What bothers Debesh Chattopadhyay most is the feeling that we are now increasingly forced to live in a time and place where the dreams we have are not our own. The playwright, film-maker and theatre director with Kolkata’s Theatre Sansriti gives creative play to that notion in the stage production ‘Dream Dream’. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s enduringly popular comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Dream Dream’ follows the Bard’s overall plot and structure closely enough. But Sansriti contextualizes each element into an Indian mythos while crafting in layers that are drawn from a decidedly contemporary?cauldron?of?Bengali?experience.
Chinese checker: From Shailaja Padindala’s stop-motion animated film Rajkumar in China.
7pm. Ambedkar Bhavan, Millers Road, Vasanth Nagar (9880393343). Tickets, Rs150, Rs250 and Rs500.
It’s a film about belief that doesn’t ask you to embrace a tribe’s indigenous hocus-pocus so much as credit the strength such people might find in respecting their cultural identity. According to Maori tradition, the tribal founder Paikea rode to shore on the back of a whale. For a thousand years, his male heirs succeeded him as chief. Yet in the here and now, myths are on the retreat. Chief Koro’s grandson arrived stillborn, taking his mother with him, and sending his father abroad for good, leaving his twin sister Pai in the care of her grandparents. Pai grows up “a bossy one”; yet Koro brusquely refuses to countenance the idea of a female heir.
7pm. CinemaSophy Café, 203, HM Studios, 67, St Mark’s Road (22115967).
Spinks is a past-his-prime pugilist who has been down on luck. Impecunious, stuck in a slummy housing complex, unloved and with failing eyesight, he appears out for the count. But the old fighter is not about to give in without throwing a few more punches—even if they aren’t very clean. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
Maya to Matter
This is part of a monthly lecture-demonstration series by the famous Kathak exponent, choreographer and scholar Maya Rao. It’s an initiative by her students to create a means for her to pass on all that she has learnt, and to document her work.
11am. Srujan, Abhinava Dance Company, Basavanagudi (26614199).
24 March-30 April
The 72nd edition of the Ramanavami concerts, the city’s biggest, 38-day, annual musical extravaganza, will include performances by eminent Carnatic saxophonist Kadri Gopalnath and vocalist Mangala Karthik.
Timings vary. Fort High School Grounds, Krishna Rajendra Road, Chamarajpet (26704061). Season tickets to the concerts: Rs1,000, Rs1,750 and Rs2,000, available at the venue. For details, call 26604031.
The Myth of China
Till 19 March
The Bengaluru Artist Residency One (BAR 1) has been hosting a group show, curated by R. Dhanya, and featuring the work of artists such as Clyde D’Mello, Mithila Baindur and Namratha Nadkarni. Dhanya says the idea was to showcase “how China is perceived in India, particularly in Bangalore”. The show presents a stop-motion animated film titled Rajkumar in China by Padindala, an installation by Rekha titled Menu of Chinese Restaurants, and Laughing Buddha sugar candies (which are on sale).
10am-8.30pm. Wheeler’s Road Extension, 9-9/2, Rayaan Mansion, Vivekanand Nagar, 2nd Cross (9742329489).
Francophonie Film Festival
This is a festival of French films, and is part of the ongoing Francophonie Festival. Films to be screened include Les Habits Neufs du Gouverneur (The Governor’s New Clothes), on 23 March, Sous les bombes (Under the Bombs), on 24 March, and One-Zero, on 25 March.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). For details, call the venue or Nirit at 9663326625. Contact the venue for passes.
India’s well-known jazz pianist will be accompanied, in this concert, by Shefali Alvarez on vocals, Sheldon d’Silva on bass and Gino Banks on drums.
8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). For entry charges, call the venue.
The Medicine Show
Like its namesake, the kind of 19th century Dixie variety show that peddled dubious medical cures between acts of jugglery,sleight of hand, mimicry and assorted entertainment, ‘The Medicine Show’ will certainly get your juices flowing. With each new edition, the show has pushed a little further out of the window of normality, into a place where dialogue, chord progressions, characters, beats, gags and beauty don’t work the way they’re expected to.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills Compound, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs500.
Classic Milds comprises six classic plays—Anton Chekhov’s On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco, Noel Coward’s Still Life, Neil Simon’s The Seduction, Harold Pinter’s One for the Road, Tom Stoppard’s A Separate Peace, and George Kaufman’s The Still Alarm. These are being staged separately by five directors, including Hussain Dalal, Akarsh Khurana and Tahira Nath.
23 March and 24 March, 7pm, 9.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets start at Rs80, available at the box office 1-9pm.
