Monsoon Festival 4: Celebrating Climate Change?
The annual Monsoon Festival by Red Earth is back and climate change is the focus. There will be art, music, films, walks and other events for adults and children. Events will be organized at venues across the city. Catch the film festival, ‘Baarish: Films on Monsoon, Water and Climate Change’ between 21 and 23 August, and the musical concert, ‘Malhaar: Eco-Friendly Music’, on 23 August. The concert presents a selection of music on the theme of monsoon and the environment by various artists.
For venues, timings and other details, log on to Themonsoonfestival or contact Himanshu Verma at 41764054/ himanshu@redearthindia. com).
A Woody Allen classic from 1979, starring Allen, Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton, among others. This film is part of the ongoing celebration, ‘The Art of Woody Allen’, at the American Center this month.
6pm. The American Centre, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472000). Carry proof of identity.
The White and Black party
As the name suggests, the dress code might make you look like a chess set, but take a look at the line-up. BLOT, DJ Iggy, Wave Riders, Praxis, Delhi Sultanate (BASSFoundation) and DJ Aaron James, along with visuals by UV Studio.
7.30pm-12am, daily. ai, MGF Metropolitan Mall, second floor, District Centre, Saket (40654567). Contact for entry information. SMS your name to 9810430055 to be on the guest list.
Vishnu Digambar Sangeet Samaroh 2009
Vinay Chandra Maudgalya started the Vishnu Digambar Jayanti Sangeet Samaroh six decades ago in memory of V.D. Paluskar, who had established the Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in Lahore in 1901.
Paluskar also played a huge role in bringing classical music out of the private realm of the darbar and ensuring that classical musicians enjoy a certain degree of respect.
Morning programme 10am onwards; evening programme 6.30pm onwards. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Contact for programme schedule. For passes, contact Gandharva Mahavidyalaya (23233791, 23238784).
These rockers from Bangalore make a rare trip to the Capital.
9pm. Hard Rock Café, M-110, Multiplex Building, first floor, DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (47158888). Contact venue for cover charges.
Cathaayatra presents Godot Arrives, based on an award-winning script by Daniel Curzon. Godot Arrives begins where Samuel Beckett’s play ends. The two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, are still waiting for the mysterious Godot, and lo and behold! He turns up. But Godot is nothing like they expected. Directed by Sameer Thakur.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Tickets, Rs100-350, available at Bookmyshow and at the venue on the days of the performance.
The Order in our Chaos
At Rise Productions presents its summer production, a contemporary satire. Harsh Khanna is an idealistic young man who must put everything at risk to negotiate the real world. A rich but corrupt father, an affectionate but distant mother, dishonest lawyers, politicians, policemen and many other characters come together in this two-act farce. Directed by Arnav Joshi.
7pm. Little Theatre Group (LTG) auditorium, Copernicus Marg, (23389713). Tickets, Rs100-200, available at Mercury Audio Video, Khan Market, and at the venue on the day of the show. For more details, call 9873994557.
Large-scale installations by Suchitra Gahlot, which comprise upturned ice-cream cones, a shower cubicle and tears in a thousand bottles. Intrigued? Don’t miss the show.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Shrine Empire Gallery, 7, Friends Colony (W) (41327630).
Re-Visioning Materiality II
Till 29 August
This show brings together artists who are using unconventional material for their work. In her concept note, curator Vibha Galhotra states that she was looking for artists who challenged the word “material”: on the one hand, using the term as a definition—things that are material—which emphasizes the physical aspect of things, and on the other, as something that can be worked up or elaborated, a time-specific or site-specific notion. Participating artists include Probir Gupta, Anant Joshi, Sumedh Rajendran, Babu Ishwar Prasad, Biju Jose, Baptist Coelho, Remen Chopra, Hemali Bhuta and Mekhala Bahl.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).
Return to Eden
Till 31 August
Photographs by Prabir Purkayastha, taken during his recent travels to the rainforests of far-flung Indo-China. The show is curated by Ina Puri.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Art Alive, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000).
Freestyle comedy: Dubai-based Nitin Mirani.
Etienne Mbappe made his reputation as one of the world’s most outstanding bass players, but in recent years he’s steered clear of music that puts his instrumental prowess in the spotlight. Instead, he has been choosing to focus on vocal music—solo projects, using his smooth voice to sing in his native Douala language. Audiences will hear his solos, which wed traditional Cameroonian rhythms, such as the makossa, bolobo and sékélé, with more modern European music to create a unique Afro-funk-world sound.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300).Tickets, Rs1,000 (standing), Rs1,500 (pods).
