Anoop Kamath, founder of the buzzing Mattersofart.com website, is showcasing his works through Gallerie Nvya this fortnight. Kamath, a Konkani, only started going to Goa from the late 1980s. The 15 large paintings that make up the show are his tribute to the state. The subjects appear as illustrated characters out of a story: a tightrope walker, an old lady with a dog, vegetable sellers. Specific details or contexts fade away from each subject, who appears only against the aqua blue of the sea or the acid green of a raw mango. According to the artist, “Like kokum, these people are the real flavour of Goa to me.” Daily (9am-7pm). Gallerie Nvya Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6, Siri Fort Institutional Area, behind parking lot (2649-6289). Free.
Them Clones + Boomarang
This billing, part of The Kingfisher Pubrockfest 2007, is really worth the trouble of sweating it out at TC. New Delhi grunge gurus, Them Clones, teams up with the hot, RATM-inspired Boomarang from Aizawl. 8pm (gates open at 7.30pm). Turquoise Cottage, 81/3, Adchini, Aurobindo Marg (2685-3896). Cover charge: Rs100.
Madhup Mudgal+Gurinder Harnam Singh
The second day of the much-awaited Malhar festival features a recital by one of our maestros of khayal gayaki, Madhup Mudgal. The evening will also see a vocal performance by Gurinder Harnam Singh, a disciple of A.S. Paintal, Pandit Vasant Thakar and Kishori Amonkar. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (2338-8084). All programme details are tentative. Contact the venue for further information on the events.
As part of ICCR’s Malhaar festival, a celebration of the monsoon, Sharmishtha Mukherjee will present Varsha Mangal, a kathak performance that will capture the moods and imageries of the rainy season. 6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (2338-8084). Free.
Khon Ramakien—the Thai version of the ‘Ramayana’—will be presented through a masked dance to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between India and Thailand. Though Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist country, the ‘Ramayana’ is popular there because Thais believe Ram was a personification of the Buddha. 6.30pm. Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, Khel Gaon. (2649-3370). Free. Contact the embassy (2611-8103) for passes.
Releasing 3 August
Pixar alumnus Ash Brannon (‘Toy Story 2’) and Walt Disney veteran Chris Buck (‘Tarzan’) cash in on the vogue for waddling avian aquanauts sparked by ‘March of the Penguins’. Mellower than ‘Happy Feet’ and a raft of other recent hyper-animated films, this CGI comedy about a teen misfit who dreams of glory in the Penguin World Surfing Championship has plenty of beguiling characters for young audiences, and enough sight gags and inside jokes to hold adult interest almost to the end. (duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes). Major cinemas.
This digitally shot drama centres on Serge, a Tangier-based truck driver who crosses the strait to Spain so often that the authorities barely check if there are illegal immigrants hidden in, or beneath, his vehicle. He isn’t clean in this regard, but refuses to smuggle his friend Said across even though the boy, desperate to go to Europe, helps him meet up again with his beloved Jewish ex, Sarah. An engrossing image of a multicultural city in a state of flux, with deftly drawn characters, and a narrative that never feels stale. 6.30pm (duration: 2 hours). Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (2203-5993). Free.
Shivkumar Sharma+Hariprasad Chaurasia Hindustani Instrumental
Banyan Tree Events presents the Mumbai edition of their annual festival of monsoon ragas, Barkha Ritu. It will feature two of Hindustani classical music’s foremost exponents, santoor player Shivkumar Sharma and ‘bansuri’ player Hariprasad Chaurasia. 7pm. Nehru Centre Auditorium, Dr Annie Besant Road, near Shiv Sagar Estate, Worli (2496-4680). Call Banyan Tree (3297-2584), Rhythm House (2284-2835) and the venue for tickets and other details.
Gopinath ignores his wife Giribala, devoting his attention to the stage actress Labanga. Like her fictional counterpart Charulata, Giribala spends her days in boredom. One day, she follows Gopinath to the theatre and comes away entranced by the stage. When her husband elopes with Labanga, Giribala seizes her chance to become an actress. Chetan Datar turns Tagore’s short story into a musical with a score by Bhaskar Chandawarkar and choreography by Bharatanatyam artiste Vaibhav Arekar. 4pm (duration: 2 hours). Yashwantrao Chavan Natya Sankul, near Star City, Matunga (2437-7649). Tickets: Rs 50.
To the Death of My Own Family
As a little girl, Nadeema flees Kabul with her mother and siblings, leaving her father behind. As an adult settled in America, she returns to her native country with her family to fetch her father. In Afghanistan, Nadeema’s family gets wiped out in a number of tragedies. Back in America after her gruesome ordeal, Nadeema is questioned by suspicious airport officials. The story of Nadeema and her family will unfold this fortnight as New York-based actor Farah Bala performs David Meth’s sombre monologue, ‘To the Death of My Family’. 6.30pm. Little Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Tower, Nariman Point (6622-3737). Free.
Out & About
Made in Germany—Religion+Architecture
A travelling photographic exhibition of Germany’s most recent sacred structures will showcase some of the country’s contemporary architecture and illustrate how, in recent years, Germany’s architectural developments have manifested themselves most particularly in the realm of Christian church building. The exhibition is jointly presented by Max Mueller and Academy of Architecture, Mumbai. Rachna Sansad Academy of Architecture, 278, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, Prabhadevi. For timing call Max Mueller Bhavan (2202-7542). Free.
Akkarmashi (The Bastard)
Based on the autobiography of Maharashtrian Dalit writer Sharan Kumar Limbale, this solo performance by Lokesh Jain voices the suppressed anger and anguish of an illegitimate child within the dehumanizing context of an oppressive caste system. 7pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Parliament Street, Connaught Place (4150-3436). Free.
The Simpsons Movie
Releasing 3 August
After the rolling loops of Walt Disney, the bold, crayony block capitals of Matt Groening make up what must be the most famous cartoon signature in the world. And, like Disney, the creator of ‘The Simpsons’ is not shy about claiming credit. “What the hell does Matt Groening do anyway?” he rhetorically pondered. “I write every word and draw every cell.” The joke, of course, is that, with 400 episodes in the can and, finally, a feature film primed for release, ‘The Simpsons’ couldn’t be anything but a colossal collaborative effort. Still, it’s Groening who remains most closely associated with the family he famously named after his own parents and siblings and shepherded from a few scratchy interludes in ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ two decades ago to its current status as America’s longest-running sitcom and global cultural staple. Major cinemas.