The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest 2011
The Real Inspector Hound
Theatre critics Moon and Birdboot are unwittingly drawn into the action of a whodunnit they are reviewing. The play within a play draws on detective story tropes such as suspicious strangers and mysterious phone calls. Directors: Nayantara Kotian and Prashant Prakash. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Whodunnit: The Real Inspector Hound by Mumbai’s Quaff Theatre.
Trailing my Mamet Duck
The Chennai-based theatre group Evam adapts David Mamet’s acclaimed 1972 play, The Duck Variations. The original is set on a park bench with two elderly men making awkward conversation. Their talk is full of seriously delivered but obviously ludicrous conjecture on the lives of the ducks they are watching in the park pond. But Mamet skilfully weaves their absurd, half-baked observations into something that resonates with much larger concerns about the struggle for life’s meaning, the desire for happiness and the finality of death. Evam’s production attempts to expand Mamet’s metaphorical use of ducks in his play, with a form they call “Trans-Theatre”, which will attempt to draw creative impulses from audiences and connect them with each other through social transactions. Director: Karthik Kumar. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
Kkok-Du by the Korean Creative Group Noni is a contemporary adaptation of Kkodu Gaksi Norum, a traditional puppet-and-marionette play that served as a form of criticism of corrupt government officials, nobles and Buddhist monks. Kkok-Du uses puppets, masks, shadows, traditional Korean instrumentation, music and movement in a loosely connected collage to retell a folk tale about a shaman with a talent for puppetry. It introduces audiences to a wide assortment of characters—dancing monks, spunky clowns and a fearsome monster—within a narrative as rich in emotion and drama as in its visual imagination. Director: Kim Kyung Hee. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval. Tickets, Rs 100, Rs 250 and Rs 400; season tickets for all three plays, Rs 600 andRs 850, available at www.indianstage.in and at the office of The Hindu newspaper, Infantry Road, 10am-5pm. For details, call 22864240.
Lior Maimon, one-half of the Israeli duo LISH, is here with his blend of psy-trance and House. LISH was formed in 1995, after Maimon and Shay Tiab decided to create their own brand of the psy-trance they had been listening to at open-air parties. Their first album, Dejavoodoo, released in 2002, saw the duo experiment with a blend of Goa trance, psy-trance and progressive House. LISH also had enough of a following by then and they got opportunities to perform at bigger gigs across the world, including Sao Paulo’s Virada Cultural Festival.
9pm. Pebble, Princess, 3, Palace Grounds, Ramana Maharishi Road. Entry, Rs 700. For details, call 9916695200, 23614109.
H2Zero, a movement installation that will be performed at the mirror pool at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), has been conceptualized by Deepak Shivaswamy and contemporary dancer Veena Basavarajaiah in order to “question the notions of water and its place in a city”.
5pm. NGMA, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road. For details, call 22201027.
Till 6 August
Stop by Rugs and Riches to catch Jyotsna Singh’s jewellery exhibition-cum-sale. Singh’s grandfather, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, had commissioned Cartier’s largest ever order: diamonds weighing in at 1,000 carats, strung together as the Patiala necklace. In this exhibition, Singh has used traditional jadau techniques. Prices start at Rs 3,500.
10am-7.30pm. Rugs and Riches, Devatha Plaza, 131, Residency Road. For details,call 41125662 or visit www.manjushajewels.com
The Shutter Window
For this show, Kolkata-based visual artist Manas Acharya draws inspiration from Satyajit Ray’s 1964 film ‘Charulata’ (‘The Lonely Wife’), particularly the scenes depicting actor Madhabi Mukherjee flitting from window to window in a colonial mansion, clutching a pair of opera glasses. Acharya has been looking at the “green shutter windows”—a feature characteristic of architecture in Kolkata— which appear in the film. In this site-specific installation (of single-channel video and digital prints), Acharya recreates those entrapped views from ‘Charulata’ within the confines of 1, Shanthi Road, shooting images of crowds milling about the studio gallery.
Noon-8pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar. For details, call 9880227706.