In 1980, Josh met every requirement for graduating from Princeton, except one—he didn’t do his senior thesis. Over a quarter-century later, he tracks down his old adviser, a brilliant political theorist named Sheldon Wolin. Josh asks Wolin to help him complete his long-overdue thesis, on the subject of democracy. His monologue blends recent electoral history with stories from the Civil Rights movement and academia.
6.30pm. Kavivarya Kusumagraj Marathi Bhasha Auditorium, Mumbai University Campus, Kalina, Santacruz (E).
Dubai-based Nitin Mirani kicks off the international tour of his stand-up comedy act. Freestyle rap artist MC Sid from New Delhi performs the opening act.
7.30pm, Friday. St Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra (W). 7.30pm, Saturday. Sophia Bhabha Hall, Breach Candy. Tickets, Rs200, Rs300, Rs500 and Rs900 (the last includes an invite to an after-party with the performers). To buy tickets, log on to Bookmyshow or call 39895050.
Concert for Tranquillity
This year’s edition of the Concert for Tranquillity, an annual event commissioned in memory of the late Kiran Khanna, a senior citizen who was murdered in her house, will feature a solo Haveli Sangeet recital by Pandit Jasraj.
6.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737). Passes available at NCPA.
25 and 27 August
Kolkata’s finest garage rockers ride into town.
9.30pm, Tuesday. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs300. 9.30pm, Thursday. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Entry, Rs150.
Western Classical Music
Patricia Rozario, the soprano from Santa Cruz who made it big in Europe, returns to the city of her birth for a concert with her husband, British pianist Mark Troop, Scottish tenor Alistair Digges and Sri Lankan baritone Dhilan Gnanadurai. The concert, which is being presented by NCPA and Association Sargam, will comprise excerpts and arias from operas such as Semele (Handel), The Magic Flute (Mozart), Mignon (Thomas), Rigoletto (Verdi), Il Matrimonio Segreto (Cimaroza), L’elisir D’amore and Don Pasquale (Donizetti), and Mireille (Gounod).
7pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200, Rs300.
Places I Like
Till 29 August
This exhibition is an outcome of a workshop conducted by German photographer Stefan Koppelkamm, who recently hosted a show of his project titled Ortszeit/Local Time. The objective of the three-week workshop was to define the “quality of life” in a city.
9am-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308). Visit Goethe for more information.
Photographer Shibu Arakkal says his new series was conceived when his daughter Zarah was still in the womb. “It has been fuelled entirely by her, and has come into being only after Zarah herself,” he says. “Needless to say, this is my most personal body of work to date.”
12.30-3pm; 5.30-11pm, daily. Gallery Caperberry, 48/1, the Estate, 121, Dickenson Road (25594567).
Ashankh, which means fearless, is a work-in-progress, involving both traditional Kalaripayattu artists from Kerala and contemporary dancers from Bangalore. Ashankh is inspired by the qualities a warrior must possess— courage, physical prowess, mental and emotional discipline, a sense of justice, compassion towards the weaker sections of society, and adherence to a strict code of honour.
8pm. Global Tree Café, F&B, Papanna Street, off St Mark’s Road (40333888).
A Summer Duo
The duo was formed in the winter of 2008, following a chance meeting between Shyamant Behal and Yohann Egret. The Indian classical guitarist and the French flautist will present a selection of pieces from Argentina, by composers Astor Piazzolla and Maximo Diego Pujol, as well as other pieces by Bach, Jacques Ibert, Paul Desmond and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
7pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Pub Rock Fest
Local band Galeej Gurus takes stage along with some of the country’s best rock acts, as part of a series of gigs hosted by Rock Street Journal.
8pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). Call the venue for ticket prices.
Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award winning script is the tale of three friends, Serge, Marc and Yvan, and how their 15-year friendship is plunged into dire straits after Serge buys an expensive abstract painting.
3.30 and 7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340). Tickets, Rs100.
The AHA! Festival for children
26 August-6 September
Ranga Shankara’s international theatre festival presents acclaimed international productions and many supplemental activities, such as readings and participatory performances, for children. “A theatre performance designed exclusively for children at such an early age has perhaps never been performed in the country before,” says Arundhati Nag, creative director of Ranga Shankara. With productions for children of all ages up to the mid-teens, the AHA! Festival will feature pieces from Argentina, Australia, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, as well as workshops, symposia and offstage interactions.
Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). For details, contact the venue.
— By Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
A Greener Side of Madras
Till 23 August
As part of the ongoing celebrations on the occasion of Madras Week, Gallery Sri Parvati is organizing an exhibition of photographs by Rod Hudson. This exhibition, which focuses on the “greener” side of Chennai, has been inaugurated by scholar P. Dayanandan.
11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road (24353341).
Celebrating Vinayaka Chaturthi
DakshinaChitra is organizing an exhibition of paintings of Lord Ganesha as part of Vinayaka Chaturthi celebrations. Fine arts students from Stella Maris College will exhibit their paintings at Ambur House Art Gallery in DakshinaChitra.
