Beautifully detailed paintings, ceramics, murals and graphics by Seema Kohli . The show is presented by Gallery Nvya.
11am-7pm. Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozeshah Road, Mandi Circle (23387241).
Recycling culture: A digital print by Chitra Ganesh titled Under the Bed (from Tales of Amnesia).
Curated by Bhavna Kakar, the show brings together paintings, sound installations, photographs and mixed media works by 19 Indian artists: Justin Ponmany, Chitra Ganesh, Chittrovanu Majumdar, T.V. Santhosh, Tushar Joag, Atul Bhalla, Rajan Krishnan, Prajakta Potnis, Manjunath Kamath, Rajesh Ram, Projwal Chowdhary, Vivek Vilasini, Prajakta Palav, Ravi Agarwal, Mansi Bhatt, Sharmila Samant, Bhagyanath C., Sajjad Ahmad and Fariba Salma Alam. Their works seek to explore the notion of recycling, taking it beyond its connections to garbage to include culture, text, memory and images.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday.Travancore Palace, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23382067).
In praise of life: Aliens by Puneet Kaushik.
Drawings and stainless steel wire-mesh creations by Puneet Kaushik that explore life, its creation and propagation. Some of the installations, bathed in a blood-red light, are visually powerful.
11am-7pm, daily. Art Konsult, 23, Hauz Khas Village (26531819).
Uma Sharma performs Kalidas’ epic ‘Meghdoot’, which describes the journey of a cloud that bears a message from a pining yaksha to his lover.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Estate, Max Mueller Marg (24619431).
‘Dance of the Birds’, a special choreography piece by Rama Vaidyanathan, draws attention to the issue of bird conservation through dance. Ornithologist and author Ranjit Lal will speak as part of the show in collaboration with WWF-India and the Delhi Bird Group.
6pm. Godrej auditorium, WWF-India, 172B, Lodhi Estate (41504792).
A ballet performance organized by the Russian Centre for Science and Culture. Contact the centre for more information.
5pm. Russian Centre for Science and Culture, Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
Keep Tightly Closed, In a Cool, Dark Corner
Written and directed by Feisal Alkazi, the play is about three couples exploring their relationships in Delhi.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). Tickets, Rs150-500, available at the venue.
A Private Affair
A blubbering south Indian, a hallucinating ‘Mumbaiyya bhai’, a Bengali army veteran who likes to sleep in the buff, an annoying bellhop who is ever-hungry for ‘baksheesh’ (tips) and a boy who thinks he’s a chimp (much to the distress of his grandfather, the maharaja of Patiala) all cross paths hilariously in ‘A Private Affair’. The dialogue is peppered with witty repartee and out-of-context references to Hindi songs. There are also plenty of jokes that everyone will see coming yet, somehow, the whole comes together in this light-hearted play. Ajitabh Sengupta’s bemused and high-strung Captain Sengupta will remind you of a Bengali Basil Fawlty. While Niti Sood is a not particularly convincing psychiatrist, Vikram Dawar, who plays her nervous south Indian secretary (naturally, he calls himself a “psychitary”), will keep you smiling with his stammering spoonerisms and disgust with “bland north Indian” coffee.
Directed and written by M. Sayeed Alam.
7.30pm. Shri Ram Centre, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets, Rs100-300, available at the venue one day in advance. For advance booking, call 9810255291/ 9810460366/ 011-40506826/ 29944635 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
A Western classical performance by the young classical guitarist who will present works by Bach, Manuel Maria Ponce, Heitora Villa-Loboas, Isaac Albéniz, Jose Luis Merlin and others.
6.30pm. Lecture room (Annexe), India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate.
Kathak dancer Rajeshree Shirke’s institute Lasya celebrates International Dance Day on 29 April with an annual dance festival, Yatra. In the two-day festival, watch group choreographies from across India. The participants this year include Aruna Mohanty, who brings her Odissi production ‘Glimpses of Orissa’, Asim Bandhu, whose company presents a contemporary Kathak piece titled ‘Ghungroo’ and Shashadhar Acharya’s Chhau production.
