Rang de India
Till 23 February
It’s a year-long celebration of India in its various ethos in a unique way. Bangalore’s Magnitude Gallery has initiated a campaign called Rang De India that will be distributed over six exhibitions through the year. The first exhibition, Utsav, which is currently on, showcases the festivals of India and will feature various artists across the country and original masterpieces. Other themes that would be on display in the coming months, include dances from all over the country, monuments and people. Between 10 am and 8 pm. For more details, call 99001-17201. At Magnitude Gallery at 140/13, 27th Cross, 13th Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar.
Till 15 February
Shreshta Premnath’s collection, titled ‘Black Box’, consists of three artworks in various media. Her ‘Freedom of the Seas’ is a series of five digital composite prints constructed out of images mined from Flickr.com depicting the cruise ship Freedom of the Seas sinking. ‘Contraband’, the second in the series, comprises three aluminium trunks containing indigenous medicinal plant species whose isolated genes have been patented by American pharmaceutical corporations for their medicinal properties. ‘Phantom Moon’ is a two-channel video installation in which the first photograph of the earth, as seen from the moon, is transformed into a ‘seascape’ of half-tone dots as a camera scans over it. This is juxtaposed against a slide projection of a camera circumambulating a model blue whale displayed at the New York Natural History Museum, with audio scripts taken from news reports, documentaries and even written by the artist. For details call, 080-41120873. At 82, The Presidency, St Marks Road.
Odakalu Bimba is a one-act play that tells the story of Manjula Nayak, a professor of English literature who has been an unsuccessful writer in Kannada. She finds international acclaim when she writes a novel in English, which becomes a best-seller. Directed by Girish Karnad and K.M. Chaitanya, the Kannada play stars Arundhati Nag. It seeks to explore the dilemma of Indian writers who choose to write in English and their desire for fame. At 3.30pm and 7.30pm. At Rangashankara, 36/2, 2nd Phase, 8th Cross, JP Nagar. Call 080-26493982.