Till 2 November
A solo show featuring the works of painter S. Sivabalan—sketches, watercolours and oil paintings—offers snapshots of rural India, simplified landscapes bathed in bright colours and ethnic figures in motion against minimalist white backdrops. The paintings, according to the artist, “depict native scenes of village life which are on the brink of disappearing in an increasingly culturally homogenized world”. The show is presented in association with the parent-teachers association of Stonehill International School in an attempt to raise funds for Morning Star Ashram, a home for orphaned boys. The prices of works range from Rs.10,000 to Rs.1.5 lakh.
11am-7pm. Kynkyny, 104, Embassy Square, 148, above Ganjam Jewellers, Infantry Road (40926202).
The Handmade Collective
31 October-4 November
Crafts promoters Mala and Sonia Dhawan of A Hundred Hands will turn their garden into an arts and crafts bazaar for the third year this fortnight. At this edition of their annual Handmade Collective, a section called “Discover Karnataka” will celebrate Rajyotsava Day, with artisans from the state showcasing contemporary interpretations of local crafts such as lacquerware, pottery, mud-painting and bamboo-weaving. Guest chefs will give demonstrations on cooking traditional Karnataka fare. There will even be demonstrations on putting together traditional home remedies from garden-grown herbs. Handcrafted saris, dupattas, jewellery, cushion covers, bags, silk and leather work will be among the items on display.
11am-7pm. A Hundred Hands, 4, Ashley Road, behind Hotel Ajanta, near MG Road. For details, call 9880714405/9845008482; email email@example.com or visit www.ahundredhands.com
Guitar maestro Carlos Santana will perform his signature mix of Afro-Latino blues, including hits like Black Magic Woman, Smooth and Maria Maria, at “Vladivar Rock ’n India”, the annual international rock festival.
3pm. Bhartiya City, Thanisandra Road, off Hebbal (visit Rockinindia.com for the map) (8778429669). Tickets, Rs. 2,750. For tickets, visit www.ticketgenie.in
Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna will perform at the inaugural concert of the 44th Music Conference hosted by The Bangalore Gayana Samaja. Krishna will be accompanied by R.K. Sriram Kumar on the violin, Arjun Kumar on mridangam and U.N. Giridhar Udupa on ghatam.
6pm. The Bangalore Gayana Samaja, Krishna Rajendra Road, Basavanagudi (26506049).
Oktoberfest @ Vivanta by Taj—MG Road
Vivanta by Taj on MG Road plays host to the city’s “original” Oktoberfest, held in association with the Indo-German Cultural Society. The festivities will include unlimited beer, a buffet spread of German delicacies, and performances by Reisbacher Musikanten, a 21-member band from Bavaria.
12.30-4pm. Trinity Hall, Vivanta by Taj, 41/3, Trinity Circle, Mahatma Gandhi Road (66604444). Tickets, Rs.2,000, all inclusive.
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Understanding Art Materials 3
“Understanding Art Materials” is a series of four monthly lectures on understanding and managing works of art. This time, the subject is photography, and art conservator S. Girikumar will talk about the strengths and limitations of various materials, as well as the combinations and techniques used in the creation of artworks.
6pm. Apparao Galleries, 7, Wallace Garden, Third Street, Nungambakkam (28330726). For details, visit www.apparaogalleries.com or call 9941012382/9790924889.
Travel with Jasleen Dhamija through the textiles of
The Yarn Club is an initiative by Apparao Galleries to provide a platform for textile enthusiasts, collectors and designers to share and enhance their knowledge and love of textiles. Jasleen Dhamija has been involved in the development, revival and research of traditional crafts, handloom, folk art, performing arts, community development and women’s employment for decades.
11am. Apparao Galleries, Nungambakkam (28330726). For details, visit www.apparaogalleries.com or call 9790924889/9941012382.
