Imagine, Design and Create Architectural Solutions
Smaran Cadence, co-founder of Cadence Architects, will conduct this workshop, organized by Club HATCH, where participants will be taken through concepts of architecture, space, structure, function, materials, design styles, social values and sustainability—and in a fun, hands-on manner. Participants will be encouraged to ideate, imagine and design creative architectural solutions, using everyday objects such as Lego kits, cardboard, paper, plastic, fabric and clay. Children aged 12 and above can participate.
4.30-6.30pm. Jaaga, 68, KH Double Road, opposite Corporation Bank. For details, call 9686758658.
This workshop, hosted by the Institute of Experiential Learning, is
designed to familiarize urban children with this unique form of puppetry, endemic to Kerala’s Kasargod and Karnataka’s South Kanara districts. Children aged 10 and above can participate.
10am-1pm. Experience Lab, Institute of Experiential Learning, 139, Second floor, Gurumurthy Bhavan, Infantry Road (65470383). Registration fee,Rs 3,485. For registration and details, call Aswin at 9538003825, email at email@example.com, or visit inexel.org
Shaping of a Book and Story to Make the Storybook
This workshop is being organized by Club HATCH, which holds workshops and learning programmes for children. The workshop will be facilitated by designer and illustrator Nikita Jain, who will talk about characters, roles and plots as well as techniques of papermaking, printing, binding, illustrating, preserving and archiving. Children aged 7-10 can participate.
11.30am-1.30pm. PageTurners Bookstore, 89, Kannan Building, MG Road (25595111/25595222).
Fusion: Hip hop dancer Miguel Nosibor will choreograph a contemporary dance item.
Choreographer Miguel Nosibor of Cie En Phase will present the solo work, Temps d’arrêt. Invited by Alliance Française de Bangalore, Nosibor, who comes from the world of hip hop, will team up with leading Indian contemporary dancer Astad Deboo for an improvised duet. Three videos will punctuate the dance piece.
7pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). For details, call 40808181.
The American technical death metal band Nile will perform. It has Karl Sanders on bass, guitar, vocals, keyboard, Dallas Toler-Wade on guitar and vocals, George Kollias on drums and percussion, and Todd Ellis on bass and vocals.
3pm. E Zone Club, 23/24, Mahadevapura, Outer Ring Road, Chinnapanahalli, Marathahalli.
74th Sree Ramanavami Celebrations
Till 6 May
Sree Ramaseva Mandali is presenting the 74th edition of this annual festival that began on 1 April. The festival is featuring around 280 Carnatic and Hindustani musicians. Visakha Hari and artistes from Prahlada Charitam will be presenting a harikatha recital on 4 May. On 5 May, there will be a Hindustani and Carnatic jugalbandi featuring S. Shashank on the flute and Purbayan Chatterji on the sitar, accompanied by Thiruvarur Bhakthavatsalam on the mridangam and Viswanath Nakode on tabla. The culminating event on 6 May will be a Carnatic and Hindustani jugalbandi featuring slide guitar player and Grammy-winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan of the duo Ganesh-Kumaresh, accompanied by V.V. Ramanamurthy on the mridangam.
6.30pm. Fort High School Grounds, Krishna Rajendra Road, Chamrajpet (26704061). Tickets, Rs 200 and Rs 1,000, available at the venue. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 26604031.
Face Two Face
Face Two Face, the debut solo show of Shivaraju B.S., better known as “Cop Shiva”, is an exhibition of photographs and video installations curated by Sandhya Annaiah. In the two series of photographs, Shivaraju documents two residents’ lives, which are intertwined with the concept of “performance”—Bagadehalli Basavaraju and Vidya Sagar, who masquerade as popular icons Mahatma Gandhi and the late M.G. Ramachandran, actor and chief minister of Tamil Nadu, respectively. “Shivaraju follows and unveils the public and private side of these real-life performers, who have chosen to appear as a ‘personality’, undermining their true identities,” explaines Annaiah in a curatorial note.
