Ma Nuit Chez Maud (My Night At Maud’s)
The third in Eric Rohmer’s series of ‘Moral Tales’ was the film that sealed his international reputation. It tells—lightly, wittily and amazingly perceptively—of the long night of the soul of a Catholic engineer, smugly secure in his acceptance of Pascal’s wager (it pays to believe in God, because if you win, you win eternity; if you lose, you lose nothing), who makes up his mind about marrying a girl he has seen only in church. He is in for a rude shock during the teasing, tantalizing, and ultimately chaste, night he spends with the free-thinking divorcee Maud, who opens his eyes to the fact that “a choice can be heartbreaking”. Still one of Rohmer’s best films. 6pm and 8pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium (43500200).
The noted Bharatanatyam dancer and musician will play the harpsichord, featuring works by French baroque composers Jacques Champion de Chambonnières and Louis Couperin. 6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal building (23746050).
An interactive session on electronic music from Germany, a country known for the range of electronic music that is produced there. Ralph Christoph, electronic media and music expert, head of “The c/o pop (cologne on pop)” annual festival for pop culture, held in Cologne, will present a demonstration lecture on the latest trends in electronic music. 7pm. Max Mueller Bhavan (23329506).
House music and Dave Seaman are practically synonymous. Having been in the business for more than two decades, Seaman has remixed and produced for everyone from Kylie Minogue and The Pet Shop Boys to David Bowie. He’s churned out more than 20 mixed compilations for labels such as Global Underground and Renaissance, while being the driving force behind indie staples such as Stress Records and Audio Therapy. And now he’s here, for what promises to be a grand gig at Elevate. Wear comfortable shoes. 10pm-4am. Confirm exact timings. Elevate, Centre Stage Mall, fifth floor, sector 18, Noida (95120-4364611). Cover charge (redeemable against drinks), Rs1,500 per couple.
The Dusk Bride Melodrama
Varun Narain’s puppet performance is about a queen who discovers that the king is having an affair with a courtesan. Devastated, she commits suicide, only to be reborn as the lighter of the palace lamps and resolve her relationship with the king. The courtesan, meanwhile, decides to get plastic surgery. The play engages with the Buddhist idea of rebirth, but throws in plastic surgery as a cheeky counterpoint. 4.30pm and 7.30pm. Epicentre Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). Tickets, Rs100, available at the venue.
Regards Croises (Chandigarh-Firminy)
From 15 April
Two photographers exhibit their work to present a cross-cultural view of Le Corbusier’s work. Diwan Manna went to France and photographed the interiors and exteriors of the Saint-Pierre church in the commune of Firminy. Saint-Pierre is a concrete building and was Swiss architect Le Corbusier’s last major work. It was completed in 2006, 41 years after his death. Designed to be a church in the model city of Firminy Vert, the construction of Saint-Pierre was started in 1971, six years after Le Corbusier’s death in 1965. 11am-8pm. Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
As part of the celebrations to mark 60 years of independence of the State of Israel, the embassy of Israel is presenting “You”, a music and dance production to be presented by three Israeli performers—Ido Tadmor, Ohad Hitman and Michal Amdursky. While Tadmor interprets the original music composed by Ohad Hitman, Michal Amdursky (dancer and singer) weighs in with his own interpretation to present a creative production. 7.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
The good people from the Welfare of Stray Dogs have collected enough new and second-hand books to hold a charity sale. Proceeds will go towards the sterilization and immunization drives for stray dogs in Mumbai. Who knows, the dog-eared copy you pick up might just save a real dog somewhere. 10am-6pm.
Garage of Vaswani Mansion, opposite KC College, Dinshaw Wacha Road, Churchgate. Prices start at Rs10.
Cher’s stage shows are known for their barrage of high-glitz fripperies, but Shiamak Davar’s production ‘I Believe’ manages to outdo even the diva’s camp luridness. Davar bombards viewers with laser lights, a floral-printed Fiat, huge swans and, at regular intervals, a voice-over droning on about the power of dreams and the undying human spirit. While 250 students of Shiamak Davar’s Institute of Performing Arts slip on their dancing shoes, Davar croons hits such as ‘What Goes Around.../...Comes Around’ and ‘Because You Loved Me’, a track dedicated to his mother. 7pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs5,000, Rs2,500, Rs1,500 and Rs750, available at the venue.
Asian Hot Shots
Mahatma Gandhi tries his hand at baseball. A lonely man reaches out to a lonely woman on the phone. A little girl joins adults at a card game. A blind criminal narrates the story of the demise of his partners. They’re all subjects of short films that will be screened at the Max Mueller Bhavan. The evening features a selection of 10 of the 200 films that were shown at the Asian Hot Shots festival in Berlin in January. 4pm. Max Mueller Bhavan, Goethe-Institut, Kala Ghoda (22022085).
Seher presents a three-day musical extravaganza, showcasing devotional music from India and Pakistan in its myriad forms, cutting across religious politics, caste and creed. From Sanskrit chants to bhajans in folk and popular traditions, from sufiana qawwali to dhrupad, from singing verses of Kabir, Surdas, Tulsidas, Meera, the saint poets of the north, to Carnatic devotional compositions, the utsav presents a bewildering variety of music prevalent in many parts of contemporary India and across the border. For more information, log on to ‘www.sehernow.in’. 6.30pm. Nehru Park (entrance from Neeti Marg).
Kaifi aur Main
A tribute to the late poet Kaifi Azmi, the performance draws on the book ‘Kaifi Aur Main’, by Azmi’s wife Shaukat Kaifi. Azmi’s daughter Shabana and son-in-law Javed Akhtar enact events from the poet’s life: his childhood in Mijwan, a village in Uttar Pradesh, his marriage, his social activism in Mumbai in the 1950s as a member of Indian People’s Theatre Association (Ipta), and his efforts to develop his hometown. It’s been nearly a year since Ipta organized the similar ‘Sheeshon Ka Maseeha’, a tribute to Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. So, those pining for a bit of Urdu poetry will get to hear some of Azmi’s lilting verse set to a score by Kuldip Singh. 9.30pm. Prithvi Theatre. Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. Tickets, Rs300.