Wax Tailor is the professional name of French producer and DJ Jean-Christophe Le Saoût, who mixes hip hop, down-tempo, trip-hop, soul, jazz and funk. Wax Tailor began in 2004 with the release of two EPs, Lost The Way and Que Sera/Where My Heart’s At, following this in 2005 with an acclaimed album, Tales of the Forgotten Melodies, which incorporated sound samples from movies. The second Wax Tailor album, Hope & Sorrow, was released in 2007.
Soulful: French DJ Wax Tailor will perform hip hop, jazz and funk.
7.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, 108, Vasantha Nagar (41231340).
Cobblestone Jazz is a Canadian four-piece collective comprising Danuel Tate, Tyger Dhula, Mathew Jonson and newcomer Colin de la Plante. Tate is a trained jazz pianist, Jonson works with analogue drum machines and synthesizers, and Dhula is a DJ and programmer. They record bass lines, beats and other musical parts on separate tracks and then assemble them at shows while Tate jams on the keyboard—an improvisational style that they’ve grown so used to that they find it hard to do planned music.
7pm. Skyye Lounge, 16th floor, UB City, Vittal Mallya Road (49090000).
Life? Or Theatre?
26 February-4 March
Artist Charlotte Salomon, born in Berlin in 1917, grew up in an assimilated Jewish family as the daughter of a surgeon and a singer. The events of 1933 changed the family’s situation drastically, and in 1939 Salomon escaped to her grandparents’ estate in the south of France, from where she was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943 and deported to Auschwitz, where she was murdered. In those years of exile, between 1940 and 1942, Salomon painted 1,325 works in gouache.
The 62 selected works at the show Life? Or Theatre? also include notes made by Salomon—the original exhibit is on display at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam.
9.30am-6.30pm (Sunday closed). Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308). For details, log on to www.goethe.de/bangalore
The Bangalore Series
An aspect of mathematical precision underscores the graphic works of Ellinor Euler, a senior German artist who trained as an architect in the late 1960s and lives and works in Berlin and Brandenburg in Germany. Architectural study clearly influenced her work, which predominantly comprises two-dimensional symmetric patterns and wave forms. Her show The Bangalore Series is a culmination of her residency at the studio-gallery 1Shanthi Road.
10am-8pm. 1Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706). For details, log on to www.1shanthiroad.blogspot.com or www.ellinoreuler.de
Shillong Music Choir
This group’s repertoire of gospel, jazz, musica sacra and Western classical music has won many hearts as well as laurels in international choir competitions. In Chennai for the first time, the 25-member choir is all set to enthral audiences with its medley of Western classical, Hindi, Tamil and Khasi folk songs. Proceeds from the concert will go to various social projects of the Rotary Club of Madras.
Chorus: The Shillong choir.
7.30pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, 13/1, Harrington Road, Chetpet (28363921) Tickets, Rs 500, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000, available at the venue and www.indianstage.in
Till 27 February
If you love seafood and cricket, then this is the place to be. Bay Leaf presents a festival of seafood delicacies such as Dhakai fish tikka, chef’s special pomfret, surmai fish fry, ginger fish, and garlic-butter pomfret. There are also a host of prawn, calamari and lobster dishes to choose from.
Noon-3pm and 7-11pm. Bay Leaf, 14, 6th Street, Gopalapuram (28114557). Charges, Rs 175 onwards per dish (plus taxes).
Till 3 March
Artist S.A. Vimalanathan is a trained textile and garment designer. She has used her expertise to create her latest collection using different fabrics and acrylic paints. This series showcases the concept of yin-yan, using attractive colours and bold strokes.
11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, opposite Express Avenue Mall, Mount Road (9841076654).
By Karuna Amarnath
64th Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival
This is the city’s oldest Hindustani classical music festival. In recent times, it has aimed to feature top-notch stars as well as young artistes. In its 64th edition, look out for a santoor recital by Rahul Sharma, a performance by Girija Devi, known to music lovers as the queen of thumri, and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia in concert.
7pm, Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg. For details and passes, contact Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra at 23387132.
