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First Published: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 09 45 PM IST

 In house: From Immersions.
In house: From Immersions.
Updated: Thu, Apr 30 2009. 09 45 PM IST
Made in China
Attempting to explore the representation of global culture through cross-cultural art practices, this show displays multimedia works by international artists who lived and worked in China. It also aims to examine the international art scene and its interaction with emerging Chinese practitioners through paintings, calligraphy, photography, documentary and video art practices, and music. The participating artists are Bruce Gremo, Diana Valarezo, Drew Hanratty, Haruki Takashi, Jose Abad, M. Sovan Kumar, Tjyying Liu, Vidura Jang B., Vineet Kumar, Floris-Jan van Luyn, Isolda Morillo, Joanna Vasquez Arong and Smoke Signal Projects.
Noon-6pm, daily. Abadi Art Gallery, 42 Paschimi Marg, Vasant Vihar (46016737). By appointment only.
In house: From Immersions.
By encouraging artists to engage more closely with the gallery space, this show has works engage directly with the rooms they are housed in. Hence, there are installations that comprise rooms within rooms, or hang to the floor suspended from the ceiling, a word jumble machine, black glass etches, an “arrange your own marriage” showroom and tissue sculpture, among others. The participating artists include Archana Hande, Atul Bhalla, Baptist Coelho, Chinmoy Pramanick, Dilip Chobisa, Kausik Mukhopadhyay, Navin Thomas and Nivedita Deshpande.
11am-7pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Anant Art Gallery, F-213B, Lado Sarai (41554775).
Drawing Trails—Works on Paper 2008-09
Stunning watercolour works and book illustrations by Nilima Sheikh. Most of her images have been inspired by poems and texts that deal with turbulent histories.
11am-7pm, Monday-Saturday. Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony (26922947).
Dance dance: Ruskin Masper aka DJ Ruskin.
DJ Ruskin
1 May
Ruskin Masper, aka DJ Ruskin, experiments with theme nights that are focused on particular genres of dance music. He’s dabbled in funk, dub, disco, trip hop and even electro pop. Nowadays, he plays an interesting mix of progressive house, tech house and techno with shades of electro thrown in.
F-Bar and Lounge, The Ashok hotel, 50B, Chanakyapuri (26111066). Call venue for cover charges and timings.
2 May
Saroja Vaidyanathan’s institute, Ganesha Natyalaya, celebrates its 35th annual day this fortnight. There will be performances by students and alumni, a special Rajasthani folk dance and Bharatanatyam performance.
Also on the agenda is a new choreography piece by Vaidyanathan, titled ‘Panchabhootam’ (the five elements), which will showcase Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, yoga and Western dance. There will be close to 150 performers.
6pm. Kamani auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
Capital City Minstrels
4 May
As part of their annual spring concert, the well-known Delhi Western choir will put up a performance titled ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, where they will present songs from the 1950s and 1960s and Renaissance-style madrigal in solo, duet and ensemble formats. The choir will be directed by Gabriella Boda-Rechner.
7pm. Hungarian Cultural Centre, 1A, Janpath (23014992).
The Other Song
Women performers: From Saba Dewan’s trilogy on stigmatized women.
5 May
This is the last in Saba Dewan’s trilogy about stigmatized women performers. The earlier films were ‘Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi’ on the bar dancers of Mumbai and ‘Naach’, about dancers at a cattle fair in Bihar.
This last one looks at ‘tawaifs’ (courtesans). 2 hours.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (0124-2715000).
U Turn
3 and 7 May
Writer-director Anand Mhasvekar’s ‘U Turn’ has won 12 state-level awards since it opened in Kolhapur in December. It has won critical and popular acclaim for the script, direction and performances of its two actors, Ila Bhate and Girish Ok. But the 2-hour play also deserves an award for the cautious way in which it deals with the subject of a live-in relationship.
The protagonists, a retired army man and a middle-aged widow, decide to live together as companions, without long-term commitment, and incur the wrath of their own children. Though ‘U Turn’ plays it safe, it’s eminently enjoyable because of the onstage chemistry between the two and their comic timing.
