Kingfisher Rocktoberfest 2009
30 October-1 November
Organized by the Rock Street Journal magazine, there are some new things about the sixth edition of Rocktoberfest. This time the month-long festival has been shortened to a three-day event at the Garden of Five Senses. Also, there is a bit of every genre, not just metal. There will be a main stage and a second stage apart from one gig every day at Café Morrison, where entry will be free. The entry ticket for Garden of Five Senses will guarantee three complimentary pints of Kingfisher beer and additional beer at a special rate.
4pm (gates open at 3pm). The Garden of Five Senses, Said-ul-Ajaib, near Saket (26534401). Tickets, Rs400. 11pm. Café Morrison, E-12, South Extension-II (26255652). For more information and band listings, log on to www.rocktoberfest.in
The One Year Drawing Project + Solo Show of Mahbubur Rahman’s works + Installation
Until 1 November
An experimental drawing exchange between four Sri Lankan artists—Muhanned Cader, Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan, Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Jagath Weerasinghe—and their dialogue through art over 29 months. It was commissioned and curated by Sharmini Pereira for the independent publishing house, Raking Leaves.
The second exhibition features the work, post-1998, of painter and performance artist Mahbubur Rahman, a key figure on the Bangladeshi art scene. It has been curated by Vidya Shivadas, out of the Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection.
Also on view will be The Souvenir Maker by Indian artist L.N. Tallur. This multimedia work brings into focus the idea of boundaries, as its extended title explains: ...Yes, We Are Conditioned to Think Under Flags.
11am-7pm. Devi Art Foundation, Sirpur House, Sector 44, Plot 39, near Epicentre, Gurgaon (41667474).
Metropoles: Day and Night
A part of Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan’s annual Long Night of Cinema , this film festival will centre around metropolitan life, love and survival in different European cities. The line-up of four films includes Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth, Crossing the Bridge Fatih Akin and Paris, Je t’aime (featuring various directors, such as Olivier Assayas, Gurinder Chadha, and Ethan Coen, presenting an ode to Paris).
5pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506).
A national theatre festival for children with performances by children as well as adults. This festival has been an annual
feature since 1998, when there were just six groups. This year, there are 22 plays. Besides
bilingual plays and plays in English or Hindi, there is also Kannada, Bengali, Assamese, Malayalam and Gujarati theatre on offer.
For venues and other details, contact Theatre-in-Education Company (Sanskar Rang Toli), National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwan Das Road (23382821).
A sequel to Javed Siddiqui’s Tumhari Amrita, this play is also inspired by A.R. Guerney’s Love Letters . It showcases years of correspondence between two lovers—a widowed old politician (Farooque Sheikh) and a young woman, Sonia (Sonali Bendre), who heckles him and ridicules his old-world sensibilities. It’s directed by Feroze Abbas Khan, and the script is by Siddiqui.
7pm. Satya Sai Auditorium, Bhishma Pitamah Marg, Pragati Vihar, Lodhi Road (24363221). For invitations and details, call 9810042626.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Organized by Spic Macay, the Music in the Park series of concerts is a great opportunity for Dilliwalas to enjoy the best of Indian classical music in the lap of nature. This edition features the the renowned sarod player Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
6pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg. For details, call the Spic Macay office (32594087) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival of India
Until 2 November
In addition to its annual winter extravaganza, the Kala Ghoda Association plans to make this second festival an annual affair. Along with stalls selling traditional handicrafts and products made by charitable organizations, the Festival of India will feature a number of cultural events.
Stalls have been set up along K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. 30 October, 4-11pm; 31 October-2 November, 11am-10pm. Events will be held at Kala Ghoda Amphitheatre, Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda. For details, log on to www.kalaghodaassociation.com
Glitterbug + Andy Vaz + Murat Tepeli
Bhavishyavani Future Soundz’s all-out mash-up of techno and house features three stellar acts. First up is Cologne’s DJ Glitterbug. In a genre flooded with bass-thumping beats, his moody mix of music ranges from intensely melancholic to euphoric. Andy Vaz follows to crank up the tempo. A firm believer that less is more, Chicago-based Vaz is a big name on the minimal music scene. Finally, German house DJ Murat Tepeli will round up the night with his athletic mix of music.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi & Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs500.
