The Sixth India International Salsa Congress
The annual Salsa congress will feature international artistes such as David Paris and Zoë Klein from the US, BNF Columbia and Salsa duo Alberto Romay from France and Mika Takenaga from Japan. The congress will include performances, workshops, a Salsa boot camp for beginners and qualifiers and finals of the All India Salsa Championships 2011.
DocEdge Festival: Watch award- winning films from the Baltic states, China and India.
Workshop, 10am-3pm; shows, 7pm. Clarks Exotica, Sadahalli, Devanahalli. Full-festival passes, inclusive of the three-day workshop and all shows, Rs 5,500, Rs 4,200 for performers and Rs 3,250 for students Half-festival passes, valid only for shows, Rs 4,500, Rs 3,500 for performers, Rs 2,750 for students, available at Lourd Vijay’s Dance Studio, No. 4, 1st Main Road, Chakravarthy Layout, off Palace Cross Road.For details, call 9845239123 or Visit www.indiainternationalsalsacongress.com
Cannes in India
Curated by Meenakshi Shedde, the festival was born out of the need to screen in India films that have received acclaim around the world. The festival will feature eight Indian films, including Udaan, Marana Simhasanam and Salaam Bombay!
6pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar. For details, visit bangalore.afindia.org or call 41231345.
The festival will present award-winning documentaries, including entries from the DOK Leipzig Film Festival, and films from the Baltic states, China and India (including Deepa Bhatia’s Nero’s Guests). All screenings will have English subtitles.
6.30pm (12 August) and 4pm (13 August). Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indiranagar 1st Stage. For details, visit www.goethe.de/ins/in/bag or call 25205308.
Carnatic music concert
A Carnatic concert led by N. Ravikiran on the chitravina, accompanied by Akkarai Subbalakshmi on violin, Guruvayur Dorai on mridangam and G.S. Ramanujam on ghatam. Ravikiran was recognized early in his life as a prodigy—at the age of 2, he stunned the Carnatic world by correctly identifying 325 ragas and 175 talas at a classical music demonstration.
6pm. Unnati Centre, Ganesha Temple Road, NGEF Layout, Sadananda Nagar, off Old Madras Road. For details, call 25384642.
This charity rock concert in aid of The Children Relief Fund will feature Pentagram from Mumbai and Motherjane from Kochi. Pentagram is a four-piece rock and electronica act featuring Vishal Dadlani on vocals, Randolph Correia on guitar, Papal Mane on bass and Shiraz Bhattacharya on drums. Motherjane, a progressive rock band, includes Suraj Mani on vocals, Clyde Rozario on bass, Deepu Sasidharan and Santosh Chandran on guitars, and John Thomas on drums and percussion.
6pm. St John’s Medical College, Koramangala. Tickets, Rs 200, available at the venue and www.buzzintown.com. For details, call 22065036, 9986984878.
Till 24 August
Autoraj, a solo show by Zen Marie from South Africa, is part II of his Caught by Traffic project. Visitors can meet the artist for discussions on the mass-media installations at 6pm on 13 August and again on 20 August. The project engages with the personalities behind popular modes of city public transport, particularly autorickshaw drivers.
1-5pm. 1, Shanthi Road Studio Gallery, Shanthinagar. For details, visit autoraj.tumblr.com or call 9886096274, 9880227706.
Till 30 September
Visit the Thai fine-dining space at The Oberoi hotel this fortnight to say sawadika (hello) to their new culinary head, chef Sakphon Jornthaisong, who has come from Thailand’s Buriram province. The chef will present a selection of his signature creations, including Pla Pho (baked fish in banana leaf with Thai herbs), Toohu Medmanung (tofu cooked with cashew nuts and chilli) and Kang Kiew Wan Kai Ma Phow Onn (chicken cooked in a tender coconut shell with Thai green curry).
Noon-3.30pm, 7.30-11.30pm. The Oberoi, 37-39, MG Road.Charges, approx. Rs 1,300 per person. For details, call 25585858.
From my Grandmother’s Closet
Kolkata-based designers Rumi and Bappaditya Biswas bring their label Bailou to Bangalore. With this exhibition of handwoven saris, titled From my Grandmother’s Closet, the designers aim to revive traditional borders, patterns and motifs. Old naksha borders on reshmi cotton, jamdani butis on reshams, tissues and matkas, and satin-feel gajji borders on cottons will be on display.