10.30am-6pm (Sundays closed); preview on 5 May at 6.30pm. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). For details, visit www.sumukha.com
Being and Nothingness
Till 12 May
Swapan Nayak, the veteran lensman from Kolkata, turns inward and cryptic with his new works. Nayak’s previous acclaimed exhibits were founded in the forbidding realities of human rights and displacement in parts of the North-East. His new show, in contrast, assumes a contemplative prospect that stands altogether removed from the photojournalistic marrow of his earlier projects. While the show’s title directly takes from philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s L’Etre et Le Néant, Being and Nothingness is resolutely wistful and bleak in its outlook. Nayak focuses not on people but on barren expanses and unidentifiable minutiae—tangles of roots, uprooted stumps, castaway boats, obscured tree lines, solitary park benches and such—to compose a painterly and sensuous collection.
10am-7pm (Sundays closed). Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358). For details, visit www.tasveerarts.com
Sethusamudram 2012 —India + Sri Lanka
Till 10 May
This multimedia exhibition focuses on the complex history of Sethusamudram, the strip of sea between Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The exhibition, part of an ongoing project to foster artistic exchange between the two countries, features Indian artists Pradeep Kambathalli and Udaya Vir Singh, and Sri Lankan artists Pradeep Chandrasiri and Janananda Laksiri.
Noon-8pm. 1 Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar. For details, call 9880227706 or visit www.1shanthiroad.com
Till 10 May
The Orchid Ecotel’s South of the Vindhyas restaurant is hosting a Maharashtrian food festival. On offer are vegetarian and non-vegetarian thalis, with dishes such as sol kadi, rassam, tambda rassa, Mix Veg Kohlapuri, batata rassa, methi chi bhaji, vadana chi usal, phulka, bajri, jowari, tandlachi bhakri and valache bhirde; and desserts like karanji, gulab jamun and shrikhand.
Noon-3pm/7pm-midnight. South of the Vindhyas, The Orchid Hotel, near the domestic airport, Vile Parle—East (26164000). Price, Rs 777, all inclusive, for the vegetarian thali and Rs 999, all inclusive, for the non-vegetarian thali.
Shaa’ir + Func; Ambivalent; Ash Roy
Berlin-based techno producer and DJ Kevin McHugh aka Ambivalent will play a set of minimal techno and downtempo tunes. He began composing minimal yet bold techno music in New York City in the early 2000s. Shaa’ir + Func, comprising Monica Dogra and Randolph Correia, will play their popular indie electro pop, while Jalebee Cartel band member Ash Roy will spin a set of funky tech-House.
10pm. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs 500.
Life + Spud in the Box
Folk rock: By Spud in the Box.
Life is a Hindie rock band formed by singer-guitarists Vikalp Sharma and Mangalam Prashant, bassist Anupam Grover, lead guitarist Chaitanya Bhaidkar, drummer Mukendra Markandey and percussionist Karan Chitra Deshmukh. Spud in the Box, a six-member pop rock band, is a folk rock act founded by vocalist and keyboardist Rohan Rajadhyaksha and vocalist and guitarist Ankit Dayal in March 2011.
5.30pm-midnight. Veer Prabhu Deshpande and Sant Dyaneshwar Udyan, next to the Mayor’s Bungalow, Dadar Chowpatty, off Shivaji Park, Dadar.
On the occasion of “Art Thursdays”, the Alliance Française de Bombay, in partnership with Sakshi Gallery, will screen “Résolument animés” or animation films—Berni’s Doll by Yann Jouette, Workin’Progress by Gabriel Garcia and Benjamin Fligans, Bob by Jean-Pierre Poirel, The Process by Xavier de L’Hermuzière and Philippe Grammaticopoulos, and The Windmill by Florian Thouret.
6.30pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11-A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, opposite YMCA, Colaba (66103424).
NCPA Ananda: Hindi Natya Utsav 2012
After Pratibimb, a festival of Marathi plays, Centrestage, a multilingual drama festival, and Vasant, a Gujarati theatre festival, it’s time for Ananda—a festival of Hindi plays. The plays at the second edition of the National Centre for the Performing Arts’ (NCPA’s) weekend Hindi theatre festival will be staged at the Experimental Theatre.
On Friday, ‘Papa’, directed by Pawan Uttam and Imran Rasheed, will be staged. On Saturday, it will be the turn of the Meherzad Patel-directed ‘Kalaam’ and on Sunday, the Saurabh Nayyar- and Nitin Bharadwaj-directed ‘Ram Sajeevan Ki Prem Katha’.
