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Eco-logic: Sonal Mansingh’s latest production is a comment on the fragility of the environment.
Eco-logic: Sonal Mansingh’s latest production is a comment on the fragility of the environment.
Updated: Thu, Jan 20 2011. 09 37 PM IST
L’Atlas vs Tanc
23-31 January
French artists L’Atlas and Tanc, who first met in 2002, will showcase their work in Delhi. They have been attracted by the proximity of geometrical logos affixed to one another and to city street walls, and have been collaborating on modern art posters that are stuck on 3x4m billboards in the streets of Paris.
11am-8pm. Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Zarina Hashmi
Till 15 February
New-York based artist Zarina Hashmi’s art poignantly chronicles her life and recurring themes, include home, displacement, journey and memory. For Hashmi, the notion of home is tenuous, yet paramount. Best known as a printmaker, Hashmi prefers to carve instead of drawing the line, to gouge the surface rather than build it up. Other works on paper include pin drawings, sheets of laminated paper pierced in meticulous and extensive grid patterns.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).
India Art Summit
21-23 January
The third edition of the India Art Summit gives collectors and art enthusiasts an opportunity to view modern and contemporary art in India. Eighty-four galleries from 20 countries, including India, Australia, the UK and US, will present their exhibits. Alongside the art fair, there will be a sculpture park, video lounge, curated art projects and a Speakers Forum.
For the complete schedule, log on to www.indiaartsummit.com
24 January
Eco-logic: Sonal Mansingh’s latest production is a comment on the fragility of the environment.
With her latest choreographic creation, Eco-Puran, Odissi dance guru Sonal Mansingh is looking at old stories to create new endings. Her inspiration is the fragility of the environment. Mansingh picks stories from ancient Indian texts and translates traditional Odissi movements for a contemporary audience. The stories include Kaliya Mardan, where the Hindu god Krishna confronts Kaliya, the serpent-demon, who is slowly poisoning the Yamuna.
7pm. India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road (24682222).
Tribute to Bos
22 January
Enjoy a shehnai recital by Pandit Rajendra Prasanna on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. It will be followed by an audiovisual presentation, Netaji: The Burning Flame, directed by Rini Mukherjee and Arumoy Bhattacharyya. The evening concludes with a sitar recital by Prateek Choudhury, with Akram Khan on tabla.
7pm. IHC (24682222).
Maulana Azad
23 January
Sayeed Alam’s dramatic monologue is not an easy play to sit through. It’s a solo performance without too much action, there are many meandering stories about Congress party politics before independence, and it’s two-and-a-half hours long with no interval. It’s also in chaste Urdu, often difficult to understand. Two things make the play an experience: The script is peppered with little factual titbits—Azad’s taste in tea (white jasmine), or Nehru’s mumbling in his sleep—and a fluid, measured performance by Tom Alter, who plays Azad.
Most of the play is concerned with Azad’s views on his contemporaries, his responses to charges laid against him or the Congress party, which he represented for much of his political career, or his fears about the future of Muslims in the subcontinent. The politics and history are handled competently.
7pm. IHC (24682222). For tickets, Rs50-350, call 9810255291, 9810460366, or email pierrotstroupe@yahoo.com
A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears
21-22 January
Roger has a quality that inspires laughter in whoever he meets—a drawback for someone who is a prince and wants to be taken seriously. His worried father, the king, sends him on a quest to quell the funnies. Based on Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist and author Jules Feiffer’s book by the same name.
10.30am (21 January) and 6.30pm (22 January). American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341).
The Melody Queen of Goa
23 and 26 January
Sound of Music: The musical is based on the original Broadway production.
In the mid-1960s, Goa’s Melody Queen, who was still known only by her first name Lorna, was a rising star on the Konkani pop music scene. But at the height of her popularity in 1973, she retired. She returned to the recording studio in 1996, when producer Ronnie Monseratte persuaded her to make a comeback album titled Hello Lorna. Since then she’s performed a few times in Goa but her stage appearances in Mumbai have been rare. This week, Goa’s Melody Queen will take the spotlight at Konkani music shows across the city.
