Psychedelic images by Karan Khanna
From 1 July
An exhibition of Karan Khanna’s photographs brings to mind psychedelic art from the 1960s. Khanna heightens colours and contrasts to the maximum, thereby creating a world of striking artificiality.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday, Art Alive, S-221, Panchsheel Park (41639000).
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A photo exhibition on Delhi by a group of amateur photographers. The images concentrate on Purani Dilli and its vibrancy.
Spice of life: A photo exhibition on Delhi presents Purani Dilli in all its colourful vibrancy.
10.30am-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. The Fuschia Tree Gallery, 201, F-7, East of Kailash (46581263).
Wear your own stuff
Children will have fun painting their own T-shirts, and bringing them home to wear. The two-day workshop will be conducted by Vinnie Mathur. Ages, 7-15.
10-11.30am. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000). For details, contact the programme desk. Fees, Rs1,000.
The Just-4-Kids club at Jaypee Vasant Continental is organizing a three-day magic workshop for children. Besides being taught magic tricks, they get to put up a show on their own with the tricks they learn. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided during the show. Ages, 6-12.
3-5pm. Jaypee Vasant Continental, Vasant Vihar (26148800). Rs500 per day.
High note: Anirudh Bharadwaj.
A flute recital by Anirudh Bharadwaj, disciple of Akhila Krishnan and P.N. Krishnan.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222).
Adapted from Peter Shaffer’s play, this farce is written to be staged under a reversed lighting scheme. The play opens on to a darkened stage. Then, when a fuse blows, the lights come on, but the characters fumble around the stage, apparently invisible to one another. Directed by Basab Bhattacharya.
7.30pm. Alliance Française auditorium, 72, Lodhi Estate (43500200). For ticket bookings, contact 9810396555/9810605806. Tickets, Rs150-350.
Ek Mulaqat Manto Se
This solo act, directed, scripted and enacted by Ashwath Bhatt, focuses on the life and times of provocative Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto.
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (24682222). Tickets, Rs50-300, available at the venue.
Raja Aur Rani
Triveni Kala Mandir, a Mauritius-based group, presents Rabindranath Tagore’s semi-Shakespearian play about a king so infatuated with his queen that he neglects his duties. Chaos ensues when the queen leaves him and joins forces with her brother.
7pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084). Entry by invitation only. Contact the Indian Council for Cultural Relations or Ranjan Bakshi (9811423444) for details.
Birding in the 21st century
This is the second in a series of talks on birds scheduled to be held at the India International Centre this month, presented by American diplomat and amateur ornithologist Peter G. Kaestner on birding in the 21st century.
Feathered friends: Kaestner will present a talk on birding.
6.30pm. Conference room-I, India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Swati Thirunal Festival: Kathakali and Chhau
The Delhi Malayalee Association has regularly been paying tribute to Swathi Thirunal (1829-1846) through single-day performing arts festivals.
The festival aims to explore Thirunal’s repertoire through various classical styles of dance and music. There will be a presentation by a yet-to-be finalized Carnatic vocalist, followed by a Kathakali performance by Evoor Rajendran Pillai and a team from the International Centre of Kathakali; Chhau by Santosh Nair; a Hindustani violin recital by Anupriya; and finally, a Carnatic music presentation by Krishnan.
6.30pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663090).
Until 2 July
Osian’s newest exhibition, Jashn-Osianama—Kala, Cinema and Sanskriti ka Mela, is a mash-up of various goodies from Osian’s collection but this time, the ideas holding together the many works are violence and non-violence. The exhibition is divided into 13 parts that include Tibetan thangkas, Japanese samurai armour, miniature paintings, paintings commissioned by the East India Company, lithographs from the early 20th century, vintage Hollywood posters and rare photographs.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Jehangir Art Gallery, Mahatma Gandhi Road, opposite Elphinstone College, Kala Ghoda (22048212).
Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally
Imagine 40 men aged 18-65 riding through the city on a Sunday morning, taking a pit stop at Vashi, and then speeding their way on a gravelly 35km dirt track across Navi Mumbai as they race for trophies, cash prizes and congratulatory backslaps. Now imagine them all doing it on scooters.
Dirt driving: The Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally is a test of endurance.
The annual Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally is a test of time and distance. Participants depart from Parel at intervals of 1 minute each and finish the first round by obeying all the traffic rules before they reach Vashi.
In the second phase, the scooters again dash off 1 minute apart and are clocked separately to see who makes the most of the full speeds and slushy terrain on the track. Cheer racers as they participate in the rally’s 20th edition.
8.30am. The race will be flagged off from Our Lady’s Home in Parel and will weave through Dadar, Sion and Vashi up to Belapur. For details, call Sportscraft (23677631), email sportscraft@ gmail.com or visit www.sportscraftindia.com
Dance Like a Man
Lata (Suchitra Pillai) and her boyfriend Viswas (Joy Sengupta) are waiting for her parents to come home and approve their marriage. When they do return, however, Jairaj (Vijay Crishna) and Ratna (Lillete Dubey) are very tense about their daughter’s debut dance performance, an event that revives painful memories of their unfulfilled pasts as Bharatanatyam dancers.
