Child Man—the Selfless Narcissist
The Mahabharata Café, an online space for discussions related to ancient texts, will host the release of Child Man—the Selfless Narcissist by Ashok Malhotra. The book seeks to explore the “ambivalent aspect of the human mind” through mythological figures such as Balaram, Duryodhan and Bhim. As a prelude to the release, there will be a short creative performance by members of the Bangalore-based theatre group Rafiki. These include Anish Victor, Sachin Gurjale and Vivek Vijayakumaran.
6.30pm. Crossword, ACR Towers, Ground floor, 32, Residency Road (25582411).
Chaaya and Uruvam
We last saw Hema Bharathy Palani at her 20-minute production ‘Chaaya—Shadow’ in February 2009 at Ranga Shankara, where the lead dancer with the Attakkalari Repertory Company presented a production that dealt with the sensitive and controversial subject of child sex abuse. This fortnight, Palani will present her latest choreographic short production, titled ‘Uruvam—Form’, which explores gender-based notions as identified and marked by the concepts of form. At this show, Palani will also take the audience through the work that went into making ‘Chaaya’—she spent two years researching the subject, meeting victims of child abuse and seeking the counsel of psychiatrists, journalists, photographers, lawyers and dancers to give shape to her ideas.
7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Ripples in Time
Tripura Kashyap has trained in dance forms ranging from Chhau to Bharatanatyam and jazz to contemporary dance. But she is best known for her site-specific work, in which her interpretation of the actual performance space assumes a special vitality. Ripples in Time has two parts. The first, Woman River, is a dance-theatre performance based on a poem by Ujwala Samarth, a Pune-based writer (it will be read by city-based thespian Kirtana Kumar). For 120 Footsteps, the other part, Kashyap will take an object that represents classical dance—a string of bells—and use it as a prop in a contemporary setting.
8.30pm. Bacchus, F&B, 8, Papanna Street, St Mark’s Road (40333888). Cover charge, Rs300.
Maarten Visser Trio
Saxophonist Visser teams up with Holger Jetter on the violin and Suresh Bhaskara on tabla. The trio will perform Visser’s compositions with plenty of improvisation.
7.30pm. AFB Auditorium, Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Based on a short story by Kannada journalist N.A.M. Ismail (he works with the daily Udayavani), this directorial debut by Abhaya Simha is about two children searching for sparrows in the city. The film, made without a star cast, has featured in film festivals from Goa and Kolkata to Los Angeles and Toronto. It was awarded the Best Family Feature Film at the New York Film Video Festival last year.
6.30pm. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari, 2nd Stage (26711785). Tickets, Rs40.
Till Hastreiter’s film from 2004 is set in the German hip hop scene, with DJ Yaneq promising to organize a mega party within 24 hours. On that evening, rapper Saession is left scouring the city for his girlfriend Yesim, whose family wants to send her back to Turkey. Graffiti artist Tarek, meanwhile, is on the lookout for a white train to transform it into art. This screening is part of the monthly Schüler Stammtisch screenings held at the Goethe Institut.
6.15pm. Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
GE in 24 Frames
This is a festival of films on the subject of genetic engineering (hence ‘GE’) in food and farming, hosted by the groups South against Genetic Engineering, Era Organics, Icra, Pristine Organics, Bhoomi Network, Green Foundation and Svaraj, along with the Bangalore Film Society. The films include projects undertaken by the Community Media Trust of Andhra Pradesh, focusing on the experiences of Bt cotton farmers in 2002-03. In the state’s Warangal district, hundreds of cotton farmers committed suicide, driven by a spate of pest attacks and mounting debts.
The documentaries include Why are Warangal Farmers Angry with Cotton?, Bt Cotton in Andhra Pradesh: A Three-Year Fraud, A Disaster in Search of Success: Bt Cotton in Global South and The World according to Monsanto. The festival also includes screenings of Ajay Kanchan’s film Poison on the Platter, Pankaj H. Gupta’s documentary Apna Aloo Bazaar Becha, Deborah Koons Garcia’s The Future of Food and Marianne Kaplan’s Deconstructing Supper: Is Your Food Safe?.
5-9pm. Ashirvad, 30, St Mark’s Road Cross, opposite State Bank of India (25493705). Contact the venue for the full schedule and details.
Till 15 June
This public art installation by Raghu Kondur, an upcoming artist based in Bangalore, is supported by the Robert Bosch Public Art Grant. You can’t miss this gigantic loudspeaker created out of junk at the Koramangala entrance to Forum Mall.
10.30am-10.30pm. Forum Mall, Hosur Main Road. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9845500793.
From the time it first made an appearance (towards the end of the Gupta period, around the fifth century), until it was displaced by the sitar in the middle of the 18th century, the stringed rudra veena was the primary instrument for classical music maestros. Now it is heard rarely. However, the rudra veena and other endangered instruments will be a topic of discussion at the ongoing Parampara Music Festival.
Madhu Murchhana, a non-profit organization that supports classical music, has organized the festival in collaboration with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Cultural Centre.