10.30am-7pm. Ambara , 119, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road, Ulsoor. Prices, Rs 750-13,500. For details, call 25575196.
Bondage and Beyond
Contemporary dancer Veena Basavarajaiah will present her unusual take on ‘margam’, traditional Bharatanatyam repertoire. The dancer’s plait is used to bind her to a frame for part of the show. Later, she uses the plait as a prop, and even brings it to life as a character. She reinterprets elements of Bharatanatyam, such as gestures or ‘hastas’, to make them modern, often even rendering them meaningless. She also attempts to re-imagine tropes such as the ‘sakhi’ (friend) and the ‘nayika’ (heroine) to make them fresh.
7pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanth Nagar. Tickets, Rs 150, available at the venue. For details, call 41231340.
Kennedy Bridge, directed and written by Khalid Mohamed, promises to be a blockbuster musical production. The highlights of the large-scale production by Ashvin Gidwani Productions include an LED wall of digitalized paintings by artist Chintan Upadhyay, costumes by James Ferreira, a mujra song by Himesh Reshammiya and dances choreographed by Javed Sanadi of the Jhalak Dikhlaja TV dance show. The play draws on Mohamed’s real-life rendezvous with a dancing girl he first met as a schoolboy. 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Documentary: Avijit Mukul Kishore’s Vertical City.
6.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA. Tickets, Rs 500, Rs 760, Rs 1,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,000, available at the venue and in.bookmyshow.com For details, call 66223737.
Parama Prema Rupa
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) will organize Parama Prema Rupa—a performance in Sattriya, the classical dance form from Assam—as part of its Umang series. Anwesa Mahanta, who has trained with Bayanacharya Ghanakanta Bora in the ancient style, will showcase the slow, subtle movements of the dance. Admission is on first-come, first-served basis.
7pm. Little Theatre, NCPA, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point. For details, call 66223737 or visit www.ncpamumbai.com.
Intarsia: Memory Trace
Till 27 August
Sakshi Gallery’s annual monsoon show features four emerging artists: Kim Seola, Lee Hayan, Schon Mendes and Shivani Aggarwal. The title of the exhibition, Intarsia: Memory Trace, refers to the technique of mosaic inlay in wood to capture the spirit of group shows, which offer a diverse pick of the varied young voices emerging in contemporary practice. Among them is South Korean artist Seola, 28, whose watercolours, inspired by nature, feature heaps of wispy leaves, strands of cascading flowers and floating bits of ash.
11am-6pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, near Regal Cinema, Colaba. For details, call 66103424 or visit www.sakshigallery.com
He’s only in his early 20s, but pianist Sharik Hasan is already being called one of the most promising Indian jazz musicians to have emerged in recent years. At his gig this fortnight, expect the jazz pianist, composer and arranger from Paris to toss around unconventional chords and surprising rhythms.
10pm. Blue Frog, D/2, Mathuradas Mill Compound, NM Joshi Marg (entrance from Tulsi Pipe Road), Lower Parel West. Entry, Rs 300. For details, call 40332300.
The Vikalp Film Archive and Alliance Française de Bombay are organizing a screening of Avijit Mukul Kishore’s documentary film ‘Vertical City’. The film is about a slum rehabilitation project in Goregaon. When the residents of Shivshashi Punarvasan Prakalp in Dindoshi speak, you see not their faces but dwellings on the screen. Throughout the 34-minute film, a tiny digital camera climbs floors, wanders through corridors, explores rooms and perches above towers. The film attempts to give viewers a physical experience of living in the space, with all its attendant problems.
7pm. Theosophy Hall, Alliance Française de Bombay, opposite American Center, New Marine Lines, Churchgate. For details, call 22036187.
Till 20 August
In her exhibition Lv Pony, Paula Sengupta records war stories on pillows, quilts and bedding. The show takes its name from a collection of six pillows embroidered with anecdotes of an ambush by Brigadier Raj Panwar (he used to sign off as “Lv, Pony”) during the India-Pakistan war of 1971. Besides the general’s story, the pillows also tell the story of how Sengupta’s father had given his then young bride a loaded pistol to keep under her pillow when he left for war. The result was that “with the pistol beneath her pillow”, she became “twice as scared and slept not a wink”.
