Onam Sadya Cookery Workshop
DakshinaChitra presents an Onam sadya (feast) cookery workshop, where you can learn how to make a full course of traditional Kerala food. It will be conducted by Usha M., an expert in traditional and contemporary Keralite cooking. Among the dishes you can learn are adai (pancake), pulli inji (sweet tamarind and ginger curry), lime and mango pickles, inji thairu (ginger and curd mix), pineapple pachadi (pineapple and coconut curry), avial (mixed vegetable dish), varuthu aracha sambar (fried and ground sambar), pal payasam (milk kheer) and gothambe (wheat) payasam.
10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841777779). Fees, Rs600, inclusive of conveyance to and from DakshinaChitra. Pick-up point—Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar. Prior registration is compulsory.
BBQ and Molotov Cocktail
11, 18 and 25 August
Head to Aqua at The Park on these days for a special barbeque-by-the-poolside dinner buffet. To make your meal extra special, city-based singer Arjun Thomas and his band of veteran rockers, Molotov Cocktail, will belt out some of their best numbers.
8.30pm onwards. Aqua, The Park, 601, Nungambakkam (42144000). Charges, Rs1,300 (plus taxes) per person.
Get a taste of Indo-French culture and music with this concert by classical guitarist Shyamanth Behal and French flautist Yohann Egret. The Summer Duo, formed in 2008, is a collaboration between the two artistes, who share a love for classical music.
7.30pm. Free Mason’s Hall, 87, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore (28279803/1477).
As part of an ongoing Korean Film Festival, the South Indian Film Chamber Theatre presents Haeundae (Tsunami/Tidal Wave), a film directed by Yoon Je-Kyoon. This 2009 film, pegged as South Korea’s first film on a disaster, has been nominated for several awards for its dramatic screenplay and gripping story.
6.30pm. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 605, opposite Thousand Lights, Anna Salai (28291507/28172437).
Till 18 August
Artists Aneesh K.R., Aparajithan A.L., Laxman Aelay, Pradeep Puthoor, Ritesh Mehsram, Selvam M., Suriyamoorthy M. and Vishwajyoti Mohrhoff have come together to exhibit their latest work. Using the themes that inspire them, the artists have tried to use different kinds of paint on paper.
10.30am-7pm. The Faraway Tree Gallery, 7, Rutland Gate, 6th Street, Nungambakkam (9840254518).
By Karuna Amarnath
Organic Ginger/Natti Sunti
Smitha Cariappa’s show is inspired by Victoria Gowramma: The Lost Princess of Coorg, a book by C.P. Belliappa that recounts the story of Chikka Veerarajendra, the last king of the erstwhile kingdom of Kodagu, who was forced into exile in 1834 by the British. Cariappa also spent time online to conduct further research on the royal family of Coorg. Incorporating herself as a performer in the show, the artist will seek to examine issues of ethnic origins, a colonial past, and cultural identity.
6.30pm. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).
The Yana Lewis Dance Company will perform 11 pieces in styles ranging from classical ballet and Broadway jazz to modern contemporary movement. The show begins with Sun Dance Ceremony, which melds the aesthetics of yoga and classical ballet. Other pieces in the production include a solo from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, an excerpt from Coppélia, based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Der Sandmann, and an excerpt from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They will then present jazz-based Broadway sequences—Peggy Lee’s Fever, The Jellicle Ball from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats and Shock Value, a pure jazz abstract piece.
6.30pm. St John’s auditorium, John Nagar, opposite BDA Complex, Koramangala (22065070). Tickets, Rs300, available online at www.indianstage.in
Shouf Shouf Habibi!
Writer-director Albert ter Heerdt’s 2004 Dutch comedy, starring Mimoun Oaïssa and Salah Eddine, is based on the lives of second-generation immigrants. Abdullah “Ap” Bentarek is grateful that his father moved to Holland, unlike his Uncle Yusuf, who chose to stay in their ancestral Moroccan village. Ap is caught between trying to land a decent job at a bank and robbing it with his new-found bum friends, giving the film a large dose of slapstick. Meanwhile Ap’s sister insists on staying a spinster, while his younger brother passes off school complaints as compliments (the father never picked up the Dutch language). 1 hour 29 minutes.
