Writer Zac O’Yeah, who is also a Mint Lounge columnist, will launch his book, Mr Majestic: The Tout of Bengaluru. He will be in conversation with Sugata Srinivasaraju, editor of the Kannada daily Vijay Karnataka and the weekly news magazine Vijay Next.
6.30pm. The British Library, Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Road Cross. For details, call 22100200.
Crisis of Civilization: A Journey With Tagore
This play will speculate on the last speech written by Rabindranath Tagore, Crisis in Civilization (1941), and will feature 10 of his songs. It is directed by Jagdish Raja and written and performed by Ranjon Ghoshal, a founding member of the first Bengali rock band Mohiner Ghoraguli. The play will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
7.30pm. Alliance Française, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar. Tickets, Rs.200, available on www.buzzintown.com. For details, call 9845045257.
The Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream
This week, Jagriti Theatre’s Curtain Raisers series will showcase The Tortilla Entertainment Company’s The Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the play, directed by Judith Roby Bidappa, two narrators will chronicle the tales of lovers as they wander through a forest full of beasts and fairies.
8pm; and 3/6.30pm on Sunday. Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (41242879). Tickets, Rs.250, available on in. bookmyshow.com.
Indie March Festival: Blek + Skrat
Two bands will perform at this concert: Blek, the three-member punk and alternative band from Mumbai comprising Rishi Bradoo on guitar and vocals, Jared Juan Credo on bass and vocals and Varoon Aiyer on drums; and the garage rock trio Skrat from Chennai, comprising Sriram on guitar and vocals, Satish on bass and vocals and Tapass on drums and vocals.
8.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield (41400793). Entry, Rs.600 (including a cover charge of Rs.300).
Do Deewane Shehar Mein
Husband-wife singer duo Bhupinder and Mitali Singh will present some popular ghazals of yesteryear—including Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezar, Ek Akela Is Shehar Mein, Beeti Na Beetai Raina, Dil Dhoondta Hai, Naam Gum Jayega, Thodi Si Zameen Thoda Aasmaan and Rahon Pe Nazar Rakhna.
7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, GD Park Extension, 16th Cross, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets, Rs.600, Rs.1,000, Rs.1,500, Rs.2,000 and Rs.2,500, available on www.indianstage.in.
The Ananya GML Cultural Academy will host Raagavalli, a music event that explores Carnatic ragas. At the third edition of this festival, Sanskrit scholar Shatavadhani R. Ganesh, along with vocalist Ranjani Vasuki and her accompanists, will explore ragamalika, a garland of five ragas from the same family, within the idiom of Carnatic music.
10am. Ananya Sabhangana, 92/2, 4th Main, Malleswaram (23472020).
Citibank Restaurant Week India
The culinary week will give patrons a chance to dine at 20 of the city’s best restaurants, with a fine-dining prix fixe menu, at a fraction of the usual price. Diners need to register on the Restaurant Week India website and make a reservations at the restaurant of their choice. Contemporary Indian cuisine restaurant The Pink Poppadom at Ista Hotel will serve dishes such as Coorg chicken and ‘kasundi’ fish with ‘ghee bhath’; Blue Terrain, Novotel’s brand new poolside barbeque restaurant and bar, will plate up pan-seared foie gras served on black truffle mash, and charcoal-grilled rock lobster.
Timings and venues vary. Meal price, Rs.750, plus taxes, per person. Click here for details and registration.
The folks at Spice Haat have added a host of new dishes to their Sunday brunch, from Japanese sushi to Spanish tapas, in a multi-cuisine buffet menu. In addition, there will be a dessert counter offering crème brûlée, panna cotta, tiramisu, chocolate mousse and sweets like gulab jamun. You can also choose from a variety of fruit-infused cocktails. For children, there will be activities like cookie decoration and tattoo art, as well as movies.
Noon-3.30pm. Spice Haat, Hyatt Regency, 365, Anna Salai, Teynampet. Meal price, Rs.2,289, with alcohol, and Rs.1,945, without alcohol, all inclusive, per person. For details and reservations, call 61001234.
