The Spanish embassy is hosting a performance by Alberto Huetos and his dance company Madrepora Danza. ‘Yo sólo quiero caminar’ (I just want to go on) is about the essential dignity of human beings. 7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Free.
Gopika Varma, a noted mohiniyattam danseuse, married to a direct descendant of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal of Travancore, will present a traditional recital as part of the HCL Concert Series. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663090). Free.
Veritable institutions of the Capital’s cultural scene, the qawwali singers from Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s dargah have been putting on a consistently lively and free-flowing show for countless years now. Their performances this fortnight are part of Spic Macay’s initiative to include more folk and non-classical programmes on their roster. 10am—Sanskriti School, Plot No 34, Dr S. Radhakrishnan Marg, off San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri (26883335). Free. 1.30pm—IP College 31, Shamnath Marg, Delhi University. Free.
Melody masters: Qawwali performers for a Spic Macay event.
Leaf Foundation, a non-governmental organization, presents an exhibition of newspaper clippings put together by street children on the events of 1857. Noon. Poorva Sanskritik Kendra, 14, Laxmi Nagar District Centre, Vikas Marg (42446060). Free.
A play by Sanjay Kaur, it is written by Anuradha Marwah, Sanjay Jumar and Anand Prakash, and stars Gautam Agarwal, Bani and Isha Manchanda. The play unfolds over three episodes, all of them dealing with socially and economically relevant problems in India today. These include child rights, problems of working class lesbian women, and special economic zones. 7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Free.
Children of the River—The Xihus of Assam
Maulee Senapti’s film looks at how humans and fresh water dolphins have coexisted over the centuries, and how that relationship is breaking down in the face of economic pressure and poverty. Shot along the Brahmaputra river, the film captures dolphins in their natural habitat and the modus operandi of the hunters. 6.30pm (English, 29 minutes). IIC Auditorium, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24624044). Free.
It all began with a jute manufacturing business that went kaput. “My father had a warehouse with jute that he couldn’t sell,” says Nai, remembering the mid-1990s. “We were going through very hard times. I just thought that I could use this as my canvas because I couldn’t afford supplies.” What emerged were abstract paintings that suddenly brought the young artist into the spotlight. 10am-6.30pm (Mon-Fri); 11am-4pm (Sat). Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Sujata Bajaj’s recent works are meant to be odes to happiness. She wants the 35 paintings in this show to fill the viewer with ‘positive vibrations’ to counter the negativity that people are exposed to constantly through popular media. Bajaj uses intense colours, heightened contrasts and Sanskrit script to create canvases and works on paper that teem with her characteristic colours and lines. In ‘Eruption’, for example, she covers panels of colour with darkness only to have flashes of orange literally erupt in places. 11am-6.30pm (Mon-Sat). Tao Art Gallery, Sarjan Art Plaza, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli (24918686).
Jaagine Joun To: Narasainyo
Veteran Gujarati actor Utkarsh Mazumdar gives us a potted biography of the life of poet-saint Narsinh Mehta in song at the Prithvi Theatre Festival. Narsinh’s bhajans, love songs and verses are the equivalent of nursery rhymes in many Gujarati households. With his characteristic voice and infectious enthusiasm, Mazumdar couldn’t be better suited for the role. 4.30pm & 8pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Tickets: Rs150.
Aao Sathi Sapna Dekhe
Bollywood lyricist Swanand Kirkire has been waiting a whole decade to direct a Hindi adaptation of the world’s longest-running musical, ‘The Fantasticks’. His wait finally ended when Prithvi Theatre announced musicals as the theme for its festival this year. ‘Aao Sathi Sapna Dekhe’, which is being staged by theatre group Actors’ Cult, transports ‘The Fantasticks’ from small-town America to Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, where 18-year-old Baiju and 16-year-old Gauraiya fall in love, only to find that their relationship was set up. 4.30pm & 8pm. Prithvi Theatre, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Tickets: Rs150.
Although Sikhs have a rich tradition of religious music, there are only a handful of classical singers from the community. Jasmeet Kaur, 33, is the latest addition to a short list that includes such talented vocalists as Surinder and Tejpal Singh, also known as the Singh Bandhu. 8am. Savarkar Kendra Hall, MG Road,Swatantraveer Savarkar Garden, opposite Sun City Talkies, Vile Parle (E) (26115712). Free.
Prix Jeunesse Suitcase
Max Mueller Bhavan will be screening a compilation of international, award-winning children’s cinema that addresses issues related to film and television programming for children. The programme includes films, television shows and documentaries for children from all over the world in both fiction and non-fiction categories. The preschool programmes on 14 November include ‘A Slippery Tale’ (Germany), ‘Going for Water’ (Mongolia) and ‘Puppety’ (the Netherlands) in the fiction section and ‘The Children’s Supershow’ (Norway), ‘Picture This’ (the Netherlands), ‘This is Daniel Cook’ (Canada), ‘Eva’s Winterlaster’ (Sweden), ‘My Family’ (Nepal) and ‘Piece of Cake: Peanut Butter’ (the Netherlands) under the non-fiction category. Documentaries for children will be showcased on 15 November and include the following: ‘Fatma’ (Egypt), ‘Stark! Kevin Hear Me Out’ (Germany), ‘The Domaseller and the Badamwalla’ (Bhutan) and ‘The Other Way’ (Denmark). 5pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22027710). Free. Admission on a first-come-first-served basis.
12 -13 November
Shubha Mudgal has often been identified as a rebel in the world of Hindustani music for her forays into the world of popular music and her resilience in the face of frequent nasty criticism. She has worn that particular badge, which would rattle most classical musicians, with dignity. More importantly, in spite of her stupendous success in popular music, she has kept her identity as a classical vocalist intact. She performs as part of Spic Macay’s Virasat series in the Capital this week. 12 November—10.30am. Daulat Ram College, 4, Patel Marg, Maurice Nagar, Delhi University (27667863). Free. 13 November—10am. Navyug Sr School, Laxmi Bai Nagar (24109545). Free.
Huto ane Huti…Oh Ya!
‘Huto ane Huti’, by Gujarati playwright Chandrakant Shah, who lives in Boston, is a comedy aimed at younger audiences. Four characters play a couple in love, a married couple and a divorced couple. “They celebrate falling in love, marriage, they discover they don’t fit together and celebrate divorce and being single,” said director Manoj Shah. It’s also a mild spoof on ‘saas-bahu’ serials, the archaic Gujarati practice of giving new brides a ‘Sanskarlakshmi’, a code book of marriage rules and the mythology of the Hindu gods of love Kamdev and Rati. Relationships make juicy comedies, according to Shah. “It is a totally notorious activity to break a relationship, make a relationship, create a relationship,” he pointed out. “And it’s been going on for so long, yaar.” 4.30pm & 8pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Tickets: Rs150.