No easy solutions: From Dance Like a Man.
While the parents’ memories of their struggles with Jairaj’s disapproving father overshadow the young couple’s story right to the play’s finale, they also provide for some well-crafted scenes of conflict. The flashbacks allude to Bharatanatyam’s long-standing association with ‘devadasis’ and the continuing suspicion about the sexuality of male dancers, but the play offers no easy solutions to the issues it raises.
6pm and 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W). For tickets, call 26149546.
Grey Elephants in Denmark
30 June–2 July
Chaitanya Tamhane’s debut as playwright and director takes an intriguing look at the world of magic and is powered both by convincing performances and actual acts of illusion.
Vivek Gomber plays Vinay Iyengar, a magician destined to be the greatest in a long line of magicians from Palangad, a prophecy foretold at his birth. Iyengar’s greatest rival, Anita (Puja Sarup), an unassuming magician from Ghatkopar, traces Iyengar’s journey from his childhood to his 60s, playing devil’s advocate to his defeatist attitude and participating in some great repartee with him along the way.
6pm and 9pm. Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Vile Parle (W). For tickets, call 26149546. Tickets available at the venue, 1pm-9pm, daily.
Tough on Tobacco
Listen and laugh to the songs of the “humour rock” band fronted by Zero drummer/Helga’s Fun Castle vocalist Sidd Coutto.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, Todi and Co., Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Tickets, Rs300.
29 June-27 July
Lahore-based artist Mariam Suhail says Fig.1 is “a group of drawings drawn from real-life situations, not necessarily representing anyone or anything specific”.
11am-7pm, Wednesday-Monday. GallerySke, 82, Presidency, St Mark’s Road (65951972). Sundays, by appointment only.
Walk into Kyra for an evening of impromptu performances. “Open mike” is a live show where audience members may perform at the microphone. Besides musicians, it is also a platform for writers, actors and stand-up comedians.
6.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Kattima Complex, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333).
Fantasy and Fairytale
Classic moves: From Fantasy and Fairytale.
The performance is a compendium of classical ballets pieces from Coppelia, Gulliver’s Travels, a variation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Moonlit Nursery and more. There will also be some jazz pieces in the show.
6pm. Sophia High School auditorium, Sophia High School, 70, Palace Road (22266825). Donor passes, Rs400 onwards.
Six-piece rock, metal and instrumental act The Bridge claims its focus is on “audible, clean vocals and guitar licks and riffs with hard-hitting lyrics”. The band will present its compositions influenced by 1980s glam rock, 1960s and 1970s classic rock as well as 1990s alternative and grunge.
7.30pm. Kyra, 2001, Kattima Complex, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (9632203333). For tickets, visit www.bookmyshow.com
Sonia & Harmeet
All that jazz: Sonia Saigal.
Sonia Saigal is an internationally recognized pop, rock, funk, R&B and jazz vocalist. Harmeet Manseta has been playing keyboards professionally for over 10 years and counts Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett among his influences. Saigal will join Manseta for this jazz concert.
8pm. Olive Beach, 16, Wood Street, Ashok Nagar, Richmond Town (41128400).
Bangalore Rooftop Film Festival
The sixth edition of the festival is scheduled to be held this fortnight, and is expected to include at least two films by Karthik Subbaraj—Parallax and Cause and Effect, and a film called Slaves of the Lamp by Gautham Avarathi and Raghunandan K.S.
The group has also included a new section called “independent talent” and is inviting indie filmmakers to be part of the festival’s screenings.
To join the group, confirm schedules, and learn more about the festival, visit www.brtff.com or write to Hrish Thota at firstname.lastname@example.org
10.30am-5pm. 23, Prestige Takt, Kasturba Cross (22489220).
— Compiled by Indranil Bhoumik
For Kids by Kids
Scholastic India and Oxford is releasing the book For Kids by Kids, featuring award-winning entries from the Scholastic Writing Awards 2009, a nationwide short story and non-fiction writing competition for students of classes 4-9, which has now been held annually for the last 10 years. The topic for the non-fiction section was “What democracy means to me”.
Dreamcatcher: A painting by Mandal titled In Her Dream.
This will be followed by a reading of excerpts from the book and an interactive session with Mary Ann Dasgupta, founder, Sharehouse Charitable Foundation, Kolkata.
5pm. Oxford Bookstore, 17, Park Street. For details, contact Maina Bhagat (99339846455).
Till 28 June
An exhibition by artists Sajidul Islam and Mausum Mandal at Birla Academy.
4-8 pm. Fourth floor, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, 108, Southern Avenue. Contact Sajidul Islam (9304819040).