11.30am. Bhavan’s College Campus, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri-West (26237454)
S*x, M*rality & Cens*rship
Director Sunil Shanbag’s latest work is a compelling drama of ideas on the gagging of artistic expression. A shahir (poet-singer) and a lavanya (dancer) from the Marathi Tamasha tradition work with a historian from Delhi on a project about censorship, studying Vijay Tendulkar’s controversial 1972 play Sakharam Binder, about a brash yet honest Brahmin who has live-in relationships with destitute women. Adults only.
9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs150, available at the box office, 1-9pm, daily, or log on to www.bookmyshow.com
Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami’s films are not only attuned to moral and intellectual human dilemmas, but ask hard questions about cinema’s capacity for telling the truth. The Juliette Binoche-starrer Shirin asks us to experience the emotional highs and lows of a piece of narrative fiction—a theatrical version of a 12th century Persian poem, Shirin.
6.30pm. Prithvi House, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546).
We Homes Chaps
Tibetan film-maker Kesang Tseten’s acclaimed documentary is about his alma mater, Dr Graham’s Homes, in Kalimpong, West Bengal. The Homes, as the students call it, was set up in 1900 by Scottish missionary John Anderson Graham to help underprivileged Anglo-Indian children whose British fathers had abandoned them. Over the years, the school-cum-orphanage took in children from various ethnic backgrounds, including Tibetans, Lepchas and Khasis. The documentary was shot during the school’s centennial celebrations in 2000, when Tseten asked classmates to revisit memories and re-examine their relationship with the school.
6.30pm. Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Centre, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
Till 12 June
A group exhibition of works by New Age Thai artists, this show encompasses the traditional Lana style as well as intricate woodcuts, lithographs, collographs, paper blocks and canvases with acrylic and mixed media.
11am-7pm. Paintbrush and Chisel, F-213, A, Lado Sarai (9811744667).
Michael Learns to Rock
Michael Learns to Rock’ s music is probably a good way to gauge the age of someone you’re afraid to ask. If they know how many minutes late the boy was in Boy I missed your kisses/ all the time, but this is…, you know you’re dealing with someone who grew up in the 1990s (really old people won’t know that the boy is 25 minutes too late). The group’s mawkish ballads and hummable melodies made every teenage girl weak in the knees and deluded every guy with a weak Adam’s apple into believing that he could sing. The Danish boy band, famous for tunes such as Actor, Paint my Love and Sleeping Child, now comprises vocalist and keyboard player Jascha Richter, guitarist Mikkel Lentz and drummer Kåre Wanscher.
9pm. F Bar & Lounge, The Ashok, 50-B, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri (26111066). Entry, Rs1,000.
In the Uttarakhanda (believed to be a later addition to the Valmiki Ramayan), Ram learns from his guptachar (spy), the aptly named Durmukh, that his subjects are critical of his acceptance of Sita after her captivity. So he abandons his pregnant wife and a heroic romance is transformed into tragedy. Over the centuries, many attempts have been made to rework the text, to somehow bring Ram and Sita together. Bhavabhuti’s eighth century Uttararamacharita is foremost among these.
This classic Sanskrit play in seven acts has been translated into Hindi by Satyanarayan Kaviratna and condensed into a three-act production by veteran director Prasanna and the National School of Drama’s Repertory Company.
7pm, 11 June; 3.30pm and 7pm, 12-13 June. Sammukh Auditorium, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwandas Road (23384531). Tickets, Rs30, available at the venue.
European Union Film Festival
Never mind that the European Union can’t speak in one voice on most issues, whether it’s the Greek economic crisis or the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. But it seems to be in agreement at least on the question of cinema. It believes that audiences need to be exposed to the continent’s rich cinematic history and varied film-making styles. This fortnight, Delhi will play host to the 15th edition of the European Union Film Festival, where a total of 23 films will be screened at the India Habitat Centre and Teen Murti Bhavan.
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Teen Murti Bhavan Auditorium, Chanakyapuri (23015026). For the full schedule and details, call the EU Office (24629237).
Founded by guitarist Jagadeesh M.R. and singer/songwriter Madhuri, Chennai-based Moon Arra, a world jazz fusion band, presents a recital of its latest improvisations and compositions, influenced by jazz, funk, pop, rock and Indian classical melodies.
7.30pm. Grand Madras Ballroom, Le Royal Meridien, 1, GST Road, St Thomas Mount (22314343). Entry by invitation only (invites being distributed by Alliance Française de Madras).
Friends of DakshinaChitra, a support group of DakshinaChitra, present a ghazal performance by renowned singer Kuldeep Sagar. Blessed with a melodious voice and impeccable musical skills, his performance includes original compositions based on traditional ragas, as well as symphonies by contemporary poets.
6.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9840215413). Donor pass inclusive of dinner, Rs500, available at the Madras Craft Foundation and DakshinaChitra.
Olliyum Oliyum Entertainment presents a contemporary dance show featuring Shiva, Krishna and lions, performed by three dancers and choreographers—Rukmini Vijayakumar, Suma Mani and Agneeshwar.
6.30pm. The Music Academy, New No. 168, Old No. 306, TTK Road, Alwarpet (9884550197). Tickets, Rs150, Rs200, Rs250 and Rs500, available at the venue.
Arabic Food Festival
Till 12 June
Caramel hosts a mouth-watering dinner buffet of Arabian food, including Shish Tawook, stuffed vine leaves, and a variety of kebabs paired with roti.
7.30pm onwards. Asiana Hotel, 1/238, Semmencherry, Old Mahabalipuram Road (67411000). Charges, Rs750 (plus tax) per head.
Musiques en Scène
Leading up to World Music Day (Fête de la Musqiue) on 21 June, the Alliance Française de Madras, in association with the Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation, is showcasing movies on the lives and performances of musicians. These movies are being screened for the first time in India, courtesy Cultures France, under the French ministry of foreign affairs. The featured musicians include African Blues musician Ali Farka Touré; unconventional female duo Les Nubians, from Bordeaux; Ray Lema, from Kinshasa, also a Ballet du Zaire choreographer and researcher of folklore; Corsican polyphonic band I Muvrini; DJs Gregory Dars and Bob Sinclar, each with a movie to his name; Algerian musician Cheb Mami, “the kid”, who has been performing since the age of 14; Parisian-born, Spanish-origin composer and songwriter Manu Chao; and French folk-rock quartet Louise Attaque. There’s even the documentary ‘Rapattack’, directed by the founder of Label Arsenal, and one on Carla Bruni’s musical success.
6.30pm onwards. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 605, Thousand Lights, Anna Salai (28291507/28172437). For the full schedule and details, call Alliance Française de Madras at 28279803, 28271477, or log on to www.af-madras.org
By Karuna Amarnath
Progress of Non-Abstract Geometry
Till 19 June
Years ago, as an undergraduate student at Kolkata’s Rabindra Bharati University, Ritendra Roy painted a still life with flowers in a vase on a table, as students of art must—but with an unusual variation. The shadows of the flowers and foliage appeared as weighty and as “real” as those in the vase, and somewhat different in character from the original. This mode of representation has remained with Roy. His stay in Santiniketan as a postgraduate student turned him into a landscape painter, which helped him flourish as a cityscape artist in Kolkata. But he never became a descriptive painter, showing the city as it is. Instead, his interest in geometric abstract art, form and composition led to a focus on transmuting images into imagery.
12-7pm, Sunday closed. Aakriti Art Gallery, First floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street) (22893027).
Friday Night Live
This week’s edition of Friday Night Live features Latin band Los Amigos, followed by Abhishek Basu and his world music project Impromptu Symphonic Mind (ISM) at the Big Ben pub.
Los Amigos will set the stage with hip-swinging samba, salsa, mambo and rumba rhythms. Then BBC award-winning percussionist and composer Basu and his band will fuse the sounds of India, Africa and West Asia with jazz, Blues and psychedelic rock, complete with throat singing and beat boxing. Basu’s own instruments alone make quite a sound repertoire: from tabla, pakhawaj and kanjira to the Egyptian darbukka and African djembe.
9.30pm onwards. The Big Ben, Kenilworth Hotel, 1-2, Little Russell Street (22823939/40).
Sam Smala, a gypsy jazz band from France, is brought to Gorky Sadan by the Alliance Française du Bengale to mark 2010 as a year of cultural exchanges between France and Russia. Meaning “family”, Smala includes five performers influenced by global jazz, gypsy jazz and world music. Guitarist Samuel Strouk is also a singer-composer who teaches Manouche jazz. Bassist Guillaume Marin, formally a classical music and sax student, has explored jazz, funk and flamenco with the electric bass. Paris-based drummer Quentin Braine—son of guitarist, saxophonist and singer Alain Braine—is a percussionist playing with different styles from jazz and soul to hip hop, funk, fusion and rock. Mathias Levy, on violin and guitar, has performed over 400 concerts with the Caravan Quartet in Turkey, Cuba and Pakistan, and also composes scores for theatre and cinema. Indonesian-origin singer Serena Fisseau grew up listening to jazz and gospel, and now teaches and lives in France, having launched the group Bahasabé.
6pm. Gorky Sadan, 3, Gorky Terrace, (22830742/43). For passes and details, contact Alliance Française du Bengale, 217, Khaleel Manzil, AJC Bose Road (22815198, 22830769).
Continuing with the run-up to the 150th centenary celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth anniversary, home-grown theatre group Natadha has a new play. Mrinal Eka (Mrinal Alone), based on the short story Strir Patra (The Wife’s Letter), stars the writer of this epistle repudiating her lot in a patriarchal society. Finally, she can leave home and make her own solitary way.
6.30pm. Ramgopal Mancha, P-14, Biplabi Harendranath Ghosh Sarani, opposite Howrah Girls’ College (26415448). Tickets, Rs10 and Rs20. For details, call Natadha (9836419579).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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