Flagging it: Independence Day celebrations at Epicentre, Gurgaon.
11am-7pm (Monday-Saturday). Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony. Prices, Rs 20,000 to Rs 6 lakh. For details, call 26922947.
The WhyNot Place: The Transforming State-II
Till 16 August
The third residency project at Religare Art has transformed the gallery space into a studio, where visitors can see 16 artists producing artworks. This year, the residency is being mentored by Sumakshi Singh, an art historian, who was also the visiting art adviser at Khoj in 2010. The theme for this year is centred on displacement and relocation. The artists have been asked to negotiate their own personal histories and memories with the history of the city.
10am-11pm. Religare Art, D-3 P3B District Centre, Ground floor, Saket. For details, call 39126922 or visit www.religarearts.com.
A celebration of Indian classical music on the piano by raga pianist Utsav Lal. Lal, who lives in Dublin, Ireland, will present night-time ragas.
7.30pm. Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Passes available at the programmes desk. For details, visit www.utsavlal.com or call 43663333.
Independence Day carnival
Time Out is organizing an Independence Day celebration. Start the day with flag-hoisting and the singing of the national anthem by students of Pathways School. Watch Bhai Mian flying 150 kites on one string, and enjoy shopping, games, films, theatre and kite-making workshops. There will also be stalls selling street food from across the country.
10am-6pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon.
The play opens with a dream, and proceeds to unfold like one. Patol Babu, amiable Everyman and amateur’s amateur, is offered a chance to appear in a film. Those who’ve read Satyajit Ray’s short story ‘Patol Babu, Film Star’, on which ‘Taramandal’ is largely based, will know the tragicomic twist that follows. Ray’s original might have produced a diverting piece of theatre in itself, but writer-director Neel Chaudhuri uses it as the fulcrum for a series of stories that revolve around it. None of them are explicitly related to Patol’s venture, but they all illuminate what it means to hope, to try, and to fail. 1 hour, 50 minutes.
7.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. Tickets, Rs 100, Rs 250 and Rs 350, available at the programmes desk. For details, call 43663333.
One Billion Eyes
The Prakriti Foundation is organizing the seventh One Billion Eyes festival—this year’s theme is Mahatma Gandhi and how “post-independence India has negotiated its Gandhi legacy”. Documentary films will be screened in the competitive section on all five days. A series of events are lined up for 15 August, including a children’s play, puppet show, music performance, cartoon exhibition and panel discussions.
6pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, College Road, Nungambakkam. For details,visit www.abillioneyes.in or call 66848506, 9840666761.
Seventh Annual QFI Quiz
This year’s edition of the Quiz Foundation of India’s annual quiz has three quizzes: The AVe Maria Audio-Visual Quiz, (9.30am-12.30pm), The C-Cube Sports Quiz (1.30-4pm) and The QFI Open Quiz (4.30-8.30pm). A maximum of three members are allowed per team.
Solo show: Manohar Raja.
9.15am-8.30pm. Registration fee, Rs 50 per team, per quiz. PRC Centenary Hall, Venkatraman Street, T Nagar. For details, call 9840126727.
MetroPlus Theatre Festival
The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Festival brings eight plays to Chennai. On 12 August, watch the Korean play Kkok-Du. Chasing my Mamet Duck will be staged on 13 August, and the whodunnit, The Real Inspector Hound, on 14 August. On 15 August, watch The Interview, winner in the best play and actor categories at this year’s Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards.
7.30pm, Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road, Chennai. Student passes, Rs 100. Tickets, Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 500, and season passes, Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,600, available at www.indianstage.in. For details, call 9003016954
Acrylics and watercolours on canvas
Till 17 August
Artist Manohar Raja is hosting a solo show of his latest collection of paintings inspired by nature, spirituality and rural life. His chosen medium for this collection is acrylic on canvas. There are a few pieces on display that have been created using watercolours and pastels. His collection is also available for sale.
11am-7pm. Ayya Art Galleries, No. 33, Woods Road, Mount Road. For details, visit www.ayaart.com or call 9841076654, 9841037810.
