Delhi-based Bharati Shivaji has developed a unique Mohiniattam style that combines the teachings of the traditional Kerala Kalamandalam and the developments on that style by Mohiniattam revivalist Kalyanikutty Amma. The artiste began her training in Bharatanatyam and Odissi but switched to Mohiniattam after watching a performance by dancer Indrani Rahman around four decades ago.
Her performance will showcase her ability to merge martial arts, classical music, spirituality and the visual traditions of temple architecture in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
7.45pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
Catch the French power-pop group Fortune—Lionel Pierres on vocals, guitar and bass, Pierre Lucas on keyboards, bass and vocals, Hervé Loos on drums and François de Miomandre on guitar and bass. Their sound is a mix of dance-pop, electro and disco, and they draw influences from Phoenix, Ratatat and Vampire Weekend, among others.
Power-pop boys:French group Fortune’s sounds are a mix of dance-pop, electro and disco.
7.30pm. Auditorium, Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
The Brothers Teichmann
Andi and Hannes Teichmann are known for their energetic House and techno music. Founding members of the band beigeGT, the Teichmann brothers started their record label Festplatten while also releasing work on international labels such as Kompakt. After touring extensively in Europe, they collaborated with composer and zither player Leopold Hurt. The brothers live and work in Berlin.
8.30pm. Bacchus F&B, 8, Papanna Street (40333888). Cover charges, Rs 500.
In adapting Quentin Tarantino’s debut directorial venture, director Nakul Bhalla and his team had to rework some of the outdoor action and come up with the most effective way to stage memorable sequences such as Mr Blonde’s torture sport and the concluding Mexican stand-off. After some initial apprehensions, the cast now dutifully channels Tarantino’s canonical cataract of f-bombs, sexist jibes and race slurs every evening, compelled by the realization that there is “a necessary consonance between who (the characters) are and how they speak”. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
8pm (also 3pm and 6.30pm on 20 February). Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). Tickets, Rs 250 (Rs 600 with dinner).
Toba Take Singh
The play, based on Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story Toba Tek Singh, is a satire on Partition, and centres on the anxieties of an inmate in an asylum, who can’t stop fretting over whether his hometown Toba Tek Singh is in India or Pakistan, and what either eventuality portends for him. 1 hour, 15 minutes.
7.30 pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 50.
Chennai-based film-maker R.V. Ramani’s Nee Enge (Where are You) looks at the fading tradition of shadow puppeteers in the south. Ramani shot the film over two years from 2001, following traditional shadow puppeteers in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. He explores a range of themes through the film—the effects of migration, the impact of government support on the form and the hardscrabble lives led by several families. 2 hours, 38 minutes.
11.30am. National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). For details, log on to www.ngmaindia.gov.in/ngma_bangaluru.asp
23 February-12 March
Curated by Marta Jakimowicz, this group show attempts to explore the relationship between young women and dolls, in the context of media glamour and the beauty industry. The show includes sculptures, installations and mixed-media collages by Barbara Ash, paintings by Abir Karmakar and Anthony “Tonni” Roche, and sculptures and paintings of mutant baby boys by Chintan Upadhyay. Jasmeen Patheja presents videos, photographs and sound pieces that focus on aspects of make-up and clothes, along with several works with dolls and mannequins.
Dolled up: A mixed-media exhibition.
Th exhibition also displays oils-on-canvas of rustic icons of goddesses contrasted with fashion mannequins, leather puppets, pornography and images of superheroes by K.T. Shiva Prasad, and others.
10.30am-6pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). For details, log on to www.sumukha.com
No Balding nor Tangling the Hair
Till 25 February
This exhibition showcases the works of Ebenezer Singh, Aparajithan Adimoolam and Natesh Muthusamy. Singh, a painter, sculptor, photographer and video artist, is famous for his collage works; Adimoolam’s works are fine examples of his satirical observations; and Muthusamy’s paintings are renowned for their symbolic, interesting and powerful themes.
Astride: Ebenezer Singh’s work.
11am-7pm. The Faraway Tree Gallery, 7, Rutland Gate, 6th Street, Nungambakkam (42323243).
Nicholas Productions presents its Tony and Pulitzer award-winning rock opera Rent. The Broadway show is based on the lives of eight artists affected by HIV, and their struggles. The proceeds of this musical directed by actor/choreographer Denver Anthony Nicholas will go towards NGOs such as Mellow Circle, which work with HIV-affected and HIV-positive patients.
