27 August-4 September
With performances, exhibitions, installations and workshops, this is Episode 2 of the TechnoDrome Festival. Championing emerging electronic music and visual arts, this is one festival which should not be missed. Multimedia collective BLOT will perform with Kohra (Qilla Records/Zenon) on Day 1; on 28 August, BLOT will create an immersive musical experience to the tune of Sattyananda’s ambient trance. The headlining act, Beckers, will perform on 4 September. Catch the German DJ and producer do his progressive-house floor-filling thing. Throughout the festival, short films will be compiled into a 90-minute programme and screened for a week at a leading cinema hall.
For details, including ticketing, venues and timings, log on to the TechnoDrome Facebook group , or call 23329506.
The Bhoomika Creative Dance Centre presents Jatakamala, based on the Jataka tales. Bhoomika performed a shorter version of Jatakamala in 2003, which travelled 5,000km in southern India and was staged in major cities as well as villages and towns. This grew into the present production, which uses elements from The Monkey and The Crocodile, The Ogre and The Monkey and The Crane and The Crab.
But it isn’t just warming up old chestnuts and narrating the
didactic fables we know so well. Jatakamala is more abstract, and at times questions the essence of the Jataka tales.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
29 August-2 September
To celebrate the festival of Janamashtami, the Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra will stage its popular dance drama Krishna. The Hindu god Krishna will be portrayed in the three stages of his life: the child celebrated in art and song as the maakhanchor (butter thief), the youthful Krishna who flirts with the gopis when he isn’t slaying the great Yamuna-toxifying serpent Kalia, and the mature Krishna who gives the Bhagavad Gita sermon on the Mahabharat battlefield. The two-and-a-half-hour presentation has a cast of 45 dancers, all of them Kendra students.
6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Call the venue for passes.
My Name is Gauhar Jaan!—The Story of the Empress of Music
This is an illustrated lecture about the first recording superstar in India—Gauhar Jaan, who was of Armenian descent. The talk will be conducted by Vikram Sampath, author of My Name is Gauhar Jaan!—The Life and Times of a Musician, and will feature images and clips from old recordings. The lecture will be introduced by scholar Partha Chatterjee.
6.30pm. Annexe Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. (24619431).
Till 4 September
Artist Manjunath Kamath’s special project treats the walls at Gallery Espace as his personal canvas. He has converted the space into his own studio by painting and drawing on the walls. Kamath’s imagery draws from both his subconscious and his interactions with visitors at the gallery.
11am-7pm. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).
In Ink and Blue
Till 30 September
Padmini Mongia uses materials such as ink, dry and wet indigo, mediums and gels in her paintings. She has also experimented with brushes not usually associated with painting, such as the loose, almost unformed brushes used for whitewashing houses, and brushes used for calligraphy.
11am-8pm. Zaza Home, 25-26, Community Centre, Zamrudpur (29235076).
An unplugged gig by this Delhi rock band whose music is influenced by glam rock, soul, progressive music and pop.
8pm. The Living Room Café, 31, Hauz?Khas Village (46080533).Call the venue for reservations.
Raasrang World Flute Festival
Till 31 August
This is the first edition of the festival under the patronage of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Hemlata Rajye, who aim to encourage social and environmental awareness. The festival will be held at venues in Delhi and the artistes slated to perform include Chaurasia, Raghunath Shetty, Bikramjit Singh from Manipur, American flautist and saxophonist Steve Gorn, Rajat and Ajay Prasanna and Ronu Majumdar.
Timings and venues vary. Click here for details or email email@example.com, or call 9654690242.
Preserve the Future
Four short films on climate change by young Indian film-makers, winners of the UK Environment Film Fellowships 2005, will be screened. They tackle issues such as the fate of thousands of homeless villagers in coastal Orissa (Nita Madhab Panda’s Climate’s First Orphans), the apple-growing belt in Himachal Pradesh (Vijay Jodha’s The Weeping Apple Tree), implications of climate change on glaciers (Syed Fayaz’s A Degree of Concern) and the unique ecosystem of the Sundarbans (Geeta Singh’s A Green Agony).
6.30pm. India International Centre. For details, call 24619431.
Alex Machacek Trio
Alex Machacek has a remarkable ability to navigate different styles, genres and innovate, which led to guitar legend and fusion exponent John McLaughlin’s famous remark: “Alex Machacek’s music starts where other music ends.” For this concert, the Austrian guitarist teams up with American drummer Jeff Sipe and Greek bassist Neal Fountain.
8pm. B-Flat, 776, 100 Feet Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). Charges, Rs300
Dakshin, Art of the Deep South
Till 7 September
This group show celebrates the traditional art forms of Tamil Nadu. The exhibition features oil portraits from Ilayaraja, and watercolours by S. Sivabalan that are based on rural life. The highlights of the show are Santhana Krishnan’s painted wooden door frames, the kind that lead into the inner courtyards of traditional village homes, and are marked with religious images and symbols.
