I Am ******
DakshinaChitra presents noted artist Asma Menon’s works, a combination of acrylic and oil paintings. The narrative dreamland of reality blurs into symbiotic visual beliefs, expressed through light and the absence of light.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Temptations of Strawberries
Till 31 March
Enjoy different kinds of desserts made from the freshest strawberries at this festival at The Muffin Tree. Choose from a wide selection of strawberry-infused chocolates, dips, tarts, sorbets, pastries and more.
7am-10pm. The Muffin Tree, Courtyard by Marriott, 564, Anna Salai, Teynampet (66764000). Charges, Rs150 onwards.
Thai Food Fest
Till 19 March
Le Royal Meridien brings an amazing Thai culinary experience with chef Kroongtana Nimnu from Chiang Mai. Nimnu’s brilliance in avant-garde and traditional food carving, food decor, spa cuisine recipes, Thai fusion cuisine and Thai desserts ensures the experience of a lifetime.
Noon-11pm. Cilantro, Le Royal Meridien, 1, GST Road, Saint Thomas Mount (22314343). Charges, Rs1,200 per person (including taxes).
A Play about Death
This story revolves around stage actor Peter, who starts out performing one play but finds the script mediocre. He then decides to script his own story. In his story, he attempts to summon the Grim Reaper (tall guy, likes black and carries a scythe) to explain the true nature of death but things rapidly get out of hand and he sets off a chain of absurd events well beyond his control. Presented by the Masquerade Youth Theatre, the original script has been written by Thomas Manuel and Visvak Reddy, and directed by Dushyanth Gunashekar, in association with the KCG College of Technology.
7.30pm (11 March), and 3.30pm and 7.30pm (12-13 March). Alliance Française de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803). Tickets, Rs100, available at the venue and at www.indianstage.in
Global Adjustments, a cross-cultural destination services company, will present a unique cultural journey featuring renowned classical artistes Sudha Raghunathan and T.M. Krishna. This concert will raise funds to support retired accompanying artistes in the fields of music, dance and other performing arts, and for women’s empowerment.
7pm onwards. The Music Academy, 168, TTK Road, Alwarpet (28112231). Tickets, Rs200, Rs250, Rs300, Rs500 and Rs1,000, available at the venue and at www.indianstage.in. For details, call 24617902.
By Karuna Amarnath
Mumbai-based teacher and performer Prateesha Suresh will lead her students in a performance of Sattriya, a temple dance form from Assam. Suresh has choreographed these group and solo items to reflect the basic elements that create the movement vocabulary of this classical dance.
The performance is part of the Bangalore Temple Festival, organized by dancers Vijayalakshmi Vijayakumar and Supriya and their cultural organization Heritage, which will take place at 22 locations across the city.
8pm. Guddada Anjaneya temple, Hanumantha Nagar (9731207477).
This is a Kannada adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder, a tale of a wealthy and successful architect who is confronted in his old age by the fear of losing his position to a younger aspirant. But a deeper personal crisis emerges when a beautiful young woman enters his life and begins to manipulate his affections. Ibsen’s psychological portrait of his protagonist’s guilt, love and tragic desperation had more than a few autobiographical touches and continues to remind us of the incompleteness that hangs over any human project towards lasting happiness. The play has been directed by B. Jayashree. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Rebel with reason: A still from Home, starring Adélaïde Leroux, which will be screened at the Alliance Française on Wednesday.
7.30pm, and also 3.30pm on 13 March. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, II Phase, JP Nagar. Tickets, Rs70.
Nityanand Haldipur and Basant Kabra
Maihar Music Lineage (MML) presents a flute recital by Nityanand Haldipur and a sarod concert by Basant Kabra. MML is a cultural organization that seeks to promote the music of the Maihar-Senia gharana as taught by Annapurna Devi, an eminent surbahar artiste and daughter of sitar maestro Allauddin Khan. Both the performers are disciples of Annapurna Devi.
