This exhibition of graphic prints, put together by artist V. Hariraam, will feature a host of printmakers from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
11am-6pm. Art World, Sarala’s Art Centre, 1/12, 3rd Street, Cenotaph Road, Ganeshpuram, Teynampet (24338691).
Treasure Hunt Car Rally
The Rotary Club of Madras will organize a car rally in aid of its community projects. It will be flagged off at Radisson GRT and end at GRT Resort Temple Bay, Mamallapuram. The last date for registration is 9 April. There will be a briefing for participants outside the Radisson GRT Hotel at 6.30pm on 9 April. Participants will be given a route map and clues to hidden treasure—they can win smaller prizes and then claim the big prize.
9am. Radisson GRT, 531, GST Road, St Thomas Mount (22310101). Entry fees for Rotary Club members, Rs1,000 per car, with four members; for non-members, Rs500 per person.
Art and Craft Camp
This camp will introduce teenagers to activities such as painting, drawing and craft through expert facilitators, who will help hone their skills.
10.30am-1.30pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596). The registration fee of Rs2,500 will include the art and craft material.
Baisakhi Food Festival
Till 25 April
Paprika Café will serve authentic delicacies to herald the Punjabi New Year and celebrate the harvest season. There will be a host of colourful events with the dinner buffets.
7pm onwards. Courtyard by Marriott, 564, Teynampet, Anna Salai (66764000). Charges, Rs845 (plus taxes) per person.
Yves Saint Laurent
French film-maker David Teboul tries to makes sense of the mysterious world of Yves Saint Laurent, the renowned designer, through this series of short documentaries. The first screening is Time Regained (12 April), an interview in which the designer talks of his childhood, adolescence and great moments. While 5 Avenue Marceau (13 April) shows Saint Laurent deep in the creative process, Inside Elle (15 April) and And Elle Created Woman (16 April) were made by Teboul to celebrate 60 years of Elle magazine and its relationship with the world’s best designers.
6.30pm. AFM Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, New No. 24 (Old No. 40), College Road (28271477, 28279803)
By Karuna Amarnath
Das Leben der Anderen
This screening is part of the Goethe-Institut’s Schüler Stammtisch monthly rooftop get-together sessions, which are followed by discussions at Café Max. This multi-award-winning feature (the title translates to The Lives of Others) can be seen as a sort of strong, solid, politically relevant genre piece. A remarkably assured work, it paints an altogether darker picture of life under East Germany’s Communist regime than the almost cosy existence nostalgically evoked by films such as Good Bye Lenin!
6.15pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, 1st Stage, Indira Nagar (25205308).
Beep… Beep… Bang
Sunitha Ramachandra’s new show is based on the character of Hanuman from the Ramayan. In a note about the show, Ramachandra says she found a metaphor in the myth about Hanuman’s tail, which she has related to the contemporary world, specifically in the context of communication networks that “have laid their colourful optical cables bare all over India”. The project is supported by a Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions grant, and the Visual Art Collective.
6.30pm onwards, 9 April; and 10.30am-7.30pm, 10-11 April 1 Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Illusions: The Reality Show
Till 15 April
Right Lines Gallery returns from a hiatus of several months with a solo show of paintings by Kolkata-based artist Mithun Dasgupta. The 29-year-old studied at the Rabindra Bharati University, has won a couple of awards of merit, and shown on only a handful of occasions so far.
10am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Right Lines Art Gallery, 270, 1st Main, Defence Colony, Indira Nagar (25272827).
Nirmischief is an exhibition of caricatures by Nirmish Thaker from
Surat. Thaker, who hails from Kalol in Gujarat, is a cartoonist, poet, columnist (with the Divya Bhaskar newspaper), TV performer, novelist and playwright. His work is featured in various Hindi, English and Gujarati local and national publications, and he has released three collections of his cartoons, titled Caricatures of Gujarati Men of Letters, Nirmishification of Gujarati Gazal Poets and Nirmishize your Brain, as well as an audio CD of his satirical poems, titled Halla Gulla. He is currently working on a project to document “the history of Indian cinema through cartoons”.
In toon:Bade Ghulam Ali and Lata Mangeshkar by Nirmish Thaker.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Indian Institute of Cartoonists, 1, Midford House, MG Road (41758540).
Till 16 April
A new group show at Renaissance Gallerie features the work of a handful of Bangalore-based artists, including Ashok U., Deepti Raghuram, Girish Kulkarni, K. Manohar, Shanti Satyanarayan and Shripad Kulkarni, along with Kolkata-based artists Arun Sammader and Shomi Banerjee, and Prakash Pore from Maharashtra.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Renaissance Gallerie, 104, Westminster, 13, Cunningham Road (22202232). For details, log on to www.renaissancegallery.com
Rafiq Khan and Shafiq Khan
Sitar player Rafique Khan and his twin brother Shafique Khan, accompanied by Rajendra Nakod on tabla, will present an interesting counterpoint at the end of an ongoing 21-day Ram Navami concert series which has showcased 33 Carnatic performances at the Seshadripuram Educational Trust grounds this fortnight. The Khan brothers are the seventh generation in an illustrious family of sitar players from Dharwad, playing in the Gwalior gharana style. They are also the youngest of five brothers—all sitar players. Their father and grandfather were also eminent sitar players. They also occasionally perform with their other siblings as a single unit called the Panch Sitar, or “five sitars”.
