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Splintered storyline: From Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Splintered storyline: From Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Updated: Sun, Jan 04 2009. 09 33 PM IST
DELHI
Art
Mutant Beauty
Ongoing
Splintered storyline: From Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Curated by Gayatri Sinha, the show brings together Abir Karmakar, Anant Joshi, Ashim Purkayasta, Atul Bhalla, Bharti Kher, Bose Krishnamachari, Krishnaraj Chonat, Mithu Sen, Probir Gupta, Sheila Makhijani, Shukla Sawant, Subba Ghosh, Sunil Gawde and Vibha Galhotra. Inviting the artist to consider the idea of “mutating beauty”, there are some striking installations, especially the light bulb by Sunil Gawde, paintings and mixed media works.
11.30am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Anant Art Centre, A 21-22, Sector 5 (41554775).
Music
Shwas + Guillotine + Starry Eyed Clueless + Them Clones,
20 December
Contemporary music from four Delhi bands as part of the Delhi International Arts Festival. Take your pick from fusion (Shwas); progressive death metal (Guillotine); blues rock (Starry Eyed Clueless); and grunge rock (Them Clones).
2pm. Miranda House, North Campus (2766-6983).
Rock On, Mandy Aur Sandy
20 December
Sarita Vohra established a theatre group in her living room, hence its name—Living Room Theatre. In the two decades of the group’s existence, Vohra has directed and produced light comedies that deal with weighty issues. She attempts to raise awareness on issues such as the problems of the elderly in India and turbulence in the Kashmir Valley. This particular production deals with how multiple sclerosis is grossly misunderstood.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (41220000). Tickets, Rs50-300, available at the venue.
Neel Ranjan Mukherjee
21 December
A Hindustani classical guitar recital. The event is in collaboration with the Sahitya Kala Parishad.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Dance
Nari, Nari, Nari, My Love
23 December
A Kathak and contemporary dance by Usha Gupta’s Usha Dance Entourage Canada. The programme explores ageing and womanhood and their relation.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Kids
Habitat Film Screenings for Kids on Christmas
25 December
This Christmas, take your children to watch two recent animated blockbusters at the Habitat Centre.
Wall-E: It’s 2700, and we’ve polluted ourselves out of existence. The only humans left live a sterile, bloated life high above earth. The only animate object left in the lifeless landscape of urban desolation is one tireless mechanical waste-collector called Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth Class). He spends his days buzzing about, piling up junk to look like skyscrapers or Mayan temples and sucking up sunlight for his solar panels. Wall-E is alluring, and not because he’s got big eyes or dangling eyelashes but because he’s smart, hardworking, with a romantic side, and is hopelessly addicted to watching clips of Michael Crawford and Barbra Streisand in Gene Kelly’s ‘Hello Dolly!’ on a video screen. He’s everything we would have been if we hadn’t put all our energy into destroying the planet. Directed by Andrew Stanton. 1 hour 37 min.
Ratatouille: The title of Pixar’s fabulous latest animation gives you its three elegantly dovetailed elements: rodents, food and French. Co-director Jan Pinkava’s original idea was sweetly ridiculous —can a naive, ambitious rat (baby-eyed Remy, charmingly voiced by Patton Oswalt), long inspired by his reading of a famous French chef’s recipe book, realize his dream to become a chef? This has been turned by its director, Brad ‘The Incredibles’ Bird, into one of the most witty, clever, gently moral, dramatically convincing and visually stimulating family entertainments of the year. Directed by Brad Bird. 1 hour 51 min.
11.30am-4.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Film
Winky’s Horse
25 December
This is a fabulous little Christmas film. A thoroughly engaging story of a little Chinese girl who moves to Holland to be near her father, a restaurateur. Winky (Ebbie Tam) is finding it difficult to adapt to her new life but a chance encounter with a runaway pony inspires her to ask Santa Claus for her very own horse. The results are comical and touching, and a million miles from the sentimental claptrap that Hollywood always dishes up at Christmas time.
Spanish with subtitles, directed by Eduardo Mignogna. 1 hour 44 min. 3pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
MUMBAI
Art
Cloud Cuckoo Land
Ongoing
Norbert Bisky’s paintings are blindingly colourful, intense and often disturbing. Swirling together social realism with pop art, he manages to create images that are often dark and violent despite the explosive colour palette.
10am-6.30pm, Monday-Friday; 11am-4pm, Saturday. Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Around Town
Decoding the Hair
Ongoing
Beauty and personal care products giant L’Oreal holds an exhibition on hair. Displays aim to help visitors understand the cultural, scientific, aesthetic and geographical associations of the strands that bind us all into a braidy bunch.
Daily, 11am-7pm. Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli (24964676).
Music
Festive Music Festival
19–21 December
The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual Christmas concert of choral music. During the second halves of the three shows, the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble will regale the audience with performances of pieces they have sung over the last 25 years. Four other Mumbai choirs—Good Vibrations, The Living Voices, Singspirators and The Marian Choir—and New Delhi’s The Mozart Children’s Choir of India will also perform on the first day.
