Through the Eyes of Gandhi
Till 30 January
This is a show of digital photography by Gautam Bhatia. It is all about how Gandhi was viewed by various people. Each image has a caption that explains the artist’s view and gives a context to the image. The New Delhi-based artist is a trained architect noted for his writings on the subject, as well as his work as a satirist. He studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, US, and has worked with Laurie Baker. His books include A Moment in Architecture; Chandigarh: The Making of an Indian City; and Whitewash: The Tabloid That is, About the India That Isn’t.
12.30-7pm (Mondays closed). Apparao Galleries, The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (41329163). For details, call 9686112075 or email email@example.com
Draupadi—Will My Spirit Live On?
The play follows Maya, a woman in contemporary India, whose life has parallels with the mythical heroine whom she eventually encounters in person. Maya (played by dancer Charu Shankar) starts out as an idealistic woman intent on making her marriage work, but a terrible event shatters her certainties. Draupadi (played by co-director and playwright Shivani Pasrich) helps Maya find her way.
Draupadi: Strong parallels.
Anjolie Ela Menon did the artwork for the play, designer Ritu Kumar created some of the costumes, designer and restorer Aman Nath worked on the set and the music was composed by Shubha Mudgal. 90 minutes
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets, Rs300, Rs600 and Rs1,000, available at the venue.
Nine Faces of Being
Till 23 January
When Chris arrives at a riverside resort in Kerala to meet Radha’s uncle, a famous Kathakali dancer, he enters a world of masks and repressed emotions. Strangely drawn to the thoughtful young man, Radha and her uncle eventually find themselves confronting dangerous truths about their own pasts. Written in nine scenes, this new play swells from the particular into a much wider exploration of the search for meaning in life and in art.
‘Nine Faces’ is the inaugural production of Jagriti, the intimate theatre space created by Arundhati and Jagadish Raja, which will include, apart from the main stage, a semi-outdoor stage, café, restaurant, bookshop, and rehearsal spaces. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
8pm (also 3.30pm on Sunday). Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield (28475373). For tickets, Rs250 (Rs600 inclusive of dinner), call 42064969. They are also available at the venue and on www.indianstage.in/events/nine_faces_of_being.html
“Darbuka” Siva Prakash on drums and percussion, Pradeep Vijaykumar on guitar and vocals, Keba Jeremiah on bass, Donan Murray on guitar and Subhiksha Rangarajan on vocals are Yodhakaa, a fusion band from Chennai who layer Sanskrit shlokas with musical influences from all over the world, including street drumming from Nigeria, Algerian Rai music,
Cuban Son, Brazilian Samba-canção and the music of the Wolof ethnic group from Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania.
8pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (42414000). Charges, Rs200.
Lecture on contemporary architecture
Noted Ahmedabad-based architect B. V. Doshi speaks about the practices in contemporary art and architecture as part of the CoLab-Goethe Lecture Series. Doshi has been described as a leading light of Indian architecture in the post-independence period and has worked on projects ranging from houses to institutions and townships. Having worked with Le Corbusier in the early part of his career, he went on to establish his own studio, Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies in Environmental Design, in 1955. He is also credited with setting up the School of Architecture in Ahmedabad and has been an educator all his life.
As with the other lectures in the series, this one will also look at the radical shift in the imagining of public space and notions of spatial equity.
6.30pm. National Gallery of Modern Art, 49, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Road (22201027).
Im Winter ein Jahr
This rooftop screening, a part of the Institut’s monthly get-together sessions, will be followed by discussions at Café Max. In this film by Caroline Link, Eliane and Thomas Richter face a crushing experience when their teenage son is killed in an accident. The grieving mother commissions a famous artist to paint a portrait of her son, based on photographs of the boy. The trouble is that she wants him painted alongside their daughter Lilli, a rebellious dance student, who thinks the idea is absurd. German, with English subtitles. 2 hours, 8 minutes.
6.15pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
Following the back-to-back bleakness of Brokeback Mountain and Lust, Ang Lee offers a breather in this 2009 film, a breezy, none-too-rigorous investigation into the men behind the iconic music festival. Taking Woodstock is a feather-light, broad comedy which swallows the hippie-dream propaganda whole; also a winningly un-cynical, warmly nostalgic tale. Gay, Jewish and desperately seeking purpose, Elliot Tiber leaves his New York City existence to help his parents with their rustic motel upstate. Hearing of a major rock festival seeking a home, Elliott offers his small hometown as venue.
Touching reality: A scene from Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, which will be screened at the Suchitra Film Society.
6.45pm. Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, Banashankari 2nd Stage (26711785). Free for members.
Bollywood ka Salaam…1950s ke Naam
In theatre group Ekjute’s latest production, Nadira Zaheer Babbar goes back to the 1950s, one of the most illustrious decades of Indian cinema, and comes up with moments of innocent amusement and heightened drama from the black and white era. The play’s appeal lies chiefly in the era’s melodious songs, the naive characters, and their beliefs and values.
The story is about a foreign-returned aristocratic boy who falls for the village belle, to opposition from their warring families. Directed and written by Nadira Zaheer Babbar. 2 hours, 30 minutes.
