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The TimeOut Mint Planner, 12 April 2013

From music and movies to dance and drama, there’s plenty to do or experience over the coming week
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First Published: Thu, Apr 11 2013. 06 32 PM IST
This edition of the Dhaatu Puppet festival will focus on the Eachanur style, which gets its name from a village in Karnataka
This edition of the Dhaatu Puppet festival will focus on the Eachanur style, which gets its name from a village in Karnataka
Updated: Thu, Apr 11 2013. 06 42 PM IST
Bangalore
Music
The Shakey Rays
18 April
The alternative rock band from Chennai has Dhruva Gautham and Vikram Kannan on guitars and vocals and Niranjan Swaminathan on drums.
7.30pm. Hard Rock Cafe, 40, St Mark’s Road. Tickets, Rs.400 (entry charge, Rs.150, and cover charge, Rs.250). For details, call 41242222.
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Indie rock act ‘The Shakey Rays’ from Chennai will perform at the Hard Rock Cafe next week
Jayanthi Kumaresh
18 April
Veena exponent Jayanthi Kumaresh will lead this concert accompanied by Neyveli Narayanan on mridangam and S. Karthick on ghatam. The concert is part of the Sree Rama Seva Mandali. The festival, in its 75th year, will feature concerts over a month to mark Ram Navami.
6.30pm. Government Junior College, Fort High School Grounds. For details, call 26604031.
Ambi Subramaniam
13 April
The Bhoomija Trust will present violinist Ambi Subramaniam, who has been playing the instrument since the age of 3 under the watchful eye of his father and teacher, L. Subramaniam.
7pm. Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, Malleswaram, Vyalikaval (23443956) . Tickets, Rs.300 and Rs.500, available on www.indianstage.in.
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‘Boeing Boeing’ is about a bachelor juggling a life with three women
Theatre
Boeing Boeing
14 April
Staged by Barking Dog productions, this play, set in the 1960s and written by Marc Camoletti, is about a Paris-based bachelor, Bernard. An architect in the business of polygamy, he is juggling a life with three stewardesses: an American (Gloria), an Italian (Gabriella) and a German (Gretchen). But two incidents ensure that his carefully-laid plans go haywire.
4.30pm/7.30pm. Alliance Française, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar (41231345). Tickets, Rs.249-299, available on in.bookmyshow.com.
Around town
From Puttur to Timbaktu: A Travelogue
12 April
Having spent her childhood in Puttur, a small village near Mangalore, and travelled later to Burkina Faso and Mali in Africa, Prof. Malavika Kapur of Bangalore’s National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science, will deliver a talk focusing on Mali’s famous medieval trading post—Timbaktu, a place many people still do not believe exists.
6.30pm. Bangalore International Centre, Teri Complex, 4th Main, 2nd Cross, Domlur, II Stage. For details, call 25359680/9886599675.
Passage to India Tour
13 April
Art of Bicycle Trips, a travel company, offers walking, hiking and bicycle tours, including a day-long bicycle trip around Bangalore every Saturday. This Saturday, the journey will take enthusiasts through the countryside where films like A Passage to India and Sholay were shot.
7.30am-6pm. Art of Bicycle Trips, 102, Padmavati Apartment, 4th Cross, Rustam Bagh. Fee, Rs.3,500. For details, call 9538973506 or visit www.artofbicycletrips.com.
Art
Impressions & Expressions
Till 20 April
Parjanya Sau is exhibiting cartoons and caricatures that have been inspired by modern art.
10am-6pm (Sunday closed). Indian Cartoon Gallery, Indian Institute of Cartoonists, 1, Midford House, MG Road. For details, call 4175854 0.
Dance
Astha Pushpitam—Journey of Emotions From the Eyes of Women
12 April
The dance group Naina will present a thematic ballet, Astha Pushpitam—Journey of Emotions From the Eyes of Women, that will attempt to pin down the gamut of emotions—joy, amusement, pride, anxiety, care, angst and love—a woman experiences in her various roles as mother, daughter, sister and wife.
7.30pm. Alliance Française, Vasanthnagar (41231345).
