Picasso at The Lapin Agile
What if a young, unknown Picasso met an unheralded Einstein in a quaint Parisian pub? Steve Martin’s play on art, science, perception, belief and the definition of beauty has Cubism smacking into relativity to give the world decidedly dubious but funny theories.
8pm, 7 May; 4pm and 7.30pm, 8 May. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, opposite UNI Building (41231345). Tickets, Rs150.
Cyrus, an NRI who grew up in Mumbai, is back on a break with his boyfriend Vyom in tow. They find a ready place of sojourn in Cyrus’ old classmate Uttara’s apartment. An aspiring actor caught up in tinsel dreams, Uttara lives with her partner Kartik. A chef by métier, a wanderer by nature, her companion is a quiet man, given to few illusions of success and grandeur. Sutradhar’s play explores themes such as emotional legitimacy in gay relationships, the practical commitments shared by couples who eschew marriage for a live-in arrangement, and the uncertainties of conventional gender equations.
8pm, 7 May; and 7.30pm, 8 May. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar 2nd Phase (26592777). Tickets, Rs150.
Dhaatu Puppet Festival
Treat yourself. Start with the inaugural show celebrating spring, Vasantha Ritu, by the Harishchandra puppetry group. Professional puppetry troupes from across south India will perform using shadow, Yakshagan, string and robotic puppets. The festival will conclude with a 2km parade of puppets, with live music and a tableau
Timings and venues vary. 6.30-8pm, 7 May, Yavanika, Nrupathunga Road (22214911); 8-9 May, at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road, High Grounds (22265746); 10 May, shows at 3-4pm and 4-5pm at Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park. For the full schedule, call Anupama Hoskere at 65683395.
Calendimaggio at it.ALIA
The chefs at it.ALIA celebrate Calendimaggio, the Italian festival of spring and harvest, this week. The menu includes baked sea bass with bell peppers and mascarpone polenta, porchetta with fresh fennel salsa and red grape relish and herb, and asparagus and pea lasagna with marinated cheese flakes.
Noon-3.30pm and 6.30-11.30pm. The Park, 14/7, MG Road (25594666). Charges, Rs2,500 approx. for two.
Printmaker Kurma Nadham, hailing from Visakhapatnam and now a resident of Vadodara, will show a collection of his recent work, including a series of woodcuts, alongside paintings by Babua Das and Mrinal Dey from West Bengal, and Vijaya from Bangalore.
11am-7pm. Renaissance Gallerie, 104, Westminster, 13, Cunningham Road (22202232).
Till 22 May
The first part of film-maker and video artist Kabir Mohanty’s project, titled Song for an Ancient Land, began in 2003. Mohanty’s new show, for the second part of this project, is expected to include new studies in video and sound.
11am-7pm (Tuesdays closed and Sundays by appointment only). GallerySKE, 82, Presidency, St Marks Road (65951972).
Iowa, US-based dancer Krupa Mysore’s performance pays homage to her teachers. Mysore will begin with a pushpanjali, an invocatory piece, followed by a padam (emotive piece) originally choreographed by Chennai-based Kalanidhi Narayan and taught to Mysore by Bangalore-based guru Poornima Gururaj. She will end with a tillana (a pure dance sequence) dedicated to the late Narmada, a Bangalore-based teacher.
6pm. HN Kalakshetra, 36th Cross, 2nd Main, 7th Block, Jayanagar (26539239).
Alternative act Lounge Piranha from Bangalore will headline this “sponsor-free” gig. Pigflower Presents is their initiative to promote independent music with a gig every three months, with a 3- to 4-hour concert that also features two or three other bands. This one includes psychedelic act The Bicycle Days, and alternative rock band Rosemary, both from Mumbai.
7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, 100 Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). Tickets, Rs200. For details, log on to www.bookmyshow.com or call Kyra.
Dusk to Dawn
The 34th edition of this 12-hour concert, organized by Sri Rama Kala Vedike in memory of the late tabla artist Ramachandra Yavagal, features Hindustani and Carnatic musicians. There will be Hindustani vocal recitals by S. Godkhindi, Poornima Bhat Kulkarni, Ganapati Bhat and Alka Dev Marulkar, while T.N. Chandrashekar on violin and Balesh on shehnai will perform a jugalbandi. Sitarists Mohsin Khan and Nikhil Joshi will do a duet and T. Radhakrishna a solo. A Carnatic saxophone duet has M.S. Lavanya with M.S. Subbalaxmi, and Anuvrat Chatterjee will do a tabla solo.
7pm-7am. Ravindra Kalakshetra, JC Road (22213530).
Parag Tandel Show
Till 24 May
Parag Tandel’s sculptures depict the effects of urbanization on the environment and inhabitants of cities. He is inspired by the lives of Thane’s fishing community, to which he belongs. With everyday objects such as chapattis or a pair of slippers, Tandel highlights disappearing livelihoods and shifting identities in a city changing too rapidly for its own good.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Pundole Art Gallery, 369, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, next to American Dry Fruits, Flora Fountain (22841837).
