Until 13 July
Paintings of Shahjahanabad by Sanjib Saha. Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23718833).
The Last Stand of the Niyam Raja
Until 22 July
A photo exhibition by Jason Taylor and Sanjit Das of the indigenous community of Kondh in Orissa. Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe live in the Niyamgiri Hills and believe they are the royal descendants of the mountain god. However, the tribe’s livelihood and way of life is under threat from a mining project in the area. The exhibition will also include a panel discussion—“On the Altar of Development”—and the screening of the film ‘Niyamgiri Voices’. In collaboration with ActionAid. 11am-7pm. Annexe, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg (24619431).
10th Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of
Asian and Arab Cinema
Until 20 July
For its 10th anniversary year, Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema brings close to 300 film screenings to Siri Fort and Alliance Française. This time around, there are several new areas of emphasis, as well as a new competition (besides the usual Asian-Arab, Indian, and first feature categories) titled “In-Tolerance”. This competition will include films that deal with various kinds of intolerance and offer solutions to combat prejudice. More socio-political fodder is found in the Films from Israel and Palestine. The Osian’s “theme” this year is literary adaptation and exploring the role of writing in cinema. There is a tribute to Egyptian author and Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz, as well as screenings in honour of Vijay Tendulkar and Alain Robbe-Grillet. Other tributes will celebrate director Edward Yang and actor Christine Hakim. A section of the festival, Filmcraft–Screenplay, raises the question of the importance of a script. Springboard, a revisiting of previous editions of Osian’s, was initiated last year and continues (as does the familiar and popular Cross Cultural Encounters section). The quirk factor this year comes from The Ten Commandments screenings of 10 films that trade in morality and transgression and a “short fiction films” section. Visit ‘www.osians.com’ for listings or call Osian’s (41743166). Timings differ for each show. Call venues for details. Siri Fort auditoriums, Khel Gaon Marg (26493370). ML Bhartia auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Sakharam Ki Khoj Mein Hawaldar
Makrand Deshpande brings Vijay Tendulkar’s intense play about an abusive man to Delhi. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs50-300, available at the venue (24682222).
The Supersonics + Cyanide
Kolkata modern rockers The Supersonics team up with one of Delhi’s most popular live acts. The gig is part of Kingfisher Pubrockfest and one of the last shows to be held in Delhi for this year’s edition. 8pm. Café Morrison, E-12, South Extension-II. Entry, Rs150 (26255652).
Guitars and bass meet djembes, nagadas and other unusual instruments to create ethno-electric music. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
Jayateerth Mevundi + Devaki Pandit + Ajit Kadkade
Hindustani vocal. Pancham Nishad organizes performances by three celebrated vocalists: Jayateerth Mevundi from the Kirana gharana, internationally acclaimed singer Devaki Pandit and Ajit Kadkade, who is a disciple of Abhishekbua. Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi. Tickets, Rs100, Rs200, Rs300, available at venue and Rhythm House from 12 July, 6.30pm onward (24312956).
Kung Fu Panda
Po works at his dad’s noodle shop, serving delicious dishes to the residents of his rural Chinese village. But this particular chubby schlub dreams of something much bigger than learning Pop’s secret Lo Mein recipe: He wants to join the ranks of the kung fu masters who train in the nearby Jade Palace. Fate favours our average Po when an old sage suddenly declares him destined to be the greatest warrior of them all. Despite the protests of the school’s teacher and prized pupils—the legendary do-gooders known as the Furious Five—Po may get the chance to realize his dream. He’d better learn quick, though—the dastardly Tai Lung has just escaped from prison and vows to lay waste to the village. Did we happen to mention that Po is a 300-pound panda? Across cinemas.
Bodhi Art Award Show
It has been three years since the Bodhi Art Award was instituted. Until last year, the three winners of the Bodhi Art Award won cash prizes and a group show in Mumbai. They also earned the promise of solo exhibitions with catalogues. This year, however, the gallery in Mumbai will display works by 11 finalists who, the jury believes, show great promise. The show will give the jury the opportunity to let one artist spend 10 weeks at an art residency in Switzerland. The silver and bronze medallists will win Rs50,000 each and a solo exhibition at Bodhi Art. This year’s jury consists of Daniel Palazzoli, Grant Watson, Ranjit Hoskote and Shaheen Merali. 11am-7pm. Bodhi Art Gallery, 28K, Dubash Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda (66100124).
