India Music Week
Till 20 November
This musical extravaganza presented by Seagram’s 100 Pipers, organized and curated by Amit Saigal, editor of the music magazine Rock Street Journal, features rock, pop, blues, jazz, electronic, ska and more. It also has a two-day music conference that started Thursday, as well as panel discussions, presentations, interviews and workshops, at the Eros Hotel.
Mumbai-based composer, producer and guitarist Dhruv Ghanekar will present a modern jazz set. He has performed and collaborated with Richard Bona, Zakir Hussain, Sultan Khan, Trilok Gurtu and Louiz Banks, to name a few.
7pm. Lodi—The Garden Restaurant, Lodhi Road (24655054).
A rare appearance in the Capital by this Kolkata-based alternative rock band, whose music has a unique sound that is described as emotionally charged, perverse, dark yet danceable.
10pm. TLR Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
The Commons + The Pulp Society
Rock, pop and psychedelic music by a Delhi-based group, The Commons, and Mumbai-based band, The Pulp Society.
9.30pm. Turquoise Cottage, 47 , Basant Lok, Priya Complex, Vasant Vihar (47686868).
Menwhopause + Thermal and A Quarter + Motherjane
Hear the three Indian indie heavyweights. Kochi band Motherjane’s latest album, Maktub, mixes Indian musical styles, progressive rock structures and lyrical content that speaks of an inner reflection, contemplation and hope. Bangalore-based Thermal and A Quarter (popularly called TAAQ) have for their influence The Beach Boys, Ringo Starr,
Sarah Brightman and The Indigo Girls. One of the first bands to distribute their music on the Web for free, Delhi band Menwhopause will be playing original compositions.
9pm. Florian, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Third floor, Saket (9999986575).
Hari and Sukhmani
Punjabi folk music, fused with ambient electronica, and some Bollywood numbers.
Lyrical content: Hear Kochi band Motherjane at India Music Week.
10pm. 1, Boulevard, G11-14, Salcon mall, behind Select Citywalk mall, Saket (41070001).
Stephanie Thazar + The Ska Vengers
Thazar, from the French-speaking Reunion Islands, brings a blend of French, African, Indian and Chinese influences in her music. She will be followed by the Delhi-based band, The Ska Vengers, who blend ska rhythms with elements of dub, punk, jazz and reggae to create their own unique sound.
7pm. Lodi—The Garden Restaurant (24655054).
Mrigya + Amit Heri Group featuring George Brooks
The 500th gig by local fusion band Mrigya, followed by more fusion by Bangalore guitarist Amit Heri’s group, and a special jazz fusion performance by US saxophonist George Brooks.
9pm. Florian, MGF Metropolitan mall (9999986575).
K.K. + Parikrama
The festival closes with Bollywood singer K.K. teaming up with rock behemoths Parikrama.
10pm. Hard Rock Cafe, M-110, multiplex building, First floor, DLF Place, district centre, Saket (47158888).
For invitations, contact the Rock Street Journal office (26497944, email@example.com). For gig details, visit www.indiamusicweek.com
Nigah QueerFest 2011: Body Politics
A visual arts exhibition is being organized as part of the fifth edition of the “Nigah QueerFest 2011” by the Nigah Media Collective. The fest has transformed from a fringe fiesta into a mainstream event.
The festival, themed around “Body Politics”, has invited selections from amateur as well as professional artists. The exhibition is curated by photographer Sunil Gupta, and includes displays like Monaz Diary by National Institute of Design student Anirban Ghosh. Ghosh’s comic-book-panel narrative of a transgender person in Ahmedabad shares space with Sonal Agarwal’s documentary photographs of Manu Massi and Her Family and Young Monk’s pictures of a lacerated back, titled Pleasure =Pain.
