One Nite Stand
Watch the band One Nite Stand —Behram on vocals and bass, Hemanth on guitar, Neville on piano and Abhilash on drums—perform this fortnight.
8.30pm. Hard Rock Cafe, 40, St Marks Road (41242222). Tickets, Rs.400 (entry, Rs.150 + cover, Rs.250), or silver pass for Rs.1,500. For details, visit www.indianstage.in/EventDetails.do?eventId=4832 .
Creative writing workshop
Atta Galatta is hosting a one-day creative writing workshop conducted by the publisher Fablery. Suresh Chandrasekaran and Nethra Anjanappa from the organization will teach participants the craft of writing and storytelling—from plot construction and characterization to atmosphere and climax.
2-6pm. Atta Galatta, 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala (41600677). Fee, Rs.200. For registration, email contact@fablery. com or nethra.anjanapa @gmail.com. For details, call 9980022417 or visit blog.fablery. com/workshop-bangalore.
Storytelling and treasure-hunting
Bookalore is celebrating the launch of The Magic of the Dazl Corals, the final instalment of the Taranauts series by Roopa Pai. The event includes storytelling with puppets by author Vijaylakshmi Nagaraj, and puzzle- and riddle-solving with Pai.
11am-1pm. RSI Club, MG Road. To register, email bookalore @gmail.com. For details, visit www.facebook.com/bookaloreclub or www.taranauts.com.
History of India—VIRitten
The brash motormouth from the show Walking on Broken Das has abandoned his smart-aleck demeanour for something more crowd-friendly: the urban, middle-class version of patriotism in which it’s easy to love your country because you only see the bright side. Vir Das’ sidekick, who uses the moniker Kavi Shastri, covers Pangaea, Manu and the Harappan, Indus Valley, civilization through a series of forgettable jokes. Das’ delivery is clean, quick and sharp as he goes from the Vedas to 1947 and beyond. Some jokes are dated, and the post-independence segment might seem to go by too fast.
7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval, 2nd Main Road, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, Rs.500, Rs.750, Rs.1,000, Rs.1,500 and Rs.2,000, available on in.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.in.
22 July/25 July
The Bangalore International Centre (BIC) is hosting two talks,
“Gujarat: Challenges of Growth and Justice” and “Governing a Megacity: The Challenges of Bangalore”, on Monday and Thursday, respectively. The talk on Gujarat will be delivered by the former director of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Prof. Ashoke Chatterjee, and chaired by a former additional chief secretary of the Karnataka government, Chiranjeev Singh.
The talk on Bangalore will be delivered by A. Ravindra, an urban expert and chairman of the Bangalore-based Centre for Sustainable Development, and chaired by A. Ramachandran, a former UN under secretary general.
6.30pm (both days). BIC, Teri Complex, 4th Main Road, Domlur, 2nd Stage (9886599675). For details, visit www.bicentre.org.
The evening will see a reading of animal poems from three different children’s books. This will be followed by activities based on the same theme. The reading will be facilitated by Gayathri Tirthapura, educator and managing director of Parent Musings, a Bangalore-based organization that helps parents to help their children learn better. Children aged 3-7 can attend the event along with their parents.
4.30-5.30pm. Kutoohala, 1/1, First floor, Ratnavilas Road, Basavanagudi. Fee, Rs.150 per child. To register, visit Parentmusings.in. For details, call 9611119478 or visit www.parentmusings.in/book-reading-july20th.
Bangalore Weekend of Photobooks
The Thalam gallery is organizing the Bangalore Weekend of Photobooks, which will include displays of photographers’ photobooks, film screenings and talks by photographers. The event will be hosted by photographer Mahesh Shantaram and book designer Vidya Rao, who will display their entire library of photobooks.
11am-7pm. Thalam, Level 2, 80, Krishna Reddy Colony, Domlur (9945243130).
Red Ant Dream
The Bangalore International Centre (BIC) is hosting a screening of Red Ant Dream, a documentary by Sanjay Kak. The film investigates the idea of grass-roots revolutions in the hinterlands of India and “interrogates the workings of democracy” in our country. Kak will be present for an interaction with the audience after the screening.
5.30pm. BIC, Teri Complex (9886599675). For details, visit www.bicentre.org/events/red_ant_dream.html .
Till 21 July
The Company Theatre, Mumbai, is presenting ‘Noises Off’, a play within a play about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy—a single-set farce in which sardines fly, lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away, and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue. Adapted from Michael J. Frayn’s 1980s play. 2 hours, 10 minutes.
