The India-Nepal project
Till 15 April
The artist collectives Khoj and 1Shanthi Road have announced an India-Nepal collaborative project which intends to encourage conversations across cultures and explore alternative visual art practices and creative interactions by inviting artists from across South Asia, forming a network in the region. The “core policy”: an identification of the “Global South”.
Khoj@1ShanthiRoad is now hosting artist Sunil Segdil from Nepal, who uses experimental forms and mixed media in his work. Segdil is collaborating with Umesh Kumar P.N., a young multimedia artist from Bangalore, and their ongoing work at the studio residency is expected to culminate in an open studio and show in the second week of April.
10.30am-7.30pm. 1Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706). For details, log on to www.1shanthiroad.com
The founder of The Bangalore School of Music will lead a Western classical concert in mezzo-soprano. Sunderlal will present a selection of lieder by Händel, Bach, Schumann and Schubert, followed by arias from operas by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Bizet. She will be accompanied by William Scobie from Ireland and Bangalore-based Berenice da Gama Rose on the piano, and Sarah Cave from the US on the violin.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, Indira Nagar, CMH Road (25205305).
Listen to Jayashree Singh on vocals, Amyt Datta on guitars, Jivraj Singh on drums, Gyan Singh on bass, and Jeffrey Menezes on keys as they come together as Skinny Alley, one of the most experienced bands in the country. Skinny Alley takes on a wide range of styles, ranging from rock ’n’ roll to reggae, from funk to fusion, and from jazz-inflected pop to the blues. In this concert titled Jukebox for Gina, the Kolkata band will play from a selection of around 100 songs.
9pm. Opus, 4, 1st Main, off Palace Cross Road, Chakravarthy Layout (23442580).
Making Books with Gerhard
The focus here will be as much on the books on display as on the photos they contain. Ace photographer Dayanita Singh will launch her new book, ‘Dream Villa’. But foremost on her agenda is the introduction by German publisher Gerhard Steidl. For Singh, who has worked exclusively with Steidl since 2001 (‘Dream Villa’ is their sixth book together), Steidl’s quest for perfection amounted to something much bigger than the elementary processes of editing, design, typography, scanning and printing.
Singh will make a presentation on the Steidl phenomenon based on her experiences. Meanwhile, ‘Dream Villa’ presents a series of Singh’s pictures—in colour, unlike most of her older work— exploring the transformation of cityscapes at nightfall, under artificial illumination and moonlight. The event will also include a display of selected titles from the Steidl catalogue.
6.30pm, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar (25205308).
If you’ve always meant to take the bus to work, today’s the day to leave your car behind and do just that. Dubbed “Bus Day”, this is an innovative campaign to promote awareness about public transport and help reduce pollution and traffic congestion. “We want feedback from Bus Day and we’re interested in acting on that feedback,” says Arun Chakravarthy, the city transport corporation’s director of security, vigilance and environment, explaining why they have organized this day.
For details, log on to www.bmtcinfo.com
Zapperdockel and the Wock
Zapperdockel is yellow, tiny, diffident, and cries a lot. He is nothing like the blue, fat and grumpy Wock. They couldn’t be more different, it appears, and yet they find themselves becoming unlikely friends… albeit puppet friends. The German stage production (which is based on Georg Bydlinski’s popular children’s storybook) has been translated and reworked for its Indian incarnation, with puppets created by Delhi-based puppeteer Anurupa Roy and a special music score by Kumaresh, from the duo Kumaresh-Ganesh.
7.30 pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar. Tickets, Rs100.
Queer Nazariya festival
Issues of gender and sexuality will be explored during the Queer Nazariya festival, which showcases documentaries and short films from 13 countries. The organizers, Alliance Française and Majlis, also present a photography exhibition by Kabi (she uses only one name), memorabilia from last year’s pride march in Mumbai, and an installation by the queer group Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action.
2-10pm, Friday; 10am-10pm, Saturday-Sunday. National College, Linking Road, Bandra-West. For details, email email@example.com. To volunteer for the event, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacred and Profane
Till 15 April
Artist T. Venkanna’s show celebrating two years of the Warehouse at 3rd Pasta has graphic and sexualized imagery on display, so don’t make it a family visit unless you’re open to seeing artworks such as an oversized vagina, with a strategically-poised, shrivelled, miniature chicken, with your parents and/or children.
