Women and Nature
The Sheraton Chola Hotel celebrates World Environment Day with an exhibition of paintings by Kerala-based artist and environmental activist Mohan Kumar. The artist urges green activists to buy agricultural land located close to forests and let the forests spread on the land. In this series, Kumar highlights the commonalities between women and nature.
11am-6pm. The Sheraton Chola Hotel, Cathedral Road (28110101).
Many Species. One Planet. One Future
Till 16 June
The Alliance Française de Madras, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme, presents an exhibition of posters of photos taken by French photographer, journalist and environmentalist Yann-Arthus Bertrand. The display highlights the beauty in all aspects of the environment—both on land and in water.
11am-6pm. AFM Gallery, Alliance Française de Madras, New No. 24 (Old No. 40), College Road (28271477, 28279803).
Christopher Columbus—The Enigma
This Portuguese film tracks Manuel Luciano’s attempts, since the 1940s, to understand the true identity of Christopher Columbus. He has made several trips between Portugal and the US with his wife and is now very close to unveiling the mysteries of the world-famous explorer. All he needs to do now is to visit the house Christopher Columbus was born in.
Fan fare: Theatre Seoul performs Choon Hyang this fortnight.
8pm. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 605, Thousand Lights, Anna Salai (28172437, 28279803).
The Tamil Nadu Sailing Association will conduct a week-long sailing camp in three sessions—in the classroom, on-land exercises and water activity—culminating in a regatta.
11am-3pm, 6 June; 6.30-10.30am, 7-9 June; and 1-6pm, 10-13 June. Tamil Nadu Sailing Association, 83, East Mada Church Road, Royapuram (25382253). Fee, Rs4,500. For ages 7 and above.
Short films made by participants at a 12-day Cine Darbaar Summer Film Camp will premiere at Big Cinemas in Noida. The camp was held between 24 May and 3 June for children aged between 10 and 17, in collaboration with Marwah Studios.
7pm Big Cinemas, Great India Place, Noida. For passes and details, call Supriya Suri (9958301195) or log on to www.indianauteur.com. For all ages.
Soul of Ghazal
The ghazal is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets (called sher) and a refrain with each line sharing the same meter. It can be understood as a poetic expression of the pain of loss or separation or the beauty of love in spite of that pain. Ishu Sharma has been singing ghazals for two decades. She started her formal training in music at 7, when she became a disciple of Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty of the Patiala gharana, and later trained with Ustad Zamir Ahmed Khan of the Delhi gharana. She was inspired by the famous ghazal singers Begum Akhtar and Farida Khanum, and through her singing has paid homage to great poets such as Mirza Ghalib, Zauq and Faiz Ahmed Faiz.
6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place. For details, call 23746050 or log on to www.theatticdelhi.org
The NGO Jamghat will conduct a night walk between Golcha cinema, Daryaganj, and Jama Masjid to create awareness about the plight of street children in the area. Cameras are not allowed. Women should dress in salwar-kameez or full-sleeved T-shirts and jeans. Giving money to street children is prohibited. Have your dinner before the walk.
8pm. Meet at Golcha cinema, 3630, Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj. For details, contact Amit at 9818705715.
Genda Phool Walk
The Genda Phool Project which began three months ago celebrates the universe of a marigold flower. The walk through the flower markets of Delhi aims to draw attention to the fact that these markets are being moved to a distant location in Ghazipur. A bus will be used at the starting point to transport
participants to flower markets in the city.
6am-11am. Walk starts and ends at Dilli Haat, Sri Aurobindo Marg. For registration details, call Himanshu Verma 41764054.
The Shri Ram Centre Festival
Till 14 June
Starring members of its repertory, the Shri Ram Centre presents several plays as part of this festival. Among the highlights is Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya O Jamiyai Nai (4-7 June), Asghar Wajahat’s nostalgic play about Lahore, lamenting the emotional cruelty of Partition. When the Mirzas move into their allotted haveli in newly formed Pakistan, they discover Ratan ki ma (Ratan’s mother), an old Hindu lady who lost her son in the post-Partition Hindu-Muslim riots. She refuses to leave her beloved city and eventually endears herself to the family despite the efforts of hostile fundamentalists. On 9-10 June, watch Ye Shaam Ismat Aapa ke Naam, a theatrical rendering of three of Ismat Chugtai’s stories: Gharwali, Saas and Ajnabi.
6 .30pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House. Tickets, Rs25-150, available at the venue.
Summer Theatre Festival
Till 17 June
The NSD Repertory Summer Theatre Festival includes plays such as Kafka—Ek Adhyay (7-10 June), written by Asif Ali Haider, and Ghasiram Kotwal (4-6 June), Vijay Tendulkar’s modern classic about the nurturing and misuse of fascist tendencies by those in power. It was banned when it came out in 1972, and has since gained a reputation as one of the most powerful works of home-grown theatre in the last 30 years.
3.30pm and 7pm. Sammukh Auditorium, National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwandas Road (23384531). Tickets, Rs10-100, available at the venue. Contact the venue for the full schedule.
On the popularity scale, Kuchipudi may not rank as high as Bharatanatyam or Kathak. But when Vyjayanthi Kashi, who began to learn Bharatanatyam at the age of 6, returned to dance after 13 years in theatre, she chose to learn Kuchipudi. Kashi, who runs the Shambavi Dance School in Bangalore and is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award this year, is one of its leading practitioners now.
6.30pm. Dance Theatre Godrej, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs50.
