The exhibition is an exploration of the social implications and aesthetics of waste and second-hand goods by artist Vivan Sundaram. Constructing a huge and fantastical cityscape in his studio entirely with garbage, the resulting composite photographs re-imagine the dreams and aspirations of the architect as grand city planner, while simultaneously poking fun at the folly of such utopian misadventures.
11am-7pm. Photoink MGF Hyundai Building, 1, Jhandelawan, Faiz Road (28755940).
In Search of Asian Nudes
A solo show of works by Akash Das. With a slew of national and international awards under his belt for his work in the field of visual communication and photography, Das is candid about his love for fashion, advertising and wildlife photography. ‘In Search of Asian Nudes’—no matter what the title of the exhibition may suggest—is an exhibition on Asian elephants, lovingly photographed in their natural habitat.
Visual communication: Akash Das is candid about his love for fashion, advertising and wildlife photography.
10am-8pm. Visual Arts Gallery, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662026).
Salzburger Saitenklang Trio
An evening of folk music featuring the Austrian ensemble Salzburger Saitenklang Trio comprising Wilfried Scharf (zither), Sabine Kraus (harp) and Roswitha Steindl (guitar). There will also be a performance with Suhail Yusuf Khan (sarangi) and Mohit Lal (tabla).
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
‘An Evening of Ghazals and Geet’ by Shoma Banerjee, who will present the works by Ahmed Faraz, Bashir Badr, Khumaar Barabankvi, Dushyant Kumar, Rajendra Kishan, Anwar Mirzapuri, Nasir and Momin.
Yesterday’s music: Shoma?Banerjee.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
DJ Lee Softly
Blue Amazon aka DJ Lee Softly has been gigging through most of Europe and America during his 12-year career, and touring with DJs Sasha and John Digweed isn’t enough—he’s even cracked remixes for the Queen herself…Madonna (for the track “Music”). That’s just the tip of the iceberg, too—he’s done mixes for Seal, New Order and Skunk Anansie, as well as electro power-houses such as Corvin Dalek and Namito. Don’t even get started on the festivals he’s played at; they would get any dance-fiend fuming green. He terms his music progressive house—a blend of European and American styles of house.
Elevate, fifth floor, Centre Stage Mall, sector 18, Noida (95120-4364611). Call venue for timings and cover charges.
A recital by Anwesa Mahanta, who is a disciple of Guru Ghanakanta Bora Barbayan. The event is part of the HCL Concert Series.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
A quietly brilliant film that uses the events leading up to a suicidal jewel robbery (shown in the opening scene, before the film flashes back to chart the actions of the culprit, a pizza deliveryman, and his likewise hapless partner in crime) to illuminate and reflect on social divisions in modern Tehran. Hussein is at first merely bemused by the contents of a lost purse Ali has found, but when he visits a jeweller to buy a ring for his fiancée, he’s made all too aware of his poverty and second-class status. Characteristically oblique, Abbas Kiarostami’s telling script is at once poetic and precise, witty and compassionate, while Jafar Panahi’s strong visual sense and expertise with untrained actors ensure that one is entranced throughout. Persian with subtitles, directed by Jafar Panahi. 1 hour 36 minutes. In collaboration with World Movies by UTV Network.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Badmarsh (born Mohammed Aktar Ali) will take the decks at Blue Frog this fortnight, treating Mumbai audiences to an exclusive first gig, two-and-a-half years after he receded into the shadows in London. Badmarsh promises a percussion-fuelled, experimental set with a happy vibe—a sound that stays true to his famed partnership with bassist Shri (Shrikant Sriram), but also shows that he’s moved on as a solo artist. Badmarsh and Shri released two successful albums, ‘Dancing Drums’ (1998) and ‘Signs’ (2001), besides touring Europe and being a vital part of the Asian Underground scene. The DJ has incorporated all that he learnt from Shri on his album, ‘Eastern Steppers’, besides including all the listening he’s done in solitude. The album is slated for a tentative end-of-the-year release but Badmarsh is more excited about gigging again.
Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300).
