From 23 October
Part of the Nigah QueerFest, the photo exhibition this year is themed around “fantasy”. It is curated by Sunil Gupta, and German artist Ins Kromminga will create on-site installations and give a presentation.
11am-7pm, daily. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506).
Bikash Bhattacharjee—A Retrospective
Vadehra Art Gallery, in collaboration with Emami Chisel Art, Kolkata, has organized a retrospective of Bikash Bhattacharjee’s works.
About 36 artworks are on display, most of them sourced from Kolkata. These include not just oil paintings, but pen-and-ink drawings, lithographs, watercolours, gouache and pastels, paper prints, silk screens on paper, etchings and conte on paper. What’s missing is the fine collection of oils from the National Gallery of Modern Art.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Vadehra Art Gallery, D-40, Defence Colony (24615368).
Till 29 October
Drawings on paper and seven large-scale installations by George Martin that draw on contemporary media and urban street scenes.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Phase I, Okhla (65474005).
This band, which comprises six Americans, a German and an Indian, plays groovy funk and blues. Expect tunes by the likes of Wilson Pickett, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Aretha Franklin.
8pm. The Living Room Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533). Buying food or a drink is required.
Fuel Great Indian Rock 2009
This is the 13th year of music magazine Rock Street Journal’s annual festival. Like previous years, there will be a glut of Indian metal bands. There will also be three international headlining bands—Benea Reach from Norway, Intronaut from the US and New Zealand’s Solstate.
While the Norwegians are a full-on metal band, Intronaut has blended its brutal onslaught with less frenzied and more atmospheric sounds in recent times. Solstate is a hard rock outfit that features Zorran Mendonsa, the younger brother of Warren Mendonsa, former guitarist with the Mumbai band Zero.
8pm. Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan (23371849). Tickets, Rs250.
Parisian Cedric Dassulle has been DJing for years, but it was his psychedelic project Talamasca, started in 1996, that got him massive global attention. His is one of the most requested trance live acts at all major festivals, including Boom (Portugal), Fuji (Japan) and Chemical Sound (Rio de Janeiro).
Talamasca was the first project of Mind Control Records, which is based out of Paris, in 2004. Among other tracks, this resulted in a hugely popular double album Obsessive Dream in 2007.
Manré MGF Metropolitan Mall, fourth floor, A Wing, District Centre, Saket (40668888). For entry charges and timings, call the venue.
Produced and directed by Lillete Dubey and scripted by Mahesh Dattani, Brief Candle focuses on a cancer hospital whose residents are staging a farce written by a recently deceased fellow patient. While terminal illness is usually a reason to sober up, Dubey insists that questions of mortality don’t always have to be morbid.
5pm and 7.30pm, Saturday. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). (Metro: Mandi House). 5pm and 7.30pm, Sunday. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs500-1,000, available at the venue from 23-25 October (noon-6pm) and at select Archies outlets in NCR, including Select Citywalk mall, Saket and Ambience Mall, Gurgaon.
The Indian Wants the Bronx
Written in 1968, Israel Horovitz’s Obie Award-winning play tells the story of an Indian man who goes to New York to meet his son. Lost in the streets, he is attacked by two local “punks”. The racial taunts and insults soon turn to violence.
Al Pacino and John Cazale took part in the debut performance of the play which ran for 177 shows.
7.30pm. Amphitheatre, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). For tickets (available at the venue on show dates), call 39895050, or log on to www.bookmyshow.com
He doesn’t speak much English and sings in Kikongo and Lingala (languages spoken in the Congo), but Freddy Massamba should have no problem conveying his musical message when he performs at Blue Frog. Massamba has collaborated with such eminent African musicians as Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi, Ivory Coast singer Manou Gallo, and Marie Daulne, founder and frontwoman of the Belgian world music group Zap Mama. If YouTube clips of his live performances are anything to go by, Massamba and his six-member band should have no trouble winning over listeners in Mumbai.
The sheer exuberance of their funk-fuelled sound can communicate the essence of his lyrics.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi Industrial Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs300.
Subsix + Boombay Central
Following the success of their two-day music festival earlier this year, Urban Distortion’s next gig is a double album launch featuring Israeli duo Subsix and Mumbai boy Tarun Shahani.
Favourites of Goa-loving, neo-hippies, the artists are known and loved for their hypnotic beats and psychedelic sound effects.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi Industrial Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, (40332300). Tickets, Rs500.