7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23443956). Tickets, Rs100, available at the venue and at www.indianstage.in
Till 19 March
Meenal Singh, a Bangalore-based artist, studied architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) in New Delhi, and at the Texas A&M University (majoring in historic preservation) in the US, between 1995 and 2004. She also studied metal sculpture at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC (in 2005), before returning to New Delhi as an SPA faculty member. Her works have a predominance of oil paints, with “referenced abstract” forms.
9am-7pm. Studio for Movement Arts and Therapies, 3, Curley Street, Richmond Town (40982404). For details, call 9611480592.
How Long Does it Take to Complete a Circle?
Till 16 April
Veteran artist Susanta Mandal returns to the city with a new show of works based on the idea of tracing and visualizing the movement of electricity and liquids through urban constructions—pipelines, tunnels and connections, both underground and overhead. At his new show, the artist presents a structure created out of steel and glass, built on a wall, where certain portions appear to have been grafted from a completely different building. The subject here, as in his older works, remains the transmission of energy.
11am-7pm (Tuesdays closed). GallerySKE, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972). For details, log on to www.galleryske.com
As Marthe, her husband Michel and their three children improvise a game of hockey on the tarmac outside their isolated house, a portrait emerges of a happy, functional if unconventional French family. But after 10 years of silent limbo, the first cars and lorries begin to rumble by, scuppering plans for Michel’s swimming pool, and blocking not only reception to Marthe’s beloved radio stations, but access to work, school and shops. The first signal of disintegration is the disappearance of their eldest daughter Judith (Adélaïde Leroux), whose bikini-clad roadside sunbathing had presumably proved sufficient advertisement for her wanderlust and availability. As temperatures rise and the holidays loom, physical stresses on “normal” life become psychological cracks: Michel takes to breeze-blocking windows in a desperate effort to insulate the house from the noise, pollution and disruption to their lives.
This screening is part of a festival hosted by Alliance Française in association with Swissnex India. All screenings are open to the public and include English subtitles where necessary.
7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Danyel Waro from Réunion Island will perform at the Blue Frog as part of Alliance Française’s Francophonie Week, celebrating music, art and food from the region. First-time listeners are sure to break into a jig when they hear the rhythms of Waro’s maloya, the music indigenous to Réunion Island. If these rhythms seem familiar, it’s because the music of this French island in the Indian Ocean is strongly influenced by the cultures of the countries around it—Madagascar, Sri Lanka and, of course, India—and the slaves who migrated from these countries. Waro, who sings in Creole and only plays indigenous instruments, will showcase the eclectic culture of the island.
10pm. Blue Frog, Todi & Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charges, Rs300.
Iconic Images: Kaliya Mardan
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke’s 1919 movie, Kaliya Mardan, is film historian Suresh Chhabria’s pick for the “Iconic Images” series at the Jnanapravaha cultural organization this month. For Chhabria, who wrote Light of Asia: Indian Silent Cinema 1912-1934 in 1994, Kaliya Mardan is a key film not just for Phalke, but for Indian cinema. The mythological film is about the subjugation of the serpent Kaliya by the infant god Krishna. The screening will be accompanied by a live orchestra in the same way that silent films used to be shown in the days before the talkies. The National Film Archive of India print that will be shown at Jnanapravaha isn’t complete—it’s missing a reel—but it is one of the few surviving titles from the silent era.
6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanshyam Talwalkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22072974).
Memoirs of Tanaz and Vimala
In her solo show, Delhi artist Remen Chopra presents a woman’s search for identity. The contemplative black and white works layer drawings over photographs. For the show, Chopra has written a script that deals with a woman’s search for herself and her struggle with balancing the difference between reality and illusion. She then asked actors to read the script and act out the psychological struggle of her protagonist as she recorded their actions through drawing and photography.
Chopra’s approach, which combines theatre with fine art, stems from her interest in performance. This exhibition, she says, is as much about her personal experiences and the actors as about the universal struggle of women the world over.
11am-6pm (closed on Holi). Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, near Regal Cinema, Colaba (66103424).
