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Till 27 August
This group show highlights works by 10 young artists, all finalists of the FICA 2007 Emerging Artist Award. The actual winners’ show will take place later, but apparently the jury—Atul Dodiya, Subodh Gupta, N.S. Harsha, Shilpa Gupta, Annapurna Garimella and Anshuman Dasgupta—thought the finalists were so good that they should have a show, too. The artists are Abhishek Hazra, Baptist Coelho, Chinmoy Pramanick, Dilip Chobisa, Lavanya Mani, Rajesh Ram, Reji Arackal, Sakshi Gupta, Sisir Thapa and Ved Prakash Gupta.
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Travancore Palace, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23382067).
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Khoj International Artists’ Association is holding a show of works by nine artists who have participated in their Peers Residency over the last six years. The artists include Aastha Chauhan, Aditi Kulkarni, N. Bidyut Singha, Pradeep Mishra, Prathap Modi, Rakhi Peswani, Rohini Devasher, Sandip Pisalkar and Surbhi Saraf.
Monday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, phase I, Okhla (65474005).
The Prisoner of Zenda
Director, Feisal Alkazi; writer, Anthony Hope; cast, Little Actors Club Troupe.
Based on the famous novel by Anthony Hope, the play tells the tale of Rassendyll, a young Englishman who is suddenly thrust into the middle of a stirring adventure complete with plots, counter-plots, sword fights and humour.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs150-300, available at the venue (95124-2715000).
Director, Sunil Rawat; written by, Friedrich Durrenmatt; adapted by, Mahesh and Renu Dutt; cast, Shailender Bisht, Girish Pal, Rahul Vohra, Sunil Rawat and Hemant Raipuri. Usually a play involving madness and scientists would entail a good amount of manic laughter and perhaps even a monster in the Frankenstein mould. However, in Chhaon Art Group’s production of ‘The Physicist’, while we do have madmen locked up in a sanatorium (Gotham, anyone?), we get a long and hard look at science and the responsibilities it carries. The original was written by Freidrich Durrenmatt (his title was ‘The Physicists’) as a psychological thriller at the height of the Cold War, when scientific progress was seen in certain circles as problematic and a cause of misery. The play is set in a mental asylum, where three physicists, all of whom are pretending to be mad, have gotten themselves institutionalized. One of them is trying to protect his potentially fatal scientific secrets from the other two (who, naturally, are spies from two different nations).
Fatal secrets: The Physicist takes a long and hard look at science and the responsibilities it carries.
7pm. Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs50, available at the venue (43663333).
F Bar has launched a weekly music festival—Sundaze 2008—to be held on Sundays, promoting some of the country’s best talent as well as bringing in nationally and internationally acclaimed musicians. As part of the fest, Drift, which is an upcoming band, is one to watch out for. Expect the unexpected, along the lines of Steely Dan rubbing shoulders with Dizzy Gillespie. And they do an especially interesting version of Gillespie’s ‘Night in Tunisia’, according to festival director Gautam Ghosh.
8pm. F Bar and Lounge, The Ashok, 50B, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg (26110101).
The noted young artist from Bangladesh will take part in a Rabindra Sangeet recital.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Held since 2006, the I-Day Trash Dash basically gets participating teams to scramble through Borivali’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park, trying to gather as much rubbish as possible. The trail, which covers the Gandhi Smarak, recreational area, mini-train station and administration area, is dotted with picnic games and activities, adding to the competition. The teams that complete the trail and are found to have the heaviest bags of garbage walk away with prizes and as municipal trucks come and pick up the collection, every one leaves a cleaner park behind.
8am. To register, contact NOET on 65259195 or 9324771083, or visit ‘www.noetindia.org/trashdash’
Dialogue through Music
City-based santoor player Ulhas Bapat, German saxophonist Christoph Lauer, French percussionist Patrice Héral and Pakistani tabla player Irfan Haider perform a jazz fusion concert jointly organized by Alliance Française de Bombay, Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai, Goethe Institut, Karachi and the Alliance Française, Pakistan.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Entry, Rs300 (40332300).
