Get ready to rock with this triple-bill, featuring Delhi rock veterans Parikrama along with punk duo Seven Degrees, comprising Rashmi Upadhyay (vocal, drums) and J.P. Dangmann (vocals, guitars) and Bridge To Elsewhere from Gurgaon, which is into classic and alternative rock.
8pm. QashQai Kitchen and Bar, M-89/90, Connaught Place, Outer Circle (43507880). Metro: Rajiv Chowk. Entry, Rs150.
Dilliwali Abhishruti Bezbaruah, who is currently studying sound engineering in Mumbai, will be in the city for a Hindustani vocal recital. A promising vocalist barely out of her teens, she is one of the favourite disciples of Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (2715000).
The maiden appearance in the capital by one of Sri Lanka’s best known hard rock bands. Central to the band’s music are the political, economic and sociocultural issues that Lankan youth face.
10pm. Hard Rock Café, M-110, Multiplex Building, first floor, DLF Place, District Centre, Saket (47158888). Entry, Rs250. For cover charges, call the venue.
Works by photographer Sunil Gupta from 2004 till now, including the New Pre-Raphaelite and the Love and Light series. In the recent New Pre-Raphaelite, series (2007-09), Gupta uses portraiture to highlight the desires of homosexuals.
Like the mid-19th century, when pre-Raphaelites, a group of English painters who contested the stifling norms of their times, Gupta focuses on sensuality and the arrangement of the body to visualize a modern Indian queer identity. The
Love and Light series, a set of eight diptychs, is also concerned with same-sex love and includes an autobiographical note about the possibility of love after a diagnosis of HIV-positive.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Vadehra Art Gallery, D-178, Phase I, Okhla (65474005).
Namito is a German-Iranian producer and DJ living in Berlin. He believes there is no other city in the world right now that could compete with the music scene in Berlin, where he has been living since 1985. According to him, his sound reflects the different influences he has encountered in his life.
“The groove is the body and obviously, electronic and European. But just like a human being, there is more than the pure body…the soul of my music, most definitely, is Asian. I love to use Persian or Indian samples. Not always, but again and often,” he says.
Pure, Kuki XO, E-7, Greater Kailash II, Masjid Moth, Commercial Centre (29225241). For timings and entry charges, call the venue.
Directed by Dinesh Ahlawat, this play finds friends Ravi and Charkha in a complex web of intrigue when they tell their landlord that Ravi is married. Chaos ensues when they hire an actor to play the wife’s role.
4pm and 7pm. Little Theatre Group auditorium, Copernicus Marg, next to Kamani auditorium (23389713). Metro: Mandi House. Tickets, Rs100-300, available at the venue. For details, contact 9811252751 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alliance Française is exhibiting cartoons by Hemant Morparia.
10am-5.30pm, daily. Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (22035993).
Waltz with Bashir
Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir is a visually dazzling animated memoir from Israel, which details the director’s experiences as a soldier fighting in Lebanon in 1982. The bulk of the film is made up of reminiscences from the conflict that are later revealed to be the lead-up to the Sabra and Shatila massacres, triggered by the assassination of the Lebanese president-elect, Bashir Gemayel.
Sourav Sarangi spent 14 months shooting the hardscrabble lives of Bilal, a three-year-old boy, and his blind parents.
The Kolkata film-maker then spent nearly two years shaping 160 hours of footage into an 88-minute narrative. The intimate shooting style and the honesty of Sarangi’s subjects suck you in. Bilal, which has won acclaim and awards at several international and national festivals, is being screened in Mumbai this fortnight. Organized by Vikalp.
6.30pm. Alliance Française, Theosophy Hall, 40, New Marine Lines (22036187).
In the presentation See the Music, Hear the Dance: The Word in Melody and Movement, Alarmel Valli, one of India’s leading Bharatanatyam dancers, aspires to make viewers “see the music, hear the dance” through her abhinaya, a dance style that focuses on expressions. Valli will perform padams and javalis, or lyrical poems.
6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs200 and Rs300
Slam and music
Brooklyn slam poet Celena Glenn teams up with the Swiss jazz pianist Leo Tardin and percussionist Karsh Kale for a breakbeat and poetry-led performance.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs500.
The Al Pitcher Picture Show
Al Pitcher has found the perfect format for a travelling comedy show. The New Zealander randomly picks a neighbourhood in the city in which he is to perform, and on the morning of The Al Pitcher Picture Show, wanders around with a digital camera, clicking whatever captures his eye. The best 60 shots make it to that day’s show, giving Pitcher an opportunity to connect with his audience using local humour. What will he shoot in Mumbai?