Fusion—The Changing Face of Portraiture
At the turn of the 19th century, the practice of painting black and white photographs became popular among studios and local photographers in India. This fortnight, the Bombay Art Gallery displays a series of painted photographs from the era in its show, Fusion—The Changing Face of Portraiture.
11am-6pm (Sunday closed). Bombay Art Gallery, Ruia House, 19, Mount Pleasant Road, Malabar Hill (23615254).
World Puppet Day
To mark World Puppet Day, members of the Union Internationale de La Marionnette—the international association of puppeteers—are performing snippets of popular plays. Puppeteers Umesh Kumar, Varun Narayan, Eric Fink, Hanumantha Rao and others will perform, keeping the focus on climate change.
10am onwards. Puppet show at 6pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431). For details, call 9810511360.
Bal à Balles Musette
Juggler Toon Schuermans and dancer and acrobat France Perpête will perform a piece called Bal à Balles Musette, or the ballroom and balls style. Schuermans trained at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts du Cirque School in Brussels and at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Châlon-en-Champagne, France.
7pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi. For details, call 42500200.
Music in the Park
Spic Macay presents another edition of Music in the Park, featuring a sitar recital by one of the greatest living exponents, Ustad Shahid Parvez. This will be followed by a vocal recital by Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, whose style is an amalgamation of the Gwalior, Jaipur and Agra gharanas.
6pm. Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri. Entrance from Niti Marg.
Draupadi—We Are So Different Now
Draupadi finds her voice in the form of a modern Indian woman. In this play produced and co-directed by dancer-actor Shivani Wazir Pasrich, the story follows Maya, a woman in contemporary India, whose life has parallels with the mythic heroine whom she encounters in person.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg. For tickets, call 23388084.
Spanish Film Festival
Casa de la India, Spain’s ministry of culture, its embassy here, the Indo-Cine Appreciation Foundation (Icaf) and Teamwork Productions present the fifth edition of the Spanish Film Festival, which includes movies by some of that country’s top directors and actors. The movies to be screened include ‘Rivales’ (‘Rivals’) by Fernando Colomo, ‘Los Girasoles Ciegos’ (‘The Blind Sunflowers’) by Jose Luis Cuerda, and ‘Petit Indi’ (‘Little Indi’) by Marc Recha.
Timings vary. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 606, Anna Salai. For details, call 09811412477.
Catch the last show of this play, being staged by the Loyola Theatre Society in association with The Boardwalkers. This annual theatre presentation by Loyola College has a vibrant cast, directed by alumnus Michael Muthu.
7.15pm. Tapovan Hall, Chinmaya Heritage Centre, off Harrington Road (9884373527). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200 and Rs300, available at the venue.
Till 28 March
Anglos in the Wind, a city-based magazine targeted at the Anglo-Indian community, and Perch, a city-based performance collective, present an exhibition/sale of photos chronicling the lives and experiences of Anglo-Indian families from different parts of British India, some even dating back to the 1900s.
11am-7pm. The Madras Terrace House, 15, Sripuram 2nd Street, Royapettah (45038391).
On a Song
Lovers of Carnatic music can hear acclaimed singer T.M. Krishna, who will be accompanied by R.K. Shriramkumar on the violin and the world-renowned mridangam exponent, Karaikudi R. Mani.
6.30pm. Asthika Samajam Trust, 2, 1st Street, Venus Colony, Teynampet (24352242). Call the venue for ticket prices.
By Karuna Amarnath
First Leaf of Spring
Till 31 March
The exhibition showcases 35 artworks, based mostly on spring, by eminent artists such as Jogen Chowdhury, Robin Mandal and Yakub Chitrakar. Paintings, sketches, sculptures and photographs are on display.
1-8pm. Indian Images, Golf Gardens, 60/128, Haripada Dutta Lane.
Touch of Life
Till 27 March
This exhibition of paintings by Kolkata-based contemporary artists includes oil, acrylic on canvas and ink on paper works by Dhiren Sasmal, Apurba Pal, Shambhu Das and Dilip Chowdhury.
2-7pm. Zoom-16 Colour Film Laboratory, 26, Shakespeare Sarani, Dimple Court.
Children’s Theatre Festival
City-based theatre group Shohan will organize its First Children’s Theatre Festival as part of the Children Theatre Movement, in which seven landmark children productions by seven different theatre groups of West Bengal will be performed.
6pm, 23 March; 6.30pm, 24-25 March. Minerva Theatre, Beadon Street. Tickets, Rs20 and Rs30. For details, call Anish Ghosh at 9830042004.
A musical evening by the Wolfgang Haffner Trio, a group consisting of Wolfgang Haffner on the drums, Hubert Nuss on the piano and Christian Diener on the bass.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road. For details, call 24866398.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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