The central characters in Chinese director Jia Zhangke’s third feature Unknown Pleasures are two unemployed 19-year-olds in Datong, fairly typical of China’s current “no future” generation. Eventually they start thinking of robbing a bank.
Jia integrates two facts (the awarding of the Olympics to Beijing, and ads for the Shanxi provincial lottery) and non-factual references to actual news events (the detonation of a block of flats by a laid-off worker) to build up a credible sense of the fast-changing present, but rather than social reportage, his perspective is essentially spiritual: It lays bare the tao of contemporary China, like a doctor taking the pulse.
6.30pm. (Bharatiya Vidya) Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Bhavan’s College, Munshi Nagar, Andheri-West (32938017). Members only.
Work Hard, Play Hard
This cautionary fable by French director Jean-Marc Moutout is about a decent young man being lured into ruthless ways by a hotshot at the management consultancy firm he works in. It is beautifully played, written and directed, without any sentimentality and sermonizing.
7pm. Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Centre, Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
The Prophet and the Poet
Bangalore Little Theatre’s latest production explores the complex relationship between Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, as developed over letters and articles spanning more than 25 years. These reveal men who were deeply respectful of each other but who differed on fundamental positions. The play echoes the challenges and choices that continue to trouble India.
7.30pm, 4 June; 3.30pm and 7.30pm, 5-6 June. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100 (Rs25 discount for students against valid ID).
This new play from local actor and writer Sandeep Shikar is a love story that explores the act of storytelling itself. It attempts to probe the teller’s many compulsions to tell a story in a certain way, while the story itself constantly fights its completion.
7.30pm. ADA Ranga Mandira, 109, JC Road (22219388). Tickets, Rs100.
The Kernel is a Fact
Till 5 June
This is the second part of an ongoing solo show by Kabir Mohanty. The Mumbai-based film-maker and artist has added two more pieces.
The first, titled Home (1996), is a 28-minute video that “explores the coexistence of people and objects, in space and in light”, says a note from the gallery. The second, a video installation titled New Studies, for handheld (2010), comprises seven video studies, of which two are presented at the show on a handheld LCD monitor.
11am-7pm. GallerySKE, 82, Presidency, St Mark’s Road (65951972).
EarthWave, a company that promotes sustainable living, is organizing a “nature walk and tree spree” called Enwire to mark World Environment Day. The firm wants participants to discover biodiversity as experts talk about the flora and fauna found in Cubbon Park. Bring your cameras.
6.45am onwards. Cubbon Park, Jewels de Paragon Entrance. The 3-hour nature walk starts at 7am; participants must reach the venue by 6.45am. For details, call Arvind Prabhakar at 9341321390.
Continuing to Dream
Till 10 June
Dreamscapes would be a good appellation indeed for Katayun Saklat’s paintings in this solo exhibition, arrayed in three series. Animals in Houses of Worship shows ruins haunted by wild creatures. In the still-life series, conventional groupings are transformed by the one odd element, like the phantasmagoric blue Chinese teapot in one of his frames of a table holding drinks and dainties. And finally, there is a set of three “dreamscapes”, with washermen and washerwomen gossiping as the clothes dry in the sun, and forgotten relics of history in Diu.
11am-7pm, Sundays closed. Gallery K2, Supra Court, 35, Lansdowne Terrace (24651444).
Friday Night Live: Hindustani Classical Edition
Event management group Littlei invites you to Big Ben’s Friday night event series, this time kicking off with a jugalbandi of vocalist Biplab Mukherjee and sarangi by Debasish Haldar. A tabla solo by Acharya Soumya Shankar Roy follows, with the sarangi in a supporting role this time. Sitarist Acharya Sarojit Sen then joins vocalist Mukherjee and Roy on tabla to make a trio.
8.30pm. The Big Ben, Kenilworth Hotel, 1 & 2 Little Russell Street. For details, call 22823939/40 for details.
The Mango-Lychee Festival
Till 13 June
The Ivory Kitchen has also organized a summer food festival celebrating the mango and lychee, in a plethora of cocktails, mocktails and desserts. From coconut-mango frozen yogurts to lychee puffs and pannacotta, there’s plenty to help you chill. If you prefer, there are warmer accents such as the oven-baked mango-nut pudding and the caramelized lychees. The cocktails pair dark rum with fresh mango or lychee, plus other tropical flavourings such as pineapple juice, dried mango powder, ginger, cinnamon, lime and passionfruit. Ask for a virgin version if you so prefer.
12.30-3pm and 7-11.15pm. The Ivory Kitchen, 22, Camac Street (22811313). Charges: desserts, Rs215 each; cocktails and mocktails, Rs305 each.
Mangoes & More at Flury’s
Till 6 June
The king of fruits is joined by other summer contemporaries such as papaya, watermelon, lychees, peaches, chikoos, etc., in this festival. So there’s Mango a la Devo and Mango Chiffon Roll with guava and lime curd, courtesy executive chef Vikas Kumar. There’s also Mango-Lavender Cheesecake and Green Mango Tartlets with thyme. For meals too, Flury’s marries mango to meats as well as melons, from a fruity gazpacho to Chicken a la Kiev stuffed with mango butter.
7.30am-10pm. Lunch and dinner menu only at the Park Street tearoom. Confectionery at all Flury’s outlets. Confectionery prices start at Rs30 per croissant to Rs450 per pound for cakes. Meals start at Rs160 for starters and Rs280 for a main course dish.
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