Top Pick
Around town
Dhaatu Puppet Festival 2013
12-14 April
The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha are presenting this year’s festival, which will feature episodes from the ‘Panchatantra’ and the epics Ramayan and Mahabharat. In-house puppeteers from Dhaatu, a non-profit, will put up two shows daily. “The afternoon shows will be shorter, of around 25 minutes each, and primarily for children. They will be of two kinds: slapstick and traditional,” says Anupama Hoskere, Dhaatu’s director. The evening shows will feature string puppetry. “Throughout the festival, all forms of puppetry will be covered: from rod puppetry to shadow art. There will also be a puppet parade,” adds Hoskere.
The focus of the festival, however, is the Eachanur style, which uses brightly coloured puppets. It gets its name from the Eachanur Kaval village in Karnataka’s Tumkur district.
4pm/6pm (Friday) and 3pm/6.30pm (Saturday and Sunday). Indiranagar Sangeetha Sabha, 8th Main, HAL Stage II, Indiranagar. For details, call 25215525 or visit www.dhaatu.org .
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Mumbai
Theatre
Love Letters
14 April
Based on A.R. Gurney’s witty and poignant script of 1988, the Rahul Da Cunha-directed play Love Letters is a bittersweet journey that maps 50 years of the relationship between childhood friends Melissa Gardner (Shernaz Patel) and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Rajit Kapur)—two people who are meant for each other, but are kept apart both by circumstance and their egos.
7pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs.350, Rs.400 and Rs.500, available on in.bookmyshow.com.
Around town
Architecture As A Way of Knowing
16 April
Art historian and author Prajna Desai will discuss the significance of Mayan architecture and the transformation of buildings from sculptural works to functional containers using the example of the Palenque Palace in Chiapas, Mexico.
6.30pm. Jnanapravaha, Queen’s Mansion, Third floor, Ghanshyam Talwatkar Marg, near Cathedral Middle School, Fort (22072975). For details, visit www.jp-india.org or email to.jnanapravaha@gmail.com.
Photography
Noida Soliloquy & Sleepers
Till 4 May
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Dhruv Malhotra’s photographs are on show at Photoink
A selection from two series by photographer Dhruv Malhotra is being presented by Photoink. The first series, Noida Soliloquy, is as much about the night as it is about a melancholic gaze at modernity. The second, Sleepers, has been influenced by the plot of China Miéville’s The City & the City, which unfolds in two cities that occupy much the same geographical space, but whose citizens live completely separate lives. The inhabitants of one “unsee” those of the other, allowing for the coexistence of both. Malhotra, a fantasy and sci-fi buff himself, captured this idea of unseen citizens in what he calls “the null zone”.
11am-7pm (Sundays and Mondays closed). Photoink, First floor, Kamal Mansion, 01/18, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
Music
DJ Reji
17 April
Come Wednesday night, this veteran DJ, who was crowned the Kingfisher Ultra DJ in 2010, will spin some eclectic and electronica music.
9pm. The Den, Ground floor, Prabhat Kunj, 24th Road, off Linking Road, Khar—West (26483136).
Dubfire
13 April
Iranian-American Ali Shirazinia (aka Dubfire), an acclaimed techno and house DJ, producer, and owner of the record label SCI+TEC Digital Audio, will present a set of electronica.
10.30pm. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs.800 and Rs.1,000.
Top Pick
Music
Saz-e-Bahar
12-13 April
This festival of Indian instrumental music will feature Saskia Rao-de Haas, who has adapted her cello to suit Indian music; composer, teacher and veteran sitar player Shubhendra Rao; tabla player Sabir Khan; and N. Ravikiran on chitravina. At 6.15pm on both days, there will be short, pre-concert talks on instruments by Suvarnalata Rao, programming head of Indian music at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA).
6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point. Tickets, Rs.100, available at in.bookmyshow.com. For details, call 66223737.
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Delhi
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‘Inshallah, Kashmir’
Film
Inshallah, Kashmir
12 April
Oscar-nominated Ashvin Kumar’s National Award-winning documentary Inshallah, Kashmir: Living Terror looks at the human cost of two decades of militancy in Kashmir. The director will be present at the screening.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Around town
Baisakhi Festival 2013
13-17 April
On the occasion of this harvest festival, The Attic is organizing workshops, talks and performances that explore Punjabi culture through its music, textiles and art.
