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First Published: Thu, Jul 15 2010. 09 01 PM IST

Updated: Thu, Jul 15 2010. 09 01 PM IST
CHENNAI
Art
Space Odyssey
Till 31 July
Artist A. Viswam’s eternal preoccupation with the five elements has been represented with spontaneity in these landscapes by peeling and overlapping layers of colour. Nature unfolds itself as a series of energy fields that coalesce to express its deepest essence in this collection.
10.30am-6pm. Forum Art Gallery, 57, 5th Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar (42115596).
Listen to Rahul Ram, the bassist of Indian Ocean, filmmaker Sumantra Ghosal on Zakir Hussain and Rinita Mazumdar on the launch of her book Feminist Economics
Entita
Till 17 July
Pune-based Italian artist Shola Carletti has used mixed media on canvas in her latest works. The works are abstract, vivid and colourful, and are all about letting your imagination run wild. This artist’s work stands out for its emotional quality and expression of poetry in art.
10am-6pm. Prakrit Art Gallery, 9/4, Dhandayuthapani Nagar, 2nd Street, Kotturpuram (42188989).
Music
Classical Tryst
16 July
Sandeep Narayan will be accompanied by Srimushnam Raja Rao on the mridangam and S. Varadarajan on violin in a concert hosted by Alliance Française de Madras, where the singer will render his favourite classical songs. Narayan started his initial training in vocal music at the age of 4 under the guidance of his mother Shubha Narayan. His advanced training was under the late Calcutta K.S. Krishnamurthy, musician and musicologist. Since 1999, he has been honing his skills under Sanjay Subrahmanyan.
6.30pm. Raga Sudha Hall, 85/2, Luz Avenue, near Nageshwara Rao Park, Mylapore (24992672).
Around town
Kebab and Roll Festival
Till 25 July
Indulge in a wide variety of kebabs and rolls for lunch and dinner a la carte at this festival. Though it’s best known for its kathi rolls, the murgh kali mirch, murgh malai tikka and paneer tikka rolls at Bay Leaf are also a must-try.
Noon-3pm and 7pm onwards. Bay Leaf, 14, VI Street, Gopalapuram (28114557). Charges, Rs50 onwards.
Goan Food Festival
Till 17 July
Enjoy a Goan dinner buffet with speciality dishes made with rich coconut milk. Some of the delicacies on offer include Goan favourites such as balchao (a traditional curry made with prawns or shrimps) and pork vindaloo (a spicy curry with a garlic and wine marinade) teamed with sannas (dry rice cakes), spicy rava-coated fish fry, and bebinca (a dry cake-like pudding) in the dessert section.
7-10.30pm. Asiana Hotel, 1/238, Semmencherry Road, Old Mahabalipuram Road (67411000). Charges, Rs750 (including taxes) per person.
By Karuna Amarnath
BANGALORE
Film
Mean Sea Level
16 July
Pradip Saha’s documentary is set around the small islands of Ghoramara and Sagar at the southern tip of the Sunderbans, in the Indo-Gangetic delta. The documentary focuses on the gradual exodus of almost 7,000 inhabitants over the last few years, forced to abandon their submerged homes. Saha, who is also a photographer and graphic designer, and a former editor of the science and environment fortnightly Down To Earth, works with the Centre for Science and Environment, based in New Delhi, and has frequently taken up campaigns on urban issues, food safety and air pollution in his films in the past. 58 minutes.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasantha Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345).
The Speaking Hand
17-18 July
Sumantra Ghosal’s 1993 documentary, The Speaking Hand: Zakir Hussain and the Art of the Indian Drum, charts the life of the son of tabla maestro Alla Rakha, who was hailed as a child prodigy, and his rise to global prominence as a composer and star performer. The film catches the tabla exponent in intimate moments of practice, and in performances with several legends of the world of Indian classical music, including live recordings with his father, performances with the dancer Birju Maharaj, and the musicians Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jasraj, Ravi Shankar and Shivkumar Sharma. The film-maker will be present for the screening on 18 July. 1 hour 44 minutes.
6pm. 17 July at Centre for Film and Drama, Fifth floor, Sona Towers, Millers Road. 18 July at Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage (25359680). To register for tickets, call 9886599675.
