Odissi recital by Kavita Dwivedi, disciple of Hari Krishna Behera. 7pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Alpona Roy + Aditi Mohsin + Bulbul Islam
Rabindra Sangeet: A selection of Tagore’s love songs presented by Alpona Roy from Santiniketan; and Aditi Mohsin and Bulbul Islam from Bangladesh. The event is part of “Utsav: Celebrating Tagore in the 21st Century”, being organized by the India International Centre till 30 March. 5.30pm. India International Centre (at Gandhi-King Plaza), 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Celebrating Tagore: Alpana Roy
Yuri Honing Trio
A jazz concert by the trio from the Netherlands, featuring Yuri Honing (tenor and soprano saxophone); Tony Overwater (double bass) and Joost Lijbaart (drums). 6.30pm. India International Centre Fountain Lawns, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
29 -30 March
One of India’s more famous pieces of metafiction, written by Gulzar and Javed Siddiqui featuring some well-known TV actors and directed by Salim Arif. Cast: Kiran Karmarkar, Lubna Salim, Harsh Chhaya. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre. Tickets, Rs50-300 (43663333).
Satish Gujral unveils a fresh body of work that emerged over six years, including sculptures in bronze and an installation titled ‘Icons’. 11am-7pm. Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Feroze Shah Road, Mandi Circle (23387241).
Till 31 March
Two exhibitions of recent works by Sonia Mehra Chawla and Santosh Lal Pallath. Curated by Alka Pande. 10am-8pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (43663333).
Two Syllables Behind
Art history student Zuza seems to have it all—she is independent, financially secure and popular. But she comes from a dysfunctional family and seems unable to form permanent relationships. Only her eccentric grandmother, for whom Zuza cares deeply, might be able to help Zuza sort her life out. Directed by Katarina Sulajova, Slovak Republic (1 hr 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 EU member states. 6.45pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (43663333).
Dayanita Singh and Jyotindra Jain in Conversation
Can we break out? Can we pull the plug and reconnect? Dayanita Singh discusses the possibilities of more meaningful or alternative ways of mediation between her work and audiences. 6pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, AK Nayak Marg, Fort (22072974).
Jeroo Mulla Bharatanatyam performance
Apart from leading the department of social communications media at the Sophia Polytechnic, Jeroo Mulla is also a gifted Bharatanatyam dancer. In a rare performance, Mulla will present the compositions of her teacher Parvatikumar, who is well known for introducing the writings of Sarfoji Raje Maharaj II into the Bharatanatyam repertoire. 6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (22025483).
At Warehouse on 3rd Pasta is a selection of Canadian sculptor Max Steicher’s sculptures and photograms (images made by placing objects on photosensitive paper and exposing them to light) over the last 10 years. A number of Steicher’s inflatables—his term for his blow-up doll-like sculptures—are made of faulty spinnaker material that manufacturers had to dump because the fabric was too thin. The fragility of the material is well-suited to Steicher’s work, providing a curious contrast to monumental sculptures such as ‘Silenus’. In smaller figures, spinnaker material makes the babies seem like ethereal foetuses that are cute and yet strangely ghostly. 11am-7pm. 6/7 Third Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).
Max Steicher with one of his doll-like pieces
In her debut documentary, Egyptian film-maker Nadia Kamel sets out to explore the histories of both her family and her country. Salati Baladi, which means a salad with different ingredients, was chosen as the best documentary over 60 minutes at the Mumbai International Film Festival for documentaries, short and animation films in February. Kamel hails from a multiracial and multi-faith family, and the two main characters of her film are her young nephew Nabeel and her mother Naila, a journalist and communist.
Naila Kamel was born half Jewish and Christian but became a Muslim after she got married. Nabeel, who has a Palestinian father, is stateless because of Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Although Naila endorses her government’s decision to condemn Israel for its treatment of Palestinians, she yearns to meet her Israeli cousin Sarina. Although the film’s staggering duration is a challenge, the Kamels are fortunately a handsome and charismatic bunch and effectively communicate the hopes and fears of three generations of Egyptians. 7pm. Prithvi House, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, near Hotel Tulip Star, Juhu (26149546).
Me, Kash and Cruise
It took Rahul da Cunha nearly three years and more than 20 drafts to write his latest play ‘Me, Kash and Cruise’. Da Cunha said he had to keep going back to the script to update the track of the one character whose actions were way beyond his control. “Bombay’s the fourth character,” said da Cunha of the play, which covers the lives of the three characters named in the title, from 1984—when they form a theatre group in college—to the present.
The communal riots of 1992, the bomb blasts that followed a year after, the advent of moral police in 1995, the ban on the use of loudspeakers in 2005, and the recent mob molestation outside the JW Marriott Hotel on New Year’s Eve—each finds its way into the narrative. 7pm.
Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets, Rs200 (22025483).
Trio A Vent...Propos
The reed trio comprising Fabien Bernoud (oboe), Richard Malblanc (clarinet) and Henri Roman (bassoon), originally of the acclaimed chamber music quintet, A Vent…Propos from Lyon, has more than 200 performances under its belt since its inception in 1999. Innovative in the choice of instrumentation, the ensemble’s repertoire ranges from classical music (Mozart, Beethoven) to contemporary music, including stops at 19th and early-20th century French music. The concert is being organized by Alliance Française de Delhi and the Embassy of France in India in association with Spedidam. 7pm. ML Bhartia auditorium (43500200).
In 1998, Danish film-maker Lars von Trier released ‘Idoterne’, a film about a bunch of suburban Copenhagen residents who seek to challenge societal norms by acting mentally challenged in public places. The film so inspired Nishant Lalwani and his friends Rodrigo Davis and Russel Middleton that they decided to name their DJ collective after the film: thus was born The Idiots. This fortnight, Lalwani will play a disco/funk/electronic set at Blue Frog as The Idiot. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Tickets, Rs300 (40332300).