10am-7pm, Sunday closed. 104, Embassy Square, above Ganjam Jewellers, 148, Infantry Road (40926202). Click here for details
Behind the Seen
27 August-1 September
Prabhakar D.R., Mohana, Subbaiah and Shiva, familiar faces in the city’s art circles but not full-time artists, form the focus of this show, curated by Bangalore-based artist Surekha. The works include photographs and sculptures.
Opens at 6.30pm on Friday, and will be on show from 10.30am-7.30pm. 1Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar. For details, call 9880227706
Part of the Voices from the Waters 2010 film festival on water (the 5th International Film Festival on Water at Bangalore ends on 29 August), Canadian film-maker Shannon Walsh’s documentary H20il is based on the environmental impact of the Canada Tar Sands project on a local community at Fort Chipewyan.
10am. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, opposite UNI Building, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). Click here for details
The Big Mushroom Cloud Festival
The second edition of the psychedelic music festival, organized by The Live Gig Networks, will feature Bangalore bands Parachute XVI, Drones from the Turbine, Clipped Winger Satellite and The Bicycle Days, Mumbai band Rosemary, Lime from Chennai and Parvaaz from Jammu and Kashmir.
10am onwards. Eden Gardens Princess Academy entrance, Palace Grounds (23360818). Tickets, Rs500, available at www.indianstage.in. For details, call 9986410233.
Treadmill weaves vignettes that explore the different kinds of human interactions—between child and mother, teacher and student, shopkeeper and client, strangers on a train, employer and housemaid, and lovers. The Hindi play, directed by Abhishek Majumdar, draws from personal memories which are recycled, replayed and reinterpreted by the storyteller, who finds himself intermittently confronted by a personification of memory.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
Bharatanatyam exponent Leela Samson performs many roles admirably. The director of Chennai-based Kalakshetra, Samson was recently appointed chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. She also leads the Delhi-based dance group Spandan Dance Company. Earlier this year, she wrote a beautiful memoir about her legendary guru Rukmini Devi Arundale.
On Friday, Samson will give a solo performance at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Her dance reflects the nuances of Kalakshetra, her alma mater, and her choreography makes room for innovation. Samson’s zeal, energy and creativity has inspired dancers across the country, and is as rare as it is breathtaking.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs200 and Rs300, available at the venue.
Pawel Sobowiec and Krzysztof Trzaskowski
Polish pianists Sobowiec and Trzaskowski will perform solo
recitals in memory of the Bombay Chamber Orchestra cellist, Burjor Shroff. The duo will perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brilliante, among other compositions, under renowned conductor Ernst Hoetzl.
6.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA. (66223737). Tickets, Rs120, Rs220, Rs280 and Rs360.
Wildlife Photo Exhibition
31 August-5 September
Wildlife photographer Nayan Khanolkar’s camera has captured images of birds and animals from India and Kenya. The exhibition also features photographs by other leading wildlife photographers focusing on Ladakh, Chambal and Bharatpur.
Noon-8pm. Piramal Art Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts (66223737).
Pause for a Cause
Pause for a Cause, Concer India Foundation’s shopping exhibition, is back and this time it’s bigger and better. This fortnight traditional work from Jaipur and Varanasi is embellished with contemporary touches. But apart from the traditional arts, it will also be showcasing stylish jute bags, belts made from banana fibre and engraved silver jewellery.
10am-7pm. Kainaz Contractor, World Trade Centre, Centre 1 Building, Cuffe Parade (66387272).
From 29 August
The city’s annual marathon is more than three months away but many of Mumbai’s runners are already abandoning their solo training regimes to hook up with city coaches and training buddies. The Nike Run Club provides free training and the opportunity to try Nike shoes to those registered online.
Register on Runnersforlife.com for regular updates on the Nike Run Club events.
Prashant Pandey Show
31 August-2 September
Every artist puts a bit of himself in his art, but Prashant Pandey’s contribution is more literal than most. His show features sculptures made of bagasse from the sugar-cane industry, cigarette butts and rotting chocolate. The artist says he digs through garbage cans to explore the fragments generated by human activity. The sculptor is fascinated with waste and believes that even though it may not be of use to others, the materials become political and social symbols in his work. Prepare to be surprised.
11am-7pm. Warehouse at 3rd Pasta, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).
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The Faces of War
Till 31 August
Artist Kulanthaivelu Pugalenthi’s line drawings bring the plight of Tamilians in Sri Lanka to the fore through this exhibition. Having witnessed their struggle for the last 27 years, the artist has captured the emotions and sufferings in a poignant yet emphatic way through her work.