11am, Sunday. Shivaji Mandir, opposite Plaza Cinema, NC Kelkar Road, Dadar (W) (24389387); 4pm, Thursday. Dinanath Hall, Natvaray Dutta Bhatt Marg, opposite Vile Parle station, Vile Parle (E). (26125568). Call venues for tickets.
Around town
Landmark Quiz
1 May
The geeks are gearing up to inherit the earth in the Landmark Quiz. India’s largest open quiz is organized by Landmark bookstore and is conducted live in several cities and venues at different times, with each city having its own set of questions.
Teams of three fight for the grand prize worth Rs30,000. There are also prizes for the team with the best name. Sorry, “What’s the good nerd?” is already taken.
3.30pm. St Andrew’s auditorium, St Dominic Road, Bandra (W).
Aaditi Joshi, Nityanand Ojha and Tatheer Daryani explore different kinds of texture in intriguing sculptural installations. One piece even contains the artist’s blood.
11am-7pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Warehouse on 3rd Pasta, 6/7, 3rd Pasta Lane, Colaba (22023056).
Curing the Beast
Experimental electronica: Don’t miss indie collective 3rd Thought in Mumbai.
2–9 May
As part of an initiative undertaken by indie collective 3rd Thought, DJs KarGo Pluggy, Sadahnmo and Khoparzi will spin various forms of ambient, experimental electronica. Guitarist and DJ Sadamho is known his effortless mixing of massive beats and bass sounds with orchestral compositions. Khoparzi’s fast-paced percussion beats and atmospheric soundscapes are a definite crowd-puller, while KarGo Pluggy’s tracks have a more melodic and symphonic sound.
This fortnight, the three artists will perform live sets at Zenzi Mills as part of an experimental installation and music show.
7pm-1am. Zenzi Mills, Sun Mills compound, opposite Blue Frog, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (43455455).
Raghunath Phadke recital
3 May
Hindustani classical vocalist Raghunath Phadke’s resonant voice can be attributed to his training as a ‘kirtankar’—a temple musician who intersperses his narrations of mythological tales with renditions of devotional songs. Phadke, who was only seven when he began singing in his hometown of Shiroda in Goa, performed in temples until his mid-teens. Now based in Mumbai, he claims to be one of only two students to have been taught a rare raga called ‘Din Ki Puriya’ by Pandit Jitendra Abhishekhi. At his concert, he is likely to sing raga Marwa.
Two to tango: Shaa’ir & Func.
5.30pm. Savarkar Kendra Hall, MG Road, Swatantraveer Savarkar Garden, Vile Parle (E) (26115712).
Shaa’ir & Func + Them Clones
7 May
In what is possibly two of the country’s most popular indie acts, Mumbai electro-soul outfit Shaa’ir + Func and New Delhi pop-rock group Them Clones, perform at this concert organized by Rolling Stone. Call the venue for details.
9.30pm. Hard Rock Café, Bombay Dyeing Mills compound, Pandurang Budhkar Marg, Worli (24382888). Entry, Rs150.
Iron Maiden: Flight 666
Maiden voyage: The band on tour.
1 May
Imagine having a heavy metal act’s frontman pilot you around the globe in a 120-tonne, $80 million bird called Ed Force One. Documentary film ‘Iron Maiden: Flight 666’ lets you do just that. It is about the band’s Somewhere Back In Time World Tour in February and March 2008, where they flew around the globe in a customized Boeing 757 airliner with the entire tour crew and 12 tonnes of music and equipment on board, to 23 sold-out shows in Asia, Australia and North, Central and South America.
PVR cinemas
Till 6 May
An exhibition of paintings and sculptures, featuring works by Anand Bewadkar, Doddamani, Sudhir Meher, Muni Mohan, Shan Re, Romicon Revola, Bharati Sagar and Neena Singh.
11.30am-6.30pm.The Leela Galleria, Level C, The Leela Palace, Old Airport Road (25211234).
Contemporary Miniatures
Till 6 May
On display is a collection of works by 13 artists, including Ramananda Bandhyopadhyay, Dipak Bannerjee, Amit Bhar, Arpana Caur, Dewashish Das, Tapas Ghoshal, Anjali Sapra, and G. Subramanian. Visit the online gallery at www.mahuagallery.com
Small world: By Arpana Caur.
10.30am-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday. Mahua Art Gallery, 344/8, first floor, 4th Main Road, Sadashivanagar (23616971).
