Le Petit Orchestre Swing de France
This band plays melodious numbers in a swinging style that is heavily indebted to Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli’s 1930s outfit, The Quintette du Hot Club de France. The band comprises Gilles Parodi (rhythm guitar), Laurent Bajata (lead guitar) and Laurent Zeller (violin). Incidentally, this year is the birth centenary of violinist Grappelli.
Graphic element: One of the works on display at the Visual Arts Gallery
Venue and time not confirmed. Call Alliance Française (43500200) for updates.
Luthra has been around for more than a decade and is still going strong, though it’s hard to describe his music. Some call it IDM (intelligent dance music), others classify it as psy-tech, minimal and progressive house with live elements, but the man himself refuses to be bracketed into one particular style. He’s played and collaborated with fantastic artists from all over the globe such as Chebi Sabah, Talvin Singh, Namito, Alex Flatner and Quicksilver, and released tunes all over Beatport and iTunes. He’s also scored for Bollywood projects like ‘Zindaa’ and ‘Let’s Enjoy’.
Tabula Rasa, C-2 Square One Designer Arcade, fourth floor, District Centre, Saket (29562666). Call venue for cover charge and timing.
30 November-7 December
A glimpse into the work of eight graphic novelists—four from Switzerland and four from India—to be published jointly in German and English by Pro Helvetia.
Daily, 10am-8pm. Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43662026).
A performance by Swiss dancer- choreographer Anna Huber, who is based in Berlin. She has acquired a formidable reputation as someone who pushes the boundaries of movement through her avant-garde work. Huber, 42, will perform at the second edition of the Delhi International Arts Festival. Though she is famous for working with music that’s specially created for her productions, this is the first time she’ll perform to pre-existing music.
Stück mit Flügel (which she explained means piece with wing/grand piano) is a collaborative effort with her sister, pianist Susanne Huber.
6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg (23388084).
Sampradaya Dance Creations, Toronto, presents ‘HowZaat!’, a dance presentation on cricket. Don’t be fooled by the name though.It’s a full-fledged bharatanatyam-based dance production that has the performers kitted out in cricket whites, complete with bat and ball. This performance, the brainchild of Toronto-based bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Lata Pada, will at the very least be different from the rest. Pada was inspired by cricket writer and historian C.L.R. James’ famous statement: “Cricket is first and foremost a dramatic spectacle. It belongs with the theatre, ballet, opera and the dance.”
7pm. Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663333).
A quantum leap forward from Jafar Panahi’s films about children, this is a panoramic account of the many ways in which women are oppressed in present-day Iran. Taking ‘La Ronde’ as its structural model, the narrative passes from one woman to another, finally completing a circle which can only be described as vicious. It opens in a maternity ward with a woman giving birth to a daughter, to the dismay of her in-laws, and ends in a police station, provocatively suggesting an equivalence between the two institutions.
The main characters are three women prisoners released on parole; Panahi provides no background for them, the better to see how they cope with a society in which they have virtually no autonomy. Glimpses of Tehran’s underworld bespeak a social economy untouched by either the country’s ruling clerics or the reformist government. Persian with subtitles. 1 hour, 31 mins. In collaboration with UTV World Movies.
7.30pm. Epicentre, Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon (95124-2715000).
28- 30 November
There’s plenty to look forward to this year at the annual festival. The line-up of performers includes Dutch artists Henk Muetgeert Quartet and Miëtt Molnar, who will perform together, The François Bourassa Quartet, one of Canada’s most active recording and touring jazz ensembles, Harri Stojka, Austrian swing guitarist and Dutch quarter, the Ploctones. Also performing is keyboard player Louiz Banks’ new band Matrix, featuring saxophonist and tabla player Jesse Sheehan, guitarist Dhruv Ghanekar, bassist Sheldon D’Silva and drummer Gino Banks and Irish singer and actress Honor Heffernan.
Land’s End Amphitheatre Bandstand, opposite Hotel Sea Rock, Bandra (W) (66681234). Entry is free. Invitation passes available from Silkworks, Thadani House, 329/A Worli Village, Worli Sea Face. Call 24373385 or 24229986. In case passes run out, line up outside the venue at show time. Those without passes will be let in subject to the availability of space.