Saat Teri Ekvees
A set of seven monologues written and directed by seven different playwrights and directors, ‘Saat Teri Ekvees’ marks the revival of theatre publicist Manhar Gadhia’s production company. Gadhia—who has in the past produced ‘Shyamrang’, the Hindi and Gujarati versions of ‘Gandhi Viruddh Gandhi’ and ‘A Suitable Bride’—says: “Comedies are not my cup of tea. I have a lot of humour but I can’t put that (sort of play) up on the stage.” The pieces are inquiries into topics as diverse as human clones and surrogate motherhood to Urmila, wife of the Hindu mythological figure Laxman. Finally, a Gujarati drama that’s not a witless comedy of errors. 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W). Tickets, Rs50 (26149546).
Till 1 August
The Rang De India celebrations, launched by Magnitude Gallery earlier this year, continue through July, with the theme Udyama (Sanskrit for “endeavour, enterprise or industriousness”), with works based on the boom in the information technology industry. Udyama follows up on the themes ‘Nritya’, on the regional dance forms of India, and ‘Vanitaa: Women of India’, from the previous months. 10am-8pm. 140/13, 1st Floor, 27th Cross, 13th Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar (22453742).
Gallery G presents the works of Konduru Nageswar Rao, an upcoming artist from Hyderabad. The show will present 18 acrylics on canvas by Rao, as part of the gallery’s attempt at promoting ethnic “affordable art”. Rao’s themes comprised mainly of rustic imagery, of village folk, and scenes primarily from south India. Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm. 38, Maini Sadan, 7th Cross, Lavelle Road (22219275).
The Final Rehearsal/The Woman in Me
15-17 July/ 19 July
Playwright and actor Pawan Kumar presents a double-header of his plays ‘The Final Rehearsal’ and ‘The Woman in Me’. The first, a dark comedy that explores the idea of competition, is an hour-long piece that Kumar wrote, directs and performs. By essaying as many as 12 roles that range from Shakespearean characters to Gandhi and a victim of the Gujarat riots, Kumar attempts to shed new light on the losing, and all the psychological threads that emerge from the pressure of public failure. ‘The Woman in Me’, Kumar’s other play, is a thriller with a bizarre, yet incisive, plot which witnesses a male character completely transforming (on stage) into a woman over the course of the play. It explores the theory that there is something of a woman in every man and attempts to nuance old questions of identity, representation and perception between genders with a fresh perspective. 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tickets, Rs100 (9886539405).
Deepa Srinath and her troupe will perform the Padanallur style of Bharatanatyam; the signature of this style is a balance between the ‘natya’ (dramatic element), ‘nritta’ (pure dance) and ‘nritya’ (histrionic element). The recital will be divided into two segments. The first, a solo performance that will follow the traditional ‘margam’. The select pieces to look out for are ‘Yenu Maruludena’, which shows Radha telling her friends about falling in love with Krishna, and her being dissuaded. The other will be a ‘kirtanam’ dedicated to Shiva who resides at Chidambaram, where the dancer questions why he lives and dances only at Chidambaram. The second part of the recital is a group performance called ‘Srinivasa Kalyanam’, based on the marriage of Venkateshwara. 6pm. ADA Rangamandira, JC Road (22219388).
Masterpieces from the Osianama Collection
Until 21 July
Osian’s is putting together several collections to run alongside their Cinefan film festival. The theme of the festival this year is writing in cinema. One of the collections features antique Boedl prints inspired by Shakespeare, and another is a collection of vintage Hindi novel covers. 10am-8pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
South African group Closet Snare settled on its name after percussionist Kesivan Naidoo stumbled upon a long-forgotten drum in his grandfather’s cupboard. But the group’s music is evidence that the most exciting discoveries are often the result of a definite plan.
The lucidity of their vision has produced a searing blend of jazz, drum and bass, breakbeat, swing and jungle that leaves lots of room for epiphanies and flights of fancy. It’s a post-apartheid sound that Mumbai will get its first opportunity to listen to this fortnight, when Closet Snare plays at the Blue Frog. 10.30pm. Blue Frog Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
Till 15 July
A large part of Raghuram M.’s sculptures are to do with the conception of barriers and social restrictions, with near life-sized male and female figures, in settings that are often sensuous, but always laden with some kind of message, as opposed to making blatant lurid statements. In one of his works, ‘Internal Bliss’, Raghuram has two nude figures, of a man and a woman, in what looks like a half-formed bathtub that melts into the male figure. The piece’s message, according to the artist, is in the context of modern society; where, however “updated and urbanized” society may get, “internal bliss can be achieved if both the chauvinist and the feminist are cooperative, responsive and interdependent on each other”. In another untitled piece, Raghuram has a male figure apparently stepping out of a glass box.
This according to the sculptor, is “a symbolic representation of social barriers”. In the piece, the glass box, according to Raghuram, is allegoric—representing the idea of social restrictions that people attempt to break out from. Raghuram, whose expertise is in life-size sculptures created in fibreglass, will be part of a group show that will include other prominent artists. 7am-8pm; Sunday, 7am to noon. Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishath, Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816).