Sander van Doorn
Trance DJs seem to sprout faster than tulips in the Netherlands. Ferry Corsten, Tiësto and Armin van Buuren together built trance into the commercial behemoth it is today. But in baby-faced Sander van Doorn, they have a fourth countryman in on the act.
Last fortnight, van Doorn was leading the Dutch charge as a headliner at Sensation, the biggest Electronic Dance Music bash of a London summer. Close to 10,000 trance fans booked tickets weeks in advance to party with van Doorn at the dance music spectacular. Indian dance music lovers also showed their love for van Doorn on his last visit, when 20,000-plus fans danced to his set at the 2009 Sunburn festival in Goa. Now it’s Delhi’s turn.
10pm. Jynxxx, Hotel Intercontinental Eros, Nehru Place (9910050233). Passes,Rs 4,000 per couple, available at the venue.
Making of Liverpool:Portraits of a City
20 September-31 October
The Singh Twins from the UK, Amrit and Rabindra Kaur, have exhibited at galleries such as the Walker Art Gallery in London and Delhi’s National Gallery of Modern Art. Their show, The Making of Liverpool: Portraits of a City, will open this fortnight in the Capital. In 2007, as Liverpool celebrated its 800th anniversary and its nomination as the European Capital of Culture, the twins were commissioned by the city council to create an artwork encapsulating the city’s history. Liverpool 800is now on permanent display at St George’s Hall, UK, but the twins wanted a wider audience. This led to the making of an award-winning animation film, Art in Motion: The Making of Liverpool, which retraces the process of creating the painting. The film will be screened every day at the Delhi exhibition. A book launch and sale of the film DVDs is also planned.
Living in Liverpool: Amrit and Rabindra Kaur’s artistic take on their city.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Art Alive Gallery, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000).
For a week, you can live your dream of dining at one of those expensive restaurants you always wanted to but stayed away from, fearing a big, fat hole in your pocket. Restaurant Week Delhi returns, opening doors to the city’s most exclusive fine dining. Thirteen eateries will lay out prix-fixe menus for Rs 1,000, plus taxes, per person. It all began in New York in 1992, when restaurateur Joe Baum (of Four Seasons) and Tim Zagat (of the Zagat guides) convinced top restaurants to offer set meals at reduced prices. In the years since, the concept has travelled to cities across the globe, including Mumbai last year, and Delhi this February.
This fortnight’s Restaurant Week has a roster that draws a fuller culinary act. Instead of seven restaurants, there are now 13. Varq, the Tapas Lounge at the Aman, Sakura, Olive Beach, Smoke House Grill and Indian Accent return for a second go, but House of Ming, Chutney, Bar + Tandoor at The Metropolitan Hotel, Zanotta and Diya at the Leela Kempinski in Gurgaon, Circa 1193, ai, and Jade at The Claridges will also participate. Each restaurant will serve three courses at both lunch and dinner. You can make reservations and view menus online.
Charges Rs 1,000, plus taxes, per person. For reservations, log on to www.restaurantweekindia.com
Mani Kaul retrospective
The Habitat Film Club presents a retrospective of Mani Kaul’s challenging, mainstream-shunning work.
16 September, 7pm
After his wife’s death, a husband recalls their first meeting and the events that led up to the marriage. This 1990 film starred Shekhar Kapur and Surekha Sikri. 2 hours, 4 minutes.
Ashad Ka Ek Din
17 September, 4pm
Based on Mohan Rakesh’s three-act play, this 1971 film is about Kalidas, the legendary Sanskrit poet, and his love for a woman named Mallika. 1 hour, 54 minutes.
17 September, 7pm
The Delhi duo of Moinuddin and Aminuddin Dagar, credited with being responsible for the survival and popularization of dhrupad, are the subject of Kaul’s documentary. 2 hours, 4 minutes.
18 September, 11.30am
A ghost falls in love with a young bride and soon starts impersonating her husband. This 1975 film, based on a popular Rajasthani folk tale, was remade by Amol Palekar as Paheli. 1 hour, 22 minutes.
