Visages de la France
Till 30 November
Akram Aslam and N.C. Srivatsa are showcasing their work from the time they spent in Paris at photo school Spéos, where they went on an year-long scholarship starting September 2009. The photographs in the exhibition range from portraits and landscapes to products and architecture.
AFM, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803/28271477).
Till 10 November
The Forum Art gallery presents Satori, an exhibition of paintings on Buddha by self-taught artist Chelian. The artist’s work in acrylic is defined by rhythmic, bold strokes and a wonderful blend of colours.
10.30am-6.30pm (Diwali, Sunday closed). Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596).
The Cavern Beatles from Liverpool recreate the magic of the Beatles in a three-act performance which not only replicates the music of the legendary band to near perfection but also their mannerisms, costumes and physical appearances.
7pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, 7, Shenstone Park, 13/1, Harrington Road, Chetpet (28363921). Tickets, Rs400, Rs750, Rs1,000 and Rs1,500.
Diwali lunch buffet
Vivanta by Taj-Connemara is hosting a special Diwali lunch buffet at The Verandah. With numerous interactive counters such as a salad bar, chaat station, pasta bar and seafood grills, the sumptuous spread comprises Indian and international cuisines. There is also an extensive selection of breads, antipastis, cold cuts, cheeses and desserts. Experts will also show guests how to make cocktails and sandwiches.
Noon-3pm. The Verandah, Vivanta by Taj-Connemara, Binny Road (66000000). Charges, Rs1,399, inclusive of taxes.
Wheel pottery and clay modelling
At a day-long workshop organized by DakshinaChitra, children aged 7-14 will be taught to make clay figurines and artefacts.
10am-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841777779). Charges, Rs500 (includes materials). Pick-up available at Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar.
By Karuna Amarnath and Varuni Khosla
Dinner with Friends
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the complexities within marital relationships, and the fact that things are seldom what they seem on the surface. Gabe and Karen, a happily married middle-aged couple, are long-time friends of Tom and Beth, another married couple. When it first becomes clear to them that the latter couple’s marriage is crumbling, they cannot fully foresee its effect on them. Directed by Feroz Khan, the cast includes Perizaad Zorabian, Joy Sengupta, Tisca Chopra and Vinay Jain.
8pm. Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets,Rs300, Rs500 and Rs700. For details, log on to www.bookmyshow.in
Five Point Someone
Theatre troupe Evam Entertainment presents Five Point Someone, a production of Chetan Bhagat’s hugely successful book, effectively transposing the tale of collegiate existence and the awakenings of young love on to the stage. The lead trio crackles with the spontaneity and zest of authentic campus banter, and the Pink Floyd tunes that punctuate the act, will trigger memories for some of their own collegiate past. 2 hours.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara. For tickets, Rs200, log on to www.indianstage.in
The Messiah Today
Till 10 November
A collection of paintings by Alexis Kersey, an artist from a British family that has been in Mysore for three generations. His work mimics social and religious iconography, fusing these sensibilities with a blatant, almost crude irreverence.
12.30-7pm (Diwali, Monday closed). Apparao Galleries, The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Storytelling—Raadha dance festival
To celebrate its first anniversary, Raadha Kalpa, a dance company founded by Rukmini Vijayakumar, will host a two-week collaborative arts festival titled Raadha. The festival will feature dancers working with painters, musicians, puppeteers, mime artists, actors, singers, poets, film-makers, designers and craftsmen around the Hindu mythology figure of Radha. For this particular event of the festival, an ensemble of 13 performers will create a stylized narration of stories about Radha and Krishna using mimetic gestures, props, movement and singing.
11am. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830). Tickets, Rs200, Rs100 for college students. For details, log on to www.raadhakalpa.in
The London-based Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company will present its 2009 production Bruise Blood and 2007 production Faultline. Both these productions are
inspired by the drive and bustle of youth and cities. Bruise Blood brings together beatbox artist
Shlomo and composer Glyn Perrin, who remix American composer Steve Reich’s seminal piece Come Out, which is based on the Harlem Six trials of 1964. Faultline is inspired by Gautam Malkhani’s Londonstani, which portrays the tensions and crisis of British-Asian youth, and features Indian soprano Patricia Rosario.
6.30pm. Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810).
Harley Rock Riders
This music platform organized by Harley-Davidson India, planned as an annual event, kicks off with a five-city tour in its inaugural year. The Bangalore leg will feature Mumbai alt rockers Split, which includes Garreth on vocals, Mel and Aviv on guitars, Shekhar on bass and Nigel on drums. Split will be followed by home-grown indie band Thermal And A Quarter.
9pm. Hard Rock Café, 40, St Mark’s Road (41242222). Call venue for entry charges.
The Capital of Accumulation
This exhibition organized by The Raqs Media Collective is part of the tri-city Promised City project, in association with Max Mueller Bhavan in Mumbai, the Goethe-Institut in Warsaw and the Polish Institute in Berlin. The collective uses German socialist Rosa Luxemburg as the central figure in a video work titled The Capital of Accumulation that weaves in stills and videos of the three cities with references to her life and writings, including the 1913 book The Accumulation of Capital.
