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First Published: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 10 01 PM IST

Updated: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 10 01 PM IST
You Can’t Take It With You
6-7 March
Directed by Michael Caemmerer. Writers: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The play revolves around the encounters between a conservative, well-mannered family and the eccentric and lovable household of the Vanderhofs. Watch the American Embassy School (AES) theatre group perform the classic.
7pm. American Embassy School, Chanakyapuri (26888854). Tickets available at the American embassy.
The Good Doctor
7-8 March
Directed by Sunil Gupta. Writer: Neil Simon. Cast: Rohit Ohri, Ruby Kapoor, Ramesh Thakur, Vanessa Ohri, Gagan Verma, Revant Ohri, Ravi Kapoor, Amar Raj Singh, Vikas Verma, Anubha Bahl, Farah Singh, Nevin Kishore, Shubra Prakash.
Simon conceived of this “play” as a series of short, taut skits or “playlets”, each true to the spirit of early Chekhovian short stories, skits and one-act farces. So close was Simon’s identification with Anton Chekhov that he even said it was “written with my non-consenting collaborator”. This fortnight, Gurgaon-based Aravali Centre for Art and Culture brings Simon’s play to the NCR (be warned, though, that if you’re expecting it in the original musical form, you’ll be disappointed).
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). Tickets, Rs200, available at the venue.
Ashwini Bhide-Deshpande+ Indo-German fusion
7 March
A Hindustani vocal recital by Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, who is one of the foremost vocalists of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. Her performance will be followed by a programme titled ‘Ahimsa’, a fusion of Indian classical and German music featuring Matthias Muller (guitar), Neyveli S. Radhakrishna (double-neck violin), Udai Mazumdar (tabla, vocals) and R. Yogaraja (percussion, ‘mridangam’, ‘kanjira’).
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
The Tony Overwater Trio and The Calefax Reed Quintet
6 March
The two groups will take part in a programme titled ‘Ellington Suites’. The trio of Tony Overwater (double bass), Maarten Ornstein (tenor saxophone) and Wim Kegel (drums), along with the quintet comprising Oliver Boekhoorn (oboe), Ivar Berix (clarinet), Raaf Hekkema saxophone), Jelte Althius (bass clarinet) and Alban Wesly (bassoon), will perform several suites written by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn for the Duke Ellington orchestra, in new arrangements for six reed players (oboe, clarinets, saxophones, bassoon), double bass and drums.
6.30pm. Fountain Lawns, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
All is Fair in Magic White
Cotton block-prints by Archana Hande. The exhibition includes an animation film.
10am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Nature Morte (Annexe), A-9, Shivalik main road (46557472).
Desh Ki Awaz
9-19 March
A fantastic woodwork and painting show curated by Amit Jain. These works were made by folk artists in collaboration with writer and architect Gautam Bhatia and graphic artist Orijit Sen.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Triveni Kala Sangam (Shridharani Gallery), 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House (23718833).
10 March
In this ICCR presentation, Navtej Johar collaborates with Hiroshi Miyamoto for his new production, Mango Cherry Mix, which explores the “familiar other”: someone from a different culture, yet close enough to empathize with your own.
7pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Passes available at the venue on the day of the performance, and at Abhyas Trust, F-27, Green Park, second floor (26962757).
The Reader
How do you turn tasteless literature—Bernhard Schlink’s 1995 Holocaust novel,
Uneasy secrets: David Kross and Kate Winslet in The Reader
which “complicates” archetypes by making an illiterate, unrepentant Nazi into its central figure of pity—into tasteful, awards-seasoned film-making? Streamline the ambiguity and go heavy on the steam. In 1958, 15-year-old Michael (David Kross) has an affair with the much older Hanna (Kate Winslet), only to learn years later—as a law student observing her trial—that she belonged to the Nazi secret service. He knows a secret that will lessen her sentence but not exonerate her.
The film obfuscates its own dubious morality by briefly noting that Hanna could never be absolved. As in ‘The Hours’, director Stephen Daldry has a field day cross-cutting, particularly when the elder Michael (Ralph Fiennes) empties his shelves to record books on tape for Hanna. Her face lights up and the inspirational music soars. That she helped murder 300 Jews is something the film prefers we ignore.
Across cinemas
Chaos Theory
6 March
The laughs come thick and fast in Rahul da Cunha’s production of Anuvab Pal’s script. There’s a joke, and generally a very good one, in approximately every sentence. Zafar Karachiwala’s ability to out-role play the British makes him perfect for a part of stuck-up English literature professor Mukesh, who can’t confess his love for his college friend and fellow academic, Sunita (Anahita Uberoi). He marries a ditzy student (Shaana Levy), while Sunita settles for Gotham (Sohrab Ardeshir), a communist poet who out-Beats Allen Ginsberg with his oratory and his hairdo.
Mukesh and Sunita tiptoe around each other through four decades—from the 1960s to the present day—a device that allows us to revisit cultural milestones and political movements. The script is stronger on its Dylan than its Derrida, and its riffs on popular culture are sounder than its engagement with political philosophy.
7pm and 9.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Tickets, Rs200.
8 March
Holi special: The Kathak exponents
When the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation organized the annual Banganga cultural festival, the heritage site never really saw many dance performances. On the other hand, the Pranganga amphitheatre has a stage that is big and sturdy enough for dance recitals.
Watch the thematic presentation ‘Kanha’s Bansuri’ by reputed Kathak dancer Uma Dogra and students of her Sam Ved School of Kathak, part of Bhavan Cultural Centre’s Holi festivities.
