Exhibition of masks
Till 31 May
DakshinaChitra presents an exhibition of masks from south India, among them Cheriyal masks from Andhra Pradesh, the Bhutas of Karnataka, and masks used during the Theyyam festival in Kerala. Also on display are some rare masks from DakshinaChitra’s in-house collection.
10.30am-6pm (Tuesday closed). DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Till 12 June
This festival at vegetarian restaurant Cream Centre explores culinary treasures from the Far East. On offer are cuisines from China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. Choose from a range of delicacies such as Sigumchi Namul (Korea), Tofu Triangles with Wasabi Mayo Dip (Japan), Szechwan Ratatouille with Crispy Noodles (China), Yasai Moriawase with Japanese Fried Rice (Japan), and Thai Yellow Curry with Steamed Rice.
11am-3.30pm and 6.30-10.45pm. Cream Centre, RA Puram (42815777) or Nungambakkam (43561777). Charges, Rs 750 onwards for two (plus taxes).
PC Sorcar’s magic show
Till 29 May
Magician P.C. Sorcar is back with his bag full of tricks to keep audiences entertained. From gravity-defying stunts to mind-boggling illusions, explore all that’s magical.
7pm (on Friday) and 4pm and 7pm (on the weekend). Rani Seethai Hall, 603, Anna Salai, Mount Road (9941018686). Tickets, Rs 250, Rs 500, Rs 750 and Rs 1,000, available at the venue or at www.ticketnew.com
Live Smooth Jazz
This music concert will feature Francis Menezes (piano), Tommy Menezes (jazz keyboard), Donald (saxophone), Maynard Grant (drums), G Bernard (vocals/piano), Tenny Allwood (bass), Philip (guitar) and other leading jazz musicians and singers. The concert will include pieces by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Michael Buble and Tom Jobim.
7pm. Russian Cultural Centre, 74/27, Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet. Tickets, Rs 250, available at all Landmark outlets.
By Karuna Amarnath
Monkey See Monkey Do
The behaviour of people at malls and in traffic prompted Kathak dancer Archana Kumar and her partner Pervez Rajan, a visual artist, to have a conversation about social conditioning and herd mentality. Kumar drew inspiration from these discussions during the process of creating the movement vocabulary for Monkey See Monkey Do.
8pm. Studio for Movement Arts and Therapies, Doodle Den, 3, Curley Street, Richmond Town (9845236242).
Jaaga Sound & Lights
Till 29 May
This fortnight sees the conclusion of a project devoted to seven sound and light installations by a group of artists, held at Jaaga, the creative commons space in Shanti Nagar. Works at the show include Corin Faife’s Sonosphere-I, in which visitors’ actions influence the music being played, and Andrew McWilliams’ Gravity, which consists of “simple sonic and visual forms, and the gentle interplay between them”.
Moot point: Dancer Archana Kumar.
6.30-10pm. Jaaga, 16/1, Rhenius Street, Richmond Road, Shanti Nagar (9880289621).
Breakdown of Shorter Concerns
Till 22 June
In this solo show by Mariam Suhail, the artist explores bizarre and yet almost conceivable realities. The works include a hypothetical instruction manual on how to fold a piece of paper repeatedly till it’s no more than a dot, thus offering an alternative reality to the belief that it is impossible to fold a piece of paper more than seven times. The show is at its most outlandish in a few drawings, which feature water tankers that have been launched into the air from terrace tops (in one, even a section of the terrace takes off), apparently propelled by the water surging out of their severed pipes.
11am-7pm. GallerySKE, 2, Berlie Street, Langford Town (65951972). For details, visit www.galleryske.com
The Blue Matchbox
Till 29 May
This is a collection of watercolour works mounted on enlarged matchboxes by Prashant Miranda, part of an exhibition titled Blue. Apart from the artworks, the exhibition also features handcrafted clothing in blue.
11am-7pm. Plantation House, C16/Level 2, Leela Galleria, Leela Palace Kempinski, 23, Old Airport Road (42071028).
