Sadguru Sri Thyagabrahma Aradhana Kainkarya Trust will present the Nataraja Samman award to dancers Vyjayantimala Bali for Bharatanatyam, Birju Maharaj for Kathak, Yamini Krishnamurti for Kuchipudi, Sonal Mansingh for Odissi and Bharati Shivaji for Mohiniattam. This will be followed by 15-minute performances by each of the award recipients. Sathyanarayana Raju, Poornima Ashok, Soundarya Srivatsa and Subhashini Vasanth will present a dance tribute to the awardees. The ceremony will be followed by Smarana, a charity dinner.
6.30pm. The Tamarind Tree Resort, 88, Avalahalli, Anjanapura Post, Doddakallasandra, near the Khodays Factory. For donor cards, call 9845082329/26532314.
Circle of Sound featuring Soumik Datta + Bernhard Schimpelsberger
British sarod player and composer Soumik Datta, also the creator of the first electro acoustic sarod, combines guitar riffs with Indian melody, electronica and drum and bass to create a hybrid sound, distinctively his own. At this concert, Datta will present his project Circle of Sound in collaboration with Austrian drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger.
8.30pm. CounterCulture, 2D2, 4th Cross, Dyavasandra Industrial Area, Whitefield Road (41400793). Entry, Rs.500, per person.
Toto Funds the Arts Awards
In its ninth iteration, the event, hosted by the non-profit Toto Funds the Arts, will give awards in four categories: three for creative writing (English and Kannada), one for music, two for photography and two for film-making (short films). The works of the short-listed contestants will be featured at the ceremony.
7pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar (41231345). For details and to RSVP, call 9880623357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for the list of short-listed candidates.
If you’re an avid traveller and have interesting stories to share, swap tales with fellow wanderers at the Courtyard Café.
6-10pm. Courtyard Café , Jaaga, 68, KH Double Road, next to KH Road Bus Stand. For details, call 9686758658 or email email@example.com.
Qasbah: Glimpses of the Living Past
An exhibition of photographs by Diba Siddiqi. The selection is based on her travels across India, specifically parts of Delhi, Ahmedabad and Bikaner in Rajasthan.
Noon-8pm. 1 Shanthi Road, 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706). Click here for details.
Robinson And Crusoe
This play takes off from the situation two soldiers, Robinson and Crusoe, find themselves in when they are stranded on an island. The soldiers begin with a tussle for survival, vigilant and constantly suspicious, but have to learn to coexist. The play has been directed by Gracias Devaraj and written by Nina D’Introna and Giacomo Ravicchio. 1 hour, 20 minutes.
7.30pm/also 3.30pm on Sunday. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs.100, available on Indianstage.in.
Chithrakathi is a folk art practised in Pinguli, a small village near Kudal in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district. Performed by the nomadic clan Takars, Chithrakathi dates back to the 17th century—chitra means painting and katha, story. These paintings resemble the images of the leather puppets of northern Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Apart from this, a group exhibition of Chithrakathi paintings, Inner Flow, is on till 30 January.
10.30am–5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muthukadu, East Coast Road (24462435/2491). Workshop fee, Rs.1,500.
Essence of Life
Essence of Life is a multimedia production of classical music and dance inspired by writer-philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti’s teachings. Singers Sanjeev Abhyankar and Hariharan have lent their voice to the compositions. The dancers are Kathak artiste Pali Chandra and Odissi exponent Masako Ono from Japan.
6pm. Music Academy, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs.300 and Rs.500, available on Indianstage.in and Bookmyshow.com.
The Human Psyche
Till 21 January
Sajal Sarkar’s simple charcoal series shows his engagement with particular objects over time. In this series, he has used small formats and concentrated on detailing. The black and the white in his sketches represent the negative and positive forces boldly. He has used pictures of himself, drawn and dissected. Sarkar’s work seems to be an analysis of the psyche, mutilated as it is by the shorthand of modern living, the shallow interface of man with humanity and the environment.
11am–7pm. Artworld, Sarala’s Art Centre, 1/12, Ganeshpuram, 3rd Street, Teynampet, off Cenotaph Road (24338691).
Works of KG Subramanyan
Till 5 February
Artist K.G. Subramanyan’s body of work can be seen as a response to cultural and social concerns and values—a series of resolutions between a core vision that remains relatively unchanged and the changing world. In his recent paintings, the world is variously animated—some of it comforting, some subtly ominous.
10am–8pm (till 2pm on Sundays). Focus Art Gallery, 59, TTK Road, Alwarpet (24986611).
