Bharat Rang Mahotsav
Traversing dimensions: A scene from Chronotopia, which will be performed at Abhimanch on 20 January.
Till 22 January
The festival, which began in 1998, is the National School of Drama’s annual theatre festival, with performances by theatre groups from across the world, in many languages.
Timings and venues vary. Tickets, Rs10, Rs30, Rs50 and Rs100, available at the National School of Drama. For details, call 23383420, 23384531.
Rajarishi Bhagyachandra (Manipuri) ,15 January
Equus (English), 16 January
A Doll’s House (Nepali), 16 January
Black Orchid (Manipuri), 17 January
Hamlet—The Clown Prince (English), 18 January
Little Eyolf (Punjabi and English), 18 January
Aisa Kehte Hain (Hindi), 19 January
Chronotopia, The Last Annal of Alamgir, Karna and Aftermath (English), 20 January
Andha Yug (Hindi), 21 January
A sitar recital by Debi Prasad Chatterjee and a solo tabla performance by Debashish Adhikary, who is a disciple of Ustad Karamatullah Khan of the Farrukhabad gharana.
6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Parliament Street, Connaught Place (23746050).
The band’s “progressive glamfunk” is a hotchpotch of musical influences. The outfit comprises Robin Mathew (vocals), Aveleon Vaz (drums), Adhir Ghosh
(guitar), Steve Peter (bass) and Shiv Ahuja (keyboards).
9.30pm. Ai Jazz Lounge, MGF Metropolitan Mall, second floor, District Centre, Saket (40654567).
China Moses and Raphaël Lemonnier
China Moses, daughter of American soul singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, takes the stage with French pianist Raphaël Lemonnier. The duo is best known for its interpretation of songs by legendary jazz vocalist Dinah Washington.
8pm. Olive Bar and Kitchen, One Style Mile, Mehrauli (29574444). Call the venue for entry details.
The Secular Buddha
A talk on Buddhism in the contemporary world by Buddhist writer and teacher Stephen Batchelor, known for his agnostic and secular approach.
6.30pm. Conference room, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Indian Cuisine and the Geopolitics of Culinary Knowledge
A talk by Zilkia Janer, associate professor of global studies at Hofstra University, US, on understanding and appreciating Indian cuisine from a global perspective.
6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Parliament Street, Connaught Place (23746050).
Chotta-Mem Sahib to Burra Mem
An audio-visual presentation that tells the story of a shy young bride who becomes the most powerful person on a tea estate in north Bengal. Sinia
Dugal has designed and directed the piece while Asha Chopra has written the script and anchored the performance.
7.15pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Bonjour India Festival Kids Weekend
This event includes an exhibition of triptych animal paintings by Sandra Sousa on the lawns (for all ages) and a screening of animation films with subtitles in English (for ages 4-13).
16 January: Le Roi et L’Oiseau (The King and the Mockingbird) by Paul Grimault. 2pm.
Princes et Princesses (Princes and Princesses) by Michel Ocelot. 3.30pm.
Les Triplettes de Belleville(The Triplets of Belleville) by Sylvain Chomet. 5pm.
17 January: Le chien, le général et les oiseaux (The Dog, the General, and the Birds) by Francis Eilsen. 2pm.
Kirikou et La Sorcière(Kirikou and the Sorceress) by Michel Ocelot. 3.30pm.
Chronopolis by Piotr Kamler. 5pm.
ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200). For details, call venue or email email@example.com
Photos for Rato
Till 18 January
An exhibition of photographs by Nicholas Vreeland, a Buddhist monk and member of Rato Dratsang, and the grandson of fashion icon Diana Vreeland.
11am-7pm. India International Centre, Art Gallery (Annexe), 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Light of Asia
In the silent cinema period, orchestras often played music as movies were being screened. Musicians sat in the pit next to the screen and matched their tunes to the visuals. This magical experience will be recreated at this screening of the 1925 silent film Light of Asia, directed by Franz Osten for the Bombay Talkies studio. The music will be played by the group Takshila.
7pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (66223737).
