The Mint Planner, 30 January 2015

From music and movies to dance and drama, there’s plenty to do or experience over the coming week


Nathalie Marin and Serge Lopez will perform in Chennai.
Nathalie Marin and Serge Lopez will perform in Chennai.

Delhi

Around town

Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival

30 January-1 February

Burry Man will be on display at the IGNCA
This edition of the Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival will include sessions on epics, folk tales and anecdotes from the animal kingdom. Stories will be told in traditional Indian styles, including the villupattu of Tamil Nadu, baithak ni bhavai of Gujarat and the khongjom parva ballad-singing style from Manipur. International artistes such as Britain’s Emily Parish and Hungary’s Daniel Hall will perform alongside Indian storytellers.

4-8pm. Amphitheatre, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, CV Mess, Janpath (23383590).

On Mourning

30 January

The Khoj International Artists’ Association will present a performance which will see a professional mourner in conversation with a young person interested in learning oppari, the ancient singing tradition of expressing grief during funerary rituals. The show is designed as a pedagogic interaction, in which the professional shares, recounts and performs in response to the question of whether mourning can ever take form as a productive practice.

6-8pm. Khoj International Artists’ Association, S-17, Khirki Extension (65655873).

Art

Surendran Nair

Till 30 July

The Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is exhibiting around 185 works of Vadodara-based artist Surendran Nair, from the 1970s to the 1990s. The works, including drawings, prints and watercolours, trace Nair’s journey from his early years as a student at the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, and then at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Vadodara, Gujarat.

10.30am-6.30pm (Mondays closed). Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Plot 3A, Sector 126, Noida (49160000).

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Around town

Folk Archive

1-27 February

Artists Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane have selected more than 280 works, including drawings, paintings, films and handcrafted objects, which provide a snapshot of contemporary folk art in the UK. Some of the works have been created by prisoners, teenagers and villagers.

10am-7pm (closed on public holidays). Mati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, CV Mess, Janpath (23383590).

By Arunima Mazumdar

Bengaluru

Theatre

Stalowa Wola

30 January-1 February

Directed by Vivek Madan, Stalowa Wola is based on a play of the same name by German author Christopher Kloeble. The play is about Karl, a middle-aged man living in Germany. Karl has been unfaithful to his wife and, just when he’s ready to come clean, she dies. Guilty and heartbroken, he drives off. En route, he encounters a host of colourful characters, including a cantankerous farmer, a shifty-eyed petrol pump attendant, and a girl with an affinity for chess.

1 hour, 10 minutes.

8pm; 3pm/6.30pm (Sunday). Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Whitefield (41242879). Tickets, Rs.300, available on in.bookmyshow.com

Free Outgoing

30 January-1 February

Written by Anupama Chandrasekhar and directed by Mahesh Dattani, Free Outgoing is a play set in a gated community in Chennai where hard-working Malini has carefully charted her school-going children’s academic future. Soon, however, it all comes apart. The family becomes the centre of a media siege and public outrage, disrupting the community’s middle-class aspirations and daily water supply. As a youthful act turns into public fodder, friendships dissolve and family equations change. 1 hour, 40 minutes.

7.30pm; 3.30pm/7.30pm (Saturday and Sunday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase (26592777). Tickets, Rs.300, available on in.bookmyshow.com

Photography

Perfect Imperfections

1-28 February

To understand the various patterns around us, man-made or natural, photographer Vivek Mathew went on a journey, from Bheemeshwari in Karnataka, Delhi and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and China. The end result is a series of 26 photographs that, according to him, show how beautiful and perfect this world is.

11am-11pm. Art of Delight, 44/1, Residency Road. Prices, Rs.10,000-20,000.
For details, call 9739506907.

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Dance

Anamika

5 February

‘Anamika’, which combines theatre and three classical dances—Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi—explores the characters of three women whose lives were touched by the Hindu god Krishna. Preethi Bharadwaj, Pooja Pant, Ashiqa Salvan and Meghna Das come together in this performance, which is about a modern woman’s search for the meaning of life, and her perception of Krishna.

7pm. Alliance Française, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar (41231345). Tickets, Rs.200, available on www.indianstage.in

By Priyadarshini Nandy

Chennai

Art

Lines Of Heritage

31 January-10 February

Priya Natarajan will present pen and ink sketches of more than 50 temples and monuments to showcase India’s rich heritage. There are sketches of the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai,
Brihadeeswara Temple in Thanjavur, Shree Jagannath Temple and Konark Sun Temple in Odisha, Goa’s churches, and the Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra.

