True to original: From Ramli Ibrahim’s Spellbound.
Ramli Ibrahim, an international exponent of Odissi, returns to Delhi with his Sutra Dance Theatre repertory to perform ‘Spellbound’, a production that toured the US to rave reviews last year. Ibrahim received rigorous grounding in classical Odissi under the late Debaprasad Das, noted for his contribution to the revival of Odissi in the 1950s.
‘Spellbound’ evokes Odissi’s sensual, pre-revival antecedents, which are rarely retained in its current classical expression, with Indian, Malay and Chinese dancers.
6.30pm. Azad Bhawan, Indraprastha Estate, near ITO (9811423444).
New Delhi World Book Fair
30 January-7 February
The National Book Trust of India presents the 19th New Delhi World Book Fair. This year the fair is themed “Reading for Common Wealth”.
Books on sports in India will be the main category on display.
11am-8pm. Hall Nos 1-14, Pragati Maidan.
Most of us are curious to know about our future, and we’re willing to pay good money for it, so we expect to have the service provided. And we predict that it will be, this fortnight, at Nakshatra 2010, the one-stop shop for everything you ever wanted to know (or didn’t) about the future. The India Trade Promotion Organisation brings together around 100 astrologers, tarot card readers, gemologists, herbalists and vaastu experts for the week-long fair.
11am-8pm. Hall No. 15, Pragati Maidan.
Penguin India and Eureka Bookstore is organizing an hour’s fun for children with Satyajit Ray’s super sleuth Feluda at the launch of the third Feluda graphic novel, Murder by the Sea. Scriptwriter Subhadra Sengupta and illustrator Tapas Guha will take the participants through a storytelling and comic-making session. For ages 8 and above.
4.30-5.30pm. Eureka Bookstore, 235, DLF Place, Saket. To register, call Bharti Taneja (46131411) or Swati Roy (9213839367).
An English play by the Free Parking Theatre Company, this is a roller-coaster ride within the mind of the character Neel. He meets several quirky characters—some of them want to help him, others, destroy him. But what will happen when Neel cannot remember his real life? Directed by Pranav Manchanda and Arnav Nanduri.
7pm. Auditorium, Shri Ram Centre, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg (23714307). Tickets, Rs100 and Rs200. For details, call 9871924677.
Small-town wonder: A still from the film Supermen of Malegaon, which will be screened at MIFF India.
The 11th Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) of documentaries, short films and animated films kicks off this Wednesday. Registrations for MIFF have opened. A delegate card costs Rs100, while it’s Rs50 for students. Forms can be downloaded from www.miffindia.in or collected from Films Division, Peddar Road (23510461). The schedule will be put up on the website ahead of the festival.
Timings vary. National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (66223737).
K. Ramachandran, director of the cultural organization Keli, is presenting a three-day Chhau festival. Keli’s annual festival, which started Thursday, will feature Mayurbhanj Chhau by members of Maheswas Hohanta’s Rengalbeda Chhau Nrutya Pratisthan on 29 January. Mayurbhanj Chhau is the only form of Chhau in which the artists don’t wear masks. Spend the last day watching three documentaries back-to-back on the three Chhau styles. Film-maker Santosh Gaur presents the one on Seraikella, Dhananjay Mandol on Purulia and Nirad Mahapatra on Mayurbhanj.
6.45pm at the YB Chavan Auditorium, Chavan Centre, near Mantralaya, General Jagannath Bhosle Marg (22852081). And 7pm at Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, near Hotel Tulip Star, Juhu. Donor passes are available at Giri Stores (24122316), Rhythm House (43222727) and the venue.
DJ Chloe + DJ Charlee
She released her first track in 2001 but it wasn’t until late 2007 that Chloe Thevenin’s first album, The Waiting Room, came out. The French deejay’s track list firmly established her reputation on the Parisian club scene. She brings her experimental, dirty-sounding minimal streak to Mumbai. DJ Charlee of Bhavishyavani Future Soundz will take over the floor after her.
4pm. Aurus, Nichani Kutir, Juhu Tara Road, near the Reid and Taylor showroom, Juhu (67106667).