6.15pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, 1st Stage, Indiranagar (25205308).
This Israeli singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist juggles a trombone in one hand as she plays the piano with the other (she had to develop a special stand to hold the trombone to do this). She sings in a style that’s evocative of Tori Amos, but occasionally adds mouth clicks to display her beat-boxing flair.
8pm. Opus 4, 1st Main, off Palace Cross Road, Chakravarthy Layout (23442580). For details, call the venue.
The play explores the plight of the elderly in modern society. An elderly lady turns up at Payel’s doorstep. The lonely Payel starts chatting with her, albeit with suspicion. The turn of events culminates in meditations on the travails of ageing, and the delusions of invulnerability that the young harbour. The Bengali play has been directed by Sumanto Gangopadhay and is performed by members of Kolkata’s Nandikar theatre group. 1 hour 35 minutes.
7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets, Rs150, Rs200 and Rs500.
Based on Ingvar Ambjørnsen’s cult Norwegian novel (made into an Oscar-nominated film in 2002), this is a tale of hard-won belonging and trust between two very unlikely men in their 40s, forced to face a strange and threatening world together. Directed by Sharanya Ramprakash, the cast includes Anshuman Bora, Deepanjan Dey, Nidhi Pant, Akhil Iyer and Nakul Krishna. 2 hours 10 minutes.
7.30pm (also 3.30pm on Saturday). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs150.
With Mastakabhisheka Rehearsal, writer H.S. Shivaprakash departs from his usual playwriting style to examine the very nature of theatre and performance. Adopting a theatrical device that lays emphasis on “play”, as in the act of frolicking, the play attempts to pass commentary on the clash of cultural shibboleths and contemporary practices.
Mastakabhisheka Rehearsal locates narrative within narrative to present its thesis of the interplay between history and mythology, technology and ancient practices. The play has been directed by Suresh Anagalli, and is performed by Aneka, Bangalore. 1 hour 30 minutes.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara. Tickets, Rs70.
Chandni Chowk walk
Intach Delhi will conduct a heritage walk through old Delhi. It will cover the Jain temple, the Sunehri Masjid and Paranthewali Gali, among other places.
8-10am. To register, contact Intach Delhi at 24632267 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration charges, Rs50; on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The Carnatic Music Scene
The speakers at this talk are Stephen P. Hughes, lecturer in anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and T.K. Venkatasubramanian, music historian and
author. Hughes will speak about the early gramophone recordings, while Venkatasubramanian will talk about the evolution of the concert format and the contributions of trailblazers during the 20th century.
6.30pm. Annexe Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
An ensemble piece, Inhabited Geometry, choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy, aims to define the idea of home. Using Bharatanatyam as a medium, the dancers explore the idea of “site”, both cultural as well as architectural. Raikhy dances along with Anusha Lall, Swati Mohan, Manju Sharma, Rajat Bakshi and Sanjay Singh Rana.
8pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Entry by invitation only.
Run for your Wife
The play, adapted from Ray Cooney’s acclaimed comedy, is the story of a Delhi tourist car operator who has two wives. After three years of happy and hectic bigamy, things take a turn for the worse when the protagonist lands up in hospital.
7.30pm. Epicentre Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs150-350, available at the venue or at www.bookmyshow.com
Gadhe ki Baraat
Adapted from Haribhai Wadgaonkar’s Marathi play, this satire revolves around a pronouncement from king Satyadharm Verma—a promise to give his daughter’s hand in marriage to anyone who can build a bridge from the palace to the Kumhar Wara neighbourhood in one night. A donkey takes up the challenge, setting off an interesting string of questions: Will he be able to complete the task? Will the king renege on his promise? And will the princess marry an ass?
7.15pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. Tickets, Rs100-350, available at the venue.
This adaptation of Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) follows a casanova on a multi-city rendezvous with old lovers in hotel rooms. Mukul Chadda plays the nameless protagonist, a Kanpur-bred Londoner on a guilt-fuelled trip to repay his karmic debts before he finally gets hitched. Directed by Nadir Khan, the play has its share of coy, flirtatious or domineering women. Shivani Tanksale is the demure Ritu from Kanpur, a mother of two, who has never quite recovered from being unceremoniously dumped. Juhi Pande plays the Delhi sexpot Natasha who tantalizes the groom-to-be with memories of past adventures. Radhika Mita plays the Bengali dominatrix Arunima, who had an extra-marital affair with the protagonist. 1 hour 40 minutes.
