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First Published: Thu, Dec 15 2011. 09 41 PM IST

Songstress: Alexandra Stan.
Songstress: Alexandra Stan.
Updated: Thu, Dec 15 2011. 09 41 PM IST
Mumbai
Dance
Umang—Rama Margam
17 December
Watch a performance by the talented dancer Sreelakshmy Govardhanan, who will present five pieces as part of the presentation Rama Margam, comprising traditional items as well as new choreographies based on the epic Ramayan. The pieces highlight Govardhanan’s strengths in both pure, technique-driven dance as well as abhinaya.
After the traditional invocatory item, she will present Mandodari Shabdam, the story of how Mandodari and Ravan came together. She follows it up with a Tyagaraja composition, Balakanakamayachela, and a devotional item titled Pibarare Ramarasam, both of which are centred on the god Ram. Govardhanan concludes it with a piece on two characters rarely taken up by dancers: Sita and Lakshman.The performance is part of the Umang series of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), and is supported by the Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation.
7pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Admission on first-come, first-served basis.
Music
Alexandra Stan
16 December
Songstress: Alexandra Stan.
Last year, young Romanian singer-songwriter Alexandra Stan stormed the world charts with her second single Mr Saxobeat, which featured in the Top 5 songs in more than 20 countries. The 22-year-old brings pop star glamour and catchy dance beats to the Hard Rock Café as part of a Bacardi promotion.
9pm-1.30am. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mill Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Entry, Rs 1,000, including a cover charge of Rs 500.
Felix da Housecat
16 December
Chicago DJ Felix da Housecat, a Grammy Award winner, is one of the biggest names in Electro-House and House music. Clubbers from all over the world travel to Ibiza specially to see him play there. He thrives on big synths and spins catchy dance music.
10.30pm-1.30am. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charge, Rs 1,000.
Sangat
19-21 December
The Mehli Mehta Music Foundation’s annual chamber music festival spans three days and features performances by international artistes from the UK, US, France, Spain, Japan, China and Korea. The violinists in the line-up are Gabrielle Lester, Jennifer Gilbert, Catherine Manson, Cho-Liang Lin and Harvey de Souza. The viola players are Carla-Maria Rodrigues, Manabu Suzuki, Garfield Jackson and Jean-Pascal Oswald. On the cello will be Eric Kim, Nicolas Hartmann and William Schofield.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Tickets, Rs 300 and Rs 500, available at the venue.
Pig and Dan
18 December
Pig (Igor Tchkotoua) and Dan (Dan Duncan) form a talented electronic music pairing. The duo has released albums on the renowned alternative label Cocoon Recordings, and will be performing at Aurus as part of the bar’s “Sunday Sundown” sessions, in association with Time Out. Clubbers can expect a set filled with intelligent, deep techno tracks. Sundown curator Tarun Shahani will perform a warm-up tech-heavy set for the crowd.
10.30pm. Aurus, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, near Reid and Taylor showroom, Juhu (67106667). Entry charge, Rs 1,500, including drinks.
Around town
Exhibition of Maritime Heritage
18 December-30 January
India’s maritime history is packed into this exhibition, being organized in collaboration with the Western Naval Command. It will have installations and panels on traditional shipbuilding, ancient Indian ports and voyages, naval weaponry and aircraft such as the Sea Hawk, Sea King and Chetak.
10.15am-6pm. Coomaraswamy Hall, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22844519).
Cultural Identity and Identity Politics
21-22 December
This two-part lecture series will deal with the concept of identity in the cultural and political domain. On the first day, Akeel Bilgrami, a professor from Columbia University, US, will discuss the meaning of identity and why it poses a threat to secularism in politics. On the second day, Alok Rai, a former Delhi University professor, will discuss the challenges posed by identity in literature and the tensions created by an author asserting a Dalit or feminist identity.
6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanshyam Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral Middle School, behind Khadi Bhandar, Fort (22072974). For details, visit www.jp-india.org
Fun and frolic: Enjoy the Rambo Circus with your family.
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Around town
Rambo Circus
Till 18 December
The circus is in town with the usual staple of jugglers, unicyclists and acrobats. You can look forward to an African dance troupe that will do the Limbo under a burning rod and watch an elephant play cricket.
