Till 14 July
Tumkur-based Manuchakravarthi’s latest work will be on display at DakshinaChitra. This collection, using different media, is a mix of figurative and abstract paintings, with emphasis on symmetry and texture.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Celebrate France’s national day (on 14 July) with Amélie, a shy waitress who lives a simple life and works in a tiny Paris café. She makes a surprising discovery and sees her life change drastically for the better. And that’s when she decides to help others find happiness...in the most delightfully unexpected ways. The screening has been organized by the Alliance Française de Madras, in association with the Russian Cultural Centre.
6.30pm. Russian Cultural Centre, 27, Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet (24990050).
Alliance Française de Madras and Goethe-Institut present Jazz Connect 2010, a jazz concert/workshop with saxophonist François Jeanneau (Paris), pianist Uli Lenz (Berlin) and tabla player Muthu Kumar Varadarajan (Bangalore). The trio will play their latest compositions, combining the purity of traditional jazz with the boldest of improvisations.
7.30pm. Mowbrays Hall, Sheraton Park Hotel, 132, TTK Road, Alwarpet (24994101).
Mangalorean Food Festival
Till 11 July
Savour the rich and fiery delicacies of Mangalore, prepared by master chefs from Kundapura in Udipi district. The specialities include pork sorpotel, neer dosa, kori roti and chicken curry.
12.30-2.45pm and 7-11pm. Kokum, 60/115, Kasthuri Avenue, MRC Nagar (42185462) A meal for two will cost upwards of Rs1,000 (taxes extra).
Never Ending Med Lunch
Till 31 July
Indulge in some of the most popular dishes from the Mediterranean. The dishes include home-made ravioli, thin crust pizzas and pastas on the a la carte lunch menu at Azulia.
12.30-3pm. Azulia, GRT Grand, 120, Sir Thyagaraja Road (28150500). Charges, Rs750 per head (taxes extra).
By Karuna Amarnath & Varuni khosla
Children’s book reading and film screenings
The American Center has introduced weekly book-reading sessions of classics for children, followed by the screening of feature films based on these works. This Saturday’s book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, the story of four young girls—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—who grow up to be young women during the American Civil War. For children in the age group of 8-16.
10am. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. For details, call 23472290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) has renovated its sport climbing wall. The new wall is 15m—3m higher than the previous one—and meets the current international standards. You can also use your Spidey-sense and get climbing on the indoor wall.
9am-noon and 3-7pm; timings may change. IMF, 6, Benito Juarez Road (24111211). Call IMF for fee details.
Papa CJ: Work in Progress
Irreverent stand-up comic Papa CJ tries out new material, some of it inspired by his recent tours of Malta, Bali, Singapore and Hong Kong.
8pm. The International Diner, M-69, Greater Kailash-I, M-Block Market (46696140). For details, call 9810934962. Entry charges, Rs250 (includes a pint of beer).
Several films are being screened to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Polish music composer Frédéric Chopin. The event is in collaboration with the embassy of Poland. The biographical film Frédéric Chopin—The Wind Has Blown Me Here follows Chopin’s life from the time the composer left Poland in 1830 till his death in Paris in 1849. Juxtaposing etchings and drawings from the period with contemporary views, the commentary uses Chopin’s memoirs and letters, diary entries of his contemporaries and reviews of the great pianist’s concerts.
Also being screened is Memories of Warsaw’s Chopin Piano Competitions. The film opens with a brief biographical sketch of the composer, and uses rare archival footage to present the history of the competition, one of the world’s most prestigious and valued ones in its heyday.
7.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
The Truth about Tigers
The tiger is disappearing at an alarming rate from forests.
Government estimates show there are around 1,411 tigers left.
Why has the number of tigers in India declined so drastically? What are the problems facing their conservation? Are there any solutions to the crisis? The Truth about Tigers, a film by Shekar Dattatri, seeks to answer these and several other questions. The film will be introduced by Prerna Bindra, editor, Tigerlink.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Directed by Sohaila Kapur and starring members of SLAP (Sounds Like a Plan) on the Greasepaint, this collaborative effort between film-maker Lata Bhasin, SLAP Enterprise and theatre group Greasepaint presents a reading of two short stories from American shockmeister Stephen King’s Night Shift. This dramatized reading will be accompanied by sound effects, music and projection.
6.30pm. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341).
Kathak by Moumala Nayak
Moumala Nayak is an exponent of the Lucknow gharana of Kathak and a disciple of maestro Birju Maharaj. Nayak began training when she was 9, under Nagendra Prasad Mohini in Patna, and went on to acquire a master’s degree in dance from the Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad. She also has a diploma from Kathak Kendra.
6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Parliament Street, Connaught Place (9810094806).
The Medium Speaks Back
Till 17 July
This exhibition tries to cover 130 years of artistic expressions on paper, a medium that has long been neglected by the art market in favour of the canvas, according to curator Ratan Parimoo. The show brings together rare works ranging from the pre-independence era to contemporary art, including pieces by Rabindranath Tagore, Ram Kinker Baij and Somnath Hore as well as Raja Ravi Varma prints, colonial etchings and cinema stills.
11am-7pm, Sundays closed. Art Konsult, 23, Hauz Khas Village (26531819).
Going, Going, Gone
10 July-6 August
This show brings together works by eight artists working in a variety of media, including mixed media artworks using sensors, stainless steel, bronze, aluminium, ceramic stones, acrylic and pencil on canvas, oil on canvas and watercolour.