The young boys from the Nakshyatra Gurukul in Orissa are guaranteed to stun viewers when they contort their bodies in implausible postures. For added fun, they do all the acrobatics, even Odissi, dressed as girls.
7pm. Carter Road Amphitheatre, Carter Road Promenade, opposite Café Coffee Day, Bandra (West).
Mumbai International Children’s Film Festival
Children’s films, including animation and short films from India and abroad will be screened across nine schools.
The screenings are open to all and will be subtitled in English. For ages 6-18.
9.30am, 11.30am, 2pm and 6.30pm. Screenings will be held at Cambridge School, Kandivali (East) (28543044); Ryan International School branches at Kharghar (27740672), Malad (West) (28806672), Nerul (32998557) and Sanpada (27670427); St Lawrence High School, Kandivali (East) (28540074); St Joseph’s High School, Panvel (27868448); and St Xavier’s High School branches at Airoli (65103935) and Andheri (East) (28322350). For the schedule, log on to www.micff.com . Contact the schools to register. Limited seats.
Les Boukakes is not your average band. This multi-ethnic septet from Montpellier, in the south of France, mixes predominantly Arabic lyrics and traditional rhythms from West Asia with rock. The universal appeal of rhythm and the fact that Les Boukakes’ music is inherently danceable to are reasons why this band has been invited to perform in at least 25 countries.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi & Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
Lila, a documentary film by Bidisha Roy Das and Priyanjana Dutta, capturing the last few days of Leela Naidu, one of the world’s most beautiful women (so described by Vogue). Both Das and Dutta will be present at the screening to interact with the audience.
6pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur II Stage (25359680).
Until 21 November
You may say that the concerns that unite the four artists—Anindita Chakraborty, Sharmishta Kar, Siji R. Krishnan and Varunika Saraf—at this group show are largely of a feminist nature. But that wouldn’t be entirely true. No sense of stifled clamouring comes through. Instead, it’s a realistic perspective that emerges—one that’s clearly well read, balanced and positively liberated.
11am-7pm, Wednesday-Monday (Sundays by appointment only). GallerySKE, 82, Presidency, St Marks Road (65951972). For details, log on to www.galleryske.com
From Script to Screen
Until 27 November
An exhibition of photographs by Nemai Ghosh, who documented the life of director Satyajit Ray at work for over two decades.
Ghosh was introduced to Ray on the sets of the 1968 film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne by actor Rabi Ghosh. For the next 25 years, he followed Ray around film sets and the streets of Kolkata, clicking pictures of the man at work.
10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday. National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). Entry fee: for Indians, Rs10; non-Indians, Rs150 .
In Vijay Tendulkar’s The Cyclist, an allegorical tale of a boy-man who sets off to explore the world on a bicycle, it becomes a simple, yet fascinating metaphor for all our machines of progress…the material manifestations of our inner restlessness and our desire for a way to live.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 108, opposite UNI Building, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). Tickets, Rs150.
Festival des Festivals
The Alliance Francaise de Madras is screening French movies— Laurence Equilbey by Andy Sommer, Barcelone ou La Mort by Idrissa Guiro, Dans Les Décombres by Olivier Meys and D’un mur l’autre by Patrick Jean.
The movies focus on themes such as music, the lives of fishermen, advancements and changes in people’s lives and European society.
6.30 pm. Alliance Francaise de Madras (auditorium), No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Until 4 November
DakshinaChitra has organized an exhibition of paintings by artist K. Balasubramanian. The collection includes the artist’s recent works, which have been influenced by tantric rituals, geometric shapes and symbols. The exhibition focuses on nature, deities, folk art and life. An alumnus of the Madras School of Art and Craft, Balasubramanian’s works bring out abstract themes in varying patterns and vibrant colours.