7pm (19-20 February) and 2.30pm (20 February). Museum Theatre, 406, Pantheon Road, Egmore (9884093510). Tickets, Rs 150, Rs 300 and Rs 500, available at the venue and at www.indianstage.in
Till 28 February
Kayal presents an exclusive seafood festival where you can enjoy the delicately prepared fresh catch of the day. Choose from lobsters, tiger prawns, scampi, octopus, crab, red snapper, bhetki, grouper, barracuda, sear fish, black and silver pomfret, bream and parrot fish cooked to your taste.
7pm onwards. Kayal, Le Royal Meridien, GST Road, St Thomas Mount (22314343). Charges, Rs 350 onwards.
DakshinaChitra is organizing a day-long photography workshop for children in the 8-15 age group. Photographer Poochi Venkat will take the children through the basic techniques of photography, teaching them some innovative approaches as well. Participants are advised to bring their own cameras.
10.30am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841777779). Charges, Rs 500, inclusive of refreshments and transport to and from DakshinaChitra (pick-up at the Madras Craft Foundation, Besant Nagar).
Berggruen: the Art Collector
Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan brings a docu-drama on internationally renowned art collector Heinz Berggruen to Cholamandal’s Friday Movie Club. This film explores his life, from the time he fled Hitler’s Germany to when he made a name for himself as Pablo Picasso’s art dealer, to the time he brought his vast collection of Picasso, Klee and Matisse back to Berlin and founded the Berggruen Museum.
7pm. Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Injambakkam, East Coast Road (24490092). Entry on first-come, first-served basis.
Holistic and Alternative Healing Fair
Head to Taj Club House to participate in the city’s first holistic and alternative healing fair, where you can experience and learn about the body, mind and soul. Meet renowned practitioners from the different schools of alternative medicine, such as Ayurveda, reiki, past-life therapy, ‘chakra’ therapy, acupuncture, aura photography, tarot card reading and more.
11am-7.30pm. Taj Club House, 2, Club House Road, Mount Road (9884242898)
By Karuna Amarnath
This End to the Other
Till 21 February
Rameshwar Broota seems to have been inspired by the construction overdrive in Himachal Pradesh in this show. A top-angle photograph of a mountainside in the state, cluttered with houses, is so fine in detailing that it appears almost like a miniature painting. A completely different photograph, titled Where Does the Ganga Flow, of a chaotically developed Haridwar in Uttarakhand, shows his knack of capturing both the overt subject and the hidden story.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40, Defence Colony (24615368).
Talk by Chandrahas Choudhury
Chandrahas Choudhury, critic and author of Arzee the Dwarf, gives a talk titled “Ten Ways to Change your Life by Reading Novels”, reflecting on examples from Vikram Chandra to Kazuo Ishiguro in the second edition of Writers, Etc., the literary platform of the Alliance Française de Delhi.
6.30pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Short Film Festival
The short-film club Shamiana will present another day-long short-film festival, with this edition comprising films that are 15 minutes at most. They manage, however, to cover a variety of styles and themes. Screenings include Imago, Portfolio, Postman, Metaphora, Little Sivaji and Khanabadosh.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. The screening is open to Film Club members only. To register, call 24682222.
Paul Taylor Dance Company
When you watch the Paul Taylor Dance Company perform, don’t be surprised to see the dancers of the reputed American modern dance outfit stand, slide, walk, run or fall. It’s all part of Esplanade, which will be presented along with Taylor’s other choreographies Runes and Arden Court, at the Shreyasi international dance festival festival this fortnight.
Dancing stars: The Paul Taylor Dance Company.
7pm. Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg.
Hindustani vocalist Jayateerth Mevundi, from the Kirana gharana, will present a tribute to his guru, the late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. He will be accompanied by Narendra Nayak on the harmonium and Keshav Joshi on the tabla for this concert.
4pm. Gandhi-King Plaza, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate.
An Introduction to Hindustani Classical Music
The Mohini Foundation and Weavers’ Studio Centre for the Arts jointly present An Introduction to Hindustani Classical Music by acclaimed sarod maestro Buddhadev Dasgupta and Sumanta Mukherjee, founder and secretary general of Mohini.
The programme is an attempt to explain the salient features and nuances of Hindustani raga-sangeet in a lecture-demonstration format, with live vocal and instrumental music.
6.30-8pm. Indian Council for Cultural Relations auditorium, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22872680/22822895/22823431.
