Till 10 October
Film art director and production designer Thota Tharrani presents 51 different Ganeshas in this inaugural exhibition by Focus art gallery. Working mainly with mixed media, watercolours, oil and canvas, Tharrani showcases the deity in various poses, using vibrant colours and bold strokes.
10am-8pm. Focus Gallery, 59, TTK Road, Alwarpet (24662550).
Temple architecture and photography workshop
Art historian Chitra Madhavan and macro-photographer Poochi Venkat will conduct a workshop on temple architecture and photography. The workshop will introduce participants to south Indian architecture, sculptures and their special features, and will provide tips on how to take photographs in temples. A visit to Mahabalipuram will be organized too. Participants are advised to bring their own cameras. Conveyance to and from DakshinaChitra will be provided from the Madras Craft Foundation office in Besant Nagar.
10.30am-5.30pm. DakshinaChitra Art Gallery, DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (9841777779). Fees, Rs 1,000, inclusive of refreshments and transport.
The Ultimate Vegetarian Food Festival
Till 15 October
City-based restaurant Vegnation is showcasing the health and environment benefits of being vegetarian. Combo meals, along with welcome drinks, soups and desserts, are being offered at special prices.
12.30-10.30pm. Vegnation, 602, Gemini Parsn Manere, Anna Salai. Charges, Rs 225 for a combo meal. For details, contact 9884821669.
Unlimited Brazilian grill festival
Till 31 October
From Friday-Sunday all through this month, enjoy amazing dinner buffets where you can indulge in unlimited Brazilian delicacies. The menu includes specialities such as picanha com alho (sirloin in garlic seasoning) and assado (pot roast).
7-10.30pm. Holy Smoke Restaurant, Ispahani Centre, Ground floor, Nungambakkam High Road (43090069/70). Charges,Rs 590 plus taxes.
Let us Smile
Till 31 October
To mark 20 years of the UN Convention on Child Rights, film-maker and photographer Aravind M. Aravind has put together an exhibition of photographs that capture the innocence and spirit of underprivileged children. Through this series, Aravind, who works for the environment and children, wants to inspire people to join hands and work for child rights.
11am-7pm. Alliance Française de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
By Karuna Amarnath
Till 17 October
A mobile phone photo exhibition that called for submissions from all across the world will be exhibited in the lanes of Hauz Khas Village. This initiative, the first of its kind, has been organized by the Jamun Media Collective. It has recieved submissions from New York, London, South Africa and India.
11am-7pm (Monday-Friday). Jamun Studio, 24, Hauz Khas Village (9873536892).
Talk on Kashmir
Hamsa Stainton, an American Institute of Indian Studies fellow from the department of religion, Columbia University, New York, will talk about the significance of hymns in the religious and literary history of Kashmir. The talk will explore the nature and significance of stotras (hymns of praise) in Kashmir during the height of its Sanskrit literary culture (9th–12th centuries) and later.
6.30pm. India International Centre, 40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate (24619431).
Delhi: A Celebration
12, 14 and 16 October
The Nehru Planetarium will organize shows on the evolution of Delhi.
12.30pm. Nehru Planetarium, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhavan. For details, call 23014475.
La Fiebre del Loco (Spanish)
One of the few movies to revolve around shellfish, in this case a valuable and aphrodisiac variety called “el loco”. A decision by the authorities to allow this shellfish to be harvested for a short period sends the local population, especially fishermen and prostitutes, who stand to gain the most from it, into a frenzy of greed. 1 hour, 37 minutes.
6.30pm. Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (43681900).
This joint Indo-Russian production from 1983, directed by Shyam Benegal, takes a documentary approach to the life of India’s first prime minister. 2 hours, 51 minutes.
1pm. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Teen Murti Bhavan (23015026).
Gandhi not only preached a sophisticated and more forceful version of the pacifist ethic, but succeeded in using it to help liberate his country. Of course, the film raises more questions than it comes close to answering. Ben Kingsley’s performance in the central role is outstanding. 3 hours, 8 minutes.
4pm, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (23015026).