Three city-based choirs—Church of St Mary the Virgin, The Santacruz Ensemble and The Petrine Choir—will perform along with the Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble on the second day, which will also feature St Cecilia’s Junior Choir from Pune and The Harmonics from Chennai.
The Happy Home & School for the Blind, Salvation Singers, Victory Chorus Line, Family Harmony, The Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble and The Harmonics form the line-up on the third day, which also sees the debut performance of the Junior Stop-Gaps Choral Ensemble.
7pm. Tata Theatre, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs200, Rs300, Rs500.
Film
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
From 19 December
This is one of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original—but only by a whisker. In the first instalment, Alex, the dancing lion and his mismatched cohorts escaped from a New York zoo on a mission to reach Africa. They missed and wound up on Madagascar instead. Roll on part two and Alex (voice of Ben Stiller) et al are on board a home-made aircraft bound for Africa where they finally hope to meet members of their own species. The film then shatters into a trillion plotlets involving reunions, rites of passage, water shortages, volcanic sacrifices, even a little romantic interaction.
Yet, despite this splintered storyline, the film manages to remain more coherent than the last. The animation, too, is improved. Tip: for best results, see it in gigantiscope at the Imax.
Across cinemas.
Dance
Ektatva: Bhakti ke Rang
21 December
The competitive world of Indian classical dance can sometimes seem like an episode of ‘Desperate Housewives’. Like the show’s female characters, dancers are given to gossip and occasionally exchange verbal bullets as they strive to strike a balance between their professional and personal lives. But Odissi dancer Daksha Mashruwala and Kathak dancer Uma Dogra have managed to rise above this. “When I read some literature, I can’t wait to share my ideas and thoughts on them with Uma,” said Mashruwala. “We understand each other’s style of working, thoughts, creative expectations and moods.” The fruits of their decade-long friendship will be seen on stage when Mashruwala’s group Kaishiki and Dogra’s Samved School of Kathak come together to present ‘Ektatva: Bhakti ke Rang’.
Sufism and its pursuit of truth through love and devotion is the highlight of ‘Ektatva’, which means unity in thought. It isn’t unusual that Kathak, the classical dance form most influenced by the Mughals, should explore the ideas of Sufism, which flourished under their reign. As a practitioner of Odissi, Mashruwala brings a fresh perspective to the philosophy. Mashruwala says that even though humans are divided by culture, philosophy, language and caste, we all experience the same emotions.
7pm. Pranganga, Bhavan’s College Campus, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (26237454).
BANGALORE
Art
Recent works
Ongoing
The Hatworks Boulevard presents paintings by Manoj Kachangal, Anoop Kamath, Ritu Kamath, Madan Meena and Bhagat Singh. Visit www.crimsonartgallery.com.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Crimson, 32, Cunningham Road (65379223).
Film
Degham
20 December
Pedestrian Pictures, in association with the group Campaign for Sex Workers and Sexuality Minority Rights, presents a screening of ‘Degham’ (body), a film on the transgender experience, directed by Vishnu Mathur, featuring Revathi, Narthaki Natarajan, Priya Babu, Aasha Bharathi and Kalki talking about the complexities of the human body. Revathi and producer C.S. Lakshmi will be present for an interaction following the screening. For further information, contact Uvaraj at 9448371389.
1 hour 38 min. Tamil with English subtitles. 6pm. SCM house, Mission Road (9845001168).
Theatre
Hare and the Tortoise
19 December
‘Hare and the Tortoise’ explores the complex ways in which we occupy time by staging a dramatic colloquium between participants in notable inter-civilizational race fables. ‘Hare and the Tortoise’ are the archetypal competitors who represent different ways of understanding temporality. Their race becomes the cover story for a theme which includes other competing pairs such as Ganapati and Kartik, Ekalavya and Arjuna, Arjuna and Hamlet. Second, to help these fabulistic discussants to better focus their arguments, the play invites them all to comment upon the crisis experienced by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet; that dramatic protagonist for whom time was always so painfully out of joint.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 100.
Impressions of Bhima
20 December
This solo performance by Vinay Kumar explores Bhima of the Mahabharata and his relationship with Duryodhana by drawing on various interpretations of the epic, including subaltern texts. The production also uses live music and small-town and rural Indian adventures in English.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 100.
Around Town
Miscellany Optjectii
21-24 December
1, Shanthi Road presents a show of experimental works, conceptual objects, assemblages, photographs and digital prints by Umesh Kumar PN. Kumar, whose exhibits include one that’s nothing but a sliced loaf of a brick, admitted that some of his works appear frivolous. He explained that his work deals with “issues of fragmentation, manipulation and translocation with regard to questions about normalization in the face of subjective and objective idealizations, experiences and realizations”. Preview at 6pm on December 20.
