Till 23 December
A solo show of paintings of acrylic on canvas by Prashant Miranda. The artist, born in Kollam, Kerala, grew up in Bangalore. He studied animation film design at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad before moving to Canada, where he worked in the animation industry for a few years. He then decided to pursue painting full time.
Gypsy Jazz: By Prashant Miranda.
11am-7pm. Plantation House, B14B, Level 1, Leela Galleria, Leela Palace Kempinski, 23, HAL Airport Road (42071028). For details call 9844266003. or visit www.prashart.blogspot.com
December Stories—End of Season 2011
In this interactive session, the group Yours Truly Theatre will bring together audiences to speak about the year gone by, their dreams, hopes, aspirations and achievements. These will then be given dramatic shape by the group’s directors and actors. It’s a form of improvisational theatre which the group’s been working on for a decade.
7pm. Alma, 1, 17th E Cross, next to Shanti Sagar, near the Bata showroom, Chowdiah Memorial Hall Road, Indiranagar (9845243051, 9845853093). Tickets, Rs 75, available on in.bookmyshow.com
Nataka Bengaluru 2011—Rangabhoomi Sambrama
Till 29 December
Nataka Bengaluru is a festival of 15 Kannada plays, most of them produced especially for the event. There’s no one theme, the objective being to build an audience for Kannada theatre. In this fourth edition of Nataka Bengaluru, the plays on offer include both adaptations and original writing, all by troupes from Bangalore. Some of the plays scheduled include Agni Loka, based on King Lear, written by Vasantha Bannadi and directed by Suresh Anagalli; and Prameelarjuniyam, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, written by M.L. Srikantesha Gowda and directed by Manjunath L. Badiger.
Timings vary. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase, JP Nagar (26493982, 26592777). Tickets available on www.indianstage.in . For details, call 9448050950 or visit www.rangashankara.org
The Ananya GML Cultural Academy will present the second edition of this series, with the aim of presenting the work of teenage solo performers to connoisseurs and the media. This edition focuses on young Bharatanatyam performers—among them, Apoorva K. Keshav, a student of Soundarya Srivatsa; Priyanka Chandrashekar, currently a student of Revathi Narasimhan; and Shrithi Rajalakshmi, a student of B. Bhanumathi and Sheela Chandrashekar.
6pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).
Singapore-based dancers Shubhra and Soumya Ojha will present traditional items in the margam format. The twins will begin with a pushpanjali, an invocatory item, and end with a thillana, a pure-dance sequence. The presentation will feature a blend of solo and duet items.
7pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
Four Square, presented by Silly Point Productions, brings four short pieces—Listen, Bang Bang, Late and Monster Date. Presented from the viewpoint of a gawky college kid, they throw up a rash of stereotypes and fleetingly touch on issues such as homophobia. The production recalls the hormonal obsessions, hard-core PJs and self-indulgence of adolescence, but the few interesting moments are lost in ribaldry. The plays are directed by Meherzad Patel and Danesh Khambata and written by Meherzad Patel and William Mastrosimone.1 hour, 45 minutes.
Four Square: At The Comedy Store.
8.30pm. The Comedy Store, Palladium Mall, High Street, Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets Rs 500, available at the venue and on in.bookmyshow.com
For its regular “Wobble” nights, Bonobo invites Indian and international DJs to play their favourite bass-heavy tunes. The special guest this time is Delhi Sultanate or Taru Dalmia, a hip hop singer, poet and founding member of BASSFoundation. Sultanate thumps out hip hop, glitch hop, dub step, drum and bass.
10pm. Bonobo, Kenilworth Mall, Phase 2, Linking Road, Bandra—West (26055050/5353).
Le Pain Quotidien
25 December-1 January
Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the Belgian bakery chain, is celebrating Christmas with goodies such as tarts, quiches and cakes; the sun-kissed café will also have a special all-day menu till 1 January. The items on offer include bacon, mozzarella and mushroom omelettes, roast pumpkin and orange soup, warm chicken salad with walnuts and sesame dressing, turkey with apple and chestnut stuffing and tenderloin served with lasagne and garlic jus.
8am-midnight. Le Pain Quotidien, 2, Dhanraj Mahal, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Road, near Apollo Bunder, Colaba (66150202). Meal for two, around Rs 1,500, plus taxes.
Listen Outside This House
Till 28 January
Artist Sudarshan Shetty’s eight installations rest on fictive texts. Among them, a replica of a wooden monument on the verge of collapse, with words written on its floor; and another with passages culled from the Ramayan and Mahabharat.
