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First Published: Thu, May 05 2011. 09 48 PM IST

Brekker buffet: A weekend treat.
Brekker buffet: A weekend treat.
Updated: Thu, May 05 2011. 09 48 PM IST
Bangalore
Around town
Breakfast at Herbs and Spice
7-8 May
Brekker buffet: A weekend treat.
Chef Manjit Singh will lay on his big weekend brekker buffet (Rs 299) at Herbs and Spice. You can also order a la carte. To start the day, call for the farmer’s breakfast (Rs 150) of scrambled eggs, bacon and potatoes. If you’re recovering from a hangover, the kitchen recommends its kit (Rs 200), a giant sandwich packed with beef, bacon, chicken, eggs and jalapenos, served with a fresh fruit smoothie. There’s a range of fresh fruit juices and smoothies on offer (Rs 120 each). Make sure to save space for their freshly baked cinnamon rolls (Rs 30).
9am-noon. Herbs and Spice, 39, 80-Foot Road, HAL 3rd Stage, Indiranagar. For details, call 25290399.
Theatre
Crisis of Civilization: A Journey with Tagore
6-8 May
The play takes the audience through the turn of the century that would see two world wars. With a collage of audio-visual and sound clips, the narrator begins a dialogue with the audience, creating an opportunity to rediscover legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore in the present context of globalization of terror. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
8pm on Friday and Saturday, 3pm and 8pm on Sunday. Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). Tickets, Rs 250.
Hayavadana
6 May
One of veteran playwright-director Girish Karnad’s finest moments combines with B.V. Karanth’s musical imagination in this complex play with a dual plot structure. On one level, the play unfolds as a surreal quest for love by a young woman in love with her erudite husband’s attractive best friend. When their heads are switched, the central question becomes whether the man who is her real husband is the one with his head or the one with his body. 2 hours.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 70.
TOP PICK
Film
The Forum of Images
6-12 May
Short film : 5-7 Rue Corbeau.
Alliance Française de Bangalore, in association with the Suchitra Film Academy and Forum des Images, is hosting a festival of short films on Paris, along with the exhibition
‘Paris la Métisse’. Screenings are free and open to the public. The films have English subtitles.
6 May, 6.30pm
‘Sur Les Toits de Paris’ : Film-maker Olivier Lassu’s documentary from 2002 captures Parisians surveying the roofs of their city, for business or for pleasure. 55 minutes.
7 May, 6.30pm
‘Blanche Nuit à Paris’: Jérôme Caza and Arnaud Ngatcha’s 2002 documentary is based on an all-night cultural event, organized by the office of the mayor of Paris, on 5 October, 2002. 54 minutes.
8 May, 6.30pm
‘Jusqu’au Dernier Saltimbanque’: Laurent Canches offers a portrait of street artists who have been working at the plaza in Paris’ Beaubourg area since the 1970s. 52 minutes.
11 May, 6.30pm
‘Au fin Moka’: Boris Joseph’s 2005 documentary is about Au fin Moka, an old-fashioned bistro at the foot of the Montmartre hill. 53 minutes.
12 May , 6.30pm
‘5-7 Rue Corbeau’: Thomas Pendzel’s 2007 documentary recounts the story of an apartment building that turned into one of the biggest slums in Paris. 58 minutes.
Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345). For details, log on to www.bangalore.afindia.org. The schedule may change; to confirm timings, call 40808181.
Chennai
Art
On Line Sculpture Show
Till 8 May
Sculptures: A group show.
Ayya Art Galleries is presenting a group show showcasing the latest sculptures by A. Karuppiah, Avijit Roy, B. Srinivasa Reddy, Bapusaheb Zanje, C. Dakshina Moorthy, Karun Raj, Ramesh Gorjala, Shanta Samant and Velmurugan. While there is no particular theme tying the works together, the sculptures are evocative and thought-provoking.
11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road (opposite Express Avenue Mall), Royapettah (42158062).
Around town
Glass jewellery sculpting workshop
7-8 May
DakshinaChitra will conduct a glass jewellery sculpting workshop, facilitated by Srinivasa Raghavan—a trained glass-blower who has travelled extensively all over India and Europe to share his skills.
10.30am-5pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges, Rs 1,000, inclusive of material and transport (pick-up at Madras Craft Foundation, Adyar).
Spotlight
16-27 May
Stagefright and More will conduct a 20-hour workshop in theatre and stage performance for the 12-25 age group. The workshop will include training in voice and movement, as well as other theatre-related activities.
Registration closes on 14 May. For details on timing and fee, call 43129869 or 8754480048.
