Biswajit Roy Choudhary
Sarod player Roy Choudhury has received training in the Rampur-Senia gharana from maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and in the Jaipur Atrauli gharana from the late Pandit Mallikarjun Mansoor. This event is part of SPIC MACAY’s Virasat 2007 festival. 10am. New Era Public School, Mayapuri, H-17, Mayapuri Road (2549-4439). Free.
‘Rock Street Journal’, in association with ‘TimeOut’, brings to the capital the fourth edition of the Kingfisher Rocktoberfest. Close to a month of rock ‘n’ roll from different parts of the country, this has become an annual staple and the city’s own take on Oktoberfest, the German beer festival. The jazz-rock improve trio of HFT promises a laidback evening of instrumental grooves. 8pm (gates open at 7.30pm). Opus, 47, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar (6569-1265). Entry fee Rs100.
Berthine van Schoor and Albie van Schalkwyk
The South African High Commission, in collaboration with the Delhi Music Society, brings to the city the cello-piano duo of van Schoor and van Schalkwyk. Of the two, van Schoor is one of South Africa’s most sought after cellists with a repertoire stretching from Vivaldi to Haydn. The other half of the duo, van Schalkwyk is an award-winning pianist with a penchant for chamber music and vocal accompaniment. 6.30pm. India International Centre Auditorium, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (2461-9431). Free.
The Other Side
Until 13 October
Less than a year old, photography website Wonderwall has been regularly mounting exhibitions around India since its launch. They are currently mounting another group show, with photographers Sandeep Biswas, Pradeep Dasgupta, Leena Kejriwal, Vikas Malhotra and website founder Ajay Rajgarhia. 11am-7pm. The Stainless, Property No. 1 & 2, Ishwar Nagar, The MIRA Complex, Okhla Crossing (2644-1016). Free.
Clean cuts: From the Wonderwall collection
Iran Culture Week
A four-day festival of music and film organized by the Iran Culture House. The festival includes screenings of two films by Pouran Derakhshandeh, Iran’s first woman director. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222). Free.
Out & About
Buy candles, jute products, handmade paper cards and many other items in a ‘haat’ put up by the NGO Sanjivani. 12 noon onwards. Poorva Sanskritik Kendra, 14, Laxmi Nagar District Centre, Vikas Marg (4244-6060). Free.
Expressionism and Music
Punita Singh, a musicologist, linguist, psychoacoustician, editor and educator based in New Delhi, will present an illustrated talk focusing on developments that took place in music in the 20th century, leading to a paradigm shift in the way sounds were put together. 6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building (2374-6050). Free.
From 12 October
Unlike most Navratri bands, music composer Viju Shah doesn’t have a name for his 23-member troupe. Still, not having a name doesn’t mean that this outfit of 17 instrumentalists and six vocalists lacks an identity. While his counterparts added Gujarati folk and filmi tracks into their setlists, Shah’s Bollywood upbringing left him with a taste for Hindi chartbusters. 7pm. Police Hockey Ground, opposite Kukreja Palace, VB Lane Extension, Ghatkopar (E). Season passes for Rs700 and Rs1,000 available at Shop No. 2, Hingwala Lane, Ghatkopar (E). Contact (93239-25420/2510-5078) for passes.
From 12 October
Patel Estate is a sprawling six-acre colony of 350 Gujarati Patel families who migrated from Karachi after Partition. Every year, while the rest of the city resonates to the beats of disco dandiya, the residents of Patel Estate celebrate Navratri as they always have—with folk dance, accompanied only by the dhol and folk songs. 8.30pm onwards. Patel Estate, Patel Estate Road, off SV Road, Jogeshwari (W). Free.
Shrikant Pathak+Pandharinath Kolhapure
Kala Bharati presents a concert in memory of rudra veena player Krishnarao Kolhapure. It will feature performances by veena player Pathak and Kolhapure’s son, eminent vocalist Pandharinath Kolhapure, who has trained with the legendary Kumar Gandharva. Karnataka Sangha, Dr Vishveshawarayya Samarak Mandir, CHM Marg, Matunga (W) (2437-7022). Free.
My Migrant Soul
In 1993, Shahjahan Babu left his penurious family in Dhaka to work as a labourer in Malaysia. He sent home letters and later, audio tapes, in which he communicated his despair of ever reaching home. After two years, Babu did return: in a wooden coffin. Acclaimed Bangladeshi film-maker Yasmine Kabir retells Babu’s story in this moving documentary. 6pm. Cristina Apartments, First Floor, lane opposite SL Electronics, near Police Chowki, Kalina, Santa Cruz (E) (6501-7723). Free.
One of Ingmar Bergman’s warmest, and therefore finest, films, this concerns an elderly academic—grouchy, introverted, dried up emotionally—who makes a journey to collect a university award, and en route relives his past by means of dreams, imagination and encounters with others. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. YB Chavan Centre, General Jagannath Bhosale Marg, near Mantralaya, Nariman Point (2202-8598). Call 2413-1918 for free invites.
In a Land without Trees
Having studied the classic oil painting techniques of the old European masters in her native Spain, the works of Tamil Nadu-based Gayatri Gamuz have a richness and tactility associated with traditional portraiture. When she applies these techniques to recreate the modern Indian reality she sees around her, the ultimate images range from charming to lifelessly precise. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Hacienda Art Gallery, Great Western Building, Ground Floor, Kala Ghoda (2283-7232).
Touch of reality: A painting from Gayatri Gamuz’s collection.
All I want is here+An advertisement for heaven or hell
You couldn’t find two more contrasting styles than David Sequeira’s and Suhasini Kejriwal’s. Yet, the two artists are sharing gallery space at Nature Morte. Sequeira is an Australian who is showing in India for the first time. His show, titled ‘All I want is here’, includes his paintings, photographs and works on paper and his main concerns are colour and form. Suhasini Kejriwal’s ‘An advertisement for heaven or hell’ is as replete with detail as Sequeira’s is shorn of it. On view are two large monochrome paintings, 13 smaller ones and three new sculptures that relate to the larger paintings. Daily, 11am-7pm. Nature Morte, A-1, Neeti Bagh (4174-0215). Free.
And when she roared, the universe quaked
In 1999, a group of men attacked a friend of artist Shakuntala Kulkarni’s daughter, Mrinmayee, in a street near her home. Although the girl escaped the attempted rape, she was seriously injured. When an attempt was made to register the offence with the police, the upholders of law said that Mrinmayee’s friend was probably the kind who had boyfriends, implying that she had asked for it. The rage and helplessness that almost overwhelmed Shakuntala Kulkarni made her turn to video art. In ‘And When She Roared, The Universe Quaked’, Kulkarni and the women in her paintings fight back. 11am-7pm (Mon-Sat). Chemould Prescott Road, Third Floor, opposite Sleight of Hand, A.K. Naik Marg, Fort (2200-0212).