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The TimeOut Mint Planner, 22 March 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, Mar 21 2013. 09 26 PM IST
UK-based Alex Diplock will perform at blueFROG.
UK-based Alex Diplock will perform at blueFROG.
Updated: Thu, Mar 21 2013. 09 33 PM IST
Bangalore
Music
Parvaaz
22 March
This Bangalore-based band includes Khalid Ahmed on vocals and guitars, Kashif Iqbal on lead guitar, Khalid Ahmed on vocals, Fidel D’Souza on bass and Sachin Banandur on drums and percussion. The band plays blues and psychedelic rock, with Urdu and Kashmiri lyrics.
8.30pm. Bak Bak Bar, 1, Kira Layout, Hosur Main Road, Koramangala. Tickets, Rs.200, available on www.buzzintown.com. For details, call 8792000392.
Swathi Thirunal Krithis
24 March
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Face-off: Bikhre Bimb.
This event is a celebration of the bicentenary birth anniversary of Swathi Thirunal, the maharaja of Travancore and an accomplished composer. Vocalist Amrutha Venkatesh will be accompanied by B.K. Raghu on violin, C. Cheluvaraju on mridangam and G. Omkar on ghatam.
5.30pm. Shree Ramana Maharshi Academy For the Blind, 3rd Cross, Ragigudda, 3rd Phase, JP Nagar. For details, call 26589045/1076.
Dance
From Basant to Holi
27 March
More than 200 students and alumni of the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography will present From Basant to Holi, a selection of Kathak recitals that celebrate spring.
10am. Natya STEM Dance Kampni studio, 37, 17th Cross, Malleswaram. For details, call 9886854604.
Theatre
Bikhre Bimb
22-23 March
Girish Karnad’s Bikhre Bimb is a play about Manjula Nayak, a professor of English literature who has been an unsuccessful writer in Kannada. Nayak (Arundhati Nag) finds international acclaim when she writes a best-seller novel in English. During a television interview, however, she is confronted by her own image on screen, which poses questions on the betrayal of her language and identity when she chooses to write in English.
7.30pm; also 3.30pm on Saturday. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar.
Tickets, Rs.100, available on
in.bookmyshow.com. For details, call 26592777.
Curtain Raisers
22-24 March
Jagriti Theatre’s Curtain Raisers is a festival of new productions that was created to aid theatre groups financially. This weekend, Quasar Thakore Padamsee’s So Many Socks, about three generations of a Tibetan family living in exile in India, will be staged.
8pm (Friday and Saturday); 3pm/6.30pm (Sunday). Jagriti Theatre, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield. Tickets Rs.250, available on in.bookmyshow.com . For details, call 41242879.
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Theatre
The Great Galata
27 March
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Dramaturgy: Celebrate World Theatre Day at Ranga Shankara.
Just Theatre group is celebrating World Theatre Day with the second edition of The Great Galata. At the festival, nine 10-minute plays, three each in English, Hindi and Kannada, will be scripted in a day and then staged. Nimi Ravindran, one of the organizers of the festival and a member of Just Theatre, says: “This year, we plan to mix everything up. Actors can help in production and directors can act.” In this edition, the best of Bangalore will be joined by well-known writers and directors from Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Berlin for The Great Galata. The festival celebrates the idea of belonging to a community, especially through its ritual of rehearsing together. Children aged 8 and above are allowed.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar. Tickets, Rs.200, available on www.indianstage.in. For details, call 9845002112.
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Chennai
Music
Hindustani vocal by Sanjeev Abhyankar
23 March
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Melodic: Sanjeev Abhyankar.
Sanjeev Abhyankar, a Hindustani vocalist, was trained by Pandit Jasraj and first performed on stage at the age of 13. He won the National Film Award for best male playback singer for his song Suno Re Bhaila for the film Godmother (1999).
6.30pm. The Music Academy, No. 168, TTK Road. Tickets, Rs.300, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000, available on in.bookmyshow.com and www.indianstage.in . For details, call 28112231.
Around town
Levantine Lounge
27 March
Come Wednesday, Taj Club House’s executive chef Mohamed Siddiq will craft a special menu to showcase the flavours of the Levant, known in Arabic as the Bilad ash-Sham. The buffet will include Baba Ganoush, hummus, grills, Shish Taouk, tagines, a cold section and desserts like Knafeh
Jibni, as well as Anatolian and Moorish delicacies.
7.30-11.45pm. Kefi, Taj Club House, Club House Road, off Anna Salai. Price, Rs.999, plus taxes, per person, including a glass of beer or wine. For details, call 66313131.
