The core of the group consists of Gloria “Goyo” Perea (the lead vocalist), Tostao and Slow. Their music is a mix of traditional rhythms, funk, salsa, reggae and urban hip hop sounds from the US. They were nominated for this year’s Latin Grammy Awards.
Photograph: Jorge Orozco/Diario El Pais
6.30pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, (23388084). (Metro—Mandi House). For details, contact the Embassy of Colombia, 85, Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar (43202100).
A collection of sculptures and installations by Bangalore-based Alwar Balasubramaniam. The works explore the idea that reality can also be imagined by the unseeable and intangible. There are magnetic plates, a human figure cast in rubber and an on-site sculpture, that treat architecture as fluid and pliable.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Talwar Gallery, C-84, Neeti Bagh (46050307).
Home Sweet Home
Till 25 October
Curated by the New York-based Ombretta Agró Andruff, the show addresses the issue of domestic violence in a variety of ways and from different perspectives—through video, animation, drawing, photography, performance and installation.
10am-11pm, daily. Arts.i (Religare), 7, Atmaram Mansion, Level 1, Scindia House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (43727000). (Metro—Rajiv Chowk). For details, visit www.religarearts.com
Remembering the Maestros
A recital by one of the doyennes of the Rampur gharana. The programme is called Remembering the Maestros. Shanno Khurana has been one of the foremost representatives of the Rampur gharana. Her “cerebral” performances and rich repertoire of rare Rampur bandishes have made her a favourite with connoisseurs. She has also authored two books—Khayal Gayaki Mein Vividh Gharane and Rajasthan Ka Lok Sangeet.
4.30pm. School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Mehrauli Road (26742676).
Artistes Unlimited (AU), an independent artistic platform that began in 2003 with 60 members, has now at least 200 members. This vocal ensemble, which is presenting its annual concert, is also a registered charitable trust that earmarks a portion of its proceeds towards different causes.
The opening day of the concert will feature tunes and melodies from the 1950s to the 1970s. Day 2 will revisit the 1980s with covers of songs by the likes of Queen, Madonna, Prince, Toto and others.
The Indian section will feature tunes composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and Madan Mohan, among others. The concluding day of the concert will touch upon contemporary sounds of Black Eyed Peas, Colonial Cousins, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and others.
6.30pm, Days 1 and 3; 7pm, Day 2. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). (Metro—Mandi House). For tickets, call 9810948315.
Anirudha Das, a young Odissi choreographer, wanted to tackle a non-traditional subject. While the music is traditional Odissi in his group production Nirvana, Das has opted for a mix of languages: Hindi, Sanskrit and Oriya, with the dialogues in English to ensure that the message is understood by a wide audience. Nirvana tracks the life of Buddha from his birth to moksha. The 40-minute production will feature 18 artists.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
One way to deal with a new place is to immerse yourself in it, to take part in all that you can and be open to new things. With Donc-So, written by Jean-Yves Picq, a French playwright, Anne Bressanges, actor and director, tries to address this need to open up to a new world. Donc-So is set in a room where three friends are having a conversation when they realize another person is present. Their efforts to involve him in their conversation fail.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (2715000). For details, call 9871780169 or 9600166028.
Till 24 October
Jabir ibn Hayyan, often referred to as Geber by European writers, was an alchemist, engineer, physicist, astrologer and philosopher, among other things. At the Dear Jabir show, instead of wall text, there are post-it notes precariously stuck next to works that strive for an engaging blend of whimsy and philosophy. This is not a trivial exhibition that one can rush through. Each of the works has been devised with a fair degree of thought and a viewer has to give time for the tricks in each artwork to play out.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. The Guild, 02/32, Kamal Mansion, second floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22880116)
Every month, Shamiana screens short films for people with eclectic interests or short attention spans.
The line-up this time includes The Homemaker, in which Archana Iyer pays tribute to her mother; an animated tribute to the 1980s show called Angry Kid; a Michael Jackson tribute called Free Hug Videos; and Way Above Hell, a short film about the rules of Murphy’s Law.
6.30pm. Not Just Jazz by the Bay, Soona Mahal, opposite Ambassador Hotel, Marine Drive (22024013). Entry, Rs100.
