Our Lives Our Climate
31 May-5 June
To raise awareness about climate change, the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan will conduct a symposium in cooperation with the Centre for Environmental Studies, Anna University, Chennai, and the Care Earth Trust. There will also be a poster-making competition for school and college students on the topic Our Lives Our Climate. Students whose abstracts are selected will have to pay a registration fee of Rs250. The concept papers will be judged on 15 June.
Noon; 4, Rutland Gate, 5th Street (28332343) Last date for submission of posters, with an explanatory write-up (not more than 300 words), is 31 May.
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Till 30 July
Apparao Art Gallery has brought together a collection of 32 artists in a small format (18x18 inches) exhibition of drawings, collages, photographs, paintings and sculpture. The artists include Asma Menon, Apet Pramod, Bhaskar. M.D. Dhasan, Deepti Kuste Pande Dignag, Ganga Singh and George K..
11am-6pm. 7, Wallace Gardens, 3rd Street, Nungambakkam (28332226, 28330726).
Kiss or Kill
After a robbery scam goes bad, lovers Nikki and Al take off into the Australian outback, pursued by the police, a malevolent footballer named Zipper Doyle and an aboriginal tracker, and meet a number of offbeat characters in this Bill Bennett film. Meanwhile, they are incriminated in a series of murders. The screening is part of the ongoing Australian Film Festival.
6.15pm. South Indian Film Chamber Theatre, 605, Thousand Lights, Anna Salai (28291507, 28172437). Entry free.
My Friend and his Wife
Directed by Shin Dong-il, this Korean film (with English subtitles) revolves around the lives of Jae-moon and Ye-joon, who have been friends since the days of their obligatory military service. The film’s visual minimalism accentuates the characterization and moralistic traits in an unusual triangle of love and loss.
7pm. InKo Centre, 51, 6th Main Road, RA Puram (24361224).
Children’s Film Festival
If you haven’t already caught any of the films, here’s your last chance. UTV World Movies’ five-day children’s film festival concludes with Les Quatre Cents Coups (The 400 Blows), the story of a young Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel. Neglected by his derelict parents, he skips school, sneaks into movie theatres, runs away from home, steals things, and tries (disastrously) to return them. Like most children, he gets into more trouble for things he thinks are right than for his actual trespasses.
6.30pm. Auditorium, Alliance Francaise de Madras, New No. 24 (Old No. 40), College Road (28271477, 28279803).
Till 7 June
DakshinaChitra art management intern P. Prathibha has chronicled South Kanara district’s ancient form of worship of semi-divine spirits and totemistic deities, where an impersonator is the medium of interaction between the realms of the human and the divine. The exhibition conveys the theme through facial make-up, ornamentation, masks and costumes used in this form of worship.
10.30am-6pm, Tuesday closed. DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435, 24918943).
By Karuna Amarnath & Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
Museumising the Cityscape of Mysore
Janaki Nair, professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, with the School of Social Sciences at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, will conduct this third talk as part of the series titled Re-Look: Lectures on Indian Art, being hosted by the group Somberikatte@1ShanthiRoad. Nair will dwell on the manner in which the landscape of Mysore was conceived and built in the first four decades of the 20th century, paving the way for the modelling of a capital city.
She will attempt to explain how, while much of its landscape was built at the time, the city also successfully acquired a sense of distancing itself from its own history. To do this, she will discuss some of the key moments in what she calls “the museumisation of Mysore city in the 20th century”.
6.30pm. 1, Shanthi Road, Shanthi Nagar (9880227706).
Sudha Murty’s new book The Bird with Golden Wings: Stories of Wit and Magic includes stories about a learned teacher who forgets his lessons and a king with donkey ears. There will be a short skit by a few children based on an excerpt from the book.
6pm. Crossword, Mass Complex, 74, Sarakki Industrial Area, 15th Cross Road JP Nagar (41208691). For ages 4 and above.
When the Lights Went Out
Hosted and organized by the law and society committee of the National Law School of India University, this film festival will include selected entries and winners of the Blank Reel short film-making competition for amateur film-makers—Blank Reel began six months ago.
The winners will make short presentations about their work and there will be a panel discussion (at 3pm, Sunday) by a group of film-makers and enthusiasts on the role of films in building awareness in society.
The screenings include Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke, the documentary Paradise Lost: Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, Ramon Menendez’ Stand and Deliver, Stuart Cooper’s Overlord and François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows.
9pm on Saturday, 10am-9pm on Sunday. Centre for Film and Drama, 71, Fifth floor, Sona Towers, Millers Road (22356263). For details, call Tasneem at 9902020013. Entry free.
Sai Nrityotsav XIII
This monthly dance festival has hosted over a 100 dancers since it was launched last year. This edition will feature two Bharatanatyam performances by Mithun Shyam and Yamini Muthanna, a Kathak recital by the quartet comprising Suparna Venkatesh, Sankhya Gopal, M.B. Nagaraj and Prakash K. Naidu, and a solo Odissi performance by Sharmila Mukherjee.