Theatre
Blithe Spirit
23 March
Blithe Spirit is a comic play written by Nol Coward which takes its title from P.B. Shelley’s poem To a Skylark (z“Hail to thee, blithe spirit!/Bird thou never wert”). In the play, socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book.
6.30pm. TN Rajarathinam Auditorium, Durgabai Deshmukh Road, RA Puram. Tickets, Rs.150, Rs.250 and Rs.500, available on .www.in.bookmyshow.com.
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Photography
France Heritage
28 March- 2 April
‘France Heritage’ is a photography project that maps the French influence in Indian architecture. Based on the research work of conservation architect Aishwarya Tipnis, this show captures French inspiration
and elements in the architecture of Chandernagore in West Bengal and the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad, among other places.
11am-7.30pm. Lalit Kala Akademi, 4, Greams Road, Thousand Lights (28291692).
By Nandini Reddy
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Delhi
Art
Living Walls
Till 30 March
The practice of making public murals has recently been overshadowed by graffiti, but an experimental project aims to revisit the art of wall painting. In January, the gallery Art Alive invited 18 artists to opt for a change of canvas by painting on its walls and floor. The artists range from veterans Anjolie Ela Menon, Sakti Burman, Krishen Khanna, Manu Parekh and Jogen Chowdhury to mid-careerists such as B. Manjunath Kamath, G.R. Iranna, Jagannath Panda, Chintan Upadhyay, Gigi Scaria and Mithu Sen. Their work is now on show.
11am-7pm (Sunday closed). Art Alive Gallery, 120, Institutional Area, Sector 44, Gurgaon. For details, call 0124-4932000.
Around town
Francophonie Week
Till 23 March
The Alliance Française is celebrating the French language and Francophone culture through conferences, lectures in French, a mela and music performances.
9.30am. Alliance Française, 72, Lodhi Estate. For details, call 43500200 or visit delhi.afindia.org.
Music
Desert Funk
28 March
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Indie: Neel And the lightbulbs.
Desert Funk is a collaborative project by Kolkata indie band Neel And the Lightbulbs and traditional Manganiyar and Langa musicians from Rajasthan. Usually Neel And the Lightbulbs present a short set at the beginning, then become the backing band for Rajasthani folk musicians—Gafoor Khan, a young khartal and morchang player; Firoz Khan, who plays the bhapang and morchang; singer and multi-instrumentalist Kutle Khan; and Nathoo Solanki, who plays the nagara.
9pm. TLR Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
MAP + The Travelling Blues
22 March
Blues, country, jazz and rock ‘n’ roll band The Travelling Blues will open for the four-member fusion band MAP (The Music Project) led by vocalist Manta Sidhu, supported by guitarist Jishnu Banerjee, bassist Abhishek Mangla and drummer Reuben Narain.
9pm. TLR Café (46080533).
Bundu Khan Langa
26 March
India Habitat Centre’s (IHC’s) Holi celebrations include Rajasthani folk songs by Bundu Khan Langa and his troupe.
7pm. Stein auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Film
Senso (Feelings)
23 March
Like other Luchino Visconti melodramas, sumptuous in its Technicolor expressionism, Senso sees a troubled and neurotic Italian countess betraying her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian lieutenant.
2pm. Tessitori Hall, Italian Centre, 50-E Chandragupta Marg, Chanakyapuri. For details, call 26871901. Carry a photo ID card.
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Around town
Dancescapes
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Dancers in actiom: A photography show by Shobha Deepak Singh.
25 March-2 April
Shobha Deepak Singh, director of the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra, will launch her new photo book ‘Dancescapes’ on Monday, and with it, an exhibition of dance photographs she has clicked over the past two decades—including photographs of veteran Indian classical dancers like Birju Maharaj, Sonal Mansingh and Uma Sharma.
10am-8pm. Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
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Hyderabad
Theatre
Nobody’s Perfect
22 March
A dull statistician and single father, living with his sassy teenage daughter and old father, dreams about becoming a novelist in this madcap comedy by Simon Williams. He submits his novel to a feminist publishing house under the pseudonym of a woman, and to his surprise, his book is selected for publication. The editor wants to meet the author, who she thinks is an elderly woman. He finds himself caught in a growing web of lies and confusion. To make matters worse, he realizes he is falling in love with the very person he is trying to deceive.
7-9pm. Auditorium, National Institute of Fashion Technology (Nift), opposite Cyber Towers, 1, Hi-tech City, Madhapur (23114537). Tickets, Rs.250 and Rs.500, available on in.bookmyshow.com.