6pm and 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle—West (26149546). For ticket prices, call the venue.
The Caine Mutiny Court Martial
If the taut court battle prosecuting lieutenant Stephen Maryk forinsubordination on the Naval destroyer USS Caine doesn’t grab you, the sight of 11 Motley men looking spiffy in their Navy whites just might.
Directed by Naseeruddin Shah, this play follows the trial of Maryk (Shashankk Khaitan), summoned before the military court to justify his seizing control of the ship during a typhoon in World War II, placing Captain Queeg (Ankur Vikal) on the sick list. Maryk’s attorney, lieutenant Barney Greenwald (Kenny Desai), seeks his client’s acquittal, casting aspersions on Queeg’s mental stability. It may be ambitious to think that sailor jargon and a whole 120 minutes of courtroom drama can engage an audience accustomed to slicker, more contemporary work. But the Motley production plays up the battle of wits to good effect.
9pm. Prithvi Theatre. For details and ticket prices, call the venue at 26149546.
Zero Dial by J Dey
Veteran crime reporter J. Dey releases his second book, the fast-paced Zero Dial: The Chase for India’s Most Wanted Terrorist. The book explores the highly secretive world of khabris, or informers, including the impoverished, hard-working Ahmed and the wealthy, opportunistic Rahim. The stories of the informers are framed by the ongoing police investigation into the whereabouts of Riyaz Bhatkal, the founder of the terrorist group Indian Mujahideen, who is wanted for setting off bomb blasts across the country.
Dey has previously authored Khallas, a glossary of crime in Mumbai.
7pm. Crossword, Mohammed Bhai Mansion, NSP Marg, Kemps Corner (23842001).
An assortment of grilled dishes will be available at the West View. The hotel’s chefs insist theirs is a healthier way to cook meats. The resultant food is flavoursome and low in calories. The different rubs and marinades are prepared in the traditional way, in a mortar and pestle. The spread includes New Orleans chimichurri, Mexican salsa verde, Carribean jerk spice, Oriental wasabi rub, American cajun spice, Spanish harissa, and a lot more.
7.30-11.45pm. West View, ITC Sonar (Sonar Bangla), JBS Haldane Avenue (23454545). Prices, for an a la carte vegetarian meal, Rs1,750; and for non-vegetarian meals, Rs2,500-2,750 (approx., plus taxes) per person.
Till 28 August
Aakriti Art Gallery is presenting an exhibition of paintings by the Mumbai-based P.R. Narvekar. All the
paintings on show are figurative, based on the human form. Narvekar believes an artist’s role goes beyond just portraying the here and now, to acting as a bridge between national and international ideals of beauty, transforming the local into global. This is what great artists such as Matisse and Modigliani, Abanindranath Tagore and Jamini Roy, did.
Noon-7pm, Sundays closed. Aakriti Art Gallery, First floor, Orbit Enclave, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi, Hungerford Street (22893027/5041).
The Quest for the Holy Toy
Stefan Barniche generally defines his work as “polymorphous, slippery, obsessional, doubtful, and unstable”. His latest exhibition captures the disorder in the world, the flaws, categories and arrangements of all genres, the uninterrupted flux of exchange, information and goods around the globe.
2-7pm, Sunday closed. Akar Prakar, P-238, Hindustan Park (24642617).
The Calcutta School of Music is celebrating the monsoon with a classical evening of vocal and dance performances. Vocalist Mitali Banerjee Bhoumik, disciple of Dalia Rahut of the Banaras gharana, will present different kinds of Raga Malhar, such as Gour Malhar and Desh Malhar, and Kajri with Arobindo Bhattarjee on the tabla. This will be followed by two dance performances—Bharatnatyam by Jita Roy Chowdhury, and Kathak by Keya Chanda.
6.30pm. Calcutta School of Music, 6b, Sunny Park (24615375).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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