name is also a jab and a tribute to the many great doom metal band named after seas and oceans, such as Graves at Sea, Buried at Sea and Ocean.
The band, along with three others, is opening for Orphaned Land from Israel.
6pm. Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Tickets, Rs400.
The Experimenta Film Society is hosting a screening of this video work, curated by Stephen Parr. A montage of obscure clips, Sonic Oddities includes samples from the black and white claymation short Gumby Concerto (1963), American airline ad spots, a religious propaganda short named Eucharist, clips from the percussion-based short Fantasy of Feet, and a Bell Labs “science-of-sound” video named Two Heads are Better than One (1961). The show will be accompanied by the Bangalore-based experimental act The Indian Sonic Research Organisation, with a performance of what they describe as “home-made sonic instruments, using archaic/esoteric technologies”. 2 hours.
6.30pm. Jaaga, Creative Common Ground, Rhenius Street, Richmond Town (9880289621).
Contemporary dancer Veena Basavarajaiah is performing at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival this week. Bangalore-based Basavarajaiah started learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 13 in 1996. She started training under the aegis of Shubha Dhananjay. Since then, Basavarajaiah has trained in Kalaripayattu, Kathak, contemporary dance and classical ballet under various teachers in Bangalore.
Dancing diva: Veena Basavarajah in a contemporary dance recital.
8.20pm. Horniman Circle Garden, Horniman Circle, Fort (23633561).
Over the last five years, Mythili Prakash has made a name for herself in Chennai’s competitive Bharatanatyam scene. Prakash’s well-rounded style, which have earned her rave reviews, will be amply displayed when she presents her production Stree Katha. It highlights the significant role and contribution of women in the Ramayana and focuses on the stories of Kaikeyi, Surpanakha and Sita.
7pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs50 and Rs100, available at the venue.
Blind Man’s Car Rally
For this 65km drive, your only directions will come from a visually impaired navigator in the passenger seat reading directions in Braille. But this competion is not for the impatient, since it’s a time-speed-distance test in which teams lose more points for reaching a stop early than arriving there late.
The rally aims to help the sighted and the visually impaired understand each other better. The event has been organized by the National Association for the Blind (NAB) and Round Table India (RTI), and is open to the public. The collection from the entry fees will support RTI’s initiatives with NAB, funding their Integrated Education Project, which helps provide education to the visually impaired in regular schools.
Car rally: Driving change
8am. Those interested can report next to Blue Sea Hotel, Worli-Seaface at 7am. Registration, Rs1,200, or drive free by sponsoring a visually impaired child’s education for one year for Rs5,000. To register, call 9821116543, or log on to www.mumbairally.com . Registration closes 7pm on 4 February.
Jeffrey Sachs lecture
Jeffrey Sachs (director, The Earth Institute, and Quetelet professor of sustainable development, and professor of health policy and management, Columbia University) is often described as the world’s best-known economist writing on developmental issues today. He will present an interactive session on “India in the Global Economy: Issues, Challenges and Prospects”.
Sachs, author of best-sellers such as ‘Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet’ and ‘The End of Poverty’, has advised governments across the world on how to salvage their economies. The lecture has been organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci), the Aditya Birla Group CSR Centre for Excellence, in partnership with Columbia University’s Global Centers.
5.30pm. The Rooftop, Trident Hotel, Nariman Point (66324343). For details, email email@example.com
Put It On, Again!
Till 26 February
A show by artist duo Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra who use safe-sex imagery and metaphors of superheroes to spread safe-sex awareness. Their interest in the safe-sex campaign was aroused in 2004, when they worked at the advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather. Their healthcare department came up with an idea for an HIV/AIDS awareness programme for Apollo Hospital.
Play it safe: An exhibition by Thukral & Tagra to raise AIDS awareness.
Similar to other ad campaigns, this one prescribed four rules of thumb: abstain, be faithful, use condoms, and delay your sexual debut. The problem with these rules was that the denial of pleasure was considered more important than making good sex safe. So Thukral & Tagra took up the challenge of addressing the contemporary urban reality of sex with multiple partners.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).
Till 2 March
The paths of Aparna Rao (from India) and Søren Pors ( from Denmark) crossed in 2002, during a two-year research scholarship study at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy. In 2004, the two began to work collaboratively. The phrase “applied fiction” seems both congruous and oxymoronic depending on how fiction itself is defined, and it is this aspect that induces irony and wit that pervades their artwork. In another sense, it could also refer to the fictional power of technology—the capacity for technology to penetrate all aspects of everyday life and become a part of our daily imaginations.
11 am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Okhla Phase-I (65474005).
Tamás Vásáry and Henriett Tunyogi—Western classical
This is a unique combination of a piano recital by concert pianist and conductor Tamás Vásáry and ballet by Henriett Tunyogi. This talented husband-wife duo’s choice of music includes Beethoven, romantic music by Chopin and Liszt, impressionistic pieces by Debussy and contemporary classics by the likes of Bartók. The event is in collaboration with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
It’s hard to resist a festival that has persisted for four years in a glamour-obsessed country, screening some uncompromising political documentary films made in India and abroad. This year, Persistence Resistance returns with over 80 documentaries, some from the recent catalogue of organizing body Magic Lantern Foundation (MLF), others from collaborations with international festivals such as the DOK Leipzig, London International Documentary Film Festival, and United Nations Development Fund for Women. Three new documentaries will be shown for the first time. The festival opens with Paromita Vohra’s ‘Partners in Crime’.