Photographs by Shankar Natarajan
Till 29 May
The renewed Bengaluru Artist Residency One (BAR1) programme has launched its new location with an exhibition of a collection of pictures of assorted artworks by Mumbai-based photographer Shankar Natarajan. Natarajan studied painting at the MS University of Baroda in the 1990s, and then shifted focus to art criticism. He took up professional photography in the mid-2000s, documenting artworks by photographing them. He uses these photos to create his own artworks.
11.30am-7pm. BAR1, 69/3, Third floor, Mission Road, next to Chennamma Memorial School (9880282402).
The splitting of the self takes place at many levels in Bikhre Bimb, a solo performance by thespian Arundhati Nag, who shares the stage with prerecorded footage of herself—it’s adroitly done and an innovative approach to the age-old exploration of the idea of the self. Written and directed by Girish Karnad, Bikhre Bimb is yet another woman-centric project that has, at its heart, an intelligent yet fragile woman who’s slain by a monster older than technology—envy.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 100, available at www.indianstage.in
Till 29 May
The chefs at this fine-dining restaurant at the Crowne Plaze hotel have recreated a culinary circuit of one of the most prestigious cycle races, the Giro d’ Italia, or Tour of Italy. Patrons will get to sample provincial specialities from different regions, such as prosciutto from Parma and porcini mushrooms from Borgotaro. Highlights of the a la carte lunch and dinner menu include tagliata con rucola pachino e parmiggiano (strips of beef steak on a bed of rocket leaves with parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes), trofie con gamberi e zucchini (pasta with prawns and zucchini) and tonno alla Siciliana (tuna grilled Sicilian style in wine, rosemary and garlic).
Noon-3pm and 7-11pm. Crowne Plaza, 43, Electronics City, Phase I, Hosur Road (30030303). Charges, Rs 1,200 approx. per person.
Till 10 June
The Lalit Ashok is celebrating summer with Mango Menus at its restaurants—24/7, Baluchi and Oko. 24/7, the all-day coffee shop, is serving creations such as mango and mozzarella salad with basil pesto, and mango and vegetable quesadilla with micro greens. At Baluchi, which specializes in North-West Frontier cuisine, choose from different types of mango drinks, salads, shorbas, main dishes and desserts. Be sure to try their aam ki biryani with aam ka raita. The hotel’s pan-Asian rooftop restaurant, Oko, offers special desserts during the festival, including mango sushi, Oriental mango toffee with coconut ice cream and mango and wasabi mousse.
Noon-3.30pm and 7-11.30pm. The Lalit Ashok, Golf Course Road, Kumara Krupa, High Grounds (30527777). Charges, Rs 275 onwards per dish.
Jyotsna B. Rao’s ‘Spirit’ employs breathing as a method to create movement and explore the emotions in the paintings of Frida Kahlo. Rao uses the late Guwahati-based musician Rohan Rathod’s ‘Emptiness’ and snatches of music created by the accordionist Prakash M.B. and Jayadev Srinivas (also known as DJ J Dee) as the background score for her performance. According to Rao, the work aims to replicate the rhythms of everyday conversations, with intonations, long monologues and silences.
7pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027).
Pakistan-origin singer-songwriter Nadia Ali made waves with her 2001 song Rapture. The song is one of dance music’s biggest hits, rocking clubs around the world, and a decade later it still gets its share of radio and TV airplay. Ali is still scoring dance hits with the likes of Armin van Buuren and last year earned herself a Grammy nomination for a remix of the track Fantasy by producer Morgan Page.
10.30pm. Trilogy, Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu Beach (26469689). For tickets, call the venue.
Guitar recital by Anup Dasgupta
Kolkata-based guitarist Anup Dasgupta has performed at the prestigious Tansen Sangeet Samaroh in Gwalior. The 62-year-old will give his maiden performance in the city at an event organized by Kalabharati, the cultural wing of the Karnataka Sangha. Dasgupta belongs to the Vishnupur gharana and is known for his classical, slide guitar style of playing. At this concert, Dasgupta will be accompanied on the tabla by Delhi’s Anup Roy.