11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vinnyasa Premier Art Galery, CIT Colony, Mylapore (32533655). Prices, Rs.5,000 onwards. For details, visit www.vinnyasapremierartgalery.com

Theatre

Pacotille

2 February

Directed by Aude Maréchal, Pacotille is a musical and poetic play about a man whose life changes after he finds a box that gives him everything his heart desires.

3pm/6.30pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803). Passes, available at the Alliance Française reception.

Music

From Classical Music To Flamenco

3 February

Alliance Française will present a concert by the Duo Flamenco group—Serge Lopez on guitar and Nathalie Marin on vocals. The duo will showcase rich tones in the sensual music of Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Jules Massenet. Lopez will also perform compositions from his own repertoire, inspired by jazz and flamenco.

7pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium. Passes, available at Alliance
Française reception.

By Nandini Reddy

Mumbai

Around town

Pt Durgalal Festival

30 January-1 February

Shashadhar Acharya will present a Seraikella Chhau performance in Mumbai
For 25 years, Kathak danseuse Uma Dogra has been organizing the Pt Durgalal Festival, in association with the Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts. Apart from a performance by Dogra and her troupe, this year will see a Seraikella Chhau performance by Shashadhar Acharya, Mohiniattam by Gopika Varma, Manganiyar folk music by Mame Khan and troupe, and Bharatanatyam by Janaki Rangarajan.

6.45pm. Pranganga Amphitheatre, Bhavan’s College, Andheri (West). For details, call 28779554.

Art

A Journey Of Secrets

Till 14 February

Samanta Batra Mehta’s solo exhibition includes prints, photographs and installations. The New York-based artist’s work draws inspiration from her childhood, family history and parenthood.

11am-6pm (Sundays closed). Sakshi Gallery, Synergy Art Foundation, 6/19, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (66103424). Prices, Rs.90,000 to Rs.4 lakh.

Theatre

Side-Effects

5 February

A classic play by American film-maker-playwright Woody Allen, Side-Effects has been adapted for the Indian stage by actor Saleem Shah. The play is characteristic of Allen’s style and draws from his love life and understanding of women’s psychology. 1 hour, 20 minutes.

7.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs.300, Rs.350 and Rs.400, available on in.bookmyshow.com

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Music

Nishat Khan Concert

1 February

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and Saroj Jhaveri Foundation will present a solo sitar recital by Nishat Khan. The artiste belongs to the Etawah-Imdadkhani ‘gharana’—he received his tutelage from his father, Imrat Khan, and engages in genres as diverse as Western classical, jazz and flamenco.

6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs.200 and Rs.300, available on in.bookmyshow.com

By Shinibali Mitra Saigal

Kolkata

Music

A Musical Double Delight

31 January

This show will feature a performance by flautist and composer Dávid Simon and pianist and soloist János Palojtay. Their performance will be followed by a digital concert, featuring Germany-based orchestra Berliner Philharmoniker’s conductor Simon Rattle and pianist Yevgeny Kissin.

6pm. Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road, Ballygunge (24866398).

Around town

39th International Kolkata Book Fair

Till 8 February

The Kolkata Book Fair also has cultural performances
The UK is the theme country at this year’s book fair, which has around 750 stalls from countries such as the US, Japan, Germany, France, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam and Turkey. Book releases, cultural programmes and seminars are also being organized.

Noon-8pm. Milan Mela Ground, EM Bypass, Dhapa (65004588/23604566). For the schedule, visit www.kolkatabookfair.net

Film

Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)

30 January

Directed by Wim Wenders, this 1977 film is about Jonathan, who lives in Hamburg and makes picture frames. Once a restorer of photographs, Jonathan has leukaemia and knows his end is near. Tom, an American art dealer, asks him to commit a murder in Paris—Jonathan agrees. The German film will be shown with English subtitles. 2 hours, 3 minutes.

6.30pm. Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Ballygunge.

By Indranil Bhoumik

Hyderabad

Dance

Rhythms And Melodies

31 January

Danseuse Prateeksha Kashi and her team of 16 dancers will present four dance forms—Kuchipudi, Mohiniattam, Yakshagana and Kathak.

7pm. Amphitheatre, Shilparamam, Madhapur. For details, call 66335533.

Music

Splendor Of Masters

30 January

In a display of fusion music, the father-son duo of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma and Rahul Sharma will mix santoor notes with the percussion beats of Thetakudi Harihara Vinayakram.

7.15pm. Shilpakala Vedika, Hitech City Main Road, Jubilee Enclave, Hitech City (23112704). Tickets, Rs.250, Rs.400, Rs.600 and Rs.800, available on in.bookmyshow.com

By Yogendra Kalavalapalli

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