Outlandish is a Danish outfit, but if you expect the band to look like Vikings, you’re in for a surprise. The band is defined by its conspicuous multiculturalism. The names of the members—Isam Bachiri, Lenny Martinez and Waqas Ali Qadri—are decidedly non-Nordic and their music is hard to define, combining hip hop with R&B, West Asian rhythms and instrumentation, and even the occasional Punjabi phrase.
But judging by the massive response that their take on the Khaled hit Aicha generated around the world when it was released in 2002, it’s clear that no matter what you decide to call it, Outlandish’s music is irresistible. The band will be here to promote its new album, Sound of a Rebel, and has a tri-city tour lined up as part of VH1’s Handpicked show.
Hard Rock Café, M-110, multiplex building, first floor, DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (47158888). Call venue for cover charges and timing.
The ultimate Delhi grunge band gets unplugged as part of its My Life single extended tour. Cover charges apply.
9pm. Attitude, Supermart I, Phase 5, Gurgaon (0124-4077788).
All boys’ club: From director Percival Billimoria’s play Sunshine Boys.
Directed by Percival Billimoria. Adapted from Neil Simon’s script by Percival Billimoria. Cast: Percival Billimoria, Sanjeev Johri, Pranav Thakur, Chandani Mehra and Supriya Shukla.
This adaptation of Sunshine Boys centres around Fali Daruvala, a bitter old man who attempts to revive his career as a comedian after he was deserted by his partner 11 years ago.
7pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Tickets, Rs250-500, available at Bahrisons, Khan Market (24694855).
Driving Miss Daisy
The Habitat film club is screening a series of films on the civil rights movement in America, in collaboration with the American Center. Among them is Driving Miss Daisy, directed by Bruce Beresford.
Beresford and writer Alfred Uhry have produced a polished adaptation of the latter’s play, but it’s the sharp performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy which save it from being overwhelmed by hazy filters and a surfeit of gleaming low-angle shots of period cars.
Tandy plays a spirited Jewish matron who takes on black chauffeur Freeman; and the story, set in Atlanta against the social changes of the American south, charts their relationship over 25 years as they progress from caution to affection. Real events in the city’s history are pinpointed (the bombing of the synagogue in 1958, the 1965 hotel reception in honour of Martin Luther King), with Tandy refusing to acknowledge prejudice, and Freeman all too aware of its consequences.
Far too cosy to serve as an effective social or political metaphor; it’s better to regard it as a solid ensemble piece. 1 hour 39 min.
6.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Film club membership, Rs750 per annum.
Step in Light
From 15 July
Digital images by Sohini Chattopadhyay that use red buckets, running people and crayon self-portraits, among other things, to create a surreal yet poignant world.
11am-7pm, daily. Art Konsult, 23, Hauz Khas Village (26531819).
A People War
Moving images: A photograph by Sagar Shrestha.
From 15 July
A photo exhibition organized in collaboration with the Indian Council of World Affairs, that focuses on how Nepal’s Maoist insurgency (1996-2006) has affected the country’s people. These striking pictures— about 60 in all—are selected from the book A People War, which showcases the work of 80 photographers. According to Kunda Dixit, editor of The Nepali Times, who coordinated the project, 180 images were selected (for the book) from around nearly 2,600 that were submitted. Some were taken by professional photojournalists, others by journalists with no photography training, and even by ordinary citizens. “The criterion was that they (the images) should depict how the war has affected ordinary people,” he said in an email interview.
While many photographs capture young soldiers in various military poses, the more visually moving images involve children and young people. Of these, there is one with two boys peering out of a bombed-out building; a group of protesting blood-smeared students; a little boy running down the street holding a flag; and a young girl with her head buried in her hands, presumably in grief.
11am-7pm, daily. India International Centre, Art Gallery (Annexe), 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Time Out Playlist: Michael Jackson evening
Remember the time you first heard a song by the King of Pop and didn’t stop till you got enough of his music? It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white or brown, this Time Out listening session is open to all.
9.30pm. Olive Bar & Kitchen, Pali Hill, Tourist Hotel, 14, Union Park, Bandra (W) (26058228).
“I am a woman and I live in Iran. I am a photographer and this is the only thing I know how to do.” That’s how Shadi Ghadirian explains her work, which will be showcased in Mumbai this week. Among her pictures is her debut series, Qajar, which portrays her women friends and family dressed in the traditional 19th century Qajar dynasty style against studio backdrops, with an anomaly introduced into the picture: for example, a mountain bike or a can of Pepsi.
Woman power: A picture from Shadi Ghadirian’s debut series Qajar.
Her recent series, Like Everyday, captures women clad in chadors (veils), but with pots, pans and kitchen utensils instead of faces. Be Colorful has images showing women photographed with a camera whose lens is smudged with brown paint. In My Press Photo, she mixes World Press Photo images that she’d browsed through, and in Ctrl+ Alt+Del, she dwells on the sense of inescapable dependence on computers in modern life.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. ICIA House, 22/26, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22048140).
