The Cherry Orchard
30 July-1 August
A screening of Howard Davies’ The Cherry Orchard from the London-based National Theatre Live, an initiative of the Royal National Theatre which broadcasts performances around the world. Adapted by Andrew Upton from Russian writer Anton Chekhov’s play, this production stars Charity Wakefield, Zoe Wanamaker, James Laurenson and Claudie Blakely. 2 hours, 30 minutes.
Dancing diva: Dancer-musician Sanjukta Wagh experiments with her art
7pm; also 4pm on 31 July. National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs 300, available at the venue and online at in.bookmyshow.com. For details, call 66223737 or visit www.ncpamumbai.com/event/the-cherry-orchard
Kambakhat Bilkul Aurat
In Kambakhat Bilkul Aurat (previously titled Ismat Aapa ke Naam II), Naseeruddin Shah sticks to the director’s chair, while Manoj Pahwa, Seema Pahwa and Lovleen Misra are the narrators of three stories by Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai. The stories have all the elements that made its predecessor so popular. They walk the fine line between comedy and tragedy. The characters engage in malicious gossip and blurt out expletives. We are introduced to an array of women, from the beautiful, gloomy and powerless to the assertive, loquacious and amoral. Chughtai’s stories showcase her acute understanding of relationships and feature vivid portraits of women. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
6pm, 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (West). Tickets, Rs 300, available at the venue from 1-9pm, and online at in.bookmyshow.com
Movement in Stillness
Avid, which focuses on vocational training, will organize a four-day dance and photography workshop with city-based photographer David de Souza and modern dancer and choreographer Sumeet Nagdev. The workshop aims to “explore the symbiotic relationship between dance and photography”. Photographers are expected to bring their cameras and dancers, their shoes. The workshop will conclude with a performance and exhibition on 7 August.
6-8pm on 4, 5 and 7 August; and 10am-1pm on 6 August. National Gallery of Modern Art, Sir Cowasji Jehangir Hall, near Regal Cinema, MG Road, Colaba. Charges, Rs 3,500. For details, call 22881969, 9930136161, 9819731340 or visit www.avidedu.in
Sir George Gilbert
A workshop at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum will celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of the British architect who designed Rajabai Tower and the University of Mumbai’s convocation hall. It will showcase photographs of Scott’s other structures and the architectural plans of his buildings. Richard Butler, who has done his master’s thesis on Sir Gilbert Scott’s structures in Mumbai, will deliver a lecture. There will also be a talk on Mumbai’s stained glass. Among those who will address the audience are the conservation architect who restored the University of Mumbai’s convocation hall and museum director Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
10.15am-3pm. Children’s Creative Centre Auditorium, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road, Colaba. For details, call 22844519.
Open Studio: Printmaking
Till 4 September
For most people, an artist’s studio remains out of bounds. But T. Venkanna has turned Gallery Maskara into a printmaking studio for seven weeks, allowing visitors rare entry into an artist’s sanctum. In the absence of finished works, the highlight of Open Studio: Printmaking is a chance to observe Venkanna at work—he will be using woodcut, etching, lithography and other forms of traditional printmaking to create and exhibit more than 15 unique prints during the show. The exhibition marks the first time the artist, who specialized in printmaking at the MS University of Baroda, is displaying his prints. Venkanna will talk to visitors to demystify the various technique-laden stages of creating a print. Viewers can even have a go at Venkanna’s printmaking machine, custom-made for the exhibition. Through audience participation, the gallery hopes to generate interest in the art form.
11am-7pm (Tuesday-Sunday). Gallery Maskara, Warehouse on 3rd Pasta, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba. For details, call 22023056.
Sanjukta Wagh has trained in Kathak with Rajashree Shirke, in Hindustani music with Murli Manohar Shukla, and has experience in theatre—she won the British Council’s Charles Wallace Award to study at the Laban Centre of Dance. ‘Bheetar Bahar’ is the result of her experiments with improvisation. The piece explores the fluid boundaries between inner and outer space. Wagh will be accompanied by vocalist and sculptor Makrand Deshpande, and will dance to Kabir’s poetry. The performance will be followed by a ‘chauraha’, in which the audience can pose questions about the piece to the artistes.
7pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point.Tickets, Rs 50 and Rs 100, available at in.bookmyshow.com, and at the venue. For details, call 66223737.
Turn of the Tide
31 July-7 August
Tangerine Art Space and Geetanjali Kirloskar will co-host an exhibition of paintings, mixed-media works, sculptures and photographs by artists Anjaneyulu G., Benitha Perciyal, Dileep Sharma, Farhad Hussain, Gayatri Gamuz, Hema Upadhyay, Pratul Dash, Pushpamala, Rajan Krishnan, Rakhi Peswani, Reji Arackal, Rekha Rodwittiya, Surendran Nair, Veer Munshi, Ved Gupta and Valsan Koorma Kolleri. It will open with a talk at 4pm by Peter Nagy of Gallery Nature Morte on “Indian Contemporary Art in a Globalized Art World”. Visit www.tangerineartspace.com at 11am on 31 July for a preview.
