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Forgotten patron: Dara Shikoh
Forgotten patron: Dara Shikoh
Updated: Sun, Nov 23 2008. 11 15 PM IST
DELHI
Nightlife
Armin van Buuren
7 November
One of the top DJs in the world, Armin van Buuren, who is from the Netherlands, will spin some trance for his first performance in Delhi.
10pm. Bar SaVanh, Indochine, Aurobindo Marg, Lado Sarai (29523330). Call venue for cover charges.
Film
Offside
8 November
Forgotten patron: Dara Shikoh
Having (inevitably) had his films ‘The Circle’ and ‘Crimson Gold’ banned in Iran, Jafar Panahi again displays disdain for his censors with a righteously provocative critique of the Islamic Republic’s oppressive treatment of women. Prepared in advance and shot in a semi-documentary style on the day of the Iranian football team’s 2005 World Cup qualifying tie against Bahrain, it begins with a young girl on a bus travelling to the match in the company of excited male fans—the crucial difference being that, unlike them, she isn’t legally allowed to attend. Like other females—some of whom resort to dressing in drag in their determination to see the game—she must first persuade a tout to sell her a ticket, then avoid the body-search guards encircling the stadium, and then hope she won’t be betrayed by the male spectators… Iranian with subtitles, directed by Jafar Panahi. 1 hour 33 min. In collaboration with UTV World Movies.
7pm. Habitat World, IHC, Lodhi Road (24682222). Film club membership: Rs750 per annum.
Les Choristes (The Chorus)
12 November
This French box-office smash takes its cookie-cutter inspiration from the motivational piety and porridge of ‘Goodbye, Mr Chips’ and its clan. Framed as a photo-album memory dusted off by a veteran conductor and his childhood pal, it recalls the post-war season at Fond de l’Étang (“Rock Bottom”), a rural boardinghouse-cum-borstal, when the fusty shutters of the school’s authoritarian regime were eased open by an enlightened Samaritan pedagogue with hope for his charges’ hearts. French with subtitles, directed by Christophe Barratier. 1 hour 36 min.
9pm. Tabula Rasa, C-2 Square One Designer Arcade, fourth floor, District Centre, Saket (29562666).
Theatre
Dara Shikoh
8-9 November
Directed by M.S. Sathyu, best remembered for being the director of the 1973 multi-award winning film ‘Garam Hawa’, this play featuring members of the Indian People’s Theatre Association, will focus on incidents from the life of Dara Shikoh, elder brother of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Shikoh was not only a Sufi intellectual and quite secular (much to the dislike of Aurangzeb, who later had him killed) but also a patron of arts, music and dance.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). Tickets, Rs200-500, available at the venue .
Music
Violetta a Traviata
9 November
Good news for opera fans. Opera Piccolo from Palermo, Italy, will present an adaptation of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ — a melodrama in one act featuring four soloists and 11 musicians. The event is being organized by the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Neemrana Music Foundation.
7pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4 Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307).
Beste Tiknaz
13 November
Western classical music by Turkish artist Beste Tiknaz, who will take part in a solo viola performance.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
Art
Feathers of the same flock: From Carlos Amorales’ show
Glorious Days
Till 15 November
A large body of work by artist Zakkhir Hussain, including paintings and drawings that are largely rendered in mixed media, conte and watercolours on paper along with a series of serigraphs. The works deal with various contemporary issues, including urbanization, commercialization, man and nature. The figures and animals within the paintings are all deformed in one way or another, and this adds to the overall disturbing feel of the paintings.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178 Phase I, Okhla (65474005).
MUMBAI
Film
Quantum of Solace
From 7 November
It was always going to be tough to follow ‘Casino Royale’. Not only did the last Bond sweep out the cobwebs of the franchise and introduce Daniel Craig as a leaner, meaner, less camp 007, but after its success, the producers went a step further and hired a “roper”director, Marc Forster, known for quiet works such as ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Finding Neverland’, to keep the momentum going. The final break with tradition was that ‘Quantum of Solace’ (named after, but not based on a 1960 Ian Fleming short story) would be a sequel to ‘Casino Royale’, with the action beginning just an hour after the curtain fell on the last one, with Bond seething with anger and revenge following the death of his lover, Vesper. ‘Quantum of Solace’ is little else than action with scant room for charm, comedy or seduction. It’s the shortest Bond ever but with the same amount of airborne, watery and rooftop high jinx. The result? Lots of noise, little story, fantastic sets (although no fantastic sex: the one classic lovemaking scene is ruthlessly, almost perversely, cut short.)