Art
Props
Till 23 July
Kolkata-based artist Malay Saha’s works are part of the collections at New Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art, as well as the National Museum in Botswana, where he lived and worked in the early 2000s. This show explores the world of household objects and furniture, a familiar source of inspiration for Saha.
10am-7pm, Sundays closed. Right Lines Art Gallery, 270, 1st Main, Defence Colony, Indira Nagar (25272827). For details, log on to www.right-lines.com
The Power of Line
Till 31 July
For this exhibition of drawings, artist (now also curator) Yusuf Arakkal contacted artists—including Achuthan Kudallur, Anjolie Ela Menon, Baiju Parthan, Laxma Goud—and asked them for drawings and sketches that hadn’t been shown earlier. Works by younger artists also feature at this show, as well as selections from Arakkal’s personal collection by artists such as Akbar Padamsee, F.N. Souza and K.K. Hebbar, which will not be for sale.
10am-6pm, Sundays closed. Galerie Sara Arakkal, 156, 4th Main, BEML Layout, ITPL Road (41162622). For details, log on to www.galeriesaraarakkal.com
Music
Soulmate
16 July
Rudy Wallang and Tipriti “Tips” Kharbangar, along with some of Shillong’s musicians, return to Bangalore for an evening of blues, soul and R&B.
8pm. B-Flat, 100 Feet Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indira Nagar (42414000). Entry charges, Rs300 per person.
Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan
18 July
The Nadasurabhi Cultural Association’s monthly concert will feature a Carnatic vocal recital led by the son and disciple of the legendary vocalist, T.V. Sankaranarayanan. Mahadevan Sankaranarayanan will be accompanied by B.K. Raghu on the violin, Vadiraja Bhatt on mridangam, and Phanindra Bhaskara on ghatam.
4.15pm. Indian Heritage Academy, 80 Feet Road, Koramangala, 6th Block (25530304).
Theatre
Bikhre Bimb
16-17 July
Arundhati Nag plays a writer who achieves commercial success when she switches from writing in Kannada to writing in English. One evening, after a television appearance, she finds herself alone in the studio, where she is interrogated by a screen version of herself (pre-recorded footage of Nag). The image delves into the writer’s past to try and uncover the motives behind her actions, and the secret of her new-found success. Written by Girish Karnad. 1 hour 10 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
DELHI
Around town
Taking Children to Gandhi
18 July
The Gandhi Peace Foundation, Working Group on Alternative Strategies and the India International Centre come together to bring the Taking Children to Gandhi series. It is a series of talks and events aimed at bringing children closer to the enduring legacy of Gandhi’s non-violent struggle for equity, justice, pluralism and sustainable development. As part of this, the Mandela Katha Mala for Children is being organized to commemorate the first Nelson Mandela International Day on Sunday. The speakers at the event are Rev. Harris Majeke, the high commissioner of South Africa, Mani Shankar Aiyar, member of Parliament, and Suhas Borker of the voluntary organization, Working Group on Alternative Strategies. Children from schools across Delhi and the National Capital
Region will participate.
10.30am-12.30pm. Gandhi-King Plaza and Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Theatre
Nithari’s Children
17 July
Nithari’s Children is an interactive performance by children of the NGO Saksham in Nithari, the village in Uttar Pradesh that suffered a tragedy in the winter of 2007. The play, directed by Sanjay Kumar, is the story of the survivors—young children aged between 7 and 15—who lost their siblings and friends in the serial killings and how they have tried to make sense of their lives. The children’s stories will be interspersed with brief soliloquies and performances by Kumar’s Pandies’ Theatre volunteers.
6.30pm. American Center, 24, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (23472000). For details, call 23472289. Carry a photo-ID proof.
Bust
18 July
Director Ram Ganesh Kamatham and members of the Actors Ensemble India Forum present Bust (a reference to the statues installed at public places and the ignorance of people about their context). It is a sweeping look at the history of Bangalore. The narrators are characters drawn from the city’s past, enabling a clash of timelines and cultures against a contemporary urban backdrop.
7pm. India Habitat Centre. Tickets, Rs50-300, available at the programme desk (24682222).