Anoushka Shankar and Jethro Tull
Seemingly inexhaustible British prog-rockers Jethro Tull perform with sitar star Anoushkar Shankar. Shankar loves jamming with musicians from different genres. She has performed live and on record with artists from the fields of pop (Sting, step-sister Norah Jones), jazz (Herbie Hancock) and electronica (Karsh Kale), among others.
7pm. Shanmukhananda Hall, Plot No 292, Comrade Har Bans Lal Marg, behind Gandhi Market, Sion (E) (24078888).; Rs 1,100, Rs 1,900, Rs 2,900, Rs 4.500. Log on to ‘bookmyshow.com’ or call 39895050 to book tickets.
German artist Norbert Bisky’s paintings are blindingly colourful, intense and often disturbing. Swirling together social realism with pop art, he creates images that are often dark and violent despite the explosive colour palette. Bisky will be in conversation with critic and ‘Time Out’ columnist Girish Shahane. The event has been organised by Galerie Mirchandani+ Steinruecke with the Mohile Parikh Centre for the Visual Arts and Hivos.
6.30pm. Little Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737).
Work in Progress
Nataraj Sharma is not known for being particularly market-savvy but ‘Work in Progress’ suggests he may be something of a prophet. When he began the sculptural installation earlier this year, there were no hints of a global recession. Today, the miniature construction site he has fabricated for his show is chillingly reminiscent of the many building projects that stand incomplete across the country because funds have evaporated overnight.
Go through Lower Parel and the skyline shows Sharma’s installation seemingly replicated many times over.
‘Work in Progress’ reflects Sharma’s continued fascination with urban architecture. The grid of architectural blueprints and the clean geometry of multi-storeyed buildings have shown up regularly in his recent drawings and sculptures. In ‘Work in Progress’, Sharma’s centrepiece is a cluster of four buildings made out of metal.
On a wall facing one side of this construction site, Sharma has hung small paintings of construction workers against incongruous backgrounds of neat, polished rooms and corridors.
11am-6pm. Bodhi Space, Plot no 14, Elphinstone Estate, Ground Floor, Malet Bundar Road, near Orange Gate, Vadi Bandar (65255978).
INS Vikrant Trip
29 November- 10 December
The Indian Navy celebrates Navy Week by opening up its floating museum to the public. The IMS Vikrant is filled with aircrafts, helicopters and missiles. Only for Indian nationals.
9am-5pm. Entry through Tiger Gate, near Ballard Pier, Fort. Call 22150811 for details. Adults Rs 40, children Rs 20.
Nandan Nilekani Lecture
Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani discusses his book ‘Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century’. In the book, Nilekani “points out that the country’s future rests on more than simply economic growth; it also depends on reform and innovation in all sectors of public life. Looking closely at our recent history, he examines the ideas and attitudes that have evolved with the times and contributed to our progress, as also those that keep us shackled to old, unproductive and fundamentally undemocratic ways”, according to his website.
7pm. Crossword Mohammed Bhai Mansion, NSP Marg, Kemp’s Corner (23842001).
28 November-28 December
There’s a new gallery in town, located close to the international technology park (ITPL) in Whitefield. The inaugural show on Friday at 7pm will present recent works by Shan Re, Sudhir Meher and Triveni Vinod. A book by Lilly Sanathanan, titled ‘Life Vest’ (Rs 300, a self-help book for IT and BPO professionals) will also be launched at the inauguration.
Proceeds from the book sale will be donated towards a Lions Club initiative for a new computer training centre.
600, AECS Layout, Brookefields, Whitefield (28476567).
Yusuf Arakkal Retrospective
29 November-10 December
Yusuf Arakkal began life in Bangalore as a 16-year-old who’d run away from his home in Kerala to pursue art with seven rupees in his pocket. Arakkal’s parents had died before he was seven, and the rest of his family didn’t support his desire to become an artist. In his first 18 months here, he lived on the streets and worked at construction sites and teashops, until a relative found him and got him a job as a mechanic’s helper at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. In 1973, Arakkal completed his studies in art at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, while working the night shift at the factory. This week, Galerie Sara Arakkal will host a retrospective of his works. The show will open on Friday at 7.30pm, with the launch of the book ‘Yusuf Arakkal in Solitude’ by Giridhar Khasnis, P. Surendran and P. Sudhakaran, and a screening of the film ‘Voicing soliloquies’.