Recent works of Jeram Patel
Till 26 February
The Harrington Street Arts Centre is presenting an exhibition of the recent works of renowned artist Jeram Patel for the first time in Kolkata. Octogenarian Patel was one of the artists who turned around the Indian art scene and formulated a new visual identity and method of abstraction. A four-time recipient of the Lalit Kala Akademi award, his latest collection showcases sculpture in steel and burnt wood, apart from works on canvas and paper.
Noon-7pm (Sunday closed). The Harrington Street Arts Centre, 8, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Suite No. 5 & 25B, Second floor (22829220/21).
Till 28 February
Wine Tales brings wine connoisseurs a collection of premium French vintages such as Chateau Moutoun Rothschild, Grand Vin de Chateau Lalour, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Lafite Rothschild, with the perfect food pairing.
Wine tales: French vintage wines at ITC Sonar
At West View, Pan Asian, Dum Pukht and Peshawri restaurants, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue. The wine bottles are priced at Rs 50,000-65,000. For timing and details, call 23454545.-
Short Theatre Festival
Theatre group Aneek pays tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary with an eight-day short theatre festival. Twenty-five productions by groups from the 19 districts of West Bengal will perform at the festival. Short productions on popular stories such as Bisarjan, Juta Abishkar, Rakta Karabi, Guptadhan, Ghare o Baire and Rabi Thakur o Pushpamala will be performed at the festival.
Timings vary. Aneek Natya Mancha, Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium), Gate No. 1. For timings and the schedule, call 9830154703/9830117964.
The Last Supper
19 February-31 March
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, in association with Bishop’s College, Kolkata, will present an exhibition of acrylic works by Madhvi Parekh, which will be inaugurated at 6pm on Saturday. New Delhi-based Parekh is a self-taught artist from Sanjaya village in Gujarat. Over the last four-five years, Parekh has held numerous solo shows, including ‘AI-Khaleeja’ (Kuwait, 1985), and taken part in several significant group shows, notably ‘Play’ (Turkey and then Yugoslavia, 1985), ‘Watercolour by Four Women Artists’ (Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1987) and ‘Contemporary Art: Sahmat’ (Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, 1990).
The last supper: Madhvi Parekh.
2-8pm. St Thomas’ Chapel, Bishop’s College, 224, AJC Bose Road (24556942/43).
By Indranil Bhoumik
A walking tour of Mazgaon with Rafique Baghdadi
Amateur historian Rafique Baghdadi will lead a walking tour of Mazgaon, the neighbourhood in which he’s spent his entire life. It will pass through a cluster of Christian houses in Matharpacady. At the entrance to Mazagaon Dock, he will explain how freighting tasks were originally handled by the Chinese, riveting work by the Pathans and carpentry by Gorai’s East Indians. The walk is being organized by Alliance Française.
The walk starts at 9am. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration charges, Rs 160.
The Enlightened One—the Gautam Buddha
The Nalanda Dance Research Centre (NDRC), which is known for teaching Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam, dabbles with contemporary dance in its new dance drama, The Enlightened One—the Gautam Buddha. NDRC founder Kanak Rele has collaborated with Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen,a professor of choreography and dance history at the University of Stavanger in Norway, for the production.
6.30pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi (24312956). Passes available at the venue, NDRC (26206326) and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (22813572).
Cobblestone Jazz is a name well suited to the music project by Danuel Tate, Tyger Dhula and Mathew Jonson. Each member also brings different skills to the decks. Tate is a trained jazz pianist, Jonson works with analogue drum machines and synthesizers, and Dhula is a DJ and programmer. They prepare by pre-recording bass lines, beats and other musical parts on separate tracks, though Jonson also creates drum beats and synth pads live—assembling them into new arrangements at gigs, while Tate jams on the keyboard.
Sound of music: Cobblestone Jazz will perform at Aurus in Santacruz.
10pm. Aurus, Juhu Tara Road, near Maneckji Cooper School, Santacruz-West (67106666). Entry charges, Rs 750.
A tribute to Bhimsen Joshi
Music centre Kalabharti and Suresh Chandvankar of the Society of Record Collectors will present a tribute to the late singer Bhimsen Joshi by organizing a listening session of his recordings. Chandvankar will attempt to trace Joshi’s dynamic style through the 100-minute audio-visual presentation. He will play recordings during 1945-80, which include 78 rpms, extended plays as well as long plays. The presentation will also include a video clip of Joshi singing from a short film by a Dutch film-maker who was bowled over by his music.
10.30am. Karnataka Sangha, Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga-West (24377022).
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