A Critic’s Eye
A look at art critic Richard Bartholomew’s photographs. These black and white images capture his family members in domestic settings and also capture the places he visited and lived in. There are also images of his artist friends, including M.F. Husain and F.N. Souza.
Beat crazy: Check out the new sound of (from left) Praxis, Delhi Sultanate and Viking Warrior.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Photoink, MGF Hyundai Building, 1, Jhandewalan, Faiz Road (28755940).
The new drum and bass and dubstep outfit comprising Maarten Klein (aka The Viking Warrior), Taru Dalmia (known as Delhi Sultanate) and Ed Anderson (who goes by the handle Praxis) spins it up.
Café Morrison, E-12, South Extension, Part II (26255652). Call venue for timings.
Instrumental melodies from India, Iran, Turkey and other West Asian countries and Eastern Europe. The core members of Mystique (who are also part of another band, Da Saz) comprise Swiss classical guitarist Lionel Dentan on the saaz and rebab (two lyre-like stringed instruments); percussionist Suchet Malhotra and Russian guitarist/violinist Gennady Lavrentyev. They are augmented by various musicians, both Indian and otherwise, for their gigs.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
A recital by India’s best-known flautist, who is almost entirely responsible for the manner in which the art of Hindustani classical flute playing has evolved since the era of Pannalal Ghosh (early to mid-1900s).
6pm. Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas (26582037).
Director Bharat Kapur’s effort is commendable—pulling off a grim, dialogue-heavy play that is set against the backdrop of war. Set in an apartment in war-ravaged Leningrad, the action jumps from 1942 to 1949 and finally to 1959, following the lives of three protagonists.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000). Tickets, Rs200-500, available at the venue.
The brevity of life: Swiss choreographer Philippe Saire’s troupe is performing in New Delhi.
‘Could I just draw your attention to the brevity of Life?’, a presentation by the Philippe Saire Company, comes to town this fortnight. Saire is a leading Swiss choreographer whose new creation uses festive imagery to reach and unravel the mechanisms of our thirst for distraction in an accessible and colourful manner. The Philippe Saire Company has given almost 1,000 performances in about 160 cities across Europe, Africa, Asia and America and is being presented by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.
7.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
Malavika Sarukkai presents ‘Ganga Nitya Vahini—Eternal River’ in collaboration with the UK’s RA Association. The presentation is an 80-minute production in four segments that blend dance, music and poetry.
7.30pm. Limited invitations available at the programme desk. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
À nos amours (To our loves)
Fifteen-year-old Suzanne (Sandrine Bonnaire) seems unable to progress beyond a rather doleful promiscuity in her relations with boys. Her father (played by director Maurice Pialat himself) alone understands her, but when he leaves home for another woman, her family life erupts into a round of casual violence, until Suzanne escapes into a fast marriage, and finally to America. Pialat’s methods of close, intimate filming may place him close to British director Ken Loach, but his interests are rooted in a very cinematic approach to personal inner life, rather than any schematic political theory.
The message may be that happiness is as rare as a sunny day, and sorrow is forever, but a counterbalancing warmth is provided by Pialat’s enormous care for his creations. Pialat once acted in a Claude Chabrol film, and a French critic’s verdict on his performance can stand equally well for this film: “Massive, abrupt and incredibly gentle”. French with subtitles.
5.30pm and 7.30pm. ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (43500200).
In Sheetal Gattani’s newest collection, the textures are flattened and Gattani’s delicate layering of colours turns into undifferentiated slabs. The charm of her paintings lies in their deceptive simplicity. Gattani describes the process of making her paintings as “labour” but she enjoys the exertion of layering the canvas with coats of colours. She has scratched her paintings in places and often painted over the scratch to leave only a faint scar. Sometimes she has folded the canvas to give herself some sort of an anchor amid the sea of colour. At first glance, the canvas may look like a weathered wall with chipped and thinning paint. Pay attention to the colours that Gattani lets peek through the top coat and note how shades almost blend into each other.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Chemould Prescott Road, Queen’s Mansion, Third Floor, Ghanashyam Talwatkar Marg, Fort (22000212).
Hamlet–the Clown Prince
A company of clowns runs amok with the script in Rajat Kapoor’s irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. Short of ideas, the clowns decide to present the famous Shakespearean tragedy with a comic twist. There’s no room for suspense as they reveal right at the beginning the fate of the main characters: “Hamlet dies, Ophelia dies, Gertrude dies, Claudius dies.” What follows is a hilarious yet critical re-enactment of the series of events leading to the massacre and a simultaneous depiction of the clowns’ lives.
Spin doctors: Arjun Vagale burns up the floor with DJ Silvano at Blue Frog.
Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). 9pm, Wednesday-Friday; 6pm & 9pm, Saturday-Sunday. For ticket prices, call 26149546.
Nicolas Silvano in Uruguay and Arjun Vagale in New Delhi have never met. Vagale is one of the founding members of dance floor rippers Jalebee Cartel, a producer and a DJ. Silvano, aka Logiztik Sounds, has been producing top-class progressive house and has worked with Paul van Dyk, Kosmas Epsilon, Moshic, D-Nox and 16 Bit Lolitas. Their new label Mak.Tub Music shatters geographical boundaries. It has a couple of mixes which go by interesting names—Mashtronic, Smartmind, Ben Brown and Dualton—with each covering chunky electro, minimal-tech and big-room sounds.
Favourite friends: Cymroza Gallery is presenting a retrospective of Mario Miranda’s work over 50 years as a cartoonist and artist.
10.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi & Co, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Rs300.
World of Mario Exhibition
From 16 February
Cymroza Gallery returns with a retrospective of Mario Miranda’s 50-year career as a cartoonist and artist.