1.30pm, 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Bandra Reclamation, Reclamation Grounds, near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (W). Tickets, Rs 100, Rs 200, Rs 400 and Rs 600, available at the venue. For details, call 8286339243.
Bangalore
Around town
Christmas Gourmet Bazaar
Till 20 December
Christmas spirit: Take home holiday goodies.
The chefs at Olive Beach are stirring up some Yuletide spirit this fortnight with their gourmet bazaar. They’ve cooked up an array of holiday goodies, like hot cross-buns, pumpkin pies, mince pies and potted chocolate, for you to take home. They also have a selection of fruit bars, dips, sauces and breads on display.
Noon-4pm. Olive Beach. 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar (41128400). Prices,Rs 60 onwards, plus taxes.
Photography
Chinese Photography Now
Till 4 January
Tasveer art gallery is presenting an exhibition of works by six Chinese photographers: Chu Chu, Liu Yue, Luo Yongjin, Ma Kang, Yang Yongliang and Yan Xinfa. The relationship between rapid economic expansion, technological progression and a deep cultural value system are some of the common threads running through their works—for instance, a series on tools, or one on old and new residences in China; some photographs using the dated gelatin silver process, while others use digital techniques. The exhibition has been organized in association with the Ofoto Gallery, China.
10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358). For details, visit www.tasveerarts.com
Music
Sky Rabbit
17 December
Mumbai-based progressive rockers Medusa have switched genres to electro-rock and now go by the name Sky Rabbit. The quartet, including Raxit Tewari on vocals, Rahul Nadkarni on guitar, Siddharth Shah on bass and Harsh Karangale on drums, will release their debut album at Saturday’s gig.
8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Foot Road, Indiranagar (25278361/42414000). Tickets,Rs 200, available at the venue.
D’bi Young and Lal
17 December
D’bi Young is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist and educator. She will be followed by her compatriots, the Canadian experimental live electronic act—the trio Lal comprising singer Rosina Kazi, DJ Murr and bassist Ian de Souza.
Kazi was born in Canada, where her parents emigrated from Bangladesh. She grew up listening to traditional and semi-classical folk music with her parents. Murray is from Barbados, West Indies, and De Souza was born in Uganda to Goan parents. A lot of their work combines their experiences of a different heritage.
8.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield Road (41400793). Entry charge,Rs 300.
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Film
Bangalore International Film Festival 2011
Till 22 December
Film fest: Watch new films and auteur retrospectives.
This year’s edition includes new films and auteur retrospectives—Dariush Mehrjui from Iran, Taiwanese film-maker Hsiao-hsien Hou and Greek film-makers Michael Cacoyannis and Theodoros Angelopoulos; focus segments from Egypt and Poland; and a collection of political films, including Sturla Gunnarsson’s ‘Air India 182’ (2008). The international segment includes Haolun Shu’s ‘No. 89 Shimen Road’ (China), Teddy Soeriaatmadja’s ‘Lovely Man’ (Indonesia), and more.
Timings and venues vary. For the list of films and the screening schedule, visit www.biffes.in. Register on the website for passes, Rs 100 for students, Rs 200 for Suchitra Film Society members and Rs 500 for the public.
Delhi
Photography
House of Love
Till 29 January
Picture perfect: An image from House of Love.
An exhibition of photographs by Dayanita Singh which have also been released as part of a book. Two elderly men dressed in celebratory finery pose with their arms around each other. Shimmering electric lights in the background make it evident that they are attending a wedding. In a separate image on a facing page, photographer Dayanita Singh, saturated in red, holds up a camera to focus. Such juxtapositions suggest hidden stories within Singh’s new book, House of Love, which she calls a work of “photo fiction”. Grouped into nine parts, or “short stories”, the photographs, taken over the last year, are accompanied by a culminating set of essays by critic Aveek Sen.
Singh used black-and-white and colour photographs together for the first time, a decision she says “immediately broke the rules of the photo book”. Most of the colour prints are intensely saturated, having been taken at night with daylight film, a technique she explored in her previous book Dream Villa.
10am-6pm (Monday-Saturday). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).
Dance
Music and dance festival
19-20 December
The students of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra will present a two-day festival of music and dance. The Kendra’s repertory company is well-known for its annual ballets such as Karna, Krishna and Ramayana. At this festival, the students will be performing Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Chhau and Odissi recitals.