Around town
Shaam-e-Deccan
Till 24 March
Savour delightful cuisine from the land of the nizams at this Hyderabadi food festival. There is a sumptuous spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes—kebabs like patthar ki gosht, keema lukmis, patti samosas, Marag, methi keema matar, magaz ka khagina, haleem, subz haleem, kachhe gosht ki biryani, and vegetable biryani. For dessert there is shahi tukra, double ka meetha, khubani ka meetha, zafrani kaju badam firni, ande ki lauz, kaju katli and lehsun ki kheer.
7.30-11pm. Once Upon A Time, Hotel Green Park, Begumpet (23757575/ 66515151). Price,Rs.522, plus taxes, per person.
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Art
Abstract Realism
Till 27 March
The works of acclaimed portrait maker Magunta Dayakar, whose real name is M.V. Subba Reddy, are on display. The paintings are a perfect blend of realism and abstract art. Dayakar, also a Telugu novelist, is known for his “lightscape” paintings.
7am-11pm. Beyond Coffee, Road No.36, Jubilee Hills (23545359).
By Yogendra Kalavalapall
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Kolkata
Art
Festive Spring
Till 24 March
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Festive spring: A group show at the Mirage Art Gallery.
Mirage Art Gallery is presenting the works of 26 contemporary Indian painters, curated by Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya. The exhibition-cum-sale includes works by Atanu Mukherjee, Ashok Kumar Varma, S.H. Raza, Akbar Padamsee, Paritosh Sen, Jogen Chowdhury, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Debajyoti Mishra, Ganesh Pyne, Krishen Khanna, Ram Kumar, Rakhee Roy, Swati Pasari and Biswajit Roy. The paintings are priced upwards of Rs.12,000.
Noon-7pm. Mirage Art Gallery, 701, Block P, First floor, New Alipore. For details, call 9830432080.
Recent works by Ganesh Haloi
Till 5 April
Akar Prakar and the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts are presenting recent works by Ganesh Haloi in linear abstraction. Haloi, who was born in 1936 in Mymensingh, Bangladesh, came to Kolkata after Partition. He graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft there. He has worked with the Archaeological Survey of India to make copies of the Ajanta murals, an experience that influenced him profoundly. Haloi’s works, which show an innate lyricism, concentrate on the abstract rendering of landscapes. The show will later travel to the Bengal Foundation in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
11am-7pm. Akar Prakar, P 238, Hindustan Park (24642617).
Around town
Voices From the Past
23 March
Lars-Christian Koch, head of the ethnomusicology department, Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv, at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, Germany, digitizes, restores and archives early 20th century Bengali theatre voices from vintage gramophone discs, as well as early- to mid-20th century raga music on magnetic tapes. About 500 tracks from vintage 78 rpm records and 500 hours of magnetic tape have been digitized so far, and will be archived and made accessible. At this lecture, Koch will offer insights into the structure of the project, its technical and ethical challenges, and present sound samples from the collections.
6.30pm. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 8, Ballygunge Circular Road. For details, call 24866398.
Bun and Fun
Till 31 March
The 24-hour coffee shop Mythh at Hotel Hindusthan International (HHI) has extended its bun-focused food festival to the end of this month. The menu includes teriyaki beef burger with double-tossed mushroom duxelle, peri-peri chicken steak in gluten-free bread with cheddar and red onion lyonnaise, Mythh special vegetarian and non-vegetarian club sandwich, chicken shish taouk on multigrain bread, and garlic pepper-tossed grilled prawn open sandwich on sushi rice.
Noon-3.30pm/7-11pm. Mythh, Hotel Hindusthan International, 235/1, AJC Bose Road. Price for two, Rs.1,500 (vegetarian) and Rs.1,800 (non-vegetarian), inclusive of taxes. For reservations and details, call 9836775493/9830929858.
Theatre
Naak
28 March
Theatre group Shohan will stage Naak, written by Mohit Chattopadhyay and directed by Anish Ghosh. The play is an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s story, The Nose, in three parts. The story revolves around a barber, Ivan Yakovlevich, who finds a nose in his bread during breakfast; Major Kovalyov, who awakens to discover that his nose is missing; and the nose that pretends to be a human, refusing to return to Kovalyov’s face.
7pm. Bijon Theatre, Beadon Street. For invites and details, call 9830042004.
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Music
Shastriya Sangeet Mahotsav
25-26 March
Kolkata-based cultural organization Saptayan, in association with the Union ministry of culture, will present Shastriya Sangeet Mahotsav—a classical music and dance conference. The programme will feature vocalists Ivy Banerjee and Sanjukta Biswas, Pankaj Bandyopadhyay on flute, Subhash Bose on sitar, Pintu Roy on harmonium, and Timir Roychowdhury, Prabir Mitra and Timir Gupta on tabla. Saptayan will also felicitate the 82-year-old musical instrument maker Jayanta Sengupta.