Ustad Alla Rakha Khan Barsi Concert
This annual, day-long concert of Indian classical music, which pays tribute to the memory of legendary tabla player Ustad Alla Rakha Khan on his death anniversary, is one of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar.
6.30am onwards. Shanmukhananda Hall, Comrade Harbans Lal Marg, Sion, East (24078888). Passes available at Rhythm House and the venue. Check the local newspapers for the schedule, not confirmed at the time of publication.
‘For Pina’ is dance academy Attakkalari’s tribute to the famous German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch. She was a leading influence in the development of the dance-theatre style of performance. Bausch died of cancer five days after she was diagnosed of the disease in June last year. Since its formation in 1992, the Bangalore-based repertory Attakkalari has stood apart from other Indian contemporary dance companies because of its search for a creative movement lexicon rather than a predetermined form. Having trained for several years in Bharatanatyam and Kalaripayattu, dancer Jayachandran Palazhy has a deep understanding of how classical forms contain signs and signals, which constitute a kind of cross-cultural knowledge. The performance is being co-hosted by the Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Call the venue for ticket prices.
Dancing on Glass
Megha works nights at a call centre. Shankar is a software engineer. This is a comical look at their crazy lives as they get by in a city on the move, in a world gone just a little mad. Dancing on Glass first premiered in 2004, and still retains relevance in Bangalore. While the operating conditions in the IT industry have improved since 2004, there are still some disturbing fundamental assumptions about the call centre world, says writer-director Ganesh Kamatham. “The play looks these issues squarely in the eye,” he says.
3.30pm and 7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100 (3.30pm) and Rs150 (7.30pm).
Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
The oldest professional chamber orchestra in the world, conducted by Michael Hofstetter, will present a selection of baroque and classical music, including a set of fresh compositions.
7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, Vyalikaval (23443956). For passes, contact Vidya at 26582543.
Till 13 February
Steeped in faith: From Fawzan Husain’s series Faith.
Fawzan Husain is a photojournalist and lecturer of journalism at the Shari Academy in Mumbai. In around two decades on the job with Mid-Day and India Today, Husain has had many a tough assignment, including the 1992-93 Mumbai riots. He has shown on a handful of occasions, with series such as Bombay’s Life Line—Tracks, based on life around the city’s local train network, Children of Kamathipura, on Mumbai’s oldest red-light district, and Silver Screen, which was shot largely on film sets in Bollywood. For Faith, his new series, Husain travelled from the temple towns and religious centres of Trimbakeshwar (about 30km from Nashik), Ellora and Jejuri (about 47km from Pune) in Maharashtra to the monasteries of Leh and Ladakh, and even attended the week-long Braj Holi celebrations in Uttar Pradesh, and the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata. “I wanted to see the crazy things that people do for religion,” says the photographer.
10am-6pm. Tasveer, Sua House, 26/1, Kasturba Cross Road (22128358).
Six books, ranging from literary criticism to columns by Nagesh Hegde, writer and former editor of the Kannada magazine Sudha, will be released by Kannada literary critic B.K. Chandrashekar. The books have been published by Ankita Pustaka, the Gandhi Bazaar-based bookstore.
10am. Indian Institute of World Culture, BP Wadia Road, Basavanagudi (26678581).
— By Karuna Amarnath
Till 7 February
This exhibition of photographs by Srivatsa N.C. explores the concept of stillness in movement. With a dancer as his muse, the way Srivatsa has captured both stillness and movement in the same frame has been applauded across the world.
11am-7pm. Palazzo, No. 7, 1st Floor, Seethamma Road, Alwarpet (42030546).
Punjabi Food Festival
Till 7 February
Enjoy an authentic Punjabi meal at The Crown, which offers a breathtaking view of the city. Speciality chef Sweety Singh dishes out vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries to go with ghee-soaked rotis and kulchas, while original Bhangra tracks play in the background.
7.30-11.45pm. The Residency Towers, Sir Thyagaraya Road, T Nagar (28156363).
Lobster Food Festival
Till 31 January
The beach-facing multi-cuisine restaurant, Wharf, presents an amazing selection of lobster dishes, which can be ordered a la carte along with a soup, salad, Indian bread and pastas. Also enjoy a complimentary glass of Indian wine—red or white.