7pm. NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737/66588997). Tickets, Rs 200, Rs 250 and Rs 300, available at the venue. For tickets and details, visit www.ncpamumbai.com
His-Story & Her-Story
Till 5 May
Exhibit 320’s latest show His-Story & Her-Story, curated by Ranjita Chaney, maps the personal journey of four young contemporary artists—Nandan Ghiya, Princess Pea, Sachin George Sebastian and Sumakhi Singh. Sebastian continues his meditations on the vertical expansion of the city from a previous show where he had created multi-storey buildings out of stacked newspapers. This exhibition has a 78x78-inch paper-collage artwork called Within Chaos. And in one of his installations lit from the floor, tiny paper buildings jutting out from a wall throw off gigantic shadows. Ghiya’s works comprise digital prints on shaped vinyl and acrylic on photographs and wood. Singh is presenting a 7-minute video installation, Mapping the Memory Mandala.
10.30am-6.30pm. Exhibit 320 gallery, F-320, Lado Sarai (46130637).
Vikram Seth in discussion
The celebrated author of The Suitable Boy and An Equal Music, Vikram Seth will read from his new book The Rivered Earth, launched in March at the India Habitat Centre. David Davidar of Aleph Book Company will be in conversation with Seth.
7-9pm. Bookwise (India) Pvt. Ltd, 125-A, Shahpur Jat, near Asiad Village (26499568). For details, visit www.facebook.com/bookwise.india
On an India tour: Fatboy Slim.
Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim is one of the best-known names in electronic dance music. He’s responsible for the late 1990s and
early 2000s hits Rockafeller Skank, Weapon of Choice (with a video starring American stage and screen actor Christopher Walken) and Right Here Right Now. He’s created multiple hit remixes and mashups for the bands Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, and others. He also contributed to David Byrne’s 2010 concept album, Here Lies Love, themed on the life of Filipina politician Imelda Marcos. Fatboy Slim will be performing his best renditions in this concert.
5pm. HUDA Grounds Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon. Tickets, Rs 1,750 and Rs 4,500, available on in.bookmyshow.com
Delhi Modern: The Architectural Photographs of Madan Mahatta
Till 21 June
An exhibition of Madan Mahatta’s work, curated by Ram Rahman, focuses on this little-known side of the expert chronicler, putting the spotlight on his architectural photographs between the late 1950s and the 1980s. Through word of mouth, Mahatta found clients in all the top architects of Delhi, including the likes of Joseph Allen Stein, Achyut Kanvinde, Raj Rewal, J.K. Chowdhury, Ranjit Sabikhi, Ajoy Choudhury and Charles Correa, all of whom gave post-independence Delhi some of its defining structures. ‘Delhi Modern’ argues the case for a double-edged modernity that refers not only to the visionary designs of the architects, but also to their collaboration with the man behind the lens.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed and Mondays by appointment). Photoink Gallery, MGF Hyundai Building, Ground floor, 1, Faiz Road, Jhandewalan (28755940/42). For details, visit www.photoink.net
It’s Their World: P. Srinivasan.
It’s Their World
Till 6 May
P. Srinivasan, a doctor by profession, is exhibiting 70 of his wildlife photographs. Since 2008, with help from members of the Photographic Society of Madras, he has travelled widely to record images of animals and birds in their natural setting. The photographs are on sale, with prices on request. The proceeds will go to the Jeevan Blood Bank and Research Centre in Chennai.
11am-6pm. Lalit Kala Akademi, Regional Centre, 4, Greams Road (28291692). For details, visit www.natureimages.in
Make, Bake and Take
Bring out the baker in you. In a three-day workshop with Anusha Kaushik of Delicioso, children can get hands-on experience baking Happy Holiday Cupcakes and Designer Cookies and put together Desi Sandwiches and Hot Crackers. Children aged 6 and above can take part. Register at the venue; the last date for this is 8 May.
11am-1pm. Vanilla Children Place, 89, Bishop Garden, Greenways Road, RA Puram (42066660). Fee, Rs 1,200, all inclusive; materials and a recipe book will be provided.
Kebab and Malt
Till 31 May
Assorted platters of vegetarian or non-vegetarian kebabs can be had with three small shots of the choicest single malt. The signature kebabs include Palak Dahi Kebab, Lal Mirch Ka Paneer Tikka, Mathaniya Murgh and Seekh Khaas.