Dancers today rarely entertain ‘farmayish’, audience requests for specific compositions after the main performance is over. The tradition, which was once popular in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Lucknow where Kathak thrived, has vanished altogether. This fortnight, Uma Dogra, the reputed Kathak dancer and the force behind Raindrops, brings back ‘farmayish’. While requests will be restricted to the works of her guru, Durgalal, it brings an additional thrill to Kathak performances.
An exemplary practitioner of the Jaipur gharana of Kathak, Durgalal ruled the dance scene in the 1970s and 1980s until his untimely death in 1990 at age 42. For the 18th edition of Raindrops, Dogra’s Sam Ved Society for Performing Arts has allied with the Bhavan’s Cultural Centre to stage a three-day festival devoted to the Jaipur gharana of Kathak.
7pm. SPJIMR auditorium, Bhavan’s College Campus, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (26237454).
Chembur Fine Arts
The Fine Arts Society, Chembur Fine Arts has for long been partial to music recitals. While the organization has occasionally hosted an evening of dance at Indradhanush, their annual festival, this will be the first time that it will present a three-day festival devoted to the sound of ankle bells. The festival features Mumbai’s leading dance institutes such as Kanak Rele’s Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya and Jhelum Paranjpe’s Smitalay.
Members of Nalanda begin with Mohiniattam, followed by Santhavani, a ballet that takes viewers on a cultural trip of Maharashtra.
Smitalay’s Odissi dancers wrap up the festival with Leelavati, which uses ‘shlokas’ from mathematician Bhaskaracharya’s famous treatise. The ballet explores the mathematician’s relationship with the daughter, to whom he throws a stream of riddles to test her problem-solving abilities. The Society hopes to draw crowds by offering its stage to Priyadarshini Govind, a rising Bharatanatyam dancer often counted in the same league as Alarmel Valli and Malavika Sarukkai.
Sivaswamy auditorium, The Fine Arts Society, Fine Arts Chowk, near Chembur Flyover, RC Marg, Chembur (25222988).
An exhibition of design from Switzerland comes to Bangalore. Organized by Prohelvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, the show features 300 objects representing the best of Swiss design, ranging from the familiar Swiss army knife and potato peeler to watches, the digital computer mouse and furniture.
10.30am-6.30pm; Sunday, 10.30am-5pm. Inauguration at 6.30pm on 5 September. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308).
Ananya GML Cultural Academy is hosting the third edition of Nrithya Dhare, a platform for young dancers. This is a two-day dance festival. On the first day there will be three dancers from different dance forms—Bharatanatyam by Kirti Ramgopal, Mohiniattam by Anita Peter and Kuchipudi by Surya Narayana Rao.
On the second day of the Nrithya Dhare dance festival, three more young artistes will perform. The evening will begin with an Odissi recital by Pavithra Reddy followed with Bharatanatyam by Parshwanath Upadhye and will conclude with a Kathak recital by Sonia Ponnamma.
6.30pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).
Avoid picnicking crowds at Nandi Hills by stopping at Sultanpet village at the base of the hill. The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) guides you through a ninth century temple, 200-year-old British Indian cemetery, and a mosque reputed to be commissioned by Tipu Sultan. This is latest in the Parichay series of guided walks organized by Intach.
The group meets at the Bhoganandiswara temple in Sultanpet at 8.30am. Register in advance. Registration fee, Rs100. To register, call Meera Iyer on 9986023014.
The Melody of Love
Director, Divya Arora; writer, Pierre Marivaux (translated by Divya Arora); cast, Divya Arora, Mantra, Tom Alter. 2 hours.
The play revolves around Sylvia, a young noblewoman who is being courted by her father’s suitor of choice, Dorante. Wary of marrying a man whose nature she hasn’t examined, she flips roles with her chambermaid Lisette. But what she doesn’t know is that Dorante has played a similar hand by exchanging places with his chauffeur. As the protagonists of this double masquerade attempt to use physical deception to uncover the inner nature of the other, things get delightfully mixed up. But in the manner of such comedies, their troubles are only temporary, with things ultimately culminating to the happiness of all concerned.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, Tickets, Rs200.