11am-6pm. 156, 4th Main Road, BEML Layout, ITPL Road (4116-2622). Monday-Saturday.
Directed by Suresh Anagalli. Cast: Ravishankar, Shripathi Manjanabailu, I.M. Dundsi, S.V. Ashok Kumar, Adavaitha G, Raaman, Apeksha S. Ghaligi, Preethi, Surabhi, Vishal Karthik, Bhaskar. 1 hour 15 mins.
An adaptation of Moliere’s ‘Scoundrel Scapin’, ‘Arere Kunhirama’ opens onto a typical morning at a harbour where Kamalahasa nervously awaits the return of his merchant father Manjappayya and Saahukaar Sampatturaaya, his friend. The cause of his anxiety is that his father has learned of his secret love affair and intends to get him married to the latter’s daughter. Funnily enough, Saahukaar’s predicament is almost identical, with his son Mohanadaasa romancing a low-class gypsy girl.
With matters at an impasse for the young lovers, Kunhirama emerges as their unlikely but sole hope, as he weaves a hilarious way out that seems to miraculously dissolve every obstacle and brings the tale to an agreeable conclusion for all parties.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets, Rs50.
Shivajinagar, especially the bus stand, is the first port of call for many migrants. Join award-winning conservation architect Pankaj Modi of INTACH on the latest heritage walk as part of the Parichay series through this bustling city centre. Modi has the restoration of the Bangalore Club annexe as well as Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal’s house in Dharwad to his credit.
9am. Adam’s Square, near Russell Market, for a three-hour walk covering 1.5km. Call Meera at 9986023014. Rs100.
ISKCON Dance Festival
Till 30 November
The ISKCON Dance Festival, in its fourth year, is being organised by the Sri Krishna Shringar, the culture and services wing of the ISKCON Sri Krishna Radha Mandir. The festival consists of devotional bharatanatyam ballets based on various religious texts.
On Friday November 28, The Bharata Kalanjali dance troupe, led by V.P. Dhananjayan and his wife Shanta, performs a ballet on the story of Thyagaraja’s life called ‘Thyagaraja Vaibhavam’. On Saturday, Anuradha and Sridhar Khechara and their troupe perform from the 18 Parvas (chapters) of the Mahabharatha. The ballet begins with Laksagraha (The House of Lac) in which Duryodhana builds a house of lac to kill the Pandavas and goes on to the Battle of Kurukshetra, where the death of Bhishma and Abhimanyu will be retold. The performance will end with the Svargarohana-parva (The Book of the Ascent to Heaven). On Sunday, Bharata Kalanjali dance troupe performs a ballet dedicated to Purandara Dasa called Siri Purandara.
All shows begin at 6.30pm. ISKCON Auditorium, Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road. For tickets, call Trivikrama Dasa at 9341450310.
Jethro Tull with Anoushka Shankar
Classic rockers Jethro Tull collaborate with sitar star Anoushka Shankar for a good part of this concert, in which she also gets a chance to showcase her lounge material as well. Tickets are available at Music World outlets in Indira Nagar, Malleshwaram, Jayanagar. 7pm, Freeway 19, Palace Grounds (Gayatri Vihar entrance), Ramana Maharishi Road, Sadashiva Nagar, (23611329) Rs 1900,
Lucas Niggli ZOOM Quintet
Percussionist Karthik Mani and vocalist Sarah Büchi collaborate with Swiss jazz group The Lucas Niggli Trio to perform at the Alliance Francaise. The line-up includes Lucas Niggli and Karthik Mani on drums and percussion, Nils Wogram on trombone, Philipp Schaufelberger on guitar, and Sarah Büchi on vocals
7.30pm, Alliance Francaise, Thimmaiah Road,P B 108, Vasanth Nagar, Bangalore (41231340).
sThe much eagerly awaited annual festival is back with artists playing different styles, from gypsy swing to electronica-inflected jazz with traditional swinging outfits and avant-garde thrown in as well. Watch out especially for Austrian gypsy swing guitarist Harri Stojka, Irish vocalist Honor Heffernan, The Thomas Siffling Trio from Germany, The Ploctones from the Netherlands and Global Unity from Mumbai.
