Till 27 February
The British planned the cities of Calcutta and Bombay to symbolize their power, and disseminate their value system. Some of these buildings still exist. Returning to India every year since 2003, Christopher Taylor decided to photograph the interiors of the mostly administrative buildings that still dominate central Kolkata and Mumbai. Red Square is a glimpse behind the imposing facades and a first-hand study of the workings of the machine—the remnants of a British-installed bureaucracy. An exhibition of some of these images by Taylor two years ago in Kolkata, led to an invitation by Soumitra Das, arts editor with ‘The Telegraph’ newspaper, to collaborate on ‘Red Square’—a book project of text and images charting the fulcrum of colonial power in India, the area at the heart of old Kolkata where British trade was first established in 1686. The exhibition is in two parts: at Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road, and Old Colonial House, opposite Sua House; 11 am to 6 pm (by appointment only on Saturday and Sunday).
Kodaikanal International School
Don’t miss the Kodaikanal International School’s annual concert at Christ College auditorium. Known for its 60-piece orchestra and band, the students of the school will play melodies made memorable by iconic artists such as John Kinyon, Steve Hodges and George Michael, among others. The evening will also feature Western classical music. Vivaldi on Xylophone, performed by Aditya Sagar, Toccata by Poulenc, performed by Hye Jin Kim on the piano, and Suite Antique by John Rutter, performed by Da Yang Jeong on the flute, are some of the solo performances. At 5pm. International School Auditorium. For invites, contact Shreya DeMonte on 09843790033.
Till 16 February
The city’s Spandan Group is presenting ‘Girija Kalyana’, a Kannada play written by B. Suresh and directed by B. Jayashree. Girija is a magnanimous character in Indian mythology. According to the legend, her love for Lord Shiva was unwavering and she went through punishing penance, to the point of sacrificing her life. Suresh weaves a modern-day story around this myth and Jayashri tells that story in her inimitable style, bringing vibrant folk forms and music into play. Girija Kalyana, premiered at the Ranga Sangeet Mahotsav in Pune, was organized by Amol Palekar. The 110-minute play will start at 7.30pm. At Rangashankara, 36/2 8th Cross II Phase J P Nagar. Contact 9948927954.
Hues of Bengal
It is a collection of paintings showcasing 20 contemporary artists from Bengal. The exhibition will include works of leading artists such as Paritosh Sen and Bijon Chowdhury and younger artists such as Samen Khamrui and S.K. Shajahan. The collection has been curated by Deb Dutta Gupta. Between 10am and 6pm. At Gallery G, 38, 7th Cross, Lavelle Road. Contact 2221-9275.
Compiled by Pavitra Jayaraman