10.30am. Karnataka Sangha, Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga-West (24377022).
Ma Faiza likes spreading the birthday cheer. After turning 40 last year, the popular Pune DJ launched a national tour, spinning a wider range of genres from techno and progressive to House and trance. One year on, she is back on the road “to again celebrate her birthday with fans”.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charges, Rs 500.
A Special Bond 2
Ranji, back for his summer vacations in Dehradun, can’t wait to meet his old buddies Suraj and Koki. In keeping with Ruskin Bond traditions, director Akarsh Khurana makes children, animals and elders say and do the weirdest of things with complete conviction. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
4pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs 150 and Rs 250, available at the Experimental Theatre, NCPA.
Right to Dissent
Till 30 May
When human rights activist Binayak Sen was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Chhattisgarh sessions court last year, the order brought public attention to little-known but far-reaching laws: The Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code under which Sen was convicted deal with sedition and conspiracy. Sen was released on bail in April by the Supreme Court, which cited lack of evidence, but the larger issue—dissent in a democracy—hasn’t gone away. The trial inspired artists and activists in Mumbai to conceptualize an exhibition, ‘Right to Dissent’, which features artworks by major artists such as Atul and Anju Dodiya, Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu, documentary screenings by Anand Patwardhan and Minnie Vaid and a Dastangoi performance.
On 30 May, attend a panel discussion with Binayak and Ilina Sen, organized by the Mohile Parikh Centre, Committee for the Release of Binayak Sen and Ram Bahadur Thakur Group.
11am-7pm. Clark House, 8, Nathalal Parikh Marg, opposite Regal Cinema, Colaba.
Life Running Out of Control
German director Bertram Verhaag explores the
role of biotechnology in today’s world, 20 years after it made rapid strides in the field of science. Presented by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Alliance Françiase and the Documentary Circle of Hyderabad, the film looks at how widespread genetic engineering is in producing both animal and plant foods for humans, and its effects on the environment and people.
5.30pm. Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, Hermitage Office Complex, Hill Fort Road, Nampally (65526443).
Till 31 May
Aqua, The Park’s open-air restaurant, is celebrating summer with a wide choice of sizzlers and grilled vegetables, served with a mug of beer. Wrap it up with desserts such as sizzling chocolate mud pie and barbecued fresh fruit brochettes.
7-11.45pm. Aqua, The Park, 22, Raj Bhavan Road, Somajiguda (23456789). Charges, Rs 2,500 approx., including beer, for two.
30 May-12 June
Ista Hotel will be dishing out an innovative menu built around the mango. The fruit will be in everything from drinks and entrees to desserts. The menu includes Mango Daiquiri, Kairi Chicken Tikka with mango chutney, pan-seared scallops with spicy Ratnagiri alphonso and Malkova salsa.
7-11.30pm. Collage & Lounge, Hotel Ista, Gachibowli (44508888). Charges, Rs 3,000 approx., excluding drinks, for two.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Disability and Cinema
The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is screening films that revolve around specially abled people. Among them:
Kolapadi village houses the hearing- and speech-impaired Iqbal (Shreyas Talpade), the Imran Khan of the future who’s perfecting his swing between tending to buffaloes named after various cricketers. Iqbal’s only hope is the village drunkard Mohit (Naseeruddin Shah), who used to be a brilliant bowler. 5pm.
Children of a Lesser God
William Hurt is James, a likeable unorthodox teacher of the hearing-impaired, becomes attracted to Sarah (Marlee Matlin), a pupil who has left the school. 5pm.
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti House (23014475).