By Nandini Reddy
Lokkhi Terra Quartet
The Lokkhi Terra Quartet is a London-based music collective that plays world jazz—from Cuban classics to Afro-beat to samba to funky world fusion. The band, led by pianist Kishon Khan, mixes traditions from around the world, using Bengali folk and groove as their starting points. The collective combines Bangladeshi, African and Latin American music traditions to create their own jazz tunes.
10-11.30pm. blueFROG, 4-A, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Dass Marg, Mehrauli (30800300). For entry charges, contact the venue.
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
A sarod recital by Ustad Amjad Ali Khan of the Senia Bangash gharana, as part of the India International Centre’s Annual Day.
6.30pm. Multipurpose Hall, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg (24619431). For passes, contact the venue.
15th Bharat Rang Mahotsav
Till 20 January
The 15th edition of the annual Bharat Rang Mahotsav of The National School of Drama (NSD) is featuring a multitude of plays from India and abroad.
The Colonial, The Convict & The Cockatoo
Directed and written by Arjun Raina, this play is a new migrant’s commentary on the host nation’s history. The play examines the inter-connectedness of Australia and India under colonial rule, but is also an indictment of the conquest of the Aboriginal world. 1 hour.
6pm. Bahumukh, NSD, Bahawalpur House, 1, Bhagwan Das Road (23384531/23073647). Tickets, Rs.50, available at the venue.
Anecdotes And Allegories By Gulbadan Begum
Presented by the Delhi-based Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust, the production—based on the writings of Gulbadan Begum, Akbar’s aunt, Humayun’s half-sister and Babur’s daughter—makes use of miniature puppets, live feed, shadow puppetry and paper theatre to bring to life her writings and representations of the first three Mughal emperors. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
6pm. Sammukh, NSD. Tickets, Rs.50, available at the venue.
The Virgin And the Beast
Directed by Armand Kautzky and written by Zsolt Pozsgai, this Hungarian tragicomedy is about a former underground leader with a burnt face who falls in love with his neighbour, a Transylvanian girl. 2 hours.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium. Tickets, Rs.50, Rs.100 and Rs.200, available at NSD.
Cultures of Peace, Festival of the North-East: Outside-In
The festival is being organized by publishing house Zubaan in association with a foundation, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, India, at the India Habitat Centre (IHC). It will include exhibitions, performances, academic panels and discussions about the region. The festival is being dedicated to Assamese poet, writer and scholar Indira Goswami and Irom Sharmila of Manipur, who has been on a hunger strike since November 2000. There will be performances by musicians Rewben Mashangva (Manipur) and Rida Gatphoh (Shillong) and danseuse Anwesa Mahanta (Assam), as well as photography and street art exhibitions.
7pm (inauguration) on Friday; 10am onwards on Saturday. Stein Auditorium and Amaltas (Basement Theatre), India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Click here for the festival schedule.
Bind the Dream State to
Your Waking Life
19 January-16 February
Bharti Kher’s solo show,‘Bind the Dream State to Your Waking Life’, will comprise mostly new sculptures which relate to domestic spaces, responding to the interior architecture of the gallery itself. A staircase, a doorway and a chair are isolated and re-imagined, installed to become apparitions of themselves or elements in a hallucinatory stage set. Kher focuses on gender and space inside the domestic sphere, delving into the archetypes and patriarchal conventions through satirical installations, hybrid half-woman, half-animal sculptures and a few pieces in her trademark ‘bindi’ style.
10am-6pm (Sundays closed). Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (41740215).
Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad is celebrating the finale of “Germany + India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” with Aventiure, a fusion of literature, dance and music. The performance will see the coming together of Theresa Hahl, a slam poet from Germany, Kathak dancer and choreographer Mangala Bhatt, and pianist Daniel Gomez.
7pm. Taramati Baradari auditorium, Ibrahimbagh (23350443). Passes may be collected from Goethe-Zentrum, 20, Journalist’s Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills (23350443/0473).
Foie Gras and Asparagus Fest
Till 20 January
Taj Falaknuma is offering a special à la carte promotional menu at its Italian and Mediterranean restaurant Celeste. The festival features a mosaic of foie gras and asparagus, such as pan-seared foie gras with mandarin oranges, dill brioche drizzled with truffle oil, pâté de foie hollandaise, asparagus mille-feuille, and beetroot risotto.
11am-11pm. Celeste, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Engine Bowli, Falaknuma (66298525). Meal price, Rs.2,000, inclusive of taxes, per person. Prior reservations required.
