Utsav Lal and Anuradha Pal
Seventeen-year-old Utsav Lal is probably one of the few exponents of the piano when it comes to Hindustani classical music. A Dublin resident, Lal will perform at a programme, ‘Ragas Dance Off Piano Keys’, as part of his India tour. He will be accompanied by Anuradha Pal, who is arguably the most famous woman tabla player today.
7.30pm. Stein Auditorium, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
This band from Bangalore is known for its jaunty, infectious mix of Indian folk and Western rock. Swarathma’s inexhaustible energy at gigs often results in the crowd singing along to the Hindi and Kannada lyrics of its songs. Possessing a vibrant appearance on stage, there’s always a riot of colours on display, notably the costumes of the band members.
9pm. Q’BA, E 42-43, Connaught Place, Inner Circle (41512888). Call venue for cover charges, if any, and reservations.
Being the grandson of Pandit Kumar Gandharva, there’s no denying his musical pedigree. A disciple of his grandmother Vasundhara Komkali and Madhup Mudgal, he is actively involved in preserving his grandfather’s heritage as well.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
This show focuses on our urban environment, whether built-up or in different stages of construction. It brings together five artists—Ajay Desai, Jitish Kallat, Alexis Kersey, M. Pravat and Bharat Sikka—with very different visual styles. Kersey’s mixed media constructions have a myth-driven, fantastical air with their use of filigree patterns, collage and vibrant, almost garish colours.
Urban legend: A picture by Jitish Kallat.
In contrast to this extravagance are the photographic works of Kallat and Sikka. The former makes use of symmetry in Artist Making Local Call, a fish-eye image of a man at a PCO booth with autorickshaw-lined roads on either sides of the booth. Sikka’s Cable TV Mumbai shows a network of cables running along a wall against a blank white sky. Despite its rather tepid colours, the image is poignant for its evocation of a city that lies beyond the wall, the city that the cables you see are connected to.
11am-8pm, Monday-Saturday. Seven Art Ltd, M-44, Greater Kailash II (40592613).
Anushka Ravishankar’s play Phoenix was developed at the Royal Court International Playwrights’ Residency in London in 2001. It will be performed by Ruchika Theatre Group as part of the India International Centre’s New Plays, New Voices series that focuses on original scripts. Phoenix is the story of a young man who, consumed by guilt, comes to the house of the friend he had killed by accident and ends up staying longer than he had intended.
Director: Feisal Alkazi; writer: Anushka Ravishankar; cast: Zaen Alkazi, Pranay Manchanda, Manohar Khushalani, Avaree Chaurey, Mahima Kaur, Charanya Chidambaram and Smita Mazumdar.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate. For details, call 24619431.
The Man of Destiny
Shaw’s Corner, in collaboration with the embassy of Ireland, pays tribute to George Bernard Shaw. The programme includes a talk on Shaw and a dramatized version of The Man of Destiny, Shaw’s one-act play.
Director: Maura Sabin; cast: Aarti Aney, Ramesh Krishnan, Akshay Sethi and Karan Singh.
6.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333). Seating, first-come first-served basis.
Waiting for Godot
A classic in the theatre of the absurd genre, time hangs still in the act of waiting for someone called Godot, who never appears. This play, part of the Motley theatre group’s 30th anniversary celebrations, attempts a portrayal of the temporality of human existence, the loneliness of the characters and the mystery that is man.
Director: Benjamin Gilani; cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Akash Khurana, Benjamin Gilani, Randip Hooda, Yanik Shetty Menon.
6pm and 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Tickets, Rs200.
Four stories by Shaukat Thanvi have been woven into an evening of raucous storytelling among five friends. Imran Rasheed, a chipper comic, is the play’s centrepiece as an idiosyncratic aristocrat who likes to think of himself as a monarch presiding over a durbar of friends. Each friend or “prince” narrates an anecdote. Parts of the play droop to slapstick and hammy acting, but on the whole, it’s a pleasant experience and some of the shers (couplets) recited are riotously asinine.
Director: Shivani Tanksale and Sumeet Vyas; writer: Shaukat Thanvi; cast: Imran Rasheed, Anjum Sharma, Shivani Tanksale.
6.30pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W) (26149546). Call venue for tickets.
Ghulam Husnain Khan
At this solo Hindustani vocal recital organized by Pancham Nishad, the singer, better known as Raja Miyan, performs some of the more uncommon ragas of the Agra gharana.