Hide and Seek
“Once upon a time, there was a zebra and there was a tiger.” So begins Amritah Sen’s fable about the aggressive tiger and the meek zebra as they walk different trails and zebra crossings. The collages and drawings tell the viewer of the many trials the two characters face during their journeys, which force the zebra to become more active and teach the tiger the value of deliberation. Sen’s work has the charm and simplicity of illustrations from children’s books. Her titles are sometimes cheeky puns on words and phrases (she has an entire series that plays on the word “in”—“In pain”, “Insane”, “In between” and so on). What makes Hide and Seek pleasant viewing is that she doesn’t attempt to be profound and didactic in most of the works. Sticking to a basic palette of black, white and grey with occasional accents of red and blue, her lines are clean and the neat detailing invites attention to the delicacy of her shading.
Monday-Saturday, 11am-6.30pm. Project 88. BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba fire station, Colaba (22810066).
Director, Manav Kaul; writer, Manav Kaul; cast, Kumud Mishra, Dilshad Edibaram, Abhay Joshi, Ayesha Raza, Bhupesh Kumar, Akash Basnet. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Middle-aged banker, Bhagwan stumbles upon enlightenment while sitting on a decrepit park bench. A series of events follow where he loses his job, goes missing and on his return, is no longer able to communicate with the world. All Bhagwan wants is to return to his daughter and wife and to sink back into the everyday routine.
6pm and 9pm. Prithvi Theatre. For ticket prices, call at 26149546.
Till 18 August
In a weird way, the works of Subroto Mondal appear straight out of an X-Files theme. Not only does he profess the need to believe in traversing “the unpredictability, the lack of an anchor, and the ups and downs of human existence”, in a passage that accompanied his works at a 2006 group show in Tokyo Mondal goes on to confess the presence of “nebulous apparitions, emerging to query us with their presence” in his art. “There is a power on this earth that manifests itself silently,” reads the passage. “Entire languages and music, as well as throbbing life forms, are creations of that silent creator.” Mondal adds that it is this belief that drives him as an artist. “As I create, I ask myself what is the truth—the revealed or the concealed?”
11am-7pm. Time and Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117). Sundays closed.
Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Ongoing
The Art Complex will host four solo shows this fortnight by A.A. Swamy, Ajai Chavan, Iswari Rawal, and R.D. Roy. Swamy’s show, titled ‘Yakshavarna’, will feature his works on mixed media. Chavan, creative director of an advertising agency in Bangalore, will present his new series of canvases in a show titled “Who areyou”? None of the figures in Chavan’s work is clothed. “Clothes don’t make the man; rather, they tend to hide the true form,” he said, explaining: “The canvases endeavour to depict the emotion or activity through the form and fluidity of the human body.” Rawal, who comes from Indore, will show his collection of oils on canvas in a self-titled show. Roy, who is noted for his drawings and animation, will show his work between 18 and 22 August.
Monday-Saturday, 7am-8pm; Sunday, 7am-noon. Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816).
The third annual India International salsa congress is here and the first night of the congress features performances by students who have come in to Bangalore from across India. In attendance will be international artists who will provide students with feedback and pointers on improving their style.
6pm. The Grand Ashok Hotel, Kumara Krupa Road. Passes, Rs650 (9845015123).
Fitness and wellness
Due to popular demand, this time the Weekend Warriors have designed a programme for people who want to defend themselves, but don’t have the time to practise a martial art. The “Urban Survival” module has been designed specifically for Bangaloreans’ needs and is based on 18 years of research on street violence. Ashwin Mohan explained, “There are two reasons why people can’t defend themselves: firstly, they don’t know what to do, how and what to strike, and secondly, they get overcome by fear and either react wrongly or don’t react at all.” To address these problems, the workshop will focus on teaching five exercises that will build the necessary skills of self-defence. One of the exercises taught will be shadow boxing, where strikes are aimed at vital points of a human form cut-out. Mohan said, “Visualizing and practising make responses an automatic reaction in a stressful situation.” Among other exercises, participants are also taught breathing techniques to manage fear from the Chinese counterpart of pranayama, qigong. Regular practice of these will ensure that you will be able to handle attacks, assured Mohan.
