Groove to the beats of DJ Dale Anderson, who has been based in London for the past six years. Magazines such as ‘MixMag’, ‘M8’ and ‘DJ Mag’ have written about him; his tracks have been supported by the likes of Paul Oakenfield, John Digweed and Paul Van Dyk.
Call venue for timings. F Bar and Lounge, The Ashok Hotel, 50B, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri (26111066).
Dutch DJ Richard Durand comes to the city. Durand’s sound is a mix of techno and trance with touches of tough electro.
Call venue for timings. SixMonthStory, Hotel Daffodil, Chattarpur Road (9810148084).
10th Osian’s-Cinefan festival of Asian and Arab Cinema
Till 20 July
In its 10th anniversary year, Osian’s-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema has brought close to 300 film screenings to Siri Fort and Alliance Française. This time around, there are several new areas of emphasis, as well as a new competition (besides the usual Asian-Arab, Indian, and first feature categories) titled “In-Tolerance”. This competition will include films dealing with intolerance and offer solutions to combat prejudice. The Osian’s theme this year is literary adaptation and exploring the role of writing in cinema.
Siri Fort auditoriums, Khel Gaon Marg (26493370). ML Bhartia auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200). Different timings. Visit ‘www.osians.com’ for complete listings or call Osian’s Connoisseurs of Art (41743166).
The Kolkata artist, who is a disciple of Prasun Bandhopadhyay and Girija Devi, will perform ‘thumris’ and other light classical forms.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Mapping Memories II
20 July-6 August
Several artists document or reflect on their trips to Bali and Myanmar in the second part of this series of “painted travelogues”. The artists include Gargi Raina, Jayshree Chakravarty, Anjolie Ela Menon, among others.
Monday to Saturday, 11am-7pm. Gallery Threshold, F-213/A, Lado Sarai (41829181).
Full marks to director Bille August for achieving the near-impossible: Crafting a film about Nelson Mandela that threatens to send you to sleep and reduces the great man himself to mere background noise. Of course, ‘Goodbye Bafana’ is only about Mandela in as much as it’s based on the memoirs of James Gregory, a South African prison warden who claimed to have developed a close relationship with his charge during 21 years of guarding him, first on Robben Island and later at the less stringent Pollsmoor and Victor Verster prisons. His book—and this film—tell of an understanding between the two men that’s symbolized by Gregory’s unlikely mastery of the Xhosa language, a skill inherited from his childhood friendship with a black boy.
The Dark Knight
Gotham City burns again in this sequel to the hugely popular ‘Batman Begins’, featuring Heath Ledger in his final role as the unhinged, psychotic Joker, locked in a battle of wits and wills with Christian Bale’s brooding Batman. Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman all return, as does visionary British director Chris Nolan. New to the mix this time is Aaron Eckhart as district attorney Harvey Dent, aka Two-Face, and Maggie Gylenhaal as Bruce Wayne’s new love interest Rachel Dawes.
This fortnight, Mumbai will get a sense of how things are changing in the Emirates when a quartet of teenagers calling themselves Gandhi’s Cookbook give the Blue Frog a taste of punk, Dubai-style.
“In the Cesspool of Culture”, the group’s debut EP, is a commentary on Dubai, “a confused city which doesn’t know if it is a technological superpower governed by money or an Arabian town governed by old traditions”, said Chris Ryan, the band’s drummer and lyricist, in an email interview.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Entry, Rs300 (40332300).
Anyone who has done a bit of theatre will agree with playwright Michael Frayn that it’s often more amusing to watch a play from the wings than as a member of the audience. ‘Noises Off’ is a view of the backstage workings of ‘Nothing On’, a silly bedroom comedy within the play that has a cast of hams who routinely miss their cues and bungle their lines. ‘Noises Off’ “is one play in which you don’t have the option of having an okay show”, director Nadir Khan pointed out. “You can only go two ways—it can either be absolute crap or it can be complete genius.”
For all its slapstick, ‘Noises Off’ is far from being an aimless farce. Khan finds the drama an irreverent joke that pokes fun at egotistical actors who promote themselves at the expense of others. Uberoi, who’s acting for the first time since ‘Going Solo II’ in 2003, thinks ‘Noises Off’ works well as a good-natured dig at English drama in Mumbai in the 1970s and 1980s. Putting on an English play back then meant puffing out your chest and saying your lines with an accent as British as scones and clotted cream.
7.30pm. Sophia Bhabha Hall, Breach Candy. For ticket prices call 26459667.
The acoustic mayhem continues with Globosport’s ‘Fuel Unplugged’ series of concerts with one of Bangalore’s longest surviving bands, Thermal and a Quarter. The ‘Fuel Unplugged’ series requires all participating bands to play acoustic sets, something that can be quite a challenge to the bands—a large percentage of whom are used to playing all-out heavy metal. TAAQ, however, should have no such trouble, and should feel right at home in this format.
7.30 pm. Le Rock, 3, Rest House Road, off Brigade Road. Tickets, Rs150 (41231001).