Till 2 November
The nine-day musical extravaganza, Navotsavam, has Carnatic vocal and instrumental music, religious/spiritual discourses, a percussion ensemble and classical dance. On the schedule are recitals by Carnatic vocalists such as Vikku Vinayakram, O.S. Arun, Sudha Ragunathan, Nithyasree Mahadevan, and the Priya Sisters; contemporary classical music by Sikkil Gurucharan and Anil Srinivasan; Bharatanatyam by Shobana; and a spiritual musical discourse (Harikatha/Kathakalakshepam) by Vishaka Hari.
7pm. Music Academy, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs.100, Rs.200, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, available on www.indianstage.in
Till 3 November
Nandini Goud’s works are described as radically bold, replete with imagery, a brilliant palette, utter disregard for time and space, but succinct and direct. Daughter of artist Laxma Goud, she has carved a special style for herself over the past few years. Her paintings, drawings, sketches and prints are classified as Naïve art.
11am-7pm (till 2pm on Sunday). Focus Art Gallery, 59, TTK Road, Alwarpet (24986611). For details, visit www.focusartgallery.co.in
By Nandini Reddy
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This annual three-day festival is one of the high points of the city’s cultural calendar.
Frederik Köster Quartet + Luca Ciarla Quartet
The Frederik Köster Quartet is from Cologne in Germany and includes Köster (trumpet), Matthias Akeo Nowak (bass), Ralf Gessler (drums) and Tobias Hoffman (guitar). The Luca Ciarla Quartet from Italy, led by violinist Ciarla, blends contemporary jazz and ethnic music to create a Mediterranean jazz sound with a gypsy touch. The quartet consists of Vince Abbracciante (accordion), Nicola Di Camillo (bass and double bass) and Francesco Savoretti (drums).
Electric Konarak Band with Gumby + Marcin Wasilewski Trio
The Electric Konarak Band is led by guitarist Konarak Reddy, known for integrating the Hindustani and Carnatic styles. At this event, he will be supported by Muthu Kumar (tabla), Karan Joseph (piano and keyboards), Mishka M’ba (bass) and Louis J. Pinto aka Gumby (drums). The Marcin Wasilewski Trio from Poland features Marcin Wasilewski on piano, Slawomir Kurkiewicz on bass and Michal Miskiewicz on drums.
Frøy Aagre Quartet + Matej Benko Quintet
Norwegian saxophonist Frøy Aagre’s group comprises some of the most talented Norwegian jazz musicians today, including Erlend Slettevoll (piano), Audun Ellingsen (bass) and Jonas Barsten Johnsen (drums). Their performance will be followed by one from modern jazz pianist Matej Benko, from the Czech Republic, and his group, comprising Radek Zapadlo (saxophone), Pavel Zboril (drums), Rastislav Uhrík (bass), and Miroslav Hloucal (trumpet).
6pm. Ficci Auditorium, Foundation House, Mandi House (23738760). Entry by invitation. For details, visit www.jazzutsav.in
Indo-German Urban Mela
27 October-4 November
This festival, part of “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”, is being organized by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan to celebrate 60 years of Indo-German ties. After Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, the Indo-German Urban Mela, featuring a variety of cultural events, is all set to charm the Capital.
Novel Tree: The Indian novel comes under the spotlight with authors Jeet Thayil, Rana Dasgupta, Indrajit Hazra, Ambarish Satwik, Amitabha Bagchi, Chandrahas Chowdhury, Anita Roy and Nilanjana Roy reading from their published and forthcoming books. 2-4pm.
Barbara Yelin: Comic artist and illustrator Barbara Yelin will compose six portraits of people at the Mela and will also hold a workshop for young people, focusing on how to capture city spaces via comics. 3.30pm. For details on this programme, and registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Poetry Slam—City As Sarai: Poets will read their works on the theme of “City as Sarai/Yeh Sheher Ek Sarai”. 5pm.
Talks on Cities: The focus will be on issues related to modernity, architecture, sustainability and mobility in our cities. 10am-5pm.