10am-7pm (Mondays-Saturdays). Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506). For details, visit www.thequeerfest.com
Walk around Kingsway Camp
A half-day walk around Kingsway Camp in north Delhi, after a talk about the Coronation Durbar, will be led by Rohit Agrawal and Sunil Raman, authors of Coronation Durbar, Delhi 1911. The event will celebrate the centenary of the durbar, hosted by King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 and attended by 100,000 people, where the transfer of India’s capital from Calcutta (now Kolkata) to Delhi was announced.
Coronation Durbar: In 1911, the transfer of the capital to Delhi was announced here.
9am. To register for the walk, call the India Habitat Centre (43663080). Registration fee, Rs 300 per person, on first-come, first-served basis. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The world’s “largest 10-minute theatre festival” is back for its second Delhi edition. ‘Short+Sweet’ will feature crisp slices of theatre by local actors and directors.
7.30pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 300, available at the programme desk and online at www.shortandsweet.org
Commemorating the centenary of the discovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham
Till 23 November
See photographs and maps of Machu Picchu, a 15th century Inca site in Latin America that was “discovered” by Hiram Bingham, then the US senator from Connecticut. Some of these pictures were taken when the site had just been discovered. The exhibition has been organized by the embassy of Peru and the Concern India Foundation.
Noon-8pm (Sundays closed). Piramal Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737).
Places of Rebirth
Till 22 November
Negotiating between dislocation and belonging, Navin Rawanchaikul’s exhibition reveals sentimental tales of three generations of his family. Born to parents of Hindu-Punjabi origin, the artist grew up in Thailand and now shuttles between Thailand and Japan, where his Japanese wife and daughter reside. Rawanchaikul’s recent suite of billboard-style paintings, sculptures and video installations explore his past keeping in mind the displacement the artist anticipates his daughter will experience in future.
Places of Rebirth: The exhibition draws on the artist’s experiences in India, Thailand and Japan.
10.30am-7pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, opposite YMCA, Colaba (66103424).
Boi Akih and Izaline Calister
The Boi Akih trio includes Indonesian vocalist Monica Akihary, Dutch guitarist Niels Brouwer and Indian percussionist Sandip Bhattacharya. Izaline Calister blends Afro-Caribbean rhythms into the folk music of her native island of Curaçao.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry,Rs 300 per person.
Imogen Heap’s musical prowess has earned her Grammy nominations, including one win—for her 2009 album Ellipse—in the category of best engineered album, non-classical. Those who will miss her at the NH7 Weekender, on till 20 November in Pune, can catch her performance at the Blue Frog.
10pm. Blue Frog. Tickets, Rs 2,000, available at the venue.
The second edition of the annual theatre festival of the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) showcases a host of plays, including a street theatre competition from 21-26 November, and a workshop on theatre direction from 19-27 November. Shikha Mittal, founder of Delhi-based art education consultancy Be Artsy, says the company has invited groups from Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Kurukshetra to present pieces on the UN Millennium Development Goals, as well as corruption.
Timings and venues vary. NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737, 66588997). Tickets, available at the box office daily, 9am-7pm. Credit cards are accepted. For tickets and the detailed schedule, visit www.ncpamumbai.com/event/ncpa-centrestage-theatre-festival
Man on Wire
The screening of the 2008 Oscar-winning British documentary film Man on Wire, directed by James Marsh, is being hosted by the film collective Vikalp. It all started in France with a magazine feature on a New York construction whose twin towers would dwarf the Eiffel Tower. The teenage Philippe Petit dreamed right then of walking on a wire between what would become the two towers of the World Trade Center. In 1974, he actually did it. 1 hour, 34 minutes.
Man on Wire: The documentary will be screened at Smriti-Nandan. By Jean-Louis Blondeau/Polaris
6.30pm. Smriti-Nandan, Nanda-Deep, 15/3, Palace Road, opposite the National Gallery of Modern Art (22258091). Non-members of Smriti-Nandan can make a donation of Rs 49 (or more), though it isn’t mandatory. For details, call 65979732.