Conserving Cultural Landscapes
This talk by Amita Sinha, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois, US, hopes to challenge traditional notions of heritage preservation. She believes the scope of conservation should be broadened to include traditional arts and crafts, water bodies, forests and wildlife around a heritage site. This will be followed by a group discussion conducted by architect and urban issues researcher Kaiwan Mehta.
Elephant tales: Gajab Kahani
7pm. Arbour Research Initiatives in Architecture, 3, Karim Chambers, Ambalal Doshi Marg, Fort. For details, call 22652505.
Fabular Bodies: New Narratives in the Art of the Miniature
The courtly tradition of miniature painting, despite its revival under the nationalistic Bengal school in the early 20th century, never became the national art form of India. Yet the influence of miniature painting has endured. How artists “interpret and absorb this heritage” is the focus of the group show Fabular Bodies: New Narratives in the Art of the Miniature. Curated by Gayatri Sinha for the Harmony Art Foundation, the exhibition features 60 paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and new-media artworks by 24 artists. The list includes artists known for incorporating imagery from miniatures, such as Arpita Singh, Nilima Sheikh, Desmond Lazaro and Manjunath Kamath, as well as some unusual choices like T. Venkanna, Chitra Ganesh and graphic novelist Orijit Sen.
10am-6pm (Tuesday-Sunday). Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. For details, call 22844484.
Pratibimb: Marathi Natya Utsav
Till 10 August
The second edition of Pratibimb: Marathi Natya Utsav started on Wednesday. The programme includes six plays, ranging from comedies and thrillers to classics and experimental works. The line-up includes Jaswandi (6.30pm, 5 August), Moruchi Mavshi (6pm, 6 August) and Gajab Kahani (6pm, 7 August). Director Sai Paranjpye’s Jaswandi (2 hours, 30 minutes) is a remake of the 1970s play by Vijaya Mehta. It is the story of a married woman who seeks solace in the arms of another man. Moruchi Mavshi (2 hours, 50 minutes) is based on three friends living together as paying guests. Pune group Aasakta’s Gajab Kahani (1 hour, 25 minutes) is based on José Saramago’s novel The Elephant’s Journey. A photo exhibition chronicling the history of Marathi theatre is also on show.
This year, post-performance interaction sessions have been organized. There is also a food counter of Maharashtrian delicacies. All the performances will take place at the Experimental Theatre. The Piramal Gallery will showcase photographs of prominent Marathi plays and artistes till 10 August.
National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs 150, available at in.bookmyshow.com,and at the NCPA box office between 9am-7pm. For details, call 66223737.
Inspired by music from around India and the rest of the world, Rabindranath Tagore was known for blending Hindustani and Carnatic ragas with the simple melodies of folk songs, be they from the Bauls in Bengal or the bars of Scotland or Ireland. Vocalist Neela Bhagwat will attempt something similar at a concert to commemorate Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary in a concert titled ‘Robi Anuraag’. With the help of her pupil, singer Soma Sen, Bhagwat has translated some of Tagore’s popular Bengali songs into Hindustani and set them to new ragas in an effort to reinterpret the poet-composer-philosopher’s work.
6pm. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda. For details, call 22844519.
The Monsoon Festival
Till 21 August
The sixth chapter of the Monsoon Festival promises to be a three-week-long “interdisciplinary, cross-arts, multi-sensory” celebration of—as organizer Himanshu Verma of the Red Earth arts organization describes it—the king of all seasons. City-dwellers have forgotten how to celebrate the different seasons, Verma says. There will be swings decked up like palanquins, in parrot green and marigolds, mehendi artistes and Rajasthani dancers to help us along to the realization that barkha baharimplies joy, elation, and, above all, colour.
