An exhibition of works by Bhawani Katoch, Viraj Naik, Ramesh Gorjala, Badri Narayan, Bose Krishnamachari and Lalu Prasad Shaw, among others. 11am-7pm. Galleria, C-11 Main Market, Vasant Vihar (41662312).
If you appreciate Bengali art, head to this gallery. Domus specializes in paintings of Bengali women and lush landscapes. 11am-6pm. Domus Art Gallery, 17, Hauz Khas Village (26537107).
Speed—In Search Of My Own Space
Mandala: The Magic Circle presents a children’s play about the importance of “a room of one’s own”. Directed and written by Lokesh Jain. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Le Couperet (The axe)
Adapted from a Donald Westlake novel, ‘Costa-Gavras’ latest is a far-fetched crime tale with a welcome and successful black comedy edge. José Garcia is excellent as put-upon suburban everyman, Bruno Davert, who loses his well-paid job at a corporate paper company and is unable to find another position to support his family. Bruno’s solution is radical (even ridiculous, which serves to highlight the desperation of his position)—he decides to assassinate his unemployed industry rivals one by one. ‘Costa-Gavras’ strikes a fine balance between tragedy and comedy so that the wildness of his story never seems to matter. Thrilling and funny. French, with subtitles, directed by Costa-Gavras. 2 hours, 2 minutes. 5.30pm and 7.30pm. ML Bhartia auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Darja Svajger and Jaka Pucihar
The duo will take part in Summertime, a programme that will feature favourites from musicals, popular songs, blues and tango. Darja will sing and will be accompanied on piano by Pucihar. The concert is being organized in collaboration with the Slovenian embassy. 7.30pm.
Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Swati Subodh (Kathak)
There aren’t too many serious Kathak dancers who also conduct research in the field of infectious diseases. Swati Subodh, who trained under Sohanlal (in turn a disciple of Jailal, a pillar of the Jaipur gharana), said her two passions complement each other. While her dance lineage is strictly Jaipur gharana, with its focus on technique and footwork rather than expression, Subodh enjoys ‘abhinaya’ and picks out performance pieces with either a devotional leaning or a strong narrative structure (both of which demand a high comfort level with ‘abhinaya’), and she is happy to experiment as well. Govindam, her presentation this fortnight, depicts the 10 avatars of Vishnu using the ‘Gitagovindam’ —a text popular with Odissi and sometimes Bharatanatyam dancers, but rarely attempted in Kathak. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
The auction house Osian’s will provide a sampler of the annual film festival it organizes in New Delhi in July. Films and seminars will take place over two days across the NCPA’s various screening spaces. The event is open to all, and no passes are required. Call Osian’s on 66324070 for further information. 11am-11pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Trident, Nariman Point (66223737).
Royal Bengal Tiger Film Festival
At the NCPA this fortnight, Sanctuary Asia and the Wildlife Conservation Trust host ‘Royal Bengal Tiger—Last and Final Call’, a two-day festival featuring films and discussions with field directors and wardens from the Ranthambore, Sariska, Kanha and Bandhavgarh tiger reserves. There will be screenings of four BBC documentaries: ‘Tiger—Spy in the Jungle’, the ‘Tigers’ Fortress’, ‘Danger in Tiger’s Paradise’ and ‘Tigers of the Emerald Forest’. There’s also the ‘Ultimate Guide to Tigers’, narrated by Hollywood actor Guy Pearce, and ‘Battle to Save the Tiger’, which uses the findings of conservationists such as Belinda Wright, Valmik Thapar and Raghu Chundawat to show how Project Tiger has overestimated wild tiger numbers. Both films help the general public ascertain where India stands in its endeavour to save the striped cat. The talks aim to mobilize citizens and corporate groups into coming up with solutions where government measures fall short. Screenings, at 10.30-11.30am, 2-3pm and 6-7pm. Talks, 4pm onwards. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737).
Can you handle trivia a few drinks down? No points for answering. Bootlegger’s holding Sunday night pub quizzes with four participants to a team. Prior registration is necessary. 8pm onwards. Shop 3-4, Pipewalla Building, 4th Pasta Lane, opposite Camy Wafer, Colaba (22020455).
Mere Baap Pehle Aap
Gaurav Rane (Akshaye Khanna) has the unenviable task of keeping his widower father Janaradhan Rane (Paresh Rawal) out of trouble. Rane Sr’s best friend Madhav Mathur (Om Puri) keeps trying to get the old man married. But when Rane Sr meets his childhood sweetheart (Shobhana), it appears as though he has finally met his match. It’s up to Gaurav, Gaurav’s girlfriend (Genelia D’Souza) and Madhav Mathur to arrange for the wedding. Across cinemas.
Little Babooshka’s Grind
Groove to melodic hard rock from Chennai. 9.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli. Tickets, Rs100 (24382888).
DaBlackDots seem like the ideal band for the Alliance Française to fly down for a five-country tour to celebrate the International Day of Music of France in India. The music of the French duo features the Team Laser guitar, a three-stringed instrument that’s a cross between the guitar and sitar, and they play the kind of sprightly crowd-friendly rock that is bound to have audiences jumping around the venues. DaBlackDots includes guitarist Olivier Loras aka Olivman and drummer/percussionist Vincent Gornot aka Vincedrum, who share vocal duties. Their band’s name, they said in an email interview, is “a joke contrasting our music to the famous White Stripes and the real fact that we just look like two dots seen from Google Earth”. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
A tribute to the late Kannada journalist and poet P. Lankesh, organized by Toto Funds the Arts, will have bilingual writer Ankur Betageri reading translations of Lankesh’s “Neelu” poems, and journalist C.K. Meena sharing details about her second novel, an as-yet unnamed murder mystery. 6.45pm. Crossword Bookstore, ACR Towers, Residency Road (25582412).
