Stree (Tracing 20 years)
This exhibition of paintings by Sajitha G. is curated by Uma Nair and organized by Trinethr Art Gallery. Originally from Kerala, the artist currently has studio space at Garhi and is particularly interested in issues of sexuality and gender. To create her large paintings, she traces herself lying down, then fills the canvas with roots, veins, striated muscles and text to create a symbolic map of womanhood. 11am-7pm. Travancore Palace, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23383275).
Till 10 June
A group show of paintings and sculpture by Manoj Kachangal, Debasish Mishra, Kamal Mitra,TapanDash, Prasanta Kalita, Jenson Anto, Mohan Malviya, Avadhesh Yadav, Arun Kumar Jena, Manish Tagare, Rajib Chowdhury, and others. 11.30am-7.30pm. MEC Art Gallery, 70B First Level Khan Market (24635266).
Manoj Gangani and Anita Agarwal (Kathak)
Manoj Gangani, disciple of Rajendra Gangani and Anita Agarwal, who has been trained by Ghanshyam Gangani, will perform a duet—‘Dhara Gagan’—a presentation by Hare Krishna Kala Kendra. 7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Based on stories from ‘Kathasaritsagara’, an ancient collection of stories in Sanskrit, the play is part of the theatre festival being organized by the Shri Ram Centre. 6.30pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg. Tickets, Rs25-100, available at the venue (23714307).
The Virgin Rosemary
New age folk from Joseph Harper. Combining elements from Hindi scribes, old-time fiddlers, flamenco and New Orleans jazz, The Virgin Rosemary terms his music freak folk. Expect guitar, banjo, ukulele, mountain dulcimer, and the autoharp along with whale calls and bird chirps. 8pm. The Jazz Café, E-12 South Extension-II (24619431).
Naalu Pennungal (four women)
This special screening of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s latest film is also its Delhi premiere. Malayalam with subtitles, directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan.
1 hour 45 minutes. Contact programme desk for passes. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Although the legendary Amir Khan has influenced scores of singers, only a few female vocalists, such as his students Purabi Mukherjee and Konkana Bannerjee, have consciously emulated the ustad. From the current generation of Hindustani classical vocalists, 42-year-old Piu Sarkhel is the best-known female exponent of the Indore gharana style of singing founded by Khan. Sarkhel, who is the principal of the Rajkot-based music institute Gujarat Sangeet Nritya Natak Mahavidyalaya, has a sweet voice and a charming stage presence. Her ragas are always rendered with a lot of ease and assurance. As her recital this fortnight is scheduled to start around 7.30pm, Sarkhel is likely to sing late evening ragas such as Kedara and Shankara. She will be accompanied by stalwarts such as harmonium player Purushottam
Walawalkar and tabla player Omkar
Gulwady. 6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
Olga Collaco conducts a concert of Western classical choral music featuring soprano Natasha Collaco, Zarin Ghadialy-Hodiwala, tenor Kersi Gazdar, baritone Ferdinand Miranda. They will be accompanied by pianist Marilynne Chhabra. The concert will include works by Schubert Vivaldi and Mozart. 7pm.
Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs120, Rs160 (66223737).
New research and findings in India and Pakistan made it necessary to update the gallery of pre-history and proto-history, which was set up almost 40 years ago. The gallery is designed to cater to students who want to know more than what’s in their textbooks, kids doing school projects, researchers and people curious about the civilization. Old displays, vaguely labelled “pottery”, “jewellery” and “tools”, have been replaced with illuminated exhibits that carry longer explanations in English and Marathi and help place the civilization in a larger historical context. 10.30am-6pm. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Colaba (22844484). Tickets, Rs15 (Indians), Rs300 (foreign passport holders).
Sex and the City
At least in terms of its production design, we always had the sneaking feeling that ‘Sex and the City’ was a feature masquerading as a sitcom. The entertaining television show about the lives of four single women living in New York City is finally getting the big-screen treatment. Originally slated to be shot as soon as the show finished its six-season television run in America in 2004, the film rejoins feisty foursome Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) as they scoot around New York City, have frank conversations about sex and have one-night relationships with clean-cut Lotharios whose cool exterior generally crumbles before their witty, unhinged repartee.