In the Shadow of the Glen
23 July
Shaw’s Corner and the embassy of Ireland present this one-act play by celebrated Irish playwright J.M. Synge. A tramp taking shelter in an isolated farmhouse finds a lady tending to the body of her husband. When she goes to get help, however, it turns out that the ‘corpse’ was just playing dead. The man resumes the deception when his wife returns, but is startled into action by a proposal he didn’t see coming.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Music
Jazz/fusion
22 July
Indian Ocean—the group now comprises Susmit Sen (guitar), Rahul Ram (bass) and Amit Kilam (drums)—celebrates the launch of its sixth album. They will be joined by Tuhin Chatterjee (tabla) and Himanshu Joshi (vocals), who have been accompanying them on stage after the death of tabla player and vocalist Asheem Chakravarty.
9pm. Hard Rock Café. Cover charges, Rs250 per person (47158888).
MUMBAI
Music
Business Class Refugees
17 July
The Israeli duo comprising producer Patrick Sebag and sound designer Yotam Agam, who record under the names Kartick and Gotam, present electro-folk fusion. Best known for the Laya Project, their brand of world music will have you head-bopping to dance-friendly beats.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charges, Rs500.
Nina Van Horn
22 July
Nina Van Horn, the French-born, Texas-raised musician, has a husky voice, powerful stage presence and a wild, uninhibited style that leaves her audience awed. The singer has performed across the world at jazz and blues festivals with names such as Bette Midler, Chuck Berry, Eric Burdon and Buddy Guy. For her performance this week, Horn will sing and dance to her latest album, Hell of a Woman, which features raw and passionate renditions of tracks by female blues greats such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry charges, Rs300.
Around town
The Comedy Store
18 July
It’s time for cocky banter from John Fothergill, street wisdom from Jeff Innocent and the corrosive wit of former heavy-metal musician Steve Hughes.
8.30pm. The Comedy Store, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix Mills Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43485000). Tickets, Rs500. Available at the venue. For online booking, log on to www.bookmyshow.com
KOLKATA
Art
Exhibition of paintings
16-18 July
An exhibition of acrylic works on canvas by two promising artists, Suman Mandal and Tanoy Choudhury, starts today. Mandal works on symbols and sequences which represent India. Choudhury’s works mainly include images of machines, along with a few portraits.
3-8pm. Terra Indica Showroom, 21/1, Gora Chand Road, (22896728/9).
Music
An Evening of Malhars
17 July
The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture celebrates the monsoon with an evening of Indian classical music featuring Raga Malhar. Bhuvanesh Komkali will present a vocal recital, accompanied by Shambhu Nath Bhattacharya on the tabla and Suresh Phadtare on the harmonium. During the second half, rudraveena player Bahauddin Dagar will perform with Shrikant Mishra on the pakhawaj. Children below 8 are not allowed.
6pm. Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture. Tickets, Rs20, Rs50. Gol Park (24641303).
Indian Classical Music
16 July
Alliance Française du Bengale presents an evening of Indian classical music with vocalist Shyam Sundar Goswami, who teaches at the Calcutta School of Music. He will be accompanied by Sabir Khan on the tabla and Biswajit Roy Chowdhury on the violin.
6pm. Alliance Française du Bengale. Khaleel Manzil, 217, AJC Bose Road (22815198).
Dance
Myriad Moods
16 July
Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam dancer Priyadarshini Ghosh presents four excerpts from her composition Asmita, based on a woman’s perspective on life, explicated through the nayikas of Natya Shastra. The four parts are Anticipation, Joy, Despair and Aham-I Am.
6.30pm. The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24613145).
Around town
Feminist Economics
16 July
Anustup Publication and Oxford Bookstore will launch Feminist Economics by Rinita Mazumder. The book gives an overview of the relatively new field of feminist economics, which challenges conventional economic division of labour between men and women. In the book, the author, a professor at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, explains why women’s domestic labour should also be accounted for in a country’s national income.
Mazumder is an established writer on philosophy and feminist theory. The book will be released by eminent writer Nabaneeta Dev Sen, and will be followed by an interactive session.
6pm. Oxford Bookstore, Park Street (9831110300).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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First Published: Thu, Jul 15 2010. 09 01 PM IST