Film festival: Of lesser-known works
Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate. For details, email email@example.com, call 43500200, 41764054 or visit themonsoonfestival.com
In Search of Frozen Music
For 12 years, Samit Das researched Rabindranath Tagore’s ideas about architecture. In Search of Frozen Music at Nature Morte is Das’ response to the archival material, including Tagore’s designs and interiors for Santiniketan and his own homes in Kolkata. Das has created a pastiche of his own photographs and paintings with Tagore’s artwork and writing. He achieves this with mixed-media works, using historical photographs of Tagore and superimposing them with doodles of houses, ladders—motifs that Tagore used regularly—and paintings of red bricks.
10am-6pm (Monday-Saturday). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh. For details, call 41740215.
The Strange Case of Billy Biswas
In the play—an adaptation of Arun Joshi’s 1971 novel—the titular character renounces the humdrum of city life for the tribals of Chhattisgarh. When Gopal Sharman was fresh out of university, he had bought land in Kullu in the hope of starting a Gandhian farm. Red tape stopped him, so Sharman and his wife Jalabala Vaidya, who were to later set up Akshara Theatre, went to meet the collector—he wouldn’t see them. Now, with their adaptation of Joshi’s 1971 novel, The Strange Case of Billy Biswas, about the son of a Supreme Court judge who is seduced by a tribal lifestyle, they’re putting the spotlight on state callousness. 1 hour.
6.30pm. Akshara Theatre, 11B, Baba Kharak Singh Marg. Tickets, Rs 100, Rs 200, Rs 350 and Rs 500, available at the venue. For details, call 23364326.
Festival of Emerging Cinemas
Organized by the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, the event is a showcase for films that hardly ever appear on the national radar. Watch ‘Sona Gahi Pinjara’ by Biju Toppo, an Adivasi film-maker who won National Film Awards for his non-fiction presentations ‘Ek Ropa Dhan’ and ‘Iron Is Hot’, on 10 August ( 20 minutes). Shaikh Nasir’s ‘Malegaon ke Sholay’ (2 hours, 30 minutes) will be shown on the 9th, and ‘Brief Companion in a Capital City’, by Manipuri director Dorendra Waribam, will be screened on 12 August. 1 hour, 5 minutes.
7pm. Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. For registration and details, call 24682222.
Garmagaram Chai Pakoda Festival
Till 31 August
Indulge in mouth-watering snacks such as cheese pakoda, stuffed bread pakoda, makai aur nariyal pakoda, methi ka pakoda, mirch pakoda and palak pakoda at Khandani Rajdhani, a premium vegetarian thali restaurant. Sip on a variety of teas, such as pudina chai, chandra chai, kali chai, cutting chai and elaichi ki chai, as you munch on the fritters this monsoon.
Teatime: At the chai pakoda fest
4-7 pm. Level 4, Big Bazar Super Centre, Ameerpet. For details, call 64593998/9.
Till 31 August
Celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by savouring authentic dishes such as haleem, cooked the Hyderabadi way. There are live counters offering different types of biryani and starters—both vegetarian and non-vegetarian—among other Hyderabadi delicacies. The menu changes every day.
7-11 pm. Bidri restaurant, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road. Charges, Rs 1,200, plus taxes. For details, call 27522577, 27522999.
‘Vush Kaki’, a Telugu street play, and ‘Molagapodi’, a Tamil play, will be staged at Ravindra Bharathi Auditorium in the heart of the city, as part of the Abhinaya National Theatre Festival 2011.
5pm. Ravindra Bharathi Auditorium, Saifabad. For details, call 23231245.
The annual exhibition organized by the Friends of DakshinaChitra will showcase saris, traditional jewellery, trendy outfits and accessories from Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Mumbai. The participating designers include Damini, Maati Crafts, Seasons and Terra Bags.
Vastra Utsav: Organized by the Friends of DakshinaChitra
10am-8pm, Mayor Ramanathan Chettiar Centre, Santhome. For details, call 9840761624.
Music and Dancercise
Children’s play centre Hansel and Gretel will conduct a weekly Music and Dancercise workshop for children aged 3-7 on Sundays, starting 7 August. With a combination of singalong and action songs, dance and aerobics, the programme is aimed at developing their cognitive skills.
10.30am-12.30pm (Sundays). Hansel and Gretel, 11, Jagadambal Street, T Nagar. Fee, Rs 1,200 for four weeks. For details, call 28152549.
