The play is directed by Arvind Gaur and the cast includes Mallika Sarabhai, Viren Basoya, Shilpi Marwahai, Revanta Sarabhai, Anahita Sarabhai, Raj Sharma and others. Based on Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Woman of Setzuan, this Hindi adaptation investigates gender stereotypes and other symptoms of a society eating away at itself. Mallika Sarabhai plays the titular character, who must adopt the persona of Ramlal, a man, in order to survive.
It’s magic: Coat Tales by Furlong
6.30pm. Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House. Tickets, Rs 50-200, available at the venue. For details, call 9540656537/9911013630.
A boy gains possession of a coat that gives him magical storytelling powers. Three scholars attempt to construct a tiger, without a care for the consequences. These fables, some centuries old, are being retooled for a generation more interested in PlayStations than Amar Chitra Kathas, in a new production called Coat Tales, directed by Pauline Furlong.
7.30pm (10 September) and 3.30pm and 7.30pm (11 September). Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). Tickets, Rs 400, available at the venue.
Antariksha Sanchar is a thematic dance production on the evolution of aircraft. Choreographed by Jayalakshmi Eshwar, it is a Bharatanatyam-based item with a few Chhau elements. Eshwar is inspired by ancient Sanskrit literature, which has descriptions of flying machines under the generic term of yantra saravasva. She also draws theoretical references from Tamil texts from the second century. Antariksha Sanchar will portray three types of aeronautics: those who flew using supernatural powers, those who manufactured and used flying machines and those who made the yantra, the spacecraft.
6pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (23388084).
Ek Prem Parichay—Kathak
Richa Gupta and her troupe will present the dance drama Krishnagri—Ek Prem Parichay, choreographed by Swapan Majumdar. It is a short story of love and devotion of Krishna’s life and it has been written and conceptualized by Gupta with music by Pandit Jwala Prasad. The songs have been sung by Suresh Wadekar, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Prasad, Ghanshyam Gangani and Rupa Gupta. The bol-padant (narrative that accompanies the dance) is by Manoj Gangani.
6pm. Kamani Auditorium (23388084).
Open Frame 2010
Open Frame, the international documentary film festival organized by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, will focus on the concept, practice, exercise and diverse experiences of people’s rights across the world. The event will begin with a film appreciation workshop by Suresh Chabria of the Film and Television Institute of India. The workshop will draw attention to some aspects of cinematic narration and mise en scene with representative examples from classic and contemporary films.
The festival will also screen films such as Certified Universal by Avijit Mukul Kishore. It follows an impressionistic sketch of “the public” as created by our cinema and its relationship with cinema itself.
10am onwards (the schedule for each day may vary). India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). For the complete schedule, log on to www.psbt.org/general/programme
A Single Man
Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel, A Single Man, visits one day in the life of George, a gay British expat and middle-aged literature teacher in 1962 Los Angeles. We learn gradually that George lost his younger partner, Jim, in a car crash and discover much later that this is a significant day for George. In this film by director Tom Ford, we follow George (Colin Firth) closely from morning to night. We watch as he gives a lesson on Aldous Huxley and join him during a drunken evening at the home of his soulmate and compatriot, Charlotte (Julianne Moore). Firth’s portrayal of a man repressing his grief while being unable to repress his instinct for love and for life is moving, while Ford’s balancing of depth and surface is precarious but ultimately winning. 1 hour 41 minutes.
6pm. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23316341).
Till 17 September
A collection of paintings by Birendra Pani, based on traditional art and dance forms and the architecture of Orissa. Pani superimposes modern-day motifs, such as razor blades, tools and highway milestones, over images of temple sculptures and other relics to comment on the indifference with which historical monuments are treated.
10.30am-6pm (Sundays closed). Gallery Sumukha, 24/10, BTS Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22292230).
