Girish Karnad’s Bikhre Bimb is a play about Manjula Nayak, a professor of English literature who has been an unsuccessful writer in Kannada. In this one-act, one-performer play, Nayak (Arundhati Nag) finds international acclaim when she writes a novel in English, which becomes a best-seller. During a television interview, however, she is confronted by her own image on screen, which poses questions on the betrayal of her language and identity when she chooses to write in English. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tickets, Rs.100, available on www.indianstage.in
Kailasam Keechaka—A Love Story
Directed by Ramnath Rangayana, this is a Kannada play based on the life of Kailasam Keechaka—a man of love, a character from the Mahabharat. It traces Keechaka’s unrequited love for Draupadi and finally, the solace found in death at the hands of Bheem. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
3.30pm/7.30pm. Ranga Shankara. Tickets, Rs.100, available on in.bookmyshow.com
Till 7 January/8-12 January
The Renaissance Gallerie is hosting group exhibitions. The first show, which started on Wednesday, has paintings by Chaitali Chatterjee, Shridhar Upadhye and B. Kumaraswamy. The second show will open on 8 January and will have paintings by Badri Narayan, Suhas Roy, Sachin Jaltare, Vrindavan Solanki and Milind Nayak.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Renaissance Gallerie, 104, Westminster, 13, Cunningham Road (22202232).
Fusion Dreams by Jyotsna Srikanth
Jyotsna Srikanth is a jazz and world fusion music performer with roots in south Indian classical music. Fusion Dreams, her band, has a sound that blends world fusion, jazz, electronic and folk with Indian percussion, Western grooves, electronic beats, and the electric violin.
9pm. CounterCulture. For details and tickets, call 41400793.
‘California Suite’, directed by Deeban Chakravarthy and Imran Ahmed, is a set of four hilarious and dramatic short plays which have one thing in common, Suites 203 and 204 of the Beverly Hills Hotel. How does an Oscar nominee prepare herself for the red carpet event? A middle-class man finds himself with an “intruder” in a posh hotel room. Will that empty vodka bottle be enough to calm the wife walking up to his room? Who does Jenny choose—New York City-based journalist mom or sunny California-based screenwriter dad? And two affluent couples, who are best friends, take a vacation together. A mixed-doubles tennis match between them ends in a fight. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
7.30pm/also 3.30pm on Sunday. Alliance Française, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar. Tickets, Rs.250, available on in.bookmyshow.com
The annual festival across 12 venues will feature 300 artistes and 30 events and activities. There will be food stalls, exhibitions, dance, music and folk theatre performances, traditional games like dayakattam and pallankuzhi, documentary film screenings, and painting and photography contests.
Timings and venues vary. Mylapore. For the schedule, call 9841049155, or visit www.mylaporefestival.com
Enjoy a four-course Tuscan brunch with appetizers, pastas and risottos, soups, meat and fish preparations, unlimited drinks and a range of desserts like ricotta cheesecake, salty caramel tart and coconut torte.
12.30–3pm (Sundays only). Prego, Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam High Road (66002827). Price, Rs.2,500, plus taxes, per person.
Pada Kavitaa Pithamaha (Annamacharya)
The students of Anitha Guha’s Bharathanjali Trust will present a Bharatanatyam performance Pada Kavitha Pithamaha (Annamacharya) as part of the ongoing “Mudhra—18th Fine Arts Festival”. The production is in honour of 15th century saint and Telugu poet Annamacharya, or Annamayya.
6.30pm. Infosys Hall, Ramakrishna Mission School, Bazullah Road, T Nagar. Tickets, Rs.100, Rs.200, Rs.300, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, available on www.ticketnew.com
Paintings by Ashok
Till 7 January
This series of paintings by Ashok (who goes by one name), is in shades of black and white and represents the simplicity of life in rural India. Ashok has a master’s in visual arts from Hampi. He has held solo shows and taken part in many group shows too.
11am–5pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Village Heritage Festival
Till 31 January
DakshinaChitra is celebrating the Village Heritage Festival, featuring folk dances from the four southern states—Urumulu from Andhra Pradesh (till 7 January); Thudumbattam from Tamil Nadu (9-13 January); Theyyam from Kerala (18-24 January); and Kangilu from Karnataka (25-31 January).
11am–5 pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
By Nandini Reddy
The Calcutta Diaries
Till 23 January
The photographs in this exhibition by World Press Photo award-winner Pablo Bartholomew capture the streets and culture of Kolkata from the mid-1970s. The exhibition is divided into four distinct sections—a social commentary on the slow evisceration of the Chinese community in the Tangra area; shots in black and white of Bartholomew’s grandmother; images of Satyajit Ray on the sets of Shatranj ke Khilari; and Bartholomew’s own exploration of the city’s streets.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Art Heritage Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg (23719470).
