Till 29 September
Chennai-based Apparao Galleries moves into the space previously occupied by Galleryske. The inaugural show at the gallery features drawings, paintings and watercolours of the late Nasreen Mohamedi, as well as Yogesh Rawal.
The Presidency, 82, St Mark’s Road (9941012380). Email email@example.com for details.
Guided walks are being hosted by the assistant curators of the National Gallery of Modern Art. One walk titled Introduction to the Language of Art (45 minutes) focuses on the basic vocabulary of art, while a second walk, called Introduction to Modern Indian Art (1 hour 15 minutes), unravels the history of Indian art from the 1850s. Both walks are open to people above the age of 18.
Introduction to the Language of Art, every Wednesday at 3pm; Introduction to Modern Indian Art, every Saturday at 10.30am. National Gallery of Modern Art, Manikyavelu Mansion, 49, Palace Road (22201027). Entry fee (inclusive of fee for the walks) for Indians Rs 10, non-Indians, Rs 150.
A Century of Indian Dance (1910-2010)
Beginning with rare documents of census studies on the devadasis of Tanjore, this film covers the evolution of dance practices (and the efforts at preserving them) over the last century, through the work of such pioneers as Ted Shawn and Anna Pavlova from the 1910s, Uday Shankar in the 1920s, Ram Gopal in the 1930s, and Kelucharan Mohapatra and Birju Maharaj in the 1950s. The film comprises rare press material and footage, drawn from the Mohan Khokar Dance Archives, and was put together by Ashish Khokar. 20 minutes.
6.30pm. Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, opposite UNI Building, Thimmaiah Road (41231345).
Suar Chala Space Ko
A science-fantasy play about two children, a dog and a pig who stumble on a spacecraft and travel to the Red Planet. The comedy subtly questions contemporary phenomena such as swine flu, TV programming and the media. The actors combine mime and shadow- play spectacularly. For children five years and above. 1 hour.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Contact 39895050 or log on to www.bookmyshow.com for ticket enquiries.
UpperCrust Food Show
This will be the eighth edition of UpperCrust magazine’s annual food event, and the first in Bangalore. There will be free cookery demonstrations by several chefs, including Nimish Bhatia from Baluchi, Farman Ali from Jamavar and Jaydeep Patil from Le Jardin. A grape-crushing event is planned too.
11am-8pm. The Lalit Ashok, Golf Course Road, High Grounds, Kumara Krupa (30527777). Daily, 7-11.30pm. For details, log on to www.theuppercrustshow.com
Tales from the Dastan-e-Amir Hamza, performed in the revived tradition of Dastangoi. The story is about Amir Hamza (uncle of the Prophet Mohammad), who sets out to conquer evil and has adventures involving demons, magical beings and tricksters of all sorts. Directed by Mahmood Farooqui, and Danish Hussain.
7.30pm. Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23445810). Tickets, Rs 200, Rs 300, Rs 500 and Rs1,000.
Media Mix Theatre Festival
Media Mix presents two action-packed plays. Produced by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lillete Dubey, 30 Days in September is a powerful, gripping tale about a mother-daughter relationship. It has completed 125 shows around the world. Love on the Brink, produced and directed by Dubey, will be staged the next day. It is a comic story about love and “the pursuit of happiness”.
7pm. Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, Harrington Road (9884663342/24527941). Tickets,Rs 600, Rs 850 and Rs 1,200, available at the venue, or log on to www.indianstage.in
Fools and Kings
The Madras Christian College Theatre Collective ‘42’ presents an original adaptation of the epic Mahabharat. The group, which won the Evam Theatricals’ award for Best Play Title in 2009, promises to enthrall audiences with its slick adaptation of the great epic.
12.30-1.30pm. Ethiraj College for Women, 70, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore (9884313337). Tickets, Rs 200, available at the venue.
Asima, a male vocal and percussion ensemble based in
Thiruvananthapuram, combines elements of Indian rhythm and melody, including Vedic chanting, Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, and folk music with the harmonic traditions of Western music. The ensemble, composed and directed by Devissaro, an Australian-born musician and composer who has lived in India since 1980, comprises five Carnatic singers—Anil Ram, Gokul Bhaskaran, Sreekumar, Khalid and Anoop Sivanand.
