Written in the aftermath of the Emergency (1975-77) imposed by the Indira Gandhi government, Tadroopi is a sharp critique of totalitarianism. Directed by Joseph, who uses only one name, and presented by the amateur theatre group Sanchaya, the play revolves around an authority figure whose delusions of power turn him into a figure of public ridicule. Writer Prasanna, who uses only one name, blends in the emotions and the loneliness of dictators and how they try to live up to a larger-than-life image built to protect and boost their egos. 1 hour, 30 minutes.
7.30pm. Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross, JP Nagar 2nd Phase (26592777). Tickets Rs 70.
An Exhibition of Drawings by Roy Varghese
A collection of drawings by graphic designer Roy Varghese, sketches in pen as well as mixed media narratives that bring to the fore whimsical and absurd observations, will be on show. Varghese has been inspired by artists such as Egon Schiele, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, David Shrigley and Prashant Miranda.
11am-7pm (Tuesday-Sunday). Plantation House B14b, Level 1, Leela Galleria, The Leela Palace Kempinski Hotel, 23, HAL Airport Road (42071028). For details, visit plantationhouse.in
Till 31 July
Bene, the Italian restaurant at Sheraton Bangalore, has introduced a Sunday Brunch which offers a spread of salads, starters and desserts. Patrons are invited to choose dishes from the special menu, and enjoy unlimited portions of pizzas and pastas.
Tempting: Sunday Brunch@Bene.
Noon-4pm. Bene, Sheraton Bangalore, Brigade Gateway, 26/1, Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram (42521000). Meal price, Rs 1,295 per person, plus taxes, and Rs 1,795 per person, plus taxes, with unlimited alcohol.
The Karnataka Ultimate Players Association will host the fourth edition of the BUO tournament of Ultimate Frisbee at Kanteerava Stadium, bringing together 28 teams (a total of 500 players) from across the country. Open to all in the 15-50 age group, be they beginners or veterans, the teams consist of both men and women. Apart from competitive games, the event will include workshops by Ultimate Frisbee players from India and abroad for both the beginner and intermediate levels.
6.30am-6.30pm (Friday), 6.30am-8pm (Saturday), 6.30am-6pm (Sunday). Karnataka Ultimate Players Association, 791, 6th-A Main, Isro Layout. For details, visit bangaloreultimate.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shakey Rays
The four-piece alternative rock band from Chennai, which released its debut album ‘Tunes From the Big Belly’ in August, has Dhruva Gautham and Vikram Kannan on guitars and vocals, Iuni Yooni on bass and Niranjan Swaminathan on drums.
Alternative rock: The Shakey Rays.
8.30pm. B-Flat, 776, 100 Foot Road, Indiranagar (25278361). Entry, Rs 300.
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United Flavours of America
Till 14 July
In celebration of American Independence Day (4 July), a special feast brings together some classic and favourite elements of American cuisine. Indulge in southern fried chicken, Philly steak sandwich, Buffalo chicken wings, pecan and maple pie and thick chocolate milkshakes.
Noon-11pm. The Leather Bar and Six-O-One, The Park Chennai, Anna Salai (42676000). Menu options, Rs 599, Rs 699 and Rs 999, plus taxes.
Broken body, dancing doll, seductress, shell…. Sujata Goel’s new solo asks questions about representation and honesty in dance imagery. Post-performance, Preethi Athreya will be in conversation with this ex-Kalakshetra graduate.
7pm. Edouard Michelin Auditorium, Alliance Française de Madras, 24, College Road, Nungambakkam (28279803).
Zeal Rock Concert
The Zeal Academy of Rock Music is organizing a rock concert that will transport you back to the swinging 1960s, sentimental 1970s and enchanting 1980s. J. Rajasekaran (lead vocalist and guitarist), M. Rajan (bassist and backing vocalist), Jude Reeves (lead guitarist and vocalist), Dayan Selwyn (keyboardist and vocalist), Maynard Grant (drums), V.K. Raghunathan (guitarist) and Raman Iyer (saxophone) will perform. The evening will have a rendition of the most popular numbers by bands like The Eagles, Pink Floyd and Dire Straits, among others.
6.30pm. Museum Theatre, Pantheon Road, Egmore. Tickets, Rs 200, Rs 300 and Rs 500, available on www.in.bookmyshow.com
Till 16 July
Grace Weaver is a figurative artist from the US. She has spent around two months at DakshinaChitra, engaging with objects from the museum’s collection. This exhibition of 25 charcoal drawings and collages is her response to the collection and to select Tamil poetry. The exhibition creates unexpected conversations between artworks which range from the traditional to the contemporary, and from the sweet to the erotic.
Figurative: A Grace Weaver drawing.
10am-6pm (Tuesday closed). DakshinaChitra, Muttukadu, East Coast Road (24462435). Tickets, Rs 75 (adults) and Rs 30 (children and students).