6.30pm. Seshadripuram Educational Trust, Seshadripuram (22955350).
The Purnachandra Yakshakala Paristhana, a Bangalore-based Yakshagan troupe, will perform the story of the Hindu god Ram. Yakshagan is a style of dance drama popular in south India which usually depicts a story from the Hindu epics and/or the Puranas. The dance item will portray chapters from the Uttar Khand of the Ramayan, in which Ram expresses sorrow over the loss of his wife Sita, and later settles his “worldly dues before returning to vaikunta, or heaven”.
6pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
10-11 April and 17-18 April
Hemant Babu and Michelle Chawla, owners of Tamarind Tree Farm in Dahanu, Maharashtra, host weekend workshops on agriculture and Warli art for children aged 7-15 (to be accompanied by an adult). Participants will learn to work on a farm, plant vegetables and understand the basic concepts in agriculture, and visit the villages where Warli artists live. Food and accommodation will be provided—workshop participants will be hosted in four cottages on the farm.
Tamarind Tree Farm, Sogve village, Dahanu. For details, call Rachna Toshniwal on 9820030602 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fees, Rs1,500 per day for a parent-child pair, and no extra charges for the second child if he/she is under 3.
Dilip Chitre Tribute
A tribute to trendsetting Marathi writer and film-maker Dilip Chitre, who died in December, is being organized at Prithvi. The programme includes readings from his Marathi and English poems and translations. Also scheduled is an Abhang performance by Neela Bhagvat and performances by musicians from Varkari Sampradaya. A selection of Chitre’s paintings and books will be displayed and his film Godam will be screened.
Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Call the venue for timings and ticket details.
14 April-13 May
The exhibition includes works by upcoming artists such as Ali Akbar Mehta, Buddhadev Mukherjee, Dyuti Mittal and Lee Hayan.
10am-6.30pm, Monday-Friday; 11am-4pm, Saturday. Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Mind the Gap
Five heartbroken strangers—a free spirit from North Carolina, a Tucson accountant, a single father in Vermont, a Manhattanite widower and an Astoria-based singer-songwriter—intersect in this play from writer, director and actor Eric Schaeffer.
7pm. Theosophy Hall, opposite American Center, New Marine Lines, 250Churchgate (22036187).
Nowhere is a Room: A Discussion
The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize programme is presented by Siyahi (a literary consultancy based in Jaipur) and Alliance Française de Delhi. It includes a panel discussion on “Private Spaces in a Writer’s Mind: Creative Imagination and Expression”. The panellists include Rana Dasgupta, essayist, novelist and author of Solo (the regional winner of the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best book); Marié Heese, a children’s author best-known for The Double Crown; Michael Crummey, author of Galore; and graphic novelist and film-maker Sarnath Banerjee.
11am. Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Notes from the Desert: 1999-2010
Till 17 April
In 1999, photographer Gauri Gill travelled to Rajasthan to take pictures of village schools. What she saw there made a deep impression, and her intended one-month photojournalism excursion turned into an 11-year project, which has now culminated in Notes from the Desert. The photographs, mostly black and white, capture scenes from the daily lives of Rajasthani villagers and nomads—from weddings to panchayat elections.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).
Run for your Wife
Dramatech troupe’s play is based on Ray Cooney’s acclaimed comedy which ran for six years in London’s West End. This adaptation features a Delhi tourist car operator with two wives who lands up in hospital and must deal with prying policemen, the press and two irate wives.
7pm. LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23389713). Tickets available on www.bookmyshow.com or at the venue from 2pm on show days.
Unbound Beats of India
The Ranjana Academy of Dance and Utsav Educational and Cultural Society feature several young artistes from India and abroad. The list of performers includes Kathakali performer Shima Mahdavi from Iran and Kathak performer Anna Pattens from Mauritius; Odissi dancers Ashok and Bandita from Bhubaneswar; and Bharatanatyam performer Sushma Ranganathani from Chennai.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Call the venue for details.
Nate Raubenheimer, alias DJ Protoculture, from South Africa is well known for his iconic debut album Refractions, much loved by Psychedelic trance revellers the world over, lauded at festivals such as Glastonbury in the UK, Universo Paralello in Brazil, SOS Festival in Japan and the Earthcore Global Carnival in Australia. He will play titles from his two albums and new tracks.
8pm onwards. Tantra, The Park, 17, Park Street (22499000). Call Tantra for details.
An evening of folk music
The evening begins with folk singers Tarak Khapa and Uttam Das presenting Baul gaan, followed by a screening of Folk Bengal, a documentary on folk instruments by Bappa Sen.
6pm. Vivekananda Hall, Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golpark (24641303). Tickets, Rs10 and Rs20, available at the venue. Children below 5 not allowed.
This cultural fest includes films such as Oru Pennum Randanum, Pathamnilayile Theevandi and Thalappavu. The Malayalam drama Mathilukal, by the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy, promises to be a
highlight. Also featured are folk music, drama, art and books.
Venues and timings vary. For details, call Gopi at 9331973817.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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