Clothing an Identity
Until 13 Apr
A solo show of bronze sculptures by Shanthi Swaroopini Roy. Roy combines animal characteristics with female nudes to create hybrid creatures. For a contemporary sculptor, though, her sculptures are quite traditional. In this, she is something of an oddity—being one of a very small group of serious women sculptors in the tradition of her elders, Meera Mukherjee and Mrinalinee Mukherjee. However, unlike these sculptors, Roy’s figures are more classical in their stances—like Chola bronzes—and more naturally rendered, like European Realist sculptures in the manner of Edgar Degas. 11am-8pm. Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72 Lodhi Estate (4350-0200).
Recommended: Everyday Bosedk
It’s all in the packaging at “Everyday Bosedk”— artist/designer duo Thukral & Tagra’s latest show at Gallery Nature Morte. Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra invite you to go bananas with their branded bonanza of an exhibition. With paintings, sculptures and an installation, Thukral and Tugra use their invented brand, “Bosedk”, as a means to go overboard with a consumer label, making quite a few comments on commodification, art and the homogenizing force of globalization along the way. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Nature Morte, A-1 Neeti Bagh (4174-0215).
“Celebrating Abilities”, performed by the differently-abled artistes of Ability Unlimited, comprises vignettes from four of their previous productions—Ramayana on Wheels, Durga, Martial Arts on Wheels and Bhagawad Gita. Concept, direction, music, choreography and light direction by Syed Salauddin Pasha, with assistance in direction and costumes by Rani Khanam. 11.30am. Uttam School, Uttam Nagar, Ghaziabad. Call Syed Salauddin Pasha (98113-40308) for invitations and directions. Free.
From Script to Screen
Well-known scriptwriter and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap will conduct a two-day workshop on scriptwriting for film students and those interested in film-making. A panel discussion on ‘How Much Indian Cinema is World Cinema’ by a well-known film critic will be part of the workshop. 10am-5pm. Hall of Life Divine, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Mass Communication, Sri Aurobindo Society, Adhchini, New Mehrauli Road (2656-1986). Students: Rs500, others Rs1,000.
The setting of Guillermo del Toro’s animation is 1944, so the conflict proper is over, but skirmishes continue between anti-fascist guerrillas and forces under the command of the sadistic, narcissistic Captain Vidal (Sergi López). Young Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) arrives at his forest base with her pregnant, ailing mother (Ariadna Gil), Vidal’s new bride. The girl is basically alone—until a large cricket transforms into a fairy and leads her to a crumbling stone maze in the grounds, where an ageing faun greets her as a lost princess. A disjunction remains between the story’s childlike form and its gruesome execution, but few directors are so adept at conveying both the uncanny in the real and the recognizable in the fantastic. 6.30pm. Grey Zone Film Club, The Attic, 36 Regal Building, Connaught Place (2374-6050). One-day membership: Rs 55.
Recommended : Music
Idan Raichel Project
Folk songs and ethnic chants in Hebrew, Amharic, Arabic, Surinamese Creole and Zulu meet contemporary pop in the music of the Idan Raichel Project. Holding these diverse influences together is the theme of love. The brainchild of 29-year-old composer, producer and keyboard player Idan Raichel, the Project’s two albums feature more than 70 singers.
At the concert, composer and keyboard player Raichel will be accompanied by seven musicians. They include Israeli producer and drummer Gilad Shmueli, whom Raichel calls his “right hand man and closest collaborator”, Turkish guitarist, oud and tar player Yaacov Segal, Uruguayan percussionist Rony Iwryn, Israeli bass player Golan Zuskovitch, Ethiopian singers Cabra Casey and Wagderass and Irani vocalist Lital Gabai.
7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (2283-3838)
M Balamuralikrishna + Purbayan Chatterjee
This evening features a vocal performance by Carnatic vocalist, the legendary Dr M. Balamuralikrishna. Besides creating a number of new musical scales and authoring more than 400 compositions, the Padmabhushan awardee is also an accomplished kanjira, mridangam, viola and violin player. The recital by Balamuralikrishna will be followed by a performance by sitar prodigy Purbayan Chatterjee, who is flying into town in the middle of a tour of Australia, making for yet another breathtaking billing in the Music in the Park Series. The event is organized by Spic Macay in collaboration with Delhi Tourism and the Delhi government. 6pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri, entrance from Niti Marg. Free.
Delhi Music Society, the Italian Cultural Institute and Regione Piemonte present a solo guitar recital by young Italian classical guitarist Alessio Nebiolo. Nebiolo, who has a vast repertoire cutting across many cultures and spanning four centuries, will present works by Paganini, Ginastera, Sanz, Rodrigo, Froberger and Bogdanovic. 7.15pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Max Mueller Marg (2468-2222). Free.