Noon-3pm/7-11pm. Beyond Indus, Taj Club House, Club House Road, Anna Salai (66313131). Price, Rs 1,400, plus taxes, per person.
The TVK Cultural Academy and Vipanchee, a dance and music school, will present a musical evening, a ‘jugalbandi’ of Carnatic classical vocalist M. Balamuralikrishna and Hindustani classical vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty. 2 hours.
6.15pm. Kamaraj Arangam, Anna Salai, Teynampet. Tickets, Rs 300, Rs 500, Rs 750, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000, available on Indianstage.in and in.bookmyshow.com
By Nandini Reddy
The Berlin Wall: Memories and Legacies
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, one of the most memorable moments of the 20th century, epitomizes the end of various kinds of artificial barriers, literal and otherwise, separating people around the globe. The film series The Berlin Wall: Memories and Legacies is a many-sided recollection of the Berlin Wall and gives insight into how some remarkable film-makers from East Germany viewed and portrayed their own people and society amid considerable constraints on their creative freedom. The films being screened are Mädchen in Wittstock (Wittstock Girls), Sonnenallee (Sun Avenue), Winter Adé (After Winter Comes Spring), The Wall, The Architects, Leipzig im Herbst (Leipzig in the Fall), The Invisible Frame and Nach der Musik (A Father’s Music).
4pm/6pm. Goethe-Zentrum, 20, Journalist’s Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills (23350443/473).
Her Name Is Sabine
This 2007 film, directed by French actor Sandrine Bonnaire, is a sensitive portrait of her 38-year-old autistic sister Sabine Bonnaire. The film uses personal movie footage, over 25 years, of her sister at home and when she was at a psychiatric hospital in Charente, France. The documentary showcases images of the hauntingly beautiful adolescent Sabine and the obese, drooling, anxiety-ridden and occasionally violent woman after five years at the hospital. The film evokes an engaging personality whose development and multiple talents were crushed by a failing care system. 1 hour, 25 minutes.
7pm. La Makaan, off Road No.1, Banjara Hills. For details, call 9642731329.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
The Howrah Dakshinayan group will present its latest production, based on Rabindranath Tagore’s popular poem Juta Abishkar. The play has been written and directed by Kunal Mukhopadhyay. The story is similar to the poem and revolves around issues of industry, labour and land through the motif of shoes.
6.30pm. Girish Mancha, 76/1 Street, Bagbazar (25544895). Tickets, Rs 50 and Rs 60, available at the venue. For tickets and details, call 9830242193.
26th Lokshilpa O Karukriti Mela
The West Bengal state academy of dance, drama, music and visual arts, Rabindra Bharati University, will hold its 26th Lokshilpa O Karukriti Mela, an exhibition-cum-sale of traditional arts and crafts from various districts of the state. These will include patachitras, handicraft and decorative items made with sola (spongewood), lac, jute, wood, clay, terracotta, Shabar grass and buffalo horns, and chhau masks, as well as bamboo and woodwork by Mech tribals, Dhokra items, handloom items, batik, kantha, Baluchari saris and various types of mats, including Shital Patis.
8am-8pm (inauguration on 7 May at 5pm). Dwarakanath Mancha (Jorashanko Thakurbari), 6/4, Dwarkanath Tagore Lane. For details, call 22714988.
Intellectree, in association with Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, will be presenting a six-day summer camp for children. The camp will engage children in activities such as pottery painting, gardening, quizzing, art and craft, storytelling, theatre and elocution. There will also be party games. Children in the age group of 5-8 can participate. The last date for registration is 5 May. The event will take place between 15-20 May.
10am-4.30pm, Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145). Registration fee, Rs 3,500; materials and snacks will be provided.
Three cities: Photographs by Chicago-based Alan Thomas are on show.
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts will present a show by Chicago-based photographer Alan Thomas. He studied photography as an undergraduate at Princeton University, US, mostly exploring landscape. The current exhibition displays photographs of landscapes, buildings and the townships of Chicago and Kolkata, and the ephemeral effects of constant building and rebuilding since the mid-1980s in urban Japan.
11am-8pm (inauguration on 5 May at 6.30pm). Seagull Foundation for the Arts, 36-C, SP Mukherjee Road, (24556942/43).
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