Mushroom Moments Food Festival
Till 8 August
On The Rocks is hosting a one-of-a-kind festival featuring mushroom delicacies for dinner. Choose from an a la carte menu of morels, porcinis, truffles and combinations with other veggies, all spiced to perfection.
7.30-11.30pm. On The Rocks, ITC Sheraton Park, 132, TTK Road (24994101). Charges, Rs275 onwards (plus taxes) per dish.
Till 8 August
Try out different kinds of fondue such as German smoked fondue, creamy veggie fondue, brie and pesto fondue, fiesta cheese fondue and more at Holy Smoke. Chef Bharathan has included an Indian element with curry fondue. This festival also offers a variety of dessert fondue in chocolate, banana, kahlua and peanut butter flavours.
11am-9pm. Holy Smoke, Ispahani Centre, Nungambakkam High Road (43090069). Charges, Rs150 upwards (plus taxes) per dish.
Till 10 August
Award-winning, Rajasthan-based artist Yogesh Verma will present his latest collection of abstract art, inspired by the ever-changing nature of life around us. The use of colours and abstract forms to bring about symmetry is what stands out in this 25-year-old’s work.
11am-6.30pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road (42158062).
Patriotic Film Festival
Alliance Française de Madras, in association with the Russian Cultural Centre and UTV, presents a festival of patriotic films in different languages.
Blessed by Fire, Spanish (3 August)
When journalist Esteban Leguizamon finds out that his friend from the Malvinas War has tried to commit suicide, he realizes that more than 290 veterans have killed themselves owing to the chronic depression caused by the war. This opens up deep wounds he had forgotten.
Waltz with Bashir, Hebrew (4 August)
The film is about two men who try to solve the mystery of a recurring nightmare of being chased by a pack of vicious dogs. They conclude that it has a connection with an earlier Israeli army mission of theirs—and they need to discover the truth of what happened.
Lord Mountbatten: The Last Viceroy, English (5 August)
From the six-part British miniseries, this film shows India between 1946 and 1947. Mountbatten (Nicol Williamson) is given the task of overseeing the transition of power. He must not only unite the squabbling factions within India, but also counteract the rhetoric of Winston Churchill (Malcolm Terris), who is dead set against losing the Empire’s “jewel in the crown”.
Rang de Basanti, Hindi (6 August)
A group of friends are making a film on the Indian freedom struggle. One day their friend, a MiG pilot, is killed in a crash. Suddenly their on-screen and off-screen lives overlap.
6.30pm. Russian Cultural Centre, Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet.
By Karuna Amarnath
French photojournalist Anne Maniglier shows pictures of a brick wall along a footpath in Ahmedabad. In the series, Maniglier retains a similar frame, studies the light and captures the possessions of the inhabitants of the footpath. By consciously excluding people from her frames, Maniglier allows viewers to create their own stories about the transient lives of people who live in the area.
11am-7pm, Sundays closed. Matthieu Foss Gallery, Hansraj Damodar Building, Ground floor, Goa Street, Ballard Estate (67477261).
Till 3 August
Sakshi Gallery is showcasing upcoming artists Jyotirmoy De, Mrinmoy Debbarma, Pradiptaa Chakraborty and Sabir Ali in July Screenings. Insects, plants and animals populate De’s colourful paintings that celebrate the creation of life. Using the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry, Debbarma highlights the violence in popular media. In his paintings, Indian mythological heroes come to the rescue of cities that are reduced to heaps of junk. Chakraborty gives a contemporary spin to mythological episodes in works that resemble modern interpretations of Kalighat paintings. Ali’s works reference iconic images to meditate on death and violence.
11am-7pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11-A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, Colaba (66103424).
The Comedy Store
The Comedy Store showcases the cheeky Dave Johns and the sardonic wit of Alistair Barrie, with skilful storytelling by Tommy Campbell.
8.30pm and 10.30pm. The Comedy Store, The Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, Rs700, available at the venue. For online booking, log on to www. bookmyshow.com. For home delivery, call 39895050.
From 5 August
Every Thursday till October-end, aspiring scientists will transform Treasure Books into a mini laboratory and conduct scientific experiments over 12 sessions. Ages 4-6.
6-7pm. Treasure Books, Shop No. 3, Ground floor, Snow White Building, 18th Road, Khar-West (26055964). Charge for one session, Rs200; for all 12 sessions, Rs2,400.
The Indian Debating Union will discuss the motion: This house will ban hartals and bandhs (industrial and political strikes).
7.30pm. -St Andrew’s College Auditorium, St Dominic Road, Bandra-West. Register online at www.indiadebating.in or call 39895050. Registration, Rs100.
Barcelona Comes to Mumbai
Putting around 125 children under one roof would seem to be the best recipe for pure cacophony. But not at the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation (MMMF), especially when they will be under the guidance of five choral directors from the famous Barcelona concert hall, the Palau de la Música Catalana.
The concert will feature a Brazilian song, a traditional Catalan song and an Australian aboriginal song, in addition to songs in French, Spanish and English. The Spanish instructors have spent five weeks training all these children from the foundation’s Singing Tree Choir and from choral groups drawn from Bai Avabai Petit Girls High School, Bombay International School, The Stop-Gaps Cultural Academy and The Happy Home and School for the Blind. Besides choral music, the concert will also feature a string ensemble performance by MMMF’s violin players.
6.30pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
In another in the series of mathematics-inspired?events,?well-known classical?musicians?Shubha?Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan explore the bond between math and music.
8pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (26149546). Tickets, Rs300.
