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First Published: Thu, Jul 16 2009. 09 54 PM IST

Motorcycle diaries: Sundeep ‘Sunny’ Gajjar.
Motorcycle diaries: Sundeep ‘Sunny’ Gajjar.
Updated: Thu, Jul 16 2009. 09 54 PM IST
Delhi
Photography
Journeys in Light
From 17 July
Motorcycle diaries: Sundeep ‘Sunny’ Gajjar.
Sundeep “Sunny” Gajjar, a 28-year-old Delhi-based photographer and graphic designer, thinks he has the best job in the world. He travels across the globe on powerful motorbikes and takes photographs en route, so he’s probably right. Gajjar has been around India twice, ridden through some of the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand and Australia and is looking forward to conquering the rest of the world. This exhibition showcases a collection of some of those striking images.
10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Sundays, by appointment only. Indipix Gallery, B2/1, Vasant Vihar (41704334).
Film
The Reader
17 July
Ralph Fiennes is Michael Berg, the present-day narrator of this film and Bernard Schlink’s 1995 novel. The Reader has been called a Holocaust film but that’s not entirely accurate. It would be better tagged as a post-Holocaust work as it pitches itself between the known facts of that cataclysm and the unanswerable philosophical questions of its fallout relating to responsibility, law, justice and forgiveness. A bold and challenging work. Directed by Stephen Daldry. 2 hours 4 min.
6pm. The American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472000). Carry proof of identity.
Music
Debanjan Bhattacharjee
20 July
Family tree: Bhattacharjee
One of the most promising young sarod players, 23-year-old Bhattacharjee has been a disciple of Ustad Dhyanesh Khan, the son of the great Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. Since then, he has been a student of Ustad Ashish Khan and Ameena Pereira, who are also children of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Half Step Down
23 July
Inspired by classic rock and blues-rock, Delhi’s own Half Step Down will play an unplugged set in the run-up to the launch of their album Overtures to Outerspace. Cover charges apply.
9pm. Attitude, Supermart 1, Phase 5, Gurgaon (0124-4077788).
Around town
Total solar eclipse
22 July
On 22 July, 10 states in western, central and eastern India will witness a total solar eclipse. It’s the first to be so visible since 1999, and the last one we’ll see till 2034. For Dilliwalas, the eclipse won’t be as spectacular. We will witness only 85% of the eclipse. Luckily, we’re close enough to areas that will see the total eclipse.
C.B. Devgun, president and founder member of S.P.A.C.E., recommends Ujjain for its historical and mythical relevance—it’s considered the centre of astronomy in India and as the centre of the universe in Indian mythology—as well as its proximity to Delhi. Varanasi is another good place from which to see the eclipse, and is relatively easy to get to. Twenty-five years is a long wait, so you might as well make the trip now.
Contact organizations for details and timings of exact events and eclipse-related tours: Amateur Astronomers Association, Delhi (www.aaadelhi.org). Eclipse Chasers Athenaeum (www.eclipsechasers.org). S.P.A.C.E., WZ-19 Asalatpur, A-3, Janakpuri (9212669917/ www.space-india.net). Nehru Planetarium, Teen Murti House (www.nehruplanetarium.org/ 23014505).
Mumbai
Photography
Photo exhibition
Ongoing
French graphic designer Guillaume takes a kitsch look at his travels across the great cities of the world.
7pm-12am, Monday-Sunday. Zenzi, 183, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (66430670).
Music
After Midnight
17 July
Mumbai’s played host to the Bootleg Beatles and the all-female version of Led Zeppelin, Lez Zeppelin. Evidently, if we can’t see the real thing, the tribute act will do just fine. This fortnight, Eric Clapton look- and sound-alike Mike Hall brings his group After Midnight to the city for a performance of Classic Clapton, a two-hour concert that will take us through Slowhand’s five-decade career and will feature all his biggest hits. Hall, who formed the group in his hometown of Newcastle in England, is the frontman of the “World’s No. 1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band”.
8pm. St Andrew’s Auditorium, St Andrew’s College, St Dominic Road, Bandra (W) (2641-8550). Tickets, Rs100, Rs250, Rs500. Tickets available at www.bookmyshow.com
Partho Sarothy
18 July
Sarod player Partho Sarothy, 49, first got noticed on the Hindustani classical concert circuit in the 1980s, when he provided excellent melodic support to sitar player Ravi Shankar. Shankar taught Sarothy several important lessons, including how to approach and treat a raga, and how to create sound patterns in keeping with the rhythm cycle. Just like his teacher, Sarothy’s layakari (or interaction with the tabla accompanist) is often the highlight of his recitals. He is also renowned for his ability to produce stirring sounds with just a gentle strum of the sarod. During the past 15 years, the accomplished accompanist from Kolkata has come into his own as a solo artist. At his concert this fortnight, he is likely to play raga Megh.
5.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, AK Nayak Marg, Fort (22072974). Tickets, Rs300.
Theatre
Brief Candle
19 July
Mahesh Dattani’s latest script, Brief Candle, focuses on a cancer hospital whose residents are staging a farce written by a recently deceased fellow patient. While terminal illness is typically seen as a reason to sober up, Lillete Dubey, who produced and directed the play opening this fortnight, insists that the questions of mortality don’t necessarily have to be morbid. After Dance Like a Man, Dubey directed and produced Dattani’s On a Muggy Night in Mumbai, which dealt with gay relationships, and 30 Days in September, about child sexual abuse.
7.30pm. St Andrew’s Auditorium, St Andrew’s College, St Dominic Road, Bandra (W) (26418550). Tickets Rs150, Rs200, Rs250, Rs300, Rs350, Rs400, Rs500. Available at venue, Rhythm House (22842835) and at www.bookmyshow.com
BANGALORE
Dance
Bharatanatyam
17 July
Janani Iyer, student of Minal Prabhu, will present a performance from the traditional margam. Iyer will begin her performance with a mallari, a recent addition to the Bharatanatyam repertoire— an invocatory piece which, according to legend, was introduced by dancer Vaitheeswaran Koil Muthuswamy Nattuvanaar.
This will be followed by an Ootha Kadu composition titled Nanda Gopal. She will then present the main piece, titled Mathe, which is an exploration of the feminine energy or Shakti in its many forms—as Chamundeshwari, Parvati and other goddesses. There will also be a padam, a lyrical section which speaks of love.
6.30pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
Prayog
18 July
Viji Rao, artistic director of the troupe Three Aksha, will tour six cities in India with their production Prayog, which explores the relationship between mathematical and metaphysical elements through Bharatanatyam. The performance will be marked by vigorous rhythmic footwork with emotive hand and facial expressions. The main objective of this piece is to demonstrate the usage of footwork and the basic nuances of Bharatanatyam such as hand gestures, standing postures, leaps and circling movements. This will be interspersed with the geometric movements of the dance form.
7pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).
Photography
Face up
From 18 July
Anna Fox and Sunil Gupta, the duo showing their new collection of photographs in the city this fortnight, graduated from the Farnham School of Art in Surrey (now University for the Creative Arts) in the early 1980s, and started work in the field of documentaries.
A note from the show says the name “Face up” suggests a “facing up to truths, or a sense of landing upright in the right place”. Both photographers are known to focus on personal and private realms, in an attempt to question past representations, and raise new questions regarding race, gender and identity. The show will open with a conversation between the photographers at the venue, on Friday, from 6-7pm.
10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).
Music
Guitarist Prasanna and Friends
18 July
Accomplished jazz guitarist and composer R. Prasanna plays Carnatic music on the standard electric guitar apart from Western classical, jazz, rock and blues.
8pm. B-Flat, 776, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). For entry charges, contact 42414000.
Thermal And A Quarter
23 July
With 12 years and four albums behind them, Thermal And A Quarter is easily Bangalore’s most loved band.
8.30pm. Hard Rock Café, 40, St Mark’s Road (41242222).
Art
This is the Picture
17-19 July
This fortnight, Shai Heredia follows up on a presentation that visual artist Maria Vedder made in March earlier this year, on the project titled “40yearsvideoart.de”.
However, while Vedder’s show plotted the history of German video art, Heredia is looking to use the same material (a 10-DVD collection from the “40 years of German video art” archives, and many of the videos that Vedder had presented) as a resource through which she hopes to gain a certain other perspective—that of the TV as a mode for artistic expression or, as she says, “the art of the moving video image through the medium of television”.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308). For schedules, visit www.goethe.de/bangalore or contact the venue
Chennai
Around town
Children’s Mela
Ongoing
DakshinaChitra, a centre that preserves and promotes the cultural heritage and traditions of south India, is organizing a Children’s Mela on its premises. For all those schools who are looking to take their students on educational trips or a one-day excursion, this fair includes performances such as traditional dance shows, magic and puppet shows and even bullock-cart rides. Besides games such as pot breaking and sack races, children are taught traditional art such as pottery.
10am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Kancheepuram district (27472603). Check venue for ticket prices.
Film
Sleeper
17 July
Featured by the Chennai wing of German cultural institute Goethe Institut, in collaboration with the Madras Film Society, the plot unfolds at Munich’s University of Technology. Two professors, a German and an Algerian, working on the same project, befriend each other and things are fine till one of them is given an assignment by the German secret service to report on the other, who is suspected to be a sleeper terrorist. The German professor initially displays reluctance but then accepts the job. The film is a tale of friendship, ambition and betrayal.
6.30pm. Film Chamber Theater, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, 4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street, Nungambakkam (28331314).
Theatre
Conditions Apply, The Media Mix Theatre Festival
17 July
Are you a victim of everyday stress in the metro you live in? If yes, you might catch a glimpse of yourself in this comedy featuring Mandira Bedi and Darshan Jariwala, two seemingly neurotic people who are trying to cope with their lives. Change marks their lives when they meet each other but they realize that like any big change, this too is insignificant. Watch as they clutch on to a silver lining of hope and struggle to be happy again.
Presented by Media Mix Innovative Promotions and Nippon Paint.
7.30pm. The Music Academy, New No. 168 (Old No. 306), TTK Road (28112231/28115162). Day passes, Rs350, Rs500, Rs700 (balcony); season passes, Rs1,800, Rs1,300, Rs900 (balcony). Available at Landmark (Nungambakkam and Citi Centre), Nuts and Spices (Adyar and Annanagar), Silk Worm Boutique (Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam), Color Plus (Spencer Plaza).
Art
Never Before
20 July-14 August
A kaleidoscope of portraits by six young artists (Aneesh K.R., Feroz Khan, Purushotham Adve, Ritu Kamath, Suresh Panicker and Sweta Pavan Kumar) from around the country. Their works range from Aneesh’s travel experiences and Adve’s theme of urbanization to Khan’s portrayal of everyday people. Kamath tackles the weaker sex stereotype with her paintings, and Panicker focuses on the environment while Kumar takes the abstract route with themes that revolve around space.
10.30am-7pm. The Faraway Tree Gallery, 7, Rutland Gate, 6th Street, (off Khader Nawaz Khan Road), Nungambakkam (42323243). Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
Kolkata
Music
Monsoon Orchestra
18 July
The Calcutta Chamber Orchestra presents its Second Monsoon Orchestra of classical Western music at Sandre Hall. A number of talents, such as violinists Sandip Halder and Joseph Rozario, will be playing. Conductor: Sanjib Mondal.
6.30-8pm. Calcutta School of Music, Sandre Hall, 6B Sunny Park (24615375).
Theatre
Ballavpurer Rupkatha by Nandipat
18 July
Bhupati Roy of Ballavpur is a king only in name; he lives in a dilapidated mansion and is trapped in debt. Together with his manservant Manohar and friend Sanjib, he hits upon a ruse to hold off his creditors. But the plot thickens with the arrival of a ghost called Raghupati on the scene.
Playwright: Badal Sarkar; director: Prokash Bhattacharya.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1 Bagbazar Street, Bagh Bazar, Tickets, daily, 1-7pm and from 10am on the day of the show. Rates, Rs20, Rs40, Rs60. Call 9830254562 for details.
Art
Solo exhibition by Sujata Dalui
18-22 July
An exhibition by Sujata Dalui at Gallery Chemould. Dalui uses watercolours on paper and acrylic on fabric.
2-7pm. Gallery Chemould, 12 F, Park Street (22298641).
Silent Echoes
18-24 July
An exhibition by Subhashis Mandal and Ranit Datta. Mandal works with watercolours. His works explore the effect of light and weather on mood, through cityscapes, village scenes and landscapes. Ranit’s god series is painted in acrylics.
Academy of Fine Arts, West Gallery, 2 Cathedral Road (09836147834, 09836339913).
Bakul Art Memorial
20-22 July
Bakul Art Memorial is showcasing works by students from 5-64 years of age at its 12th painting exhibition. Sculptor Uma Siddhanta will inaugurate the event on 19 July at 5.30pm.
3.30-7.45pm. Academy of Fine Arts, South Gallery, 2, Cathedral Road. Call Somnath Roy Chowdhury (9830087542) for details.
Spread
21-26 July
An art exhibition by painters Prabal Roy, Tanmoy Roychowdhury, Arun Mondal, Amar Dey, Chandan Debnath, Alok Sardar, Karunamoy Sur, Dipankar Biswas, Mohini Biswas, Alok Roy, Surojit Sarkar, Barun Roy, Purnendu and Subrata. Most of the artists use acrylic on canvas or paper and charcoal.
3-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Fifth Floor, 108, Southern Avenue (24666802).
King Midas and his Dinner
Till 24 July
The fable of King Midas and his desire for gold is well-known. Starting today, Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts presents a unique solo exhibition, King Midas and his Dinner, by ceramic and visual artist Sharbani Dasgupta.
10am-7pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145). Indranil Bhoumik and Sahana Bhose
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First Published: Thu, Jul 16 2009. 09 54 PM IST