A Hindustani classical vocal recital by Ankalikar, who is considered one of the top vocalists from the younger generation. Part of the HCL Concert series. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (43663333).
Bharatanatyam: Priya Venkataraman presents “Sensuality and Spirituality” in Indian classical dance. While the spiritual aspect of Indian classical dance is well-known, as is its subsequent degradation and linkage with prostitution, its regeneration in independent India has almost exclusively stressed the spiritual aspect.
Venkataraman draws attention to the close connection between the sensual and the divine and how the two coexist. 7pm. The Attic, 36, Regal building (23746050).
M. Sayeed Alam’s production Big B is all about the hilarity of taking the world
too seriously. In the story, two brothers attend a boarding school together. The elder one is keen to use English as often as possible, though he is often confused by the language’s complicated grammatical rules. Yet, he toils on, insisting that English is the language of the Internet and of international importance. His problem is that he is completely unable to separate Hindi idioms from correct grammatical English. 7.30pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Tickets, Rs150-200, available at the venue (23714307).
Melange of colours: From Rajeshwara Rao’s collection titled Baby-ji
Savita Devi + Aroop Ratan
The Siddheswari Devi Academy of Indian Music presents a vocal performance by Savita Devi, from the Benaras gharana, who is the daughter of Siddheswari Devi. It will be followed by a sitar recital by Aroop Ratan. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (43663333).
Bye Bye Blackbird
Josef, a former construction worker, now sweeps at the circus. One day, the circus owner spots him on the trapeze and decides Josef is good enough to pair with his daughter for a dangerous stunt. Directed by Katarina Sulajova, Luxembourg. 1 hour 30 min. The film is part of the 13th EU Film Festival, brought to you by the European Union to showcase and celebrate the diversity of the EU member states. 6pm. ML Bhartia auditorium (43500200).
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Cheeky is one way to describe Andhra artist Rajeshwara Rao’s paintings in ‘Baby-ji’. Successfully blending kitsch colours and patterns and voluptuous figures with a strong painterly style, Rao manages to make social comment without setting out to do so. 11am-7pm. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26326267).
Salsa India Festival
Dance aficionados no longer have to watch reruns of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ to know how Afro-Cuban salsa is different from African Caribbean. The truth will be revealed at the four-day Salsa India Festival, organized by Kaytee Namgyal’s Salsa India Dance Productions Pvt. Ltd, at Joss. Each day will begin with workshops, move on to performances, and culminate with a party where the dance floor will be open to all. The fee to participate in the workshops is Rs6,000. An entry pass for the party and the performances costs Rs3,000. Visit ‘www.salsaindiafestival.com’ for the complete schedule and list of instructors, or call 9820362629.
Joss, K. Dubash Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (66356908).
Hell and Illumination
Hell and Illumination is an exploration of Arthur Rimbaud’s poems using Bharatanatyam and Kathakali. Director Elias Tabet was drawn to the colour and oneiric quality of Rimbaud’s works. Considered one of the greatest French symbolists, the precociously talented 19th century poet wrote all his poems between the age of 15 and 21 and is credited with “liberating the form” of poetry in France. Using works from ‘A Season in Hell and Illuminations’, Tabet traces Rimbaud’s tumultuous and peripatetic life from his origins in Charleville and his journeys in Africa to his painful death in Marseille. Where do Bharatanatyam and Kathakali come in?
Like many theatrewallas from the West, Tabet is fascinated by the possibilities of using these colourful dance forms to explore texts. For a month now, Tabet and his actors have been rehearsing at Pandrata, the director’s theatre centre in Gokarna, Karnataka. Teachers from Kerala’s Kalamandalam school of dance and Udupi’s Nritya Niketan, Kadavoor University have been training the actors in Kathakali and Bharatanatyam. As the actors move to Peter Gabriel’s ominously dreamy soundtrack for ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’, Rimbaud’s poems will be projected on a screen in English. 7pm. Pronoti Datta, Alliance Française auditorium, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (22035993).
Swadhinata Ke Geet
Listen to the new album from Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan new album, a compilation of freedom songs, at a session. It has been organized as part of Freedom Week, which marks the period between 6 April, the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s satyagraha, and 13 April, the anniversary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. 4pm. Mani Bhavan, 19, Laburnum Road, off Ramabai Marg, Gamdevi (23805864).
Khuda Ke Liye
On the surface, there are more excuses for staying away from the Pakistani
movie ‘Khuda Ke Liye’ than there are for watching it. The first-ever film from Pakistan to be released in theatres in India concerns the crisis of faith in a country for which most Indians have no sympathy. It’s in Urdu (the real thing, not the watered-down version we’ve been drip-fed through Hindi movies). It’s grim and the performances aren’t superlative—some of the actors make Suneil Shetty look like Laurence Olivier. Yet, audiences who do pay the price of a multiplex ticket will be rewarded. They will go away thinking about Islam, jihad and radicalism. They may also understand better—and hopefully empathize with—the problems that our neighbour has been dealing with after being ruled by the military-mullah complex for decades. Across theatres.
Border talk: A scene from Khuda Ke Liye.
Dance music label Defected Records couldn’t have hoped for a better way to introduce themselves and their sound in India. The four-city tour, presented by Smirnoff, is the musical coming together of Defected (headed by Simon Dunmore) with Nikhil Chinnappa, Pearl and Hermit Sethi (the good folk at Submerge). Defected Records and Submerge are bringing DJs Copyright to town this fortnight. They will also release a twin compilation CD, mastered specifically for India. Poison, Krystal, G 001/b, 206 Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (26423006).
Get a dose of red-hot blues from the Shillong band featuring guitarist Rudy Wallang, vocalist Tipriti Kharbangar and company.
The concert is in collaboration with the Blues Club. 9pm. Haze, PVR Priya complex, Vasant Vihar (9810160079).
A Long Story with Many Knots
Fluxus was an art movement from the 1960s that was the precursor to the multimedia works that are all the rage today. See where it all began.
The show is made up of works that combine different media such as photography, sculpture and music.
Organized by the National Gallery of Modern
Art, Goethe Institut and Institut fur
NGMA, Cowasji Jehangir Hall, Mahatma Gandhi Road, opposite Museum, Colaba (22881969).