The George K Show
Till 30 April
This exhibition by George K. showcases photos, sculptures and paintings by the artist. Through his photo series ‘Freedom Calls’, George looks at the positive side of Chennai’s Central Jail, an architectural monument lost to time. ‘Human Animal’ is a collection of sculptures exploring the animal instinct in humans , and the human aspect of other creatures. In the ‘Shringara’ series of oils, George depicts the sensual and spiritual qualities of beauty.
11am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Garden, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Paintings by Ramesh Gorjala
Till 22 April
With an emphasis on bold colours and defined lines, this solo show by artist Ramesh Gorjala is inspired by tales from the epics and stories of gods and goddesses.
11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road (28594001).
Meditation on the Ocean
In this series of photos, artist Joel Suganth explores the meditative quality of the ocean, its ever-changing colours and moods at different times of the day, and the imaginary line where the water and the sky meet. Suganth has used an instant film camera to capture the shots for this exhibition.
11am-6pm. AFM Gallery, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Jazz is Back
All that jazz: Maarten Visser plays at Rhapsody on Saturday.
The Maarten Visser Trio, featuring Maarten Visser on the saxophone, city-based Keith Peters on bass guitar and Jeoraj George on drums, perform in a jazz concert, improvising contemporary compositions to highlight each artiste’s expertise.
7.30pm. Rhapsody, Courtyard by Marriott, 564, Teynampet, Anna Salai (66764000).
Evening of ghazals
Ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas will entertain you with a live rendition of some of his favourite songs while you indulge in a multi-cuisine buffet.
7.30-9.30pm. Taj Coromandel, 37, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam (66002827). Charges, Rs2,500 per head and Rs4,500 per couple.
This summer camp facilitated by journalist Sapna Dugar will teach youngsters how to design their own newsletter, including developing stories and writing interesting captions. For ages 9-12.
10am-12.30pm (Monday-Friday). Hippocampus Experience Centre, Old No. 4, New No. 7, 12th Street, Nandanam (42067159). Fees, Rs2,500 for members of the Hippocampus
Experience Centre, and Rs2,700 for non-members.
Pandya Nadu Food Festival
Till 25 April
Enjoy the delicacies of Pandya Nadu, the southernmost part of Tamil Nadu, at Samudra as it celebrates the onset of Chithirai (the first month of the Tamil calendar). Specialities on the a la carte menu include aadu thirathal (lamb curry), tulasi vadai, pollachi yera thokku (prawn masala), nila kozhambu (vegetable curry) and vertilai kozhi (fried chicken), among others.
7pm onwards. Trident Hilton Hotel, 1/24, Tambaram (22344747). Prices start from Rs750 for a meal for two, excluding taxes.
—By Karuna Amarnath
In years to come, Mumbai’s queer community will probably remember this April as the first time a gay film festival hit a mainstream venue. This week, Kashish, organized by Solaris Pictures and ‘Bombay Dost’ magazine, will screen international films about same-sex love, people of alternative sexualities and their special concerns. But instead of being screened at the usual small venues, as gay films often are, the Kashish festival will unfold at PVR cinemas, Juhu, in addition to the Alliance Française auditorium.
Over four days, there will be 110 films—both feature-length and shorts—and a play reading of ‘1 Madhav Bagh’ in Hindi.
Timings vary. Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (22035993). PVR Cinemas, Dynamix Mall, near Chandan Cinema, Parulekar Road, Juhu, Vile Parle, West (26280101)
All screenings are free, but prior registration is necessary. Download registration forms from the Kashish website (www.mumbaiqueerfest.com) or blog (mqff2010.blogspot.com). Forms also available at the Centre for Excellence and Research and Azaad Bazaar. Centre for Excellence and Research, Ground floor, Riviera, 15th Road, Santa Cruz, West (65760357). Azaad Bazaar , First floor, Link Corner Mall, lane next to KFC, off Linking Road, Bandra, West
Frenchman Romain Favre had been a musician for over a decade, starting off with rock and trip-hop, when—in 2004— he discovered electronic music in Berlin. Favre moved to the German capital soon after, and that was where his alter ego Moog Conspiracy was born. Favre layers techno with melodies and groovy percussion. Delhi band Jalebee Cartel will open for Moog Conspiracy.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs1,500.
The 20th anniversary celebration of the child rights organization Akanksha coincides with the launch of the book Miss Muglee Goes to Mumbai. This children’s book has been written by Akanksha founder Shaheen Mistri and her mother Saker Mistri. The book tells the story of Miss Muglee, a lonesome crocodile, who decides to go to Mumbai with her friend Faisal, the frog. In the city, she goes looking for friends and has many adventures along the way.
6pm. Crossword Bookstore, Ground floor, Mohammed Bhai Mansion, Kemps Corner (23842001).