10am-6pm (Tuesday closed). DakshinaChitra Art Gallery, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841436149).
Apparao Galleries is presenting an exhibition of calligraphic images by Parameshwar Raju. His focus is on the significance of ceremonies that emerge as emblematic formations in calligraphy.
The images have symbolic references from the Puri and Bhubaneswar temples.
10am-6pm. Apparao Infinity, No. 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (9941012380).
Wong-Kar Wai Film Festival
Until 31 October
The Madras Terrace House is screening movies by award-winning film-maker Wong-Kar Wai, an internationally renowned auteur known for his visually unique, highly stylized films. The three movies being screened are: Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love and 2046. Days of Being Wild is about a young boy and what he goes through when he discovers that the woman (a prostitute) who raised him is not his real mother. In the Mood for Love is about the turn of events when a newspaper editor moves into a new locality. In 2046, a writer who thinks he is writing about the future is actually penning words from the past.
6.30pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram, 2nd Street, off RK Salai, Royapettah (45038391).
Bharat Sangeet Utsav
30 October-9 November
Promoted by Carnatica, a cultural body promoting art and culture, this year the festival begins with a concert featuring “Chitravina” N. Ravikiran and pianist Anil Srinivasan. This is for an invited audience.
Other highlights include a lecture-cum-demonstration on rakti ragas in Carnatic and Hindustani music by Sriram Parasuram. The festival will also feature star artists such as Hindustani vocalist Ashwini Bhide and sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan.
Timings vary. Narada Gana Sabha hall, Alwarpet, Chennai. For more details and tickets, log on to www.carnatica.net
The Chennai Trekking Club is organizing a “Save Tada” mission to restore this trekking and picnic destination, around 2 hours away from Chennai. Around 200 volunteers will collect garbage, shoot pictures and videos to create awareness. The plan is to trek or walk to the Tada waterfalls and clean up on the way back.
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Birla Academy of Art and Culture presents a painting and sculpture exhibition of Calcutta Painters, who are celebrating their 45th anniversary. The works are by all its members (present and past), including Jogen Chowdhury, Prokash Karmakar and Wasim Kapoor.
10am-7pm (Mondays closed). Birla Academy of Art & Culture, 108, Southern Avenue (22650209).
Marg: magazine—Aperture and Identity: Early Photography in India
Marg, an art periodical since 1946, is for the first time looking at photography. Their current issue on “Aperture and Identity: Early Photography in India” will be released by Buddhadeb Dasgupta, chairman, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute. The guest editor for this issue is Rahaab Allana, curator, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts.
6.30pm. Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street (22297662).
Give in to Wanderlust
An exhibition of photographs by Varun Gupta, showing a selection from his travels over the last three years. In one frame, you have a young monk struggling like a schoolboy to stay awake during morning prayers; in another, there’s a bull nodding its horned head to Shiva, albeit in a sari shop.
10am-7pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
In celebration of the canonization of founder St Jeanne Jogan, the St Joseph’s Home for the elderly presents a performance by Nrityabahar, choreographed by Dhiman Sankar. The performances will range from tribal and folk dances to classical and fusion forms.
5pm. St Joseph’s Home, 2, AJC Bose Road (9339751248).
Shinjan Nrityalaya’s latest production Traya (a trinity, or threesome) is in three parts. The first performance, an invocation, pays tribute to three deities—Jagannath, Balaram and Subhadra; the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva; and the three audiences of devatas (deities), gurus (teachers) and sabhajana (general public). The next series emphasizes the triple-bend Tribhangi postures of Odissi. The concluding item, Mana Madhuri, focuses on musical tihai, the threefold iteration of a certain bol (also called mana).
6.30pm. Bharatiyam cultural complex, IB-201, Salt Lake (24644141, 9433038127).
Written and directed by Rajat Ghosh, and performed by the Ektidal group, the play revolves around a Brahmin priest who doesn’t believe in God. The priest rebels and says God can no longer grant boons.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9433349147, 9433073323). Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs20 (available in advance, from 1-7pm).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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