Haridasa Sahitya and puppet show
The Foundation for Artists and Craftsmen Empowerment will perform a puppet show, Haridasaru Kanda Krishna. Stories from Krishna’s childhood will be narrated through the kirtanas of poet-saint Haridas and enacted through accompanying puppetry. The show is being organized by Rafiki and Vibgyor Entertainment.
5pm. Rafiki Workspace, Sri Chamundeshwari Studios, Millers Tank Bund Road. For details, call Anil Ramachandra on 9845602265.
Dance DIScourse by Nritarutya
City-based contemporary dance collective Nritarutya aims to present bold, aesthetic and innovative Indian contemporary dance work while creating its own, personal vocabulary in movement. The group will present two of its earlier works, Three Sides of a Coin and Mars, and premiere a new piece, Gandaberunda. The event aims to showcase and promote discussions on the different discourses in dance.
Modern movement : Nritarutya will perform a contemporary dance item
6pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Chettinad Food Festival
Till 19 July
Bon South restaurant is hosting a Chettinad Food Festival, where you can sample the spicy and aromatic cuisine. Chef Suresh Pandian has put together a menu to showcase traditional Chettinad delicacies, including viraal meen kuzhambu (catfish in tangy curry), kari varutha curry (lamb with coconut, garlic, shallots and spices) and kai kari perattal (vegetables with poppy seeds and coconut).
12.30-3.30pm and 7-11pm. Bon South, Third floor, Mantri Square, 1, Sampige Road, Malleswaram (22667377). Charges, Rs330 (lunch buffet) and Rs350 (dinner buffet) per person.
German directors Markus Mischkowski and Kai Maria Steinkühler share the major roles in their feature film debut Westend, an independently produced black and white comedy, filmed in a suburb of Cologne. The film is about two unemployed friends and their unsuccessful attempts to set foot in the modern working world. Mike and Alfred try to kill their days drinking beer at kiosks, as Rasto, their drinking partner, offers them a job: They need to make the old kiosk-ruin into a booking business. But Rasto seems to be a dubious entrepreneur.
6.15pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan , 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
Till 25 June
A group show of paintings and sculptures by Babu Eshwar Prasad, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Farhad Hussain, Gurusiddappa G.E., Murali Cheeroth, Prasanta Sahu, Rajib Lochan Pani, Suchender P., Sunoj D. and V.G. Venugopal. Among the notable works are ‘The First Rain after a Long Time’ (acrylic on canvas), by Gurusiddappa, which presents a glorious depiction of a hibiscus bud bursting into flower, rising from a scene of canines mating over the arched bodies of a human couple. Another work, by Suchender, is a silver, soft stone, wood and gold sculpture centrepiece titled ‘Remains’, conceived as a replica of the Lion Capital of Ashoka that’s reduced to skeletons.
11am-7pm. Gallery Blue Spade, The Chancery, 10/6, Lavelle Road (22115718).
Till 15 June
Chennai-based NGO Prajnya is inviting contributions to Rainmakers, a photo exhibition planned to commemorate the centenary year of International Women’s Day. The theme is “Resourceful women”. Thirty of the best entries will be exhibited in July in Chennai, and will be included in the Prajnya Archives. Entries should be submitted by 15 June.
For details, visit www.prajnya.in or call 9840070455.
Son of the Bride
Alliance Française is screening Son of the Bride, an Argentine film directed by Juan José Campanella, about a man going through mid-life crisis, and how he comes out of it a better man.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Madras, College Road, Nungambakkam (9940162773).
Alauddin and 100 Watts Bulb
The play is a rip-roaring comedy, directed by renowned
director and scriptwriter Crazy Mohan. With an all-star cast and a zippy storyline, this one is a must-watch.
7pm. Rani Seethai Hall, 603, Anna Salai (28294863).
Till 19 June
DakshinaChitra is presenting an exhibition of landscapes by G. Manohar Raja. An alumnus of the Government College of Arts, Chennai, Raja presents a mix of themes ranging from water lilies, boats and trees to Ganeshas, all in oil.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Sita Sings the Blues
This animated feature harnesses an unlikely but wholly
beguiling combination of the Ramayan, literary analysis, jazz-era music, autobiography and home movie-making. Comic-strip artist Nina Paley uses the story of Ram and Sita as a counterpoint to her experiences of separating from her husband after he gets a job in India.
5.30pm. Devi Art Foundation , Sirpur House, Plot. No 39, Sector 44, behind Epicentre, Gurgaon.
Nanook of the North
Robert Flaherty’s pioneering ethnographic documentary is structured as a year in the life of an Inuit hunter (Nanook) and his family in the tundra east of Hudson Bay. In terms of authenticity, much was staged, contrived and traditionalized, but these characters are plainly “playing” themselves, and scenes such as the igloo-building manifest a sage grace and skill. 1 hour, 19 minutes (the screening is for Film Club members only. Membership fee is Rs750 a month).
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
All Warmed Up
The Gati Summer Dance residency will conclude with a show presented by six contemporary choreographers. This “graduation” ceremony will see these dancers premiere their individual works. During the two-and-a-half-month residency, the choreographers worked with experienced mentors to sharpen individual choreographic visions, the culmination of which is All Warmed Up.