Till 31 March
Rekha Vijayashankar, an archiving assistant and self-taught photographer at DakshinaChitra, is exhibiting her work on the folk performances of south India.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
Ranjani-Gayatri: Ra Ga
Aikya is an annual fund-raising concert started by the Chennai-headquartered Global Adjustments, an expatriate services company, in 2010. On Sunday, the Carnatic vocalist-violinist sisters Ranjani and Gayatri will be in a musical dialogue inspired by the Arjuna-Krishna conversation in the Bhagavad Gita.
6pm. The Music Academy, 168, TTK Road (28112231/5162). Tickets, Rs.200, Rs.300, Rs.500, Rs.750, Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,500, available on www.indianstage.in.
Till 31 March
Ugadi is the beginning of the Andhra new year. Celebrate the festival with the culture, cuisine and costumes of the state and a special presentation of the folk dance Kommu Koya by P. Muthyam and troupe. A craft shop will display and sell textiles ranging from Kalamkari to Ikat, toys and artefacts, including Cherial paintings and masks by Venkatraman Rao.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435).
By Nandini Reddy
The Kodály Quartet
This string quartet from Hungary consists of Attila Falvay (violin), Erika Tóth (violin), János Fejérvári (viola) and György Éder (violoncello). The Kodály Quartet, formed in Budapest in 1966, is named in honour of the 20th century Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály. The string quartet is known for its monumental undertaking of the complete cycles of Austrian composers Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert and German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, and for the global record label Naxos.
7pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
Till 30 April
Shibu Natesan’s exhibition Uninterrupted Speech reflects a state of being at a remove. “What you believe is so strong,” Natesan says, adding, “it is like you remain unaffected by everything.” Natesan’s oil-on-canvas paintings depict vast empty landscapes and a close view of human intimacy. The paintings of luminescent landscapes of London’s public parks, which are devoid of people but full of an eerie stillness, are meant to capture what he calls “the isolation of glory”. A set of smaller paintings, also made in London, are impressionistic memories of Natesan’s home in Kerala: a man in a dhoti sits in a coffee shop in A Cafe at Thiruvannamalai; a woman glances sideways in Portrait of a Lady; and a crowd loiters in Public Place, each a contrast to the empty park paintings.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Vadehra Art Gallery, D-53, Defence Colony (46103550).
Chatterjee & Lal at Photoink
Till 6 April
One of Mumbai’s most exciting galleries recently found space in Delhi as the result of a rare exchange between the two cities. Culled from the last decade of Chatterjee & Lal’s existence, the exhibition at Photoink gallery gives Delhiites a flavour of the visiting gallery’s programming. The exhibition brings together works by Minam Apang, Nikhil Chopra, Aditya Pande, Hetain Patel, Rashid Rana, Kiran Subbaiah and Nityan Unnikrishnan.
11am-7pm (Sunday and Monday closed). Photoink gallery, MGF Hyundai Building, Ground floor, 1, Jhandewalan, Faiz Road (28755940/42).
Irish Animation Film Festival
Explore the fascinating world of Irish animation at this festival organized by Cleverality Productions, the embassy of Ireland and the Habitat Film Club. The opening film, on Monday, is Tomm Moore’s 2009 film, The Secret of Kells, which gives a fictionalized account of the creation of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the Bible which has since become an Irish national treasure. It is the only long feature (1 hour, 15 minutes) in the festival. The other films range from under a minute to 15 minutes, and include such notables as James Horgan’s Youghal Clock Tower, a 1909 short that’s the oldest known Irish animation, on Tuesday and Nicky Phelan’s Oscars-nominated Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty on Wednesday.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road (24682222).
Place des Anges (Flying Angels)
The French circus company Les Studios de Cirque was founded by the late Pierrot Bidon, Stéphane Girard and Ana Rache in 2001. The idea was to combine the traditional idea of a circus with atypical genres and environments. Place des Anges (Flying Angels) is one of their most popular shows, and has been performed everywhere from Durban to London’s Piccadilly Circus. The show was presented in London for the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games. Trapeze artists, jugglers and dancers perform aerial acrobatics while dressed as angels, playing with their weightlessness while dropping feathers on the audience below. The production has been designed as street art, to be presented in a public space, transforming the open sky into a circus tent.
