Singhasan Khali Hai
A political satire meant to depict the current state of the country. A politician faces unrest both within his party and nationally. 7pm. Poorva Sanskritik Kendra Auditorium (42446060).
Pandit Venkatesh Kumar and Pandit Kishan Maharaj
Vocalist Venkatesh Kumar teams up with tabla maestro Kishan Maharaj as part of the “Music in the Park” concert series being presented by 9X, NDMC and Spic Macay. 6pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri.
Reuben Israel and Nitya Urbana-Vaz
The two singers take part in a performance—‘An Evening of Schubert: Lieder and Piano Pieces’ in collaboration with the Neemrana Music Foundation. Israel and Urbana-Vaz, who is from Delhi, will be accompanied on the piano by Sevtlana Radeshkovich from Russia and Henry Chu from the US. The songs will be in English, enabling audiences to enjoy the poetry of Goethe, Heine, Rueckert and others, set to wonderfully expressive music by Franz Schubert. 6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
The renowned poet, composer and performer from Quebec will perform for the first time in India as part of Francophonie Weeks’ 08, which is an initiative to celebrate the cultural diversity of the French-speaking world. The concert is being presented by the Canadian high commission. 7pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Delhi Bird Group
If your children are nature enthusiasts or if you’d like to introduce them to birdwatching in the city, the Delhi Bird Group is exactly what you’re looking for. This is an interactive e-group that exists to share information about birds in north India. The group is supported by regular field outings in the Delhi area. They have a website and two e-groups—one (Delhibird) to share trip reports and other happenings, and the other (Delhibirdpix) to share pictures of Indian birds. So, sign up as a member and receive information on all their outings. C-1/503, Mayfair Tower, Eros Garden, Faridabad (Call 9810008625 for timings or visit www.delhibird.net).
Recent work by Malavika Rajnarayan. Her watercolours mostly have an illustrative quality, yet her paintings strike that difficult balance between aptitude and playfulness. 11am-7pm. Anant Art Gallery, F-213B, Lado Sarai (41554775).
Lord of Dance: Revanta Sarabhai, grandson of Mrinalini Sarabhai.
Revanta Sarabhai from Ahmedabad, grandson and disciple of Mrinalini Sarabhai, will present ‘Shiva Nataraj: Lord of Dance’, a traditional bharatanatyam piece. 6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Set in the squalid townships of post-apartheid Johannesburg, Gavin Hood’s gritty, Oscar-winning thug drama may take its energetic visual cues from the ‘City of God’ and ‘Amores Perros’, but at the heart of its mean-street brutality is a hopeful humanism. Adapted from a 1980 novel by Athol Fugard, ‘Tsotsi’ follows the moral rehabilitation of the title character (Presely Chweneyagae), a badass with soft, androgynous features, whose three-man posse preys on commuters in the city’s bustling train terminal. One night, after carjacking an affluent woman outside her gated home and leaving her for dead, Tsotsi discovers in the back seat a cooing infant, which he carries off in a bag and begins to nurture as his own. 1 hour 34 min. In major theatres.
Not long after Carlo Collodi wrote ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’, Italian director Giulio Antamoro adapted it into a film that would become one of the biggest commercial successes of its time. ‘Pinocchio’, made in 1911, starred Italian comedian Ferdinand Guillaume, better known as Polidor, in the lead role.
Although the story has spawned several adaptations since (the most recent being ‘Life is Beautiful’ director Roberto Benigni’s ‘Pinocchio’ in 2002), Antamoro’s film stands out because it was made in the pre-sound era. This fortnight, at IIFM, the Italian consulate in Mumbai will present a special screening of this recently restored classic. The silent film will be accompanied by the acclaimed Italian jazz band, the Antonio Zambrini Trio. 7pm. IMax Adlabs, Wadala. A delegate pass costs Rs500. To register, call the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images on 24136571, extn 116. Also see www.iff-mumbai.org
All About Women
Those who believe that the female psyche is a mystery at par with crop circles might do well to watch Hidayat Sami’s ‘All About Women’. Sami himself has benefited from both directing the drama and being the only man among seven women at rehearsals. “I’ve become more patient than I was,” he declared.
‘All About Women’ is made up of five inter-cut stories. Two sisters meet seven years after falling out over a man: They were both in love with him, but one sister eventually married him. A friendship is threatened by a third person. Three ambitious secretaries can’t stop gossiping about a colleague, even at her funeral. A bunch of doddering geriatrics at a retirement home is not above fighting over men. Three kids argue over their Barbies. 1 hour 30 mins. 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road (26149546). Tickets, Rs50.
The Photograph: Painted, Posed and of the Moment
Arles is a city in the south of France with some serious arty connections. This is where Vincent Van Gogh painted some of his most famous paintings, including ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’. Couturier Christian Lacroix is an Arlesian. More relevantly to us this fortnight, the city has since 1969 hosted Recontres d’Arles, a festival celebrating photography from around the world. Last year, one of the 50 exhibitions on display was a selection of work by some of India’s most famous photographers, including Dayanita Singh and Pablo Bartholomew. This fortnight, ‘The Photograph: Painted, Posed and of the Moment’ will show some of the exhibitions that were on display at Arles along with photographs by Henri Cartier Bresson and other photographers from Magnum, the famous photo cooperative started by Bresson. This sprawling show is part of a month-long cultural festival French institutions have organized in the city this year. 11am-6pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, Cowasji Jehangir Hall, Mahatma Gandhi Road, opposite Regal, Colaba (22881969).
Celebrating photography: An exhibit from The Photograph: Painted, Posed and of the Moment.
An Advertisement for Heaven or Hell
Till 14 March
Suhasini Kejriwal deserves a pat on the back for keeping her show compact and not being overwhelmed by the available space. Kejriwal’s ‘An Advertisement for Heaven or Hell’ is divided into three small parts. Each part is a combination of paintings and sculptures, some of which are rather bizarre. The first part of ‘An Advertisement…’ was shown recently at New Delhi’s Nature Morte. The themes of the works and Kejriwal’s techniques are constant, but the new works are more intricate, with greater detail and a fair share of gore. 11am-7pm. Chemould Prescott Road, Queen’s Mansion, Third Floor, Ghanashyam Talwalkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22000212).
Good Bye Lenin!
This film is part of the daylong festival of German cinema, which is being pegged as an “open-air night”. An implacable Communist, Christiane collapses with a heart attack and goes into a coma days before the Berlin wall comes down. When she wakes eight months later, the world has changed beyond recognition, but her son has other ideas. Convinced the shock would be too much for her, he turns back the clock and recreates an East German world at home. A farcical film with deep political undertones. 5.30pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506, extn 292).
Tito Years: Forensics of the Local
From 10 March
He dislikes the word nostalgia, but it may well be the first one that comes to mind when you see the 30 drawings that graphic novelist Sarnath Banerjee is exhibiting in Mumbai this fortnight. In ‘Tito Years: Forensics of the Local’, Banerjee suggests that it’s about time India stopped sighing about the past, be it pre-Vedic or post-Bachchan.
The title of the exhibition refers to Yugoslavian leader Josef Broz Tito, whose close association with Jawaharlal Nehru led to the formation of the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961. The full-length drawings that will hang from the walls of Project 88 this fortnight will evoke people, moments and objects from our collective past. 11am-6.30pm. Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).