Karuna Amarnath
Delhi
Around town
KL Saigal—The Definitive Biography
11 May
The launch of Delhi-based writer Pran Nevile’s K.L. Saigal—The Definitive Biography will see a revised edition of an earlier coffee-table book called K.L. Saigal— Immortal Singer and Superstar (2004). The paucity of material on Saigal is compensated for by photographs, a detailed filmography, lyrics of his songs and film reviews from Film India. Without these extras, the book would have been a third its size.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Dance
Sleeping Beauty—A Fablein Music
8 May
Students of the National Ballet and Academy Trust of India will present Sleeping Beauty—A
Fable in Music. The ballet begins with baby princess Aurora being christened. The evil Carbosse storms in and curses the baby because she was not invitated. However, the Lilac Fairy weakens the curse. She proclaims that instead of dying, princess Aurora will fall into a deep slumber for 100 years.
7pm. Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, near Dhaula Kuan. Entry by invitation only. For invites, call 9910225454.
Film
The Writing on the Wall
Street art: Watch films on graffiti.
10-13 May
Time Out, in association with the American Center and the British Council, is organizing two graffiti-themed screenings. Call the venues for timings.
•10 and 13 May
‘Exit through the Gift Shop’:
This documentary profiles Banksy, an English graffiti artiste, political activist, film director and painter, and looks at issues arising from his success, from originality to commercialization. The film is a rousing tribute to street art, a crafty autobiography and a cheeky comment on the bravado of artistes, talented or otherwise. 1 hour, 27 minutes.
British Council, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (42199000).
•12 May
‘Bomb It’: Graffiti started appearing in subway tunnels in Philadelphia and New York City in the US in the late 1960s. Sometimes it was a message; often, just a signature, a tag. Bomb It, the first to chronicle the movement’s global spread, celebrates the bombers of the world, young people at war with stasis, armed with spray cans.
American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341).
Lost Times
12 May
Iván is a car mechanic who lives with his autistic sister, Eszter, and earns extra money by smuggling diesel across the border. One day Eszter is raped by a stranger; the trauma leaves her mute. Iván is frustrated by the slow pace of investigation. Around the same time, he falls in love. Hungarian, with subtitles. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
6 pm. Hungarian Cultural Centre, 1-A, Janpath (23014497).
TOP PICK
Mera Kuch Samaan... Celebrating Gulzar
11-14 May
This festival will feature plays— ‘Lakeerein’, ‘Atthanniyaan’ and ‘Kharaashein’—written by the legendary playwright and poet Gulzar on the first three days. All three are directed by Salim Arif; the cast includes Hindi film industry actors such as Atul Kulkarni, Yashpal Sharma, Anup Soni and Lubna Salim. There will be a special evening, ‘Rubaru with Gulzar’—an interaction with the man and his poetry—on the closing day.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084). Tickets,Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,500.
Hyderabad
Theatre
Siyaah Haashiye
6 May
A dramatized narration of Saadat Hasan Manto’s short stories in Urdu, Siyaah Haashiye comprises vignettes on Partition. The collection of short stories is subversive and anti-establishment. Conceived, designed and directed by Deepti Girotra, the 60-minute play weaves together many mini-narratives.
7.30pm. Lamakaan, Road No. 1, lane adjacent to C-Bay, Banjara Hills. Tickets, Rs 100, can be booked on www.bookmyshow. com and www.indianstage.in. For details, call 9848052541 or 9849875920.
Film
Toi et Moi (You and I)
10 May
Love angle: Toi et Moi.
The Hyderabad Film Club and Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad will present Toi et Moi, a film about two sisters, Lena and Ariane. Their lives take a turn when a cheerful and outgoing Spanish construction worker pays attention to Ariane, and Lena finds herself attracted to Mark, a passionate soloist leaving soon to play in Asia. What will they do?
6.30pm. Sri Sarathi Studios Preview Theatre, Ameerpet. For details, email hyderabadfilmclub1@gmail.com.
Art
Tiger Tiger
Till 20 May
The Kalakriti Art Gallery is presenting Tiger Tiger, an exhibition of watercolours by Nabibaksh Mansoori, who did his post-graduate diploma in fine arts from the MS University of Baroda. The show has 28 paintings of tigers.
11am-7pm. Kalakriti Art Gallery, 468, Road No. 10, Banjara Hills. For details, call 66564466 or email info@kalakriti.in
Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Kolkata
Around town
Piccadilly Square—The London Street Food Festival@Street
Till 22 May
The Street, a multi-cuisine restaurant at The Park hotel, is offering the street food of Piccadilly Circus, a London landmark. There are dishes such as devilled kidneys on toast, potted shrimps on toast, sole goujons with dill mayonnaise, roast beef sandwich, banoffee pie, and cherry syllabub.
Noon-midnight on weekdays, noon-2am on weekends. The Street, The Park (22499000). Prices, Rs 50-200 per dish (taxes extra).
Art
Life in Motion
Till 10 May
Sculptor Bimal Roy, who trained at Visva-Bharati University, will be showcasing 25 bronze works depicting snapshots of everyday life in the state, such as a hand-rickshaw puller, a Baul singer, and a cricketer at the nets. Part of the proceeds will be donated to The Oral School for Deaf Children on Park Street.
