Ki Ra Kozhambu
After a successful five-show run in Puducherry, Chennai-based theatre group Perch is back in the city with its latest play, based on the folk stories of the eminent Tamil writer Ki Rajanarayanan. Ki Ra Kozhambu is an amalgamation of the writer’s short stories, narrated in Tamil, English and Hindi, and directed by Rajiv Krishnan. Besides adults, the group also encourages children to be a part of this storytelling performance.
7pm. Skills, 1, Elliot’s Beach Road, Besant Nagar (9841513699).
Budding artist Rohini Thota Tharani will exhibit 30 of her latest works. Having showcased her work from the age of 4, this prodigy, now in class IX, has produced a new collection of figurative works inspired by still life as well as abstract images.
11am-6pm (Tuesday closed). DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu (9841777779).
Organized by Rang De, a non-profit organization facilitating small loans (microcredit), the event will showcase Bangalore-based folk/fusion music band Swarathma. The group will give a performance that mixes folk instruments such as the ek tara, and classical instruments such as the violin, with contemporary lyrics, in their inimitable style.
6pm. Buck’s Theatre, YMCA College of Physical Education, 333, Anna Salai, Nandanam (42121919). Tickets, Rs200 and Rs300, available at the venue.
Jodhpur Food Festival
Till 2 May
Savour Jodhpuri delicacies at Olives, Deccan Plaza hotel, courtesy chef Ajay Gupta. The pure vegetarian menu includes specialities such as dal churma, gatte ki subzi, mugar kaju, aam ki lange, makkai ka thalia and a whole lot more. The buffet supplements these delicacies with vegetable mappas, flaky parathas, khastha, rumali and missi rotis, plus a host of pickles and desserts.
Noon-3pm and 7-11pm. Deccan Plaza, 36, Royapettah High Road (66773333). Charges, Rs375 per person.
By Karuna Amarnath
Get into the groove with electronica, pop and House from the popular trio Dirty Vegas. The UK-based Grammy award-winning band first made a breakthrough in 2002. The trio comprises Ben Harris and Paul Harris on percussion and production and Steve Smith on vocals.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs1,500.
This Saturday, geeks inherit the earth. Get ready for multiple-choice questions, buzzer rounds and sweaty palms. Form teams of three and register for the Landmark quiz.
3.30pm. St Andrew’s Auditorium, St Andrew’s College, St Dominic Road, Bandra, West (26396010). Register at Landmark Bookstore, Infinity Mall, New Link Road, Andheri, West. Registration forms also available atwww.landmarkonthenet.com
Kolkata-based Manipuri dancer Bimbavati Devi demonstrates how the bloodshed and destruction of the Kalinga war changed King Ashok from a power-hungry ruler to a remorseful, compassionate man who embraced Buddhism. Devi’s choreography incorporates elements of Manipuri classical dance, folk dances and the martial art of Thang-ta, and uses shlokas from the Bhagvad Gita.
7.30pm. Birla Matushree Sabhagraha, 19, New Marine Lines (22036707). Passes available at Somani Academy of Art, Music and Culture, Shreeniwas House, H Somani Marg, Fort (66346546/6547) and Sangit Kala Kendra, Industry House, Churchgate (22854654), from 11am-5.30pm, on Friday.
Chutkan ki Mahabharat
Part of the Children’s Film Society, India’s summer bonanza of free screenings through May, Sankalp Meshram’s film is about 10-year-old Chutkan, who lives with his uncle, aunt and their fat son, somewhat like the nasty Dursleys from the Harry Potter series. When a nautanki troupe comes to their village, Chutkan is fascinated by the story of the feuding Kauravs and Pandavs.
11am. Films Division Preview Auditorium, Tenth floor, Films Division Complex, 24, Peddar Road (23522610).
World Dance Day celebrations
To commemorate World Dance Day (which was on Thursday), Bharatanatyam exponent Geeta Chandran, founder-president of Natya Vriksha, has organized a seminar on performance and the creation of value in the performing arts. The event opens with a keynote address by renowned Kathak dancer and choreographer Kumudini Lakhia, followed by a discussion between eminent dancers.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Nikolina Nikoleski, who was born in Croatia and is of Macedonian origin, trained in rhythmic gymnastics, classical ballet and folk dance before coming to India. She was awarded an Indian Council for Cultural Relations scholarship to study Bharatanatyam at the Ganesha Natyalaya under Saroja Vaidyanathan. She will perform a solo piece titled Eka in Bharatanatyam-alarippu, with compositions including Shiva stutti bho shambho and Krishna padam neeraja, incorporating elements of contemporary dance.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
World Press Freedom Day
The Rai Foundation and the United Nations Information Centre are organizing a panel discussion on “Press Freedom: Fettered by Paid News?”. The panellists include N. Bhaskara Rao, chairman of the Centre for Media Studies; Sumit Chakravartty, editor of Mainstream magazine; Pamela Philipose, director of the Women’s Feature Service, and C. Jayanthi, director of communications and new initiatives at the Rai Foundation. The panel will be moderated by R. Sukumar, editor of Mint.