DJ Miss Kelly Marie
The British DJ comes to town with her collection of soul and disco-house that has fans in London and on online radio Stereo Sushi swooning for more. She leans towards soulful house or Latin or Afro-influenced music and likes deep, naked music and raw sounds. “As you play internationally, you tend to pick up on different cultures, so I just keep adding to my style,” she says. “I do play electronica but the music needs to have a melody for me to really feel it.”
Soul style: DJ Kelly Marie.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs500.
In its 19th year, the Raindrops Festival of Indian Classical Dance (organized by Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts) continues its mission of providing a platform to young and upcoming dancers across India. The line-up on Day 1 features performances by Kathak dancer Divya Dikshit, Odissi dancer Namrata Gupta and Bharatanatyam dancer Gauri Bhobe. On Day 2, watch performances by Manipuri dancer Tanushree Das, Kathak proponent Dipti Gokhale, Kuchipudi dancer Prateeksha Kashi and Mohiniattam dancer Miti Desai.
7pm. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research auditorium, Bhavan’s College Campus, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (26237454).
Dastangoi means storytelling. The stories deal with war, romance, adventure and sorcery. This new Motley production comprises two dastans about the exploits of Amir Hamza, the Islamic warrior, against the emperor of sorcerers, Afrasiab.
6 pm and 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). ). Tickets, 1-9pm, daily; call venue for ticket prices.
Austrian beat-box outfit Bauchklang describes itself as a “vocal groove project”, but that definition is pretty inadequate. When the boys start performing their seamless repertoire of reggae, drum and bass, hip hop and electronica, listeners gape at them in astonishment. It seems impossible to imagine that five men can be making all that music—without any instruments at all.
8.30pm. Hard Rock Café, 40, St Mark’s Road (41242222). Call venue for ticket prices.
New Delhi’s five-member rock act, Menwhopause, makes a stopover in the city for a night of original rock, alternative and psychedelic fare.
7pm. Kyra, 2001, KattiMa Centre, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Click here for ticket prices and bookings or call Kyra
The Day I Met the Prince
Directed by Jaimini Pathak. Writer: Kuo Pao Kun. Cast: Nayantara Roy, Suman Sridhar and Kirtanan Kumar. 1 hour 15 min.
Although Pathak’s adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s classic novel The Little Prince is difficult to follow at times, it is nevertheless entertaining. As in Pathak’s last production, Once Upon A… Tiger, there’s a strong message about nature conservation. But there is also room for magic. Ages 4+.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs150.
A performance by Rashmi Ravishankar, student of Anitha Rao, who is the founder of Saraswati Nritya Niketan. She is now training with Bangalore-based Bharatanatyam teachers B. Bhanumathi and Sheela Chandrashekar of the Nrityakala Mandiram.
Rhythmic moves: Rashmi Ravishankar.
Ravishankar will perform pieces from the traditional margam, beginning with a kauthvam—a hymn in praise of a deity, depicting his nature, his weapons and consorts. A kriti, a devotional hymn, will follow, along with other pieces such as the jatiswara, a purely rhythmic sequence, a shabdam, considered to be a warm-up piece; a short rhythmic sequence interposed with snatches of abhinaya (histrionics).
The main piece, the varnam, will weave rhythmic segments and will have histrionic elements. This will be followed by a devaranama, a devotional sequence. The piece will end with a thillana, which is a “euphoric pure dance sequence”.
6pm. Indian Institute of World Culture, BP Wadia Road, Basavanagudi (26678581).
It’s the late 1990s, around the time of the Kargil War, and Gulabi (Umashree) is a midwife fascinated with the movies. She leads an otherwise lonely life (her husband Musa, played by K.G. Krishna Murthy, has deserted her) in an island of fisherfolk near Kundapura, in south-western Karnataka. When Gulabi receives a colour television set and a satellite dish for her services, it’s a matter of celebration—this is a first in the village.
While most women gather at her house to watch TV, a few of them stay away as Gulabi is one of the few Muslims in the area, and others prefer watching from outside her shack.
As tension mounts as a result of the war, the Muslims in the village flee, but Gulabi initially refuses; even as she’s forced on to a boat, the concern about the television set remains.
The show is expected to be followed by a discussion with director Girish Kasarvalli. There will also be a sale of books on Kannada and Indian cinema at discounted rates by BookPort.
10am. Yavanika, Karnataka State Youth Centre, Nrupatunga Road (22243402).
For information, contact Maheshwari S. at ART (41124556) or Art, Resources and Teaching Trust, Casa Andree II, first floor, 8-B1, Andree Road, Shanti Nagar (22114640).
— Compiled by Indranil Bhoumik
Trend and Form
Till 12 July
A group exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures. Arya Chandra Chowdhury, Arimdam Dutta, Asok Mandal and Amal Das use acrylic on canvas, paper and tempera in their paintings. Samir Banerjee uses charcoal on paper, while Bhaskar Lahiri and Satyaki Banerjee use pen and Chinese ink. Artist Shekhar Das works with terracotta, while Shiben Chattopadhyay uses white marble.
4-8 pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, fourth floor, 108, Southern Avenue . For details, call 24666802 or Arimdam Dutta (9432640095).
Classical stance: Rini Aich.