7.30pm/also 3.30pm on Sunday. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26493982). Tickets Rs.200, available on in.bookmyshow.com
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Book discussion: Stuff Happens
A discussion on diplomacy centred on the book, Stuff Happens: An Insider’s View on Indian Diplomacy, by Rajendra Abhyankar is being organized by the Asia Society. Abhyankar is a former ambassador to the European Union.
6-8pm. Auditorium, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, 159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort. Free for Asia Society members and students with a valid ID card; Rs. 100 for others. RSVP to asiasociety@asiasociety. org.in. For details, visit asiasociety.org/india/events/stuff-happens-insiders-view-indian-diplomacy.
The Nation Wants to Know
Anuvab Pal’s one-man show looks at the incredible pace of change in modern India through the eyes of a middle-aged, cowardly Bengali man.
6pm. Canvas Laugh Factory, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, Rs.500, available on in.bookmyshow.com.
From Comic to Graphic Novel
Part of Alliance Française’s “The Monsoon Project”, the workshop will introduce participants to the techniques of page design, panel composition and illustration techniques. It will also focus on current innovative cartoonists and the impact of comics on film.
4.30-6pm. Alliance Française, 40, Theosophy Hall, Vithaldas Thackersey Marg, New Marine Lines, Churchgate. To register, email Sheryn at sheryn@afindia. org or call 22035993. For details, visit www.ambafrance-in.org/Special-Monsoon-Project-at-the
In its 23rd year, the festival will bring together six classical performances. Ayona Bhaduri will present an Odissi recital and Rinku Bhattacharya Das, a Manipuri performance. Sonali Surve Gawade will present Bharatanatyam and Srilekha Jayanthi, Kuchipudi. Sakshi Kumar will present a Kathak solo and Nandini K. Mehta and K. Murali Mohan, a Kathak duet.
5pm. Mini Theatre, Ravindra Natya Mandir, next to Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi, Dadar (West).
In memory of the late Pandit K.G. Ginde
Pandit Sunil Kant Gupta is one of India’s leading flautists, having trained under musicians like Raghunath Seth, Ajoy Chakraborty and S.C.R. Bhatt. To pay homage to renowned singer K.G. Ginde, Gupta will perform along with vocalist Nupoor Kashid.
5.30pm. Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre, 122A, JK Sawant Marg, near Ruparel College, opposite Mumbai Glasswork, Matunga.
Queer Voices From Mumbai
This documentary by Jeff Roy strings together videos as well as interviews of, and performances by, established and emerging performers in contemporary and folk traditions. He had shot the videos on music, dance and performance art within the city’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and ‘hijra’ communities during his stay in Mumbai as a Fulbright-mtvU Fellow in 2012.
This is the first public presentation of his documentary in Mumbai. Children below 13 years are not allowed.
5pm. Godrej India Culture Lab, Gate 2, Godrej Industries, Vikhroli (East). For details, visit http://indiaculturelab.org/events/book-and-film-club/queer-voices-from-mumbai.
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Stories from Australia—A Festival of Award-winning Films
Till 20 July
This festival of nine Walkley Award-winning documentaries from Australia, has been organized by the India International Centre (IIC) in collaboration with The Walkley Foundation. Apart from screenings, discussions and interactive sessions with two film-makers are scheduled.
10am. CD Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta, 6pm
Jacob Hickey’s film tells the story of how the Vietnamese community in Cabramatta overcame the odds and established itself in multicultural Australia.
Scarlet Road , 10am
Catherine Scott and Pat Fiske’s film follows an Australian sex worker who is trying to increase awareness and enable access for sexual expression for those with disabilities.
The Tall Man, noon
In November 2004, Cameron Doomadgee was arrested on Palm Island for drunkenness and taken into the custody of senior sergeant Chris Hurley. Forty-five minutes later, he was dead. The Tall Man by Tony Krawitz is a feature documentary about the court case and riot that followed.
Go Back to Where You Came From—Season I, 2pm
From the SBS reality series, Go Back to Where You Came From took six Australians on a 25-day journey as refugees. The six have varying opinions about asylum seekers, and the journey is an effort to open up their minds to the complexity of the issue. The travellers range from 21-year-old Sydneysider Raquel Moore (“I don’t like black people”) to “left-leaning bleeding heart” Brisbane politico Roderick Schneider.
Mrs Carey’s Concert, 6.45pm
This documentary by Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond is about an astonishing concert by students of the MLC School, Sydney, under the direction of the school’s music director, Karen Carey.
