Body as Vessel
Curated by Geeti Sen, this show explores the body and its physicality with paintings and mixed media works by Anupam Sud, Gogi Saroj Pal, Mithu Sen, Puneet Kaushik and Shambhavi Singh.
11am-7pm, Art Alive, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000).
Drawing Trails—Works on
Stunning watercolour works and book illustrations by Nilima Sheikh. Most of her images have been inspired by poems and texts.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).
By encouraging artists to engage more closely with the gallery space, this show has works that have rooms within rooms, sculptures suspended from the ceiling, a word-jumble machine, glass etches, a “magic shop” and tissue work, among others. Participating artists include Archana Hande, Atul Bhalla, Baptist Coelho, Chinmoy Pramanick, Dilip Chobisa, Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Navin Thomas and Nivedita Deshpande.
11am-7pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Anant Art Gallery, F-213B, Lado Sarai (41554775).
Drawings and stainless steel wire mesh creations by Puneet Kaushik that explore life, its creation and propagation. Some of the installations, bathed in a blood-red light, are visually powerful.
11am-7pm, daily. Art Konsult, 23, Hauz Khas Village (26531819).
Raj Kumar Majumdar + Pandit Dinanath Mishra
A santoor recital by Raj Kumar Majumdar, a senior disciple of Pandit Bhajan Sopori. Mishra (who is from Kolkata and belongs to the Benares ‘gharana’) will give a Hindustani vocal performance.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Gurbani Gaveh Bhai
The Punjabi Academy is collaborating with the New Delhi municipal corporation to organize a three-day festival of Gurbani ragas. A woman singer and a classical vocalist who isn’t a Gurbani singer will be part of the festival every day.
The event hopes to generate awareness about the ‘shabad kirtan’ musical tradition of Sikhism.
Talkatora Gardens. Call the Punjabi Academy (23615979) for timings and performance schedule.
Preserve Our Planet
A week-long celebration to mark Earth Day, presented by the National Geographic Channel, Madi (Making a Difference for India) and British Council.
There will be an exhibition of images representing climate change from National Geographic’s collection, along with the channel’s documentary films on global warming. Indian and British designers will present their eco-friendly collection at a Green Fashion Show.
British Council, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23711401). Contact for information.
32 Degrees Fahrenheit
The American Centre celebrates Earth Day with film screenings as well as an exhibition of photographs by award-winning photographer Andre J. Fanthome. The images were taken on his trips to Alaska and capture breathtaking snow-shrouded landscapes and glaciers.
8.30am-6pm, Monday-Friday; 11am-6pm, Saturday. The American Centre, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472000).
Fascinated by the street dogs of India, photographer Ranjit Oberoi embarked on a seven-year project across the country to photograph them. The exhibition ‘Street Dogs’ presents his photographs, which range from dogs at theTaj Mahal to others playing in front of temples and snoozing on the ghats of Varanasi.
11am-7pm, daily. Art Gallery (annexe), IIC, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24616431).
Noted writer Mahasweta Devi discusses her life and work after a screening of ‘Talking Writing’, a documentary on her life. The Bengali writer and tribal rights activist is as provocative to watch as she is to read, as is evident from the documentary made by Pushan Kripalani. The 55-minute film features four conversations between Mahasweta Devi and her publisher, Naveen Kishore. Kishore’s Seagull Books introduced her to the English-speaking world by translating ‘Five Plays’, and has since published ‘Mother of 1084’ and ‘Breast Stories’.
8pm. Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Café, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546).
Rising vocalist Zeeshan Khan and bansuri star Rupak Kulkarni perform on the first day of Silsila, the three-day festival organized by Bhavan’s Cultural Centre and the Ustad Mushtaq Hussain Khan Memorial Trust to pay tribute to the Rampur Sahaswan ‘gharana’ exponent. Ghulam Abbas Khan, son and student of Ghulam Sadiq Khan, and sitar player Nayan Ghosh, son and student of tabla virtuoso Nikhil Ghosh, perform on the second day.
Two of the genre’s most renowned musicians, sarod player Sharma Daruwala and vocalist Ajay Pohankar, perform on the last day.
6.30pm. Pranganga, Bhavan’s College Campus, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (26237454).
A first impression of Oliver Rajamani’s act could strike you as an earnest lec-dem about Indian music marching West. After all, the stringed instruments at his performance at Blue Frog this fortnight will map the migration of the lute from Allahabad to Andalusia and beyond: Rajamani and his band will play the sarod, its Afghan cousin, the rabab, the Iranian setar, the Arabic oud, the Spanish guitar and the cello. But when he launches into his jagged tunes, it will be clear that the 38-year-old wanderer is no precocious pedant.
His songs are rooted in the raw emotion of gypsy music and, like the tunes from which they draw their inspiration, often leave listeners with the irresistible urge to bop till they drop.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Rs300.
