Histories of Half Sole
Fernan Cardama from Andalucia, Spain, presents a show with objects as actors. Look out for a version of ‘Red Riding Hood’ performed by shoes. All ages. Part of the Sixth Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival. 6.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets Rs100 and Rs200, available at the Habitat programme desk (4366-3333).
This fortnight, young director Neel Chaudhuri brings us a doubleheader—a play about a play and an improvised piece, titled ‘Mouse and Positions #2’. Chaudhuri, a graduate of St Stephen’s College and Warwick University, has recently moved back to New Delhi and has hit the ground running in the Delhi theatre circuit. Having directed and conducted several plays and readings in the last year, this fortnight’s performances are particularly important for Chaudhuri as they are both written and directed solely by him. 6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building (2374-6050).
18th New Delhi World Book Fair
From 2 February
The much-awaited biennial New Delhi World Book Fair is back, bringing together almost 1,300 publishers, retailers and other participants from India and elsewhere. This makes it one of the largest book fairs in the world (second only to the Frankfurt Book Fair) and the largest fair of its kind in Asia. The concept of a “Guest of Honour” was introduced over the last few years to emphasize and promote literature of a particular country—It’s Russia this year. 11am-8pm. Pragati Maidan (2337-1801).
Amit Heri Group + HFT
The Bangalore-based jazz-fusion guitarist and composer will share the bill with the loose-and-easy jazz-rock trio. 8pm. Q’BA, E-45, Middle Circle, Connaught Place. Tickets at Rs500, include two complimentary drinks (4151-2888).
Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar + Amit Mukherjee
“Dialogues of Faith”, presented in collaboration with The Attic, will begin with a talk by Ustad Dagar on the Dagarvani school. This will be followed by a talk-cum-performance by Amit Mukherjee, former executive director of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, disciple of Shankar Mazumdar, one of the foremost disciples of Ustad Amir Khan. Mukherjee will focus on religious synthesis in classical music. 6.30pm. India International Centre auditorium, 40, Max Muller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431).
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
The Jaipur-based Grammy-winning Mohan veena exponent makes time for the Capital out of a busy international touring schedule. 10am. The Shri Ram School, Hamilton Court Complex, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon.
Azur et Asmar
This animation film tells the story of Azur, a blond boy with blue eyes, and Asmar, who has dark hair and dark eyes. They are both brought up by Asmar’s mother, who is Azur’s nanny. As kids, they fought and loved each other as brothers do. As grown-ups, they are merciless rivals in the quest for the djinn’s fairy, in a medieval Maghreb, full of dangers, magic spells and wonders. The film is part of the Sixth French Film Festival being organized by the embassy of France in India and Fun Cinemas.
8pm. Fun Cinemas, V3S Mall, East Centre, Plot No 10, Main Vikas Marg, Laxmi Nagar District Centre (95120-4040404).
As biopic movie-meat, this extraordinary true story aches with subtext: 1970s Harlem drug lord Franck Lucas built an empire on a killer market force—smuggling low-cost, high-impact heroin right through the fog of the Vietnam war. It’s worth epic treatment, all 157 minutes of it. And, right from the title, Ridley Scott guns for nothing less than 21st century’s first great crime saga. Like much of his oeuvre, Scott’s scaled-up movie is bigger than life, and lesser for it. But while never digging deeply or darkly enough to match its own grand vision of itself, slick technique drives the story forward with pace and style. In major theatres.
Ustad Alla Rakha Khan Barsi Concert
This annual day-long concert, which comprises three sessions, pays tribute to the memory of legendary tabla player Alla Rakha Khan on his death anniversary. The morning session features Benaras gharana singers Rajan and Sajan Mishra, a special performance by some of Khan’s students and a recital by Duff Ratif. The afternoon session, beginning at 11.30am, will include a mridangam solo by Umayalapuram K. Sivaraman, a tabla solo by Suresh Gaitonde and a drum solo by acclaimed American jazz and rock musician Vinnie Colaiuta. The evening session, which starts at 6.30pm, comprises a performance by famed international musicians, banjo player Bela Fleck and bassist Edgar Meyer, and a jam session, featuring the visiting artists, that will be led by Khan’s son, Zakir Hussain. 6.30am. Shanmukhananda Hall, Plot No. 292, Comrade Har Bans Lal Marg, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (E) (2407-8888). Passes available at Rhythm House and at the venue (2284-2835).
Dreams That Money Can Buy
Dada film theorist Hans Richter’s renowned 1947 film includes contributions by Man Ray, Max Ersnt, Marchel Duchamp and Alexander Calder. The film will be screened as part of the Kala Ghoda Arts festival. 4pm. (Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes). Gallery Beyond, 130/132, Great Western Building, First Floor, opposite Lion Gate, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Fort (2283-7345).
Thukral and Tagra
From 5 February
In 2003, Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra launched Bosedk, using the slightly anglicized version of a Hindi swear word as a label for a line that has everything from clothes to bottles to vodka. Their icon is the Punjabi boy, generally considered the antithesis of anything sophisticated. Thukral and Tagra, who call themselves “hybrid designers”, turn items as eclectic as wallpapers and blazers into art. For those buying their works, it’s valuable and flauntable. Bottles of Hershey’s chocolate sauce with portraits of surly Punjabi boys on them may not seem like high art but if they carry the stamp of Thukral and Tagra, it’s as high as it gets. They might induce giggles at first but it’s a critique of the frenetic consumerism that the duo see around them in their hometown Delhi and its suburbs with its mushrooming malls. (Mon-Sat) 11am-7pm. Chatterjee & Lal gallery, 01/18, First Floor, Kamal Mansion, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (6521-5105).
A 20-something bamboo flute virtuoso, Shashank was a student of the violin till the age of six. A remarkable and young talent, he has performed on stage with some of the biggest names of our age, from Pandit Jasraj to John McLaughlin and Pandit Zakir Hussain.
Shashank usually plays with a group of five accompanists: a violinist, a mridangam player, a ghatam player, a moorsing player and a tambura player. Part of SPIC MACAY Fest 2008. 5.30pm. School of Planning and Architecture, 4, Block B, Indraprastha Estate (2684-3609).
The heavy metal stalwarts launch their ‘Somewhere Back In Time’ world tour in Mumbai. Expect a set list dominated by tracks from their albums from the 1980s, ‘Piece Of Mind’, ‘Powerslave’, ‘Somewhere In Time’ and ‘Seventh Son of a Seventh Son’, and sets from the 1984-85 ‘Powerslave Tour’. The opening acts include the winners of Campus Rock Idols 2007, Chennai college rockers Nervewreck, Indi-rock stalwarts and Maiden’s good friends Parikrama and bassist Steve Harris’ daughter, singer Lauren Harris. Gates open at 4pm. MMRDA Grounds, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (E). Tickets available at all Planet M and Baskin Robbins outlets, Movie Empire, Carter Road, Bandra (W). Call Ticketpro on 1800-425-1115 or 080-2520-1115 for telebooking or log on to ‘www.ticketpro.in’ to book online.