Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival
30 January-1 February
4-8pm. Amphitheatre, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, CV Mess, Janpath (23383590).
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).
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).
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
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
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
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.
‘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
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
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.
From Classical Music To Flamenco
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
By Nandini Reddy
Pt Durgalal Festival
30 January-1 February
6.45pm. Pranganga Amphitheatre, Bhavan’s College, Andheri (West). For details, call 28779554.
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.
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
Nishat Khan Concert
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
A Musical Double Delight
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).
39th International Kolkata Book Fair
Till 8 February
Noon-8pm. Milan Mela Ground, EM Bypass, Dhapa (65004588/23604566). For the schedule, visit www.kolkatabookfair.net
Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
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
Rhythms And Melodies
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.
Splendor Of Masters
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