Chai and Why
To make science more accessible, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research loans one brainy researcher to Ruia College on the third Sunday morning of every month. The researchers have informal discussions on scientific issues outside a traditional academic setting. This weekend, Himanshu Sinha, a geneticist, will talk about how brewer’s yeast can reveal why some of us are more susceptible to some diseases than others.
11am. Room F-11, Ramnarain Ruia College, First floor, Ambedkar Road, Dadar, West. For details, call 22782517.
Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts pays tribute to the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch with the piece For Pina. In this “site-specific promenade movement performance”, the Bangalore-based contemporary dance company will present a style which borrows nuances from Indian tradition, such as the martial arts form of Kalaripayattu. Organized by Chauraha, in association with Max Mueller Bhavan, the performance will be followed by a screening of a documentary about Bausch.
6.30pm. Experimental Theatre and Sunken Garden, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Passes available at the venue.
Memory Minus Me
21 April-21 May
At Narendra Yadav’s show, Memory Minus Me, don’t be surprised if you find yourself shredding an old photograph. In his new show, Yadav, an advertising executive and artist, displays installations, some of which, such as the one mentioned above, are interactive. The exhibition explores the themes of time, memory and social conditioning.
11am-7pm (Monday closed). Warehouse on 3rd Pasta, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).
Till 6 May
A group show, curated by Nalini Malaviya, featuring the work of nine artists from Vadodara and New Delhi—Apurba Nandi, Alok Bal, Ashutosh Bhardwaj, Birendra Pani, Debraj Goswami, Heeral Trivedi, Prasanta Sahu, Pratul Dash and Rajiba Lochan Pani.
11am-7pm. Crimson, The Hatworks Boulevard, 32, Cunningham Road (65379223). Click here for details
Shristi Toy Lab Exhibit
Till 17 April
The Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology, and Anders Sandell, a designer in residence, present a project showcasing the work of 12 students from the Toy Lab. Sandell hails from Finland and lives in the US, and has been leading courses on the design of interactive toys at the school.
10.30am-7.30pm. 1Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Romeo & Juliet
A Kannada version of Shakespeare’s popular play about lovers kept apart by a family feud, and their tragic fate.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs50.
This Argentinian serio-comic city conglomerate drama in Spanish comes over as a cross between the TV series The Office and a guerrilla-style experimental soap satire. Eduard Fernández plays the ever-fuming Ramírez, instigator of a petition for an office smoking room after a ban imposed by the Spanish company’s new American owners.
6.30pm. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari, 2nd Stage (26711785). For members only (annual fees Rs500).
Trail of the Daniells
Explore Pettah, the old walled city of Bangalore. The walls have disappeared, but traces remain in winding lanes and the way commercial enterprise carries on in the market city. This is part of a series of walks organized by the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bangalore, along with the Bangalore City Project and the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, linked to locations that made their way into sketches and paintings by 19th century British artists Thomas and William Daniell.
8-11am. The walk begins at NGMA, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road. To register, call 22342338.
Odissi dancer Sujata Mohapatra’s workshop is on Ashtapadis, groups of eight couplets that form the core of Jayadeva’s Gita Govinda. “These poems are redolent with the erotic relationship between Krishna and Radha,” said the dancer over the phone from Lucknow. At the workshop, Mohapatra will focus on three stanzas from the Ashtapadi Srita Kamala Kucha Mandala, or “he who rests on Kamala’s bosom”.
6.30pm. Shambhavi Dance Theatre, 200/6, Sun City Road, Railway Parallel Road, Kengeri Satellite Town (65977527). Call venue for registration details.
Exploration…in Odissi Style
Art Vision, a dance group from Bhubaneswar, presents group choreographies and solo performances by Odissi dancer Ileana Citaristi. Performances include a duet titled ‘Partha Sarathi’, with music by Ramahari Das; a group performance called ‘Mahanadi’; ‘The River Flows’, with music by Laxmikanta Palit; and a solo performance, ‘Sharanam’, with music by Gopal Panda. Citaristi, who lives in Orissa, learnt the dance form from the late exponent Kelucharan Mohapatra. She founded Art Vision in 1996 and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006 for her contribution to Odissi.
6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg (23388084). Entry by invitation cards, available at the venue.
Saaz Sang Aawaz, a programme to raise awareness on female foeticide, will feature a Hindustani classical violin recital by Anupriya Deotale, disciple of master sitarist Ustad Shahid Pervez. The other performer for the evening is Rukma Manganiyar, who will present Rajasthani folk music.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Estate (24682222).