Daily, 10am-7.30pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Dance
Maja Drobac
19 December
Maja Drobac, a contemporary dancer from Croatia, has trained in Bharatanatyam under Lalitha Srinivasan in Bangalore. During her last performance in August, as part of ‘Adhyaya’, a traditional and contemporary dance evening, she performed a movement piece that dealt with the Native Indian shaman tradition of dream-catching. This time around, she will be performing a traditional Bharatanatyam ‘margam’ as part of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations evening of programmes.
6pm. Yavanika, YMCA, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).
RECOMMENDED
DELHI
Theatre
Ndulgence
21 December
Greta Mendez is a self-confessed raconteur, performance artist, and a movement and theatre director. This fortnight, Mendez brings her new set piece, ‘Ndulgence’, to Delhi as part of the Delhi International Arts Festival. The narrative follows a protagonist called Madame Glo, an ageing Caribbean woman who has lived most of her life in Europe. Mendez deconstructs the relationship between the developed countries and the so-called “third world” while struggling with the feminine ideal and her own demons of ageing and cultural identity.
Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). 6.30pm.
MUMBAI
Art
Silt of Seasons
Ongoing
For ‘Silt of Seasons’, Saini Kallat is showing a set of works that have been shown in galleries abroad but will be seen for the first time in India (except for ‘White Heat’ and a sewing machine made of bonded marble, which is a new piece). The exhibition has video works, sculptures and a set of standing work that hovers between sculpture and painting. They seem to be large portraits until a closer look reveals them to be made of rubber stamps. Each stamp has a name which is from actual lists of missing persons across the country. See it from the back and the tops of the stamps stand like a battalion of pawns from countless chess sets. “I wanted to make all those names that have been forgotten, be remembered again,” she said.
In a series of similar works, she recreates designs from the Taj Mahal with rubber stamps. These names are of the labourers who worked on the monument. “It was something of a discovery for me when I found them in archives because we’ve grown up with textbooks telling us the labourers were nameless and their hands were chopped off, but actually they had the right to inscribe their names on what they created,” she said.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Chemould Prescott Road, Queen’s Mansion, third floor, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).
BANGALORE
Photography
A Long Exposure
19-31 December
On 18 December, photographer T.S. Satyan marked his 85th birthday and a long career that began with ‘Deccan Herald’ in 1948. In his heyday, Satyan shot pictures for publications ranging from ‘The Illustrated Weekly’ to ‘Time’ and ‘Life’.
In 1977, he was awarded the Padma Shri, and in 1979, to mark the International Year of the Child, Unicef sponsored an exhibition of his photographs on children titled ‘Little People’, which was displayed at the UN headquarters in New York.
Regarded by many as the father of Indian photojournalism, Satyan has a word of advice for youngsters: “The digital era has democratized photography,” he says.
11am-6pm. Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).
Schedules are subject to change
CONNECT
Shop
In the place formerly occupied by Barefoot in Mumbai, Marca has plenty of whimsical T-shirts, fluffy net skirts with gold glitter, edgy printed georgette ‘salwar kameezes’, embroidered kaftans, and hip bridal wear to get Bandra girls talking. The bridal section is partitioned off with gold sequin curtains and contains easily likeable saris, ‘ghaghra-cholis’ and ‘sherwanis’. You can take a coffee and cigarette break in the cute balcony overlooking the verandah of a Bandra bungalow.
Anand Villa, first floor, above the Bagel Shop, 30, Pali Mala Road, Bandra (W), Mumbai; 26057028. 11am-8pm, Monday-Saturday. Casuals, Rs1,200-6,500, Indian wear, Rs3,500-8,000.
Know
In a city where most plays are produced on a shoestring budget, Remu Javeri has ensured that actors are, at least, well-shod. Over the last 20 years, Javeri’s company Joy Shoes has supported Mumbai theatre by donating the shoes actors use on stage. Whether they’re boots, Roman sandals or high-heeled ladies’ shoes, Javeri has made them all—for free.
“I do it for the love of theatre,” he says. “We at Joy Shoes get to showcase our talent and show what we are capable of,” he adds.
Buy
Address Home makes you feel like a bull in a china shop. This new addition in Khan Market is literally packed to the brim with delicate home accessories and fashionable furniture. It aims to be a one-stop shop for all your fancy home décor needs, from candles to table linen. A floral motif runs through the store and everything is nicely colour-coordinated, with turquoise items giving way to many shades of pink, brown and cream.
Daily, 10.30am-8pm. 55A, Khan Market, Middle Lane, New Delhi; 43528335. Ishanee Sarkar
Gift
This one is for your mother. Misspelt free-hand scribbles that will remind her of all your drawings she’d put up on the fridge. What’s better, these mugs are for a cause—part of the proceeds go to the Madhav Tiger Conservation Fund.
Daily, 11am-8pm. Good Earth, Second Floor, UB City, 24, Mittal Mallya Road, Bangalore; 22112878. All major credit cards accepted.
Schedules are subject to change
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