Till 12 July
B&A Ltd presents an exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures by Biswa Basu and Probal C. Baral. While Basu works with aqua ink on paper, Baral uses acrylic.
2-7pm, daily. Chemould Art Gallery, 12/F, Park Street. For more information, call 22298641 or Biswa Basu (9831421446).
A Bharatanatyam performance by Rini Aich, disciple of Padma Shri Guru Kanaka Srinivasan.
6.30-8pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place. Contact 24613145/ 9830244726 for details.
Daaho by Shohan
Bhabatosh Sen, owner of a tobacco factory, discovers that his eldest son Tapu is a tippler and estranged from the family, which he also holds in contempt for living off a fortune made from marketing poison. Tapu’s dipsomania eventually lands him in a nursing home. Sen sets his factory ablaze when Tapu refuses to return home after recovery. The futility of opulence engendered from an unsavoury business becomes clear to him as the father–son relationship breaks. The play examines the issue of social success versus social welfare. Written by Mohit Chattopadhyay; directed by Anish Ghosh.
Family drama: A scene from Daaho.
6.30pm. Tapan Theatre, 37-AB, Sadananda Road, Kalighat, near Rash Behari Crossing. Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60. Available in advance at venue, from 1-7pm. Call 9830042004 for phone bookings.
Annual Inter School Drama Festival
The Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), UK, presents the Annual Inter School Drama Festival. Six finalists from around 15 schools will compete for Rs1 lakh in the presence of chief guest Rudraprasad Sengupta. The winning school will use the funds to promote classroom theatre. Theatreperson Suman Mukhopadhyay and actor Parambrata Chatterjee, along with Bruce Wooding of CSSD, will judge the shows. The broad themes are environment and climate change, social unity, cultural diversity, and literature and the arts. There will also be awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Teacher Coordinator, which will include a summer school course at CSSD in 2010.
5.30-9.30 pm. Kala Mandir, 48, Shakespeare Sarani. For passes, call 9836247773.
Performing Arts as a Profession or Hobby
A talk is being conducted by Gavin Henderson, principal of The Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He will talk about the performing arts and their social benefits.
5pm- 7pm. British Council, L&T Chambers, first floor, 16, Camac Street. Charges, Rs200. For more information, contact Aparna Bhattacharya (22825370).
Value Investing and Behavioural Finance
Oxford bookstore is launching Value Investing and Behavioral Finance: Insights into Indian Stock Market Realities by Parag Parikh, an alumnus of Harvard Business School, and founder chairman of Parag Parikh Financial Advisory Services.
6:30pm. Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street.
Order ‘n’ Enjoy
If you are too busy to go out and eat in Bangalore, you can simply call for Ammi’s Biryani. You get large helpings of biryani, ‘salan’ (spicy brinjal gravy), a ‘meetha’ (’sevian kheer’) and ‘raita’. The rice is the same for any of the variants you order. Take a pick from mutton (Rs110), chicken (Rs95), vegetable (Rs75) and egg (Rs75). The minimum order for delivery depends on the distance from the outlet: Rs250 up to 3km, Rs400 up to 6km and Rs600 up to 8km.
Noon-3pm, 7-11 pm, daily. 159, 1st Main, 7th block, Koramangala, Bangalore (25717777). Click here for other outlets. No credit cards accepted. Delivery time: 20-45 min.
The clothes section for children in some of Fabindia’s outlets has a happy addition: a bookshelf featuring several titles for children, with bright colours, evocative images and minimal words. There are interesting and engaging reads for children up to the age of 12. The publishing houses that deal with Indian authors writing for children all feature here, Tara, Young Zubaan and Tulika among them. Fabindia plans to have book-reading and storytelling sessions for children at stores, and also organize activities around hobbies.
Children’s books are currently available at Fabindia’s Delhi outlets in Vasant Kunj, Greater Kailash and Khan Market. Visit www.fabindia.com
It wasn’t the leopard moray eel or the baby shark that attracted young men to the glass walls of Mumbai’s Ocean Restaurant’s aquarium in Santa Cruz’s Hotel Sahara Star. It was the sight of two mermaids gliding through the aquarium waters with graceful pirouettes and tumble-turns. The two mermaids are Veronica Semeyovna, 19, and Valeriya Stickilas, 19, students and synchronized swimmers from Vladivostok, Russia.
The duo will be performing their underwater show at Ocean from Tuesday to Sunday evening every week, till 4 August.
This non-fancy yet iconic tea shop has a lot of creativity in its snack menu and its decor: The walls are lined with tea-chest remnants; the ashtrays are miniature teacups. The tea list at the kitschy counter is phenomenal, and the atmosphere laid-back enough for a leisurely tasting. Their signature-blended teas for gifting, in ethnic packages, range from Rs200-300 a kilo, pure Darjeeling teas are Rs400-10,000 (the higher end represents specialities such as Muscatel, white tea, pearl tea and the coveted Silver Tip.
Dolly’s The Tea Shop, G-68, Dakshinapan, 2, Gariahat Road (S), Kolkata. Call 033-24237838 for details.
— Indranil Bhoumik
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