By Nandini Reddy
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Ramakrishna Behera: Paintings 2004-2012
9 July-5 August
With a degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, Ramakrishna Behera has no academic training in art but a passion that brings him back to the Capital with his second solo show of landscape and still-life paintings. Behera’s work Remembering Tarkovsky evokes the dreamier mood of the nostalgia-tinged cinematography of Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky. In some paintings, the landscapes drift like celestial bodies in dark surroundings, which are either pitch black or star-studded to symbolize the universe. The subjects of his oil on linen works range from the familiar—a friend’s garden in Banana Trees in Kitchen Garden—to the not-so-familiar—sparse landscapes in Spiti and Ladakh (Landslide on Way to Ladakh), and the old buildings of Goa and Italy.
11am-9pm. Gallery Nature Morte, The Oberoi—Gurgaon, 443, Udyog Vihar, Phase V (4010443).
Pakistani Horror Films
Khoj is organizing a rare peek into the world of Pakistani horror cinema in this one-day festival that will screen some Pakistani films on horror, vampires and zombies—it’s the fourth event in the Khoj [Re]Building Project Series. The films, which will be screened simultaneously, are director Omar Ali Khan’s 2007 debut film, Zibahkhana (Hell’s Ground), Khwaja Sarfaraz’s 1967 film Zinda Laash (The Living Corpse: Dracula in Pakistan), and Mondo Macabro: Horror And Fantasy in South Asia, a 2002 British television documentary series based on the book of the same name by Pete Tombs.
From across the border: A Still from the 1967 Pakistani horror film, Zinda Laash, directed by Khwaja Sarfaraz. The film will be screened as part of a one-day festival at Khoj International.
7pm. Khoj International, S-17, Khirkee Extension (65655873).
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations presents its annual three-day festival of music and dance based on monsoon ragas. Entry is free but on first-come, first-served basis.
A Hindustani classical vocal recital by Meeta Pandit, followed by a Bharatanatyam recital by Rama Vaidyanathan, a disciple of Saroja Vaidyanathan.
A Hindustani vocal recital by Uma Garg, followed by an Odissi performance by Shubhada Varadkar.
A Hindustani classical vocal recital by Madhumita Ray, who will present some classical compositions, as well as the semi-classical idiom jhoola. This will be followed by a Kathak recital by Vidha Lal, a disciple of Geetanjali Lal.
6.30pm. Kamani Auditorium, 1, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House (43503351).
RED Mawkin featuring Aman Mahajan
Since last year, Nikhil Mawkin, the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, has been busy with his project, RED Mawkin, whose songs criss-cross from rock, pop and funk to jazz, hip hop, etc. When playing live, RED Mawkin also comprises bassist Shikhar Prasad, guitarist Gaurav Chintamani and drummer Aman Singh Rathore. Friday’s concert will witness RED Mawkin jam with the Bangalore-based pianist-keyboardist Aman Mahajan, a graduate from the Berklee College of Music, Boston, US, who is widely influenced by jazz, Blues, electronic music and folk music from Africa and India.
9.30pm. The Living Room (TLR) Café, 31, Hauz Khas Village (46080533).
Hot dog festival@The All American Diner
Till 31 July
The All American Diner plays host to its 12th annual hot dog festival this month. Sample varieties like the Chicago dog, Junkyard dog, Hawaiian hot dog, Hollywood dog or the smoked cheese dog. It doesn’t get more American than this. On 28 July, there will be a hot dog eating competition—for a fee of Rs 300, eat as many hot dogs as you can within 10 minutes.
11am-11.30pm. All American Diner, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road (43663162/ 41220000). Hot dog prices start from Rs 245-300, plus taxes.
Thermal And A Quarter (Taaq)
By now a veteran of Indian rock, the Bangalore band has recently returned from a US tour and is putting the final touches to their fifth album—‘3 Wheels 9 Lives’, which will be released soon. Thermal And A Quarter (Taaq) have never relied on record labels; the band streamed its last album, This Is It, on their website for a year before independently releasing it in 2009 at the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta. The band—comprising Bruce Lee Mani (guitars and vocals), Rajeev Rajagopal (drums) and Prakash K.N. (bass)—will perform some of the songs from its forthcoming album at this concert
An evening of rock: Taaq will perform at blueFROG.
9.30-11pm. blueFROG, 4-A, Seven Style Mile, Kalka Dass Marg, Mehrauli (30800300). Entry, Rs 300.
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Art-De-Konj is the debut solo show of artist Aiyuda Pooja Kapur, curated by Kaali Sudheer. The themes reflect the world of horses, the way they react to mundane things, and their joy at being free. The show previews on 7 July at 6.30pm.
Equine tales: An art exhibition.
11am-7pm. Muse Art Gallery, Hyderabad Marriott & Convention Centre, Tank Bund Road (27522999/27522203).
The German institute, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., and curator Volker Albus will present the exhibition New Olds —60 exhibits that explore the relationship between tradition and innovation in contemporary design. This is the outcome of an international collaboration of 45 designers and design teams from Germany, other European countries and the US. There will also be a panel discussion on interdisciplinary subjects related to contemporary German and European design led by textile designer Mayank Mansingh Kaul.