Office politics: The Memorandum
10am-10pm. The Art Corridor, Taj West End, Race Course Road. For details, call Leena Chethan at 9886218518 or 66605660.
The Memorandum is set in an office—it is never quite clear what kind—and revolves around the travails of managing director Joseph Gross. Gross receives an official memo in gibberish, and learns that his deputy has bypassed him to introduce a new official language called Ptydepe—scientifically designed to filter out the ambiguities of natural human languages and to improve organizational efficiency and transparency. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
7.30pm (also 3.30pm on 31 July). Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar.Tickets,Rs 100, available at www.indianstage.in For details, call 26592777.
Based on the Norwegian cult book by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and an Oscar-winning film, Elling tells the story of two boys about to be released from a mental institution. When the government gives them a chance to live in a state-funded apartment, they’re keen to accept. But first they must prove to social worker Frank Asli that they can successfully integrate into Norwegian social life, failing which they would be returned to the care of their fiendish nurse. 2 hours.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara.Tickets, Rs 150, available at www.indianstage.in For details, call 26592777.
A Special Bond-2
Based on the stories of children’s books writer Ruskin Bond, director Akarsh Khurana’s ‘A Special Bond-2’ hits the right notes. Ranji (Adhir Bhat) is intent on wasting his summer in a stupor playing video games. Much to his annoyance, his mother packs him off to live with his grandfather (Benjamin Gilani) and aunt Shabnam (Anangsha Biswas) in Mussoorie. Ranji finds small-town life dreary, but his attitude changes once he begins exploring the lush surroundings and mixes with the locals.
11am, 3pm and 5pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road. Tickets, Rs 300. For details, call 41231345.
Goya in Bordeaux
Exiled from his native Spain, Francisco de Goya, now aged 82, spends his final days in a house he shares with his lover, Leocadia. He recounts the events of his life to their young daughter Rosarito, cueing flashbacks to his time as court painter to King Charles IV and his passionate affair with the Duchess of Alba, who still haunts his thoughts. This film, set in 1828, is director Carlos Saura’s dream project, and his dedication to it is evident in the detailed exposition. At once colourful, opulent and dark, it captures the delights and demons of genius. Spanish; 1 hour, 44 minutes.
New sound: Bands such as Fire Exit and Jester will play at The Gig Week
4.30pm. Instituto Cervantes, 48 Hanuman Road, Connaught Place. For details, call 43681900.
The Gig Week
31 July-6 August
TimeOut will organize a week-long festival featuring upcoming bands and singer-songwriters. Visit “The Gig Week” page on Facebook nearer the dates for timings and venues.
Jester + Fire Exit
First off the block is Jester, a funk band from Delhi, followed by Fire Exit, who describe their music as “progressive alternative rock”.
MindFlew + Shantanu Pandit + Urban Soundscape
MindFlew are a four-piece alt/psychedelic rock band. Shantanu Pandit multitasks with his mouth organ, flawless guitar strumming and soulful vocals. Completing the evening’s line-up is rock, progressive and psychedelic outfit Urban Soundscape.
Rounak Maita + Cobbled Street + Anuradha Sajjanhar +Doppler Effect
Mumbai-based singer-songwriter Rounak Maiti is partial to minimalistic acoustic guitar. Cobbled Street’s music is equal parts jazz, world music and a cappella vocals. Anuradha Sajjanhar offers a breezy listening experience. Doppler Effect’s music is a blend of rock and funk.
MoonShadow Frequency + Bhaanu Mendiratta + Dementia
MoonShadow Frequency from Gurgaon dabble in psychedelia, funk, alternative rock, blues and trip hop. Bhaanu Mendiratta’s mellow John Mayer-ish voice can give you goosebumps. Adding a darker edge to proceedings is New Delhi-based progressive metal experimental band Dementia.
One-hundred-and-seventy beats per minute—that’s the tempo at which EBK promises to serve up thumping, bass-drenched underground grooves. EBK, aka DJ Martin Kornacki, spends his time putting his mark on the drum-and-bass scene in London as a DJ, producer and co-founder of Composite Records. Today, EBK has more than a decade of releases on prominent record labels under his belt, the likes of Renegade Hardware and DSCI4 Recordings. Gaining huge visibility with ‘1000 Years’, a 2007 track off Renegade Hardware’s ‘Above the Game’ LP, he caught the attention of heavyweight UK broadcasters like Mary Anne Hobbs and the late John Peel.
9.30pm. Zook, 3, Community Centre, PVR Anupam Complex, Saket. For details, call 9999400001.
The Aseema Trust, which runs projects such as the Traditional Performing Arts in Education programme, will present the Aarupadai Veedu dance drama. Fifty-four students of the Rukmini Devi Natyakshetra will take part in the dance drama, which centres on the colourful stories behind the six temples built for Lord Muruga. The narrative technique of the drama draws upon the Ekaharyalasyanga and Natya styles. The performance has been choreographed by S. Premnath, an alumnus of Kalakshetra and director, Rukmini Devi Natyakshetra.
