Prajakta Palav Aher has had only one solo show before but her paintings have established her as one of the more exciting young painters around. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Phase I, Okhla (65474005). Free.
The exhibition-cum-sale curated by Priya Pall and Hema Singh includes works by Arpana Caur, Jagannath Mohapatra, Lalu Prasad Shaw, M.F. Husain and others. 9am-7pm. Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6, Siri Fort Institutional Area (26496289). Free.
Shifting the Logic
From 24 November
Many of Dilip Ranade’s precise line drawings on view this fortnight, courtesy Gallery Threshold, would look at home in the pages of ‘The New Yorker’ magazine. Ranade’s style in these 150 drawings from 1977-2007 incorporates the spare, fine lines of a draughtsman, as Ranjit Hoskote notes in his catalogue essay. These drawings are highly imaginative and quirky and, though they don’t have the in-your-face humour of a cartoon, there is a sense of mischief. 11am-7pm. Shridharani Gallery, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23718833). Free.
The film seeks to foreground the impossibility of fixing notions of sexuality through ideas of identity and language. As the film moves through the various worlds that the film-maker has inhabited, it suggests a self in constant formation. In English. Directed by Priya Sen. 4.30pm (duration: 29 minutes). Sarai, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, 29, Rajpur Road, Civil Lines (23928391). Free.
According to Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Chakrabarty is one of the few classical musicians who will make a mark in the 21st century. This event is part of Virasat 2007. Dedicated to the memory of Ustad Bismillah Khan, this edition of the annual festival will continue well into December. 10am. St Mark’s Girls School, A-Block, Meera Bagh, Paschim Vihar (25572237). Free.
Eamon Morrissey explores his 50-year fascination with ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, Jonathan Swift and his own native city of Dublin. 7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Free. Entry by invitation, available at the venue.
From 24 November
Among the 45 photographs in Sarjan, an exhibition on Kumbharwada in Dharavi, is a top-angle shot of the potters’ quarter. Photographer Avaneesh Bhatt refers to philosopher Roland Barthes’ comment in his book ‘Camera Lucida’ that the photograph is a “certificate of presence” and asserts this picture is proof for developers who want to give Dharavi a facelift that “Kumbharwada was here”.11am-7pm. Centre for Photography as an Art Form, Piramal Gallery, NCPA, Nariman Point (22029483). Free.
Elizabeth–The Golden Age
Picking up a few decades after their 1998 collaboration ‘Elizabeth,’ actor Cate Blanchett, director Shekhar Kapur and co-writer Michael Hirst give us a Virgin Queen comfortably established on the throne but facing Catholic conspiracy at home and abroad. (duration: 1 hour 31 minutes). In major theatres.
Yeh Aes Akh Padshah Bai
Are women and peace truly sisters in arms? A new documentary that explores peace initiatives among women in Jammu and Kashmir doesn’t provide any easy answers. ‘Yeh as akh Padshah Bai,’ which has been directed by Mumbai film-makers Kavita Pai and Hansa Thapliyal, interviews women involved with peace initiatives in the troubled state. From mothers of missing citizens to young women training in vocational skills, from professors to poets, the documentary shows that peace isn’t just difficult to achieve—it isn’t easy to define in the first place. 6pm (duration: 1 hour 45 minutes). Cristina Apartments, First Floor, Lane opposite SL Electronics, near Police Chowky, Kalina, Santacruz (E) (65017723). Screenings are for women only. Free.
Zero Degrees of Separation
This documentary looks at the Palestinian conflict through the eyes of Palestinian and Israeli gay and lesbian couples. 7pm (duration: 1 hour 27 minutes). Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Theatre, First Floor, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Free.
Two Jewish lesbians meet and fall in love at a religious function in this documentary about religious and sexual identity. 7pm (duration: 55 minutes). Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Theatre, First Floor, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Free.
Sunville Style Essentials
Thirty-four entrepreneurs from the field of design and fashion will showcase their wares at a lifestyle exhibition at Sunville Banquets. Participants include Aradhana Nagpal from interiors store Dhoop, Shaheen Abbas from Flower Child jewellery, Aarti Nichlani from fashion label Taxxi and Payal Kothari from Veruschka shoes. 11am-8pm. Sunville, Annie Besant Road, Worli (24978082).
Regarded as one of the best flautists in the country today, Majumdar belongs to the Maihar gharana of Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. He is also known as the inventor of the ‘shankh bansuri’, a 3ft long flute of his own design, well-suited for playing in the lower registers. This event is part of Virasat 2007. 5.30pm. St Stephen’s College, Delhi University (2766-7271). Free.
We tell you what to watch out for at this year’s edition of the annual jazz fest:
New York-based jazz singer Jeanine first came to Mumbai in 2001 to study Hindustani classical vocal techniques with Dhanashree Pandit-Rai at the Jazz India Vocal Institute. Her subsequent trips here have included work with local jazz heroes such as Louiz Banks, with whom she has recorded, and Colin D’Cruz and Joe Alvares, with whom she has performed. She will open this year’s festival with “great American jazz classics” and also plans on slipping in “a little ghazal mixed with a bluesy jazz piece” to give audiences a taste of her ongoing American ghazal project. 7pm. Lands End Amphitheatre. Free passes available from ‘Celebrate Bandra’ (26004640).
Madhav Chari Trio
The country’s best jazz pianist, Madhav Chari went to the US in 1985 to study mathematics, but changed tack a few years later. That loss, as it turned out, was quite a gain for jazz. By industry standards, his is a young career, yet one that has seen collaborations with such legends as drummer Max Roach. Besides performing in the US and in Paris and Singapore, he used to head Nomadic Subjects, a New York-based fusion group influenced by Afro-Cuban music and classical music from the subcontinent. He will be joined by bassist Karl Peters and drummer Adrian D’Souza. Watch out for some killer Duke Ellington standards. 7pm. Lands End Amphitheatre. Free passes available from ‘Celebrate Bandra’ (26004640).
Louis Banks with Martin Dahanukar+Café Du Sport+Krsystof Herdzin Trio
The third and final day of ‘Jazz Utsav’ will include performances by local hero Banks and trumpet player Dahunkar as well as two eclectic European acts: Polish pianist, arranger and composer Herdzin–who plays bebop, fusion and funk–and German quartet Café Du Sport–who switch from swing to cool jazz and from Bossa Nova to blues. 7pm. Lands End Amphitheatre. Free passes available from ‘Celebrate Bandra’ (26004640).