Waseem Ahmed Khan
Waseem Ahmed Khan belongs
to the 17th generation in a lineage of Agra gharana singers and is one of the few singers who refuses to fuse elements from different vocal gharanas. Most contemporary vocalists prefer to develop their gayaki as an amalgam of different styles, rather than following the tenets of any one gharana, but Khan is a definite exception.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
Delitronica turns 1, and Bangalorean techno and d’n’b star Vachan Chinnappa heads the line-up. Also on the bill is music collective BASSFoundation’s Praxis, flying solo for this one and spinning bass-heavy breakbeat, bassline House and garage flavours. New EDM act Hashback Hashish rounds off the night. UV Studios will man the visuals and there’ll be a one-plus-one offer on drinks till midnight.
9pm. Zook, 3, Community Centre, PVR Anupam complex, Saket (41057482).
Little Big Tragedies
Alexander Pushkin wrote the verse plays that comprise The Little Tragedies back in the 1830s. They are still popular today, partly due to the formative qualities of Pushkin’s language. Three of these plays, The Stone Guest, A Feast During the Plague and Mozart and Salieri, will be performed here.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23073647). Tickets, Rs 50 and Rs 100, available at the National School of Drama campus, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwan Dass Road, and at www.bookmyshow.com
Polish school of posters
Till 31 May
The embassy of Poland has organized an exhibition of Polish theatre, movie and opera posters. The works are by award-winning artists such as Stasys Eidrigevicius, Andrzej Klimowski, Eryk Lipinski, Jan Lenica, Rafal Olbinski, Andrzej Paowski, Jerzy Skarzynski, Waldemar Swierzy and Wieslaw Walkuski. On display are posters such as the one featuring Hollywood actor Gary Cooper holding a folded ‘wybory’ (ballot), with a Solidarity Party badge pinned to his chest. He stands determinedly against a Solidarity sign in a modified poster of his 1952 film ‘High Noon’, marking the first partially free elections in the country on 4 June 1989. These posters have travelled from the Baltic coast to join the first exhibition of Polish movie, opera and theatre posters in India.
11am-7pm. Main and Annexe buildings, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Till 5 June
The Pastry Shop, Hotel Hindusthan International, presents Mango Mania, a special menu built around the king of summer fruits. The list of desserts includes mango tiramisu, duet of mango, mango cheesecake, mango charlotte, chocolate mango cake, mango muffin and mango mousse.
The Pastry Shop, lobby level, Hotel Hindusthan International, 235/1, AJC Bose Road (40018000). Charges, Rs 60-600.
Natadha celebrates Tagore
Theatre group Natadha’s festival is part of a year-long celebration to pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary. On Saturday, the evening will begin with a seminar on “Tagore as a Playwright for Us”, followed by Tagore’s Achalayatan, directed by Arna Mukhopadhyay. On Sunday evening, a seminar on “Tagore for the Women” will be followed by Mrinal Eka, directed by Shib Mukhopadhyay.
5.30pm. Ramgopal Mancha, P14, Biplabi Haren Ghosh Sarani, Howrah. For details, call 9830349400 or 9836419579.
American Library Film Show
The American Library will screen The Shawshank Redemption (1994), directed and written by Frank Darabont, and starring Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman and Bob Gunton. The film revolves around the character of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite claims of innocence. The prison warden takes advantage of Andy’s banking knowledge by exchanging privileges for creative bookkeeping. Andy is able to maintain his sanity and dignity not by physical force but by the power of his brain. A classic story of survival.
2.30pm. The American Library, 38-A, Jawaharlal Nehru Road (39846397).
Tales from Tagore
Till 31 May
This exhibition dwells on the characters, messages and vicissitudes of physical and emotional reality inherent in the short stories of Rabindranath Tagore. Brimming with drama, thick with dialogue and vividly rendered, these stories crackle with tension and humour from start to finish and have remained profound and ageless.
Nine artists come together at this exhibition to interpret the short stories, and their own experiences of reading them, on canvas, using a variety of styles and mediums, including digital prints on archival paper, tempera and acrylic, and charcoal. All the works are for sale.
Noon-7pm (Sunday closed). Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A, Hungerford Street (22893027). The works range in price from Rs 75,000 to Rs 5 lakh.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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