Contemporary dance: By Gati.
7pm (15 June) and 9pm (16 June). Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307).
Goan music by Ekvat Group
Goan music is heavily influenced by Portuguese and Western traditions. According to Jose Pereira and Micael Martins’ book Song of Goa: Mandos of Yearning, the Portuguese encouraged newly converted Christians to learn Western music as a way of protecting them from Indian cultural influences.
Catch glimpses of their unique style in the song and dance routine of mando, which will be performed this week by the Ekvat Group from Casa de Goa, Lisbon. The performers, dressed in traditional costumes, will play instruments such as the violin, bongo and mandolin.
6.30pm. Azad Bhavan Auditorium, Azad Bhavan, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Indraprastha Estate (23379309).
Grassroots Comics: A Tool for Democracy
An exhibition of wall poster comics from Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa on development-related issues. Political cartoonist and former journalist Sharad Sharma specializes in condensing issues to no more than 15 sentences, making a story out of them, and then making a poster comic out of it. This is the premise on which he founded World Comics India (WCI) in 1995. Sharma felt a need to “make media available, and turn it into a tool for the common man”.
The results of WCI’s 15-year-long efforts will be on show at the exhibition.
11am-7pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
A 3-hour chocolate-making workshop is being organized by children’s activity group TreasureHouse for children over 10. The children will be taught how to make goodies such as almond bites, chocolate marbles, chocolate crunch and chocolate biscotti. And the best part: They get to take home what they make.
11am-2pm. TreasureHouse, Road No. 63, adjacent to ICICI Bank, Road No.36, Jubilee Hills. (23550118). Charges, Rs500 (for members) and Rs600 (for non-members).
Kathiyawadi Food Festival
Till 12 June
Rajdhani, a premium vegetarian thali restaurant, is hosting a Kathiyawadi Food Festival. Relish specialities such as ringna no hollo, undhiyu, kathiyawadi masala khichdi, bajri rotla, turiya sambhariya, khichiyu, chokha ni kheer and other delicacies.
11.30am-3.30pm and 6-11pm. Rajdhani restaurant, Level-4, Big Bazar Super Centre, Ameerpet (64593998/99). Charges, Rs209 (weekdays) and Rs249 (weekends) per thali.
The Hyderabad Film Club, in collaboration with Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad, is screening Mauvaise Foi (Bad Faith), a 2006 French film about a couple in a live-in relationship. The couple’s carefree romance turns complicated when Clara discovers she is pregnant and her Jewish parents are not ready to accept Ishmael, her Muslim partner. Ishmael’s parents, too, are unwilling to accept his girlfriend.
6.30pm. Sri Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre, Ameerpet (27700734/36). For details, email email@example.com
Fete de la Musique
Fete de la Musique, an annual music festival that originated in France in 1981, is celebrated all across the world on the same day. This year, the festival will celebrate music of all genres, from Western classical, pop/rock to jazz and Carnatic. Members of Betty Argo, The Banjara Hillbillies and Ujjal’s Jazz Trio will perform their compositions.
6.30pm. Taj Deccan, Hyderabad, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills (66663939).
Till 18 June
Gallery Kolkata presents Metamorphosis, a solo show by Mohan L. Mazumder, a graduate in graphic design from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata. The 63 photographs on display capture different moods—playfulness, joy, serenity and tranquillity.
11am-7pm. Gallery Kolkata, 41, Shakespeare Sarani Duckback House (22873377/88).
Face of Bengal
Photography has always been a passion for US consul general Beth A. Payne. While working in Iraq, she used to photograph ordinary people in marketplaces. During her tenure in Kolkata, she has captured moments, places and people. These images will be on show at this solo exhibition titled Face of Bengal.
Noon-7pm (closed on Sundays). The Harrington Street Arts Center, 8, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Suite No. 5 and 25B, Second floor (22829220/21).
Cultural organization Saptayan presents Rabindranath Tagore’s famous dance drama Tasher Desh, with music direction by Rabin Nandi and choreography by Swaminathan Pillai. Tasher Desh, or The Land of Cards, is about a prince who tires of life in the palace and runs away with a merchant in search of adventure. They get shipwrecked in the Land of Cards, where the inhabitants are devoid of emotion. The prince starts to effect change and gradually, their human qualities begin to emerge 6.30pm. Sisir Mancha,1-B, AJC Bose Road (9432241404).
Black Swan (2010) is an American psychological thriller directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis. A ballet dancer wins the lead in the ballet Swan Lake. She is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan, Princess Odette, but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan. The American Center will screen the movie as a part of Oscar Fridays. 1 hour, 48 minutes.
4.30pm. Lincoln Room, American Center, 38A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road (39846335).
