The Moving Line
A group show of pen and ink and pastels by Abhimanyu Ray, Sudhir Pillai, Usha Hooda and Shishir Bhatt. Ray’s reflective works, Pillai’s detailing of Indian street life, Hooda’s drawings of street children and Bhatt’s stylized objects make for an eclectic collection. 11am-6pm (Wed-Mon). Galleria C-11, Main Market, Vasant Vihar (4166-2312). Free.
Out & About
Introduction of Sanskrit Language to Japan
As part of the ongoing lecture series to mark the India-Japan friendship year, Prof. Chisho Namai, president of Koyasan University, will speak on the introduction of Sanskrit to Japan and its influence on the Japanese language, Kana and Siddham study. 6.30pm. Lecture Room (Annexe), India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
Influenced by Ritchie Hawtin, John Acquaviva and Dave Seaman, South Korean Frankie Shin will be playing his flamboyant tribal set at Ministry of Sound. 11pm. Ministry of Sound, The Pyramid, LSC Sector C, Pocket 6 & 7, Vasant Kunj (98738-00060). Cover charge: Rs2,000.
Leipzig Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Comprising graduates of the Mendelssohn University in Leipzig, Germany, the Leipzig Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra has a repertoire that covers the entire gamut of Western classical music from the baroque era to Shostakovich. 6.30pm. The Ashok, 50B, Chanakyapuri (2611-0101). Free, for invitations, contact Max Mueller Bhavan (2332-9506).
Madhup Mudgal + Prateek Chaudhuri
The evening’s proceedings will get under way with a vocal recital by Mudgal, easily among the country’s foremost vocalists. Mudgal’s concert will be followed by a sitar recital by Chaudhuri, an exponent of the Senia tradition. This event is being organized by the Delhi Tabla Vikas Parishad. 6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (2338-8084). Free.
Dance of the Enchantress
In her first solo performance in New Delhi after a long hiatus, Yamini Reddy, daughter and disciple of Raja and Radha Reddy, will present a traditional kuchipudi recital. In addition to the regular repertoire, she will also perform a special item based on the poetry of Annamacharya, the great Sanskrit and Telugu poet known for his songs on Lord Venkateshwara. 6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
Releasing 20 July
The city of San Francisco has seen its fair share of criminals, in particular the serial killer during the late 1960s and early 1970s, ripping into seemingly random victims, from cute courting couples to taxi drivers. This is the story of those who got too close to the unknown, shadowy presence; good men sucked into a vortex of evil. Directed by David Fincher. (duration: 2 hours, 38 minutes). Major cinemas.
An ambiguously ironic account of a young woman’s progress from a subdued, traditional housewife to a wage earner, finally achieving equality when she resigns her job—a gesture of solidarity for a sacked friend—and joins her husband among the ranks of the lower middle-class urban unemployed. Set in 1955 in Kolkata, Satyajit Ray’s Ozu-like comedy about anglicized Indians who sprinkle their conversation with English phrases marks a step forward from the famous pastorales which made him famous in the West. 7.30pm (duration: 2 hours, 11 minutes). Bhavan’s Cultural Centre, Bhavan’s College, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (3293-8017). Free.
In 1991, kathak dancer Uma Dogra began Raindrops, a festival to give a platform to upcoming dancers. Aimed at encouraging solo dancers, Raindrops’ success in discovering new classical dance talents has made the festival a much anticipated event in Mumbai’s dance calendar. This year, the two-day festival will be held at the Ravindra Natya Mandir in Prabhadevi. It will feature six dancers. 7.15pm. Mini Auditorium, PL Deshpande Maharashtra Kala Academy, Sayani Road, Prabhadevi, near Siddhivinayak Mandir (2431-2956). Free.
