A Retrospective Series
Until 12 February
A comprehensive look at the work of well-known French photographer Bernard Faucon, who was famous for his “staged” pictures.
Creative forces: A work on display at the Dus Mahavidyas show
11am-8pm. Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
The Sculptural Turn
Until 28 February
Works by nine contemporary sculptors: Prodosh Das Gupta, Satish Gujral, Paresh Maity, K.S. Radhakrishnan, Sheela Chamariya, Mukul Mishra, Soumitra Gouri, Mayyur Kailash Gupta and Soumitra Gouri.
11am-6pm, Monday-Saturday. Chawla Art Gallery, Square One Mall, C-2, Saket (26532077).
Madan Gopal Singh and Rekha Raj
A Sufi and Bhakti music recital by Madan Gopal Singh and Rekha Raj, on the occasion of 20 years of Sahmat (1989-2009).
4.30pm. MF Husain Gallery, Jamia Millia Islamia. Contact Sahmat (23711276).
Thomas Schrott and Daniel Bosshard
A duet by violinist Thomas Schrott and pianist Daniel Bosshard from Switzerland. They will present works by Mozart, Robert Gund and Fritz Kreisler. The event is in collaboration with The Neemrana Music Foundation.
7pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
The Manchurian Candidate
Major Bennett Marco (Denzel Washington) suffers nightmares, related somehow to his experiences in Kuwait in 1991. But only when he’s approached by Al Melvin (Jeffrey Wright) does he realize that he’s not alone in his psychic turmoil, and begins to suspect that there’s more to it than meets the eye. The film is directed by Jonathan Demme.
6pm. The American Centre, 24, KG Marg (23316841). Carry proof of identity.
Here’s a chance to get children talking on terrorism without fear, awkwardness or hesitation. Using the medium children understand best—stories—children’s author Devika Rangachari and her colleague Maulshree Kalothia help kids understand the terror conundrum. They will use four titles that have children dealing with terror in their own ways: Ranjit Lal’s ‘The Battle for Number 19’, set in New Delhi during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots; Paro Anand’s ‘No Guns at My Son’s Funeral’ and ‘Weed’, on terrorism in Kashmir; and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, the Holocaust classic. Ages 10-13.
2-4pm. British Council Library, 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg. Call Anu Bhardwaj (41497123). Fee, Rs250.
Surajkund Crafts Mela
The 22nd edition of the annual Surajkund Mela has Madhya Pradesh as its theme state. There will be several international participants as well, including Egypt, Thailand and Brazil. The line-up includes cultural performances, an extensive display and sale of crafts, and a large food court with food from India and Egypt. Haryana Tourism also offers a special package for families of four.
Daily, 9.30am-7.30pm. Surajkund, Faridabad. Contact Haryana Tourism (23324910) for more information. Weekdays, Rs40; weekends, Rs45; Rs1,000 for a family of four, including food and car parking.
Bose Krishnamachari curates a two-gallery show that brings together artists, architects and designers. Bara Bhaskaran and Shankar Natarajan are among those who will show at Bodhi Art. At Bodhi Space, Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Nuru Karim, Sujith S.N. and others exhibit their works.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Bodhi Art, 28, K Dubash Marg, near Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda (66100124). Bodhi Space, Plot No 14, Ground Floor, Elphinstone Estate, Malet Bundar Road, near Orange Gate, Wadi Bunder.
I have seen the enemy and it is I
Kanishka Raja has lived in America since 1988 but he doesn’t consider himself part of a diaspora. His art steers clear of the themes that fascinate many of his fellow artists of South Asian origin. What does intrigue Raja is how the images we see in the news affect the way we view the world around us. Much of his show is made up of colourful paintings of airport lounges. Raja shows airports as “hybridized” places that are all about consumption and spectacle, such as malls and stadiums, where people become anonymous despite being tagged by boarding passes and identity tags. Ideas of migration and colonization float in his paintings, as does the memory of the infamous attacks of 11 September 2001, which adds resonance to the politics of Raja’s art.
10am-6.30pm, Monday-Friday. 11am-4pm, Saturday. Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, 2, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, behind Taj Mahal Palace &Tower hotel, Colaba (22023030).
Karna, The Last Annal of Alamgir and Aftermath
30 & 31 January
Avaan Patel directs three short plays by poet and art critic Ranjit Hoskote. The plays explore the themes of memory and belonging in landscapes ravaged by war. Cast: Tom Alter, Vivek Tandon, Gerish Khemani.
6.30pm & 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). For tickets and prices, call 26149546.
Ishara International Puppet Festival
31 January & 1 February
The Ishara International Puppet Festival will show how ancient puppetry techniques are incorporating newer ideas. The participants include Taiwan’s Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company, which will stage ‘The Beauty of Taiwanese Puppet Theatre’. In this non-verbal glove puppet show, a young man and woman meet by accident and fall in love.
Tiyatrotem from Turkey will stage the shadow play ‘How To Tell It?’, in which a master writer plans to tell a story about Don Quixote. When he wonders what story a child wants to be told, a kid pops up in his imagination.
6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point (66223737). Rs200 per show.
Mumbai’s most exciting electro-rock band performs their greatest hits.
10pm. Not Just Jazz by the Bay, Soona Mahal, near The Ambassador Hotel, 143, Marine Drive (22851876). Rs200.