7pm. Museum Theatre, 406, Pantheon Road, Egmore (28369638). Tickets,Rs 300 and Rs 500, available at the venue.
French Cheese Tasting
Alliance Francaise Club Degustation in association with Courtyard by Marriot presents an evening of cheese tasting. Indulge in a platter of eight varieties of exotic French cheese, brought to you by cheese expert Daniel Dubosclard’s La Formagerie, which is based in Bangalore. The cheese will be paired with complimentary wine and French bread.
7.30pm. Rhapsody, Courtyard by Marriot, 564, Teynampet, Anna Salai (28279803). Entry, Rs 1,000 per person,Rs 800 for AFM members. Registration closes on 24 September.
From politicians to sportspeople to film stars, M.R. Rajamaran has caricatured most. In this exhibition, the artist will showcase some of his best works, and be available to give live demonstrations at the Visitor’s Centre on the premises.
11am-6pm. DakshinaChitra Art Gallery, DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841011785).
By Karuna Amarnath
The plot of this now-classic play revolves around the trial of one Sawar Ramchandar, who is accused of having opened fire on two superior officers, Captain Kapoor and Captain Varma. While Varma was killed on the spot, Kapoor survived and is now a witness in the court-martial proceedings against Ramchandar. Directed by Arvind Gaur.
7pm. Auditorium, Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets, Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 200.
Electro Deluxe Jazz
A jazz-funk hybrid, fuelled by groove and hip hop and projected on to electronica. At the crossroads of Herbie Hancock, Buckshot LeFonque and Meshell Ndegeocello, they offer a personal vision of futuristic jazz with Thomas Mayade (sax, loops), Jérémie Coke (bass), Gaël Cadoux (keys), Arnaud Renaville (drums), Thomas Mayade (trumpet) and James Copley (vocal).
8pm. Amphitheatre, Garden of Five Senses. For details,contact Alliance Française (43500217). Entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
25 and 26 September
The West Delhi Philatelic Society is organizing a stamp festival for philatelists who want to display their collections. This fortnight the Society celebrates its first anniversary with the Stamp Festival where 250 veteran and beginner philatelists will display their collections. The Society does not restrict itself to stamps. It also collect other artefacts, such as old international newspapers dating back to 1948.
9.30am-5.30pm. Ambedkar Bhawan, Rani Jhansi Road, opposite Bapu Samaj Sewa Kendra. Contact Vinod K. Sabharwal (9312601414) for details.
Talk on independent India
Subroto Bose, professor of political science at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, will discuss the topic “Subjects into citizens: India and the post-colonial challenge”.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Journalists Neelesh Misra and Rahul Pandita will read from their book The Absent State: Insurgency as an Excuse for Misgovernance.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
One of the least sardonic of all Buñuel films. Father Nazarín, a non-denominational journeyman priest, wanders through the plagues, sins and poverty of the secular world, experiencing a number of episodes that echo incidents in the gospels—until he learns the momentous lesson that he can receive charity as well as give it.
Buñuel never ridicules Nazarín’s efforts to follow Christ’s teachings, but stresses the priest’s fundamental detachment, and observes how irrelevant most of his work is to the sinners he tangles with. To the extent that the open ending is optimistic, Nazarín is a true Buñuel hero. (Spanish; 1 hour 34 minutes).
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
Zangoora—The Gypsy Prince
Till 19 December
‘Zangoora, the Gypsy Prince’—the world’s biggest Bollywood-themed theatrical musical extravaganza will be enacted in the country’s first dynamic 4D theatre.
A magnum opus production starring Hussain Kuwajerwalla, Gauahar Khan, Kashmira Irani and Sadanand Patil, the Bollywood-style musical brings alive the splendour of India in a mesmerizing, on-stage drama.
‘Zangoora—The Gypsy Prince’ is showing at Kingdom of Dreams, Sector 29, Gurgaon.
8pm daily, except Mondays. Nautanki Mahal, Kingdom of Dreams. Tickets, Rs 1,000- 6,000, available at the venue, or can be booked online at www.kingdomofdreams .in
Nandan SantiniketanArt Exhibition
Till 29 September
Nandan Santiniketan, an art association of former students of Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan, is organizing the seventh exhibition of 100 artworks. This rare collection of works by the alumni of Kala Bhavan includes paintings, sculptures, installations and graphic art by 50 artists. The oldest among these students is Dinkar Kowshik (1946 batch) and the youngest, Nabo Kumar Das (2008 batch). Various mediums, such as acrylic-on-canvas, mixed-medium and terracotta, have been used.
