Till 11 April
Abstract paintings by Syrian artist Nasr Warour, who is now settled in Dubai. He uses cubist techniques and his images feature bold, bright colours alternating with dark greys and black. A recurring motif is a female face and figure.
Bold colours: An abstract painting by Nasr Warour.
11am-8pm, daily. Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
The model-turned-DJ from Rio de Janeiro, now based in Mumbai, will spin a set with a Brazilian flavour.
Manré, MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket (40668888).
The Skeleton Woman
11 and 12 April
Inspired by an Inuit folk tale, the play is about loneliness and failure, and what one must endure to be happy. A writer gets sucked into his hyperactive imagination and struggles to keep a grasp on what’s real and what’s in his head while his wife constantly tries to keep him grounded.
Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333). Tickets, Rs200-500, available at the venue. 8pm.
The Bob Dylan of modern Bengali music will sing at a programme titled ‘Banglar Adhunik Gaan’. This is part of the festival ‘A Panorama of Bengal’s Performing Arts Heritage’ at the India International Centre.
7.30pm. Gandhi-King Plaza, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
This is a presentation by the Astad Deboo Dance Foundation in which Astad Deboo, one of India’s foremost contemporary dancers, has worked with children from the Salaam Balak Trust.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium,1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Passes available at Teksons Bookshop, South Extension-I (24617030).
Film Must Be Physical
From 15 April
Are you a Werner Herzog fan? Don’t miss this collection of photos taken on his film sets by still photographer Beat Presser.
11am-7pm, daily. Max Mueller Bhavan, 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23329506).
Kiran Subbaiah Show
From 14 April
Kiran Subbaiah loves being a student. Now 38, he has already spent 14 years studying art in educational institutions across the world. Subbaiah’s admiration for academia may create the impression that his work is serious and grimly involved in esoteric art history debates. But as his Mumbai debut at Chatterjee and Lal this fortnight demonstrates, Subbaiah’s works engage in discussions by being unintimidating and fun.
Esoteric art: Subbaiah’s work.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Chatterjee and Lal, 01/18, Kamal Mansion, 1st floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
In his 21 years as a professional musician, Sanjay Divecha has delved deep into a variety of genres. But Divecha believes it wasn’t until he returned to Mumbai in 2002 that he started developing a musical identity. Find out what it really is when he plays at the Frog.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Rs300.
Pentagram + Medusa
‘Rolling Stone’ celebrates its first anniversary with celebratory gigs by two of Mumbai’s most popular bands. While Medusa has gone from an industrial rock quintet to an electronica-oriented trio over the years, Pentagram has been around since 1993 and plays electronica-tinged pop-rock.
9.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Call venue about entrance fee.
The McDowell Indian Derby
The Indian Derby, traditionally held on the first Sunday of February but postponed to April after an equine influenza epidemic delayed the racing season this year, is considered the highlight of the Mumbai racing calendar.
It is as eagerly awaited by the owners and trainers of horses in the fray as by punters hoping to get rich. The race is open only to colts and fillies that are four years old, so no horse gets a second chance. Seven big-ticket races are scheduled for the day, including the Breeders’ Produce Stakes, the Black Dog 12 Year Old Deluxe Trophy, the United Spirits Challenge and the White Mischief Challenge. Look out for special lucky draws, promotions, contests and fashion shows to keep you entertained between races.
Mahalaxmi Race Course, Keshavrao Khadye Marg, Mahalaxmi. Noon onwards. Tickets for non-members are available at the venue. Call 23071401.
Till 30 April
Crimson and The Hatworks Boulevard have brought together 14 artists to present works inspired by Oscar winner ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
Maximum city:Remembrance of Journey by K.T. Shivaprasad.
The artists have portrayed their versions of big dreams— in the form of a child reading under a street lamp or the aspirations of a family new to a neighbourhood. The group show will include works by artists Chandranath Acharya, Ratnadeep Adivrekar, Shivanand Basavanthappa, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Murali Cheeroth, Arunanshu Chowdhury, G.R. Iranna, Surjit Khuman, George Martin, Rupa Paul, M. Shantamani, K.T. Shivaprasad, Aziz T.M. and Babu Eshwar Prasad.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. 32, Cunningham Road (65379223).
Dance & Music
Every April, Iskcon Bangalore hosts the Brahmotsava, a Bramha festival, as directed by the Vedic scriptures. As a part of these festivities, the temple hosts dance and musical events which tell stories from the life of Krishna.
All dance performances are scheduled for 6.30pm daily. Daily music performances, including one by veteran vocalist T.S. Satyavati (at 4pm on 13 April), will also take place.
Iskcon Temple auditorium, Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Rajajinagar (9341450310).
Butter and Mashed Bananas
The play begins with the hilariously sexy premise of a Marx-doting firebrand feminist and a painfully punctilious right-wing culture vulture getting frisky in a moment of ill-conceived (and unprotected) passion. The result: a confused bastard infant whose teething troubles are accompanied by momentous decisions such as whether his first step must be taken with his right foot or his left.
7.30pm, Saturday. 3.30pm, Sunday. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
The Bangalore Queer Fest ’09
This is the third edition of the Bangalore queer fest, which was referred to in October 2003 as ‘Queering Bangalore’ and in August 2007 as ‘Films of Desire’.
This time around, the name is likely to remain for good. The movies being shown range from Gus Van Sant’s ‘Mala Noche’ to Wong Kar Wai’s ‘Happy Together’. There are even performances planned as part of the festival, which will include a Bharatanatyam performance, ‘qawwalis’, dramatic monologues and poetry readings. For all updates, visit www.goodasyou.in
Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
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Borgeaud SA has introduced the first Swiss watch inspired by the intricacies of traditional Indian almanacs, part of a series titled ‘La Collection Gravitas’. A window in the dial of the watch fills up with colour at the start of the ‘Rahu’ period every day (in Indian astrology, it is considered to be an “inauspicious time” for decision making and holding important events), and empties in 90 minutes, thereby making the services of the family astrologer redundant. The timepiece, developed over two years, might keep track of planetary movement, but it costs the earth too.
Rs1 lakh onwards. Helios, 107, 80-Foot Road, 4th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore (41217464).
The recently inaugurated Accountancy Museum in Noida hopes to draw attention to the history (and glory) of the profession. One of the first displays is a section of text-heavy digital panels on accounting in Indian history. There are also piggy bank-like clay pots on display: The earlier ones, from around 8000 BC, are smooth; around 3500 BC, the pots are marked on the exterior to indicate their contents. In another display, images of the world’s first coins, engraved ones from Lydia (in modern-day Turkey) are compared with the first Indian coins, punch-marked.
10.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Icai Bhawan, C-1, Sector 1, Noida (95120-3989398). Radhika Arora
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