For tickets, preference will be given to those who apply for Lasya’s annual membership. Forms are available at Vakola Welfare Centre, Kadamvadi, behind Vakola Masjid, Santa Cruz (E) (65714353/9920050854). Dance students can avail of a 25% discount.
6.30pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, near Siddhivinayak Mandir, Prabhadevi (24312956). Donor passes are available at the venue for Rs100.
Monsters vs Aliens
Feverish hyperbole: A scene from Dreamworks’ Monsters vs Aliens.
Dreamworks’ animated sci-fi offspring centres around the gigantic misfortunes of Susan Murphy (Reese Witherspoon), a feisty young thing who’s engaged to TV weather-dork Derek (Paul Rudd). When a meteorite strikes their wedding ceremony, Susan is affected by the fallout and grows into a 50ft chick with attitude. She’s taken to a secret underground facility where she meets her freaky co-stars, BOB (a gelatinous blob voiced by Seth Rogen), Mr Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), Missing Link (who’s half-fish, half-ape, voiced by Will Arnett) and a hare-brained maggot called Insectosaurus (Conrad Vernon). The film is skilfully animated and spasmodically funny, but you get the impression its seven writers ran out of ideas along the way, opting for a conventional succession of overwrought combat sequences and feverish hyperbole.
Seven Islands and a Metro
The Goethe-Institut and the Urban Design Research Institute have set up Mumbai Lounge, a forum to discuss urban issues. This fortnight, the forum will screen ‘Seven Islands and a Metro’ by Madhusree Datta, filmmaker and executive director of the non-governmental organization Majlis. Epic in size and scope, ‘Seven Islands and a Metro’ attempts to both comprehend and cherish Mumbai. Like the city itself, the documentary is stuffed to the seams with characters, locations, stories, myths, aspirations and reality checks. Also thrown in are issues that have gripped other documentary film-makers in the recent past, such as housing, vegetarian fascism, communalism and dance bars.
11.30am. Rachana Sansad auditorium, Rachana Sansad, Shankar Ghanekar Marg, near Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi (24310807).
Where I Live
Slice of life: Art by Devidayal.
From 27 April
Meera Devidayal’s show is made up of photographs she took inside slums but they have been printed on steel sheets. Devidayal has added accents on the metallic photographs. She has painted details on to some works and adorned others with sequins, stickers, ‘bindis’ and other add-ons. In ‘Rizwana’, the added touch is the pink decoration that had been hanging in the house because of a recent wedding in the family. ‘Fort’ has star stickers scattered all over it, at first glance making the mundane street scene look like it belongs in a Harry Potter story. The effect ultimately is of the steel sheets feeling either like silvery portals into the photographed worlds or as though Devidayal has torn out a wall from slum homes, as in ‘Carnac Bunder’.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Jehangir Art Gallery, Mahatma Gandhi Road, opposite Elphinstone College, Kala Ghoda (22048212).
Vyjayanthi Kashi is a Kuchipudi exponent who specializes in both the old and new schools of the dance form. She was a student of well-known dancers Prahlada Sarma, Vempati Chinna Satyam and Narasimha Rao. Kashi, along with her student and daughter Prateeksha Kashi, will present a thematic piece titled ‘Sambandha—The eternal relation’ which will demonstrate the ties between mother and daughter.
8pm. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road (22265746).
Pen and Ink
Bhaskar Lahiri’s drawings are focused on themes from the Indus Valley civilization, and on Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Tantrism. Rife with repetitive patterns and elements, layered shading and texturing, the pen and ink sketches are consistent and balanced. The artist was evidently influenced by romanticism and eroticism, especially in the Shiv-Parvati union, apart from fairy tales and folklore. For more, visit www.ganges.net.in
Ganges—Eternal Art, 14, Prestige Lake Vista, Whitefield (9341317843).
Faces of Rural Folks
Forms and faces: A painting by S. Jayaraj.
