A Spot in the Mountains
Photography of Dharamshala and Mcleodganj by Ayesha Kapur and Siya Singh, from a project curated by Arjun Sawhney. The two photographers spent a year examining the “metamorphosis of space and society” in the area and created two series of photographs: ‘Red’ and ‘In Transit’. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat).Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (2632-6267). Free.
Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)
This film is the last of Satyajit Ray’s ‘Apu Trilogy’. Apu, whom we saw as a young boy in ‘Pather Panchali’, is now a grown man. He gets married, has a child and loses his wife (a very young and exquisitely lovely Sharmila Tagore). Grief-stricken, he leaves his child with his wife’s parents and tries to find forgetfulness. As the film closes, we see a mature, calmer Apu, finally come to terms with his loss and meeting his son again. 4pm (duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes). Lady Shri Ram College, Lajpat Nagar-IV (2643-4459). Free.
Urdu Hai Jiska Naam
A documentary film on the role of the Urdu language and literature in national integration. Introduced and discussed by Sohail Hashmi, who conceptualized, researched for and scripted the film. 7pm (duration: 2 hours). India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
Out & About
The Independent People’s Tribunal on the World Bank in India is a culmination of the work done by groups examining the operations of the World Bank in India. There are over 50 organizations participating in the four-day tribunal, which will comprise presentations in the form of legal dispositions that will be heard by a jury of retired supreme and high court judges, academics and activists. Additional events include film screenings and discussions with prominent academics and activists. WBT Registration, flat no 14, Supreme Enclave, Mayur Vihar Phase-1 (98185-69021). Visit www.worldbanktribunal.org for programme details. Registrations are on. Fee: Rs50.
Talented storytellers Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain perform excerpts from the ‘Dastan-e-Amir Hamza’ in the traditional Urdu style of ‘dastangoi’. 1.30pm (duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes). Seminar Room, Indraprastha College, 31, Shamnath Marg. Free.
Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit gave her first performance for Spic Macay while still a third-year student of commerce at Lady Shriram College, New Delhi. The granddaughter of Pandit Krishnarao Shankar Pandit and daughter of Pandit L.K. Pandit, she belongs to a family synonymous with the Gwalior gharana. 10am. Doon Public School, B-2, Paschim Vihar (2558-8686). Free.
Béla Bartók: The Pianist
On the occasion of the 62nd death anniversary of Béla Bartók, the Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist, the Bartók Music Club celebrates Bartok’s compositions with CD recordings of the most famous pieces he played. 6pm. Hungarian Cultural Centre, 1-A, Janpath (2301-1152). Free.
Juan Soriano was a contemporary of Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz. Heavily inspired by Mexican and Native American folklore, he was known for his bold and often mammoth sculptures. In association with the Mexican government, the NGMA presents an exhibition of his tapestries and sculptures. 11am-6pm (Tue-Sat). Cowasji Jehangir Hall, MG Road, Colaba (2288-1969).
A screening of Pushpamala N’s most recent video works, ‘Paris Autumn’ and ‘Rashtriy Kheer and Desiy Salad’. These were made in 2005 when Pushpamala was staying in Paris for a three-month residency. ‘Paris Autumn’ is a noir ghost story told with still photographs while in ‘Rashtriy Kheer and Desiy Salad’, Puspamala offers a satirical look at the traditional happy family of 1950s India. 6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point (6622-3737). Contact: Chemould Prescott Road (2200-0212) for details.
A working-class Italian, out of work for some time, finds that the bicycle he needs for a new job has been stolen. He and his son wander round Rome looking for it. Hailed as a classic, ‘Bicycle Thieves’ tries to turn a simple story into a meditation on the human condition but its greatest achievement is in bringing the lives of ordinary Italian people to the screen. 7pm (duration: 1 hour, 36 minutes). Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Bhavan’s College, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (3293-8017). Free.
Manorama Six Feet Under
‘Manorama Six Feet Under’ transports Chinatown, which was set in Los Angeles, to a fictional Rajasthani town named Lakhot. Rather than copying Roman Polanski’s twisted take on noir, director Navdeep Singh attempts to mirror the corruption and depravity at the heart of the genre. ‘Manorama’ is co-written with Devika Singh, and has been shot on location in Rajasthan. (duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes). All major cinemas.
Six Yards to Democracy
In April 2004, thousands of women thronged a sari distribution ceremony organized by BJP leader Lalji Tandon in Lucknow. But because the “saris were being thrown like scraps of food to dogs”, a stampede ensued. It left 21 women and one child dead. Mumbai-based directors Nishtha Jain and Smriti Nevatia set out to investigate why the women risked their lives. 7pm (duration: 55 minutes). Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu (2614-9546).
Amidst The Chaos+Scribe+Sledge
The Mumbai leg of ‘Rock Street Journal’s’ 10-city Pub Rock Fest comes to a close with a headbanger’s ball of performances by Hyderabad’s Sledge and Mumbai’s ATC and Scribe, who recently won this year’s Independence Rock competition. 7.30pm. Razzberry Rhinoceros, Juhu Hotel, near Tulip Star Hotel, Juhu (2618-4012). Tickets: Rs100.
Singing Tree Choir
The Singing Tree Choir was put together in 2003 by Sophie Rivlin, a visiting professor to the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation. The choir, made up of children aged between six and 13, will cover everything from “classical music to popular classics” at the concert. You’re likely to hear popular numbers from musicals such as ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ in addition to simple works by Mozart and jazz composer George Gershwin. 7pm.
Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Free.
Out & About
Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open
The action is off the cricket pitch and on the Mumbai hard court for once. Mahesh Bhupathi’s Globosport brings international tennis stars such as Marat Safin, Richard Gasquet and Lleyton Hewitt to the city for some live tennis action. 5pm onwards. Cricket Club of India, Dinshaw Wacha Road, Churchgate (2283-0222/2283-0226). Tickets will be available at the venue two days before every match. Visit www.globosportworld.com for updated schedules.
Food & Drink
Until 25 September
The Intercontinental—The Grand brings us Indonesian food at its Woks restaurant. The menu includes cucumber and curries from India, kebabs from Arabia and stir fry and mustard from China.
Noon-11.30pm. The Intercontinental—The Grand, Sahar Airport Road, Andheri (E) (6699-2222).
Out & About
Dressing Like Gods
The first exhibition of this kind from Mexico in India, showcasing 58 archaeological treasures. 10am-5pm (Tue-Sun). National Museum, Janpath (2301-9776). Tickets: Rs10 for Indian citizens, Re1 for students and Rs300 for others, inclusive of audio tour charges.
Loins of Punjab Presents
‘Loins of Punjab Presents’ has all the frothiness that can be expected from a movie born in a coffee shop. Writer and director Manish Acharya and his co-writer, Anuvab Pal, were sitting in a Starbucks in Manhattan in 2003 when they started talking about people’s tastes and how the world was obsessed with Bollywood kitsch. Several litres of caffeine led to the ‘Loins of Punjab Presents’: a side-splitter in the “We-are-like-this-only” mould about a ‘Desi Idol’ talent show for Indians in New Jersey. (duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes). All major cinemas.