12.30-11pm. GRT Temple Bay Beach Resort, Covelong Beach Road, East Coast Road (27443636). Reservations are a must.
Till 30 January
Artists Amitabh Sengupta, Asma Menon, P. Sridhar and Rathin Kanji are showcasing their impressions of graffiti. All the works use bold colours, textures and themes to evoke varied emotions.
10am-6pm . Art World, 1/12, Ganeshpuram, 3rd Street, off Cenotaph Road flyover (24338691).
Maharajapuram Srinivasan concert
An acclaimed Carnatic musician, Maharajapuram Srinivasan has been taking part in concerts since 1986. A disciple of his grandfather, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Maharajapuram Viswanatha Iyer, and father, Sangeetha Kalanidhi Maharajapuram Santhanam, both veterans in Carnatic music, Srinivasan has performed all over India in various leading sabhas, including The Music Academy, The Indian Fine Arts Society and the Tamil Isai Sangam in Chennai.
6.30pm. PS High School, 91, Mundakanni Amman Koil Street, Mylapore (24983842).
— By Indranil Bhoumik
Pretty Ugly Art
Till 7 February
Curated by Romain Mitra, this art exhibition examines the idea of ugliness, often defined as the opposite of aesthetic, but which rarely has a proper definition. Mitra challenges the conventional views of the aesthetic. The participating artists look at it differently. Shridhar Iyer, for instance, speaks of the toilet, where graffiti comes to life. Samir Roy sees civilization as an ugly
tattoo on the face of a beautiful earth. Other artists featured include Nidhi Agarwal, Samit Das, Rabin Mondal, Sutanu Chatterjee and the stalwart Jogen Chowdhary.
11am-7pm (Monday closed). Bose Pacia Kolkata, Stephen Court, 18, Park Street (40010148).
Burn the Midnight Oil
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents an all-night reading session at the Seagull Bookstore. Bring your favourite book or pick one from their collection, and read it out. If you like, tell other participants how it changed your life. Also, movies such as Fahrenheit 451, directed by Francois Truffaut, and Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry will be screened. There will also be a special sale of books, at only Rs50 a book.
9pm. Seagull Bookstore, 31A, SP Mukherjee Road (24765869).
Burger and Beer Fest
Till 31 January
Buns and more: Don’t miss the Burger and Beer festival.
At The Peerless Inn’s 24-hour restaurant, guests can bite into burgers with juicy fillings such as chilli-cheese, jalapeno with cottage cheese, Mexican chicken, minced lamb, seafood, and even eggs sunny-sideup and chicken tikka, plus a complimentary pint of beer on the side.
11am-11pm, Oceanic, The Peerless Inn, 12, Jawaharlal Nehru Road (44003900/2228 0301). Charges, Rs850-900, inclusive of taxes, for two.
58th Kolkata Horse Show
The Indian Army’s Eastern Command at Fort William is organizing the National Equestrian Championship and the 58th
Kolkata Horse Show at the Pat Williamson Polo Grounds. The events include dressage, show jumping, individual and team tent pegging (lance and sword) and other disciplines.
8am-5pm (lunch break noon-2pm), Pat Williamson Polo Grounds (centre of race course, Maidan). For details, call 22222458.
Gnan Briksher Fall
Sayak’s newest production is based on Tolstoy’s Fruits of Culture, but is set in early 20th century Bengal. Decadent babu culture, feudal vagaries and luxuries, and flamboyant remnants of the “young Bengal” movement form the backdrop of the play.
6.30pm, Girish Mancha, 76/1, Bagbazar Street. Tickets, Rs60, Rs40, Rs30 and Rs20. For details, call 9830503108.
The British Council, Scottish Screen and Nandan host a selection of Scottish films by award-winning stage, screen and television actor Brian Cox, who will be present during the screening. A veteran of more than 50 feature films, he appeared in the films Red and The Escapist, both of which were official selections at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, US, and released worldwide this year.
Timings vary. Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre, 1/1, AJC Bose Road (22231210). For schedules, contact 22825370. Invitation passes available at the British Council and Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre.
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