Relevance of Utterance and Sound in Dagarvani Dhrupad
An illustrated lecture by Ustad Faiyaz Wasifuddin Dagar on the style of Indian classical music propagated by his forebears.
6pm. Lecture Room-II, Annexe, India International Centre (24619431).
This exhibition showcases artwork on the theme of nature and friendship, with a focus on the dragon, by youngsters aged 3-18. The works were created after school hours at Renuka Taneja’s studio, Windows the Art and Craft Corner, in south Delhi’s Panchsheel Park. The children have created utility items made from household materials and items that we usually discard, like hangers, audio cassettes, bottles and bottle covers, toilet rolls, broken toys, boxes and cartons.
11am-6pm. Sanskriti Kendra, Anandgram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, opposite Metro Pillars 164-165, near Arjangarh Metro Station.
Gareth Emery, one of electronic music’s most influential and innovative DJs and producers, will perform at blueFROG. Emery has been voted No. 7 in the Top 100 DJs poll of ‘DJ Mag’, making him the UK’s highest-ranked DJ, and one of the youngest DJs ever to crack the Top 10.
9pm-1.30am. blueFROG, 4-A Seven Style Mile, Kalka Dass Marg, Mehrauli (30800300). Entry, Rs.1,000.
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This show has paintings from the Temporary Custodians II collection of Apparao Galleries and features artists like Anju Dodiya, Bhupen Khakhar, Reena Saini Kallat, Jitish Kallat, Anup Mathew Thomas, Shibu Natesan and Surendra Nair.
11am-8pm. Apparao Galleries, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Till 31 July
Damini Artisans is presenting an exhibition-cum-sale of handcrafted Peshwa Kundan meena choker sets in 4-micron plated gold. The prices start from Rs.2,490.
10.30am-8pm. Damini Artisans, Arunachalam Road, Kotturpuram (42188774).
Till 25 July
A collection of design accessories, including frost-etched drinking glassware by Aarti Sanghi, handcrafted jewellery by jewellery line Maya, and exquisite workmanship and quirky designs in footwear and fashion by Plum Tree.
11am-8pm. Amethyst, Whites Road, Royapettah (28541917).
Till 21 July
Anise is serving up authentic Mumbai fare like vada pao, rawa kolambi, bombil fry, kombadi vade, paplet curry, mandeli fry, modak , puran poli, fish koliwada, salli nu murgi, kobi chi bhaji, batata pa eddu, aloo tuk and Malvani prawn curry.
Noon-3pm/7-11pm. Anise, Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam High Road (66002827). Buffet price, Rs.1,400, plus taxes, per person.
A Heritage Called Dhrupad
There is something stunningly magical about Uday Bhawalkar’s music. It draws the young and old alike with its meditative quality, intensity and depth. A scholarship application landed Bhawalkar in the household of Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar and Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, the undisputed masters of dhrupad. Bhawalkar went on to become a torch-bearer of the oldest surviving form of Indian classical music, which is inherently open to innovation.
7pm. Music Academy, No. 168, TTK Road. Tickets, Rs.300 and Rs.500, available on in.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.in
By Nandini Reddy
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Voyage of Exploration
Till 25 July
Final-year students of the master of fine arts (MFA) programme at the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, are showcasing their work—sketches, drawings, paintings and sculptures—at the exhibition Voyage of Exploration.
11am-7pm. Shrishti Art Gallery, Plot 267, Road No.15, Jubilee Hills (23540023/ 23607151). For details, visit http://hyderabad.afindia.org/node/7374.
Theatre group Samahaara adopts Anton Chekhov’s short play The Bear, in which a retired lieutenant, Smirnov, arrives at the widow Popova’s house to collect the money he had lent to her husband. They get into an argument, and insult each other. But while he’s trying to collect his debt, Smirnov falls in love with Popova; she too ends up liking him.
7pm. Lamakaan, off Road No.1, opposite GVK One mall, Banjara Hills (9885288982). Tickets, Rs.100, available on in.bookmyshow.com.
Earthflight: South America
The documentary series gives a bird’s- eye view of South America, journeying through Machu Picchu, the Nasca Lines and the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Santiago. In Patagonia, giant petrels shadow killer whales as they hunt seals on the beach. In Costa Rica, black vultures descend on turtles as they lay eggs in the sand. At Iguassu Falls, dusky swifts dive through the cascades to huddle in communal roosts while hummingbirds bathe below.
6-7.30pm. Goethe-Zentrum, 20, Journalist’s Colony, Road No.3, Banjara Hils (23350473/0040).
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli