DJ and producer Mark Pember, aka Meat Katie, is coming to New Delhi. One of the world’s biggest breakbeat DJs, Meat Katie is bringing his unique combination of techno, tribal, house, electronica and breaks to the Ministry of Sound. 11pm. Ministry of Sound, The Pyramid, L.S.C. Sector C, Pocket 6 & 7, Vasant Kunj (98738-00060). Cover charge: Rs2,000.
Shanno Khurana+Ustad Asad Ali Khan
The Sopori Academy of Music and Performing Arts (SaMaPa) festival, Sangeet Vibhuti, is organized every year by santoor maestro and composer Pandit Bhajan Sopori and his son Abhay Rustam. The festival adds weight this year to its meaty roster by kicking off with a vocal recital by Shanno Khurana, an expert at tappa, a technically exacting classical form characterized by high speed of rendition. Khurana’s recital will be followed by a performance by the torch-bearer of the rudra veena and a dhrupad great, Ustad Asad Ali Khan. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar+Ustad Faiyyaz Khan+Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas
Day 2 of the SaMaPa festival begins with another dhrupad legend, vocalist Ustad Rahim Fahimuddin Dagar. This will be followed by a tabla recital by the New Delhi gharana’s Ustad Faiyyaz Khan, who is considered among the world’s leading tabla players, and a vocal recital by Pandit Vidyadhar Vyas, an exponent of the Gwalior gharana and the vice-chancellor of the Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
This is a short film documenting a day of colourful spring in the lives of sufis and qawwals at the shrine of Nizamuddin in New Delhi. Yousuf Saeed’s film has been shown at the Mumbai International Film Festival 1998, the Sixth International Short Film Festival, Dhaka (Bangladesh), in 1999, and at a number of international academic symposia, besides being telecast on Doordarshan. The director will be present at the screening of this short film. Contact the Grey Zone Film Club for details. 6.30pm (duration: 13 minutes). The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (2374-6050).
The Dusk Bride Melodrama
Varun Narain’s wordless performance uses puppets to tell the story of a king, a courtesan and a queen who dies of a broken heart. The plot draws on the Buddhist concept of reincarnation, and uses music as language. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
The National Trust, a government organization engaged in the welfare of differently-abled people, presents a dance drama by Ability Unlimited. Choreographed by Sallauddin Pasha, the troupe will present vignettes from past performances such as Ramayana on Wheels. Limited invitations available with the National Trust. 6.30pm. Contact S.K. Mohanty (2376-6901/98714-97744). Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (2338-8084). Free.
Bodhi Art Award
5 July onwards
Bodhi Art presents a show of the winners of its 2006 award for young artists, in collaboration with Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Sculptor Atul Mahajan and printmaker Navin Chahande were selected by a jury. The jury admired Chahande’s “ability to work on different avatars of his key conceptual and pictorial interests, namely, the body and the axis mundi. He displays a talent for working in varied graphic and digital media as well as sculpture and installation. He is willing to expand his knowledge base and hone his spectrum of skills, especially in the digital media.” Atul Mahajan was selected for “his ability to revitalize sculpture by reference to interactivity and public space behaviour. His inflatable mechanisms draw the viewer into an awareness of labour, magic and the palpability of elements such as air and movement, which we take for granted. He is sifting among alternative methods of presenting his work so that it is both an object and a process.” 11am-7pm (Tue-Sun). Bodhi Art, Grand Mall, lower ground floor, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Gurgaon (95124- 4375190). Free.
Life and Art
Born in 1921, sculptor Somnath Hore witnessed some of the more traumatic moments of subcontinental history, such as the Bengal famine and Partition. These events had a tremendous impact on him, turning him into a supporter of West Bengal’s Communist Party of India (Hore began his artistic career making political posters). Considered singly, each of Hore’s angular sculptures speaks eloquently through the mangled bronze. Hore breaks the human body down into an intriguing cast of twisted lines and rough-hewn shapes. Being surrounded by these sculptures is a numbing experience. The bodies begin to look vaguely insect-like, as though robbed of human form by their anguish. His watercolours retain the sense of humanity, perhaps because in the paintings Hore gives his subjects facial features. The figures are partly geometric but the lines are cleaner than in his sculptures. 11am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat). Project 88, BMP Building, N.A. Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (2281-0066).
The National Centre for the Performing Arts’ Mohile Parikh Centre for the Contemporary is organizing a screening of this celebrated documentary on American thinker Noam Chomsky. Alongside a reasonable introduction to Noam Chomsky’s range of interests and ideas, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick give us a sense of the atmosphere within which he operates. Archival footage shows him interacting with receptive university audiences and enthralled activists as well as opponents attempting to belittle or demolish his arguments. 6pm (duration: 2 hours, 47 minutes). NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (6622-3737). The event is free but passes must be collected in advance.
The Alliance Française rolls out its annual Africa package. First up is Heremakono. A town flanked on one side by the Mauritanian desert and on the other by the Atlantic. Some, such as young Abdallah, who has already spent so much time away he can’t speak his family’s language, are passing through en route to Europe. Others, such as the Chinese street vendor, just seem to have washed up here. This lovely first feature from Abderrahmane Sissako, one of African cinema’s brightest rising stars, offers a wondrously subtle account of themes—communication breakdown, the importance of tradition, the perils of exile—which, in most other hands, might have ended up as a heavy-handed sermon. 6.30pm (duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes). Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (2203-5993). Free.
A former member of boy band Blue, Simon Webbe was arguably the biggest talent in his posse. So far, he has had the most successful solo career of the lot but his brand of guitar-based R&B hasn’t quite shifted the same numbers Robbie did post Take That. He hopes to boost local sales of his second LP, Grace, with a Vh1 backed three-city tour that will take him to Hyderabad, New Delhi and Mumbai, where he performs at Hard Rock Café. 8.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (2438-2888). Entry: Rs1,000.
Frek When See
The US chain celebrates the eve of America’s Independence Day with a performance by the band formerly known as Frequency. Drummer Adrian D’souza, bassist Suresh Mendonza, vocalist Rohan Mazumdar and guitarist Hitesh are part of the line-up. They will perform a mix of rock and jazz in a concert that will feature guest musicians, guitarist Scott Ames and singer Anushka Jagtiani. 9.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (2438-2888). Free.
Watch 16-year-old Bianca Mendonca at Young Talent, a programme organized by Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy. She stands out by the fact that she plays the cello. The daughter of Blossom Mendonca, the conductor of Living Voices, one of Mumbai’s best-known choral groups, Bianca Mendonca obtained her Performer’s Certificate from the Trinity College of Music, London, last year but she has been performing with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra since the age of 12. She performs Boccherini, Saint-Saëns and Faure. 6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (6622-3737). Tickets: Rs 40-50.
Genius writer or cold-blooded murderer? Who is Katurian? At the heart of this sordid tale, Katurian writes gruesome stories in which children are the victims of all kinds of bloody torture. He is being interrogated by two cops—the seemingly “good cop” Tupolsky, with a sardonic, Sherlock Holmes-like composure, and the “bad cop” Ariel, who is quick to fly off the handle. Katurian’s alleged crime: the murder of three children that mirrors three of his stories. Think Basic Instinct with minors. 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (2614-9546). Tickets: Rs 50.
Out & About
Great Indian Bazaar
Kushal Gangopadhyay, who has been an amateur photographer for almost 30 years, has his first solo show of photographs of Indian bazaars. The photographs range from Srinagar’s floating vegetable market to New Delhi’s Janpath, though there is a focus on Kolkata’s markets as Gangopadhyay is a weekend photographer for the most part. The vendors captured in these photos offer everything from earthen pitchers to elephants. Gangopadhyay has an eye for visual irony, composition and human emotions and situations that are incommunicable in any medium other than photography. While the Great Indian Bazaar may feel familiar, Gangopadhyay’s directness keeps his material fresh. 11am-7pm. India International Centre Annexe, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
The documentary collective, Vikalp, screens three short and enjoyable documentaries.
In Gadi Lohardaga Mail, film-making partners Meghnath and Biju Toppo travel on the narrow gauge train that used to connect Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi to Lohardaga district before the train service was discontinued in January 2004 and the rail section converted into broad gauge. Vasudha Joshi’s delightful documentary Moustaches Unlimited (picture) is the pick of this package. She attempts to answer a simple and common question: Why do men love upper lip fuzz? Yasmine Kabir’s remarkable film A Certain Liberation initially makes for difficult watching but sit through the first few minutes, and you’ll be adequately rewarded. Gurudasi lost her family and her mental balance during the creation of Bangladesh. Cut to the present day, where she rules the streets of the Bangladeshi town Kopilomoni by hitting everybody she meets with a stick and snatching takas from their pockets. 6.30pm. Bhupesh Gupta Bhavan, Leningrad Chowk, opposite Shaman Ford showroom, near Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi (2437-4930). Free.