18 September, 1pm
Kaul came into his own in 1969 with the story of a woman who waits daily with her trucker husband’s food. 1 hour, 50 minutes.
Stein Auditorium. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
The ‘Urs’ of Amir Khusrau
Till 19 September
The ‘Urs’, or death anniversary, of Hazrat Amir Khusrau, the 13th century poet and disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, will be commemorated at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah. In Delhi, the city Khusrau loved almost as much as he loved Nizamuddin Auliya, Khusrau’s ‘Urs’ is observed 15 days after Eid, and lasts four-five days. This year, the Nizami family of ‘qawwals’ will offer special prayers and organize ‘mehfils’ (assemblies) where the ‘qawwals’ will recite Khusrau’s poetry, couplets and ‘pahelis’ (riddles). Day-long events will be organized at three main venues—the courtyard at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, near Amir Khusrau’s grave in Nizamuddin, and at Urf Mahal near Mirza Ghalib’s grave. Though ‘qawwalis’ will be sung through the day, the sessions held after sunset are recommended.
Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Nizamuddin West.
Nizamuddin Khan Memorial Concert
At the programme organized in association with Khayal Trust, tabla players Prafulla Athalye and Arvindkumar Azad and thumri exponent Aditi Banerjee will pay tribute to the tabla maestro, the late Nizamuddin Khan.
Memorial: Ustad Nizamuddin Khan
Khan, born in Jaora, Madhya Pradesh, had a vast treasure of gats, which he reeled off with effortless ease. He accompanied legendary musicians such as Patiala gharana vocalist Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Jaipur-Atrauli gharana stalwart Mallikarjun Mansur and thumri singer Shobha Gurtu. Khan died in 2000.
10am. Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga (W) (24377022).
DJ Paul Thomas
Join British House-cum-Progressive DJ Paul Thomas at Blue Frog for happy House. In November, DJ Thomas will compete with 19 DJs, including John O’ Callaghan, Sophie Sugar and Paul Webster, at the first-ever Clash of The Gods being organized by Godskitchen in Birmingham, UK. DJ Thomas specializes in House and techno. 3 hours.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (61586158). Entry, Rs 500.
A day-long presentation at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, will present a commingling of India’s two main traditions of classical music—Hindustani and Carnatic. The Hindustani camp, led by senior sitarist Arvind Parikh, comprises vocalist Ajoy Chakrabarty, violinist N. Rajam and tabla player Suresh Talwalkar. The Carnatic camp, led by vocalist K. Ganesh Kumar, comprises singer Aruna Sairam, violinist T.N. Krishnan and mridangam player Mannargudi Easwaran. Admission on first-come, first-served basis.
10.30am-5.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737, 66223746).
Unladylike: The Pitfalls of Propriety
Radhika Vaz will bring her witty, ribald and autobiographical rant to the NCPA stage. Unladylike is directed by stand-up comedian Brock Savage and inspired by idea coach Marina Romashko, who helped Vaz “organize my life so I could actually write and produce this show”. The Mumbai-born artist, who stumbled upon improvisational comedy while working at an advertising agency in New York in 2002, now practises, teaches and produces comedy.
7.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA. Tickets, Rs 500 and Rs 600, available at www.bookmyshow.com and the venue. Children below 18 not allowed.
Kaikottikali is a harvest festival group dance from Kerala performed only by women. Also known as Thiruvathirakali, it is said to clear the way for prosperity and is performed after the Onam feast, Sadhya. The event is being organized by The Fine Arts Society.
6.30pm. Sivaswamy Auditorium, The Fine Arts Society, Chembur (25222988). Tickets,Rs 200, available at the venue.
As part of the Every Friday Cultural Programme hosted by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Anil V. Iyer, a student of Bharatanatyam exponent Poornima Gururaja, will perform a traditional recital. He will begin with a Pushpanjali, an invocatory item, and end with a tillana, a pure-dance sequence. The varnam, the central emotive item, will be a Muthuswami Dikshitar composition titled Roopamu Joochi.