2pm. Rang Sharda Auditorium, near Lilavati Hospital, St Peter’s Road, Bandra Reclamation, Bandra-West (26414666). Tickets, Rs150 and Rs200. For details and tickets, call 9892006128 or 9892844433.
Around town
Financial Clinics for Start-ups
22 January
Is your start-up facing teething troubles? The Bombay Hub has invited strategy and financial expert Himanshu Vyas to get you back on your feet. At the workshop, participants will be asked to deal with challenges such as budgeting, accounting, allocation of costs and utilization of grants, as a hands-on training programme for running a new, small organization.
10am-5pm. The Hub, Fourth floor, Candelar Building, 26, St John The Baptist Road, near Mount Mary Steps, Bandra-West (32220475). Charges,Rs200.
The Chawls of Mumbai: a discussion
25 January
Mumbai’s ‘chawls’ have hosted trade unionists, social reformers and political leaders. They have played a central role in Mumbai’s history—they housed the migrant workers who built the colonial city, ran the textile mills and became a potent political force during the struggle for independence and after. A new anthology edited by Neera Adarkar, ‘The Chawls of Mumbai—Galleries of Life’, documents the social history and personal narrative of this historic and quintessentially Mumbai housing system. The book has a mix of essays, narratives, photos and architectural drawings, including sketches from Dev Benegal’s screenplay of ‘Ravan and Eddie’, Kiran Nagarkar’s famous novel on two boys growing up in a Mazagaon tenement. Painter Atul Dodiya will introduce the book and readings will follow.
6pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22072974/75).
The Sound of Music
26-30 January
Raell Padamsee’s Create Foundation presents The Sound of Music —the story of Maria (played by Delna Mody), a postulant who leaves the abbey to serve as a governess for the seven children of a widowed naval captain (played by Dalip Tahil) who live in Austria, against the backdrop of World War II. Instead of the 1965 movie, Padamsee’s musical is based on the original Broadway production by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, first staged in 1959.
For the play, choreographers Sandeep Soparrkar and Karla Singh have worked with 300 actors, including an integrated group of 200 children from schools and NGOs such as the Happy Home and School for the Blind, Aseema and Salaam Bombay Foundation.
7pm, and 4pm (30 January). Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs270, Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs2,000, Rs3,000 and Rs5,000.
New works by Mehlli Gobhai
Till 10 February
After a three-year gap, Mumbai’s Mehlli Gobhai is again displaying his paintings. The muted colours seen in his last show are there, along with the trademark lines and shadows. The beauty of Gobhai’s works is in the detail.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22000212).
Around town
Republic Day special
26 January
ITC Sonar will host a special buffet lunch and dinner to celebrate Republic Day with regional delicacies from all over the country. The buffet will include dum ka murgh, pui saag chorchori, Mysore chilli chicken, Punjabi wadi and Rajasthani moongfali curry and other regional specialities. Armed Forces personnel can avail of a 50% discount.
12.30-2.45pm (lunch), 7-11.45pm (dinner). ITC Sonar, Eden Pavilion, JBS Halden Avenue (23454545). Charges,Rs2,000 per person, plus taxes.
22 January
Revisit Tagore: Manbhanjan.
Kolkata-based theatre group Shohan will present its latest play, based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore. The turmoil and tension between the two central characters, Giribala and Gopinath, and women’s liberation are the key themes of the story. The play is directed by Anish Ghosh.
3pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets,Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60. For details, call 9830042004.
The Dover Lane Music Conference
22-25 January
The Dover Lane Music Conference will present its 59th annual conference featuring eminent classical vocal, instrumental artists and dancers, including Shiv Kumar Sharma, Amjad Ali Khan, Ajay Chakraborty, Yamini Reddy and Rashid Khan. The music conference, a night-long event, will start around 8pm.
Nazrul Mancha, Rabindra Sarobar. Tickets, Rs240, Rs350 and Rs480. For details, call 24618137 or log on to www.doverlanemusicconference.in
By Indranil Bhoumik
Around town
Activity camp
23 January
Learn and play: A children’s workshop is to be held at DakshinaChitra.