Those familiar with Miranda’s work in ‘The Economic Times’ and ‘The Illustrated Weekly of India’ will probably greet Rajni Nimbupani, Miss Fonseca, Moonswamy, Bundaldass and other popular characters like old friends. Others may realize that the drawings of Nitin, Leena and King Bruce (with his try-try-again spider) in their English textbooks were the work of the master cartoonist. Few might even nod familiarly at his sketches of Goa, New York and Paris. But it’s Miranda’s family portraits, childhood sketches and doodled-on diaries that are likely to elicit the biggest surprise.
They record Miranda’s first crush: a girl from a farming family who would come to draw water from their well, ballpoint sketches of spats over ping-pong tables and young Miranda’s experiences in the local choir.
10.30am-6.30pm. Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Breach Candy (23671983).
Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan
The American Centre and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations bring the jazz greats to town to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s visit to India. The artists will perform with students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
Venue and timings unconfirmed. For details, check http://mumbai. usconsulate.gov
Attakkalari Biennial 2009
Until 15 February
The fourth biennial features dancers mapping new territories, localities and culture, with works from countries ranging from Korea and Germany to Portugal, Switzerland and India. Tiago Guedes performs ‘Matrioska’, a dark piece that borrows its name from the traditional Russian doll, on Saturday and two pieces using everyday objects on Sunday, both at 7.30pm at Ranga Shankara. Also performing at 6.30pm on Sunday, at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall, is the Samir Akika Dance Company.
The biennial also features a three-day physical training workshop for dancers, beginning Saturday, conducted by Francesco Scavetta at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and a Colloquium on Movement Arts between 9am and 4pm on Saturday.
Venues: Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, Second Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810). Tickets, Rs100-400. Workshop and colloquium at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, 24-04 BTS Bus Depot Road, Wilson Garden (22123684).
Silver edge: Teasets and cutlery with impressions of Hindu deities.
Whose Taste? Indian Silver for the Raj
Vidya Dehejia, an archaeologist from the University of Cambridge and author of ‘Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj’, delivers a talk on ornamented silverware made by Indian craftsmen for the British. The subject that she’s an authority on is in fact a kind of Indian silverware referred to as “Swami Silver”, or the style of decorating teasets and cutlery, wine and water ewers, snuff and perfume containers, jewellery, even calling card cases in local traditions, with impressions of Hindu deities.
4-6pm. British Library, Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Road (22489220).
Travelling/ Listen/ Here
London’s Sign Dance Collective (SDC) will bring three performance sketches from its latest production ‘Three Films + One’. Its work employs a dramatic blend of visual poetry, dance, music, film, and signdance (a creative visual language that combines established sign language with the grace and physicality of dance and then explores the resulting idiom for new theatrical possibilities). ‘Listen’ dramatizes creative director David Bower’s constant experience of life with tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing sensation in the ears without any external source). ‘Travelling’ turns SDC into a travel company that promises people a trip to “a happy place”.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, Second Phase, JP Nagar (2659-2777). Tickets, Rs100.
The jazz band Metro is coming to Bangalore and the reason you need to be there is to hear their new drummer. Dave Weckl, one of the finest jazz drummers of all time, has confirmed that he will join the band on this tour.
7pm. UB Amphitheatre, Cubbon Park, Vittal Mallya Road (40300300). For tickets, visit www.kyazoonga.com.
Schedules may be subject to change
Kathak legend Birju Maharaj is gearing up for spring with his dance institute Kalashram’s annual festival, Vasantotsava, from 19-21 February. This year, the focus of the festival is on literature. Says senior dancer Saswati Sen, widely acknowledged as his closest disciple, “Most of the performances will feature some text or narrative.”
All performances will take place at Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, (23388084).
‘The Goa Portuguesa Cookbook’ reiterates exactly what the tirelessly self-promoting Awchats have been saying since their restaurant opened 20 years ago. Written by Deepa Suhas Awchat, the book’s opening pages repeat the declarations you’ve seen on the colourful menu. No, all Goans are not called D’Souza or Fernandes. Goan food can be Hindu- and Muslim-friendly, vegetarian and non-spicy. The book offers the familiar Christian-, Saraswat- and Portuguese-influenced flavours of Goa, as interpreted by the Goa Portuguesa kitchen.
‘The Goa Portuguesa Cookbook’, by Deepa Suhas Awchat, Popular Prakashan; Rs275.
The Attic is presenting the Sacred Arts Festival across multiple locations in the National Capital Region till 28 February. The festival will present the sacred dance, music and art of many religions from around the world, showcasing the diversity and essential unity of varied cultures and beliefs. Kudiyattam scholar Sudha Gopalakrishna and the Sangeet Natak Akademi have teamed up to present Kudiyattam and Nangiar Koothu performances, coordinated by Natana Kairali, a Kerala-based Kudiyattam institute, and Aparna Nangiar, respectively.
For further information, call the Attic (23746050) or visit www.sacredartsfestivaldelhi.org
This ritzy new shop on Bangalore’s Mosque Road is a purdah paradise. The split-floor interiors are where the latest Islamic fashions land in answer to several sartorial prayers. They have everything— from the pristine cotton prayer dress that costs Rs250 to the lush ‘abaya’ (burqa) which begins at Rs1,500, and a crystal-encrusted one which costs up to Rs4,000. There is also a large collection of scarves (Rs140-250) or shawls, as they are called at the shop.
Islamic Boutique by Porschop, opposite ICICI Bank, Coles Road, Frazer Town (41252760). 10.30am-10pm, Saturday-Thursday; 2.30pm- 10pm, Friday