10am. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24629431).
Till 2 May
Artmile, a Kolkata-based online art gallery, is presenting an exhibition of works by 18 promising young artists from West Bengal, whom it hopes to promote to a global audience. On display are 50 paintings, and five sculptures in bronze and wood.
4-8pm. Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue. For details, call 9830820861.
The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts’ Film Club presents Lebanese director and actor Nadine Labaki’s first feature film. Caramel (2007) revolves around the intersecting lives of five Lebanese women. Layale, Nisrine and Rima work in a beauty salon in Beirut. Layale is stuck in a dead-end relationship with a married man. Nisrine is set to be married. Rima, who comes from a conservative family, is attracted to women. Jamale, a regular customer and wannabe actor, struggles to come to terms with ageing. Rose, who runs a tailoring shop next door, has devoted her life to taking care of her mentally challenged elder sister Lili, but has found her first love.
6.30pm. The Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place. Tickets, Rs200. Members will get a discount. For details, call 24613145.
This satirical play on the valuation (or devaluation) of humanity centres around the search for a police officer’s lost helmet. The play is a satire on how tenderness towards animals supersedes philanthropy towards fellow humans.
6.30pm. Minerva Theatre, 6 and 6/1, Dani Ghosh Sarani, Beadon Street. Tickets, Rs20, Rs30, Rs40 and Rs60, available at the venue from 1-7pm. For details, call 9830042004.
Aaye Aaye Re Pagol
In the lead-up to the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore, Utsaha-Udbhas, a Kolkata-based cultural organization, presents a collage of Rabindrasangeet performances by Rahul Mitra, a popular singer from the Dakshinee academy, and recitals from his poetry by renowned actor Soumitra Chatterjee. As the name suggests, the theme behind the programme is a celebration of exuberant, youthful energy.
10am. Rabindra Sadan, Herasim Lebedeff Sarani. For details and passes, call 9051688860.
By Indranil Bhoumik
In Aadenama Haradu, the lyrical work of the 20th century Tamil composer Papanasam Sivan, a young girl besotted with Shiva describes every item of jewellery he has on his person to paint a picture of what the god looks like. When the dancer Yamini Reddy first saw her father, Raja Reddy, perform a Kuchipudi piece set to this poem, she decided that if nothing else, she would learn every nuance of it. This fortnight, 25 years after she first saw Sivan’s work being performed, Yamini Reddy will demonstrate to audiences just how much she has learnt about invoking the god through Aadenama Haradu since that first look.
6pm. Ravindra Kalakshetra, Kannada Bhavan, JC Road (22221271).
Adapted from Tagore’s novella Char Adhyaya, the play is set in the throes of the Bengali Renaissance of the 1940s. In their revolt against the colonizer, a group of young intellectuals is torn between pure idealism and the brutal realities of violence. 1 hour, 30 min.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs100.
Artist Bhaskar Vadla’s new solo show includes a series of 18 etchings that are dominated by images of machinery and equipment at construction sites. The artist preferred to work in a “micro-miniaturist format”, with aquatint and emphatic lines. The style was “an intended pun on the outrageous magnitudes… of the humongous contraptions”, he says.
10.30am-6pm (Sundays closed). Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8, First floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivanagar (23616971).
Chris Pfeiffer India Tour
For the uninitiated, Chris Pfeiffer, aka CP, who began riding a motorcycle when he was 5, is the grandaddy of stunt biking. The four-time stunt-biking world champion from Germany is inIndia on a five-city tour, during which he will also perform stunts with an autorickshaw.
5pm. Kanteerava Stadium, Kasturba Road. For details, call 9975292435.
Festival of Just Peace
It’s all about food at this day-long carnival at the verdant campus of the NGO Visthar, which is also the organizer of the annual event. There will be discussions on food security and the National Food Security Bill by activists from the Right to Food Campaign and others. Meet organic food activists and learn about
organic food options. Hear Greenpeace activists speak about why they’re against genetically modified foods. And if you get hungry, sample traditional foods from Asia and Africa. The festival will also screen documentaries on the politics of food, and organize workshops on painting, broom-making, paper products, pottery and toy-making.
10am-6.30pm: nature walk, 10.15-11am and 4-4.45pm; workshops, 11am-1pm and 3-4.30pm; film screenings, 10.30am-1pm and 2.30-4.30pm; and cultural programme, 5-6.30pm. Visthar, Dodda Gubbi Post (28465294). For details, log on to www.visthar.org
This is an event to exchange books, art, films and music for free. Hosted by the Art, Resources and Teaching Trust, the event’s theme is “Green your senses”, and it is open to all. Daily Dump, a Bangalore organization that manufactures indigenous home composting equipment and works to raise awareness about composting, and the Rent-a-Toy toy library will also participate.
3-6pm. Art, Resources and Teaching Trust, Casa Andree II, First floor, No. 8, B 1, Andree Road, Shanthi Nagar (41124556).