Till 31 April
Magnitude Gallery captures the various moods and beauty of Indian women in its April theme Vanitaa. A part of the year-long festival ‘Rang De India’, the exhibition looks at women beyond their stereotypical images of beauty and seeks to accentuate the fact that they have an identity beyond their looks. Indian women provide a very wide perspective for the artists at the exhibition as they could work on the various shades of Indian women: from the rural and urban to the independent and hard-working women.
‘Vanitaa’ depicts the state of a majority of Indian women, many of whom are not part of the urban scenario but are diligent and independent in their own way. The exhibition also covers some aspects of the highly accomplished urban women who have made a mark for themselves in a male-dominated society. At Magnitude Gallery, 140/13, 27th Cross, 13th Main, 3rd Block, Jayanagar (9900117201).
Sangathi Arinhya! (Have you heard!)
‘Sangathi Arinhya’ is an adventurous mix of seven stories with a common vein of love, humour and pathos running through them. A connecting link in this heady concoction is the character of Basheer, who plays narrator, participant and witness in turn. These stories are blended together in a non-linear yet seamless narrative that shows the extraordinary range of Basheer’s writing and experiences. The stories in ‘Sangathi Arinhya! (Have you heard!)’ were written by Vaikom Mohammed Basheer and has been adapted by Paul Mathew. The play has been directed by Rajiv Krishan and is performed by Perch, a performance collective based in Chennai. The troupe includes members from diverse backgrounds such as theatre, design, architecture, film-making, radio and journalism.
7.30 pm. At Rangashankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, (Next to JP Nagar post office) 2nd phase, JP Nagar (9945108610).
Shreds and Patches
‘Shreds and Patches’ is a solo piece devised and performed by Arka Mukhopadhyay to mark William Shakespeare’s birth and death anniversary. The piece takes two questions as its starting point—Who is ‘my’ Shakespeare? and what does he mean to me as a performer, as an Indian and as a human being? The play attempts to find the answers in fragments of the Bard’s plays and sonnets themselves: the shreds and patches of him (the title is taken from the closet scene of ‘Hamlet’) that are reflected in various realms of our own experiences. ‘Shreds and Patches’ delves first into the troubling questions of staging Shakespeare, of finding his “meaning”, and ultimately, into the meaning of performance itself.
It branches out in different directions—into the exterior world of Bollywood and IT, Iraq and occupied Palestine, of intolerance and organized terror. Yet, it is just as much an exploration of form and medium, trying to find, if possible, ways of looking at Shakespeare through the structure of ancient Indian theatre, probing into the universe of the performer’s body and its relationship with the performance space, and finally trying to unify the deeply personal and the universal in the playground of Shakespeare’s texts.
Structured in the form of storytelling, the performance is essentially non-repeatable, for it makes itself as it goes along, relying only on its own internal logic to find direction, delving into the ephemeral heart of theatre itself—a tribute to the man who, more than anyone in any age or place, personifies the dramatic art. At the Centre for Film and Drama, Fifth floor, Sona Towers, Millers Road (9844473429). (Compiled by Pavitra Jayaraman)