Mix it up: Vidhuran uses theatre, dance and mime to tell the story
6pm. Rukmini Arangam, Kalakshetra Foundation, Thiruvanmiyur. For details, call 24464763, 9840098495 or 9841009927.
Tara Books will launch a new graphic novel, Sita’s Ramayana, created in the Patua style of painting from West Bengal. The book presents a woman’s perspective of the great epic. The book has been authored by Bangalore-based writer Samhita Arni and the artwork has been created by Moyna Chitrakar.
6.30pm. Spaces, 1, Elliot’s Beach Road. For details, call 24486636
Chennai-based theatre group MacTrics explores a new form of storytelling, using a combination of theatre, dance and mime. Directed by Vivek Swaminathan, Vidhuran aims to amalgamate these art forms to create an enthralling performance on life—on how it is lived, and how it should be lived. 1 hour, 15 minutes.
7pm. Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, Luz Church Road, Mylapore.Tickets, Rs 200 and Rs 300, available at www.indianstage.in
The Radiant Group and Tocatta—UK promise to take music and dance lovers back in time. A group of 75 musicians and dancers from Ireland will perform a selection of music by greats such as Neil Diamond, Eagles, The Beatles and Abba. 2 hours.
7.30pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet. Tickets,Rs 500, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000, available at www.indianstage.in.For details, call 24527941.
A concert that explores the similarities in composition styles between Western classical and Carnatic music. Classical pianist Anil Srinivasan and well-known classical and playback singer Unni Krishnan will take the stage. These award-winning musicians will intersperse their performances with information on music styles and compositional similarities.
6pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, College Road, Nungambakkam. For details, call 28279803.
- Nandini Reddy
Theatre group Swapnasandhani presents Shei Sumouli, written by Indrashis Lahiri and directed by Koushik Sen. It’s an intriguing tale of a woman, which unfolds after her death. As Sumouli Sen’s body is about to be put into the electric chamber at the cremation ground, her husband discovers that she had a lover. As the evening sun begins to dim, the two men, seated face to face at a tea stall near the burning ghat, talk about their lost love.
Fusion works: Kan Pete Roi
7pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs 50 and Rs 60, available at the venue between 1-7pm. For details, call 9903185680.
Hansulibaker Upokatha is one of Tarashankar Bandopadhyay’s most famous novels. The story is set in a place where the river bends like hansuli (a neckpiece), and narrates the conflicts and struggle of life that play out there. The novel was later made into a film by Tapan Sinha. Birbhum-based Lovpur Atul Shib Club will present the drama in association with the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre.
6.30pm. Purbashree, Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, IB-201, Salt Lake City. For details, call 23356796/97.
Kan Pete Roi
The Third Eye, a photo club, presents ‘Kan Pete Roi’—an experimental fusion evening with photography, music and recitation. There will be performances by eminent Bengali singer Sraboni Sen, along with singers Sushmita, Nirmalya and Kaustav, and recitation of compositions by Rabindranath Tagore and others by Satinath Mukhopaddhay and Raja. There will also be a slide show of pictures of landscapes and people by Atanu Paul and members of The Third Eye.
5.30pm. Gayan Manch, 11, Pretoria Street. Entry, Rs 40. For details, call 9830170166
The Emerging Palette
Till 14 August
Final-year students of the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad, and College of Fine Arts, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, will showcase their paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures. The show is being organized by the Alliance Française de Hyderabad, in association with Goethe-Zentrum.
11am-7pm. Shrishti Art Gallery, Plot No. 267, Road No.15, Jubilee Hills. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 27700734/36, 23607151.
Go Green Walk
The month-long Go Green campaign will culminate in a Go Green Walk. The walk will start at The V IT Park and end at the CII Green Business Centre building, followed by an address by J.P. Nambaru, chairman, Preserve Planet Earth,international service director, Rotary Club of Greater Hyderabad, and founder of Green Planet Visions.
10.30am. Assembly point opposite Axis Bank, The V IT Park, Madhapur. For details, call 9989994550.
Popular Chennai band Wolf’s Lair will bring their heavy metal act to the city. The band features Mark Thomas on lead vocals, Arun Daniel on bass, Anshuman Mishra on guitars and vocals, Manu Krishnan on drums and Vivin Kuruvilla on keyboard.
9pm. Hard Rock Café, GVK 1, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills. Entry, Rs 250. For details, call 44767900.
Tum Mujhe Bhula Na Paoge
Get mesmerized by the melodious tunes of yesteryear Bollywood numbers. ‘Tum Mujhe Bhula Na Paoge’ is a musical tribute to legendary singer Mohammad Rafi. The musical evening is being presented by musical organizers My Theatre Cafe.
6.30 pm. LaMakaan, off Road No.1, opposite GVK Mall, Banjara Hills. Entry, Rs 100. For details, call 9642731329
- Yogendra Kalavalapalli
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