Austria-born gypsy guitarist Harri Stojka will perform originals and jazz standards in the gypsy swing style popularized by the renowned gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Also playing is NOW, or the Nomadic Orchestra of the World, a collaboration between Rajasthani nomadic musicians and Nuove Tribu Zulù, an Italian band comprising Andrea and Paolo Camerini, Roberto Berini and Ludovico Valori. This part of the programme is presented in association with Chinh India, which works to preserve the cultural and musical heritage of nomadic communities.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Made to Create
Mud pie : Sculpture classes for children
20 April-18 May
Made to Create, a project by the Art for Change Foundation, is organizing sculpture classes for children. If parents contact the organizer after the batch has filled up, the names of their wards will be put on a list for future openings.
3.30-4.30pm on Tuesdays. Reflection Art Gallery and Studios, 40A, Shahpur Jat, near Asiad Village (26495088). For ages 4-11. Batches will be restricted to 10 students. Fees, Rs1,500.
Veteran comedian Rakesh Bedi essays over two dozen different roles during the course of this play. Adapted by Bedi from Vijay Tendulkar’s original Marathi version, the play is directed by Harbans Singh and features one Happy Kumar—a young man who comes to Mumbai to become a film hero. After struggling and getting nowhere, he quits, and through a series of incidents, becomes famous in a manner he least expected—as a professional masseuse.
7.30pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets available at the venue.
Till 24 April
A group exhibition curated by Ranjit Hoskote engages with the barbed issues of Kashmir. A striking piece is the installation made of Lego blocks, I Fear the Shadow (2010), by Arun Kumar, with little toy soldiers
stationed along the battlements in various positions of alertness, AK-47s poised and ready. An untitled painting by Chandra Bhattacharjee, unlike the Lego installation, has no physical movement; but the depiction of a dozen or so daggers flying at the head and torso of a blindfolded man apparently unaware of the imminent injury graphically depict violence in action.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Palette Art Gallery, 14, Golf Links, (41743034).
Kriya Spring Food Festival
Till 2 May
This two-month bouquet of demonstration workshops will take place at 10 popular eateries across the city. You can opt for sessions at Zara, Benjarong, Casa Toscana, Piccadilly Square, Subway, The French Loaf, Crepe Station, Afraa, Tamarind and Vanilla Bean to learn culinary techniques and secrets from restaurant chefs.
Timings, dates and venues vary. For details and registration, call 9831447724, or log on here . Registration charges, Rs450-550. The 2 May workshop will be only for children.
Till 18 April
Get a taste of Punjabi and Bengali cuisines at Saffron, The Park’s Indian restaurant. So you can go with Makai de Kebab and Kheema Chhole, or go home-style with Kosha Mangsho. The Bridge, the 24-hour eatery, continues New Year celebrations with Bengali specials such as prawn malaicurry , sitabhog tart and tandoori rasogolla.
Summer celebration: The prawn malai curry at The Bridge.
11.30am-3.00pm and 7.30-11.30pm at Saffron; 7.30-11.30pm, dinner buffet at The Bridge. The Park, 17, Park Street (22499000). Charges, Saffron’s festive dishes, Rs225-485; buffet at The Bridge, Rs1,000 (plus taxes) till Saturday; Rs1,500 (plus taxes) on Sunday, with unlimited beer and sundae counter for children.
City-based theatre group Dwitiya Satta presents a parable on ethics and safe practice in nuclear science. The drama revolves around heedless experimentation at a nuclear reactor, which results in the death of the protagonist, a scientist, from accidental exposure to radiation.
6.30pm. Minerva Theatre, 6 and 6/1, Dani Ghosh Sarani, Beadon Street. Tickets, Rs20, Rs40 and Rs60. For details, call 9874540563.
This is a screening of three short documentary films by cinematographer and producer Raja Dey. Gold Rush is about people who sweep drains in front of goldsmiths’ shops to sift gold from the dirt. Mr and Mrs Goswami focuses on the folk art form of behrupia from West Bengal, which has performers dressing up as religious icons. The fading music business of band parties is the theme of the film Bajate Raho.
6.30 pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road. For details, call 24866398.
Image and Symbol: Painters’ Perceptions
Till 24 April
Twenty-one painters and 18 sculptors use the human form as a motif, transforming it or showing its metamorphosis to build up image-symbol relationships. Featured artists include Arya Oraw, Asit Mondal, Bratin Khan, Chandan Bhandari, Ganesh Pyne, Jaya Ganguly, Jogen Chowdhury, Kartick Chandra Pyne, Nantu Behari Das, Pandeya Surendra Subrata Gangopadhayay, Suhas Roy, Sunil Das, Tarak Garai and Uma Siddhanta.
12-7pm (Sunday closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, First floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A, Hungerford Street (22895041/3027).
An evening of classical music
Hindustani vocalist Suman Ghosh, a disciple of Pandit Jasraj of the Mewati gharana, will be accompanied by Samar Saha on the tabla and Sanatan Goswami on the harmonium.
6pm. The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park (24641303). Children below 5 years are not allowed.
— By Indranil Bhoumik
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