Five Grains of Sugar
Rajkumar is a young man from the ‘other’ India. The India that is not overrun with urban ambition and taut with the animal struggle to survive. In his small town India, lives unravel quietly and most people are strangers to the promise of wild change and radical success. Inhabited by a fascinating cackle of characters—a failed poet, an invisible friend, a mother whose cinematic genre of choice is gore and a Gandhian who largely lives within the memory of his only meeting with the great soul—‘Five Grains of Sugar’ follows Rajkumar along a personal journey, rich with the pathos, humour and warm innocence that is often a gradual casualty of city life. This English production, based on Arshia Sattar’s translation from the Hindi original (’Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane’), will be staged by Just Theatre. 7.30pm (Sat), 3.30pm and 7.30pm (Sun). Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tickets, Rs100. (9845602265).
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Nolte Home Studio presents ‘Volumes of Colour’, the works of German artist Hanspeter Münch, a proponent of the “colour planes and volumes” form of art for more than 45 years, and one of the few who practise it as a primary art form. Münch is reputed for his large-scale works—most a few metres long, with one spanning 150 sq. m. He paints directly on wood, his favoured medium. His work can be found on ceilings and walls of public buildings and in galleries across Europe and the UK. Some of Münch’s paintings have up to 60 layers of colour. His style is basically unrestricted in the use of colour to produce depth and to create forms in more than one dimension. The style leads to a creation of form from colour, not the other way around. Münch calls his form of expression a “translation of colour into a photo language”. 10am-8pm. Nolte Home Studio, First Floor, SJR Primus, 1, Koramangala Industrial Layout (41489998).
If Leonardo Da Vinci, in the 16th century, famously bridged the worlds of art and science, then the makers of the 10th century Nataraja bronze statue achieved something no less visionary—that’s the premise to photography exhibition and lecture-cum-Bharatanatyam dance performance “Cosmic Dance of Siva” by Sharada Srinivasan. Whereas the Nataraja is often philosophically described as the “cosmic dance of Siva”, Srinivasan speculates on whether aspects of Shiva’s worship actually drew from cosmic observations such as of Orion (Ardra-darsanam) at the Chidambaram Temple in Tamil Nadu. As a synthesis of art, technology, dance and poetry, the show attempts to decipher cultural metaphors in a scientific age. 7pm. Alliance Française, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Getoffurass Adventures has organized a trip to Sakleshpur in Karnataka, for a walk through tropical forests and grasslands, to reach the fourth highest peak in the state, Phantom rock. The group will stay at Jenukal Heritage bungalow in the coffee estates of Sakleshpur, and enjoy local fare over the weekend. Getoffurass Adventures, 858, 1D Main Road, Giri Nagar 2nd Phase. Fee, Rs3,500 (9980785225).
Them Clones + Boomerang
Delhi grunge gurus Them Clones team up with the Rage Against The Machine-inspired Boomerang from Aizawl for a memorable evening. Be there! The gig is part of Kingfisher Pubrockfest. 8pm. Café Chinese and Thai JMD Regent Square, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road. Entry, Rs150 (95124-2804070).
Every year, the eggheads at the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of the Indian Institute of Technology, in Powai, emerge from their shells and make their way to the Nehru Centre in Worli. This year, the Design Degree Show will display projects by students specializing in visual communication, interaction design, animation design and product design. The exhibition’s theme is 44 degrees, which merely refers to the fact that 44 students are graduating this year. Rather than being experimental or edgy, the projects showcase the conceptual skills students have picked up over their two-year course. “The student project is exploratory in nature, and we view it as an end in itself,” said Ravi Pooviah, the IDC’s head of department. Because most of the students end up working for corporations designing more efficient phones or cars, the show hopes to provide a platform from which to attract placements. Yet, it isn’t merely a trade fair: Pooviah said the exhibition “becomes a challenge for the students to showcase their work to the public”. 5pm-7pm. Nehru Science Centre, Dr E Moses Road, Worli (24920482).
The exhibition, ‘Life and Nothing Else’, is the result of a three-part workshop held in 2004 by German photographer Wolfgang Bellwinkel at the Goethe-Institut, Kabul, to train young photographers in documenting changes in Afghan society. Bellwinkel wrote: “We see women walking self-confidently alongside their husbands, melancholy young men whose sad stares reflect nothing of the heroically posed mujahideen, and living rooms of every social class, which not only speak of the conventions and dreams of an Islamic society, but go beyond that and show us a multifaceted society.” The exhibits include works of Ahmad Tamim Malik Asghar, Farzana Wahidy, Massoud Hasan Zadah, Massoud Hossaini, Mohammad Ishaq Gulban and Nadjibullah Zirak. Asghar’s theme “Weddings” speaks of “voluptuous and colourful scenarios that convey the image of joy and happiness without a human being around”. “My life is hard. Life for us is meaningless and without future,” says Wahidy, about her theme, “Family Life in Afghanistan”. Zadah talks about Living Rooms and “a normal and conflict-free image of the encounter of a modern society with a traditional culture, one that is full of ups and downs”. Hossaini’s theme is “Not alone in Kabul—Life in an Orphanage,” and Gulban’s works are about “Religious Life”. Zirak explains his shots of Afghan Youth, “One photograph can say a thousand words, but the language of images is still new to Afghanistan and to Afghans.” 9am-6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205305). Sundays closed.