6pm. Sisir Mancha, near Exide, AJC Bose Road. For passes and details, call 9830454649.
By Indranil Bhoumik
Mumbai
Around town
Architecture of Consequence
Till 22 March
This travelling exhibition, organized by the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), presents architectural solutions for urban problems like water management, urban expansion and mass housing. In this exhibition, recent designs are being shown alongside selected work from NAI’s rich collection of 19th and 20th century architecture.
10am-5pm. Dutch Design Workspace India, 4, Podar Center, 85, Parel Post Office Lane, Dr BR Ambedkar Road, Parel—East. For details, call 65262862/65.
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Bake it: Learn to make choco- chip cookies.
Mini Mits: Kids’ baking class
23 March
Children get to whip up chocolate-chip cookies, fudgy brownies and vanilla cupcakes loaded with toppings of their choice. Harsha Sabhnani, from A Perfect Bite Consulting cook studio (APB Cook Studio), will conduct this session. Children aged 8-12 can take part.
11am-2pm. APB Cook Studio, 301, Shrishti Plaza, Saki Vihar Road, Andheri—East. Fee, Rs.950. For registration and details, call 42152799 or email bookings@apbcookstudio.com.
The World Through Your Lens (Beginner’s Digital Photography Workshop with Himanshu Seth)
24 March
Get familiar with photography jargon like megapixels, focal length, aperture, optical zoom versus digital zoom, shutter, ISO, basic lighting, composition and white balance at this workshop, conducted by Himanshu Seth and organized by cultural group Avid Learning at the Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA). Take your own camera.
2-4pm. ICIA gallery, 22/26, Rampart Row, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Colaba (22048138/39). For registration and details, email register@avidedu.in, call 66601858, 9930136486/9930134152, or visit www.avidlearning.in.
Caferati @ Prithvi Open Mic
26 March
You get 2 minutes and a mic and an encouraging audience, to perform poetry, prose, even a song (if you can hold a tune) or any other original work in Hindi, English, Marathi or Urdu. Only individual and duo performances are permitted.
7-8.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, 20, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Juhu. For details, call 26149546.
Music
EVP (UK) and Fibre Stomp (India)
27 March
EVP (that’s Electronic Virtual Psychedelia for the uninitiated) is a solo psychedelic trance project by UK-based producer Alex Diplock. He has performed at numerous festivals, including Brazil’s Universo Paralello and Aurora festivals, and Universal Religion in Nepal. Fibre Stomp aka Brian Fernandes is acclaimed for his “melodious psychedelic melodrama”.
10.30pm-1.30am. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel(40332300). Entry, Rs.600.
The Jesus College Cambridge (UK) And Songbound Children’s NGO (India) Choir
24 March
The choral performance is a collaborative effort between the British and Indian choirs. Jesus College is distinctive in maintaining two choirs: the Chapel Choir, dating from the foundation of the college in 1496, which is made up of boy choristers and adult male singers; and the College Choir, formed in 1982 following the admission of women undergraduates, which has female sopranos and altos. Founded in 2011, Songbound is a music outreach initiative that uses singing to reach out to some of India’s underprivileged children.
7.30-8.30pm. blueFROG. For details, call 40332300.
Art
Long Distance Gardening
Till 28 May
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Accounting art: An exhibition of work done on antique ledger-book pages.
This is an exhibition of artworks done on antique ledger-book pages by the American artist Louise Despont. Despont’s solo show, Long Distance Gardening, comprises four large-format and six small-format works in graphite, coloured pencils and gold leaf on antique ledgers. Her work is informed by artists and philosophers of an esoteric bent, such as Swiss healer Emma Kunz, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint and Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner.
11am-7pm (Sundays closed). Galerie Isa, 132, Great Western Building, First floor, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, opposite Lion Gate, Fort. For details, call 66373432/33.
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Photography
FOCUS photography festival
Till 26 March
The theme of this photography exhibition, which began on 14 March, is city. It is showcasing the works of young and established photographers from around the world. FOCUS has big-ticket names like Ketaki Sheth, who will release her book ‘A Certain Grace: The Sidi, Indians of African Descent’, on Friday. On Monday, curator Susan Hapgood, who will give a tour of her exhibition, ‘A Fantastic Legacy: Early Bombay Photography, from 1840 to 1900’, will discuss the works on view, the themes and history of 19th century photography in Mumbai. And on the last day, photographer Chirodeep Chaudhuri will be in a Q&A session with screenwriter and photographer Sooni Taraporevala on the subject of his new book, ‘A Village in Bengal’. The works are being exhibited at more than 20 venues in Mumbai, including museums, cafés, art galleries, boutiques and outdoor public spaces.
Timings and venues vary. Click here for details.
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