Across cinemas
Art
Bird in Hand
From 7 November
Carlos Amorales has birds on his brain and this has been evident for years. Silhouettes of birds, masks of birds’ heads and mosaics depicting avian forms frequently appear in the works of the celebrated Mexican artist. “I guess the birds represent the self in a more indirect manner,” he suggested in an email interview with ‘Time Out’ Mumbai from Amsterdam. There may be some truth in this. Like birds, Amorales spends a lot of time in flight. If he isn’t hopping continents and countries, there’s always a flight of fantasy for Amorales to take as he creates his myth-inspired art.
In contrast, Praneet Soi’s works are solidly grounded in gritty reality, inspired by events such as Washington’s so-called War on Terror campaign in Iraq. This fortnight, these two worlds come together in exhibition titled ‘Bird in Hand’, organized by Project 88 and Galerie Yvon Lambert.
Monday, 2-7pm. Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7pm. Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).
Within the walls
From 8 November
For his new show ‘Within the Walls’, Abir Karmakar takes us deep into his world and confides in us his intimate desires. His favourite themes of alternative sexuality, eroticism and gender stereotypes recur, although the paintings feel more confessional this time. Karmakar contrasts the banality of lived-in rooms and characterless hotel rooms with scenes of alternative sexuality that verge on being titillating. In ‘Within the Walls II’, the ordinariness of a living room, complete with a pretty tea set on the table, is shattered by the fact that there is a man in a dress and strappy sandals posing for the nude man pretending to take a photograph of him. The bedside table of a hotel room, crowded with creams and bottles of water, goes from unremarkable to the site of something almost deviant when the nearby corner has a naked Karmakar on his knees, with his back to us.
Monday-Friday, 10am-6.30pm, Saturday, 11am-4pm. Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke 2, Sunny House, 16/18 Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Theatre
Antigone
9 November
In an unnecessary monologue to the play, ‘Antigone’ is compared, not very convincingly, to a modern jihadi. What follows is not a comment on Islamic fundamentalism, but a pared-down version of Jean Anouilh’s drama that zeroes in on the argument between its titular anti-hero (Ratna Pathak Shah) and Creon (Naseeruddin Shah). It’s a wise decision by director Satyadev Dubey who has, in the recent past, served up some truly egregious theatre. The play is fairly gripping despite going off the rails for a few minutes when it becomes a lit class, with Benjamin Gilani’s narrator lecturing on tragedy. It’s hard to take sides in the debate that forms the heart of the play. Is the dutiful Antigone right in wanting to give her dead brother Polynices a decent burial? Or is Creon justified in letting the corpse of his treacherous nephew rot outside city limits to assert his authority over Thebes? Shah and Pathak Shah make excellent sparring partners, keeping the audience in thrall with their verbal jousting.
6pm & 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu (26149546).
Music
Violetta a Traviata
12 November
Palmero’s Opera Piccolo performs ‘Violetta a Traviata’. A wine and cheese evening follows.
7pm. Jamshed Babha Theatre, NCPA.
Comedy
Breaking stereotypes:Usman
Azhar Usman
13 November
He wears a skullcap, he has a beard but no moustache, he’s on a mission, and he’s heading in your direction. We advise you to face him squarely—and with a smile. American-Muslim stand-up comedian Azhar Usman will be in Mumbai this fortnight to correct commonly held misperceptions about Muslims and Islam. Is your cooperative society refusing to rent out flats to Muslims? Do family members believe that all Muslims are jihadists? Take them to listen to Azhar.
2.30pm. American Center, 4, New Marine Lines, near Nirmala Niketan College (22624590).
BANGALORE
Music
Appreciation of Hindustani
Classical Music
7 November
Harmonium player Ravindra Katoti has accompanied such stalwarts of the classical world as Bhimsen Joshi, Jasraj, Gangubai Hangal, Shubha Mudgal and Ashwini Bhide. He will present a lecture demonstration on the appreciation of Hindustani classical music.
6.30pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage (25359680).