6.30pm. Yavanika, Directorate of Youth Service Centre, near Reserve Bank of India building, Nrupathunga Road (22214911).
Musical Objects workshop
Learn how to convert just about anything into a musical instrument—bring along an object you think makes a pleasant sound when you hit it and a resonator, something that has a thin base, such as a bucket or a tin box. Understand the physics behind sound. Later in the day, participate in the We are Music workshop, on creating music collectively and spontaneously. Participants should bring an instrument they’re comfortable playing.
11am-1pm (Musical Objects workshop) and 3-5pm (We are Music). Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar (40808181). For details and registration, call Sahil at 9886638298, 40904631.
Theatre person and dancer Maya Krishna Rao will present Quality Street, an English play based on a short story by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The story is about a girl who returns to Lagos after studying at an American university. The play is a monologue from the perspective of the girl’s mother. 2 hours.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 200, available at www.indianstage.in or at 42064969.
The Suchitra Film Society is organizing a screening of films from Hungary. Watch movies such as Tamás Sas’ Lull (1 hour, 33 minutes), in which a pleasure cruise taken by three women takes a bad turn; director Miklós Jancsó’s The Round-Up(1 hour, 35 minutes); and Red Psalm (1 hour, 27 minutes). The Round-Up is set in the years following the collapse of the 1848 revolution against Habsburg rule, and Red Psalm is about a small peasant revolt.6.45pm. Suchitra Film Society, No. 36, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari 2nd Stage (26711785).
As part of the Bengaluru International Arts Festival (15-25 September), Hiroshima-based Yoshiko Harada-Sione will perform the traditional ‘wadaiko’ form. ‘Wadaiko’ is a Japanese word that combines ‘wa’ (meaning Japanese) and ‘taiko’ (drumming). Traditional Japanese drumming has seen a resurgence in recent decades as an ensemble performance form.
6.30pm. HN Kalakshetra, National College Building, 36th Cross, 2nd Main, Jaya Nagar, 7th Block (23462242).
Kerala-based Minnaminungukal Puppets Theatre Cie will present a show titled Until Life, using shadows, masks and puppets. The production is an amalgamation of short sketches strung together in a narrative by French director Brigitte Revelli.
Puppet show: Until Life
6pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, Nungambakkam. For details, call 28279803.
Arms and the Man
A popular English comedy by George Bernand Shaw, Arms and the Man highlights the conflict between idealism and practicality through a series of comic situations. Presented by the Motley theatre group, the cast includes actors Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah and Randeep Hooda. 2 hours.
7.30pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chetpet. Tickets, Rs 500, Rs 750, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500, Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,500, available at www.indianstage.in
Apet Pramod Mahadev
Till 21 September
A solo show of paintings by Pune-based Apet Pramod Mahadev. The 32-year-old artist has exhibited his work—with the recurring theme of children and their dreams—across India, and his works are in private collections in Mumbai, London, New York and Dubai. The paintings will be on sale for Rs 8,000 per sq. ft.
11am-7pm. Ayya Art Galleries, 33, Woods Road, opposite Express Avenue, 6th Gate, Mount Road. For details, call 9841076654.
The Park’s New Festival 2011
The Park’s New Festival, curated by the Prakriti Foundation, is back with a selection of performances, including comedy by theatre person Maya Krishna Rao and contemporary dance by New York-based Parijat Desai.
6.45pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. Season passes, Rs 1,000, available at www.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.in. For details, call 45904707 or visit www.theparksnewfestival.com
- Nandini Reddy
In Search of Solitude
Till 17 September
This solo exhibition by Varun Gupta consists of black and white images captured on traditional 120mm and 35mm cameras, and printed digitally on archival paper with archival ink.
Sepia moments: Varun Gupta
11am-7pm. Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road (24653212).
