Payana by Srinivasa Prasad
Till 10 April
Everything, living or non-living, has a lifespan, ranging from short to long, says artist Srinivasa Prasad. This is the thread from which he created his latest collection, ‘Payana’, which means journey in Kannada. The exhibition includes sculptural pieces, two photo documentations, one of which was created in Japan, and a video documentation. Each of the works at the exhibition reflects the artists’ interpretation on the journey of life and thereafter. 11am-8pm. Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (65951972).
The Brown Study
Till 16 March
From Rembrandt’s Brown to the warm regal hues of Ravi Varma, brown has been the colour that reaches out and touches you. Painter Satya Shivakumar uses brown to document what is happening to the buildings of our towns, villages and other habitations that are skewed with neglect and time’s onslaught. The Brown Study is a collection of 19 canvases that use the colour brown extensively and, in a way, symbolize the artist’s oneness with the earth. 10am-6pm. Gallery G, 38, 7th Cross, Lavelle Road. (22219275).
The Lightning Testimonies
New Delhi-based independent film-maker Amar Kanwar’s ‘The Lightning Testimonies’ reflects on the history of conflict in the Indian subcontinent through experiences of sexual violence. The film explores this violence as it allows multiple narratives to emerge in people, images and memories, and at other times in objects from nature and everyday life that stand as silent but surviving witnesses. As the stories unfold, women from different times and regions come forward. The film speaks to them directly, trying to understand how such violence is resisted, remembered and recorded by individuals and communities.
Using a range of visual vocabularies, the film moves beyond suffering into a space of quiet contemplation, where resilience creates a potential for transformation. Kanwar’s films, including ‘A Season Outside’ (1998) and ‘A Night of Prophecy’ (2002), cover topics as diverse as the history and politics of collecting water in the desert, the physical and mental spaces that men and women carve out for themselves within the family, and the ecological interpretations of Buddhism. 4.30pm. Centre for Film and Drama, 71, Miller’s Road, 5th Floor, Sona Towers (22356263).
Face Off and Write, Rite & Right
Written and directed by Vaishali Bisht, ‘Face Off and Write, Rite & Right’ deals with the changing gender roles, the changing phases of a woman’s life and the changing faces of women in the country today. A set of five dramatic sketches, each sketch in the play explores a face of the multifaceted experience of being a woman. 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, (next to JP Nagar post office), 2nd phase, JP Nagar, (26592777, 26493982).
Home Rule and Kailasam Nenapu
The play revolves around a husband caught between a dominating wife and an uncompromising mother. The play has elements of humour, wit and, above all, good drama. It has been written by T.P. Kailasam and directed by S.K. Madhava Rao and H.V. Natraj. 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, (next to JP Nagar post office), 2nd phase, JP Nagar, (26592777, 26493982).
Compiled by Pavitra Jayaraman