5.30pm onwards. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830). Entry free.
This band from Chennai may be just one corporate gig old, but their collective experience in the pop, rock and jazz circuits is immense. Playing in B-Flat this fortnight, The Agenda will present a set of jazz, soul and R&B. The band comprises four members. Saxophonist, pianist and composer Matt Littlewood from Auroville (near Puducherry) plays in jazz ensembles in both the UK and India. Mishko M’Ba on the bass guitar, also from Puducherry, is another regular on the Indian jazz scene, apart from having worked with several international musicians, including Ray Charles. Sunitha Sarathy is a Chennai-based professional playback singer who has sung in multiple languages and is best known for her work with A.R. Rahman. Rahul Gopal, behind a Mapex kit, brings to the outfit many years of drumming experience from burning up stages with the Chennai rock band No Idea.
8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar. Tickets, Rs200, available at the venue. (42414000).
All about Women
Despite the title and the all-female cast, Hidaayat Sami’s All about Women only captures their bitchy side. The actors play multiple roles in the play’s five interwoven stories. A young woman struggles with her domineering flatmate, a mother tries to reconcile two sisters driven apart by their love for the same man, three catty businesswomen vie for a promotion, two schoolgirls pick on the third because of a mother who spends more time at work than with her and three old women at a senior citizens’ home fight over the handsome new male resident. The play believably incorporates Indian mannerisms into Croatian playwright Miro Gavran’s script.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs 200.
Till 29 May
For audiences at the L’Indiscrète students’ festival, the French subtitles will make all the difference. Translated by the students and tutors of Alliance Française institutions in India, the subtitles will prove handy not only for English dialogues that could seem alien to some viewers, but for the snatches of regional languages as well. The festival’s coordinator, Anila Gill, a teacher of French at New Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia, explains that the intention of putting together a bunch of films by students from various film institutes in India, and having them subtitled in French, was a way of pushing their cause at European film festivals.
To make her selections, Gill looked into the archives of eight institutes. The result is 25 short films and documentaries being showcased at the festival.
6.30pm . Alliance Française de Bangalore, 108, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar (41231345).
Paolo Mojo is a self-confessed grafter. He’s been busy since he first started out in 1991, tirelessly playing sets all over the world, from local dives in London to superclubs in Japan, all in an effort to make his mark on the hard-to-crack dance music industry. This week, Mojo will spin out house, funk, techno, breaks, electro, disco and acid music.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges, Rs500 after 9pm, Rs1,500 after 11pm.
Dire Straits tribute
A tribute to Dire Straits, with a stellar line-up of musicians, including Bruce Lee Mani (Thermal and a Quarter) on vocals, Naveen Thomas (Galeej Gurus, Parousia) on guitar, Jason Zacharaiah (Thermal and a Quarter, Allegro Fudge) on keyboards, K.N. Prakash (Amit Heri Group) and L. Subramanium on bass and Rajeev Rajagopal (Thermal and a Quarter) on drums.
9.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills Compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Entry Rs150.
In Miss Beautiful, director and writer Makrand Deshpande explores death and reality television. Mak, a playwright, is working on an autobiographical script. At the same time, the last wish of his ailing parents is to see their son happily married. A guilt-stricken Mak decides to cast Miss Beautiful in his play, on the condition that she comes to his house to play the role of his wife as well. However, Miss Beautiful is struggling with demons of her own and Mak’s attempts to make his parents’ last few days beautiful become complex and convoluted.
6.30pm. Experimental Theatre, National Centre for Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs250, available at the venue.
Thespo, a youth theatre initiative from Q Theatre Productions, recently conducted a four-week workshop for children called Dramabaazi. The Mighty Mirembayanna and the Prisoners of Peace is the first play to be staged in Mumbai which has come out of this children’s theatre workshop. The play is set in 2122, in the land of Bragi. The world is torn apart by war and the Mighty Mirembayanna, the tree of peace, is dying. It’s now up to seven children locked away in a strict boarding school to save the world.
7 pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu (26149546). Tickets, Rs80, available at the box office, from 1-9pm, daily.
Hindi acoustic rocker Ankur Tewari and his band, the Ghalat Family, swings, and Pune’s blues band Lambada takes its cue from them. The Bandstand musical festival concludes with Something Relevant jamming with the Mumbai Police band. STR is a “jamband” from Mumbai consisting of an eclectic seven-member ensemble. Its music is an amalgamation of a variety of musical styles and ideas that has manifested in STR’s unique sound.
5.30pm. Hanging Gardens, BG Kher Road, Malabar Hilll.
Shel Silverstein (1930-1999) was an American poet, singer, songwriter, musician and cartoonist, but he is best remembered for his children’s works. Theatre enthusiast Arka Mukhopadhyay will perform some of Silverstein’s best-loved poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic for children aged eight and above.
6pm. Eureka! Bookstore, 6, Local Shopping Complex, Narmada Market, opposite Don Bosco School, Alaknanda (26021092). Call 9213839367 to register ahead.