10am-5pm. Salar Jung Museum, New Buildings, Afzalgunj (24576443/24572558/9490754113)
The play revolves around a Hyderabadi couple who go to court to file for divorce, but realize they can’t live without each other. Saurabh Gharipurikar has adapted the play from the original Marathi comedy ‘Shri Tashi Sau’ by Saurabh Gharipurikar. 1 hour, 40 minutes.
7.30pm. Lamakaan, off Road No. 1, Banjara Hills. Tickets, Rs 100, available at the venue . For details, call 9642731329
By yogendra kalavalapalli
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Benode Behari Mukherjee
Till 14 July
The gallery Akar Prakar is presenting an exhibition of over 100 works by Benode Behari Mukherjee (1904-80)—mostly sketches in pen and ink, some prints, including etchings, woodcuts, a few collages, watercolours and textile designs. Curated by Debdutta Gupta, the exhibition can be divided into sections by medium: ink and brush, calligraphy, prints, etc. An entire wall has been devoted to the postcards he wrote and illustrated. Mukherjee was a student of Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan, and is renowned for his murals.
2-7pm (Sunday closed). Akar Prakar, P238, Hindustan Park, (24642617). For details, visit www.akarprakar.com or www.facebook.com/akarprakar
Shinjan Nrityalaya, a Kolkata- based Odissi dance training centre, will pay tribute to the late legendary dancers Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Guru Raghunath Dutta through an evening of traditional Odissi performances by Roopkatha Roy and Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, along with Mamata Biswas.
6.30pm. Gyan Manch, 11, Pretoria Street, Middleton Row. For details, call 24644141/24638117.
Till 31 July
ITC Sonar is celebrating the monsoon with shorshe illish (hilsa in mustard sauce), shaag (greens), khichuri (lentils and rice) and tomato chutney.
12.30-2.45pm. Eden Pavilion, ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue (23454545). Price, Rs 995 per person, plus taxes, for a vegetarian meal and Rs 1,600 per person, plus taxes, for a non-vegetarian meal.
Till 14 July
On display at this solo show are Arunangshu Roy’s paintings and drawings of lines, planes, forms and colours that seek truths about the nature of men. The recurring subject in Roy’s paintings is the world of nature—animals and insects—where he finds simplicity, the joy of living, interdependency and a struggle to survive, often portraying human beings as cruel and ferocious animals, the wild and carnivorous beasts of gloomy, dark jungles.
Abstractions: The recurring theme in Arunangshu Roy’s works is nature.
12.30-7.30pm (Sunday closed). Tejas Art Gallery, 11, Mayfair Road, opposite the Ice Skating Rink, Ballygunge. For details, call 983004982.
By Indranil Bhoumik
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Brother’s@2012 by Akshay Pratishthan
Akshay Pratishthan, the Delhi-based non-profit organization providing support and rehabilitation to underprivileged and physically challenged children, is back in town for its annual fund-raiser exhibition. This time around, children from the Akshay Pratishthan centre will showcase handcrafted rakhis for Rakshabandhan, and gifts such as bedsheets and paper bags.
10am-7pm. Four Seasons Hotel, 114-E, Moses Road, Upper Worli (24818000). For details, contact Priyanka Agarwal at 9322027008.
Guitar Jam Night with Imli Imchen and the Avatar Artists
At the blueFROG’s Guitar Jam Night, hear Nagaland’s singer-songwriter and guitarist Imli Imchen play songs from his album First Fret Boarding with the Avatar Artists, featuring guitarists Ravi Iyer and Chandresh Kudwa. The 21-year-old plucks, slides and strums the fret board to create a far wider variety of sounds than the average acoustic guitarist.
Sound of music: Imli Imchen.
10-11.30pm. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs 300.
Till 28 July
Experimental film-maker Ashish Avikunthak’s Katho Upanishad, an 82-minute film spliced into three chapters, is being shown as a three-channel video installation—the quest, the dialogue (between Nachiketa and Yama) and the final liberation is inspired by the artist’s reading of the ancient metaphysical text, which meditates on death and the possibility of freedom from reincarnation. The film expounds on the quest of human existence—the path beyond death and towards enlightenment.
11am-7pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays). Chatterjee & Lal Gallery, 01/18, Kamal Mansion, First floor, Arthur Bunder Road, Colaba (22023787).
As part of “Art Night Thursdays”, Sakshi Gallery and the French embassy will be screening 11 short animation films. These include Overtime, in which fabric puppets try to grapple with the death of their creator. In Personne N’Est Parfait, a cleaning robot deals with an unexpected stain. In the comedy film StrictEternum, a couple living in an isolated part of the country try to kill time. In The End, a scarecrow befriends a bird, while in Kitchen, a woman attempts to make an American lobster dish.
6.30pm. Sakshi Gallery, Tanna House, 11A, Nathalal Parekh Marg, opposite YMCA, Colaba (66103424).
Mumbai’s Mental Martians—a drum and bass, dubstep and glitch hop band comprising Sarvesh Shrivastava, Piyush Bhatnagar and Tarang Singhal—will play a live set bursting with beats of tabla, djembe, bongo, darbuka and timbale.
10.30pm-midnight. blueFROG, New Mahalaxmi Mills Compound, opposite Empire Mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (40332300). Entry, Rs 500.
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