Julie & Julia
Journalist-screenwriter-director Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia is an interweaving of the story of Julia Child, whose cookbook taught post-war America about French food, and Julie Powell, who in 2002 found fame blogging about working her way through Child’s cookbook. The film plays out in post-war Paris where Child (played by Meryl Streep) learnt French cooking, and in post-9/11 New York, where Powell (played by Amy Adams) lives. The food isn’t the point here—Julia and Julie are both happily married women in search of something meaningful. Food, for them, isn’t filling: it is fulfilment.
Half Indian, half Welsh and not quite a Hollywood star, Nathan Hanspal (Johnny Deep) serves up generous doses of tech house to keep the festive spirit going. His athletic electronic beats have filled clubs in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Bangkok.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi Industrial Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs500.
Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) follows a casanova on a multi-city tour of anonymous hotel rooms and meetings with old lovers. The nameless protagonist isn’t looking for sex—he’s looking to repay his karmic debts before finally getting hitched. In this Indian adaptation, produced under the banner of Q Theatre Productions, the man’s guilt-fuelled quest for closure smacks of a desi left too long under an American sun. That apart, Akarsh Khurana’s adaptation and Nadir Khan’s direction makes Some Girl(s) a light and enjoyable watch.
9pm. Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road (26149546). For ticket prices, call the venue.
Eminent flautist Nityanand Haldipur will play a compound raga based on Lalit at a morning concert organized by the Bhavan’s Cultural Centre. He will present raga Ahir Lalit, which is a combination of Lalit and Ahir Bhairav.
6.30am. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research auditorium, Bhavan’s College Campus, Munshi Nagar, Dadabhai Nagar Road, Andheri (W) (26237454).
Natalio Faingold and Space Garage
Groove to the beats that bind the South American folk music form cumbia with drum ‘n’ bass as demonstrated by instrumental electronica band Space Garage. The group, led by Argentinean composer-keyboardist Natalio Faingold, will also feature Lichi Sandes on bass, Nico Montecchiari on drums and special guest Jeff Eidemiller on lead guitar.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi Industrial Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs300.
Dance of Stars: Nataraja and the Cosmos
Sharada Srinivasan will perform Dance of Stars: Nataraja and the Cosmos in Hoskote, near Bangalore, while Anusha Emrith, a contemporary dancer from the Toulouse-based dance company K. Danse, will perform at the Space City, Toulouse, France. The performance will also be streamed online.
7pm. Centre for Research and Education in Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Shidlaghatta Road, Hoskote (9844303643). To watch the performance online, visit www.x-reseau.fr/e-toile
Director Manav Kaul’s Park is a layered comedy about three men squabbling over the right to their favourite bench in a public park. But the initially trivial banter about why each one’s claim to the bench is justified quickly escalates into a serious squabble over space and ownership.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
A solo show of drawings and sculptures by Ravi Shah, who studied fine art in Vadodara, sculpture at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore. Shah works with pastels, charcoal and acrylic, apart from wood and linoleum printing.
11am-7pm, daily. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
20 October-1 November
A group of young artists and students from Mysore will work and show their works in the city as part of an initiative co-hosted by the studio gallery Samuha. The students will begin with a workshop at the Government Science College and end with a show both at the college and at Samuha.
The show is expected to include installations, intervention and “interference” projects.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Government Science College, Nrupathunga Road, near KR Circle (22212924). 109, second floor, ADA Rangamandira, JC Road, opposite Ravindra Kalakshetra (41516531). Sundays, by appointment only. For details, call Suresh Kumar (9880282402) or visit www.samuha.in
The Bangalore-based Tandava Dance Ensemble, an all-male dance company, will begin with its signature opening sequence, a pushpamanjari, an invocatory piece that will pay obeisance to gods and goddesses from the Hindu pantheon.
This will be followed by Ragam Thanam Pallavi, based on four heroes from Dhanajaya’s dramatic treatise Dasharoopaka.
It dwells on the qualities of the four kinds of heroes in Indian myth.
6.30pm. Yavanika, YMCA, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).
The Bangalore chapter of the International Dance Alliance will celebrate its sixth annual anniversary with five troupes performing Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi. The celebrations will end with the students taking part in a dance-drama titled Ras-Leela.
6.30pm. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
A Confluence of Streams
An evening of jazz fusion with influences of Indian classical music, featuring Prakash Sontakke on Hawaiian slide guitar and Jagadeesh M.R. on guitar.
7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, Indira Nagar (43419999). For tickets (Rs299), visit www.bookmyshow.com , or call Kyra.