11am-6pm. AFM Gallery, Alliance Française de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Photographs of Chennai
Till 30 August
As part of the Madras Week Celebrations, DakshinaChitra is hosting an exhibition of photographs by three young photographers—Manimaran, Nataraja Moorthy Kumar and Augustine Derrick, fine arts students from the College of Art and Craft, Chennai. The theme revolves around happenings in and around the city—the landscape and the people.
10am-6pm. Seminar Hall, DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road. For details, call 9841011785.
SPB Musical Night
Catch renowned singer S.P. Balasubramaniam, with Malathy, Mukesh and Roshini, accompanied by the Lakshman Sruthi Musical orchestra in a musical extravaganza. The singer will render some of his more popular songs in different languages.
6pm onwards. University of Madras, University Centenary Building, Kamaraj Salai, Chepauk. For details, call 9962877030. Tickets, Rs300, Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs2,000, RS3,000 and Rs5,000.
Till 30 August
City-based R. Sakthivel has put together an exhibition of watercolour paintings showcasing the Madras (now Chennai) of yesteryear, highlighting landmarks such as Broadway, Marina Beach and Kapaleeswara Temple.
11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, Mount Road. For details, call 9841076654.
City-based Evam, in association with LV Prasad Film and TV Academy, presents Just Shoot, a two-day, movie-making workshop. Conceptualized by LV Prasad alumnus and award-winning film-maker R.S. Prasanna, this workshop will provide an introduction to the basics of film-making. It will conclude with a presentation of short films by all the participants.
9am-7pm. LV Prasad Studio, LV Prasad Film and TV Academy, Saligramam (994038669). Fees, Rs3,500, with a Rs500 discount for students.
Thai Food Festival
Till 1 September
Silk presents a buffet of Thai delicacies for dinner, specially prepared by two chefs flown in from Thailand. Experience the culture of the South-East Asian country alongside as seven dancers showcase traditional dance forms.
7.30-11pm. Silk, Asiana, 1/238, OMR, Semmencherry (67411000). Charges, Rs899 (per head, buffet) plus taxes.
— By Karuna Amarnath
Purba Paschim Theatre Festival
Till 1 September
Purba Paschim, a Kolkata-based theatre group, is celebrating its second festival with well-known Kolkata productions, as well as its own. The performances include ‘Balmiki Pratibha’ by the West Bengal Correctional Services, Rabindranath’s ‘Raktakarabi’, Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Birpurush’ by Swapna Sandhani and ‘Madhyabartini’ by Seagull, Guwahati.
Timings and venues vary. Click here for schedules and venue details, or call 9830033371. Tickets, Rs30, Rs50 and Rs60.
This is Unreal
Till 4 September
This is Unreal examines the duality of identities in the modern world. It explores the idea that realities are interpreted differently, and multiple “truths” emerge from this. In each instance, the uncanny, nagging sensation, “this must be unreal”, is what constitutes the essence of the presentation. Raqs Media Collective, Susanta Mandal and Yamini Nayar look at the conflict between the need to doubt and the urge to stay real.
11am-7pm. Experimenter, 2/1, Hindusthan Road (40012289/24630465).
Till 8 September
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts is presenting an exhibition of photographs by Prarthana Modi, a Delhi-based photographer. Modi, who only works with black and white film, showcases visuals from Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai and Bali. Her works capture the stillness amid the movements in our life and time, taking a completely different perspective on well-known cities.
11am-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).
Unobingsho Shatabdir Bangla Gaan
Dimension 4, a Kolkata-based NGO, presents a musical evening as a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 150 birth anniversary. Well-known singer Nupurchhanda Ghosh will sing Bengali songs written and composed by Rajanikanta, Atul Prasad, Dijendralal and Dilip Kumar Roy.
6.15pm. Sisir Mancha, near Exide, AJC Bose Road. For details, call 9432011992.
Nandipat, a Kolkata-based theatre group presents Shrinwantu Comrades. Based on Mikhail Shatrov’s Blue Horses on Red Grass, the play has been translated by Somnath Mukhopadhyay, with poems by Sukanta Bhattacharya and lyrics translated by Subhas Mukhopadhyay. The play is based on a day in Lenin’s life in the early years of the Soviet state, just after the Bolshevik party came to power—showing the conflicts between true and fake Communists. The play has been edited and directed by Bibhas Chakrabory. 2 hours 10 minutes.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar Street. Tickets, Rs20, Rs40 and Rs60. For details, call 9830254562.
Goethe Institut presents a series of films by Werner Herzog. Herzog’s films often feature heroes with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields. The festival will screen films such as Fitzcarraldom (1981), Herz aus Glas (1976), Nosferatu, the Vampyre (1978) and Woyzeck (1979).
6.30pm. Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398/6424).
— By Indranil Bhoumik
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