The Mint Planner, 12 August 2016

From music and movies to dance and drama, there’s plenty to do or experience over the coming week

Behind The Smoke: A photograph clicked by a slum child in Sriniwaspuri.
Behind The Smoke: A photograph clicked by a slum child in Sriniwaspuri.



My City Through My Eyes

Till 30 September

About 40 photographs taken by children from the slums of Jahangirpuri, Sriniwaspuri and Madanpur Khadar are on show at the Mandi House Metro station. Organized as part of Habitat Photosphere, an ongoing photography festival organized by the India Habitat Centre (IHC) in collaboration with the non-profit Save The Children, the images show the environment in which the children in slums grow, and how they see the world around them. The show has been curated by art critic Alka Pande.

6am-10pm. Mandi House Metro station.


The Sculpture Show 2016

Till 15 September

The Art Alive Gallery is presenting an exhibition of 35 sculptures by 16 artists, including Sakti Burman, Laxma Goud, K.S. Radhakrishnan, Nagesh Gaud and Sujata Bajaj. The sculptures are in bronze, fibreglass, ceramic and wood.

11am-7pm. Art Alive Gallery, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000). Prices, Rs.75,000 to Rs.6 lakh.

Around town

The Sunday Table Brunch


Fio Cookhouse’s Sunday Table Brunch includes an eight-course meal. The dishes on offer include Olive-Crusted Sea Bass, Mustard Chilli Thyme Chicken, Cookhouse Pesto Cream Casserole and Caramel Spiced Mango Mousse.

Noon-5pm. Fio Cookhouse, Epicuria, Nehru Place (26281026). Meal for one, Rs.1,799, plus taxes (Teetotaller Brunch), and Rs.2,599, plus taxes (Premium Tippler Sparkling Brunch).


12 August

Watch a video recording of composer Richard Strauss’ 1980 opera, Elektra, which was performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The protagonist, Elektra, is grieving for her father Agamemnon, who has been murdered by her mother, Klytaemnestra, and her mother’s lover, Aegisth. Elektra waits for her exiled brother, Orest, to arrive, and avenge their father’s death. The recording of the German opera will be shown with English subtitles. 1 hour, 50 minutes.

7pm. Stein Auditorium, IHC, Lodhi Road (24682002). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.


Chand Roz Aur Meri Jaan

14 August

Salima Raza and Banwari Taneja will star in this theatrical rendition of letters exchanged between Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his wife Alys during Faiz’s imprisonment in Sindh. The drama, in Urdu and Hindi, has been directed by Salima Raza. 1 hour, 10 minutes.

7.30pm. IHC. Tickets, Rs.350 and Rs.500, available on


Uma Sharma’s Journey Through Kathak

14 August

Directed by Mukesh Goel, this dance-drama follows the life of Kathak exponent Uma Sharma.

6.45pm. Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg (24619431).

By Sohini Sen



Ismat Apa Ke Naam

12 August

Motley Theatre will stage a play based on three stories by the late Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai—Chui Mui, Gharwali and Mughal Bacha. Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah are the lead actors in the play, which looks at the condition of women and their survival strategies in a male-dominated society.

8pm. Swatantryaveer Savarkar Smarak Sabhagriha, 252, Shivaji Park. Tickets, Rs.200, Rs.400, Rs.600, Rs.800 and Rs.1,000, available on


Annie Hall

Till 18 August

This Oscar-winning 1977 American romantic comedy is about an eccentric man who tries to understand why his relationship with aspiring nightclub singer Annie Hall failed. Director Woody Allen plays the lead role of Alvy “Max” Singer. 1 hour, 33 minutes.

7.30pm. Matterden CFC, The Deepak, 38, NM Joshi Marg, Delisle Road, Lower Parel (40150621). Tickets, Rs.200, Rs.250, Rs.300 and Rs.350, available on

Marathi Cinema Now—Voices From The Marathi New Wave

12-14 August

The festival will celebrate the best of Marathi cinema in recent years. The line-up includes Halal, a film about the position of women in society, and Ringan, a story of parental love against the backdrop of drought and farmer suicides.

Timings vary. Auditorium, Godrej One, Vikhroli (East). To register, email


Zones Of Privacy

Till 27 August

Curated by Rukminee Guha Thakurta, this exhibition is showcasing book art—scrapbooks and sketchbooks. More than 20 artists are taking part, including Dayanita Singh, Sohrab Hura, Nityan Unnikrishnan, Priya Kuriyan and Prashant Miranda. They explore the themes of humour, melancholy, darkness and obsession.

11am-7pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays). Chatterjee & Lal, 1/18, Kamal Mansions, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).

By Shweta Upadhyay




Till 11 September

This show of 40 works includes drawings, paintings, sculptures and video installations. Among the artists taking part are Anirban Halder, Debajyoti Das and Palash Baidya.

3-8pm (Mondays closed). Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Southern Avenue (24666802).


Baishe Srabon

13 August

Pramita Mallick, an exponent of Rabindrasangeet, will pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 75th death anniversary.

6pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22822895).

Acoustic Orchestra

12 August

Guitarist Amyt Datta will perform with Ritoban Das and Dwaipayan Saha on percussion, Aakash Ganguly (bass), Arinjoy Sircar (guitar), Pratik Shrivastava (sarod) and Jonathan Kay (saxophone).

6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398).

By Indranil Bhoumik



Russian Singing Bells

15 August

Artiste Vera Lipen will use Russian singing bells to create music that has been revered in many cultures. The powerful sound of these bells evokes feelings of calm and peace.

4.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Entry, Rs.50 (Indians) and Rs.100 (foreigners).

The Broadway Addicts

13 August

The Broadway Addicts, a Chennai-based punk rock band, will perform live. Formed in 2013, the band comprises Srinivas Atv (guitar and vocals), Dilip Venkateswaran (bass), Vijay Sudarsan and Danny (both on drums).

6-9pm. Phoenix MarketCity Mall, 142, Velachery Main Road.


Sacred Sensual

Till 24 August

N. Subramaniam is presenting a series of drawings and watercolour paintings on the theme of religion.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam (28332226). Prices, Rs.15,000-50,000.


Don’t Dress For Dinner

13 August

Adapted from a French play by Marc Camoletti, this is a tale of misunderstandings and lost opportunities. Directed by Nikhil Kedia, it is set in a farmhouse to which the protagonist, Bernard, wants to invite his Parisian mistress, Suzy, for the weekend. He arranges for his wife to be sent off to her mother’s place, and even invites his best friend Robert as an alibi. But will things go as planned?

4pm/7pm. Alliance Française, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.

By Nandini Reddy



Capitaine Conan

17 August

This 1996 French drama, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, is based on the novel Captain Conan by Roger Vercel. It is set towards the end of World War I. The movie will be screened with English subtitles. 2 hours, 9 minutes.

6.30pm. Alliance Française, Plot No.4, Aurora Colony, Road No.3, Banjara Hills (23554485).

Around town

Build Your Own Drone

14 August

This 5-hour workshop will teach participants how to build and fly their own quadcopter—a helicopter propelled by four rotors. Every team will be given its own drone kit, and certificates at the end of the workshop.

11am. TIF Labs Pvt. Ltd, RKR Plaza, Laxmi Nagar Colony Road. Fee, Rs.4,500 (individual) and Rs.6,000 (team of two). For details, visit


Barkha Ritu

12 August

The 15th edition of this annual classical music festival will pay tribute to vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. The performing artistes are Ustad Shahid Parvez (sitar), Devaki Pandit (vocals) and Shounak Abhisheki (vocals).

7pm. Ravindra Bharathi Auditorium, Lakdikapul Road, Saifabad (23233672). Tickets, Rs.200, Rs.300, Rs.400 and Rs.500, available on

By Yogendra Kalavalpalli


Nordic Raga

Till 13 August

Indo-Scandinavian fusion band Nordic Raga—comprising Pär Moberg on saxophone, flutes and didgeridoo, Dan Svensson on percussion and vocals, Jyothsna Srikanth on violin and vocals, and Lena Jonsson on the fiddle—will perform this weekend. They blend Nordic folk and Carnatic music.

9.30pm. Windmills Craftworks, 331, 5B Road, EPIP Zone, Whitefield. Tickets, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, available on For details, call 8880233322.

Around town

Food Bazaar

Till 20 August

Savour street food like palak patta chaat, moong dal pakodi, various kinds of dosa, rolls, chops, parathas, tikkis and pavs. The dinner buffet menu has been designed by Parvinder Bali, the culinary head at the Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, a Delhi-based educational institute run by the Oberoi hotel group.

7.30-11.30pm. Le Jardin, The Oberoi, MG Road (25585858). Meal for one, Rs.1,575, plus taxes.


Children’s Plays By Gillo Theatre Repertory

Till 14 August

Mumbai’s Gillo Theatre Repertory will present three children’s plays. A Silly Story Of Bondapalli is based on Shamim Padamsee’s book by the same name; Gulabo Aur Parizaad is on stories by writer and theatre artiste Begum Qudsia Zaidi; and Wagabond is a short performance about a dog’s view of life.

Timings and venues vary. Tickets, Rs.150 and Rs.200, available on

Blank Page

18-21 August

Blank Page is an interpretation of contemporary Indian poetry—in English, Hindi, Marathi and Kashmiri—through theatre, music and movement. The performance, directed by Sunil Shanbag, will explore the themes of conflicting relationships, political resistance, identity, and the intense act of writing. 55 minutes.

Timings and venues vary. Tickets, Rs.200, available on



12 August

This 2014 French comedy drama, directed by Léa Fazer, follows the life of Henry, a young actor who is cast in a film by reputed director Cédric Rovère. The film will be screened with English subtitles. 1 hour, 25 minutes.

7pm. Suchitra Cinema and Cultural Academy, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari Stage II (26711785). Seating on first-come, first-served basis.

By Shivani Kagti

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