Art and Science Residency
Khoj is conducting a pilot project to encourage creative and experimental collaborations between scientists and artists, thus enhancing public engagement with both science and art. Meet the artists and see their work progress, or call Khoj for the specific dates of their August Open House. Khoj Studio, S-17, Khirkee Extension, near Sai Baba Temple (6565-5874). Free. Call before visiting.
You Shall Remain Hidden
Taking his title from Epicurus’ dictum to “Live Hidden”, Amitava Das reveals four decades of his works on paper. Ranging from the early 1970s to 2007, the pen-and-ink works, assemblages and watercolours make up a comprehensive collection of this artist’s drawing, an activity he feels is particularly “intimate”. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (2632-6267).
Crossing the Line
Sydney-based Anita Barar’s film is about the people who witnessed bloodshed during Partition. The film focuses on people who crossed the border against their wishes in the wake of Partition, and ultimately left for Australia. She gently explores their feelings when they meet their counterparts from across the border. Barar also seeks to bring out other emotional issues—incidents in which, despite the widespread religious violence, individuals from both sides risked their lives to protect members of the other community. 5.45pm (Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes). Kriti Team Workplace, S-35, Tara Apartments, Alaknanda (2602-7845). Free.
Superfuzz+Undying Inc+Skin Cold
It’s an out and out rock night with New Delhi-based rock ‘n’ rollers Superfuzz laying the foundation for heavier stuff from thrash and math metal outfit Undying Inc. and the nu-metal/prog metal band from Mumbai, Skin Cold. Gates open at 7.30pm. Concert begins at 8pm. The Mezz, 17, Community Centre, above Dawat Khana, New Friends Colony (2683-7994). Cover charge: Rs100.
Hohenlohe Brass Quintet
This German ensemble blows up everything, from Bach and the Beatles to jazz and film music. The programme, called Divertimento for Brass, is presented in collaboration with Delhi Music Society. 6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
Ritu Chakra: Word and Sound Cycle
A performance by the writers of Cybermohalla, a collaborative initiative that includes Ankur, a New Delhi-based NGO, Hemant (‘Ekam Satyam’, ‘Manzil’) and musicians Nathu Lal Solanki (nagara), Islam Khan (tabla) and Kamaal Khan (sarangi). The artistes explore various aspects of the monsoon in the city, especially man’s fragile and changing relationship with the environment. Talented young writers talk about our fast disappearing connect with nature, raising serious issues but also celebrating the unalloyed joy of the monsoon. 7pm. Shri Ram Centre For Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House (2371-4307). Free.
Out & About
The Life and Times of Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Pran Nevile speaks on this legend of Urdu poetry. The talk will be followed by rare recordings of the poet’s recitations and ghazals of his poems sung by Iqbal Bano, Noor Jehan, Nayara Noor and Mallika Pukhraj. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
New York-based Polly Apfelbaum is a visual artist known for her “fallen paintings”, which have been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Frith Street, London. The “seamstress of splat” describes her works: “Yes, ‘fallen’ is an action, which I’m very interested in and the physicality of the floor is integral to the work. A person has to walk around the work to experience it. There’s a basic difference between how you experience something on the wall and something on the floor. I consider myself a hybrid, bringing painterly issues that are usually associated with walls onto the floor.” Other contributors to the exhibition include Bharti Kher and Shazia Sikander. 10am-6.30pm (Mon-Fri ), 11am-4pm (Sat). 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (2202-3030).
Le Prix du Pardon
A tale of love and revenge set in Senegal. Mbanik marries Yatma after killing her lover, Maxoye. Yatma never forgets Maxoye and taunts Mbanik throughout their marriage. When she does forgive him, Maxoye makes a comeback of sorts to get his share of revenge. 6.30pm (Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes). Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (2203-5993). Free.
Satyasheel Deshpande performs traditional raga compositions and his own ‘bandishes’ to highlight the importance of lyrics in ‘madhya laya khayal’ compositions. Like his father, the vocalist and musicologist Vamanrao Deshpande, Satyasheel Deshpande is both a practitioner and a chronicler of music. He is the founder of Samvaad Foundation, which archives recordings of Hindustani vocal music . 5.30pm. Rachana Sansad, Behind Ravindra Natya Mandir, 278, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, Prabhadevi. Free.
The highlights of Nehru Centre’s annual national drama festival, K.N. Panicker’s two plays have been scheduled on the same day. In the Malayalam ‘Ottamulachi’, the director adapts the epic ‘Silappatikaram’ or ‘Story of the Anklets’. Kannaki and Kovalan are the perfect couple till Kovalan gets infatuated with Madhavi, a beautiful courtesan. After spending his fortune on her and regretting his infidelity, Kovalan leaves town for Madurai with his wife. Before he can start a new life, he falls prey to a scheming goldsmith. 2.30pm (Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes).
Next is the Sanskrit ‘Malavikagnimitram’. King Agnimitra goes to war with his neighbour, King Vidarbha, over the capture of the former’s cousin. A princess, Malavika disguises herself as a servant and joins Agnimitra’s palace staff. The king falls in love with Malavika after watching her dance in a contest but their impending romance is foiled by a couple of jealous courtiers and Malavika is imprisoned. Immediately after that, war is declared against the Greeks. 7.30pm (Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes). Nehru Centre Auditorium, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli (2496-4676). Free.
Majah Mastini Mohkan
Catch Dinyar Tirandaz’s Parsi Gujarati production of this Adi Marzban drama. Rohinton Mody, a hypochondriac and champion of the welfare of Parsis, is fighting the Parsi Panchayat elections. His wife, Parizad, and daughter, Dinaz, are caught up in preparations for the latter’s Navjote. And Rohinton’s widowed mother, Farida, acquires a love interest. 19 August—7.45pm. Tejpal Hall, Tejpal Road, August Kranti Maidan, Gowalia Tank (2380-2679). 20 August—7pm. Rangsharda, Hotel Rangsharda, Bandra Reclamation, Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (West), (2643-0544 ). Tickets: Rs100-300.
Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Sangeet Samaroh
Vinaychandra Maudgalya started the Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Sangeet Samaroh six decades ago in memory of V.D. Paluskar, who established the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Lahore in 1901. Paluskar also had a huge role to play in bringing classical music out of the private realm of the ‘darbar’ and ensuring that classical musicians enjoyed a certain degree of respect. Perhaps the oldest festival in the Capital, no musician charges a fee to perform here and virtually every stalwart worth his salt is part of the line-up. This year, the festival features Ranjani Ramachandran, Kushal Das, T.M. Krishna, Venkatesh Kumar and, on the last day, Murad Ali and Malini Rajurkar in a morning session, followed by Shounak Abhisheki and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia later in the evening. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (2338-8084). For passes and more information, call Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (2323-3791/2323-8784). Free.
The Big Band Experience
One of the highlights of the concert calendar in August last year was a show put together by composer and keyboard player Merlin D’Souza at Bandra bar Seijo. Called ‘The Big Band Experience’, it featured a 12-member band, comprising members of D’Souza’s group, Soul Yatra, and three of the country’s best loved jazzmen—saxophone player Joe Pereira, trumpet player Bosco Monsorate and his brother trombone player, Blasco—performing a mix of funk, jazz and hip hop. So successful was the experiment that D’Souza has decided to make the big band concert an annual event. Expect a wide range of sounds, from Etta James and Janis Joplin to Queen and the Police. 7pm. Seijo, 206, Krystal, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (2640-5555). Free.