11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 2-7pm (Mondays), Sundays closed. Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).
Splitting the Other
Till 30 November
Nalini Malani explores her anguish at the rise of fundamentalism, the effects of communal strife and the marginalized position of women in an exhibition titled Splitting the Other. The solo exhibition, spread across Chemould Prescott Road and Chatterjee & Lal, is her first show in Mumbai in four years.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanshyam Talwalkar Marg, near Cathedral School (22000212).
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Chatterjee & Lal, Kamal Mansion, 01/18, First floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
Contemporary Indian Photography
Photographer and curator Ram Rahman aims to trace the history of Indian photography through a three-day lecture series. On the first day, Rahman will talk about the life and works of Sunil Janah, who photographed the socio-political events of the 1940s, tribals and classical dancers. On the second day, he will draw attention to the works of photographers such as Margaret Bourke-White, Kishore Parekh, T.S. Satyan, Madan Mahatta and William Gedney. The third lecture will address contemporary photography and its practitioners.
5.30-8.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanshyam Talwalkar Marg, near Cathedral School, Fort (22072974). Charges, Rs1,000.
Himalayan Blues Festival
Although the blues originated in the African-American communities in the American south, it’s travelled around the world and even spawned Indian acts. Mumbai audiences will get a taste of blues music from Australia, Argentina, even Austria. The acts are part of the Himalayan Blues Festival which has been held annually in Kathmandu since 2007 and is coming to India for the first time.
10pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets,Rs300.
Ignite! Contemporary Dance Festival
The performances include pioneering work by the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company (UK), Sudesh Adhana, Navtej Singh Johar and Padmini Chettur.
The events will be held at venues across the city.
For the detailed schedule, log on to http://ignitedancefestival.com/schedule.html. Log on to www.bookmyshow.com for tickets.
Bhavan’s Sangeet Samaroh
The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi, presents an annual cultural function that will feature some top-notch Hindustani classical musicians and vocalists. Some of the musicians who will be a part of the show are Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and Sudha Raghunathan.
6.30pm (6 November), 11am and 6.30pm (7 November) and 6pm (8 November). Kamani Auditorium,1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Entry passes available at the venue. For details, call 9899774728.
Discussion on Bollywood songs
Rachel Dwyer will deliver an illustrated lecture on the evolution of songs in Hindi movies, titled “The Singer Not the Song”? Dwyer will examine the ways in which contemporary film-makers seek new ways to incorporate songs and give them continued importance, juxtaposing this with the practices of the “golden era”.
6.30pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
Seminar on erotica
A panel of experts will discuss the social and political meaning of erotica in architecture. The three-day conference will examine questions such as “What constitutes the erotic?” and “Why is it represented with such frequency in Indian cultural practices?” The questions are timely in the light of the current censorship debates in which paintings, sculptures, films and performances have been put under a magnifying glass.
School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (26717576). For details, email email@example.com
A four-day festival consisting exclusively of 10-minute plays. All the plays, whether Indian or foreign, will be directed and performed by Delhi-based artistes, selected through auditions by the company. Rupalee Verma’s political satire Global Se Gandhi Tak: Ek 2010 Jail Katha features a clown who transforms into a politician and back again at top speed. Malka Ghosh’s It Could Have Been Worse is a meditation on the inadequacy of that phrase, rarely any consolation to the people who have to hear it.
7.30pm. 11-13 November, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs50, Rs200. 16 -19 November, Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. Tickets,Rs200. For details, log on to www.shortandsweet.org/shortsweet-theatre/delhi
Ja Nei Bharate by Sundaram
Written and directed by Manoj Mitra (who is also acting in the play), the production by the Kolkata-based theatre group Sundaram is based on the Mahabharat.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830005311). Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60, available from 1-7pm at the academy.
Jhara Samayer Kabya
The play is based on the life of Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, more popularly known as Mirza Ghalib, and the times he lived in. It has been written by Sumitro Bandyopadhyaya, directed by Amitava Dutta and performed by Ganakristi, a Kolkata-based theatre group.
6.30pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (9830073746). Tickets, Rs20 and Rs50, available at the academy from 10am onwards.
Music Down the Corridor
Carols Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts presents Music Down the Corridor, a five-member student-teacher musical team consisting of Errol Vanjour, Prerna Bhattacharya, Aishwarya Nag, Prerona Sanyal and Sumita Bhattacharya. They will perform popular contemporary songs.
6.30-8pm. WSCA, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Surur Pate Kella Fate
Till 30 November
Peerless Inn will celebrate Bhai Duj at Aaheli with an exclusive selection of traditional Bengali items. Some of the dishes on the menu include pulao Rajnandini, badam diye laal saag, mochar paturi, potoler dorma and dhokar dalna.
12.30-3.30pm (lunch), 7.30-11pm (dinner). The Peerless Inn, 12, JL Nehru Road, and Axis Mall, Rajarhat (menu and prices vary at the two outlets). Thalis,Rs650 -925, taxes extra.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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