7pm. Pranganga, Bhavan’s College Campus, Dadabhai Road, Munshi Nagar, Andheri (W) (26237454).
Around town
The History of Numbers
9 March
We know India invented zero. But who invented one through nine? Find out in a lecture by Bill Casselman, author of ‘Mathematical Illustrations’ and top math geek at the University of British Columbia.
6pm. Rangaswar auditorium, YB Chavan Centre, General Jaganath Bhosale Marg (22028598).
Lang Lang
11-12 March
Chinese pianist Lang Lang, 26, is living proof that watching cartoons can aid a child’s development. He decided to learn the piano at the age of two after hearing Franz Liszt’s ‘Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2’ in ‘The Cat Concerto’, an academy award-winning 1946 Tom and Jerry cartoon. Lang Lang’s success has inspired legions of wannabe Lang Langs in China, where, according to his biography, about 35 million children are studying the piano. The pianist performs with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on 11 March and solo on 12 March.
7pm. Homi Bhabha auditorium, TIFR, Homi Bhabha Road, Navy Nagar (22804545). Tickets, Rs500, Rs1,000, Rs2,000, Rs3,000, Rs4,000.
Mallika Sarabhai
6 March
Mallika Sarabhai’s ‘Sita’s Daughters’ is a one-woman show that will tell the stories of some of India’s bravest female personas across the ages. According to Sarabhai, the women portrayed are those who refused to give in to the pressures around them, and who questioned the world and its values.
The dancer says these are Sitas who refuse ever again to submit to the tests and trials of weak and doubting men. Not all are queens or leaders. Some are ordinary women going about their lives in the towns and villages of India. Some of them you know. Some, you don’t.
Mallika Sarabhai brings to bear her broad range of talents as a dancer and actor to introduce us to these women.
6.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (32445810). For passes, contact Communication for Development and Learning, 11/A, 7th cross, 17th main, 6th Block, Koramangala (25503481).
Alarmel Valli
8 March
Alarmel Valli, a Chennai-based Bharatanatyam dancer, will be performing selected poems from her previously choreographed works. She will also perform a ‘padam’ (song), a ‘javali’ (a song that deals with the erotic) and a ‘varnam’ (central piece) that she says “allows for grandeur of expression, allowing the body to sing and not just dance”.
6.30pm. The Shivarathreeshwra Centre, 1st main, 8th block, Jayanagar (9900579347).
Festival of Poland
6-8 March
The ongoing Festival of Poland will showcase films by Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieslowski and Andre Munk, and is curated by renowned film historian Jacek Fuksiewicz. The screenings are scheduled from 6-8.30pm.
The festival will also host a seminar titled ‘Popular Indian Cinema and its links to Sanskrit Drama’, chaired by former Polish ambassador to India K.M. Byrski and film scholar and critic M.K. Raghavendra on 7 March, from 11am-1pm. Playwright Girish Karnad is expected to join the discussions. Entrance is by registration.
Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (41231345). For details, contact The Bangalore School of Music (23536090) or the venue.
6-25 March
Raviram, a noted sculptor in south India, presents a collection of his recent works, mostly crafted out of welded oxidized copper sheets, on religious themes such as ‘Five Heads of Hanuman’ and ‘Dhakshinamoorthy’, apart from a few other pieces, such as one called ‘Hibiscus’, depicting Lord Ganesha with leaf-shaped metal plates and another titled ‘She swings’. For further details, visit www.gallerymementos.com.
11am-7pm. Gallery Mementos, The Chancery, 10/6, Lavelle Road (41188888).
House of Cards
7-15 March
Troubling layers: From Tamhane’s film Marigolds
Swapna Tamhane’s work, as explained in a note about her new show in the city this fortnight, is “centred on troubling layers of exploitation in the name of economy”. As an artist, Tamhane became interested in Dubai as “a starting point for this emblem of a future city” which, according to her, “is simultaneously coming together and falling apart, while being a vacuous, sterile environment in which no culture seems to exist”. The artist’s interest was aroused when she began to notice hordes of south Indian labourers, “who were the only people to be spotted on the streets throughout the city—everyone else was in a car, or in the confines of air-conditioned buildings”.
At the show, Tamhane will also screen ‘Marigolds’, a short video filmed in Dubai in 2008 when she came across the flowers— which are commonly used in Hindu weddings or as an offering in prayers—in a river in the middle of the city. The show opens on Friday at 7pm.
10am-7.30pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Forest ecologist Yoav Daniel Bar-Ness, who has been in India for over a year, is looking around for interesting trees, either because they are historically important, of religious significance, just plain nice to look at or “as long as there is a story to tell”. He calls his favourite tree in New Delhi the 4.30 fig: a peepal tree located at the point where Barakhamba Road meets the Connaught Place Inner Circle (if you orient yourself on Janpath looking north and think of CP as a giant watch dial, it’s at 4.30). “The tree is a survivor. For me, this is the first tree I used as a landmark in Delhi. When I was lost in CP, I would get to the tree and find my way.”
Radhika Arora
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Holi should not last forever. Our guide to picking yourself up after the dunking.
Champion champi: Nothing gets Holi dyes out of hair faster than coconut oil.
Got milk? Wash the blues off your body with the white stuff.
A strong cuppa: Cure the post-party hangover with a cup of black tea.
Indulge yourself: Get your rainbow-tinted self to the spa for a “post-Holi package”. You deserve it.
Go goth: Cover up your multicoloured nails with jet-black nail polish.
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First Published: Thu, Mar 05 2009. 10 01 PM IST