There seems to be a sudden influx of South African bands in the city this month. Last week’s performance was by the percussion ensemble Wahapahapa at Opus, and this weekend, the eclectic band Closet Snare will take the same stage. Defiantly resisting categorization, the band was formed by working musicians who wished to express musical ideas outside of clichéd genres, and also give jazz a facelift. “Jazz has become a bit of a swear word in South Africa of late, and when one hears the word jazz, you think of the awful music they have on TV,” said one of the members, who wished to remain anonymous. “We want to get together and make good music, that’s all, it’s quite simple,” he said. The band’s strong jazz influences will be offset by DJ Sibot on the turntable, infusing their tracks with break-beat, hip-hop and swing samples.
9pm. Opus, 4, Palace Cross Road, Sankey Road, Vasanth Nagar. Tickets, Rs199 (9845244610).
Women artisans from Kutch express themselves using needle and thread on fabric in this exhibition of narrative art on garments, accessories and home furnishings. Organized by Kala Raksha Trust, the works on display will be for sale. Thirty per cent of the proceeds from the sale of each product will go to the artisans.
10.30am-7.30pm. Yamini Interiors, 11/2 Haudin Road, Ulsoor Lake (41134781).
Namma Raste Workshop
In its proposal to widen 300km of the city’s roads, is the city corporation prioritizing the passage of vehicles over the convenience of citizens? NGOs Environment Support Group, CIVIC and Alternative Law Forum will hold a day-long workshop to discuss the fate of the city’s avenues and boulevards that not only support livelihoods and social interaction, but also contribute to the city’s unique character.
9.30am-5.30pm. Vidyadeep, behind Oberoi Hotel, CRI Brothers’ Institute, Ulsoor Road (26531339).
Wine appreciation programme
The Food Lovers’ Club will conduct a wine appreciation programme for those who want to learn how to swirl, smell and swig like connoisseurs. Wine consultant Alok Chandra will take participants through the tasting of five different wines, before breaking bread with them at a dinner buffet.
7pm-10pm. Hotel Chancery Pavilion, Residency Road. Entry, Rs1,450. To register, call Rakhi Desai on 9902582900.
Samana Gururaja, the first disciple of Praveen Kumar of the Chithkala School of Dance, will perform the traditional Bharatanatyam ‘margam’ (performance format). The stand-out part of the margam is the ‘Ni Ida Mayam’, a Tamil ‘varnam’ written by Paapanashamshivan. In this piece, the ‘nayaki’ complains to Krishna that all the pranks he plays with other people are fine, but because she’s special, he shouldn’t play the same pranks with her. Also, ‘Kadagola Tharina Chinnavaye’, a Kannada devaranama written by Purandaradasa, which tells the story of Yashoda explaining to Krishna that if he keeps hiding the ‘kadagolu’ (butter churning stick), he will not be able to eat butter.
6.45pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, Opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).
A group show of works by students of Drishti School of Photography.
11am-7pm. Art Complex, Chitrakala Parishath, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816).
Art for Prabhat
Till 27 July
Kalyan Rathore, a Bangalore-based installation artist who specializes in metal sculptures and murals, wanted to be a “doctor studying ants and their social systems” when he was a boy. Rathore’s work in steel, titled ‘Ants’, with large, colourful emmets, some of them clasping crushed Kingfisher draught beer cans in their claws, is on display at Colonial. There, the Society for Child Development has assembled the likes of Sanat Kar, Suhas Roy, Jatin Das and Amitava Das, apart from younger artists such as Laxman Aelay, Rajeshwar Rao, Asit Kumar Patnaik, Dharmender Rathore, Neeraj Bakshi, and Rathore, to promote the archival art paper that’s handmade from recycled waste by children with sub-normalities at the society’s development centre. The paper is for sale and can be ordered online at the website, ‘www.artforprabhat.com’, which elaborates on the process of creating the paper—from sourcing cotton wastes in the bylanes of Gandhi Nagar in New Delhi, to beating out the final product.
8am-11pm. Colonial, 11, Walton Road, above Cinnamon (9741010343).
The play is a tribute to the Goan musicians who created a thriving jazz scene in Mumbai in the 1960s and 1970s and contributed massively to Hindi film music. It’s a moody piece as the colours on stage would be limited to black and white because at one level, it’s a play about the death and decay of the Mumbai jazz scene.
7.30pm. Epicentre Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs250-500, available at the venue (95124-2715000).
Landmarks of New York
While its title sounds like it could be another Flickr page documenting your friend’s vacation in the Big Apple, ‘Landmarks of New York’, a photo exhibition organized by the US consulate, features more than the city’s tourist attractions. The show marks the 40th anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, which helps preserve buildings, properties and objects of cultural, aesthetic and historical value.
10.30am-6pm. Premchand Roychand Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Colaba (22844484). Museum fee applies.
Till 31 July
Clare Arni, Mahesh Shantaram and Vivek M. are part of a group of seven photographers from South Asia who will show their works as part of a series of events that resulted from a workshop conducted in Mumbai by German photographer Andrea Künzig, to document changes by urbanization in Indian cities. The show will bring together the works of Alefiya Akbarally and Jagath Dheerasekara from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Baptist Coelho from Mumbai, and Sohail Abdullah from Karachi, Pakistan. Arni spoke of her attempt to document “small islands of continuity and tradition in a fast homogenizing world where urban change destroys its heritage in the name of progress”. Shantaram said he was looking for ways to express his “very personal experience of rebirth in Bangalore”, while Vivek spoke of finding it “strange to witness a part of our civilization going back to the days of gathering for sustenance—but in an entirely different context”. The exhibition will be inaugurated on 18 July at 6.30pm.
9am-6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308).