10am-6pm, Tuesdays closed. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (27472603).
As a tribute to the city, Macrocosm is organizing the music release of an album titled Namma Chennai (Our Chennai).
Celebrating the spirit of Chennai on this occasion are M. Subramaniam, mayor of Chennai, A.V.M Saravanan, managing partner of AVM Studios, K. Radhakrishnan, additional director general of police and Sarathkumar, an actor, among other personalities.
8.30am. No 8, Tiru-vi-ka Road, Royapettah. For details, call Badri Surendran (9840719686).
Temples of Madras
Alliance Française de Madras, along with the Photographic Society of Madras, is organizing an exhibition of some temples in Chennai, from ancient and medieval times. Chitra Madhavan, who has spent much of her life studying history, archaeology and culture, will give a lecture on these temples, some of which are well-known, besides inaugurating the exhibition. She will talk about their history and architecture, including the inscriptions on the walls and other little-known facts about the temples.
9am-6pm, Alliance Française de Madras (gallery), No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803.)
Madras to Chennai
ASAP Productions, in association with Exodus, Alliance Française de Madras and SRM Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute, has music, masala and madness in store for Chennaiites as it celebrates the city’s birthday. With some of the best local bands at the celebrations, you can groove to songs with a local flavour. For those with a funny bone, there are some short, humorous plays. The programme will also be peppered with games, quizzes and food.
12-10pm, Alliance Française de Madras (auditorium), No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
For children who are three and above, here is a chance to get acquainted with the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha. Children can learn simple songs and also have the opportunity to listen to mythological stories. They will also learn to craft their own Ganeshas.
10.30am-12.30pm. Hansel and Gretel Kids Centre, No. 11, Jagadambal Street, T Nagar (28152549). Registration fee, Rs150.
Film Festival on Human Rights
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 22 internationally recognized filmmakers, artists and writers had come together to produce 22 3-minute short films inspired by the six themes of the declaration—culture, development, dignity and justice, environment, gender and participation. Alliance Française de Madras is screening all the 22 movies, to be followed by other movies on human rights such as Les Petits Soldats, which showcases Liberia after 14 years of civil war, where the victims narrate stories of rape, abduction and pillage.
6.30 pm. Alliance Française de Madras (auditorium), No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
— By Indranil Bhoumik
British Council Collection of the Month: Graphic Novels
Part of a series of events, including a display of UK’s best graphic novels and new DVDs, promoting the library’s collection in various genres, this one is flagged off by author Rimi B. Chatterjee, followed by a 2-hour hands-on workshop that teaches you to make your own comic strip.
British Council, L&T Chambers, first floor, 16, Camac Street. Registration fee, Rs500. For more information, contact Aparna Bhattacharya at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9830186400.
Symphony of Art and Music
This fund-raiser by the Calcutta Chamber Orchestra features compositions by Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, Grieg, Beethoven, Bizet, Strauss and Tchaikovsky, and an art exhibition and sale by Art Border Line.
7pm. Olpadvala Hall, 52, Chowringhee Road (24615375).
Travelling Songs: Migrating Music
British Council presents a seminar on music and diaspora by singer, composer and music researcher Moushumi Bhowmik.
6-8pm. British Council, L&T Chambers, first floor, 16, Camac Street. For registration, call 40074300/ 9830186400 or contact email@example.com. Tickets, Rs100 (members) and Rs200 (non-members).
This Bimal Kar satire shows the irony of wished-for wealth bringing distress and discomfort. Two hours. Performed by Nandipat.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76 /1, Bagbazar Street. Tickets, Rs20, Rs40 and Rs60, available in advance from 1-7pm at the venue (9830254562).
Ways of Listening
Sound recordist Sukanta Majumdar shares his changing perception of listening to sound over the years, supported by recordings, audio/video clips and sound works.
5.30-7pm. Studio 21, 17L, Dover Terrace (24866735).
An exhibition of mixed media art (airbrush, spray paint, waterproof ink, printing ink and acrylic paint on acid-free boards and canvas) by Kazi Anirban at the Academy of Fine Arts.
Academy of Fine Arts, Central Gallery, 2, Cathedral Road (9831013839).
A dance presentation by performers aged between 6 and 60, organized for senior citizens by Samriddha Chakraborty.
4.30-6pm. Little Sisters of The Poor, St Joseph’s Home, 2, AJC Bose Road (9339751248).
Dover Lane Dance Festival
The Dover lane Music Conference is organizing the Indian Classical Dance Festival, which includes classical dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri, etc.
6pm. GD Birla Sabhaghar, 29, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge (24615449/5579).
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