Till 12 September
C.R. Sathyanarayana will present a widely acclaimed and international award-winning collection of wildlife and pictorial photographs.
10.30am-7pm. Maya Gallery of Contemporary Art, 59, Nandidurga Road (9844662547).
This 2006 film, translated as Orchestra Seats, will be screened as part of an ongoing festival of films hosted by the Alliance Française Ciné Club. Members will get preference for entry and seating.
She’s the kind of girl who gets excited every time her mobile rings, because it might be the beginning of a whole new adventure. If Cécile de France’s perky protagonist is already setting your teeth on edge, this determinedly upbeat Gallic fluff may not be for curmudgeonly old you. Go with the attractively poised Parisian flow, however, and there’s much to enjoy in esteemed screenwriter Danièle Thompson’s latest directorial feature. Arriving from the provinces, Jessica lands a job as a waitress at a bar on the swish Avenue Montaigne, whose proximity to a theatre, a concert hall and an auction house sees her mixing with actors (Valérie Lemercier’s TV soap star seeking credibility in Feydeau), musicians (Albert Dupontel’s disenchanted concert pianist) and art collectors (cabby-made-good Claude Brasseur). Ah! life…love…money…Paris! Yes, it really is that clichéd, but unlike, say, Claude Lelouch at his most saccharine, Thompson never makes a meal of it, while there’s a visual restraint which avoids the cutesiness of Amélie. Which means we can sit back and watch a parade of French character types, safe in the knowledge that the plotting will give everyone some choice bits before tying it all up at the end. So, de France is ever-beaming, Lemercier provides master-class in comic humiliation, Brasseur’s still got his scuffed charisma, and even Dupontel gets away with his hoary art-for-the-proles act. Et voilà! Charming, if you’re in the mood.
6pm. Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
The Gautam Ghosh Collective
The Delhi-based outfit that dabbles in “world fusion” takes part in the first of two special concerts that are a tribute to jazz and world music stalwart Joe Zawinul.
8pm. Blues, N-18, Outer Circle, Connaught Place (41523001).
The Musical Heritage of India
Last year, Kushal Gopalka’s ‘Of the Record’ exhibition at the Birla Academy of Art put on display bulbous gramophones, musical instruments, record sleeves and other music memorabilia. This fortnight, there will be even more to see at ‘The Musical Heritage of India’, his show at the Museum’s Premchand Roychand gallery.
Helped by sponsorship from music label Saregama and the support of the museum this year, Gopalka’s display includes much more than curiosities from his own collection. There’s a working phonograph dating back to 1898, the oldest item in the collection. He refers to it as “the mother of sound”. Gopalka has sourced musical equipment and photographs from before the 1900s, record covers of some of the earliest Hindi albums, coloured records from the height of the gramophone era and promotional material down the ages. The highlight of the show is a series of listening stations in which people can announce their names in the recording booth and hear what their voice sounds like on four or five old microphones. Also part of the show are a series of films on the creation of sound recording, which will be screened though the day.
10am-6pm. Premchand Roychand Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. Mahatma Gandhi Road (22844484).
Shankar Kendale’s oil-on-canvases are in the figurative mode, usually portraying solitary women, and sometimes men or children, in both rural and urbandomestic settings. In his new series, ‘Darshan’, Kendale bases most of his work on the priests of Varanasi, bedecked in caste marks and wrapped in saffron. Kendale, who comes from Pune where he was born in 1948 and studied at the Abhinav Kala Vidyalaya in 1975, gave up a career in advertising to pursue art, though he continues to work as a freelancer out of Bangalore. As an art director and illustrator with advertising agencies in the city, he’s been part of award-winning campaigns, and is noted for his watercolour illustrations and charcoal sketches. In one of his previous shows titled ‘Combating the Urbanscape’, Kendale focused on the aspect of chaos in public spaces in a metropolitan environment. In that series as well, the artist showed a preoccupation with complacent self-absorptive moods as seen in his portraits of contemplative, sometimes elegantly poised, women in scenes of everyday life, perched on a window sill, or posing against a door.
Monday-Saturday, 10am-7pm. 33/200, NS Iyengar Street, Nehru Nagar, Kumara Park (32914700).