8.30pm. St Andrew’s Auditorium, St Andrew’s College, St Dominic Road, Bandra (W) (26418550). Tickets available at venues. Click here or call 39895050.
The most senior exponent of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana, Dhondutai Kulkarni came into the limelight last year, thanks to the release of The Music Room, a splendid semi-fictional book by one of her former students, journalist Namita Devidayal. The book is based on Kulkarni’s experiences as the only student of the legendary Kesarbai Kerkar. The 79-year-old singer is a storehouse of rare ragas, and this fortnight she will perform a few of them.
Kulkarni almost never repeats the ragas she sings, and in most performances, she stops to explain what she’s singing and dwells on the nuances of a particular passage or raga.
8pm. JSS Auditorium, JSS Campus, 1st Main Road, 38th Cross, Jayanagar, 8th Block (26549394). Tickets, Rs49.
Rock and jazz gigs
A handful of popular rock bands will perform in the city this week—three of which take over the stage at Opus. Pentagram, Mumbai’s best known rock act, comes to town on 11 September at 7.30pm, followed by folk and fusion band Swarathma on 12 September at 7.30pm, and jazz veteran Louiz Banks in concert with Gerard Machado on 13 September, also at 7.30pm. City-based alternative and metal core act Synaps will play at Kyra on 11 September at 7.30pm. The newly forged rock act Parachute XVI will perform in support of their EP, Sodium Trail on 17 September at 8.30pm at Hard Rock Café.
Opus, 4, 1st Main, off Palace Cross Road, Chakravathy Layout (23442580). Kyra, 2001, Katti-Ma Centre, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (43419999). Entry, Rs249. Hard Rock Café, 40, St Mark’s Road (41242222). For entry charges, call the venue.
Till 15 September
Photographer Shibu Arakkal is showing a series that resulted from a collection of photographs he took of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 2007. After a few visits to the tower, Arakkal says his intention was to “be more analytical and, for the lack of a better word, more surgical” in his fresh attempts.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Time and Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117). Click here for more information .
Till 30 September
The first time Pavan Kumar K.J. found himself surrounded by gujari (scrap) was when he was in school, sent out on an assignment with a sketch pad. The impression never left the Mysore-based photographer and part-time musician (he’s a percussionist and backing vocalist of the fusion band Swarathma).
Years later, after his studies in fine art at the Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts in the city, Kumar found himself drawn to those ramshackle old haunts again. This time, intent on “technical and artistic challenges”, Kumar says he wanted to explore the life in the junkyard. The outcome: his new works.
10.30am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230). Click here for more information.
Aishwarya Nityananda will perform a solo Bharatanatyam recital. She will begin with a mallari, an invocatory piece, and follow this with a shiva stuti. The third piece is a varnam (histrionic piece) composed by Dwarki Krishnaswami titled Bhuvana Sundaranna, which is set to the shringara rasa (erotic mood) and shows the nayika (female protagonist) extolling the virtues of Krishna to her sakhi (friend).
The next piece is a devaranama (devotional song) titled Aada Hodalle Makkalu, which has the child Krishna complaining to his mother Yashoda that the children of Dwarka are teasing him. The penultimate piece uses extracts from Jayadeva’s Gita Govindam. The first extract is titled Yahimadhava, where the dancer will portray Radha as an angry heroine, and in the second extract, titled Priye Charusheele, she will portray Krishna attempting to pacify Radha. She will end with a thillana, or a pure dance sequence.
6.30pm. Yavanika, YMCA, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).
The Big Laugh festival
The first comedy festival of its kind in India, The Big Laugh festival brings performances by international comedians to the city this week, along with workshops on stand-up comedy and a talent hunt. One of the comics, Aron Kader, grew up as a Palestinian Mormon in Hollywood. His background was also the reason for his worst performance ever, a local TV show one month after 9/11. Indian comic Papa C.J. was a finalist in the American TV show Last Comic Standing and has played in North America, Europe and Africa. C.J.’s biggest peeve is being asked to come up with a joke when people find out his profession. “Next time, I’ll tell them I’m a boxer and see if they ask me to punch them around a bit,” he says.
8.30pm. Jyothi Nivas College auditorium, Hosur Road (25530137). Tickets, Rs1,500, Rs1,250, Rs1,000 and Rs500, available at Bookmyshow.