7pm. YB Chavan Centre auditorium, Chavan Centre, near Mantralaya, General Jagannath Bhosle Marg (22852081).
DJ Arijit and DJ Promode from Helium Project are known for their heady mix of minimal and progressive house with visuals. Brace yourself for a real mash-up.
10.30pm. Zenzi, 183, Waterfield Road, Bandra (W) (66430670). Call venue for cover charges.
The Wish Maker
Ali Sethi’s debut novel, The Wish Maker, views the tumult of Pakistan in the 1990s through the eyes of a teenage boy. Be there for the launch and book reading.
7pm. Crossword, Kemps Corner, Mohammed Bhai Mansion, near Kemps Corner Flyover (23842001).
Pecha Kucha Night
What can you do in 6 minutes and 40 seconds? Boil an egg? Irrigate your colon? Listen to Fallout Boy’s Nobody puts Baby in a Corner twice over? Maybe you could take one of those power naps corporate executives always talk about or have a quick shower.
At Jnanapravaha, many people will use their strictly allotted 400 seconds to make a speech, present a slideshow, talk about their professional interests or share their creative work. They’ll each show 20 images, dwelling on them for 20 seconds each and will be part of the Pecha Kucha Night.
8.20pm. Jnanapravaha, Queens Mansion, third floor, AK Nayak Marg Fort (22072974/75).
Deft moves: Indrayanee Mukherjee
A performance by Indrayanee Mukherjee and Tina Tambe, senior students of the city’s leading kathak dancer Uma Dogra. With at least 16 years of training, Mukherjee is one of Dogra’s seniormost disciples. Tambe was the recipient of Nalanda Dance Research Centre’s Nritya Nipuna award.
6.30pm. Godrej Dance Academy Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737). Tickets, Rs20, are available at the venue.
29 July-31 August
Avinash Veeraraghavan returns to the gallery with a solo show of his recent work, which he says stems from intense personal experiences. Like his previous shows in the city, Toy Story will experiment with formats. This time, he will include prints, a video, objects and a little book. For details, visit www.galleryske.com.
11am-7pm, Wednesday-Monday. Galleryske, 82, Presidency, St Mark’s Road (65951972). Sundays, by appointment only.
Ortszeit Local Time: A Journey into the German Past
A selection from Stefan Koppelkamm’s project, where he photographed the same houses and streets in East Berlin and East Germany twice—in 1990-91 and 2002-03. The show will be inaugurated by Koppelkamm on 24 July at 6.30pm. The photographer will also conduct a workshop. For details, visit www.goethe.de/bangalore.
9am-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
The Royal Revival
Until 31 July
This is a special exhibition, hosted by Taj West End and Arivar Art Consultants, of a rare collection of original photographs of the maharajas and members of royal families of Indian states from the last couple of centuries. A note from the consultants about the historical value of the collection speaks of the cultural significance of the princely states in India’s pre-independence era.
Noon-7pm, daily. Taj Art Corridor, Taj West End, 23, Race Course Road (66605660).
Four years ago, Ameeth Thomas, Siddharth Srinivasan and Craig Maxworth got together and realized they had something to contribute to Indian rock ‘n’ roll, and Junkyard Groove was born.
7.30pm. Opus, Palace Cross Road, near Windsor Manor Bridge, Seshadripuram (23442580). For entry charges, call 9008303330.
Sharmila Mukherjee, a Bangalore-based Odissi performer and teacher, will perform pieces from the Odissi repertoire originally choreographed by the late Kelucharan Mohapatra, apart from Sanjukta Panigrahi and Mukherjee herself.
Mukherjee will begin with a mangalacharan, an invocatory piece where the dancer offers obeisance to Jagannath, the presiding deity. This is followed by a shloka in praise of Shiva, the destroyer. The penultimate piece is an abhinaya or histrionic piece, where a gopinee (milkmaid) complains of Krishna obstructing her path while she is on her way to collect water from the river Yamuna.
6pm. Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, West Park Road, opposite MLA College, Malleswaram (23347830).
Asian film festival
Movies from Japan, Hong Kong and Korea will be shown during a film festival being organized by Alliance Francaise de Madras. The four-day fest will screen ‘Peppermint Candy’ by Lee Chang-dong (South Korea), ‘The Hidden Fortress’ by Akira Kurosawa (Japan), ‘Love and Honour’ by Yoji Yamada (Japan) and ‘Eye in the Sky’ by Yau Nai-hoi.