6.30pm. National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs200, Rs240, Rs320, Rs400 and Rs500, available at the venue.
Hridayesh Arts Festival
Kaushiki Chakraborty, daughter and disciple of the eminent classical singer Ajoy Chakraborty, will perform alongside other promising young artistes such as Rahul Deshpande, Sanjeev Abhyankar, Vinita Gangoli and Aman Ali Khan, son and pupil of sarod player Amjad Ali Khan. Musicians such as Hariprasad Chaurasia, Shiv Kumar Sharma, Pandit Jasraj and Rashid Khan will also be part of the festival. Chakraborty sings in the Patiala gharana tradition.
5.30pm. Sathaye College Grounds, Dixit Road, Vile Parle-East (26141149). Tickets, Rs150, Rs300, Rs400, Rs500 and Rs700, available at Dinanath Mangeshkar Natyagraha (26125568).
Fabric Art of Krishna exhibition
17 January-6 February
Cloth works featuring the Hindu god Krishna from different parts of the country are the focus of this exhibition. The works are drawn from scholar Harsha Dehejia’s collection of Krishna art.
Family ties: The artist reflects on middle-class life.
10am-6pm. Curator’s Gallery, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, MG Road (22844519).
Till 27 January
When Sudhir Patwardhan became a grandfather in September 2008, he didn’t quite anticipate the changes his grandson would bring to his art. But the experience of being a grandparent has turned into an exhibition that showcases the artist’s reflections on family life—birth and death, the relationship between a husband and wife and the experience of being a son, father and grandfather. The exhibition ‘Family Fiction’ features 46 paintings and drawings made over the last two years, which depict the scenes unfolding inside middle-class homes. The works may be glimpses into the life of Patwardhan’s family, but they provide a poignant look at the universal experience of family life among the urban middle class.
10.30am-7pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, near Regal Cinema, Colaba (66103424).
Vasant J Sheth Memorial Lecture
The Vasant J Sheth Foundation will organize the memorial lecture, “Financial Crises: Lessons of History”, by Liaquat Ahamed. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World will talk about the lessons to be learnt from the history of financial meltdowns.
7pm. Rangaswar Hall, Fourth floor, Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium, Gen. Jagannath Bhosale Marg, Nariman Point.
Art of the Small
Till 18 January
Tejas Gallery presents an exhibition of small artworks and paper works by Kolkata-based artists, including Dhiren Sasmal, Atish Mukherjee, Arnab Basu, Viraag Desai, Tonmoy Roy, Tarun Chakraborty, Goutam Sarkar, Anjan Bhattacharya and Deborshi Ash.
Small wonder: A painting displayed Art of the Small
12.30-7.30pm (Sunday closed). Tejas Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road (9830049825)
Birla Academy annual exhibition
Till 30 January
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture is presenting its 44th annual exhibition, with the works of 450 artists shortlisted from around 1,100 works from all over India. The works include oils, acrylics, watercolours and sketches, and will be displayed at the academy’s five galleries.
3-8pm. (closed on 23, 26 January and Mondays). Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue (24662843/ 6802). For details, log on to www.birlaart.com
The elite Tollygunge Club and Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts will present Interface, a fusion concert by santoor player Rahul Sharma and tabla player Bikram Ghosh. They will be accompanied by Aatur Soni on the keyboard and Arun Kumar on drums.
7-9pm. Tollygunge Club, 120, Deshapran Sasmal Road. Passes available at WSCA, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Wikipedia 10th anniversary celebration
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, turns 10 on Saturday. Seagull Arts presents three talks—“10 Things You May Not Know About Wikipedia” by Bishakha Datta, documentary film-maker and member, board of trustees, Wikimedia Foundation; “Know About the World’s 6th Most Spoken Language: Bengali Wikipedia” by Jayanta Nath, administrator and editor, Bengali Wikipedia; and “Crowdsourcing 101: Wikipedia’s Role in Teaching and Vice-Versa” by Rimi B. Chatterjee, novelist, academic, and editor, English Wikipedia.
4.30pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road (24556942/43).
Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival 2011
The Apeejay Surrendra Group presents the second edition of the annual Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, in which students from 11 schools will present plays on the theme Indian Youth in Search of a Hero. Two Books, One Little Finger by
Malini Chib and India: A Portrait by Patrick French, will be launched. Three readings and discussions are scheduled—“An Evening in Karachi”, with Pakistani writers Shehryar Fazli, Nighat Gandhi, Bina Shah and Anjum Katyal; “City as Muse”, with Mani Shankar Mukherjee, Syeda Imam, Santosh Desai, Zac O’Yeah, Alexandra Buchler and Nandita Palchoudhuri, moderated by Bachi Karkaria; and “Migrations, Connections and Identities”, with Shailja Patel and Saugata Bose.
Timings and venues vary. For details, log on to http://kolkatalitfest.in or call 9007170852.
