Rachelle van Zanten
Rachelle van Zanten’s MySpace page describes her music as “Canned Heat meets Gillian Welch” but van Zanten is more Lowell George than the blues-rock of Canned Heat or the sultry folksiness of Welch. She also brings to mind musicians such as Lester Quitzau, Duane Allman, Ellen McIlwaine, Vishwa Mohan and Salil Bhatt while on her instrument of choice: the slide guitar. The Canadian slide guitarist promises to dish out a blistering set, mainly comprising songs from her debut solo album ‘Back to François’. The gig is part of Kingfisher Pubrockfest 2008. 8pm. Mezz, 17, Community Centre, above Dawat Khana, New Friends Colony. Entry, Rs150 (26837994).
The Sarangi Ensemble showcase their virtuoso skills on the second day of the Saurang Sangeet Society festival commemorating the 80th birth anniversary of Ustad Sabri Khan.
The group comprises Nasir Khan, Suhail Yusuf Khan, Shaminder Pal Singh, Ghulam Waris and Aslam Khan. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
This is an exhibition by Masters’ of Arts students at the National Museum Institute and consists of photographs, installations and interactive exhibits that will make you look at heritage differently. In a particularly interesting experiment, the exhibition features a “vandalism” and “encroachment” wall.
The students have recreated a vandalsied wall with actual graffiti copied from monuments and the obligatory ‘paan’ stains. There’s an outline of Humayun’s Tomb, drawn on white material, hung on the wall, which visitors are invited to “deface” with graffiti. Conscientious visitors have the option of writing their opinions and suggestions on plain chart paper. 10am-5pm. National Museum, Janpath. Admission, Indian citizens, Rs10, students, Re1 and others, Rs300 (inclusive of audio tour charges) (23019776).
Maneesha Sathe and Shambhavi Vaze (Kathak)
Pune-based Maneesha Sathe and her daughter Shambhavi Vaze are a great Kathak dance team. The duo will take the stage as part of the HCL concert series. 7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
While many of his classmates spent the 1980s trying to emulate Michael Jackson’s moonwalk, Praveen Kumar of Bangalore closely studied Kannada and Tamil films to pick up Indian classical dance vocabulary. Kumar’s parents realized that their son had a great passion for dance when he began to win dance competitions at school even though he had no formal training, so they signed him up for Bharatanatyam lessons with Narmada, a dancer who lived right across the street. This fortnight, Kumar will give his maiden performance in Mumbai. 6.30pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
With performances and lecture-demonstrations across the globe, Birju Maharaj, the 70-year-old icon of Kathak, only seems to get more energetic as he gets older. At his institute, Kalashram, in Delhi, Maharaj and his senior student Saswati Sen ensure that Kathak flourishes despite stiff competition from Western styles such as jazz and Salsa. This fortnight, Maharaj will be in Mumbai to conduct a workshop at Nehru Centre and will display his mastery of rhythm in a performance at the Bhavan’s Cultural Centre. 7pm. Pranganga, Bhavan’s College Campus, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (26237454).
Rachelle van Zanten
By combining her considerable instrumental chops with very personal lyrics, Canadian slide guitarist Rachelle van Zanten transcends categories, including gender. 10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel. Rs300 (40332300).
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
All the greatest hits from America’s most calamitous business scandal get a proper airing in Alex Gibney’s mesmerising docu-expose: executive Jeffrey Skilling calling a respected, too-inquisitive analyst an “a******”; Senator Carl Levin ferociously bearing down on “the fiction” of the billions in profit; Duyba’s endorsements; Dick’s sneers. ‘The Smartest Guys in the Room’ benefits from reams of internal corporate pep-talk footage and audio tape, where the arrogance is fairly breathtaking. “Let them use f****** candles,” one Enron trader says, yanking the chain on California’s energy supply. 7pm. Prithvi House, near Prithvi Theatre, First Floor, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (W) (26149546).
The fifth and most accessible of Eric Rohmer’s six moral tales, ‘Claire’s Knee’ is the story of the temptation of an affianced diplomat (Jean-Claude Brialy) while on holiday, and its successful suppression. 6.30pm. Alliance Française auditorium, Theosophy Hall, Nirmala Niketan, New Marine Lines (22036187).