Till 13 October
Marking the start of the festive season, the Delhi government, in collaboration with the Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, is staging the dance-drama Ramayan. Ramleela (the story of Ram) will be performed every evening.
6.30pm. Shri Ram Bharatiya Kala Kendra complex, 1, Mandi House, Copernicus Marg (23386428). Passes available at the venue. For details, log on to www.delhitourism.gov.in
Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother
Directed by Amal Allana, Erendira is based on a Garbriel Garcia Marquez story about a woman and her exploited granddaughter. The action, though, is transported from Latin America to Rajasthan. The play draws on the storytelling traditions of Indian theatre, as well as folk music and dance, to communicate the magical realism of Marquez.
7pm. Little Theatre Group auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House. For telebooking, call 9910627849/9826384405. Passes also available at the venue, 11am-7pm daily.
Sampad, a South Asian arts organization based in the UK, will present In the Further Soil. As part of it Birmingham saxophonist Soweto Kinch will also be performing. Kinch blends the break beats of hip hop and rap with the smooth double bass and cymbals of jazz. He will collaborate with percussionist Ratul Shankar Ghosh, Bengali singer, producer and percussionist Dibyendu Mukerji and sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan from the band Advaita.
9.30pm. Blue Frog, New Mahalaxmi Silk Mills, Mathuradas Mills Compound, opposite Kamala Mills, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel (40332300). Charges,Rs 300.
Mad Furnitures and Psychic Objects
Till 16 October
Hyderabad-based artist C.K. Rajan is best known for political newspaper collages created during the 1990s, which utilized humour and absurdity to highlight the nature of the changing economy of India. The artist’s latest solo show, however, takes off from his earlier works—In Search of Utopia (1989) and Survivors (1991); objects that inhabited his bare drawings are now 3D.
10am-6.30pm (Monday-Friday); 11am-4pm (Saturday). Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, Sunny House, 16/18, Mereweather Road, Colaba (22023030).
This Too Shall Pass
Till 31 October
Conceptual artist Sudarshan Shetty has been busy with shows across the world. Now people will get a chance to see his characteristic combination of humour and disquiet through artworks that try to question what makes certain objects historical. An accompanying monograph, The More I Die The Lighter I Get, traces Shetty’s career.
10.45am-5.45pm. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Veermata Jijabai Bhonsle Udyan (Byculla Zoo), Ambedkar Road, Byculla-East (65560394). Tickets available till 5pm; for schoolchildren, Rs 2, above five years, Rs 5, and adults,Rs 10. In the case of foreigners,Rs 50 for children above 5, and Rs 100 for adults. Entry free for children from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools and NGOs.
The Promised City: Fortune Seekers
Till 17 October
Students of Berlin’s Ostkreuz School of Photography, graduates from the Warsaw European Academy of Photography and young photographers from Mumbai look at whether Mumbai, Warsaw and Berlin deliver the promise of prosperity that they hold out. People, spaces and even walls become subjects for their photographs.
Noon-8pm. Piramal Art Gallery, National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, near Hilton Towers, Nariman Point (66223737/66588997).
The Dimension of the Plane
Till 23 October
A selection of 150 recent works by influential designers and design agencies, such as Johannes Erler, Mike Meiré, Joachim Sauter, Erik Spiekmann and Andreas Uebele, is on display. A note from the show’s co-hosts, the German Design Council, says the premise was “to show the full strength and scope of two-dimensional communication design services”. The show also attempts to reveal the influences that design practices in countries such as Japan, Switzerland and the US have had, not just on German designers, but on each other.
9am-6.30pm (Monday-Saturday). Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, 716, CMH Road, Indira Nagar, 1st Stage (25205308).
Ananda Shankar Jayant
In the four decades that she has been performing, Ananda Shankar Jayant has created, collaborated and choreographed several productions—beginning with Sri Krishnam Vande Jagatguru in 1987, where she looked at myth and the chronicling of myth. Her 1992 work Jonathan Livingston Seagull was a philosophical search, and in 1999 she dealt with gender issues in What about Me? The Hyderabad-based Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer will perform Thyagaraja Ramayanam. The other dance performance is by Geeta Chandran, a Padma Shri awardee. Each performance is 45 minutes.