Tribal and Progressive Night
Elevate’s in-house DJs are looking to push the envelope with dance music in Delhi. DJ Dale Chung spins a blend of deep house, progressive and tech with an emphasis on tribal rhythms, coupled with a cutting-edge bodysonic dancefloor and a diode laser lightshow. 9pm. Elevate, Fifth Floor, Centre Stage Mall, Noida (95120-2513904).
7 Apr and 8 Apr
Mohan Maharishi’s new play is about the Sanskrit playwright-poet, Kalidas, and his relationship with his wife, Vidyottama. A contemporary take on a classical figure, Vidyottama promises to take the audience on “a journey… into the inner mind of the poet”, while engaging with issues of gender and caste. 6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (2338-8084). Invitations available at Travancore House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg during office hours. Call Rekha Mody (98109-88593) for details. Free.
Throne of Frost
From 7 Apr
Anju Dodiya’s new paintings are watercolours with embroidered motifs on the reverse side. Some of the paintings are reminiscent of Dodiya’s earlier series using mattresses. The celebrated artist’s influences include everything from Gujarati folk tales to the work of 14th-century artist and architect Giotto di Bondone. She is one of the few contemporary artists who has steadfastly stuck to painting, choosing instead to experiment with technique rather than form. Her delicate watercolours, often depicting mysterious women, have been painted on a range of surfaces, including pillows and mattresses. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Bodhi Art Gallery, 28 K Dubash Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (6610-0124).
3rd Annual Salsa India Festival
Until 8 Apr
The Salsa India Dance Company is holding the 3rd Annual Salsa India Festival. The festival, which takes place this fortnight, will feature workshops and performances by leading salsa instructors from Europe, the US and other parts of Asia. Don’t miss performances by Pooja Bedi and local salsa experts Kaytee Namgyal and Ashwin Mushran. 8pm. Joss, next to Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, (6635-6908). Daily performance Rs700. Call Nicole (98203-62629) or Harshini (98204-72483) or visit www.salsaindiafestival.com for details.
It’s not just salsa fever that’s sweeping over the city. Capoeira has also caught the fancy of Mumbaikars, who’ve been lining up at the doors of the city’s only instructor in the Brazilian martial art, Rezah Messah. This fortnight, Messah’s Cordao de Ouro celebrates its first anniversary with a “batizado”, an initiation ceremony for 20 of his students. For the occasion, Mezzah has invited Cueca and Kivsi, two capoeiristas from Israel, to present the corda (belts) to the students. Messah said that more than 40 of his students will perform mesmerizing acrobatics—cartwheels, headstands, back flips and one-hand stands—to the rhythms of the berimbau, a musical bow that has its origins in Africa. 6.30pm. Carter Road Ampitheatre, Carter Road Promenade, opposite Café Coffee Day, Bandra (W). Free.
Alladiya Khan Festival
Until 8 Apr
This annual four-day classical music festival pays tribute to the founder of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, Alladiya Khan. On 6 April, catch dhrupad singers Anisuddin Dagar and Nafisuddin Dagar, vocalists Ajay Pohankar and Sarathi Chaterjee and bansuri player Venkatesh Godkhindi. The next day will feature performances by vocalists Sudhir Pote and Shobha Choudhary, sitar player Saswati and natyasangeet singers Ramdas Kamat and Neelakshi Pendharkar. The final day of the festival will feature vocalists Devaki Pandit and Shambhuprasad Pawar. Performances begin at 4.30pm on 6-7 Apr and at 9am on 8 Apr. Balvikas Sangha Hall, Gandhi Maidan, Balvikas Road, Chembur.
The Good German
Opens 6 Apr
Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, The Good German, based on the novel by Joseph Kanon, stars George Clooney as a US Army war correspondent and Cate Blanchett as his mysterious German ex-girlfriend, Lena. Set in 1945 Berlin, the movie has been shot in the style of a 1940s black-and-white noir. Even the promo advertisements mirror the original poster for the 1942 movie, Casablanca, produced by Warner Bros. Major cinemas.
British performance poet Jem Rolls, according to the Montreal “explores the human condition in all its perplexing complexity, in words that sometimes have the cadence of music, then the rat-a-tat of a machine-gun. There is much laughter in this work and much to think about when it is done.” 6pm. Café Mocha, 135 Galleria Shopping Centre, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai (2570-1800).
Katha Collage II
A cast of five National School of Drama graduates is reason enough to go watch this play. After the somewhat weighty Katha Collage I, Motley performs seven funny short stories by satirist Harishankar Parsai. Hypocrisy and government corruption are leitmotifs in Parsai’s stories, but what makes them so engaging is his characteristic sarcasm. The show’s centrepiece is the hilarious piece, Snaan. In the story, the leader of an akhada, or traditional North Indian gymnasium, tries to convince us that bathing is a harmful activity. Surrounded by students in obscenely tight red loincloths, he rests his argument by breaking into a Bharatanatyam routine. 6pm & 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (2614-9546). Tickets Rs100-150.