11am-7pm, Sundays closed. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).
Subrato to César
Till 13 July
In his latest series of football-inspired works, Riyas Komu creates a site-specific installation in an attempt to simulate the frustration of Indian footballers. Komu constructs a concrete wall to divide the gallery into two areas. Reaching up to nearly two-thirds of the height of the gallery, the wall conceals the frame of a goalpost. Komu uses concrete to construct the wall to drive home the point about the poor condition of Indian training grounds, many of which have been concretized —making it difficult for footballers to practise on them. A small doorway in the wall leads to the other half of the gallery, where 32 rusted metal footballs are placed under wooden stools. The footballs represent the players and attempt to draw our attention to the hopes and frustrations of Indian footballers who aspire to play in international tournaments, an idea reiterated in the name of the show.
11am-7pm. Gallery Maskara at Warehouse on Third Pasta, 6/7, Third Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).
The three-day Bandish festival, featuring works by legendary composers from north and south India, starts with a performance by the leading exponents of the Dagar-bani dhrupad gayaki, Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha. The duo will open for the noted Hindustani vocalist Ulhas Kashalkar, who has trained in the Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra gharanas.
6.30pm. Tata Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200, Rs300 and Rs500.
NDTV Lumiere presents a comedy festival during which the Italian film The Caiman will be screened. Bruno Bonomo (Silvio Orlando), a flailing producer of B-movies, reluctantly agrees to back a cinematic attack on Silvio Berlusconi when young writer-director Teresa (Jasmine Trinca) thrusts her script into his hands. It’s only when he begins the soul-destroying process of finding financiers and actors that he warms a little to Teresa’s cause. As he struggles to balance family and work, we see some imagined scenes from his Berlusconi film, each reflecting a different stage in its production and each showing Berlusconi played by a different actor, including director Nanni Moretti himself. 1 hour 47 minutes.
6.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Seating on first-come, first-served basis; priority will be given to NCPA members.
Pune-based artist Swaroop Biswas’ exhibition maps human interactions from a bird’s-eye view. Inspired by the sight of a spider dangling above a flautist, Biswas began to sketch various scenes from an aerial perspective, in the process reflecting on notions of privacy and surveillance.
10am-6pm. Gallery G, Maini Sadan, 38, Lavelle Road, 7th Cross (22219275).
Light & Shadow
Till 14 July
A solo show of watercolour paintings and works in charcoal by Srividya G.S. The artist will also conduct a two-day workshop at the gallery for anyone above the age of 15 interested in the medium.
11am-5pm on 9-10 July, 11am-7pm on 11-14 July. Time & Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117). For details on the workshop, call 9741917227. Registration fees, Rs2,000.
Tough on Tobacco
Tough on Tobacco describe themselves as a “humour-tinged pop-rock-reggae sextet from Mumbai”. The band includes Sidd Coutto and Gaurav Gupta on vocals and guitar, Pozy Dhar on guitar, Neil Gomes on violin, sax, flute and vocals, Johan Pais on bass, and Jai Row Kavi on drums and vocals.
8pm. B flat, 100 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar (42414000). For entry charges, contact the venue.
Purusha— Male Moves
This discourse session will include the screening of a compilation of rare videos from the Mohan Khokar Dance Archives, and a panel discussion. The discussion will be between six of the seven male dancers featured in the 2010 issue of the dance yearbook Attendance: The Dance Annual of India, which focuses on solo male dancers from Karnataka under the age of 50. The discussion will revolve around the state of these male solo dancers and will have inputs from the critic M. Surya Prasad, dance promoter Padmini Ravi, dancer/choreographer Madhu Nataraj and dance teacher Kiran Subramanyam.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasanth Nagar (41231340).
Grow my mind!
This is a personality development workshop for children aged 10-14. There will be activities aimed at helping children improve their communication skills and overcome their fear of public speaking. Basic presentation skills will also be taught as part of this session.
5-7pm. British Council, L&T Chambers, First floor, 16, Camac Street (40074347). Prior registration required; contact Aparna Bhattacharya at 22825370.
Till 11 July
Be served by waiters in your team’s jersey at Ivory, with food to match. So there are fruit and feta brochettes, cheese-laden potatoes, chicken empanadas, fish and chips, and mini frankfurter buns.
7-11.15pm. Ivory—the Indian Kitchen, 22, Camac Street (22811313). The dishes are priced at Rs215-395.
Daaho looks at modern life where people crave success at the cost of social welfare. Bhabatosh Sen, a tobacco factory owner, is pushed towards dipsomania when his eldest son Tapu renounces the family for making money by marketing tobacco. As Sen’s relationship with Tapu worsens, Sen realizes the futility of opulence brought on by “immoral” business. This results in Sen’s aphasia.
6.30pm. Minerva Theatre, 6-6/1, Dani Ghosh Sarani. Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60, available at the venue from 1-7pm. For details, call 9830042004.
Faces of Indian Art
10 July-14 August
The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts is holding an exhibition of the works of the 52 artists featured in the book Faces of Indian Art: Through the Lens of Nemai Ghosh, edited by Ina Puri and published by the Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi. The book will be launched during the exhibition, which will also feature portraits of the artists by veteran photographer Nemai Ghosh. The artists include stalwarts of Indian art such as Akbar Padamsee, Anjolie Ela Menon, Ganesh Haloi and Jamini Roy.
10am-7pm, Sundays closed. The book release and inauguration will take place on 10 July at 6pm. The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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