Gieve Patel show
8 May -12 June
Gieve Patel is a physician, poet, playwright and painter, all rolled into one. Over the years, his works have dealt with the lives of the Indian working class. This is a selection of Patel’s paintings, drawings and sculptures from 1971-2006.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Chemould Prescott Road, Queens Mansion, Third floor, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).
Delhi’s much-loved fusion rock band began the year with the death of founding member and percussionist Asheem Chakravarty. This is their first commercial gig in Mumbai with a fresh line-up. Besides guitarist Susmit Sen, bassist Rahul Ram and drummer Amit Kilam, the band now has Himanshu Joshi on vocals and Gyan Singh on the tabla.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
A Special Bond 2
This play is part of Prithvi Theatre’s annual summer festival of creative arts for children. Ranji (from the original A Special Bond) is back in Dehradun for his summer vacations. He can’t wait to meet old buddies Suraj and Koki. But Suraj has failed his exams and wants to run away to sea to escape his father’s ire. Encounters with a gypsy on a goods train, a crazy queen, ghost children in a haunted house, and a hungry mountain bear follow.
7pm. Horniman Circle Garden, Horniman Circle, Fort. Tickets, Rs50.
The Adventures of Tintin
The comic strip by Belgian artist Georges Rémi, alias Hergé, saw its last complete adventure in 1976, but audiences are sure to recognize Captain Haddock’s cry of “blistering barnacles”. The plot of this production is based on Seven Crystal Balls and Prisoners of the Sun, plus episodes from The Blue Lotus, The Castafiore Emerald and Tintin and the Picaros.
4pm and 7pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle, West (26149546). Tickets, Rs200, available at the box office, 1-9pm, daily.
8 May onwards
The camps organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature —India seek to introduce children to their immediate natural habitat. Each seven-day camp takes participants to higher altitudes, starting from around 6,500ft at Vashisht to 14,000ft at Bhrigu Lake, in Himachal Pradesh. There will be 11 batches leaving on different dates. For ages 12+.
WWF-India, 172B, Lodhi Estate. For details, call Karishma Handa (41504790). Fees, Rs6,300.
This concert in memory of Ustad Nasir Zahiruddin Dagar features a sitar recital by Ustad Saeed Zafar Khan of the Delhi gharana, accompanied by Akhtar Hussain on the tabla. And a dhrupad performance by Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar, with Pandit Mohan Shyam Sharma on the pakhawaj.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
An Evening at the Opera
Capital City Minstrels presents a concert of romantic and melodious songs for choir and arias from world-famous European operas, featuring the works of Verdi, Erkel, Adolphe Adam and Purcell.
7pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Ek Machine Kabadi Ki
The theatre group Daira’s comedy revolves around a magical machine belonging to Kallan Kabadi. His 50-year-old wife Husna enters the machine and becomes a beautiful 25-year-old. Complications ensue, especially when Kabadi’s would-be son-in-law Azeem falls for her.
7.15pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets, Rs100 and Rs300, available at the venue and online at www.buzzintown .com
The play from 5 Elementz Art and Culture Society is based on the 1968 film. Simpleton Bhola falls in love with his neighbour Bindu. He seeks the help of his singer friend Guru. But things take a twist with the arrival of her music teacher, who’s also in love with her.
7.15pm. Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Tickets, Rs100.
Summer Ballet Festival
The 10th edition of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s festival features a generous dose of Mayurbhanj Chhau, the Orissa dance form that the Kendra works to preserve and promote. ‘Karna’ (7 May) is the story of a warrior born out of wedlock to the Pandav queen Kunti and the Hindu sun god. ‘Meera’ (8 May) is a Kendra classic, incorporating dances from Rajasthan. ‘Abhimanyu’ (13 May), a classic that the Kendra is staging after an interval of seven years, highlights the martial nature of Chhau to enact the ancient web of connivance, guile and physical violence which the epic vignette describes. The festival closes with a more contemporary work, ‘Parikrama’ (14-15 May).
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Entry by invitation, invites available at the venue. For details, call 43503333 or 23386428.
Terracotta Jewellery Workshop
Terracotta jewellery is popular for its ethnic style and amenability to a variety of designs, in matt or glazed, natural or colourful finishes. Make your own pieces under the guidance of Jane De Baecke of GapGuru.com, an organization that helps youth to work, travel and teach across the world.
10am-5pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779). Fees, Rs1,000, inclusive of cost of materials and transport between DakshinaChitra and Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar.
Till 31 May
One of the country’s best magicians, P.C. Sorcar Jr, is back with his troupe to enthral audiences in the city with his amazing skills of illusion and a host of new tricks.
7pm, Monday-Saturday; 4pm and 7pm, Sunday. Rani Seethai Hall, 603, Anna Salai (9941018686, 9841828874, 9381014384). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200, Rs300, Rs500 and Rs1,000.
Neha Foundation, a centre for self-development and counselling, will conduct a five-day training programme on personality development for children, designed and facilitated by the founder and psychologist Sumathi Chandrasekaran. The interactive and activity-based sessions will involve role play, group discussion and dance therapy sessions. For ages 12-18.