Landscapes from Memory
Ngangam Bidyut Singha, aka Bobby, has a fondness for red which, he admitted, borders on obsession. Among the things with which he associates the colour is watching ritual sacrifices as a child. “I would be so excited by it,” Bobby said, remembering the quivering body of the sacrificial lamb and the squirting blood when the animal was decapitated. In his Vaishnav home in Manipur, food was strictly vegetarian but animal sacrifice was standard practice for Durga puja and Kali puja. “I haven’t seen it in years but I can still remember the thrill when I think of it,” said Singha. The violence in the act of killing and the hope of redemption implicit in the act of sacrifice reflect Bobby’s opinion about conditions in Manipur, which is the theme of Landscapes from Memory, his new show of installations. 11am-7pm. 130/132 Great Western Building, First Floor, opposite Lion Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort (22837345).
Gallery Sumukha brings to Bangalore, a tribe of India’s best known sculptors, and will allow visitors to watch them create sculptures in clay, which will all be later cast in bronze. The artists include Alex Mathew, B.M. Kamath, G. Reghu, Gopinath S., Jyotsna Bhatt, Karl Antao, Laxma Goud, N.N. Rimzon, Shanthi Swaroopini, Thomas Kovoor and Venkat Bothsa. 3pm – 5pm. 24/10 BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).
The directorate of Kannada and culture, in association with the department of archaeology and museums, presents an exhibition of works by pioneers of the Karnataka art scene—people such as Y. Nagaraju, Rumale Chenna Basavaiah, M.V. Minajigi, N. Hanumaniah, S.N. Swamy, S. Nanjunda Swamy, V.R. Rao, M.J. Suddodhana, G.S. Shenoy, P. Subbarao, L. Sitaram, P.R. Thippeswamy, J.V. Subhashinidevi and Ramanarasaiah. 10am–7pm. Venkatappa Art Gallery, Kasturba Road (22863737).
Moitree: Bengali Festival
Bangaloreans conversant with Bengali theatre will find much to occupy them this weekend. Moitree, a three-day festival of Bengali theatre, is a first for the city which has now become home to more than 200,000 Bengalis. The six productions that comprise the festival will showcase the craft of some of Kolkata’s most luminous stage stars and give city audiences a chance to take in cult plays such as ‘Daibaddha’ and ‘Shajano Bagan’. Newer productions such as ‘Mallabhumi’ and ‘Shoorpanakha’, with their dark, incisive retakes on traditional and mythic themes, also promise to be particularly interesting. Do attend the panel discussion, which is free, open to all and in English, ‘On globalization and Indian regional theatre’ at 11am on 23 May, to interact with heavyweights from both cities. 7.30pm. 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase. Tickets, Rs150 (9886307249).
Nrithya Dhare 2
Ananya was founded in 1995 by R.V. Raghavendra and since its inception, has always been a name synonymous with dance in Bangalore. Raghavendra explains: “Nrithya Dhare is a platform for young performers. We first select the gurus who will perform and then, the gurus pick disciples they would like to see perform.” Performances on 23 May include Kuchipudi by Ujwal, Odissi by Shwetha Krishnan and Bharatanatyam by Aishwarya Nithyananda. On 24 May, there’s Kathak by Mridula Anand, Mohiniattam by Navami Arun, and Bharatanatyam by Shivaranjini. 6pm. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22267303).
First, it’s Raqs Sharqi, not belly dancing. Raqs Sharqi, from the Egyptian term, literally translates as “oriental dance” or Raqs Baladi (folk dance), and consists of movements executed using the entire body, with particular focus on the pelvic and hip areas. It is an improvisational dance with its own vocabulary, specific to the culture of Egypt. 7pm. Alliance Francaise, Vasanth Nagar. Tickets, Rs150. (9886466746).
When Rock Around The Clock, founded by Prithvi and Ree, began organizing Salsa classes in 2004 at Pinch of Jazz, their intention was “to teach Salsa in a fun environment, and also to give people a place to relax and go wild”. After a clamour from Salsa aficionados, they’ve decided to start Salsa Sundays at Nyk’s. The night begins with classes in Salsa and Bachata, followed by a party with music from Puerto Rico, Berlin and other places. 7pm. Residency Road (9980008667). Class fee, Rs1,500 per couple for five Sundays, Rs1,000 for individuals.