10am-9pm. The Palladian Lounge, Bengal Chamber of Commerce, 6 NS Road, Third level.
Art
Exhibition series on Rabindranath Tagore
9 May-9 June
On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will pay tribute to the great poet. There will be an exhibition series that includes ‘Tagore in Advertisments’, ‘Of Tagore and Cinema’, ‘Tagore in Philately’, a photographic exhibition on Tagore’s tour of South-East Asia and China, and ‘Tagore and Kantha’.
6.30pm (on the opening day); 11am-7pm. Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR (22822895/22823431).
Indranil Bhoumik
Mumbai
Art
Tight Underwear
11-27 May
Anandajit Ray believes there’s a lot to learn from being stuck in tight underwear. For him, the experience is a metaphor for the inability to express private frustrations in public. Tight Underwear, Ray’s solo exhibition at the Pundole Art Gallery, explores the theme through a series of watercolours and a sculpture. The show, which comes two years after Ray’s last exhibition at the Aicon Gallery in New York, showcases his continued preoccupation with creating bizarre imagery juxtaposing machines and nature, often in violent situations.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Pundole Art Gallery, 369, Dadabhai Naoroji Road, next to American Dry Fruits, Flora Fountain (22841837).
Quarto
Till 20 May
Quarto: The exhibition features four artists. Ajay Dhandre’s series imagines a world of hyper-intelligent machines.
Art Musings gives viewers a peek into the practice of four young artists. Smriti Dixit’s series explores rebirth, recycling and renewal. In his Identity series, Vivek Sharma attempts to portray the hopes and dreams of street urchins. Ajay Dhandre’s series imagines a world with hyper-intelligent machines. Sharmi Chowdhary’s paintings capture the beauty in the mundane.
10am-7pm. Art Musings, 1, Admiralty Building, opposite Dunne’s Institute, Colaba Cross Lane (22163339).
Around town
Parsi lecture
7 May
Dinyar Patel, a PhD candidate in Harvard University’s history department, will offer a perspective on the shrinking Parsi community. Patel will call on Parsis to play
cupid, as a response to the rapid fall in the community’s population. The 2001 census showed the community had shrunk to 69,601 members, down from 115,000 people in 1941. A major reason is the drop in fertility rates caused by Parsis marrying late, says Patel, who will offer a historical perspective on the community.
5.30pm. Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli (24964676).
Theatre
Rafta Rafta
7-8 May
Rafta Rafta spans the six-odd weeks between a British-Asian couple’s wedding and its consummation. Newly-wed Tasneem Rashid moves into the family home of her husband Adi Malhotra, a film projectionist who can’t afford to move out. The split-level set reveals the bedrooms of the couple and Adi’s parents on a floor above the living room and kitchen. It is a house in which every creak can be heard. Adi hasn’t shaken off his pre-wedding jitters and, despite the mediation of his mother, constantly feels pitted against the grandstanding of his brusque but good-hearted father. Meanwhile, Tasneem warms up to Adi’s younger brother, who has a crush on her. Matters come to a head when Tasneem tells her parents that she’s still a virgin, unwittingly opening the can of misgivings that both sets of in-laws have about their own marriages. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle-West (26149546). Tickets, Rs 200, Rs 250 and Rs 300.
Film
Sangitache Suvarnayug
6 May
Film-maker Anjali Kirtane’s docudrama charts developments in Indian music from 1850-1950, the last century of the colonial era, which deeply influenced the future of music in India. The film weaves together dramatic events, narration, interviews, old documents, photographs
and music to bring to life a dramatic period. There will be a discussion with the director after the screening.
6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Passes available at the venue on a first-come, first-served basis.
Azur and Asmar: The Princes’ Quest
10 May
The Princes’ Quest is a wondrous, if oversimplified, spin on the Arabian Nights series of West Asian stories that centre on two competitive boys from different backgrounds: Azur is the blonde, blue-eyed son of a nobleman, while olive-skinned Asmar is of Arabian descent and the son of Azur’s nanny, Jenane.
She reads them stories about an incarcerated djinn and they become so besotted with the tale that, years later, they compete in a quest to rescue the legendary pixie. But which lad will get there first?
6.30pm. Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Center, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
TOP PICK
Partners in Crime
12 May
City-based film-maker Paromita Vohra’s engaging and thought-provoking film stands at the intersection of copyright and its suggested alternative, copyleft. The documentary asks whether the dissemination of creative works should be governed by copyright—and thereby control—or whether they should be liberated from licences and royalties and made available to the public for free. Vohra throws more questions into the debate: How are artists supposed to make money if all their creations are made available for free? If art can be freely duplicated, what happens to the rights of the creator? The event will mark the Mumbai release of ‘Partners in Crime’, which was commissioned by the Delhi documentary producer and distributor Magic Lantern Foundation.
6pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
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First Published: Thu, May 05 2011. 09 48 PM IST