DakshinaChitra will conduct a day-long workshop for children, which includes activities such as glass painting, pottery, puppetry and glass blowing. Games such as pot-breaking, tug of war and treasure hunt will be organized and children will get an opportunity to learn and participate in the Thappattam dance.
10.30am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges,Rs400, inclusive of material, refreshment and conveyance (pick-up point: Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar).
Expressive Arts Therapy
27-28 January
The Forum Art Gallery will organize a workshop, focused on personal growth, by Jen Kristel, a practising therapist in the US. She will teach participants how to use art, poetry, movement and sound to hone their creativity and imagination.
9.30am-12.30pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596)
The Man–His Art–The Show
Till 28 January
This show by Sam Adaikalasamy explores themes such as religion, social norms and ideologies, and places them in the current context. Using definitive forms and colourful imagery, Adaikalasamy has managed to make his art speak to the viewer, each time provoking a different thought.
11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road (24353341).
By Karuna Amarnath
Something that I’ll Never Really See
23 January-27 Feburary
Happy to be clicked: City of Photos is a documentary on photo studios.
It is an exhibition of contemporary photography from the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The show spotlights the works of over 25 contemporary photographers from Europe and the US, including prominent names such as Gavin Turk (the show takes its name from his self-portrait), Garry Fabian Miller, Cindy Sherman, Richard Billingham, Susan Derges and Tim Walker.
10am-5pm (Mondays closed). National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). Charges, for Indians, Rs10; foreigners, Rs150; and children and students, Rs1. For details, log on to www.ngmaindia.gov.in
Around town
Airtel Bengaluru Habba
Till 29 January
The Artists Foundation for the Arts, in association with Bharti Airtel, is presenting a 15-day festival of art, crafts, dance, music, theatre and film. The schedule includes a santoor recital by Shiv Kumar Sharma, Odissi by Ileana Citaristi, chamber concerts, workshops and a series of jazz concerts by bands, including the Amit Heri Quartet, the Radha Thomas Quartet and Soulmate. Passes will be available at select Airtel showrooms and at the venues.
For details, call 23614443 or log on to www.bengaluruhabba.co.in
Mysooru Mallige
26 January
The musical is based on famed Kannada poet K.S. Narasimhaswamy’s most popular collection, Mysooru Mallige, published in 1942. It melds popular music styles with quirky characters such as Balegaara Channayya, a bangle seller with a predilection for deep conversation. 2 hours
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26597777). Tickets, Rs100.
City of Photos
23 January
Nishtha Jain’s documentary on photo studios, City of Photos, is a tour of suppressed desires, wistful memories and bizarre backdrops. Families say cheese against a backdrop of planes flying 9/11- style into New York’s World Trade Center. A painter of backdrops applies his brush to canvas to replicate a particularly horrific train accident in Bihar a few years ago. Her documentary is an impressionistic, philosophical examination of what photo studios mean to patrons, who seem to fulfil their romantic dreams at least for a few clicks. 1 hour.
11.30am. National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). For details, log on to www.ngmaindia.gov.in
Beyond Oxiana
Till 12 February
This solo show by Norwegian artist Unni Gjertsen is being hosted by CoLab, an art and architecture group, and the Office for Contemporary Art, Norway. Gjertsen’s journey, which started a few years ago, took her through Iran, parts of West Asia and Afghanistan, along a route followed by British historian Robert Byron in the early 1930s, which she documented in ‘The Road to Oxiana’ (Oxiana being the northern Afghan region skirting the river Amu Darya). The journey resulted in this four-part project, titled ‘Beyond Oxiana’, as part of which she has hosted shows in Cairo and Istanbul. Gjertsen completes her Oxiana project with a show in Bangalore.
10.30am-7.30pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar. For details, log on to www.1shanthiroad.blogspot.com
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First Published: Thu, Jan 20 2011. 09 37 PM IST