Asha Sundarajan, who conducts technology workshops, will introduce children to the basics of engineering, design technology and programming skills. The sessions will be held from 26-30 October, as well as the following four Saturdays.
Register at Children’s Technology Workshop, 41, Dhairyaveer, 8th Road, North-South, JVPD, Juhu, for Rs6,500 (26205918). For children above 10.
The Pursuit of Intensity
Till 12 November
Manu Parekh likes change and it shows in his paintings. Over the years, his canvases have featured angular landscapes, abstract forms, mask-like faces and changing colour palettes. In his recent works, Parekh attempts to surprise both himself and his viewers. He has moved away from the landscapes he is best known for and towards still-life-inspired paintings. The paintings show Parekh “retracing his steps”, including references ranging from tantric imagery to modern and contemporary artists such as Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
10.30am-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. Tao Art Gallery, The View, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli (24918585).
While politicians and the media debate the plan to build a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji off Marine Drive and the municipality is busy considering proposals for towering hotels across the city, Matias Echanove, Rahul Srivastava and Geeta Mehta have a different vision for Mumbai. They believe it should develop more organically as a user-generated city.
They will conduct a workshop that will help city residents put some of their visions down on paper. Urbz Mashup will give artists, designers, architects, activists, writers, photographers and just about anyone interested in cities and urban planning the opportunity to present their ideas about Mumbai in any form they want—music, videos, photo collages or even short stories.
The work will be exhibited on the Urbz website, while selected plans will be displayed at an exhibition at the Sir JJ School of Art.
Sir JJ School of Art, DN Road, near the Times of India Building. To register, visit Urbz.net.
From the Cold War to the Fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall
As part of an ongoing series of events marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Goethe-Institut is hosting a seminar with film screenings titled From the Cold War to the Fall of the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall: History and Film in Eastern, Western and the United Germany, curated by Peter Zimmermann, a professor from the University of Wuppertal in Germany. The second part of this event, The New German Film Wave and the Berlin School, is scheduled to be held on 30-31 October.
6.30pm-9.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
A selection of modern and contemporary art, featuring the works of Girish Kulkarni, Jogen Chowdhury, Mithu Sen and M.F. Husain, among others.
11am-7pm, daily. Gallery Blue Spade, The Chancery, 10/6, Lavelle Road (41188888). For details, visit www.gallerybluespade.com
Till 24 October
This group show of contemporary art, co-hosted by Arivar Art Consultants in association with Durva Gandhi, includes the works of Atmanand Chauhan, Chintan Upadhyay, F.N. Souza, Jitish Kallat, Jogen Chowdhury, Neeta Gajam, Rahim Mirza, R.M. Palaniappan, Sakti Burman, Sukdev Rathore and Sunil Padwal, among others.
11.30am-7.30pm, daily. Taj Art Corridor, Taj West End, 23, Race Course Road (66605660).
Vibha Suresh will perform Kathak in its traditional format. She will begin with a vandana, an invocation piece and end with a tarana, a pure dance sequence. The standout pieces are: Kalika Vandana, an invocation that pays obeisance to goddess Kali, a devotional song by Purandara Dasa titled Yashode on the life of Krishna’s mother and the bol bant, a piece where the dancer follows the rhythmic variations of the music.
10am. ADA Rangamandira, 109, JC Road (22219388).
Seagram’s Fuel Great Indian Rock XIII
This edition of the rock music festival will include the progressive metal band Benea Reach from Oslo, Norway. The band plays a mix of genres including post-hardcore, post-metal and mathcore, with Marco on drums, Ilkka on vocals, Mikael on bass, Martin on guitars, Alwain on guitars, apart from Joffe on live lights and Espen on sound monitors. The band Solstate from New Zealand is also expected to perform apart from a host of local bands.
4.30pm. Palace Grounds, Gayatri Vihar, Palace Cross Road (23315789). For tickets, call 41494148.
Kapinipathi and Bhageerathi, an elderly middle-class Brahmin couple, are trying to make sense of life after their children have moved out. But the lives of the henpecked Kapinipathi and pushy Bhageerathi get a whiff of adventure with a Diwali family reunion at a son’s home. Also visiting is their daughter, who has recently married a Frenchman.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
Sic opens a window into the lives of three neighbours in New York. All are bonded by the glue of a common friend, a mutual abhorrence for their landlord and curiosity about the life of an ever-squabbling couple.
4.30pm and 7.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). Tickets, Rs150.