6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (43503351). Entry by invitation; invites available at the venue and at the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra. For details, call 23386428/29.
Music
Tapan Mullick
16 December
Originally a Western classical cellist, Tapan Mullick performs a wide range of music. He was the Delhi Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist for 15 years and has also performed for films such as Black Friday and Tashan. At this concert he will perform a mix of Bollywood tunes, jazz, Indian folk, and maybe even some Rabindrasangeet on the cello.
8-11.30pm. TLR Café, 31 Hauz Khas Village (46080533). For details, visit www.tlrcafe.com or call 40404160.
Theatre
Oscar Wilde—The Comedy and The Tragedy
16 December
A performance by Scotsman Neil Titley’s one-man show, Oscar Wilde: The Comedy and The Tragedy. Titley first performed in Delhi in 2006; this time, he will be performing at Epicentre in Gurgaon. The act, which has remained much the same over 30 years and performances across 80 countries, consists of Titley reading Oscar Wilde—as Oscar Wilde. The objective: to highlight Wilde’s caustic wit. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, opposite Power Grid Residential Complex, Gurgaon (2715000). Tickets, Rs 150-350, available at the venue and on in.bookmyshow.com
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Film
Yellow Line Project
17-18 December
Six dance films created at public spaces in Delhi will be screened during the Gati Dance Forum’s Yellow Line Project. The film by choreographer Rajyashree Ramamurthi and photographer and film-maker Desmond Roberts, for instance, has the bustling quadrangles of Nehru Place as a background.
7pm. 17 December, Devi Art Foundation, 39, Sirpur House, Sector 44, behind Epicentre, Gurgaon (44888177); 18 December, KHOJ Studio, S-17, Khirkee Extension, near Sai Baba Temple (65655874). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.
Chennai
Theatre
Alice in iLand
16-20 December
The Little Theatre is back with its yearly pantomime, this time with technology lending a bit of a twist. Alice in iLand is the story of Alice, a French maid who enters the exciting world of iLand through a wish granted by her fairy godmother. The ever-exciting characters of the Red Queen and White Rabbit are around to make Alice’s journey interesting in this play directed by Krishna Kumar Balasubramanian. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
7pm (16-19 December), 3pm and 7pm (17-18 December) and 6.30pm (20 December). Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. Tickets, Rs 100, available on www.indianstage.in
Around town
Wonders of Hand
Till 30 December
Star-studded: Saris on sale at Aavaranaa.
An exclusive collection of bridal- and regular-wear embroidered saris and fabrics created with delicate Swarovski crystals and zardosi work is on sale at Aavaranaa. The materials include double-colour chiffon, georgette, Banarasi embroidered net and Kancheepuram saris. The ensemble ranges from Rs 3,500-75,000.
10am-7.30pm. Aavaranaa, 15, Asoka Street, Alwarpet (24988292).
Pottery and clay modelling
17 December
A workshop on pottery and clay modelling is being organized for children with the aim of creating innovative designs, ­sculptures and functional ware on the potter’s wheel.
10am-4pm, DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Registration fee,Rs 500.
Top Pick
Music
Universe of Sound
17-19 December
This three-day festival will feature some celebrated names in the music and dance fraternity, such as Shubha Mudgal and Vyjayanthimala Bali. The focus will be on aspects of melody, harmony and rhythm, and genres such as Hindustani classical, Western classical and Contemporary. Every concert will be followed by a discussion.
9am-noon. Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, MCTM Chidambaram Chettiar Memorial School, 179, Luz Church Road, Mylapore. For details, call 9840567913
By Nandini Reddy
Hyderabad
Around town
Christmas party
16 December
Party time: Cookies and carols.
Goethe-Zentrum is hosting Weihnachtsfeier, a Christmas party where gingerbread and cookies will be served along with Kinderpunsch (children’s punch), popular in Germany’s Christmas Markets. There will be carols and poetry-reading sessions. The party will be preceded by the screening of the German short film Just Get Married, about Syrian student Ramzi wanting to marry a German woman to prolong his stay in the country after his visa expires.