Avante-garde:Watch over 80 documentary films.
10am-6pm. Auditorium, Conference Room I, Fountain Lawns and Gandhi King Plaza, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431). For details and schedule, call the venue.
Masks and Metaphors
Till 12 February
In Masks and Metaphors, artist Jaya Ganguly has attemped to portray ugliness that abounds in life by using images of mask-like faces and physically distorted figures. Ganguly has employed a wide range of her lineal, textural and chromatic resources to make each portrait a unique image of metaphorical import.
12-8pm (Sunday closed). Gallery Sanskriti, 5C, Alipore Park Road (24484925/97931).
William Kentridge—etchings, prints and films
Till 28 February
On the occasion of artist William Kentridge’s first visit to India, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts is presenting an exhibition of his etchings, prints and films. Kentridge is one of the world’s most revered contemporary artists. Based in South Africa, his works track a personal route across the fraught legacy of apartheid and colonialism through an innovative use of charcoal drawings, prints, collages, stop motion animation, films and theatre.
2-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942).
The Italian ministry of foreign affairs is showcasing pop-art style works by 27 Italian artists. It’s a contemporary style and draws upon the legacy left by Marcel Duchamp, the father of pop art. The Dadumpop exhibition originates from a desire to understand what the Duchampian and Dadaistic legacies are that can be found in Italian neo-pop and also to find a definition to this artistic reality.
11am-7pm. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22872680/22822895).
Caesar O Cleopatra
4 and 6 February
The Natadha theatre group of Kolkata presents Caesar O Cleopatra, a Bengali play inspired from Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra. The script is by Arna and Rudrarup Mukhopadhyay, and the play has been directed by Arna Mukhopadhyay. The objective of the play is to portray the “imperialism” of the present day.
6pm (4 February). Sarat Sadan, 5, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Howrah. Tickets, Rs30.
3pm (6 February). Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs20, Rs40 and Rs60. For details, call 9836419579.
Banglanatak dot com and the West Bengal department of tourism jointly present ‘Sufi Sutra’ in association with the European Union, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Banglanatak dot com is a social enterprise working to foster pro-poor growth. Artists from several countries, including Bangladesh, Jordan, Afghanistan, Syria, Tajikistan, Iran, Egypt and India, will participate in the event.
Sufi Sutra: The Syrian group will perform at the festival.
Each day, the first half will feature interactions and workshops with musicians, and in the second half, there will be four 90-minute musical performances by teams from the participating countries.
11am-3pm (first session) and 6-11pm (second session). Nicco Park, Plaza III and IV. For details and passes, call 24178516 or log on to www.banglanatak.com
Lost in the Jungle
Directed by Amit Singh of Chennai-based Asap Productions, this play chronicles the travails of an eclectic mix of characters from Tinkle and The Jungle Book. Throw in some music, dance, slapstick comedy, a desi twist and laugh-out-loud moments and you have your very own Indian pantomime.
3pm and 7pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore (9894538413). Tickets, Rs150, Rs250, Rs350 and Rs500, available at the venue and at www.indianstage.in
Pizza and Pasta Fest
Till 5 February
Six-O-One dedicates this week to pizzas and pastas. Feast on pizzas with home-made spicy salami, caramelized fennel, mozzarella and arugula, or sample pastas such as linguini with clams, garlic, white wine and parsley, and the potato and rocket agnolotti with braised beef. All items are available à la carte for lunch and dinner.
11.30am-11.30pm. Six-O-One, The Park, 601, Nungambakkam High Road (42676000). Prices, Rs350 onwards.
Basant Panchami celebrations
Prakrit Arts will celebrate Basant Panchami over two days. On 6 February, there will be workshops on making garlands and shell flowers. There will be a puja on 8 February. Dress code: shades of yellow.
11am-7pm. Prakrit Arts Gallery, 102, Greenways Road Extension, RA Puram (42188989). Registration fees, Rs500.
Alpha to Omega Learning Centre, an NGO which works with those suffering from specific learning disabilities and other related disorders, hopes to raise funds for the cause through this supper theatre event. Leading carnatic vocalists T.M. Krishna and Sangeetha Sivakumar and Theatre Nisha’s V. Balakrishnan come together to present a musical based on ‘The Boy who Eclipsed the Sun’.
The story is based on a boy who yearns for education but becomes a criminal. The crux of the story is how he is rescued by Buddha and attains enlightenment. The vocalists will be accompanied by Amritha Murali on the violin, J.B. Sruti Sagar on the flute and M.T. Aditya Srinivasan on percussion.
7.30pm. Le Royal Meridien, GST Road, St Thomas Mount (22314343). Donor passes, Rs5,000 per couple.
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