11.30am-6.30pm. The Attic, 36, Regal Building, Connaught Place (23746050). For details, visit www.theatticdelhi.org.
Music
Remembering Shanti Sharma
16 April
This Hindustani vocal recital by Arshad Ali will pay tribute to the Hindustani classical singer who died in 2008. The performance will be followed by a dhrupad recital by the Gundecha Brothers.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (24682222).
Area79 Music and Art Festival 2013
13 April
The festival will take place on four stages and span genres such as electronica, rock, pop, jazz, reggae and ska. The “Live Area” will include bands such as Sky Rabbit, The Ska Vengers, Jester, The Circus, Negra Pradera and Syncopation; the “Techno Area” will feature Atmos, Kohra, B.L.O.T, Hashback Hashish and others; the “Psy Area” will include Hux Flux, Flipknot and Ghreg on Earth; and the “Chill/Dub Area” will feature Loop Baba, Fuzz Culture and other acts.
2pm-1.30am. blueFROG, 4-A Seven Style Mile, Kalka Dass Marg, Mehrauli (30800300). For entry charges, call the venue.
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Dancers from across the world will perform at Unbound Beats
Top Pick
Dance
Unbound Beats of India 2013
17-18 April
Established and up-and-coming artistes from across the world will perform at the sixth edition of this classical dance festival. Each dancer will take the stage for 15 minutes. Sanjib Bhattacharya, one of the few classical Manipuri soloists in Delhi, will be using his allotted time to call into question the widely held perception of Manipuri as a simple folk dance by highlighting its complexities through three short pieces in the ‘tandava’ style. The other dancers include Odissi dancers Gudrun Märtins, Sanchita Banerjee, Pushpita Mishra and Jyoti Shrivastava; Bharatanatyam dancers Suhani Dhanki, Gana Smirnova and Hiroko Fujiwara; Kuchipudi dancer Shloka Vaidyalingam; and Kathak dancer Namrata Pamnani.
7pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
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Chennai
Theatre
Kurukku Vazhiyil Traffic Jam
14 April
This comic play unfolds as a courtroom drama, taking a dig at the universal rule-bending mentality of people. The protagonist, a psychiatrist, wants to play by the rules but gets entangled with a hot-headed, money-thirsty actor. The actor uses the loopholes in the system to escape punishment for his crimes and trap the psychiatrist. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
7pm. Sivagami Petachi Auditorium, Mylapore. Tickets, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.200 and Rs.500, available on www.indianstage.in.
Around town
Glorious Summer
Till 15 April
Amethyst is presenting a linen range of “glorious summer” tunics from the fashion brand K Collection—apparel embellished with embroidery and contrast stitching in a colour palette of mandarin orange, tarragon green, watermelon pink and tomato red, and priced at Rs.3,500-5,000.
11am-8pm. Amethyst, Whites Road, Royapettah (45991630).
Activity camp
17 April
At this day-long activity camp, children aged 6-10 can take part in traditional games, and activities such as mind-mapping, treasure hunts, and a DakshinaChitra heritage trail, try their hand at glass-painting, pottery and T-shirt printing, and watch folk dances and craft demonstrations.
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An artwork by Sharath at Apparao Galleries
10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Registration fee, Rs.800.
Art
Athreyi, the river
Till 18 April
This is an exhibition of paintings by artist, film-maker and poet Samia Khan.
10.30am-5.30pm. Art Gallery, DakshinaChitra (24462435).
By Nandini Reddy
Top Pick
Art
Temporary Custodians
Till 28 April
This exhibition series displays 42 paintings from the troves of collectors. The artists include B.O. Shailesh, Yusuf Arakkal, Thota Tharani, S.G Vasudev, Aziz, Sharath and Rathin Kamji. The works are priced between Rs.5,000 and Rs.10 lakh.
11am-7pm. Apparao Galleries, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam (28332226). For details, visit www.apparaogalleries.com.