Denkikan: Japanese film festival
Cine Darbaar, in collaboration with The Japan Foundation, will be screening three contemporary Japanese works: The Twilight Samurai (4pm), which charts the struggle of a low-ranking samurai who tries to make a decent life; Linda Linda Linda (6pm), a chronicle of the efforts of a four-piece, all-girl high school band to prepare for the annual music competition; and Pulse (8pm), a horror film revolving around a group of university students who probe a spate of mysterious deaths.
Music reel: Linda Linda Linda will be screened at Denkikan.
4pm onwards. The Japan Foundation, 5-A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar-IV (26442968).
Electronic music is for everyone, and that’s the idea behind TechnoDrome, a festival organized by the multimedia collective B.L.O.T., which kicks off its third edition this fortnight. Apart from gathering new listeners, B.L.O.T. wants to open up the field to emerging, underground electronica. The two-day festival will include film screenings, experimental electronic and dance performances, live visuals and club nights. The club nights tend to be the biggest draw at TechnoDrome.
The eclectic bill features standouts such as Israeli act AstroNivo, who dabble in progressive, techno and trance, and French artiste D-Sens, who will play glitchy, groovy tech-House. The festival will also feature home-grown talent.
Timing and venues vary. For details, log on to www.technodromefestival.com
Voice culture workshop
Saptayan is organizing a voice culture and voice engineering workshop for those learning Indian classical music. Composer and voice trainer Rabin Nandy will conduct the workshop, which will cover a wide range of techniques, such as modulation and breathing techniques. Limited seating available on first-come, first-served basis.
10am-6pm. Prarthana, 42, Raja Nabakrishna Street. For details and registration, call 9432241404.
Abrittilok, along with the Union ministry of culture, presents Aniswes Pran, a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary. His life’s story has been scripted by thespian Soumitra Mitra, and will be recited by actors Soumitra Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore.
6.30pm. Rabindra Sadan, Herasim Lebedeff Sarani. Tickets, Rs 60, Rs 100 and Rs 200. For details, call 9830033371.
Solo show by Arun Ganguly
Till 2 March
The Photographic Association of Bengal, along with the Indian Digital Salon 2010, is presenting an exhibition of photographs by renowned photographer Arun Ganguly. His work showcases a selection of 30 black and white and 20 colour photographs capturing routine portraits of urban life, taken between 1967 and 2010.
Perspectives: So Many Hungry, shot by Arun Ganguly.
3-8pm. Central Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (22234302).
By Indranil Bhoumik
25 February-2 March
The National Gallery of Modern Art finally springs to life this week with a retrospective of Homai Vyarawala, India’s first woman photojournalist. The 97-year-old photographer will travel to the show from Vadodara, where she lives. Curated by Delhi-based photo-historian Sabeena Gadihoke, the exhibition offers new perspectives on Vyarawala’s work from the 1930s to the 1970s. Apart from familiar images of figures such as Jawaharlal Nehru and the Dalai Lama, there are also rare photos of Mumbai in the 1930s and 1940s.
Framed: Dhobi Ghat clicked by Vyarawala.
10am-5pm (Monday closed). National Galleryof Modern Art, Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public Hall, Fort (22881971).
Prithvi Theatre Carnival
The annual Prithvi Theatre Festival skipped its 2010 edition, but Mumbai theatre-goers have a new event to pencil into their cultural calendars: the Prithvi Theatre Carnival. The one-day event offers only a glimmer of Prithvi’s week-long smorgasbord of top-notch theatre. Instead of full-length productions, the carnival will feature short performances in Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi and English.
Sample new food at the café, or just watch the platform performances happening outside for free.
10am onwards. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs 150, available at www.bookmyshow.com
Ashvin Kumar’s Inshallah, Football is an engaging documentary about the attempts of Basharat, the teen captain of a football team set up by a non-profit group in Srinagar, to apply for a passport. A task that is simple enough in most parts of India seems insurmountable for Basharat because his father is a former militant, and this leads to him being denied a passport. The Central Board of Film Certification has given the film an Adults Only certificate.
7pm. Prithvi House, First floor, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (26149546).
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