7.15pm (entry begins at 6pm). Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Bhishma Pitamah Marg, Pragati Vihar. Seating on first-come, first-served basis. For details, call 24369409.
Laughing and Singing Our Way Forward—A Feminist Fun-Filled Evening
The event, organized in collaboration with non-governmental organizations Jagori and Sangat, is an attempt to dispel the myth that feminists don’t laugh, sing and dance. Feminist joke books by Kamla Bhasin and Bindia Thapar will be released; a short comedy directed by Sohaila Kapur will be staged; and there will be songs by women artistes and groups.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (24682222).
Scott Moses Murray
The music of singer- songwriter Scott Moses Murray, from Nashville, Tennessee, US, leans towards social commentary—‘Waiting for the War to End’ was written before the end of the Gulf War in 1991, ‘Leave Nothing Behind’ talks about the 2006 US housing crisis, and ‘Billboard Religion’ about the fanatical patriotism that engulfed his country after 9/11. Murray will share the stage with the Tadpole Repertory at The Living Room (TLR) Café’s Easter celebrations.
9pm. TLR Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
Easter Sunday brunch
Celebrate Easter at the Taj Falaknuma Palace, which is hosting a Sunday Brunch at its all-day diner, Celeste. The multi-cuisine buffet includes Western barbeque dishes, Oriental specialities and Mediterranean and traditional Hyderabadi fare, pastas and noodles, paired with sparkling wine or soft beverages.
12.30-3.30pm. Celeste, Taj Falaknuma, Engine Bowli, Falaknuma (66298585). Price, Rs.3,000, plus taxes, per person.
In this play, Swar Thounaojam and Anu H.R. will explore Kannada and Manipuri bogeymen stories using dialogue, movement, dance and music. The story revolves around a young mother, who has endless monologues with her seven-month-old baby about bogeymen. One morning, the child dies, and her community dictates that the infant be buried in an earthen pot. The mother refuses. She wants to go to the sea, put her baby in a boat and let it sail away. This wish of hers is met with resistance from her neighbours.
7-9pm. Auditorium, National Institute of Fashion Technology, opposite Hi-Tech City, Madhapur (23114537).
29 March-9 April
‘Via Presence’ is a pictorial and sonorous work by French artist Béatrice de Fays, who goes by the name B2Fays. The artist uses painting, projected image, video and sound in her interactive multimedia installations, and encourages visitors to the gallery to be active participants in the experience.
11am-7pm.Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills. For details, call 66564466.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Theatre group Sayak will stage its production Dhrubatara, written by Ujjal Chattopadhyay and directed by Meghnad Bhattacharya. The story revolves around Ritwik Sen, an environmental scientist. Mounting pressure in his professional and personal lives triggers a breakdown, leading to questions about his mental state. Sen slowly withdraws from the world, becoming silent.
3pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road (22234302). Tickets, Rs.40, Rs.60 and Rs.100, available at the venue. For details, call 9836067788.
This Bengali play, written by Mohit Chattopadhyay and directed by Anish Ghosh, is based on the last days of Greek philosopher Socrates, when he was put on trial, and his eventual death. This is a production by Kolkata-based theatre group Shohan.
7pm. Bijon Theatre, Beadon Street. Entry by invitation. For invites and details, call 9830042004.
Till 6 April
Delhi-based Sanjay Bhattacharyya is an exponent of realism in contemporary Indian art. His work ranges from portraiture to renditions of cityscapes, most often of Kolkata, his native city. At this exhibition, 56 of Bhattacharyya’s watercolours, drawings and photographs are on display, priced between Rs.50,000 and Rs.10 lakh.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Emami Chisel Art, Emami Tower, 687, Anandapur, E M Bypass. For details, call 9836089817.
Ray and Ravi
Ray: In Black And White and Ravi: The Colours of the Sun are two books by photographer Aloke Mitra, with text by Sankarlal Bhattacharjee. The tome on Satyajit Ray bears a foreword by veteran director Mrinal Sen, while Yehudi Menuhin has written the foreword for the book on the late sitarist, Pandit Ravi Shankar. The Starmark store and Alchemy Publishers are jointly organizing the release of the books.