Hold the Novel— Hidden City: Witness a series of readings by authors like Urvashi Butalia, Rana Dasgupta and Veena Venugopal— from short stories, plays, screenplays and essays to travel writing, flash fiction, reportage and more. 5.30pm.
Indraprastha Millennium Park, Gate No 1, Ring Road, near Sarai Kale Khan ISBT (24371100). For details, visit www.germany-and-india.com/en/IGUM/775
City of Hope I/City of Hope II
26 October-1 December/27 October-17 November
Artist and architect Martand Khosla is presenting his solo show City of Hope across two venues—City of Hope I at Seven Art gallery and City of Hope II at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Khosla examines urban growth and planning through a series of installations and mixed-media portraits.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Seven Art gallery, M-44/2, M Block Market, Greater Kailash II (64640884).
10am-6.30pm. School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU (64640884). For details, visit www.sevenartlimited.com
Ignite! Festival of Contemporary Dance 2012
31 October-4 November
The second edition of the contemporary dance festival organized by the Gati Dance forum returns this fortnight. This year the festival will take dance to alternative, public spaces ranging from malls and heritage sites to galleries.
The Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore, will present its contemporary dance production ‘MeiDhwani’. The performance is choreographed by Jayachandran Palazhy and is part of the Indo-German Urban Mela.
7.30pm. Indraprastha Millenium Park, Gate no 1, near Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, Ring Road.
The Little Theatre Group (LTG), Mandi House, will present ‘Ravanama’, a performance by actor and dancer Maya Krishna Rao.
8.30pm. For entry details, call Gati Dance (9971406113). Tickets, Rs.150, Rs.300 and Rs.450, available on in.bookmyshow.com. For details, visit www.ignitedancefestival.com
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Till 1 December
Taj Krishna has returned with the “Friday BBQ” series at its restaurant Alfresco, offering a range of grills and barbeques, including Indian kebabs, seafood—crab, squid, prawns, octopus—and a variety of salads. The main course has biryani and curries besides Continental and Chinese fare.
7.30-11pm. Alfresco, Taj Krishna, Road No.1, Banjara Hills ( 66662323). Price, Rs.2,000 per person, inclusive of taxes and unlimited IMFL and sparkling wine.
The Two Escobars
The Two Escobars tells the story of a drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and a soccer star, Andrés Escobar, in Colombia. While the two are not related, their fate is. For Pablo’s drug money has made Andres’ national team into South American champions, favoured to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. But in a game against the US, Andres commits a blunder, scoring an “own goal” that gets his team eliminated and eventually costs him his life.
7pm. Lamakaan, off Road No.1, Banjara Hills (9642731329).
Carnatic music session
Vocalist Swetha Prasad teams up with Polanka Sai Kumar on the violin, Renuka Prasad on the mridangam, and K. Shyam Kumar on the kanjira for an evening of classical Carnatic music.
6pm. Keyes Girls High School, St. John’s Road, Secunderabad ( 27703219)
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
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Theatre group Sayak will present Bengali play Pinki Buli, written by Indrashis Lahiri and directed and enacted by Meghnad Bhattacharya. The story revolves around two girls, Pinki and Buli. Buli is from a remote village and works as a domestic help at quintessential urban teenager Pinki’s house. While Pinki goes to a convent school, Buli babysits Pinki’s brother. It is a story about two different lives—their wishes, dreams, pain, conflict and trials.
6.30pm. Saturday at Star Theatre, Hatibagan; and Sunday at the Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. Tickets, Rs.60 and Rs.100, available at the venues. For details, call 9830716207.
Till 1 November
Photography club Alok Rekhay is presenting the 11th edition of its exhibition by members. The exhibition displays around 75 works by 24 members, along with two guest photographers from Bhopal and Sikkim and three guest photographers from Slovenia, Belgium and Cyprus.
