Exhibition by Tikendra Sahu and Sataban Sarkar
Till 2 May
Both Sataban Sarkar, an award-winning printmaker from Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan, and Tikendra Sahu, an artist from Chhattisgarh who studied art at home before moving to Bangalore for his master’s degree, have been working with a variety of media. Sarkar’s works are a commentary on the evils that pervade our society. His woodcuts on rice paper have a raw, tactile quality. He has also created large works on cloth, which have an almost rustic appeal. He has participated in a number of group shows but this is his first major show.
Sahu’s works are a social commentary, sometimes poignant, sometimes tongue-in-cheek. Human relationships and interaction colour his work. His technique is multilayered—Sahu uses wood carving to get the blind emboss effect. There is a subtlety inherent in this technique as light has to fall on the paper at just the right angle in order to bring out the image. But his favourite medium is watercolour—it is transparent, but you need to look through the different layers to see what is hidden underneath. At Rightlines Gallery, No. 270, 1st Main, 1st Block, Defence Colony, 1st Stage, Indira Nagar (5272827).
In the context of the elections in the state and the constant debate on electoral democracy, Pedestrian Pictures is screening ‘Secret Ballot’. Directed by Babak Payami, the film begins with an unsuspecting soldier waking up to discover that he can forget about another uneventful day at his lonely seaside post. But then it’s election day! A ballot box is parachuted down as a young woman pulls up to the shore of the remote island. To the soldier’s surprise, she’s actually the government bureaucrat in charge of local voting. The couple gets off to a rocky start since the soldier expects election agents to be men. Orders from above force him to accompany the female agent in an army jeep across the island’s dusty desert. The agent literally leaves no stone unturned in her search for ballots. Many a surprise lies along their route, as they find themselves in one absurd situation after another. So much can happen in a single day, especially when opposites attract. Views can change, hearts can melt. By sunset, a woman’s idealistic notions can come down to earth. And a lonely man can discover there’s more to voting by secret ballot than he ever imagined. At the Institution of Agricultural Technologists (IAT), Queen’s Road (near Indian Express circle, Cunningham Road) (9448371389, 9886052763).
Hayavadana deals, simultaneously, with multiple stories, each of which subtly undercuts, complicates or provides a counterpoint to the others. Set within the folk tale and theatre traditions of India, the play’s main plot is taken from the ‘Kathasaritasagara’ through Thomas Mann’s reworking in ‘The Transposed Heads’. The main plot follows the fate of Devadatta and Kapila, a pair of friends and the former’s wife, Padmini. The subplot narrates the travails of a ‘horseman’ who desires incompleteness to completeness and achieves it in the end, but the whole story seems to be incomplete. The play speaks of the identity of individuals and other psychological, contemporary problems, themes and social issues. Written by Girish Karnad, it is directed by Mounesh L. Badeger, a young theatre enthusiast who graduated in dramatics. Badeger teaches theatre at the Bangalore Film and TV Institute. The music is by Gajanana Hegade. At Rangashankara (next to JP Nagar post office), 2nd phase, JP Nagar (9448082927).
Compiled by Pavitra Jayaraman