Dus Mahavidyas, Ten Creative Forces
Until 7 February
An exhibition conceived by Ravi Kumar showcasing recent works by 10 women artists: Gina Brezini, Shobha Broota, Arpana Caur, Jaya Ganguly, Sangeeta Gupta, Saba Hasan, Pooja Iranna, Kavita Jaiswal, Seema Kohli and Shanta Rao.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Time & Space, 55, Lavelle Road (22124117).
The Fifth Tri Continental Film Festival 2009 on Human Rights
Until 1 February
The 2009 edition of the Tri Continental Film Festival (TCFF) brings together 28 films from Asia, Africa and Latin America. This year’s edition is divided into four categories: ‘Body public’, which looks at sexuality, violence, politics and economics in relation to the human body; ‘Not all in good faith’, which has films that look at how development and business ventures use human beings as pawns; ‘The line that defines’, with films on border-crossing and migration; and ‘Zones of war’, which examines the impact of violence on human lives.
The films expose the actual horrors and mass destruction caused by war. The line-up includes the only feature film in the festival—‘Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame’ by Hana Makhmalbaf, a story of a girl’s determined effort to go to school, and her encounter with young boys playing the “Taliban game”.
All screenings are free. Visit www.triconfilm.com
9am-7pm, Monday-Friday. 10am-5pm, Saturday .Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Vasanth Nagar, Thimmaiah Road (41231345).
Ismat Apa Ke Naam
The Motley theatre group’s homage to Ismat Chughtai, ‘Ismat Apa Ke Naam’, reminds us of all the storytelling sessions we cherished as children.
Three short stories are recited by three Shahs—director Naseeruddin Shah’s daughter Heeba begins with ‘Chhui Muee’ and describes the pampered existence of ‘bhabhi jaan’, behind whose pompous façade lies an agonizing dilemma. If she fails to bear a child, she will lose her husband to another woman. ‘Mughal Bachcha’ reels us in with its tragicomedy. In an affable grandmother-like avatar, Ratna Pathak Shah describes the trials and tribulations of a newly-married couple.
Shah himself enacts ‘Gharwali’, which is not only the longest but also the most enthralling act of the evening.
7.30pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, GD Park Extension, 2nd Main Road, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, Rs500 (donor passes, Rs2,000 and Rs1,000).
The Indigo Jazz and Blues Festival
Saxophonist Matt Littlewood’s quartet is back this year as well, followed by guitarist Dhruv Ghanekar, who collaborates with New York-based flautist and saxophonist Carl Clements. German guitarist Barbara Jungfer accompanies Auroville-based violinist Holger Jetter, and the last two acts for the evening are by two blues vocalists—Italian Marilena Paradisi and Hurricane Katrina survivor Margie Perez. Day 2 of the festival features Latin vocalist Wanny Angerer, French dub-fusion band Masala Dosa, jazz pianist Louiz Banks, and the evening’s last act will be the US-based Ruby Hayes Band. Tickets available at bookmyshow.com
4pm. KSLTA stadium, Cubbon Park, Bangalore GPO, near cricket stadium (22869797). Tickets, Rs500 and Rs1000.
Britain’s Julian Opie, holding his first solo show in Mumbai next month, puts pop into portraiture. One of the major influences on Opie’s art has been ukiyo-e, Japanese woodcut prints that date back to the 17th century.
Ukiyo-e prints were mass produced and showed everyday events as well as episodes from historic tales. Opie holds 18th century artist Kitagawa Utamaro as one of his favourites. One of Utamaro’s contemporaries was Toshusai Sharaku. Little is known about Sharaku, but his prints are considered some of the finest examples of ukiyo-e. Deepanjana Pal
A little girl stands near strewn flowers and an upended vase, caught by suspicious adults for something she may or may not have done. The text beneath reads: “Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it is proved. When people say we did a bad thing, we have the right to show it is not true.” This is Article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which came about in the aftermath of World War II. ‘We Are All Born Free’ (Tara Books, Rs250) celebrates the 60th anniversary of its signing. The picture book turns complex concepts into ideas children can relate to, with text provided by Amnesty International.Amrita Gupta
Conira B. Muthamma (India’s first career diplomat) and P. Gangamma Bopanna (the first woman lawyer from Coorg) probably don’t have roads named after them just yet. But they sure know how to navigate their way around the Kodava culinary map. ‘The Essential Kodava Cookbook’ (Rs250) is as no-nonsense as a cookbook can get. The recipes are simply put, not garnished with fancy descriptions. From the basic ‘akki otti’ (rice flour roti) to the Kodava culinary emblem ‘pandi’ curry (pork curry), it’s all in here, as are hidden gems such as ‘chidukuwa’ (pork preserved in its own fat). Maybe someone could redesign and market it with the vigour it deserves. Karuna John
If you’re tired of Barbie dolls on the one hand and with-love-from-China junk on the other, we’ve found a little store for you. Mama’s Little Donut stocks everything from an amazing host of puppets (Rs180-850) to wooden non-electronic toys and Victorian doll houses. So your child can be a bumblebee or a ladybird, a magician or a pirate. The child is a magician at Rs1,999, moves into her folding castle at Rs6,200, and is ready for a fancy dress party between Rs1,600 and Rs5,000.
11am-7.30pm. Mama’s Little Donut, D-6, Soami Nagar, Delhi (41749243). Samina Mishra