Asad Ali Khan + Gundecha Brothers
Khan, one of the few active masters of the instrument, will perform on the rudra veena. The next performance is a dhrupad recital by Umakant and Ramakant Gundecha. 6.30pm. Basement, Satya Sai International Centre Auditorium, Pragati Vihar, Lodhi Road (2436-4569).
Mir Mukhtiyar Ali Sufi
Ali is the 26th in an unbroken line that has kept alive an oral, rural tradition. Gifted with an enviable voice and armed with a vast repertoire of traditional compositions, Mukhtiyar Ali is one of the more promising young exponents of Sufiana music. It is unfortunate that not many performing opportunities have come his way (that he lives in the small town of Pugal in Rajasthan could be why). But he has made the most of the few that have. Earlier this year, his performances in festivals in Belgium and Sweden got overwhelming responses, as did his recital in New Delhi last year as part of the IIC Festival of the Arts. 6.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2222).
Playing goddess: Geeta Chandran as Durga.
Bharatanatyam dancer Geeta Chandran will present a classical solo performance on the theme of Durga on the sidelines of the World Conference on Psychology and Spirituality, organized by the Infinity Foundation (USA-India). Chandran believes that the dual roles of the goddess as a benevolent benefactor with the simultaneous potential for malevolence, and her leadership role as a protector of human rights, all hold larger lessons for us today. 6.30pm. India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (2468-2001).
Senior kathak exponent Uma Sharma will present a “jugalbandi” with sitar maestro Shujaat Husain Khan as part of the Swami Haridas-Tansen Sangeet Nritya Samaroh. This festival, now in its fifth year, celebrates the guru-shishya duo of Swami Haridas and Mian Tansen. Integrating classical music and dance under a single umbrella, the three-day festival has a highly acclaimed line-up. 7.30pm. Basement, Satya Sai International Centre Auditorium, Pragati Vihar, Lodhi Road (2436-4569).
Delve into the World of Dictionaries
Children engage in activities and games built around dictionary usage, learning to use it for spellings, meanings, definitions, etymology, grammar and pronunciation. Educationist and storyteller Nupur Gaur Awasthi conducts this workshop. Do remember to bring along your dictionary. Age 7-14. 4-5pm. Oxford Book Store, Statesman House, Barakhamba Road (2376-6083).
Through Dad’s Eyes—Lahore 1946 to Delhi 1966
From 7 January
A multimedia show by Radhika Singh, cataloguing the life of her father, Swaranjit Singh, who founded Escorts Ltd. Swaranjit Singh was also an avid photographer and his two favourite subjects were his wife Prem and his company. This show puts on display photographs from the 1940s in Lahore and then, post-Partition, in Delhi. Singh integrates these photos with personal mementos, including cards and letters exchanged by her parents during their 57 years of marriage. The exhibition also includes a film, narrated by Prem after her husband passed away in 2004. The film ‘I Say’ has been edited by Singh and Sunil Gupta using Swaranjit Singh’s 8mm footage from the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition is curated and designed by Singh and Alpana Khare. Daily. 10am-8pm. Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (4366-2026).
From 9 January
An exhibition of sculpture and installation by Puneet Kaushik, an artist and designer who runs a store with the same name. Puneet Kaushik’s new exhibition about “introspection and inner space” bathes the Alliance gallery in pink diffused lighting and LEDs. Incorporating five installations, the exhibition is tied together by hot pink accents that give the show a pop art feel. Daily. 11am-8pm. Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Française, 72 Lodhi Estate (2625-7574).
Short films about Sufism
Noted writer and curator Amrit Gangar is curating a package of short films on Sufism. The films include:
‘I Named Her Angel’, a Turkish documentary about a 12-year-old Turkish girl who learns to be a female dervish. Dir: Nefin Dinc. Duration: 30 mins.
‘Rumi: Poetry of Islam’, a documentary on the works and impact of Jalaluddin Maulana Rumi, Sufi poet extraordinaire. Dirs: Houchang Allahyari and Dariusch Allahyari. Duration: 1 hour 28 mins.
‘Rumi: Turning Ecstatic.’ Co-director Tina Petrova tells of how she became a Sufi after a near-fatal accident. The film also features Rumi translator Coleman Barks. Dirs: Tina Petrova and Stephen Roloff. Duration: 47 mins.