Arts in Motion Festival
Catch salsa, jazz, hip hop and ballroom performances at the annual festival of Aanchal Gupta’s Arts in Motion Dance Studio. The festival also features “Dance with Joy—Challenging Arthritis, Embracing Life”, which will have arthritis patients perform a segment choreographed by ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ participant Hanif Hilal, and a ballroom duet by actress Shweta Salve and choreographer Longinus Fernandes. St Andrew’s Auditorium, St Andrew’s College, St Dominic Road, Bandra (W) (2641-0926). Donor passes: Rs100, available at 39, TV Chidambaran Marg, Sion (E). Call 98201-83231 for details.
Aalap ki Lehre
Alaap Enterprises presents a concert of Hindi film songs that will pay tribute to two of Bollywood’s unsung heroes—percussionists Homi Mulla, who specialized in playing the duggi, and Ranjit Gazmer, who helped popularize the Nepali instrument, maadal. The concert will feature songs on which Mulla and Gazmer performed, including such hits as ‘Jaaneman Jaaneman’ and ‘Bahon Mein Chale Aao’. 6.30pm. Mysore Association Hall, 393, Bhau Daji Road, near Maheshwari Udayan, Matunga (E) (2402-4647). Tickets: Rs500, call Dinesh Ghate (2891-0287, 98203-73678) for further details.
Bhavdeep Jaipurwale is multifaceted musician. In addition to being an exponent of the Kunwar Shyam gharana of Hindustani classical music, he is a trained guitarist and arranges music for films. He represents the third generation of Kunwar Shyam gharana singers in his family. At his concert, we will get to hear him singing the curving glissandos typical of the Kunwar Shyam gharana. He plans to sing a raga Mala (string of ragas) composed by his grandfather. 6.30pm. Mini-theatre, Third Floor, PL Deshpande Academy, Ravindra Natya Mandir (2431-2956). Free.
The Arts as a Necessary Source of Consciousness
Discuss this weighty issue with Alan Brody, a playwright and professor of theatre at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with a host of panellists who are prominent on the city’s cultural scene. The event has been organized by PEN. 7pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (2614-9546). Free.
A photograph from Betsy Karel’s book, Bombay Jadoo
Attend the launch of American photojournalist Betsy Karel’s ‘Bombay Jadoo’. It is the latest attempt to make a statement about India’s most important metropolis. Karel’s preferred rhetorical device is the black-and-white still. Although the 54 photographs in ‘Bombay Jadoo’ are shot at familiar locations—Haji Ali, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, Hanging Gardens—Karel works hard to transform the cliché. She aims her lens largely on the city’s working classes and does not caption her images, helping them transcend their hackneyed settings. What emerges is a familiar, yet alluring, picture of a city whose grit and grime continue to hold visitors in a thrall. 6.30pm. Bungalow 8, North Stand, Wankhede Stadium, D Road, Churchgate (2281-9880). Free.
Osian’s Film Festival Displays
You can catch exhibitions between watching films at this festival. The Poster Extravaganza will feature cinema art from the genres of horror and science fiction, magic and fiction, Japanese poster art and pictures of film divas. Posters range from B-grade movies to Star Wars to paintings of Harry Houdini and magician Horace Goldin to images of actresses, such as Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and Nargis. The Japanese posters, part of the film tribute to Kenji Mizoguchi, includes his films as well as Hollywood classics.
Cinema and Nation—1955 celebrates a red-letter year of Indian films with film memorabilia and footage from classics such as Pather Panchali, Mr and Mrs 55, Devdas, Shree 420, and other lesser-known films. Film buffs will love the posters, show cards, lobby cards and song and synopsis booklets from more than 50 films, which highlight the intense nationalism of the 1950s and its expression through popular Indian art forms. Siri Fort Complex, Khel Gaon Marg (2649-3370). Film tickets: Rs20. For details, visit www.osians/cinefan.
23 July onwards
They don’t know it, but Mumbai’s hawkers have their own superheroes. Artist Tushar Joag is worried about the plight of street vendors affected by recent government action clamping down on them. His artwork shows superheroes such as Red Velvet Couch Man, Post Box Man and Unicell Man fighting “clawed creatures that threaten street vendors” helped by “their own army of mutants”. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Museum Gallery, MG Road, next to Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda (2284-4484).