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Hyderabad
Theatre
To Be Or Not To Be
12 April
This is a Hindi play directed by Suhas Barve, and originally written by Vasant Sabnis in Marathi. The protagonist is an unemployed person whose girlfriend breaks up with him. And he faces a peculiar dilemma: He is unsure of how to end his life—should he consume poison or hang himself? As the play unfolds, his friends, relatives and neighbours display some unexpected reactions to his “suicidal trials”.
8pm. Lamakaan, Banjara Hills, opposite GVK One mall, off Road No.1, Banjara Hills. Tickets, Rs.100, available at the venue and on in.bookmyshow.com. For details, call 9642731329.
Music
Piano recital by Daniel Gomez
12 April
French musician Daniel Gomez will play Western classical music on the piano. Accompanied by Dijoy Baral on the violin, he will present the work of French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.
6.30-8pm. Alliance Française, Third floor, Road No.3, Banjara Hills. For details and invites, call 23554485.
Top Pick
Film
Das Leben ist eine Baustelle
12 April
‘Das Leben ist eine Baustelle’ (‘Life Is All You Get’) is a comedy by Wolfgang Becker. The protagonist, Jan Nebel, is a young man who works in a slaughterhouse. Nebel accidentally finds himself in the midst of a street battle between demonstrators and the police and loses his job. Then he watches his father die and is afraid to go for an HIV/AIDS test, fearing what it could reveal. Children aged 16 and above can watch the film.
6pm. Terrace of Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, 20, Journalist’s Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills. For details, call 23350443.
By Yogendra Kalavalapalli
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Kolkata
Around town
Poila Baisakh
14-15 April
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The Samudari and Subz Khazana at Peshwari, ITC, Sonar
ITC Sonar will celebrate Poila Baisakh—the Bengali new year—with food festivals at its restaurants. The Eden Pavilion will have “Calcutta” cuisine, an extensive buffet featuring the tetrazzini, prawn cocktail, the kobiraji cutlet, and the chopsuey bar. At Peshawri, the Samudari Khazana (non-vegetarian) and Subz Khazana (vegetarian) platters will offer seafood kebabs like fish tikka, tandoori jhinga and paneer tikka and tandoori aloo. During the festival, diners at both restaurants will be treated to two complimentary pints of beer or two glasses of sparkling wine.
12.30-2.45pm/7-11.45pm. ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue. Meal price, Rs.2,750, plus taxes, per person, at Eden Pavilion; Rs.2,700, plus taxes, per person, for the Samudari Khazana platter and Rs.2,100, plus taxes, per person, for the Subz Khazana platter at Peshawri. For reservations, call 23454545.
Book launch
13 April
Penguin Books India will launch Taking Sides—Reservation Quotas And Minority Rights in India by Jesuit sociologist Rudolf C. Heredia. The book will be launched by Ranabir Samaddar, director of the Calcutta Research Group, and will be followed by an interaction with the author.
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Mondal’s watercolours at the Aakriti Art Gallery
6.30pm. Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street. For details, call 9830615322.
Art
Emanation
Till 13 April
The Aakriti Art Gallery is presenting works by Samir Mondal to celebrate his 60th year. The current series, Emanation, is done with watercolours on archival Arches paper and has a floral theme.
Noon-7pm. Aakriti, Orbit Enclave, First floor, 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (formerly Hungerford Street). For details, call 22893027/5041.
Film
Close to You
12 April
Close to You, made between 2007 and 2009 by German film-maker Almut Getto, tells the story of a loner who meets a cellist. Their love story begins slowly and is threatened by seemingly insurmountable obstacles: Phillip is rather eccentric and Lina is blind. The young man, who works at a bank sorting counterfeit notes from real ones, has to learn to deal with real feelings.
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Mondal’s watercolours
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (2486639).
Top Pick
Film
Dui Dhuranir Golpo/In-between Days
17 April
This is a 58-minute documentary made last year by Sankhajit Biswas, about two young transgender friends from Kolkata, Chiranjit and Bubai. Both are from poor and uneducated families, and are forced to drop out of school because of their disposition. The social castration they are subjected to helps strengthen the bond between them. This is Biswas’ first film as director.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road (2486639).
By Indranil Bhoumik
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