Village Heritage Festival 2011
DakshinaChitra presents a festival of art, culture and heritage. Besides a craft bazaar featuring items from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, there will be a Thappattam dance performance by R. Rangarajan from Thanjavur and a puppet show, Pava Kathakali, daily by Srinivasan and troupe. The in-house canteen will serve delicacies from the region.
Drumming it: Performers at the Village Heritage Festival 2011.
11-noon, 3-4pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Charges (per day), Rs90 for adults and Rs20 for children.
For a Better Tomorrow
Skyhigh Mediaworkz and Transformers, an NGO, presents a short film and photography contest. The themes include resource for life (fuel, electricity, water); pollution (smoke, noise and plastic); ways to provide education; and social and health hazards (smoking, AIDS, corruption, etc). The top 10 films selected will be screened on the same day; this will be followed by a prize-giving ceremony.
126, First floor, PTC, Thoraipakkam (9894069123). The last date for applications is 15 January.
Till 16 January
Restaurant ID (idli dosa) is hosting a special Pongal spread of ‘chakkarai pongal’ (sweet pongal), vegetarian pongal, ‘rava pongal’, ‘keerai vada’ (‘vada’ with greens), ‘medhu vada’ and ‘paruppu payasam’ (‘dal kheer’).
1-11pm. ID, First floor, Sathyam Cinemas, Royapettah (43920346). Charges, Rs120 per person (taxes extra).
Mixed media on paper
Till 24 January
West Bengal-based artist Bibekananda Santra will showcase his abstract, mixed media work on paper in this exhibition, showcasing his expertise in using strokes and colours to portray different emotions and themes.
Abstract: Santra’s artwork.
11am-6pm. The Faraway Tree, 7, Rutland Gate, 6th Street, Nungambakkam (42323243).
Raja Dharsini (disciple of Sheela Unnikrishnan) and Trupthi S. (disciple of V. P. and Shanta Dhananjayan) will showcase their favourite Bharatanatyam recitals. The two dancers will bring down the curtain on the 59th Art Festival, which started on 11 December.
5.45pm onwards. Mylapore Fine Arts Club, 45, Musiri Subramaniam Road, Mylapore (24997755). Tickets, Rs100, Rs200 and Rs300, available at the venue.
Yuvan in Concert
Musician and singer Yuvan Shankar Raja, son of legendary music director Ilayaraja, will perform live along with some of the best playback singers in the business, including Shankar Mahadevan, Karthik, Shreya Ghoshal, Javed Ali, Andrea, Vijay Yesudas, Harish Raghavendra, Rahul Nambiar, Haricharan, Tanvi Shah, Suvi Suresh and Madhumitha.
6.30pm. Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) College Grounds, Nandanam.
The annual festival of the Society for the Upliftment of National Arts of India is dedicated to Indian classical dances, performed by young professionals. Some of the highlights of the festival are Sri Lankan folk dances by the Ranranga Dance Academy, Bharatanatyam recital by Vijay Kumar from Chennai and performances by members of the Delhi-based group Abhinayaa and Triveni Kala Sangam. Day 2 will feature a repeat performance of the Sri Lankan folk dances, followed by Kuchipudi by Yamini Saripalli from Washington, DC, and Hithaishy Dhanan from Bangalore. The other performances of the day are a Kathak recital by Sulanga Roy and Ruchika and her troupe.
Day 3 highlights include a seminar on “Holistic development of the Indian classical dances on the mind and body of the learner” and Odissi by Kolkata-based Niladri Mohanty and Sabitri Mallick.
5.30pm onwards. Azad Bhavan Auditorium, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), IP Estate (23370698).
Flashpoint: Human Rights Film Festival
Expect to be shaken and stirred at Flashpoint, a three-day festival of documentaries about human rights that will be organized by Solaris Pictures, Magic Lantern Foundation and Movies That Matter. Movies to be screened include The Sari Soldiers, in which Julie Bridgham assesses the recent constitutional crisis in Nepal through the eyes of women, and Song for Amine, about Algeria’s war against its religious extremists. Other movies include Women in White, in which Gry Winther explores the crackdown on political dissidents in Cuba through dramatic reconstructions.
Timings vary. Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200). For the complete schedule, log on to http://flashpointfilmfestival.blogspot.com/2010/11/schedule.html
Raga to Reels
Utsav Lal is one of those Hindustani classical musicians who play the piano. Here, he will perform with Sam Comerford, a traditional Irish flautist. The two musicians will perform in their own styles, trying to find elements that bind their music.
Finding Common ground: Utsav Lal (left) with Irish flautist Sam Comerford
7pm. The Ballroom, The Oberoi, Dr Zakir Hussain Marg (24363030). For passes, log on to www.utsavlal.com
17 January- 28 February
A show of works by members of the Progressive Artists Group (PAG), including S. H. Raza and M. F. Husain. It’s the first time since 1950 that PAG is having a full reunion, with 250 paintings at ‘Continuum’, at the renovated Delhi Art Gallery. A 332-page book, ‘Continuum: The Progressive Artists’ Group’, will also be launched. The book has been published with six variations of the cover, each representing an artist.
11am-7pm. Delhi Art Gallery, 11, Hauz Khas Village (46005300).
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