15th Bharat Rang Mahotsav
The National School of Drama’s (NSD’s) annual theatre festival is now in its 15th year. A multitude of plays from India and abroad will be staged at venues like the Little Theatre Group (LTG) Auditorium; Kamani Auditorium; Shri Ram Centre; and Abhimanch, Sammukh, Bahumukh and Meghdoot at the NSD. Some of the international plays to watch out for:
Fellini’s Dream (6 January)
Italy’s Teatro Potlach will present the Pino di Buduo-directed play, Fellini’s Dream—a theatrical journey through the films of Italian film-maker Federico Fellini, with characters from Luci del Varietà (Variety Lights), The White Sheik, Amarcord and 8½, among others.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (43503351). Tickets, Rs.50, Rs.100 and Rs.200, available at the venue.
A Warsaw Melody (7 January)
Beijing’s Central Academy of Drama will stage the play A Warsaw Melody, directed by Huo Ying. The two-act play—a Chinese adaptation of a 1967 play by Soviet playwright Leonid Zorin—is a beautiful but tragic love story that takes place after World War II and traces the lives of, and the difficulties faced by, the two lead actors over 20 years.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium. Tickets, Rs.50, Rs.100 and Rs.200, available at the venue.
After The Birds (8 January)
A collaboration between Earthfall from Wales and the CHOREA Theatre Association from Poland, the play has been directed by Jessica Cohen, Jim Ennis and Tomasz Rodowicz. The play attempts to answer the question: What is left after the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes’ The Birds, ancient Greeks and their culture, and what do we have in common with them?
8.30pm. Abhimanch, NSD, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwan Dass Road (23384531/23073647). Tickets, Rs.50, Rs.100 and Rs.200, available at the venue.
Monsieur Jor Dan and Dervish Mastali Shakh (9 January)
The Sumgait State Musical Drama Theatre from Azerbaijan will present this Firudin Maharramov-directed play—a comedy in two parts, about a French scientist-explorer, Jor Dan, who arrives in Karabakh, Azerbaijan, as a guest, to study and collect healing herbs, and soon finds himself the target of a dervish.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium. Tickets, Rs.50, Rs.100 and Rs.200, available at the venue.
Le Petit Lieutenant (The Young Lieutenant)
Directed by Xavier Beauvois, the 2005 film follows the trajectory of Antoine Derouere, a young man from the provinces who has just graduated from the police academy, joins the force in Paris, and is assigned to the city’s busiest precinct.
5.30pm/7.30pm. Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
The Delhi Heritage Walks group is organizing a less than 2km walk through the Mehrauli Archaeological Park. The park is home to ruins from medieval times to the 19th century, including the Jamali Kamali tomb. The group will meet outside the main entrance to the Archaeological Park on Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road at 9.30am. Registration is mandatory. Take walking shoes and drinking water.
9.30am. Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, near the Qutab Minar metro station. Charges, Rs.400. For details, call 9212534868; for registration, visit www.delhiheritagewalks.com
The Other People + DJ Leon Russell
Watch the six-member Mumbai band put their own twist to well-known covers. Pop-rock band The Other People has Zarir Warden on lead vocals, Samuel Berlie on rhythm guitar and vocals, Garth D’Mello on keyboards and vocals, Aloysius Henriques on bass guitar, Gavin Cason on lead guitar and vocals and Vivaan Kapoor on drums and percussion. They will be followed by DJ Leon Russell’s eletronic dance music set.
10.30pm-1.30am. blueFROG, 4-A, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Dass Marg, Mehrauli (30800300). Entry, Rs.700.
Enjoy an evening of Hindustani classical music by Sameehan Kashalkar, son and disciple of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award-winning vocalist Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar. Sameehan has established an independent identity while carrying forward his father’s ‘gayaki’ (style of singing), blending the Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur ‘gharanas’.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Sounds From England
MS Foundation, which helps educate underprivileged children, is organizing a fund-raising concert in association with the UK charity Hyderapals, NGO Apna Watan and Goethe-Zentrum. Sounds From England is a classical concert by four young musicians—Rachel Evans, Mathew Morrison, Simon Whiteley and Donna Macfadyen—who will perform the music of European composers like Bach, Strauss, Schumann, Handel and Pergolesi.
6pm. Vidyaranya High School, Green Gates, Secretariat Road, Saifabad (23350443). Donor passes, Rs. 300, available at the Goethe-Zentrum office.
Lazy Sunday Brunch
The Sunday brunch serving pan-Asian cuisine has become a regular feature at Mekong, the restaurant at Marigold hotel. The menu changes every Sunday, but comes with an unlimited serving of iced teas, beer, spirits and wine. This Sunday, the menu will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian dimsums, sushi, salads, noodles, fried rice and curries.
11am-4pm. Mekong, Marigold, Greenlands, Begumpet (67363636/3611). Price, Rs.1,150, taxes included, and Rs. 700, taxes included, for children below 12 years.