Nitya Nritya 2009
Till 3 May
Started in 1984 by the Nupura School of Bharatanatyam, the idea behind the festival is to give dancers a platform to perform, showcase different dance styles and discuss new developments in choreography and dance.
Saturday features ‘Spectrum’, a contemporary dance piece choreographed by Chitra Arvind and performed by her troupe Rhythmotion, at 6pm. The pieces will use images, colours and movements to explore the “technology” the human body employs to express an emotion. Through these contemporary movements and the continuous flow of staccato images, Arvind hopes to “evoke emotions in the audience similar to a traditional performance”.
Riot of colour: Chitra Arvind has choreographed Spectrum.
Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Vyalikaval, Malleswaram (23445810).
Around town
Festival of Peace
1 May
According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), around 51 million jobs in the world will be lost by the end of the year. David Selvaraj and others at non-profit organization Visthar point out that this doesn’t include the livelihoods of landless agricultural workers, artisans and farmers displaced by development projects.
Visthar celebrates people’s right to democracy, development and dignity of labour on International Labour Day with a festival of peace. The day-long festival promises to feature traditional games and foods from across the country, poetry readings, a photography exhibition, film screenings as well as interactions with peace activists. Log on to www. visthar.org
10am-7pm. For details, call David Selvaraj on 28465294. Visthar, Dodda Gubbi Post (28465294).
1 Madhav Bagh
1-3 May
Directed by Mariam Jetpurwala. Writer: Chetan Datar (translated by Shanta Gokhle). Cast: Revathy Menon. 40 min.
This intimate solo performance admits only about 30 people and features performances under the “Other Voices” series—an initiative that attempts to grant representation to voices and perspectives that frequently suffer neglect or bias in popular theatre discourse. 1 Madhav Bagh explores the journey of an older woman who comes to terms with her son’s homosexuality.
9.15pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets limited, Rs100.
Schedules may be subject to change
“Art must originate from the materials at hand… use what is available, and recycle as much as possible,” says author Tarit Bhattacharjee in his introduction to ‘Child Art With Everyday Materials’. Everything from the format and selection of items in this book (flutter flies, jitterbugs, paper masks, newspaper art and loads more) is a process in learning. For more craft ideas, try ‘Toys and Tales with Everyday Materials’. All ages.
Crossword Bookstore, ‘Child Art with Everyday Materials’, Tarit Bhattacharjee, Tara Publishing, Rs350. ‘Toys and Tales With Everyday Materials’, Sudarshan Khanna/Gita Wolf/Anushka Ravishankar, Tara Publishing, Rs450.
Instead of using her Italian, German and English language skills, Daniela Patel tested her culinary talents on her husband’s friends, and, on their suggestion that she open a restaurant, started her own food business in January last year. Her menu features 80 vegetarian dishes and 88 non-vegetarian ones. Most are dishes that urban Mumbaikars would be familiar with, such as stuffed mushrooms, lasagne, ravioli, risotto and tiramisu. Then there are some that are different from anything we’ve had in any of Mumbai’s Italian restaurants.
Daniela’s Traditional Italian Cuisine, Villa Kiara, 9, Lallubhai Park, Andheri (W) (26280981).
Gloria Jean’s first street-front café is a great place to watch Bangalore go by. The outdoor seating area is a good idea for gatherings because the air-conditioned area inside has seating for just six people—only couples. The café has a range of speciality coffees, including single-estate origins and flavoured brews. There are the regular espresso-based beverages, including lattes, cappuccinos, smoothie chillers, hot cocoa and teas.
7.30am-11pm, daily. 50, Zatakia Centre, 100-Foot Road, Indira Nagar (41487631). No credit cards accepted.
A fish spa has opened recently in New Delhi’s Select Citywalk mall. It involves a small sucker fish called Garra rufa, commonly called doctor fish, and your feet. The main components of the treatment are a tank (about 4ftx3ft) full of pebbled stones in about 12 inches of water and approximately 600 2-inch long sucker fish. The fish have been used in Turkish spas to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis, but can be used for a simple exfoliating treatment as well.
Noon-9pm, daily. Spa Happy Feet, Select Citywalk mall, District Centre, Saket (9891081081). Rs390.
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