Hyderabad Literary Festival 2013
The festival will see several writers, journalists and film-makers as well as cultural events under one roof. Padma Vibhushan Oriya poet and critic Sitakant Mahapatra, Australian theorist Bill Ashcroft, German poet Theresa Hahl, Nigerian writer and film-maker Onyeka Nwelue, among others, will take part.
10am onwards. Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Gachibowli. For details, call 9848345490/24038606. Click here for the complete schedule.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Till 4 February
The Tejas gallery is exhibiting paintings and sculptures by Atish Mukherjee. The paintings are done in tempera, acrylic, pen and ink and the sculptures are in terracotta and bronze.
12.30-7.30pm (Sundays closed). Tejas gallery, 11, Mayfair Road, opposite Ice Skating Rink. For details, call 9830049825/64990248.
Till 31 January
Emami Chisel Art is presenting an exhibition of serigraphs by Jehangir Sabavala and Jogen Chowdhury. Eighteen works each by the two artists are on display.
11am-7pm (closed on Sundays and 26 January). Emami Chisel Art, Emami Tower, 687, Anandapur, EM Bypass. For details, call 9836089817.
Tapan Theatre will pay tribute to director, writer and theatre activist Meghnad Bhattacharya. The festival will feature three plays by the group Sayak, directed by Bhattacharya: Pinki Buli, Dhrubatara and Daibaddha.
10am/3pm/6.30pm. Tapan Theatre, 37AB, Sadananda Road, Kalighat (24666471). Tickets, Rs.40, Rs.60 and Rs.100, available at the venue. For details, call 9836067788.
46th Annual Exhibition 2013
Till 3 February
The Birla Academy of Art and Culture is presenting the 46th edition of its annual exhibition, which will display 190 works.
3-8pm (closed on Mondays and on 23rd and 26th January). Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue. For details, call 9831534295 or visit www.birlaart.com .
By Indranil Bhoumik
23 January-28 February
San Francisco-based Surabhi Saraf draws on her study of experimental sound, Indian classical music and choreography to create immersive soundscapes, audio-visual works and interactive sound installations. Saraf designs sequences of rhythmic movements, creating multilayered structures that slow down our perception of time.
11am-7pm (Sundays and Mondays closed). Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Hotel, Colaba (22023030/3434/3636).
Ali Kazim’s show
Till 9 February
On display is a series of drawings and abstract compositions by the Pakistani artist Ali Kazim—an exploration of the human body, this time his own. The exhibition consists of three series: the atmospheric Dark Cloud in watercolour pigments on paper; an untitled suite of drawings on Japanese Tissue that have a dispersed elegance; and layered self-portraits, some of them on gold-leaf paper.
11am-6pm (Sundays and Mondays closed). Jhaveri Contemporary, Flat No. 2, 58A, Krishna Niwas, above Lakmé Salon, Walkeshwar Road (23693639).
And Then, One Thousand Years of Peace
Presented by Alliance Française and part of the Bonjour India festival, this event will see performances by 21 dancers from France’s dance company Ballet Preljocaj, led by dancer-choreographer Angelin Preljocaj. The dance piece draws inspiration from St John’s Book of Revelation and its theme of apocalypse. The production features set design by artist Subodh Gupta, an electronic score by French DJ Laurent Garnier and costumes by Igor Chapurin.
7pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (22824567/66223724). Passes, available at the venue.
A Bel Canto Portrait; Opera: Past and Present
A Western classical vocal recital by the British Romanian-born soprano singer Nelly Miricioiu, who will be accompanied on the piano by Maciej Pikulski. The programme will include Zarzuela songs, Romanian songs, lieder by Liszt, Verdi and Tosti, and arias by Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi and Puccini. On Wednesday, Miricioiu will present an illustrated talk on the changing face of opera and her experience performing around the world.
7pm. Tata Theatre (concert) and Dance Theatre Godrej (talk), NCPA (22824567/66223737). Tickets for the music concert, Rs.200, Rs.300 and Rs.500, available at the venue and on Bookmyshow.com. For the talk, seating is on first-come, first-served, basis.
The Beast in Beauty
This musical in English is presented by the children’s wing of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (Ipta)—Ipta Balmanch. A vain, young princess from the kingdom of Whistling Woods looks down upon the poor. An angel decides to teach her a lesson and makes the bratty royal lose her memory. She is transported to a settlement of peasants, and has a change of heart among the very people she turned up her nose at. For children aged 6 and above. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
11am. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle—West (26149546). Tickets, Rs.150, available at the venue and on Bookmyshow.com.
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