Public Place: A photograph from the Spaced Out show
6.30pm. FICCI Auditorium, Foundation House, Mandi House (23738760). Tickets, Rs300.
Time Out 360,
1-6 December & 8-13 December
There is little of the city that our photographers haven’t seen over the course of the past four years. Twenty images from the best of their collections will be on display and cover the arts, monuments, culture, cityscapes and attractions. For details, call ‘Time Out Mumbai’ on 66601111.
1-6 December, 11am onwards. Mahapalika Marg, near Azad Maidan.
8-15 December, 11am-3pm, 7-11pm. Palli Hills Hotel, 14 Union Park, Pali Hill, off Carter Road, Khar (67305690).
A few months back, the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan got photographer Clare Arni to discuss the need for a platform and forum for young and emerging photographers in the city to explore the subject of art in public spaces. What resulted was a project that led Arni and five others—Vinayak Das, Jyothy Karat, Vivek M, Rakshit, and Vivek Singh to shoot and document public spaces in Bangalore—the streets, parks, tanks, neighbourhoods, and cricket grounds—that are used for cultural and artistic activities. This week, the show ‘Spaced Out?’ will present the works of these six photographers, as part of the Bengaluru Habba celebrations. The challenge, said a note for the show, was to document spaces that are disappearing rapidly “in the name of modernization, commercialization of land and expanding infrastructure”. The show is part of a larger project aimed at raising awareness about the importance of public spaces in the city.
Schedules are subject to change.
Looking for a cheap sugar rush or some cut-price happy carbs in Mumbai of an evening? Most bakeries offer discounts a few hours before closing. Our picks:
Theobroma: Shop No. 24 Cusrow Baug, Coalaba Causeway, Colaba, Mumbai (6730-5363). Half-price bread items after 9pm.
Bombay Baking Company: JW Mariott, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai (6693-3399). Half-price pastries and bread available from 8-10pm.
Candies: ONGC Complex, opposite Lilavati Hospital, next to IES College, Bandra (W), Mumbai (2642-3512). Also at Ashok Apartments, Union Park, opposite Petit School, Pali Hill, Bandra (W), Mumbai (2648-1686). Twenty-five per cent off on everything after 8pm.
In 1998, playwright Prakash Kambathalli decided to do something to improve the quality of a typical Kannada bookseller and began Ankita Pustaka on Gandhi Bazaar Main Road in Basavanagudi. On August 15 this year Kambathalli and his wife Latha celebrated the shop’s tenth anniversary; and they have reason to be proud - Ankita Pustaka is now a publishing house as well, with 277 titles to its credit, and the Kambathallis also encourage young writers by organising Katha Sparde in association.
53, Gandhi Bazaar Main Road, Bangalore (2661-7100). Daily 10am to 8pm. Ananthakrishnan KT
Sure, a visit to the Delhi zoo is perfect as a Sunday outing, especially with the weather sorting itself out. But Wildlife S.O.S gives you the option of doing something for animals instead of just gawping at them. Established in 1993, this organisation aims at creating tolerance towards wildlife and relocating rescued animals back to either their natural habitats, or to the organisation’s refuge in Agra. They need people, obviously, so volunteers are most welcome.
Wildlife S.O.S, D-210, Defence Colony, New Delhi. Call Karishma at 9971699721 for details. To volunteer, email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Volunteering” in the subject line
Rabbi Shergill’s blend of Sufi poetry and modern sounds in his first album garnered listeners and critical appreciation alike. He’s moved on to World music in his second record. If you like that kind of thing, there is another Delhi act you might enjoy. The band features members from India, Switzerland, Russia, Spain getting together, all playing an eclectic mix of Sufiana and Hindustani classical music, with a storng Punju flavour and elements of Western classical and electronica. Their debut album Jet Lag was released by Rabbi’s former label Phat Phish Records.
Jet Lag, Phat Phish Records, Rs175