A one-man show by cine actor Jaya Prakash Reddy, ‘Alexander’ revolves around a retired military major who has the determination and stubbornness of Alexander the Great. In a monologue, he offers solutions to present-day problems. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
7pm. Ravindra Bharati, near the state assembly, Saifabad (23249045/23233672). Tickets, Rs.100, Rs.300, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, available on in.bookmyshow.com
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Theatre group Durgadas Smrity Sangha will present Amla-Madhur, directed by Tirthankar Chattopadhyay. The play is about Umasasi, who finds one morning that her husband, Sarada Charan, has left home. She seeks the help of her father Dwijapada—a retired police officer now working as a detective—to find her missing husband. The play revolves around the crisis in relationships and the breakdown of the central character.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs.20, Rs.40 and Rs.60, available at the venue. For details, call 9830025374.
Play for Joy of Seeing
Till 12 January
The Aakriti Art Gallery is presenting this exhibition-cum-sale of works by Partha Pratim Deb. Deb takes up discarded or regular objects—called “found object” or objet trouvé—and gives them a three-dimensional appearance. There is, for instance, what appears to be a human figure sitting on a lantern made of sawdust, paper pulp, oil and enamel paint; a dark-coloured face peeping out of a yellow shirt hung on a hanger made with an original shirt, paper pulp and oil paint. The works range from Rs.4,000 to Rs.1.14 lakh.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street) (22893027/5041). For details, visit www.aakritiartgallery.com
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2013
Celebrate the best of literature, cinema and art at this year’s edition of the festival. The events include book launches and readings: Shobhaa De’s ‘Sethji’, Ramachandra Guha’s ‘Patriots & Partisans’, and William Dalrymple’s ‘Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839-42’; art and photography exhibitions; and special discussions and sessions. The latter will include “Cinemagic: A Tribute to a Century of Indian Cinema”, “Image, Identity, Literature And the Asian Woman”, “Media for Change: The Asian Neighbourhood”, “Laughing Matters: Bengal Political Cartoons From Both Sides of the Border—Interrogating the Nation State”, “When Ghalib Met Manto—Ek Guftagu” and “Shudhu Kobitar Janyo: A Poets’ Tribute to
Timing and venues vary. For details, visit www.kolkatalitfest.in
By Indranil Bhoumik
The National Centre for Performing Arts, along with Alliance Française de Bombay and Pune, will present a concert with Dmitry Sitkovetsky on the violin, Gerard Caussé on the viola and Henri Demarquette on the cello.
7pm. Experimental Theatre (9 January) and Tata Theatre (10 January), National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point. Tickets,Rs.300 and Rs.500, available at in.bookmyshow.com . For details, call 66223737.
Keli Classical Rhythm Festival 2013
Keli, a Mumbai-based cultural organization, completes two decades and its three-phase celebrations will culminate in three days of percussion ensembles with 150 musicians. The first day will have chenda master Kalloor Ramankutty Marar leading his troop in a Thayambaka percussion performance after the inaugural ceremony.
6.45pm. YB Chavan Centre Auditorium, Chavan Centre, General Jagannath Bhosale Marg, Nariman Point. Concert passes may be collected from Rhythm House, Prithvi Theatre, Giri Stores in Matunga, and Maharashtra Watch Company, from 8 January. For details, call 22852081.
Blanche-Neige (Snow White), a film by Olivier Assayas, is a modern ballet with stunning choreography and production values, wherein the French dancer-choreographer of Albanian origin, Angelin Preljocaj, brings together 26 dancers of his company, Ballet Preljocaj, in 2008 to revisit the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Snow White. The score is composed by Gustav Mahler, with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier.
6.30pm. Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines, near Nirmala Niketan, Churchgate. For details, call 22039024.
Chai and Why?
A forum that enables discussions on interesting scientific issues—Chai and Why?—will be held on the first Sunday of every month. This month, Anagha Kulkarni, who is pursuing her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Massachusetts, US, will explain how studying worms, fruit flies, fish and mice helps in better understanding human biology.
11am-1pm. Prithvi Theatre, 20 Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road. For details, call 26149546.
These short plays will leave you in splits. ‘Applause’ is a crash course in audience etiquette; ‘Born Lucky’ connects an aspiring actor, a beggar and a film star; ‘Freedom to Love’ presents three love stories; in ‘O Teri’, a married couple engage in a silent battle over breakfast; a mother and daughter face each other in ‘The First Fireworks’; ‘Growing Up’ is about two engineering-college roommates; in ‘Because the World Needs Unicorns’, a feisty unicorn tries to board Noah’s ark; ‘He and She’ is about an awkward date.
6pm onwards. The Comedy Store, Third floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs.500, available at in.bookmyshow.com. For details, call 43485000.
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