Thai Food Festival
Taj Deccan is hosting a Thai food fest at the Syn Asian Grill and Bar. Chef Ananda Solomon of Thai Pavilion, Taj President, Mumbai, has been flown in to serve up Thai delicacies such as Mee Krob (crispy sweet and sour rice noodles), Sa-Khu Sai Pla (flour dumplings filled with minced fish) and Kaeng Ped Sod Prik Thai Orn (duck curry with young green pepper).
Thai food fest: Papaya salad.
12.30-2.45pm and 7.30-11.45pm. Syn Asian Grill and Bar, Taj Deccan, Banjara Hills. Prices, Rs 600-800. For details, call 66663939.
Une Execution Ordinaire
The Hyderabad Film Club, in association with Alliance Française de Hyderabad, will screen the French film, Une Execution Ordinaire (An Ordinary Execution), which recalls the last days of Stalin’s dictatorship, delving into the lives of people caught up in the mælstrom of Stalin’s infamous Doctors’ Plot. Marc Dugain’s compelling debut feature revolves around Anna, a gifted young doctor who is secretly summoned to the Kremlin to care for Stalin, and slowly finds herself engulfed in a web of sinister manipulation. With English subtitles. 1 hour, 45 minutes.
6.30pm. Prasad Film Labs Preview Theatre, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills. For details, email email@example.com.
‘Abhisaar’, an Assamese play, is based on a poem by Rabindranath Tagore. It will be presented by Purbaranga of Guwahati. Director: Gunakar Dev Goswami. 1 hour, 10 minutes.
7pm. Ravindra Bharathi, Saifabad. Donor passes, Rs 100, available at www.indianstage.in For details, call 23231245.
- Yogendra Kalavalapalli
Colours of Korea
Till 14 August
Oxford Bookstore is presenting an exhibition of photography by Sampa Guha Majumdar, featuring the people, cultural life and nature of South Korea. Majumdar developed her interest in photography watching her father, who was also a photographer. She also works with Korea’s professional photographic organization, The Photography Club of Geoge Island.
Mélange: An exhibition at the Harrington Street Arts Centre.
11am-9pm. Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street. For details, call 9836288008.
ITC Sonar will host a special buffet lunch as part of Independence Day celebrations, with regional delicacies from across India. The buffet will feature delicacies from Maharashtra, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. There’s a special discount for Armed Forces personnel.
12.30-2.45pm. Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue. For details, call 23454545.
Till 15 August
Taj Bengal is presenting a festival of authentic Maharashtrian cuisine. Some of the popular items on the menu include batata vada, sukha jhinga, tawa fry masala, Malwani prawn curry, Chicken Kolhapuri, bharleli vangi, piwali batata bhaji, subz Kolhapuri with masala bhat or Pooran poli.
12.30-2.45pm and 7.30-11.45pm. Prices, Rs 2,000, plus taxes. Sonargaon, Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road. For details, call 66123939, 22233939.
Till 24 August
The Harrington Street Arts Centre is presenting an exhibition of paintings by 25 artists, including Manjunath Kamath, Subhash Awchat, Veer Munshi, Dhiraj Choudhury, Charan Sharma, Amitava Das, Baiju Parthan, Babu Xavier, Seema Kohli and Achuthan Kudallur. The works are in mediums such as oil, acrylic, mixed media and digital prints on board.
Noon-7pm (Monday-Saturday).8, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Harrington Mansions, Second floor, Flat 5 and 25B. For details, call 22829220, 22829221 or visit www.hstreetartscentre.com
Photos of Rato
Till 22 August
Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre and Tasveer are presenting an exhibition of 20 photographs by Nicholas Vreeland taken over 26 years. Switzerland-born Vreeland’s father was a diplomat, so he lived in many places, including Germany, Morocco, France, Italy and the US. Vreeland first came to India in 1972, when he was introduced to Tibetan Buddhist culture. He also photographed the Dalai Lama’s first trip to the US in 1979. In 1985, he became a monk and joined the Rato Dratsang Monastery. The proceeds from the sale of photographs will go to the monastery.
2-8pm. Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, SP Mukherjee Road. For details, call 24556942, 24556943 or visit www.seagullindia.com, www.ratodratsangfoundation.org
- Indranil Bhoumik
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