— By Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
First Films Festival
The Alliance Française de Madras, in association with the Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, is presenting a festival on the first films of French directors. The five movies being screened are Barakat! (Enough!), La Tête de Maman (In Mom’s Head), 7 Ans (7 Years), 13 M^2 (13 sq. m) and Dans les Cordes (On the Ropes).
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Madras (auditorium), No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
UTV film festival
Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation, in association with UTV World Movies, is organizing a film festival. Two movies will be screened. One is an Iranian film, The Song of Sparrows, and the other is Amelie, a French film. The Song of Sparrows, directed by Majid Majidi, shows the transformation of a farmer, and the change in his values, when he moves from his village to Tehran. Amelie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, tells the story of Amelie, who is searching for the meaning of life, and how she goes about finding happiness.
6.15pm and 8.15pm. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 606, Anna Salai (65163866).
Elephas Maximus is the scientific name of the Asian elephant. The Alliance Française de Madras is screening a documentary series by writer Prajna Chauta and director Philippe Gautier, who have filmed elephants in the forests of Karnataka from close proximity.
This will help the audience understand these animals better.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Madras (auditorium), No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Till 13 September
DakshinaChitra is organizing a festival to celebrate the tradition and culture of Karnataka. Events include performances by Somana Kunita (mask dance) artists and a display of golu (dolls) in Karnataka House at DakshinaChitra.
Also on display will be crafts and textiles from the state. You can also taste the delicacies of Karnataka cuisine at DakshinaChitra’s restaurant, Kanali Arusuvai Arasu.
10am-6pm. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (24462435).
Hamara Shakespeare Festival 2009
Till 15 September
Prakriti Foundation is conducting a theatre festival that looks at Shakespeare and his plays in a slightly different light, as interpreted by Indian actors and directors. It features Anurupa Roy’s Almost Twelfth Night (based on Shakespeare’s original play Twelfth Night), K.V. Akshara’s Lear Lahari in Kannada (based on King Lear), About Caliban: Also about Colombo by Parnab Mukherjee and Loyola College students (based on a character in The Tempest) and Rajat Kapoor’s Hamlet—The Clown Prince (based on The Hamlet).
7pm. At different venues. For details, call 66848506.
—By Indranil Bhoumik
Somewhat Different (Anders als immer)
12 September-16 October
The power of convention is illustrated in an exhibition of contemporary design by 67 designers and studios, 47 of them based in Germany, and the rest in other European countries such as Denmark, France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.
3-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, first and fourth floor, 108, Southern Avenue. For details, call 24666802.
Till 16 September
Aditi Saraogi, who says she is greatly influenced by nature and its myriad forms, is exhibiting her works at the Weavers Studio. “There is movement and dance everywhere, and this is what I try to convey through my creations,” she says.
10am-7pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place. Also open on Sundays.
Till 19 September
Emotionally stirring and contemporary visual art works that resonate the colours of nature and human emotion make this exhibition worth watching. Quirky fusion and the flow of light in abstract contexts are some of the highlights. The participating artists include Subrata Saha, Aditya Basak, Sukanta Das, Subrata Gangopadhyay, Subrata Das, Suhas Roy, Samir Paul, Bratin Khan, Subrata Pal, Gourango Beshai, Sibsaday Chaudhuri and others.
10.30am–6.30pm. 15, Dover Road, near Taaja Restaurant. Click here for details or call 9831005003. Sundays by appointment.
At a time when verse drama was enjoying a revival in Europe, Rabindranath Tagore emerged from a self-imposed hiatus in writing plays and began searching for a language distinctly prosaic in nature. This phase of play writing by the maestro began with Sharodutsav and reached its peak with Dakghar. Simple and down to earth, Dakghar is pregnant with layers of insinuations. The protagonist is Amal, an ailing orphan desperate to see the world, and not become a scholar confined to books. Walking towards inevitable death, Amal still finds the time to form strong bonds with the people he meets. The play revolves around his “wait” to be called by the king, his beliefs, loves and a dream to see everyone around him happy. Directed by Koushik Sen.
7pm. Sujata Sadan, No. 7, Hazra Road. For details, call 9903185680. Tickets, Rs30 and Rs50.
Dance for Divine
Eminent dancer Sanchita Bhattacharya will release an Odissi dance DVD, Upholding the Golden Heritage of India, to mark the golden jubilee of Indian Oil Corp. in the city. The release will be followed by a live Odissi performance.
6pm. The Stadel Boutique Hotel, Yuba Bharati Krirangan, Gate No. 3. For details, call 9874140712.
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