Directed and written by M. Sayeed Alam, this play is based on Munshi Premchand’s Bade Bhai Saheb, a study in contrasts between two brothers, and also between natural brilliance and inherent dullness. Alam’s play focuses more on the learning of English and the struggles of those who didn’t grow up speaking it.
7.30pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200). Tickets, Rs200-500, available at the venue. For telebooking, call 9810255291.
Operation Three Star
An adaptation of Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist, this Asmita Theatre production is a scathing critique of crimes by the state. In the play, a seemingly crazy man goes about unmasking the cover-up efforts of law enforcement agencies, forcing the police to re-enact the situation that led to the “suicide” of a “terrorist” in custody.
7.30pm. Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Tickets Rs50, available at the venue.
Summer Festival of Operas, Ballets and Concerts
From 1 June
Curated by R.P. Jain, this festival at the India International Centre will open with two performances of Chopin’s pieces by pianist Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 by pianist Marek Drewnowski, accompanied by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Katowice with conductor Antoni Wit. On 3 June, there’s Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, a ballet in four acts, and on 7 June, Turandot, Giacomo Puccini’s famed opera, with Eva Marton, Placido Domingo, Leona Mitchell, Paul Plishka. Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, also known as The Rhenish, on 10 June by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, with Leonard Bernstein as conductor.
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
This Bharatanatyam duet by Rukmini Vijayakumar (exponent of the Tanjore tradition) and Parshwanath Upadhye is themed around “the ornaments of Shiva”, with a ‘sutradhar‘ (narrator) unfolding the storyline, elaborated through the five dance sequences. In this dance drama, Upadhye plays a ‘gandharva’ to Vijayakumar’s ‘yakshi’ (both categories of mythical beings are demi-gods and goddesses in Hindu mythology).
6.30pm. Auditorium, India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Till 30 May
City-based artist Biswarup Garai exhibits his recent work at this round-the-clock exhibition. In this collection, comprising small pen-and-ink works and larger canvases of acrylics and colour pencils, Garai incorporates folk and tribal elements in his works, often with a humorous undertone. The artist can be found at the venue, sketching and painting, most days between 3pm and 6pm.
Promenade Lounge, Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road (22233939).
La Grande Bouffe
Students of Alliance Française du Bengale present the play La Grande Bouffe (The Great Feed). Directed and conceptualized by Avisek Arora, of the Night n Fog theatre group, the play has been adapted from Luis Bunuel’s film of the same name. The play tries to incorporate the same discreet bourgeois charm.
7pm. Kala Kunj, 48, Shakespeare Sarani. Call Alliance Française at 9836212666 for details.
Shinjan Nrityalaya’s homage to renowned Odissi dancers and gurus Kelucharan Mohapatra (1924-2004) and Raghunath Dutta (1933-2010) is choreographed by their student Aloka Kanungo, a renowned Odissi exponent in her own right. Kanungo’s Kolkata-based students Sangita Talapatra and Soumy Roychoudhury will honour the gurus in compositions set to three songs from the Kishore Chandranan Champu, written by Kabisurya Baladeva Rath in the Champu tradition, with prose and poetry in a combination of two languages, Sanskrit and Oriya.
6.30-8.30pm. Sisir Mancha, 1-B, A.J.C. Bose Road (24644141).
The highlight of this programme felicitating 10 legendary dance gurus, including Thankamani Kutti, Kalabati Devi, Debjani Chalia and Malabika Mitra, is Nrityabahar, a collocation of items choreographed by Kolkata-based dance teacher Dhiman Shankar. The 13 compositions in Nrityabahar encompass Kathakali, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Rajasthani folk styles such as Ghoomar, popular traditions such as Dandiya and even fusion forms, depicting the six seasons of vernacular tradition. The performers in this troupe range in age from 6 to 60.
6.30pm. Gyan Manch, 11, Pretoria Street. Call Dhiman Shankar (9339751248) for details.
Barista Lavazza Café Scrabble 2010
2-9 & 11 June
Engage in a nationwide war of words over a cup of coffee, courtesy Mattel Toys and Barista Crème Lavazza. The eight-city contest kicked off on 20 May in Delhi. The city final in Kolkata is on 11 June, with assured gifts for all participants, besides prize-winners.
10am-6pm. Barista Crème Lavazza, 4/1, Camac Street, (22827749). Register on www.barista.co.in or fill up the form at any Barista outlet in the city.
The Jahnavi Centre for Performing Arts will present Rabindranath Tagore’s well-known play in a theatrical experiment combining Kalaripayattu, Bharatanatyam and fusion dance with mime, puppetry, masks and lighting effects. The show has been conceived, directed and choreographed by Madhuboni Chatterjee, with music composition by Manoj Murali Nair and music arrangement by Gautam Banerjee.
6.30pm. GD Birla Sabhagar, 29, Ashutosh Choudhury Avenue. Tickets, Rs50, available at the venue. For details, call 9831087442.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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