The Bengal Trail
A travelling exhibition, hosted by the Calcutta Arts Club, of the works of five artists from Bengal—Debabrata Hazra, Madhuchanda Majumder, Partha Sarathi Pan, Pradip Das and Subir Dey. Thematically, the works are reactions to concerns such as environmental destruction and changing habitats, though they vary widely in styles. Hazra’s works, for instance, are filled with images of birds
and butterflies, while Majumder’s imagery includes burning landscapes and skies dripping oil.
11am-7pm. Time & Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117). For details, log on to www.gallerytimeandspace.com
Gotipua is a dance style traditionally performed by boys dressed as girls. As part of Virasat 2010, a two-month-long programme by the Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (Spic Macay), nine dancers from the Konark Natya Mandap will present a performance this fortnight. They will begin with a vandana nrutya (an invocation piece) and end with bandha nrutya (an acrobatic sequence).
Dance drama: Male dancers dress as girls to perform Gotipua.
11am. For further information, call Naveenta Dutta at 8971969811. Delhi Public School, Bangalore South Campus, Kanakapura Road, Konnanakunte (26668582).
Adoor Gopalakrishnan—A Life in Cinema
This event will begin with a talk
titled “Adoor Gopalakrishnan—A Life in Cinema” by film, theatre critic and author Gautaman Bhaskaran, followed by a film screening of Naalu Pennungal (Four Women), with English subtitles. The film is a drama centred around four women at Kuttanad in Kerala’s Alappuzha district. 1 hour 45 minutes.
5.30pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage (25359680).
A collaboration between solo vocalist and electronic artist Sabrina and veteran dance music producer Zak B, Z Machine will play some hardcore industrial, goth and electronic body music.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs 500.
Four city musicians, Ankur Tewari, Ayush Shrestha, Nigel Rajaratnam and Rohan Mazumdar, come together for an acoustic night.
9.30pm. Blue Frog (40332300). Tickets, Rs 150.
Open Mic Night
It’s time to cringe at Café Goa’s Monday night special. In this event, hosted by journalist Nikhil Taneja, you can share your most embarrassing adolescent memories. If you dare to spill the beans, there’s a reward waiting for you—a shot of alcohol on the house.
9.30pm onwards. Café Goa, Agnelo House, off St John the Baptist Road, near Mount Mary steps, Bandra—West (9820919199, 2640-4115). Tickets, Rs 100.
3 Men and a Bulb
Shot in Tal village in the hills of Uttarakhand, Pankaj Rishi Kumar’s documentary 3 Men and a Bulb maps the progress of an old watermill that was revived to much acclaim in 2003. Supported by NGO Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation, the watermill was meant to generate electricity. But Kumar finds that after the huzzahs have faded, the going gets tough for the man whose idea it was to revive the watermill.
7pm. Alliance Française de Bombay, Theosophy Hall, opposite American Center, New Marine Lines, Churchgate (22036187).
14 September-11 October
In her first solo show in Mumbai, video artist Bani Abidi, 38, creates art from red tape. The Pakistani artist, known for videos that use staged scenarios to humorous or absurd effect, is fascinated by the cultural and political peculiarities of her home country. This time, Abidi explores the relationship between India and Pakistan and “their larger feudal reality”.
11am-7pm (Tuesday-Saturday), 2-7pm (Monday). Project 88, BMP Building, NA Sawant Marg, near Colaba Fire Station, Colaba (22810066).
Four affluent couples gather at a posh residence in New York City to celebrate their friends’ 10th wedding anniversary. But the party never begins because they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing and the host has shot himself. Comic complications arise when they decide that they need to conceal the happenings from the police and media. Directed by Amit Singh of ASAP Productions, this Neil Simon play is a laughter riot, to say the least.
7pm. Museum Theatre, 406, Pantheon Road, Egmore (9894538413). Tickets, Rs 150, Rs 200 and Rs 500, available at the venue or at www.indianstage.in
Till 13 September
Artists Ramesh Gorjala, N.S. Manoharan, Chelian, Keshav, A.P. Sridhar and Sivaraman come together to exhibit their works to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. The mediums may vary but the common thread in the artwork, besides the theme, is the use of bold colours and fine lines.