The Wizard of Oz Show
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), along with the Australia-India Council, will present The Wizard of Oz Show, directed by Brian and Christerine Laul. After 3,000 performances worldwide, the show is touring India for the first time. In this interactive take on Frank Baum’s book, children can rap with Tinman, roar like Lion, wake up sleepy Shakey the Scarecrow and dance with Dorothy.
6.30pm. ICCR, 9A, Ho Chi Minh Sarani (22822895/3431)
The Dolls Theatre group presents Aguner Parasmoni, a puppetry performance based on Rabindranath Tagore’s life and his crusade against British rule.
6.45pm. Madhusudan Mancha, Dhakuria. Tickets, Rs 30, available at the venue. For details, call 9433045258.
From the Earth to the Heart
Till 24 September
Gallery Sanskriti presents an exhibition of 100 ceramic artworks by 25 renowned artists and sculptors, including Jagannath Panda, Asish Chowdhury and Prasenjit Sengupta. This collection of modern works carries the message of hope. The gallery is also celebrating its 21-year journey with the launch of Sanskriti Ceramics.
11am-8pm. Gallery Sanskriti, 5C, Alipore Park Road (24484925).
- Indranil Bhoumik
French short films
The Hyderabad Film Club, in association with Alliance Française de Hyderabad, is showcasing French films that were shortlisted as best short films in 2010 at a festival in France. The films are Mikhael Hers’ Montparnasse, Bruno Collet’s Le Petit Dragon, Shaun Severi’s Citizen versus Kane and Jan Andersen’s Vostok. All the films have English subtitles. 2 hours.
On screen: A still from Bruno Collet’s short film Le Petit Dragon.
6.30pm. Prasad Film Lab Preview Theatre, LV Prasad Marg, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills For details, call 27700734.
17 September-16 October
Multiversal will showcase the works of 26 local artists, bringing together the work of both senior and upcoming artists in Andhra Pradesh. The senior artists include Vykuntam Thota, Surya Prakash, Sudhakar Chippa, Ramesh Gorjala, Jagdish Chintala and Laxman Aelay. Some of the emerging artists are Chiranjeevi, Stalin P.J., Sesha Bramham, D. Jaya Prakash, Murali Trigulla and Pavan Kumar. Curated by artist Kaali Sudheer, the show preview is scheduled for 17 September.
7pm (17 September); 11am-7pm from 18 September. Muse Art Gallery, Second floor, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road. For details, call Kaali Sudheer at 9396444424 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Feathered and Free: a talk on parrots
Tara Tuatai from Brisbane, Australia, the owner of www.featheredandfree.com, has travelled all over the world, from the rainforests of Peru to the mountains of South Africa, and to the Caribbean, to see parrots in their natural habitats.
In her talk, organized by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, in collaboration with the Birdwatchers’ Society of Andhra Pradesh, she will share her personal experiences of, and encounters with, wild parrots. You can even get information on how to travel to exotic destinations on a budget, find the best eco-lodges and ensure that your visit benefits the local community and research projects.
6pm. Vidyaranya High School, Saifabad (23241791).
Le Chartier and Moqadem
Alliance Française de Hyderabad, along with the French embassy, is bringing two musicians who are on an India tour to Hyderabad. Eric Le Chartier, who plays the trombone in the Opera de Lyon National Orchestra and is a regular guest musician in several ensembles, will be accompanied by Jamal Moqadem on the piano.
7pm. Taj Banjara, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills (66669999, 27700734). Entry by e-invites, which may be downloaded and printed from hyderabad.afindia.org
Five Women and a Bill
What happens when five women from different walks of life come together for a serious talk? A one-act comedy play. They walk in and out, they form allies and enemies, they talk sense, and sometimes they don’t. Finally, when they do come to the point, all the fuss is worth it. The play is written and directed by Sowmya Nittala. 2 hours.
6.30pm. LaMakaan, off Road No. 1, Lane adjacent to CBay ,Banjara Hills (9642731329).
- Yogendra Kalavalapalli
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