The Tribute to Broadway
The city’s favourite female jazz pianist, Merlin D’Souza, is preparing for a night of music, theatre and dance with vocalists Asif Ali Beg, Delna Mody, Caralisa Monteiro and Neumann Pinto. Watch your favourite musicals come alive with a twist at The Tribute to Broadway. The group hopes to interest people in Broadway through their act. The 90-minute show will feature a team of 10 musicians in elaborate costumes. They will perform tunes from musicals such as Evita, Chicago, Hello Dolly and Les Miserables.
9pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300. For bookings, call 61586158.
30 July-7 August
An installations project by Bangalore-based film-maker Ayisha Abraham and artist Dina Boswank from Dresden, Germany—who currently lives in the city—on the lives of security guards, migrant Nepalis and people from Assam and Orissa. The show will include screenings of documentaries by Abraham.
2-7pm, Sunday closed. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
Till 1 August
A solo show by the Dutch student of fashion design and artist in residence at the studio gallery 1Shanthi Road. In this show, she explores the “futility of fashion”, using her observations while documenting garment factories in south India. Pereira has put together photographs of a series of elaborate and often bizarre dresses, fabricated with sequins, pigments, a bunch of electric lights, and even clumps of human hair, that she shot in Auroville.
10.30am-7.30pm.1Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar.
Till 3 August
Teen love, drive-ins, fast cars and syrupy anthems that ooze classic Americana. Grease is a blast of musical nostalgia, and director Leila Alvares brings back the production, now performed by members of the Cause Foundation, that kicked off her annual musical offerings to Bangalore 11 years ago. 2 hours.
7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, 2nd Main Road, Malleswaram. Tickets, Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500.
The cult Israeli psychedelic trance band formed by Amit Duvdevani and Erez Eisen combines psychedelic trance with heavy metal, punk and classical music. The duo are known for their collaborations with musicians such as Jonathan Davis of Korn, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and Israeli reggae singer Matisyahu.
6pm. Pebble, Princess No. 3, Palace Grounds (23614109). Tickets, Rs1,500. For details, call 9916695200.
Till 14 August
Seven Art Limited Gallery and
Select Citywalk mall present installations by Pakistani artist Khalil Chishtee. His current work uses the ubiquitous plastic bag to create figures with sculptural precision and great attention to detail.
11am-7pm, Sundays closed. Select Citywalk mall, Saket. For details, call 9811239932.
Till 7 August
Installations by New York-based Jane Slade. The artworks are lighting installations with used plastic bottles; each installation represents a panorama of emotions: love, anger, desire and sadness.
11am-7pm. Paintbrush & Chisel, F-213A, Lado Sarai (9811744667).
Nritya Parampara, an annual festival organized by Jayantika Association, features solo dancers from major classical traditions. This edition will have recitals by US-based Anuradha Dwarakanath (Bharatanatyam), Malayasia-based Sudha Sasikumar (Odissi) and France-based Sharmila Sharma (Kathak), among others.
6.30pm. Triveni Chamber Theatre, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House. For details, call 23718833.
Chaitanya…The Energy, a contemporary composition by Sadhya choreographed by Santosh Nair, explores the concept of energy through movement.
7.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). For details, contact Sadhya at 9810273629.
Till 24 August
Tejas Gallery presents an exhibition of affordable artworks by six artists—Dhiren Sasmal, Subrata Ghosh, Madhubanti Banerjee, Sajal Mukherjee, Bhaskar
Chitrakar and Gautam Sarkar. Sasmal explores the medium of acrylic with pastel on board. His pieces reflect the joy of childhood and nature. Banerjee’s bright portraits of village women portray a vibrant, rural India, while Sarkar presents faces and landscapes in his pieces. Also on display is a collection of Patachitras, in the Kalighat style by young Chitrakar, and old pieces from other Midnapore chitrakars.
12.30-7.30pm, Sundays and public holidays closed. Tejas Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road (9830049825).
Elisher Iti Katha
Till 31 July
The monsoon is a festive time for hilsa lovers. Aaheli, a Bengali cuisine restaurant, has organized a month-long hilsa festival with an array of dishes from West Bengal and Bangladesh. The menu includes starters such as elish dim-er bhapa, elish patisapta,
elish dim-er bora and main course items such as doodhe elish, aahamori aanarosi elish , bahari elish posto, kancha elisher jhal, elish-er ullash and elish maacher tenga.
12.30-3pm (lunch) and 7.30-11pm (dinner). Aaheli, The Peerless Inn, 12, JL Nehru Road (22280301/44003900). Charges, Rs250-425 per dish (plus taxes).
Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata, and Oxford University Press present the launch of Three Novellas—translations of the Rabindranath Tagore classics Nashtanir, Dui Bon and Malancha by Sukhendu Ray. There will be a panel discussion with noted Bengali writer Nabaneeta Deb Sen; Supriya Chaudhuri, professor of English, Jadavpur University; Swapan Chakravorty, director, National Library, Kolkata; and the book’s translator, Ray. The book will be launched by West Bengal governor M.K. Narayanan.
6pm. Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street (9831110300).
Travel and Tourism Fair
31 July-2 August
The fair is a one-stop travel and holiday planner showcasing national and international destinations. There will be around 300 participants from all over India. Among the states participating are Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Kerala. Seven countries—Cambodia, Korea, China, Dubai, Egypt, Bhutan and Nepal—will be represented.
11am-8pm (31 July) and 10am-8pm (1-2 August). Netaji
Indoor Stadium (24790010-14). Tickets, Rs20.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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