Aadi Naataka Vizha
Till 7 August
On the occasion of the Aadi festival, DakshinaChitra will host a series of plays in Tamil. You can catch plays such as Namakkul Oruvan, Sangaman and Swasvatham, directed by the likes of Bombay Gnanam and Rangamani.
7pm. Dakshinamurthy Hall, PS High School Complex, RK Mutt Road, Mylapore. For details, call 9444444767.
Aadi Thiruvizha at Raintree
Raintree, the Indian fine-dining restaurant at Vivanta by Taj Connemara, presents a special buffet featuring traditional dishes from across south India. If you want to savour delicacies such as Koozhu, Uppu Kari, Meen Kozhambu and Kozhi Varutha Curry, then head to the Aadi Thiruvizha food festival— it promises to celebrate and highlight the festive spirit of Aadi.
12.30-3 pm and 7-11pm. Raintree, Vivanta by Taj Connemara, Mount Road. Charges, Rs 1,150 per person. For details, call 66000000.
- Nandini Reddy
Mukti Mukti is an adaptation of Rabindranath Tagore’s Muktir Upay. Chandan Sen has written the screenplay and Meghnad Bhattacharya has directed the play. Sayak, one of the most prominent theatre groups of Kolkata, presents this story of mistaken identity and satire on spiritual fraud and polygamous aristocrats. 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Tagore on stage: Mukti Mukti is a story of mistaken identity
6.30pm. Madhusudan Mancha, 2A, Dakshinapan Society Complex, Gariahat Road. Tickets, Rs 20,Rs 40 and Rs 60, available at the venue. For details, call 9836067788.
Ananta Keya Bikel
The Uhinee theatre group presents Ananta Keya Bikel, a two-day theatre festival to celebrate theatre personality Keya Chakrabarti’s birth anniversary. On Day 1, watch Amaar Atmahatyakaleen Jabanbandi (My Suicidal Note). On 6 August, there will be a theatre workshop for economically deprived children, followed by a street play, Pora-Lekha, by children’s theatre group Shubham.
5.30pm. Sarat Sadan, 5, MG Road, Howrah. Tickets,Rs 20, Rs 40 and Rs 60. For details, call 9051242730.
Anubhabe Rabindranathis an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by 19 artistes, a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore. For Tagore, painting was a source of inspiration. His Expressionist paintings, like his writings, dealt with the communication of emotions. The paintings in the exhibition are inspired by Tagore’s works. The artistes participating include Anjan Bhattacharyya, Dipti Chakrabarti, Jayanta Ghosh, Kaushik Paul, Prabal Roy, Subrata Karmakar, Tapas Sarkar and Viraag Desai. The exhibition has been curated by Debabrata Chakrabarti, who is also launching his book Ebang Adda at the event.
3-8pm. The Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 9830049825.
Live in India
Siddha and Bikram Ghosh present Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta and Pandit Shankar Ghosh in the Live in India series. Pandit Dasgupta is recognized worldwide as one of the finest masters of the classical musical tradition of north India. Pandit Ghosh is an eminent tabla player from the Farukhabad gharana.
7.30pm. The Indian Council for Cultural Research, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For passes and details, call 9830819909, 8697844618.
Nandikar’s double bill
Theatre group Nandikar presents a double bill. In ‘Mulya Ferot’ (1 hour, 30 minutes), written by Fritz Karinthy and directed by Sumanta Gangopadhyay, an unemployed Rammohan returns to his school 18 years after graduating to demand a refund of his tuition fee. He believes he has not been given his money’s worth as he hasn’t learnt anything that helps him keep a job. ‘Tomar Naam’ (45 minutes) is about a little girl—her world, friends and emotions. The story, music and direction are by Swatilekha Sengupta.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar Street, Bagh Bazar. Tickets, Rs 30, Rs 40 and Rs 60, available at the Girish Mancha counter between 1-7pm. For details, call 9830892751.
- Indranil Bhoumik
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