For a duo that regularly features on Russia’s best DJ list, Moonbeam breaks several DJ stereotypes. They don’t drink. Their website looks decidedly low-tech. They’ve steered clear of Moscow’s glitzy nightclubs to continue to live and work in the industrial city of Nizhnii Novgorod, which they vow never to leave. But what Pavel (right) and Vitaliy Khavleev lack in flashiness, they more than make up for with a super-tight high tempo sound that’s got sweaty dance floors across Europe begging for more. Moonbeam is known for its effortless use of percussion and vocal styles from around the world, producing results that vary from a sharp electronic dance sound to a more ambient minimal vibe.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Rs500.
Fort High School Ramnavami Festival
Until 10 May
The series of classical concerts as part of Ramnavami celebrations continues this fortnight at the Fort High School Grounds. On Friday (6.30pm), watch Lalgudi Krishnan and Vijayalakshmi perform a Carnatic violin duet. On Saturday (6.30pm), hear U. Srinivas and U. Rajesh on the mandolin. Violin duo Kumaresh and Ganesh (6.30pm) perform on Sunday. A Carnatic fusion performance titled ‘Earth Beat’ by Praveen D. Rao (6.30pm) is scheduled for Monday.
Kalavathi Aadhoot gives a Carnatic vocal performance on Tuesday (5pm), followed by Jayanthi Kumaresh (7.15pm). Wednesday’s programme includes a Carnatic vocal performance by 19-year-old Vinay Sharva (5pm) and a performance by two Carnatic flautists, B.K. Ananthram and Amith Nadig (7.15pm). On Thursday, hear Shantala Subramanyam (5pm), followed by T.S. Pattabhirama Pandit (7.15pm).
Fort High School Ground, Krishna Rajendra Road, Chamarajpet (9448079079).
The Aesthetics of Display
In Mallikarjun Kotakol’s new series of photographs—of kebabs on the grill, boards crammed with locks, bundles of betel leaves, hardware stock, vegetables, footwear, plastic containers and entire racks of undergarments on display—there are absolutely no humans. That is the result of a deliberate attempt to capture a certain sensibility, explains Kotakol, to do with “traditional markets losing out to packaged products”. Kotakol admits the broader outlook of his pictures does result in something that’s more Indian and not so much Bangalore-specific. He also speaks about the depth with which he found some vendors working the essential aspects of design. The show opens at 6.30pm with a talk by cultural historian Lata Mani.
9am-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday; 10.30am-5pm, Sunday. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage (25205308).
An already fragile family is shattered after the arrival of a relative. The story isn’t new, but the appeal of Mathias Luthardt’s movie lies in its telling. Sixteen-year-old Paul (Sebastian Urzendowsky) shows up unannounced at the country home of his mother’s brother Stefan (Clemens Berg). That Paul is one to watch out for is signposted by the creepy background score. Paul is initially greeted with suspicion and hostility rather than empathy from Stefan, his wife Anna (Marion Mitterhammer) and their son Robert (Falk Rockstroh). The parents are cold and controlling and badly want their son to snag a place at a music conservatory. The point of view slowly shifts as Anna warms up to Paul, much to Robert’s consternation. Anna’s seduction is a misstep in an otherwise sure-footed plot that exposes the cruelty that lies at the heart of nuclear families. A radioactive water body at the edge of the family plot clinches the point.
6.15pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar 1st Stage .(25205308).
‘Rasa Unmasked’ is a collaboration by several individuals and groups: Ramli Ibrahim, Malaysia’s Sutra Dance Theatre, Anandavalli, Australia’s Lingalayam Dance Company and ethnomusicologist/composer Alex Dea.
Ibrahim and Anandavalli have integrated their Indian classical dance vocabularies to choreograph the new work, which is underscored by Dea’s compositions.
6.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810).
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Explore your city’s skies by downloading a free open-source planetarium, which boasts the same software used in planetarium projectors. Learn about constellations visible to you from your location in a realistic 3D sky and then take the session outside. Visit www.stellarium.org
State-supported Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) has launched a video-on-demand website where around 350 documentary films commissioned by PSBT can be downloaded for a fee. Depending on your bandwidth, you can load a version of the documentaries either in low-resolution (below 200 kbps) or high resolution (above 400 kbps). Users can register at www.vod.synclinefilmstore. com and rent a film for three days (Rs105), a week (Rs250) or forever (Rs525). PSBT has written a programme into the site that doesn’t allow films to be downloaded completely. Ajitha GS
As part of President Pratibha Patil’s initiative to make the President’s Estate eco-friendly, the 340-acre grounds are now open to the public and visitors can go on the newly-created Nature Trail and experience the estate’s rich environmental heritage and large green spaces, including over 100 acres of the Delhi Ridge. You will walk past a water body, speciality gardens , a compost section and part of the forest.
The Nature Trail is open to visitors every Saturday. President’s Estate, Rashtrapati Bhavan (23015321, firstname.lastname@example.org) or log on to www.presidentofindia.nic.in/nature_trail.html
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