Starting from June, film theorist and curator Amrit Ganar will begin a seven-month screening series of experimental films at the National Centre for the Performing Arts through which he hopes to question notions of what film-makers consider experimental and avant-garde. Kicking off the series this fortnight is Avikunthak. Born Ashish Chadha and raised in Kolkata, the film-maker and Yale professor has adopted the catchier Avikunthak as his pseudonym. Four of his films, including his debut ‘Et Cetera’ and ‘Kalighat Fetish’, will be screened at the NCPA. ‘Et Cetera’ comprises four short films. One of these consists of a single, uninterrupted shot, taken from behind, of a naked Dodo Bhujwala walking towards the horizon. In ‘Kalighat Fetish’, Avikunthak revisits childhood memories of Durga Puja. Using saturated colours and slow motion, he conjures up a reverie in which a hairy man dresses up as Durga and goats get slaughtered for a ritual feast. In ‘Dancing Othello’, eminent theatre director Arjun Raina performs an excerpt of Othello in ‘Khelkhali’, a form that fuses the dance style Kathakali with theatre. ‘End Note’ is based on Samuel Beckett’s short play ‘Come and Go’. 6.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
Music school Ananya’s annual festival Sangati concludes with an awards and felicitation ceremony on Sunday. The festival was started by Raghavendra in 2002, and is recognized for hosting new talent from all over Karnataka. Performances on 6 June and 7 June will be held in venues across the city. Anil Murthy S.K., vocal, (6 June) and V. Gopal, veena (7 June), 5.30pm, BTM Cultural Academy Sri Ramana Maharshi School for the Blind, 3rd Main, 3rd Phase, JP Nagar.
V. Ananth, flute (6 June), and BNS Murali, vocal (7 June), 6pm, Devagiri Sangeetha Sabha at Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandira, 9th Main, Banashankari 2nd Stage. Reddappa G.S., harmonium (6 June), and Madhu Kashyap, vocal (7 June), 6.30pm, Sri Tyagaraja Gana Sabha at Sri Vani Vidya Kendra, 4th Main, 2nd Stage, Rajajinagar. Balakrishna D.J., vocal (6 June), and Vani Satish, vocal (7 June), 6.30pm, Ananya at Sevasadana, 14th Cross, Malleswaram. (23475080).
Nei Jin Gong is a method to access and develop inner recesses of the mind and teaches the use of a relaxed body and concentration to manifest effective martial strikes. Participants will be instructed by Neville Bulsara, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the martial arts, having studied judo and trained in both Chinese and Tibetan techniques. He teaches a select few students an analysis of all that he’s studied, a system he calls Neiwaichuan, which translates “Internal-External Fist”. Only those proficient in basic striking can register for this workshop presented by the Weekend Warriors. 10am–5pm. Wilson Manor Apartments, 13th Cross, Wilson Garden (9886456906). Rs2,500.
This one’s for women only. Priya Gupta teaches various styles of gift wrapping, an art form that she’s honed a passion for since she became her family’s designated gift wrapper at the age of 6. Students will learn how to make and decorate gift bags, boxes, money sachets and origami envelopes with a touch of ribbon modelling and crepe paper flower crafting. All materials will be provided and students will wrap and decorate 15 objects over the two-day workshop. “What I can’t help is if people begin to complain that the wrapping is better than the gifts themselves,” says Priya. 11am–2pm. 8th Block, Jayanagar, Opposite JSS School (98450-26883). Fee, Rs1,500.
Under the Same Roof
Among Andrea Anastasio’s works is a 30cm x 25cm twin-picture frame, made of velvet and wood, which can be flipped in either direction. The piece is called ‘Stand By Me’, and is the dinkiest indication of the Italian designer, art philosopher and writer’s portfolio. Another piece, to be displayed at GallerySke, called “Loves Me Loves Me Not,” is a book whose pages are made of floral patterned fabric. The work, like many others, has a modular nature. It is re-formed with each new version and the name of the place mentioned in the title refers to the origin of the fabric. In this way, the work has a site-specific quality. Anastasio’s works are mostly in fabric—cotton, polyester and velvet, apart from works in hand-blown glass, and porcelain. The artist will be available for interactions at 6pm on 14 June. A preview of the show will be held on 8 June, 7pm onwards. 11am – 8pm. The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41120873). Sundays by appointment only, Tuesdays closed.