3-8pm (closed on 29 October). New South Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 9433099962.
Kolkata’s leading theatre group Nandipat deals with the experience of old age and the loneliness, depression and insecurity that come with it for those who live alone or don’t have close family ties. The story of ‘Bhrom’, written by Ujjwal Chattopadhyay and directed by Prokash Bhattacharya, revolves around a middle-aged widow and three retired persons—a professor-cum-painter, a former police officer and a doctor who has stopped practising.
6.30pm. Rabindra Sadan, 1, Cathedral Road, near AJC Bose Road. Tickets, Rs.40 and Rs.60, available at the venue. For details, call 9830254562.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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Mumbai International Beer Festival
Beer-lovers who missed out on the Oktoberfest can rejoice at the second edition of the Mumbai International Beer Festival. The selection of international beers (a whopping 45 so far, and counting) includes Birra Moretti, Amstel and Tsingtao. Chilled brews can be enjoyed with piping-hot munchies from Ray’s Cafe & Pizzeria, The Bagel Shop, Red Ninja, Café Arabia and Mocha Mojo, among others. There will also be performances by live bands, beer-tasting sessions and quizzes.
5.30-10pm on Saturday and 11.30am-10pm on Sunday. Mumbai International Beer Festival, D’Monte Park Recreation Club, Bandra Gymkhana, Perry Road, Bandra—West (8806005050). Passes, Rs.500, Rs.1,500, Rs.5,000, Rs.6,000 and Rs.8,000, available at the venue and on in.bookmyshow.com. For details, visit www.beerfestival.in
An LBD with a witch’s hat or devil’s horns just won’t do—Lady Gaga-esque costumes are a must if you want to fit in with the stylish set at this “Glow in the Fashion Graveyard” party special. DJs Twisted Bass and Vinit Dave will spin the best of commercial house, bartenders will mix special bone-chilling cocktails and a face- painting booth will offer temporary tattoos in neon colours.
10pm. F Lounge.Diner.Bar, One Indiabulls Centre, Third floor, Senapati Bapat Marg, Elphinstone Road (66505820). Cover charge, Rs.2,000 for couples.
Screenings at Prithvi
The film group Vikalp is organizing a screening of two documentaries by British Muslim film-maker Ruhi Hamid—Lahore Law: Illicit Affair and Inside a Shari’ah Court. The former looks at the issue of zina or sex before or outside marriage, which carries a life sentence in Pakistan. It follows the case of Khalida, who claims she was abducted and raped by Waqar, who is on trial owing to her allegations. Waqar insists that they were in love, and that adds to the complications in the plot.
In the second documentary, Hamid heads to Zamfara in northern Nigeria, where a dual legal system of British common law and Shari’ah law is practised. Hamid looks at how the diverse systems coexist.
7pm. Prithvi House, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Vile Parle (26149546). Entry on first-come, first-served basis
Till 25 November
Bangalore artist Nilofer Suleman has trained and worked as a cartographer and miniature artist . Her show ‘Bombay Bioscope’—like the previous ones Sulemani Chai and We Two, Ours One—toasts the life of the street, this time through our far-too-celebrated cinema. Before big screens and Bollywood, there were bioscopes, beautifully adorned and unassuming. You could peek into them and watch the real world around you disappear, revealing a painted universe. The exhibition does just the same, recreating Mumbai as we know it dissolving into an older world where stars come to Parsi cafés, weave dreams in old studios, walk through the streets of Chor Bazaar and pick up old, crumbling books at Fort or watch a movie at the Palace theatre.
Suleman is inspired by Indian typography and street graphics. Her work is a coalition of styles that weave together a host of Indian influences: animated characters, old and charming lithographs of gods and goddesses hidden away on tin boxes, hilarious misspelt words and matchbox art.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Art Musings, 1, Admiralty Building, opposite Dunne’s Institute, Colaba Cross Lane, Colaba (22163339).
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