Neela Ramagopal
10 November
Fifteen years ago, when students of the legendary mridangam player T.A.S. Mani requested him to start a cultural institute in Koramangala to promote music, the area was all brambles, marshes and snakes. But an institution did take root, albeit with just 50 members, and the first Carnatic classical concert was held. Now, the Nadasurabhi Cultural Association boasts more than 500 members and Koramangala is home to just about the same number of software firms. The renowned vocalist Neela Ramagopal performs here at the 15th Annual Nadasurabhi Music Festival.
6pm. St John’s Auditorium, Mahayogi Vemana Road, Koramangala 3rd Block (2206-5070).
Theatre
Maya Bazaar
7 November
Directed by R. Nageswara Rao. Writer: Malladhi Venkata Krishna Sharma. Cast: R. Ganapati Rao, R. Ramprasad, R. Ravi Varma, R. Vasantha Rao, R. Jayachandra Varma, P. Dali Raju. 2 hours 15 min.
This epic drama narrates the love story of Seshirekha, the daughter of Lord Krishna’s elder brother, Balaram, and Abhimanyu, his sister Subhadra’s son. Central to the plot is the colourful character of Ghatodgaja, who uses his magical powers and ingenuity to bring the lovers together in the face of opposition. The play is a must-see for its innovative special effects on stage, including the descent of Narada on Earth and flying ‘ladoos’ that land in the mouth of the hungry Ghatodgaja. A true celebration of the theatricality characteristic of Company Theatre, ‘Maya Bazaar’ is run by members of the one family under a banner first established in 1885. To this day, Surabhi continues to tour Andhra Pradesh extensively, performing in pitched tents for months at a stretch.
2pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs70 (2pm), Rs100 (7.30pm).
Begum Barve
8 November
Written and directed by Satish Alekar. Cast: Mohan Agashe, Satish Alekar, Ramesh Medhekar and Chandrakant Kale. 2 hours.
This unusual Marathi play presents a complex narrative with just four characters—Begum Barve, a small-time female impersonator who has spent his life playing bit roles in the professional Marathi theatre of the early 20th century, his exploitative employer, Shyamrao, and two clerks, Jawdekar and Bawdekar. Trapped between sensuous longings and the sordid reality of their humdrum existence, they seek redemption in make-believe. Layers of space and time interweave and overlap in this powerfully haunting play, in which dreams and fantasy inevitably turn into nightmares.
2pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (2659-2777). Tickets, Rs 70 (2pm), Rs100 (7.30pm).
Dance
International Dance Alliance’s Dance Festival
8 November
Padma Murali of Padmalaya Centre for Performing Arts and the International Dance Alliance, Chennai, host the fifth year of their collaborative dance festival. The idea behind the festival is to give five dance groups the same theme and see how each group interprets it. This year’s theme is Utsav (festival). Two teams from Chennai, two from Bangalore and one from Madikeri will participate. This event is only by invitation; for invites, call 25589251.
6pm. ADA Rangamandira, JC Road (22219388).
Fitness & wellness
Intensive Reformer course
From 8 November
A 50-hour, six-day Stott certification course conducted by Ole Eugenio, teaching essential Pilates reformer workouts. Anjali Sareen, who is also Stott-certified, described the difference between using a mat and a reformer machine. “The mat is convenient enough to use anywhere and relies purely on your body’s strength, but the reformer allows you to adjust tension in the springs to modify and assist each movement.”
9am-6pm. The Zone Mind and Body Studio, 384, 1st Cross, 4th Block Koramangala (2552-9366). Rs80,000, taxes extra.
Kalaripayattu-Parkour workshop
8 November
According to David Belle, the founder of Parkour, martial arts are a form of training for the fight while Parkour is a form of training for the flight. Anmol Mothi will teach self-defence techniques of Kalaripayattu, and Ashwin Mohan will teach falls, landings and other movements from Parkour, a French activity meaning the art of movement.
For more details, call 9845393685. Rs5,000.
Art
Spirit of the Cities
11-15 November
Pascal Monteil’s idea of photography is similar to that of the Mexican Pedro Meyer, who showed here last fortnight and is known for his views about digitally manipulated images. Monteil, too, works with imaging software, and his speciality is in portraits composed as paintings. In a note for his next show in town, he said the idea was born from his “desire to show a glamorous India, Bangladesh and Iran”.
