Inscape and Tale
Until 9 January
The exhibition features works by Premola Ghose and ink drawings by Punam Zutshi. Ghose’s paintings are colourful and vibrant illustrations of the meanderings of a group of birds, animals and human beings across the world, including the holy sites of Israel, the ruins of Delhi and even the path of ‘dharma’.
Daily, 11am-7pm. Art Gallery India International Centre (Annexe), 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Nature of the City
Until 16 January
Curated by Alexander Keefe and Nitin Mukul, this exhibition explores the changing face of our urban surroundings through photography, installations, video and mixed media works. The participating artists are Sheba Chhachhi, Ravi Agarwal, Samit Das, Ram Rahman, Gauri Gill, Jenson Anto, Devang Anglay, Nitin Mukul, Parvathi Nayar, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Sumakshi Singh and Gautam Bhatia. The show will also feature a collaboration with photographer Pradip Krishen.
Daily, 10am-11pm. arts.i, 7, Atmaram Mansion, Level One, Scindia House, Kasturba Gandhi Marg (43727000).
In the savage 1942 winter siege of Leningrad, as the Russians fight off Nazi invaders, three teenagers—Lika, Marat and Leondik—are thrown together. They lose everything from their past and forge a new love that binds them and a new hope that keeps them alive: the promise of a better future.
The play has been directed by Bharat Kapur.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Tickets, Rs100-300, available at the Habitat programme desk.
Rahe Naam Pakistan Ka
Directed by M. Sayeed Alam, ‘Rahe Naam Pakistan Ka’ is a monologue by a 92-year-old man, played by a 29-year old actor (Abhijit Sen Gupta), reminiscing on the Partition.
7pm. Alliance Francaise, 72, Lodhi Estate. Tickets, Rs100-500, available at the venue two days in advance. Call (9810255291, 40506826) for advance booking.
People Like Us
A comedy directed by Feisal Alkazi, about living and loving in a metropolis and how interpersonal and family conflicts intrude into the workplace, just as workplace conflicts spill into private life.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). Tickets, Rs200-500, available at the venue.
The Sudan embassy—in association with the Society for Performing Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) and Amanuday, an NGO for underprivileged girls—is organizing a Lohri Bazaar. Proceeds from the bazaar will go towards the health and education of girls in Jagatpur, New Delhi.
10am-5pm. Embassy of Sudan, 3, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri. Contact Neha Garg (9811139133) for invites.
Khamir & the Weaves of Kachchh
Until 12 January
On display are shawls, stoles and textiles woven by artisans from the Kachchh region of Gujarat. They will also showcase crafts in silver and leather, and block-printed cloth material.
10.30am-7.30pm. Aga Khan Hall, 6, Bhagwan Das Road. For details, contact 24623108.
Celebrate Lohri this year at IHC’s annual Lohri dinner. There will be music by Madan Gopal Singh, followed by an all-girls band from Jalandhar playing local instruments. Naturally, there’s a dinner buffet to tuck into after the performances.
7pm onwards. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre (24682222). Adults, Rs425, children, Rs325.
There’s more to making a sandwich than bread and butter. Join in to learn how to make a variety of sandwiches to tickle your taste buds. Ages 6-15.
5-6pm. Oxford Bookstore, Statesman House, Barakhamba Road (23766083).
Travelling by Telephone
Eva and Franco Mattes are recognized as pioneers in the field of Net art, which involves scrambling or copying Internet codes. For ‘Life Sharing’ (2000), they submitted themselves to a year of satellite surveillance during which their every move was monitored. In 2003, they courted media attention with an elaborate prank titled ‘Nikeground’. ‘Nikeground’ circulated the rumour that Nike was going to buy and rename the town square Karlsplatz in Vienna—it would be renamed Nikeplatz.
The duo’s newest works, some of which will be shown in Mumbai, are photos “shot inside” a game called Half-Life. It’s been one of their tougher challenges. “Every shot was taken while killing aliens, struggling with radioactive traps or while escaping helicopters,” says Franco. “Sometimes I had to go through the whole scheme over and over for hours, because every time I was trying to stand still and make the photo, some goddamn alien was trying to eat my brain.”
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).
The President is Coming
From 9 January
Bush is coming to Mumbai and wants to shake the hand of a young Indian who represents the country’s hopes. Six candidates are shortlisted and only one of them will be selected. Under the gaze of two public relations executives, the candidates spend 24 hours taking tests and clawing at each other.
The movie is presented as a behind-the-scenes mockumentary. The screenplay echoes the pace of a sitcom as the audience is pelted with verbal and visual gags faster than it can react. It certainly entertains, but doesn’t reveal great truths about the national character other than the universally acknowledged one about our tendency to drag down our counterparts just like crabs trapped in a bucket.