10am-1.30pm. 153, Bells Road, Triplicane, opposite Madras Cricket Club (9884826162, 42310573).
Mother’s Day Lunch
The Mother’s Day buffet at the Asiana hotel features live food stations, a stunning display of desserts, plus a glass of wine or beer and live music to accompany your meal. All mothers will also receive special gifts such as home-made cakes, meal vouchers, spa vouchers and more.
Noon-3.30pm. Asiana, 1/238, Old Mahabalipuram Road, Semmencherry (67411000). Charges, Rs799, plus taxes, per person.
These abstract paintings in bold colours are by artists who have displayed at the gallery over the past year: Achuthan Kudallur, Ajay Narayan, Raju Durshettiwar, D. Ravi, Kuntal Desai, S. Kumaresan, Shalini Biswajit, P. Suresh Kumar, Vikash Ravi and A. Viswam.
11am-6pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596).
Children’s Adventure Movies Festival
Alliance Française de Madras, in association with UTV World Movies, presents a festival of five adventure films for children.
6.30pm. AFM Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, New No. 24 (Old No. 40), College Road (28271477, 28279803).
10 May: Rock a Doodle
In this musical adventure, a boy’s favourite storybook comes to life as friends seek to rescue the only rooster whose morning crow wakes the sun.
11 May: Annabelle’s Wish
This story follows the friendship of seven-year-old Billy, who cannot speak, and Annabelle, a lovable calf born on Christmas. Billy must learn to speak or be sent to the city and Annabelle wants to fly with Santa’s reindeer. Will their wishes come true?
12 May: Viva Cuba
Malu’s mother does not want her to play with Jorgito as she thinks his background is commonplace. What she doesn’t recognize is the immense strength of the bond between Malu and Jorgito.
13 May: Treasure Island
Intrigue, comedy, adventure, unforgettable characters and exotic settings—‘Treasure Island’ will stir the hearts of both children and adults in this brightest and bounciest of musicals.
14 May: The Last Butterfly
Antoine Moreau is compelled by the Gestapo to put on a performance for the children of Terezin, a model concentration camp, to convince Red Cross observers that the camp is truly what it seems. Initially reluctant, Moreau slowly learns about the camp’s reality.
--By Karuna Amarnath
Till 30 May
A solo exhibition by London-based artist Anita Gopal, in the new style she calls “fractism”. Using 3D cut-paper relief on a paper or canvas base, Gopal pays homage to the work of the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot. In his seminal publication The Fractal Geometry of Nature, Mandelbrot argued that there is a regular repetition of forms in the natural world.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (24653212).
8 May-12 June
The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts (WSCA) presents several cultural camps for the young. Taal Bol aur Laya is a tabla workshop conducted by musician Arif Khan, and Trix to Mix!, a DJ workshop, will be conducted by DJ Shireen Khan. Arif Khan will also conduct Music Production for Beginners. Pradyumna S. Manot, co-founder of Latin jazz band Los Amigos, presents a music appreciation workshop. There are more workshops scheduled for June.
Tabla workshop, 11.30am-1.30pm, 11-27 May, Tuesdays and Thursdays. DJ workshop, 4-6pm, 12-31 May, Mondays and Wednesdays. Music production workshop, 11am-1pm, 14-31 May, Fridays and Mondays. Music appreciation workshop, 6-7pm, 11 May-3 June, Tuesdays and Thursdays. WSCA, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145). For different age groups; registration costs vary.
Rabindra Bharati University is celebrating Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary with an early-morning tribute on 9 May. There will be readings of his work by performers such as Soumitra Chatterjee, Bijoylakshmi Barman and Bratati Bandyopadhyay, as well as Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee, mayor of Kolkata. Rabindrasangeet performances will feature Purabi Mukhopadhyay, Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta, Shampa Ray Chowdhury, Sudeshna Basu, Pallab Kirtania and Agniva Bandhopadhyay, among others. The cultural programme continues in the evening, with vocal and instrumental performances, more recitals, elocution and dance dramas presented by different departments.
6.30am and 4.30pm. Rabindra Bharati University, Jorasanko Campus, 6/4, Dwarkanath Tagore Lane (22695241/5242/6601).
Creative art workshops
18 May-5 June
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture has been organizing summer workshops in the creative arts for children and youth since 1988. This year’s range includes theatre, paper craft, mask making, papier mâché, watercolour or oil painting, and clay modelling. The last date for registration is 15 May.
Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue. For different age groups; timings and material costs vary. For details, call 9831534295.
Purba Paschim marks the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore with a performance of Chaturanga, based on the poet’s novel. At the turn of the 20th century, rationalist reformer Sachish rescues Nanibala, a young woman seduced by his brother. But she refuses to be “saved” and kills herself. Sachish runs away to join a religious cult, where widowed Damini develops an attachment to him. His friend Sribilash comes looking for Sachish, and falls for Damini.
6.30pm. Minerva Theatre, 6 and 6/1, Dani Ghosh Sarani (Beadon Street). Tickets, Rs40 and Rs60, available at the venue. For details, call 9830783356 or 9874027780.
--By Indranil Bhoumik
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