What he does is transpose characters from the streets of these countries to cities from other parts of the world. “I show these portraits with other creations mirroring and incarnating the soul of other cities in the worlds—Paris, Phnom Penh, Shanghai, Wien, Bangkok…”
The show will be followed by a workshop on creating photographic portraits. Monteil will get students to photograph portraits from art history, or choose works by Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, among others, and modify these images on computers.
Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm, Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar (4123-1345).
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DELHI
Music
Yamandú Costa
7 November
The phenomenal Brazilian who plays the seven-string guitar will play in the country for the first time. He will mostly play selections from his new album ‘Mafuá’. Expect various styles of music, including choro, bossa nova, gaucho and even Western classical, to be thrown into the mix.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, IHC, Lodhi Road (43663333). See ‘Sultan of Strings’.
MUMBAI
Around Town
Vetrina Italiana
Until 9 November
Italian job:A mock kitchen at Vetrina Italiana.
Mumbaikars will be able to walk through a modern Italian home without a Schengen visa. They will only have to get to Worli. That is where the Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IICCI) will set up Vetrina Italiana, a trade fair of Italian automotives, interiors, fashion, food, and services available in India.
10am-8pm. Nehru Centre, Annie Besant Road, Worli. Contact the IIICCI on 24368186 or email festaitaliana@indiaitaly.com for details. Entry free.
BANGALORE
Art
Haesaerts Sophie
7-13 November
Artist-in-residence Haesaerts Sofie from Brussels, Belgium, explores “sculptural composition” and ways of installing various elements in a specific space. These sculptural elements intersect with the various disciplines of industrial design, theatre-lighting and local handicraft. “This ‘game’ of creating different perspectives through the uncommon use of materials and forms is a central theme of her research. Sofie will soon present a series of explorations as part of her ongoing, ‘vertical studies against horizontal thoughts’ that defies gravity and construct objects, images and aspirations,” read a note.
Daily 10am-7pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Schedules are subject to change
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CONNECT
Shop
Silverline set up shop in Khan Market just over a year ago. The designs here are beautiful and the range is vast—antique-style pieces, ethnic designs and, refreshingly, a range of contemporary silver jewellery pieces. The store has a tie-up with international designers such as Bjørg, a Norwegian jewellery designer. It also stocks what the staff assures us are genuine antique pieces and traditional jewellery sourced from collectors. Now this might come as a surprise, but Silverline has a collection of contemporary gold jewellery.
7A, Khan Market, (24643017). Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-8pm.
Radhika Arora
Read
Deft and non-circumspect, Wineapple wades through barely preserved samples of parchment to dissect American poet Emily Elizabeth Dickinson’s poetic vocabulary and fathom Thomas Wentworth Higginson, former pastor, abolitionist and stalwart women’s suffragist. “The fantasy of isolation, the fantasy of intervention: they create recluses and activists, sometimes both, in us all,” she writes. Dickinson, in the biographer’s words, was “a genius of the faux-naïf variety, reclusive to be sure but more savvy than one might imagine, more self-conscious and sly, and certainly aware of her outsize talent”.
‘White Heat’, By Brenda Wineapple, Knopf, Rs1,266.
Jaideep Sen
See
‘EMI’, the movie, looks at the world of loans and debt recovery through a handful of characters, all of whom have defaulted on their payments. These include a father (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) who wants to educate his son (Pushkar Joag) in America, a widow (Urmila Matondkar) who is eyeing her late husband’s insurance money, a musician (Arjun Rampal) with a demanding girlfriend (Malaika Arora Khan), and a yuppie couple (Aashish Chaudhary and Neha Uberoi). Each of them owes money to Sattarbhai (Sanjay Dutt). Says Kabra, director of the film: “It’s a common man’s subject.” Nandini Ramnath
Play
PlayStation 3’s FaceBreaker is more of a super fast, button-mashing fighting game than it is a boxing experience. The controls are simple, but most often unresponsive. You can unleash high or low punches; a “haymaker”, “bonebreaker”, “skybreaker”, “groundbreaker” and a throw—that’s about it. The game, however, does look good, and customization preferences mean you can even adjust the cheekbones and eyebrows of the boxers. The fighting mechanics are quite bad, though, and it seems self-defeating having to press the buttons frantically to receive no immediate response. You can also download other people’s creations; such as Macaulay Culkin, Austin Powers and Kim Kardashian. Rs 2,499. Joshua Muyiwa
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First Published: Sun, Nov 23 2008. 11 15 PM IST