The ITC-Sangeet Research Academy (western region) and Music Forum, Mumbai, present Umang, a concert comprising solo recitals by the prize winners of the All India Radio Competition 2008—nadaswaram player Mylai Mahendram, tabla players Jyotirmoy Roy Choudhari and Kaushik Bannerjee, sitar player Rohan Dasgupta, Hindustani classical singer Nupur Kashid and ‘pakhawaj’ player Ganesh Papal, among others. Admission on a first-come, first-served basis.
6.30pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, NCPA, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
The Austrian band that mesmerized audiences last February performs hip hop and drum and bass, using only the power of their vocal chords.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi & Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
Foliage and Photographs
The show brings together a collection of black and white photographs by Diba Siddiqi, and a series of paintings titled ‘Foliage’ by Radhika Neelakantan. Siddiqi’s pictures are from her travels through Bikaner, Kutch, Munsiari in the Himalayas and Kathmandu. Siddiqi’s photographs will also be on show at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, GKVK Campus, from 19-26 January.
7am-8pm, Monday-Saturday; 7am-noon, Sunday. Art Complex, Kumara Krupa Road (22261816).
A show of 13 abstract works by New York-based artist Shivani Dugar, who was born in Kolkata in 1979. Dugar grew up in Bangalore, completed her degree in finance at Georgetown University, Washington, DC and studied fine art at Pratt Institute, New York. She has, in the past, been part of group shows at Mahua Art Gallery, along with artists such as Anjolie Ela Menon, Shyamal Dutta Ray and S.G. Vasudev.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8, first floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivanagar (23616971).
Third Bengalooru International Film Festival 2009
The third edition of the Bengalooru International Film Festival, organized by Suchitra Film Society, includes films from Italy and China and a retrospective of South Korean film-maker Kim Ki Duk, and Israeli film-maker Dan Wolman.
Apart from Indian regional cinema and award-winning Indian and international documentary films, Biff will also have films by Kon Ichikawa of Japan, and Youssef Chahine of Egypt.
Suchitra Film Society, 36, 9th Main, BV Karanth Road, Banashankari, 2nd Stage (26711785). Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
The Importance of Being Earnest
Directed by Manasi Subramanyam. Writer: Oscar Wilde. Cast: Evam Entertainment, Chennai.
Oscar Wilde’s light romantic comedy gets a dusting off in the New Year.
7.30pm, Friday; 3.30pm, Saturday-Sunday. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs200.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life!
Directed by Sunil Evam Karthik. Writer: Evam (based on Monty Python’s ‘Flying Circus’).
How much will you pay to get abused? Who is the greatest unheard-of music composer of all time? Do you think these questions are weird or, better still, do you want to know the answers? That’s the world of Evam’s piece, populated with weird and colourful characters.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs200.
XXV-Kinkini Rajatha Nrityotsava
The XXV-Kinkini Rajatha Nrityotsava opens at 7pm on Friday with a Bharatanatyam performance by Rangashree. The festival concludes on Thursday.
HN Kalakshetra, 36th Cross, 2nd Main, 7th Block, Jaya Nagar (26539239)
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When Pankaj Kurulkar realized that book lovers in 23 of Maharashtra’s 35 districts were left thirsting for knowledge because they did not have access to proper bookshops, he decided to take books to them. Last year, on World Book Day on 23 April, 45-year-old Kurulkar started Granthayan Books-on-Wheels, a company that allows readers in all the 353 talukas of the state to choose from 900,000 titles. The books reach readers within 10 days of their calling a toll-free number or ordering from the company’s website. Call 1800-2098074 or visit www.granthayan.com Sanjivani Thorat
For generations of Indian women who grew up on Mills & Boon, 2008 was a bonus year: The publishers set up shop in India. They have launched ‘Passions’, a search for Mills & Boon writers from India. Send in 2,000-word stories that could be set anywhere in the world, but have an Indian element in them. Need we tell you that they must have a happy ending? You have to be 18 years or older to qualify. Winners will also receive a year-long consultation from the Mills & Boon editorial team, a free laptop and diamond jewellery.
For more, visit www.millsandboonindia.com. Entries must reach by 11am on 21 January.
In 2003, faced with a jail sentence and hefty fine, Will Studd had to stop selling Roquefort cheese in Australia. The cheese enthusiast marked the occasion by staging a Roquefort burial. Though Australia lifted its ban on Roquefort in 2005, it still prohibits the import of other raw-milk cheeses. Studd’s passion for coagulated milk is still unbounded, though, and that’s apparent from ‘Cheese Slices’, his Travel & Living show. This season, Studd nibbles his way through France and Switzerland, among others, and divulges startling bits of cheese trivia along the way.
Discovery Travel & Living, from 10.30pm, 6 January.