6.30pm. Alliance Francaise de Madras (auditorium), No. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
24 July-5 August
Students of well-known south Indian artist A.P. Santhana Raj are joining hands to pay homage to their teacher through colours and canvases. Raj died recently. Many of his students are prominent artists today. Students who are taking part in the exhibition include S.G. Vasudev and P. Gopinath. Vasudev is exhibiting a painting titled She; Gopinath’s work is Untitled. The exhibition will be inaugurated at 6pm on Friday.
11am-7pm. Gallery Sri Parvati, 28/160, Eldams Road (24353341, 9884075453).
The Wildflower in the Battlefield
Inko Centre, which aims to promote cultural exchanges between India and Korea, is screening a Korean movie directed by Lee Man-hee with English subtitles. It’s inspired by the Korean War, and shown through the eyes of a young boy adopted as a mascot by a group of soldiers near the frontline. The tragedy of the war is etched by the 10-year-old’s recollections of what he witnessed as a mascot.
7pm. Inko Centre, No.51, 6th Main Road, RA Puram (24361224).
25 July-2 August
Rural flavour: DakshinaChitra is celebrating Adiperku between 25 July and 2 August.
DakshinaChitra, a centre that preserves and promotes the cultural heritage and traditions of south India, is celebrating Adiperku, a festival that marks the rains and focuses on the importance of water in day-to-day life. The idea is to help urban Indians familiarize themselves with village traditions. The festival is celebrated near river banks, lakes and wells when the water level rises to a significant level, marking the onset of the monsoon. A folk performance by a Chennai-based troupe is a part of the celebrations.
10am-6pm, except Tuesdays. DakshinaChitra, East Coast Road, Muttukadu.
An exhibition organized by the department of export promotion of Thailand will showcase Thai handicrafts, auto parts, food items and artificial flowers, among other things.A display of Thai culture and art will be a part of the exhibition. You can also treat yourself to Thai cuisine.
10am-9pm. Chennai Trade Centre, 6 (A,B,C), Mount Poonamallee Road, Nandambakkam (22315551).
Compiled by Vidhya Sivaramakrishnan
Dorjiparar Morjinara by Swapnasandhani
Contemporary playwright Bratya Basu’s play ‘Dorjiparar Morjinara’ moves through the narrow lanes of Sonagachi, Kolkata’s red-light district.
In the play, the history of Sonagachi is chronicled through the people who inhabit this area, the brokers and the customers who come here every day. This is not a play on “prostitution” but “globalization”.
Directed by Kashuk Sen; writers: Bratya Basu, Debotosh Ghosh, Kashuk Sen and Ditipriya Sarkar.
7pm. Sujata Sadan, No.7, Hazra Road, Kolkata. For details, call 09903185680. Tickets, Rs30 and Rs50, available 1-7pm.
Till 27 July
Chemould Art Gallery has organized an exhibition of Calcutta Painters (one of the most famous groups of Kolkata consisting presently of 28 artists) to celebrate its 45th anniversary. On display will be works by Amitabha Sengupta, Anita Roy Chowdhury, Animesh Nendy, Barun Roy, Bijan Chowdhury, Bipin Goswami, Debabrata Chakraborty, Dhiraj Chowdhury, Dwijen Gupta, Goutam Bhowmik, Isha Mahammad, Jogen Chowdhury, Niren Sengupta, Nikhilesh Das, Pradip Mandal, Prokask Karmakar, Rabin Mondal, Ranjan Mukherjee, Shyamashree Basu, Sibo Prasad Kar Choudhuri, Subrata Ghosh, Sudip Banerjee, Susanta Chakraborty, Subhabrata Nandy, Surojit Das, Tapan Ghosh, Tapan Mitra and Wasim Kapoor.
2-7pm, daily. Chemould Art Gallery, 12 F, Park Street. For details, call 22298641/9830846999.
Tejas - Palladian Art Show
Till 30 July
Tejas Gallery, in collaboration with Palladian Lounge, is exhibiting the works of six artists at the Palladian Lounge.
Dhiren Sasmal, now a household name, is loved for his universally appealing subjects, taken from the simplest images of real life—be it a bird, child, or fairy-tale figure. He renders these in an ethereal style all his own, using layers of acrylic paint worked over with fine pen and ink detailing.