Heritage conservation lecture
Every January, the Urban Design Research Institute holds a conservation-themed public talk to mark the death anniversary of Sandhya Sawant, one of Mumbai’s strongest champions of heritage conservation. This year’s speaker, Debashish Nayak, heritage programme adviser with the Ahmedabad municipal corporation, will discuss the role of the municipality in protecting Ahmedabad’s walled inner city, which dates back to the 15th century.
6.30pm. Goethe Hall, Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda (22027710).
Participants in previous years ran for charity, some ran for the adrenalin rush and some, dressed as Mahatma Gandhi and Krishna, even ran for fame. This year’s edition is likely to be bigger and weirder. Cheer the participants as they sprint their way from Azad Maidan to Bandra.
6am. The marathon kicks off from Azad Maidan. Click here for more details.
Reading Gangsters, Writing Cops
Vikram Chandra, author of the fabulous cops-and-gangster tale Sacred Games, discusses the literary concerns of character and modernity with author and critic Chandrahas Choudhury.
6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third Floor, AK Nayak Marg, Fort (22072974/2975).
The View From Here
Till 29 January
The Beyond Sight Foundation and Kodak India present The View From Here, an exhibition of photographs by the visually impaired. There will also be a screening of the film Seven Blind Filmmakers.
10am-5.30pm. Alliance Française Auditorium, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (22035993).
The Tradition of the New
Till 31 January
A new media show by artists from across Asia. The show features the work of Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian; Japanese paper sculptor Noriko Yamaguchi; Turkish performance artist and photographer Lale Tara; Taiwanese calligrapher and artist Tsai Charwei, photographer Wu Chi-Tsung, sculptor Tu Wei-Cheng and video artist Kuo I-Chen; Indonesian installation artist Jompet Kuswidananto; and Indian installation artist Shilpa Gupta.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, near Regal Cinema, Colaba (66103424).
Computer musician Cyrille Brissot, graffiti artist Marko-93 and dancer Sangeeta Isvaran highlight the struggles of the transgender community. The trio will employ music, video feeds, spoken word and dance to explore gender politics, sexuality and perceptions of femininity and masculinity.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs200.
Bharatanatyam dancer Shibani Ashok, daughter and student of Poornima Ashok, will perform pieces from the traditional margam (performance formats), including a dance to poems on Krishna written by Tamil poet Oothakadu Venkata Subbaier.
6.15pm. Indian Institute of World Culture, BP Wadia Road, Basavanagudi (26678581).
Writer-director Manav Kaul’s Park is a comedy about three men squabbling over the right to their favourite bench in a public park. But their initially trivial banter quickly escalates into a serious squabble over space, territory and ownership. Passing remarks on piddling issues begin to reveal larger, more serious prejudices. Soon the men are seeking to establish their ethnic, religious, linguistic and caste prerogatives.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs150.
With six albums and 13 years of musical experience, this French blues outfit’s music is inspired by the classics and finds its energy in Gospel music. Awek was elected band of the year at the Cognac Blues Passions Festival 2008, where it opened for the legendary BB King.
8.30pm. B-flat, 776, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). Entry by invitation only. For invites, contact Alliance Française de Bangalore.
Virtuelle Mauer/Re-Constructing the Wall
Till 23 January
The artist team of Tamiko Thiel and Teresa Reuter, popularly known as T+T, digitally reconstructed a 1km-long section of the Berlin Wall and its surroundings. The images are projected in life-sized dimensions, “to immerse users visually and ‘kinesthetically’ in the virtual world”.
9am-6.30pm (Sunday closed). Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308).
20 January-7 February
This series by Parisian photographer Olivier Culmann focuses on people watching television.
10am-7pm (Monday-Friday), 10am-5pm (Saturday). Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345).
— By Karuna Amarnath
The embassy of France in India, in association with organizers of the city fest Chennai Sangamam, presents a one-of-a-kind street show—a colourful mix of opera, circus and puppet theatre by French performance collective Compagnie Off. Don’t miss this herd of gigantic red burlesque giraffes sashaying through T Nagar, entertaining crowds.
6pm. Venkatnarayan Road, T Nagar.