28 April-4 May
Chennai-based artist S. Jayaraj graduated in visual communication from the city’s Government College of Arts in 1985, specializing in human anatomy. His oeuvre, as a result, consists largely of figurative paintings, particularly of women. Jayaraj also prefers setting his works in rural India, and has associated with development projects for over two decades. His work in the villages of India also resulted in a series of photographs, documentaries and short films. In his new series, ‘Faces of Rural Folks’, he brings the focus back to people from rural India amid the everyday sights of mud-plastered roads and bullock carts. His simple lines and brush strokes and a certain emphasized sullenness in his use of charcoal dominate the paintings.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Renaissance Gallerie, 104, West Minster, 13, Cunningham Road (22202232).
30 April-3 May
Shraddha Rathi, who is set to present her collection of paintings of carvings and sculptures of ancient India in the city next week, is an architect by profession and an accomplished dancer, having performed in Paris, Malaysia and Singapore. Her inclination towards creative expression, a note about the show explains, comes from the years she spent in Aurangabad, in close proximity to the Ajanta and Ellora caves. While that exposure aided her expressive form while training in Bharatnatyam and Odissi, the influence is most evident in her works of oil on canvas.
7am-8pm, Monday-Saturday; 7am-noon, Sunday. Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816).
Sangathi Arinhya! (Have you Heard!)
Stories, stories: From Sangathi Arinhya!
24 and 26 April
The play is mostly in English, though it has a smattering of Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil. ‘Sangathi Arinhya!’ (‘Have You Heard!’) stitches together seven short stories by writer
Vaikom Muhammed Basheer. Basheer plays narrator, participant and witness through tales of longing (‘Mathilukal’), satire (‘The World Renowned Nose’), the futility of war (‘Voices’), the plight of the environment (‘The Rightful Inheritors of the Earth’), and self-serving charlatans in the guise of fake holy men (‘The Chief Mystic of the Place’).
7.30pm, Friday; 3.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100 (Rs150 on Sunday).
Goa’s Panjim is home to Fontainhas, India’s only Latin quarter, Asia’s first medical school and India’s first public library. Unlock the pleasures of this riverside city with the first volume of Panjim resident and retired teacher Vasco Pinho’s impressive, self-published ‘Snapshots of Indo-Portuguese History’. His first book on Goan history is also the most reliable book on Panjim’s past.
Snapshots of Indo-Portuguese History: Pangim, Rs295 (soft cover) and Rs395 (hardcover). Available at Varsha Bookstall, Azad Maidan, Panjim, or from the author (0832-2229602, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bangladeshi cuisine isn’t the kind that easily lends itself to the term “fine dining” in the truest sense. Going by Dhaka-based businessman Shawkat Osman’s first attempt at a book on the subject, however, it establishes that it does make for some good, wholesome, home-cooked food. In ‘Khunti Korai’ (Mapin, Rs 750), the recipes are divided by season (Bangladesh has six, says Osman). Rice and fish form the staple diet in this region, while special occasions such as Poila Baisakh (in mid-April) call for extended menus.
— Edith Das
Both Raj Kapoor and Raju Hirani have referenced Frank Capra’s cinema. Kapoor remade ‘It Happened One Night’ (1934) as ‘Chori Chori’ in 1956; it was also adapted by Mahesh Bhatt for ‘Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahin’ in 1991. Hirani’s simple yet loveable creation Munnabhai is a direct tribute to Capra’s folksy heroes. The titles in Sony’s collection ‘The Films of Frank Capra’ provide an apt introduction to viewers unfamiliar with his concerns. It’s best to watch the films in the order in which they were made: ‘It Happened One Night’, ‘Mr Deeds Goes to Town’, and finally ‘You Can’t Take it with You’.
— Malli Ray
Dance critic, editor and historian Ashish Mohan Khokar is determined to popularize dance publishing in India. The 2008-09 edition of his annual ‘Attendance’, now in its 11th year, celebrates the birth centenary of Gopinath, famed Kathakali and Kerala Natanam exponent and guru. It also has highlights of dance festivals and events in the past year, and has reviews of performances, profiles of dancers and obituaries.
Order over mail from C-1, Casa Lavelle, 6, Lavelle Road, Bangalore (080-22483686) or pick up from a local stockist. Rs500.
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