11am-7pm (Monday closed). Warehouse at 3rd Pasta, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).
Gallerist Arshiya Lokhandwala dons her curator hat to present photographs by South Asian artists in a two-part exhibition titled Punctum. Latin for puncture or wound, punctum (as defined by French semiotician Roland Barthes) refers to the quality in photographs which arouses emotionally charged responses in a spectator. The first part, Punctum 1, looks at the body of South Asian photography through the works of Anita Dube, Sheba Chhachhi, Tejal Shah and UK-based Hetain Patel.
10.30am-6.30pm. Lakeeren, 6/18, Grants Building, Second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (65224179).
Anusaran and Hanuman-Sita Samvad
Odissi dancers Debi Basu, Daksha Mashruwala, Anandi Ramchandran and Jhelum Paranjpe from Mumbai will pay tribute to their guru Kelucharan Mohapatra on his seventh death anniversary.
Anusaran is based on Mohapatra’s famous dance drama Jatayu Moksha, a tale from the Ramayan. Kathak dancer Uma Dogra will perform too—the Hanuman-Sita Samvad, also inspired by the epic tale.
7pm. Mysore Association, 393, Bhau Daji Road, near Maheshwari Udayan, Matunga-East. (24024647). For details, call 9821043290 or 9820216315.
DJ Thomas Gold has remixed everything from pop to rock and has his name on labels such as the Ministry of Sound. Now, the German deejay presents a sample of the musical chemistry for which he’s known. At this gig, Gold will mix House with electro.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs500.
Malavika Sarukkai will present her latest production Sakthi Sakthimaan (auspicious and fearsome energies). The production works with different energy patterns—stillness and movement, expansion and contraction, the auspicious and the fearsome. It aims at recreating the worship of Shiva and Devi.
6.45pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Entry by invitation only. Invites available at the venue.
Chennai-based Bharatanatyam dancer Anita Ratnam’s latest work, ‘MA3KA (Matrika)—Trikona Shakti’, explores a new, non-traditional representation of the three major avatars of Shakti, the consort of Shiva. She will blend Bharatanatyam with contemporary choreography, accompanied by narration by theatre personality Revathy Sankkaran. Strong imagery and stark stageplay are the tools that Ratnam has used for ‘MA3KA’. The goddesses Saraswati, Lakshmi and Meenakshi are each assigned a primary colour. Saraswati, worshipped as the giver of knowledge, is represented in white; Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, is represented in red; Meenakshi, hailed as the divine warrior, has the energy of green.
7.15pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Entry by invitation only. Invites available at the venue.
Women on Record
The Centre for Media and Alternative Communication is launching a year-long project, Women on Record—Celebrating Music, Women and Technology in Early 20th Century, with an exhibition and a couple of performances, which include a vocal recital by Vidya Shah of songs made famous by singers such as Zohrabai Agrewali and Gauhar Jaan. There will also be a Kathak performance by Rani Khanam.
6.30pm. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1, CV Mess, Janpath (23389535).
Life & Art of the Brunners
Imre Lazar, director of the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, will speak on the life and works of the mother-daughter artist duo Elizabeth Sass Brunner and Elizabeth Brunner, on the occasion of the latter’s birth centenary. The two women had travelled to India, Sri Lanka and Japan in the late 1920s and settled down in India.
6.30pm. Annexe auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (25619431).
Kodály String Quartet
This string quartet from Hungary comprises Attila Falvay (violin), Erika Tóth (violin), János Fejérvári (viola) and Gyorgy Éder (cello). The Kodály Quartet was formed in Budapest in 1966 and is named in honour of the 20th century Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály. No strangers to Delhi (they performed here in 2006), the string quartet is known for its monumental undertaking of the complete cycles of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert on record. This time around, they will perform works by Kodály, Beethoven, Schubert and others. The event is being organized in collaboration with the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Till 5 April
This is an exhibition of mixed media collages created by Austrian artist Werner Dornik through an interactive process. The collection has an underlying social message of alleviating poverty, confronting the issue of plenty versus nothing.
11am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Till 12 April
This show consists of a series of figurative and colourful works by Karmuhilan, based on the meditative benevolence of Buddha and the energetic Ganesh in various forms.
11am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779).
Explore, Discover and Preserve
The Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) celebrates its second anniversary by presenting a photography exhibition that showcases the amazing moments of nature captured by some of its members.