Knight & Day
Super spy Tom Cruise fends off trained assassins without ever losing his trademark grin. Cameron Diaz gets swept up into his world of international intrigue when he uses her to get something past airport customs. They careen from Kansas to Boston to Spain with CIA agents who think he’s gone rogue in hot pursuit. 2 hours, 4 minutes.
6pm. The American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341).
Labyrinth of Absences
Till 26 March
Artist Reena Saini Kallat’s work has been concerned with the condition of an individual in a rapidly changing society and those who are susceptible to being reduced to anonymous statistics. She often works with the officially recorded and registered names of people and objects and monuments that are lost or have disappeared. Her oeuvre spans photography, painting, video and sculpture and one of her signature motifs is that of a rubber stamp, signifying bureaucratic apparatus.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).
Making of...The Halfmoon Files
This four-channel sound-and-video installation by Britta Lange and Philip Scheffner is based on the experiences of Indian soldiers during World War II. The voices of soldiers interned in the Half Moon Camp in Wünsdorf during World War II make a ghostly appearance in an audio-video installation Making of...The Halfmoon Files. The installation focuses on some of the thousands of Indian soldiers who travelled to Flanders and northern France to fight for the British and were captured by the German army. Between 1915 and 1918, prisoners of war in the camp were studied by German anthropologists and linguists who sought to understand the languages and culture of people they saw as primitive.
11am-6pm (Sundays closed). Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506).
Till 3 April
In her new series, Jenny Bhatt explores the consumerist myth that liberation (moksha) can be found through the purchase of a product or an experience promised by it. The artist’s work is satirical and critiques urban consumer culture, focusing on the means by which art, spirituality, media and emotion have been commoditized. The works are inspired by the traditional thangka or mandala paintings. In her paintings, this process has been likened to the way brands create gods out of products, people and experiences and turn them into objects of contemplation for the consumer.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Seven Art Ltd, M-44/2, Greater Kailash-II (64640884).
Till 21 March
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts and Tasveer, in association with Ganjam, are presenting an exhibition of works by American photographer Karen Knorr. In these works, Knorr captures the splendour of Rajput- and Mughal-era architecture, in finely detailed texture and colour, and then populates the frames with a variety of animals—cows, birds, elephants, langurs (a cart-load of them), even a white tiger.
2-6pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).
Beware-Be-aware—works by Sunil Das
Till 26 March
Beware-Be-aware is an art show of paintings, drawings, sculptures by contemporary artist Sunil Das, along with a few photographs and printouts of fake works of other artists in his possession. The exhibition aims to create awareness about both original and fake works. Das is internationally acclaimed for his rendition of horses and bulls, and over the years, has collected more than 2,000 prints and photographs of fake works which have come to him for authentication.
11am-7pm. Gallery Kolkata, Duckback House, 41, Shakespeare Sarani (22873377/88).
Till 13 April
This is a solo show by Nidhi Tripathy, an economics graduate from Delhi University and a government employee. Her artworks portray the many moments of her personal life during the course of her travels. She has used oil, acrylic and mixed media.
2-7pm. Chemould Art Gallery, 12F, Park Street (22298641).
Sattriya by Mallika Kandali
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kolkata, will present Sattriya nritya by Mallika Kandali as part of their Horizon Series, which promotes Indian music, dance and culture. Sattriya is a temple dance form from Assam. It has been a living tradition since its creation by the Assamese Vaishnava saint Srimanta Sankaradeva in the 15th century, when it was performed at sattras, or monasteries. Kandali, one of the leading exponents of Sattriya, has also trained in Odissi and the Indian folk dance tradition.
6.30pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, RTC, ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22823431/2895). For details, log on to www.tagorecentreiccr.org. Passes available at the venue.
The Nehru Children’s Museum, Kolkata, will present Luxemberger Lakshmi, a drama directed by the late Rama Prasad Banik. The children’s play revolves around the idea of family harmony, and the joys of love and sharing.
6pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar Street (22233517). Tickets, Rs10, Rs20, Rs30 and Rs50.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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