5.30pm. Starmark, South City Mall. For details, call 9831096180.
Choreographed and directed by Alokananda Roy, ‘Mokshagati’ is a musical performance that depicts the aftermath of the destruction wreaked by emperor Ashok at the battle of Kalinga. He repents and adopts a life of non-violence. According to legend, it is at this point that Mokshada (symbolic of mother India) guides Ashok on attaining ‘moksha’, preaching that liberation is achieved through forgiveness and the surrender of ego. The participants come from correctional houses in West Bengal.
6.30pm. Auditorium, GD Birla Sabhaghar, Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue. For tickets, contact Birla Academy of Art & Culture (24666802 , 9831048472).
By Indranil Bhoumik
The well-known Dutch producer and deejay Tijs Michiel Verwest, better known as DJ Tiësto, will present his style of electronic dance music.
5-10pm. Mahalaxmi Race Course. Tickets, Rs.2,950 and Rs.6,250 (VIP), available on in.bookmyshow.com.
Dr Bhau Daji Lad’s curatorial staff will take you through Reena Saini Kallat’s current exhibition Untitled (Cobweb/Crossings)—an “oversized cobweb formed with hundreds of rubber stamps”—which references Mumbai’s old street names and throws light on the city’s colonial history. Using the artwork as a starting point, the walk will also introduce visitors to the museum’s permanent collection, which includes old Bombay photographs and maps.
11.30am (in English) and 12.30pm (in Hindi/Marathi). Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, 91-A, Rani Baug, Veer Mata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan, Ambedkar Road, Byculla—East. Entry charge, Rs.10 for Indians and Rs.100 for foreigners. For details, call 65560394/23731234.
Till 31 May
The city-based paragliding school, Temple Pilots, is kick-starting its new flying season at Kamshet with short courses to take adventure enthusiasts through the basics of soaring through the air. The first day-long and three-day courses start on Friday. The fee will include training and equipment costs, certification, etc. Participants need to register a day in advance.
10am-7.30pm. Kamshet. Fee, Rs.9,800 for three-day weekend batches and Rs.9,500 for three-day weekday batches. For details, call 9970053359, email email@example.com or visit www.templepilots.com.
Sizzler Specials at China House
The Grand Hyatt Mumbai’s Asian restaurant will be serving especially crafted “sizzling dishes” all through the month for both lunch and dinner. Some of the dishes that will be served on cast-iron plates include freshwater scampi with sweet onion and chilli sauce; eggplant and bell peppers with soy sauce; and basa in spicy chilli sauce.
12.30-3pm/7pm-midnight. China House, Grand Hyatt Mumbai, off the Western Express Highway, Santacruz—East. Sizzler price, Rs.800 (vegetarian) and Rs.1,100 (non-vegetarian), plus taxes, per person. For details, call 66761234/1149.
Mita Vasisht takes to the stage in a role she has conceived and travelled with around the country since 2004. She plays the 14th century Kashmiri mystic poet Lal Ded, known variously as Lalla, Lalleshwari and Lal Arifa. Ded, a child born of humble parents, grew into a woman of transgressions—one who challenged dogmas and ossified practices and perceptions. In many ways, she was a forerunner of the Bhakti movement in India. In Hindi, English and Kashmiri, the solo act breezes through Lal Ded’s life and introduces us to some of her poetry, sung and recited by Vasisht, who plays nine characters in the play.
8pm. Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle—West (26149546). For ticket prices, contact the venue.
MG Road By Heidi Specker; Parikrama
Photography students from the Academy of Visual Arts (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst) in Leipzig, Germany, and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, have taken photographs of Ahmedabad’s roundabouts, transportation facilities, music scene and historic precincts. These pictures are the outcome of a workshop conducted by Heidi Specker, a professor of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts. Prof. Specker’s photo book, ‘MG Road’, comprising 27 images of the road with this name in Ahmedabad, will be launched on Thursday.
11am-7pm. Galerie Max Mueller, Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda. For details, call 22027710.