11am-6pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, off Mount Road (9841076654).
From the Shadow Lines
Till 30 September
Germany-based Myanmarese artist John Tun Sein’s abstract works reflect his varied cultural experiences—a mix of Asian and Western sensibilities—and have a vibrancy and rhythm. This series includes works that have been created over a period of five years and are a mix of geometric, organic and fluid shapes, with great emphasis on colour and symmetry.
11am-7pm. Apparao Art Galleries, 7, 3rd Street, Wallace Gardens, Nungambakkam (28332226).
Jesus Christ Superstar
Boardwalkers is back with its most popular musical, directed by Michael Muthu. Based on the trials and tribulations of Jesus, this play will see some of the best singers on Chennai stage render the tunes that have made Andrew Lloyd Webber one of the best musical directors of all time.
7pm. Venkata Subba Rao Auditorium, Harrington Road (9841248853). Tickets, Rs 100, Rs 150, Rs 300 and Rs 500, available at the venue.
Thattukadi Food Festival
Raintree presents a festival of street food with mouth-watering dishes such as kothu paratha (minced parathas with meat), bajji (deep-fried savouries), kuzhi paniyaram (small idlis), meen varuval (fish fry), and a whole lot more.
11am-11pm. The Raintree, Taj Connemara, 2, Binny Road (66000000). Charges, Rs 500 onwards per head.
Kerala at Samudra
Till 19 September
Samudra, a speciality south Indian seafood restaurant, presents a food festival of Kerala delicacies, with an a la carte menu of favourites such as karimeen pollichathu (fish fry), Malabar prawn curry, maanga paal curry (mango milk curry), served with appams and Malabar parottas.
7pm onwards. Samudra, The Trident Chennai, 1/24, GST Road (22344747). Charges, around Rs 600 (plus taxes) per head.
By Karuna Amarnath
Till 3 October
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture presents an exhibition on contemporary artists from India living and working in Paris. Curated by Shaheen Merali, the exhibition showcases the work of 18 artists who call, or have called, Paris home. These include the legendary S.H. Raza and Amrita Sher-Gil, and artists such as Narayanan Akkitham, Madhu Mangal Basu, Maya Burman, Sakti Burman, Utpal Chakraborty, Anju Chaudhuri, Rajendra Dhawan, Lakshmi Dutt, Debesh Goswami, Bhawani Katoch and Gadadhar Ojha.
3-8 pm (closed on Mondays and 2 October). Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue (24662843). For details, log on to www.birlaart.com
A Writer’s Palette
A Writer’s Palette is a collection of paintings and drawings by renowned Bengali writer Banaphool (Balaichand Mukherji). The collection will be launched by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, Shuvaprasanna, Manasij Majumder and Supriya Devi. The launch will be preceded by a recital by singer Rahul Mitra and followed by the screening of a documentary on Banaphool.
6pm. Satyajit Ray Auditorium, Indian Council for Cultural Relations Kolkata, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani. For details, call Tapan Ghosh at 9830633590.
Introducing Poetry Film
The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival has established itself as an international forum for short films on poetry, a relatively new genre. The festival, a biannual competition since 2002, is a project of Literaturwerkstatt Berlin in cooperation with Interfilm Berlin and is supported by the Goethe Institut. The festival offers film-makers and poets from around the world an opportunity to exchange ideas and consolidate a base for future work.
6.30pm. Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (24866398).
Heroines of Satyajit Ray
The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry will pay homage to film-maker Satyajit Ray with an informal chat with some of the leading ladies in his films. The actors include Aloknanda Roy, Madhabi Mukherjee, Mamata Shankar, Paramita Biswas and Uma Sen Dasgupta. They will recount the legendary film-maker’s techniques and share their experiences of working with him. Actor Barun Chanda, who has also acted in a Ray film, will moderate the talk.
6.30pm. The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 6, Netaji Subhas Road. For details, call 9830105433.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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