Mohiniattam dancer Gopika Varma will present three choreographed works. She will begin with Bhama Garva Bhangam, the first rendition of Sathyabama in the Mohiniattam form. This will be followed by a varnam, a central emotive item, on the story of Ayyappan. The performance will conclude with an exploration of the character of Ahalya, as depicted by Rabindranath Tagore in his poem Ahalyar Prati. The performance is part of Kala Nadam, the annual music and dance festival of the Narthana Academy of Dance and Music.
6.30pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
Baaki Ithihaas—The Other Side of History
Baaki Ithihaas (1965) is playwright Badal Sircar’s ruthless look at the 1960s, of the dreary middle class and its obsessions with owning a home, making a career, accompanied by numbing apathy towards transformational global events. The play has been directed by Prakash Belawadi. Children under 12 years not allowed. 2 hours.
7.30pm (also 3.30pm on 19 November). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 100 on 18 November and Rs 150 on 19 November, available at www.indianstage.in.For details, call 9986863615.
Till 3 December
An exhibition of copper relief pieces by S.G. Vasudev. Vasudev’s art predominantly remains influenced by folk tales and literature, with a strong presence of female faces. His works are priced between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 17.5 lakh.
10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Kynkyny Art, 104, Embassy Square, above Ganjam Jewellers, 148, Infantry Road (40926202, 40926206). For details, visit www.kynkyny.com
Two Nations—A Single Screen
The fifth edition of the Indo-German Film Festival, co-hosted by the Goethe-Institut, the Bavarian state government, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern and the Suchitra Film Society, will bring together a host of films from Germany (with English subtitles) and across India, and organize interactions with film-makers, producers and cinematographers, in addition to workshops.
6pm (inauguration on 18 November. Lavanya Theatre, 14, St John’s Road (25362134). Entry for delegates only. Delegate passes available at Goethe-Institut, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308). For details, visit www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag
Scenes from a Market
Till 25 November
This exhibition of paintings by K.N. Ramachandran embodies the essence of a marketplace. The acrylic-on-canvas paintings have been created from typical bazaar and market scenes in Bangalore, bringing to life some of the most loved, or even forgotten old-style bazaars. 11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, No. 21/11, 1st Main Road, CIT Colony, Mylapore (32533655, 24982515).
Silambattam and Oyilattam
DakshinaChitra is organizing a workshop at its Heritage Museum on the traditional arts of Tamil Nadu, including martial arts and the folk forms Oyilattam and Silambattam, that represent the rich cultural past of the state. The workshop is designed for children in the 10-15 age group. Registration for the event is compulsory.
10am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24918943). Registration fee, Rs 500 per person. For details, visit www.dakshinachitra.net
Swing and Blues Meet at the Crossroads
Musee Musicals brings the first jazz and blues festival to Chennai featuring Incarcerated, The Blues Band with Melvin M. Ranjan, Mang Kipgen, Tony Bastien and Prasanna. The evening will feature a repertoire of classical blues and a few renditions of the best from legends such as Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson. The musical extravaganza is programmed and presented by Madhav Chari, a renowned Indian jazz musician, who will also perform solo jazz piano numbers.
6.45-10pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. For passes and details, contact Musee Musical (28522780, 42310326) or email email@example.com.
Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers and Prakrit Arts, in association with Ishvatham, Kolkata, will present an exhibition of paintings inspired by the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia. Some of the artists on display will be George Martin P.J., Bonoy Varghese, Swaroop Mukherjee and Alok Bai.
Angkor Wat: At Prakrit Arts.
11am-7pm. Prakrit Arts gallery, 102, Greenways Road Extension, RA Puram (42188989).
By Nandini Reddy
Polska Love Serenade
Max and Anna, driving through Poland in a clapped-out Volkswagen, end up at a burlesque Polish Christmas party in the very house that Max intends to reclaim. Using a mix of hospitality, endearing craftiness and a large dose of vodka, the Polish hosts manage to ensure that everyone gets along splendidly, despite considerable prejudices on both sides. Director: Monika Anna Wojtyllo. German, with English subtitles. 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Watch: Polska Love Serenade.