Darbeshi Gaan Workshop
The Eastern Zone Cultural Centre will present a special workshop on Darbeshi ‘gaan’ conducted by Bengali Sufi singer Kalachand Darbesh, as well as a musical evening by him and Kolkata-based Sahajia, a Bengali folk song group and music foundation. Darbeshi is a style of Bengali folk music that has descended from the Sufi dervishes. Bengal’s Darbeshis are unique because of the influence of Vajrayana Buddhist principles and the Sahajiya principles. The Darbeshi ideology encourages followers to talk about both Allah and idols. Kalachand Darbesh is the last of the known Darbeshi singers. The workshop will be followed by a performance by Kalachand Darbesh on 16 June.
11am-5pm (14-16 June); the performance by Kalachand Darbesh will be at 6.30pm on 16 June. Natgarh, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, IB-201 (23356796/97). Charges, Rs100.
Bharatanatyam dancer Priya Venkataraman trained under Saroja Vaidyanathan as a young girl in the 1980s. Over the years, Venkataraman has moved closer to the Kalakshetra style, training briefly under Kanaka Srinivasan and Leela Samson. She now continues her training with Chennai-based gurus A. Lakshman for movement and Bragha Bessel for abhinaya. This week, Venkataraman will premiere her new work, Devi. For the show, she will dance on selected verses from Adishankara’s Ananda Lahiri, which praise Shakti, the consort of Shiva.
Nine lives: Catch Kristin Schrot, model by day and DJ by night, at Blue Frog.
6pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Sir Dorabji Tata Road, near Hilton Towers Hotel, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs100 and Rs 200, available at the venue and at www.bookmyshow.com
The Safety Aspects of India’s Nuclear Power Plants
Is nuclear power a safe solution to our energy needs? If this question has been on your mind in the wake of Japan’s nuclear crisis, you just might want to attend this panel discussion on “The Safety Aspects of India’s Nuclear Power Plants”. The speakers include Anil Kakodkar, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, and P. Balaram from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
5pm. Nehru Centre, Hall of Culture, Ground floor, Discovery of India Building, Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli (24964676).
Tribute to Elvis by Gary Lawyer
Elvis Presley lives. At least his music does, and Gary Lawyer, one of Presley’s biggest fans, is partly responsible for that. Around the world, Presley’s hits are still being performed by Elvis impersonators in Tokyo, by the entertainment company Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, and by singers such as Lawyer in Mumbai. This week, city audiences will be treated to a show called “A Tribute to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”. For those who have regularly listened to Lawyer over the past three decades, this show, he promises, will be different. Apart from classic hits such as Blue Suede Shoes and Hound Dog, Lawyer will perform sentimental songs from the 1970s such as I’ve Lost You and the rousing An American Trilogy.
7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA (66223737). Tickets, Rs550, Rs750 and Rs1,000, available at the venue.
Sitar and flute recitals
This musical evening, organized by the Sangeet Sabha of Bandra-East, will feature a performance by renowned sitarist Chandrashekhar Phanse. The city-based artiste has a deep understanding of the structure of ragas and rhythms, a knowledge and talent he has honed by accompanying vocalists such as the late Dinkar Kaikini and the nonagenarian V.R. Athavale. Phanse also teaches at the School of Indian Music at Opera House, Mumbai. The sitar solo will be followed by a recital by Hindustani flautist Rajendra Kulkarni, who is the disciple and son of Pandit Balasaheb Kulkarni.
6pm. MIG Cricket Club Hall, Second floor, MIG Colony, Bandra-East.
Listen to the mellifluous voice of Kirana gharana vocalist Milind Chittal. Dubai-based Chittal is among the first students of Mumbai University’s music department and was a disciple of the late Pandit Firoz Dastur. In music critic Mohan Nadkarni’s biography of Bhimsen Joshi, Chittal finds mention as one of the worthy heirs to Joshi’s musical legacy. He has also trained under the veterans Yashwantbuwa Joshi and Dinkar Kaikini.
5.30pm. Shivaji Park Nagrik Sangh, Shivaji Park, opposite Vanita Samaj, Veer Savarkar Road, Dadar-West.
Butter and Mashed Banana
Butter and Mashed Banana begins with the hilariously sexy premise of a Marx-doting firebrand feminist and a painfully punctilious right-wing culture vulture getting frisky in a moment of ill-conceived (and unprotected) passion. The result: a confused infant whose teething troubles are accompanied by unfairly momentous decisions such as whether his first step must be taken with his right foot or his left. Torn between his parents’ rabidly polar aspirations for him, he jumps forward with both feet—into the warm lap (or hot seat?) of Article 19. But the boy quickly learns individual authenticity doesn’t come cheap. His constitutionally guaranteed right to free gab also comes with a gratuitous supply of the offended and their gob-muzzling antics. 1 hour.
9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs80, available at the box office daily from 1-9pm.
Kristin Schrot aka Miss Nine is the most glamorous of electronic music’s most beautiful girls, strutting her stuff as a fashion model and the face of Levi’s jeans by day and DJing by night. The German DJ first began experimenting at home on her boyfriend’s deck in 2003. Now, her progressive, soulful and vocal-led DJ sound is in demand around the world, propelling her on to stages alongside the likes of Armin van Buuren, Tiesto and David Guetta. Expect her progressive and House sets to warm clubbers’ hearts with soulful, gentle and uplifting grooves.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charge, Rs500.
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