Government College University, Lahore, in collaboration with Culture Council, University of Delhi and Kamala Nehru College is putting up two plays at the India Habitat Centre to celebrate IHC’s 10th anniversary. Along with ‘Amar Bel’, they will also be producing ‘Behen Bhai’ at the same venue. Each production is 60 minutes long and will be produced one after the other. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (41220000). Invitations available at the venue. Free.
This innovative theatrical performance uses very little dialogue, instead relying heavily on movement and light direction to tell the story of a murder mystery. 7pm. Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4 Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets: Rs50-250, available at the venue.
Winter Carnival 2007
A two-day festival of food and shopping. Stores such as Bibs ’n’ Cribs, Happily Unmarried and others are setting up stalls at the Carnival. Noon-7.30pm. The Garden of Five Senses, East Bazaar, Said-ul-Ajaib (24622364). Entry: Rs50.
Ulhas Kashalkar + L. Subramaniam
Two legends, the Hindustani classical vocalist and the Carnatic violin player, take over Nehru Park as part of the ongoing “Music in the Park” series. 6pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg. Free.
From 3 December
In 1998, when Aditya Pande was studying graphic design at NID, he happened to strike up a friendship with Swiss Michael Husmann Tschäni. At that time, Tschäni—a comic book artist and painter—was working in Ahmedabad on a comic book titled ‘Rama’. Later, Pande visited his friend in Switzerland, where he, Tschäni and Pascale Mira (who collaborates with Tschäni and is also married to him) decided to create a project together in India. The couple travelled to India for a six-month residency with Pande. Tschäni and Mira have created ten 5X5 ft paintings for the ‘See: Saw’ exhibition on view this fortnight at The Stainless. They often take their own young children as their inspiration, and these paintings are almost a narrative about two chubby kids in the style of a loosely-woven illustrated children’s book. 10.30am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat). The Stainless, 1-2 Ishwar Nagar, The Mira Complex, Okhla Crossing (26188340, ext 2607). Free.
From 6 December
Senior artist and Triveni Kala Sangam mainstay Rameshwar Broota turns to a new medium this fortnight, in a show organized by Vadehra Art Gallery. Following the growing popularity of photography exhibitions, websites and magazines, Broota, too, tries his hand at the apertured art. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Shridharani Gallery 205 Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23718833). Free.
Apertured art: From Rameshwar Broota’s show at Triveni Kala Sangam
This film festival is part of ‘Partners for Prevention: Working with Boys and Men to Prevent Gender-Based Violence’, a United Nations Joint Regional Programme-Asia Pacific initiative. The festival attempts to examine the many realities of men and masculinity. The films will be screened at various venues in three universities across New Delhi. Call Aakar (46057340) for timings.
Times Ethnic Fashion Village
30 November-3 December
Ethnic fashion, jewellery and décor by 100 exhibitors will be on sale in an Indian village setting. The organizers also promise entertainment to shoppers with stage performances and dance shows from time to time. 10am-7pm. World Trade Centre Exhibition Hall, WTC Complex, Cuffe Parade (22184434).
Navy Week marks the Indian Navy’s devastating attack on Karachi harbour in 1971 when ‘Operation Trident’ and ‘Operation Python’ put an end to the war with Pakistan. Twenty-six years later, the Indian Navy still celebrates our triumph with a line-up of special events for navy personnel and civilians in the first week of December. As always, India’s first aircraft carrier, the now decommissioned INS Vikrant, will be open to public from 1-9 December. If you’re lucky enough to be a friend or family member of a naval officer, make sure you wrangle an invitation to the Navy Ball on 8 December. 9am-5pm. Tiger Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road. Call 22150811 for tickets.
Old warrior: INS Vikrant.
Bombay Boston Talk
A crowded city, its streets thronging with people of every colour and race, its dirty lanes filled with beggars and its merchants inflating the price of their wares by three times for foreigners. That’s what William A. Rogers saw when he arrived in Mumbai. His disturbingly familiar descriptions of the city date back to 1817, when he set foot in Mumbai with the crew of the American ship, the Tartar. Extracts from Rogers’ journal, along with images of trading vessels and artefacts from the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, will find their way into a lecture this fortnight entitled ‘Bombay Boston: Commercial and Cultural Encounters in the Age of Sail’. To be delivered by Susan Bean, the curator of South Asian and Korean Art at the Peabody Essex Museum, the lecture will focus on the cultural exchange between India and the US in the 19th century. 6.30pm. Homi JH Taleyarkhan Memorial Hall, Indian Red Cross Society, next to Asiatic Society, Horniman Circle. Free.
Budhaditya Mukherjee + Parveen Sultana
Two of Hindustani classical music’s most prominent performers—sitar player Mukherjee and vocalist Sultana perform—at Surabhi, the the bimonthly series of recitals organized by Pancham Nishad. 7.30pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, Sayani Road, near Siddhi Vinayak temple, Prabhadevi (24312956).Tickets: Rs250, Rs150, Rs75.
Anita Desai has been made a lifetime fellow by the Sahitya Akademi—she is the only of 20 fellows who writes in English. To mark the occasion, Random House India is reissuing her three classics—‘Baumgartner’s Bombay’, ‘Clear Light of Day’ and ‘In Custody’—with introductions by Salman Rushdie, Suketu Mehta and Kamila Shamsie. The three-time Booker-nominated author will discuss her work with Jerry Pinto. 7pm. Landmark, Infiniti Mall, Second Floor, Andheri (West) (26396010). Free.
As the long-time producer of the Merchant-Ivory partnership, Ismail Merchant should have understood the problems of adapting literary texts to the cinema. All credit to him, then, for having the sangfroid to choose for his first feature as director, Anita Desai’s spare, uneventful novel about a once-revered elderly Urdu poet. At Adlabs cinemas.
Saarc Band Festival
30 November-2 December
Organized jointly by the ministry of external affairs, the Government of India, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Seher, this is a one-of-a-kind festival of the best fusion music from around the Saarc region. Over the course of three evenings, Connaught Place will witness bands from Sri Lanka (Stigmata), Nepal (Abhaya and the Steam Injuns), Maldives (Zero Degree Atoll), Bhutan (Norling Band), Bangladesh (Bangla Fusion Band), Pakistan (Strings), Afghanistan (Aryan Band) and India (Advaita, Soulmate, Raghu Dixit Project, East India Company, Indian Ocean, Midival Punditz and Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy) taking over two stages set up in Central Park. Not to be missed. 4pm. Central Park, Connaught Place. Free.
WorldKids International Film Festival
30 November-6 December
There is a new film festival in town, catering exclusively to children. The WorldKids International Film Festival, to be held at Adlabs Wadala, will showcase award-winning children’s films, animation and short films from around the world. Some of the offerings include ‘Red Like the Sky’ from Italy (about a boy, who loves films, going blind); ‘Hayat from Iran’ (the story of an Iranian girl who suddenly has to look after her sister just before her final exams); ‘Heda Hoda’ from India (about a boy and his camel making a journey across borders); and ‘Magnifico’ from the Phillipines (the story of a boy’s struggle to keep his impoverished family happy). Adlabs Wadala, Bhakti Park, near Anik Depot, Wadala. Call on 9967057488 or email email@example.com for the full schedule and delegate passes.