Shifting Terrain/Altered Realities
A group show by Arun Kumar H.G., Anant Joshi, Dhruva Mistry, Dhruvi Acharya, Manjunath Kamath, Mithu Sen, Navjot Altaf, Riyas Komu, Sumedh Rajendran, George Martin P.G., Kumar Kanti Sen, Pranati Panda and Pushpmala N. The exhibition is curated by Anupa Mehta and deals with “the threat to existence” by many factors: displacement, global warming and natural disasters, terrorism and other varieties of strife. The curator’s note argues for a need for “re-enchantment” to counter the de-sensitizing effect of media and statistical data. So, the works include painting, sculpture, new media, photography and performance. This is a one-day preview for a show in Singapore. 7pm onwards. The Shrine Gallery, 7, Friends Colony West (41327630).
Sensitizing people: The Shifting Terrain exhibition deals with the factors that threaten our existence. Three sofa/stool with eye by Kumar Kanti Sen.
A rudra veena recital by Bikramjeet Das from Kolkata, disciple of Pandit Debu Chaudhuri and Ustad Asad Ali Khan. 6.30pm. India International Centre auditorium (24619431).
Cyanide + The Circus
Alternative rockers Cyanide and The Circus take the stage for a couple of high-octane sets. The concerts are part of Rock Street Journal’s “Live Nites” series. 7pm. Café Chinese and Thai, JMD Regent Square, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road (95124-2804070).
Them Clones + Nikhil Kaul
The much-awaited Kingfisher Pubrockfest is back with a bang, and it is bigger than ever—20 cities, 60 gigs over three months. There is an exciting line-up, with bands including Boomerang, Soulmate, Barefaced Liar, Bhayanak Maut, Superfuzz and more. Delhi grunge gurus Them Clones start the Delhi leg of the fest with their mix of originals and a few covers. The other artiste for the night—Nikhil Kaul—plays a variety of tunes consisting of blues, rock and a bit of jazz. 8pm. Lodi—The Garden Restaurant. Entry, Rs150 (24655054).
Le Beau Mariage (A Good Marriage)
The second in Eric Rohmer’s series of ‘Comedies and Proverbs’ tells the cautionary tale of a girl who impulsively decides to marry, picks out a suitable mate with a conviction that he finds her equally eligible, but suffers humiliation later when she discovers that he does not. Funny, touching and beautifully played. 1 hour 37 minutes. The film is part of a festival of Eric Rohmer’s films, brought to you by Alliance Française. 6pm and 8pm. ML Bhartia auditorium (43500200).
At 22, Malaysian DJ Romel Johan has performed all across Asia. Later this year, he’s venturing further afield. The young DJ will be playing in Italy, China, Germany, London and Australia (where he’ll be performing at Love Parade, no less).
He’s visiting India this fortnight. Johan is in the process of churning out some remixes—all techno, for artistes such as Peppelino (from Hungary), Hiroshi Oki (based in Barcelona) and Bando (Madrid). 7.30pm. SixMonthStory, Daffodils Hotel, Chattarpur Road (9910169745).
Feisal Alkazi has been mulling over the lives of Dilliwalas for a few years now. He has written three plays on this. This fortnight, we will see the last of his Delhi trilogy. ‘After Dark’ narrates two stories—the life of a middle-aged woman whose husband walks out on her, and a young woman pursued by a stalker. The older woman ends up making a far better life for herself after her marriage ends. The younger woman gets into a mess after getting into an online relationship that goes wrong. 7.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs100-300, available at the venue (43663333).
Group show: C.K. Rajan, Nicola Durvasula and Reena Saini-Kallat
Three artists hold separate shows of installations and paintings. The show’s greatest strength is the drawing power of Reena Saini-Kallat and C.K. Rajan. Nicola Durvasula completes the trio. ‘Walls of the Womb’, an ode by Saini-Kallat to her mother whom she lost to cancer at a young age, opens the exhibition dramatically.
The installation of tie-and-dye silk sarees turns the entire room into a blood-red chamber. C.K. Rajan’s paintings cut through the mist of emotion with their intellectual debate about positive and negative spaces and the changing identity of India. Made between 1989 and 1996, Rajan has three series on display: ‘Survivors’, ‘In Search of Utopia’ and ‘Mild Terrors II’. The building of personal identity is a running theme in Durvasula’s work.