The Wild Tribe Ranch, a theme park in the city, promises to make your Diwali a thrilling experience. With mouth-watering biryani, you can look forward to ‘Silambattam’ performances by local artists, exciting rides and other activities.
10.30am-7.30pm. The Wild Tribe Ranch, Plot Nos. 21 and 22, Phase 3, Singapore Estate, Andarkuppam Village, Ponneri Taluk (9677067706). Tickets, Rs350.
Festival of Festivals
The Alliance Francaise de Madras is screening four movies as part of an ongoing film festival: Etaient Frappes, directed by Marc-Antoine Roudil and Sophie Bruneau, Glenn-Gould, directed by Bruno Monsaingeon, Vers Mathilde, directed by Claire Denis, and Il Fare Politica: Chronique De La Toscane Rouge, directed by Hugues Le Paige.
6.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Madras auditorium, No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Korean Film Festival
The embassy of the Republic of Korea, New Delhi, the consulate general of the Republic of Korea in Chennai, Inko Centre in Chennai and Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation are coming together to organize a four-day festival of Korean films.
Five films will be screened: Memories of Murder, The Host, Love Phobia, Eleventh Mom and Radio Star.
Timings vary. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 606, Anna Salai (9840158956).
Flowers and Dreams
Till 20 October
The Faraway Tree Gallery, in association with Taj Mount Road (Chennai), presents an exhibition of recent works by Keiko Mima and Vahula.
The series depicts Mima’s portrayal of nature. Vahula, on the other hand, pays tribute to the grace and beauty of Indian women.
His paintings are simple and show that beauty need not be very elaborate. Mima has a bachelor’s in fine art from Kyoto Seika University (Japan) and is married to Indian artist Akmal Hussain. Vahula is a self-taught Sri Lankan artist settled in India.
11am-7pm. Taj Mount Road (Brew), No. 2, Club House Road (9840254518).
The Urban Collage
Apparao Galleries presents an exhibition of photographs by Pankaj Agrawal and paintings by Rohit Sharma.
Agrawal works with the elements of Natraj (a dancing Shiva) in a superimposed format, while Sharma creates portraits of urban icons—cows, autorickshaws and vintage cars. Vintage cars, for him, are a reflection of the bygone era.
The form of Nataraj has fascinated Agrawal from childhood as it embraces every rasa (essence) of life.
10.30am-6pm. Apparao Galleries, No. 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd street, Nungambakkam (28332226).
By Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
An exhibition of watercolour and acrylic works by artist Arup Lodh. Rain is the most important element in Lodh’s paintings. Layered with foggy and misty tones, his images of the city capture its many moods. Lodh’s works have won several awards.
3-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue, (9433071958).
Concert by Berta Rojas
Classical guitarist Berta Rojas trained at Baltimore’s prestigious Peabody Conservatory and is a professor at George Washington University, Washington, DC. Rojas, who is from Paraguay, is an artist of high technical ability and plays with effortless ease. She is also committed to supporting South American music.
6.30pm. Satyajit Ray auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, (22823431).
Playwright and director: Ramaprasad Banik. An adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s short story, Potolbabu Filmstar is about a one-time theatre actor, Potolbabu, who is in his 50s and without a regular job. As he struggles with his family responsibilities his love for acting takes a back-seat.
Quite by chance, he is given another opportunity: a role in a movie. His enthusiasm about the possibilities this might bring him is dampened when he realizes that his role is fleeting.
But then is overcome when he remembers what his guru once told him: Every part in an act has the opportunity to enhance and the responsibility to fulfil the larger cause of the production.
6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, 2, Gariahat Road (South), Dhakuria. Tickets, Rs60, Rs40 and Rs20 (9830783356).
Till 22 October
An exhibition of photographs by Anna Fox and Sunil Gupta. The title suggests a facing up to truths.
In most of their works, Gupta and Fox use a very controlled approach to photographing their subjects, directing them specifically to explore and extend their radical ideas, revealing aspects of life that normally remain concealed.
Their work questions past representations and raises new questions and dilemmas concerned with race, gender and identity issues.
2-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road, (24556942).
Till 19 October
The Halo Heritage Art Gallery presents Mind’s Eye, an exhibition of paintings by Anita Roychowdhury, Prabir Sen, Krishnendu Chaki and Subhendu Sarkar.
3-8pm. The Halo Heritage Art Gallery, 26, Ritchie Road, across Maddox Square Park, (9836405408).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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