2-4pm, on weekdays. Alliance Française de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Terracotta Mural Camp
5-8, 12-16 and 19-22 April
Artist Shalini Biswajit will conduct three four-day camps for children above the age of 12 to teach them how to use terracotta for murals that could be decorative as well as functional.
2.30-5.30pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596).
This summer camp for children (4-10 years) encompasses dance, craft, science experiments, drawing, singing and more. Choose from two batches, morning and afternoon.
Morning batch, 10.30am-1pm; afternoon batch, 4-6.30pm. Fun N Learn, A-403, Prince Tower, Puruswalkam High Road (9445402731). Charges, Rs900 per child, inclusive of material.
Lecture on Dhrupad
Sunita Amin, a Dhrupad exponent, will be accompanied by Sanjay Agle on the pakhawaj when she demonstrates and talks about this ancient genre of classical singing.
6.30pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram 2nd Street, Royapettah (45038391).
Victor Wooten Live
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet multiple Grammy winner guitarist Victor Wooten at a music workshop in the city. Catch him perform, talk and demonstrate musical ideas and concepts at this interactive event. The workshop will be followed by a concert with musician Prasanna, percussionist S. Karthick on the ghatam and Bangalore-based Amrit on the kanjira.
Workshop, 1.30pm onwards; concert, 7.30pm onwards. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet. Tickets, Rs 1,500, for the workshop and concert. For details, call 9790964952.
By Karuna Amarnath
Celebrating Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
2 April and 7 April
The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts presents a short film on Bade Ghulam Ali Khan on 2 April. It will be followed by a performance by his grandson Ustad Raza Ali Khan of the Kasur-Patiala gharana. Raza Ali will also hold a workshop on four morning and four evening ragas on 7 April.
5-7pm. The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place. For information and to register for the workshop on 7 April (on first-come, first-served basis), call 24613145.
With Poila Baisakh, the Bengali new year, around the corner, the Crafts Council of India presents a collection of summer textiles, both home linens and apparel, at its crafts outlet Kamala. There are cool, crisp, loom-woven cottons such as Telia, Chanderi, Patola and Shibori saris, plain and printed Mangalgiri, Bagru, Gadwal and Maheshwari fabrics, Kalamkari pen patterns and Ajrakh prints, and Shantipuri weaves. Also on display will be ‘eri’, ‘muga’ and ‘nooni’ silks from Assam.
10am-7pm (opening at 11am on 3 April). Kamala, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22820763, 9831716146).
April Music Fest
Nightclub and bar Someplace Else’s annual music festival this year is themed Baul, Blues & Beyond, celebrating musicians who transcend genre. It opens with world music band Taal Tantra. Members Tanmoy Bose, Shaukat Hussain Khan, Ratul Shankar Ghosh, Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury, Bodhisattwa Ghosh, Joy Bhattacharya, Anusheh Anadil (female lead vocalist of Bangladeshi band Bangla), Akkash Fakir and Krishna Das Baul marry jazz,
classical, folk, Baul and indigenous drumming traditions.
8pm. Someplace Else, The Park, 17, Park Street (40049000).
10th Janapriya Nataker Mela
Theatre group Natadha has organized a 10-day event to raise funds for the Banga Natya Samhati, which supports ill and indigent performers. The plays include Gnan Briksher Fall (by Sayak), Chiro Kumar Sabha (Chetana), Anukul (Theatre Passion), Jalchhabi (Rangroop,) Jan-e-Kalkatta (Akhor), Bhootnath (Sanstab), Missed Call (Nay-e-Natua), Bhoy (Swapnasandhani), Ja Nei Bharatey (Sundaram) and Morrosa (Natadha). Apart from these, performative arts such as Shibayan, Tarza and Bhand jatra from Howrah, Baul music from Murshidabad, Gambhira from Malda, Chhau from Purulia, and Putul Naach from Howrah will also feature.
6.30pm. Sarat Sadan, Howrah Maidan. Daily tickets, Rs10, Rs20, Rs40 and Rs60; season tickets, Rs75, Rs130, Rs250 and Rs400. For details, call 9830349400 or 9433767806.
Till 4 April
This exhibition by the visual arts faculty of Rabindra Bharati University includes paintings in watercolour, oil, gouache and mixed media, bronze sculpture and graphic art.
3-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue (24662843/6802).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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