Till 19 January
One of the first artists to explore staged photography, Bernard Faucon presents True Fiction, a culmination of the first five series of his works—Les Grandes Vacances (Summer Holidays), Evolution Probable du Temps (The Probable Evolution of Time), Les Chambres d’Amour (Chambers of Love), Les Chambres d’Or (The Golden Chambers) and Les Idoles et Les Sacrifices (Idols and Sacrifices). His is known to be a poetic, metaphysical, highly personal body of work.
10am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226).
On the Ancient Tamil Civilization
Archaeologist T.K.V. Rajan presents Pandaiya Thamizh Nagarigam in Ilankai, an exhibition on the ancient Tamil civilization in Sri Lanka. Documenting relics from before the Chola period, these photographs display the connection between southern India and Sri Lanka in politics, art, dance and more.
11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road, Alwarpet (24353341).
When This Key Sketch Gets Real Tongue Is Fork Hen Is Cock
Till 31 January
As part of the ongoing Madras Art Initiative promoting artists around the city, artist M. Natesh presents his collection of deceptively simple pen and ink line drawings, advertising his strong, daring opinions.
11am-7pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram 2nd Street, Royapettah (45038391).
Airtel and the Chennai-based theatre group, Evam, present the country’s first youth theatre entrepreneurship competition. Having begun in October, it now reaches its final round, where nine teams will compete for the overall Airtel Theatricals Trophy and other prizes.
11am-7pm. Museum Theatre, Egmore (9840222363/9840444916).
— By Indranil Bhoumik
The Rapture of Form
Till 27 February
Idiyas Gallery presents ‘The Rapture of Form’ through soulful paintings that explore spirituality, love, and the depth of human experience, by artists such as Suhas Roy, Prakash Karmakar, Ramananda Bandopadhyay, Aditya Basak, Bratin Khan, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday Chaudhuri, Subrata Pal, Subrata Das, Samir Paul, Sukanta Das and others. The works use abstract shapes and forms, and primary colours. The rich brushwork, strong contrasts, chiaroscuro and play on opacity display technical skill as well as intellectual sophistication.
10.30am-6.30pm (Sundays, by appointment only). Idiyas Gallery, 15, Dover Road, near Taaja Restaurant (9831005003, 65508418). Click here for more details.
The Calcutta Kennel Club, formed in 1906, is one of the oldest in India. This year, its annual dog show has attracted 445 participants from across India. The 148th/149th Championship categories include obedience, best breeds, beauty and more.
10am-5.30pm. Calcutta Kennel Club, Park Street-Mayo Road Crossing. Entry, Rs10; registration fee for participating canines, Rs175 per show. For the schedule and details, call 9830062160.
A Golden Tribute
The British Raj legacy of Anglo-Indian fare is the highlight of the buffet at the Eden Pavilion restaurant. The buffet, which includes the city’s favourite street food, kathi roll, also has prawn cocktail, chicken a la Kiev, railway mutton, multigrain Health Kathi—and more.
12-2.45pm (lunch), 7-11.45pm (dinner). Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue (23454545). Prices, Rs1,800 for two (non-vegetarian buffet) and Rs1,500 for two (vegetarian buffet). Taxes extra.
A musical evening
A violin duet by brothers Ganesh and Kumaresh Rajagopalan will be followed by a Kathak performance by Santosh Kumar.
6pm. Vivekananda Hall, The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Gol Park (24641303). Tickets, Rs10. Children below 5 years not allowed.
This event features young recipients of Union government scholarships. Odissi dancer Srabanti Bhattacharya will perform Aaju Bahate Basanta Pabana, the dance of spring, Tolagi Gopa Danda, depicting the relationship of Radha and Krishna, and Shiv Tandav. Ayan Mukherjee will perform Gaudiya Nritya. Kathak dancer Tanmoyee Chakraborty will perform Ardhanarishwar, an invocation of the god couple Shiv-Parvati; Nritya Baichitra, showing traditional forms of Kathak; Kaliadaman, depicting Krishna’s battle with the cobra Kalia; and tarana in Raga Bhopali.
6pm. Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex, EZCC, IB-201, Salt Lake (23356796).
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