7pm. Mangala Mantapa, NMKRV College, 3rd Block, Jayanagar (7760498077).
Tough on Tobacco
Tough on Tobacco, a progressive rock band from Mumbai, has Sidd Coutto and Gaurav Gupta on vocals and guitars, Pozy Dhar on guitar, Neil Gomes on violin, sax, flute and vocals, Johan Pais on bass and Jai Row Kavi on drums and vocals.
8pm, Hard Rock Café 40, St Mark’s Road (41242222). Charges,Rs 300.
Directed by Manjunath Badiger and written by Kuvempu, this play opens with Ram’s victory over Ravana, and his return to Ayodhya, where he is crowned. When a child dies, he is advised that it is because dharma isn’t being followed in the kingdom. He soon learns that a member of the Shudra caste, named Shambuka, is performing penance, defying the rules of the caste system.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, 2nd Phase, JP Nagar (26592777). Tickets,Rs 50.
Directed by Jehaan Manekshaw, Shakespeare’s tale of the Moor ravaged by jealousy has been adapted for Kannada by K.S. Nissar Ahmed. The cast includes Ninasam and Heggodu.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara (26592777). Tickets,Rs 50.
Till 30 October
A photography exhibition by Astrid Kruse Jensen, a Denmark-based photographer trained at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and the Glasgow School of Art. A veteran of 15 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions worldwide, Jensen’s current show consists of works from her recent project, which she shot entirely in Iceland. Ordinary landscapes imbued with a sense of the unreal are the focus of this project, where Jensen uses natural scenery to question what we see and our sense of proportion.
1 1am-7pm (Sunday closed). Ganges Art Gallery, 33A, Jatin Das Road, Deshapriya Park (24653212).
Durga Puja 2010
The Hub at The Taj will keep its kitchen open all night during the puja, with special buffet spreads for breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight meals. Apart from the varied choices in European and Indian dishes, the buffet will also feature favourites from Bengali cuisine. On Dashami, a special brunch will include unlimited sparkling wine. At Chinoiserie, celebrate Durga Puja with an à la carte menu consisting of street food from China.
Breakfast buffet, 7-10.30am (Rs 950); lunch, 12.30-3pm (Rs 1,550); dinner, 7.30-11pm (Rs 1,550), Dashami brunch with sparkling wine, 12.30-3.30pm (Rs 2,150), midnight popular buffet till 3am (Rs 850), Chinoiserie lunch, 12.30-3pm; and dinner, 7.30pm-midnight (Rs 450 onwards), taxes extra. Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Alipore (22233939).
Puja special menu
Till 18 October
The Park celebrates puja with a special à la carte menu at Zen. Delicious starters such as cheese-stuffed mushroom with garlic and pepper, pan-fried tofu with chilli-garlic sauce, potatoes tossed with cashew nut and black bean, steamed pork momos, pan-fried chilli garlic fish and golden fried prawns feature on the menu. The special entrée menu features Tsing Hoi potato, assorted greens in “devil sauce”, lobsters cooked to order, prawns in a garlic-butter sauce, tinchin chilli fish, fish with chilli and soy garlic sauce, and chicken with spicy sauce and curry leaves. Just two options for dessert though—toffee walnut with vanilla ice cream, and coconut mud cake with toffee ice cream.
12.30-3pm (lunch, only 14-16 October) and 7.30pm-midnight (dinner). Zen, The Park, 17, Park Street (22499000). Prices, Rs 425-1,950 (taxes extra).
Eso Natak Sikhi, a theatre group consisting mainly of children from Kolkata’s slums, presents Dalchhut, written and directed by Tapas Das. The story explores the lives of six boys who live on the streets, picking pockets, begging, mending shoes or hawking for a living. The play takes you through their dreams, the?ups and downs,?and?the realization of the value?of education.
10am. Academy of Fine Arts, 2, Cathedral Road. For details, call 9831393313.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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