‘Give Me Your Love’, a documentary on music and Mevlevi Sufis. Dir: Nameera Ahmed. Duration: 20 mins. 11.30am. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point (6622-3737).
Zakir Hussain + Taufiq Qureshi + Niladri Kumar + Meitei Pung Cholom
Conceptualized by tabla stalwart Hussain, ‘Rhythm, Melody, Movement’ is a concert that was born out of his collaborations with musicians from both classical and contemporary genres. The performers include Hussain’s brother, popular percussionist Qureshi, versatile young sitar player Kumar and Meitei Pung Cholom, the renowned Manipuri dance troupe who combine dance, music and martial arts in their repertoire. The concert will feature a mix of classical, folk and fusion music.
This event is part of the Weekend festival organized by the NCPA and Vedanta. 7.30pm. Tata Theatre, NCPA. Tickets Rs750, Rs500, Rs250, Rs120.
Keli Classical Rhythm Festival
The year-long celebrations of the fifteenth anniversary of Keli, a cultural organization devoted to preserving and promoting the vanishing classical arts of Kerala, come to a close with a four-day festival devoted to the music of the traditional rhythm ensembles of the state. The first day will feature thayambaka by Kalpathy Balakrishnan and group. 6.45pm. Passes available from Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda (2284-2835), Prithvi Theatre, Juhu (2614-9546), Giri Trading Agency, Matunga (2414-1344) and YB Chavan Centre from 4 January. Call 9820835737 for further details. YB Chavan Centre Auditorium.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tim Supple’s exuberant production returns to Mumbai nearly two years after it opened here and we can’t wait for second helpings. The British director turns Shakespeare’s most fantastical drama into a visual carnival that throbs with energy and eroticism. The cosmopolitan cast features actors from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Sri Lanka and Maharashtra who speak in Bengali, Malayalam, English, Sinhalese, Tamil, Hindi and Marathi. The effect is electric. It doesn’t matter that, half the time, you don’t understand a word of what’s being spoken. The vernacular Shakespearean play has a powerfully earthy quality, losing none of its rhythm. 8pm. Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA. Tickets Rs300, Rs500, Rs800.
The National School of Drama’s (NSD) Bharat Rang Mahotsav is Delhi’s Prithvi Theatre Festival. The Third Satellite Festival, an abridged version of Bharat Rang Mahotsav, travels to Mumbai as part of NSD’s golden jubilee celebrations. Flagging off the festival is ‘Delirium’ by Swiss theatre group Plasma. Directed by Lukas Bangerter and in German with English subtitles, the play is a dreamy work that follows a bunch of individuals seated at a bar that’s about to close. According to the group’s website, the drama gazes at “the continent between last orders and locking up; that moment when, having had a glass or more, we sit quietly in the corner of the bar and watch the room bend, and wait for the taxi or the next drink.”
Tickets will be available at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nehru Centre, Ravindra Natya Mandir and Rhythm House. Tickets for shows at the Nehru Centre cost Rs200, Rs150, Rs100, Rs50; tickets for shows at Jamshed Bhabha Hall, NCPA, cost Rs400, Rs300, Rs200, Rs100; PL Deshpande Auditorium, Ravindra Natya Mandir, cost Rs150, Rs100.
Philemon’s devotion to his wife, Matilda, evaporates after he finds her in bed with her lover. He tortures her by treating the suit her lover left behind as a third person, seating it at the dinner table and taking it out for strolls. 5pm. Ravindra Natya Mandir.
Bamboo Blues is a Pina Bausch production. The 67-year-old Bausch is one of the foremost exponents of the dance theatre style of performance, which grew out of German expressionist dance, and is the moving spirit behind Tanztheatre. Contact Max Mueller Bhavan (2332-9506) for details. 6.30pm. Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg (2649-3370).
Bhau Daji Lad Museum
This fortnight, the story of Mumbai’s evolution from seven malarial islands into a modern metropolis will get a bright, new spin when the Bhau Daji Lad Museum reopens after four years of restoration. The Rs4 crore project has not only refurbished the 134-year-old Palladian-style building, it has also provided the opportunity for the Byculla institution’s modest collection of maps, clay models and craft objects to be rearranged to leave visitors in no doubt that the star exhibit is Mumbai itself. 10am-5.45pm (Thur-Tue). Bhau Daji Lad Musuem, Veermata Jijabai Bhonsale Udyan (city zoo), 91, Dr Ambedkar Road, Byculla (E) (6556-0394).