Till 30 October
An exhibition of black and white photographs by Sanjib Sen. He explores the female nude form, his model stretching into sculptural poses, with Sen avoiding the urge to fold up the body or edit out the face for decency.
11am-7pm. Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (9007000710).
Ja Nei Bharate by Sundaram
Written and directed by Manoj Mitra (who also takes the stage), this Sundaram play is based not on merely the better-known “facts” of the Mahabharat, but the messages that come through between the lines.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830005311). Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs30 and Rs20, available from 1-7 pm.
Till 21 November
Tejas Gallery has organized its third annual Devi show. This time, the exhibits include both gods and goddesses. Each artist has portrayed his favourite deity in the form and colours of his choice, making for an extremely vibrant collection. On display are at least 65 works by 24 artists, including Ashok Ganguly, Dhiren Sasmal, Apurba Pal, Sujata Chakravarty, Dilip Sasmal, Bibek Pal and Jogen Chowdhury.
1-7.30pm. Tejas Art Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road, opposite Ice Skating Rink (9830049825).
You and Me
27 October-1 November
An exhibition of paintings by Sandip Suman Bhattacharya at Birla Academy. Using mixed media, notably acrylic and pigment dust on board, Bhattacharya gauges the interaction of man and nature.
4-8pm. Birla Academy of Art & Culture, second floor, 108, Southern Avenue (9433761845).
Francesca Villa and Francesco Pennarola
The Rabindranath Tagore Centre presents a cello and piano concert by Italian musicians Francesca Villa and Francesco Pennarola.
7pm. Satyajit Ray auditorium, Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (Kolkata), 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22872680, 22874890, 22823431).
Food Film Fiesta
26 October and 1 November
The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre celebrates food and films. The screening of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie by Luis Bunuel (31 October) will be followed by “old Calcutta” culinary specialities. On 1 November, round off Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver with a Kerala meal.
6.30pm, 26 October; 9.30pm, 1 November. The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road, Bhowanipur (between Bijoli and Bharati cinemas). For reservations, call 24556942/43.
By Indranil Bhoumik and Sahana Bhose
Chefs Must Be Crazy
Till 31 November (every Saturday)
If you are a foodie, Hotel Taj Connemara’s Hip Asia, a pan-Asian restaurant featuring Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Japanese cuisine, is the place for you. If you decide to go to the restaurant every Saturday till 31 November, you won’t find any menu cards. Instead, the chefs promise to come up with unending culinary delights as per guest preferences. And you can have unlimited Bacardi mojitos as well. All this for Rs888, inclusive of taxes.
12.30-2.45pm. Hip Asia, Taj Connemara, 2, Binny Road, Mount Road (66000000).
Till 31 October
The aim is to highlight the threats to nature as the Alliance Francaise de Madras presents an exhibition of photographic posters by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. It’s titled Biodiversity.
Our biodiversity, the exhibition emphasizes, is a network of billions of humans and species that share the planet. This network is seriously endangered by demographic explosion and technical advancements.
The photographs seek to emphasize that these dangerous changes are happening at a much faster pace than ever before.
10am-6pm. The Alliance Francaise de Madras, No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
The Alliance Francaise de Madras, in association with Exodus and the Courtyard Marriott, is presenting a jazz concert by saxophonist, pianist and composer Matthew Littlewood, accompanied by Holger Jetter.
Littlewood has played in a number of concerts and groups in India and England and released his first album, Glass Eye, in 2003. Jetter’s strong affinity to improvised music led to the formation of the modern string quartet.
Alliance Francaise is also presenting a jazz concert by Orféo, a five-member brass band at the Sheraton Park (Mowbrays Hall). The quintet Orféo interprets an eclectic repertoire that dates from the 16th century till the present, and includes revival, Baroque, classic, modern and contemporary music.
For Glass Eye, 24 October, 7.30pm. Entry only for people over 18. Dress code: closed shoes, as part of club rules. Courtyard Marriott (Rhapsody), 564, Anna Salai (28279803).
For Orféo, 25 October, 7.30pm. Sheraton Park (Mowbrays Hall), Chamiers Road, Alwarpet (28279803). Passes can be collected from the reception at Alliance Francaise de Madras.
DakshinaChitra is organizing a two-day glass-sculpting workshop for adults. Srinivasa Raghavan, who completed training in scientific glass-blowing and has been in this field for at least 25 years, will conduct the workshop.
Participants will learn how to make glass sculpture such as flowers and animal motifs using soft glass.
10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779). Tickets, Rs750.
By Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
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