27 June- 3 July
An exhibition by artists Samir Bhandari and Sounetra Chatterjee, on display at the Academy of Fine Arts.
Sexual difference: A painting from Bhandari’s collection.
While Bhandari’s works deal with nature, Chatterjee’s theme is “Strange Ride”, where he uses a bike as a symbol of a journey. The works are in acrylic and Chinese ink on paper and canvas.
3-8pm. Academy of Fine Arts (West Gallery), 2, Cathedral Road. For further information, contact: Samir Bhandari (9831634064), Sounetra Chatterjee (9903233002).
Beyond the Himalayas
Watch the screening of The Other Side of the Mountain and In Search of the Buddha, from the five-part documentary Beyond the Himalayas by documentary film-maker Gautam Ghosh at Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts. Each episodic chapter of Beyond the Himalayas reveals the people, lifestyles and history of a land steeped in legend and mystery.
6-8pm. Weavers Studio Centre for the Arts, 94, Ballygunge Place (24604245/ 24613145).
Orissa Festival 2009
Till 1 July
Utkala, the cultural wing of Sri Jagannath Seva Samity, is organizing Orissa Festival 2009 to celebrate the spirit of Orissa. This week-long festival, which began with the celebrated Rath Yatra, will showcase some of the finest facets of Orissa’s rich cultural heritage, from rare folk, tribal as well as classical dance forms and music, and art and handicrafts. More than 100 participants from different cultural troupes and self-help groups from Orissa and West Bengal will participate. The Ulto Rath, or departure of Lord Jagannath to his abode, will mark the conclusion of the festivities.
Politics of passion: A scene from Chaturanga.
Among the other events being organized is a classical dance competition (28 June), 11am onwards. Participants can perform any one of the eight classical dance forms—Odissi, Bharatanatyam, Manipuri, Kathakali, Sattriya, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam and Kathak. Registration is according to age: junior (up to 14 years), intermediate (14-18 years) and senior (18-22 years). The music and costume must be original, and pertain to that dance.
To collect forms for the dance competition, visit Sanchita Odissi Dance Foundation, 8, Moore Avenue, Jagannath temple, Kidderpore (24591500). For further information, contact Sanchita Bhattacharya (9903648755). Registration, Rs100.
Swabhumi—The Heritage Plaza, Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, 89C, Moulana Abul Kalam Azad Sarani, formerly Narkeldanga Main Road, opposite Subhas Sarobar (23205487, 23203903).
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Chaturanga by Purba Paschim
Characters from Rabindranath Tagore’s novel Chaturangaencounter 21st century globalized Bengal’s socio-political dichotomies, through Shekher Samaddar’s script and Bratya Basu’s direction.
3pm. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call Chandranath Roy (9874027780). Tickets available at the venue, Rs20-60, 1-7pm, daily; from 10am onwards on the show date.
200,000 sq. ft is a lavish amount of living space. That’s what Kolkata’s new Home Town store has. Ikea-esque room mock-ups stack up along three floors: living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, gardening equipment, furniture and furnishings, tiles, lighting, home appliances and a Food Bazaar. Services such as Design and Build, Mr Painter, Tilewala, etc. mean that everything from delivery to installation and financing happens from a single store, a first in the city.
10.30am-9pm. Home Town, New Town (near New Town bus stop), Kolkata-700056. For enquiries, call 022-30913333.
— Staff writer
Stick to Road Pe Raahi Bhai Bhai campaign
Here’s an idea. The next time someone bumps your car in Delhi, give the person a sticker instead of getting into an almighty row. Delhi-based Chaitanya Chadha, along with his mother Bharti, started a sticker-based campaign against road rage called ‘Road Pe Raahi Bhai Bhai’ in 2008. What the campaign does is simple. The slogan itself is printed on stickers, which serve to remind people to keep their cool on the roads. The Chadhas also conduct road rage awareness talks and workshops.
For more information, log on to www.roadperaahibhaibhai.com
Nikhil Dixit’s ‘Mumbai Under Siege’ is the fourth book about the November terrorist attack on the city. Dixit has put his experience as a hard-nosed city reporter to good use, vividly reconstructing the attacks and sharply analysing the state’s poor responses. If we have one quarrel with the book, it’s the strategy it suggests for preventing further attacks. Dixit says the authorities should raise barriers for entry to outsiders. However, experience suggests that strengthening intelligence networks is the key.
Handmade just for you
Shop at Bangalore’s Craft Corner not for glamour, but for its lovely handmade paper. With no flashy interiors or fancy lights to distract you, exploring the tiny apartment-like space is a delight. On simple shelves are stacks of handmade products. The shop has products made of a wide assortment of paper. Handmade sheets—plain, textured, coarse, decorative and block prints—have been turned into notebooks (starting at Rs225), picture frames (Rs250 for a set of two) and coasters (Rs200 for a set of 12).
Monday-Saturday. 10/11, 6th cross, Victorial Layout (41126411). No credit cards accepted. www.craftcorner.in
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