11am-7pm. (Wednesday-Monday; Sundays by appointment). GallerySKE, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972). For details, visit www.galleryske.com
Infinite Stupidity uses physical theatre techniques and red-nose clowning, a sub-genre that director Ashwath Bhatt specializes in. The performers will don very little make-up but will be equipped with oversized Rudolph-like schnozzes—the nose is “the smallest mask in the world”. Bhatt sees his brand of clowning as taking everyday grouses and presenting them in a manner at once accessible and absurd. The play— composed of small sequences of ideas that segue into one another—grew out of Bhatt’s Theatre Garage’s workshops. 85 minutes.
Clowning: The play has a fresh take on everyday grouses.
7pm. 26 December, at The Attic, Regal Building, Connaught Place, and 30 December, at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC). Tickets, Rs 100-300, available at the IHC programme desk and on www.habitatworld. com 7.30pm, 29 December, at Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs 150, Rs 250 and Rs 350, available at the venue. For details, call 9810026174.
BookWag reading and discussion
BookWag is a new club that meets on Saturdays. This week, the theme is “Travel and Adventure Books”. Members will have 5-7 minutes to read from and talk about any book in these genres. The readings will be followed by a discussion, moderated by Kunzum Travel Café founder Ajay Jain.
11am. Kunzum Travel Café, T-49, Hauz Khas Village (26513949, 9650702777). Membership is free. For details and membership, email email@example.com or visit www.bookwag.com
Till 10 February
This group exhibition curated by Rakhee Balaram displays the works of 14 artists, including Anita Dube, Pooja Iranna, Mithu Sen, Susanta Mandal, Sisir Thapa and L.N. Tallur. The broader context for the works comes from an archive of books, poems in regional languages and recent newspaper articles talking about political and economic instability.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Art Alive Gallery, 120 Institutional Area, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-4932000).
Festival of Madhya Pradesh
Till 26 December
Celebrate the splendours of the state with a glimpse of its culture: art, crafts, folk performances, a photography exhibition and documentaries. Presented by the South Zone Cultural Centre, DakshinaChitra and Mrignayanee, the festival features folk dances such as Gudum Baja, Karma Saila, Malwa Nritya and Matki; and Gond work, terracotta ware, bamboo and stone craft.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24918943).
Romancing the Reminiscence
Till 30 December
This series of paintings by artist Masuram Ravikanth has been greatly influenced by his romance with photography, a passion he inherited from his father.
11am-7pm. Apparao Galleries, Wallace Gardens, Nungambakkam (28332226/ 28330726).
Conference: On mystic saint poets.
Mad and Divine Women
The Karthik Fine Arts and Arangham Trust is organizing an international conference and performances on mystic saint poets. Danseuse Anita Ratnam is curating the event, which will have dance, verse, music and talks on the poetry of female poet saints such as Andal, Mirabai, Akka Mahadevi, Lal Ded and Avvaiyar. The performers include Aditi Mangaldas, Narthaki Nataraj, and Meenakshi Chitharanjan.
10am-1 pm (conference) and 5-9pm (performance) on all three days. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, East Mada Street, Mylapore (28524917). For the schedule, visit www.narthaki.com
By Nandini Reddy
Eyes on Life
Till 31 December
Aakriti Art Gallery presents a show of drawings and sketches by Satish Gujral, done between 2005 and 2011. These drawings on rice paper showcase the well-known artist’s sense of humour, one that eschews sarcasm. The works, priced at Rs 4.5 lakh, are on sale.
Noon-7pm. (Sunday closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A, Hungerford Street (22893027/5041). For details, visit www.aakritiartgallery.com
9th Desh Bidesher Natya Mela
Shohan, along with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre and the state government, is presenting its ninth international theatre festival, featuring 13 productions. They include Palakar’s Dakghar , Bangladesh, Shantipur Sanaskritik’s E-chche Kusum, Ichapur Aleya’s Ichhedana, Suva by Gobardanga Naksha and Atal by Jadavpur Manthan. An exhibition on the late Badal Sircar, an eminent theatre personality, will also be organized.
4-9pm (the exhibition) and 6.30pm (plays). Bijon Theatre, Beadon Street. For details and passes, call 9830042004.
By Indranil Bhoumik
The Legend of Rita
This 2000 film, a political thriller set in the later years of the Cold War, recounts the struggles of a young West German woman as she flees the consequences of her radical past. Starting as a member of an anti-capitalist bank robbery group, she moves on to work in a fabric dyeing plant in East Germany, where she sees for herself the discontented reality of a Communist state. As the years pass, Rita is forced into other identities though her ideal of socialism remains.
6.30pm. Sri Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre, Ameerpet. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ista Hyderabad is hosting a special Christmas brunch. Taste delicacies such as Thai marinated fish, bacon-wrapped Tournedos with Madagascar pepper sauce, and Dundee cake.
Noon-3pm. Hotel Ista Hyderabad, Gachibowli (44508888). Buffet, Rs 2,000, plus taxes, per person and Rs 3,500, plus taxes, for two.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
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