3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts, North Gallery, 2, Cathedral Road, for details contact 9051313519
Till 3 October
Taj Bengal presents the Street Food Festival featuring four different cuisines at its four signature restaurants: Chinoiserie, Sonargaon, The Hub and Souk. While Sonargaon is showcasing street food from Kolkata, The Hub features food from the streets of Naples and Sicily. At the Souk, savour Mediterranean fare from Damascus, and at Chinoiserie,
dig into street food from Shanghai .
Lunch, 12.30-3pm, dinner, 7.30-11.30pm (timing of The Hub , midnight-2am). Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road (22233939). Prices start from Rs 550 (vegetarian) and Rs 750 (non-vegetarian), a la carte. Taxes extra.
By Indranil Bhoumik
Maritime History Society Monsoon Lecture
If you’re curious about foreign travellers in India, Neeta Khandpekar’s lecture on the people who came to the Konkan coast in the medieval period can shed some light. Khandpekar is head of the history department at Mumbai’s KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce.
4.30-5.30pm. Capt MN Mulla Auditorium, near INCS (MB), Complex, Navy Nagar, Colaba.
Bombay 100 Years Ago
Till 28 September
See what the city looked like before post-independence architecture and how municipal development plans changed Mumbai. The exhibition features enlarged sepia-tinted photographs of heritage structures such as Rajabai Tower, Town Hall, Flora Fountain, the Museum and the grand railway station formerly known as Victoria Terminus. It also displays the streets and neighbourhoods that have changed beyond recognition in the 100 years since they were photographed.
Lobby, The Oberoi hotel, near the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point (66325757). Open 24x7. For details, log on to www.bombay100yearsago.com
Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca
28 and 30 September
Giacomo Puccini’s three-act opera centres on Floria Tosca, a famed singer in love with libertarian painter Mario Cavaradossi, who caught the attentions of Baron Scarpia, the lascivious chief of police. When Cavadarossi is tortured for hiding a revolutionary and arrested for shouting “Victory” at news of Napoleon’s triumph in Marengo, Scarpia asks for sex as payment to get the firing squad to use fake bullets and save the artist’s life. Tosca gives in, but manages to stab Scarpia to death with a dinner knife.
7pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, (66223737/66588997). Tickets, Rs1,000, Rs 2,000, Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000.
The Lady of Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader who has stood up against Myanmar’s military dictatorship, has been under house arrest for nearly 20 years. This week, Rukmini Vijayakumar brings Suu Kyi’s struggles to stage in a solo performance in The Lady of Burma. Directed by Prakash Belawadi and written by Richard Shannon. 1 hour 30 minutes.
7pm (25 September), 6.30pm (26 September). Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737/66588997). Tickets, Rs 250, available at the box office daily, 9am-7pm. Credit cards accepted.
The only key players in the Akvarious Productions’ play Second-Hand-Emotions are a writer and a soldier who engage in a free-flowing reminiscence of sexual anecdotes. 1 hour 20 minutes.
5pm, 7pm, 9pm. Prithvi House, First floor, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (26149546). Adults only. Call the venue for ticket prices.
Vikalp will organize a screening of three documentaries about developmental issues this week. The films, ‘The Real Face of Vedanta’, ‘Iron is Hot’ and ‘Before Dark’, argue passionately against large-scale projects in Chhattisgarh and Orissa and bolster their case by recording the protests against these projects. The Centre has since withdrawn permission to the Vedanta project. ‘Iron is Hot’, by veteran Jharkhandi film-makers Biju Toppo and Meghnath, focuses on the industrial pollution caused by sponge iron factories in Orissa. In ‘Before Dark’, Ajay T.G. looks at protests against Jindal Corp. in Chhattisgarh and ‘The Real Face of Vedanta’, by Surya Shankar Dash, follows protests by the Dongaria Kondh tribals.
7pm. Prithvi House, First floor, opposite Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (26149546).
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