6.30pm. Goethe-Zentrum, Hermitage Complex, Hill Fort Road, Nampally. Registration, Rs 100 for members and students,Rs 170 for others. For details, call 23240133 or email info@goethe-hyderabad.com
Art
Via Presence
Till 25 December
Via Presence is a multimedia interactive exhibition by B2Fays (Beatrice de Fays), organized in association with Alliance Française de Hyderabad. The visitor becomes the work of art, his presence (figure, movements, position) will be captured by a camera and projected on a screen.
11am-8pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery. 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills (66564466). For details, visit www.kalakriti.in or email info@kalakriti.in
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Around town
Samahaara Hyderabad Theatre and Rock Music Festival 2011
16-21 December
Plays will be followed by rock concerts during this festival. The plays scheduled include ‘Walimiyan Shaikhpeer ki Macbeth’, ‘Ek Akeli Aurat’, ‘Business is War’ and Harold Pinter’s ‘Caretaker’. Shock Therapy, Phoenix, Mehraj and Alter Egoz will stage concerts.
7.30pm. Venues vary. Donor passes, Rs 100, Rs 250 and Rs 500, available on www.indiastage.in and in.bookmy show.com. For details, call 9885288982 or 9985873716.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Kolkata
Theatre
Vodafone Odeon theatre festival 2011
17-21 December
On stage: The Great New Life by Blank Verse
The 11th Vodafone Odeon theatre festival will be featuring five productions. The inaugural act will be Clown Lear (gibberish), directed by Rajat Kapoor and performed by The Company Theatre. A local production, The Great New Life (Bengali), directed by Raja Bhattacharya and performed by Blank Verse, will be showcased on the second day. Purba Paschim will perform Ashalin (Bengali), directed by Biplab Bandhopadhay, on the third day; on Day 4, Koushik Sen’s Notir Pujo (Bengali) by Swapna Sandhani will be staged. The festival will conclude with Salim Arif’s Humsafar, a Hindi production performed by Essay Communications.
7pm onwards. GD Birla Sabhaghar, Ballygunge (17, 18 and 21 December); Kala Mandir Auditorium, Shakespeare Sarani (19-20 December. Tickets, Rs 60 and Rs 200, available at Vodafone stores and the venues. For details, call 30252665.
Photography
CalClickers
Till 18 December
CalClickers, a new group of photography enthusiasts, is presenting its first exhibition of works by members. Many of them seek to portray the inner, often hidden, spirit of the “City of Joy”—be it the narrow lanes of Burrabazar, the botanical garden, Howrah bridge, Vidyasagar Setu, Kumartuli, Victoria Memorial or morning joggers. There are also images of wildlife, street portraits, landscapes, food, and more.
3-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Southern Avenue. For details, call 9830048366.
Around town
The Winter Barbecue
Till 1 January
ITC Sonar presents a barbecue festival at the Eden Pavilion Lawns. The dishes include khao suey, ginger and soya mirin tofu ceviche, squid and chilli ceviche, chicken and paneer shawarma served with hummus, basil and citrus-marinated bhetki, Harissa spiced barbeque sausages, medallion of tenderloin with chimichurri sauce, grilled red snapper and beef.
7.30-11.45pm. Eden Pavilion Lawns, ITC Sonar (23454545). Meal, Rs 2,000, plus taxes, per person, including a complimentary drink.
Lego Ninjago Building Event
17-18 December
Funskool India Ltd, in association with book-store Starmark, will present a Lego Ninjago Building Event, billed as one of the biggest building events ever conducted for children in Kolkata. This is a chance to build 7ft-tall Lego Ninjago figures using 20,800 Lego bricks. The participants can battle it out to become the master of Spinjitzu and win exciting prizes. A bonus: They can also learn the tricks of building large Lego sets.
Noon. Starmark, Mani’s Square. For participation details and registration, visit the venue or call 9433544394.
Top Pick
Film
Dialogue 5
16-18 December
Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata presents ‘Dialogue 5’—the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film and video festival. The fifth edition celebrates writers, directors, actors and their work on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themes and issues. The festival is organized by the NGOs Sappho for Equality and Pratyay Gender Trust.
Timings vary. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road. For details, contact Sappho for Equality (email sappho1999@gmail.com or call 9830127146) or Pratyay Gender Trust (98310 31674).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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First Published: Thu, Dec 15 2011. 09 41 PM IST