6pm. LaMakaan, lane adjacent to C-Bay, opposite GVK One, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills.
Goan food festival
Till 20 November
From the all-time favourite vindaloo to chicken peri peri, fish recheado, pork sorpotel, cabbage foogath, bebinca and other delicacies, savour authentic Goan cuisine. The menu also features Goa’s special sweet, dodol.
Noon-3pm and 7pm-11pm. Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Hyderabad Mindspace, Mindspace IT Park, Madhapur (67676767, 67676888, 8008302160 and 8008302201). Prices, Rs 1,050, plus taxes (lunch), Rs 1,150, plus taxes (dinner), Rs 1,750, plus taxes (Sunday brunch), and Rs 600, plus taxes (children).
Uttarayan Bengali Theatre Festival
Uttarayan will present a two-day festival featuring plays by Kolkata’s Sayak theatre. The plays are ‘Pinki Buli’ (Saturday) and ‘Gnan Brikhsher Fol’ (Sunday).
7pm. Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad (23231245). Tickets for the two days, Rs 150 and Rs 300, available at the venue.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Till 30 November
The Idiyas gallery presents Rhetorical Realms, featuring paintings by artists such as Prakash Karmakar, Suhas Roy, Bratin Khan, Sibsaday Chaudhuri, Basudeb Pal Majumdar, Sambhu Saha, Ram Ratan Das, Subrata Das and Samir Paul. The collection demonstrates creativity and vibrant colours, dealing with a diverse range of forms and mediums. The mediums include oil, acrylic on canvas, watercolour and mixed media on paper.
10.30am-6.30pm (Sundays by appointment). 15, Dover Road (65508418). For details, visit www.idiyasgallery.com
Helmet and Manbhanjan
The theatre group Shohan will present the 104th show of its satirical drama Helmet, written by Rajat Ghosh and directed by Anish Ghosh. It talks about how humanitarian considerations and feelings for others can sometimes be detrimental to
At play: Shohan presents Helmet.
social welfare. The second play, Manbhanjan (A Woman’s Secret), is based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore. The play, directed by Anish Ghosh, revolves around a young bride, Giribala, who is ignored by her husband Gopinath, whose only passion is visiting the theatre to watch plays featuring the actor Labanga. The play deals with the aspirations of a woman in male-dominated, 19th century Bengali society.
Helmet, 3pm, and Manbhanjan, 6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (22234302). Tickets, Rs 30, Rs 40 and Rs 60, available at the venue. For details, call 9830042004.
Being and Nothingness
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Tasveer will present an exhibition of photographs by artist Swapan Nayak. Born in 1965, Nayak began working professionally in 1995. The journey of his life is a story of migration—from a sleepy village to an unrelenting city. He lost his possessions —the unfettered view of the sky, the congregation of birds, acres of green and innocence. The title of the exhibition is taken from Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1943 treatise of the same name.
2-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).
As part of “Germany+India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”, the Cologne-based Minguet Quartet, established in 1988, comprises Ulrich Isfort (violin I), Annette Reisinger (violin II), Aroa Sorin (viola) and Matthias Diener (cello). The ensemble performs classical, romantic and modern music, promoting the latter by premiering numerous 21st century compositions.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398, 24866424).
The Eden Pavilion, ITC, presents the cuisine of Kashmiri Pandits. The traditional dishes that will be featured include delicacies like ‘rogan josh’, ‘kabargah’, and ‘gaad monje’. For the vegetarians, the options include ‘haak’, ‘chamman kaliya’, and ‘dum aIoo’.
7.30-11.45pm. Eden Pavilion ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue. Meal price, Rs 2,200, plus taxes, per person (buffet). For details, call 23454545.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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