Atish Mukherjee, a qualified artist and animator by profession, is greatly influenced by Indian folk-art. His abstract and semi-abstract figures, done in tempera and pen and ink, are a manifestation of his belief that love and nature are two sides of the same coin, both a direct path to the Creator.
Shibani Sengupta’s ‘Aranyak’ series is a visual delight, as she uses oil paint and a spatula to produce the effect of both colour and light as seen in the depths of forests and foliage, while Shambhu Saha uses meticulously tiny strokes of the palette knife to produce vibrant landscapes and waterscapes reminiscent of the beautiful canvasses of the French Impressionists.
Avijit Mukherjee, a self-taught artist, creates highly imaginative works based on the emergence of human nature and the corruption of urban living. Rajib Bhattacharya’s urban landscapes are a symbol of the conflict in society in an age of rapid transformation. Using gorgeous colours and forceful strokes, he manages to convey both the beauty of new urban space and the gloom of urban darkness.
Palladian Lounge (BCCI 3rd level, 6 N S Road, Dalhousie Central, Kolkata. For details, call 033-22317219
Till 11 August
An exhibition of charcoal works by Ajay De. Life for De began at six, the first time that he picked up charcoal and gave expression to his feelings on paper. The black and white tone of the medium never deters him.
11.30am-7.30pm. Gallery Nakshatra, 2/1, Outram Street, Kolkata-700017. For details, call 033-22892982.
6th Members’ Photography Exhibition
Till 29 July
6th Members’ Photography Exhibition by Alok Rekhay is on at the Academy of Fine Arts.
3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts (North Gallery), 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 919433099962.
Friends of Fusion’s live performance
Neel Dutt, Rajkumar Sengupta, Debopratim Baksi, Arko Mukherjee and Bijit Bhattacharya perform Hindustani classical music with a contemporary outlook and a pan-Indian flavour.
6.30-8pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place. For details, call 24613145, 9830244726.
Inspiring at 100
This being the birth centenary of renowned Japanese film-maker Akira Kurosawa, Shemaroo World Cinema celebrates his spirit through a festival organized in four cities—Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. The festival begins in Kolkata over three days—Friday, Saturday and Sunday—and will go on till September in the other cities.
Shemaroo World Cinema will also launch four of Kurosawa’s titles on DVD, namely Rashomon, Ran, Madadayo and Quiet Duel, which will be available across India with Hindi subtitles. The launch will be followed by the screening of Rashomon at 4.15pm. Film-maker Goutam Ghose will be present.
3pm. Nandan III, besides Rabindra Sadan, 1/1, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, AJC Bose Road. For details, contact Uttam Singhania (9830225843).
Beckett on Film
25 July-1 August
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts presents Beckett On Film, a festival of films based on plays by renowned modernist playwright Samuel Beckett. The films vary in length from 2 hours to 45 seconds and are made by an internationally established group of directors such as Neil Jordan, Anthony Minghella and Richard Eyre and emerging Irish directors, including Damien O’Donnell, Conor McPherson and John Crowley. There are a total 19 films being screened, among them Waiting for Godot (120 min), Breath (45 seconds), Krapp’s Last Tape (58 min), A Piece of Monologue (20 min). 6.30 pm.
The Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre, 36C, S. P. Mukherjee Road. Tickets, Rs60. For details, call 24556942/43.
25 July 5.30-7pm
STUDIO21 screens the award-winning documentary film ’waGaH’ directed by Supriyo Sen. There will also be a brief dialogue with Debashish Sensharma, film scholar and filmmaker.
Studio 21, 17L, Dover Terrace, Kolkata 700 019; For details, call 033-2486 6735
How to Sharpen Your Presentation Skills
Attend a seminar on ‘How to Sharpen Your Presentation Skills’ by Leslie D’Gama, Head Training and Development, IL&FS Education and Technology Services Limited, at the British Council. The seminar will cover the characteristics of a good presentation, delivery techniques and skills, body language and use of voice, relaxation techniques, handling questions, etc.
Registration: a non-refundable administrative fee of Rs250 as members and Rs450 as non-members at the British Council Customer Services Desk, on first come first serve basis only. Closing date: 25 July.
6-8.30pm. British Council, 16, Camac Street, L& T Chambers. For details, call Manish Gupta 9830074073/ 40074329.
Compiled by Indranil Bhoumik
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