Le Genou de Claire (Claire’s Knee)
The fifth and most accessible of Rohmer’s ‘Six Moral Tales’, ‘Claire’s Knee’ is the story of the temptations of an affianced diplomat (Jean Claude Brialy) while on a holiday. The film was rapturously received as a cinematic equivalent to Jane Austen at the time of its original release. For Brialy is a Martian, a visitor to this planet discovering the values of his own culture through surveying those of the people he finds himself with, and finally retreating home. The film is part of a festival of Eric Rohmer’s films brought to you by Alliance Française. 1 hour 46 minutes. 6pm and 8pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium (43500200).
Maria Pagés, who is considered one of the foremost innovators of contemporary flamenco, presents a performance hosted jointly by the embassy of Spain and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Pagés began her professional career with the Antonio Gades company and launched her own dance company, the Maria Pagés Dance Co., in 1990. 6.30pm. Limited invitations are available at the embassy of Spain (12, Prithviraj Road, 412930000) or the ICCR office (Azad Bhavan, Indraprastha Estate, 23379309). Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
Jonas Olsson and Neecia Majolly
The Delhi Music Society presents “An Evening of Sacred and Profane—Western Classical Music from Baroque to Contemporary” featuring Jonas Olsson, a vocalist from Sweden; and Neecia Majolly, a pianist from India. The artistes will present works by Mozart, Chopin, Schubert, Bach and Stenhammar. 6.30pm. India International Centre Auditorium (24619431).
An evening of folk music from Chhattisgarh, Bundelkhand, Bengal and melodies of Heer by Tanvir, disciple of Sharbori Mukherjee, Dipali Nag, Sulochana Brihaspati and the Gundecha Bandhu. The show is part of the HCL Concert Series. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Off the Mantle #7
A reading from Gerald Durrell’s classic, ‘My Family and Other Animals’. This reading is to be presented in collaboration with Youth-Reach, as part of their festival of consciousness.
Durrell’s autobiographical work focuses on his childhood years spent on the Greek island of Corfu, interweaving humorous accounts of his family with a rich discussion of the fauna of the island. 7pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building (23746050).
The Lotus Sutra
Till 23 April
An exhibition of rare Buddhist birch bark scroll, photo panels of wall paintings and murals and more on the Lotus Sutra—teachings of the Shakyamuni Buddha. 10am-6.30pm. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 1, CV Mess, Janpath (23383716).
The End of Toil
Till 26 April
Delhi Art Gallery presents a retrospective of prints (from 1945 to 1991) by Haren Das. The show is curated by Roobina Karode, who observes that Indian printmaking history cannot be complete without reference to Haren Das’ enormous dexterity and control over the not-too-popular mediums of relief printmaking—woodcut and wood engraving—which are the oldest forms of printmaking in the world.
Most of the works capture rural, pastoral Bengal, with cobbled streets, buffaloes, the village well, women with pots on their heads, etc. From the mid-1950s, his graphics art shows increasing skill and confidence. 11am-7pm. Delhi Art Gallery, 11, Hauz Khas Village (26568166).
Hope and a Little Sugar
Tanuja Chandra’s film uses the 11 September attacks on the US to make a case against communal hatred. The 90-minute English movie opens in Mumbai, where a young Muslim boy nearly dies in the 1992 communal riots. Cut to New York many years later, where the boy, Ali, is now a delivery boy and an amateur photographer. He falls in love with Saloni, but she’s married. Saloni’s father, Col Oberoi, is an Indian Army veteran who nurses a deep-seated dislike of Muslims. After Saloni’s husband Harry dies in the World Trade Centre bombing, Oberoi is numbed by grief and turns on Ali, who’s forced to revisit 1992 Mumbai in 2001 New York. Across cinemas.
Horton Hears a Who!
Jim Carrey plays Horton the elephant who is surprised to hear a cry for help coming from a speck of dust. On closer inspection, he discovers a whole population of “Whos” living on it. Horton gamely protects the Mayor of Whoville and his people from all dangers, sagely observing that “even if you can’t hear or see them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small”. It emerges that even a puff of wind could cause havoc here so the happy-go-lucky pachyderm takes charge and spends most of the film protecting it, much to the consternation of a matronly kangaroo who, in one of several references to faith and morality, believes his wild imaginations will soil the minds of the young. Across cinemas.
Indian Premier League match
The DLF Indian Premier League pits 190 cricketers, in eight privately franchised teams, against each other in 58 matches of Twenty20 cricket. Ten matches, including the semi-finals and finals, will be played at city stadiums. 7pm. Wankhede Stadium, Churchgate. Tickets, Rs500-Rs6,000.
Rows of black wigs, a prepubescent girl in a downmarket lingerie shop, basins full of soapy glasses and teacups, policemen on a newspaper break and a woman leaping off a sidewalk. None of the 40-odd images shot by Jasmeen Patheja since 2001 seem to have anything in common with the other and yet they are on display at the Piramal Gallery this fortnight under the collective title ‘Running Amok’. 11am-7pm. Centre for Photography as an Art form, Piramal Gallery, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (22029483).
Since 2006, Vivan Sundaram’s art has turned to garbage, literally. In his 2006 show ‘Living it out in Delhi’, Sundaram decided to create a room out of recycled garbage after attending meetings of an NGO that works with ragpickers. Using photographs, videos and installations, Sundaram created an imaginary city out of garbage. 11am-7pm. Chemould Prescott Road, Queen’s Mansion, Third floor, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).
Urban Reflektions, which will perform in Mumbai this fortnight, has taken music a step further—it is credited with being the first band to perform jazz in Bengali. Urban Reflektions has had a tremendous impact on Kolkata’s music scene, reviving a passion for a decade-old jazz that has been dormant since the early 1980s. 9.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).
The Neemrana Music Foundation presents the first-ever staging of Carmen in India, featuring French, Indian and Sri Lankan artistes. Patricia Panton is directing the opera. Tickets available at the Neemrana Shop, Khan Market (43587183), Alliance Française de Delhi (43500200) and Quill And Canvas, Gurgaon (95124-4050306). 18-19 April at 7pm; 20 April at 6.30pm.
Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg. Tickets, Rs250 and Rs500 (23388084).
Wyclef Jean, who will perform in the city this fortnight, is the kind of artist who thrives on crossing genres and collaborating across cultures. The 35-year-old rapper, singer, guitarist, producer and remixer hasn’t just fused rock, pop and R&B into his brand of hip hop. He’s also dabbled in everything from Western classical and Cuban salsa music (his debut album ‘The Carnival’ included appearances by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the legendary Celia Cruz) to country music and Afropop (he updated Kenny Rogers’s 1980s smash ‘The Gambler’ and dueted with Youssou N’Dour on his appropriately titled sophomore release, The Eclectic). He’s taken them all and incorporated them into an ever-growing rhythmic landscape that includes among others Haitian kompa, reggae and calypso. 9.30pm.
Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli. Tickets, Rs500 (24382888).