6.30am-9am. Indian Heritage Academy, near Bethany’s High School, Koramangala. Fee, Rs500. Call 9845396360 for details.
Director, Renee Philippi; writer, Herman Melville; cast: Carlo Adinolfi. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
Herman Melville’s titanic epic ‘Moby Dick’ is adapted to the stage in a 60-minute, one-man theatrical exploration. Carlo Adinolfi, a trained dancer and actor, as well as creative director with New York’s Concrete Temple Theatre, cleverly knits together the piece by alternatively slipping into the roles of the sub-sub-librarian, the reflective Ishmael, the fierce whale Moby Dick as well as the maniacal Captain Ahab of the Pequod, whose life’s sole end is to reap death on the whale that destroyed his last ship and took his leg. Adinolfi’s performance evokes the visual force of life at sea through an incredible array of maritime props with all spoken passages accurately conforming to Melville’s original text. This is a travelling show that cannot be missed.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th cross, 2nd phase, JP Nagar. Tickets, Rs200 (26592777)
Alliance Française Ciné Club is hosting a Jean-Luc Godard special, which will include a screening of ‘Breathless’ in French. Godard’s first feature, adapted from an existing scenario written by François Truffaut, spins a pastiche with pathos as joyrider Belmondo shoots a cop, chases friends and debts across a night-time Paris, and falls in love with a literary lady. Seberg quotes books and ideas and names; Belmondo measures his profile against Bogart’s, pawns a stolen car and talks his girlfriend into a cash loan “just till midday”. The camera lavishes black-and-white love on Paris, strolling up the Champs-Elysées, edging across café terraces, sweeping over the rooftop skyline, Mozart mixing with cool jazz riffs in the night air.
6pm. Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340). 1 hour, 41 minutes. Members will get preference for entry and seating.
The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra ballet ‘Krishna’ celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. When it was first staged, the ballet focused attention on the ‘raas leela’. It has matured considerably since then. Shobha Deepak Singh, director of the Kendra, said, “Since its inception, the ballet has evolved into a thoroughly researched presentation. Each year, with a view to broadening the spectrum of the production, we devote a larger time to the lesser-known aspects of Krishna’s life.”
Thorough research: Krishna broadens the spectrum of the production with each passing year.
7.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
When DJs Irfan (I-side) and Imran (Mfibian) take over the decks at the Blue Frog this fortnight, expect trippy, dance beats (Eastern and Indian instruments sampled in) with techy, chunky house and D&B. The twins have taken their music to underground scenes in Kuwait (they moved back in 2002), Muscat, Bahrain and Dubai, which they’ve called home for six years now. But it’s closer home, in Ahmedabad, where they first picked up the groove. Encouraged by professors at St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad, to participate in intercollegiate competitions, they set-up Third Ear, a fusion band. Third Ear disbanded in 1999 and the twins graduated into Asian electronica. Since then, they’ve opened for idols Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney, produced tunes (released on a UK-based label, VoodooFrequency) and regularly gigged in Dubai.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Entry, Rs300 (40332300).
M. Shanthamani’s new show may leave you aghast, and that’s exactly what she’s looking to do. Over the telephone, days before her show, she warned, “It may be intimidating to see my new works.” The show, which includes four installations cast in paper pulp and charcoal, is focused on the theme of human fragmentation, and doesn’t shy away from the notion of fragmented human bodies. On her choice of material—charcoal—she said: “I use material as a metaphor to speak of contemporary concerns that affect humanity, reconstructing through charcoal, piecing together fragments of the human body, domestic objects and nature.”
She explained later that she’d chosen charcoal “as it represents a sense of time, and is, in fact, a metaphor for experience in time”. The apprehension of her works being perceived as daunting and reprehensible has a lot to do with the medium, said the artist. “There’s a direct association as charcoal is already burnt, it’s consumed,” she explained. The works at Frozen Phoenix include a piece that depicts “a resilient pregnant woman, with a plant” (the figure is charred, like it were debris in the remnants of a disaster), an “entrapped ominous cloud” and pickle jars (on a shelf like funeral urns, ashes outside).
10.30am-6pm. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). Sundays closed.