Her figures seem to shift out of their frames to see how they are reacting to their circumstances. In paintings such as ‘Nothingness is not a thing’, she achieves a pleasant balance between colour, form and content. When she allows humour into the dialogue between title and painting, the works feel more engaging. Friday, 10am-6.30pm, Saturday, 11am-4pm. Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Tim Collins from the US and Malou Meyenhofer from Switzerland conduct a three-day workshop that will introduce Mumbaikars to Lindy Hop, a dance that originated in Harlem in the 1920s and is performed to old school swing and jazz music. Lindy Hop moves and style will be taught on 25 April from 6.30-9pm, and authentic jazz, Charleston, and more Lindy Hop moves on 26 April from 5.30-8pm. Zenzi, 183, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (66430670). Registration fees, Rs800 per class per person. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9850085436.
Compania María Pagés stages Flamenco Republic, a production conceptualized and directed by acclaimed flamenco dancer María Pagés. Organized by the consulate general of Spain and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Passes can be collected from the ICCR office (22814581) on Marine Drive. 7pm. Homi Bhabha auditorium, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Dr Homi Bhabha Road, Navy Nagar (22804545).
Be Kind Rewind
French celluloid sorcerer Michel Gondry delivers his most playful, accessible and subtextually sparkling slice of bespoke whimsy to date in the follow-up to his stifling 2005 quirk mire, ‘The Science of Sleep’. This time, he accompanies us on the journey of highly-strung VHS rental shop clerk Mike (Mos Def) and his skittish, mildly unhinged mechanic buddy Jerry (Jack Black) as they are forced—via myriad machinations—to locate the journeyman director deep inside them and remake all the films in the store. They manage to convert the present-day dead-end town of Passaic, New Jersey, into a teeming, ramshackle film, where customized versions of 1980s popcorn classics such as ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ are rolled out at a dizzying rate and do a roaring trade. In theatres.
The Bade Gulam Ali Khan Yaadgar Sabha celebrates its annual day with a Jasrangi jugalbandi, a duet style Hindustani vocal developed by Jasraj, where a male and a female singer perform together. This recital will see the coming together of acclaimed Mewati gharana exponent Sanjeev Abhyankar and Jaipur-Atrauli gharana star Ashwini Bhide Deshpande. 6.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs80, Rs120 and Rs160 (66223737).
Hadh Kar Di Aapne
Written by Mir Muneer and directed by Om Katare, Hadh Kar Di Aapne starts off with an excellent depiction of the chaotic inner life of a joint family. Mohan is constantly at odds with his laid-back daughter Gauri and son-in-law Bablu and, to a lesser extent, with his wife Radha, who tirelessly labours in the house. This is before Radha tells him that he is going to be a father again. He is terribly embarrassed, Radha rediscovers her youth and the burden of household chores falls overnight on Gauri’s shoulders. The plot doesn’t go much deeper, merely providing the framework for an evening of gags. Often, the jokes are so spontaneous, you wonder whether they’ve been improvized. However, as the play has run for more than 300 shows, other gags seem dated. 8pm. Mysore Association, 393, Bhau Daji Road, near Maheshwari Udayan, Matunga (E). Tickets, Rs200 (24024647).
Indian Premier League Match
Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai Indians fight Deccan Chronicle’s Deccan Chargers in a Twenty20 cricket match. Will Mumbai fare better than it did against Bangalore? 8pm. DY Patil Stadium, DY Patil Vidyanagar campus, Nerul. Tickets, Rs200-Rs1,000 are on sale.
Persistence, Resistance: A Festival of Contemporary Political Films
In the last decade or so, Indian film-makers have crossed new boundaries and carried out different experiments. This festival, organized by the Magic Lantern Foundation (MLF), aims to celebrate the diverse nature of films—their range of subjects and forms—in India today. Nearly 100 films will be screened from the collection of films that are distributed through MLF’s non-broadcast, non-commercial, educational distribution initiative, ‘Under Construction’. The festival will also carry a section on international documentaries that are difficult to access in India. The festival is divided into four sections: Life Ways, Refractions, Celebrating the Margins and Retrospectives. For a schedule of screenings, check the MLF website (www.magiclanternfoundation.org) or call 41605239. India International Centre auditorium (24619431).
Before America’s war on terror, there was the war on marijuana. And before George W. Bush, there was Harry J. Anslinger. As seen in Canadian film-maker Ron Mann’s ‘Grass’, a broadside against marijuana laws in the US, Anslinger had as much zeal and indignation as that country’s current president. Soon after Anslinger was named the commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in 1930, he vowed to smoke out reefer lovers across the length and breadth of the US. Armed with tough drug laws and a dubious taste in cinema, Anslinger attempted to convince Americans that marijuana was the worst thing to walk this earth since the dinosaurs. ‘Grass’ is a compilation documentary: Rather than using freshly-shot footage, it assembles together propaganda films, archival news footage and songs that celebrate or comment on grass usage. Actor Woody Harrelson provides the sardonic voice-over. 7pm. Prithvi House, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, near Hotel Tulip Star (26149546).